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John Cosgriff John Cosgriff, Chief Strategy Officer, UnitedHealthcare

John Cosgriff is Chief Strategy Officer for UnitedHealthcare, a $160 billion division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) – Number 6 on the Fortune 500 list. UnitedHealthcare serves one in eight Americans, making it the single largest business dedicated to health and well-being in the United States.
John works with leaders across UnitedHealthcare to define and drive the strategic direction for the overall organization, including identifying new ways to grow and diversify the business, increase the value provided to clients and consumers, and ensure the distinct long-term leadership position of UnitedHealthcare in the market.
John joined UnitedHealth Group in 2005. Past roles in the company have included responsibility for marketing and business development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and innovation.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, John was a management and technology consultant in Accenture’s Washington, D.C. consulting practice, where he served financial services and health services clients in the United States and Europe. John previously held staff positions in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
John is a Trustee for St. Paul Academy and Summit School, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. He is also a mentor for Techstars, a national startup accelerator.
John holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Saquib Rahim MD, MBA Saquib Rahim MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Aetna Digital

Saquib Rahim, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Strategy within Consumer Health and Services at Aetna. The Consumer Health and Services organization is responsible for helping Aetna members achieve their best health and for fostering innovative collaborations with health care providers to improve the overall quality, cost and experience for Aetna members. Dr. Rahim leads efforts focused on health care technology for the Aetna Digital team.

Dr. Rahim is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine and an attending physician. Prior to joining Aetna, he was Director of Integrated Health at Quartet and Chief Medical Officer at CipherHealth - both New York-based health care technology companies. He has extensive experience in health care from both clinical and business perspectives, having practiced and/or consulted in more than 20 different health systems since medical school. Dr. Rahim is passionate about health care innovation and improving care delivery through a combination of high-value technology and effective services.

Dr. Rahim graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University with honors in Internal Medicine and participated as a member of the combined seven-year BA/MD program. Dr. Rahim completed his master’s degree from Harvard Business School (HBS) where he co-authored an HBS teaching case with Professor Michael Porter on outcomes measurement in health care.

Dale Rayman Dale Rayman, Senior Vice President, Actuarial Consulting & Business Development, Sharecare, Inc.
Twitter ID: @sharecareinc

Dale Rayman is the Senior Vice President of Actuarial Consulting and Business Development at Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place. Dale works closely with Sharecare’s clients to help them measure and gain a deeper understanding of their populations’ outcomes and performance. Through the use of advanced data analysis, Dale also helps customers maximize and demonstrate a positive return on their investment in Sharecare’s messaging, motivation, health/lifestyle management and measurement platform.

Previously, Dale was the Director of Analytics and Chief Actuary at Zipongo, a digital nutrition platform. Prior to Zipongo, Rayman spent 27 years at Willis Towers Watson where he held a variety of roles, including Health and Group Benefits Senior Consultant, and Chief Actuary for the company’s private exchange for active employees. For several years, Dale was also the co-leader for Towers Watson’s National Healthcare Analytics Practice.

Dale is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He is also a member of the Southeastern Actuaries Conference. He received a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University.

Chanin Wendling Chanin Wendling, AVP, Informatics, Geisinger Health System

Chanin Wendling has developed key strategies that leverage mobile and portal technologies to drive digital patient engagement and facilitate the provider's ability to deliver quality patient care. Her mobile technology projects include smartphones for providers for secure text messaging and EMR access, text message appointment reminders and diabetes management, iPads to collect patient data and drive patient engagement, mobile apps for Colonoscopy and Lumbar Spine surgery, eBooks and patient engagement packages through iTunes University. Her portal projects have included expanding patient access to clinical data, using the portal as a conduit to gather important patient data for areas such as medication reconciliation, depression screening and asthma management, using the portal to help patients prep for a visit so that exam room time can be focused, and providing a portal for referring providers to stay connected to their patients' care at Geisinger. Her current efforts focus on the ability to deliver personalized healthcare, tailoring care based on the patient’s communication preferences, behaviors and motivations.


Sam Adams Sam Adams, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Technical Lead for Global Aging Initiative, IBM

Currently co-leading the Aging Strategic Initiative in IBM Research, Sam Adams was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1995, and in 1996 appointed as one of IBM's first Distinguished Engineers. After helping to found the first Object Technology Practice in the IBM Consulting Group, he led a study on Self Configuring Systems that foreshadowed IBM's Autonomic Computing initiative. Sam co-authored IBM's XML Technical Strategy, focusing on machine-to-machine communication which became the core of IBM's Web Services strategy, coining the term "Service Oriented Architecture" and defining the Publish-Find-Bind triangle model for SOA in 1998. In 2000, Mr. Adams led the Joshua Blue project, resulting in a number of breakthroughs in the field of Artificial General Intelligence, including the Superstition and Forgetfulness model for autonomous learning. Later, Sam developed the first internet mash-up technologies at IBM and led IBM's Research's Enterprise 2.0 Initiative. In 2013 he served as CTO for Contextual Computing in IBM Research, leading the exploration of peta-scale graph-based analytics and programming systems across IBM Research's global labs. Over the last 5 years he has helped drive a number of Global Technology Outlook topics in IBM Research, each of which has had a profound impact on IBM's strategic direction. Today, Sam is applying Cognitive Computing to eldercare, addressing the cross-industry impact of the global Aging Boom. 

Andrew Altorfer Andrew Altorfer, CEO, CirrusMD

Andrew has led CirrusMD since its founding, helping to grow the business into the leading virtual care platform for value-based care. Along the way, CirrusMD has completed three successful funding rounds and expanded access to care to nearly one million people. Prior to co-founding CirrusMD, Andrew worked as an advisor and investment banker to early and growth-stage tech companies giving him the market knowledge and experience needed to lead the execution of our vision. Most recently, Andrew was a VP with Q Advisors, a boutique technology investment bank. Previously, Andrew was with Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. He has a bachelor's in Finance with honors from the University of Illinois and also studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado.

Darlene Arbeit Darlene Arbeit, Chief Operating Officer, ALIVE SCIENCES

As chief operating officer (COO) of Alive Sciences, Darlene Arbeit guides the innovative Sarasota company dedicated to helping individuals, families, and healthcare organizations identify warning signs of health problems, manage chronic conditions, and enhance personal wellbeing. Through partnerships with health technology developers and care providers, Alive Sciences is deploying the Rothman Index (Ri), a patented, easy-to-understand, early-warning system, outside the hospital setting to support individual wellness and residential care programs, as well as optimizing clinical trials and research. At Alive Sciences, Arbeit focuses on the importance of taking a proactive approach to wellness and health care using tools like mobile devices and the Rothman Index, which empowers individuals by providing an easily understood health score for monitoring changes in conditions. Prior to joining Alive Sciences in 2014, Arbeit was chief executive officer (CEO) for The Jewish Housing Council with management responsibility for its retirement community with facilities including: Kobernick House, a 191-unit independent living community; Anchin Pavilion a 70-bed assisted living facility; the Fannie Green Memory Care Unit; and the 50-bed Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Under her leadership from 1997 to 2014, the community has made major advances including a successful transfer of management from outside consulting company to in-house control and development of a certified outpatient rehabilitation facility. The Jewish Housing Council also became the first organization outside a hospital to employ the PeraHealth Index to monitor resident care more effectively. Arbeit has more than 30 years of experience in the geriatric and health care fields and maintains numerous professional credentials. She served as a member of the Assisted Living Facility Policy Committee, State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration; and was appointed by Governor Scott to the Assisted Living Workgroup. She also serves on the executive board of Leading Age Florida. Arbeit earned her bachelor's degree in education at the University of New Orleans, and a certification in health systems management from Tulane University's School of Public Health. She was a teacher for special needs children before entering the long-term care industry. 

