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iHub Turns Five: Celebration of Digital Health Innovation in Hospitals

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This fall, the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub celebrates five years of enabling ideas toward reality. Since inception in 2013, iHub has been a leader in Boston's health care innovation ecosystem, fostering a culture of digital health innovation for Brigham clinicians, scientists, researchers, administrators and staff.  

Join us at this half-day symposium on September 12th to hear perspectives and success stories from past and present iHub innovators, how the iHub's model of innovation has evolved, and what lies ahead. 


1:30 - 2:15 p.m. 
Oh, the Places You'll Go: Perspectives from Past iHub Team Members

Alexandra Pelletier, Technology and Digital Transformation Strategist

Lesley Solomon, MBA, SVP Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Jeff Greenberg, MD, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Firefly Health
Josh Di Frances, Executive Director, Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program
Andrea Ippolito, Executive Director, Engineering Management Program, Cornell University

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. 
The Innovation Journey: Growing Ideas from the Inside Out

Brian Mullen, PhD, Innovation Strategy Manager, Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

YiDing Yu, MD, Founder, Twiage
Alexander P. Lin, PhD, Director, Center for Clinical Spectroscopy, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM, Director of Health Policy Research Translation Fellowship, Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Karen M. Fasciano, PsyD, Senior Psychologist, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
A Vision for Digital Health: Through the Eyes of Leadership

Payal Agrawal Divakaran, Principal, .406 Ventures

Alistair Erskine, MD, Chief Digital Health Officer, Partners HealthCare
Shelly Anderson, MPM, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations, Brigham Health
Trung Do, Vice President, Business Development, Partners HealthCare

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
 Richard Zane, MD, 
Chief Innovation Officer, University of Colorado Health

5:15 - 7:00 p.m.
iHub Festival
Networking Reception, Interactive Expo and Awards

Featured Speakers

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Richard Zane, MD
Chief Innovation Officer
University of Colorado Health

Dr. Richard Zane currently serves as the George B. Boedecker Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Professor of Health Administration at the University of Colorado Business School and Chief Innovation Officer for the University of Colorado Health System.

Dr. Zane completed medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia followed by residency training in emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Following residency, Dr. Zane joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins as Assistant Chief of Service. In 1998, Dr. Zane joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

While in Boston, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Department of Homeland Security and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, he formed collaborative industry partnerships to develop tools for preparedness and response to mass casualty care and disaster. These tools have been used domestically and across the globe for events including the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, the Japan earthquake and tsunami and the Boston Marathon bombing and most recently the flooding in Houston and formed the basis for the WHO guide for hospital preparedness. At Brigham and Women’s and Partners HealthCare, bringing lessons of system response from emergency preparedness, he incorporated these modern industrial engineering and informatics principles into care redesign, access and clinical integration.

In 2012, Dr. Zane was recruited to the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Hospital as the inaugural chair of the department of emergency medicine where he led a massive redesign of emergency services. This successful redesign focused not only on integrating industrial engineering practices but also partnering with industry to integrate patient and data centric technologic solutions into the care process resulting in dramatic improvements in quality, experience and cost. The University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Department was recently ranked the #2 academic ED in the country by Vizient and this approach to care redesign has been replicated across the UCHealth system in 31 emergency departments, as well as the departments of radiology, surgery, oncology and critical care medicine. The University of Colorado Hospital has been visited by over 50 health care systems from across the United States, Europe and Asia where fundamental principles of this approach to care redesign are being emulated and Dr. Zane has been asked to consult for the National Health Service in the UK and Ireland as they grapple with emergency care redesign.

Most recently, as Chief Innovation Officer for UCHealth, Dr. Zane has focused on the development of novel industry and venture relationships to bring innovative solutions to health care. By partnering with companies, from small start-ups to multinationals, and using the power of data science, remote monitoring and prescriptive intelligence he is attempting fundamentally alter and improve the way in which health care is delivered.

Dr. Zane has been widely published in peer reviewed publications, his work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and Wall Street journal and he was recently named a New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst Thought Leader in Medicine.

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Lesley Solomon, MBA
SVP Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Lesley Solomon is SVP Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer at Dana-Farber. She works with industry, investors and Dana-Farber innovators to accelerate cancer therapies and improve care. Lesley develops strategies and collaborations to enhance research and patient care while also delivering financial results and competitive advantages. She integrates the work of the Dana-Farber Innovation office with her overall innovation strategies for DFCI.

