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Digital Health and the Transformation of Care

Join Brigham Digital Innovation Hub May 17th for “Digital Health and the Transformation of Care”. This half-day symposium will cover digital technology being used in research and clinical care, from patient engagement to ingestibles and home hospital to AI topping it off with a keynote from our very own Dr. Betsy Nabel on the future of healthcare.

Listen to and interact with experts and world leaders to exchange ideas, discuss real world cases and explore the impact digital health is already having. Attendees can also engage with many of the startups leading the way during our Digital Health Expo, co-hosted by PULSE@MassChallenge. 

Register today to join Boston’s innovation ecosystem as we explore the transformation being driven by Digital Health.


1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Registration and Networking

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Behavioral Health: Panel

David Ahern Ph.D. , Ash Nadkarni, M.D., Karen Fasciano, M. Psy.D.
Moderator: Dan Gebremedhin, M.D. (Flare Capital)

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Startup: Panel

Omar Badri, M.D. (Medumo), Brad Diephuis (Herald Health), Peter Najjar, MD (ListRunner)
Moderator: Payal Agrawal Divakaran (.406 Ventures)

2:30-2:50 p.m. Home Hospital

David Levine, M.D., M.A.


3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Dr. Betsy Nabel, President, Brigham Health

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Digital Health in the Clinic

Nicolas M. Oreskovic, M.D.

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. The Future is Now: Panel

Giovanni Traverso M.D., Ph.D. , Jayender Jagadeesan, Ph.D.
Moderator: Adam Landman, M.D., M.S., M.H.S.

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Big Data: Panel

Ziad Obermeyer, Ritu R. Gill, M.D. M.P.H, Mark H. Michalski
Moderator: Martin Kelly (HealthXL)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D.

President, Brigham Health

Betsy Nabel has served as president of Harvard-affiliated Brigham Health--an academic medical system which includes Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization--since 2010.  A cardiologist and distinguished biomedical researcher, Nabel is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Nabel brings a unique perspective to health care based on her experience as a physician, research scientist, academic medicine leader, and wellness advocate.  At Brigham Health, Nabel is leading development of a new model of academic medicine devoted to maintaining and restoring health through leadership in scientific discovery, education, and compassionate care. Initiatives include a new translational research and clinical facility, leading-edge care redesign, and a $1.5 billion campaign to advance life-giving breakthroughs.

Building on her lifelong commitment to improving health through science, in 2015 Nabel was appointed chief health and medical advisor to the National Football League.

As former director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Nabel established pioneering programs in genomics and stem cells, founded the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, and launched the Red Dress Heart Truth campaign.

An accomplished physician-scientist, Nabel’s work on the molecular genetics of cardiovascular diseases has produced 17 patents and more than 250 scientific publications.

Nabel attended Weill Cornell Medical College and completed her training at BWHC. She and her husband Gary have three children, all pursuing careers in medicine.

Featured Speakers

Nicolas M. Oreskovic, M.D.

Medical Director, Integrated Care Management
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Oreskovic is an internist and pediatrician, and clinical researcher. He is the Medical Director for the Integrated Care Management Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His research interests include physical activity and other health behaviors, chronic disease prevention, using technology to improve health behaviors and health care deliver, and understanding how the built environment, including architecture and urban planning, can affect individual and population health. He has authored over two dozen peer reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Oreskovic received his bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, attended medical school at The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York, trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, completed a fellowship in Health Services Research at Harvard Medical School, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

David Ahern, Ph.D.

Special Advisor, Healthcare Delivery Research Branch (HDRP)
Director, Program in Behavioral Informatics & eHealth,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

David is the Director of the Program in Behavioral Informatics and eHealth within the Department of Psychiatry at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School.  Over his 30-year career David has focused on the intersection of informatics and behavioral science to improve health and healthcare.  David was National Program Director for the Health e-Technologies Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2002-2009 where he managed a technology research portfolio of 26 grants promoting the use of technology for health behavior change and chronic disease management.  He has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and technical reports.  In 2013, David began a detail to the National Cancer Institute whereby he serves as a special advisor on health information technology (HIT) to the Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP) within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.  During his tenure at NCI David has co-edited a book entitled Oncology Informatics recently published by Elsevier with Drs. Brad Hesse and Ellen Beckjord and co-facilitated the President’s Cancer Panel workshop series on Connected Health, with release of the final report to President Obama in November 2016.