Arta Bakshandeh Arta Bakshandeh, Senior Medical Officer, Alignment Healthcare
Twitter ID: @alignmenthealth

Dr. Arta Bakshandeh, DO, MA, is senior medical officer at Alignment Healthcare, a population health management company that partners with health systems and provider groups across the country to improve the health of seniors. In this role, Dr. Bakshandeh is tasked with the development and implementation of Alignment Healthcare's clinical care model, data analytics platform and home monitoring programs for patients with chronic diseases. He is also assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), where he lectures physician assistant students in the USC Physician Assistant Program. Prior to joining Alignment, Dr. Bakshandeh served as regional medical director for CareMore Health Plan's Medicare-Medicaid business in California and Virginia. Dr. Bakshandeh received his medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned his B.S. in cellular and developmental biology and master's degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology with an emphasis in molecular genetics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Edmond Banayan MBA, MSIMC Edmond Banayan MBA, MSIMC, Co-Founder & CEO, Chronaly

Mr. Banayan has founded and led business ventures in healthcare, technology, and services. Presently, among his leadership affiliations is Chronaly Inc. (Chronaly) where he is the Co-Founder and CEO. As Co-Founder and CEO of Chronaly, Mr. Banayan leads a multi-disciplinary team in their mission to develop and commercialize mobile health solutions for developmental disorders such autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Other organizations Mr. Banayan has been involved with include, but not limited to, The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), Kaiser Permanente, Universal Health Services (A Fortune 500 health system), and university-based start-ups in partnership with distinguished university faculties. Mr. Banayan's education and experience span more than 20 years to include expertise in strategic planning, corporate governance, business development, funding, marketing. He is on company boards and involved with non-profits such as presently serving at the Chair for The Los Angeles Venture Associations’s Healthcare Group.  During Mr. Banayan’s tenure at University of Illinois and Northwestern University, Mr. Banayan taught and managed Marketing Management courses and business management seminars for undergraduates and graduate students where the audience ranged from 40 to 1000+ attendees.

Mr. Banayan attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree and graduated with honorable mentions. Subsequent to UCLA, he received his graduate degrees in Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications (MSIMC) from University of Illinois and Northwestern University.

Avi Barel Avi Barel, Business Development Director, ULE Alliance

Avi has over 30 years of broad high tech experience, ranging from software development, semiconductor, engineering and business management. Avi joined the ULE Alliance in April 2013 as the Director of Business Development. Prior to ULE Alliance, worked 10 years at DSP Group, serving as Corporate Vice President of sales for 8 years. Before joining DSP Group established and managed Winbond subsidiary in Israel for 5 years, developing semiconductor products for speech processing and communication, managing team of 50+ engineers. At National Semiconductor held variety of engineering, engineering management and business management positions; involved in development and management of award winning, innovative projects. Avi holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

William Betten William Betten, Director of Business Solutions, Devicix by Nortech Systems
Twitter ID: @wbetten

William (Bill) Betten Bill is the Director of Business Solutions at Devicix | Nortech, a contract design and product fulfillment firm focused on the medical market and headquartered in Minnesota. Bill utilizes his years of experience in the medical industry to advance device product developments into the medical and life sciences industries. Prior to joining Devicix, Bill served as vice president of business solutions at Logic PD, medical technology director at TechInsights, vice president of engineering at Nonin Medical, and in a variety of technology and product development roles at various high tech firms. He has been directly involved in a variety of medical developments, including hearing aids, perfusion systems, PACS and medical imaging, networking/storage, telemedicine, vital signs monitoring systems, and mobile health. Bill is an IEEE member, serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Medical Design and Diagnostic Industry, as well as Advisory Boards for the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium, for St. Thomas University, for Minnesota State University, for Medical Alley's R&D Advisory Group, and is a noted author and lecturer. Bill received bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and physics from SD School of Mines and Technology, and a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. 

Kyra Bobinet Kyra Bobinet, CEO-founder, engagedIN

Kyra has founded several healthcare start-ups, spanning behavior health, population health, and mobile health. She has designed behavior change programs, big data algorithms, billion dollar products, mobile health apps, and evidence-based studies in mind-body and metabolic medicine. All of her designs, whether for at-risk teens or seniors, are rooted in the belief that true caring is our greatest value.

Dr. Bobinet currently co-teaches courses at Stanford School of Medicine on patient engagement and empowerment, and health design with Dr. Larry Chu, founder of MedicineX. She also studies in Dr. BJ Fogg’s Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford, to whom she gives absolute credit as the founder of “behavior design”.

Dr. Bobinet received her Masters in Public Health at Harvard University, specializing in Healthcare Management, Technology-enabled Behavior Change, and Population Health Management. She received her medical degree from the UCSF School of Medicine.

Harvey Bogarat Harvey Bogarat, VP of Business Development, Libertana

Libertana a JACHO accredited Certified Home Health agency is the largest manager of California state waiver services targeting Housing and Health Care. The organization provides an a-typical menu versus traditional agencies, supporting a cross section of 2,500 community based clients that span pediatric to geriatric. Over the past 15 years, Libertana has developed a unique relationship with the state of California managing the needs of Homeless, Pediatric, Frail Elderly, Mental Health and Clinically Complex clients. Prior to joining Libertana, Harvey played a key role in the development of the Postacute industry, delivering medical services typically only provided in acute care hospital. While Vice President of Sales at one of the largest infusion therapy networks, operating 43 specialty pharmacies, he played an instrumental role in developing the organic growth required to successfully take the company public. During this period Harvey worked in a ground zero capacity with clinical leaders in the HIV & Oncology verticals, collaborating on protocols that became standards of care worldwide. His attention then turned to the burgeoning Subacute space where he played a pivotal role in the management of large networks of Skilled Nursing Facilities containing Medical Specialty Units (MSU), caring for the complex clinical needs of pulmonary, neurologic, orthopedic, bariatric and memory care patients. Capitalizing on his clinical and business knowledge his focus became payor contracting, negotiating agreements with many of the largest regional and national MCO. His visionary prowess has led to a strategic alignment with Orbita Health, leader in Voice Recognition Technology (VRT) and a first of its kind VRT pilot in the Home Care environment.
Harvey is a Graduate of Concorde College and attended the Gallitan Division of NYU.

Autumn Braswell Autumn Braswell, COO, Global Solutions, Marketing, LinQ, iQor
Twitter ID: @iQor

Autumn Braswell, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Global Solutions, Marketing and LinQ, has over 15 years of experience in the aftermarket services and manufacturing industry. From 2009-2012 she led strategic growth for the Aftermarket Services division tasked with several important objectives for the division's profitability and growth. In 2012 Braswell moved over to lead strategic development for diversified manufacturing, then moved into the Medical Division after their acquisition of Nypro in 2013. After iQor's acquisition of Jabil's Aftermarket Services in 2014, Braswell became the COO of Global Solutions, Marketing and LinQ. She obtained her Bachelor's of Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Kentucky, and completed her MBA in 2005.

Ryan Connolly Ryan Connolly, CTO, Sensely

Ryan Connolly is the Chief Technology Officer for Sensely, where he is focused on creating engaging patient experiences to drive better health outcomes by utilizing artificial intelligence and avatar technology.  Ryan has led the creation of Sensely’s mobile-first, voice-enabled platform to create an emotionally intelligent solutions for chronic care management, symptom triage, and patient health information access.  Sensely recently obtained Series B funding and has deployed its product in five countries, with demonstrated positive results in patient health outcomes.  Prior to Sensely, Ryan worked in the software industry for 15 years, primary focused on big data and machine learning applications to cyber security.  Ryan holds a degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler, Chief Revenue Officer, Tyto Care

Jeff has over 25 years of experience in digital information & healthcare, including starting & running several successful internet businesses. As CRO, Jeff runs sales, marketing & business development for Tyto Care, launching Tyto to health systems, employers, telehealth partners & patients. Jeff brings experience across the full healthcare ecosystem including over 6 years at Vitals where he helped build & lead one of the top patient engagement & transparency platforms. Prior to Vitals, Jeff launched & led Answers.com & Office.com. In addition, Jeff has been a senior executive with SIIA, Inlumen / NewsAlert, Winstar (Office.com), N2K / Telebase, Thomson Financial & CompuServe.

