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Health 2.0 Monthly– Assessing Pittsburgh's Health Technology Talent Pool (Panel)

  • Apr 16, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Health 2.0 Pittsburgh Agenda:

6:30-7pm Networking

7:00-7:30pm Startup 5&5. Three health startups will have five minutes to present and five minutes for Q&A and resource sharing from the audience.

7:30-8:15pm Panel

State of the Health Care Technology Industry: Assessing the Talent Pool in Pittsburgh

With so much buzz going around about Big Data, people are concerned that there are not enough skilled workers to meet the potential demand in analytics. Is that just a question for the robotics, computer science/programming, or "data science" fields?

We wanted to ask the same about the health care technology and IT space. Are more skilled workers needed to fill the demand in Pittsburgh’s health care industry? The featured industry panel approaches this topic to discuss how new talent (whether from recent grads or emergent disciplines) identifies with various sectors of the health care industry: academia, startups, and large corporations. They will dynamically discuss issues in a “talk show” format to address questions like:

  • Are we named appropriately by discipline to evoke interest by employers (or investors) outside of our professional field?
  • Are the future professionals of the health care industry being prepared for the lifestyles and responsibilities of a position in academia/startups/large corporations affiliated with the health care technology industry?
  • How do we demonstrate talent & skill to people outside of our discipline or sector of industry?

Following the discussion, our panelists will split into networking groups to help the audience with questions they have about collaboration, talent identification, and employment opportunities in the represented sectors of industry.

Your “talk show” host will be Nahom Beyene, the Student Industry Liaison Chair for the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center (QoLT Center). Nahom will briefly share the mission of the QoLT Center and weave in his perspectives as a
Rehabilitation Engineer and Pitt doctoral researcher. With 5 years of civil service at the NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX), he can uniquely explain what an aerospace engineer adds to a rehabilitation clinic at the intersection of Forbes & Meyran


Our speakers include:

Sanna Gaspard, PhD, CEO, Rubitection

Miss Sanna Gaspard, PhD is serving as the CEO of Rubitection. She earned her Masters (’05) and Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering (’11) from Carnegie Mellon. She is the primary engine behind Rubitection’s mission and vision to develop an objective early pressure ulcer diagnostic tool. Her specialty is medical device design and development. She spent the 5 years at CMU successfully working on the initial laboratory development of the Rubitection Assessment System and the exploration of the clinical need, demand, and collaborations to support the technology. She has been recognized for her technical and business related work by the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (New Face of Engineering Award, 2010), the Biomedical Engineering Society (graduate paper award), the Center for the Integration of Medical & Innovative Technology (CIMIT, finalist for CIMIT Prize for Primary Healthcare Award, 2009), the Tepper Business School (DJC business Plan Competition, 1st place), and 3RVF Technology Showcase (1st place).

Chris Bettinger, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Prof. Christopher Bettinger is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Prof. Bettinger received an S.B. in Chemical Engineering in 2003, an M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008 as a Charles Stark Draper Fellow, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Chemical Engineering as an NIH Ruth Kirschstein Fellow in 2010. He has received many honors including the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering Award for “Outstanding PhD Thesis”, the ACS AkzoNobel Award for Polymer Chemistry, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society Young Investigator Award. Prof. Bettinger is also a co-inventor on several patents and was a finalist in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

Juan Vazquez, MS, Staff Electrical Engineer, ZOLL Medical Corporation

Medical devices have been a central focus of Juan’s career for the last seven years. He started his education in the Electrical Engineering field with a BS at University of A Coruña, Spain and also attended University of Valladolid, Spain where he earned his Master’s Degree in Electronics and Automation Engineering. He wrote his Master thesis at Carnegie Mellon University in the Medical Instrumentation Lab of the Robotics Institute. After graduating, he worked for four years in the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Labs developing hardware and software for assistive technology products, with a focus in robotics and wearable devices. He then joined Dynamics Inc, where he developed software for credit card applications. Juan currently works for Zoll as an Electrical Engineer, developing hardware and software and conducting testing for the Lifevest, a wearable defibrillator.


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  • Alex G.

    The academic seemed irrelevant because he had a pipeline of students fed to his lab. The entrepreneur was nice, but had no employees, so it was difficult to get a handle on how much experience she had assessing the local talent pool. The man from Zoll had experience, but seemed to get bogged down by the question of how working for a corporation compares with working for a small company. As a result, I don't know how he feels about the Pittsburgh talent pool, but I get the sense that he thinks it's more about finding the right person. I thought it was interesting that someone in the audience found that there is more talent in Pittsburgh than in New York. Not surprising, but interesting that the comparison came up.

    1 · April 16, 2013

    • Rick C.

      Perfect assessment of the evening, I identify with this myself. Thanks for the feedback. Next time we address this topic I would like to have more folks on board that have "been there done that" and can speak to the topic from personal experience. However, this panel gave us a lot to think about -- especially in regards to how new entrepreneurs and enterprise "intrapreneurs"­ perceive the talent pool in health technology locally. Thanks again for your candid feedback!

      April 17, 2013

  • Stefan T.

    Thanks for the great discussion yesterday and excellent organization.
    It's fantastic to have such a diverse group in the same room. That's how good ideas come to life. :)
    This was my first meetup with Health 2.0. Looking forward for the next one. Thanks!

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • Brad U.

    Have a conflict

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who is the keynote speaker and what topic will be discussed?

    March 21, 2013

    • Rick C.

      Great question! Information is updated -- more to come... :)

      March 27, 2013

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