Founder & CEO, CARROT Pass
MICHAEL ANTARAN has been recognized as one of Michigan’s most innovative mobile app developers. His best-known product, CARROT, is a “gamified” health & wellness app that provides instant gratification for meeting personalized goals. Michael is a University of Michigan Adjunct Professor, teaching “Intro to Entrepreneurial Design: The Voice-User Interface” through the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Supported by Amazon, the course focuses on innovative business applications for Amazon’s Alexa platform. Michael began his career as one of the auto industry’s leading powertrain engineers before launching Marvel Apps LLC in 2012. He is a graduate of Wayne State University (BS, Mechanical Engineering) and Oakland University (MSME).
Founder/Executive Producer, Audiobrain
AUDREY ARBEENY is Owner and Emmy Award-Winning Executive Producer/ Creative Director for Audiobrain, a globally recognized sonic branding boutique dedicated to the intentional development of music and sound. Audrey oversees Audiobrain’s projects from start to finish, coordinating logistics, strategy, experience design, resources, and talent. In addition, she oversees Audiobrain’s ongoing research in areas of psychoacoustics and biomusicology. With over 20 years of experience, she is recognized as a pioneer in sonic branding, presenting on this discipline as early as at the 1993 Design Management Institute in Amsterdam. Audrey is currently in the process of undertaking a research study with a leading medical facility, focusing the effects of sound on patients, staff, and families in intensive care units.
Senior Marketing Manager, AstraZeneca
KAY COFRANCESCO BAYNE is Senior Marketing Manager for the EGFR Franchise at AstraZeneca, a role she uses to push the boundaries of what traditional pharma marketing looks and feels like. Her goal is to bring raw, emotionally driven content to those impacted by cancer in as personalized a way as possible. Throughout her 14-year career in oncology, Kay has had the privilege of working with survivors, loved ones, and healthcare professionals - all dedicated to increasing survival rates of the world’s deadliest cancer. Coming from the free-spirited, say-whatever-you-think world of patient advocacy, one of the highlights of Kay’s career was working with incredible independent agency partners to create and launch the Effie award-winning Deserves to Die campaign. This first-of-its-kind campaign challenged the public on their preconceived notions and subconscious bias against certain behavioral choices, flipping the script and changing vernacular around the disease.
Director, US Healthcare, Macadamian
DAVID BOX is an internationally experienced business development and account management executive. He has demonstrated success in the ideation, development, and commercialization of healthcare technologies, industrial solutions, and creative agency services, in Europe, Asia, and the US. David is committed to building and mentoring teams, creating integrated product development strategies, and leading projects from inception to launch. Prior to joining Macadamian, David spent 10 years working with customers in the healthcare space to develop products and services that improve patient outcomes and experience. He earned a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in International Marketing Management from Boston University. David also teaches a class on product innovation and marketing at Boston University.
Vice President, Product & Business Development, Home Thrive
LELAND BREWSTER is responsible for a variety of strategy and operations initiatives at HomeThrive, in addition to overseeing relationships with HomeThrive’s network of third-party partners across multiple sectors. Prior, Leland spent four years at Healthbox as a member of the Intermountain Healthcare Innovation Fund investment team where he led the Fund’s investments in Redox as well as Circulation, which was acquired by Logisticare in September 2018, taking board observer seats at both companies. Leland also managed Healthbox’s portfolio of 45 active investments from its accelerator programs, supporting the company’s fundraising, business development, and M&A efforts.
Chief Experience Officer, Ogilvy Health
DAN CHICHESTER is Chief Experience Officer of Ogilvy Health, responsible for driving innovation, digital strategy, and engagement to create brand experiences that reach healthcare providers, payers, caregivers, and patients through interactive channels, touchpoints, and platforms. He works with leaders across the Ogilvy network to create an atmosphere designed to foster a maker culture, elevate thinking and produce ground-breaking solutions for agency clients, all while helping to grow both Ogilvy Health’s digital team and its suite of offerings. Previously, in roles at Ogilvy Healthworld, TBWA\WorldHealth, and LLNS, Dan helped to extend integrated campaigns across channels for client partners that include Astra Zeneca, Amgen, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ferring, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Novartis, and TEDMED. Among his awards, Dan counts Gold Addys, a Gold MM&M, John Caples Internationals, DTC Nationals, a Webby, and an RX Show Award of Excellence. In addition, Dan creates comic books and interactive fiction, flies drones, podcasts on writing, and is teaching himself to play the ukulele.
