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Gil Adato Gil Adato, Vice President, Digital Health/IoT, Philips

Gil is an alumni of the University of Michigan (MBA), The Technion (BSc EE), and the 8200 Israeli Elite Intelligence Unit, with over 17 years of diverse experience in Business & Technology Innovation in high-tech & healthcare industries in Israel, the US, South Korea & the Netherlands, in both large corporates (Samsung, Philips) and Israeli startups.
 
As the Vice President and Head of New Business Development & Connected Value Propositions for Digital Health at Philips since 2015, Gil has been creating new business opportunities, business models (B2B2C, B2C), and partner ecosystems, targeting consumers & patients, and enabled inorganically via partnerships, investments & acquisitions, in areas of new technologies, services, and paths to scale. Gil initiated and has been leading strategic initiatives, e.g. Insurers (EU, US, APAC), Artificial Intelligence (various companies), Subscriptions (Zuora), Telehealth (American Well - strategic global partnership & Philips’ largest ever equity investment), and repositioning of businesses into need spaces via partner ecosystems (sleep ecosystem, etc.).
 
Previously at Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (Seoul, Korea), Gil initiated, conceptualized, validated, and obtained C-level buy-in for a new IoT platform (ARTIK) and new business unit for Samsung Electronics, called Samsung IoT. Previously, at the Chairman's Office at Samsung (Seoul, Korea), Gil led a strategy team that advised Samsung Electronics’ C-level executives (Presidents, CEOs, CSOs, CTOs, etc.) on various business challenges and opportunities, enabled via partnerships, investments & acquisitions.


Andrew Altorfer Andrew Altorfer, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CirrusMD
Twitter ID: @CirrusMD

Andrew has led CirrusMD since its founding, helping to grow the business into the leading solution for barrier-free virtual care access. Andy guides the CirrusMD team in creating integrated product-provider solutions that go beyond ROI and convenience to engender a deep level of trust with patients, one that is lacking in our healthcare system as a whole. Along the way, CirrusMD has completed three successful funding rounds and expanded access to the platform to over 3 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.


Sarah Jones Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, GreatCall, Inc.

Sarah Jones is vice president of commercial product at GreatCall, Inc., part of Best Buy Health. Sarah joined the company in 2016 as part of the Healthsense acquisition and leads the teams responsible for bringing valuable solutions to market and for assuring that clients realize the business and care goals they set out to achieve with GreatCall.
 
Sarah has a strong background in healthcare technology, working at Healthsense for nearly five years in marketing, product management, and customer success. Prior to that, she worked at Wolters Kluwer Health, marketing clinical software applications. Sarah holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.


Anmol Madan Anmol Madan, Chief Data Scientist, Livongo Health

Anmol Madan is Chief Data Scientist at Livongo where he is responsible for machine learning and data science across all of Livongo’s products and services, to help people be the best versions of themselves.
 
Anmol previously co-founded Ginger.io, an AI-driven behavioral health system that provides access to 24/7 coaching, therapy and psychiatry, and served as its Chief Executive Officer for 7 years. Under his leadership, Ginger.io built an AI-driven member and clinical product, established a high-growth distribution model with employers, became broadly available as an in-network health-plan benefit, and raised $35 million in venture funding from top-tier Silicon Valley VCs.
 
Anmol received a Ph.D. in machine learning applied to human behavior from the MIT Media Lab, and has authored 20+ scientific publications (Science, AAAI, Ubicomp, NIPS), and over a dozen patents related to machine learning in healthcare. He has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Creative people, and as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.


Mark Smith Mark Smith, Senior Vice President of Emerging Products, UnitedHealthcare

Mark Smith is Senior Vice President of Emerging Products at UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation’s largest health care companies serving nearly 50 million people. In this role, Mark is focused on integrating new and emerging technologies (e.g. internet of things, artificial intelligence and data analytics) into contemporary health benefit plan designs. 
 
Since joining UnitedHealthcare in 2015, Mark has overseen company’s wearables and digital therapeutics strategies, helping expand technologies for plan participants to improve consumer engagement and more effectively manage health care costs for employers.  
 
Mark is dedicated to using technology to help solve the long-standing and important challenges facing the health care system. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the health care sector, with executive roles spanning product and business development at health care companies serving individuals and companies of all sizes, including small organizations and multinationals. 
 
Mark trained as an attorney and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and he is an attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He is based in Chicago.


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Tori Ames Tori Ames, Program Manager, Telehealth, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Tori Ames began working at Cincinnati Children’s in 2011, and with the Center for Telehealth in 2017.  She leads the medical center’s Direct to Consumer Telehealth program and is a Certified Telehealth Liaison. She has expertise in program development with both clinical divisions and community groups, and is trained in Quality Improvement Science. Before focusing on Telehealth, Tori worked in Community Health at Cincinnati Children’s and a regional mental health agency. She received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University.


Ardy Arianpour Ardy Arianpour, CEO & Co-Founder, Seqster
Twitter ID: @Seqster

Ardy Arianpour is CEO & Co-Founder of Seqster, a SaaS healthcare platform that enables organizations to drive efficient healthcare via comprehensive medical records (EHR), individual genomic profiles (DNA), and personal health device data. For the first time, users create their own matched, longitudinal health data profile across all of their US-based healthcare data sources through person-centric interoperability. Ardy is a visionary health tech executive and serial entrepreneur in the biotech industry. Prior to starting Seqster, Ardy launched several clinical and consumer-based genetic tests as CCO of Pathway Genomics, and SVP of Ambry Genetics that sold to Konica for $1B in 2017. As a key player in the 2013 landmark SCOTUS decision scrapping gene patents, Ardy played an instrumental role in expanding genetic testing access with the launch of BRCA testing benefiting patients and family members across the country. Ardy received his BS in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine and an MBA from Marshall Goldsmith School of Management.


Fran Ayalasomayajula Fran Ayalasomayajula, Head of Population Health, Worldwide, HP Inc.

For over 20 years, Fran Ayalasomayajula, executive healthcare strategist and technologist, has been dedicated to serving the interests of populations around the world, in an effort to improve the quality of healthcare, provision access to healthcare, and increase health literacy and patient engagement.
 
Currently the Head of Population Health, Worldwide for HP, Inc., Fran directs the organization in the development of strategies and innovations designed to advance and deliver improved clinical outcomes and better population health. Prior to HP, Fran worked for major healthcare institutions, including WHO, CDC, BMS, and UHG. Fran holds degrees in epidemiology, public health, information technology, and certifications in project and clinical trial management.
 
She is actively involved in community minded initiatives, such as rare disease patient advocacy, and the application of technology services for the promotion of aging with independence and community connectedness. In 2015, Fran was a contributing writer on the Fact Sheet submitted to the White House Conference on Aging, and in 2017 co-author of the LeadingAge whitepaper on Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care. Fran is the author of several publications on technology-enable population health management, including best practices for the successful adoption of virtual reality in the clinical setting.
 
