December 14-15, 2017

MedTech Impact 2017

Venetian/Palazzo Resort

Las Vegas, NV

(561) 893-8633

info@medtechimpact.com

Month: October 2017

ThinAir Announces New Conversational Interface and Impact Assessment Tool for Data Security

ThinAir, a security startup whose mission is to allow organizations to detect and investigate insider threats in seconds, has launched a new interface and impact assessment tool, ThinAir 2.0 – a conversational interface that allows for quick assessments of security incidents and their financial impact.  The new tool – which the developer describes as “siri for Security” is among a number of new security technologies being introduced to help combat the data security breach epidemic.

It seems every time we turn on the news these past few years, there are reports of yet another massive data breach or identity theft story. According to research from the Identity Theft Resource Center (TRC) and CyberScout, healthcare data accounted for more than 34% of reported breaches in 2016.  As one technology makes it harder for fraud to occur (i.e. the introduction of micro-chipped credit cards to the US in 2015), criminals focus on other avenues to commit fraud.  Unfortunately, criminals aren’t the only ones causing these breaches; according to the same report, employee error or negligence was the leading cause for healthcare data breaches in 2016, with 43 reported incidents exposing 1,183,893 records. Aside from employee error, 3rd party businesses, associates and subcontractors also exposed 4 million records in 2016. Hacking and cyber-attacks aside, basic misuse of customer service login information, privilege misuse (abuse of privilege to access data for illegitimate purposes), and miscellaneous errors such as losing a physical folder of documents, or sending an email to an incorrect address, are among the most common reasons healthcare data is breached. As a matter of fact, the healthcare industry is the only industry where employees are the predominant cause of data breaches.*

While these statistics are alarming, there are steps healthcare institutions and practices can take to head off these breaches: making sure antivirus and operating systems are up to date, using encryptions and secure passwords, and making sure cloud based systems are paired with reputable and high-level security. Ongoing assessment and monitoring proves useful when unforeseen circumstances do cause a breach, and make it easy to investigate quickly and take action.

That’s where products like ThinAir 2.0 come into play, where quick access is critical when handling healthcare data. Quickly detecting and containing breaches lowers risk, and ultimately cost. “As information becomes the primary asset for today’s organizations, ThinAir’s technology provides visibility and impact assessment,” said Tony Gauda, founder and CEO of ThinAir. “We turn analysts into superheroes by surfacing all user-information interactions, with simplicity and speed.” ThinAir is HIPAA, and SOC-2 (Type 2) compliant as well as ITAT/EAR compliant, is authorized to manage sensitive data for a variety of industries and can help organizations achieve compliance.

Data breaches can significantly damage a healthcare organization’s reputation and result in loss of trust, or worse, patients entirely. Making sure to have proactive and secure processes, assessment, monitoring and investigative tools seems like a better plan.

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*source: Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report

Speaker Spotlight: Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon is a Patient Advocate, Elite Paratriathlete, and motivational speaker, speaking on television and radio and at seminars around the world, on subjects pertaining to triumph over adversity, leadership, team work, rare disease management, patient advocacy, and how to achieve a full life despite devastating setbacks.

Amy Dixon, Patient Advocate, Elite Paratriathlete, and motivational speaker

Amy lost 98% of her sight due to a rare type of Uveitis (an inflammatory autoimmune eye disease), and now travels the world with her guide dog Woodstock by her side, speaking to groups about her passion for empowering patients to educate and advocate for themselves in the face of illness and disease. She is the Vice President of Glaucoma Eyes International Organization, where she serves as a coach and mentor to many visually impaired athletes, eye disease and autoimmune disease patients, helping them live lives beyond their disability and disease through her vast resources and expertise.

She is a Certified Wine Specialist from the Society of Wine Educators, with 20 years’ experience as a wine expert and educator, a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Institute for Public Speaking and Leadership.

Amy is also an elite Paratriathlete, 2016 USA Paratriathlon National Team Member, and currently ranked #3 in the world in the sport of Paratriathlon as a visually impaired female.  Last year, she founded Camp “No Sight No Limits” to train more blind athletes to become elite in the sport, ensuring the future of blind triathlon in the USA.  Amy also is the currently ITU Aquathlon World Champion.  She is currently racing and training to make the US Team for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

Amy speaks about empowering yourself to overcome obstacles, such as illness, injury and professional challenges by educating yourself and becoming an expert in what challenges you. She shows why building the right team and utilizing technology is the key to success in life, and life with rare disease.  Her message, “One does not need sight to have vision,” powerfully reflects her determination to succeed in all aspects of her professional and personal and athletic life.

