Transforming Digital Health

Health Science Entrepreneurship Webinar Series
Digital Health

Webinar Series

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.


APR 20, 2021

Commercialization of Digital Health — Lessons from the Field


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.


John Stamatopoulos
Senior Vice President – Payor Strategies, Happify Health

John J. Stamatopoulos is a healthcare technology executive who helps digital health companies take solutions from concept to commercialization. John is the SVP of Payor Strategies at Happify Health, deploying a global platform for digital therapeutics and care delivery to improve mental and physical health. John’s healthcare career began as a coop at a pharmaceutical company while attending Northeastern University. He has been afforded opportunities join and lead multiple digital health startups founded within the Harvard healthcare ecosystem, most recently as the President/COO of Empathetics, Inc. He has successfully executed capital raises and exits, including the IPOs of Inovalon and Voluntis. John attended business school at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He has completed post graduate work and professional certifications in Medical Device Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mergers and Acquisitions at Loyola University’s Graduate School of Business, and Entrepreneurship at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He remains active within the community as a board member for the Paul Revere Innovation School and youth football coach. He is active in the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, AdvaMed, the Alliance on Aging, and a mentor to international healthcare technology startups.John has a deep pride in East Boston and resides in Revere with his wife, and their three children.

Rebecca Love — Northeastern University


Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL

Principle, Clinical Innovation @OptimizeRx and President of SONSIEL

Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL, is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, author, TedX Speaker and first nurse featured on, and part of the inaugural nursing panel featured at SXSW 2018.  Rebecca, was the first Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the United States at Northeastern University School of Nursing – the founding initiative in the Country designed to empower nurses as innovators and entrepreneurs, where she founded the Nurse Hackathon, the movement has led to transformational change in the Nursing Profession. Rebecca is an experienced Nurse Entrepreneur, founding in 2013 which was acquired in 2018, and currently serves as Vice President of Customer Strategy, OptimizeRx. In early 2019, Rebecca, along with a group of leading nurses in the world, founded and is President of SONSIEL: The Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders, a non-profit that quickly attained recognition by the United Nations as an Affiliate Member to the UN. Rebecca is passionate about empowering nurses and creating communities to help nurses innovate, create and collaborate to start businesses and inventions to transform healthcare.

Rebecca holds an M.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University, B.A. in International Relations/Spanish from Boston University, and is currently Faculty at Norwich University, sits on the board of NextGen Ventures &  the Host Committee for the Massachusetts ACLU.

APR 6, 2021

Legal Issues when Healthcare Goes Digital

Unlike the technology sector, healthcare is a heavily regulated industry. Accordingly, all stakeholders (including entrepreneurs in the digital health space) are bound to confront legal issues along the way. Matt Fisher, JD, will discuss with the audience what legal issues may arise when healthcare goes digital.
Matthew Fisher, JD — HSE Digital Health Webinar Series speaker

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.


Nathaniel O’Connell
Nate is the Director of Major Gifts at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, where he oversees fundraising for the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs Program.  He works with alumni, friends, and foundations to guide them in achieving their philanthropic goals and to maximize their impact on the University, its students and programs.  As a development and alumni relations professional Nate has covered Boston and Silicon Valley for nearly a decade and has developed a depth of knowledge about the health and life sciences industries and their entrepreneurial ecosystems.  Prior to working in higher education, Nate was an equities trader and subsequently practiced corporate law in roles at two Boston-based hedge funds.  He graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

MAR 23, 2021

Importance of Using Data in Digital Health

If there’s one keyword that summarizes digital health, it’s data. Data is collected, analyzed, integrated (with other data to get more complete picture of the patient), and lastly, used for treatment/intervention. Rhonda Manns will offer her insights as we address the importance of data in digital health and the challenges of utilizing data at point of care. We’ll explore how to utilize technologies, design thinking, and other underutilized healthcare professionals to solve those problems.
Rhonda J Manns — HSE Digital Health Webinar Series

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.


Nirban Singh Bhatia

Nirban is a third-year student pursuing a BS in Health Science and a minor in Business Analytics at Northeastern University. He is currently a Research Analyst co-op in the Social, Healthcare and Public Entities (SHaPE) practice at McKinsey and has previously held internship positions in External Affairs at UnitedHealth Group and in Healthcare Analytics at Milliman. Outside of professional and academic responsibilities, Nirban serves as the Co-Director of ViTAL Ventures Consulting, a pro-bono healthcare consulting group at Northeastern, and enjoys watching and playing basketball.

MAR 9, 2021

Chronic Disease Management

Disease Management is perhaps the most successful use case of digital health. With the digital capability to collect, analyze, and integrate health data, digital health companies have been devising new ways to attack chronic disease conditions. This session aims to provide insight on the growth of digital health technologies applied to to healthcare delivery and care management and impact on chronic disease management.
Robert Longyear

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.

Danny Kim — HSE Digital Health Webinar Series

Danny Kim, PharmD ‘21
Health Sciences Entrepreneurs Board Member
Head of Corporate Development at Welt Corp

FEB 23, 2021

Digital Health Product Innovation

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.

Mina Iskarous — Digital health product manager

Mina Iskarous
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 Danthinne
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.

FEB 9, 2021

SaMD/DTx – Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) and Digital Therapeutics (DTx)

SaMD/DTx — Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) and Digital Therapeutics (DTx) are the hottest topics in digital health. Megan Coder is the founder of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA) and will share with us what SaMD/DTx are and why they matter.
Megan Coder — Health Science Entrepreneurship digital health webinar series

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 — HSE Digital Health Webinar Series

Danny Kim, PharmD ‘21
Health Sciences Entrepreneurs Board Member
Head of Corporate Development at Welt Corp

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