Ajay Ahuja, MD, MBA, CEO, Nexus

Ajay Ahuja, MD, MBA, CEO, Nexus

Dr Ajay Ahuja, CEO of Nexus, is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of experience leading global business initiatives across industries, ranging from developmental-stage companies to Fortune 100 corporations.  The Nexus Embassy is an innovative high-tech company pioneering the most advanced blockchain technology, providing strategic direction and leadership to drive the rapid expansion of this transformational technology, enabling revolutionary applications across many industries including Health Care.

Immediately prior to Nexus, Dr Ahuja was a the Global Head of Medical Affairs at the multinational pharmaceutical company Allergan, accountable for all such activities for every drug in every country.  Before that, at Pfizer and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, he utilized medical R&D leadership roles to drive for results in drug development clinical trials and new product launches, while also enabling to transform the departments through multiple initiatives, including leading innovations for the coordinated development of commercial, medical and R&D strategies

Earlier in his career, Dr Ahuja progressed through critical US and Global roles in Marketing, Strategy, Commercial Operations, and Business Development with the Swiss-based pharma giant Novartis, and Tepha, a biotech start-up, achieving immense success in the markets while developing productive internal and external relationships.

After receiving a Bachelors degree from Duke University, Ajay earned his MD degree from WashU and trained in Cardiology at Harvard.  He then earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dr Ahuja has dual citizenship in the U.S. and U.K., and he speaks four languages.

Scott Bischoff, Associate Director, Payer & IDN Strategy, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Scott Bischoff, Associate Director, Payer & IDN Strategy, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Scott has 20+ years of accomplished cross-functional leadership experience in specialty pharmaceuticals including sales management, medical affairs, brand marketing, market access and innovation strategy.

Scott has launched 9 products in biotechnology and healthcare technology with his most successful product launch in 2014 generating in excess of $2 billion dollars annual revenue. He has developed apopulation health customer engagement platform along with associated strategy, messaging, and tacticssupporting commercial US market access alignment across branded, generic, and health technologyportfolios. He currently develops innovative value strategies and initiatives to evolve chronic diseasemanagement integrating innovative population health strategies and emerging technologies. Scott’sinterests include technology, finance, healthcare, entrepreneurship, AI and blockchain.

Roger Boodoo, MD, Co-Founder, Diagnosis Protocol & Clinical Informatics Fellow, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

Roger Boodoo, MD, Co-Founder, Diagnosis Protocol & Clinical Informatics Fellow, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

Roger is a board-certified radiologist and currently finishing up a Clinical Informatics Fellowship at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago. He is an assistant professor of Radiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Dr. Boodoo received his BS from Drexel University and MD from USU.  Dr. Boodoo completed his radiology residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His startup aims to revolutionize the field of medical imaging and artificial intelligence by incentivizing global participation to contribute and curate better datasets for machine consumption. Diagnosis Protocol wants to eliminate the potential for human error in diagnostic imaging. Roger desires to replace himself with a machine so he can spend more at the beach.  In his spare time, he enjoys listening to podcasts, watching horror movies, practicing Krav Maga, and learning about blockchain and human networks.

Doug Bulleit, Executive Director, The FHIRBlocks Project

Doug Bulleit, Executive Director, The FHIRBlocks Project

Following twelve years as BellSouth’s Chief Strategist, Mr. Bulleit left with the AT&T merger to assume the role of founder and Managing Partner at Disintegrated Communication Systems (DCS), LLC: an advisory firm focused upon eCommerce and healthcare consumerism. More recently, DCS was dissolved into The FHIRBlocks Project: an open-source consortia exploring the convergence of mHealth application interface standards (e.g., HL7’s emerging FHIR standard) with permissioned blockchain-enabled Trust models.

Before BellSouth, Mr. Bulleit founded ICS-TranstexT®. ICS focused upon early packet data network applications and was, ultimately, acquired by BellSouth to form the nucleus of its Advanced Networks Group. ICS had previously been spun out from Heery International, the South’s largest engineering firm, and it was there that Mr. Bulleit was awarded the first of his six issued patents.

