Connected Health Conference

Connected Health and IoT: Impact of Smart Home Solutions

October 17, 2018 | Boston

This track, hosted by Parks Associates, combines research insights with expert panels to provide attendees with knowledge and guidance at the intersection of the connected health and home. Analysts and leading industry executives will discuss the role of connected consumer technologies in the home to aid in remote care, wellness, and independent living. Register at


9:30 a.m. Welcome: Key Trends in Connected Health & Smart Home

Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

9:45 a.m. Connected Health: Home Service Provider Perspectives

Companies in the home security and smart home space are well-positioned to expand their lineup to include services that support healthy living, engaged rehab in the home, and aging safely and comfortably. In this session, broadband service providers, pay-TV service providers, residential security providers and retail giants discuss the opportunity for their companies to play a role in the larger connected health ecosystem as delivery of healthcare services continues to push out of the facility and into the home.

Nancy Green, Global Practice Lead - Healthcare, Verizon
Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness,
Tad Reynes, Regional Vice President - Healthcare IoT, AT&T 
Anthony Versarge, Senior Director, Comcast

Moderated by Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

10:30 a.m. Independent Living: The Role of the Smarter Home

Companies across industries are developing solutions to help seniors live comfortably in their own homes for longer. This ranges from home automation solutions to on-demand services for transportation, home maintenance, and grocery delivery, and even to the nascent autonomous vehicle market. This session addresses new solutions that have a vital role to play in making aging comfortable and safe for seniors, affordable and convenient for family caregivers, and improving peoples’ quality of life.

Susann Keohane, Global Research Leader for Aging, IBM
Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness,

Chris Otto, Senior Vice President, MobileHelp Healthcare

John Valiton, CEO, Reemo Health

Moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

11:15 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Special Session: Enabling Engagement and Independent Living Through Voice

Voice controls are impacting almost all consumer technology markets, including the connected health market. This session addresses the impact of voice for consumers at home, the challenges of voice in the healthcare market, and the future applications that will make a meaningful difference in consumer engagement and health outcomes.

Stuart Patterson, CEO, LifePod
Nathan Treloar, President and Chief Operating Officer, Orbita, Inc.

Moderated by Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

11:50 a.m. Integrating Health and Consumer Technology Ecosystems

For too long, industries serving consumers’ health and wellness needs were divided by the regulatory gap – consumer-facing industries that understand how to educate, attract, and engage consumers avoided offering medical-grade solutions while healthcare industries prioritized the needs of systems, providers, and payors over consumers. In this session, speakers discuss innovative partnerships and solutions to address the complete healthy living needs of consumers and households, with a focus on partnerships, new business models, and disruptive approaches to old problems.

Andy Atwell, Executive Director, New Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Omron Healthcare, Inc.
David Bardan, Vice President, Provider Solutions, Tyto Care
Chris Fickle, Director of Sales, Qualcomm Life
Amnon Gavish, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development, American Well
Doug Lee, Vice President of Digital Health, Samsung
Moderated by Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates


Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Residential Security, Smart Home Products and Services, Smart Home Strategies, Voice Technology Devices and Platforms

Dina leads Parks Associates residential security research and is a member of the connected home team. She has authored numerous reports covering topics such as home security market trends and competitive landscape, voice assistant technologies, smart home strategies, and technology solutions for seniors. She leads custom research projects on connected home topics and is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

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Andy Atwell Andy Atwell, Exec. Director New Business Development, Global Innovation Incubation Team, Omron Healthcare, Inc.

Andy Atwell has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and life science markets in both business innovation and research roles. As Exe. Dir. of New Business Development and Corporate Strategy for Omron Healthcare Inc., Andy engages early stage companies through open innovation partnerships to expand Omron's medical device business to include disease management. Andy is also an Executive in Residence for The Angels' Forum Venture Capital and Private Equity group advising on digital/mobile health investment opportunities. Prior to Omron, Andy spent nearly a decade at Samsung Electronics, the last 5 leading the digital health practice for Samsungâ's Global Innovation Center and as a Principal Investor in their corporate venture capital NEXT fund. The balance of his time at Samsung was spent driving strategic business development for Samsung's clinical and consumer healthcare initiatives. Andy is also a former board member of the Continua Health Alliance (now HIMSS Personal Connected Health Alliance) a membership-driven not-for-profit focused on developing an eco-system of interoperable personal health devices. Andy has also held business development roles at Cepheid, a FDA cleared diagnostic and medical device company, and Scientist positions at Agilent and Hewlett Packard Laboratories. He holds 2 patents from his work on diagnostic DNA micro-arrays while at HP Labs. Andy earned his bachelors in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and completed the venture capital executive program at the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

David Bardan David Bardan, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Tyto Care
Twitter ID: @TytoCare

David has over 9 years of experience within the healthcare industry, securing and building partnerships among leading US healthcare systems. As VP of Provider Solutions, he focuses on establishing relationships with health systems, large provider groups and home healthcare services. Prior to joining TytoCare, David managed relationships with leading enterprise clients at Zocdoc and consulted for Deloitte's Healthcare IT group.