Fran is presently a Board Member of the NHA of San Diego; Advisory Board Member of the PCHAlliance; Advisory Council Member of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMED); and the co-chair of the PCHAlliance Aging and Technology Taskforce. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Health and Fitness Technology Division of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), an active member of the Center on Aging Services and Technologies, LeadingAge, American Public Health Association, special interest participant in the NAHC, and founder of IBHealthy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit digital health and wellness organization, whose mission is to provide ease of access to the resources needed to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Fahad Aziz Fahad Aziz, Co-Founder & CTO, Caremerge
Twitter ID: @Caremerge

Fahad Aziz is the Co-founder and CTO of Caremerge and contributor to Forbes Magazine. He has been in technology for over 15 years and while working with different organizations he felt inspired to start something new, and decided to quit his job and move to Chicago. He initially had the idea for a Facebook for healthcare, but realized it wasn't a good idea two months into it, so he pivoted into something else. Fahad got an opportunity to spend some time in a seniors'™ community in the suburbs of Chicago, where he witnessed a lot of challenges, so he decided to do something to solve those challenges. That was the birth of Caremerge and since then they have been serving 400 communities with over 100,000 residents. In their interactions with the communities, they saw the need for voice technology to be implemented in the communities. Fahad did research that he published on Forbes. Part of the research was on what voice technology could do for seniors and the results showed that the technology could really connect hundreds of thousands of people to technology.


Ori Balaban Ori Balaban, VP Business Development, EarlySense
Twitter ID: @EarlySense_Ltd

Ori is the Vice President of business development for EarlySense – the market leader in contact-free continuous monitoring and analytics solutions across the care continuum. Ori is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and partner ecosystems for EarlySense’s Medical and Digital Health solutions. In this role, Ori focuses on promoting continuous monitoring solutions in the post-acute and home health markets and has been partnering with leading patient monitoring, digital health and healthcare companies.
 
Prior to EarlySense, Ori led business development for SanDisk’s Mobile and Connected Platform business unit where he focused on building partner ecosystems with mobile, smart home and IoT companies.
 
Ori brings more than 20 years of business development, sales and marketing experiences. 
Ori holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a law degree from the University of Tel-Aviv. Ori is based in Silicon Valley.


Edmond Banayan Edmond Banayan, Chairman, LAVA Healthcare, Los Angeles Venture Association
Twitter ID: @EdmondBanayan

Edmond Banayan is a Chairman at the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) where he oversees the healthcare vertical. Edmond has held leadership posts in healthcare and technology - with more than 30 years of experience working closely with founders and executives. Among his ventures is Chronaly Inc. (Chronaly) where, as Founder and CEO, he leads a multi-disciplinary team that develops and commercializes digital health applications for developmental disabilities. Edmond received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his graduate degrees from University of Illinois and Northwestern University.


David Bardan David Bardan, VP of Provider 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.


Steve Cashman Steve Cashman, Chief Commercial Officer, InTouch Health
Twitter ID: @InTouchHealth

Steve Cashman is the Chief Commercial Officer at InTouch Health, overseeing domestic and global sales, as well as product, marketing, and customer service. Ranked the 2019 Best in KLAS for Virtual Care Platforms, InTouch Health supports more than 2,700 hospitals and health systems around the world on its telehealth network and software platform, Solo by InTouch, which includes many of the top 20 U.S. health systems. 
     
Steve is passionate about technology’s ability to transform the patient’s experience and access to healthcare. He was recently CEO and Founder of a telemedicine company HealthSpot. His vision for HealthSpot was to create value for patients, providers, health systems, and their communities by reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving access to quality care. In 2013, HealthSpot was voted the Consumer Electronics Association small business of the year. Prior to that, he was Chief Strategy Officer for Exceptional Innovation where he led the adoption of the company’s cutting-edge software platform into the healthcare, hospitality, and building management marketplaces. Steve is actively engaged in the business start-up community and is on the board of Stowe Mission. His unique background as an entrepreneur and seasoned executive enables him to be both a strong leader and a doer.


Brenda Cass Brenda Cass, Data Science Strategist, Validic
Twitter ID: @validic

Brenda Cass serves as the Data Science Strategist at Validic. In her role, she aims to generate unique value from personal health data that can only be gained through the application of data science techniques. She leads data science and machine learning initiatives with clients to help them derive new insights from their data. Brenda joined Validic in 2017 as a Software Engineer, where she worked to develop Validic Impact, the organization's remote patient monitoring platform. She then joined the Data Science team at Validic to develop and innovate Validic's data science strategies. Prior to her time at Validic, Brenda worked with General Electric in the Information Technology Leadership Program. Brenda has a Master's in Information Technology and Data Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she conducted focused research on evolutionary algorithms in music.


Amy Cook Amy Cook, Director, Business Development, Sleep Marketing, ResMed
Twitter ID: @amyacook45

Amy Cook serves as Director of Business Development, Sleep Marketing for ResMed, which has a world-leading 5 million cloud-connected devices for remote patient monitoring. Since joining ResMed in 2012, Amy has been integral in helping develop and roll out its suite of connected health solutions that have helped increase patient therapy adherence, improve healthcare efficiencies, and transform ResMed into a software-driven medical device leader. Amy has 15+ years' experience as a product leader in medical device and SaaS businesses, and is passionate about leveraging data-driven insights to deliver better health outcomes and care. She graduated with a BS in optics and an MBA in marketing from the University of Rochester.


Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler, Chief Commercial Officer, Ada Health
Twitter ID: @adahealth

Jeff has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and digital media. At Ada, Jeff leads their US business, including sales and business development focused on establishing partnerships with health systems, payers, employers and other digital health platforms. Before Ada, Jeff's experience included leading the US launch of TytoCare “the first remote health examination platform“ and building and leading Vitals, one of the US' top patient engagement and 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.


James Dold James Dold, VP Strategy East, Lumeris
Twitter ID: @dold_james

A nurse by training, James has 25 years of experience in clinical operations & contracting, including quality, long term care, behavioral health, utilization and disease management - with a focused passion on creating strong physician alignment and engagement born out of many years working in the AMC arena.
James Dold currently works with Lumeris as Vice President of Strategy creating relationships driven by clinicians, physicians and administrators of healthcare systems, pivoting into population health management solutions leading healthcare organizations to achieve the Triple Aim Plus One: better health outcomes, lower costs, and greater patient AND physician satisfaction and engagement. Focused on empowering providers and their accountable care teams with process improvement strategies, technology and data aggregation tools, and clinical workflows to manage their patients and populations effectively and to succeed under risk based payer contracts across multi-payer/multi-lines of business. Responsible for providing strategic advice, guiding health systems and providers through seamless transitions from volume to value. Enabling them to deliver improved and more affordable care across populations with better outcomes, within a condensed time frame. Working collaboratively with payers to align contracts and engage physicians in programs that drive high-quality, cost-effective care with satisfied consumers, and facilitating the transition and maintaining the physicians in highly engaged fashion. 
 
Prior to Lumeris James was a Managing Director with Evolent Health focused nationally on Clinical Implementations with accounts in Portland Or., Arizona, and Rhode Island.
 