Subsequent to undergraduate studies in electrical and systems engineering at Purdue and Georgia Tech, Mr. Bulleit later completed the Executive Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, MIT’s Sloan Business School and Singularity University at NASA Ames. He now lectures at GaTech on blockchain technology and has served on the Boards of Atlanta’s Resource Opportunity Center, the Atlanta Metro Group, Point B Communications, Atrica Networks, and the Brookwood Group as well as the University of Georgia’s College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors.

Christian Catalini, PhD, Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship & Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Christian Catalini, PhD, Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship & Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Christian Catalini is the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the founder of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab.
 
Christian’s main areas of interest are the economics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and scientific productivity. His research focuses on crowdfunding and online entrepreneurial finance, blockchain technology, digital currencies, how proximity affects the recombination of ideas, the adoption of technology standards, and science and technology interactions.
 
Christian is one of the principal investigators of the MIT Digital Currencies Research Study, which gave access to all MIT undergraduate students to a digital currency in the fall of 2014. In 2009-10 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard IQSS.  He has presented his research at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, London Business School, UC Berkeley, the Federal Reserve Bank, the US Treasury, the World Bank, and the White House OSTP.
 
Christian holds a BE in international markets and new technologies, an MSc in economics and management of international markets and new technologies from Bocconi University, Milan, and a PhD in strategic management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
 
Twitter: @ccatalini

Sri Challa, B. Tech, MBA Senior Director, Blockchain Infosys Limited

Sri Challa, B. Tech, MBA Senior Director, Blockchain Infosys Limited

An engineer at heart, Sri is passionate about solving tomorrow’s business challenges by applying cutting edge technologies. Through his own personal experiences, he has developed a unique understanding of the healthcare system and strives to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. He is working on several initiatives within Infosys and outside that relate to applying Blockchain technology to the healthcare industry. He is particularly interested in solutions that enhance the patients’ ability to manage their overall health post major episodes (surgeries).

As the core member of Infosys Blockchain practice, Sri oversees all aspects of the Blockchain business for Infosys – strategy, sales, alliances and partnerships, solution development etc. Prior to this role, Sri has held several positions in the IT/software industry for 15 years leading business transformation, enterprise integration and B2B for fortune 500 companies. Sri holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad, India and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Ben Chodor, Executive Producer & Co-Anchor, HealthTech Talk & Mentor, Blueprint Health LLC

Ben Chodor, Executive Producer & Co-Anchor, HealthTech Talk & Mentor, Blueprint Health LLC

Ben brings over 25 years of experience as a leader in the world of Business Video, Digital Health & BlockChain

Ben was Co-Founder & CEO of Happtique & Founder & CEO of Stream57 & Former Global head of Streaming & Virtual Events at InterCall, Ben was the tireless driving force behind the innovative streaming & virtual events team. Ben has spent his career pioneering online communications through interactive and streaming content, and founded Stream57 on his wealth of experience merging the healthcare, pharmaceutical, video and technology fields. After selling his company to the InterCall family in December 2009, Ben led the development arm of the company with his energetic & incomparable passion for technology.

Ben was the driving force in aquiring Unisfair in a leading Virtual Event company. His goal was to integrate Intercalls best of breed streaming technology with Unisfair’s to create the best and largest Virtual Events organization in the world.

Ben joined Happtique as its CEO & Co-Founder and believes that mHealth is the future of Healthcare and Happtique had positioned itself as the true game changer in the efforts to connect providers, patients and technology.

As well Ben is the Executive Producer and Co-Anchor of HealthTechTalk which aired on iHeart Radio and is about to launch BlockTalkTV which is focused on the world of BlockChain, Crypto & ICO’s.

