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The Internet of Things, Wearables and Sensor Technologies in the Health Community™”

Is your IT team ready to handle new transformative technologies?

Workshop Co-Chairs:David Metcalf, Ph.D.. UCF IST
Dr. Ross Hoffman 

Morning Keynote:  Digital Health and Wearables:  The Current and Future Market States

Interest in the digital health space is rapidly exploding, with continued growth resulting from innovations in technology. This booming sector is becoming a top growth opportunity for the US healthcare system as it attempts to modernize to become more affordable and transparent. Digital health adoption is accelerating and is being driven by health IT progression, more connected and savvy users, and cloud based- SaaS delivery models. As increased market interest has led to the rapid expansion of wearable tech, it’s been of an even greater importance to identify key areas of growth within digital health. Expect tangible insights on:Market ecosystem overview; intersection of technology and other industry verticals • Progression in Wearables in value, Market projections • Consumer insights on trackers; business models • The future Wearables state and hurdles to get there
Daniel Ruppar, Research Director – Healthcare & Life Sciences, Frost and SullivanDaniel has extensive experience in a multitude of healthcare sectors, as well as background working directly in industry. In his current role as Research Director with Frost & Sullivan’s Connected Health practice, Daniel focuses on the digital transformation of healthcare, especially solutions reaching across the continuum of care, including telemedicine and mHealth. To learn more about Frost & Sullivan’s Connected Health research program, please visit Frost.com, or follow him on Twitter @danielruppar.  Daniel Ruppar, Research Director – Healthcare & Life Sciences, Frost and SullivanDaniel

Afternoon Keynote:  From Wearable Sensors to Smart Implants

Escalated incidence and costs associated with chronic symptoms, senescence-related dependence, life-style induced poor health (e.g. obesity), and non-communicable diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases are major healthcare challenges globally. Rather than relying on delayed intervention and expensive treatments, the future of a sustainable global healthcare system is one that is specifically focused on prevention, early detection and minimally invasive management of diseases. This talk outlines the evolution of pervasive health monitoring from wearables to smart implants, and highlights the key technical challenges, as well as the latest developments and practical examples how this may help to reshape the future of healthcare. 

Prof Guang-Zhong Yang, PhD, FREng/IEEE

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang is director and co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London. Professor Yang’s main research interests are in medical imaging, sensing and robotics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, fellow of IEEE, IET, AIMBE, IAMBE and a recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award and listed in The Times Eureka ‘Top 100’ in British Science. 

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Topics and Speakers

 Natural Human Interactivity in the World of Smart Glasses and Wearables

Smart glasses are graduating from tiny monocular displays to a 3D immersive experience, overlaying rich contextual information right where you need it. Now the questions coming into the spotlight are “What’s the optimal interaction model for the enterprise-class workflows powered by smart glasses? Can we combine hand gestures, voice, eye tracking, head motion, and contextual information from wearables to build a more intuitive and natural user interaction?” Augmented interactive reality and smart glasses promise to increase productivity and streamline workflows in ways that hasn’t been seen before, and we’ll explore why natural interaction is the key to make it all possible.

Soulaiman Itani, Founder and CTO, Atheer Labs

Soulaiman has spent his career trying to understand how the world operates and how to leverage that knowledge to improve everyday life. With that core belief he created Atheer. The goal is to advance human-centric computing technologies and empower users to have technology work with them in ways never thought possible only a few short years ago. He received his Masters of Science and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Avoiding the Sock Drawer: Lessons from Consumer Wearables

Consumer Wearables have been on the market for several years, ever since FitBit successfully married the same motion sensing technology of the Nintendo Wii and a silicon strap for avid Quantified Self practitioners. As the promise of medical wearables transitions into a reality, there are several critical lessons learned from consumer wearables that must be taken to heart by the medical device community. So much of the discussion of medical wearables presumes the patient will use the device, but like so many treadmills turned clothing racks, patients are unlikely adhere to prescribed therapies with the voracity of their Starbucks habit. This talk will highlight the successful and failed attempts by consumer wearables to become habit forming and offer a framework to evaluate your medical wearables potential patient stickiness.

Dr.  John Feland, CEO, Argus Insights, Inc.

John is the award-winning founder and CEO of Argus Insights, new type of market intelligence company, founded by tech industry veterans seeking to connect the dots between technology innovation and consumer adoption. Argus Insights sits between traditional research firms and social analytics companies to provide focused and actionable analysis on where consumers are taking the market, who is winning and why. John holds an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Integration of Wearable and Standards Panel

Moderator: Professor Guang – Zhong Yang

Smart watches. Smart clothing. Smart everything. Wearable technology is proving that it’s here to stay, but how do we move from today’s early attempts to the creation of wearable experiences that improve lives? Wearables are ready to explode far beyond just fitness tools. The day is coming when wearables will be as much a part of your business process as computers. But what stands in the way of that integration? How do standards play a role?

Bill Ash, IEEE Standards Association, Strategic Technology Program Director
Dr. Yuan-Ting Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Director of Joint Research Center for Biomedical Engineering, Founding Head of the Division of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Department of Electronic Engineering
Michael Kirwan, Continua, Technical Operations Director