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Strata Rx 2013 Speakers

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Sarah Aerni
Sarah Aerni (Pivotal)

Sarah Aerni has a background in the field of Bioinformatics, developing tools to help biomedical researchers understand their data. She holds a B.S. In Biology with a specialization in Bioinformatics and minor in French Literature from UCSD, and an M.S. and Ph.D in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University. During her time as a researcher she focused her efforts on building computational models enabling research for a broad range of fields in biomedicine. She also co-founded a start-up providing informatics services to researchers and small companies. At Pivotal she works with customers in life science and healthcare building models to derive insight and business value from their data.

Nitin Agarwal (Impetus Technologies)

Nitin has a PhD in Operations Research and has wide experience of working in both industry and academia. He is currently working as a Head of Data Science Practice at Impetus Technologies where he oversees a team of highly qualified data scientists to solve data science problems in big data.

Amik Ahmad
Amik Ahmad (M.P.S., NYU ITP), @amikahmad

Amik’s first business failed. Unable to part with his Amazing Spider-Man collection, the comic book store he started in his mother’s basement shut down. But the start-up bug had taken hold, and he started one business after another for the next 17 years.
While earning his undergraduate degree, he developed an e-commerce sales platform and moved nutraceutical products across three continents. Post degree, he helped establish Medistem Laboratories, Inc. He expanded the company from research facility to fully functioning clinic, leading up to an IPO in 2005.
But at heart, Amik is a data nerd and design geek. He was recognized as the 2012 Visualized Data Communications Fellow for his data science and visualizations that made NYPD Stop and Frisk data... Read More.

Yadid Ayzenberg
Yadid Ayzenberg (MIT Media Lab), @yadidayzenberg

Yadid Ayzenberg is a PhD student in the Affective Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab. He is interested in personalized health – applying new technologies to empower individuals to take control of their health and wellness. At the Media Lab, Yadid has designed and implemented cloud platforms for the aggregation, processing and visualization of bio-physiological sensor data and mobile contextual data. He is creating new devices and platforms that allow users to monitor their health and share the data with others. His expertise include cloud computing, real-time software, embedded systems design, and HCI.

Prior to MIT, yadid spent 12 years in the IT industry in various engineering management roles designing software for companies ranging from optical semiconductor design, to medical device... Read More.

Charlie Baker
Charlie Baker (General Catalyst Partners)
As an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, Charlie Baker focuses on investing in mid-size firms, primarily in the health care services industries.

Before joining General Catalyst, Charlie was the Republican nominee for Governor, losing a close four way race to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Before that, he spent ten years as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a $2 billion, 1 million member health benefits plan serving individuals and employers in MA, NH and ME. Under his leadership, HPHC went from state receivership to #1 in the country for six years in a row for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness.

Prior to that, Charlie served as CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, the largest independent multi-specialty physician practice in Eastern... Read More.

Sivan  Bercovici
Sivan Bercovici (SV Bio)

Sivan Bercovici is a member of the founding team at SV Bio, and serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. Throughout his academic carrier, his primary research interest has been developing and applying machine-learning to problems in human genetics and to the study of human disease. Over the years, his growing emphasis has been on deriving efficient and effective methods for the analysis of large amounts of data stemming from studies of large cohorts and their genomes. In particular, he has developed genetic mapping methods of medical relevance, including contributions to the study of families via linkage-analysis, hidden-relatedness via identity-by-descent genetic mapping, and uncovering the hidden relation between ancestry and genetic disorders via admixture-mapping, offering new ways to predict inherited risks of diseases, with immediate... Read More.

Marc Berger, M.D.

Marc L. Berger, M.D. is Vice President, Real World Data and Analytics at Pfizer. Prior to joining Pfizer in September 2012, he was Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist, in the life sciences group of OptumInsight (formerly known as Ingenix). A native of New York, he has held senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry including Vice President, Outcomes Research and Management at Merck & Co., Inc. from 2002 – 2007, and Vice President, Global Health Outcomes, at Eli Lilly and Company from 2007 – 2011. He obtained an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has held adjunct appointments as Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor in the Department of... Read More.

Paul Bleicher
Paul Bleicher (Optum Labs), @pbleic

Paul Bleicher, MD PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of Optum Labs, an open, collaborative health care innovation center established by Mayo Clinic and Optum to attract research and development partnerships between various stakeholder groups in healthcare and accelerate the “speed of innovation” in the pursuit of improved patient health. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Medical Officer for Humedica, a next-generation clinical informatics company that provides novel business intelligence solutions to the health care and life science industry. At Humedica, which was acquired by Optum in January 2013, he was involved in all aspects of medical informatics, data analytics privacy and regulatory compliance, and product development. Prior to this, he was the founder and original CEO of Phase Forward where he... Read More.

David Boloker
David Boloker (IBM Corporation)

David Boloker is CTO of IBM’s Emerging Internet Technology group and also holds the title of distinguished engineer. David is also responsible for forming IBM’s technical strategy around the emerging areas of mobile identity and gaining insights from big data. In this role, he leads an globally distributed IBM team researching new areas in software design and development. Previously, he was responsible for the commercialization of the Watson machine. David and his team took the system that played Jeopardy and created a multipurpose machine that can analyze information and provide solutions across the industry from healthcare to finance to retail.

Throughout David’s extensive career at IBM, he has held the role of CTO for Java technology, and he’s worked at IBM’s... Read More.

Greg Borenstein (MIT Media Lab), @atduskgreg

Greg Borenstein is an artist, technologist, and teacher in New York. His work explores computer vision and visual effects as a medium for storytelling and design. He is passionate about transforming advanced technical research into creative tools: tickling the tips of these icebergs of technology so that they laugh a little.

Greg is a graduate of the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program and has worked for firms such as Makerbot and Berg London. He is the author of a book for O’Reilly about the Microsoft Kinect, titled: Making Things See: 3D vision with Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot.

Nancy Braun (Thavron Solutions), @roguepuppet

As Director of Complex Data Solutions and Technology Business Management, I work with Healthcare providers to help them discover the critical questions to ask of their data, assist in the deployment and integration of visualization tools for both initiative and regulatory driven reporting, and design and implement tools and processes to better manage IT Costs through the Healthcare value stream.

Education: MS, Developmental Biology at Purdue University

BS, Biology, Philosophy at Randolph-Macon College

History: Zuna Infotech, Zone Manufacturing Technologies, Knowrtl, InTech Magazine, Delphi

Aaron Brauser (M*Modal)

Aaron is the Director of Product Management for M* Modal’s Catalyst product family. M* Modal’s Catalyst solution is a robust NLP platform that is used to understand large volumes of clinical documentation to drive better care across Healthcare. Aaron is responsible for defining and bringing new products to market and works out of the M*Modal Pittsburgh office.

Kenneth Buetow (Arizona State University)

Dr. Buetow is a geneticist, and served as the Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology within the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI). In that capacity, he initiated and oversaw the NCI’s pioneering efforts to connect the global cancer community through community-developed, standards-based, interoperable informatics capabilities that enabled secure exchange and use of biomedical data.

diane burley
diane burley (MarkLogic)

Diane Burley is the Chief Content Specialist at MarkLogic – responsible for overseeing the development of information products to engage audiences. As a former journalist and digital media, she is expert in dynamic publishing and multi-channel delivery and using technology to address business concerns, namely: attracting audiences, engaging, retaining and persuading them to take action. A prolific and award-winning writer, Diane has had executive positions at Gannett, CBS and Lucent Technologies.