Ash Nadkarni, M.D.

Associate Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Digital Integrated Care

Dr. Ash Nadkarni, MD is an associate psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  As Director of Digital Integrated Care, Dr. Nadkarni is responsible for the design and study of innovation that facilitates integration of Psychiatry into other medical specialties. She is currently investigating the development of an Amazon Echo skills application to deliver Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Her research has additionally examined the psychological impact of social media usage and the use of collaborative care in medical subspecialities.  

Dr. Nadkarni was featured as an expert in the "The Observed Life", a documentary which discussed the cognitive impact of Facebook and premiered on DIRECTV’s Audience Network. Additionally, she has been referenced in Forbes, US News and World Report, Health, Huffington Post, TeenVogue, Glamour, Yahoo and the Daily Mail.   
Previously, Dr. Nadkarni successfully launched, obtained venture funding for and facilitated the acquisition of a mobile health startup. Dr. Nadkarni is also a board member for the Massachusetts chapter of Volunteers of America, a nonprofit provider of assistance services to low income, disabled and elderly individuals. 
Dr. Nadkarni earned her undergraduate degree from McGill University and medical degree from Northwestern University. She completed her internship and residency at Boston Medical Center.

David Levine, M.D., M.A.

Research Fellow, Brigham Health and Harvard Medical School

David Levine, M.D. M.A. is a practicing general internist and research fellow in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham Health and Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on digital health, care redesign, and the quality of delivered health care. Among other projects, he leads Brigham's Home Hospital program to bring acute care to the home for patients who would normally be admitted.

Omar Badri, M.D.

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Badri developed an automated patient support and monitoring tool, Medumo Inc. This tool delivers precisely timed text-message and/or email-based video or print reminders to patients for a variety of purposes, such as preparations for procedures.  The program delivers check-in questions related to patient progress and can flag those patients at-risk of non-compliance for appropriate outreach.  It can be customized for any practice or institution, and the software removes technical barriers, as it does not require an app download or EHR integration.

Dr.  Badri is a fourth-year resident in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and in dermatology at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training program. He completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Arizona State University and graduated with an M.D. from Harvard University where he was awarded the Thayer Award for outstanding academic achievement. 

While at Harvard, he co-managed a grant from The Commonwealth Fund to improve health policy education at medical schools across the country. His passion is to improve patient experience through interactive web-based learning modalities by implementing technologies created at Medumo, a technology company he co-founded, which won the Massachusetts Health Challenge. During his time in residency, Dr. Badri has won two Brigham and Women’s Hospital i-Hub innovation challenges, a Martin Solomon Primary Care Innovation Scholarship, and a Brigham Care Redesign Incubator and Startup Program grant to implement decision support at the point of order.

Payal Agrawal Divakaran

Principal, .406 Ventures

Payal is a Principal at .406 Ventures, where she supports the team in investing, board involvement, and portfolio management. .406 Ventures is a Boston-based venture capital firm with ~$650M under management. The firm invests in enterprise-oriented startups in sectors including healthcare IT, cybersecurity, data/analytics, and cloud infrastructure. Payal is currently involved with Annum Health, Axial Healthcare, CloudHealth, Event Farm, Lexumo, Jisto, Nomad Health, Redox, and WelbeHealth.

Previously, Payal was at Harvard Business School, where she co-founded a company called SpotRocket to help students discover high potential startups to work for. Payal has also worked at Eventbrite, Spectrum Equity, and J.P. Morgan. Payal received her MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and her BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Management from MIT. She is a Boston native, and she and her husband, who is a cardiovascular medicine fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, currently live in Cambridge. 