A highly sought after mHealth, Technology & Streaming Media speaker and moderator, Ben has presented at major conferences around the world and has had the honor of testifying before the United States Congress. Ben hosted mHealth Zone Live, (www.mhealthzone.com) a weekly radio show that showcases the latest on mHealth apps and technology. Launched in 2012, mHealth Zone Live has had over one million listeners and was a top 300 show on Blogtalkradio. Ben proud to serve as a mentor w/Blueprint Health a startup accelerator in NYC & as an investor and Board Member for Sherpa Digital Media, investor and co-founder of www.Clopsi.com & Advisor w/ReliefBand & as a contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine.

Aymen Elfiky, MD, MSc, MBA Attending Physician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Aymen Elfiky, MD, MSc, MBA Attending Physician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

As a medical oncologist in an era of unprecedented scientific, technological, and social changes, Dr. Elfiky has been dedicated to the ideal of physicians as the natural advocates for care delivery systems anchored on the health of patients and society as a whole. As a key opinion leader on value-driven greenfield healthcare initiatives, he advises on local, national, and international committees that are responsible for engineering modern, interconnected health systems. At organizational and network levels, Dr. Elfiky orchestrates ongoing development and implementation of data analytics infrastructures and digital care platforms that create and capture shared value across the spectrum of stakeholders.

Leveraging his ongoing clinical experience, Dr. Elfiky also co-leads multi-institutional collaborative efforts to develop innovative care models that optimize value-based clinical outcomes across the care continuum by delivering adaptive, analytics-based insights at the various points-of-care. In parallel, as a physician-entrepreneur, he devotes time to advising digital health startups in the areas of mHealth, telehealth, knowledge representation, and medical devices.

 

Heather Flannery, CEO, Obesity PPM

Heather Flannery, CEO, Obesity PPM

Heather Flannery is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Obesity PPM, an innovative provider of disease management, population health, research administration, and information technology managed services for health systems in the Americas, and an early adopter of distributed ledger technology. Ms. Flannery has driven business model and technology innovation throughout her 24-year career as an entrepreneur and strategist. Due to her personal experience maintaining a 170 pound weight loss and the resolution of eight obesity related diseases, Ms. Flannery is intrinsically motivated to impact population health through non-communicable disease prevention and treatment. She has consulted in the public sector in context of international development, and brings a global health perspective to her initiatives.  Ms. Flannery is a member of the Board of Directors for cybersecurity firm Hedron Analytics and the non-profit Virginia Obesity Research Institute, is an active participant in HIMSS and IEEE working groups on blockchain and healthcare, is a Fellow of the EP3 Foundation, and produces the open-access “Blockchain in Healthcare” webinar series. Ms. Flannery builds mission-driven organizations aligned by shared values: making measurable societal contributions, creating economically sustainable interventions, and prioritizing diversity and inclusion.

 

Michelle Gitlitz, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Michelle Gitlitz, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Michelle Gitlitz is a partner in the New York office and co-heads Blank Rome LLP’s blockchain technologies and digital currencies practice.  With a background in securities law, Michelle represents corporations, investment companies, and hedge funds on the intersection of law, business, and technology, including issues related to distributive ledger technologies (blockchain), smart contracts, virtual currencies, and artificial intelligence.  She is experienced in advising clients on the legal implications of implementing blockchain technology into their businesses.  She also assists clients with the creation and organization of private investment funds and hedge funds, including funds that invest in emerging digital technologies (blockchain) and virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin. Michelle frequently speaks about blockchain technology, virtual currencies, and artificial intelligence at conferences and forums, and has participated in MIT’s Legal Forum for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain and lectured at MIT’s Computational Law Course.

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Partners In Health & Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Partners In Health & Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gary L. Gottlieb is the CEO of Partners In Health. https://www.pih.org/

From 2010 until February of 2015, he served as president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, the parent of the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, operating the largest health care delivery organization in New England and among the nation’s largest nonprofit biomedical research and training enterprises. Dr. Gottlieb is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He served as president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as president of North Shore Medical Center, and as chairman of Partners Psychiatry.

