Healthcare IT: Sensors, Wearables, and Interoperability



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    Innovation is accelerating in the area of health and fitness sensors, wearable devices, and mobile solutions. It seems that every day there is some new device or application aimed at improving some aspect of our well-being. However, this is currently a very fragmented landscape, with silos of information and inconsistent experiences. 

    Companies like Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are positioning themselves to become the central collection point for health-related data. In this session of the Healthcare IT SIG, we will explore the technical, business, clinical and regulatory aspects of interoperability between devices and software.


    Akshar Kharebov, Chief Evangelist, Validic, Inc. 
    Akhsar is an engineer-turned-entrepreneur innovating in health. Over the years Akhsar built products and companies in web, mobile, social and now health. His startup Infometers connected the fragmented medical device market making it easy-to-launch health analytics services. Recently, Infometers joined forces with Validic, Inc.

    Validic is the healthcare industry's leading technology platform for convenient, easy data access to a world of mobile health and in-home devices, wearables and patient healthcare applications. By connecting its growing base of customers — that includes providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, wellness companies and health IT vendors — to the continuously expanding list of digital health technologies, Validic enables healthcare companies to better coordinate care across their communities, improve their patient engagement strategies and more efficiently manage their patient populations. 

    Akhsar has a track record for taking ideas from concept to launch, helping startups with innovative technology, exploring new models, and building new ecosystems. He serves as an advisor to, and a Life Extension type stealth startup. Akhsar's wants to help promote innovation and entrepreneurial culture. He volunteers as the Head of the Silicon Valley Health 2.0 monthly - a community of over thousand members interested in health innovation. He is also involved with student mentoring and entrepreneurial competitions.

    Michael H Cohen, Founder & President, Michael H. Cohen Law Group

    From Physical to Mobile to Wearable Healthcare: How Government Regulation of User-Generated Health Data Affects Ventures and Consumers 

    Attorney Michael H. Cohen will address the evolving regulatory framework that ventures and consumers face in the world of user-generated healthcare data. He will tell us how legal rules, including federal and state privacy & security laws, and FDA regulation of mobile medical devices, shape this emerging healthcare market, and what we can expect in the future. Michael H. Cohen is Founder & President of the Michael H Cohen Law Group, which counsels healthcare practices, facilities, and products and technology ventures, on healthcare and FDA legal issues. 

    Michael received his JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and his MBA from Hass School of Management, University of California Berkeley. He clerked for Judge Thomas P. Griesa in the Southern District of New York, and then joined the Wall Street law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Following three years of practice as a corporate and securities lawyer, he was a law professor, and then served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of Legal Programs for the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute, and Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Michael has published over 100 articles in leading medical and legal journals, and six books on healthcare law and policy.

    Michael Hogarth, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine, UC Davis  Engineer/technologist

    Dr. Hogarth is a Professor of Medicine in the UC Davis School of Medicine and serves as Medical Director of Clinical Registries for the UC Davis Health System.  Dr. Hogarth has been involved at the intersection of Internet technologies and healthcare for nearly 20 years. In 1995, he and colleagues developed a customizable desktop Web browser (Odyssey) optimized for use in healthcare environments. He also published the first book on the Internet and healthcare. In 1999, Dr. Hogarth designed and built a J2EE-based configurable ‘web portal’ system to deliver medical knowledge at the point of care. More recently,  he led the development of a health questionnaire platform on the platform (HQS).  The system integrates with the Epic EHR and includes an iOS iPad application collaboratively built with Tonic Health.  

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    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments
    7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Announcements and Introductions
    7:15 - 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
    8:00 - 8:45 p.m. Wrap-up / Networking