IEEE ICDH 2021 - Panel Discussions

Panel Discussion: The Future of Digital Health - Vision & Challenges
Tuesday Sept 7, 19:30 - 20:10 UTC

Digital Health (DH) provides a bridge between technology and healthcare. At first, in 1960s computers or digital platform were introduced in the healthcare system; and from then this digitalization in healthcare system had been started. In 2000 the launch of the da Vinci robotic system in surgery and sophisticated CT scan system has increased the revaluation of digitalization in healthcare system. After spreading the Corona virus as a COVID-19 pandemic, the Digital Health has been propelled in the global stages with a leverage technology and visions. The main vision of the Digital Health after spreading the COVID-19 pandemic is to leverage technology for the global to combat with the human health related crisis. For example, digitalization of medicine and consolation, mobile-based (mHealth) patients screening, tracking or monitoring, deploying internet of things (IoT) to tracking human fitness or illness, computerized-based diagnosis or smart electronic health records (EHRs) system using machine learning or artificial intelligent. To fulfil these visions, the future Digital Health system will be segmented into: Health Information Systems (HIS), Interconnected domains, Mobile Health (mHealth), Monitoring and Diagnostics (Telehealth), Predicting or analysing diseases using Artificial Intelligent or Machine Leaning, Robotics in Digital Health. So, the future revolution of Digital Health will be based on Multidisciplinary, Big data and public health, MedTech, Self-Management, and Personalized Care, mHealth and Global Health Interventions. The most common challenges during the implementation of digital health are the proper legal or regulatory framework with the innovation of the technology in health-care system, appropriate policy to implement a digital health technology in the globe, ethical questions to adapt a new technology especially in monitoring and tracking a person, competing motivation and implementation a technology based project in a mass population, sometimes lack of interest in stockholders to develop a digital health project in an area In this panel, speakers will talk about their vision and challenges.


Wendy Nilsen, National Science Foundation
Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is the Acting Deputy Division Director in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at NSF. She is also the lead Program Director in the NSF-NIH joint initiative Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science program. Her work has focused on the intersection of computing and human functioning. Her interests span the areas of sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotics. She also serves as cochair of the Health Information Technology Research and Development working group of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program and, serving on numerous federal technology initiatives. Prior to joining NSF, Wendy was at the National Institutes of Health.

Kathy Chang, The University of New Mexico
Kathy Z. Chang is an Associate Residency Program Director and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico, USA. She is the current President of the Board of Directors for Engeye, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting Engeye Health Clinic and the Engeye Scholars program in rural Uganda. She is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the current Communications Chair for the Global Health Educators Collaborative. She completed her M.D. and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, IL, her M.P.H. in population and community health through the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her current clinical practice includes outpatient primary care and inpatient hospital coverage on the family medicine teaching service, including precepting residents and medical students. Her interests include global health equity, practice management, electronic medical record optimization, and she serves as the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) department champion. Her work with Engeye includes development and ongoing maintenance of the open source electronic medical record system (OCEMR) used on site since 2011, serving on-site as the Director of Clinical Services from 2011-2013, and implementation of ongoing clinical education via messaging apps and now teleconferencing platforms.

Ajay Royyuru, IBM
Ajay Royyuru leads Healthcare & Life Sciences research at IBM. His team is actively pursuing high quality science, developing novel technologies and achieving translational insights across this industry, including areas of cancer, cardiac, neurological, mental health, immune system, and infectious diseases. He co-leads the accelerated science effort in IBM's response to COVID-19. After his undergraduate and masters education in human biology and biophysics from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Ajay obtained his Ph. D. in molecular biology from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He had postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York and a brief stint at scientific software development before joining IBM Research. In 2016 Ajay was named an IBM Fellow, the company's pre-eminent technical distinction. Ajay is a member of International Society for Computational Biology, IBM Academy of Technology and IBM Industry Academy.