Jonathan Bush
Jonathan Bush (athenahealth)

In 1997, Jonathan Bush co-founded athenahealth as a women’s health practice management company. Today, athenahealth has evolved into a leading provider of cloud-based business services to U.S. medical groups pursuing a vision of an information backbone that makes health care work as it should. Athenahealth currently serves over 38,000 providers across its practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and care coordination services. The company is generating over $400 million in annual revenue and growing at approximately 30% each year. The Boston Business Journal recently recognized athenahealth as one of the top 20 ‘Best Places to Work’ and the company was ranked 4th in the Forbes Fast Tech 25, a list of America’s 25 fastest-growing tech companies.

Prior to founding athenahealth, Mr. Bush served as... Read More.

Atul Butte
Atul Butte (Stanford University), @atulbutte

Dr. Butte trained in Computer Science at Brown University, worked as a software engineer at Apple and Microsoft, received his MD at Brown University, trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Boston, then received his PhD in Health Sciences and Technology from Harvard Medical School and MIT. Dr. Butte is also a founder of Personalis, providing clinical interpretation of whole genome sequences, and NuMedii, finding new uses for drugs.

August  Calhoun

Dr. August Calhoun is the global industry leader for the healthcare and life sciences industry at Dell. As the global industry leader, August is responsible for the strategy, go to market, and operations in support of healthcare and life sciences customers for Dell.

Previously, Dr. Calhoun led the Dell Services Healthcare & Life Sciences organization. The group was responsible for delivering consulting and operational services for hospitals, physicians, insurers, and life sciences customers. In this role, Dr. Calhoun led global strategy, operations and business development. During his time with Dell Services, novel industry and cloud solutions were brought to the market, and are currently in use by Dell customers.

Prior leading the services team, Dr. Calhoun was responsible for sales and business development of the... Read More.

Andrew Cardon (Health Catalyst)

Mr. Cardon is the Health Catalyst technical lead for Stanford Hospitals and Clinics. Health Catalyst organizes healthcare data into a single source of truth to improve quality of care and reduce cost in a number of months, not years. Mr. Cardon drove the Stanford development efforts for the Late-binding™ Health Catalyst data warehouse platform. He and his team led the design for implementation of the infectious disease clinical algorithms.

Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Mr. Cardon worked for Accenture and Fast Enterprises in program management and consultant roles. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor in Business from Brigham Young University.

Lauren Chaparro
Lauren Chaparro (Palantir Technologies)

Lauren Chaparro is an Engineer and leads Palantir Health business development. Before joining Palantir, Lauren was a Life Sciences investor at Health Evolution Partners, a growth-stage private equity fund led by Dr. David Brailer. Previously, she was as a consultant at the Parthenon Group, focused on the healthcare and private equity practices. Prior to Parthenon, Lauren worked at Google, Inc., including membership on the Google Health team.

Lauren graduated cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in
Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs. She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Aneesh Chopra
Aneesh Chopra (The Advisory Board Company)
Aneesh Chopra is the former U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration – opening data to transform health, energy and education markets, convening tech leaders to develop consensus standards, and sponsoring prizes, challenges and competitions to tap into entrepreneurial problem solvers.

Chopra previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology and has returned as a Senior Advisor with The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm helping hospital executives to better serve patients, where he previously served as Managing Director. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in... Read More.

Maurice Collins
Maurice Collins (Vocatta, Inc.), @Vocatta

Maurice Collins is the General Manager for Vocatta, Inc. Maurice leads the team on developing solutions focused on adherence and engagement outreach for Federally Qualified Health Clinics.

Maurice is a seasoned technologist with nearly 20 years experience building enterprise grade software. He has lead teams, as large as 80 members, develop software solutions that support populations of over 40 million participants. He has spent the last 10 years of his career in the healthcare industry, working specifically in the areas of continued care management, behavior changes interventions, and healthcare provider solutions.

Maurice holds a bachelor of science degree from Kettering University and a master’s of business administrations degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Daniel Conroy

Dan Conroy leads business development for Aetna’s CarePass platform. CarePass is developing an ecosystem of connected mobile applications powered by an open, digital platform, enabling consumers to control their data and manage their whole health. It also supports a developer community, to unleash their creativity in creating consumer solutions.
Prior to his current position, Dan has held escalating roles within Finance and Strategy during his seven years at Aetna. Most recently, he managed the investment portfolio for Aetna’s Local Employers & Consumers segments.
Before joining Aetna, Dan was a venture capitalist at CCP Equity Partners focused on growth equity investments in financial services and health services. Dan began his career at JP Morgan in investment banking and focused on the financial... Read More.

Roxy Cramer
Roxy Cramer (Rogue Wave)

Dr. Roxy Cramer is a PhD statistician with over 15 years’ experience in applied statistics, software design, and programming. Her experience includes many years building and deploying statistical models in software applications across a number of industries, including airline, healthcare, and oil and gas.

Tim Darling
Tim Darling (Objective Health, McKinsey & Company)

Tim Darling leads Research and Product Development at Objective Health. Objective Health is the branch of McKinsey & Company’s healthcare practice charged with serving community hospitals and health systems. He is responsible for building the platform of tools and analytics solutions that power Objective Health’s products and client service efforts. Tim is an expert on leveraging big data and cutting edge analytics to bring strategic and financial insights to US hospitals and health systems. Prior to joining McKinsey in 2010, Tim led the development of enterprise web applications at the University of Maryland. He has an MBA from the Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and BS in both Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Tom Davenport
Tom Davenport (Babson College)

Professor Davenport is a Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School. He has taught at Babson College, University of Chicago, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and the University of Texas at Austin. He has directed research centers at Accenture, Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Company, and CSC Index.

David P. Delaney

David P Delaney, MD is Chief Medical Officer of SAP America’s healthcare business. His responsibilities include providing market insight, clinical and medical informatics domain expertise, driving strategy, and engaging with senior leadership at current and prospective clients across the payer and provider market.

Before joining SAP, David was Chief Medical Officer at MedAptus, a privately held provider of revenue cycle management solutions to leading medical centers. There he was responsible for business development and product management, successfully launching two major products during his tenure.

Prior to that, David was Director of Web Development & Applied Informatics at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a core Harvard Medical School teaching hospital where he led development of a number of the medical center’s highly visible,... Read More.

Tuan Dinh
Tuan Dinh (Archimedes)

As Vice President, Analytics and Modeling, Dr Tuan Dinh provides strategic and tactical leadership to all analytics and modeling activities at Archimedes Inc. Archimedes is a leading healthcare analytics company with a portfolio of innovative solutions such as the Archimedes Model, a large-scale, integrated simulation model of human physiology, diseases, behaviors, interventions, and healthcare systems, and IndiGO, the first point-of-care decision support tool that was designed to create individualized guidelines. Dr Dinh has more than 15 years of experience developing advanced analytics and modeling solutions to understand and to optimize complex systems, including nuclear power plants, biological cells, human physiology and pathology and healthcare systems. His recent works span several therapeutic areas, including prevention, screening and treatment of cancers, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, genomic and... Read More.

