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Health 2.0 STAT - Thursday, August 1, 2013

Aquilent is pleased to announce the list of speakers for the upcoming Health 2.0 STAT event on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at The Barking Dog in Bethesda. Registration is now open!

Plan to join us the evening of August 1st to hear a rapid-fire series of short presentations from five 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:

1) Where virtual hits reality: developing disaster management mastery in virtual reality

When three prominent hospitals in Bethesda needed R&D support to enhance their disaster preparedness, they turned to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). NLM has a long history conducting cutting-edge bioinformatics, library sciences and health IT research. Managing disasters is managing information, and this lies at the center of NLM’s field of expertise. Among several projects for the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership, NLM is evaluating the use of a virtual reality platform as an effective alternative to functional and table-top exercises for Hospital Incident Management System training. This presentation describes NLM’s work on that area and some of our findings and next steps.

Victor Cid is a Senior Computer Scientist with the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), a branch of the Specialized Information Services division of the National Library of Medicine. Victor has been performing R&D work for NLM for around 20 years in topics as varied as Internet and networked applications performance, resilient emergency communications systems, and international health information infrastructures, as well as virtual reality for training and education.

2), the newly designed website from HHS, is the online destination for the Health Insurance Marketplace. During her presentation, Tamara Guthrie will discuss how this website will help Americans understand their private healthcare choices and select the coverage the best suits their needs when open enrollment begins on October 1st. Tamara will also discuss how key features such as social media integration, responsive design, sharable content, and collaborative resource links will help consumers get more information about their healthcare options.

Tamara Guthrie, Lead Business Consultant at Aquilent, has 18+ years of experience supporting commercial and government customers in information technology and/or telecommunications. A results-driven professional with expertise in Federal and commercial project management, web content management systems, operations support, process improvement, and technology integration, Ms. Guthrie manages customer projects that typically included deployment of systems or applications into the cloud including planning, requirements, user experience, content migration, infrastructure planning and administration, deployment and acceptance.


Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) accelerated its efforts to reduce tobacco use by taking a coordinated approach to provide Americans access to cessation and education tools available across its agencies. is the latest accomplishment in this HHS-wide effort. is the first comprehensive website that provides access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies in a single online location. This one-stop resource includes the most current information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. was built using responsive design, which makes information accessible anywhere, anytime on any platform, from smart phone to tablet to desktop. The website’s unique social media dashboard, “Say It - Share it,” constantly updates the latest tobacco social media.

Karen Silver is a digital communications strategist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA). As part of her work, Karen manages,, and liaises with the public health offices in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, which includes the Office of the Surgeon General’s website, She works to ensure that all content on these sites incorporates plain language, maintains usability standards, and meets or exceeds web standards. Prior to joining ASPA, she worked at the National Institutes of Health in various health communication roles. She holds a master’s degree in public health.

4) Unlocking data in healthcare – creating a data marketplace in healthcare

In an industry where “data” can truly be life and death critical, healthcare continues to lag all industries relative to the use of data in delivering service. vitaTrackr is an early stage company that has taken a unique approach to unlocking data in healthcare. vitaTrackr is creating a “data marketplace” in healthcare. It is designed as an industry utility that facilitates the flow of consumer health data from the point it is created, to consumer approved destinations that value and integrate the data into their health services. vitaTrackr assesses a transaction or subscription fee for the transfer of data and remits a portion of the fee to the data source. The vitaTrackr network is similar to the Cirrus or Plus networks in that it enables the “network effect” of value creation in healthcare.

Brian Baum, Founder and CEO of vitaTrackr, has focused his career on engaging consumers in healthcare. His philosophy is that “change in healthcare” will hinge on the active engagement and participation of individual consumers in proactively managing their health. He believes that the burden falls to industry to develop information, tools and services to allow the health consumer to effectively manage their health. Mr. Baum launched a vitaTrackr, Inc., in August, 2011 to facilitate the flow of health data across the healthcare industry.

