Healthcare IoT Center of Excellence – Community Health

Healthcare IoT Center of Excellence – Community Health

Session Abstract:

A panel discussion hosted by Chris Sullivan, Chairman of the IoT Community’s Healthcare IoT Center of Excellence, featuring Dr. Mark Wolff, SAS, Dr. William Paiva, CHSI, Ted DellaVecchia, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Symbotix and Timothy Washburn, Electronic Caregiver. Full abstract to follow shortly.


Chris Sullivan is the Global Healthcare Practice Lead for Zebra Technologies. With an acute understanding of the needs of patients and their caregivers coupled with robust technical knowledge of healthcare operations, Chris balances the personal and professional needs of the industry to create an inspirational point of view on healthcare technology. He is an advocate for the role technology plays in improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care, and for the value of learning from best practices from around the world to improve healthcare globally.   Dr. Wolff has over 25 years of experience in the health and life science industries as a scientist and analyst working in the U.S. and Europe. Mark joined SAS in 2005 and is an Advisory Industry Consultant and Chief Health and Life Science Analytics Strategist for the SAS Global IoT Division. Mark’s areas of expertise include the development and application of advanced and predictive analytics in healthcare and life sciences with a particular interest in outcomes and safety. Current work focuses on methods and application of Machine Learning to real time sensor/IoT data in support of outcomes and safety research, visualization and development of intelligent, decision support systems. Prior to joining SAS Mark held a variety of research and leadership positions in academia, government and industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola College in Maryland, a Master of Science in Entomology and a Doctorate in Toxicology from North Carolina State University. William D. Paiva, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI). The Center is focused on transforming rural and Native America health through the implementation of innovative care delivery and IT solutions. Within CHSI, the Institute for Care Delivery focuses on developing new and innovative care delivery and business models for rural and Native American markets and the Institute for Predictive Medicine is applying advanced analytics to the largest health care database which includes clinical information for over 63 million patients covering 16 years. Prior to joining Oklahoma State University, Dr. Paiva has over 20 years of experience in the venture capital industry. Ted DellaVecchia is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Symbotix, a management consulting group that inspires and leads IT-enabled business reinventions at large academic medical centers, national payers, health systems/alliances, and other influential organizations in the healthcare industry. Prior to Symbotix, Ted was Chief Healthcare Strategist at Red Hat where he laid the foundational building blocks of the open source, “LinuxForHealth” synergy initiative in conjunction with IBM Corporation. Earlier in his career, Ted led digitally-enabled industry pivots while establishing breakaway operating models at several Fortune 100 enterprises across multiple industries. Examples include: CIO at IBM Corporation, SVP/CIO of Starbucks Coffee Company, and SVP/ CIO and general manager of three Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance companies (WellPoint, CareFirst, and Capital BlueCross). Ted is the founding chairman of the Healthcare Industry Transformation Project (HITP). Established in 2010, the HITP is a digital-health innovation ecosystem of early-adopting healthcare organizations collaborating to design and execute digital transformation of the healthcare industry. He has served as sponsor and advisory board member of the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT Sloan School of Management, has performed as guest lecturer at MIT Sloan’s Industrial Liaison Program, and frequently speaks at industry events on the topic of accelerating/assimilating use of digital health solutions for symbiotic ecosystem interactions. Ted has also served on Boards of Directors for companies transcending successful Initial Public Offerings and those pioneering the use of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) methodologies in healthcare. Timothy Washburn RN, BSN, MBAHCM, AAS in Nursing – Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, BSN – SUNY Utica Rome Institute of Technology, MBAHCM – Western Governors University, Chief Clinical Officer for Electronic Caregiver. RN with over 25 years of experience. Past experience includes various Nursing roles including bedside staff nursing, varying levels of Nursing Leadership and provision of Project Leadership for Health Technology Implementation and integration within a large national healthcare system. The overall aim of Electronic Caregiver is to deliver sustainable, proven, customer driven solutions that can support improved patient outcomes, improved communication between the care team members, improved provider satisfaction and the delivery of high value care at an affordable cost. I chose to move to Electronic Caregiver from the clinical leadership environment due to a deep ceded personal belief that leveraging AI and health technology to effectively support aging in place as well assisting providers at both the point of care and the community health level is critical to effectively managing the ever-growing health care needs faced in the United States and throughout the world.  I believe this cannot be achieved through the application of AI or technology alone, but instead, requires a targeted and intelligently designed system that leverages people, process and technology to support the provision of the right care at the right time and in the right place.

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