Prior to coming to Boston, Dr. Gottlieb spent 15 years in positions of increasing leadership in health care in Philadelphia. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned an M.B.A with distinction in health care administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration.

Dr. Gottlieb established the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center’s first program in geriatric psychiatry and developed it into a nationally recognized research, training, and clinical program. He served as executive vice-chair of psychiatry and associate dean for managed care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and as director and CEO of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Gottlieb received his M.D. from the Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program. He completed his internship and residency and served as chief resident at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center.

As a leader in the Boston area community, Dr. Gottlieb serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Thomas P. Gross, MS, JD, Attorney & Member, Adjunct Faculty, The George Washington University Graduate Business School

Thomas P. Gross, MS, JD, Attorney & Member, Adjunct Faculty, The George Washington University Graduate Business School

Mr. Gross is a Washington DC attorney and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at The George Washington University in the Graduate Business School.  He has substantial experience in both domestic and international matters, having worked in two large international law firms and the Federal government for over 18 years.  His background and education includes a MS in Applied Physics from Stanford University, work experience in Silicon Valley and several U.S. Government research laboratories such as Los Alamos and Livermore.  Mr. Gross has served as General Counsel for a high-tech firm and advised clients such as Rolls-Royce, SAIC, Advanced Engineering, and has advised startup companies on a variety of legal and technical matters including funding and development issues.  His course topics at George Washington include crypto-currencies, the blockchain and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) such as Ethereum, and intellectual property on the Internet.

Twitter: @tpgross

Donna Houlne, BSN, MHA, MHRM, US Healthcare Leader, Global Business Services, IBM

Donna Houlne, BSN, MHA, MHRM, US Healthcare Leader, Global Business Services, IBM

 

A senior healthcare executive with more than 30 years of hospital operations and consulting experience. Proven ability to create multi-disciplinary alliances and teams in order to meet the demands of the challenging and fluid healthcare environment. Recognized for being a hands-on, pro-active troubleshooter who can rapidly identify business problems, formulate resolution strategies, initiate change and implement new processes in challenging and diverse environments.

Key strengths include: Ability to develop and manage complex and diverse relationships; Strong project management; highly principled and values driven individual; Resourceful and creative problem-solver;

Donna has worked in or served most segments of the healthcare industry including Provider; not-for-profit, for-profit, academic medical centers; physician office practices healthcare payers, and life science industry.

Dr. Mihaly Kertesz, Co-founder, COO, Etheal

Dr. Mihaly Kertesz, Co-founder, COO, Etheal

Doctor of veterinary medicine, communication strategist with a degree from New York City. Golden & Silver Effie winner (Oscar of Advertising Effectiveness). After 10 years of scientific and 5 years of communications career, Mihaly has co-founded a blockchain-based healthcare startup with a goal to improve the lives of 1 billion people by making healthcare more transparent.

Dr. Gordon Jones, President & COO, Universal Health Coin

Dr. Gordon Jones, President & COO, Universal Health Coin

Dr. Gordon Jones is UHC’s Co-founder, President and COO. He earned his Masters and Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of SC. After graduating from The Citadel and serving two tours in the military, Dr. Jones acquired 25 years of digital health innovation, entrepreneurship, and business development experience through several healthtech startups and three billion-dollar market cap companies. He is a co-founder of Augusta’s premier incubator, theClubhou.se, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for StartupLife, a 12-month total life experience for 10 startups funded by the Kaufman Foundation.

Katherine Kuzmeskas, MPH, Founder & CEO, SimplyVital Health

Katherine Kuzmeskas, MPH, Founder & CEO, SimplyVital Health

Katherine Kuzmeskas, MPH is the founder and CEO of SimplyVital Health. SimplyVital Health provides an intentionally simple care coordination platform that uses Blockchain technology to prevent denials and increase reimbursement for value based programs and MACRA.