Most recently she served as the founding executive director of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Innovation Hub and Director of Strategy and Innovation in the Brigham Research Institute. In those roles she worked with Brigham innovators to help advance their work by evaluating needs, exploring business models, finding collaborators, developing funding opportunities and managing teams.

Lesley has 20+ years of experience as an executive doing work in business development, strategy and marketing at startups, early stage, and large companies such as the Food Network, Barnes &, and Yoga Works. Lesley received her MBA from Harvard Business School and has a B.A. in English from Cornell University.

Lesley is co-Founder and executive committee member of the Food Allergy Science Initiative at The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT which brings together experts across disciplines to unlock the biology of food allergy and change the field to develop new treatments and more.

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Andrea Ippolito
Executive Director, Engineering Management Program
Cornell University

Andrea Ippolito is the Executive Director of the Engineering Management Program at Cornell University. She recently completed her role as the Director of the Innovators Network at the Department of Veterans Affairs and she previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the VA Center for Innovation based out of the White House Office of Science Technology Policy and General Services Administration. She previously was a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, co-founder of Smart Scheduling, Innovation Specialist at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Innovation Hub, and Co-Director of MIT’s Hacking Medicine. She also served as a Product Innovation Manager at athenaHealth and completed her M.S. in Engineering and Management at MIT. Prior to MIT, Ippolito worked as a Research Scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific. She obtained both her B.S. in Biological Engineering in 2006 and Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from Cornell University. 

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Josh Di Frances
Executive Director
Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program

Josh is currently the Executive Director for the Presidential Innovation Fellowship program. Before joining the PIF program, he was on CVS Health’s Digital Strategy and Innovation team where he worked to accelerate innovation through health care and technology strategic partnerships and investments. Josh also worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital—a Harvard affiliated academic medical center—in their Innovation Hub where he helped Harvard Medical School professors to commercialize technology. Prior to Brigham, Josh served as Director of Operations for a biotechnology start-up that focused on novel gene editing technology.  

Josh is a graduate of Boston University where he holds a B.A. in Biology with a Concentration in Neuroscience. He is currently pursuing Executive Coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and graduate coursework in Strategic Management at Harvard University. Josh is also a proud volunteer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  


Jeff Greenberg, MD
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer
Firefly Health

Jeff is co-founder and chief operating officer of Firefly Health, a start-up primary care company based in Boston.  Prior to Firefly, Jeff held several leadership roles at BWH including Medical Director of the Innovation Hub. Jeff practiced primary care at BWH for seven years and was Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS.

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Brian Mullen, PhD
Innovation Strategy Manager
Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

Brian Mullen is an entrepreneur, design engineer, and researcher with a passion for designing innovative medical products and assistive technologies. Brian holds a B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Brian’s background covers many disciplines, from clinical research exploring the safety and effectiveness of treatments for people with mental illness to human centered design, universal design, design for commercial viability, and teaching new product development. Brian’s work has led to clinical publications, awards, and presentations in multiple fields as well as pending patents.

Previous to joining iHub Brian founded an early stage medical device company, Therapeutic Systems, to translate the technology he developed in graduate school to the market. The mission of the company was to help people across the life spans who are struggling with brain disorders such as autism, ADHD, PTSD and anxiety based disorders by providing them therapeutic wearable technologies that included monitoring and sensory based neuromodulation as an intervention (you can watch his TedX talk on designing for people with mental illness). As CEO, Brian lead Therapeutic Systems in winning MassChallenge in 2011, the UMass Innovation Challenge, a VentureWell E-Team award, raised seed investment, and launched a class I product and generated revenue through sales.

Brian is passionate about supporting early stage innovation and coaches and mentors entrepreneurs and startups in top national programs outside of his role at iHub. Brian’s unique background helps in the early stages for trying to figure out the problem, flush out ideas, develop concepts, create action plans to test ideas and concepts, building business models, and crafting and presenting value propositions and pitches.

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Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM
Attending Emergency Physician, Director of the Health Policy Research Translation Fellowship, Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM is an Attending Emergency Physician and Director of the Health Policy Research Translation Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He is also the Director of B-CORE: The Brigham Comprehensive Opioid Response and Education Program, a hospital-wide, multi-disciplinary project with the goal of reducing opioid-related morbidity and mortality. Dr. Weiner completed his residency training at the Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and MPH degree at Harvard School of Public Health.  He is the President of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians.  His research focuses on technological innovations that improve the care of ED patients presenting with pain, including usage and optimization of online prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), as well as improving access to naloxone, the life-saving opioid overdose reversal medication. 

