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Program


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Program


The Rock Health Summit is a digital health conference specially designed to bring together diverse minds from healthcare, technology, venture, policy, research and beyond to explore the future of healthcare. Each year, hundreds of attendees gather in San Francisco for this two-day event.

EXPLORE

Attendees are able to discover the latest technologies in digital health through interactive programming, breakout sessions, hands-on demos, and unique giveaways.

ENGAGE

Engage with leaders working on the forefront of healthcare innovation in a diverse series of talks, ranging from fireside chats to panels to skills-based workshops.

ENJOY

We incorporate plenty of time for conversation and networking as well, both in receptions that include demos and drinks, and through a custom app that allows attendees to connect before, during, and after the Summit.

2018 Speakers included

Hear from dynamic individuals at the forefront of healthcare—hailing from policy, medicine, and beyond.

 

Demo companies

At Rock Health Summit, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the latest products in healthcare innovation. The 2018 Rock Health Summit included demos from:

past giveaways

 
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2018 Agenda


2018 Agenda


Tuesday, october 16

For Insider Pass Holders ONLY

11:30-12:00PM: Early Registration for Insider Pass Holders - Fisher Atrium

12:00PM-1:30PM: Insider Lunch - Fisher Ballroom

Insider Summit Pass holders will attend an intimate lunch to get the inside scoop on the latest investment trends in digital health. Rock Health’s Director of Research, Megan Zweig, along with three digital health founders, will discuss how startups are navigating the capital-rich (and exit-light) venture landscape. The discussion will showcase data from Rock Health’s latest funding report, with commentary from founders on their lived successes and challenges. After lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a tailored networking session.

Dan Wilson, Founder & CEO of Moxe Health
Sarah Smith, Co-founder of Bodyport
Heather Bowerman, Founder & CEO of DotLab
Megan Zweig (Moderator), Director of Research at Rock Health

For all pass holders

12:30PM-2:00PM: Registration - Fisher Atrium & Robertson Foyer

2:00PM-2:15PM: Welcome - Robertson Auditorium

2:15-2:55PM: What We Can Learn From The Evolution Of 23andMe - Robertson Auditorium

23andMe frequented the headlines over the past year—from the first ever FDA-approved direct-to-consumer genetic test for cancer-causing genes, to offering DNA kits to reunite separated families. Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder and CEO of the now-household name for genetic testing, will sit down with leading tech journalist Kara Swisher to offer tips on challenging the status quo in healthcare with her consumer-first mindset and confront the recent data and privacy concerns surrounding genetic testing.

Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder & CEO of 23andMe
Kara Swisher (Moderator), Editor at Large at Recode; Host of Recode Decode Podcast

2:55PM–3:40PM: Breaking Through The AI Noise - Robertson Auditorium

While the word "hype" often accompanies the term "AI," the technology’s real value for healthcare is undeniable. This session will dive into the practical, real-world use cases of machine learning in healthcare by examining where potential lies to transform care delivery and life science research, and a realistic timeline for meaningful, AI-powered impact. We’ll also explore what stands in the way—data silos, biased algorithms, implementation hurdles—and the collaborations emerging across the industry to tackle them.

Revathi Subramanian, Managing Director, Global Data Science at Accenture
Sameer Badlani, MD, Chief Health Information Officer at Sutter Health
Suchi Saria, PhD, Assistant Professor at John Hopkins University
Heather Jordan Cartwright, General Manager, Microsoft Healthcare NExT
Scott Barclay (Moderator), Partner at Data Collective

3:40PM–4:00PM: Break

4:00PM–4:45PM: Better Outcomes, Lower Costs: Delivering On The Promise Of Digital Health - Robertson Auditorium

Digital health companies are improving the healthcare experience for patients, physicians, and insurers alike. To better understand how digital health can impart indelible impact across all stakeholders, we’ll gather those who work with Sitka—a company that delivers asynchronous personalized, one-on-one consultations with a board-certified doctor that you can watch on your phone—to hear their stories of how the service continues to foster better results, reduce costs, and simplify an otherwise long and complex care navigation process.

