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.

John Bass, Founder & CEO, Hashed Health

John Bass, Founder & CEO, Hashed Health

John Bass is the Founder and CEO of Hashed Health, a healthcare blockchain innovation firm focused on building the new digital infrastructure for healthcare.  John has over 20 years of experience in healthcare technology with expertise in shared operating systems that build trust, transparency, and incentives across health value chains.  Since 2015 John has been a leading voice in the development of the global healthcare blockchain market. At Hashed Health, John’s team focuses on community development, enterprise services, and blockchain solutions development. John is an internationally recognized speaker on value-based care, blockchain and decentralized healthcare technology.

Prior to Hashed Health, John was CEO at InVivoLink, a care management start-up which sold to HCA in 2015.  John’s experience also includes healthcare B2B startup empactHealth.com which was acquired by Medibuy / Global Healthcare Exchange.  John is a native of Nashville and has a Chemistry degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Twitter: @johngbass

Scott Bischoff, Director of Marketing, Nexus

Scott Bischoff, Director of Marketing, Nexus

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 a population health customer engagement platform along with associated strategy, messaging, and tactics supporting commercial US market access alignment across branded, generic, and health technology portfolios. He currently develops innovative value strategies and initiatives to evolve chronic disease management integrating innovative population health strategies and emerging technologies. Scott’s interests 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.

Kyle Culver, Solution Architect, Humana

Kyle Culver, Solution Architect, Humana

Kyle Culver is a thought leader in the application of Blockchain Technologies to the Healthcare Industry. Mr. Culver holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, as well as an MBA in Entrepreneurship, all from the University of Louisville. For the past 15 years, he has demonstrated his passion for software engineering across a wide variety of IT roles concentrating on development, integration, architecture and quality assurance. In his current role at Humana, Inc., Mr. Culver is a key member of the firm’s Business and Technology Leadership team and recently named a winner in a Blockchain challenge hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Dany De Grave, Founder, Unconventional Innovation

Dany De Grave, Founder, Unconventional Innovation

Dany is an engineer trained in biology and has over 20 years of industry experience at leading global vaccine companies GSK and Sanofi Pasteur. In various positions he contributed to the research, product and clinical development, and regulatory submission of both companies’ line of vaccines for children, adolescents and adults. Next to vaccine projects he developed and lead change platform initiatives. In his current role he’s exploring and implementing new ways of working using for example artificial intelligence and the blockchain.

Twitter: @danydegrave

Michael Dillhyon, Founder, Healthbank

Michael Dillhyon, Founder, Healthbank

Michael Dillhyon is the Founder of Geneva-based healthbank, the only citizen-owned, health data exchange cooperative, as well as Avadilon, a US/Swiss-based consultancy focused on developing global commercial strategies in healthtech.

Three themes have intersected throughout his professional career: entrepreneurship (US<=>EU), data-driven enterprise technology strategies and life sciences (particularly healthcare).

In 2013, Michael was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) for SystemsX, Switzerland’s largest (800M CHF) early stage life sciences fund, and served as a mentor for the ETH Entrepreneurship Lab.

Prior to 2013, Mr. Dillhyon served as Chairman of Genebio, a bioinformatics software firm, for 4 years and sat on the Strategic Advisory Committee for HealthTIES, an EU-backed consortium of four of Europe’s top regions in biosciences, medical technology and health entrepreneurship.

Mr. Dillhyon presents regularly on the business of blockchain technology in healthcare & life sciences, open health data innovation, healthtech entrepreneurship and the growing relevance of telemonitoring for the consumer at life sciences and healthcare events in the US and EMEA.  He also actively advises both public and private sector entities on emerging healthcare technologies.

Mr. Dillhyon holds degrees in Biochemistry and Anthropology, as well as a MBA from the Olin School of Business.

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.

 

Lorraine Frias, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives – Blockchain, Advanced Technology Collaborative, Optum

Lorraine Frias, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives – Blockchain, Advanced Technology Collaborative, Optum

Lorraine is a leader within Optum’s Advanced Technology Collaborative. She is focused on building strategies that leverage emerging technologies to solve some of the biggest issues in healthcare, drive cross-industry collaboration, and enable enterprise-wide platform approaches for emerging tech. In particular, her current focus is on blockchain technology and the possibilities it offers to the healthcare ecosystem. Lorraine brings a business perspective to enterprise blockchain approaches and use cases.

