2018 Connected Health Conference

2018 Connected Health Conference

Starts at:

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 23:00

Ends at:​

Friday, 19 October 2018 - 22:59

2018 Connected Health Conference

This year again, ECHAlliance is partnering with Personal Connected Health Alliance for the Connected Health Conference 2018 (CHC18), which will be held on 17-19 October, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston (MA, USA).
The Connected Health Conference 2018 Digital technologies are enabling individuals to track health statistics, and new applications of artificial intelligence, social robots and vocal biomarkers are creating new opportunities for health.  We now face the next great challenge: integrating these technologies in healthcare delivery, wellness and daily living. At the 2018 Connected Health Conference, learn about the newest approaches, collaborations and disruptive applications of connected health technologies. Preview the latest innovations, experience early-stage technologies and meet the innovators, healthcare providers and business leaders who are redesigning care delivery and sparking a dramatic transformation of health and wellness.   Reasons to attend
  • This year’s event will have a strong focus on the innovation economy
  • Learn about the newest approaches, collaborations and disruptive applications of connected health technologies.
  • Preview the latest innovations, experience early-stage technologies and meet the innovators, healthcare providers and business leaders who are redesigning care delivery and sparking a dramatic transformation of health and wellness.
  • Interact with 3,000 decision-makers and innovators from across healthcare, health IT, public policy, consumer technology, research, the investment community and academia.
  High-level speakers
  • Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, Chief Engagement Officer and Scientific Executive of “All of Us” program at National Institutes of Health
  • Alan Warren, CTO and EVP Engineering at Oscar Health
  • Pattie Maes, Professor at MIT Media Lab
  • Joseph Kvedar, MD, Vice President Connected Health at Partners Healthcare
  • James Vlahos, Writer at Wired magazine and creator Dadbot
  • Reid Oakes, Global Head Health Industries at HP
  • Robert Pearl, Contributor & Author at Forbes
  • Kyra Bobinet, CEO at engagedIN
  • Anna Kravets, Director Business Consulting at Merck
  • Eric Kim, Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Drew Schiller, CEO at Validic
  • Eran Orr, Founder and CEO at VRHealth
  • Iyah Romm, CEO at CityBlock Health
ECHAlliance sessions @ CHC 2018 Main programme:
International outlook panel on Friday 19th at 1.40pm – speakers confirmed:
  • Brian O’Connor, Chair of the ECHAlliance (moderator)
  • Bronwyn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO of ANDHealth (a call is planed with Brian)
  • Anoop Singh, COO at Commonwealth Digital Health Centre
  • Alex Szucs, President of the Canada Integrated Health Alliance
  • Bleddyn Rees, Digital Health Expert and Lawyer at Osborne Clarke
International Outlook for Digital Health  – Hear from International market experts on the outlook and market conditions for digital health, including a discussion of policy and regulation, investment, adoption and scaled implementation in Europe, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth of nations (53 member states across the world). The panel will share market challenges and successes as well as discussing key market opportunities.
The “Meet the experts” session on Thursday, October 18, 1:30-1:50 p.m. Bleddyn Rees will talk about “The Digital Health Society: Q’s & A’s about the EU’s collaborative approach to digital transformation
  CHC18 website Discover the full CHC18 programme HERE Poster sessions: propose your poster for CHC18 HERE Healthtech Standout Competition: this is the CHC18 start-up pitch competition, apply HERE   ECHAlliance @ CHC18   During the CHC18, the ECHAlliance organizes a 1-day workshop on Wednesday 17th October (same venue). The focus of this workshop is to create relationships, debates and cooperation between stakeholders coming from Europe with USA and Canada. The event is designed for all stakeholders (policy-makers, large companies, start-ups, healthcare professionals, researchers, citizens and patients’ groups, insurers, investors, etc.) to:
  • Facilitate direct debates and discussions
  • Share ideas and building a common vision of the future of health
  • Showcase disruptive innovations
  • Generate projects, business deals and investment opportunities
  2018 main focus is about the balance between the Technology and the Human element. In an era when digital technologies enable individuals to track health statistics such as daily activity and vital signs, and new applications of artificial intelligence, social robots and vocal biomarkers are creating new opportunities for health, we are now facing the next great challenge: integrating these technologies in healthcare delivery, wellness and daily living. The societies across the globe are mostly eager to see happening the digitization of the health and care systems such as other services and sectors, but, at the same time, technologies need to serve the human and don’t compromise important values of health such as privacy or security. In Europe, the Digital Health Society (DHS) movement has been launched in 2017 by EU players of the health and care sector in order to digital transform the health and care systems. As a real multi-stakeholders ecosystem, this movement is focusing on citizens, in order to bring better health and care services, using technologies which preserve the fundamental human factor of care and important values such as privacy, safety and security. The DHS movement acts both as a thought leadership platform and an Innovation Factory to design and implement innovative solutions and new ways to provide care. Out of the discussions between stakeholders, a common vision, the DHS moonshot, has emerged: “100 million Digitally Connected EU Citizens by 2027”. The event will be the opportunity to discuss the actions enabling this ambitious objective, but also similar and parallel initiatives in USA, Canada, China and other parts of the world. More information: www.echalliance.com/digitalhealthsociety Focusing on 3 major elements required to fully develop a Digital Society for health and care, the sessions (thought leadership keynotes, panels or individual pitches) will invite the speakers to share their views, present their experiences and propose innovative solutions for:
  • Track 01: Building Trust
  • Track 02: Breaking down the Data silos for holistic health
  • Track 03: Humanizing technologies
See below the full description of the tracks   First speakers announced
  • José Pagan, Director of the Center for innovation at the New York Academy of Medicine (see short bio HERE)
  • Angela Brand, Professor at the Maastricht University (see short bio HERE)
  • Anoop Singh, COO at the Commonwealth centre for Digital Health (see short bio HERE)
  • Alex Szucs, President of the Canada Integrated Health Alliance (CIHA) (see short bio HERE)
  • Bronwyn Le Grice, Managing Director and CEO of ANDHealth (see short bio HERE)
  • Bleddyn Rees, Digital Health expert and lawyer at Osborne Clarke (see short bio HERE)
  • Brian O’Connor, Chair at the ECHAlliance (see short bio HERE)
  • Laurie Hawkins, Advocate for Health/Human Services Directories and E-Resident of Estonia (see short bio HERE)
  • Piet Weinreich, Senior Counsel at law firm Osborne Clarke (see short bio HERE)
  • Micky Tripathi, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) ((see short bio HERE)
  • Tim Postema, Managing Director, CIO Office, Dutch Ministry of Health Welfare & Sports (see short bio HERE)
  • Edward M Brown, MD, M.S.M, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)  (see short bio HERE)
  • Neil Gomes (B.Sc., MBA/MMS, M.Ed, ABD), Chief Digital Officer & Executive Vice President for Technology Innovation & Consumer Experience, Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health System (see short bio HERE)
  • Robert Stegwee, Chair of CEN TC251 Health Informatics (see short bio HERE)
  • Charles Aunger, Managing Director Technology (Chief Technology Officer) and Advisory Board Member, Health2047 Inc. (see short bio HERE)
  • Jaakko Lahteenmaki, Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (see short bio HERE)
  • Sajid Ahmed, CEO of WISE Healthcare (see short bio HERE)
  • Arnaub Chatterjee, Senior Expert/Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company (see short bio HERE)
  • Susan Sepa, Digital Health Consultant (see short bio HERE)
  • Sean Cheng, Venture Capital at Philips (see short bio HERE)
  • Mark Liber, Moonshot Academy Manager, StartUp Health (see short bio HERE)
  • Mark Stevens, Managing Partner, EnableHealth (see short bio HERE)
Track 01: Building Trust To truly express the potential of digital health, the users (clinicians and citizens), should trust the solutions. Current technologies, such as AI, machine learning and data analytics etc., bringing data-driven innovations are at the same time wonderful opportunities to deliver more personalized (and more relevant) care but could also raise concerns within the society or among the policy-makers given the recent stories relayed by mass media on the misuse of personal data. This is the privacy paradox for number of players in the digital health sector. Citizens wish to control their own data, decide who can and who cannot access them, and for which purpose. This for instance the spirit of the recent new EU regulation on data protection. On the health professional side, clinicians should trust the data and the systems in order to use them in their day-to-day practice and so transform the way they provide care. Also, the data should flow from an environment to another, from an organization to another, ensuring the perfect interoperability between systems and the (cyber)security of these very sensitive data. Key topics: Data protection, Citizen data access, governance and control, Standards & interoperability, Ethical AI, Cybersecurity, blockchain, public policies   Track 02: Breaking down the Data silos for holistic health Human health is determined by number of factors: recent studies show that genetics is playing for around 20%, behaviors and lifestyle for 40%, environment for 20% and access to care for 10%. Currently, the Data related to each of these factors and the interventions based on these data are isolated ones from the others, and we are often lacking of models and solutions allowing a comprehensive understanding of the components of the health status of an individuals. Additionally, health should be more and more cooperative between professionals and patients. Thus innovative solutions should overcome the data silos, utilize evidences-based models integrating all parameters and deliver personalized care and advices combining interventions, treatments and self-management. Key topics: genetics, -omics technologies, personalized/precision medicine, high-performance computing, AI, digital twin, behavior change, nudging, healthy living and lifestyle, public health, prevention, environmental health, smart healthy cities, disease management, patient engagement and empowerment   Track 03: Humanizing technologies By the past, some were claiming that technologies were not designed for all and that the “digital divide” was one of the main reasons for a slow deployment of digital health. The ways humans interact with technologies have greatly improved over the past few years. Voice-control, natural language, augmented and virtual reality are completely democratizing the access to new technologies and the capacity for each individual, educated or not, young or old, with disability or not, to benefit from it. We will explore several examples of these game-changing technologies in healthcare. Key topics: Natural language, AI, voice-controlled devices, wearables, Augmented-, Virtual- and Mixed- Reality


ECHAlliance invites its members and partners to propose speakers and topics for this conference. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Julien Venne (julien@echalliance.com). Download the event brochure and check the speaking and sponsorship opportunities HERE  


Special benefits for ECHAlliance members and partners

  • $250 US discount off general attendee registration pass (register by August 23rd to receive the lowest rate of $645) – please contact heather@echalliance.com
  • 16 October – access to the Innovation Hub Crawl to meet Boston Digital health leaders and visits options
  • 17 October – Access to the international workshop organised by ECHAlliance on “Humanize Digital Health: towards the Digital Health Society”
  • 17 October – Access to Immersion Day Luncheon and VIP Welcome Reception
  • 18-19 October – Access to keynote sessions, program activities, exhibit floor, innovation café and Developper’s Lab
  • Dedicated on-floor meeting room to schedule meetings
  • Special Hotel rates in Boston: visit HERE


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