WAMIII - Virtual Talk Series


WAMIII Virtual Talk Series

The WAMIII virtual talks series will continue to convene and educate the global community of technologists, clinicians, healthcare professionals, regulatory, patient advocates, bio/pharma professionals and any other stakeholder who have a common interest in developing solutions around the safe, responsible and validated use of connected wireless medical devices in, on, and around us.

WAMIII Virtual Series – Session 6
03 April 2020 12PM - 1PM ET

TIPPSS for Connected Healthcare - Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security
Florence Hudson, Founder and CEO, FDHint

The increasingly connected healthcare world including clinical Internet of Things (IoT) devices is creating great opportunity for improved data sharing, better access to information, and deployment of devices to extend and improve healthcare. There is also increased risk. We will discuss the challenges in Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security of devices, data, and patients, and the standards efforts working to address these issues. 

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Florence Hudson is the founder and CEO of FDHint, an advanced technology and diversity & inclusion consulting firm. She is Interim Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, and Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University. She is Chair of the IEEE standards working group on Clinical IoT data and device interoperability with TIPPSS, and on the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Standards Committee. She serves on advisory boards at Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stony Brook University, and Blockchain for Healthcare Today. Former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, and Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, she began her career as an aerospace engineer at Grumman and NASA. Her education includes a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, and Executive Education at Columbia University and Harvard University Graduate Schools of Business.

Sessions on Demand



WAMIII Virtual Series – Session 1 on Demand
26 March 2020 11AM - 12PM ET

Blockchain and smart contract security in practice
Dr. Sebastian Banescu, Senior Research Engineer, Quantstamp

Blockchain and DLT-based applications are often assumed to be secure by design, and by using such technologies one can effortlessly secure the application they are building. However, this is far from the truth. Numerous vulnerability types may be present in such applications, e.g. reentrancy, front running, time manipulation, access control, arithmetic issues, etc. In this webinar we will take an example based approach to learning about vulnerabilities in blockchain applications. More importantly, we will discuss best practices about how to detect such vulnerabilities and minimize the impact of a hack.

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Dr. Sebastian Banescu is a senior research engineer at Quantstamp, a crypto native start-up based in San Francisco, that provides world class blockchain security and enterprise solutions. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science with an emphasis on software security from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. Previously he graduated with honors from the Information Security Technologies track of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. His research spans across several areas of computer security such as reverse engineering, malware detection, software protection and privacy. Before joining Quantstamp, Sebastian worked as a security engineer at Philips and BMW.



WAMIII Virtual Series – Session 2 on Demand
27 March 2020 11AM - 12PM ET

The Knowledge Model
Ron Schilling, Director CEO Coach, EchoPixel and Histolix

The Knowledge Model is a framework for thinking. It is focused on increasing the interoperability driven enterprise to achieve increased patient outcomes. Knowledge, comprised of cognitive and intuitive factors requires balance as noted in the quote by Albert Einstein, "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the cognitive mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” With appropriate balance, significant gains in patient outcomes have been demonstrated.

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Ron Schilling - started at RCA Labs as part of the team developing CMOS. Then went to Motorola where, as marketing director for the 6800 microprocessor, took on Intel’s 8080, resulting in being #2 in the industry. Made a big jump to the medical industry at GE when the CT scanner was born. As the 1st marketing director, launched in US, formed a Joint Venture with Yokogawa in Japan, placed 1st scanner in China, with GE ultimately became #1 worldwide. As head of GE Strategic Planning and Business Development, got GE into MRI. Then became President of MRI at Diasonics, becoming #2 worldwide behind GE. Diasonics MRI was later acquired by Toshiba, and I became Senior Vice President for Toshiba America Medical Systems. I then became co-founder of EchoPixel to create Interactive Mixed Reality technology for achieving major gains in Patient Outcomes. Presently serving as Director CEO Coach at both EchoPixel and Histolix, providing leadership technology in Digital Pathology.

WAMIII Virtual Series – Session 3
01 April 2020 11AM - 12PM ET

Cracking the Code on Medication Adherence with an Ingestible Sensor
Erick Buffkin, etectRX 

etectRx will discuss the recently FDA-cleared ID-Cap system for tracking medication adherence as an application of ingestible sensors. The session will also describe the technology platform upon which the system is built - eBurst.