As Senior Director of Health System Contracting for CVS/Caremark, he was responsible for developing contractual relationships with health systems across the country and engaging with those systems to execute collaborative agreements. CVS/Caremark and Minute Clinic have established a variety of programs and offerings to support and collaborate with health care providers, including physician groups, hospitals, Integrated Delivery Networks (lDNs), and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
 
Primary Care focus – 
Privia Health - Vice President Clinical Operations, Population Health
Leveraging national experience to help in creation and implementation of Population Health Clinical Strategy through programs and physician engagement. Goal of improved clinical outcomes for members in the Privia practices and helping with Privia’s transition into and success within risk contracts. Subsequently setting the systems in place for scaling programs nationally in alignment with the Privia strategic growth plan. Responsible for all ACO activities, functionally reorganized group developing physician engagement structure (PCP & Specialists) 
 
New England Quality Care Alliance - Director of Clinical Performance - a network of community and academic physicians dedicated to providing comprehensive, innovative, high-quality and affordable health care that brings value to its patients and communities and expands the teaching and research mission of Tufts Medical Center. Focusing on the NEQCA’s transition from fee for service in the value based reimbursement; he was responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring, reporting on and directly managing processes, programs and tools to continually improve NEQCA’s clinical quality and efficiency performance.
Enhanced Care Initiatives - Regional Director of Services - specializing in their disease management and wellness programs. ECI creates value and cost savings for HMOs, nursing homes, and insurance companies (government and private) by identifying niche markets with high medical costs and implementing proprietary solutions through PCP engagement.
 
James has a BS in Nursing and a BS in Nursing Administration and MS/MBA Organizational Leadership(*) . Leveraging experience in the transitional space between the various reimbursement models in healthcare today, James also consults with Pharma Companies, Physician Groups, and IDN’s around the transitions into the various models and the work involved from funds flow models, infrastructure, through to physician engagement.


Dr. Renee Dua Dr. Renee Dua, Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Heal

After an agonizing experience taking her infant son to the ER and waiting hours to see a doctor, Renee Dua decided to form Heal to reduce the amount of waiting time to see a doctor, especially during evenings and weekends when doctor availability is extremely limited. She wanted to offer an affordable means for people of all ages who may have difficulties going to the doctor's office or may not have insurance so that they could receive ongoing medical care. She has amassed a team of world class doctors to deliver patients access to care. Dr. Dua is a nephrologist and internist and has served as Chief of Medicine at Valley Presbyterian and Simi Valley Hospitals. She completed her BS in Biochemistry at UC San Diego, her medical degree at Rosalind Franklin University, her residency at UCLA, and her fellowship in nephrology at USC. Outside of work, Renee is married to technology entrepreneur and Heal CEO Nick Desai. She is the mother to three children and is still learning how to parent "on the job." She believes there is no way one can ever be perfectly prepared for the challenging yet wonderful role of parenthood. She is always improving her ability to multi-task, whilst juggling family, Heal, her busy medical practice, and constantly reminding herself to not lose her mobile phone and car keys.


Carina Edwards Carina Edwards, CEO, Quil Health
Twitter ID: @quilhealth

Carina Edwards is the CEO of Quil, the joint venture between Comcast NBCUniversal and Independence Blue Cross aimed at revolutionizing healthcare by empowering patients and their support teams to answer "What Happens Next?" on their healthcare journeys. Quil's digital health companion empowers users with step-by-step, personalized directions from the first point of intervention through recovery delivering information where and when they need it, on their smartphone, computer, or TV. Prior to joining Quil, Carina served in executive positions at Imprivata, Nuance, Zynx Health, and Philips Healthcare. In 2016, she was appointed to the board of directors of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. In 2019, she was named by Becker's Healthcare as "Female Health IT Leaders to Know." Carina received her MBA from Boston College and her BS in MIS & Decision Sciences from George Mason University.


Mike Farrell Mike Farrell, SVP & GM Hospitals and Health Systems, MDLIVE

Michael is responsible for the overall direction, focus and performance of the health system and provider business for MDLive. Michael’s responsibilities include accountability for the P&L of the business, client relationships, client and consumer satisfaction, marketing, utilization and business development efforts for all MDLive solutions and services in the health system and provider segment across the United States. Michael joined MDLive in March of 2018. Prior to his arrival at MDLive, Michael worked for Cerner Corporation in a variety of executive and leadership positions for the past 13 years. Cerner Corporation is multi-billion-dollar global healthcare technology company that is publicly traded on the Nasdaq.  Michael is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has a Bachelor of Arts in business from the Henry Bloch School of Business. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Park University. Michael and his family reside in Kansas City, MO.


Jennifer Fraser Jennifer Fraser, Director of User Experience, Macadamian
Twitter ID: @macadamianlabs

Jennifer brings almost 20 years of involvement in user experience design to Macadamian. She collaborates with healthcare clients through every phase of a project – from the initial product and design strategy, through to the detailed design and implementation – to ensure that the final product will both meet business goals and resonate with users. Her holistic understanding of integrated product strategy, design, and development is key to Macadamian’s ability to deliver the best solution on time and on budget. She is a highly sought-after speaker on subjects related to design. She sits on the Design Program Advisory Board of Algonquin College and has advised various local start-ups on how to embrace user-centered design.


Alexandra Frith Alexandra Frith, Lifestyle Medicine Consumer Marketing, Blue Shield of California
Twitter ID: @BlueShieldCA

Alexandra Frith | Lifestyle Medicine Consumer Marketing Principal | Blue Shield of California Alexandra is a strategist - one part executive, one part brand geek, three parts innovation fanatic. She is a thought leader and an expert at cracking the business growth nut with deep expertise in creating strategic solutions that hone market relevance. Her guidance has helped leading global brands in technology, business intelligence, and payments imagine and make innovative breakthroughs, grow across Americas, EMEA and Asia, and has taken one of her previous companies to 130-country footprint. Whether designing consumer experiences across channels, changing business and service delivery models, standing up tech startups, launching products or reimagining the connected enterprise technology solutions Alexandra's creativity disrupts industry and makes new markets. In her current role, she leads marketing strategy for Blue Shield of California Lifestyle Medicine products at the intersection of health, emerging tech and consumers. As a frequent technology media contributor, Alexandra stands as a powerful voice for connected technology, human-centric design and collaborations that create solutions that matter for business and the world.


John Gardner John Gardner, Venture Partner, NGP Capital
Twitter ID: @ngpcapital
Website: http://www.ngpcap.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 NGP Capital 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's College of Law. John is based in Silicon Valley.


Melissa Gonzales Melissa Gonzales, EVP, Americas, Medela

Melissa Gonzales serves as Executive Vice President of Americas for Medela LLC. In this position, she manages both the Human Milk and Healthcare businesses. The “Human Milk” division is the leading manufacturer of breast milk feeding products, where every year, more than one million mothers in the U.S. rely on Medela’s technology.
 
