The Convergence Summit is Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance’s (WLSA) annual flagship event, held in San Diego this year, where healthcare, technology and wireless health communication leaders tackle key issues facing the connected health community. It was a packed two-day agenda with keynote thought leaders, such as Eric Topol, wireless technology best practices, interactive sessions, structured networking and industry demos. Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons, CEO of UniversalDoctor, was invited to present on the International Discussion panel where 5 experts covered the issue of connected health on four different continents.
10:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – The International Discussion
- Session Leader: Ralph Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Mobilium Global Limited
- Peter Cowhey, PhD, Dean; Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy, UCSD
- Jack Kreindler, MD, Founder, Sentrian
- Scott Lambert, Lead Partner, Engagements & Prototype, Ascension Health
- Anne Lidgard, PhD, Director, Vinnova
- Jordi Serrano Pons, MD, Founder of UniversalDoctor; Consultant, WHO
It was an enlightening panel moderated by Ralph Simon, a pioneer in the mobile industry, on connected health in different parts of the world. Dr. Peter Cowhey started off the discussion on how international laws are behind innovation, yet negotiations are taking place to include the export and import of wireless technologies around the world.
Dr. Jack Kreindler, based out of London and San Diego, presented Sentrian
, the first Remote Patient Intelligence company that aspires to eliminate all preventable hospitalization by leveraging the revolution in biosensors and machine learning to remotely detect patient deterioration before problems become acute.
Scott Lambert of Ascension Health
, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, explained how they’re working with an Indian hospital association to promote the possibilities of medical tourism in the Cayman Islands.
Dr. Anne Lidgard of Vinnova
, the Swedish governmental agency for innovation systems, talked about the innovations taking place in the Nordic region of Europe.
Jordi presented on how launching Universal Doctor
around the globe has allowed him to see the inner workings of many health systems of different countries, driving him to bring further innovation in the field of healthcare to bridge gaps. His company, Universal Doctor, achieves this through mobile and web apps that bridge the language gap between different healthcare personnel and foreign patients. He also raised different possibilities of innovation in products made in the developed world, which could be adapted for emerging market settings to facilitate healthcare. This is where his non-profit initiative Zero Mothers Die
, co-founded with two other non-profit foundations, could play a key role in bringing technology partners, governments and civil society together to facilitate the introduction of life-saving low-cost technologies to reduce maternal mortality.
Another key theme of the discussion was the possibilities of big data of national healthcare systems in Europe, such as some NHS projects in England and the VISC+
project launched in Catalonia,Spain by AQUAS
and how it can be used for research purposes.
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