Casper de Clercq Casper de Clercq, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

With over 30 years of experience, Casper is a veteran of the medical device and life sciences industry, having led marketing and commercialization efforts for companies that span the healthcare space. He brings extensive operating knowledge to Norwest Venture Partners, where he focuses on mid-to-late-stage investments in consumer and digital health, healthcare IT, medical devices and diagnostics, technology-enabled healthcare services, and specialty pharmaceuticals. He currently serves on the boards of iRhythm Technologies (Nasdaq: IRTC), Telcare, Crossover Health, Omada Health, and NextHealth Technologies. Casper was previously on the board of Basis (acquired by Intel) and Intersect ENT (Nasdaq: XENT). Casper is also responsible for Norwest’s investment in Misfit Wearables (acquired by Fossil).

Barry Didato Barry Didato, Chief Investment Officer, The Innovation Institute, LLC

Barry Didato serves as Chief Investment Officer of The Innovation Institute; a unique healthcare innovation platform accelerator based in Orange County, California.  The Institute’s staff of over 650 professionals focus on serving family offices and others with an investment platform for de-risking investment in healthcare innovation and enabling innovators and investors to generate greater financial returns, leverage expertise and strategic partners to amplify the power and impact of human ingenuity and goodwill to save lives and alleviate human suffering worldwide. Barry has over 25 years of experience in due diligence, investments and M&A leadership, and previously served for 14 years as Director of Strategic Investment for the Saudi Royal Family, and their various holding companies. Within that role, Barry led the Royals family office for global investments, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, cross-border business rollouts, scaling, and supporting start-ups and building social currency on six continents.

Barry received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design & Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate focusing on entrepreneurial management, finance and design thinking to accelerate innovation from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in conjunction with Harvard Business School, where he was the recipient of the Aga Khan Fellowship and Gerald D. Hines Fellowship Awards.

Steve Ditto Steve Ditto, Chief Commercial Officer, Lantern

Steve Ditto has over 25 years experience working with healthcare organizations to develop innovative solutions to their most pressing clinical, financial, and operational issues.

Steve is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at Lantern, a digital mental health company helping people manage anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.  Lantern combines clinical expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with consumer-grade web and mobile technology and personalized 1:1 coaching.  The result is an effective and engaging experience people enjoy using and recommend to family and friends. The model is highly cost effective and very scalable so it can reach millions of people on a global basis to deliver the support they need.  Lantern works closely with employers, payers, and providers to help their employees, members, and patients lead longer, healthier, happier, and more productive lives.

Prior to his work at Lantern, Steve was Chief Business Development officer at Schumacher Clinical Partners a $1B+ provider of Emergency and Hospital Management services serving over 500 hospital clients.  Steve helped reposition the company as a technology-enabled clinical services provider delivering high quality, cost effective healthcare services. 

Steve has also served in executive roles at a number of national healthcare consulting, technology, and outsourcing firms including Accenture, Hewlett Packard, EDS, and Price Waterhouse. 

Steve graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has served as a member of the Alumni Association Board.

Chris Edwards Chris Edwards, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Conversa Health
Twitter ID: @chrissedwards

A proven business executive, Chris brings over 24 years of strategy, business development, operations, and marketing to both B to C and B to B organizations of varying sizes. From start-ups to emerging companies to enterprise organizations, Chris has led global marketing, business development and strategic partnerships for several healthcare technology organizations. Chris has deep experience in healthcare technology (Software, Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, Mobile & Services).

Most recently, Chris was the Chief Marketing Officer at Validic where he led global marketing, Business Developement and strategic partnership efforts growing Validic to the healthcare industry’s “de facto standard” for accessing data from mobile health devices, wearables, in-home devices and patient healthcare apps. He led the go-to-market initiatives generating 84% of total annual sales revenue.

Prior to that, Chris led Global Marketing at Allscripts, helping to drive dramatic growth ($225M to $1.2B) across several business solutions for physicians, hospitals and post-acute organizations (customer base: 180,000 physicians, 1,500 hospitals and over 10,000 post-acute organizations around the world).Additionally, Chris has led global Marketing & Strategy in Oral Care technology and Vision Care technology for PE portfolio companies; the work led to successful “event” transactions.

Chris was recently awarded the Chief Marketing Officer Growth Award among over 800 global CMOs, for “demonstrating leadership in new strategies and programs resulting in significant company growth."

This past year, Chris was a featured thought leader speaker at several major health technology events: Digital Health Summit in Sydney, Australia (keynote), SAP’s Global Innovation Event in Silicon Valley, The Mobile Patient Summit in the Research Triangle Park, NC; Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Transformation Summit; MedTech Summit in Cannes, France; Digital Health Thought Leadership Summit in London. 

Chris received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Business from Westmont College and excelled in the UNC-Chapel Hill Business School Accelerated Executive Program.  He enjoys basketball, golf and time with his wife and two children.

Guy Friedman Guy Friedman, Co-Founder & CEO, SteadyMD, Inc.
Twitter ID: @guyfriedman

Guy Friedman is the CEO & co-founder of SteadyMD. SteadyMD is a platform for virtual concierge medicine. For a monthly fee, patients can select a specific doctor based on the doctor's  personality and expertise on their lifestyle. After an initial one-hour video call, the patient is connected to their dedicated doctor via our feature rich chat application (very similar to slack), same day phone calls and same day video calls. Our doctors see much fewer patients than a typical primary care doctor. Previously, Guy was the CEO and and founder of HigherNext, and online proctoring company in the education world. He attended Tufts University and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennslyvania.

John Gardner John Gardner, Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
Twitter ID: @JohngardnerVC
Website: http://www.nokiagrowthpartners.com

John has led and managed investments in companies across the information technology spectrum, including enterprise software, carrier software, systems and component companies. John comes to Nokia Growth Partners from BlueRun Ventures, where he was one of the founding partners. Prior to that, John held a senior business development role at Nokia and has over 20 years of experience advising and working with start-up and emerging businesses, including extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. John is based in Silicon Valley.

Veena Goel Jones MD Veena Goel Jones MD, Medical Director, Digital Patient Experience, Sutter Health
Twitter ID: @veenagoe

Dr. Goel is the Medical Director for Digital Patient Experience at Sutter Health, where she is responsible for providing clinical and change management leadership to garner patient engagement through digital health solutions. This includes My Health Online, the digital patient portal through which over 1.4 million Sutter patients to access their personal health records and activities as well as communicate with their providers. Over the past few years she has contributed significantly to the medical literature on her work using analytics and big data to improve bedside monitor alarm fatigue, and has also provided clinical informatics expertise and consultancy during local and international electronic health record implementations. Clinically, she practices as a pediatric hospitalist at PAMF, caring for newborns and hospitalized children, while helping patients and their families navigate the healthcare system.

Kari Hall Kari Hall, VP, Global Software Services, ResMed

Kari Hall is Vice President, Global Services of ResMed's Software as a Service group. ResMed is a worldwide leader for medical devices to treat sleep apnea, with over 3 million cloud-based devices already in the market. Kari's focused on managing the company's existing SaaS and Service businesses and driving the adoption of the company's connected solutions. In this role, she also manages training, solutions delivery, customer success and customer support for the company's software platforms. Prior to returning to San Diego in September 2016, Kari had spent the previous 3 years in Munich, Germany, driving the strategic direction for ResMed's Sleep and Consumer division across Europe and APAC. In addition to her vast background in the industry, Kari has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas of strategy, business development, M&A, finance, and marketing. Her expertise has been instrumental in the process of achieving consistent growth and the implementation of innovative services and solutions. Prior to ResMed, Kari spent 10 years on Wall Street in various roles from Equity Research, Portfolio Management and Investment Banking, always with a focus on the Medical Devices and Life Science Tools industry.

Chuck Hector Chuck Hector, Chief Sales Officer, MDLIVE, Inc.