Santosh Kumar, The University of Memphis
Santosh Kumar is Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence Professor in Computer Science at the University of Memphis. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2006, where his dissertation was awarded Presidential fellowship. In 2010, the Popular Science magazine named him one of America’s ten most brilliant scientists under the age of 38 (called “Brilliant Ten”) for leading the AutoWitness GPS-less burglar tracking project and AutoSense wearable sensor project for mobile measurement of stress and addictive behaviors. His current research seeks to revolutionize the research and practice of healthcare via evidence-based innovation in wearable sensing and mobile phones. He is currently director of the NIH Center of Excellence in Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) that involves 20+ investigators in computing, engineering, behavioral science, and medicine from Cornell, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Memphis, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rice, UMass, UCLA, UCSD, UCSF, and West Virginia.

Dr. Kumar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2006 where he received the SBC Presidential Dissertation Fellowhsip award for his doctoral work. He received his M.S. in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University in 2002, and B. Tech. with Honours in Computer Science and Engineering in 1998 from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Santosh worked as a software engineer for Siemens Communications Software, Bangalore, India for two years (July 1998-Aug 2000). For schooling, he went to Sainik School Purulia (1987-1992) and St. Michaels Higher Secondary School (1992-1994), as well as Gandhi Shikshan Sansthan (GSS) in Ratanpur, Begusarai, Bihar for elementary school education.

Panel Discussion: Advances in Biomedical Sciences & Engineering for Digital Healthcare
Wednesday Sept 8, 2:30 - 3:50 UTC

Advancements in technology such as biomedical image processing, rehabilitation and assistive devices, and biomedical robotics for healthcare have aided in significant strides in the biomedical engineering research field. Together with recent advances in flexible hybrid electronics for wearable sensors and emerging attempts of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applications, it revolutionizes the transformation of traditional healthcare to digital healthcare. In this panel, we have experts from universities, research institutions, hospitals, government agencies and private sectors to discuss their experience and vision in integrating and employing these biomedical technologies, materials/sensors, and data science algorithms for the infrastructure development and delivery of digital health care.


Fong-Chin Su - Smart Healthcare Ecosystem for Senior Adults
Fong-Chin Su is the Executive Vice President, Acting Dean of Engineering (2020/08-2021/06), and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Immediate Past President of World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers, and Councilor of World Council of Biomechanics (2014-26). With regard to professional activities, he is former Co-Editor-in-Chief, Biomedical Engineering OnLine (Springer Nature, 2014-20), Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering (Springer, 2015-2020), Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Taiwan (2017/02-2018/07), CEO of Taiwan Biomedical Development Board (2017/02-2018/07), Founding Director of Medical Device Innovation Center (2011-17), NCKU, President of Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering (2011-14), President of Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics (2002-03), and Executive Councilor of the Taiwan Industrial Technology Association (2002-16). Dr. Su has received several honors and awards including Life Achievement Award, Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics (2018), National Industrial Innovation Award (2017), AIMBE Fellows (2016), Fellow of International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE, 2013), Han Wei Medal Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering (2015), and You-Li Chou Medal, Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics (2007).

Tishya Wren - Computerized Motion Analysis for Personalized Orthopaedic Treatment Planning
Dr. Wren is Director of Research for the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an Professor of Orthopaedics, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. She received her undergraduate degree (BA, 1992) from Amherst College in Computer Science and her MS (1994) and PhD (1997) degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Biomechanical Engineering. Dr. Wren’s research focuses on technical and applied aspects of motion analysis, musculoskeletal development, and sports medicine. She has a particular research interest in children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other neuromuscular disorders and has conducted extensive research to understand how gait analysis influences clinical decision making, treatment, and outcomes. She has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Wren is a past president of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) and is an Associate Editor of the journal Gait and Posture.

Rick Greenwald - Digital Healthcare Innovation: How the User Experience is often 'Forgotten'
Dr. Greenwald is an entrepreneur and biomedical engineer. He is the Co-Founder and President of Simbex and Co-Founder of iWalk (now BionX). He is co-founder and Executive Director of the non-profit National Institute for Sports Science and Safety, and is an Adjunct Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. He has led two federally funded medical technology Commercialization Centers as Co-Director of the NIH funded Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT), a national rehabilitation infrastructure resource, and Co-Director of the previously FDA funded New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC). Dr. Greenwald’s research interests include biomechanics, injury prevention, sports equipment, product development, and technology commercialization. In 2000, he founded Simbex, and has long been active in the development of biofeedback and data acquisition products for the medical and rehabilitation industries. Dr. Greenwald and Simbex have received numerous research and development awards, including ones from NIH, NSF, and the Department of Defense, for product development through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Dr. Greenwald previously served as a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and as a member of the NIH Council of Councils in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and also served as President of the International Society for Skiing Safety. He holds 20 US patents, with 5 patents pending.

