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With Bill Taranto (President, Merck GHI Fund), Olivier Rabenschlag (Head of Creative, Google), Karla Childers (Dir. Strategic Projects, J&J), Stan Kachnowski (Chair, HITLAB), Madhuri Hedge (Chief Scientific Officer, PerkinElmer), Michelle Odlum (Informatics Prof., Columbia Business School),
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Healthcare Informatics & Technology: Applications & Implications
About this event
Join HITLAB on Thursday, July 29th for the Seventh HITLAB Symposium of 2021, taking place from 11:00am to 2:00pm EST. HITLAB presents an orchestra of digital health experts presenting in rapid succession, sharing the most recent developments in the advancement of digital health solutions.

In addition to panel discussions & keynotes from leading digital health experts, attendees can expect major announcements from digital health founders & venture funds which will affect the development of digital health solutions for years to come.

This three-hour digital health conference & expo will arm you with the insights necessary to prepare your healthcare & life science organization for 2021 & beyond.

Join Columbia Business School, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, Curio, Eperture, RememberStuff, Medocity, HealthX, LiveCare, Medidata, NY Presbyterian, AstraZeneca, Ellipsis Health & hundreds others for this massive digital health symposium.

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Stan Kachnowski, MPH PHD



Professor Stan Kachnowski, PhD MPA CSEP, an Oxford trained researcher, has taught over 5,000 students from Columbia University, IIT-Delhi, & Quinnipiac College. His teaching & research over the past 25 years includes educating graduate level & executive students on 4 continents & conducting extensive studies on the efficacy & diffusion of digital health, including electronic data capture, ePRO, wearables, & predictive algorithms.

Professor Kachnowski has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers & presentations for national & international journals & societies in digital health development, management, & diffusion. He was selected as a Fellow to CHIME in 1998. In 2003 he received a letter of commendation for teaching excellence from the Dean of the School of Public Health at Columbia University. Professor Kachnowski was named a Fellow to England's Royal Society of Medicine for his research demonstrating the outcomes effectiveness of using the Palm Pilot in managing haemophilia patients in 2005. Professor Kachnowski has received grant funding from a wide ranging groups of sponsors, including over a dozen nations, AARP, WHO, USAID, Gates & Dell Foundations, & most of the top 20 global life science companies. Over the past 25 years he has also served as interim CTO for life science organizations, including Eyetech & He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Oursmedicina, The Hudson Center for Health Equity, & Aptus Health.

Professor Kachnowski holds Bachelors & Master's Degrees from the University of Vermont, & a Doctorate from the University of Oxford.

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Paul Sonnier

Senior Fellow


Paul Sonnier is an author, speaker, technologist, & social entrepreneur, who has spent over a decade educating global stakeholders on digital health & helping to catalyze its positive impact on society. In his book The Fourth Wave: Digital Health', Paul details how the convergence of the digital & genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, & society is driving a new, fourth great era of human progress. Paul speaks frequently at conferences & corporate events, moderates a recurring panel entitled The Fourth Wave with Paul Sonnier in HITLAB's monthly symposia series, publishes a popular newsletter, & is founder of the 80,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn, which he founded in 2009.Paul is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School's Executive Education Program in Digital Health Strategy, has previously served as a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Digital Health, & was a judge in the Nokia Sensing XPRIZE Challenge.

In a career spanning more than two decades in high technology industries, Paul's roles include serving on the Strategic Advisory Board for Pathway Genomics Corporation & working as Vice President of Partner Development for the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance. He also has extensive experience in large scale systems integration (Boeing Commercial Airplanes), program management of R&D for wireless, implantable medical devices (Calypso Medical Technologies, acquired by Varian Medical Systems), & oversight of consumer cellular/mobile phone development programs (Motorola).

At PA Consulting, Paul focuses on partnering with clients to strategically leverage technology & new business models, enabling them to lead in this new, fourth era of technology-driven human progress.