Lorraine joined UnitedHealth Group in 2012 to apply her extensive innovation experience to healthcare. After leading the charge to transform printed member materials to digital, she joined UnitedHealthcare’s Innovation Center of Excellence and drove several key initiatives to use technology to engage patients, and vulnerable populations, in clinical programs to improve health outcomes. Prior to joining UHG, she spent over 20 years designing and developing innovative, custom programs and products for Fortune 500 customers while at BI Worldwide.

Alan Gilbert, MPA, FHIMSS, Chief Growth Officer, V3 Health Strategy

Alan Gilbert, MPA, FHIMSS, Chief Growth Officer, V3 Health Strategy

Mr. Gilbert is a mission-driven Growth Serial Entrepreneur with an “up through the ranks” experience in the healthcare industry focused on the achievement of systematically improved outcomes and reduced costs across the healthcare continuum. He is involved in initiatives related to the Disruption and Positive Impact of Blockchain / Cryptocurrency / ICO in Improved Healthcare Delivery. He is also viewed as a thought leader in the areas of Accountable Care Solutions, Value Based Care and Collaborative Care. He is a frequent contributor to professional online journals as well as a sought after speaker at industry conferences. He possesses a clear understanding of the current healthcare landscape, and has conceived and implemented strategies that resulted in new markets, new clients and increased revenue. Mr. Gilbert benefits from having a well-developed network of long-standing relationships at the executive level, with access and credibility to be viewed as their trusted advisor. Mr. Gilbert has held recent positions as the Vice President, Growth of LumiraDx and the Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer of TEAM of Care Solutions, LLC. Mr. Gilbert was the Co-Founder of AxSys Health, the U.S. operations of a UK based Collaborative Care Technology Care Company called AxSys Technology. Mr. Gilbert has held management, administrative, technical and operational positions at large integrated academic medical centers and at large consulting firms that focus on the healthcare industry.

 

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.

Mark Grand, Senior Director (Digital & Analytics), HCL Technologies Ltd.

Mark Grand, Senior Director (Digital & Analytics), HCL Technologies Ltd.

Mark Grand is a blockchain solution principal in HCL’s Digital and Analytics practice. He is one of the visionaries behind HCL’s CoTrust Blockchain Application Platform℠.

Mark has over 30 years of experience in software development and architecture. He has deep experience in the Java ecosystem and in database design. He has worked with Java since before 1.0. He can translate English to SQL.

Application development areas Mark has been involved with include blockchain, analytics, what-if analysis, e-commerce, security, bioinformatics, machine learning, EDI translation, data warehouse, big data, BPM internals and database internals.

Adrian Gropper, MD, CTO, Patient Privacy Rights

Adrian Gropper, MD, CTO, Patient Privacy Rights

Adrian Gropper, MD is CTO of the non-profit Patient Privacy Rights Foundation where he brings training as an engineer from MIT and physician from Harvard Medical School. A career medical device entrepreneur, he founded AMICAS (NAS:AMCS) as the first Web-based radiology PACS and the first to provide imaging links in electronic health records and two other regulated medical diagnostics businesses. Adrian helped create Blue Button, Direct Project, and OpenID HEAlth Relationship Trust (HEART) and speaks frequently on privacy engineering in health care. His paper won a prize at ONC’s 2016 Blockchain Health competition. His current project, HIE of One Trustee, uses public blockchains, standards and open source software to enable patient-controlled independent health records that can last a lifetime. He is active in blockchain standards development for identity, credentials, and reputation with groups that include W3C, IEEE, Kantara, OpenID Foundation, and others.

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

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology, Harvard Medical School

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology, Harvard Medical School

John D. Halamka, M.D., is the chief information officer (CIO) at Beth Israel Deaconess System, chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), and a practicing emergency physician. He is also the International Healthcare Innovation professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he received a degree in medical microbiology and a degree in public policy with a focus on technology issues. He entered medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and simultaneously pursued graduate work in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley focusing on technology issues in medicine. He completed his residency at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center in the Department of
Emergency Medicine.

