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Health 2.0 STAT - Thursday, August 23, 2012

Aquilent is pleased to announce the list of speakers for the upcoming Health 2.0 STAT event on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at The Barking Dog in Bethesda. Registration is now open! 

Plan to join us the evening of August 23rd to hear a rapid-fire series of short presentations from Health 2.0 leaders. The presentations will be followed by a panel style Q&A session, led by a moderator, who will facilitate and explore a range of topics. The presentations will highlight results associated with the innovative implementation and use of Web 2.0 based solutions in the healthcare market, at government agencies, and from a patient and user perspective. 

Topics and Speaker Bios:


Mary Armstead will be talking about the newly awarded CIO-SP3 Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) from NITAAC that can be used by any federal civilian or DoD agency to fulfill a broad range of mission critical IT requirements. 

Ms. Mary Armstead serves as the Program Director for the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition Assessment Center (NITAAC).  In this capacity, she sets the strategic vision for the Program and provides executive oversight of financial operations, business development and outreach efforts, and administrative management of NITAAC’s Government-Wide Contracting Programs.  Recently, Ms. Armstead was honored for her leadership of NITAAC in 2012 as the recipient of the AFCEA Government-Wide Initiatives Excellence Award for Acquisitions. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Armstead served as the Director, Acquisitions and Logistics, for the NIH Business System, where she led a staff responsible for operations and maintenance of system applications used by NIH administrative staff to process acquisitions, supply, and property transactions. Ms. Armstead also held positions at NIH as a Procurement Analyst in the Office of Acquisitions and Logistics Management, a Contracting Officer at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and, a Contract Specialist at the National Cancer Institute. She has chaired a number of key committees and workgroups, including NIH’s Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) Committee, and the Federal Demonstration Partnership Contracts Workgroup.  In addition, because of her extensive knowledge of acquisition policy topics, she has been a sought after speaker for acquisition-related educational seminars and training sessions.

Ms. Armstead attended both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland, majoring in Business Administration and Economics, respectively.

2) Meeting Veteran needs: A perspective from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Lauren Bailey will be sharing strategic communications efforts and initiatives happening at the VA aimed at supporting the Veteran, including strategies for engaging with a digitally savvy and growing number of young veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. VA is continuing to embrace new tools, technologies and communications channels that allow them to interact with Veterans, their families, and the public in ways they have never done before. The VA currently runs the largest integrated medical system in the country and is responsible for providing and managing a range of services benefits for the Veteran and their families.

Lauren Bailey is the Deputy Director of Online Communications at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where she oversees the day to day operations of VA’s online communications team. She previously served as the Special Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer, where she contributed to Secretary Shinseki’s major initiatives including the Veterans Benefit Management System, the Fast Track claims processing system, and Veterans Relationship Management.  She was awarded an MPA from George Mason University and she is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

3)  Bedsider: Sharing is Caring

Seven in ten pregnancies to single women aged 18 to 29 in the United States are unplanned. Research shows a significant gap between intentions and outcomes related to pregnancy; young adults say overwhelmingly that while they don’t want to get pregnant right now, they also are not fully protecting themselves from pregnancy by the careful, consistent use of contraception.  This session is about a program designed to address that gap called Bedsider.  Launched in November, 2011 Bedsider is an entire ecosystem built to re-frame birth control from the point of view of our target audience. The program has set a "big hairy audacious goal" of a reduction of 20% in the proportion of pregnancies among single women under 30 that are unplanned by 2020.  Achieving that goal depends on the cooperation of many partners around a "big idea" and local implementation.  Bedsider is built to achieve that cooperation through a belief in sharing information and technology.  I'll talk about how we've done that and the results to date in achieving our shared goals.