Adam Landman, M.D., M.S., M.H.S.

CIO, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Adam Landman, MD, MS, MIS, MHS, is Brigham and Women’s Health Care’s (BWHC) Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, Dr. Landman is responsible for maintaining a focus on excellence while developing system-wide strategic IT initiatives, with the goal of evolving the next generation of information systems across the BWHC enterprise.

Dr. Landman is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He joined BWH in 2010 as director of Clinical Information in the Department of Emergency Medicine, where he led the project to move BWH ED clinicians from paper-based to electronic documentation. He also led the team that built the CliniCam mobile app, a secure and convenient image sharing app for acquiring digital images and storing them in the electronic health record, which was made available for all clinical users in the hospital.

He previously served the hospital as the Chief Medical Information Officer for Health Information Innovation & Integration (CMIO), where he oversaw a range of BWHC Partners eCare (PeC) responsibilities, such as the local implementation of the Sunquest laboratory information system and integration with Epic, with a novel positive patient identification specimen collection solution that has reduced laboratory specimen errors for inpatients. He had also been driving efforts at both the local and industry levels to improve the experience of hospital patients and visitors, strengthening the innovation culture at BWHC through programs like the Innovation Hub, and collaborating with external digital health companies and start-ups.

Dr. Landman received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMNDJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and trained in Emergency Medicine at UCLA Medical Center. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University, where he also received his masters of Health Sciences. He completed graduate degrees in Information Systems and Health Care Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jayender Jagadeesan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Research Associate, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Jayender Jagadeesan is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Research Associate at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Member of the Broad Institute. Prior to his current appointment, he completed his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and his Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech.) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. His research interests include image-guided therapy, surgical navigation, robotics, modeling and control of smart materials, and haptics. Minimally Invasive Surgical devices and applications form the primary research motivation. He is also the technical lead for the several procedures in the state of the art Advanced Multimodality Image-guided Operating (AMIGO) suite at BWH including MR-guided breast conserving  surgery (BCS), Image-guided video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (iVATS), Image-guided parathyroidectomy and hemithyroidectomy and MR-guided nerve and tumor cryotherapy.

Ritu R. Gill, M.D. M.P.H

Clinical Radiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Ritu R Gill is a clinical radiologist with sub-specialty training in Cardiothoracic and Oncoradiology and a Masters in Public Health (Clinical Effectiveness). She is the Director for Imaging Research, Lung Research Center, Director of thoracic Imaging and Intervention in Advanced Multimodality Imaging operating room (AMIGO) and the Associate Director, Surgical Imaging Innovation, Center for Surgical Innovation at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her interests include building prognostic models to stratify survival in Chest malignancies. She also has an avid interest in 3D and 4D imaging and 3D modeling and printing. 

Brad Diephuis

Co-Founder, Herald Health

Brad Diephuis is a co-founder of Herald Health, a health IT startup creating a customizable clinical notification platform for clinicians.  Herald is completing a pilot product at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he is also a resident trainee in Internal Medicine.  Prior to Herald, Brad completed an MD/MBA degree between Harvard Business School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).  His undergraduate training is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and he has held an eclectic set of prior positions including stints as a cancer researcher, a Wall Street quantitative trader and a product manager.

Ziad Obermeyer

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ziad Obermeyer is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a practicing emergency physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, both in Boston. His research applies machine learning to electronic health record data, to understand and improve clinical decision making. He is a recipient of an Early Independence Award from the NIH Common Fund, and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and ideas42. 

Giovanni Traverso, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Research Affiliate, Koch Institute & Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dr. Traverso is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. Dr. Traverso grew up in Peru, Canada and the United Kingdom.  He received his BA from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK, and his PhD from the lab of Prof. Bert Vogelstein at Johns Hopkins University.  He subsequently completed medical school at the University of Cambridge, internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his gastroenterology fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, both at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Traverso’s previous work focused on the development of novel molecular tests for the early detection of colon cancer. For his post-doctoral research he transitioned to the fields of chemical and biomedical engineering in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he developed a series of novel technologies for drug delivery as well as physiological sensing via the gastrointestinal tract.

