2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Hacking Your Life for Better Health

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Every healthcare organization must evolve its commercial strategy within a transformed health system that rewards prevention and punishes waste, and patient engagement is critical to this shift. Additionally, with more patients covered by insurance under the Affordable Care Act, an already strained healthcare system will become even more stretched and organizations will need to figure out how to activate and empower the most prevalent and available resource for patient care – at home caregivers. For every engaged patient, there are far more who are ambivalent about their care, or lack the necessary information or encouragement to get involved. This panel features speakers representing the payor, big pharma, enterprise IT enabler, and e-patient activist perspectives to discuss relevant digital tools and services that are gaining traction or still to come that could bring to life the vision of the actively engaged health consumer. This track is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.



Charles Saunders



Dr. Charles Saunders, M.D., is the CEO of Healthagen, an Aetna business. Dr. Saunders is a physician and accomplished business executive with expertise in health care services, technology, and business operations.

Dr. Saunders came to Healthagen from Warburg Pincus, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, where he was executive in residence. Previously he was CEO of Broadlane, Inc., President of EDS Healthcare Global Industry Solutions; Chief Medical Officer of Healtheon / WebMD and principal of A.T. Kearney.

Dr. Saunders received an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in internal and emergency medicine.


Fred Trotter


Not Only Development

Fred Trotter is an Healthcare Data Journalist. The DocGraph Journal is the first Open Healthcare Data vendor, based on the DocGraph graph dataset, which details how healthcare providers work together in the United States.

Fred is a leader in the Open Source Health IT movement. He testified on the definition of Meaningful Use and is a founding member of the Direct Project.


James Mault


Qualcomm Life

James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life as a result of their acquisition of HealthyCircles, a Care Coordination and Remote Patient Monitoring Software Platform Company founded and led by Dr. Mault since 2009. Prior to starting HealthyCircles, Dr. Mault was the Director of New Products and Business Development for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. Dr. Mault has more than 30 years of experience in senior executive positions in the Health IT and Medical Device industry as well as clinical medicine. Dr. Mault has founded five Health IT and medical device companies, leading these companies to develop novel devices and software technologies, FDA approvals, and strategic partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies. He is the named inventor of over 80 issued and pending US Patents for a variety of novel health information and medical device innovations. He has been board-certified in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, having specialized in heart and lung transplantation, thoracic oncology and critical care. He has conducted academic medical research under numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and others. He is the author of more than 60 scientific articles, chapters and books in the published medical literature. Dr. Mault holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Medical Degree from the University of Michigan, and conducted his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center.


Michele Polz

AVP of Patient Insights & Analytics

US Sanofi Diabetes

As Head of Patient Insights for Sanofi US Diabetes, Michele Polz is charged leading efforts to identify and understand the true needs of people living with diabetes. An advocate for putting the patient first, Michele launched Data Design Diabetes, recognized by the health community and Fast Company (2011, 2012, 2013) as a challenge that brings together the richness of open data, the values of human centered design, and the leading edge methodology of top innovation accelerators.

Michele’s efforts have spearheaded new approaches to connecting with the customer, generating insights from key stakeholders in the health care system, directly engaging with members of the diabetes community through social media and community efforts in the real world. Through this rich network of patients and partners Michele focuses on those insights that can be tested and validated to demonstrate improved cost dynamics, a better patient experience, and improved population health outcomes.

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