Karen M. Fasciano, Psy.D. 
Senior Psychologist, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Associate Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry
Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Karen Fasciano is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Young Adult Program at the Dana-Farber /Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. Dr. Fasciano has created a body of innovative clinical interventions to improve emotional care for young adults coping with cancer including an interactive educational website, a series of videos, conversation aids and integration of platforms such as Twitter into clinical care.  Most recently she has been working on a smart phone application to help with coping with cancer.  Dr. Fasciano consults with other national and international cancer centers around the development of new clinical programs for young adults. In addition, Dr. Fasciano has participated in research publications on young adults coping with cancer.  She has co-chaired an international conference on psychosocial oncology and been a member of the board of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. 

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Alexander P. Lin, PhD
Director, Center for Clinical Spectroscopy
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School

Alexander P. Lin, PhD is the director of the Center for Clinical Spectroscopy in the department of radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lin is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology, where he completed his Masters degree in Bioengineering and his doctoral degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.   Dr. Lin commenced at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2009 where his research has focused on translating magnetic resonance spectroscopy technology into clinical practice in areas such as traumatic brain injury, cancer, metabolic disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, and many others.  In 2016, with the support of the BWH iHub, he co-founded BrainSpec, Inc. a multi-million dollar software platform that enables efficient, accurate, and non-invasive diagnosis of brain disorders by measuring brain chemistry.  The company was the 2017 Google Cloud Machine Learning Startup Competition Winner, 2016 Tufts New Venture winner and Harvard finalist as well as a part of MassBio, TechStars, and Philips Healthworks. 

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YiDing Yu, MD

YiDing Yu, MD, is a practicing internist, a published researcher, and the founder of Twiage. As CEO, YiDing designed and scaled Twiage to 911 first responders and hospitals across the country to accelerate life-saving care, establishing Twiage as the market leader in the Northeast. Today, Twiage is used by 54 hospitals across 11 states, including Steward Health Care System, Adventist Health System, and Tenet Healthcare. Twiage has won top innovation prizes from the American Heart Association,  the American Medical Association, and the Cleveland Clinic for its ground-breaking technology. YiDing has been named a 40 Under 40 Health care Innovator, Aspen Ideas Scholar, and in 2018, YiDing was awarded $100,000 and named North American Laureate of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award, selected among 2,800 applications from 130 countries.  


Payal Agrawal Divakaran
.406 Ventures

Payal is a Principal at .406 Ventures, where she focuses on health care IT and cloud infrastructure investing. .406 Ventures is a Boston-based venture capital firm with ~$650M under management. The firm invests in enterprise-oriented startups in sectors including health care IT, cybersecurity, data/analytics, and cloud infrastructure. Payal is currently involved with Annum Health, Axial Healthcare, CloudHealth, Event Farm, Nomad Health, Redox, Trilio Data, WelbeHealth, Wellist, and Virtudent.

Previously, Payal 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 physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and daughter live in Cambridge. 

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Alistair Erskine, MD
Chief Digital Health Officer
Partners HealthCare

Alistair Erskine, MD is the Chief Digital Health Officer at Partners HealthCare which includes Brigham Woman's and Massachusetts General Hospitals, teaching hospitals for Harvard Medical School.  He is responsible for sequencing innovative technologies, harmonizing data across the clinical care, research and health plan enterprise, and activating patients in a manner congruent with emerging patient consumerism.  Dr. Erskine heads Partners' e-Care Division with over 400 application and clinical staff which engages patients, clinicians and researchers in the design and configuration of Partner's clinical information systems and evolves Partners facilities to take advantage of ultramodern technologies.  He also leads Partners digital health strategy including patient-facing application, patient relationship management, telehealth services, secondary use of data and appropriate application of artificial intelligence.  He has a teaching appointment at Harvard Medical School to incorporate clinical informatics into the medical student curriculum.