Dr. Traverso’s work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Materials, Science Translational Medicine and Cancer Research.  He has been the recipient of the Grand Prize of the Collegiate Inventors Competition, a Research Fellowship from Trinity College, and was named one of the most promising innovators under 35 by the MIT Tech Review’s TR 35.

Dr. Traverso continues to collaborate closely with Professor Langer and is a Research Affiliate at MIT.  His current research program is focused on developing the next generation of drug delivery systems to enable efficient delivery of therapeutics through the gastrointestinal tract. 

Dr. Karen M Fasciano, Psy.D.

Senior Psychologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Associate Psychologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Karen Fasciano is a clinical psychologist and Director of Young Adult Mental Health at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Fasciano has created a body of innovative clinical interventions for young adults coping with cancer including an interactive educational website for the young adult patients at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.   In addition, Dr. Fasciano has participated in research publications on young adults coping with cancer.    She has also developed patient educational materials using various forms of technology and a very successful local annual young adult patient conference.

Dr. Fasciano has been a member of the scientific program committee of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society for many years and co-chaired the 2015 International Psychosocial Oncology conference in Washington, DC.  She has also appeared as an expert in several patient educational publications, videos, podcasts and public television.  Dr. Fasciano consults with other national and international cancer centers around the development of new clinical programs for young adults.   Most importantly, Dr. Fasciano is an expert clinician whose clinical services help to ease the emotional distress of many young adult patients coping with cancer.

Dan Gebremedhin, M.D.

Principal, Flare Capital Partners

Dan Gebremedhin is a Principal at Flare Capital Partners.  Prior to joining Flare Capital, Dan served as a Medical Director at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, leading Population Health Analytics, Value Based Purchasing, and General Strategy. Dan is a practicing Internal Medicine Physician on the Faculty of the Massachusetts General Hospital, and has an appointment as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Previously, Dan spent time as an entrepreneur and operator in the Health IT Industry, cofounding and managing two separate businesses in the Electronic Health Records and Online Medical Education industries.

Dan’s other interests include Healthcare Policy and Global Health. He has served as a Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Campaigns of Governor Charlie Baker and Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. He has worked to expand healthcare infrastructure in the developing world, serving as a consultant for the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Ethiopia. Dan currently sits on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

Dan earned a B.S. with honors from the University of California, San Diego, an M.D. Summa Cum Laude from the Morehouse School of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Dan completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mark H. Michalski

Executive Director, MGH and BWH Center for Clinical Data Science

Mark H. Michalski, MD is the Executive Director of the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science, which is focused on the application and translation of novel machine learning techniques into clinical practice. Previous to this role, Dr. Michalski held leadership and operational roles at early-stage companies in the medical software and device domain, including Butterfly Network and Hyperfine Research.  Dr. Michalski held additional strategic roles in healthcare-focused efforts at Google and Genentech.  Dr. Michalski completed his radiology residency training as a Holman Fellow at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He graduated with a degree in Cybernetics from the University of California at Los Angeles with multiple honors and received his medical degree from Stanford University.

Martin Kelly

CEO, HealthXL

Martin is co-founder and CEO of HealthXL, a global market for digital health innovation and insights. Prior to HealthXL, Martin was a partner at IBM Venture Capital Group and led the development of their Global Entrepreneur Program including the worldwide rollout to over 20 countries. Martin has worked in the tech industry since the early 1990’s in a variety of technical and business development roles in healthcare, consultancy, public sector, finance and consumer goods. Martin has acted as an advisor to the Irish Government on Innovation Fund Ireland serving on the advisory board. In 2012, he was voted Global Corporate Venturing Personality of the Year. He is acted as a curator for ‘Hack the City’ and is a Leonardo with the Science Gallery. He holds a BSc in Information Systems from Trinity College and an MBA from University College Dublin.