Joe Bonner - NIH Support for Digital Health Rehabilitation Research
Dr. Joe Bonner is program officer with the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), part of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Bonner joined the NIH in 2016 in the office of Associate Director for Data Science and joined NCMRR in 2017. Dr. Bonner manages a portfolio of grants and contracts that support rehabilitation and disability research, including many with a focus on the intersection of technology and healthcare.

Yoshiyuki Kobayashi - Development of International Standards Regarding Daily Walking Performance for Digital Health Service
Dr. Yoshiyuki Kobayashi (Team leader of EXercise motivation and Physical function Augmentation Research Team, Human Augmentation Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) received the PhD degree from Human Science from the Waseda University in 2007. He is interested in the field of Ergonomics and Biomechanics, especially in the analysis of human gait and posture. He recently developed AIST Gait Database, one of the world largest database of raw-mocap gait data. He is also participating in the development of international standards for ergonomics as the chairman of ISO/TC159/SC3.

Panel Discussion: Education for Digital Health
Thursday Sept 9, 1:00 - 2:20 UTC

Digital Health, as an emerging multi-disciplinary field, encourages novel research and applications of “digital technologies” for public health and medical services. The ultimate goal is to help the world population achieve a high standard of life, health and well-being.

The revaluation of digital health in many countries is spurred by series of national and international initiatives. For example, more than 90% of hospitals and 70% of physician offices utilized an electronic health record (EHR) to digitize the patients’ records. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more countries have increased the use of telemedicine to replace face-to-face consultations. Digital health solutions include mobile health (mHealth), wearable devices, telehealth and telemedicine, health information technology (HIT), and personalized medicine. Together with emerging attempts of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications, it aims to reduce service errors and cost, improve the quality and accessibility of health services, make service decisions more accurate and personalized. Successful development and deployment of digital health solutions require multi-disciplinary expertise. The importance of digital health education is well recognized as an enabler to better prepare the workforce and the public to face future needs and challenges.

In this panel, we invite experts from different universities and research institutes. Some have established formal education programs on digital health to engage in interprofessional education (IPE) opportunities, and some have schools of computing and business in collaboration with medicine to address health care problems by digital solutions. Some has been involved in Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) certificates programs on health informatics. How would a formal education program or professional certificate promote the training of multi-disciplinary professionals in digital health-related area? What are the challenges to face for educators when digital health is still a fast-developing area? What are the levels of certainty we have that will be a part of global health care education in the future? What are the courses, laboratories and exercises to include in a digital health programs’ curriculum? This panel discusses the current state of digital health education, the challenges and potential directions of digital health education.

Panel Co-Chairs

Lin Liu, Tsinghua University, received the PhD degree in computer science from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is an associate professor in the School of Software, Tsinghua University. Her interests are in the areas of requirements engineering, services engineering, and security modelling. Her research emphasizes concepts and techniques for modelling and systematically analyzing agent-oriented software systems. Dr. Liu’s has conducted research in requirements engineering methodologies that integrate goal, agents and scenarios modeling, security requirements modeling and analysis using i* framework, Formal analysis to requirements specifications using Model Checking tools and cultural perspectives of requirements engineering practices in China.

Giuseppe De Pietro, CNR graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Naples “Federico II”, is Adjunct Professor at the College of Science and Technology of the Temple University of Philadelphia (USA), since September 2014 he is the Director of the Institute for high performance computing and networking of the CNR. Previously he was Professor of Electronic Calculators and Electronic Calculator Programming at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Naples “Federico II”. Consultant of the Ministry for Reforms and Innovations in Public Administration, for the definition of strategies for the dissemination of new information and communication technologies in e-government. Expert of the Ministry for Economic Development. Expert in precompetitive research and development for the ex-ante evaluation, during and ex-post of the projects of technological innovation in the sectors: Architecture and processing systems; Office automation; Computer networks; Basic and application SW – SW engineering. He was also a member of the bilateral commission DigitPA – CNR and of the bilateral commission between DigitPA and CNR for the processes of technological innovation and e-government. President of the C.D.A. of Ehealthnet scarl and CNR representative in the public / private ehealthnet Laboratory. Italian Member of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group. An expert appointed by the MIUR Planning of European Research Networks. Director of the C.D.A. of the Regional Competence Center for ICT – CeRICT. A representative of the CNR in the CeRICT. His current research interests are focused on cognitive systems, decision support systems, software architectures. He has actively participated in European and national projects, many of them characterized by important industrial cooperations. He is the author of over 200 scientific articles published in international journals and conferences and is involved in numerous programs and editorial committees of periodicals. He is also a member of IEEE and KES International.


