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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.

The WAMIII Virtual Talk Series is a critical educational and outreach program under the Clinical Health Workstream of the IEEE SA Healthcare and Life Science Practice.

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UPCOMING SESSIONS


 

Fireside Chat Mini Series

On the Front Lines with Government Health Executives - Connected Tools, Tech and Data for Public Health

  • Host: Maria Palombini - Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader, IEEE SA
  • Guest Interviewer: John Cyrus - PMP, SMIEEE, Retired US Federal IT Executive (USPTO Commerce); Director, IEEE Northern Virginia Section and Senior member of IEEE, Director, Emerging Technologies, HighPoint Global

The IEEE SA WAMIII Virtual Talk Series has a deep well of on-demand sessions focused on technical and trust challenges, viable use cases, and cutting-edge development of connected medical technologies to choose from and yet, this new mini-series will be distinctly compelling. The series will feature four (4) senior IT executives within US federal health agencies who are embracing and utilizing new tools and applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), blockchain/DLTs, data modernization and interoperability to better prepare for public health challenges while minimizing public risk.

The fire-side chat interviews will engage government IT Executives in the use of new technologies and applications to address significant challenges with efficiency, interoperability and overall patient safety in the healthcare ecosystem. This session provides a bird's-eye-perspective to our global audience of engineers, technologists, industry professionals and patient advocates on how government organizations are utilizing these technologies to make the critical breakthroughs needed to better preserve public health.

These are experts who appreciate the weight of their responsibility in understanding how to responsibly use these tools to ensure citizen safety and enhance patient outcomes. These sessions get beyond policy development and get to the core of understanding the impact of these technologies in preserving public health.


+ Read Maria Palombini's Bio

Maria currently leads the IEEE SA Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice working with a global community of stakeholder volunteers who are committed to establishing trust and validation in tools and technologies that will change the approach to discover therapies, deliver care, and ultimately enable a sustainable and universal quality of care for ALL. Maria is the founder of DisruptiveRx, an information gateway addressing the critical need for pharmaceutical and life sciences executives to connect innovation with business strategy to re-think the process of the drug development and distribution value chain. She has extensive experience in building global media brands in multiple industry sectors. She holds a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers College and an M.B.A. from Rutgers Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University.


+ Read John Cyrus' Bio

Mr. John Cyrus is a retired Federal senior information technology (IT) executive with more than 25 years of experience in technology. A Harvard University-certified cybersecurity executive, and a thought leader on emerging technologies such as Zero Trust, AI, robotic process automation (RPA), and intelligent automation. Mr. Cyrus was Senior IT Executive Corporate and Trademarks Portfolio Manager in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he served as principal leader for IT investments associated with the office’s Corporate, Trademarks (NextGen and legacy), Policy, Technology Sustaining, Dissemination, and Enterprise Business Systems portfolios. Mr. Cyrus was a founding co-lead of the USPTO’s Intelligent Automation COI. Mr. Cyrus earned his MS in electrical engineering at Wichita State University (KS). He is a Project Management Professional and a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership for a Democratic Society, He is an elected senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Director of the IEEE section of Northern Virginia for 2021 and serves on the Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy Committee. Mr. Cyrus served as representative to industry-government partnerships, including ACT-IAC, Professional Services Council, and AFCEA. As a member of the Intelligent Automation Working Group Emerging Technology Community of Interest at ACT-IAC. He is one of the authors of the ACT-IAC white paper on RPA.Mr. Cyrus participates and moderates panel discussions on AI, Cybersecurity, Intelligent Automation and RPA at different forums including AFCEA and ACT-IAC.


 

 

Episode 1: 20 July 2021 | 12:00 PM ET – 12:30 PM ET
Executive Interview with FDA:
Utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Exploring and Understanding Pre & Post Regulatory Processes

Guest Dr. Qais Hatim, Data Scientist, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA)


+ Read Dr. Qais Hatim's Bio

In my role as data scientist at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) I am leading research in artificial intelligence/machine learning, and statistical/operational modeling. I am applying advanced AI/ML, statistical modeling and scientific computing techniques to computationally intensive tasks that are encountered in regulatory and scientific applications. I am utilizing various statistical and operation research methodologies such as machine learning and data mining algorithms, natural language processing (NLP) techniques, and deep learning methodologies to extract meaning, patterns and hidden structures in structured/unstructured data; identifying the most feasible approach to analyze problems and recommend technology based solutions.


 

Episode 2: 11 August 2021 | 12:00 PM ET – 12:30 PM ET
Executive Interview with Department of Veteran Affairs:
Using Trustworthy AI to Improve Veteran Well-Being through R&D

The National Artificial Intelligence Institute cultivates trustworthy AI pilots that improve the well-being of our nation’s Veterans through the use of data and targeted R&D efforts.