Prior to Partners, Dr. Erskine was Geisinger Health System's Chief Informatics Officer where he oversaw Geisinger’s Unified Data Architecture, a hedged data management environment powered by Hadoop/Big Data and traditional relational database systems to ensure that data collected as a by-product of clinical, and research investigation are accessible for new discovery and appropriate secondary use.  In previous roles, he was appointed Associate Dean of Medical Informatics at Virginia Commonwealth University and was a member of the Board for the 650-physician Medical College of Physician practice plan.  He was appointed to the Virginia Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission by Executive Order and was a voting member of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee.  Dr. Erskine spent two years in Doha, Qatar in the Middle East as Chief of Health Informatics at Sidra Medical and Research Center and implemented a model commercial EHR from the ground up, without legacy systems or technologies.  He presents and publishes on the topic of clinical transformation in peer-reviewed literature and serves on Boards of several companies.

Dr. Erskine trained at Brown University and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and is triple Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Clinical Informatics and Pediatrics.  He completed a two-year degree program at MIT Sloan School of Management, with a specialization in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. He has been practicing hospital medicine for 15 years.

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Shelly Anderson, MPM
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations
Brigham Health

Shelly has combined a 14-year consulting record serving top-rated academic, pediatric and system-based health care delivery clients with over 6 years as an executive in strategy and operations at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she has effectively led significant program development like successfully implementing the full-suite Epic health record in a single day go live and improving hospital operations efficiency. 

Shelly was a Partner at Stockamp & Associates, Inc., now a division of Huron Consulting Group, where she led teams in implementing comprehensive revenue cycle and patient flow solutions.  Shelly played a fundamental leadership role in developing the company from approximately 30 members when she joined to over 400 members, $140 million annual revenue at the point of the Huron transaction. 

During her transition from consulting to health care administration, Shelly augmented her consulting experience with a policy management degree from Georgetown University, concentrating her focus on health policy and health care reform. 

Shelly took a strong track record consulting in health care reform policy and large-scale solution implementations with multi-million dollar financial returns to Brigham where she continues to advance strategies in active asset management, service line development, network and business development, structural and focused cost reduction, while overseeing teams skilled in operations, performance improvement, analysis and planning, program management, and data management.

Shelly has had the fortune to consult with some of the most advanced health care delivery organizations in the nation, including: Providence Health System in the Northwest; University of California – Davis in Sacramento; Northwestern Hospital in Chicago; Children’s Hospital in Boston; Exempla Healthcare (now SCL Health) in Denver; Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago; University of Colorado Hospital (now UC Health) in Denver; Continuum Health Partners (now Mount Sinai Health System) in New York City; Novant Health in Charlotte and Winston-Salem; The Children’s Hospital (now Children’s Hospital Colorado) in Denver; The University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati; Texas Health Resources in Arlington; and Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City.

Shelly has co-written the following articles: “Opening a New Facility?  Improve Process Before You Move In”; “Increasing Patient Satisfaction:  A Key Benefit of Improving Patient Flow Performance”; “Participating in Care Coordination Reaps Multiple Benefits for Physicians and Hospitals”.  Shelly committed her master’s project to researching the potential of the ‘accountable care organization’: “Achieve the ACO Triple Aim:  Limit Scope and Get Strict on Care Coordination and Care Planning Competency Development”.


Trung Do
Vice President, Business Development
Partners HealthCare

Trung is Vice President of Business Development at Partners HealthCare, where he has overall responsibility leading Partners efforts to grow its commercial and international portfolios. Trung’s background includes more than twenty years experience in strategy, business development, management consulting, and operations. Prior to Partners, he served as the Director of Operations at PharMetrics, a venture-backed start-up providing health care market insights to the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and health plan sectors of the market. He began his career in health care and life sciences as a consultant with Arthur Andersen and Boston Biomedical Consultants. He served as the President of GeneInsight, Inc., a company of Partners HealthCare, before it was acquired by Sunquest Information Systems. He currently serves as a member of the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre’s (C-TRIC) international advisory board. Trung holds an MBA and MA from Boston University and BS from University of California at Irvine.


Alexandra Pelletier
Technology and Digital Transformation Strategist

Alexandra is a technology and digital transformation strategist with a health care focus. She has identified, developed and led strategic enterprise initiatives and delivered sustainable results at leading academic medical centers and as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow for Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot. She leads change by engaging executive leadership in the vision and by working across and beyond the organizational boundaries to champion ideas for impact. For over a decade, her focus has been on improving health care delivery for patient access across many populations. She's also a proud alumni of the Brigham iHub and other Boston hospital innovation programs. She enjoys sharing ideas, collaborating and presenting at conferences about the real-world impact of how technology and innovation can transform organizations. 

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