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June 22, 2017

Parks Associates announces early speaking lineup for Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers

Fourth-annual conference to examine impact of consumerization of healthcare

Parks Associates today announced the early speaking lineup for the fourth-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, August 29-31 in San Diego, California, featuring keynotes from Aetna, UnitedHealth Group, Sharecare, and Geisinger Health System. The three-day event will address recent changes in the U.S. health system and examine the impact consumerization has had on the healthcare industry.

“Despite polarizing debates on how to reform U.S. healthcare, the industry has benefitted tremendously from technology innovations in recent years,” said Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates. “Technologies help medical device makers and pharmaceutical companies design more effective products and support the work of doctors and nurses by providing better communications and analytical tools to make timelier and more accurate care decisions.”

Parks Associates research shows significant consumer interest in new remote-care models. Nearly 60% of consumers in U.S. broadband households are interested in visiting with a medical professional online or by telephone. Follow-up care following an illness or hospitalization and ongoing treatment of chronic health conditions are particularly popular use cases for remote care services. The international research firm notes this consumer interest is one of the factors driving the growth in venture capital funding for digital health startups since 2010.

“Digital connectivity through health and wellness devices and apps spurs changes in how consumers interact with the U.S. healthcare system and how they manage their health,” Kent said. “This consumerization of healthcare technologies represents a significant opportunity to those who can spot it and build a business to pursue it. At this year’s Connected Health Summit, we will examine the latest digital health innovations and partnerships helping to shape the overall health landscape.”

Keynote speakers for the 2017 Connected Health Summit include Saquib Rahim, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Aetna; Chanin Wendling, AVP, Informatics, Geisinger Health System; Dale Rayman, Senior Vice President, Actuarial Consulting & Business Development, Sharecare, Inc.; and Vidya Raman-Tangella, Senior Vice President and Head, UHC Innovation Center of Excellence, UnitedHealth Group.

Other confirmed speakers for the event include:

2017 Speakers


Aetna Keynote - Connected Health Summit 2017

Saquib Rahim, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer

Aetna Digital

UnitedHealth Keynote | Connected Health Summit 2017

John W. Cosgriff

Chief Strategy Officer


Dale Rayman - Sharecare keynote - Connected Health Summit

Dale Rayman

Senior Vice President, Actuarial Consulting & Business Development

Sharecare, Inc.

Geisinger Health Keynote - Connected Health Summit 2017

Chanin Wendling

AVP, Informatics
Geisinger Health System



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

Andrew Altorfer, CEO, CirrusMD

Darlene Arbeit NFA, HFA, Chief Operating Officer, ALIVE SCIENCES

Arta Bakshandeh, Senior Medical Officer, Alignment Healthcare

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

Avi Barel, Business Development Director, ULE Alliance

Autumn Braswell, COO, Global Solutions, Marketing, LinQ, iQor

William Betten, Director of Business Solutions, Devicix by Nortech Systems

Kyra Bobinet, CEO-founder, engagedIN

Harvey Bogarat, VP of Business Development, Libertana

Jeff Cutler, Chief Revenue Officer, Tyto Care

Casper de Clercq, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

Ryan Connolly, CTO, Sensely

Barry Didato, Chief Investment Officer, The Innovation Institute

Steve Ditto, Chief Commercial Officer, Lantern

Chris Edwards, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Conversa Health

Guy Friedman, Co-Founder & CEO, SteadyMD, Inc.

John Gardner, Partner, Nokia Growth Partners

Veena Goel Jones, MD, Medical Director, Digital Patient Experience, Sutter Health

Kari Hall, VP, Global Software Services, ResMed

Chuck Hector, Chief Sales Officer, MDLIVE, Inc.

Jody Holtzman, SVP, Market Innovation, AARP

Olivier Hua, CEO, BewellConnect Corp

David Inns, CEO, GreatCall

Matthew Karls, Partner, Echo Health Ventures

Ranndy Kellogg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Omron Healthcare, Inc.

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

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

Phillip LaJoie, VP of Operations, 2bPrecise

Robert Lutz, VP Marketing & Business Development, Systech Corporation representing Z-Wave

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

John Mattison, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser

Sean McNamara, Manager of Health Partnerships, Garmin

Lainie Muller, Director Wellness, Alarm.com

Mikki Nasch, Co-founder, Evidation Health

Chris Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer, mPulse Mobile 

Dunnie Norman, SVP Sales, Vivify Health

Chris Otto, Senior Vice President, MobileHelp Healthcare

Trishan Panch, Chief Medical Officer, WellFrame

Andrew Parker, Founder & CEO, Papa

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

Scott Plewes, VP of User Experience, Macadamian

Karissa Price, Ph.D., Principal, GTM Strategies

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

Kristen Ratcliff McGovern, Partner, Sirona Strategies 

Karsten Russell-Wood, Director of Marketing, Philips

Adam Sabloff, CEO, Founder, VirtualHealth

Kian Saneii, Founder & CEO, Independa

Drew Schiller, CEO & Co-Founder, Validic

Corey Schmid, General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures

Stuart Slutzky, Chief, Product Innovation, Humana Wellness Solutions

Kevin L. Smith, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Chief Clinical Officer, Zipnosis, Inc

Chris Talbot, Vice President, Qualcomm

Ian Tong, Chief Medical Officer, Doctor On Demand

Nathan Treloar, President and COO, Orbita Health

Kim Tyrrell-Knott, Partner, Epstein Becker Green 

John Valiton, CEO, Reemo Health

Anthony Versarge, Head of Product, Health and Wellness, Comcast

Patrick Wheelock, SVP of Strategic Partnerships, PokitDok, Inc.

Kevin Yamazaki, Chief Executive Officer, Sidebench

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



Event sponsors include Independa, iQor, Reemo Health, California HealthCare Foundation, Alarm.com, Macadamian, PokitDok, ULE Alliance, Vivify Health, and Z-Wave.

Parks Associates is accepting submissions for speakers for Connected Health Summit until June 30. Registration is open, and media are invited to attend. For more information, visit www.connectedhealthsummit.com.

About Connected Health Summit: Consumer Engagement and Innovation

Connected Health Summit, hosted by international research firm Parks Associates, is an executive conference focused on the impact of connected devices and IoT healthcare solutions on consumers at home. In its ninth year, Connected Health Summit brings senior industry leaders together from all aspects of the consumer experience ecosystems to provide insights on new business models, IoT technologies, consumer behaviors, and deployments relevant to consumer healthcare solutions.

The conference features Parks Associates quarterly consumer readdresses opportunities for new solutions in the care giving and senior markets and the wellness markets. This includes smart home platforms, on-demand services, voice assistants, and wearables, to empower consumers, caregivers, and providers and to meet the growing demand for services in independent living, chronic care management, remote access to care, and wellness and fitness solutions. www.connectedhealthsummit.com

Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Health_Smt.