Medela is committed to providing solutions to help moms transition through each stage of motherhood. Starting with pregnancy, The Moms’ Room is a stage-based solution that connects expecting and new moms to information, promotions, and resources to encourage her breastfeeding success along her journey through 24 months postnatal. Medela’s New Moms’ Healthy Returns is a single-source solution designed to help employers better support their breastfeeding mom employees when they return to work after baby. These solutions showcase Medela’s commitment to encouraging every mom along her breast milk feeding journey, so she can continue to breastfeed for as long as she chooses.
 
An advocate for moms and babies, Melissa works with congressional leaders on the Hill supporting policies designed to benefit all breast milk feeding mothers and their babies. Actively involved in her community, Melissa also serves as on the board of the Chicago Chapter for March of Dimes, as well as Chair for the McHenry County March for Babies. She is an active member in the American Legion Auxiliary. Melissa graduated with a BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received her M.B.A.from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
She currently maintains her license as Licensed Registered Nurse in State of Illinois.
 
Melissa lives in Tinley Park, Illinois with her husband and enjoys traveling, spending time with family, reading and working on her golf game.


Kerrie Holley Kerrie Holley, Technology Fellow, Optum
Twitter ID: @KerrieH

Kerrie Holley joined Optum as their first Technology Fellow focused on advancing United Health Group (UHG) in artificial Intelligence: machine learning, graph databases, deep learning and NLP.  
 
Kerrie spent the bulk of his career as an IBM Fellow, where he was a Master Inventor.  His last assignment with IBM Research focused on scalable services and cognitive computing.  He is fond of appearing on ABC News and a TED talk to discuss IBM’s Watson the day after its historic debut on Jeopardy! 
 
He holds several technology patents and is the author of two books: “Is Your Company Ready for Cloud” and “100 SOA Questions: Asked and Answered.”
 
Prior to Optum, Kerrie worked on maturing an analytics portfolio focused on machine learning and streaming analytics as a CTO with Cisco.
 
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from DePaul University in Chicago; a Juris Doctor Degree and an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.


Jim Hunter Jim Hunter, CTO, Delos
Twitter ID: @delosliving

Jim leads all Delos'™ technology efforts, including the continued integration of Delos wellness-based algorithms across technology platforms for residential and commercial environments to help people be well in spaces where they live, work, sleep and play. Prior to joining Delos, Jim provided oversight for technology, architecture and innovation at Greenwave Systems, led Motorola/Google's architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart home and shaped a powerful standards based platform as the Founder and Chief Architect of 4Home, Inc. Jim began his technology career as a nuclear engineer and master training specialist serving in the US Navy, earning numerous awards and certifications. Today, he is an internationally-recognized thought leader, inventor and speaker on all things IoT, Security, Wellness, AI and Future societies at global events like Connections, CES, Transform, WebSummit, Collision and IoT World. Jim actively contributes published articles in leading tech publications such as TechCrunch and VentureBeat. Hunter was recognized by Inc. as a Top 20 IoT Leader for 2017 and continues to lead IoT innovation and evangelize his vision to reduce the friction between man and machine around the world. Personally, he has published a SciFi series based on the Singularity and Humanity entitled ReCollection.


Alyssa Jaffee Alyssa Jaffee, Vice President, 7wire Ventures
Twitter ID: @7wireventures

Alyssa Jaffee serves as Vice President of 7wire Ventures where she focuses on investments in digital healthcare and technology-enabled services that empower consumers to be better stewards of their health in today’s changing healthcare ecosystem.
 
Alyssa's prior experience in venture capital includes her time as Senior Associate at Pritzker Group Venture Capital where she led investments in Bright.md and Tovala as well as worked closely with Apervita, SilverVue, Eved, and AiCure. Additionally, she worked at Hyde Park Angels (HPA), one of the Midwest's largest angel organizations and Healthbox, an early stage healthcare innovation firm, supporting their accelerator program called the Studio. Alyssa is also a Co-Founder of TransparentCareer, a 2016 NVC winning company focused on helping people make more data-driven career decisions. 
 
Prior to business school, Alyssa worked as the Senior Director of Performance Technologies for the Advisory Board Company. There, Alyssa was charged with expanding new business through the sales of technology platforms. With an extensive travel regimen, Alyssa met with hundreds of hospital executive teams to understand their strategic needs and recommend various solutions. She has copious amounts of experience in launching new products and thinking about go-to-market strategies. 
 
Alyssa holds a bachelor degree in Marketing and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.


John Jesser John Jesser, President, LiveHealth Online and Employer Solutions, American Well

John Jesser is responsible for American Well’s Clinical Services and Online Care Group (OCG).  He leads a team developing clinical programs, optimizing the American Well platform and ecosystem of client capabilities to drive better health outcomes for health plans and employers. He is responsible for supporting the company’s telehealth strategy to employers, its relationship with Anthem and the LiveHealth Online brand as it serves Anthem ‘s commercial and government business.
 
Prior to joining American Well, Mr. Jesser served as the President of LiveHealth Online and Vice President of Provider Engagement Strategy for Anthem. In this capacity, Mr. Jesser lead the Anthem telehealth strategy.  He also managed a company-wide process that looks at healthcare-related functions to improve affordability, the consumer experience and access to care. He served for 25 years in various management positions within the health plan space. He served as chairman of the board for Availity, LLC, a company that provides connectivity between healthcare payers and providers. He is also member of the board of Pursuant Health, a consumer health information and technology company. Mr. Jesser holds a BS in Mass Communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an MBA from Cleveland State University. 


Travis Johnson Travis Johnson, Global Product Lead, Garmin Health, Garmin Health

Travis Johnson is the Global Product Lead for Garmin Health, responsible for the digital health product and services roadmap at Garmin and strategic partnerships across corporate wellness, population health, and patient monitoring markets.  Travis joined Garmin in 2007, leading product management for mobile navigation and carrier partnerships.  Travis is a graduate of Kansas State University and has a B.S. in Computer Science.


Mark Khachaturian PhD Mark Khachaturian PhD, CTO, Vital USA
Twitter ID: @VvvitalUsa

Dr. Khachaturian is the CTO of Vital USA Inc since Oct of 2016 where he leads the research and development of multiple connected non-contact and light-touch vital sign measurement technologies. These technologies aimed at improving the safety, reducing the cost, and increasing the accessibility of health monitoring in the hospital and at home. Dr. Khachaturian was previously the VP of R&D at ABT Molecular Imaging where he lead the development of a small compact automated radiopharmaceutical production system for F-18 and C-11 based radio-pharmaceuticals. He holds the position of Science and Technology Advisor the CEO at ABT to support R&D projects and field issues. Prior to ABT, Dr. Khachaturian was the PET/MR Lead System Designer II at GE Healthcare, where he lead of the design and manufacture of the Signa® PET/MRI system and lead the design of the Discovery MR750w Resonance Module. Dr. Khachaturian received his PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) with a focus on medical imaging. He received his Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics with a focus on radiation detection and measurement from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI).


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.