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Eric has a passion for new ventures, new technologies, product design and development. He is a serial entrepreneur, having launched technology, product, and services companies in the technology and healthtech sector. Over the course of his thirty years in technology ventures, Eric has been instrumental in establishing industry standards for networking the digital home. These standards have ultimately influenced how we all enjoy digital media, access information, and manage our homes with connected devices.

Eric is currently Senior VP, R&D/Operations for etectRx Inc., a healthcare technology company creating a platform for digital pills and other ingestible sensors.

Eric is committed to enabling and empowering new entrepreneurs. He is an angel investor and mentor to new technology companies in his community of Gainesville, Florida and a constant promoter of the power of the innovation economy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Rollins College.

On a personal note, Eric is married with three children. He is a lifelong resident of Florida and a dedicated fisherman, boater, and outdoorsman. When he is not offshore somewhere on his boat, you can reach him at the Innovation Hub or through LinkedIn.

WAMIII Virtual Series – Session 4
03 April 2020 11AM - 12PM ET

Overview of Medical Device Communication Test Methods and the NIST Test Framework
John J. Garguilo, Supervisory Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST Computer Scientist John J. Garguilo will provide an overview of activities regarding medical device communication landscape, standards development, and domain development efforts to effect safe, semantically reliable, and verifiable data communications (primarily) from the medical device point-of-care to the healthcare “enterprise”. Mr. Garguilo will discuss several prominent and current standards activities and medical device domain development efforts to produce common “device profiles” derived from high-impact use cases and via the NIST Test Framework - a set of test tools leading to standards-based test instances. Such tooling advances the level of rigor and provides a “single source of truth” based on Health Level Seven (HL7.org) messaging standards and the IEEE SA (standards.ieee.org) medical device communication nomenclature and domain information models. Mr. Garguilo will also provide an overview of the freely and publicly available NIST Test Framework components which contribute to common use and device conformance leading to interoperability.

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John J. Garguilo is a supervisory computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States Department of Commerce. John’s the Group Leader of the Systems Interoperability Group and leader of the Semantic Interoperability of Medical Devices (SIMD) project focused on medical device communication research and testing and aimed at enabling the adoption of medical device communication standards by acute, point-of- care, and personal health medical device manufacturers.

John currently serves as the Health Level Seven (HL7) Healthcare Device Working Group Co- Chair and over a decade as the test lead as well as six years as the Technical Committee Co-chair for the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise – Patient Care Device (IHE-PCD) domain. John is also serving an elected two-year term as the Secretary of the IEEE 11073 Medical Device Communications Point of Care (PoCD) working group. John’s focus over the past fourteen years has been on developing conformance test tooling in support of standardization of medical device information exchange and working with device standard and Standards Development Organizations (including HL7 V2 and ISO/IEEE 11073). His work includes testing and promoting adoption of standards for medical device communications throughout the healthcare enterprise as well as integrating it into the electronic health record. John works and is closely engaged with medical device experts within the HL7, IHE-PCD domain, and ISO/IEEE Healthcare Devices and Personal Health Devices working groups. John also leads the HL7 message validation test tooling effort and development of an industry adopted harmonized medical device terminology database containing ISO/IEEE 11073 terminology.

John holds a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland and Undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Potsdam, both in computer science. John has extensive experience over the past 30 years working on and managing software systems to support research, testing, automating work flow applications, data communications, and electronic commerce.

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Note:  When you register for the Series you get access to the recorded sessions. You'll receive a weekly email announcing new sessions for the week and you will receive reminder emails (24 hour and 30 minutes) prior to each session.

The WAMIII virtual talks series will continue to convene and educate the global community of technologists, clinicians, healthcare professionals, regulatory, patient advocates, bio/pharma professionals and any other stakeholder who have a common interest in developing solutions around the safe, responsible and validated use of connected wireless medical devices in, on, and around us. Participation in these sessions includes the following:

  1. Hearing global expert perspectives (from every corner of the world) on the technical and regulatory challenges and viable clinical applications of wireless medical devices on, in around the patients.
  2. Learning, sharing ideas and building consensus for development of solutions to address challenges impeding trust and adoption of these technologies for diagnosing, monitoring and treating patients.
  3. Access to a platform without geographic bounds enabling a global community of progressive thinkers with common initiatives to harmonize recommendations and form collaboratives to drive solutions through the development of technical and data standards.

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