Medical Technology Leaders to Speak at San Francisco Conference

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Medical Technology Leaders to Speak at San Francisco Conference


Leading experts will discuss medical technology developments at the Health Technology Forum’s upcoming annual conference, according to Pronoy Saha, the event’s organizer.

Titled Pathways to Sustainable Health, the conference will be held May 20th at the Parc 55 Windham Hotel at Union Square in San Francisco.  Registration information can be found here.


The panels, moderators and panelists finalized to date include:

Best Practices for the Underserved– With a focus on developing countries, panelists will address health technology practices which can be effectively shared across borders to impart immediate and long-lasting positive impact on global health.   Moderator:  Stefano Bertozzi, MD, PhD – Dean, UC Berkeley School of Public Health at UC who has led evaluations of health programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

A Scorecard on InsuranceExchanges – How will the evolving mix of public and private exchanges meet the needs of different communities?  Moderator:  Larry Levitt, Senior VP, Kaiser Family Foundation.

Resilient Health – What social and infrastructure barriers prevent communities from responding effectively to healthcare problems?  Where can tech solutions help overcome these barriers?   Moderator:  Dennis Israelski, MD, Clinical Professor (Affiliate), Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Stanford’s med school where he researches solutions for high risk populations.  Panelists include Elian Aronoff-Spencer, MD, PhD – Asst. Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases , Co-Director Distributed Health Labs @Calit2/Qualcomm Institute.

logo-mayoPatient Engagement in Behavioral Health – Join Health Technology Forum in awarding our patient engagement Code-A-Thon winners for their development of break-through solutions that solve patient problems.   Moderator:  Geoffrey Clapp, Former CTO and COO, Health Hero Network, which was the largest telehealth vendor in the world.  More recently he has developed the Better mobile app in partnership with the Mayo Clinic. Panelist: Dr. George Su of the UCSF medical school.

Be Healthy Apps – Eat, Drink, Play, Work and Sleep – what does the future look like? –  Demonstrations of the latest mHealth tools and technologies will illustrate how Apps are being improving healthcare.  The panel will also look at what is not working. Moderator:  Caricia Catalina, PhD,  Faculty, mHealth Researcher, UC Berkeley and at InSTEDD.  Panelists:  Matthew Diamond, MD, PhD practices sports medicine NYU and is Medical Advisor to Misfit Wearables ; Dr. Hubert Zajicek, Executive Director, of Health Wildcatters.

Population Health – Population health management is increasing being used to evaluate and treat underserved communities.  The panel will discuss best practices in this rapidly evolving field and point out what is working, high potential areas and pitfalls.  Moderator:  Neelam Sekhri Feachem, CEO of Healthcare Redesign Group.   Panelists:  Alma Golden MD, McLane Children’s Hospital and Fred Thum, Asst.  Prof, Mt. Sinai, NY.

Impact of Internet of Things (IoT) on Healthcare – Will highlight wearable devices, automated in-home diagnostics, home sensors and real time monitoring devices.  Moderator:  Vishal Gupta – VP – Global Healthcare at Cisco Systems, a telemedicine leader.

A Practical Medical Home – This panel will discuss instrumentation, devices, data exchanges and payment models required to make at-home healthcare delivery feasible and cost effective.  Moderator:  Geetha Rao, PhD, CEO, Springborne Life Sciences, a consultancy specializing in healthcare quality.  Panelist: Navin Govind, CEO, Aventyn, which specializes in securely connecting medical devices.

Compassion, Innovation, and Empathy in Action – Caregivers often undermine the human element that is critical in designing health systems.  This panel will explore different approaches to incorporating patient needs into the design process and how compassionate care plays a very powerful role in the healing process.   Moderator:  Kunal Sood, Executive Coach and Producer.  Panelists – Amy Lockwood, Chief of Staff, Global Health Sciences, UCSF,  James Doti, MD, Anjhou Alborn, President of HackCancer, Jon Ramer, Director- Four Worlds International Institute.

The New Care Model – the Informed PatientThis panel will discuss the pros and cons of new and emerging real-time medical care models, including real-time disease monitoring and reporting for patients, physicians, healthcare systems and care providers. What are the medical and security risks that this new real-time information imparts to patients, care givers and society? What impact will these new technologies have on patient education and patient rights? How do we protect early adopters?  Panelist:  Aradhana Ghose, MD

In addition to these panel discussions, the conference will include compelling keynote speakers, product demonstrations and a product expo.  Stay tuned to this site where we will provide a continuing update on the conference.

While moderators and panelists have been finalized for most sessions,  applications are still being accepted for a few remaining available slots.  For more information, contact Pronoy Saha at:

The conference is sponsored by Vodafone Americas Foundation and California HealthCare Foundation.  For more information on the conference and the Health Technology Forum, visit the HTF website.

Come join thought leaders at the forefront of the innovations that are transforming healthcare on May 20th!

Mike.Allen.pix By Mike Allen, President – Mobile Health Marketplace, the leading directory of mobile applications for    employer health, wellness, safety and workers’  compensation programs





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