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

The Digital Health Bubble: Is It About to Burst?

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In recent years, a huge amount of money has flowed into projects focused on digital health, fueled by the knowledge that the needs of patients and physicians have historically been poorly served by online tools and systems. However, despite the flurry of activity, the world of digital health may not be as well as it appears. Many projects are similar in scope, have weak business models or appear to be developed in isolation and not connected to the existing health system. The phrase “pending bubble burst” is increasingly being whispered in different circles. Through this panel, seasoned investors, analysts and entrepreneurs will tackle the question that is on everyone’s lips – is the digital health bubble about to burst and if so, what will the future hold?



Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Health Economist, Advisor, Trend Weaver

THINK-Health and Health Populi blog

I'm a health economist and advisor working at the intersection of health, technology, and people. I work with organizations throughout the health ecosystem, from food and technology to providers, plans, pharma and public policy. I evangelize former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin's view on health, that it's where we "live, work, play and pray." I blog at Health Populi and socialize self-care and -reliance at HealthcareDIY. Check my social health footprint out at JaneSarasohnKahn.com.


Marc Monseau


Mint Collective LLC

Marc Monseau has spent almost 20 years devising new ways to reach, engage and influence people through digital channels. Marc’s varied career includes serving as an analyst for a London-based market research group, reporting for the International news organization, Bloomberg Business News, and working within the corporate communications team at Johnson & Johnson.
Recently, Marc founded Mint Collective, an independent consultancy focused on helping organizations develop strategic communications programs that deliver business results.
Through his consulting work, Marc works closely with a wide range of clients to identify credible approaches to reach and engage key online audiences. In addition to strategic counsel, Marc provides educational seminars to raise the cultural readiness of his clients and develops policies and processes to ensure the long-term viability of innovative communications initiatives.


Marco Smit

Managing Dir


Marco is a strategic and results-oriented, entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of success identifying, building and bringing to market new growth platforms in health-tech, consumer, and life sciences markets in the US, Asia, and Europe.

Marco has worked as business unit leader, entrepreneur, biz dev VP, trusted advisor, and creative dealmaker in startups (Spectral Genomics – acquired), industry leaders (Affymetrix) and top-tier strategy consulting firms (incl. Monitor Company, A.T. Kearney).

At Spectral Genomics, he negotiated game-changing deals with Affymetrix, Life Technologies, etc. and helped to raise $9.3 Million in Series B funding.

Marco started and led Health 2.0 Advisors, Health 2.0’s Healthcare Innovation Analytics & Acceleration business unit, as its president until 2013. He is now managing director of NIHP.


Robert Stern



Robert Stern, MA is the founder and CEO of @Point of Care, a point-of-care decision-making mobile platform for HCP’s that also connects patients’ with their HCP’s via a companion patient app to monitor patient progress between office visits.

Stern is also the founder and CEO of Projects In Knowledge, an ACCME-accredited provider of continuing medical education, and founder and CEO of MedPage Today, an award-winning website that provides original reporting of breaking medical news, acquired by Everyday Health in 2010, and serves on the advisory board.

Previously, Stern was the president of CMEinfo.com, a producer of board review and medical update courses for physicians; co-founder of Fingertip Formulary, a website that provides formulary drug status for health plans; and editor of Genome, the first anthology devoted to exploring how the human geno me was mapped.

Stern serves as a Mentor at Blueprint Health and a participant in StartUp Health, and is an investor in heath care startups and funds.

In 2009, Stern was named one of the 100 most inspiring and influential people in life sciences by PharmaVOICE.com.

Stern received a BFA from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and a master’s degree in education with an interest in medical communications from New York University.

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