Marketing Manager, Voices.com
TANYA CHOPP is a marketing leader, consultant, and writer who specializes in technology, health, and the arts. Her writings and contributions have appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Adweek, Ad Age, StageMilk, Stage32, Training Magazine, and more. At Voices.com, Tanya leads the Content Team, which develops audio, visual, and written content covering the full gamut of voice applications for a diverse range of industries.
CEO & Founder, Marvee
HEIDI CULBERTSON is a VoiceFirst speaker, advisor, and the CEO of Marvee, a voice strategy consultancy and conversation design studio helping spark innovation to better engage the 50+ cohort. A graduate of Miami University (OH), Heidi has served in multiple executive leadership roles in a career immersed in emerging technology, leading at the forefront of wireless, mobile, and IoT technologies, and working with enterprise customers designing solutions often being adopted for the first time. After caring for an elder parent, Heidi now works at the intersection of voice technology and aging. Founding a voice design and development company, Heidi leads voice design workshops, and has spoken at multiple conferences including the Voice Summit, What’s Next Boomer Summit, and the ISG World Conference. Heidi has also been a guest on a variety of industry podcasts includinng Voicebot.ai, VoiceFirst.fm and VUXWorld. Heidi’s mission is simple: to champion the creation of context-aware voice experiences to make life better for older adults, families, and those who care for them throughout the aging journey.
Matt Cybulsky, Ph.D.
Founder, IONIA Healthcare Consulting
MATT CYBULSKY, Ph.D., is chief consultant and founder of IONIA, offering organizations immersive support addressing strategic, operational, and innovative projects supported by lean management strategies and behavioral science methods. His expertise focuses on efforts impacting technology and healthcare delivery. Also deeply involved in the VoiceFirst technology industry, Dr. Cybulsky co-hosts The Voice Of Healthcare podcast and Voice of Healthcare Summit. He is adjunct faculty at Regis University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Chatham University.
Alan L. Creighton
Founder & CEO, Transform9
ALAN L. CREIGHTON is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur whose career in healthcare, software, telecommunications, and call center management has led him to solve challenges in healthcare using automated speech recognition and natural language processing. Alan is the Founder & CEO of Transform9, currently building the first specialty-specific, automated, conversational voice and chat bot virtual assistant for physician practices that lets patients communicate how and when they want.
John M. Dean
CEO & Co-Founder, Triad Health A.I.
JOHN M. DEAN, MA CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist, specializing in the treatment of Parkinson’s and related disorders with 15 years of clinical experience. Previously, John was the founder and director of a network of interdisciplinary Parkinson’s rehab programs modeled upon the ParkinsonNet program from the Netherlands, developing networks of interdisciplinary Parkinson’s teams based upon this model for Life Care Centers of America, a large skilled nursing company in the US. He has also been involved in a number of Parkinson’s-related technology projects and startups, including a stint as director of healthcare startegy and technology for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's as well. Currently based in Portugal, when he’s not working on Triad Health AI, John can be found riding his bike in the hills around Lisbon and sampling the local food and wine.
Attorney-at-Law, Latham & Watkins LLP
HEATHER DEIXLER is a corporate associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where she counsels public and private companies operating in the healthcare and life sciences industries on transactional and regulatory matters. Ms. Deixler advises clients on innovative healthcare delivery systems including Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, clinically integrated networks, and IPAs, and other value-based payment programs. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) with a particular focus on health information privacy and security. As well, Ms. Deixler is Chair of the ABA Health Law Section eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group, and Vice-Chair of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Health Information & Technology (HIT) Practice Group's Educational Programs of the HIT - Tech Licensing and Intellectual Property Affinity Group. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor in the Health Law LLM program at the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to attending law school she worked as a research technician in a neurophysiology laboratory in Dijon, France, and as a clinical research assistant at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Senior Lecturer, The Information School, University of Washington
MIKE DOANE is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington’s Information School. He is also a senior level consultant with 20+ years in information management, with a deep background in information architecture, user experience design, and ontology work. At the University of Washington, he teaches graduate courses in knowledge management, information architecture, user experience design, and taxonomy/ontology development. Mike has experience working with all types of vertical businesses and industries, such as legal, retail, pharma, energy, and information technology.