Alexandra Drane
Alexandra Drane (Eliza Corporation), @adrane

As a founder, chief visionary officer and chair of the board at Eliza Corporation, the pioneer and recognized leader in Health Engagement Management, Alexandra Drane has proven herself as a visionary, whose ideas on using technology to engage people in their health – and her belief in adding a touch of joy to the often staid world of healthcare communications – have been adopted by the nation’s top healthcare organizations, with resulting outcomes such as:

•Increasing the rate of childhood immunizations in underserved areas by 30 percent over a three-year period (This project was acknowledged at the Center for Disease Control’s 41st National Immunization Conference in March, 2007 for the Most Improved Award for Urban Areas)

•Saving health plan members $11 million over the course... Read More.

Khaled El Emam
Khaled El Emam (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario - Research Institute & University of Ottawa), @kelemam

Dr. Khaled El Emam is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, a senior investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and a Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa. His main area of research is developing techniques for health data anonymization and secure disease surveillance for public health purposes. Previously Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and prior to that he was head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has co-founded two companies to commercialize the results of his research work. In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by... Read More.

Richard Elmore
Richard Elmore (Allscripts), @richelmore

Rich Elmore is Vice President Strategic Initiatives for Allscripts, a health tech vendor where he manages exploration and execution of acquisitions and strategic partnerships, and previously ran its Analytics business. At HIMSS this year, he joined with 4 competitor Health IT CEO’s to announce the CommonWell Health Alliance.

He was ONC’s (US Dept of Health and Human Serivces – Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT) leader for several initiatives that are now part of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 standards. He also was ONC’s leader for Query Health, establishing standards and services for distributed population queries of electronic health records. He was also the Communications Workgroup leader for ONC’s Direct Project.

He had a long career as P&L leader for the Read More.

Hulya Emir-Farinas
Hulya Emir-Farinas (Pivotal)

Hulya Farinas has extensive experience applying algorithmic approaches to complex problems in multiple verticals. Before joining Pivotal, she had held positions at IBM and M-Factor where she helped her customers make optimal business decisions under uncertainty by marrying machine learning algorithms with optimization routines. She is currently a senior principal data scientist at Pivotal where she is the lead for healthcare vertical. She holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Florida.

Robert Epstein, M.D.

Dr. Robert Epstein is a physician epidemiologist with an interest in bringing true innovation and hope to those in need of novel healthcare solutions. He has worked for 30 years in the public and private healthcare sectors and recently left a 15 year post as Chief Medical and Chief R&D Officer for Medco, where he managed a global department of over 2000 researchers in 33 offices. He is a frequent speaker at conferences in the US and abroad, and is often interviewed in the media , appearing on CNN, CNBC, or daily news programs, He has published more than 75 research papers in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and is currently tracking and engaging with developers of hundreds of new technologies. He serves on... Read More.

Bob Evans
Bob Evans (Google Inc), @objecter

Bob Evans is a tool maker. His work is dedicated to augmenting human intelligence and quality of life by providing tools to support analysis and exploration. For the past three years of his time as a software engineer at Google, Bob has been working on an open source, free platform called Paco (named after his dog, but, you can also call it the Personal Analytics COmpanion to sound more official). Paco allows individuals and behavior scientists to easily create and conduct behavior studies and interventions on mobile phones.

Bonnie Feldman
Bonnie Feldman (Open Health News), @DrBonnie360

As principal of DrBonnie360,Bonnie brings a 360-degree view of private and public healthcare to her consulting work, which includes business development, market research and communication in newly emerging markets.
She has earned a broad and deep understanding of the players and the playing field in Health 2.0/3.0, life science capital markets, and healthcare practice. Most recently, she published “Big Data in Healthcare –Hype and Hope” in collaboration with Rock Health. Prior to this original research, she created a first of its kind industry overview “Mobile, Social and Fun: Games for Health,” published by MobiHealthNews, which was well received as a presentation at the Games for Health Conference.
On the analytic side, after working as a health services researcher at the Rand Corporation,... Read More.

Marc Garrett
Marc Garrett (Intridea), @since1968

Marc is a MITX award-winning solutions architect.

Prior to joining Intridea, Marc was Vice President of Interactive Development at Bridgeline Digital. Marc has developed web solutions for the National Children’s Museum, the Washington Redskins, Hooked on Phonics, and Congressional Quarterly.

The author and editor of numerous programming titles, Marc was also instrumental in architecting the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, a program that distributed Apple laptops to every seventh grade student in the state of Maine. Marc holds a Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia. He has worked in New York, Washington DC, and Singapore.

Marc recaptures nine days of his life every single year by working for Intridea.

Bill Geary
Bill Geary (North Bridge, Humedica, Healthrageous)

Bill Geary has been with North Bridge since its inception in 1994, a leading early-stage venture capital and growth equity investment firm with over $3B under management. Prior to North Bridge, he was a partner at Hambro International Equity Partners. From 1987 to 1990, Bill served as the CFO of MathSoft, an applications software start-up that subsequently went public on the NASDAQ and was later acquired by Parametric Technology Corporation. He focuses his investing primarily on healthcare technology and software, having served on the Boards of Directors of numerous market-leading companies. North Bridge investments include Humedica, Healthrageous, Connance, Valence Health, SynapDx, Aushon Biosystems, 480 Biomedical, Infomedics, Phase Forward, Pharmetrics, NaviNet, eBenX and Arsenal Medical. A graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management... Read More.

Anthony Gerardi
Anthony Gerardi (Truven Health)

Anthony Gerardi is a healthcare executive with a proven track record developing and deploying innovation strategies to drive organic growth and acquisitions, partnerships and strategic investments in healthcare IT, healthcare services, other healthcare segments and other industries. He worked globally with companies such Thomson Reuters (now Truven Health Analytics), SKT Telecom, and GE to develop innovation strategies, new offerings, and customer experiences in healthcare and other markets. His private equity career started at GE, as an investor he has successfully accelerated the growth of portfolio companies. Private equity investments included Insight Health, R2 acquired by Hologic and Bravo Health acquired by HealthSpring/Cigna.

Anthony has led colleagues and clients through the entire growth and innovation strategy process from research and ideation to implementation, including mergers... Read More.

Andrew Girvin
Andrew Girvin (Palantir Technologies)

Andrew Girvin, Ph.D., a Forward Deployed Engineer with Palantir Technologies, has significant experience developing applications for Palantir’s pharmaceutical deployments, public health, and environmental science. He brings years of domain expertise to Palantir’s early work in R&D and scientific data analysis. Girvin’s work in the fields of cell signaling and immunology has been published in journals such as Immunity and Protein Engineering, among others. His awards and honors include a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and membership in Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. Girvin completed a Ph.D. in immunology at Stanford University, and as an undergraduate, studied biochemistry at Brown University.

Michael Gleeson
Michael Gleeson (Arcadia Solutions)

Michael is responsible for Arcadia’s cost-savings and quality improvement solutions. His healthcare consulting experience includes architecting and overseeing large-scale, multi-vendor Health IT projects with budgets over $100 million. He has a detailed understanding of the nuances in integrating data and technology in a healthcare environment and how those changes can affect the patient and provider experience. Michael is also the chief author of Arcadia’s methodology for integrating clinical and claims data to support data-driven medical home projects, shared-savings payment models, and accountable care initiatives.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Tufts University.

Michael Gold

Michael, co-founder of farsite, directs farsite’s overall strategy and manages business development.

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota. Michael also has an MBA from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He has worked as a White House Intern in the Office of Public Liaison Business Affairs Desk, and also for SmartBrief, a Washington-DC based start-up that publishes daily B2B news briefs.