Thomas Kluz Thomas Kluz, Head of Global Healthcare Investing, Qualcomm Ventures

Thomas is the head of health care investing at Qualcomm Ventures where he focuses on digital health care companies. Thomas is also a General Partner at dRx Capital, which is a joint venture investment company launched by Novartis and Qualcomm with a capital commitment up to $100M. As part of these roles, Thomas strives to catalyze the success of digital medicine products, services and business models by investing in high-growth, technology companies. 
 
Prior to Qualcomm Ventures, Thomas was an investment professional at Providence Ventures, the venture capital arm at one of the nation’s leading healthcare delivery networks, Providence St. Joseph Health. Prior to Providence Ventures, Thomas was part of the strategic finance / strategic investing team at Cambia Health Solutions, the private equity sponsor for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, a nationally recognized health insurer committed to transforming healthcare. As part of his role at Cambia, Thomas had an observer seat on the Fund Management Team (FMT), the formal governing body established by the company to approve all VC, PE and M&A deals. Thomas was also a direct investment professional at Adams Street Partners where he supported the partnership on venture capital and growth equity opportunities.
 
Thomas holds his Master of Science in Medical Informatics and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University where he is a published author in the Journal of Surgical Oncology.


Kevin Kraus Kevin Kraus, Director Technology, ASSA ABLOY/Yale/August Locks

Kevin Kraus has been the Director of Technology and Partner Integration for Yale and August Residential Electronic Lock Business since 2018 and is responsible for defining key product technologies and developing partner integration strategies and tools to support seamless lock integration. Prior to becoming the Director of technology and partner integration, Kevin was Director of product development for Yale Residential Locks. Responsible for product strategy, product development, and technology.  Prior to joining ASSA ABLOY/Yale in 2009; Kevin spent 11 years as director of product management electronic locks for the Schlage Residential Business. Prior to Schlage Kevin spent 7 years with Honeywell’s Security Group as product manager for Honeywell Residential Security Products.  Kevin has extensive experience in the Residential Security and Home Automation Business and is regarded as a subject matter expert in residential electronic locks, residential security and home automation systems and residential systems communication technologies. Kevin has majors in both Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Kevin is also on the Z-Wave Alliance and Thread Board of Directors and Treasure of the Thread Group.


Brendan Levy MD Brendan Levy MD, Chief Medical Officer, HeyDoctor

Dr. Brendan Levy is a family medicine physician and the Chief Medical Officer at HeyDoctor. He graduated from the University of Washington in neurobiology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and completed residency at Georgetown University. 
Prior to founding HeyDoctor Brendan ran a family medicine clinic for MedStar Health, served as president of the medical group at Lemonaid Health, and was the medical director of Hims.
 
Brendan leads the mission of driving forward the HeyDoctor electronic medical record platform and the consumer applications with the mission of helping make American healthcare higher quality, more accessible, and more affordable.


Bijou Lulla Bijou Lulla, CEO, Smaart House
Twitter ID: @SmaartHouse

Bijou Lulla is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Smaart House, a Remote Monitoring Services Solution provider that enable mature adults to live in their own homes independently. With life expectancy increasing and families dispersing more widely, care of the elderly is a growing challenge. In response, Smaart House developed solutions that combine sensors, machine learning, analytics and cloud technology to enhance the quality, transparency and accountability of care, helping individuals live independently for longer. He has extensive experience dealing with family caregivers, caregiving agencies an independent living facilities in helping them transition to a technology based continuum of care.


Laura Mackay Laura Mackay, Chief Product & Growth Officer , higi

Laura Mackay serves as the Chief Product & Growth Officer at higi, a health enablement company empowering consumers to measure, track, and act on their health data.  Laura is accountable for the company’s growth and its transition from a hardware business to a services-enabled software business and oversees the Client Success, Partnerships, Consumer Experience & Engagement, Marketing, Product Strategy, and Product Management teams.
 
Most recently, Laura led growth for Wildflower Health where during her tenure the company’s revenue grew 8-fold and the company developed and launched two new first in the market products. In her role, she was accountable for Wildflower’s entire client portfolio and ran teams responsible for growth, account management, consumer engagement, implementation, and product strategy. Laura also worked closely with Wildflower’s CEO on the company’s business strategy and growth financing including the company’s Series C investment and acquisition of Circle Women’s Health from Providence St. Joseph Health. 
 
Laura began her career in healthcare investment banking at Goldman Sachs and healthcare strategy consulting at Booz & Co. Her operating experiences cross the healthcare ecosystem and range from large corporations to seed-stage start-ups including Pfizer and Healthagen (part of Aetna) where she was first on the BD team building tech-enabled start-ups before joining one such start-up to support its commercialization.
 
Laura received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.


Bill Maher Bill Maher, Director, US Medical Sales, A&D Medical

Bill Maher is the Director, US Medical Sales for A&D Medical. Bill joined A&D in 2013 and served in several leadership roles within the organization. With over 20 years of Healthcare Sales, Business Development and Marketing experience, Bill focuses on expanding and accelerating the adoption of connected health, remote monitoring and telemedicine. With a broad background in both acute and non-acute patient monitoring, his perspective spans the care continuum. Prior to A&D, Bill held management and executive positions at Rubbermaid Healthcare (now Capsa), Nihon Kohden America and Sage Products (now Stryker). Bill is based in the Bay Area.


Mike Maniscalco Mike Maniscalco, CEO, Better Living Technologies
Twitter ID: @betterlivingpbc

Michael Maniscalco is a recognized speaker, visionary and expert in the digital health, smart-home, networking, and IoT spaces. Mr. Maniscalco is the recipient of numerous smart home industry accolades for his technical and product training and contributions. Most recently, he has been developing a consumer-facing digital health solution at the intersection of IoT, remote monitoring, consumer electronics and chronic disease with an initial focus on diabetes. Mr. Maniscalco holds a degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has been involved with software and network engineering for Fortune 1000 companies in the custom installation, financial, telecommunications and healthcare industries for over 20 years. As a founder of Ihiji, Michael served as Vice President of Product and Marketing for the company's award-winning cloud-based remote network management and service solutions. In late 2017, Ihiji was acquired by Control4, a worldwide leader in the home automation space. Michael has also successfully founded and sold a high-end home automation services and installation company which was heavily focused on engineering and service contract programs.


Philip Marshall, MD, MPH Philip Marshall, MD, MPH, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Conversa Health
Twitter ID: @conversahealth

Philip Marshall, MD, MPH is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Conversa, Healthcare's Conversation Platform that keeps care teams and patients connected between visits using Conversational AI. Dr. Marshall has always had a passion for helping patients be equal partners in their care. Before Conversa Health, Dr. Marshall led product strategy and product management for Press Ganey serving over 2,000 hospitals, 650+ medical practices and 90,000+ physicians in the U.S. Also, he contributed to the Markle Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information establishing technology and policy practices for the appropriate handling of personal health information. Throughout his career, he has designed profile-driven systems to ensure that patients are engaged digitally with employers, payers, and their providers. Following his work at GE Medical Systems and Kaiser Permanente, where he led large research studies on physicians' and patients' use of Electronic Health Records, Dr. Marshall was one of the early pioneers at WebMD. As WebMD's Vice President of Product Strategy, he led personalized health management solutions. He then led Press Ganey's products and strategy, supporting the company's expansion of quality and patient experience solutions. Dr. Marshall received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, and has residency training in general surgery and public health and preventive medicine. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. 