Senior Vice President, Strategy & New Business Development, Nuance Healthcare
PETER DURLACH, Senior Vice President of Strategy & New Business Development at Nuance Healthcare, holds a pivotal role in advancing the portfolio of healthcare solutions to align with industry pressures and shifting needs of healthcare clients. He helped create the Healthcare division and drive significant growth between 2006 and 2011 and then briefly left the company to act as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Prior to Nuance, Peter worked as a consultant, president of Unveil Technologies, Inc. and vice president of marketing and business development at Lernout and Hauspie. He graduated from the University of Vermont with Summa Cum Laude honors where he received his B.S. in Business Administration.
Senior Editor, Mayo Clinic
LEE ENGFER is a Senior Editor in Mayo Clinic's Global Business Solutions division, which delivers market-leading healthy living solutions to patients and consumers throughout their health journey. Since joining Mayo Clinic in 2012, Lee has managed strategy and development of health content for mobile apps, websites, wellness programs, books, and newsletters. She’s played a lead role in developing voice-first content, including the Mayo Clinic First Aid skill. Previously, Lee worked as an independent consultant specializing in health and wellness content. She started her career editing nonfiction books for children. Working on a book about epidemiology inspired her to move into the world of health information.
Vice Chair, Global Business Solutions, Content Management & Delivery, Mayo Clinic
JOYCE EVEN is a healthcare executive with 30+ years of in-depth understanding of healthcare, financial, and data/systems management. She has a background working as an RN and a CPA. Almost 20 years ago, Joyce began her career at Mayo Clinic in a financial analyst role, progressing into leadership positions and responsibilities. She is currently vice chair of Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions, extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and capabilities by delivering integrated, market-leading health and healthy living solutions.
Voice Design Director, Wolters Kluwer Health
FREDDIE FELDMAN is the Voice Design Director for Wolters Kluwer Health in Chicago. He leads a team of amazing voice designers focused on creating patient-engagement IVR phone calls that are a part of a broader product portfolio providing personalized, dynamic communication to patients over time. Freddie has been working in healthcare technology for over 20 years, on both the engineering and creative sides of various IVR and voice-assistant products and has a patent for a virtual call center system. In addition to engineering recording for many IVRs & voice-assistants, Freddie has also been the voice talent for several IVRs, audiobooks, and even a pinball machine. He is a Voting Member of the NARAS (Grammys) and has owned a recording studio, VOCOMOTION Studios, for 20 years. He recently spoke to a sold-out crowd at TEDxVienna about improving the quality of life for people living with neurodegenerative diseases like PD, MS, MD, and ALS and his patent-pending assistive throat microphone system. He holds both a BS in Computer Engineering and a BMus in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University.
Executive Director, International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association
BOB FINE is the Executive Director and Founder of the International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association (IVRHA). In 2009, he started Cool Blue Media by organizing the first social media conference on the east coast of the U.S., leading to the publication of "The Big Book of Social Media Case Studies, Stories and Perspectives" and shortly thereafter the only print magazine covering social media, The Social Media Monthly. In 2016, he launched VRVoice.co, a content vertical exploring virtual reality in the enterprise. In 2017, he started the largest annual conference on virtual reality and healthcare with events taking place both in the US and Europe. Earlier, Bob was Senior Director of Global Strategy and Development of IT at Conservation International. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, a master’s degree in environmental science and public policy from Johns Hopkins University, and is ABD at George Mason University.
Teri Fisher, M.D.
Founder, Voice First Health
TERI FISHER, M.D., is a Sport & Exercise Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He is the Founder of Voice First Health, a website documenting the rapidly expanding intersection of Healthcare and #VoiceFirst technologies. He is also the founder of Alexa in Canada, the leading Amazon Alexa resource for Canadians. Dr. Fisher is the host of the weekly “Alexa in Canada” Podcast (part of the VoiceFirst.FM network) and the daily "Voice in Canada" Flash Briefing, the #1 rated Amazon Alexa Briefing and News Skill in Canada, where he helps to facilitate #VoiceFirst technology literacy and helps others to discover how artificial intelligence and #VoiceFirst technology are revolutionizing our lives. Dr. Fisher has a passion for e-health innovation and for the intersection of voice technology and healthcare. He holds a BS degree (Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Biotechnology) from McGill University, and Bachelor of Education, Master of Science (Experimental Medicine), and Medical Doctor degrees from UBC.