Prior to founding SimplyVital Health, Katherine was the Program Manager of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care for Yale New Haven Health where she managed, designed, and analyzed the joint replacement and spine bundles and gainsharing programs. Katherine’s experience also includes strategic planning for the medicine and surgery service lines at Yale New Haven Health and overseeing the design and development of an enterprise wide care management dashboard at a statewide community health center network.

Twitter: @SimplyVitalHQ

Vince Kuraitis, JD, MBA, Principal, Better Health Technologies, LLC

Vince Kuraitis, JD, MBA, Principal, Better Health Technologies, LLC

Vince Kuraitis JD, MBA is Principal and founder of Better Health Technologies, LLC (http://e-CareManagement.com).  BHT works with healthcare and technology companies on strategy, partnerships and business models, with an emphasis on network effect businesses and platforms.

BHT’s clients — both established organizations and early-stage companies — have included:  Intel Digital Health Group, Philips Electronics, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, Amedisys, Alere/RMD, Joslin Diabetes Center, Ascension Health System, Matrix Medical Network, Samsung Electronics, Siemens Medical Solutions, Medtronic, Varian Medical Systems, Disease Management Association of America, and many others.

Vince brings 30+ years health care experience in multiple roles:  President, VP Corporate Development, VP operations, management consultant, and marketing executive.  His consulting and work projects span 150+ different health care organizations, including hospitals, physician groups, IT, medical devices, pharma, health plans, disease management, home health, and others. The working title of his forthcoming book is “Platforming Healthcare: From Hoarding to Sharing!”

Twitter: @VinceKuraitis

Stuart Lackey, Co-Founder & CEO, Solaster

Stuart Lackey, Co-Founder & CEO, Solaster

Stuart Lackey is the Co-Founder and CEO of Solaster, a platform designed to empower the creation of decentralized applications for economic resiliency in healthcare. In 2000, Stuart moved to Nashville, TN and immediately observed the enormity and impact of the local healthcare scene. Over the last 15 years, he has worked in the med-tech startup world, bringing new, disruptive technologies to market in the surgical device arena across the US. Throughout his career, he has spent considerable time in consulting with healthcare providers in the area of economic and clinical value assessment of new technologies. With that, he has also observed some of healthcare’s biggest challenges: administrative waste, misaligned incentives and overspending across the continuum of care. In mid-2016, Stuart first began researching the healthcare implications of distributed ledger technology and became extremely passionate around its potential to empower global patient populations. It was this interest in the concept of patient sovereignty that helped inspire Solaster.

 

Currently, Mr. Lackey is writing his capstone thesis in the area of “Blockchain for Health” which will complete his Master’s degree work in Healthcare Informatics at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

 

Cyrus Maaghul, Founder, HealthCombix & Board Member / Founder, PointNurse

Cyrus Maaghul, Founder, HealthCombix & Board Member / Founder, PointNurse

Cyrus Maaghul is a serial entrepreneur currently applying distributed systems, blockchain, and cryptocurrency technology to the healthcare industry as founder of HealthCombix and PointNurse. His experience as a payments technology entrepreneur and working inside world class organizations like Fidelity Investments and Deloitte give him a unique perspective to advise, develop strategy, and build decentralized networks. Mr. Maaghul is currently working with a team of software engineers and healthcare professionals developing new foundational infrastructure for decentralized healthcare at HealthCombix including identity, consent, privacy, smart health trusts, governance, and asset management capabilities. PointNurse is a DAO-based peer-to-peer virtual care platform seeking to drive down the cost of primary care and nursing by displacing various intermediaries. Cyrus’ interest in blockchain technology began in 2013 after investing in Bitcoin and seeking to solve problems related to peer-to-peer data sharing, security, and virtual community governance. Cyrus’ thought-leadership has appeared in articles on Coindesk, Nasdaq, Distributed, and other media outlets.

Sean T. Manion, CEO, Science Distributed

Sean T. Manion, CEO, Science Distributed

Sean Manion is a neuroscientist and former federal research administrator. He is CEO of Science Distributed, a new platform for putting scientists together and bringing blockchain to health research for better science, cheaper research, and faster miracles.