Michael  Greeley
Michael Greeley (Flybridge Capital Partners)

Michael is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners and is excited about investment opportunities involving the convergence of healthcare and information technologies, as well as in the specialty finance and business services industries. One of his current investment themes is around the application of “Big Data” platforms across a number of industry verticals. Previously, Michael was with Polaris Venture Partners, where he focused on both early-stage and later-stage financings for emerging growth companies. Before Polaris, Michael served as Senior Vice President and Founding Partner of GCC Investments, was a Vice President and one of the early professionals at Wasserstein Perella & Co., was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Morgan Stanley & Co. and worked in the Leveraged Buyout Group... Read More.

Robert Grossman
Robert Grossman (University of Chicago)

Robert Grossman is a faculty member and the Chief Research Informatics Officer in the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. He is a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology (IGSB) and the Computation Institute (CI). He is also the Founder and a Partner of Open Data Group, which specializes in building predictive models over big data. His areas of research include: big data, predictive analytics, bioinformatics, data intensive computing and analytic infrastructure. He has led the development of open source software tools for analyzing big data (Augustus), cloud computing (Sector), and high performance networking (UDT). In 1996 he founded Magnify, Inc., which provides data mining solutions to the insurance industry. Grossman... Read More.

Ron Gutman
Ron Gutman (HealthTap), @healthtap

Founder and CEO of HealthTap, and formerly founder and CEO of Wellsphere (acquired by HealthCentral), Ron is the Curator of TEDx Silicon Valley – inspiring innovation for social change, an advisor to early and late stage technology and health companies, and an angel investor focusing on early stage technology startups.

A life-long entrepreneur, Ron has always been passionate about making people’s lives better. After starting his career at the age of 17 by founding and growing several businesses in the wine and dine industries, he decided to return to academia to learn about and conduct research on technology, social entrepreneurship and health. As a graduate student at Stanford, he became a leader of the Business Association of Stanford’s Engineering Students, and organized a... Read More.

Janos Hajagos
Janos Hajagos (Stony Brook School of Medicine), @jhajagos

Dr. Janos G. Hajagos is the lead data analyst for a unique partnership between SUNY and the New York State Department of Health. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and has published widely from risk analysis to applications of the semantic web to healthcare. He is a participant in the CTSAConnect project.

John Halamka
John Halamka (Harvard Medical School | Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center)

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee and a practicing Emergency Physician.

As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 14000 employees and two million patients. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Eastern Massachusetts. As co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee he facilitates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide. As co-Chair of the Massachusetts Read More.

Jeff Hammerbacher
Jeff Hammerbacher (Assistant Professor | Mount Sinai), @hackingdata

Jeff Hammerbacher is a founder and the Chief Scientist of Cloudera, and an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Jeff was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Accel Partners immediately prior to founding Cloudera. Before Accel, he conceived, built, and led the Data team at Facebook. Before joining Facebook, Jeff was a quantitative analyst on Wall Street. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Harvard University.

David Harlow
David Harlow (The Harlow Group LLC), @healthblawg

DAVID HARLOW is Principal of The Harlow Group LLC, a health care law and consulting firm based in Boston, MA. His twenty-five years’ experience in the public and private sectors affords him a unique perspective on legal, policy and business issues facing the health care community. David is adept at assisting clients in developing new paradigms for their business organizations, relationships and processes so as to maximize the realization of organizational goals in a highly regulated environment, in realms ranging from physician-hospital relationships to data privacy and security to facilities development to social media strategies to the avoidance of fraud and abuse. His blog, HealthBlawg, is highly regarded in both the legal and health policy blogging worlds. He is a charter... Read More.

Mark  Hayward
Mark Hayward (Mayo Clinic)

Mark J. Hayward is the administrator for the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery at Mayo Clinic. He also serves as vice chair for the Department of Facilities and Support Services: Engineering, Media, and Systems Coordination.

He received the B.A. degree in mathematics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. and the M.S. degree in industrial engineering — health systems, from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Mr. Hayward began his career at Mayo as a systems analyst and subsequently became assistant section head of Hospital Systems and Procedures, section head of Clinic Systems and Procedures and Mayo Integrated Clinical Systems, and served as the associate administrator for Clinic Operations.

With his interest in operations research and systems design/engineering, Mark has been able... Read More.

Colin Hill
Colin Hill (GNS Healthcare)

Colin is a frequent speaker at international scientific and industry conferences and has appeared in numerous publications and television segments including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC Morning Call, Nature, Forbes, Wired, and The Economist. He serves as CEO and Chairman of GNS Healthcare’s parent company Via Science, and chairman of the board of Fina Technologies, a subsidiary of Via Science that applies next-generation artificial intelligence technology to real-time financial trading. He also serves on the board of directors of AesRx, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of a new treatment for sickle cell disease.

In 2004, Colin was named to MIT Technology Review’s TR100 list of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35.... Read More.

Nathalie Holmes
Nathalie Holmes (Privacy Analytics, Inc.)

As Director of Business Development for Privacy Analytics, she has overall responsibility for setting and executing the sales strategy to drive revenue for the company. Nathalie has extensive experience in both the IT and health care fields having split her professional career almost equally between the two, giving her a unique perspective on both. She is also an Award winning author for her debut novel Anna’s Tears; and in 2012 was the recipient of a Royal Inspiration Award along with notable recipient The Honorable Lt. Gen (Retired) Romeo Dallaire, Canadian Senator.

wendy hou
wendy hou (Rogue Wave Software)

Ms. Wendy Hou, Principal Product Manager for Rogue Wave Software’s line of analytic products, has more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise software industry. Having worked with many industry-leading organizations, Ms. Hou has expertise in enterprise databases; hardware and software integration; application performance, availability, and recoverability; and consulting with clients from financial, oil and gas, OEMs, and ISVs. She holds a Master of Applied Mathematics Degree, a Minor in Physics, and various certifications in IT, database, and BI applications.

Usman Iqbal
Usman Iqbal (Sanofi )

Dr Usman Iqbal MD, MPH, MBA, is the head of Oncology Global Evidence &, Value Development at Sanofi, where he is responsible for developing product value for Sanofi’s oncology/hematology portfolio through strategic development, execution and translation of evidence based research throughout the lifecycle of the products. His health care experience spans clinical medicine, health policy and management, health economic &, outcomes research in both academia and biopharmaceutical industry, including Amgen and Boehringer Ingelheim. Dr Iqbal has broad based experience in building value and product differentiation across multiple therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, rheumatology, hepatology, and mental health. Prior to working in the industry, Dr Iqbal was at the Boston University Health Outcomes Technology Group as a senior research fellow and served as a... Read More.

Sridhar Iyengar

Sridhar Iyengar Ph.D. is the founder and CTO of AgaMatrix, a rapidly growing medical device company that invents, designs, and manufactures blood glucose meters and biosensors for people with diabetes. AgaMatrix products are sold worldwide by Sanofi, Medco, Walmart, Target, and are used by millions of patients across the globe.

AgaMatrix’s core technology “WaveSense” combines Sridhar’s background in electrical engineering and biological sciences into the concept of Dynamic Electrochemistry which couples an advanced DSP approach to enhance biosensor performance.

AgaMatrix recently released the first medical device capable of analyzing blood that works with the iPhone and is helping shape the future of mobile health.

Sridhar has several patents granted under his name and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar.