Guest Dr. Gil Alterovitz, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA Director, National Artificial Intelligence Institute, US Department of Veterans Affairs


+ Read Dr. Gil Alterovitz's Bio

Dr. Gil Alterovitz is the inaugural Director of the National Artificial Intelligence Institute at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is focusing on leveraging health information for AI as well as building AI research and development capacity to help our nation's Veterans through the Office of Research and Development. He is also a faculty member with Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Alterovitz was one of the core authors of White House Office of Science Technology and Policy’s The National AI R&D Strategic Plan from 2019. He has also spearheaded the “AI-able Data Ecosystem” pilot, creating a new approach for public-private collaborations with personnel/resources across a dozen agencies and working with companies internationally.


 

 

Episode 3: 5 October 2021 | 12:00 PM ET – 12:30 PM ET
Executive Interview with CMS:
Advancing Interoperability to Improve Transparency and Efficiency in the Health System

Dr. Greene will provide an overview of work the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is doing to create efficiencies in the health system and make clinical and administrative data accessible to patients, providers, and other stakeholders. Topics include Application Program Interfaces (APIs), requirements library, prior authorization, digital quality measures, care coordination, and health equity.

Expert Guest Dr. Mary Greene Director, Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS/OBRHI)


+ Read Dr. Mary G. Greene Bio

Dr. Mary G. Greene is the Director of the Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics. She is responsible for unifying CMS's efforts to reduce regulatory and administrative burden for beneficiaries and the medical community, enabling the health system to focus on providing higher quality care at lower cost and to foster innovation in health care delivery. She oversees initiatives to modernize regulations, drive interoperability, and improve the adoption and enforcement of HIPAA Administrative Simplification national standards and operating rules, and engages external stakeholders through listening sessions and onsite observational visits.
Previously, Dr. Greene served as senior advisor to the CMS Office of the Administrator leading and supporting CMS's burden reduction initiatives. Prior to that, Dr. Greene was the Director of the Governance Management Group in the CMS Center for Program Integrity (CPI), where she led CPI's vulnerability management, program risk assessment, regulation development, strategy development, and performance oversight functions.
Before joining CMS, Dr. Greene led strategy and operational support projects to stand up new programs, improve operational efficiencies, build collaborations, and foster professional development. Dr. Greene, a pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, completed her medical education at the Yale School of Medicine, clinical training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Masters in Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health, and Masters in Business Administration at Loyola College in Maryland.


 

Episode 4: 20 October 2021 | 12:00 PM ET – 12:30 PM ET
Executive Interview with the CDC:
Data Modernization Initiative at CDC and the Lessons learned From the Pandemic

Dr. Sim will discuss CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative to unlock the full potential of data for disease detection and elimination. He will highlight how the influence of the lessons learnt from the pandemic on this comprehensive strategy to support public health surveillance, research and, ultimately, decision-making.

Guest - Dr. Alan Sim, Ph.D. Chief Data Officer (CDO), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


+ Read Dr. Alan Sim, Ph.D.'s Bio

Dr. Alan Sim is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in population health informatics and translational data science. He currently serves as CDC’s Chief Data Officer (CDO) and has over twenty years of experience with healthcare data management, analysis, public health informatics, and data science with multiple federal and military organizations. Prior to joining the CDC, Dr. Sim served as the chief data scientist with the Enterprise Intelligence and Data Services (EIDS) PMO within the Department of Defense (DoD).


Additional Resources: Learn more about the IEEE SA Transforming the Telehealth Paradigm Industry Connections Program bringing a global community together to address the issues of connectivity, security, privacy and accessibility for all.

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WAMIII Virtual Series – Session 24
14 September 2021 11AM - 12PM ET

Solving Health Tech Challenges Lies with Females: Meet the Women Leading Global Standards Development

  • Moderator: Maria Palombini, Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader, IEEE Standards Association
  • Heather Flannery Chair, IEEE P2418.6: Standard for the Framework of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Use in Healthcare and the Life and Social Sciences 
  • Dr. Madhuri Gore, Vice Chair, IEEE P2650: Standard for Enabling Mobile Device Platforms to Be Used as Pre-Screening Audiometric Systems
  • Florence Hudson, Chair, IEEE P2933: Standard for Clinical Internet of Things (IoT) Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS - Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security
  • Ida Sim, Chair, IEEE 1752.1-2021: IEEE Approved Draft Standard for Mobile Health Data

The IEEE SA WAMIII Virtual Talk Series has a deep well of on-demand educational sessions focused on technical and trust challenges, viable use cases, and cutting-edge development of connected medical technologies to choose from and yet this session will be the most eye-opening of all.