Alton Martin Alton Martin, SVP Growth and Co-Founder, Trusource Labs LLC
Twitter ID: @altonmartin

For over 25 years, Alton Martin has been a globally-recognized expert in defining performance standards & metrics within service operations. In July 2013, he co-founded Trusource Labs (TSL), a contact center focused on supporting products and services that are complex, risky, or both. Since that time, TSL joined Everise, a family of complimentary companies with over 12,000 employees worldwide. TSL supports over 20 leading-edge Smart Home companies. Prior to founding Trusource Labs, he helped launch COPC Inc., a leading contact center consultancy and training organization. He led their international expansion initiatives, as well as the development of the COPC-2000 Vendor Management Organization Standard. He served as CEO until June 2009, when he started another consultancy firm focused on applying Vested Outsourcing techniques in outsourced service operations. He has worked with a number of leading organizations throughout his career, including Accenture, American Express, Apple, CapitalOne, Convergys, Dell, DirecTV, Microsoft and others in over 40 countries.


Deborah Merkin Deborah Merkin, CEO, GiftCard Partners, Inc.
Twitter ID: @GiftCardPartner

Deborah Merkin is CEO and Founder of GiftCard Partners, Inc., a full-service agency that offers gift cards as engagement tools in a variety of reward and incentive programs. For more than 10 years, GiftCard Partners has worked with corporate health & wellness and Medicare/Medicaid programs utilizing gift cards to reward for healthy behaviors.
 
GiftCard Partners works to match national gift card brands to increase engagement, including CVS Pharmacy®, The Home Depot®, and AutoZone®, in wellness programs and for employee recognition, customer loyalty and more. 
 
GiftCard Partners has recently launched Engage2Reward– a comprehensive reward and incentive suite for customer and employee reward programs – delivering technical innovation and customized solutions for an optimal reward experience. 
 
 
Prior to founding GiftCard Partners, Deborah has 25+ years of leadership in both the technology and financial industries, establishing new B2B channels strategies, and leading marketing and sales teams in the development of these new revenue channels. Her global channel expertise creating new strategic partnerships and delivering solutions-driven products and programs that build new sales channels for both B2B and B2B2C contributes greatly to the success of GiftCard Partners' clients.


Laura Mitchell Laura Mitchell, CEO, GrandCare Systems
Twitter ID: @GRANDCARE

Laura Mitchell has over 15 years of experience in aging, connected health technology, and remote monitoring for seniors. In 2005, she cofounded GrandCare Systems, a RPM pioneer for the aging industry. In 2008, she launched the first series of weekly aging and technology webinars and in 2011 cofounded the Aging & Technology Alliance (AgeTek) with fellow industry leaders. Laura has been featured in Forbes magazine, listed in Dealerscope Magazine's "Top 40 under 40", awarded the 2014 Connected World women of M2M, and was a 2011 recipient of the Mary Furlong's 'Flame Award for Innovation and Leadership". In 2015, she founded LMC, a full service marketing and business development agency with a niche in connected aging technologies. In 2019, she accepted the role as CEO of GrandCare Systems.


Matthew Montelongo Matthew Montelongo, Global Business Development - Healthcare, Orbita Health

Matthew Montelongo is an accomplished healthcare software and technology solutions expert who understands how patients, clinicians, leadership, workflow, and technology can fit together to bring value to all aspects of the organization. Based in Houston, TX, he draws upon a broad and deep mix of healthcare industry expertise built from 30+ years of C-suite and consulting positions in both the provider and vendor segments.  Previous roles include hospital COO, medical practice CEO, and technology vendor VP of Sales & Marketing.  With Orbita, Matthew leads the Global Healthcare - Provider & Vendor practice with a focus on helping organizations leverage Conversational AI to improve consumer & patient experience, increase engagement, and improve profitability. One of his mission’s in life is to help improve healthcare clinical & financial outcomes through the successful adoption of emerging technology.


Spencer Moore Spencer Moore, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring Services
Website: http://www.rrms.com

Spencer Moore is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Rapid Response Monitoring. In this capacity, Spencer harnesses his years of strong business experience including his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification to engage result-driven processes and translate brand promise into true power for the company and real value for customers. He has a known reputation for recruiting and developing world class sales teams and envisioning and executing the development of new services and new corporate directions. Spencer previously served for fifteen years as the Division Manager for Fastenal Company where he developed the division’s sales training program and led 100+ staff members. During his tenure, he contributed to the company growth from four million dollars in annual revenue to over thirty-four million dollars in annual revenue. Spencer holds a MBA and is passionate about developing great business relationships and supporting Rapid Response’s growth.


Kristin Torres Mowat Kristin Torres Mowat, Senior VP of Corporate Development, Castlight Health
Twitter ID: @CastlightHealth

Kristin Torres Mowat Senior Vice President, Corporate Development Kristin leads Castlight's efforts to support growth through our company strategy, strategic partnerships, and inorganic opportunities. She leads the identification, evaluation, execution, and integration of these opportunities together with our portfolio of medical, pharmacy, dental, and behavioral health plan relationships. Previously, Kristin was vice president at DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500 and one of the largest national healthcare providers. She was responsible for corporate strategy, Falcon EHR (electronic health records business), and recruiting for the Redwoods Leadership Development Program. She co-led due diligence in DaVita's $4.4B merger with HealthCare Partners. Kristin earned her bachelors in international relations and minor in human biology from Stanford University. After a consulting career at Bain & Co. and The Bridgespan Group, Kristin worked at Chiron Corporation before returning to Stanford to earn her MBA and JD. She serves on the Bay Area Executive Board of Spark, a non-profit engaging at-risk youth to become motivated learners and connected community members.


Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Health & Wellness, Strategic Sales, 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.


Sumit Nagpal Sumit Nagpal, SVP, Global GM, Health Innovation, Comcast NBCUniversal
Twitter ID: @comcast

Sumit Kumar Nagpal is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on disruptive digital health innovation. He has co-founded and grown five companies over the past two and a half decades that have tackled progressively bolder challenges facing our healthcare economies, ranging from integrating longitudinal data and workflows across care settings, to bringing hospital- level care to the home. Sumit now serves as the Global GM for Health Innovation at Comcast NBCUniversal, where he leads the organization’s health vision for offerings to enable safety, wellbeing, and care where people live, work and play.


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.


