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Solving Health Tech Challenges Lies with Females: Meet the Women Leading Global Standards Development

Solving Health Tech Challenges Lies with Females: Meet the Women Leading Global Standards Development

  • Moderator: Maria Palombini, Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader, IEEE Standards Association
  • Heather Flannery Chair, IEEE P2418.6: Standard for the Framework of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Use in Healthcare and the Life and Social Sciences 
  • Dr. Madhuri Gore, Vice Chair, IEEE P2650: Standard for Enabling Mobile Device Platforms to Be Used as Pre-Screening Audiometric Systems
  • Florence Hudson, Chair, IEEE P2933: Standard for Clinical Internet of Things (IoT) Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security
  • Ida Sims, Chair, IEEE 1752.1-2021: IEEE Approved Draft Standard for Mobile Health Data

The IEEE SA WAMIII Virtual Talk Series has a deep well of on-demand educational sessions focused on technical and trust challenges, viable use cases, and cutting-edge development of connected medical technologies to choose from and yet this session will be the most eye-opening of all.Women are leading the way in every aspect of the digital health tech transformation from founders of start-ups, CEOs of major organizations or solving everyday complex challenges with the adoption and use of health technologies. This could be not more evident where four (4) of the IEEE Standards Association most progressive standards working groups are led by committed, talented and knowledgeable women tackling one of the world’s largest most complex healthcare challenges: interoperability. This technical virtual session will get into the detail of the challenges and progress in solving the interoperability challenge as it relates to wearables, clinical IoTs and EHRs to support the foundation for innovating the future of healthcare.This session is more than justifying why women are suited to lead the future of digital health tech and technical standards development. You will hear the challenges they and their teams are facing in addressing a critical piece in the puzzle impeding trust, security and validation in our digital healthcare system.

  • Revealing the real challenges of solving tech and data interoperability in the healthcare domain
  • Decoding the complex landscape of metadata in the development of technical standards
  • The hot topics emerging into standards development: Blockchain/DLTs, open source, and more
  • Managing the balance of effective leadership vs technical expertise to keep volunteers focused on the task at hand

Be sure to join this session to see how these leaders are moving the needle in addressing the issues and how they have set the benchmark for all engineers who want to make a difference in solving global challenges.
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Maria Palombini currently leads the IEEE SA Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice working with a global community of stakeholder volunteers who are committed to establishing trust and validation in tools and technologies that will change the approach to discover therapies, deliver care, and ultimately enable a sustainable and universal quality of care for ALL. Maria is the founder of DisruptiveRx, an information gateway addressing the critical need for pharmaceutical and life sciences executives to connect innovation with business strategy to re-think the process of the drug development and distribution value chain. She has extensive experience in building global media brands in multiple industry sectors. She holds a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers College and an M.B.A. from Rutgers Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University.

Heather Leigh Flannery is Global Lead of ConsenSys Health. She is also Co-Founder and Board Chair of Blockchain in Healthcare Global (“BiHG”), a new 501(c)6 trade association organized under the IEEE ISTO. She chairs the IEEE SA P2418.6 Standards Development Working Group (blockchain in healthcare and life sciences), serves as the FY19 Co-Chair of the global HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force, Chairs the Healthcare Special Interest Group at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), and is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers Blockchain for Science. Ms. Flannery is also an Innovation Fellow at EP3 Foundation, has served as Industry Faculty for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (US HHS ONC) and is an active consultant, advisor, and keynote speaker.
Dr. Madhuri Gore worked as an audiologist since 1982. Worked extensively with children with hearing loss. Has conducted neonatal hearing screening, and participated in school screening, and rural hearing screening in early identification of hearing loss. She is the vice-chair of IEEE P2650 – Standard for Enabling Mobile Device Platforms to Be Used as Pre-Screening Audiometric Systems. From 1997 worked with cochlear implants and has been part of a team that gave guidelines to Govt. of Karnataka’s cochlear Implant Program.She currently holds a post as Professor in the Department of Hearing Studies, Dr S.R. Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing. Extensive teaching experience. Has served as President of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association and Vice President of CIGI.

Florence Hudson is Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, and Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, a global advanced technology and diversity & inclusion consulting firm. She leads the COVID Information Commons ( funded by NSF, providing an open resource to explore research and enable global collaboration to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Special Advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and aerospace engineer at NASA and Grumman, she Chairs the global IEEE/UL Working Group on Clinical IoT Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security, and has published books on TIPPSS. She serves on Boards for Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stony Brook University, Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and executive business education from Harvard and Columbia Universities.

Ida Sim, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Dr. Ida Sim co-directs Informatics and Research Innovation at UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and is Director of Digital Health for the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Sim’s research focuses on open integrated architectures of mobile technologies for clinical research and primary care. She is a global leader in the policy and technology of large-scale sharing of clinical trials and mobile health data. In 2011, she co-founded Open mHealth, a non-profit organization that is breaking down barriers to mobile health app and data integration through an open software architecture. In 2017, she co-founded Vivli, a global data sharing platform for finding, requesting, and analyzing participant-level clinical trials data.
Dr. Sim has served on multiple advisory committees on health information infrastructure for clinical care and research, including committees of the National Research Council and National Academy of Medicine. She is a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and is a practicing primary care physician.

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