On Friday, December 15, at 1:00pm, Amy will join MedTech Impact 2017 Conference Chair Dennis Robbins, M.P.H, Ph.D, and fellow panelists Jennifer Joe, M.D., CEO & Founder, Medstro.com; Rain Henderson, Advisor, Clinton Foundation; and Peter Tippett, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, HealthCelerate, for a discussion around becoming a vanguard rather than a victim when faced with uncertainty and adversity.  For more information, visit www.MedTechImpact.com/agenda.

For more information about Amy Dixon, visit http://www.amydixonusa.com.

Osso VR wins US DOE EdSim Challenge

The U.S. Department of Education announced Osso VR as the winner in the EdSim Challenge, which called for virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for a globally competitive workforce and spur an ecosystem of virtual and augmented reality technology in education.

Five finalists were selected out of 249 submissions. Each finalist received $50,000 in cash as well as in-kind prizes from Oculus and Samsung, and refined their submissions during the Virtual Accelerator phase. Finalists presented playable prototypes to the judges at Demo Day on September 18, 2017, where a live audience joined the Challenge judges at the Department Of Education to see the five finalists compete for the $430,000 grand prize.  The winner was recommended by a panel of judges with expertise in education, gaming, workforce development, emerging technology, and venture capital.

Osso VR is a hands-on surgical training platform that enables users to practice cutting-edge techniques through realistic, hands-on simulations, bridging the gap between career exploration and career preparation. They won $430,000 in cash and additional in-kind prizes from IBM and Microsoft.

Learn more about each of the five finalists’ simulations here.

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Learn more about Osso VR at the 2017 MedTech Impact Expo & Conference in Las Vegas, December 14-15, where Justin Barad, Founder & CEO of Osso VR and editor of medgadget.com will moderate a panel session, New Realities in Medicine – Exploring the Virtual and Augmented Horizon. Other speakers in the session include Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Brainpower, Matthew Stoudt, CEO of AppliedVR, Carrie Shaw, CEO of Embodied Labs, and Osamah Choudhry, CEO at MediVis. LEARN MORE.

Wearables Potential Impact on the Top 10 Causes of Death

In 2012, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicated about half of all adults (117 million people at the time) had one or more chronic health conditions. By 2014, seven of the top 10 causes of death were chronic diseases, with heart disease and cancer accounting for nearly 46% of all deaths each year. The costliest (86% of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual health care expenditures) chronic health problems like heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis, are among the most prevalent, and continue to be on the rise. Considering lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption is linked to most of these diseases – they also are the most preventable and reversible. However, compliance in lifestyle change, monitoring and medication management of chronic disease has proven to be a great challenge for clinicians and patients alike. Thanks to innovations and advancements in technology, this is becoming more accessible and convenient for both patient and clinician.

One innovator now offers a solution that supports patient follow up, development of treatments and the ongoing need for study into these conditions, the Byteflies Exploration Kit and data platform. Byteflies, a Belgian-American wearable health start-up, has introduced high precision wearable sensors and a data platform that remotely tracks patient vital signs, from blood flow (PPG) to electro-dermal activity (EDA), electrocardiogram (ECG), motion, respiration, and electromyogram (EMG). The platform is based on insights gained through practical use cases and decades of experience in healthcare and technology applications, and uses extend beyond heart rate measurement.

“When it comes to monitoring health, wearables have incredible potential. However, a wristband that counts steps and measures heart rate just won’t cut it when you’re developing solutions for Parkinson’s disease, pulmonary and cardiovascular conditions, hypertension, or epilepsy,” explains Hans Danneels, CEO and co-founder of Byteflies. “You need to be able to measure raw, accurate data – the kind of data collected in hospitals.”  Their technology is currently used by universities and pharmaceutical companies for detection of epileptic seizures, blood pressure trends, balance, and fatigue.

Advancements and innovations in wearable devices like Byteflies wearable monitors and data platform, smart clothing and footwear to monitor activity and vitals, apps for patient reporting and communication, smart contact lenses monitoring glucose levels, and ingestibles to monitor medicine levels and conditions such as glucose level in diabetics, will help the industry take a much-needed turn to better management, monitoring and prevention. Convenience and ease-of-use for patients has shown promise with increased compliance, allowing physicians to take a more proactive approach in monitoring and treatment.  While wearables won’t solve the chronic disease concerns, and not all patients will understand or be willing to comply, it signals the beginning of a shift and not just a trend.  Availability is increasing, costs are declining and medtech for both physicians and patients is more widely accessible – all a progress in helping clinicians offer more effective care for their patients.

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Education and information in medical technology for clinicians, healthcare execs and ACO’s is critical in the ever-changing field of medicine.  Get valuable insight, learn from industry leaders and connect with fellow medical professionals on technology and better patient care, all while exploring the latest innovations in medtech at the 2017 MedTech Impact Expo & Conference in Las Vegas, December 14-15, 2017.  Learn more.

