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Hosted by the Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs Program, this webinar series on Digital Health Innovation and Transformation will gather entrepreneurs, scholars, practitioners, and thought leaders from across the Northeastern and global communities engaged in healthcare, business, technology, law, design to discuss big trends and challenges in digital health. The series will foster collaboration and an understanding of the complexity of digital health innovation.
Robert Longyear III
VP Digital Health and Innovation at Avenue Health and Author of Innovating for Wellness
Robert Longyear is the Vice President of Digital Health and Innovation at Avenue Health and the author of Innovating for Wellness, a book that explores the intersection of health policy and health technology innovation. His second book on remote-patient monitoring and virtual care will be published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis in the HIMSS series in 2021.
Robert has worked across the healthcare industry for a number of organizations including Medicaid Health Plans of America in policy analysis, Wellcare Health Plans in clinical quality improvement, and the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI). At the Institute for Medicaid Innovation, he led two projects in conjunction with major Medicaid health plans looking at national best practices in high-risk care coordination and social determinants of health data collection at the point of Medicaid enrollment. In his career in health technology, Robert was Director of Product at a pharmacy-focused mHealth technology company where he took the company to a contract with the United States Air Force and lead the submission of three NIH SBIR grant proposals. Robert has consulted for several innovative biotechnology and digital health companies from start-ups to market leaders.
His research work has been published by the Institute for Medicaid Innovation, NEJM Catalyst, and the American Psychological Association Practice Innovations. His main focus is on innovations for healthcare delivery and care management as well as the application of digital health technologies to healthcare services, broadly. Specifically, Robert has expertise in remote-patient monitoring, virtual care, and the use of digital experiences to solve problems in healthcare services.
He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Healthcare Management and Policy, where he completed his thesis on innovative payment and care delivery system reform efforts in state Medicaid programs.
Rhonda J. Manns, MBA, BSN, RN FIEL
Product Owner at Optum and Founder and Co-Chair of SONSIEL
Recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Leaders in Nursing, Rhonda Manns is a registered nurse and certified case manager with a contagious passion to change the landscape of healthcare through innovation.
With a career background in emergency nursing, rare diseases, population health and Health IT, she decided to obtain her MBA so that she could bridge the gap between clinical care delivery and strategic business adventures.
Presently, Rhonda uses her clinical background to influence agile software development teams to create digital health products and EMR platforms for complex patient populations. Her hope for the future includes creating an equitable future for healthcare delivery through clinical innovation and entrepreneurship.
Having served on multiple committees with a focus on process improvement, quality review and nurse leadership, Rhonda’s most memorable career achievement includes creating a software workflow that led to a 25% increase in sepsis compliance, nurse documentation and patient outcomes.
She enjoys being a mentor to others, and elevating the public perception, value and inclusion of nurses in non-traditional workspaces. Her story can be found in the award winning, Rebel Nurse Handbook, a compilation of inspirational stories of nurse leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.
Matthew Fisher, JD
General Counsel – Carium
Matt is General Counsel for Carium, a telehealth platform company. Matt is responsible for all legal functions in the company and helps to ensure that operations meet the requirements of applicable healthcare laws and regulations.
Matt works to find creative solutions when needed and keeps an eye on the complications that can come up from working in the healthcare industry.
Prior to joining Carium, Matt practiced for over a dozen years at a mid-size law firm where Matt advised clients across the healthcare spectrum on healthcare laws and regulations as well as general business matters.
APR 20, 2021
To wrap up the webinar series on digital health, we turn to John Stamatopoulos—SVP of Payor Strategies @ Happify Health. Bringing digital health services and products to the market face many inevitable challenges. In this session, we take a deep dive into commercial operations, business development, and sales strategy for digital health with seasoned entrepreneurs.
Senior Vice President – Payor Strategies, Happify Health
Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL
Principle, Clinical Innovation @OptimizeRx and President of SONSIEL
Rebecca Love is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, author, TedX Speaker and first nurse featured on Ted.com. Rebecca is also a Board Member of the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs Program at Northeastern University.
Ever wonder what it takes to develop groundbreaking digital health products and services? What it’s like day-to-day as part of a growing digital health startup? Mina Iskarous will lead us down the path of what it’s like to build a disruptive product in digital health. He’ll dive into the nuances of how product can help support various go-to-market strategies in an industry that is notoriously complex. Additionally, Mina will touch on the importance of community and network as an essential component of personal and professional growth in the Boston startup ecosystem. Mina will weave his experiences at Well, his work in Venture Capital through the Dorm Room Fund, and his community work with Underscore VC, peeling back the layers to reveal the key success factors through an insider’s lens.
Product Manager -Well /Product Fellow at Underscore VC
Mina is currently a product manager at Well where he is helping build a personalized and engaging way to achieve improved health and navigate healthcare, leveraging the latest technology in data science and machine learning. He also helps support the Product Core Community with Underscore VC to foster and engage the Boston startup ecosystem. Before that, Mina spent his time in college building products and venture investing in student founders while earning a degree in Bioengineering.
Elisa is a senior industrial engineering student at Northeastern University and the Director of Special Events at Northeastern’s undergraduate healthcare innovation club, ViTAL. She is leading a team to grow and execute the Husky Health Innovation Challenge or HHIC. HHIC is an undergraduate healthcare case competition bringing together teams of interdisciplinary students to develop solutions to a salient issue in healthcare through the lens of digital health.
Megan Coder, PharmD, MBA
Executive Director, Digital Therapeutics Alliance
Megan Coder, PharmD, MBA, is Executive Director of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA), an international non-profit trade association of industry leaders and stakeholders dedicated to improving clinical and health economic outcomes through the use of high quality, evidence-based digital therapeutics. DTA’s membership spans 15 countries across four major healthcare industries.
Trained as a pharmacist, Megan graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and completed an Executive Residency in Association Management & Leadership with the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. Prior to joining DTA, Megan worked with Voluntis, Iodine, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
Danny Kim, PharmD ‘21
Health Sciences Entrepreneurs Board Member
Head of Corporate Development at Welt Corp
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