Dev4Health conference examines health care solutions through technology

April 26, 2018 GMT

Dev4Health conference examines health care solutions through technology

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The former chief technology officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra, will address Dev4Health, a health technology developers conference coming to downtown Cleveland next week.

Chopra, who served as CTO during the former President Barack Obama administration, will be a panelist during a discussion about how apps can be used to solve health care problems. Currently, Chopra is president of CareJourney, a company that provides analytics to population health organizations.

Chopra’s background fits with Dev4Health’s theme, which is Community and Code. The event is expected to attract chief innovation officers, software developers, product managers, startup CEOs and clinicians from across the country, said Leslie Evans, director of HIMSS Innovation and Conference Center. HIMSS, which is sponsoring the event, hopes to inspire software developers to find new solutions to health care’s problems, Evans said.

“It’s a very tech-driven conference,” she said, adding it’s the inaugural year.

The two-day event, April 30 and May 1, takes place at the HIMSS Innovation and Conference Center, inside the Global Center for Health Innovation. Chopra’s panel is Monday.

Conference hours on Monday are 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a networking event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Collision Bend Brewing Co. On Tuesday, sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The conference begins with Dr. Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt giving the welcome keynote speech at 1 p.m. Both Subaiya and Holt are executives at Health 2.0, a conference and media platform that promotes new technologies in health care. Health 2.0 was recently acquired by HIMSS.

Dr. Chuck Dietzen will give Monday’s closing talk on the topic of how to develop future medical humanitarians. Dietzen is the founder and president of Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization that seeks to expand health care in the developing world.

Other Monday sessions will explore high-impact apps, and new frontiers in the application programming interface (API) revolution. APIs are tools that make it easier to develop computer programs.

Tuesday starts with an opening speech by William H. Morris, senior medical director at Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the Clinic’s division that turns innovations into startup companies. Other sessions that day will look at open API’s in health care, decentralization in health care, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Registration fees for Dev4Health range from $349 to $400. Patients can apply for complimentary tickets. Event passes include some meals. Register here.