Based in Chicago, IL, Chuck Hector has more than 25 years of experience in health care serving in multiple corporate development and executive leadership roles. Currently serving as Chief Revenue Officer of Sunrise, Florida-based MDLIVE, Chuck leads the organizations business strategy and revenue acquisition in the rapidly emerging telehealth segment.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois; and his Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in health care administration.

He spent 10 years with science and medical publisher Reed Elsevier launching what is today the leading medical device OEM journal, Medical Design Technology™. In that role Chuck was distinguished as the solo producer achieving the highest revenue goal over target out of 1,480 contemporaries, an honor he accepted at the President's Club retreat in Venice, Italy. In 2003, Chuck was named Vice President of Global Sales at ComPsych™ Corporation, the largest EAP and managed behavioral health organization (MBHO) worldwide prior to their acquisition by Summit Partners.

Chuck became Senior Vice President of Sales at IncentOne™ in 2007, the leading provider of SaaS health incentive technology solutions to the health care industry, participating in diligence for institutional capital leading to a $50 million valuation from Camden Partners. In this role he managed the sales and service enterprise instrumental in building collaborative relationships with complex purchasing teams at 26 national managed care organizations. Most recently, he was the Chief Business Officer at CSI, Inc., the largest provider of self-service, health monitoring kiosks in the United States to large employers and health plans where his team revolutionized physician telehealth consultations using two-way video applications in the work place.

A Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) Chuck is an active member of 5 health management advisory panels and is board member to an early stage behavioral health care concern. He resides in suburban Chicago with his wife and 4 children.

Jody Holtzman Jody Holtzman, SVP, Market Innovation, AARP

Jody Holtzman has over twenty-five years of experience helping companies develop and implement competitive strategies and achieve their strategic market goals, Jody now leads the Market Innovation group for AARP, where he brings a non-traditional perspective to the field of aging shaped by a 20-year career in strategy, innovation, and organizational change.

At AARP, Jody is focused on ways to spark innovation in the market to benefit people over 50. In this role he envisioned and developed the concept of the $7.6 trillion Longevity Economy; co-founded and launched the Longevity Network, www.longevitynetwork.org, with United Healthcare; and, created the Innovation@50+ LivePitch franchise which has attracted over 1,000 applicants and seen 31 companies and five exits from 70 finalists who collectively raised over $180 million in venture investment.

Jody’s work has been published in Venture Capital Review, the Journal of Business Strategy, Competitive Intelligence Magazine, the Competitive Intelligence Anthology, and Making Cents Out of Knowledge Management. He has a graduate degree in international political economy from the University of Chicago, and is an avid guitar player. 

Olivier Hua Olivier Hua, CEO, BewellConnect Corp
Twitter ID: @hua_olivier

Olivier is General Manager of Visiomed Group and CEO of BewellConnect Corp, its US subsidiary, based in Boston. Visiomed Group is a French company listed in Paris which has developed under the BewellConnect brand a full range of medical devices connected to one single app. This app is a personal health assistant that includes artificial intelligence to do a first triage prior to allow its user to connect virtually to a real doctor. Olivier has been with the company since 2009 initially as a director and as a manager since beginning 2015. Prior to his current position, Olivier has been for 14 years a venture investor, in France, in tech companies. Among others he has been an early investor in Vistaprint and Photobox which both became worldwide leaders in their respective fields. From 1981 to 1999, Olivier was successfully banker in Paris and London, and managed small industrial companies in the automotive field.

David Inns David Inns, CEO, GreatCall
Twitter ID: @GreatCallCEO

David Inns is CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of GreatCall Inc., the leader in connected health solutions for active aging. Since its inception in 2006, GreatCall has developed a complete portfolio of products and services that help enable independent aging, including: telehealth services, medication adherence programs, emergency response, fall detection and activity monitoring. GreatCall’s commitment to simplicity and best-in-class service helps the older consumer adopt and enjoy connected health solutions while keeping caregivers up-to-date on their own smartphones with the GreatCall Link app.  Under David’s leadership, GreatCall has grown from a startup in 2006 to a company with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue and over 1,000 employees.David is also an Executive Board member of the Consumer Technology Association.  He was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 nationally in the Services category.

Matthew Karls Matthew Karls, Partner, Echo Health Ventures
Twitter ID: @captebitda

Matt Karls manages strategic investing and supports the growth of the Echo Health Ventures portfolio companies that enable providers to align incentives to achieve better outcomes, strengthen patient-provider relationships, and support seniors and their families as they address the challenges associated with aging. Matt served on the Cambia Health Solutions strategic investing team for three years prior to joining Echo Health Ventures. He came to Cambia following five years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in a corporate development role and brings more than 15 years of experience leading teams in corporate development, strategy and operating functions across companies in the health care, telecommunications, and software development industries. Matt holds a Masters of Business Administration in Management from Michigan State University and a Bachelor's in Economics from Western Michigan University. He serves as a director on the boards of Caremerge and True Link Financial, and is a board observer for mPulse Mobile ? all of which are Echo Health Ventures portfolio companies. As an enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurship, Matt is also a mentor for several early stage companies and accelerator programs. Matt is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ranndy Kellogg Ranndy Kellogg, President & CEO, Omron Healthcare
Twitter ID: @ranndywithtwons

Ranndy Kellogg is the president and CEO of Omron Healthcare, Inc., a world leader in personal heart health and wellness technology with a North American headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois. Prior to being named to his current position in April, 2016, Ranndy held positions in marketing and sales at the company and, as COO, led the initiative to transform Omron into a more digitally-focused company. Responsible for operations across the U.S., Canada and Latin America, Ranndy spearheads Omron's bold mission of Going for Zero, the effort to eliminate heart attack and stroke. The commitment to Going for Zero is reflected in Omron's focus on groundbreaking technologies that encourage and enable heart healthy behaviors and sharing of data to improve health outcomes. Omron collaborates with like-minded partners like AliveCor, Inc., a leader in cardiac care technology and intelligence, for which Ranndy serves as a member of the board of directors. Ranndy is also on the board of HealthCorps, a non-profit founded by Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz, which promotes health and wellness in our nation's youth. Ranndy also is a founding member of the Healthcare Council of Chicago, a collaboration designed to advance Chicago’s profile as a hub of innovation and transformation for America's rapidly changing health care system. 

Sanjay Khurana Sanjay Khurana, Vice President, Caregiving Products and Services, AARP

As Vice President of Caregiving at AARP Services, Sanjay Khurana spearheads the strategic direction for the development and growth of the Caregiving Offering Ecosystem. Prior to Caregiving, Sanjay was part of the AARP Thought Leadership, leading the Health Innovation efforts in market outreach and eco-system development with entrepreneurs, investors and industry thought leaders, in addressing the needs of the 50-plus. Sanjay is a high-impact innovator with a balance of entrepreneurial energy and business know-how having taken the reins in venture-backed startups, rapid-growth enterprises, and global Fortune 500 companies. His passion for consumer products & innovation has taken his journey through Mobile Communications, Mobile Advertising, Digital Media and Marketing, Mobile Payments, Consumer Health, and now Caregiving. When he is not working, he is traveling around the world on wildlife photography expeditions. Sanjay is a co-founder in a successful Wildlife safari company, rated one of the Best Travel Adventure companies by National Geographic.

Steve Koenig Steve Koenig, Senior Director, Market Research, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Steve Koenig is senior director of market research atthe Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.

He oversees all primary research activities; examining technology trends and their impact on consumer attitudes and behavior. He also contributes to CTA’s U.S. and global technology forecasts. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributing editor to many industry publications.

Prior to CTA, Steve held analyst positions at Comscore, NPD Group and a senior editor post at CMP Media’s former Computer Retail Week. Koenig holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas.

