2017 Agenda


Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration & Networking Breakfast

Sponsored By:


8:30 - 8:40 AM

Welcome & Co-Chairs' Opening Remarks

Bill Geary, Cofounder & Partner - Flare Capital Partners
Robert Mittendorff, MD, MBA, Partner - Norwest Venture Partners

8:40 - 9:10 AM

A Candid Conversation With Jeff Immelt: Where is Health Tech Headed?

Jeff Immelt, Former CEO - GE

Interviewed By:
Bill Geary, Cofounder & Partner - Flare Capital Partners

9:10 - 9:20 AM

2017 Digital Health Funding and Valuation Update

Financing and exits may not be the most important factor in measuring the success of a digital health start-up. But adoption and acceptance can’t happen without capital. We’ll begin the day with a state of investments overview by industry tracker and partner StartUp Health.

Katya Hancock, Partner - StartUp Health

Introduced By:
Robert Mittendorff, MD, MBA, Partner - Norwest Venture Partners

9:20 - 9:30 AM

Digital Health Investment Survey

Brad Burkett, Managing Director - Match Point Partners

9:30 - 10:00 AM

Winner Takes All: East vs. West Coast VCs Strive for Supremacy

We tapped into our advisory board to build two all-star teams to debate East and West Coast viewpoints on healthcare innovation.

  • What chronic conditions represent the greatest opportunity for investors?
  • Where are the differences in deal flow and syndication by region?
  • What attributes do they seek in digital health companies and CEOs?
  • How do they add value to portfolio companies?
  • What impact does the ongoing healthcare battle in DC have on investing?

    Moderated By:
    Peter Micca, Partner - Deloitte

    East Coast Team:
    Carl Byers, Executive Partner - F-Prime Capital Partners
    Steve Kraus, General Partner - Bessemer Venture Partners

    West Coast Team:
    Lynne Chou, Partner - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    Mohamad Makhzoumi, General Partner - NEA

    10:00 - 10:30 AM

    Innovation in the Insurance Market: Are We Going Far Enough?

    Investors, entrepreneurs, and payers are working to bring fundamental change to the insurance industry, committing millions of dollars and hours. But are we going far enough? Is the current group of start-ups and established payers capable of inciting the necessary revolution? What are the most significant concerns - and the greatest opportunities - facing these insurance insurgents?

    Moderated By:
    Carolyn Magill, CEO - Aetion

    Seth Blackley, President & Co-Founder - Evolent Health
    A.G. Breitenstein, General Partner - Optum Ventures
    Alan Warren, Chief Technology Officer & SVP, Engineering - Oscar Health
    Rachel Winokur, Chief Business Officer - Bright Health

    10:30 - 11:00 AM

    Morning Networking Break

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    11:00 - 11:30 AM

    Fireside Chat

    Two years ago, healthcare exec Deborah DiSanzo took the top spot at IBM Watson Health to integrate the company’s cognitive computer platform into healthcare’s wide ranging constituents from pharmaceutical companies to pharmacies. How does she measure success? What’s the next challenge facing the tech leaders trying to tame healthcare costs and improve patient care?

    Deborah DiSanzo, General Manager - IBM Watson Health

    Interviewed By:
    Lisa Suennen, Senior Managing Director, Healthcare Investing - GE Ventures

    Introduced By:
    Doug Greenberg, Senior Client Partner - Korn Ferry

    11:30 - 12:00 PM

    Healthcare on Demand: Are We There Yet?

    Telehealth, concierge models and apps definitely can bridge the gap between primary care and specialist physicians and patients. But are they handling enough traffic to make a real difference? How are physicians, patients and payers responding? How are traditional providers responding? We’ll talk with the CEOs from companies with very different approaches, chart their progress, understand their mutual challenges and take measure of the risks that still lay ahead.

    Moderated By:
    Nancy Brown, Venture Partner - Oak HC/FT

    Ido Schoenberg, MD, Chairman & CEO - American Well
    Rajeev Singh, CEO - Accolade
    Owen Tripp, Co-Founder & CEO - Grand Rounds

    Introduced By:
    Michael Hanewich, Managing Director, Head of Life Science and Healthcare Venture Capital Relationships - Silicon Valley Bank

    12:00 - 12:30 PM

    Keynote Conversation

    Few have a better grasp of how public policy can inspire, influence and yes, impede healthcare innovation than Karen DeSalvo, MD, the former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and National Coordinator for Health IT. Dr. DeSalvo’s career has taken her from the frontlines of healthcare - including the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina – to leading the charge to develop an interoperable health IT system.

    Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Former National Coordinator for Health IT and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health - US Department of Health and Human Services

    Interviewed By:
    Robert Mittendorff, MD, MBA, Partner - Norwest Venture Partners

    12:30 - 1:20 PM

    Networking Lunch

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    1:20 - 1:45 PM

    Digital Health Innovation Award Presentation

    Presented To:
    Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer & SVP, Oncology - Flatiron Health

    Interviewed By:
    Brandon Hull, Managing Partner - Cardinal Partners

    Introduced By:
    Lawrence Wittenberg, Partner - Goodwin

    1:45 - 2:15 PM

    How Will Machine Learning And AI Impact Healthcare Labor?

    Two of the principal architects of AI’s role in healthcare see enormous opportunity ahead. But so many questions linger. What applications will be the most powerful? Where will clinicians and consumers more easily accept AI’s judgment? What type of healthcare entities – be they corporations, payers, providers – will be enhanced by AI and which will be undermined? This frank exchange between two titans will answer those questions and more.

    Moderated By:
    Bill Geary, Cofounder & Partner - Flare Capital Partners

    Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Director & Distinguished Professor, Institute for Computational Health Sciences - University of California, San Francisco
    Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Professor & Department Chair - Harvard Medical School

    2:15 - 2:45 PM

    Is There Life After Meaningful Use: The Future of Enterprise Software for Payers & Providers

    We just went through this surge of $30+ B being spent on MU. Did Epic and Cerner take up all the oxygen in the room, or is there a new wave of capabilities that build upon the digital foundation created by MU?

    Moderated By:
    Todd Cozzens, Managing Partner - Leerink Transformation Partners

    Jay Desai, Co-Founder & CEO - PatientPing
    Graham Gardner, CEO - Kyruus
    Paul Roscoe, CEO - Docent Health

    2:45 - 3:15 PM

    Innovation in Translation: Startup and Health Systems Partnerships

    Revolution isn’t inexpensive or easy. Healthcare systems are caught between diminishing revenues and rising costs. Technology is the answer, but how are providers identifying the right technology and securing buy-in from physicians and administrators while also keeping an eye on the bottom line? We’ll ask these questions to the transformational strategy champions at three of the nation’s leading networks.

    Moderated By:
    Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, CEO - Partners In Health

    Peter Fleischut, MD, Chief Transformation Officer - New York Presbyterian
    Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy Officer - Providence St. Joseph Health
    Kate Walsh, President & CEO - Boston Medical Center
    Christy Wyskiel, Senior Advisor to the President - Johns Hopkins University

    3:15 - 3:45 PM

    Afternoon Networking Break

    Sponsored By:

    Match Point Partners | DHIS Sponsor

    3:45 - 4:05 PM

    Will Public Markets Embrace Digital Health Again?

    Any advancement of Digital Health innovation will depend upon the opportunity for exits for VCs. Our partner and sponsor Piper Jaffray will assess recent public market performance and forecast what public investors may favor in 2018.

    Sean Wieland, Research Analyst - Piper Jaffray

    4:05 - 4:35 PM

    Why CVS is the Right Prescription For Healthcare

    Troyen Brennan, MD, EVP & Chief Medical Officer - CVS Health

    Interviewed By:
    Lonny Reisman, Founder & CEO - HealthReveal

    Introduced By:
    Dan Gebremedhin, MD, Principal - Flare Capital Partners

    4:35 - 5:05 PM

    Where Does Innovation Fit Into the Future of Healthcare Finance?

    As if their jobs weren’t difficult enough, the uncertainty of ACA and strain on payers is putting even more pressure on health system CFOs, the professionals facing stagnating – or declining – revenue, rising costs and widening losses. How do healthcare systems weather this storm while also bringing in the innovation that will ultimately help them cut costs and improve patient care?

    Moderated By:
    Keith Figlioli, Partner - Long River Ventures

    Ric Magnuson, EVP & CFO - Allina Health
    Jeff Taylor, SVP & CFO - St Luke’s Health System
    Doug Vanderslice, SVP & CFO - Boston Children's Hospital

    5:05 - 5:15 PM

    Co-Chairs' Closing Remarks

    Bill Geary, Cofounder & Partner - Flare Capital Partners
    Robert Mittendorff, MD, MBA, Partner - Norwest Venture Partners

    5:15 - 6:30 PM

    Networking Reception

    Sponsored By:

    Korn Ferry