Trio of Keynotes to Focus on Medical Technology Innovation

Pablos Holman
Pablos Holman Self-described futurist, inventor and notorious hacker “Inventing the Future of Food”

Innovative technologies are entering the medical field at a fast and furious rate – they’re quickly changing the care patients receive and will ultimately affect the health of our nation and the cost and administration of healthcare. This December, two powerful health care industry events will co-locate to provide clinicians, healthcare providers and ACO’s insight and solutions on industry-altering innovations including Sensoria Health’s smart clothing, that will continue to change the way medicine is practiced and evolve into better solutions for diagnosis, treatment, lifestyle change and prevention.  The 25th Annual American Academy of Anti-Aging’s World Congress, and the 2017 MedTech Impact Expo & Conference, held alongside each other at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, will feature complementing CME and non-CME education, inspiring world-renowned and accredited industry-leaders, and thousands of products and services. The format sets the stage for effective discussions as to how emerging technologies can and will affect all levels of patient care.

David Rhew
David Rhew, CMO and Head of Healthcare and Fitness at Samsung Electronics of America

Kicking off both events with a Keynote address on Thursday morning, self-described futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker Pablos Holman will discuss “Inventing the Future of Food,” covering the revolutionary shift in the way food is prepared through the advent of 3-D printing.  Thursday afternoon, David Rhew, CMO and Head of Healthcare and Fitness at Samsung Electronics of America, will address the MedTech Impact audience, detailing how innovative digital technologies like wearables, IoT sensors, patient monitors and more are helping to improve costs, increase engagement and improve outcomes across the healthcare process. And finally, Robyn Farmanfarmaian, Angel Investor & Vice President with Invicta Medical and Vice President of Actavalon will close the last day of the conference focusing on how accelerating technologies are empowering the healthcare consumer and allowing patients to be in control of their own health.

Each speaker is a thought leader in the redefining of medicine, and their keynote sessions will inspire attending clinicians, healthcare execs and ACO’s to commit and contribute to a new century of wellness and longevity through the advent and implementation of new technological advances – all of course contributing to the improvement of patient care.

 

Robin Farmanfarmaian
Robin Farmanfarmaian, Angel Investor & Vice President with Invicta Medical and Vice President of Actavalon

For more information and to review the full medtech focused agenda, visit www.medtechimpact.com.

Leading Sportswear and Healthcare Providers Team up to Launch “Smart Clothing” for an Aging Population

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an older adult is treated for falls in emergency rooms across the country every 11 seconds. Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Stats show more than 800,000 65-or-older Americans suffer from falls each year, not only leading to hospitalizations and further safety concerns, but increasing healthcare costs for individuals and institutions alike.  With the 65+ population expected to rise from 46 million today, to 98 million plus by 2060, the safety concern isn’t going to go away and costs are sure to increase.

 

The rise of concerns, costs, and recent developments in sensors and smart clothing have inspired two leaders from seemingly very different markets to work together on an innovative solution for not only treatment, but prevention. Sensoria, a leader in smart garments and wearable technologies, and Genesis Rehab Services (GRS), a subsidiary of Genesis Healthcare, a recognized enterprise provider in post-acute care, debuted the fruits of their collaboration at the 11th Annual Health 2.0 Conference earlier this month in Santa Clara, California.

 

Sensoria Health Powered by Genesis, featuring body sensors embedded in clothing such as socks and shoes or attached to other clothing as a stand-alone device, will allow clinicians and nurses to monitor a patient’s healthcare needs at home, in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. From the rehab process after a fall, to pre-emptive detections of situations that could lead to a life-threatening injury, monitoring clinicians can provide real-time communication with caregivers.

Innovative technologies are entering the medical field at a fast and furious rate – they’re quickly changing the care patients receive and will ultimately affect the health of our nation and the cost and administration of healthcare. This December, two powerful health care industry events will co-locate to provide clinicians, healthcare providers and ACO’s insight and solutions on industry-altering innovations including Sensoria Health’s smart clothing, that will continue to change the way medicine is practiced and evolve into better solutions for diagnosis, treatment, lifestyle change and prevention.  The 25th Annual American Academy of Anti-Aging’s World Congress, and the 2017 MedTech Impact Expo & Conference, held alongside each other December 14-15, 2017 at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, will feature complementing CME and non-CME education, inspiring world-renowned and accredited industry-leaders, thousands of products and services, and sets the stage for effective discussions as to how emerging technologies can and will affect all levels of patient care. For more information, visit www.medtechimpact.com.