Lawrence Swiader is the Director of Digital Media at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Lawrence has spent his career studying the intersection of technology, media, education, and how it can better people’s lives. Currently, he is attempting to change behavior through the innovative use of social media, games, video, mobile devices, and the Web. For ten years before that, he used technology as a tool to teach about the history of the Holocaust and to motivate people to act to end contemporary genocide. Whatever the digital intervention, measurement of behavior change and learning is essential. Lawrence oversees the evaluations undertaken to understand whether and how behavior is affected by the interventions.

4) Helping Veterans Assess Their Health Risk

The Veterans Health Administration will be making a comprehensive online Health Risk Assessment tool available to veterans with a full national release in March 2014. Veterans will be able to self-enter information about their health and family history. They will receive instant feedback on their health profile and be presented a set of recommendations. They can use this information to further interact with the tool in real time with actions they can take to improve their health. The tool will instantly simulate reductions in health risks. Veterans can choose to electronically share their health risk profile with their healthcare provider.

Konstantin Von Schmidt-Pauli is Lead Business Consultant with Aquilent and has 12+ years of project and program management experience delivering large-scale, strategic, and highly visible web design, development, and CMS implementation projects. Some of his projects have included leading the redesign and functional upgrade of the College Board’s SAT site as well as web redesign and CMS implementations for several large non-profit organizations. Mr. von Schmidt-Pauli also led several external-facing web, Intranet, and CMS platform consolidation projects related to telecom mergers, such as when MCI became and GTE/Bell Atlantic became Verizon. Mr. von Schmidt-Pauli is currently the Aquilent project manager for the Health Risk Assessment implementation.

5) Are you a caring parent? Using a mobile health app to empower parents with self-help tools to determine a child's sleep quality.

A case study will be presented how a scientific technology in sleep medicine was commercialized in early August by Zansors LLC into a mobile health app being sold in both the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android. This sleep tool from the University of Michigan is based on clinical studies and evidence based science. 

Zansors’ case study will show how to combine world-class medical science with digital technologies. Audience members will learn how a native app requires a team of talented individuals from medicine, design, information architecture, and software programming.  Developing a health app may sound easy but there are many challenges.

Zansors will also discuss how it chose its market segment:  caring parents.  Mobile devices like tablets and cell phones can serve as self-help technology tools for parents.  45M+ parents in the US are adopting technology and seeking apps beyond entertainment.  Zansors will show how parents and children become better champions of good sleep.   

Dr. Ranjit Das, B.S., M.D. is Chief Medical Technologist and Chief Evangelist at Zansors LLC.  He identifies new medical and clinical applications that match Zansors’ microfluidic (lab-on-a-chip) and nanotechnology platforms.  He also uses his medical knowledge to share relevant info with data scientists, game designers, and software programmers to make mobile health apps and algorithms.  Finally, his medical knowledge and clinical experience helps not only to integrate different disciplines like UI/UX, software, business, and engineering to be more relevant in medicine but also to make other disciplines aware of the complexities and challenges of adopting technology in healthcare settings.  

Event Logistics

6:00pm - 6:30pm Registration and Networking
6:30pm - 7:15pm Presentation
7:15pm - 7:30pm Q&A
7:30pm - Additional Networking

As always, we want to make sure to give thanks to our sponsors, Aquilent, Palladian Partners, Adobe, and Amazon Web Services. Because of their support, we have been able to continue creating some really informative events, as well as, offer some great appetizers and beverages for all that attend the meetup.

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  • Mike T.

    Great speakers - interesting to have several presentations focused on Veterans and how Health IT impacts them.

    August 24, 2012

  • Mark S.

    Great presentations. Lively question time too.

    August 23, 2012

  • Steve M.

    Best networking event for anyone in the health information/Health 2.0 biz, tonight had a bit of comedy club style with the the brilliant in your face, humorous teen pregnancy preso from

    August 23, 2012

  • Eve

    just to ask, is there a fee for the registration? is registration online? i am on waitlist ...

    August 18, 2012

    • Mike T.

      There is no registration fee.

      August 20, 2012

  • Patrick M.

    When is the registration set to open? Any specific date yet?

    June 15, 2012

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