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Press Releases, IBM Watson Health, Providence St. Joseph Health, Qualcomm Life, and Uber Health to Keynote Fifth-annual Connected Health Summit

Research firm reports 28% of U.S. broadband households use a health, medical, or wellness app

Parks Associates today announced executives from, IBM Watson Health, Providence St. Joseph Health, Qualcomm Life, and Uber Health will be the keynote speakers for the fifth-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, being held August 28-30 in San Diego at the Grand Hyatt Manchester.

The conference’s keynotes will address how technology is meeting the changing healthcare needs in both the consumer and commercial markets. The event also features a pre-show workshop, “Independent Living and Wellness: A Growing Opportunity,” and sessions that examine consumer adoption and usage of connected health technologies and their expansion into the smart home, healthcare, and independent living ecosystems.

Use of Wellness/Fitness/Diet App

Keynote speakers:

  • Shawn Barry, VP, Strategic Sales,, presenting “Smart Solutions for Connected Living at Home and in Communities”
  • Deborah DiSanzo, General Manager, IBM Watson Health, presenting “The Optimistic Future of AI in Healthcare”
  • Jay Holley, Head of Partnerships, Uber Health, presenting “Using Technology to Remove Transportation as a Barrier to Care”
  • JC Kyrillos, SVP, GM, Qualcomm Life, presenting “The Power of Collaboration”
  • Sunita Mishra, Chief Executive, Express Care, Ambulatory Care Division, Providence St. Joseph Health, presenting “Responding to the Voice of the Healthcare Consumer”

New research from Parks Associates’ 360 View: Health and Independent Living shows more than one-fourth of U.S. broadband households use an app to track or manage their health or wellness, with adoption highest among consumers ages 18-34.

“The number of consumers using health apps has increased since early 2017, and 40% of current app users have two or more health-related apps they use,” said Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates. “With the consumerization of healthcare comes the realization among consumers that IoT solutions can help them stay healthy—about one-half of app users downloaded the app independently of a product or wellness program. At Connected Health Summit, we will track consumer adoption of these solutions and its wider impact on independent living solutions and the smart home ecosystem.”

Connected Health Summit also features the special session “Improving Patient Outcomes through Connected Health,” 2:00 p.m. on August 29, where speakers from DISH and Independa discuss new solutions and market partnerships to deliver personalized care to people in a meaningful way, through an integrated approach to remote engagement and care that leverages available resources in the home, including the TV screen as well as smart home and connected health solutions.

The 2018 Advisory Board for Connected Health Summit includes executives from Best Buy; Care Innovations, an Intel company; Comcast; EarlySense Inc.; GreatCall; Life365; MDLIVE; Mosaic Growth Partners; Omron Healthcare; Orbita; Providence St. Joseph Health; and Walmart.

Parks Associates also announced as the exclusive registration and charging station sponsor for Connected Health Summit. Independa is the sponsor for the networking reception on August 29.  Event Sponsors include Independa, Rapid Response Monitoring, MDLIVE,, BodiMetrics, ForgeRock, GiftCard Partners, Nortek Security & Control, Personal Connected Health Alliance, Qualcomm Ventures, Z-Wave, and Pathway OME.

Event Supporters include Antenna, B2 Group,, Best Web Design Agencies, CIO Applications, Conference Guru, Consortium for Patient Engagement (CoPE), Crowd Reviews, Consumer Technology Association, FierceHealthcare, FierceHealthIT, FiercePharma, HME News, HomeGrid Forum, Home Health Technology News, HomeToys, Innovation & Tech Today, Intelligent Health Association, IoT Consortium, ISE Magazine, LonMark International, Managed Care Magazine, Method, Personal Connected Health Alliance, PATH Health, PharmaVoice, RTC Media, San Diego EDC, Small Cell Forum, Startup Health, TD The Market Publishers, Telebehavioral Health Institute, TelcoProfessionals, Telehealth & Telecare Aware, The Journal of mHealth, The MedTech Strategist,, Vertical Web Media, Visibility Magazine, and Wi-Fi Alliance.

About Connected Health Summit: Consumer Engagement and Innovation

Connected Health Summit: Consumer Engagement and Innovation is a virtual 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 and to meet the growing demand for services in independent living, chronic care management, remote access to care, and wellness and fitness.