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ConV2X Modernizing Healthcare with Telehealth and Blockchain Tech Remote Symposium

Nathan Nagel

By Nathan Nagel

Nathan is the CEO of the Middle East Medical Portal


Dr TedrosThe World Health Organization (WHO) Director – General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will address the 4th Annual ConVerge2Xcelerate (#CONV2X) 2020 Symposium, November 10 – 11 ( held by Partners in Digital Health and the Middle East Medical Portal.

Given the importance of digital health to the strategic priorities of WHO towards achieving universal health coverage, I am delighted to be involved in this important event,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. 

The two-day virtual symposium will bring together 43 CEOs and senior leaders of healthcare systems, healthcare and health technology companies, international government policymakers and private sector health specialist advisors, and leading academics who will present and participate in 20 panel sessions and keynotes over two days.




Day 1 – November 10, 2020 (All times are EDT)

7AM – 7:10AM:

Opening Remarks
Tory Cenaj, Founder and Publisher, Partners in Digital Health

7:10AM – 8:30AM

Regulation and Governance
Technology – Current and Future Progress

  • Moderator, Technology: Gil Alterovitz, PhD, Director of AI, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Jorge A. Ferrer, MD, MBA, LSA, FAMIA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, UT Health School of Biomedical Informatics, Health Informatics Subject Matter Expert, US Department of Veterans Affairs, USA
  • Praveen Gedam, MD, Addl. Chief Executive Officer, National Health Authority, Government of India
  • Marloes Pomp, International Strategy at Dutch Blockchain Coalition & National AI Coalition, Netherlands
  • Melanie Nice, Senior Vice President, GS1, US

8:30AM – 10AM

Regulation and Governance
Interoperability Current and Future Progress

  • Moderator, Telehealth: Amar Gupta, PhD, MIT’s Institute of Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Labs (CSAIL) and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. USA
  • Paul De Raeve, Secretary General, European Federation of Nurses (EFN), European Union
  • Mario Hyland, Sr, Vice President,, Inc. and Founder, AEGIS Canada
  • Prof. Sergio Pillon, CIRM Medical Director, San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital, Rome, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), VAS Representative Work-Group, Digital Health, National Coordinator of the Committee for Telemedicine
  • Development, Italian Ministry of Health, Italy
  • Prabhakaran Dorairaj, MD, DM (Cardiology), MSc, FRCP, FNASC, Vice President, Research and Policy, Director, Centre For Control Of Chronic Conditions, Public Health Foundation of India
  • Liz Ashall-Payne, Chief Executive Officer, ORCHA, UK

10AM – 11AM

Democratizing Healthcare: Accelerating Virtual Care Adoption to Transform Care Delivery

Joe DeVivo, President,  Hospital and Health Systems, Teladoc Health

11AM – 12PM

Privacy, Security and Hacking

  • Moderator: Joyce Hunter, Executive Director, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), and CEO, Vulcan Enterprise
  • Chris Roberts, vCISO, Advisor, Hillbilly Hit Squad
  • Lynn Sessions, Partner, Cybersecurity and Data Breaches, Baker Hostetler Healthcare
  • Mitch B. Parker, Chief Information Security Officer and Executive Director, Indiana University Health

12PM – 12:30PM

Integrating Telehealth with Emerging Technologies: AI, Blockchain, VR

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes MD MBA, FACHE, MDMBA, Chief Quality & Innovation Officer, MEDNAX

12:30PM – 1PM

Creating a Seamless Patient Journeys across Virtual and In-Person Care

Leslie Basham, President and Chief Operating Officer, Surgical Directions

1:00PM – 2PM

WHO Keynote: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director – General, World Health Organization (WHO)

2PM – 3PM

Virtual Health
Tools & Services, Hardware & Software

Telehealth vendors share pre-, current and post-Covid-19 market impact of platforms

  • Moderator: Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, CEO of Back9 Healthcare Consulting
  • Jamey Edwards, CEO, Cloudbreak
  • Ram Fish, CEO, 19Labs and GALE
  • Aashima Gupta, Director, Global Healthcare Solutions, Google Cloud
  • Yulun Wang, PhD, Fellow, Teladoc Health

3PM – 4PM

Diagnostic Tools
New and restructured telehealth triage and diagnostic tools to support virtual health Covid-19 encounters

  • Moderator: Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, CEO of Back9 Healthcare Consulting
  • Don Bauman, CEO, Isabel
  • Kira Radinsky, CEO, Diagnostic Robotics
  • John Bertrand, CEO, Dx.Ai
  • Paula LeClair, US GM,
  • Brian J. Caveney, MD JD MPH, President, Labcorp Diagnostics and Chief Medical Officer, Labcorp Holdings

4PM – 5PM

Software PowerUps
New tools to improve standard telehealth platforms

  • Moderator: Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, CEO of Back9 Healthcare Consulting
  • Robert Budman, MD, MBA, CDI-P, Chief Medical Information Officer, Nuance
  • Krishna Kurapati, CEO & Founder, QliqSoft
  • David Maman, CEO and Founder,
  • Ted Schwab, Strategist and Innovation Executive

