IoTC NOW – Connected Health and Wellness Virtual Panel In the Era of COVID-19

Zoom Virtual Panel

The coronavirus outbreak is a global crisis that is impacting nearly every facet of life, perhaps none more than the medical field. As brave health care workers treat patients globally, telemedicine is being pushed to the forefront as patients stay at home to prevent further spread, and smart thermometers and heat sensors are being deployed to track the pandemic in new ways.

In this unprecedented era of COVID-19 and beyond, how will connected technologies fundamentally reshape healthcare and wellness?

These key innovations and questions will be examined in an upcoming webinar presented by the Internet of Things Consortium. A panel of experts will share their solutions from robots equipped with UV light beams to remote patient monitoring and then — in a Q and A session moderated by IOTC President Greg Kahn – discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

IoTC NOW – Connected Health and Wellness Webinar Panelists


Constance “Connie” Lehman is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Breast Imaging, and Co-Director of the Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate education at Duke University, MD and PhD from Yale University and holds an honorary medical degree from Harvard Medical School. In collaboration with Dr. Regina Barzilay at MIT, she has demonstrated the power of AI tools to predict future cancer risk and to interpret medical images. Collectively, her work supports methods to guide effective, safe, timely, cost effective and quality implementation of AI tools to improve patient outcomes.


Alex Vaccaro is senior vice president of marketing for AlertMedia, the world’s leading emergency communications software provider. AlertMedia has modernized the emergency communications industry and organizations such as Walmart, DHL, Greyhound, pro sports teams, grocery store chains, hospitals, and The Salvation Army use AlertMedia to communicate during critical events. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, every customer is using the platform to communicate with their people (send and receive messages, manage operational changes, perform wellness-checks, and dispatch critical communications to their employees). Alex is responsible for managing the company’s marketing and communications strategies, which includes developing content and resources for current and future customers to utilize in their business continuity and risk management programs. She spends a significant amount of time working closely with AlertMedia customers to understand their critical communications strategy and how it has been improved as a result of the ease of use of the AlertMedia platform. Prior to joining AlertMedia, Alex held senior level marketing positions with several technology companies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Wake Forest University and enjoys spending time with her husband, dog and chickens when she’s not working.


Sri is a serial intrapreneur and a business leader with a track record of incubating, building, growing and managing businesses in a worldwide capacity. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and understands the idiosyncrasy of international business. He is a product creator, technologist and a marketeer with a razor-sharp focus on user experience. He has founded and created products in Cloud Computing, Wearables, IoT/Smart Homes and recently launched multiple advanced navigation Robots. He was the founder of HP’s Wearables and Cloud/Mobile Printing business; and created Wearables/IOT products for consumer lifestyle brands like Hugo Boss, Coach, Titan, Ferrari, Movado, etc. He was the former head of all Product and Engineering for Digital Home at Comcast launching Xfinity XFI and scaling Xfinity Home. He was also the Chief Product Officer at SharkNinja responsible for Foodtech and Appliances. He is currently the EVP/GM of the Robotics division at SharkNinja. In his spare time, he mentors entrepreneur at 500 startups, and loves long distance running.


Mike Baird is the President of Customer Solutions at Amwell. Prior to this, Mike was co-founder and CEO of Avizia. He launched Avizia in 2013 with the goal of improving access to telehealth by eliminating barriers to adoption for health systems and delivering on the triple aim of reducing cost, expanding the reach, and improving the quality of healthcare. Amwell acquired Avizia in 2018, expanding the capabilities of the Amwell platform. Prior to Amwell, Mike held senior positions leading strategy, marketing and product development teams at Tandberg, Cisco, McKinsey & Co. and Dell. In these roles, Mike used his passion for technology to solve complex problems and delight customers. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, cum laude, from Brigham Young University and a Master in Business Administration degree with distinction from Northwestern University.


Dr. Stibich is an infectious disease epidemiologist, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Xenex, where he focuses his efforts on scientific research and development, new technology and protocol design. He holds a doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, a Masters in Health Science (also from Johns Hopkins), and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He has conducted research in Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, South Africa, Kenya, the United States and Brazil. Dr. Stibich has published more than a dozen scientific papers on ultraviolet light and healthcare associated infections. He holds more than 90 granted patents on infection control approaches and has spoken on infectious disease topics at TEDxBeaconStreet, DENT, a UN conference on Epidemic Control, and an upcoming Royal Society of Medicine Conference on COVID-19. He has been a principal investigator on NIH research grants and was a visiting scientist at MD Anderson Cancer Center.


James Beem has 20 years of experience represented within a diverse and rich mix of Fortune 100 healthcare and pharmacy companies, consulting firms, and major health systems. His professional background includes positions leading teams and projects over functions including health analytics, managed care operations, healthcare finance, medical economics, and business intelligence. James has been in his current role at J.D. Power since November 2018. Prior to joining J.D. Power, James served as an Associate Partner at IBM Watson Health and as an SVP Business Intelligence and Analytics responsible for the establishment of an analytics advisory practice during the merger of two distinct onsite healthcare clinic organizations, Take Care Health System (Walgreens), and Comprehensive Health Services (Water Street Health Partners). James also served as a Market CFO at Humana accountable for the financial management and operation of a $300M commercial health plan. He also has professional experiences with Aetna, Mercer Consulting, and The University of Michigan Health System. James holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Health Informatics and Information Management from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. James is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Nashville Health Care Council.