Six Distinguished Speakers to Talk About Telemedicine and Telehealth for Global Health at MIT on Tuesday

Micky Tripathi
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CAMBRIDGE, MA—At the concluding session in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology course on “Telemedicine and Telehealth for Global Health” that is taught by Prof. Amar Gupta, six distinguished speakers from institutions such as Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and a few startups, will speak on Tuesday, May 16. The event is free to all attendees.

The panel discussion will be held from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 16 in Room 66-144; 25 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA.

This session will include a talk by:

Charles Koontz

Charles Koontz : Chief Digital Officer, GE Healthcare and President and CEO, GE Healthcare Digita. In his role, Koontz is advancing the company’s strength in digital and outcomes-based solutions for healthcare providers, governments and payers. As CDO, he is leading GE Healthcare’s digital industrial transformation. GE Healthcare is a global leader in developing software-enabled solutions for integrated care. These solutions combine software, consulting services and support to create actionable insights across healthcare systems for better clinical, operational and financial outcomes.

Koontz joined GE in 2016 with 30 years of experience in healthcare, IT solutions and technology innovation. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of the Federal Civilian Agencies Group at Computer Sciences Corp (CSC)/CSRA. At CSC, he focused on moving the healthcare industry to next generation IT, mobile and cloud technology, and applying real-time analytics to measure clinical and performance outcomes.  Prior to this, he led the commercial healthcare business at Booz Hamilton, creating a health analytics business working with Fortune 500 healthcare companies and leading health systems. He’s held global leadership roles with SAIC, Capgemini and Ernst & Young. Koontz graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He was a member of the GE Engineering Co-Op program while a student at Ohio State, working at GE Lighting in Cleveland, OH.

Micky Tripathi

Micky Tripathi: President & CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit collaboration of leading Massachusetts provider, payer, and purchaser organizations.  He is also Chair of the Information Exchange Working Group and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team (both of the federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee), a Director of the New England Health Exchange Network (NEHEN), a regional health information exchange based in Waltham, Massachusetts, and a Director and past Board Chair of the eHealth Initiative, a national health information technology education and advocacy organization. Earlier while he was at BCG, he served as the founding President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, an Indianapolis-based non-profit company partnered with the Regenstrief Institute to create a state-wide health information infrastructure. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and an AB in political science from Vassar College.

Liz Asai

Liz Asai: Co-founder and CEO of 3Derm Systems, Inc.  3Derm is a teledermatology triage system that enables a user to take clinical 2D and 3D images of concerning skin lesions and upload them for remote review by dermatologists.  Liz previously served as Principal Investigator for NSF-funded SBIR grant work that validated the feasibility of the 3Derm system through preliminary clinical studies at the Yale School of Medicine.  She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University.

Vijay Bhatt

Vijay Bhatt: Deputy Chief Technology Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). Earlier, he served as Chief Architect for the New Medicaid Management Information System (NewMMIS) for the state of Massachusetts where he architected a scalable and secure architecture for Medicaid using open source frameworks. As an entrepreneur, Vijay was involved with 3 startups (BiddersEdge, deNovis and Namasoft) and continues to engage with startup organizations. Vijay recently won a Change Agent award from the Color Magazine for cultivating, guiding and leading significant inclusion-related changes at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Vijay holds a Masters in Computational Geometry from Cranfield University, UK.

Ameeta Soni

Ameeta Soni: A growth-focused, marketing and business development expert.  Her client, Moving Analytics, helps hospitals implement home-based cardiac rehab programs based on its app. The Moving Analytics app is based on MULTIFIT, an evidence-based cardiac rehab program developed at Stanford and widely considered the best-in-class program for post-acute healthcare.  Ameeta previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at PlatformQ Health which uses digital streaming video to deliver continuing medical education to healthcare providers and patients via its ten disease-specific websites.  Earlier, she co-founded FitTrace, a web and mobile app for health and fitness. Ameeta received her MBA from the University of Chicago.

Jeffrey Kosowsky, MD: Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, American Well. Kosowsky leads corporate and business development efforts focusing on strategic partnerships, large investors, major client deals, and M&A opportunities. He brings to American Well more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, high tech, and business management and consulting. Prior to joining American Well, he led efforts in business and clinical analytics and population health at MEDITECH. He also has extensive experience in e-commerce and software services, including leadership roles at GSI Commerce and Idiom Technologies. Prior to that, Kosowsky was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company where he focused on healthcare and high-growth technology companies. He graduated from Harvard University with an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PHD, AM, and an AB Summa Cum Laude in Applied Mathematics. He completed his surgical internship at the Harvard-affiliated New England Deaconess Hospital before transitioning to the business world.

Heather Meyers: Senior Program Manager of Digital Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. Meyers brings extensive Digital Health experience and knowledge to the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) team. She oversees the development of the operational infrastructure for the digital health initiatives at Boston Children’s by working within the application systems from scheduling, the medical record and billing to automate workflows and touch points to improve efficiencies and enhance consistency in care delivery to patients nationally and internationally. She is also responsible for aligning the billing models, reimbursement policies and compliance standards into the various digital health models for integrated optimization while adhering to the legal and regulatory guidelines.

Meyers leads the marketing and education efforts for digital health to ensure patients and providers receive the expected, high quality experience through new models of digital care offered locally and globally. Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Heather was the Telemedicine Project Manager at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was able to fully develop and operationalize a Telehealth Department that included hospital-to-hospital, remote virtual clinics and direct-to-consumer programs. Heather began her healthcare career at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA in the Telehealth Program where she gained her foundational knowledge of the Telehealth industry and helped scale out the Telemedicine programs extended from the UPMC Enterprise.

Heather earned her MBA from Seton Hill University with a specialization in management and her BS from University of Pittsburgh.

Mohamed Aburawi MD: Founder and CEO of Speetar, an interactive patient-centered platform enabling medically marginalized patients in post-conflict countries in the Middle East and North Africa to remotely access language-cultural matched specialists practicing abroad. Aburawi is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and currently a postdoc researcher in the Transplant Surgery Department at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Amar Gupta

Amar Gupta: Gupta returned to MIT in 2015 to focus on telemedicine and digital health. Earlier, he worked at the MIT Sloan School for 25 years. Between 2004 and 2012, he served in multiple capacities at the University of Arizona, including Thomas R. Brown Endowed Professor of Management and Technology. He was selected as The Best Teacher in 2011 by the students of the Eller College of Management by an unprecedented margin. Between 2012 and 2015, he served as Dean of Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Science, and during his tenure there was a significant increase in enrollment, and the online degree programs were ranked #1 in US News and World Report.

He has served as an advisor to various agencies of the United Nations and has published 12 books. His papers have been accepted in journals from diverse fields and he has played a significant role in nucleating several technologies that are in broad use today. He continues to do research in the areas of: 24-Hour Knowledge Factory; Geographically Distributed Teams; Telemedicine; Telehealth; and Global Health. His latest endeavor is a multi-year project on Telemedicine funded in part by a large multinational company. Dr. Gupta holds an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering, a graduate degree in Management (from MIT Sloan School) and a doctorate in Computer Science.

For more information please contact: Amar Gupta, 617-253-0418,



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