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 (Flare Capital)

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Startup: Panel
Omar Badri, M.D. (Medumo), Brad Diephuis (Herald Health), Moderator: Payal Agrawal Divakaran (.406 Ventures)

2:30-2:50 p.m. Home Hospital
David Levine, M.D.


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.

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

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.