NEW YORK—Even before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived to disrupt and reshape impacting our culture, business, consumer attitudes and many aspects of healthcare this year, there were new business modes just starting to emerge to challenge traditional healthcare delivery in the U.S. Many involved major retail players, existing health systems and new concepts as well. At the Oct. 7th session of Vision Monday's four-part virtual Global Leadership Summit Series, a number of leading healthcare and vision care professionals will share their insights in this area. "Who Are the New Gatekeepers? What's Vision's Role," is the second session of "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," the VM Global Leadership Summit's major theme.

This session will look at patient access to care and what's changing on this frontier. The rise of medical optometry; diabetes diagnosis and management as a pathway forward has been gaining new attention. What are the opportunities for vision care? Joining this session are Thomas Van Gilder, MD, chief medical officer of Walmart Health & Wellness who will talk about Walmart's emerging role in healthcare, including integrating vision care into its new Walmart Health program. Addressing the rise of telemedicine is Teladoc's Lewis Levy, MD, chief medical officer of the fast-growing firm, which also recently announced its pending acquisition of Livongo, the company that enables patients to better manage their own medical conditions, including diabetes. Alexis McLaughlin, president and CEO of 2020 On-site, will speak about how the company delivering mobile vision care is pivoting to new ways of addressing patient and employee care in new settings. A Vision Voices panel of prominent ODs will feature a conversation about the future of medical optometry with Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO, Kentucky Eye Institute and clinical editor of Review of Optometry conducting a Conversation with Ben Gaddie, OD, FAAO of Gaddie Eye Centers and Keplr Vision and Robert Allen, OD of Associates in Eyecare.

Leaders from the healthcare field, including prominent vision industry leaders, have joined the roster speakers and presenters during the VM Global Leadership Summit, comprised of four two-hour sessions to be held over four consecutive weeks, starting Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Registration is open now for this very special event which will examine the big themes and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the pandemic which has created new challenges on so many levels.

The full program description is also posted here, as VMail reported late last week.

Registration includes all four broadcasts, full access to the Vision Monday Summit virtual platform, networking, on-demand viewing during and after, door prizes and exclusive access to Summit attendee-only content after the event.

Click here to register for the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit.

The Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit is sponsored by Platinum Sponsors: Essilor, Luxottica, and VSP Global. Gold sponsors are CareCredit, Ocuco, Think About Your Eyes, and The Vision Council. Silver Sponsor: Alcon.