Oscar Torres, Patient of Sitka
Sohrab Gollogly, MD, Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer of Sitka
Nancye Guthrie, Senior Manager, Human Resources at VF Corporation
Kelsey Mellard, Co-founder & CEO of Sitka

4:45PM-5:25PM: How Can We Fix The Consumer Healthcare Experience? - Robertson Auditorium

Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman & CEO of Kaiser Permanente
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD (Moderator), Editor-in-Chief at Kaiser Health News

5:45PM-6:30PM: An American Sickness Book Signing with Elisabeth Rosenthal - Fisher Atrium

6:00PM: Offsite Happy Hours - Locations Vary

Hosted by Accenture at Pedro’s Cantina
Hosted by Welkin Health at the Welkin Health office

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

8:00-9:30AM: Late Registration & Breakfast

9:00AM-9:50AM: Breakout Sessions

AI-Driven Risk Prediction For Chronic Age-Related Disease From Genomic, Imaging, And Clinical Biomarkers - Robertson Auditorium

Join Dr. David Karow, interim CEO of Human Longevity, for a presentation where he will dive into how machine-learning based diagnostics can generate more insightful health assessments and can help to identify disease in early stages when it is most treatable.

David S. Karow, MD, PhD, Chief of Radiogenomics and interim CEO at Human Longevity, Inc.

Rethinking Leadership In An Era Of Rapid Change And Shifting Markets - Fisher Ballroom

Rapid changes in healthcare and ever-shifting consumer trends are demanding the need for a new generation of transformational leaders who can turn visions into realities and challenges into successes. How does this change the leadership DNA vital to building competitive and innovative companies? Join this panel of business leaders in a vibrant conversation that explores new leadership approaches, required competencies, and lessons learned through their first-hand experience.

Kevin King, President & CEO of iRhythm
Lynne Chou O’Keefe, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Stacey Porter, Head of Global Talent Development at Intuitive Surgical
Tony Leng, Managing Director at Diversified Search
Gale Richards (Moderator), Managing Director at BioQuest, A Diversified Search Company

Delivering Human Experiences Powered By AI/ML - Conference Room 1

The hype around AI and automation of human tasks in healthcare has so far outstripped the reality. In this master class, Patrick Weiss and Dr. Farzad Azimpour will discuss the actual state of affairs and examine where technology can play the most valuable role in healthcare. The conversation will focus specifically on real world examples -- key lessons and messy processes alike -- encountered by Omada Health and MYIA in the pursuit of building technology to empower the humans in the healthcare delivery experience.

Patrick Weiss, Director of Product Design at Omada Health
Farzad Azimpour, MD, Chief Medical Officer at MYIA Labs

10:00AM-10:05AM: General Session Commences

10:05AM-10:45AM: How Oscar Is Shaking Up The Payer Landscape Robertson Auditorium

Free from the constraints of legacy operating systems, Oscar has taken advantage of some of today’s best technologies and emerged as a reimagined health insurance company. CEO and Co-founder of Oscar Health Mario Schlosser takes a full-stack approach to insurance—one where healthcare becomes a collaborative experience between the patient, payer, and provider.  We’ll sit down with Mario to understand how his company is breaking down industry silos, what plans are in store for Alphabet’s recent super-investment, and what others can learn from Oscar’s consumer-first, tech-forward approach. 

Mario Schlosser, Co-founder & CEO of Oscar Health
Megan Zweig (Moderator), Director of Research at Rock Health

10:45AM-11:30AM: High-Value Health Innovation For The Low-Income Robertson Auditorium

Startups looking to make a positive societal impact are increasingly meeting the unique needs of underserved populations. In this panel, we’ll explore why entrepreneurs and investors are entering the space, which business models have emerged, and where technology solutions can move the needle on health outcomes of these individuals.

Leah Sparks, Co-founder & CEO of Wildflower Health
Rich Roth, Chief Strategic Innovation Officer at Dignity Health
Carl Bouthillette (Moderator), Senior Program Investment Officer at California Health Care Foundation

11:30AM–11:40AM: Networking Break Robertson Auditorium

11:40AM-12:20PM: Policy-Driven White Space In Digital Health Robertson Auditorium

In the last eight years, the digital health sector has navigated the opportunities presented by new markets, payment models, and regulatory imperatives within a post-ACA, post-HITECH Act world. Ready or not, a different Washington means change is here—what fresh opportunities or potential pitfalls should digital health entrepreneurs look out for in this environment? With many startups’ business models hinging on current reimbursement and regulation, how can innovators remain nimble amidst political uncertainty? 