In his role at BIDMC, Dr. Halamka is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative, and academic information technology, serving 3,000 doctors, 12,000 employees, and 1,000,000 patients. As chairman of NEHEN, Dr. Halamka oversees clinical and administrative data exchange among the payers, providers, and patients in Massachusetts. As a Harvard professor, he has served the George W. Bush administration, the Obama administration, and national governments throughout the world planning their healthcare IT strategy.

Dr. Halamka has authored five books on technology-related issues, hundreds of articles and thousands of posts on the popular Geekdoctor blog. He runs Unity Farm in Sherborn, MA and serves as caretaker for 150 animals, 30 acres of agricultural production and a cidery/winery.

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. 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.

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

Katherine Kuzmeskas, MPH, Founder & CEO, SimplyVital Health

Katherine Kuzmeskas, MPH, Founder & CEO, SimplyVital Health

Kat is CEO and Co-Founder of Simply Vital Health, Inc. the company creating the blockchain infrastructure that is safely adoptable by healthcare. Fortune Magazine named her among the 34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care. She founded the company as a solution for problems she faced as a hospital administrator, first tackling bundled payment wrap around services.

Current enterprise and digital healthcare clients are leveraging SimplyVital’s proprietary and open-source decentralized applications to increase access to healthcare data, decreasing costs of healthcare.

Prior to founding SimplyVital Health, Katherine focused on the intersection of clinical and administrative leadership: she was the program manager of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care for Yale New Haven Hospital, where she managed the lower joint bundle program and designed the nation’s first spine gainsharing program; she was the strategic planner for the medicine and surgery service lines at Yale New Haven Health; and designed an enterprise-wide care management dashboard at a statewide community health center network.

Twitter: @SimplyVitalHQ

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.

 

Nick Larocca, CIO & Co-Founder, Acero Health Technologies

Nick Larocca, CIO & Co-Founder, Acero Health Technologies

Nick Larocca is a Co-Founder of Acero Health Technologies, Inc., a software company focused building healthcare solutions. Nick is an expert technologist with over 15 years of leadership experience in software and systems development in the fields of healthcare, telecommunications and professional services. He specializes in the architecture and design of transactional, high-performance, high-volume distributed enterprise solutions.

Prior to Acero Health Technologies, Nick led the development of technical solutions at Lumenos, Inc., a start-up and pioneer in Consumer Driven Health (CDH) products. When Lumenos was acquired by Wellpoint in 2005, Nick served as Staff Vice President of Technology and continued to lead the architecture and delivery of CDH and E-Business enterprise solutions.

Nick is veteran of the armed forces with service and leadership positions in the United States Army that includes deployments for Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He earned a B.A. in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State University, and a MS in Computer Information Systems (MS CIS) with concentrations in IT Security and Data Mining/Business Intelligence from Boston University.

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.

Evin McMullen, Product & Operations, Linnia, Consensys

Evin McMullen, Product & Operations, Linnia, Consensys

Evin McMullen leads Product and Operations for the Linnia Protocol team at ConsenSys, whose work focuses on enabling permissioned data sharing and other foundational technologies for the decentralized Ethereum ecosystem. She believes that empathetic, human-centered design is essential for new technology to improve lives in the global community. Previously, she was a Director of Product Marketing at Berkshire Hathaway, managing public-facing brand experiences for Warren Buffett’s multi-billion dollar portfolio of companies. She has also advised senior leadership in consumer-facing tech strategy for numerous clients including Nike, Procter & Gamble, Harvard Medical School, BMW, GE and the United Nations. Evin is also a member of the Guggenheim Museum’s Acquisitions Committee and a frequent university guest lecturer. She is a graduate of Yale University.

Gary Meyer, AVP, Cognizant

Gary Meyer, AVP, Cognizant

Gary Meyer is a partner with Cognizant’s healthcare consulting practice. Gary brings more than 25 years experience with most of that focused on healthcare and about half at Cognizant. Gary brings both a strong technical background and breadth of experience across healthcare operating models, information flows, and business processes. At Cognizant, Gary has championed the advancement of Blockchain within the healthcare industry including driving customer research, writing white papers and articles, leading client workshops, and defining and overseeing projects.

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.

John Moore, Founder & Managing Partner, Chilmark Research

John Moore, Founder & Managing Partner, Chilmark Research

After nearly 15 years in the manufacturing sector advising some of the largest global manufacturing companies on IT adoption and deployment strategies, John felt that the most vexing issues in this sector had been largely addressed – so he became restless and sought new opportunities with new challenges. After nearly a year of research, he chose healthcare as his next target and launched Chilmark Research in 2007.