CEO, Preview Labs
BERNARD FRANCOIS decided to combine his passion for game design and game programming by starting, in 2009, the first company dedicated to the development of prototypes using game technology: PreviewLabs. PreviewLabs turns ideas into interactive prototypes, allowing its clients to evaluate concepts early on. This service enables them to explore more different concepts and ultimately helps them to be more successful developing new products. In the first nine years of PreviewLabs, Bernard oversaw the development of prototypes for over 200 different concepts, for clients including Walt Disney Imagineering and Yale University, as well as a large number of startups seeking to develop new products.
Co-Founder, Novartis Biome; and Global Head of Open Innovation, Novartis
SHWEN GWEE is a recognized pioneer in digital health and social pharma, and a well-respected industry thought leader who was named a Top 40 “Healthcare Transformer” by MM&M in 2015 and a PR Week and MM&M "Health Influencer 50" in 2017 & 2018. He sits on various advisory boards, including Google (Healthcare), SXSW (Health), MM&M Healthcare Transformers, conversationHEALTH, and the Digital Health Coalition. Shwen brings over a decade of experience leading digital strategy and driving innovation in commercial, communications, and clinical organizations, both on the client side and at leading creative agencies. A frequent speaker at industry events, he chairs the Digital Innovation Day for the Digital Pharma Series (East, West and EU). Shwen is also very involved in the health tech startup community and organizes startup bootcamps, runs startup pitch contests, and plays an active role running healthcare hackathons around the world as part of the MIT Hacking Medicine team.
Founder & CEO, Friends with Holograms
CORTNEY HARDING is the founder and CEO of Friends With Holograms and a leading expert in creating immersive / impactful VR, AR, and MR training experiences. An early leader in the extended reality space, she has created award-winning work for such high profile clients as Accenture, Verizon, Development Dimensions International (DDI), and the U.S. Air Force, among others. Soft-skills training problems she has used VR/AR to solve include Accelerating Training for Social Workers and Diversity and Inclusion. Cortney believes in three core principles: be as realistic as possible (no talking to cartoon characters); include realistic interactions (voice and gaze); and stay immersive (no quick cuts or quizzes). She is the author of two books on music and technology and an adjunct professor at New York University.
CEO, Skilled Creative
BRANDON KAPLAN is the Founder of SKILLED, an emerging technology creative agency headquartered in NYC. Obsessed with technology throughout his life, Brandon founded SKILLED with the mission to bend emerging technologies creatively. SKILLED develops best in class VOICE experiences for Fortune 500 brands including PepsiCo and Starbucks. SKILLED treats conversational interfaces as a true omni-channel platform, ready to be leveraged by brands in order to drive engagement, conversion, and transactions.
Cofounder & Chief Product Officer, conversationHEALTH
LEXI KAPLIN is an engineering grad who has been involved in startups for the past five years, where she has gained experience in product development, strategy, and execution. Lexi was part of two incubator programs, the Next 36 and the Queen’s Innovation Connector, where she learned from Canada’s top entrepreneurs and completed MBA-level classes from institutions such as MIT, Harvard, and Georgetown. At conversationHEALTH, Lexi has become a thought leader in conversational AI for health, and is passionate about marrying leading-edge tech with real-world impact.
Yaa Kumah-Crystal, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
YAA KUMAH-CRYSTAL, MD, MPH, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). As well, Yaa works in the Innovations Portfolio at Vanderbilt HealthIT on the development of Voice Assistant Technologies to improve the usability of the electronic health record (EHR) through natural language communication. She is the project lead for the Vanderbilt EHR Voice Assistant (V-EVA) initiative to incorporate voice user interfaces into the EHR provider workflow. Yaa remains clinically active and supervises Pediatric Endocrine Fellows and sees her own clinic patients. Her research and affiliated publications define the use of technology to improve care and communication for providers and patients.
Principal PM Manager, Microsoft Search, Assistant & Intelligence, Microsoft
NOELLE LaCHARITE is an evangelist at heart. She is passionate about Mindful Leadership, work-life harmony, and empowering people to achieve their potential through emerging technology. She also specializes in helping brands develop skills for Amazon Alexa. Noelle is co-founder of a skill development company, Voice Skills Inc. She has spent many years as a trainer, architect, and evangelist for IBM, RedHat, EMC, Amazon, and now Microsoft. She has taught thousands of people the value and importance of voice technology, democratizing AI, and mindful leadership.
