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M2M Opportunities and Challenges in Healthcare

March 8, 2012

The M2M and Healthcare Communication SIGs Present…


By most estimates, the number of connected things will reach tens of billions. All of the tier-one wireless operators have established dedicated business units to simplify and accelerate connecting things to their networks and healthcare is poised to become one of the areas where M2M explodes.  But the M2M revolution will also bring problems that are complex and difficult to solve for even the largest companies.  These problems will only be amplified and added to in the healthcare arena.  Some of these problems include:

  • Creating sophisticated systems so that sensors and M2M applications are providing accurate information
  • Ensuring that real-time information collected from field sensors is communicated and delivered to the set of services that M2M applications provide
  • Collecting, processing and managing enormous amounts of new data in a meaningful way so that the business can analyze and take action on accurate information
  • Building applications and custom user interfaces to communicate efficiently on a multitude of devices and churn out information in user defined formats

In addition, there has been an explosion in the number of technologies and options available at each application level to drive M2M, but this technology diversity introduces enormous complexity for delivering M2M applications. Add to this potential regulatory issues and it becomes clear that bringing a M2M device into the healthcare space can be a daunting task.  Our panelists will explore these issues, as well as discuss real world examples and approaches.

John (Ivo) Stivoric
CTO & VP of New Products, BodyMedia

John (Ivo) Stivoric is CTO & VP of New Products for BodyMedia. Ivo is also one of the company’s original 4 founders.  At BodyMedia, he leads the Advanced Development efforts and directs the Intellectual Property portfolio. Ivo is also a core member of the company’s Strategic Alliances and Corporate Strategy Teams.  Before BodyMedia, Ivo was President, Chief Invention Officer, and co-founder of SANDbOX Advanced Development.  H e holds an M.S. in Interaction Design, with a concentration in integrated product development and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design, with a concentration in sculpture, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition Ivo is founder and co-director of two of CMU’s interdisciplinary studios: the Interaction Design Studio (ID Studio) at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) and the award-winning Mobile + Wearable Computing Design Studio at the Engineering Design Research Center (EDRC). His collaborative works have been recognized in numerous national and international consumer, industry, and academic publications for their innovative design applications. He is also the co-inventor on over 90 patents internationally (15 issued, others still pending).  In his spare time, Ivo drives a gas-guzzling  monster truck (a Black Dodge Ram 1500 with Hemi), brews a mean Slijivovica  and dances in  Kumovi – a Croation performance troupe.

Anthony Shimkin
Senior Director of Marketing, Qualcomm Life

Anthony Shimkin is currently the senior director of marketing for Qualcomm Life.  With over 20 years of medical and technology experience, Anthony currently leads Qualcomm Life’s global marketing efforts.  Most recently, Anthony served as vice president of marketing for Lantronix, a leading machine-to-machine (M2M) technology provider with more than 650 global health care customers.  He has held key marketing and innovation leadership roles at Quidel, a diagnostics manufacturer, Cardinal Health, a Fortune 19 health care company, Alaris Medical Systems and Neoforma.  Anthony also led the health care equity research team at Wedbush Securities, bringing over $250 million to the public equity market through several IPOs.  Finally, Anthony has consulted for several leading life sciences companies including Abbott Diagnostics, AdvancePCS, Biomarin Pharmaceuticals, Blue Shield of California, Caremark Rx, Gary & Mary West Wireless Health Institute, Genentech, Genoptix, NDCHealth, and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  He holds a M.S. in executive leadership from the University of San Diego, a M.B.A. in marketing and finance, a M.A. in medical sciences and a B.A. in psychology all from Boston University.

Bill Zimlich
CEO, Monitored Therapeutics

William Zimlich is President and CEO of Monitored Therapeutics, Inc., a cellular and Wi-Fi telehealthcare company utilizing proprietary technology to improve the health of chronic patients while significantly reducing the overall cost of care. These savings are directed at the patients, as well as the Managed Care Organizations and insurance companies that pay for it.  Mr. Zimlich served as CEO of Activaero America, Inc. a medical device company which produces the most efficient commercial pulmonary drug delivery devices.  Mr. Zimlich is a medical device development professional with 25+ year experience in drug delivery, clinical trials and device manufacturing.  He is a Biomedical Engineer from the Ohio State University.

Noel Gillespie
Partner, Procopio
Noel Gillespie is the chair of Procopio’s Wireless Health Care and Medical Device Practice Group.  Mr. Gillespie regularly assists clients with strategic patent portfolio development and implementation so as to protect their technology and help them achieve their business objectives. This process includes developing claim strategies that create market barriers and protect or create revenue streams, as well as preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign Patent Applications.  Mr. Gillespie has extensive experience in dealing with telecommunications companies, including those involved with wireless, wired, and optical communications technology, medical device companies, semiconductor companies and software/Internet companies. For example, Mr. Gillespie has helped clients build portfolios and protect or build market positions in the areas of wireless sensors for health applications, smart grids, semiconductor memories, lab and chip technology and energy efficient data storage.  In addition to his extensive legal experience, Mr. Gillespie has also served as Senior Design Engineer and Product Team leader for Sony Digital Telecommunications of America in San Diego, where he was responsible for the comprehensive baseband design for several CDMA handsets that used the latest Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets.  He received extensive training in CDMA and wireless communication technology and his design responsibilities fell under the areas of microprocessor circuits, audio circuits, power management circuits, and user interfaces such as keypads and LCDs. Prior to this, he was a Design Engineer and Product Team Leader at Cubic Defense Systems in San Diego, where he was responsible for the design and testing of several portable electronic systems.  Mr. Gillespie successfully managed a team of engineers in the completion of Cubic’s Manworn Laser Detection System, which was part of the MILES 2000 product line, an optical communication system. Mr. Gillespie’s design responsibilities on the product included the areas of optical communications, ASICs, microprocessor circuits, user interfaces, and power management.

Evan Jones, VP, M2M System Engineering, Sierra Wireless
Daniel Obodovski, Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
Yukon Palmer, Founder, FieldLogix
Steve Pazol, CEO, nPhase
Tracy Rees, President & CEO, Intrinsyc
Mark Wells, CTO & Division President, Procon Inc.
Neeraj S. Bhavani, Founder, President & CEO, TAGNOS
Magda Remillard, Director, Business Development, FieldLogix


Noel Gillespie, Partner, Procopio
Nate Heintzman, Dir., Wireless Health Innovations, San Diego Beacon Collaborative, Calit2 UCSD
Don Jones, Vice President, Business Development Health and Life Sciences, Qualcomm
Alean Kirnak, President, Software Partners LLC
Peter Pardee, VP Business Development, Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Alex Robertson, CEO, MediAccess Solutions LLC
Paul Sonnier, Wireless Health Group on LinkedIN
Ron Richard, Director of Business Development, Qualcomm Wireless Health, Qualcomm Life

March 8th, 2012

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends


12400 High Bluff Drive
San Diego, CA 92130

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