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Nathan Sundheimer

Corporate Innovation, Health

Plug & Play

An ambitious leader & innovator. Passionate about healthcare, biotechnology, & global health, striving to make influential & innovative contributions towards the future of digital health, medicine, biotechnology, drug development & clinical care.

I relish the challenge of working with a variety of ambiguous & concrete variables to ultimately formulate inventive, avant-garde solutions to provide optimal outcomes. I strive to consistently bring the best out of my teammates all while continuing to develop my own multifaceted skill set. Lastly, I am extremely goal-driven, detail-oriented, perseverant, & organized.

Outside of academia, I have a passion for sports, military history, & traveling. You will often find me analyzing the box scores from last night's games, watching the newest war documentaries, or scouring the internet learning about the various people, countries, & cultures around the world. I encourage you to please reach out if you have any further questions regarding my background, current pursuits, or future interests, & I look forward to connecting & conversing with you!

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Victor Wang



Victor is CEO of & led/leads several large awards from Congress (via Department of Defense) & NIH (SBIR Fast-Track):

* W81XWH-18-1-0634: "Digital Avatars for Psychosocial & Integrative Health Support of Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders"

* R44NR017842: "A Protocol-Driven, Digital Conversational Agent at the Hospital Bedside to Support Nurse Teams & to Mitigate Delirium & Falls Risk"

* R44CA236253: "A Bedside Relational Agent to Improve Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Outcomes in Cancer Patients"

* R44AG062014: "A Specialized Automatic Speech Recognition & Conversational Platform to Enable Socially Assistive Robots for Persons with Mild-to-Moderate Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementia"

Victor got started tinkering with tech at age six, programming role-playing games for MS-DOS. He worked in telemarketing, environmental research, aerospace manufacturing, particle physics, oil sands, medical robotics, & the military, graduating as Wesbrook Scholar from UBC. In completing his Master's degree at MIT, he worked on NASA-sponsored human-machine interaction research & a clinical study at Brigham & Women's Hospital. His aging grandmother inspired him to start, a company that supports patients & care teams through a unique fusion of human & software intelligence. The company has been named one of the Top 5 IT Innovations of 2019 by the HealthLeaders IT Spending Guide, Best Healthcare Startups to Watch in 2020 by Healthcare Weekly, Top 10 Aging in Place Innovations by GuideWell in 2020, Health IT winner of MedCity INVEST 2021, & AARP-HITLab Social Connections Challenge Champion 2021 ("AARP Innovation Award").


* HIMSS NorCal: "Money, Motivation, & Mayhem: Has the Investment in Innovation Changed Healthcare?"

* American Delirium Society: "Development of Digital Avatars"

* American Telemedicine Association: "Addressing the Supply & Demand Mismatch"

* Summit: "Tech Innovations to Address Social Isolation & Loneliness"

* National Falls Prevention Conference: "Tech for Falls Prevention"

* National PACE Association: "Care Site Alternatives: Telehealth & Technology for PACE Care"

* Stanford MedicineX: "Avatar-Based Acute & Post-Discharge Care: Results from Pilot Health Tech NYC & Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center"

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Michelle Odlum

Informatics Professor, School of Nursing

Columbia Business School

Dr. Michelle L. Odlum, is an Assistant Professor & Disparities Researcher at Columbia University in the School of Nursing & a member of The OpEd Project at Columbia University. She has more than ten years of experience working on a variety of public health research, evaluation, & health promotion activities in vulnerable NYC populations. Her research has covered environmental health, Health Information Technology, HIV/AIDS, immunizations & Ebola.

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Victoria Gamerman

VP Health Data Science

Boerhinger Ingelheim

As Head of the US HIA team, Victoria leads a team of experts in cross-functional collaborations on various initiatives within the competitive environment to optimize BI's ability to meet current & emerging needs for real world evidence & to engage medical customers through an integrated environment delivering scientific/medical content & information to help meet patients' needs. Prior to leading the US HIA team, Victoria worked as both a project & trial statistician providing expert advice in designing & analyzing data from various sources using appropriate analytic & statistical techniques. She earned her PhD in Biostatistics & Master's in Biostatistics from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine to study Biostatistics & a Master's & Bachelor's in Mathematics from Boston University.