From those humble beginnings, John has built Chilmark Research into a respected analyst firm that provides market-leading coverage of the most transformative sectors of healthcare IT, including health information exchanges, patient-provider engagement strategies, healthcare analytics, and remote monitoring. Of great personal interest to John is the role that the consumer will ultimately play in the rapidly evolving healthcare market.

An accomplished speaker, John has made numerous presentations on current and future IT trends and their impact to markets. He has been widely quoted in numerous publications, including AMA News, Baseline, CIO, ComputerWorld, eWeek, Forbes, Health Data Management, InformationWeek, Investors Business Daily, US News & World Report, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Jason O’Meara, Director of Enterprise Information Management, Quest Diagnostics Enterprise Architecture and Design

Jason O’Meara, Director of Enterprise Information Management, Quest Diagnostics Enterprise Architecture and Design

Jason O’Meara is the Director of Enterprise Information Management in Quest Diagnostics Enterprise Architecture and Design.

Mr. O’Meara is responsible for overseeing the architecture and design of Quest Diagnostics healthcare connectivity, enterprise data and analytics solutions architecture leveraging healthcare interoperability standards, healthcare data exchange, blockchain, master data management, data warehousing, big data, business intelligence and analytics solutions. He also contributes to the organization’s information-harmonization & analytics strategy, enterprise architectural blueprint, implementation roadmap, and data governance that guides the investments required to effectively manage and leverage the company’s enterprise information assets.

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.

Christine Ferrusi Ross, Independent Product Development and Marketing Consultant

Christine Ferrusi Ross, Independent Product Development and Marketing Consultant

Christine Ferrusi Ross is a market strategist and consultant working on complex issues of identity, blockchain, and security. She focuses on understanding changing market dynamics and trends, advising companies on how to change their strategies and operations to address the implications of those changes. Christine has spoken many times on blockchain-based identity, particularly how it affects security and privacy. She also works on helping companies understand how business processes that use identity data need to be adapted to work in an environment of new technological possibilities and evolving global privacy regulations. Christine has a background in market research, risk management, sourcing, and supply chain. She spent much of her career as a research analyst studying emerging markets and technologies. She has been widely quoted in business and IT press on these topics.

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.

Adi Segal, CoFounder & CEO, SeeThru

Adi Segal, CoFounder & CEO, SeeThru

Adi Segal left medical school in 2015 to change healthcare. He is CoFounder and CEO of SeeThru, a blockchain enabled platform that is disrupting the world of healthcare payments, price transparency, and PHI. The SeeThru ecosystem brings patients the sorely needed value-based consumer experience found in every other industry. SeeThru utilizes smart contracts to do direct pricing with providers. Ultimately they remove third parties, driving down costs and increasing access to care around the world! Most recently Adi worked at Genoa Telepsychiatry, the nation’s largest provider of outpatient telepsychiatry. Prior to launching SeeThru, Adi served as COO of DN Telehealth and completed a term as Entrepreneur in Residence at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, where he helped spin off a mobile healthcare platform. A graduate of Columbia University, Adi began his career working on healthcare economics and access to care issues at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He brings a unique blend of experience from urban studies, experiential education, outdoor adventure leadership and teambuilding, environmental advocacy, and Emergency Medical Services.

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.

Brian Slizgi, Director, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences R&D Advisory, PwC

Brian Slizgi, Director, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences R&D Advisory, PwC

Brian is a Director with PwC’s Healthcare Advisory practice, where he focuses on Pharma Life Sciences research and development (R&D) strategy and operations.  With more than ten years of experience with the pharmaceutical industry, Brian’s recent focus has been on applying new digital technologies that that can foster increased patient safety, data quality, and operational efficiency. Brian is the author of a white paper on PwC’s perspective on risk-based monitoring and sits on the R&D Operations and the R&D Compliance communities. He also has experience in designing new operating models, outsourcing and performance management, and resource forecasting strategies.

Prior to PwC, Brian served in roles of increasing responsibility in Pharmaceutical R&D supporting the design and execution of Phase II-IV clinical trials.  Brian received his Master of Business Administration from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma and focused on healthcare management.  He also graduated with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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