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June 5, 2014


Ascension Health, Humana Wellness, Kaiser, Qualcomm Life, and Walgreens to keynote Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

Parks Associates hosts inaugural conference to examine consumer perspective on new healthcare strategies and innovations

Research firm Parks Associates today announced that Ascension Health, Humana Wellness, Kaiser Permanente, Qualcomm Life, and Walgreens will be keynote speakers at the inaugural Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, September 4-5 in San Diego.

This executive conference examines the strategies and innovations that combine the tech and healthcare industries to deliver engaging solutions to consumers. Parks Associates estimates device manufacturers will sell more than 45 million personal health and wellness products in 2014.

“A variety of new players are entering the healthcare market and creating interesting partnerships. For example, Apple is working with the Mayo Clinic for its new health solution HealthKit, which will monitor a user's vitals and aggregate that information for different apps," said Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. "The tech industry is in a stage of intense experimentation and innovation as companies try to find successful strategies to transform the health industry. At Connected Health Summit, we will examine the solutions best suited to transform consumer health and wellness behaviors and build new revenue opportunities."

Connected Health Summit, with charter sponsors ADT, Care Innovations, Lowe's, and Z-Wave, features sessions that examine every touch point in the healthcare industry where technology can improve the consumer experience. The event examines strategies to drive increased adoption and usage of connected health solutions and services while reducing wasteful healthcare spending and improving care quality. Parks Associates analysts and industry experts discuss the best strategies to engage consumers and create a healthcare experience with technology that is enjoyable, convenient, and friction-free.

Keynote speakers for the event include

  • John Mattison, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser
  • James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life
  • Chris Nicholson, VP and COO, Humana Wellness
  • Adam Pellegrini, Vice President, Digital Health, Walgreens
  • Chris Young, Vice President, New Virtual Market Development and Incubations, Ascension Health

The Connected Health Summit Advisory Board includes the following participants:

  • AARP
  • ADT
  • Alere
  • American Heart Association
  • Ascension Health
  • Care Innovations
  • Humana Wellness
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Meridian Health
  • Northwestern University
  • Omron Healthcare, Inc.
  • Qualcomm Life/Continuaa Alliance
  • United Health
  • Walgreens
  • Wellness and Prevention, Inc., a Johnson and Johnson company

For more information, to submit to speak, or to request a press pass for Connected Health Summit, go to www.connectedhealthsummit.com. 

About Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

Parks Associates’ sixth annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness is an executive conference focused on the impact of connected devices and IoT healthcare solutions on consumers at home.

Connected Health Summit provides insights on new business models, IoT technologies, consumer behaviors, and deployments relevant to consumer healthcare solutions. The conference addresses opportunities for new solutions, including smart home platforms, on-demand services, voice assistants, and wearables, to empower consumers, caregivers, and providers with new insight into patient health and to meet the growing demand for services in independent living, chronic care management, remote access to care, and wellness and fitness.

Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness will take place August 27-29 at the Pendry San Diego in San Diego, California. www.connectedhealthsummit.com

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