Carl Chang, Iowa State University, is Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Director of Software Engineering Laboratory at Iowa State University. He received a PhD in computer science from Northwestern University in 1982, and worked for GTE Automatic Electric and Bell Laboratories before joining the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. He joined Iowa State University in 2002 as Department chair of Computer Science, and completed three terms as its chairman in an eleven-year sprint. His research interests include requirements engineering, net-centric computing, situational software engineering and successful aging. Chang is 2004 President of IEEE Computer Society. Previously he served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Software (1991-94). He received the Computer Society’s Meritorious Service Award, Outstanding Contribution Award, the Golden Core recognition, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. In 2006 he received the prestigious Marin Drinov Medal from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and was recognized by IBM with the IBM Faculty Award in 2006, 2007 and 2009. From 2007-2010 he served the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer, the flagship publication of IEEE Computer Society. He is the 2012 recipient of the Richard E. Merwin Medal from the IEEE Computer Society. In 2014, he was elected as a Distinguished Alumnus by the National Central University in Taiwan, and received the 2014 Overseas Outstanding Contribution Award from China Computer Federation (CCF). Chang is a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of AAAS, and a Life Member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Daqing Zhang, Peking University, has been a Chair Professor at Peking University, China and Telecom SudParis, France. His research interests include ubiquitous computing, context-aware computing, big data analytics and Intelligent IoT. He has published more than 300 technical papers in leading conferences and journals, where his work on context model and WiFi-based sensing theory is widely accepted by pervasive computing, mobile computing and service computing communities. His research work got over 20,500 citations with an H-index of 71 (according to Google Scholar). He is the winner of the Ten Years CoMoRea Impact Paper Award at IEEE PerCom 2013 and Ten Years Most Influential Paper Award at IEEE UIC 2019, the Honorable Mention Award at ACM UbiComp 2015 and 2016, etc.. He served as the general or program chair for more than a dozen of international conferences, and in the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Computing, ACM TIST and ACM IMWUT. He obtained his PhD from University of Rome “La Sapienza” and is a Fellow of IEEE.

Liqun Xu, China Mobile, is currently Chief Scientist of China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), Beijing and Chief Advisor in Health IT for China Mobile Industry R&D Institute (CMII), Chengdu. He has been leading primarily CMRI's emerging efforts in the broad areas of Digital Health and Smart Healthcare since year 2010 with a view to addressing some of the major healthcare challenges facing the country. The research topics involved range from proactive health promotion, chronic diseases monitoring and management, to big health data processing and analysis, applications of AI in optimizing healthcare delivery process, to post-hospital care, monitoring and rehabilitations. By emphasizing on the co-innovation and cross-disciplines convergence, he has initiated and supervised a number of significant projects in close collaboration with variety medical domain experts and healthcare institutions, focusing on problems such as secondary prevention of stroke patients in rural regions, cloud-based intelligent platform to deliver tiered sleep disorder diagnosis services, AI empowered connected system for large-scale eye disease screening, the use of FHIR standards to enable tiered and coordinated services for health communities of primary care clinics and county hospitals, to name but a few, whilst leveraging China Mobile's ubiquitous network coverage and multiple networking capabilities including especially the emerging unified 5G network and cloud IT infrastructure.Prior to China Mobile, Dr. Xu has worked in the UK for over 20 years, respectively, as postdoctoral researcher, University academics and industry research leaders in ICT domain. He holds over 50 EU and international patents, plus numerous Chinese patents and pending, and has published widely in the topics above. He is a guest professor of several top Chinese Universities, an expert member of Health Promotion and Education Committee of China’s National Health Commission since 2017, an associate director of academic committee of the Research Lab for Mobile Health jointly governed by China’s Ministry of Education and China Mobile.

Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Marquette University, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Director of Ubicomp Laboratory at Marquette University. is also an Adjunct Professor in the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a Senior Research Scientist at R2D2 Center of UW Milwaukee and a senior member of the IEEE, ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society. His research interests include the power of data in mHealth, building mHealth systems, customized text messaging and affective computing. Currently, he has multiple research grants in building systems to collect data, to analyze data, and to make intelligent decisions for improved health outcomes. Dr. Ahamed has a number of collaborative international mHealth projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Taiwan and China. He has published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles, as well as conference and workshop papers, and his research and innovation has helped to create startup companies such as Ubitrix and Consciousos.

Benjamin Kwan, Queens University, is a Neuroradiologist at Queen's University and Assistant Professor. He is the Competency Based Medical Education Faculty Lead for Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen's University. He is the Assistant Program Director and CBME Lead for the Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Queen's University. He is the Faculty Research Director in the Department of Radiology. He is also a Royal College Surveyor, Faculty member of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen's University and Fellow in Educational Scholarship in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University.

Sweta Sneha, Kennesaw State University is the Founder and Executive Director of Healthcare Management and Informatics and a Professor of Information Systems and Security at Coles College of Business in Kennesaw State University. An internationally recognized expert in the field of health informatics, Sneha is a strategic leader with almost two decades of experience in technology, health informatics, and leadership. She has conducted research with funding from local, industry, federal agencies and has published one book and more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles at. She sits on several boards and has delivered several plenary sessions, workshops, and keynotes. Sneha serves as the editorial steward and university ambassador for Blockchain in Healthcare Today. Dr. Sneha co-chairs Health IT track at Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) and Unintended consequences of Health IT mini-track at Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Through her leadership, she has strengthened the university’s commitment to workforce, economic development, and outreach with new programs and engagement. Prior to a career in academia, Dr. Sneha worked at PriceaterhouseCoopers as a Management Technology Consultant. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University and a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park.

Panel Discussion: How 2020 Changed the Future of Digital Health
Thursday Sept 9, 19:40 - 21:00 UTC

Digital health aims at bring efficiency of healthcare delivery using communication technologies and make medicine more personalized and precise. It has a broad scope of hardware and software solutions and services and and includes the use of wearable devices, mobile health, telehealth, augmented reality, and virtual reality, health information technology, and telemedicine. The stakeholders include clinicians, researchers and scientists with a wide expertise from healthcare, economics, engineering, public health to social sciences.

It is gaining momentum with envisioned goals: improving access to healthcare, reducing inefficiencies in the healthcare system, improving quality of care, reducing healthcare costs, and increase personalized health care for patients. Issues and concerns include: potential privacy violations of personal health data, health data ownership, data misinterpretation, digital divide, regulation, and bio-surveillance risks. In 2020, telemedicine became vitally important as it provided expanded healthcare access, reduced contact, provided care for many urgent non-covid conditions, and allowed means for continuity of care. The underlying technology behind telemedicine, IoT devices and healthcare apps did not appear suddenly in 2020, but existed long before. But it took the pandemic to push healthcare forward, and for health institutions, providers, and patients to embrace digital health trends and new technology. There is a realization on the value of digital health among providers, patients, along with increased and investment activity.

Total funding for digital health initiatives hit an all-time high of $26.5 billion in 2020, with COVID-19 catalyzing investment growth. Funding for telemedicine was $4.3 billion, higher than before. In 2020, six digital health companies raised over $6 billion on their IPOs and the trend likely continuing in 2021. There is still massive scope for improvement. But the healthcare industry is taking innovation seriously, focusing on creating a better future and greater health equity for everyone. Covid 2020 brought a significant change to the pace and trajectory of digital health.