Phillip LaJoie Phillip LaJoie, VP of Operations, 2bPrecise
Twitter ID: @2bprecise

Phillip LaJoie, Vice President of Operations for 2BPrecise. Phillip brings over a decade of senior level technical experience as both a Chief Information Officer and a Chief Technology Officer within the public and private sectors. In his role as CTO within the Military Health System, he led the data sharing initiative between Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While serving as CIO for the Navy's largest medical facility, Balboa Hospital, Phillip was responsible for deploying the military's largest and most complex medical simulation center. Phillip has vast expertise in evaluating and implementing medical information technology within hospital systems, in large-scale data center optimization and in design and implementation of virtual private networks. 

Robert Lutz Robert Lutz, Director Business Development, Systech Corporation representing Z-Wave

Robert Lutz is the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Systech Corporation where he is focused on connecting all things IoT. Robert is responsible for ecosystem partner relationships at Systech and oversees the development and launch of new IoT products. You can also keep up with him on his popular IoT blog hosted on the Systech website. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kelly Macken-Marble Kelly Macken-Marble, Vice President, Population Health & Ambulatory Care, CentraCare Health

Kelly Macken-Marble is a dynamic healthcare leader with more than 24 years of progressive leadership experience in acute care, ambulatory and ancillary service settings and extensive experience developing and leading population health strategy to support the organizational transition from fee for service to value based reimbursement. 

Kelly currently serves as the Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at CentraCareHealth providing support to primary care and specialty clinic’s, service lines of Pediatrics and Behavioral Health and accountable for the system’s call center, population management and system lab and blood bank services.   Kelly previously served as the President of Population Health and Ambulatory Services at North Memorial Health Care and Vice President of Population Health and Ambulatory Services at HealthEastCare System and spent 9 years as the Director of Clinic Operations at St Luke’s in Duluth, MN.  Kelly is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan where she started her career. 

Kelly has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management with a healthcare emphasis as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management of Health Services.  She is a member of Medical Group Management Association and the MN Chapter of MGMA as well as serves as a Mentor in the Women’s Healthcare Leadership Trust.  

John Mattison MD John Mattison MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser

John has pursued a wide range of activities in health and wellness throughout his career. Initially he practiced primary care, preventive medicine, critical care, trauma and helicopter medicine, and was one of the founders of the hyperbaric medicine program at UCSD. He practiced for five years as an ICU Intensivist and was director of critical care, pharmacy and therapeutics, quality and utilization at various times during his tenure at Scripps, prior to continuing his clinical practice at Kaiser Permanente.

He has dedicated his recent career to transforming healthcare through Health Information Technology and health policy at both state and federal levels.

He designed and implemented his first EHR in 1984 and has designed or implemented six additional EHRs since that time. He chairs both regional and national IT investment portfolios for Kaiser Permanente, and is an active participant on multiple innovation boards, and mentors hundreds of startups in digital health.

His team led the first and largest deployment of KP HealthConnect, the largest private health record deployment in the nation. That program was completed 1 year ahead of schedule and $267million under budget. He continues to lead scores of innovation projects throughout Kaiser Permanente, ranging from mobile healthcare apps, social analytics and interventions, telemedicine, big data analytics, and the behavioral economics of change. He is currently launching a project to transform how complex data sets, including genomic, microbiomics, exposomics, socialomics and phenomics, and streaming wearable sensor data (and healthcare IOT) can be transformed through visualization into intuitive representations that support shared decision making and better activation of people with their own health journeys.

He has designed a topologic and heuristic strategy for managing the avalanche of data associated with pervasive sensing, the IOT, and Big Data in general.

His primary goal is to harvest the exponential growth of knowledge about health and use it to help individuals participate more directly in improving their own health and resilience and at the same time engage their communities in broader initiatives around health promotion for all members of the community. At the individual level, he is dedicated to helping restore the healing and caring aspects of how caregivers motivate and coordinate the care of every individual they treat. John also participates in the Framework For Humanity and other groups that are addressing the issues surrounding social equity in the digital era, both inside and outside of healthcare.

He summarizes his passion with two approaches “using modern technology to restore ancient wisdom” and creating a “Behavioral Symphony of Wellness” to motivate individuals along their personal journeys to health, wellness, happiness and resilience. 

Kristen Ratcliff McGovern Kristen Ratcliff McGovern, Partner, Sirona Strategies

Kristen McGovern has worked in federal health care policy and politics for more than a decade. In her role as a partner at Sirona Strategies, she works with senior corporate executives to develop business, advocacy and communications strategies that reflect complex and dynamic health care policies, regulations, legislation and market trends. She regularly advises clients on a range of topics including commercial insurance markets, Medicare, Medicaid, accountable care organizations, new payment and delivery models, digital health, behavioral health, transparency initiatives and more.

Kristen has a track record of helping clients translate nuanced public policy into actionable business strategy. She has a deep understanding of the political landscape, and expertise in analyzing and shaping health care policy at every level of government.

Prior to launching Sirona Strategies, Kristen advised clients on health care, food and nutrition issues at the international law firm DLA Piper. Prior to that, she served in senior roles at the Department of Health and Human Services and in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. In both roles, she regularly advised officials at HHS and the White House on key issues including health information technology, appropriations and funding, Medicare, Medicaid, quality, program integrity and more.

She holds a BA from Creighton University and a JD with an emphasis in health law from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Sean McNamara Sean McNamara, Manager of Health Partnerships, Garmin

Sean McNamara, Manager of Health Partnerships at Garmin, has spent the past few years in the healthcare and digital engagement platforms space.  In his current role, Sean is responsible for managing partnerships for Garmin Health in the payer, provider, pharmaceutical, population health and clinical trials industries.  Prior to managing Health Partnerships at Garmin, Sean has held leadership sales and marketing roles at healthcare engagement companies and consulting firms.

Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com

Lainie Muller is a 15-year veteran of the technology industry and an emerging voice on Smart Solutions for Aging in Place and Connected Caregiving.

Lainie is Director of Wellness at Alarm.com, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ALRM)and the nation’s leading cloud-based platform for the smart home. The Wellness solution leverages Smart Home technology to support Aging in Place and independent living for older adults and those living with disabilities. Wellness, an integrated element of Alarm.com’s comprehensive ecosystem of home management technology, is currently in use in residential homes, senior living communities, schools and in remote caregiving programs funded by Medicare and Medicaid.  The product has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Kiplingers, CNN, NPR and TechCrunch.

In 2010, Lainie joined BeClose, a privately funded start-up company, as the Director of Partnership Sales. In 2015, BeClose was “spun-in” to Alarm.com, an early-stage strategic investor of the company. The BeClose product is now available as Alarm.com Wellness.

Prior to BeClose, Lainie served as National Sales Manager, Major Accounts Unit (MAU) at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post company, where she led a top revenue producing team driving Healthcare, Consumer Electronics and Retail sales.

Lainie has been an active Board Member for the National Capitol Area Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association since 2012. She holds a BS in Business and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Lainie lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and two teenage boys.

Mikki Nasch Mikki Nasch, Co-founder, Evidation Health
Twitter ID: @mikkinasch

Mikki Nasch is the Co-founder and VP of Evidation Health, responsible for strategic business development. The desire to change the way the healthcare system interacts with patients was a driver in creating this company, along with the core belief that data would provide the solution.  Mikki is a serial entrepreneur and held leadership positions in the incubation phase of numerous startups and early-stage software venture capital funds. She led development of products, sales strategies, business models and corporate vision.

Chris Nicholson Chris Nicholson, CEO, mPulse Mobile
Twitter ID: @cnicholson2020

As Chief Executive Officer of mPulse Mobile, Chris bring over 20 years of experience in healthcare and digital technology. His experience has ranged from leadership in fortune 100 companies to dynamic startups. Prior to mPulse Mobile, Chris spent over a decade in strategic leadership roles at Humana, including VP and COO of Wellness, and led Humana’s Strategic consultancy division. He holds a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from University of Louisville. He also completed the Harvard Executive Development Program for Healthcare Leaders.