Women are leading the way in every aspect of the digital health tech transformation from founders of start-ups, CEOs of major organizations or solving everyday complex challenges with the adoption and use of health technologies. Four (4) of IEEE SA's most progressive standards working groups are led by committed, talented and knowledgeable women tackling one of the world’s largest most complex healthcare challenges. This technical virtual session will get into the detail of the challenges and progress in solving the interoperability challenge as it relates to wearables, clinical IoTs and EHRs to support the foundation for innovating the future of healthcare. 

This session is more than justifying why women are suited to lead the future of digital health tech and technical standards development. You will hear the challenges they and their teams are facing in addressing a critical piece in the puzzle impeding trust, security and validation in our digital healthcare system.  

  • Revealing the real challenges of solving tech and data interoperability in the healthcare domain

  • Decoding the complex landscape of metadata in the development of technical standards

  • The hot topics emerging into standards development: Blockchain/DLTs, open source, and more

  • Managing the balance of effective leadership vs technical expertise to keep volunteers focused on the task at hand

Be sure to join this session to see how these leaders are moving the needle in addressing the issues and how they have set the benchmark for all engineers who want to make a difference in solving global challenges.


 

+ Read Maria Palombini's Bio

Maria currently leads the IEEE SA Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice working with a global community of stakeholder volunteers who are committed to establishing trust and validation in tools and technologies that will change the approach to discover therapies, deliver care, and ultimately enable a sustainable and universal quality of care for ALL. Maria is the founder of DisruptiveRx, an information gateway addressing the critical need for pharmaceutical and life sciences executives to connect innovation with business strategy to re-think the process of the drug development and distribution value chain. She has extensive experience in building global media brands in multiple industry sectors. She holds a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers College and an M.B.A. from Rutgers Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University.


+ Read Heather Flannery's Bio

Heather Leigh Flannery is Global Lead of ConsenSys Health. She is also Co-Founder and Board Chair of Blockchain in Healthcare Global ("BiHG"), a new 501(c)6 trade association organized under the IEEE ISTO. She chairs the IEEE SA P2418.6 Standards Development Working Group (blockchain in healthcare and life sciences), serves as the FY19 Co-Chair of the global HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force, Chairs the Healthcare Special Interest Group at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), and is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers Blockchain for Science. Ms. Flannery is also an Innovation Fellow at EP3 Foundation, has served as Industry Faculty for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (US HHS ONC) and is an active consultant, advisor, and keynote speaker.


+ Read Dr. Madhuri Gore's bio

Dr. Madhuri Gore worked as an audiologist since 1982. Worked extensively with children with hearing loss. Has conducted neonatal hearing screening, and participated in school screening, and rural hearing screening in early identification of hearing loss. She is the vice-chair of IEEE P2650 – Standard for Enabling Mobile Device Platforms to Be Used as Pre-Screening Audiometric Systems. From 1997 worked with cochlear implants and has been part of a team that gave guidelines to Govt. of Karnataka’s cochlear Implant Program.

She currently holds a post as Professor in the Department of Hearing Studies, Dr S.R. Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing. Extensive teaching experience. Has served as President of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association and Vice President of CIGI.


+ Read Florence Hudson's bio

Florence Hudson is Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, and Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, a global advanced technology and diversity & inclusion consulting firm. She leads the COVID Information Commons (https://covidinfocommons.net) funded by NSF, providing an open resource to explore research and enable global collaboration to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and aerospace engineer at NASA and Grumman, she Chairs the global IEEE/UL Working Group on Clinical IoT Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security, and has published books on TIPPSS. She serves on Boards for Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stony Brook University, Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and executive business education from Harvard and Columbia Universities.


+ Read Ida Sim's bio

Ida Sim, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Dr. Ida Sim co-directs Informatics and Research Innovation at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and is Director of Digital Health for the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Sim’s research focuses on open integrated architectures of mobile technologies for clinical research and primary care. She is a global leader in the policy and technology of large-scale sharing of clinical trials and mobile health data. In 2011, she co-founded Open mHealth, a non-profit organization that is breaking down barriers to mobile health app and data integration through an open software architecture. In 2017, she co-founded Vivli, a global data sharing platform for finding, requesting, and analyzing participant-level clinical trials data.
Dr. Sim has served on multiple advisory committees on health information infrastructure for clinical care and research, including committees of the National Research Council and National Academy of Medicine. She is a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and is a practicing primary care physician.

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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, links to ALL recorded sessions 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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