Chief Technology Officer, Voicify
NICK LAIDLAW, Voicify CTO, is part of a rare breed of technical executives who still knows how to work in the trenches while inspiring team members around him. He brings 20+ years of hands-on development and leadership experience in the marketing and advertising industry. Earlier, Nick was co-founder and CTO of Agency Oasis, a national digital advertising agency focused on web solutions. Nick has particular expertise in Content Management Systems (CMS) architecture and implementations, which propelled him to provide intuitive solutions within the voice assistant space.
John Loughnane, M.D.
Chief Innovation Officer, Commonwealth Care Alliance
JOHN LOUGHNANE, M.D., serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), as well as Director of Winter Street Ventures, CCA’s for-profit health innovation accelerator subsidiary. He has previously served as Senior Vice President of Medical Services as well as Medical Director of Commonwealth Community Care for Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Inpatient and Palliative Care Services. While at CCA, he has spearheaded the formation of CCA’s Inpatient Medical Service at Boston Medical Center, Community Paramedicine Program, and Life Choices End of Life Program. Before joining Commonwealth Care Alliance, John was Medical Director of Quincy Medical Center’s Hospitalist Service and was named as Quincy Medical Center’s Physician of the Year in 2007. John is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a family practice residency at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is board certified in Family Practice and Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine.
Reid Maclellan, M.D.
Founder & CEO, Asclepius;
Adjunct Professor, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital
REID MACLELLAN, M.D., is the Founder and CEO of Asclepius, an artificial intelligence company with a mission to restore the care in healthcare and improve quality of life for both patients and physicians. Dr. Maclellan also is an Adjunct Professor at both Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, where he practices and teaches translational medical research. He is a key opinion leader in the fields of healthcare technology, artificial intelligence, vascular anomalies, and lymphedema. Dr. Maclellan completed a general surgery internship at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. He then completed plastic surgery clinical and research fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and earned a post-doctoral Master in Medical Sciences Degree in translational medical research from Harvard Medical School.
Sunny Malhotra, M.D., M.P.H
Cardiologist, Premier Cardiology Consultants
SUNNY MALHOTRA, M.D., MPH, is a Cardiologist at Premier Cardiology in New York. He is a health technology investor and the Founder of RP Automation.com. Dr. Malhotra received the New York Superdoctors Rising Stars Award in 2018 and 2019.
Senior Director, Health Information Content, Mayo Clinic
JAY MAXWELL oversees content development for Mayo Clinic’s global business solutions. Jay has nearly three decades of publishing experience in web, mobile, print, and broadcast channels. He has led large and diverse teams in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. As a journalist, Jay has served on a state chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and has been a recipient of SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award.
David Metcalf, Ph.D.
Director, METIL, UCF Institute for Simulation & Learning
DAVID METCALF has more than 20 years' experience in the design and research of web-based and mobile technologies converging to enable learning and healthcare. Dr. Metcalf is Director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training. The team has built mHealth solutions, simulations, games, eLearning, mobile and enterprise IT systems for clients including Google, the U.S. military, and several more.Recent projects include Lake Nona’s Intelligent Home and transmedia, adaptive learning projects using mobile, AR, and sims.
BRADLEY METROCK is CEO of Nashville-based Score Publishing, which helps creators find voice. Bradley founded podcast network VoiceFirst.FM, hosts the popular show This Week In Voice, published the audiobook Perspectives on Gender in #VoiceFirst Technology, produces the company's series of VoiceFirst Events, and founded the industry association VoiceFirst.Community. Quoted by organizations as diverse as The Mayo Clinic to Voicebot.AI, and cited as a top voice and AI influencer, Bradley has become a leading figure of the #VoiceFirst movement.
President, CEO, & Founder, Canary Speech
HENRY O'CONNELL has over 20 years of executive and C-level experience. Following graduate school, Henry began his career at the National Institutes of Health in a neurological disease group and continued on to a successful business career specializing in turnaround situations in the tech industry. He has served on several boards in both the private and public sector. Henry's vast experience spans globally, as he has managed companies in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the Founder and CEO of Canary Speech, a speech and language company that specializes in establishing models that identify specific diseases.
Harry P. Pappas
Founder, Intelligent Health Association
HARRY P. PAPPAS is a successful serial entrepreneur in many industries. Constantly ahead of the technology curve, he was developing data driven, e-commerce websites in 1993. Harry has deployed new technology projects across several industries: healthcare, smart homes, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, manufacturing, smart highway systems, retail, and mass transit. He is Co-Founder and CEO of the RFID in Healthcare Consortium, and Founder and CEO of the Intelligent Health Association.
Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy Health
RITESH PATEL is responsible for helping drive Ogilvy’s digital vision as well as providing digital guidance for clients. He partners with organizations of all sizes to reimagine and optimize digital capabilities. Ritesh has created innovations for clients from EHR Strategy, to the use of A/R, V/R Chat Bots, AI, and voice activated systems for marketers. He also led the creation of the Ogilvy Innovation Lab, which is responsible for showcasing future technologies. Since the early days of the Dotcom bubble, Ritesh has been evangelizing digital. He joined Agency.com and consulted with Fortune 500 companies to evangelize the merits of the World Wide Web. Ritesh was a pioneer in the use of the emerging social media platforms, winning the “Best Use of Social Media in 2010” Clio award for the Novartis Tobi Facebook page. He has also been involved in several startups in his career; most recently, he was cofounder of Avivocom. As CTO he created a technology that combines video, VoIP, and text chat to allow clients to converse with online prospects through banner ads. It is now widely used by IBM, Verizon, Intel, Adobe, and others.
CEO, LifePod Solutions
STUART PATTERSON is Cofounder and CEO of LifePod Solutions. He has successfully led high-tech ventures in a variety of markets: virtual assistants, mobile/online/telephony services & speech recognition/synthesis. Stu managed, supported the growth, restructuring, IPO or sale of: Sidekicks, Ramp (acq. Cxense), Xtone, Gemvara, Nexamp, eQuilibrium (acq. EnerNOC), AgION (now Sciessent), Courion, Scansoft (now Nuance), SpeechWorks (IPO), Voxware (IPO) and Vicorp Interactive Systems (acq. Precision Systems).
Mobile Specialist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
STEVE PENNEY is a Mobile Specialist with Brigham Health Information Systems, focusing on strategy and the delivery of innovative mobile and voice solutions. Steve is passionate about developing and progressing technologies that can improve the hospital experience, for patients, families, and caregivers. Steve’s IT experience outside of healthcare includes management and innovation roles in both private sector and military organizations. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Westfield State University, an MBA from UMass Boston, and was a Technical Sergeant in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Steve is also an Amazon Web Services Certified Developer, and enjoys experimenting with cloud, serverless compute, and (of course) voice assistance technologies.
Founder, e-health consultants
BIANCA ROSE PHILLIPS is a lawyer examining the domains of digital health and medical law. Her current work investigates issues of law-making processes, substantive law, and statutory interpretation in those areas. Bianca has formulated a framework for law-making in the age of digital health called the Eight Pillars. She sees it as likely that a digital health school of thought will be developed, and advocates that it be centered on principles of human rights, clinical and societal benefit, as well as risk and harm reduction. Her guest appearance on the Voice First Health Podcast discusses how her research applies to the Voice domain. Bianca also lectures in law and has enjoyed assisting on projects alongside PwC litigators, a medical law barrister and The Cancer Council of Victoria. Her publications appear in the Medical Journal of Australia (InSight), Privacy Law Bulletin by Lexis Nexis, and The Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin. Bianca holds an LLB. BComm (Deakin); GradDipLP (The College of Law); LLM, medical law & telemedicine (The University of Melbourne). She is currently an Academic at Swinburne Law School.
Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.
General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic
SANDHYA PRUTHI, M.D., is a Consultant in the Department of General Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, having received her M.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1990. Dr. Pruthi completed a Family Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in 1994, and was Director of Mayo’s Breast Diagnostic Clinic at Mayo from 2002 to 2010. Dr. Pruthi’s clinical expertise is the management of women at increased risk for breast cancer and providing pre-operative counseling to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Wolters Kluwer Health
JEAN-CLAUDE SAGHBINI is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Wolters Kluwer Health, where he spearheads the Health division’s technology strategy and roadmap, including emerging technologies and innovations for healthcare professionals and patients. Jean-Claude has more than a decade of experience in healthcare technology. He previously served as General Manager and CTO for both Cardinal Health Inventory Management Solutions and WaveMark. Earlier, he served as architect and manager of software development at EMC, where he built an organization of 25 software developers from the ground up. A thought leader in the industry, Jean-Claude has secured multiple patents in healthcare technology. He holds an M.S. in engineering and management from the Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division at MIT, as well as an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Founder & CEO, Vohesu
KEN SAKAL has almost 30 years of experience utilizing cutting-edge technology to solve real-world challenges. Voice technology provides Ken with another opportunity to bring real-world use cases to a new and emerging technology. Ken has been actively working on voice solutions in healthcare, travel, and other industries for several years now. He currently is the Director of Product Management for AireHealth, where he is helping improve the lives of 100+ million patients living with respiratory illness; and he is the Founder of Vohesu, a voice-technology consultancy company.