Arjen Noorbergen Arjen Noorbergen, Founder and CEO, Olisto
Twitter ID: @arjennoorbergen

Arjen Noorbergen Arjen is an entrepreneur. With a team of 15 people he is now building Olisto: a reliable webservice that connects smart devices, digital services and your favourite apps and have them work together, following your rules. Arjen started Olisto after he successfully exited Quby, a company that he co-founded. Quby is the developer of the Toon Smart Thermostat for Eneco. With close to half a million units sold, Toon has become Europe’s leading smart home platform. Before becoming an entrepreneur in 2004, Arjen has been climbing corporate ranks with various international telecom companies, pioneering development of Internet services. Prior to that, Arjen graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Delft University of Technology.


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

Andrew has spent his career focusing on healthcare technology and service. In late 2017, Andrew founded Papa, a company that connects college students to older adults for companionship, assistance, and transportation. He started the company to support his own grandfather that he called Papa.
 
Andrew has a passion for healthcare, technology, and people. He has combined his passion to build Papa and support older adults. Papa has grown to 30 full time employees and over 4,000 students on the platform.
 
Prior to Papa, Andrew ran Health System Sales and Strategy for MDLIVE.com. Andrew was one of the first 15 employees of MDLIVE which has grown to over 300 employees and 30M members. In this role, Andrew helped to facilitate multiyear relationships for some of the nation’s largest health systems.
 
Andrew received his Bachelor’s in Finance from Florida State University and his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist certification from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew resides in Miami, FL with his dog Chewie.


Steven Parker Steven Parker, SVP, Business Development, Virgin Pulse

Steven Parker is a wellbeing and productivity expert and SVP at Virgin Pulse where he is changing lives and businesses for good. He is an HR Technology veteran and a former HR executive and brings over 20 years of global leadership experience in HR services, talent management, wellbeing and employee experience at organizations including Virgin Pulse, Achievers, Oracle, Taleo, AAA and the U.S. Army Special Operations.


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.  


Cyril Philip Cyril Philip, Principal, Providence Ventures
Twitter ID: @ProvVentures

Cyril is a Principal at Providence Ventures. He is responsible for deal sourcing, deal execution, portfolio company management, and fund management. Cyril currently serves as a Board Observer at Binary Fountain. Cyril previously served on the Board of Directors of precision medicine company N-of-One prior to its exit. Cyril joined Providence in 2015 as a senior associate and was one of the first hires of the Providence Ventures team. Prior to joining Providence, Cyril was at Halyard Capital, where he focused on private equity investments in mid-stage companies in the technology, business services and healthcare sectors. Prior to Halyard, Cyril spent five years at UBS Investment Bank in the Global Healthcare group, where he worked on over 30 transactions across healthcare services/technology, life sciences and medical technology. Cyril graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor’s of science in business administration.


Dale Philippi Dale Philippi, President, Aprilaire


Roy Raymann PhD Roy Raymann PhD, Vice President Sleep Science & Scientific Affairs, SleepScore Labs
Twitter ID: @RRaymann

Roy Raymann, is a passionate researcher and a product driven thought leader in the field of sleep. He spent more than a decade in academia studying sleep at the Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences, before joining the private sector. His recent experience includes leading the sleep related health efforts at Apple (Night Shift, Bedtime, Health- & Research- Kit) and serving as a Sleep Thought Leader of the consumer sleep division at Philips Research where he founded the Sleep Experience Lab. At SleepScore Labs he is heading the collaborations with industry, academia and clinics, leading the scientific advisory board and oversees the scientific rigor of the SleepScore Brand.

Dr. Raymann holds a PhD in Life Sciences from Vrije University Amsterdam. His research and post-doctoral work spans almost 25 years and encompasses multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, speaking events and patents. Since 2018 he serves the Consumer Technology Association Workgroup on Sleep Tracking Consumer Technology Devices, defining the standards for consumer sleep technologies.


Tad Reynes Tad Reynes, Global Director, IoT 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.


Kian Saneii Kian Saneii, CEO, Independa

Kian Saneii is a computer scientist and software executive, passionate about bringing transformational technologies to market. Saneii founded Independa in 2009 to deliver technology-enabled independent living solutions to professional organizations and family caregivers supporting elderly care recipients wishing to live independently longer, safer and more comfortably. Award winning Independa Integrated CloudCare solutions are being recognized as best of breed and transformational in the marketplace. Saneii has created strategic relationships with LG Electronics, Samsung, Verizon Wireless, and other national and global partners while gaining recognition for Independa through awards and recognition from Frost & Sullivan (Tele-health Product Line Strategy), Gartner Group (Cool Vendor), CONNECT (Most Innovative Product), and the San Diego Business Journal (Innovation Award), amongst others.

From 2005-2008, Saneii was GM of Websense Wireless, responsible for launching and growing the Wireless division of Websense from the ground up, including developing new carrier-centric product lines and establishing new global distribution partners. Previously, as VP Marketing and VP Business Development at Websense, Inc., Saneii saw the opportunity to redefine the company’s market positioning and helped lead Websense to a dominant global leadership position. In addition to his responsibility for all aspects of global marketing, Saneii was responsible for strategy, M&A, global OEM sales, and business development at Websense. As the founding GM of Websense Wireless, Saneii expanded the company’s vision to encompass the wireless revolution and established Websense Wireless as a carrier-grade supplier of transformational technologies to the Telco ecosystem worldwide.

Earlier in his career, Saneii served in management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, DIS Research and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM). Saneii earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Honors from New York University, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was the recipient of the NYU President’s Award. He earned his Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University. Saneii lives in San Diego, CA, and is involved with a number of charities, including serving on the Board of the United Way of San Diego.


Rob Schneider Rob Schneider, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Twitter ID: @OmronHealthUS

Rob Schneider is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Omron Healthcare. A well-seasoned sales and marketing professional, Schneider brings his extensive experience in the consumer health and professional medical device industry to drive Omron's mission of Going for Zero - a mission to eliminate heart attacks and strokes.


Dev Singh Dev Singh, CEO, ViKi Health AI
Twitter ID: @ViKiHealthAI

Dev is a HealthTech entrepreneur from Chicago and the Founder CEO of two successful tech ventures - AiRo Digital Labs and ViKi Health AI. Dev is passionate about leveraging advanced technology to positively impact patient outcome. His most recent venture is ViKi Health AI, a Voice-first companion for the elderly enables positive engagement, physical and emotional wellness and productivity for the elderly during their golden years. ViKi combines 5 different technologies – Voice / AI / NLP / IoT / Robotics – to provide 24-7 coverage services for seniors. Dev brings in Global Business leadership experience of more than two decades across highly successful executive leadership roles with global technology leaders such as Dell, Perot Systems, Wipro and FPT Software. A consistent theme across Dev’s career is his entrepreneurial ability to take on significant business objectives and creatively mobilize large global teams to achieve those goals.  Dev has consistently been recognized for his business acumen, passion and leadership skills and has received several awards and industry recognition during his career. Dev earned his MBA from IIM Lucknow and is currently based with his family in Chicago, US.


Dr. Joseph Smith PhD Dr. Joseph Smith PhD, CEO, Reflexion Health
Twitter ID: @JoeSmithMD

In his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Reflexion Health, Dr. Joseph (“Joe”) Smith leverages decades of strategic, engineering and clinical expertise in the Health IT field to lead the company’s efforts to bring personalized healthcare into the homes of patients across the United States. An international speaker on healthcare innovation, Dr. Smith has testified before various Congressional committees on the value of healthcare technology, and has served on the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup.