In previous positions, Mr. Baum served as President of Stayhealthy, Inc., a company focused on bringing technology and innovation to individuals interested in taking control of their health. He was also the founding President and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Preventive Medicine, (USPM). His initial interest in healthcare and the role of the consumer was sparked in his work with Duke University, where he was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Health Record Network, (HRN). HRN was initially founded as a collaborative effort between the Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Fuqua School of Business. HRN was established as an independent not for profit organization with a mission of creating consumer interest and demand for electronic health information records. At the time of the founding of HRN, the concept of engaging consumers in the push for automated health information was a novel concept.

Mr. Baum has extensive experience in developing and launching innovative, technology based products and services. He directed the service development and launch of Ernie® — the first major effort by a global consulting/accounting firm to embrace the Internet to distribute consulting services to fast-growing, entrepreneurial companies through a subscription-based service. The launch of Ernie won Ernst & Young numerous awards and was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute’s permanent archive for innovations in technology.

He has been a frequent guest of CNN and CNBC business programs. He also served as a guest lecturer at the Entrepreneur of the Year® Institute and has served on the Board of Advisors for the Information Technology Services Marketing Organization, (ITSMA), and the Duke University, Fuqua School of Business’s Health Sector Advisory Council.

5) ICD-10

During his presentation, Kunal Bajaj will focus on the challenges and opportunities arising from ICD-10. The deadline for ICD-10 is October 1, 2014, and is often ignored by providers as they are focused on Meaningful Use Stage 2. he will cover issues arising from coding, financial impact and IT impact. In this context, he will speak about how this can be looked upon as an opportunity for bettering patient care, outcomes and infrastructure planning.

Kunal Bajaj is the Founder and CEO of Ordysy LLC, a healthcare startup focused on Healthcare Compliance (including ICD-10), Analytics and Healthcare Data and Systems integration. Kunal has over 10 years of experience in Management and IT consulting for various Fortune 500 companies and startups. He is the Solution Architect of Ordysy’s flagship product for ICD-10 called CodeFlex. Kunal is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

6) Your One Stop Shop for Disaster Health Information

When a disaster strikes, people all of a sudden realize – with absolute clarity – all of the things that they don’t know about staying safe and healthy during and after a disaster. They need to get smart on topics related to emergency preparedness and response fast. These people are often out of electricity, low on time, high on stress and running out of patience. They need information that they can access on their phones and on the social media platforms that they are already using, on a wide variety of topic that they can access quickly.

Before, during and after Hurricane Sandy, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) worked with its interagency partners to collect, streamline and distribute accurate and timely information. By working together, we were able to assemble a more complete body of information and leverage existing communications channels to distribute timely, accurate and relevant information.

Elizabeth Jarrett, Web and Social Media Content Manager for HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, has worked with ASPR for over 10 years on topics related to public health emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Ms. Jarrett currently manages content for and it’s YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook sites. During disasters and emergencies, serves as a one stop shop that combines information on staying safe and healthy from our partners so that people don’t have to go looking across multiple government websites for the information that they need most in the wake of a disaster.

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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  • Anthony C.

    Learned about several different health topics. Looking forward to the next one!

    August 1, 2013

  • Sally S. Cherry, M.

    Always worth the drive from Baltimore to attend a DC Health 2.0 STAT Meetup. Always interesting topics. Tonight... one of my favorite topics, virtual reality. Drove back from OC just for this particular meetup. Looking forward to a great discussion.

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first event. I am glad to join the group. Interesting topic.

    August 1, 2013

  • Gary C.

    Sorry for the short notice, but something came up and I won't be able to attend this evening.

    August 1, 2013

  • Karen G

    So sorry to not be able to attend! The agenda looks great.

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make Thursday at 6PM for the next month. But I will try to keep up. I will tell my friends, since they are interested in this topic.

    July 29, 2013

  • Michael S.


    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I apologize for being a no show at the last meeting. I promise to either attend or recant my RSVP if I change my mind.

    July 25, 2013

  • Steve Daviss M.

    Physician at Rockville startup (M3 Information) with mental health screening & progress tool, My first Health 2.0 STAT event.

    July 15, 2013

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  • Aquilent, Inc

    Aquilent organizes and sponsors Health STAT.

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