Dr. Manion earned degrees in Biochemistry at Temple University (BS, 1999) and Neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences – USUHS (PhD, 2006). At USUHS he conducted post-traumatic stress disorder research. Wanting to move to a broader role in military medicine, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and later as Research Activities Chief for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). He oversaw a research network of more than 100 clinical researchers conducting dozens of studies at multiple DoD and VA hospital sites across the country.

Recognizing the value of blockchain/distributed ledger technology for healthcare and research, Sean began championing its study and application in the DoD in late 2016. He moved to the
private sector in 2017 and co-founded Science Distributed. He also consults with government, academia, and industry on applying blockchain to healthcare and research. He serves as Vice
President of the non-profit American College of Military Public Health.

Dr Paul A. Markham, MBA, President, V3 Health Strategy

Dr Paul A. Markham, MBA, President, V3 Health Strategy

Dr Paul A. Markham is a global healthcare business & academic strategist and natural transformational leader. He is a trusted advisor in influencing and shaping the future of Healthcare IT, with a Doctorate focused on Leadership  Adoption and efficacy in Medicine, and is always at the cutting edge of technology trends. Currently leading Blockchain, ICO and Genomics at the intersection of deep learning and artificial intelligence. A creative whole-brain thinker, who combines analytical logic with innovative ideas, most recently machine / deep learning and artificial intelligence and commercial platform ethos in healthcare.  Dr. Markham has a record of accomplishment working as a change agent in the healthcare realm. Entering healthcare organizations or firms to energize focus and re-align corporate strategy, resulting in sustainable acceleration of revenue, reduction in cost and growth of profits. His consultative approach applies a mixture of strategic foresight and holistic insight and constant collaboration, while incorporating different ideas and insights. Prior, Dr. Markham reinvigorated numerous healthcare growth companies and spent a decade creating, driving and marketing enterprise solutions at GE Healthcare. Dr. Markham is a Dual US/Australian Citizen and holds degrees in Electronics Engineering EE, BBus Marketing & Management from University of Technology Sydney UTS, with an MBA Leadership, coupled with a Doctorate in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Newcastle.

Robert Miller, Director of Business Development, Medicalchain

Robert Miller, Director of Business Development, Medicalchain

Robert Miller is the Director of Business Development at Medicalchain, a UK based blockchain for electronic health records startup. He has worked with multiple successful startups, bought his first bitcoins in 2011, and brings a background in data science, finance, and healthcare.

Susan Ramonat, Founder & CEO, Spiritus Partners

Susan Ramonat, Founder & CEO, Spiritus Partners

Susan is the Founder and CEO of Spiritus Partners. Spiritus is pioneering the next generation of service records for critical assets and infrastructure. Known for her foresight and pragmatism, Susan draws upon 25 years of executive experience at EFHutton, Merrill Lynch and SEI Investments in such areas as enterprise sales, product management, technology strategy, corporate development, operational risk management, and cybersecurity.

Susan serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago. She speaks frequently at industry conferences and universities about blockchain, cybersecurity and IOT in critical infrastructure settings.  Susan is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.

 

Jody Ranck, DRPH,  CEO, Krysalis Labs

Jody Ranck, DRPH, CEO, Krysalis Labs

Dr. Jody Ranck, author of “Connected Health: How Mobiles, Cloud Computing and Big Data Will Reinvent Healthcare” and the forthcoming “Disruptive Cooperation in Digital Health” is the CEO of Krysalis Labs and Executive Vice President of Strategy at Ram Group, a biosensing company that just released the world’s first “Tricorder” technology capable of monitoring vital signs and air quality. With over 25 years of experience in global health, he helped lead some early initiatives in mobile health for the developing world. In the past he has held executive positions with Chilmark Research, the mHealth Alliance, Institute for the Future,  health bank (Switzerland) and has written widely on digital health, wearables and analytics. His educational background includes a Doctorate in Public Health (UC Berkeley), MA in International Relations and Economics (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS), and a BA in Biology (Ithaca College). He has also worked with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh (1991-92, Fulbright Scholar).