Dan Trigub Dan Trigub, Head of Uber Health, Uber
Twitter ID: @datrigub

Dan Trigub leads Uber Health. Before Uber, Dan spent 2.5 years at Lyft as Regional VP of Strategic Partnerships with a focus in healthcare. He previously spent time working in Business Development at eBay and founded several companies including OpenPlacement, a care coordination platform allowing hospital professionals to connect with post-acute care providers for their patients at the moment of discharge. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Dan worked in consulting and was an Associate at GCA Savvian Advisors, an M&A and Capital Advisory Investment Bank in San Francisco, where he represented emerging technology, digital health, and healthcare providers. Dan holds a degree in economics from Vassar College.


Kristen Valdes Kristen Valdes, CEO and Founder, b.well Connected Health
Twitter ID: @icanbwell

Kristen is a transformative force in today’s healthcare marketplace, spearheading the conversation on how empowering consumers can transform healthcare delivery, inspire loyalty and reduce avoidable disease. She is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 20 years in the industry, most recently as VP at United Healthcare, and has dedicated her life to pioneering inventive solutions that challenge the status quo. This quest, largely driven by her powerful story as the mother of a child suffering from an autoimmune disorder, inspired her to create b.well Connected Health. Ms. Valdes serves on various boards and is a featured speaker at healthcare conferences.


George Valentine George Valentine, Executive Director, Cox

George is an entrepreneurial executive and serial entrepreneur successful in launching, growing, and managing technology-based companies. George joined Cox Communication’s Innovation group in 2014 and is responsible for developing, incubating, and executing the company’s Connected Health strategy, including solution and partnership development, investments, acquisitions, and market trials.  Prior to Cox, George founded two successful technology companies, performed a venture-backed company turnaround, and led large enterprise projects as a KPMG management consultant. George holds an MBA and B.S. in Finance from the University of South Carolina. George, his wife, and two children live in Atlanta, GA.


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.


Lizette Espinosa Veneziano Lizette Espinosa Veneziano, President, InfantTech

Lizette Espinosa-Veneziano, President and Co-Founder of infanttech; creator of the zooby–a baby monitor for cars and smarttemp-a technology tracker of a baby’s temperature all day and night. Ms. Espinosa-Veneziano's focus is to drive the vision, team, and strategic roadmap. A Visionary Entrepreneur with a mission and drive to create innovative technology solutions to impact and protect babies and young children. She has always been led to look beyond the norm and think how could she make a difference by creating global impact. As a rare commodity in the US and a Woman in STEM, she is a leader in an industry that only has 25% of women engaged.
 
Ms. Espinosa-Veneziano is a Wife, Mother and Business Woman that will stop at nothing to bring safety, health, and healing to our children’s livelihood, where parents, grandparents and guardians' peace of mind. She and her husband Giuseppe felt so excited and proud about their children but saw potential obstacles that other parents might also be encountering when they were born with current transportation
challenges, they felt compelled to do something about it.
 
Before this entrepreneurial venture, she had her law office, protecting the innocent is in her DNA. She graduated from Loyola Law School Los Angeles, and USC. She believes in self development as part of her educational process, and has taken Mastery in Transformational Training not only for herself but in what she creates. She has recently won Latinas of Influence in the US, and will be featured in a women’s global magazine this winter.


Davide Vigano Davide Vigano, CEO and Co-Founder, Sensoria, Inc
Twitter ID: @SensoriaFitness

Sensoria designs, develops and produces bio-sensing wearable garments. The vision of the company is that the Garment itself will become the next ultra-personal, mobile computer. Davide is a former Microsoft partner level executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and extensive product management experience. As an intern he started the international localization group for MacWorks and MacOffice in 1987. More recently, he served as General Manager of the Health Solutions Group where he was in charge of marketing and product strategy for both HealthVault and the Amalga product line. He acted as Vice President of the Worldwide SMSP Medium Business division which he grew 18% YOY to over $14B. Davide also managed the Italian Marketing, Business and Enterprise operations for five years and brought it to number one in the world for contribution margin, 6th largest Microsoft subsidiary in the world by revenues.


Anne Weiler Anne Weiler, CEO, Wellpepper
Twitter ID: @wellpepper

Anne Weiler is CEO and co-founder of Wellpepper, a clinically-validated and award-winning platform for interactive treatment plans used by leading health systems to lower costs and improve patient outcomes. She previously held global product management roles at Microsoft, in new product development and emerging markets.


Moderators


Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

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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Denise Ernst Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Market Segmentation, Competitive Analysis, Channel/Go-to-Market Strategy, Forecasting, Voice of Customer, Product Roadmap Planning, Sales Training

As Vice President, Denise leads Parks Associates research operations and business strategy. She leverages her substantial leadership experience working for both manufacturers and service providers, where she has led new product development, marketing, and sales. Her expertise in launching products from design to sales execution and channel management brings a unique perspective. Her motto is “look at the data, it will tell you what direction to take.”

Denise earned her MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School and her BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.

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Lindsay Gafford Lindsay Gafford, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @LindsayAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Lindsay Gafford joined Parks Associates in early 2019 as a research analyst. She currently participates in and supports all areas of research at Parks Associates. Prior to joining Parks Associates, Lindsay had a diverse professional background with experience in the federal, non-profit, and private sectors. Her expertise falls in multisource data collection and analysis, operations and development of new programs, as well as increasing efficiency in already established programs.

Lindsay earned her M.A. in Church-State Studies and her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Baylor University in Waco, TX.


Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Consumer electronics, mobility services and devices, connected health and wellness

Kristen Hanich heads Parks Associates' consumer electronics and mobility research, with expertise in other verticals including connected cars, mobile networking, healthcare, wellness, and independent living. She leads a mix of custom and syndicated research projects throughout the year, with a focus on major players and emerging trends. Kristen specializes in bridging the gap between data-driven and narrative approaches to understanding the consumer markets via a mix of qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Kristen has dual master's degrees in applied anthropology and public health from the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her BSc in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

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

As Senior Director, 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.

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Steve Nason Steve Nason, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @SteveAtParks
Website: http://parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Entertainment content and services, consumer behavior on emerging technology markets

Steve is a senior analyst at Parks Associates, specializing in entertainment content and services. He brings over fifteen years experiencei n a variety of market research and marketing strategy roles including several in the emerging technology and media space.

Steve earned both his BS in Telecommunication with a concentration in Business and his MA in Mass Communications from the University of Florida.


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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected home technologies and services, IoT data privacy and security, home networking, insurtech, connected health, housing innovation, home energy management

Brad leads Parks Associates’ connected home team, exploring leading-edge issues converging in the connected home—smart home devices and services, home networking, IoT data privacy and security, data-driven applications, and platform services. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies.. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a M.Div. and a D.Min. with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural collaboration.

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