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Joey Jablonski

Joey is currently focused on the architecture and strategy for the deployment of complex analytic technologies at Dell as the Director of Product Management for Kitenga Analytics. Joey leads Dell’s strategy and product activities related to advanced analytics for unstructured data. Joey’s technical interests include Big Data, high performance computing, low-latency networking technologies and information security. Joey has previously held technical and organizational leadership roles at Data Direct Networks, HP and Sun Microsystems. Joey and his family reside in Austin, TX.

Ida  Jooste
Ida Jooste (Internews), @idajooste

Ida Jooste is the Country Director for Internews Kenya – a seasoned television, radio and print journalist and news manager, journalism trainer and media development manager. As journalist, Ms. Jooste’s work spanned African politics, development, science and health journalism, elections programming and investigative documentary production. A winner of over 20 journalism awards, she has played a leading role in political and social development journalism for the past 20 years, in various capacities at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), as consultant, university guest lecturer and most recently as Country Director at Internews in Kenya, where she has oversight of a growing portfolio of health, human rights and democracy and governance related journalism training programs.

Rachel Kalmar

Rachel is a data scientist at Misfit Wearables, where she wrangles noisy data and sensors anything and everything she can. A Stanford neuroscience PhD, she’s spent over a decade using data to explain, predict and influence behavior. She is active in the Bay Area hardware community and runs Sensored, a 700+ person meetup group for people working on sensor devices and applications ( Rachel is an alum of the, Singularity University, and Rock Health, and her favorite hashtag is #geekparadise.

Marcia Kean
Marcia Kean (Feinstein Kean Healthcare), @FKHealth

Marcia Kean has 35+ years of strategy and communications experience in the life sciences and healthcare. She has assisted 300+ emerging biopharmaceutical companies, policy organizations and academic centers. She has served on multiple advisory committees in academe and government, and has been a frequent speaker at conferences on personalized medicine and the convergence of genomics and informatics technologies. She leads the Steering Committee for the formation of a data liquidity coalition for data-sharing in the cancer research community.

Dave King
Dave King (Exaptive), @exaptive

David King has been involved in high-tech entrepreneurship since the early 1990s. He has over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of software development, from system architecture to large-scale database design to the psychology of user interfaces and management of Agile development teams. Dave helped to pioneer paperless manufacturing information systems in the electronics industry, then focused on designing extensible software systems for ad hoc visualization and analysis of large-scale multidimensional datasets. In 2011, Dave saw the need for a more modular and cross-disciplinary approach to data science and founded Exaptive, Inc. in order to pursue ways that technology and community can be combined to facilitate innovation. In 2015, his company was named as one of five Cool New Vendors in the life sciences by... Read More.

Isaac  Kohane
Isaac Kohane (Harvard Medical School)

Isaac Kohane is a Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences Technology at Harvard Medical School. He applies computational techniques, whole genome analysis, and functional genomics to study human diseases through the developmental lens, and particularly through the use of animal model systems. Specific diseases of interest are neurodevelopmental disorders and carcinogenesis. The use of whole healthcare systems as “living laboratories” to drive discovery research in the genomic area compliments his basic research agenda by providing population-level study tools.

Eugene Kolker
Eugene Kolker (Seattle Children's)

Eugene Kolker is Chief Data Officer at Seattle Children’s and Head of the Bioinformatics & High-throughput Analysis Laboratory at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. In 2001, he co-founded OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology and served as its Editor-in-Chief through 2012. He is now Executive Editor of OMICS. In 2011, Eugene co-founded DELSA Global (Data-Enabled Life Sciences Alliance) a non-for-profit organization and serves as its President. In 2012, he co-founded the Big Data journal and serves as its Executive Editor. Dr. Kolker has more than 25 years of transdisciplinary experience in data analysis, integration and dissemination, predictive analytics, software and algorithm development, and informatics. Eugene is also an Affiliate Professor at the Departments of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education and Pediatrics at the... Read More.

David Kreda
David Kreda (SMART Platforms)

David Kreda has been consulting in medical informatics since 2007 in design, analysis and evaluation of healthcare information technology in different projects. He has been the translation advisor to the SMART Platforms Project at the Harvard Medical School, one of four SHARP grants awarded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. His earlier work in on-line trading and quantitative finance modeling systems and re-design of customer relationship management (CRM) workflow inform his work in HIT. Some of his HIT evaluation work focuses on applying lessons from those industries’ information designs, security systems, and user interfaces to medical informatics.
BA Economics, Yale University

Chris Kryder
Chris Kryder (D2 Hawkeye and Chairman, Valence Health)
Chris Kryder, M.D., non-executive Board Chair. Dr. Kryder founded D2Hawkeye in 2000 and was CEO until early 2009, when he sold his firm to ISO, merging health care Information technology assets to form Verisk Health. ISO companies went public as Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) in late 2009. He remained CEO of Verisk Health until January 2011. Verisk Health, nee D2Hawkeye, provides healthcare data analytics and predictive modeling services to large medical groups, health plans, and employers. The company’s products are used to manage clinical and financial risk. In 2008, Dr. Kryder co-founded Generation Health. Generation Health was the first ‘GBM’ (Genetic-testing Benefits Manager), and was focused exclusively on genomics and personalized medicine. Generation Health was sold to CVS Caremark... Read More.
Christine Lemke
Christine Lemke (AchieveMint)

Christine Lemke is the Co-founder of AchieveMint, a company leveraging data analytics to encourage healthy behavior change. AchieveMint partners with mobile and web health applications to provide an intelligent incentive system for consumers who take healthy actions.

Prior to AchieveMint, Christine co-founded the data analytics company Sense Networks along with leading machine learning professors from MIT and Columbia. She is also the Co-founder product analytics company Channel IQ, based in Chicago. Additionally, Christine has held roles at Microsoft XBOX and 3i Group in Paris.

Craig Lipset

Craig Lipset is Head of Clinical Innovation within Worldwide Research & Development at Pfizer. Craig’s team is impacting clinical research through digital tools, innovative research approaches and unprecedented collaborations. Craig previously served as Venture Partner in Pfizer Venture Investments (Pfizer’s VC arm), where he focused on diversifying the company’s $50M annual budget for private investments in the areas of diagnostics and health technology. Craig was also Senior Director in Molecular Medicine, where he spearheaded initiatives driving innovation in clinical research and personalized medicine by drawing upon tools from health information technology, telemedicine, and eHealth.

Craig brings over 15 years of leadership and innovation in the field of drug development. He previously served as Associate Vice President of Program Management at Adnexus Therapeutics (acquired by Bristol-Myers... Read More.

Anmol Madan
Anmol Madan (, @ginger_io

Dr. Madan leads the overall product vision and business strategy at He has extensive research experience in modeling large-scale human behavior data using statistical and pattern recognition methods. His past research has been featured in academic publications in computer science, and featured in popular media like the Economist, BusinessWeek, BBC and CNN. He received his PhD from the Media Lab, at MIT (with Prof. Alex Pentland)

Roger Magoulas
Roger Magoulas (O'Reilly Media), @rogerm

Roger Magoulas is the vice president of O’Reilly Radar. Previously, Roger was the research director at O’Reilly, where he and his team built the company’s analysis infrastructure and provided analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team found what excites key innovators and use those insights to gather and analyze faint signals from various sources to make sense of what others may adopt and why.​

James M. Maisel, M.D.

