, Chief Medical Information Officer,

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Kaiser Permanente

John has pursued a wide range of activities in health and wellness throughout his career. Initially he practiced primary care, preventive medicine, critical care, trauma and helicopter medicine, and was one of the founders of the hyperbaric medicine program at UCSD. He practiced for five years as an intensivist and was director of critical care, pharmacy and therapeutics, quality and utilization at various times during his tenure at Scripps, prior to continuing his clinical practice at Kaiser Permanente in 1989.

He has dedicated his recent career to advancing Health Information Technology at Kaiser Permanente and to advancing health policy at both state and federal levels.

He designed and implemented his first EHR in 1984 and has designed or implemented six additional EHRs since then. He chairs both regional and national IT investment portfolios for Kaiser Permanente.

His team led the first and largest deployment of KP HealthConnect, the largest private health record deployment in the nation. He continues to lead scores of innovation projects throughout Kaiser Permanente, ranging from mobile healthcare apps, social analytics and interventions, telemedicine, big data analytics, and the behavioral economics of change. He is currently launching a project to transform how complex data sets, including genomic, microbiomics, exposomics, socialomics and phenomics can be transformed through visualization into intuitive representations that support shared decision making and better patient activation.

He is actively involved in designing a topologic and heuristic strategy for managing the avalanche of data associated with pervasive sensing, the IOT, and Big Data in general.

His primary goal is to harvest the exponential growth of knowledge about health and use it to help individuals participate more directly in improving their own health and resilience and at the same time engage their communities in broader initiatives around health promotion for all members of the community. At the individual level, he is dedicated to helping restore the healing and caring aspects of how caregivers motivate and coordinate the care of every individual they treat. John is actively involved in addressing the issues surrounding social equity in the digital era, both inside and outside of healthcare. 

James Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life

James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life as a result of their April 2013 acquisition of HealthyCircles, a Care Coordination and Remote Patient Monitoring Software Platform Company founded and led by Dr. Mault since 2009. Prior to starting HealthyCircles, Dr. Mault was the Director of New Products and Business Development for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. Dr. Mault has more than 30 years of experience in senior executive positions in the Health IT and Medical Device industry as well as clinical medicine. Dr. Mault has founded five Health IT and medical device companies, leading these companies to develop novel devices and software technologies, FDA approvals, and strategic partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies. He is the named inventor of over 80 issued and pending US Patents for a variety of novel health information and medical device innovations. He has been board-certified in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, having specialized in heart and lung transplantation, thoracic oncology and critical care. He has conducted academic medical research under numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and others. He is the author of more than 60 scientific articles, chapters and books in the published medical literature. Dr. Mault holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Medical Degree from the University of Michigan, and conducted his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

Christopher Nicholson, VP & COO Wellness, Humana

Chris leads Humana’s differentiated wellness capabilities (Engagement strategies, Health/Life Coaching, Employee Assistance Programs, Work-life services, Individualized Wellness and Incentives and Rewards programs) supporting the well-being of over 14 million consumers in the US and abroad. Humana helps consumer achieve life-long well-being by leveraging a wellness ecosystem to make it easy for them to achieve their best health. 

Ronald Ozminkowski, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Consumer Solutions Group, Optum

Ron Ozminkowski.is Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer in the Consumer Solutions Group at Optum. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the evaluation of health and productivity management programs, and has published widely on these and related issues.

Before joining the Consumer Solutions Group, Ron served as Vice President for Research and Development in the Advanced Analytics Group at OptumInsight and Ingenix. He also served as Director of Health & Productivity Research at The Medstat Group and as Associate Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Cornell University. His doctoral degree is from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Economics. He also holds Masters degrees in Applied Economics and Health Services Administration from Michigan. 