Dunnie Norman Dunnie Norman, SVP Sales, Vivify Health
Twitter ID: @DunnieN

Dunnie Norman leads customer development, strategy and marketing efforts for Vivify Health, the leading connected health, virtual care and remote monitoring solution for many of the country’s largest healthcare organizations.   Dunnie brings 20 years of healthcare software commercialization experience to Vivify’s growth efforts. Based in Dallas TX, he has worked with payers, hospitals and large medical group practices in the US, Canada, France, UK, Ireland and beyond.  Before joining Vivify, Dunnie spent eight years at Allscripts as the company grew from $180M in revenue to over $1.2B.   His efforts after helping bring digital transformation to healthcare providers have centered on helping payer and provider organization derive value from the new healthcare data, working in key leadership roles for Informatica, Sentrian and Vivify Health.  Prior to entering healthcare IT, Dunnie spent five years at Black and Decker, participating in the launch of the Dewalt power tool brand.  He’s a Pepperdine University graduate with a BA in English with a minor in Creative Writing.

Chris Otto Chris Otto, Senior Vice President, MobileHelp Healthcare
Twitter ID: @chrisaotto

Chris Otto is the Senior Vice President of the Healthcare Division at MobileHelp. Mr. Otto pioneered automatic fall detection and co-founded Halo Monitoring, an aging-in-place technology company, in 2008. MobileHelp acquired Halo Monitoring in 2012. Prior to his work with both MobileHelp and Halo Monitoring, Mr. Otto was the senior design engineer for Lewis Innovative Technologies, Inc. and the President and Principal Engineer for Stack Software, among other engineering positions. Mr. Otto holds nine US patents, with others pending. Mr. Otto earned both his bachelors and masters in computer engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Trishan Panch Trishan Panch, Chief Medical Officer, WellFrame
Twitter ID: @Wellframe

Dr Panch is a primary care physician and Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Wellframe - a venture backed health technology company working with payors, providers and medical device companies across the US and Europe. He works at the intersection of medicine, artificial intelligence and design developing strategies for digital transformation for established healthcare organizations and creating products and services that re-engineer care processes, empower patients and create more efficient and responsive health systems.

He is an MIT lecturer in Health Sciences and Technology and is the inaugural recipient of Harvard's Public Health Innovator of the Year award. He was clinical director of Sana Mobile at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and currently supervises masters students from the Harvard School of Public Health and teaches on graduate courses at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and MIT. He has advised the Gates Foundation, The Commonwealth Care Alliance and served on the expert panel of the health systems program of the World Health Organization. He currently serves on the board of Wellframe and Boston Children's Hospital. His work founding Wellframe was the feature of Harvard Business School Case 816-062. He is the holder and lead author of the full utility patent "Apparatus and Method for Improving Compliance with a Therapeutic Regimen" which covers the general model and Wellframe's specific instance of using mobile technology and artificial intelligence to involve patients in the chronic disease production process and create a virtuous cycle of quality improvement using a differentiated scaleable method. 

Andrew Parker Andrew Parker, Founder & CEO, Papa
Twitter ID: @papa_pals

Andrew has a passion for healthcare technology. He was one of the initial employees at MDLIVE, a leading telehealth provider where he had many responsibilities including helping to establish and grow the employee benefits channel, the small business channel, and the student program. Andrew spent the last 3 years building the health system strategy including sales and product vision. Andrew is currently Founder & CEO of Papa, where he and his team look to provide an incredible experience to seniors and provide support throughout the aging journey. Andrew resides in Miami, FL with his wife Natasha and their dog, Chewie.

Sherrie Petersen Sherrie Petersen, Director, LivingWell@Home, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

Sherrie Petersen joined the Good Samaritan Society in September 2009. She has been part of LivingWell@Home work since December of 2010 when she joined the program as the Innovation Manager overseeing the research project. This involved growing and maintaining the relationship with the principle investigator in addition to overseeing the data collection and transmission for the 1,586 consented research participants. In July of 2013, she became the director of LivingWell@Home and was charged to see the research project to completion and lead the development of LivingWell@Home from a research project to a sustainable business line for the Society.

She had done numerous presentations at the national level promoting   the benefit of remote patient monitoring and the alignment with the Triple Aim and Healthcare Reform. Most recently she has presented at the American Telehealth Association conference held in Orlando, FL in April; the Senior Living 100 Conference in Naples, FL in March, in addition to the Coordinated Care Conference in Atlanta, GA this past January.

Prior to joining the Society, Sherrie worked in the healthcare community for 15 years in a variety of roles as a medical social worker and program manager. She was the Associate Director of Woodfield Center, an adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility; Director of social services at Pioneer Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home where she assisted in preparing for JCAHO and Critical Access Hospital Accreditation; director of Day Break Adult Day Services where she also served as the State of South Dakota Adult Day Association President Elect as well as the liaison to the National Adult Day Services membership committee. Petersen also worked at Sanford Hospital as a social worker in both the acute care setting and also in the hospice and home care setting and for a period of time was a licensed financial representative with Thrivent Financial specializing in long-term care insurance policies.  

Ms. Petersen has abachelor’s degree in psychology and social work from Augustana University and a master’s in business administration with a management emphasis from National American University. She has been actively involved in her community having served as cubscout master, merit badge counselor, United Way loaned executive, high school advisory group member, Sunday school teacher,senior choir member at her church as well as the high school cheer advisor at Beresford High.

Scott Plewes Scott Plewes, VP of User Experience Design, Macadamian
Twitter ID: @DScottPMac

As VP User Experience Design, Scott brings over 25 years of experience in understanding customers and how to incorporate their needs into software product design. He put his skills to work on overseeing the user experience design of dozens of desktop, Web, and mobile applications and connected applications. Scott holds a Master's degree in Science from Queen's University, and prior to Macadamian, he worked as part of Bell Northern Research.
Since becoming Vice President of UX at Macadamian in 2010, Scott's focus has been to try and push user and patient centric thinking even further up the product creative process. His ability to lead innovative healthcare solutions has help shift Macadamian to a leading healthcare software & application development company.
Scott loves working in complicated domains; working with organizations to change the way they do design. Scott is a strong believer of "everyone on the team designs the product/experience" and he'll stop at almost nothing to get key decision makers and stakeholders together with UX professionals as soon as possible to aid the creation of a great health product and patient experience.

Karissa Price Ph.D. Karissa Price Ph.D., Principal, GTM Strategies
Twitter ID: @KarissaPrice1

A Global Entertainment Executive who worked with Karissa on a go-to-market project applauded her “ability to understand the key issues quickly and get things done, and this exemplifies her approach to the many business challenges she's tackled over her career. Karissa Price-Rico is a strategic leader with broad industry experience across consumer products and healthcare technology and services as well as a deep understanding on engaging people and creating user experiences that drive revenue growth for organizations large and small. Karissa has been a consultant for Fortune 100 companies, a co-founder of a healthcare startup, and lead product development, marketing, business development and strategy for a healthcare technology joint-venture between Intel and GE. Currently she leads the Emerging Business Division of Healthways, a pioneer in Population Health, and is responsible for the growth of the Blue Zones Project, Diabetes Solutions and Ornish Cardiac Rehabilitation business lines, as well as strategic partnerships with Gallup and Johns Hopkins Healthcare.

Sreeram Ramakrishnan Ph.D. Sreeram Ramakrishnan Ph.D., VP – Health and Business Analytics , UPMC Insurance Services

Sreeram Ramakrishnan, Ph.D. is focused on developing new “insights-as-a-service” models leveraging augmented datasets.  He is currently the VP of Health and Business Analytics at UPMC Health Plan.  Earlier, he led Digital Health strategy for CVS Health with specific focus on medication adherence and connected devices, facilitating a shift to service-centric partnerships (from device-centric) and a focus on human-in-the-loop services.  In his role as the Global Lead for Wellness Research at IBM and the Watson Research co-lead for the Global Technology Outlook strategic initiative, he emphasized the role of exogenous data in healthcare.  He studied the impact of data-augmentation of clinical/claims data with the enterprise data (performance, travel, job categories) and wearables’ data in modeling behavior changes and predicting adherence. The analytics suite focused on population-based analytics and personalization of user experience through self-recommender systems. He also led the IBM Taiwan Research Colloboratory focused on mHealth in chronic care.