Karen DeSalvo, MD, Former Acting Assistant Secretary at HHS & Professor at Dell Medical School
Farzad Mostashari, MD (Moderator), Co-founder & CEO of Aledade

12:20PM–2:20PM: Lunch & Activities - Fisher Banquet Hall & Atrium

1:00PM–1:20PM: Speed Networking - Bank of America Terrace

1:25PM–2:10PM: Breakout Sessions

Living Health: Digital Disruption Goes Physical - Robertson Auditorium

The bar for human-centric digital health is no longer a conversation about EMRs, MyChart, and doctor-patient portal communications.  Emphasis is shifting to how best to use digital as an invisible enabler of “smart” healthcare experiences that enable more seamless consumer outcomes. In this session, healthcare leaders will explore the business implications of these trends and how they may shape future of healthcare services and experiences.

Spencer Hoover, System Vice President & Executive Director of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute
Max Burton, Global Leader for Connected Product at Fjord Design & Innovation
Alicia Graham, Group Director, Business Design & Strategy at Fjord Design & Innovation
Kevin Hart, Senior VP, Strategic Development & Technology, Northern California, Kaiser Permanente
Brian Kalis (Moderator), Managing Director, Digital Health at Accenture

Best Practices For Evidence Generation For Digital Health - Conference Room 1

Join Evidation and Virta Health as they present a novel analysis of evidence generation in today’s digital health landscape and host a discussion surrounding the motivations, methods, and best practices for generating robust evidence.

Shefali Kumar, Health Outcomes Research at Evidation Health
James McCarter, MD, PhD, Head of Research at Virta Health

The Most Trusted Data In Digital Health - Conference Room 2

Join Rock Health for an inside look at how we keep our fingers on the pulse of all things digital health. Learn the latest insights on the market, from venture funding and exit activity to emerging technologies to consumer adoption of digital health solutions. Discover how your organization can partner with Rock Health to gain access to our industry-leading databases and market research.

Megan Zweig, Director of Research, Rock Health

2:20PM: General Session Commences

2:20PM-3:05PM: The State of Inclusion In Healthcare (And Why It Matters) - Robertson Auditorium

There’s a long road ahead to ensure leadership in healthcare is as diverse as the populations the industry serves. Healthcare leaders will share why inclusion is critically important not only for the success of their teams, but also for their bottom lines. They’ll provide actionable takeaways for how the industry can empower entrepreneurs from different backgrounds, promote diverse leadership to the C-Suite, and develop fair and inclusive hiring practices.

Ali Diab, Co-founder & CEO of Collective Health
Dawn Laguens, EVP & Chief Brand Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Ivor Horn, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Accolade
Halle Tecco (Moderator), Co-founder of Rock Health & Angel Investor

3:05PM-3:25PM: Stretch & Swag - Robertson Auditorium

3:25PM-4:10PM: Where's The Exit? - Robertson Auditorium

No digital health companies have IPO’d since 2016. Yet dozens of startups are making their way to the exit each year via acquisition. In this session, we’ll sift through what the exit trend tea leaves are saying for digital health startups, how companies and investors are defining a successful exit, and whether companies should stay private longer in a capital-rich market. We’ll also discuss the effects of acquisitions on innovation—is it stymied or spurred?

Hylton Kalvaria, Senior Principal at Flatiron Health
Bill Evans, CEO & Managing Director of Rock Health
Lee Lehman-Becker, Digital & Personalized Health Care Partnering at Roche
Joey Prast (Moderator), Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP

4:10PM-4:50PM: Go Big Or Go Home: Will Big Tech’s Bets In Healthcare Pay Off? Robertson Auditorium

As the tech titans push forward with their entrance into healthcare, speculation surrounds their chances of successfully solving the industry’s myriad of maladies. Will their everyday touchpoints with consumers provide an easy front door for healthcare services (instead of the traditional doctor’s office)? Will they deploy their unsurpassed supply chains to intermediate costly healthcare middlemen? Can they solve problems incumbents have been struggling with for decades, like data silos and ballooning costs? We’ll hear from the two on what’s notable—and what’s just noise—as these tech giants move into the $3T market.

Toby Cosgrove, MD, Executive Advisor at Google Cloud & Former President & CEO at the Cleveland Clinic
Christina Farr (Moderator), Reporter for CNBC.com

4:50PM-5:00PM: Closing & Thank You - Robertson Auditorium

5:00PM-7:00PM: Demo Night Reception

Join us for an evening of show and tell with cutting edge digital health technologies over drinks and appetizers. This year, we’re excited to showcase a number our recent investments delivering impact-driven technologies and driving change in healthcare! You’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with ClinCapture, Enzyme, Marigold Health, Revive, Sitka, and more while enjoying interactive demos from some of the latest additions to the Rock Health portfolio.

 

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