Panel – Flipping Healthcare on its edge


Session Abstract:

This discussion will provide insights into how the dominant design of healthcare has evolved and how big-tech is collaborating to accelerate a 180⁰ flip of the axis. Mac Devine (IBM Fellow) moderates a discussion with Ted Tanner Jr., (Global CTO Watson Health), Heather Cartwright ( Microsoft, General Manager, Microsoft Health Cloud), Cole Crawford, (Founder of and Kimberly Powell (NVIDIA, Vice President, NVIDIA Healthcare) to explore the advancement of smart-edge ecosystems for the execution of trusted/efficient transactions in concert with ubiquitous consumer access to personalized care. Unintended consequences resulting from decades of highly regulated industry evolution have exacerbated healthy-life challenges associated with modern society in general – and now, even more so dealing with fallout from the novel corona virus. Care delivery institutions are scrambling to shift from in-office / institutionalized interactions to remote models of contextualized-settings of care. Healthcare is now at a tipping point fueled by heightened pent-up demand and enabled by consumer-tech smart devices/wearables that have flourished to digitize most other verticals and segments. Assembling distributed, networked Smart Edge and IoT ecosystems connected with the consumer is a pursuit underway across many of the big players in hi-tech health. Healthcare, wellness, and society in many ways have become victims of data/knowledge/context constraints in this domain. As a tech industry, we undoubtedly have the potential to fuel a raid pivot from an antiquated, monolithic model of healthcare. Our presentation will illuminate our collaboration to catalyze conversion toward a kinetically favored future vision.


Theodore C. Tanner Jr. Global CTO and Chief Architect for Watson Health, IBM, responsible for technology and platform directives across all of Watson Health genomics, pharmacology, oncology, imaging, payer and provider systems as it pertains specifically to artificial intelligence based technologies. Currently, Ted’s interest are focused primarily on Artificial Intelligence and Agent-Based Systems as they are applied within Distributed Computing. From startups to being responsible for C-Level P&L at publicly traded corporations Ted has held architect positions at both Apple and Microsoft and held instrumental roles in several start-ups, including most recently where he was Co-Founder and CTO of PokitDok Inc. acquired by Change Health in 2018. He was also with digidesign (IPO and acquired by Avid), Crystal River Engineering (acquired by Aureal Seminconductor), VP of R&D at MongoMusic (acquired by Microsoft) and Co-Founder and CTO of BeliefNetworks (acquired by Benefitfocus). He was also the CTO of Spatializer Audio Labs (NASDAQ: SPAZ), a company specializing in digital signal processing solutions. He is on the IAB for the University of South Carolina Computer Science Department as well as the Center for Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning at the University of Tennessee. He also serves on the Clemson University Restoration Institute Executive Advisory Board for the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center. Ted has published numerous articles in leading technical magazines and holds several patents in the areas of blockchain, semantics, machine learning, signal processing and signal protection. He has also held a Top Secret Security Clearance. He is also a member of the ACM and IEEE.

Cole Crawford is the founder and CEO of Vapor IO, the leaders of the edge computing market. Cole is also the co-founder of the Open 19 Foundation, founding Executive Director of the Open Compute Project, former Chairman of the Open Data Center Alliance and co-founder of OpenStack. He was instrumental in the creation / implementation of the US Gov’t’s definition of Cloud Computing and Fedramp program. He has over 20 years of leadership in the cloud, telecom and data center industry.

Mac Devine has 30 years of experience at IBM. During his career, he has held a wide variety of technical and business leadership roles including Chief Architect for mainframe software, Lead Solutions Architect for Networking Services, Director for Linux Development, Chief Strategy Office for IBM Cloud and currently is the VP and CTO for the Cloud Native Center of Competency for Watson Cloud Division. Mac is an accomplished speaker and author on a wide variety of topics but is most noted for his expertise in Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things. In 2006, Mac gained the designation of IBM Master Inventor and in 2009 he was appointed to IBM’s prestigious Academy of Technology. In 2016, Mac gained IBM’s highest technical recognition with his appointment as IBM Fellow. Mac also serves as the IBM Executive for Clemson University and MIT.

Heather Cartwright – GM, Healthcare NExT: Artificial Intelligence & Research; Microsoft Healthcare. Heather Jordan Cartwright is the rising leader behind Microsoft’s rapidly growing portfolio of FHIR technology for the health industry. With a successful track record of creating and scaling disruptive technologies, Cartwright joined Microsoft in 2015 to lead incubation teams focused on new experiences in healthcare technology. She has since been the driving force behind the transformation of Azure cloud technology for the health industry, launching the industry’s first cloud based FHIR service into general availability. In 2019, Heather was recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. She currently serves as Partner and General Manager for Health in Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research division. Prior to Microsoft, she spent 10 years at Amazon, where she launched the Amazon Fresh business, developed and launched the Automotive & Motorcycle store and the Amazon Part Finder, and led the Consumer Electronics business. She began her career at Ford Motor Company, spearheading multiple projects including early development on the Ford Fusion which went on to become the 2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

Kimberly Powell is vice president of healthcare at NVIDIA. She is responsible for the company’s worldwide healthcare business, including hardware and software platforms for accelerated computing, AI and visualization that power the ecosystem of medical imaging, life sciences, drug discovery and healthcare analytics. Previously, Powell led the company’s higher education and research business, along with strategic evangelism programs, NVIDIA AI Labs and the NVIDIA Inception program with over 4,000 AI startup members. Powell joined NVIDIA in 2008 with responsibility for establishing NVIDIA GPUs as the accelerator platform for medical imaging instruments. She spent her early career in engineering and product management of diagnostic display systems at Planar Systems. Powell received a B.S. in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering from Northeastern University.

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