Sreeram has published over 125 peer-reviewed conference/journal articles, over 20 patents, and numerous industry reports. He has also served as an assistant professor in Engineering Management at the University of Missouri where he focused on adapting design principles of discrete manufacturing to services industry. He also served on the Board of Directors of American Society of Engineering Management and editorial boards of several journals focusing on service designs, analytics, and health informatics. He has a Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering) from Penn State University, M.S. (Industrial Engineering) from Binghamton University and B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) from University of Kerala, India. 

Karsten Russell-Wood Karsten Russell-Wood, Director of Marketing, Philips

Karsten Russell-Wood, MBA, MPH is a healthcare marketing professional with over 18 years of global product development and strategy experience. He currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Philips Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions business with emphasis on Enterprise Telehealth. In collaboration with global health system customers, he focuses on all aspects of enterprise transformation including performance improvement, experience design, population health, data analytics, and education, as well as information integration and program management. Karsten’s role allows for an entrepreneurial approach to addressing present day challenges in healthcare, with a specialty focus on chronic disease and population health management. Prior to joining Philips, Karsten held global product management roles within General Electric’s healthcare businesses with an orientation to targeted patient populations. Karsten received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, and holds an MPH from University of Massachusetts.

Adam Sabloff Adam Sabloff, CEO, Founder, VirtualHealth
Twitter ID: @AdamSabloff

A graduate of Emory University, Adam served as VP of Development and Chief Marketing Officer for Midtown Equities, a $7 billion real estate, media and aviation conglomerate, where he also oversaw its technology subsidiary, Midtown Technologies. While at Midtown, Adam spearheaded the development of the first ever “The Ritz-Carlton Residences” in Baltimore, a concept he co-created with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Through his work, Adam recognized that seniors and the chronically ill residing in Midtown’s numerous development could benefit greatly from next generation care delivery and technology that would make the home an organic extension of the healthcare continuum. After losing a loved one to a late-stage diagnosis, Adam launched VirtualHealth to pursue this vision. Within two years of commercial deployment, VirtualHealth surpassed the benchmark of 1 million client lives and recently won Frost & Sullivan's Product Leadership award for Population Health Management.

Kian Saneii Kian Saneii, Founder & CEO , Independa

Kian Saneii is a computer scientist and software executive, passionate about bringing innovative technologies to market that transform organizations, lives and entire markets.  Saneii founded Independa in 2009, and is the CEO and Chairman of the company. Independa integrates across the TV and other everyday devices, including sensors and health devices, to provide a true person-centric view of remote engagement and care. As a result, Independa is transforming the healthcare cost curve, along with the lives of its end users and their families, by allowing people stay at their residence of choice longer, safer and more comfortably, to delay or even eliminate the next episode or stage care. This, while also increasing organizational effectiveness and operational efficiencies in home care, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short term rehab communities, and hospitals – literally, across the continuum of care.

Independa has raised more than $11 million in funding, including from strategic investor LG Electronics, and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including CES “Technology for a Better World” and “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur.

Prior to Independa, Saneii was General Manager at Websense, a successful (IPO, PE sale) Web security protection company. Earlier in his career, Saneii served in management positions at IMA Inc., AT&T Bell Laboratories, and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM). Saneii earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from NYU and his Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University. When he's not working, Kian enjoys outdoor sports like tennis and bicycling, serving a number of charities such as the United Way of San Diego where he sits on the board, and spending time with his family in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Drew Schiller Drew Schiller, CEO & Co-Founder, Validic
Twitter ID: @drewschiller

Drew is the co-founder, CEO, and Board Director of Validic. Drew sits in a unique place in the industry possessing both the perspective and experience of a patented technologist and successful business leader. As CEO of Validic, Drew seeks to bring unique ideas to the marketplace as a means to grow the innovation and integration of technology into healthcare. He regularly writes, speaks and advises on these issues and has been featured on several prominent platforms such as NPR, Forbes, and Fortune. Additionally, Drew serves as a Board Member of the Consumer Technology Association and actively contributes to the CTA's Health and Fitness Technology Division's Standards Committee. He also serves on the eHealth Initiative's Leadership Council and Interoperability Workgroup, the Clinical Trials Transformation Institute's Mobile Devices Project, and the Federal Advisory Committee's joint-API Task Force on MU3. 

Corey Schmid Corey Schmid, General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Twitter ID: @corey_schmid

Corey is a General Partner with Seven Peaks Ventures and Director, Management & Operating Engagements, with the Cascadian Consulting Group. She leads the digital healthcare and health IT investment portfolio for Seven Peaks, and is an active innovation advisor and consultant to regional healthcare systems and early stage companies. Prior to joining Seven Peaks as a partner 4 years ago, Corey served 9 years as Business Director for several products and medical device divisions at Philips Healthcare, spanning locations from Bend, Oregon to Vienna, Austria.   She scaled up small acquisitions for the corporation, helped with turnaround, product-line divestiture, business growth strategy, new market penetration, and overall general management for stand-alone facilities.   Prior to that, she lead Product Management teams at two start-ups, one in medical software serving the Pharmaceutical industry, and the other partnering with AT&T in the telecom market.  Corey graduated from Boston College with her BA in Human Development/Psychology, and received her MBA from Portland State University.

Stuart Slutzky Stuart Slutzky, Chief of Product Innovation, HumanaVitality

Stuart Slutzky, Chief of Product Innovation for HumanaVitality, has been with Humana since early 2011. Stuart joined Humana as part of the company’s joint venture with Discovery. Prior to joining Humana, Stuart served as Senior Vice President of Product Development for Discovery’s US subsidiary - The Vitality Group and its predecessor Destiny Health.

Stuart joined Destiny Health in October of 1999, and as one of its first employees was a driving force behind the development and delivery of the company's unique comprehensive consumer-driven healthcare model in the United States. His leadership was instrumental in taking an internationally proven plan that changes the way members think about and use their health insurance benefit dollars, adapting it, and successfully implementing it in the United States. In addition to product development his responsibilities with The Vitality Group and Destiny Health included technical marketing, pricing, risk management, underwriting strategy, sales management, as well as broker and employer education.

Prior to joining Destiny Health, Stuart spent over three years as a senior actuarial associate at the Trustmark Insurance Company, a Lake Forest, IL-based insurance carrier. There, Stuart worked on risk management, pricing and product development of individual and small group health insurance.

Stuart received a Bachelor of Science degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Kevin L. Smith DNP, FNP, FAANP Kevin L. Smith DNP, FNP, FAANP, Chief Clinical Officer, Zipnosis, Inc
Twitter ID: @KevinLeeSmitty

Kevin L. Smith, DNP, FNP, FAANP is Chief Clinical Officer at Zipnosis where he provides strategic leadership for the development and implementation of evidence based clinical guidelines for virtual care services. In 1999, with physician and business colleagues, Kevin helped to develop QuickMedx (renamed MinuteClinic), the first and largest retail-based clinic operator in the country. He served in leadership roles, including Director of Clinical Informatics, where he contributed to electronic health record design, integration of evidence based content, and quality improvement. Dr. Smith has a postgraduate certificate in health informatics, is adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

Chris Talbot Chris Talbot, Vice President, Qualcomm

Dr.  Ian Tong Dr. Ian Tong, Chief Medical Officer, Doctor On Demand
Twitter ID: @driantong

Ian Tong, MD is Chief Medical Officer at Doctor On Demand. He is also currently Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford University Medical School. Ian has spent his career working to improve access to high quality care and brings this dedication to his work at Doctor On Demand.

Prior to joining Doctor On Demand, Ian held several medical leadership roles. He served as Stanford Internal Medicine Chief Resident; Co-Medical Director of the Arbor Free Clinic; and Founder and Medical Director of The Health Resource Initiative for Veterans Everywhere (THRIVE) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which was honored in 2008 by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service to Homeless Veterans. Before becoming Chief Medical Officer, Ian served as Medical Director at Doctor On Demand.