Twitter: @jranck

Ron Ribitzky, MD, Founder/CEO, R&D Ribitzky

Ron Ribitzky, MD, Founder/CEO, R&D Ribitzky

Dr. Ribitzky is a physician executive with cross-functional experience in healthcare IT, life-sciences informatics, and Precision Medicine. He worked for and with global leading brands and world-class organizations, R&D, and academia in the U.S. and 23 developed and emerging economy countries. He published, presented and led workshops on technology innovation and practice in industry events, public sector, and academia around the world.

Presently, Dr. Ribitzky is a member of HIMSS Blockchain Work Group, and serves as a Strategic Advisor to Blockchain start-ups ARNA Genomics and BitMed; and ICO Summit Kazan. He collaborated with Intel on Blockchain in Healthcare Cybersecurity and Privacy webinar; and with IDC on ‘Blockchain for Business & IT Leaders’ conference. Frost & Sullivan adopted his Blockchain Roadmap for its Blockchain Technology in Global Healthcare, 2017–2025 report.

His consultancy firm R&D Ribitzky focuses on consumer-facing solutions, UX, Search, AI, Blockchain, and Semantic services. Clients served include Microsoft R&D, Intel, IBM, KP, NSF, the UN and others.

Previously, Dr. Ribitzky co-founded SPH Analytics, and served as a Senior Healthcare Strategist, Intel; VP Advanced Research, Eclipsys; CIO, UMass Medical Center and other. He held academic appointments at Harvard, UMass, Emory, KHI / KIST in Rwanda, and other.

Ricky Sahu, Co-Founder & CEO, 1upHealth

Ricky Sahu, Co-Founder & CEO, 1upHealth

Ricky previously worked at Google on the Google Apps for Business team to automate support for customer issues and forecast demand to staff hundreds of employees around the globe. Afterward he built tools to improve search engine optimization and online marketing using machine learning at Promediacorp for companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Forever21. Prior to 1upHealth, Ricky was the Director of Engineering at the D.C. based health tech startup NavHealth which analyzes claims data and publishes APIs for Accountable Care Organizations to improve care and reduce costs. Ricky has a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering & Economics from the University of Virginia.

Benjamin D. Schanker, MD, MBA, MPH, CEO & Co-Founder, Wholesome Inc.

Benjamin D. Schanker, MD, MBA, MPH, CEO & Co-Founder, Wholesome Inc.

Dr. Ben Schanker, MD MBA MPH is CEO of Wholesome Inc, and a Director of the American Board of Medical Quality. He practices Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)/Kaiser/Zuckerberg SFG, where he is an emerging expert on blockchain, neuroeconomics, digital health informatics, and value-based healthcare finance. After graduating as valedictorian from Boston University with degrees in Biotechnology and Human Physiology, Dr. Schanker received an MD from Harvard Medical School, an MBA from the University of Oxford, and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on scholarship as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. Dr. Ben is the lead architect of the Carecoin Protocol for health benefits administration, and serves as an Expert Consultant for governments and public health agencies, including the World Health Organization.

Shahid Shah, CEO, Netspective Communications

Shahid Shah, CEO, Netspective Communications

Shahid N. Shah is an internationally recognized and influential healthcare IT thought leader who is known as “The Healthcare IT Guy” across the Internet. He is a technology strategy consultant to many federal agencies 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 23 year career. He helped design and deploy the American Red Cross’s electronic health record solution across thousands of sites; he’s built several 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 dollar division of CardinalHealth he helped design advanced clinical interfaces for medical devices and hospitals. Shahid also serves as a senior technology strategy advisor to NIH’s and TATRC’s SBIR/STTR program hel ping small businesses commercialize their healthcare applications.