ZyDoc Chairman James M. Maisel, M.D. has unique medical informatics experience as CEO of ZyDoc and Retina Group of NY. Since training as the Esther Dyson Foundation vitreoretinal fellow at NY Presbyterian Cornell, he has served thousands of ophthalmology patients, and diabetic patients and their health care providers. He is an educator for patients and for diabetic educators and professionals, and a pharmaceutical medical advisor.

Formerly CEO of HOST, Dr. Maisel led ZyDoc in developing informatics technologies including a prototype EMR purchased by the DOD, speech recognition, e-transcription, and NLP. He is currently Principal Investigator for an NIH grant-funded study, “Applying NLP to Free Text as an EHR Data Capture Method to Improve EHR Usability,”... Read More.

Josh Mandel (Harvard Medical School), @JoshCMandel

Josh Mandel is a physician and software engineer with a special interest in building tools that support app developers new to the health domain. After earning an S.B. in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. at the Tufts University School of Medicine, he joined the faculty of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program and Harvard Medical School, where he serves as lead architect for the SMART Platforms team ( With SMART, he’s helping to foster an ecosystem of “substitutable” medical applications that can run in multiple EMRs, PHRs, and data mining platforms.

John Mattison
John Mattison (Kaiser Permanente, SCAL)

John is the Chief Medical Information Officer and Assistant Medical Director at Kaiser-Permanente, Southern California. He began his medical career at UC San Diego and Scripps Clinic, where he practiced in diverse clinical settings including emergency services, primary care, critical care, preventive medicine, hyperbaric medicine, trauma and helicopter medicine.

He joined the SCAL region of Kaiser Permanente in 1989, and directed the largest deployment of HealthConnect, Kaiser-Permanente’s revolutionary Health IT program that supports over 3 million lives and is used by over 5,000 physicians in 13 hospitals and 140 clinics. His team completed the project a year ahead of schedule and $260 million under budget. Kaiser Permanente has been awarded with the top HIMSS level 7 designations, and received the prestigious Davies Award... Read More.

Robert McBurney (Accelerated Cure Project for MS)

Robert McBurney joined the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis as its Chief Executive in mid-2011 because he was compelled by the organization’s novel approach to catalyzing innovation in research towards a cure for MS.

He is a neuroscientist by training and has over 35 years of experience in biomedical research and in the management of research-based biotech companies. During the past 25 years, Robert has either founded or played leading roles in biotech companies in the US and in Europe, including Optimal Medicine, Theragenetics, BG Medicine, Differential Proteomics, CeNeS Pharmaceuticals and Cambridge NeuroScience. Many of those companies have focused on developing treatments for patients suffering from neurological disorders and mental illnesses. Others have developed predictive tests or clinical decision support systems for personalizing treatment... Read More.

Carol McCall
Carol McCall (GNS Healthcare), @CarolMcCall

Carol McCall is a health actuary with a background in innovation, predictive analytics and health services design. Her specialties are creating novel computational approaches that leverage ‘big data’ in healthcare, and designing services and business models that expand the traditional notions of health, care, community and sustainability.

Carol is the Chief Strategy Officer for GNS Healthcare, a Big Data Analytics company whose industrialized knowledge discovery platform extracts cause-effect relationships directly and at scale from observational data. Her personal goal is to leverage these capabilities to redesign the entire notion of ‘evidence’ and ignite a true learning system in the healthcare system.

Prior to joining GNS Healthcare, Carol was Chief Innovation Officer for Tenzing Health, a subsidiary of Vanguard Health Systems, where she merged... Read More.

John McDaniel (NetApp)

John McDaniel has more than 35 years of experience as a healthcare CIO, consulting services executive and as an executive with large healthcare companies. John currently works with NetApp and is responsible for managing partnerships with large healthcare GSIs. As a CIO, John worked with St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center, McLaren Health Care Corporation and The Emory Clinic where he also served as Director of Medical Informatics. John was also a member of the Board of Directors for NYC-based HIE: NYCLIX. As a consulting services executive he worked with Dell Services, Deloitte Consulting and EMR Transitions. John worked with Siemens as Project Director and SVP at, McKesson.
Additionally John worked closely with Cerner where he led the... Read More.

Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)

Jeff Miller is a senior programmer at the Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMi) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He serves in a lead development role for CBMi’s clinical decision support framework.

Jeff’ has previously worked as a software developer for SunGard Availability Services and Siemens Medical Solutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The Pennsylvania State University.

Vinay Mohta
Vinay Mohta (Kyruus)

Vinay is a Co-Founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Kyruus. Vinay was previously at Kayak, where he led the development of a ‘Big Data’ predictive analytics platform for measuring the impact of the company’s multi-channel marketing efforts. Prior to Kayak, Vinay served as CTO for Global Health Delivery, a non-profit collaboration between Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Partners In Health, which was designed to systematize the study of global health care delivery and rapidly diffuse technology-driven innovations to practitioners around the world. Vinay began his career as a Software Architect and Product Manager at Endeca Technologies, where he worked on complex software engineering problems in the context of the company’s core technology platform and analytics... Read More.

Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson is Solutions Engineer at Janrain. Janrain provides a software-as-a-service user management platform with solutions for social login, social sharing and profile data storage to help companies improve user acquisition, intelligence, and engagement. Eric also founded Gravel Financial Applications, a small business software company that provides web-based solutions for common accounting and operational challenges. An accountant and engineer by trade, Eric has earned his CPA and CMA certifications, but would prefer to save you from horrible accounting software rather than help you complete your tax return. Eric loves building self-sustaining systems and is currently captivated by transforming healthcare through connected cloud applications.

Miriam  Paramore
Miriam Paramore (Emdeon)

Ms. Paramore has been Emdeon’s Executive Vice President – Strategy and Product Management since May 2012. Prior to May, Ms. Paramore served as our Senior Vice President of Clinical Services and Government Affairs and was responsible for overseeing the clinical sector of the business, long-term strategic planning, thought leadership, public policy and government affairs. Paramore brings more than 29 years of industry experience and plays a critical role in helping Emdeon shape a course for the future based on emerging trends in health information technology (HIT). She is a national speaker and was a past member of the national board of directors for the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is the board liaison to the HIMSS Financial Systems Steering Committee.... Read More.

Kevin Patrick
Kevin Patrick (University of California, San Diego)

Kevin Patrick, MD, MS is Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD. His research explores how to use mobile and social technologies to measure and improve environmental exposures and health-related behaviors for individuals and across populations.

Jo Prichard
Jo Prichard (LexisNexis Risk Solutions)

Mr. Prichard is a Data Scientist at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. He focuses on Big Data R&D within LexisNexis for various industries to help customers target fraud, collusion and other red flag social indicates. He has a special interest and experience in applying large scale graph analysis to solve business challenges for companies in the financial services, healthcare, government, insurance and retail sectors. Prior to LexisNexis, Mr. Prichard worked for Topspeed Software R&D in London and was a conference speaker on various aspects of the Clarion programming language.

Greg Rodd
Greg Rodd (IBM Corporation)

Gregory D. Rodd is a Data Scientist with the Advanced Analytics POC Team, IBM Netezza Analytics Solutions, IBM Software Group. He has extensive industry experience as a consultant in energy and utilities, retail, financial credit engineering, in data warehouse and statistical services consulting in academia, and in donation targeting for a worldwide relief organization.

