3 highlights from Cleveland Clinic's innovation summit this week

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The Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic's annual Medical Innovation Summit, which runs from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26, will bring together more than 1,500 medical and technology experts to discuss healthcare innovations, according to cleveland.com.

Here are three highlights:

1. Douglas Johnston, MD, a heart surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, worked with U.S. Navy special operations and aviation teams to develop a virtual reality headset. The device provides a 3-D virtual reality operating room to test residents' ability to navigate emergency heart surgeon situations.

2. The Cleveland Clinic announced the winners of its second annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon, which took place the preceding weekend, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23. The winners — who developed technology around themes of access redesign, care redesign, payment redesign and transformations in public health — presented their ideas Mon., Oct. 24.

3. Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker for the summit on Mon., Oct. 24. He discussed his initiative Cancer Moonshot, which works to accelerate research efforts by increasing data access and facilitating partnerships with physicians, researchers and pharmaceutical companies, among other stakeholders.

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