Emre Sezgin, Ph.D.
Digital Health Scientist, The Abigail Wexner Research Institute,
EMRE SEZGIN, Ph.D., is an experienced digital health scientist, and has been working on innovative and technology-driven solutions in healthcare at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute of Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH). His multidisciplinary and collaborative research agenda focuses on mobile health, wearables, sensors and voice technology use in healthcare. Emre is currently managing and co-investigating multiple projects on voice-first healthcare technologies funded by federal and national grants. He has a number of publications in digital health domains, including voice technologies.
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Satya Shreenivas, M.D.
Interventional Cardiologist, The Christ Hospital
SATYA SHREENIVAS, M.D., is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in structural heart disease. He received his medical degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed training at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Prior to joining The Christ Hospital, Satya was the Director of the Structural Heart Program and the Section Head of The Catheterization Lab at The University of Cincinnati. He has lectured internationally and has written many peer-reviewed publications. His research interests are in structural heart disease and acute heart failure treatment options and he has been a contributing PI for several large clinical trials. He continues to look for opportunities to innovate, as he believes this is key to improving medical care for his patients.
PUNIT SONI is the Co-founder and CEO of Suki, a startup that is using machine learning and voice to build an AI-powered digital assistant. He is currently leading a team of practicing surgeons, engineers, and other healthcare professionals to create innovative solutions to improve healthcare and eliminate doctor burnout. Suki recently gained recognition as the Best New Startup by Rock Health’s Top 50 in Digital Health for 2019. Prior to starting Suki, Punit was the Chief Product Officer of Flipkart, a $15B Indian ecommerce company. Punit also held several positions during his years at Google, including: VP of Product at Motorola; Lead PM at Google+ Mobile and Google Mobile Apps; PM at News, News Archive, and Search. His background also includes startup experience in the enterprise software space. Punit graduated with an MBA from Wharton and with an MS/BS in Electrical Engineering.
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Wingate Healthcare
MICHAEL SPEARIN supports Wingate’s sales team and serves as an expert in accountable care alignment, physician relations, contracting, and strategic planning for Wingate’s entire portfolio. He has more than 20 years of post-acute sales and business development experience. Prior to Wingate, Michael served as vice president of business development for the sub-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing provider Marquis Health Services, where he worked to reposition and rebrand the organization through systems development, sales management, and strategic acquisitions. Michael acquired new communities for Marquis, built and rebranded seven cardio-pulmonary programs and two neuro-recovery programs, and worked with Model 3 Bundled Payment initiatives. He also held directorial roles for Kindred Healthcare, managing sales and business development strategies for the provider’s New England market. He assisted with the repositioning of Kindred’s 45 skilled nursing facilities through special program implementation and cross-divisional and integrated collaboration. Michael’s experience includes work with assisted living communities, post-acute care, home care, long-term care, acute hospitals, and hospice.
Co-Founder & President, Orbita
NATHAN TRELOAR has served in executive leadership roles in several successful high-growth software companies. At Orbita, he's helped create and bring to market the gold-standard enterprise platform for healthcare organizations to securely build, manage, and optimize AI-driven voice and chatbot applications across omnichannel environments. Prior, Nathan held key executive positions at FAST Search, Microsoft, RAMP, and, Ektron. He is a respected expert and speaker on voice and chatbot technologies, IOT, search, text and data mining, content management, and knowledge management.
Senior Editor, Mayo Clinic
JENNIFER WARNER is Senior Editor at Mayo Clinic's Global Business Solutions where she recently helped create the first comprehensive voice-enabled health information library from Mayo Clinic, bringing trusted advice on thousands of topics within reach of anyone with a voice device. She is an active contributor to emerging editorial best practices for voice-first and omnichannel content strategy and delivery. Jennifer’s health journalism career began in Russia covering President Boris Yeltsin's heart surgery while working for ABC News. She then rode the wave of the dot-com boom as a writer and editor at CBSHealthWatch and WebMD, and enjoyed a stint as a wine educator in New Zealand before joining Mayo Clinic in 2014.