John Rollins
John Rollins (IBM)

John B. Rollins, Ph.D. is a data scientist in the IBM Analytics division of IBM. His background is in the fields of data mining, engineering, and econometrics in many industries. He holds seven patents, and has authored a best-selling engineering textbook and many technical papers. He holds doctoral degrees in economics and petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Bijan Salehizadeh
Bijan Salehizadeh (Navimed Capital), @bijans

Bijan Salehizadeh is a Managing Director and co-founder at NaviMed Capital, a Washington, DC based venture capital firm specializing in later stage investments in HCIT and health services. Bijan was previously a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners where he led the west-coast healthcare practice.

Prior to his career in venture capital, Bijan trained as a physician and has several years of operating experience in digital health and medical technology.

Sebastian Schneeweiss (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics )

Sebastian Schneeweiss is Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chief of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics of the Dept. of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

He is Principal Investigator of the BWH DEcIDE Research Center on Comparative Effectiveness Research and the DEcIDE Methods Center both funded by AHRQ and Director of the Harvard-Brigham Drug Safety Research Center funded by FDA/CDER. His research is funded by multiple NIH grants and focuses on the comparative effectiveness and safety of biopharmaceuticals and analytic methods to improve the validity of epidemiologic studies using complex healthcare databases particularly for newly marketed medical products. His work is published in high-ranking journals and was featured in Discover Magazine.

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Arijit Sengupta
Arijit Sengupta (BeyondCore)

Arijit Sengupta is the CEO of BeyondCore, the Chair of the Big Data and Advanced Analytics SIG at the Service Research and Innovation Institute (SRII), the Chair of the Cloud Computing Chapter of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), and a member of the Cyber Security Advisory Group set up by NASSCOM and the Government of India. BeyondCore received awards such as Gartner Cool Vendor in Business Process Services 2012, GigaOm Structure Launchpad 2011 and the UP2010 Overall Most Innovative Cloud Provider. Arijit has guest lectured at Stanford and other universities on globalization and outsourcing; spoken at conferences in a dozen countries; and was written about in The World Is Flat release 3.0, the New York Times, San Jose... Read More.

Shahid Shah
Shahid Shah (Netspective), @ShahidNShah

Shahid N. Shah is an internationally recognized and influential government technology and healthcare IT thought leader and writer who is known as “The Healthcare IT Guy” across the Internet. He is a strategist for various federal agenices on IT matters and winner of Federal Computer Week’s coveted “Fed 100” award given to IT experts that have made a big impact in the government. Shahid has architected and built multiple clinical solutions over his almost 20 year career. He helped design and deploy the American Red Cross’s electronic health record solution across thousands of sites; he’s built two web-based EMRs now in use by hundreds of physicians; he’s designed large groupware and collaboration sites in use by thousands; and, as an ex-CTO for a billion... Read More.

John Shepard
John Shepard (Stanford University)

John Shepard received his BA in Math and MBA from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. He then moved to Baltimore to work as the Biostatistician for Hospital Epidemiology, Infection Control, and Antimicrobial Stewardship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital under Trish Perl and Sara Cosgrove. John transitioned to a role as the clinical analyst for Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control for The Johns Hopkins Health System where he developed processes to integrate and report data from the five hospitals in the Johns Hopkins Health System.

While in Baltimore, John received his Masters in Health Administration and Certificate in Public Informatics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Upon graduation, he moved to Stanford Hospital and Clinics where he worked as the Quality... Read More.

Jordan Shlain
Jordan Shlain (Healthloop), @healthloop

Dr. Jordan Shlain is a practicing primary care doctor, a digital health entrepreneur, a provocateur, a writer and respected thought leader in national health policy. He is known in the health community as an advocate for physicians and patients.

Dr. Shlain is a health advisor to the Aspen Institute, the Partnership for the future of Medicare and sits on the board of the Hope Street Group and is a Mayoral appointed Commissioner on the Health Service Systems Board of San Francisco. He serves on the board of the American Academy of Private Physicians, WildAid and the Institute for Responsible Nutrition’s Doctors Food Project.

After graduating from UC Berkeley and before attending Georgetown Medical school, Dr. Shlain spent a year teaching high school science in Western... Read More.

Amit Sinha
Amit Sinha (SAP)

Amit Sinha is a Senior Vice President at SAP, leading Database & Technology Innovation Marketing. With more than 10 years of experience, Amit has global responsibility for driving strategic product marketing activities for SAP’s database and break-through technology innovations targeting to achieve defined revenue goals and thought leadership in the industry. In addition, he is leading the marketing strategy for key product launches, such as its database and cloud platforms, as well as its new business to consumer and enterprise applications. Previously, Amit was the Head of Marketing for SAP’s breakthrough database innovation, SAP HANA, responsible for its market introduction and adoption including mass enablement of customers, partners and developers. Also, Amit gained experience in enabling field teams globally on product positioning,... Read More.

Bryan  Sivak
Bryan Sivak (HHS)

Bryan Sivak joined HHS as the Chief Technology Officer in July 2011. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation.

Previously, Bryan served as the Chief Innovation Officer to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, where he has led Maryland’s efforts to embed concepts of innovation into the DNA of state government. He has distinguished himself in this role as someone who can work creatively across a large government organization to identify and implement the best opportunities for improving the way the government works.

Prior to his time with Governor O’Malley, Bryan served as Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, where he created... Read More.

Peter Speyer

Peter Speyer, MBE, MBA, is Director of Data Development at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). He oversees the areas of data seeking, data management, data sharing, and data visualization. Supporting studies spanning all areas of global and public health on a worldwide scale, Peter’s team stays busy obtaining and managing census, survey, vital registration, health record, administrative, and other health-related data from around the world to provide researchers at IHME with the necessary input for their analyses. He managed the development and implementation of the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), IHME’s public catalog and repository of health-related data, as well as the development of innovative GIS and visualization tools and platforms.
Prior to joining IHME,... Read More.

Bruce Springer
Bruce Springer (OneHealth Solutions, Inc.), @bruce_springer

Bruce Springer has nearly 20 years of executive leadership in the software, Internet and information technology sectors, with a focus in the healthcare market. He previously served as CEO of BidShift (Concerro), a cloud-based workforce management company acquired by API Healthcare. He is also a former executive vice president and COO of WebMD. Springer is an advisor and active board member for technology companies and private equity/venture capital firms, and has experience as a direct investor in early stage companies. Springer holds a BA degree from Purdue University.

Julie Steele

Julie Steele is the Content Editor for Strata at O’Reilly Media. She is co-author of Beautiful Visualization and Designing Data Visualizations. She finds beauty in exploring complex systems, and thinks in metaphors. She is particularly drawn to the visual medium as a way to understand and transmit information.

Julie holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Rutgers University in Newark. She lives in New York City, where she cooks, reads, designs, and practices yoga. You can find her blogging occasionally for O’Reilly Radar, or on Twitter.

Aaron Stranahan is a 15 year Healthcare IT leader focused on building powerful tools for clinicians and improving patient health. Currently at the Informatics Corporation of America (ICA), Aaron serves as AVP, Product development where he is engaged in the implementation of large scale Health Information Exchange and intelligent realtime analytics of patient data. Through his career, Aaron has extensive experience leading HIT efforts including system integration, software development and technical operations.