Shahid runs three successful blogs. At shahid.shah.org he writes about architecture issues, at www.healthcareguy.com he provides valuable insights on how to apply technology in health care, at www.federalarchitect. com he advises senior federal technologists, and at www.hitsphere.com he gives a glimpse of the health-care IT blogosphere as an aggregator.

Raj Sharma, CEO, Health Wizz

Raj Sharma, CEO, Health Wizz

Raj Sharma is co-founder and chief executive officer of Health Wizz, a secure mobile platform that provides consumers with the necessary tools for aggregating, organizing and sharing medical health records over the blockchain.

Prior to co-founding Health Wizz, Raj served as president of kreateIoT, a blockchain healthcare platform acquired by Health Wizz in 2016.

An accomplished executive, Raj has over 20 years of leadership experience. A passionate entrepreneur, he has extensive expertise in product and market identification, data management and distributed applications. He served as the chief operations officer and president at 3CLogic, a provider of cloud contact center solutions. While in this role he successfully envisioned and led the implementation of the first distributed cloud based telecom platform serving the enterprise market. Raj was instrumental in taking the platform from conception to commercial success with hundreds of loyal customers. He also served as the president and chief executive officer at NexTone communications, during which time NexTone’s annual sales grew from $4M to $23M.

Raj holds an M.B.A. degree from the Stern School of Business at N.Y.U. and a Master of Science Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Paul Viskovich, Founder & CEO, Optima Curis Inc.

Paul Viskovich, Founder & CEO, Optima Curis Inc.

Paul Viskovich is the founder and CEO of Optima Curis Inc. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare software industry. Optima Curis is using block chain to power a rewards engine and economy for healthcare. Prior to Optima Curis, Paul was President of Orion Health Inc in North America where he led the company from start up to one of leading Health IT companies in North America. Paul his deployed healthcare technology in over a dozen countries and has a global perspective. Paul is passionate about healthcare and how to apply technology to improving healthcare outcomes.

Neil Wasserman, PHD, Managing Partner, Timewave Analytics

Neil Wasserman, PHD, Managing Partner, Timewave Analytics

Neil Wasserman, Managing Partner at Timewave Analytics LLC, and and Adjunct Professor, Computer Science at George Washington University, focuses on engineering behavior change — on how innovative solutions emerge from understanding the impact of persistent, networked behaviors.  He has been involved with IT strategic planning, enterprise architecture, systems analysis and software implementation for more than two decades.  More recently he has worked with healthcare startups at the boundaries of behavior change, new healthcare service models, and data analytics.  He sees blockchain as a key accelerator for the transformation of the medical culture to serve patients through creation of patient neighborhoods, which achieve long-term engagement in individual health, and change the costs and outcomes for chronic disease.  His award winning book, From Invention to Innovation (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press) examined the foundations of innovation in telecommunications at AT&T.  He has spoken frequently on networked behaviors and complex systems at IEEE conferences and other venues.  Neil Wasserman has a PhD. from Harvard University, and an A.B. from Cornell University.

Twitter: @nwasserman

Tom Woolf, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins University Department of Physiology and Department of Computer Science & CEO, DaiWare, Inc.

Tom Woolf, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins University Department of Physiology and Department of Computer Science & CEO, DaiWare, Inc.

Tom is a tenured professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and CEO of DaiWare, Inc., a blockchain based software company which is developing novel approaches to integrating machine learning and blockchain. His areas of expertise include big-data systems, and multidisciplinary research combining biophysics (cell and molecular behavior), physiology (health and organ systems), and computational analysis (computer science and biomedical engineering). Tom’s research focuses on applied and computational mathematics, cybersecurity, data science, blockchain technology and development, entrepreneurship, digital currencies, machine learning and its applications to blockchain.

He is a past editor-in-chief for the Journal of Membrane Biology, and is on the editorial board for the journal, Proteins. He has been recognized with multiple national awards, including an Ulam Fellowship at the Los Alamos Center for Non-Linear Studies, the Markey Charitable Trust, and the American Heart Association for contributions to research.

Twitter: @DaiWare_Inc