Panel Chair:

Rajesh Subramanyan, Amazon
Rajesh Subramanyan is a senior head at Amazon Web Services, High Performance Computing since 2021. He was with Siemens for 15 years, including as a R&D Director at Siemens Healthineers Ultrasound and Diagnostics from 2010, and Siemens Corporate Research between 2005-10 as a Software Engineering and Test expert. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Computer Science Purdue between 2003-5 and earned his PhD in ECE from Purdue University and MSEE from the University of Houston. Rajesh has over 20 years of operational and organizational experience across the industry, academia and federal programs. He managed most functions between marketing and manufacturing for Health, led numerous product development from cradle to grave, worked on projects with Siemens Industry, Health and Energy verticals, and pioneered digital platforms on federal funding in the early years. He worked, published, and filed disclosures on AI/ML in medical imaging, and clinical workflows since 2008 for Siemens. His interests include digital health, AI / ML, Software, Systems, Automation and research interests include HPC, performance engineering, and internetworking. He has been active in organizing international IEEE conferences, served as a Program Chair for SSIRI 2009, and COMPSAC 2010, co-founded COMPSAC STA workshop in 2009, and led numerous expert panel discussions.


Khan Siddiqui, Hyperfine, is a serial entrepreneur, a radiologist and currently the Chief Medical and Chief Strategy Officer of Hyperfine, that has created the world’s first FDA 510(k) cleared, portable MRI scanner. Additionally, he is the founder and executive chairman of HOPPR, a data and deep learning as a service platform, enabling data liquidity to accelerate and scale AI application development. Prior to Hyperfine, Dr. Siddiqui founded higi – a consumer health technology company – that was acquired by Babylon Health as part of a $4.2 Billion SPAC transaction recently. Higi stations are deployed in over 12,000 locations globally with over 60 million patients on the platform. Dr. Siddiqui holds dozens of patents for technology in areas of deep learning, AI, image processing, data visualization, MR imaging as well as secure patient information handling and health records. His focus has been to use the advances in technology – namely computing power, microelectronics, connectivity, big data, and AI to democratize technologies in healthcare to make solutions better, smaller, cheaper and more accessible to clinicians and patients globally. Dr. Siddiqui was a Physician Executive at Microsoft where he was responsible for platform engineering and AI for the health solutions group. His Microsoft legacy includes stimulating computer vision and machine learning research that led to the development of the regression forest algorithms, which became the foundation technology in the Xbox Kinect. Dr. Siddiqui was also responsible for developing Microsoft’s cloud (Azure) based medical imaging products and infrastructure. Prior to Microsoft, Dr. Siddiqui was Director of Center for Biomedical Imaging and Informatics at Johns Hopkins University, Program Director of Imaging Informatics and MRI Fellowship Programs at University of Maryland and the founding chair of American College of Radiology’s Imaging and Informatics Commission. Dr. Siddiqui is member of board of directors as well as advisory boards of various startups around the world and sits on various national committees on health care and medical imaging.

Ashutosh Banerjee is General Manager Diagnostic Cardiology and Remote Patient Monitoring at GE Healthcare. In this role he is the global leader for the business focused on ECG devices and ecosystems and is working to expand the care continuum from the hospital to home. He has extensive experience in the Med Tech space including experience with Johnson & Johnson. He has over 2 decades of experience in commercial, sales & distribution, marketing, product management, strategy and P&L management across healthcare, consumer durables and IT. He is passionate about creating solutions that deliver the right information at the right time that can help clinicians deliver the right care to the patients.

Rhonda Rhyne, Prevencio, Inc has more than 25 years of achievements in executive management of private, public, and non-profit Life Science entities. Professional highlights include leading two start-up medical technology companies to rapid growth, with up to 347% compound average growth rate (CAGR) and 80% gross margins; awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Medical Products, San Diego, 2003; and Deloitte’s Fast 50 Award for 50 Fastest Growing Tech/Life Science Companies in Southern California, for nine consecutive years from 1999 to 2007.

Srinivasan Krishnan, Greenway Health is Senior Vice President Engineering at Greenway Health (a Vista Portfolio company), leading the development of four Greenway Product portfolios that serve the Ambulatory marketplace. Krish is currently leading the development of modernization of the two Electronic Health Record (EHR) platforms – Prime Suite & Intergy and a cloud based data analytics platform that helps the providers meet the needs of value based healthcare. In addition to the platform development, Krish is also leading the development of Digital Health products and applications for Patient Engagement, Population Health and Revenue Cycle Management. Before joining Greenway Health, Krish held several executive positions leading the product development of various digital health solutions for Radiology workflows, Cardiology Reading & Reporting & Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) needs of the hospital enterprise. Krish holds a Master degree in Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and has a patent on adaptive workflow management for imaging systems.