Lily Szajnberg
Lily Szajnberg (GAGE - Gait Assessment + Gesture Evaluation), @lilyszajnberg

Lily Szajnberg is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for GAGE – Gait Assessment + Gesture Evaluation, a healthcare software platform that automates existing motion and gait disorder tests. She holds a Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU and a BA from Brown University. Her work has been featured at SXSW 2012, MTV, Huffington Post, and Make Blog among other place. She most recently presented GAGE at the 2013 Women’s Entrepreneurship Festival in NYC and the 2012 American Society of Biomechanics.

David Talby
David Talby (Pacific AI), @davidtalby

David Talby has extensive experience in building & operating web-scale search and business platforms, as well as building world-class, agile, distributed teams. Previously he was with Microsoft’s Bing group where he was a Principal Group Manager leading all business operations for Bing Shopping in the US and Europe, managing teams in Seattle, India and several European countries. Prior to Microsoft, David worked at Amazon both in Seattle and in the UK where he built and ran distributed teams which helped scale Amazon’s financial systems. David is a veteran of the Israeli Air Force and he holds a PhD in Computer Science along with two masters degrees in Science and Business Administration respectively, all of which were obtained at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition,... Read More.

Bill Tan
Bill Tan (Transcendent Endeavors)

As Founder and CEO of Transcendent Endeavors, Bill Z. Tan is leading a talented team to address communication challenges in the fields of healthcare, social services, and education. The company’s products include clinical information systems (Starling Health), telehealth outreach platforms (Vocatta), educational offerings for working professionals (Canopy) and children (MiniMiti), and more.

Bill is the Principal Investigator of more than a dozen small business innovation research grants awarded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The NIH support has enabled the company to pursue a sweeping vision — the creation of an array of intuitive, elegant solutions that address complex, systemic challenges.

Bill received a bachelor’s degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was elected President of... Read More.

Halle Tecco
Halle Tecco (Rock Health)

Halle Tecco is the Founder & Managing Director of RockHealth, the first seed-accelerator devoted exclusively to health startups. Tecco recognized the need and potential for startups in the interactive health space while working at Apple’s App Store covering the health and medical vertical.

Tecco has written for Harvard Business School Publishing, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and ForbesWoman. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Fred Trotter
Fred Trotter (, @fredtrotter

Fred Trotter is the leading consultant and advocate for Free/Libre and Open Source (FOSS) Health Software. In recognition of his role within the Open Source Health Informatics community, Trotter was the only Open Source representative invited by the NCVHS to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’.

Trotter has contributed code to FreeMed, OpenEMR is the current project manager of MirrorMed and the original author of FreeB, the worlds first GPL medical billing engine. In 2004 Fred Trotter received the LinuxMedNews achievement award for work on FreeB. Fred Trotter manages the Open Source EHR review project with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Open Source Working Group (oswg). Fred is also a member of WorldVistA.

Fred Trotter is a recognized... Read More.

Adindu Uzoma
Adindu Uzoma (FlowLogic), @AdinduUzoma
Adindu is an entrepreneur & technology executive with 20+ years of experience in Information Technology, General Management and IT strategy implementation. Prior to joining IMS, Adindu served as the Chief Data Officer of Medidata Solutions Worldwide (NASDAQ: MDSO), a global technology company that provides cloud based clinical trial management and data science solutions to the global life sciences industry. As chief data officer, Adindu was responsible for enterprise data strategy, data management and the development of data science solutions. In addition, he was also the distinguished fellow and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) at UnitedHealth Group—the nation’s largest healthcare payer—where he was responsible for advanced technology research, strategy and innovation enterprise-wide.

Adindu has also served as senior fellow and chief data scientist... Read More.

Jen van der Meer
Jen van der Meer (Reason Street), @jenvandermeer

Jen is a strategist and investor whose role is to shape and structure emerging business models for scalability and growth. Jen is an Advisor to Luminary Labs, where she runs several open innovation challenges in health and open data, and she sits on the planning committee for Health Datapalooza IV, the fourth annual national conference born from government efforts to liberate health data. She is an Adjunct Professor at SVA’s Products of Design, and NYU’s ITP School, where she runs the Venture Pitchfest. A former Wall Street Analyst and Economist, Previously Jen has held executive management roles at Organic and Frog Design, and Dachis Group, a social data consulting and software company, which acquired social data + community company Drillteam, where Jen was a... Read More.

Jennifer Vogel
Jennifer Vogel (Capital BlueCross)

Jennifer Vogel is the Senior Director of Analytics & Reporting Strategy at Capital BlueCross. She leads the implementation of the Enterprise Information Management data warehouse with responsibility for data quality identification and improvement, data governance, and analytics, having previously served as Director of Network Management Analysis and Reporting in the Provider Relations Department. Prior to joining Capital BlueCross, she served as Executive Project Manager for the CEO of NYLCare Health Plans and as an actuarial analyst at Sanus Corp. Health Systems in New York and at PMA in Philadelphia. Ms. Vogel holds a degree in Mathematics from Dickinson College.

Ann Waldo
Ann Waldo (Wittie, Letsche & Waldo, LLP)

Ms. Waldo’s law practice is focused on privacy, information security and health care issues. She is experienced in advising clients regarding privacy compliance, risk management, information security, marketing, international data transfers, and integrating privacy goals into business strategies. She counsels and represents clients regarding public policy, external relations, and government relations matters in the fields of privacy and health care.

Ms. Waldo served as an in-house lawyer for much of her career. She was the global Chief Privacy Officer for Lenovo, a large international computer manufacturer, where she was responsible for compliance with privacy laws applicable to marketing, human resources, international data transfers, and product development. She also represented the company’s public policy positions in domestic and international privacy conferences and negotiations. She previously led... Read More.

Henry Wei
Henry Wei (Aetna Innovation Labs), @henryweimd

Henry Wei, MD is the Aetna Innovation Labs’ Senior Medical Director for Clinical Innovation. Dr. Wei recently served with the White House as an inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellow. Henry is a faculty member in Internal Medicine at Cornell (Weill Medical College). Prior to his role at Aetna, Henry served as Sr. Medical Director for Clinical R&D at ActiveHealth Management. He has worked as a consultant in the healthcare practice of McKinsey & Company. Henry Wei completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, along with Informatics training at Harvard Medical School and Stanford University. He holds his medical degree from Cornell, and Master’s and undergraduate degrees from Harvard. Dr. Wei has won the Health 2.0 Developers World Cup, as well as the Read More.

Michael Weintraub
Michael Weintraub (Humedica)

Michael is Founder and CEO of Humedica, recently acquired by UnitedHealth Group. Prior to launching Humedica, Michael served as Senior Managing Director at Leerink Swann, a leading health care investment bank. Previously, he was President and CEO of PHARMetrics, a health care informatics company, which was successfully sold to IMS Health in 2005. Michael has more than 30 years of experience in health care technology, information services, and analytics. Michael serves as Chairman of the Board of Phreesia, a software company that develops automated patient check-in tools, and sits on the board of Anceta, the medical informatics subsidiary of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of JDRF New England Chapter –... Read More.

Claudia Williams (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT)
Lise Worthen-Chaudhari
Lise Worthen-Chaudhari (Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University)

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, MS, is funded through the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to gamify evidence-based physical rehabilitation. She bridges the gap between academic medicine and industry-driven innovation by collaborating with game designers such as Jane McGonigal and data science companies such as Farsite group. She is a research faculty member in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Associate Director of the Motion Analysis and Recovery Biomechanics Lab at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital.

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