Agenda - Day 1

Intro & Opening Keynote

John Hammitt, Executive Director, HITLAB

Patrick Schmidt, CEO, FFF Enterprises

Health equity and the use of readily available consumer devices in the cardiovascular space: from access to diversity

Sabrina Runbeck, Executive Director of People and Clinical Outcomes, MRG Health

Sara Chokshi, Research Director, HITLAB

Juan C. Jiménez, CEO & Founder, AccurKardia

How do we solve the chronic/acute disease problem? Ownership of the medical record

Shawn Smith, CEO, 1 True Health

Syed Arfeen, Vice President, Strategy and Operations, HSS

Keynote - Emerging Tech / Trends

Bill Taranto, President, Merck Global Health Initiative Fund

Investing (Trends, what did and didn't work, valuating new DHTs)

Bill Taranto, President, Merck Global Health Initiative Fund

Ian Goldstein, Partner, Fenwick & West (m)

Paxton Major, Vice President, Northpond Ventures

Networking Break

Current and future trends in digital health investment / Intro to BTA Challenge

Steve Krein, CEO & Co-Founder, Start Up Health

Breakthrough Alliance Challenge

Intro – Nikolia Kanaris, BTA Coordinator, HITLAB



Bill Taranto, President, Merck Global Health Innovation

Zina Manji, Sr. Director Regulatory Affairs, Innovation, Haleon

Sabrina Runbeck, Director of People, MRG Health

Jim McGough, CEO, EdgeOne Medical



Amy West, Head of US Transformation & Innovation, Novo Nordisk


Lunch / Networking

Understanding the Teladoc Research

Shivaram Rajgopal, Professor of Accounting and Auditing; Accounting Division Chair, Columbia University

Building a community for XR (Extended Reality) at MGB

Mark Zhang, Medical Director, Digital Innovation Hub, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

What are you waitin’ for? Right Now! It Means Everything!

Shay Reid, Chief Operating Officer, FFF Enterprises

Diversity, Decentralized Trials and Blockchain

Rama Rao, CEO & Founder, Bloqcube

Alex Cahana, Blockchain Expert (Healthcare), United Nations

Walgreens Efforts to Enhance Clinical Trial Diversity and Health Equity

Stan Kachnowski, Director, Digital Health Program, Columbia Business School

Ramita Tandon, Chief Clinical Trials Officer, Walgreens Health

AI and Data Science

Joanne Watters, Managing Director, Information Mediary Corp (IMC)

Chrysanthi Dori, Vice President, Technical Services, Medidata

How Possible is True DH From a Product Perspective? Is the US Infrastructure Set Up to Hinder or Help the Development?

Sara Chokshi, Research Director, HITLAB

Francisco Primero Narvaez, Director, Axon Digital Health

Michael Norsen, Head of Launch Labs @ Columbia

Peter Niemi, CEO & Co-Founder, Recovery Plus Health

Networking Break

How Digital Health Technology is Transforming Health Care for the Older Adults

Kyoko Tokuda, Operations Officer, Health, Nutrition, & Population, Global Practice, The World Bank

Xiaohui Hou, Senior Economist, The World Bank

Legal Issues To Be Aware Of When Investing In A Downturn

Bill Taranto, President, Merck Global Health Initiative Fund

James Fischer, Partner, DLA Piper

Fragmentation of the health system and DH – cutting through the noise – what is being done to address it

Kyle Christopher, CEO, MRG Health
April Smith-Hirak, Regional Administrator, USDHHS
Theo Borgovan, Oncology/Hematology Fellow, Brown University

Point of Care

 Samuel Sia, Professor, Columbia University

Digital Health and Coronary/Cardiovascular Care

Ajay Kirtane, Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

The Burgeoning Specialty Drug Market: A Case for Guaranteed Value

Scott Kornhauser, Executive Vice President, KlearTrust

Burt Zweigenhaft, PhD, DLitt, Managing Partners, Upstream Partners


John Hammitt, Executive Director, HITLAB

Stan Kachnowski, Director, Digital Health Program, Columbia University