Ian is a National Collegiate Champion in Rugby at the University of California at Berkeley and was named to the All American Team in 1994. He graduated with a BA in English. He earned a medical degree from The University of Chicago - Pritzker and completed residency and Chief residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Ian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children. He is most proud of the relationships he has built working alongside his family, friends, teammates, students and colleagues to positively impact the lives of others.

Nathan Treloar Nathan Treloar, President & COO, Orbita, Inc.
Twitter ID: @ntreloar

Treloar lead's business strategy and operations for Orbita, Inc. He has helped position the Boston-based company as a leading innovator in connected home healthcare technology solutions. Previously, he's held key executive positions at FAST Search, Microsoft, RAMP, and Ektron, and is a respected expert on IoT trends, search, data mining and customer experience management.

Kim Tyrrell-Knott Kim Tyrrell-Knott, Partner, Epstein Becker Green

KIM TYRRELL-KNOTT* is a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, based in San Diego and Washington, DC, and serves on the firm's National Health Care and Life Sciences Steering Committee. She has significant experience advising investors and companies on a broad range of health care regulatory issues and developing and implementing comprehensive compliance programs. Ms. Tyrrell-Knott also has extensive experience assisting new entrants to the FDA regulated environment, from mobile app developers to compounding pharmacies, in understanding and complying with the applicable regulatory requirements.

Ms. Tyrrell-Knott:

  • Assists medical device and health care technology companies with FDA-regulation compliance throughout the product life cycle—from product development to post-market compliance

  • Conducts health care regulatory due diligence for transactions involving health care technology or medical devices companies

  • Advises private equity and financial services firms on the regulatory issues associated with corporate transactions

  • Counsels clients on clinical research issues, including drafting and negotiating clinical research agreements

  • Assists clients in creating and implementing compliance programs addressing FDA, clinical research, data privacy, and fraud and abuse regulatory requirements

  • Advises health care and technology companies on complex commercial transactions, including strategic technology partnerships and software licensing arrangements

  • Advises clients on regulatory requirements for compounding pharmacy operations, including FDA warning letter responses

In addition, Ms. Tyrrell-Knott has extensive experience negotiating clinical research agreements, managing privacy and regulatory product reviews, and advising on advertising and promotional activities. Ms. Tyrrell-Knott was recommended in the Life Sciences category by The Legal 500 United States (2014).

Ms. Tyrrell-Knott was formerly an Associate General Counsel of a $1+ billion division of a global health care company, where she served as strategic legal partner to the executive management team of various software- and technology-based global business units, including mobile applications and cloud-based offerings. In addition, she oversaw all legal aspects of business strategy and operations, including business development, commercial initiatives, and product development.

Ms. Tyrrell-Knott also worked previously in the technology and services industry, advising on novel regulatory issues associated with emerging technologies and the development of a global cloud computing platform.

Actively involved in policy development in the health IT industry, Ms. Tyrrell-Knott serves as General Counsel to the Clinical Decision Support Coalition and is the former General Counsel to the mHealth Regulatory Coalition. She also teaches a graduate course on regulatory policy and regulations for Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering. This course is part of the school’s Wireless Health graduate program.

*Admitted in California and Massachusetts; not admitted in the District of Columbia.

John Valiton John Valiton, CEO, Reemo Health
Twitter ID: @Playtabase

John Valiton is CEO of Reemo Health, a senior health technology solution designed to empower caregivers with actionable insights to improve the aging experience. As a 20-year business development veteran and entrepreneur, Valiton has developed partnerships with many national and international companies. He has been an avid technology enthusiast since an early age, and applied his interest in all things tech at the intersection of IoT, wearable technology, healthcare and data science through his position as a strategic advisor, chief revenue officer and now chief executive officer for Reemo.

Anthony Versarge Anthony Versarge, Head of Product, Health and Wellness, Comcast
Twitter ID: @versarge

Anthony Versarge leads health and wellness product management for Comcast where his work focuses on innovative ways to extend healthcare into the home in a frictionless fashion. In his role, Anthony sets the vision, strategy and leads execution of emerging healthcare offerings at Comcast. He has extensive experience in patient engagement, telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. Prior to Comcast, Anthony was a consulting executive at Accenture where he deployed some of the first mobile healthcare applications. Anthony holds an MBA from Duke University and receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Patrick Wheelock Patrick Wheelock, SVP of Strategic Partnerships, PokitDok

Patrick Wheelock, SVP of Strategic Partnerships, has nearly two decades of experience driving revenue growth through new and existing clients across multiple distribution channels for leading healthcare and technology companies.  With an in-depth knowledge of wireless communications and the healthcare industry, he has established exceptional relationships with healthcare influencers and decision makers. Prior to PokitDok, Patrick held several sales positions in the mobile health space for Verizon.

Kevin Yamazaki Kevin Yamazaki, Chief Executive Officer, Sidebench

Kevin comes from a background in technology and business strategy, working in a variety of roles prior to founding Sidebench, including management consulting, user experience & product design, and was the technology advisor to the mayor of Honolulu. For his co-founding and leading Sidebench to become a top digital innovation company in LA, Kevin was inducted into the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2017, and was recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Inc. 5000. Kevin is currently leading Sidebench through its most ambitious endeavor yet, with the launch of Sidebench Health in June 2017 - which is dedicated to building products that improve patient outcomes and make life easier for healthcare providers.

Michael Zagami Michael Zagami, Vice President of Health Engagement Design, Eliza Corporation

Michael Zagami is the VP of Solution Design and Engagement Strategy for Eliza Corporation an HMS Company. Over the past 11 years, Michael has led large-scale, cross-functional teams in order to deliver successful technology-based engagement campaigns. He has worked closely with most of the major health plans across the country, providing consultations on how best to leverage data, segmentation, outreach, and technology to achieve better outcomes. Passionate about inspiring behavior change, Zagami leads large design and technical teams to build out Eliza’s product and innovation portfolio. Michael joined Eliza’s design team in 2006 as a communications specialist with ambitions to drive innovation in healthcare.
Zagami is also currently working on completing his MBA in Marketing and Consumer Behavior from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. Zagami is an active member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Whenever possible, he likes to leverage his experience as a recording artist to add his own spin to consumer health engagement communications. Zagami holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with concentrations in English and Writing for Mass Media from Gordon College.


Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Jennifer manages Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. She acts as an internal advocate for Parks Associates clients and leads the company’s efforts at conceptualizing and implementing digestible, relevant research presented in an optimal manner. Jennifer is always looking at the most effective ways to provide research to Parks Associates clients.

Since joining Parks Associates in 2009, Jennifer has worked on the mobile and health research team, specializing in the connected health, mobile payment, and connected car markets, as well as the consumer research team, analyzing consumer data related to the connected home and consumer electronics markets.

Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in religion, politics, and society and an M.A. in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Industry Expertise: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications

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Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @bradrusselltech
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Brad Russell explores leading-edge issues in connected consumer electronics, robotics, IoT data privacy and security, and machine vision applications. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media. Brad balances the art and science of marketing research to generate insights that lead to more astute business decision making and value-generating practices.

Brad received his BS degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned MDiv and DMin degrees from two leading seminaries with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural leadership.

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Harry Wang Harry Wang, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @HarryatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Harry Wang studies the consumer electronics and entertainment service industries with a focus on portable CE hardware, software, and associated applications and services. He is also the lead analyst for Parks Associates’ digital health research program. Harry has presented his research in numerous industry events including CES, Digital Hollywood, Photo Marketing Association Annual Show, American Telemedicine Association Annual Show, World Health Congress, and Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ conferences.

Harry earned his MS degree in marketing research from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds an MBA degree in finance from Texas Christian University and a BA degree in international business from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, P.R. China.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications, Digital Imaging Products and Services