5PM – 6PM

Pharmacy Integrated Solution to Assist Hospital Pharmacy Providers in Managing Drug Shortages

  • Todd Nolan, General Manager, IBM Micromedex Solutions, IBM Watson Health
  • dam Orsborn, CEO, OrbitalRX

6PM – 7PM

The Future of Digital Health Reimbursement and Compliance

  • Toni Elhoms, CCS, CPC, CRC, AHIMA, President, AACP, Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Coding Experts and President, Orlando AAPC Chapter
  • Ken Wolstenholm, COO, Sevaro Health
  • Jan Ground, MBA, Former Director, Virtual Care, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
  • Christian Milaster, Founder & President, Ingenium Digital Health Advisors
  • Anjali Dooley, Managing Partner, Law Office of Anjali B. Dooley, LLC

7 PM -10 PM

Design Thinking
Embedding technologies into systems, achieving business growth and scaling agnostic initiatives

  • Moderator: Sweta Sneha, PhD, Executive Director of Healthcare Management Informatics. Professor of Information Systems, Coles College Of Business, Kennesaw University
  • Amaresh Tripathy,  SVP & Analytics Business Leader,
  • Charlie Northrup, Founder, Neurosciences
  • James Wieselman Schulman, Global Design Lead, Innovation Hub, International Markets, Cigna
  • JD Pollak, Co-founder and Chief Architect, The Commons Project and CTO and Prof at Cornell Tech
  • Jodi Cutler, Design Lead and PM, IBM Watson Health
  • Srikanth Velamakanni, Co-founder, Group Chief Executive & Vice-Chairman, Fractal Analytics

Day 2 – November 11, 2020 (All times are EDT)

7AM – 7:10AM

Opening Remarks
Tory Cenaj, Founder and Publisher, Partners in Digital Health

7:10AM – 10AM

Economic Impact
Including fireside chats, politics, values, culture, infrastructure, investment and ROI post Covid-19

  • Moderator: Jose Arrieta, Former CIO, US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Combiz Abdolrahimi, US Technology Innovation Leader, Deloitte
  • Jason Cross, Chief Strategy Officer, Rymedi
  • David S. Hanekom, MD, FACP, CMPE, Chief Medical Officer and Regional President North America, SolveCare
  • Domenique Hurley, VP, Strategy & Innovation, HealthVerity
  • Ben Taylor, Founder and CEO, LedgerDomain

11AM – 12PM

What You Should Know About Interacting with a Telehealth Resource Center

Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD FSPIE, FSIIM, FATA, FAIMBE, Co-Director, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC)

12PM – 1PM

Virtual Health: The Next Frontier for Healthcare

  • Alex Harris, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Moderator: Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, CEO of Back9 Healthcare Consulting

2PM – 3PM

Virtual Health
Impact on Providers, People & Process
Advocacy and Regulatory
Advocacy and regulatory perspectives on current and future legislation affecting virtual health

  • Moderator: Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, CEO of Back9 Healthcare Consulting
  • Ceci Connolly, President & CEO, ACHP
  • Michael Barr, CMO, NCQA
  • Brendan Smith, Principle Software Systems Engineer and Department Leader – Telemedicine, The MITRE Corporation
  • Krista Drobac, Partner, Sirona Strategies

3PM – 4PM

Health Systems
How health systems have responded to virtual health in 2020 and what they plan to do in the future

  • Moderator: Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, CEO of Back9 Healthcare Consulting
  • Karen Abrashkin, Medical Director, House Calls Program, Northwell Health
  • Sylvia Romm, MD, Interim Health Lead, Virtual Care, Cityblock Health
  • Steve Ommen, Associate Dean, Center for Connected Care; Medical Director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic, Mayo Clinic
  • Jason Peoples, Director of Innovation/Technology, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Shayan Vyas, MD, MBA, VP & Medical Director, Clinical Operations, Teladoc Health

4PM – 5PM

Payors and Employers
How are payors and employers using virtual health to manage members and employees

  • Moderator: Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, CEO of Back9 Healthcare Consulting
  • Naren Singh, Sr. Director, Specialty Telehealth & Virtual Care, Anthem
  • Taralynn Romero, VP, Innovation, Cigna
  • Aleata Postell, Sr. Director, Health and Wellness Market Insights & Business Analytics, Walmart
  • David Michel, CEO, Catapult

5PM – 6PM

Virtual Care: IEEE SA Exploration and Challenges for Technology Standards

  • David Griffith, Principal AI Engineer, AI and Autonomous Systems Department, MITRE Corporation
  • Michael Carter, Senior Manager, Information Systems, Virtual Care, Mass General Brigham

6PM – 7PM

Pitch Competition: BHTY – DMV Ambassador Chapter Rebroadcast

7 PM -10 PM

Trusting Health Science and Emerging Health Tech Data: Real-world Impact, Implementation and Results for Real Lives!

  • Moderator: Jim Nasr, CEO and Founder, Acoer
  • Mance Harmon, CEO, Hedera
  • Ken Mayer, CEO, Safe Health Systems, a Mayo Clinic Partnership
  • Chris Richardson, Deputy CIO, Arizona State University
  • Blaine Mincey, MongoDB, Principal Solutions Architect, Southeast