Chris Fickle Chris Fickle, Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm Life

Chris is Sr. Director of Business Development for Qualcomm Life. Chris is responsible for leading the growth of medtech and remote patient monitoring (RPM) customer and partner relationships within Qualcomm Life’s 2net business. Prior to Qualcomm, Chris spent 13 years managing Telemedicine Business Development for A&D Medical. Chris holds an MBA and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Georgia Southern University.

Amnon Gavish Amnon Gavish, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development, American Well

Dr. Amnon Gavish serves as Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development at American Well and is responsible for strategic partnerships and development of new market segments for the company’s products and services. Prior to joining American Well in December 2015, Dr. Gavish served as Senior Vice President of Vertical Solutions at Vidyo, a leading provider of software-based cloud-based video conferencing service, where he was responsible for the company’s go to market strategy in vertical markets with an emphasize on the healthcare market. Before joining Vidyo in October 2009, Amnon held various business development and technology leadership positions in technology companies with focus on communications. In 1996 he co-founded Surf Communication Solutions and served as its Chief Executive Officer for 8 years. Dr. Gavish started his professional career as an Officer in the Israel Defense Forces, leading multiple sophisticated signal processing projects, including a winner of the prestigious 1992 Israel Defense Award. He has until recently been a Director at the American Telemedicine Association and also served as the Chairman of its Industry Council. Dr. Gavish holds a Doctor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Nancy Green Nancy Green, Senior Vice President, Aveus

Nancy Green is the Founder and Principal Strategy Consultant of The SAA Group, LLC, which is a boutique consulting company focused on accelerating organizations strategic success in the digital health sector.

Nancy is an award-winning global healthcare and strategic business development executive with background in stimulating growth, bringing new and disruptive innovation technology to the market as well as a strong thought leader and creator of strategic alliances. Bringing over 26 years’ experience in the healthcare and technology industries as well as leading global healthcare strategy for Verizon, she has helped organizations design, accelerate and implement growth strategies.

Nancy has been a recognized expert in the healthcare ecosystem and the interrelationships between providers, payers, life sciences, health-tech, and retail. Her strengths lie in helping craft strategic plans for accelerating a business, as well as focusing organizations on the customer experience to design outcome-driven solutions that increase market penetration and position a company to succeed.

Recognized in the industry as being in the Top 200 2022 Healthcare Tech leaders by Parks and Associates and an innovator by the Intelligent Health Association for Innovation in the Healthcare Field. She follows her personal passion of innovating in the Healthy Aging space by leading these efforts at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) where she is the Chair of the Healthy Aging Special Interest Collaborative.

Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Health, Connected Home Technologies and Services, Connected Entertainment Products and Services

Jennifer manages the research department and Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. Jennifer also leads and advises on syndicated and custom research projects across all connected consumer verticals and guides questionnaire development for Parks Associates’ extensive consumer analytics survey program. Jennifer is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Jennifer earned her PhD in religion, politics, and society and an MA in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her BA in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Susann Keohane Susann Keohane, Global Research Leader for Aging, IBM
Twitter ID: @skeohane1

Susann Keohane is IBM Global Research Leader for the Aging Initiative. In her role, she heads a worldwide community of researchers, technologists, and academics who help governments, industries, and companies around the world as they seek to develop products and technology-enabled services for consumers in the new ‘longevity economy'. She founded and runs the IBM Aging-in-Place Research Lab which is designed to demonstrate IBM’s IoT-based AI solutions to support aging and create an environment to co-develop solutions with clients. She is a Master Inventor and top contributor to IBM’s 25 years of patent leadership with over 180 patents.

Doug Lee Doug Lee, Vice President of Digital Health, Samsung

Doug Lee is Vice President at Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center, where he focuses on new business creation in digital health through incubation, investment, and M&A. Previously, he was Vice President, Strategy & Business Development of Global Services at Siemens Healthineers, a worldwide leader in medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics, from 2016 to 2017. Mr. Lee was Co-Founder and CEO of OrthoMEMS (and its AcuMEMS subsidiary), a medical technology company based on MEMS, from 2004 to 2016 and served as CEO of The Dr. Spock Company, a venture-backed consumer digital media company for children’s health, from 2000 to 2003. Concurrently, Mr. Lee was Managing Director of Premier Medical Partner Fund LP, a healthcare venture capital fund, from 1997 to 2002. Before Premier, he was CFO and Vice President of the new ventures and corporate business development group at Guidant Corporat on (NYSE: GDT) from 1995 to 1997 and at publicly-traded Genelabs Technologies (NASDAQ: GNLB) from 1994 to 1995. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lee was an investment banker at Montgomery Securities, Goldman Sachs, and Kemper Securities.