Hiroki Takakura, Nagoya University is Director of Cybersecurity Research and Development, National Institute of Informatics. In that capacity, he takes the direction on its cybersecurity research. He has also supervised NII Security Operation Collaboration Services in order to enhance cyber resilience for 100 national universities since 2017. With his experiences and knowledges on cybersecurity, he is one member of advisory group for Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in order to support the reform in data health/examination and payment agency, and makes effort to realize robust and resilient digital healthcare services. He received his B.S. and M.S degrees from Kyushu University in1990 and 1992 respectively. In 1995, he received Dr. Eng. degree from Kyoto University in 1995. After research activities at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Visiting Scholar), Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Research Associate), Kyoto University (Lecturer and Associate Professor) and Nagoya University (Professor), he is currently a professor at National Institute of Informatics since 2015. Since 2016 he has become a director of Center for Cybersecurity Research and Development, NII. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Information Processing Society of Japan since 2021.

Panel Discussion: Digital Health Priorities
Friday Sept 10, 1:00 - 2:20 UTC

Digital Health includes, among many other innovative methods, preventive and predictive capabilities of machine learning based data analytics, actionable recommendations based on in-situ monitoring and assessment of an individual’s real-time physical and cognitive performance, trade-off analysis between cloud-based versus edge-based sensory data streaming and data analytics. Engaging multiple and new roles, including communities and individual patients in their own integrated healthcare delivery is one of the promising opportunities which can be made possible by the digital healthcare systems and service. This panel brings together leading researchers, community leaders and visionaries from academia and industry, end-users, and healthcare professionals, in the area of digital health to share their research, practical experience, and visions of the future digital health priorities for sustainable health and social care transformations.

Panel Chair:

Zeno Franco is an associate professor of family medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a site Co-PI for the NIH funded All of Us Research Program in Wisconsin, part of one of the largest genomics & precision medicine initiatives ever undertaken. Much of his work focuses on information systems in healthcare, with an emphasis on mobile mental health strategies for US military veterans, electronic health record data extraction and interoperability between healthcare systems, and crisis informatics in major disasters. He is a former member of the board of the International Association for Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM). Most recently, Dr. Franco served as the faculty lead for a large COVID-19 rapid response grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment, integrating public health response to the pandemic from multiple healthcare, public health, and government agencies and is Guest Editor for a forthcoming special issue on equitable public health strategies for pandemic response and recovery.


Maria Valero is an assistant professor in the College of Computing and Software Engineering, Department of Information Technology at Kennesaw State University (KSU). She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Georgia. She was an associate professor at the University of Táchira (Venezuela) from 2004 to 2015. She is leading the research group IoT as a Service at KSU. Her research interests include IoT for smart healthcare, distributed computing, signal processing, machine learning, and cyber-physical systems.

Hyunkyoung Oh is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her research is centered around people with metabolic syndrome that is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia to manage their risk factors using technology. She is also interested in the effectiveness of nursing care through evaluations of nursing outcomes to improve quality of nursing interventions. Her teaching interests include: Health Informatics and Technology, Nursing Administration, Leadership and Management, and Nursing Research. Her research interests include: Adults with Metabolic Syndrome, Self-management with technology, Effectiveness of Nursing care, Standardized Nursing Languages.

Farhana Zulkernine is an Associate Professor, the Coordinator of the Cognitive Science program, and the Director of the BAM Lab (Big Data Analytics and Management) at the School of Computing Queen’s University. She completed her Ph.D. degree from Queen's University. Her research focuses on developing artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing models and integrating the same in big data analytics and management frameworks to address real life problems in medical, law, science and social data domains. She is a certified professional engineer and has worked in three continents in software research and development with industry partners such as Pfizer, IBM Canada, CA Technologies, Calian and Markitech. She collaborated with Public Health Canada, Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Services Network (CPCSSN), and academic partners in Canada and abroad. She serves on multiple funding and conference committees and has published over than a 100 research articles in reputed journals, conferences and workshops.