April 8, 2015 - ZOLL Announces Keynote Speakers for Summit 2015


Diane Egan
ZOLL Medical Corporation
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 International Disaster Relief Expert Dan Diamond to Open the Conference

April 8, 2015─CHELMSFORD, MASS.—ZOLL® Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that each day of Summit 2015, being held May 12–15 in Denver, will feature a keynote speaker. All four presenters are leading experts in emergency response.

Dan Diamond, MD, who served as medical director of the medical triage unit at the New Orleans Convention Center following Hurricane Katrina, will open the annual conference with an address entitled “Triage Thinking: Trench-Tested Tools for a Frontline under Pressure” Tuesday, May 12, at 8:00 a.m.

A specialist in training people how to perform under pressure, he was on the first-in medical response team for the earthquake in Haiti, and most recently responded to the typhoon in the Philippines. When not on the frontline of an international disaster, Dr. Diamond is the medical director of Harrison Medical Center Urgent Care Clinics and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. With more than 30 years of international disaster relief work, he has been interviewed by CNN’s Larry King and Anderson Cooper.

Keith Lurie, MD, the inventor of the ResQPOD® ITD, who was recently named one of the “Top 10 Innovators in EMS 2014,” will open Wednesday’s session with a talk on “The Future of Resuscitation.” Dr. Lurie’s ResQCPR System was recently granted premarket approval (PMA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is the first and only CPR device to show improved survival in adults with non-traumatic cardiac arrest.1 Dr. Lurie is the founder of Advanced Circulatory Systems, Inc., which was acquired by ZOLL in late 2014, and a professor of internal and emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

Headlining Thursday is Jay Fitch, PhD, the founder of Fitch and Associates, who will discuss “Defying Gravity and Ways to Thrive in the New Era of Healthcare.” Dr. Fitch is an internationally recognized emergency services expert and author of several textbooks on emergency services leadership. Earlier in his career, he served as a police officer, volunteer firefighter, and was among one of the first in the U.S. to be trained as a paramedic before being named EMS director of St. Louis and later Kansas City.

The closing keynote address on Friday will be presented by Greg Mears, MD, medical director of ZOLL, who will speak on “Health Information Exchange: A No-brainer Concept that Keeps Generating Seizures.” Despite almost a decade of effort, Health Information Exchange (HIE) still appears to be in its infancy. Dr. Mears will explore the current status of HIE and how EMS operations can position themselves for its rapid expansion in healthcare over the next two years.

Prior to joining ZOLL, Dr. Mears served as the director of innovation for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a clinical professor of emergency medicine. Earlier, he served as the North Carolina State EMS medical director for 13 years and was the creator and medical director of the Emergency Medical Services Performance Improvement Center (EMSPIC).

In addition to the keynote sessions, conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear presentations from industry thought leaders who will strengthen attendees’ Summit experience with topics such as industry trends, best practices, challenges, and success stories. To register for Summit 2015 and/or one of the three different all-day pre-conference boot camps focused on Community Paramedicine on Monday, click on http://summit.zolldata.com/summit-registration

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group company, develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, fluid resuscitation, therapeutic temperature management, and ventilation, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies that help clinicians, EMS and fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and acute critical care. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

About Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by holding company Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the chemicals and fibers, homes and construction materials, electronics, and health care business sectors. Its health care operations include devices and systems for acute critical care, dialysis, therapeutic apheresis, transfusion, and manufacture of biotherapeutics, as well as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents, and nutritional products. With more than 29,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/.

Copyright © 2015 ZOLL Medical Corporation. ResQCPR, ResQPOD, and ZOLL are trademarks or registered trademark of ZOLL Medical Corporation or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Asahi Kasei is a registered trademark of Asahi Kasei Corporation. All product names are the property of their respective owners.

1Frascone RJ, et al. Treatment of Non-traumatic Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest with Active Compression Decompression Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Plus an Impedance Threshold Device. Resuscitation. 2013 Sept;84:1214-22.