The Impact of Wearable Devices on Healthcare

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In today's market, millions of Americans have access to wearable devices that are meant to improve their health. From heart rate monitors to glucose meters, wearable technology can count steps, map distance, track heart rate, and measure glucose levels. Join a panel of experts in a discussion focused on the impact of wearable technology in healthcare in which we consider the following:

  • How much of being "plugged in" is too much? When do consumer health devices and apps stop being patient engagement enablers and start to be patient distractors?
  • So much data, so little time. Is there such thing as too much data? How do we make sense of all the health data we are consuming to make sure we are focus on what matters and not waste time obsessing over data with minimal impact?
  • Is a free fitbit a good thing? Depends on who's giving it to you. What kind of message does it send when an employer or insurer provides you with a free fitbit or other health tracking device?
  • Who uses wearable health devices? Judging by all the "health" apps and "wearable health devices" on the market, mostly healthy people. Why don't more "health" apps and "wearable health devices" apply to more than just healthy people?

This event is Part III in a series of educationational panel discussions focused on Digital Healthcare.

Panelists for this event include:

Abhijit Dasgupta, PhD

Chief Data Science Officer, Zansors, LLC

Abhijit Dasgupta is an experienced data scientist and statistician with over 15 years experience in statistical modeling, machine learning methods and data visualization. He have a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute, where he worked on genetic epidemiology, computational biology and analyses of microarrays and other genomic platforms for cancer research. He works with biomedical researchers and professionals, bioengineers, and startups in the DC Metro area to help develop ways (models, algorithms, predictive modeling, visualizations) to extract intelligence from data and reveal the story that the data is expressing. He has a great deal of experience with machine learning algorithms and statistical analyses of biological data, biomarkers, sensor data, outcomes research, business analytics, and Bayesian modeling. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in both methodological and collaborative research. Abhijit is increasingly involved in analyzing and integrating sensor data into data ecosystems and “internet of things”. As Co-Founder and Chief Data Science Officer at Zansors, Abhijit leads the technical team in developing pipelines including algorithms, data products, software and communication tools utilizing sensors to help people Know Themselves.

Abhijit also helps organize the data community in DC, serving as an organizer of the Statistical Programming DC meetup and a board member of Data Community DC, an organization with over 13,000 members. He also regularly teaches introductory and intermediate workshops on data analysis using R and Python through District Data Labs.

Outside of his professional life, Abhijit is a 4th degree black belt in Kokikai-ryu Aikido and leads classes weekly in Frederick County, Maryland.

Peter Celano

Director of Consumer Health Initiatives, MedStar Institute for Innovation

Pete has worked in healthcare for 20 years, including as a co-founder of and before that the owner of a Software-as-a-Service company in the x-ray space, for sharing DICOM images among hospitals. (Vienna, VA) was founded in 2009, and is a competitor in Remote Patient Monitoring, having spun out of MicroStrategy, Inc.

As Director of Consumer Health Initiatives for the MedStar Institute for Innovation, Pete is especially focused on making patient access more convenient and friction-free.  A major area of interest is cloud-platforms that can tie into the EMR, to drive new system revenue, reduce costs, improve outcomes and extend access.  Another interest area is screening patients using evidence-based questionnaires, especially on the web and mobile. Pete has a BA and MBA from the University of Virginia, and has presented at a variety of meetings and conferences on Digital & Mobile Health, Cybersecurity, Cloud Platforms and Access.

Anna McCollister Slipp

Chief Advocate for Participatory Research at Scripps Translational Science Institute

Anna McCollister-Slipp is the co-founder of Galileo Analytics, a visual data exploration and advanced data analytics company focused on democratizing access to and understanding of complex health data.In addition, Anna is a vocal advocate for improving methods for comparative effectiveness research and the development of more refined outcomes measures to better guide care and assess treatments. She serves on the National Quality Forum’s Endocrine Standing Committee, charged with evaluating proposed quality measures for use with CMS’ performance and incentive programs. She was a member of the FDA/ONC/FCC HIT Policy Committee’s FDASIA Working Group, which advised the agencies on creating a regulatory pathway that will help protect patients, while enabling and promoting innovation in HIT systems, mobile applications and medical device interoperability. She is a member of the FDA’s advisory committee on General Hospital and Personal Use Medical Devices, and serves on the steering committee for FDA’s MDEpiNet, which is working to establish a system for improving medical device product safety surveillance and comparative effectiveness research.

Douglas E. Goldstein

Globally recognized healthcare strategist, author, entrepreneur and "e-Futurist”

Douglas Goldstein is focused on how electronic and emerging technologies can improve health and medical products and services today and tomorrow. He is a sought after keynote speaker and author of the recent publications e-Healthcare: Harness the Power of Internet e-Commerce & e-Care and most recently. Medical Informatics 20/20: Quality and Electronic Health Records through Collaboration, Open Solutions and Innovation. Douglas Goldstein's upcoming book is: ConsumerMDTM Guide to Avoiding Costly, Deadly Medical Errors. Douglas has served as a keynote motivational speaker for Thomson Healthcare, Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, Catholic Health East, MGMA, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Merck-Medco, PhRMA, AHIP, Premier, Inc. and many other health and medical forums.

Douglas has served as the Internet columnist for Managed Care Interface Magazine, where he penned the "Medical Internet" column. He has served as founder, Chairman and CEO of Health Online, Inc., a rapid growth Web services company, and he was a co-founder and vice president of 1-800-DOCTORS, a doctor information and appointment service that has served 11 million people. Douglas Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources where he studied environmental communications/advocacy and business. He is currently working on his Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the Juran Institute.


Nicole L. Stout

Health Care and health IT Consultant, Researcher, and Author

Nicole is a renowned health care researcher, consultant, educator, and advocate.  She currently serves as an executive consultant identifying innovative solutions in health care delivery through the use of health IT, mobile health, and data analytics. She advises clients in policy, research, and marketing strategies that enable greater and more sophisticated use of technology in health care.  Her expertise offers clients a unique perspective on linking business intelligence and quality care delivery in the health care sector. Additionally, she has extensive background in scientific proposal development with multiple funding successes and serves as a subject matter expert to industry leaders in the US and abroad.

She is an investigator on two clinical trials studying breast cancer morbidity through the National Institutes of Health. Her research publications have been foundational in developing the Prospective Surveillance Model for cancer rehabilitation. 

Dr. Stout is an internationally recognized expert and leader in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at several universities and holds appointments on the State of Maryland Cancer Control Survivorship committee, the American Lymphedema Framework steering committee and the National Lymphedema Network Board of Directors.  Dr. Stout is also an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association. 

She has authored and co-authored over 30 peer-review publications, several book chapters and is the co-author of the book 100 Questions and Answers about Lymphedema. She serves as a medical expert and media spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association.