Adam Pellegrini, Vice President, Digital Health, Walgreens

Adam Pellegrini is a digital health and marketing executive with over 22 years of experience in healthcare and online marketing. In his current role as the Vice President of Digital Health for Walgreens, Adam is leading a team of seasoned industry executives to build out the next generation of digital and mHealth platforms for the largest nationwide retail pharmacy chain. Prior to Walgreens, Adam lead marketing for HealthyCircles which was acquired by Qualcomm Life. Previous to HealthyCircles, Adam worked in Product Management at Microsoft launching a successful health dashboard on MSN and working on the HealthVault product. Adam holds a degree in marketing, political science and is working on a Masters in Military and Foreign Strategy. Adam spends his past time running an online marketing strategy group and studying Ancient Greek literature.

Chris Young, Vice President, New Virtual Market Development & Incubations, Ascension Health

Mr. Young serves as the Vice President , New Virtual Market Development & Incubations. In this role he is focused on the development of Virtual Care for Ascension Health. Prior to this role he served as the Vice President of the Office of Value Creation. In that role he was focused on new growth opportunities for Ascension Health. Prior to that role he served as the Vice President, Special Project Implementation. In that role, he coordinated multiple business efforts that fuse emerging and existing technologies to solve operational and strategic business problems in the healthcare ecosystem.

Mr. Young also served as Vice President for Ascension Health Information Services (AHIS). In this capacity, he was responsible for IT Strategic Planning, Strategic Partnerships, Service Provider Administration, acted as the AHIS liaison to Ascension Health Ventures, and acted as the lead for IT assessments for acquisition work. Additionally in his role, he served as a member of advisory bodies with AT&T, Microsoft, Cerner, Cisco and Dell.

Prior to this, Mr. Young served as the Regional CIO for the Southern Region of Ascension Health, as well as the Senior Vice President and CIO for Saint Thomas Health Services. In this dual role, he was a catalyst for a number of fast tracked technology implementations and proved himself an innovator within the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining Ascension Health, Mr. Young worked as a management consultant with several companies focusing in strategy, operations improvement, technology implementation, and business development.

Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Masters of Sciences in Threat and Response Management, both from the University of Chicago.


Advisory Board


Jennifer Kent, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Jennifer Kent is part of the Digital Health and Mobile Product research team. She studies mobile industry trends including wireless carrier strategies, next-generation networking, and mobile consumer devices. Her digital health research focuses on digital health records and devices, fitness and wellness applications, and mobile healthcare trends. Since joining Parks Associates in 2009, Jennifer has also worked on the consumer research team, analyzing consumer data related to various areas of the digital home and consumer electronics industries.

Jennifer earned her BA in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and her MA in church-state studies from Baylor University in Waco, TX. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Baylor University for a PhD in Religion, Politics and Society.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @stuartsikes
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Stuart Sikes is the president of Parks Associates, a market research firm specializing in consumer adoption of technology products and services. Stuart and team assist clients around the world by predicting trends in consumer technologies and identifying evolving business models. The Parks Associates team serves the world’s leading semiconductor, software, consumer electronics, telecom equipment, and entertainment companies, providing them with industry analysis, consumer research, and go-to-market recommendations. Stuart’s recent industry presentations include the outlook for residential energy management, new business models for the connected home, and the evolution of new video services.

Stuart has served technology companies for over twenty years, designing technical service, software, and hardware solutions for companies ranging from global semiconductor manufacturers to one of the nation’s largest airlines. In his positions with companies including AT&T, NCR, OpenConnect Systems, and Intelligraphics, Stuart’s roles have included sales, product marketing, marketing communications, and executive management.

Stuart holds an MBA from SMU and a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University.

Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @HarryatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Harry Wang studies the consumer electronics and entertainment service industries with a focus on portable CE hardware, software, and associated applications and services. He is also the lead analyst for Parks Associates’ digital health research program. Harry has presented his research in numerous industry events including CES, Digital Hollywood, Photo Marketing Association Annual Show, American Telemedicine Association Annual Show, World Health Congress, and Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ conferences.

Harry earned his MS degree in marketing research from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds an MBA degree in finance from Texas Christian University and a BA degree in international business from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, P.R. China.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications, Digital Imaging Products and Services

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