Connected Health presentations cover boomers, consumers, innovation, interoperability and more

The Connected Health Conference will take place at the Gaylord National Convention Center.

This year’s Connected Health Conference, where attendees will explore a number of cutting-edge digital health topics, kicks off Sunday. At the conference, formerly known as the mHealth Summit, an international group of attendees and speakers will exchange research, ideas, evidence, innovations and opportunities in connected health.

Among the annual conference features is the Connected Health Pavilion. Here's a rundown of some of the sessions, which take place in the Prince George's Exhibition Hall at the Gaylord National Convention Center just outside of the District of Columbia. 

A Healthcare Ecosystem in Our Patients' Pockets

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Monday, Dec. 12, 10:45-11:00 a.m. 

Speaker: Neil Gomes, vice president for technology innovation and consumer experience, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System

This presentation will address how Jefferson Health moved from traditional medical education to one at the forefront of the “digital healthcare transformation revolution,” providing practical examples of steps the facility took.


Interoperability: Standardization Doesn’t Solve the Interface Problem ... Or Does It?

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Monday, Dec. 12, 11:10-11:25 a.m. 

Speaker: Christoph Fischer, systems engineer, Roche Diabetes Care GmbH

This session will focus on how standardization enables interoperability, why it’s important, and ways to overcome perceived barriers. It will specifically address data exchange with medical devices, as some device manufacturers have resisted interoperability due to device security and other concerns.


Tailored and Interactive Text Messaging to Engage and Activate Patients

Connected Health Pavilion - Center Stage
Monday, Dec. 12, 12:50-1:05 p.m.

Speaker: Paige Mantel, senior vice president of marketing, mPulse Mobile

This session will describe how a two-way text messaging program helped engage members of a managed Medicaid plan, reduced overuse of the emergency department for minor conditions, and increased participation in wellness programs, among other benefits.


Health & Wealth: What Healthcare Is Learning from Finance

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Monday, Dec. 12, 12:50-1:30 p.m.

Moderator: Lygeia Ricciardi, president, Clear Voice Consulting

The finance industry, which has embraced the use of technology, has similarities to the healthcare industry, such as the need for security and the use of large amounts of data. This session will address how technologies and business models that have worked in finance are increasingly being applied in healthcare.


Humanizing the Digital Experience in Healthcare

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Monday, Dec. 12, 2:05-2:45 p.m.

Speaker: Nirav Desai, principal healthcare strategist, Mobiquity, Inc.

The move to technology has removed some of the human interactions between provider and patient. This presentation explores strategies to retain the human element and maintain that dialogue.


Addressing the Rise of Healthcare Consumerism Through Technology

Connected Health Pavilion - Center Stage
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10:45-11:00 a.m.

Speaker: Daniel Hart, president, YourCareUniverse, MEDHOST

This session will provide strategies for hospital providers to address the consumerism movement through the Meaningful Use certified mobile app.


Responsible Innovation of Personalized Health Technology

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:10-11:25 a.m.

Speaker: Gillian Christie, Health Innovation Manager, Vitality

This presentation will provide guiding principles on the responsible innovation of personalized health technologies, such as wearables and mobile health, and the appropriate stewardship of data from these devices.


Boomers, Their Health and the Latest Tech: What's Now and What's Next?

Connected Health Pavilion - Center Stage
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:10-11:50 a.m.

Moderator: Laurie Orlov, founder and principal analyst, Aging in Place Technology Watch

This session will discuss the barriers for adoption of mobile apps by baby boomers, how adoption differs between older and younger boomers, and what needs to be addressed to reach these consumers.


Chronic Disease Self-Management for People with Low Health Literacy

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:35-11:55 a.m.

Speaker: Raymond Ownby, professor and chair, Nova Southeastern University & Enalan Communications

This presentation will report findings on eHealth needs of people with low health literacy and chronic conditions, as well as the use of an algorithm to pair such users with information tailored to them.


India Fast-Tracks Digital Health

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 12:00-12:15 p.m.

Speaker: Rajendra Pratap Gupta, chairman, Personal Connected Health Alliance

This session will report on changes in the adoption of health IT in India and physicians’ attitudes towards it.


Participant Recruitment Rates in mHealth Studies: Experience from 4 Clinical Trials

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1:40-1:55 p.m.

Speaker: Ramya Palacholla, postdoctoral research fellow, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners Connected Health

This presentation will report on a series of studies on recruitment barriers affecting clinical trials and mobile health.


TechSex USA: An Exploration of Youth Sexual Health and the Digital Landscape

Connected Health Pavilion - Left Stage
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2:05-2:20 p.m.

Speakers: Cara Silva, director of programs, YTH (Youth+Tech+Health); James Lykens, program associate, YTH; Molly Pilloton, digital innovations officer, YTH

This session addresses how young people access sexual health information online, and provides recommendations and opportunities for the field of sexual and reproductive health.