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Blair Hirst


Digital Health Review

Blair Hirst, a biomedical engineer by trade, the founder of Digital Health Review, a platform for people to educate themselves about what's going on in the world of healthcare including products, services, & more. He's also the Senior Engagement Manager at Acorn AI Labs, a company focused on medical data solutions. Trained in engineering & innovation management. 10 years' experience in building innovative products, systems & programs in the digital health sector. My output is cross-functional & involves technical, business & executive collaboration that drives value & outcomes.

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Bill Taranto

President & General Partner

Merck GHI Fund

Bill Taranto is the Founder & President of the GHI Fund & responsible for all areas of investing. Bill has more than 30 years of health care experience including over 20 years of healthcare investing. In addition to his experience in venture investing, Bill has more than a decade of management operations experience. Today Mr. Taranto is a member of the Merck Innovative Ventures Board, a group that manages the identification & funding of portfolio businesses; & is also Chairman of the GHI Fund Management Board. Prior to joining Merck, Mr. Taranto spent 18 years at Johnson & Johnson in various venture capital, marketing, sales & business development roles. Before J&J, Mr. Taranto spent eight years in investment banking. Mr. Taranto has a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.

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Olivier Rabenschlag

Head of Creative


Olivier heads up The Exploratory at Google, a brand innovation team working at the intersection of business innovation, technology & marketing. His team offers bespoke access to groundbreaking tech & long-term business transformation solutions through Google/Alphabet's platforms & services. Prior to Google Olivier spent his career in the advertising world where he worked for creative agencies such at Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Ogilvy, Dare & TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles. Olivier has been featured in numerous publications such as Paul Springer's Pioneers of Digital & Ads to Icons: How Advertising Succeeds in a Multimedia Age.

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Dr. Madhuri Hedge

SVP & Chief Scientific Officer, Global Lab Services


Dr. Hegde is a medical geneticist, a board certified diplomat in clinical molecular genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics, & an ACMG Fellow. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Emory Genetics Laboratory. She received a B.Sc. & M.Sc. from the University of Bombay & a Ph.D. from the University of Auckland. She completed post-doctoral studies at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Karla Childers, MSJ

Senior Director, Strategic Projects, Office of the Chief Medical Officer

Johnson & Johnson

Karla Childers, MSJ, is the senior director of strategic projects in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson (J&J), & she has been with J&J since in 2013. In this role, her primary responsibility has been coordinating the J&J Clinical Trial Data Transparency Initiative, including the management of the Yale Open Data Access (YODA) Project collaboration, & she is active in advocacy supporting implementation of data sharing, including consultations with health authorities & various stakeholders. Ms. Childers is also responsible for the management of the J&J Bioethics Committee, which serves as an advisory forum for bioethical questions within J&J, & related activities (education, consultation, policy work). Before joining J&J, she was an associate director in Global Project Management (GPM) at Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) where she managed cross-functional drug development teams. Prior to joining GPM, Ms. Childers was a chemist in MRL's Process Chemistry Group. She spent two years supporting outsourcing efforts in Process Chemistry & managed projects & partner relationships with contract research organizations in China, India, Europe, & North America. Ms. Childers received her BA in chemistry from Indiana University-Purdue University & a MS in jurisprudence with a concentration in health law from Seton Hall Law School.

