Innovators Forum

There is nothing more exciting than hearing from and rubbing elbows with those in the frontlines of one´s field. The PHA Forum 2014 Innovators Forum aims to do just that. A space outside of the constraints of an educational session, where industry leaders will give it all out, and pass the mic so that you get to ask some questions.

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Moderator

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA

CEO, Health Tech Hatch

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Confirmed Speakers

Rick Altinger

Rick Altinger

CEO, Glooko

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Derek Newell

Derek Newell

CEO, Jiff

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West Shell III

West Shell

Co-Founder and CEO, Conversa Health

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Blaine Warkentine

Blaine Warkentine

Co-Founder and CEO, Vimty

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Speakers’ Biographies

Rick AltingerRick Altinger

CEO, Glooko

Mr. Altinger has spent over 25 years in the technology industry, concentrating on healthcare information technologies for the last 15 years. Prior to Glooko, he was a Vice President in the healthcare business unit of Intuit where he launched the healthcare division’s provider services group that resulted in Intuit acquiring Medfusion for $91M in May 2010. 

Medfusion, the core of Intuit Health, is the leading supplier of patient-provider communication and patient portal services that improve healthcare by delivering groundbreaking clinical, administrative and financial services.  Prior to joining Intuit, Mr. Altinger was an Executive Vice President at VantageMed, a PMS/EHR and billing services company that he helped turnaround and successfully sell.

Mr. Altinger also served as Vice President of Business Development at Healtheon/WebMD where he set product strategy and drove major acquisitions including Envoy, Medical Manger, Kinetra and MedE America.  Prior to his business development role at Healtheon/WebMD, Mr. Altinger played numerous roles including leading product management, account management and systems integration. Mr. Altinger received a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in engineering management from Stanford University.

Derek NewellDerek Newell

CEO, Jiff

Derek has 20 years of experience growing and leading innovative healthcare technology and service companies. Derek joined Jiff as CEO in 2011 with the goal of making digital health a reality for everyone. Jiff’s products sit on top of the massive digital health marketplace of over 40,000 mobile health apps and devices.

The company can help guide organizations looking to build a corporate wellness program, and enable these organizations to integrate employees’ personal devices into a company-wide effort. In the past year, Jiff has launched two new products, provided service to seven active customers, received commitments from five additional customers, and developed a pipeline of 75 more.

Outside the world of HR, Jiff technology could be used as an app prescription program, a disease management app, or a remote patient monitoring tool for the chronically ill.

Derek came to Jiff after serving as the president and CEO of Robert Bosch Healthcare. While at Bosch, Derek worked with the management team to build Bosch into the world’s largest remote patient monitoring company. As head of Bosch mobile healthcare, Derek oversaw the development of connected devices for sick individuals. Derek and Bosch were developing these devices well ahead of the explosion of the wireless-enabled wearable devices that measure health data. During his time at Bosch, Apple launched the iPhone, and Derek recognized that the platform was going to disrupt the digital health marketplace. As the development of health apps surged, Derek felt strongly about an open (not proprietary) approach to digital health, and a focus on software, not hardware. Derek left Bosch for Jiff with this vision in mind.

Prior to joining Bosch, Derek was the CEO of Health Hero Networks, a US based remote patient monitoring company, which he sold to Bosch in 2007. Derek grew Health Hero Networks into the largest company in the space by switching from a hardware model to a subscription based model. Derek began thinking about the potential for a company like Jiff when Health Hero was bought by Bosch. Derek was put on a team to evaluate sensors, and asked, "If this sensor was connected to the internet, how would it transform not just your business, but your industry?"

Prior to Health Hero Networks, Derek was the Chief Marketing Officer for a six-year stint at LifeMasters. While at LifeMasters, Derek launched the first web-based remote patient monitoring system. He also pioneered the development of LifeMasters’ “Active Intervention Model,” the first patient centric, co-morbid, disease management platform. Under his leadership, LifeMasters grew from under $10 million to over $150 million in annual revenue. In 2005, while at LifeMasters, the company gave UC Berkley economists five million years of patient data, including operational, claims, and mortality data, to try to understand what extends life and lowers costs. The academics found that remote patient monitoring works, with the ability to extend years of life and lower costs, all with greater efficacy than prescription drugs.

Derek has been a digital health visionary since Internet usage took off in the mid-1990s. He wrote his grad school thesis in 1996 on “How the internet is going to transform healthcare." During this time, Derek met David Goodman, the inventor of the pulse oximeter. Goodman planned to create a device to remotely monitor patients, which he later built into LifeMasters. In 1998, Derek worked for a company that was implementing an electronic medical records program, a groundbreaking idea at the time. Two years later, Derek built the first online disease management remote patient monitoring tool.

Derek holds graduate degrees in Business and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Patricia SalberPatricia Salber, MD, MBA

CEO, Health Tech Hatch

Dr. Salber is the founder and CEO of Health Tech Hatch, a company that helps healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs tell their story to the world. 

In addition, Dr. Salber hosts a variety of media outlets under the brand, The Doctor Weighs In, including a popular, widely read blog, a weekly internet radio show, and creative media/social media services for healthcare companies and conferences. She is also a guest commentator on various radio and TV shows.  She is a board certified Internist and Emergency Physician with for more than 15 years experience as a physician executive.

She has had leadership roles in many different areas of health care including Chief Medical Officer of a Medicare Advantage plan and the Center for Practical Health Reform, the first Physician Director of National Accounts for Kaiser Permanente, Medical Director of the Kaiser Permanente-General Motors Team, and a consultant to CMS. Dr. Salber went to medical school and trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed a Pew Fellowship in Health Policy at the same institution.

She has an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She was the first woman to serve as President of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and she went on to serve on the board of the national organization. She founded Physicians for a Violence-Free Society while working full-time as an Emergency Physician at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco.

Pat has been honored with many awards over the years including being featured on the cover of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan’s 1997 Annual Report for outstanding contributions to the Program. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals and as a peer-reviewer for many others. She is a frequent speaker and author of a book (The Physicians Guide to Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse), numerous textbook chapters and well as journal articles.

West Shell IIIWest Shell III

Co-Founder and CEO, Conversa Health

West Shell III is best described as a husband, parent to 4 children (including twin 8 yr. old boys) extreme skier and class 4-5 kayaker who, in his free time, enjoys growing companies from early stage to maturity. He is known for his high-energy creative leadership style, sparking his teams as they solve gnarly challenges while developing the next-generation of digital healthcare tools.

As co-founder & CEO, he leads development of Conversa’s pioneering vision for how patients and physicians collaborate during the 8,000 hours that are outside of the standard 2 doctor office visits in a year. He is well known for building enduring relationships with customers and competitors. 

As CEO of Healthline, he helped deliver health information to over 100M consumers a month on behalf of blue-chip companies such as Aetna, AARP, GE, IBM, Microsoft and United Healthcare. His track record includes starting 3 additional innovative companies, raising $220M, leading an IPO and managing 6 acquisitions.

Blaine Warkentine Blaine Warkentine

Co-Founder and CEO, Vimty

Blaine Warkentine is a proven expert in Medical Start Up companies and a consultant to various Medical Technology Organizations. He earned a master in Public Health and practiced as an Orthopaedic surgeon for 7 years.

Blaine is determined to alter the way advanced directives are stored and processed by converting the current paper-based documents into fully digital formats. He has a profound belief that every person should be armed with an Advance Directive.

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