UPMC Enterprises is heading to Boston!

Join us for the Connected Health Conference and co-located events, the Voice.Health Summit  and the Society for Participatory Medicine 2nd Annual Conference, to hear from our leadership at UPMC Enterprises and UPMC Health Plan.

The Connected Health Conference is focused on balancing technology and the human element; for tickets, visit Connected Health online.

Voice.Health Summit

The Voice.Health Summit at the Connected Health Conference brings together entrepreneurs, technologists, clinicians, and industry to assess the state of the market and accelerate the adoption of voice-assisted technologies in healthcare.  UPMC Enterprises’ Executive Vice President, Shivdev Rao, MD, will participate in a panel focused on Voice in the Clinic.

Voice in the Clinic

October 17, 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

In the clinic, smart speakers and voice tech have the power to make patients happier and clinicians more efficient. This panel will answer today’s pressing questions for voice in the clinic, like: how receptive have clinicians and hospital IT teams been to deploying voice tech? What applications have already been adopted today? What are the barriers to deploying more voice tech in clinical environments? What are the remaining areas of opportunity?

  • Peter Durlach, SVP of Healthcare Strategy & Business Development at Nuance Communications
  • Debbie Hays, Executive, Life Sciences & Healthcare Practice at Deloitte
  • Shivdev Rao, MD, EVP of UPMC Enterprises

Shivdev Rao, MD is an Executive Vice President at UPMC Enterprises, where he has managed the provider facing portfolio of technology investments and R&D. Shiv has been overseeing R&D efforts at UPMC related to speech in healthcare. He recently cofounded a startup with partners from Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science department called Abridge (www.abridge.ai). Abridge is building technologies to help capture and distill insights from speech, voice, and text in healthcare.

Dr. Rao is also a faculty member and practicing cardiologist in UPMC’s Heart and Vascular Institute. He received his BA from Carnegie Mellon University and completed his medical training at the University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh.

Immersion Day

To kick off the 2018 Connected Health Conference, on Day 1, Immersion Day – Wednesday, October 17 –  become immersed in innovation, emerging technologies, and behavior change through co-located partner events and a series of deep dive sessions; participate in one of the co-located events and experience the highly-regarded Health Tech Standout! Competition while enjoying lunch and networking with other attendees.

The Society for Participatory Medicine 2nd Annual Conference: Democratizing Healthcare

The Society for Participatory Medicine 2nd Annual Conference at the Connected Health Conference brings together diverse attendees from across the healthcare landscape, from patients to caregivers to healthcare professionals, collaborating amongst their different backgrounds, different expertise, and different orientations to solve health care problems and become Participatory Medicine Heroes.  UPMC’s Chief Innovation Officer, Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, will deliver a keynote and participate in a panel discussion at the event.

The Healthcare World is Changing — Our Time Is Now!

October 17, 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM, Seaport World Trade Center

Keynote by Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC; Exec Vice President, UPMC Enterprises, with a panel discussion to follow featuring Dr. Shrestha, Doug Lindsay, Patricia Brennan, and moderated by Andrew Joseph, reporter, STAT.

Q&A with Startup CEOs: The Inside Scoop on Working with Providers

October 17, 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM, Seaport World Trade Center

Come to this peer-to-peer discussion and Q&A with digital health CEOs ready to share their experience and counsel on working with providers and their innovation teams.

  • Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC; Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises (Moderator)
  • Mike McSherry, CEO, Xealth
  • Kristen Valdes, Founder and CEO, b.well, TMC
  • Joanna Geisinger, TorQ Interface, Brigham

As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy. Dr. Shrestha also serves as Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, pushing the needle in the pursuit of a unique blend of health care intelligence, technology expertise, and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive and commercially successful solutions that address complex health care challenges.

He was recently recognized as “26 of the Smartest People in Health IT” by Becker’s Hospital Review, and was acknowledged as one of the “Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change” and as a “Top Healthcare Innovator” by InformationWeek.

Connected Health Conference

The 2018 Connected Health Conference brings together the industry’s two leading events – the PCHAlliance Connected Health Conference and the Partners Connected Health Symposium – to create an unmatched thought leadership experience. This is the global platform for provocative and forward-thinking discussion, deal-making opportunities and real-world perspectives. Associate Vice President at UPMC Health Plan, Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH, will join a panel focused on engagement in digital health.

Driving Engagement: Recognition, Rewards and Incentives in Digital Health

October 18, 2:40 PM – 3:30 PM, Amphitheater

Designers of digital and connected health programs have a variety of tactics at their disposal to create engagement, from leveraging altruism or the desire for social recognition to the drive for money or other specific rewards. How do these tactics differ and when are they most effective? And, how do factors such as immediacy, empathy, perceptions of achievability and saliency impact engagement? This panel will delve into the concepts and tactics of behavioral economics to help you design engaging programs and solutions.

  • Moderator: Karen Horgan, VAL Health, LLC
  • Jay Sales, The Shop at VSP Global
  • Jan Oldenburg, Digital Healthcare Collaborative
  • Simone Orlowski, Partners Connected Health Innovation
  • Ellen Beckjord, Associate Vice President, UPMC Health Plan

Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH did her training in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont, where she worked with cancer survivors and their families delivering evidence-based behavioral medicine interventions from time of diagnosis through end-of-life care. After completing her internship at the Vanderbilt-VA internship consortium, she entered the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program and spent her first year of fellowship getting a Masters in Public Health focused on Epidemiology and Biostatistics. At the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Beckjord did her post-doctoral research in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. From NCI, Dr. Beckjord spent three years in research consulting with RAND Corporation before spending nearly five years in academic medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Hillman Cancer Center, where she received a Career Development Award to develop and test a context-aware mobile application for smoking cessation. In February 2015, she joined the UPMC Health Plan where she serves as the Associate Vice President of Population Health and Clinical Affairs. Her current work is focused on behavioral informatics and population health; specifically, the use of digital tools in clinical operations to promote health, wellness, and health behavior change. She is particularly interested in the role of consumer generated health data in an informatics-enabled learning health care system.