Mr. Lee has served as a board member of several venture-backed companies that successfully exited, including Atrionix (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), Durect Corporation (IPO: DRRX), and Endotex Interventional Systems (acquired by Boston Scientific). He is a current outside director of Bloomlife and AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association.

Mr. Lee earned a BS in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Senior Director, Business Development, Health & Wellness,

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, 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’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, an early-stage strategic investor of the company. The BeClose product is now available as 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.

Chris Otto Chris Otto, Senior Vice President, Clear Arch Health
Twitter ID: @ChrisAOtto

Chris A. Otto is a healthcare executive with over 20 years of technology management and new business development experience, with a career focus on remote health monitoring. Chris is a technology entrepreneur and has spent the majority of his career in and around aging-in-place technology companies. He co-founded Halo Monitoring in 2008, where he and the company launched the first automatic fall detection solution in the marketplace. In 2012, MobileHelp acquired Halo Monitoring including the fall detection technology and he joined the MobileHelp team at that time as part of the acquisition and went on to co-found MobileHelp's healthcare division - Clear Arch Health. Chris holds twelve U.S. patents, with others pending. He earned both his bachelor's and master's in computer engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Stuart Patterson Stuart Patterson, CEO & Co-Founder, LifePod Solutions

Stuart Patterson is the cofounder and CEO of LifePod Solutions. Stu is an experienced business leader who has led early and mid-stage ventures in a variety of markets including: voice or virtual assistants, mobile/online apps and services, video content, speech recognition/synthesis, identity management, telephony services, and clean-tech solutions. As CEO, COO, Director and executive coach, Stu has managed and supported the growth, IPO or sale of: Sidekicks, Ramp (acquired by Cxense), Xtone, Gemvara, Nexamp, eQuilibrium (acquired by EnerNOC), AgION (now Sciessent), Courion, Scansoft (now Nuance), SpeechWorks (IPO), Voxware (IPO) and Vicorp Interactive Systems (acquired by Precision Systems). He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA/MPPM from the Yale School of Management.  

Tad Reynes Tad Reynes, Regional Vice President - Healthcare Solutions, AT&T

Tad brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, sales management, alternate channels, equipment and maintenance solutions, technical support, and product management.
Tad presently serves as a Global Director in the Internet of Things organization within AT&T.  He is responsible for coordinating business development efforts with medical device manufacturers, and developing best-in-class solutions for AT&T’s healthcare customers and partners.  His team also works with customers to develop innovative medical solutions utilizing AT&T’s Healthcare Foundry and associated engineering assets.
Tad’s experience has focused on development and delivery of solutions within Fortune 500 Companies, Healthcare Entities of every type and Government and Education Institutions.
Tad has an extensive background in enterprise sales management, technical and overlay sales support and product management.
Prior to working in the Internet of Things organization for AT&T, Tad led AT&T’s healthcare product efforts and the equipment and solutions organization in the Government, Education and Medical division. Tad has held several additional positions within AT&T, including Director of Alternate Channels, Director of the State of IL and Associated Accounts, Director of Field Marketing and Director of Sales and Channel Support. 
Tad has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Kenyon College.  
Tad, his wife, and two children live in Chicago, IL.

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

Nathan Treloar is President and Co-founder of Orbita. He's a respected expert and frequent speaker on consumer and business trends in voice and conversational user experiences in healthcare, as well as search, text and data mining, content management, and knowledge management, and has advised hundreds of the world's largest companies and government agencies on their applications. Previously, Nathan held key executive positions at FAST Search, Microsoft, RAMP, and Ektron.

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

As a 20-year business development veteran and serial entrepreneur, John has developed partnerships with many national and international companies such as Samsung, Cargill, Verizon, and FedEx to name just a few. An avid technology enthusiast since an early age, John always has an eye towards the future. John has spent the last five years working at the intersection of IOT, Wearable technology, Healthcare and Data Science. All the bells and whistles don't matter for a product or platform if you don't engage the end user and give them a meaningful reason that actually solves a problem for them.

Anthony Versarge Anthony Versarge, Executive Director, Product Management, Comcast
Twitter ID: @versarge

Anthony Versarge is Executive Director of Product Management for Connected Living at Comcast. He has led product strategy for connectivity solutions at assisted living facilities, aging in place and  extending healthcare into the home in a frictionless fashion. Anthony 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 and led technology transformations at major healthcare institutions. Anthony holds an MBA from Duke University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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