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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.

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Browse all of the recorded sessions for the WAMIIII Virtual Talk Series - or view by related topics. All of the sessions provide insight on the latest innovations from Industry experts either by presentations or a moderated panel. Register to gain access to all sessions for free. 

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WAMIII Virtual Series – Session 23
26 May 2021 11AM - 12PM ET

Opportunities and Challenges in Telehealth Addressing Health Inequality: A Perspective from the Americas

  • Moderator: Maria Palombini - Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader, IEEE SA
  • Bruce Hecht - Founder of VG2PLAY and MIT SDM Fellow
  • Dr. Jefferson Gomes Fernandes - Vice President, Brazilian Association of Telemedicine and Telehealth, Coordinator, Telemedicine Education Program, Medical Association of São Paulo, Brazil.  CEO, SPECIS
  • James T McElligott - Executive Medical Director for the Center for Telehealth at Medical University of South Carolina

Telehealth can help address disparities in access to healthcare services and health outcomes. The global pandemic further exacerbated the challenge of reaching and serving the most underserved populations in the US and abroad. In 2021, disparities remain for internet quality, access and services offered. This session will present a global perspective on the continued challenges with telehealth inequity and opportunity to move the needle to closing the gap to help the most underserved populations.

Key Learning Objectives

  •  Understanding the challenges and public health impact on lack of access to telehealth from a regional perspective - North America and Latin America
  • Comprehensive assessment of continued challenges impeding equivocal access to telehealth
  • Pragmatic technical and policy solutions from around the globe moving the needle to close the gap
  • Approach to leveraging existing communities and frameworks for successfully reaching and helping marginalized populations onboard to the telehealth paradigm

This session features a live question and answer session with the audience and the speakers.

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.

Category: Telehealth

+ 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 Bruce Hecht's Bio

Bruce Hecht is CEO/CTO of VG2PLAY, advancing virtual games design for learning, based at the Cambridge Innovation Center, Cambridge, MA, USA. He holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (1992 and 1994). He has over 25 years of experience in new products and new technology introduction at Analog Devices Inc., including twice receiving the ADI “Ahead of What’s Possible” award for MEMS and high-speed design, and the ADAS1000 recognized by EDN - Best Electronic Design in Medical Electronics (2011). He has organized professional and technical conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, and India and has served as a design challenge mentor for events including MIT Hacking Medicine and the Yale-New Haven Hospital/CBIT. Designing for future challenges was highlighted at the workshop “Learning Future Workforce” for the 2020 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference.

Bruce is currently a System Design and Management Fellow at MIT. He holds 6 U.S. Patents and is an ASQ 6σ Black Belt. Bruce is the SSCS Representative for Biometrics Council, the VP-Elect, Finance for IEEE EMBS, and the Chair of the IEEE SA Telehealth Industry Connections program. You may find Bruce at Soundcloud or your favorite podcast platform for the Array Café, a “life-in-tech” podcast he co-produces with IEEE global colleagues.

+ Read Dr. Jefferson Gomes Fernandes' Bio

Prof. Dr. Jefferson Gomes Fernandes is a neurologist with experience in medical and health education, scientific research, health management, and digital health innovation, including telemedicine and telehealth. He is Vice President of the Brazilian Association of Telemedicine and Digital Health and Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Global Summit Telemedicine & Digital Health, an international annual meeting held by the Medical Association of São Paulo (APM), Brazil. Dr. Fernandes is Coordinator of the Telemedicine Education Program for Physicians of APM (www.iesapm.org.br). He is also Coordinator and Professor of the GIM MBA (focused on health innovation), IBCMED, São Paulo, and CEO of SPECIS, a health consulting firm. Dr. Fernandes is a member of the Editorial Board of Telehealth in Medicine Today, USA, and of the American Association of Telemedicine (ATA), the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health (ISfTeH) and the Brazilian Academy of Neurology (ABN).

+ Read James T. McElligott's Bio

James T. McElligott, M.D., MSCR, is the Executive Medical Director for Telehealth at MUSC and an Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital. He oversees the activities of the MUSC Center for Telehealth and is Co-Chair of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Under his leadership the MUSC Center for Telehealth has been designated a National Center for Excellence and the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance received the ATA’s 2019 Presidents Award. His personal awards include the 2020 South Carolina State Champion Award for Telehealth, MUSC’s 2020 Physician of the Year Award, the 2020 MUSC Innovator Award, and the 2020 Margaret Jenkins Pediatric Teaching Award.



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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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