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Health Techuity: Harnessing technology to solve health inequalities

Health Techuity: Harnessing technology to solve health inequalities

Saturday, November 16, 5-6pm
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Health Innovation Pavilion
Philadelphia Convention Center

Technology has the ability to both create and solve health inequalities.  The global adoption of smartphones and other forms of cellular technology brings the potential for technology to be a force for good. This panel will be moderated by Dr. Ann Marie Navar from Duke University. Dr. Navar will be joined by Dr. Azizi Seixas from NYU Langone Health, Bette Jane Reese from Motive Medical Intelligence, Dr. Dave Beiser from the University of Chicago, and Dr. Srinath Adusumalli from the University of Pennsylvania.

 Ann Marie Navar MD, PhD

Dr. Navar is an Assistant Professor and clinical cardiologist at Duke University and serves as the faculty Director of Innovations at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Her research focuses on cardiovascular disease prevention with a focus on blood pressure and cholesterol lowering. She has expertise in implementation science, patient risk communication, risk prediction, and real-world data including EHR-based research. She is the co-chair of this year’s Health Tech program at Scientific Sessions, and the volunteer lead of the American Heart Association’s Doctors with Heart Health “Techuity” initiative. She is an associate editor at JAMA-Cardiology, and a board member of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology.

Bette Jane Reese

Bette Jane (“BJ”) Reese, RN, MHA, is a senior business leader with population health, care management, and health IT experience within diverse health care business environments ranging from entrepreneurial startups organizations, Fortune 500 health care and IT companies, provider group organizations, and regulated government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. BJ has more than 35 years of nursing experience, 20 years of which include multifaceted experience in care management from both a provider and payer perspective. BJ currently serves as the director of solution development for Motive Medical Intelligence, where she leads the design and development of technology-enabled population health management solutions for care management, risk stratification and analytics, and patient engagement and activation.

Prior to joining Motive, BJ led product management for population health and care management solutions for Siemens Health Care (now Cerner), worked as an independent consultant with a variety of health care management clients and products, served as vice president of account management for Care Level Management, and spent 12 years at United Health Group developing care management and disease management programs for national implementation within all of United Healthcare’s health plans.

Dr. Azizi Seixas

Dr. Azizi Seixas is an Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Health, in the Department of Population Health and Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Seixas’ research broadly focuses on three areas: 1) multilevel determinants of sleep, brain and mental health, aging, and cardiovascular disease disparities, 2) long-term health consequences of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mental health disparities, and 3) developing adaptive, group-tailored, and personalized behavior modification interventions, with the use of machine learning analytical tools and translational artificial intelligence, to improve health and well-being.

Dr. Seixas has over 100 high impact peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and conference presentations and his work appears in several media-outlets such as CBS, CNN, NBC, Associated Press, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and is the sleep expert for NBC Health News. He is currently the Chair for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Young Investigator Research Forum, member of the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning sub-committee for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, serves on the NCAA and Department of Defense Task Force on mental health, and the Director of Early Career Faculty Development for the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health.

Dr. Seixas is a prolific and well-sought-after speaker on a wide range of topics that include: the role of sleep on health and performance, how to improve sleep quality, personalizing one’s lifestyle and health behaviors to achieve successful, fulfilling and healthy lives, the use of technology to improve health outcomes and health systems, social commentaries and solutions on how to improve healthcare, personalized and strategic career planning and development, and role of wrap-around mentorship in organizations and corporations for staff and executive development.

Dave Beiser, MD

Dr. Beiser is an emergency physician and biomedical engineer interested in using patient-generated data from a variety of sources including mHealth applications, wearables, social networks, automated conversational platforms to improve mental health and health-related quality of life outcomes for patients. He also serves as the site-PI for the Mid-America CTSI Consortium (MACC) for the “Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials” (SIREN) Network, a trials network.

Srinath Adusumalli, MD

Dr. Adusumalli is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and is a general cardiologist, echocardiographer, and assistant cardiovascular disease fellowship program director with the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as a faculty member with Penn’s clinical informatics group and innovation manager with the Nudge Unit and the Acceleration Lab at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

Dr. Adusumalli spends the majority of his time caring for patients with cardiovascular disease in the clinic, inpatient wards, and cardiac intensive care unit. Outside of his clinical commitments, his interests and work focus on the utilization of health information technology and behavioral science to advance to evaluate and accelerate the adoption of evidence-based healthcare in a manner that is safe for patients, easy for clinicians, and educational for trainees.

Dr. Adusumalli received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and subsequently completed his internal medicine training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2014 where he led the program’s quality, safety, and informatics education efforts. He then completed his cardiovascular disease fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 during which time he served as chief fellow. Simultaneously, he earned a Master of Science degree in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus in healthcare improvement, patient safety, and clinical informatics. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and echocardiography.

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