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Natalie Principe

Head, Digital Health Innovation


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Don Jones

IMPACT Co-Founder

Digital Medicine Society (DiMe)

Donald Jones is a globally recognized leader in digital medicine, digital therapies, technology enabled health services & virtual-first healthcare delivery. He is a sought out as a speaker, & advisor & board member. He works across a full spectrum of healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, wearable, smart apparel, material science & healthcare companies. He is an Operating Partner with Takeda Digital Ventures. As Chair of the Cardiff Ocean Group, he is an independent director on the boards of VC & PE backed companies with investors including Searchlight Capital, L'Catterton Partners, Flex, & Takeda. His Fortune 1000 Advisory roles have included Flex, TEVA, JSR, Sanofi, Otsuka, Takeda, Astra Zeneca, Genentech, Cepheid & MAS Holdings. Don has advised the Boards & executive suites of many of the largest pharmaceutical companies. He advised the Verily/Sanofi joint venture, Onduo & advises Huami/PAI (Now ZEPP Health), the world's largest wearables company. He is a Senior Advisor with both McKinsey & Company & the GLG Institute. Jones serves as Chief Digital Officer of the Scripps Research Translational Institute (SRTI), collaborating with the renowned Eric Topol, MD. He co-founded Scripps Digital Medicine, the world's first digital health clinical trial center & the non-profit West Health Institute, raising over $130 million. In 2021, Don founded IMPACT, the Virtual First Medical Practice Collaboration, in partnership with DiMe (Digital Medicine Society) & the ATA (American Telemedicine Association).

Beginning in 2002, Don led Qualcomm Wireless Health Global Strategy & founded its healthcare subsidiary. In 2005 he founded the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance, merging it with HIMSS in 2016. Earlier in his career, Don was COO of MedTrans (re-named AMR), which grew from $4.5 million into the largest emergency services provider in the world (now Global Medical Response), with over 38,000 EMS personnel. He was Founder & Chair of EMME, Mexico's largest consumer membership healthcare provider & largest private practice, with over 450 physicians. As advisor to the Board of AMR, he helped build the largest medical group in the US, under the EmCare brand (now EnVision), with over 25,000 physicians. In 2014, EvoNexus recognized Donald Jones as Digital Health Innovator of the Year. Don conceived the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a global competition for a consumer device which successfully makes medical diagnoses. The XPRIZE was awarded in Hollywood in April 2017.

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Priscilla Beal

Head of Global Partnerships

Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Dynamic, action-oriented futurist, passionate about connecting people who can advance or improve the human condition through Partnerships. My strengths have been & continue to be honed in diverse, collaborative environments in which I & others can reciprocally grow. Exceptional talents in Innovation, strategic thinking, & collaboration. Staunch advocate for & practitioner of Diversity & Inclusion & people development. Passionate. Engaged. Life-long student.

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Dr. Daniel Barron

Medical Director of the Interventional Pain Psychiatry Program

Brigham & Women's Hospital

Daniel Barron completed his medical training & Psychiatry residency at Yale University's Neuroscience Research Training Program. He holds a PhD in Human Brain Imaging from the University of Texas & is a regular contributor at Scientific American. He is the author of Reading Our Minds: The Rise of Big-Data Psychiatry, & host of Science et al., a podcast produced by the Yale School of Medicine. He is currently a fellow in Pain Medicine at the University of Washington & lives in Seattle with his wife & son.

After his fellowship, will become Medical Director of the Interventional Pain Psychiatry Program at Brigham & Women's Hospital & faculty at Harvard Medical School. In this role, he will continue to research the tools described in this book for chronic pain & psychiatric conditions.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing with small plastic trucks & reading Dr. Seuss books. He also enjoys sailing poorly, tinkering & building things. He hopes to again enjoy eating out & live music with friends very soon.

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Dr. Mike Aratow

Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Ellipsis Health

Michael Aratow, MD is Co- Founder & Chief Medical Officer of Ellipsis Health. Ellipsis Health is a San Francisco-based start-up that has pioneered artificial intelligence-powered, speech-based vital signs to quantify & manage depression & anxiety symptoms at scale. Ellipsis Health's speech-based vital sign solution helps healthcare providers better screen & monitor for these symptoms. Dr. Aratow has been a practicing Emergency Department Physician for over 28 years & Chief Medical Information Officer at a public hospital & clinic system for over 15 years. He has implemented multiple EHRs & led innovation at the hospital/clinics bringing such technologies as Virtual Reality to clinical care. He has published research in human physiology & emergency medicine operations. He has also been involved in standard development display of 3D content on the web.

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