It’s a Wrap:
Digital Health Summer Summit 2015 Videos & Quotes

With two days of experts and innovators sharing best practices, the Digital Health Summer Summit continues to be a must-attend event. Attendees created new partnerships and relationships and learned from experts how to operate and grow their businesses. Co-hosted by the Center for Digital Health Innovation at UCSF, the Summit kicked off with behind-the-scenes tours of three innovation centers on the UCSF campus. The tours were followed by a full day conference of industry leaders who shared their knowledge and expertise. And attendees got hands-on experience with cutting edge digital health technology in our Digital Health Playground interactive expo.


  • Surprise Guest, Yves Béhar Talks Design and Opportunity in Digital Health
  • Reed V. Tuckson’s Powerful and Inspiring Opening Keynote
  • Robert M. Wachter insights on Digital Health is Growing Up
  • Live From San Francisco’s Redwood Room: A Perfectly Candid Session With Cocktails and Digital Health Leaders Talking Digital Health Adoption

View Session Recordings HERE
View DigitalHealthLIVE Interviews HERE
Check out some Pics HERE 


A Doctor, a Patient and an Entrepreneur Walk Into a Bar

“With all the increase in scope if real-time data in our organization and our industry, with the proliferation of wearables, claims data, patients reported outcomes data, we have a collaboration with patients like me…We have a need to find a fit for purpose and get meaningful insights out of that data”
Erica Chain, Digital Health Collaborations Lead, Genentech
“At the end of the day we have to see a convergence between clinical digital and consumer digital.”
Reed Tuckson, MD, FACP, President, American Telemedicine Association; Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections
“The problem is not only making the technology better, though clearly it has to get better. The problem is we really have to use our imagination and say this is not just digitizing an analog process. The practice of medicine in a digital environment is actually a new business.” “There have been $30B of federal incentives in the last few years and people have emphasized the fact that that got hospitals and doctors offices to put in electronic records, but the other thing it did is what we’re seeing at this conference – it got Venture capital interested. It got Silicon Valley interested.”
Robert M. Wachter, MD, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine; NY Times Bestselling Author
“I think there are four impediments to health systems adopting these tools (digital health): 1) Focusing too much on the yoke of previous success, 2) focusing mainly on diagnostic and treatment technology, 3) risk aversion, and 4) the issue of the payment model not supporting the use of these tools.”
Roy Smyth, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AVIA and CEO, HX360
“We’ve been doing things backwards in health care because it’s the way we’ve delivered health care for so long.”
Aenor Sawyer, MD, Associate Director of Strategic Relations for CDHI; Director, UCSF Skeletal Health Service; Asst Clinical Professor, Dept Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF
“One mistake I often see tech entrepreneurs make is solving problems purely from a technology perspective.Technology is a means to solve a business problem. If you look at technology in a vacuum you are going to have resistance….Anybody today who is working in digital health, think really hard because you’re working in healthcare, and technology does not just get adopted because it is the best or the fastest.”
Jack Young, General Partner dRx Capital AG
“There is no trick or lever you pull and magically the money appears. Something we like to see is a strong team in a digital health sense, either a founder from the digital world or someone from the healthcare world. Smart teams balance these areas because this is a sector that’s early and there are not a lot of seasoned digital health entrepreneurs.”
Lynne Chou, Partner, KCBC
“We are really creating partnerships that are multi-way partnerships that are longer lasting partnerships and are changing the way that things are not only done in healthcare, but they are changing the way things are invented out in the industry.”
Michael Blum, MD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Informatics, Professor of Medicine in Cardiology, Chief Medical Information Officer, UCSF
“Now we have these great organizations that are snapping the pieces together to create these compelling solutions…It’s becoming cost efficient, it’s becoming simple enough that we can have patient and user adoption and the information is now quantifiable that we can use it and researchers can trust it. And it becomes something that’s actionable to change our lives.”
Heidi Dohse, Founder of Tour de Heart, Program Manager, Google Cloud Platform
“Transformative partnerships in digital health require each party to bring their own super powers.”
Karyn Skultety, PhD, VP of Health Services, Institute on Aging
“Human-centered design fails for this demographic [50+].”
Sanjay Khurana, Director, Thought Leadership AARP
“I think there are some analogs with the venture investment in digital health. This enormous investment has begun to pay off with some very substantial companies and that’s what we can talk about. But I am also mindful of the high velocity of acceleration of money into the incubation world. Are we creating too many babies that are overlapping each other or are in the same space?”
Wainwright Fishburn , Partner, Cooley LLP
“A culture I can work with is key to partnering so that I can create that learning loop.”
Brian Garcia , Chief Product and Technology Officer, Welltok
“The beautiful thing about healthcare, and there are a lot of beautiful things about healthcare. But from a purely business perspective is it probably has more billion dollar entities than any industry. So, starting small and starting locally no matter if it’s the Northwoods of Wisconsin or the Mississippi Delta – there are huge health organizations in those areas that have even more significant problems than the Kaisers and the UCSFs and the Stanfords of the world. Starting small and taking an almost Walmart like approach…finding a niche that you can prove out your work and then from there, how do you bring that to the next level.” “If you can be successful in healthcare, you can build a pretty big business. Not thinking – I’m going to sell to all 7 or 10 thousand hospitals, payers and everything else, but how am I going to sell to my local health system and my local academic center is a much better approach.”
Travis Good, CEO & Co-Founder, Catalyze, Inc.
“Pilots are great and can yield good results on the road to long-term success.”
Adam Odessky, Co-Founder and CEO of
“We’ve got to get people moving beyond the technology and thinking more about their health care.” “With hearing loss there’s proven evidence that there are comorbidities that really impact our long term care. If I have cardiovascular disease, chances are I’m going to have hearing loss. If I have hearing loss and I don’t address it I will fall into a state of depression and they’ve proven this time and time again because hearing is how we connect to each other.”
Michele Ahlman , CEO, ClearSounds Communications
“Some other breath analysis companies have come out and have died, and the reason is because they went straight for the Class III device (the cancer, the diabetes). I think what others can borrow from us is if you have the opportunity to go for the Class I – go for the Class I! Build up your brand, capitalize, develop your team, get your R&D out there. Yes, you want to do something great in digital health, but you’re a company and at the end of the day you have bills to pay.”
Charles Michael Yim, CEO and Founder, Breathometer
“Financial services (they) used to not be all that invested in technology. Well, healthcare is a good 10 years behind that. And so what you have is in financial services where they’re maybe investing 15% of their IT budget on security, the healthcare industry spends about 4%. So we have a lower level of maturity with a higher level of exposure and risk. As an industry there is just a great deal to do.” “One big area of growth outside of security is access to data, very massive amounts of data about a large population that basically enables us to manage the health and condition of the population proactively. A lot of that falls on IT to go figure out how to make that data available in a safe way.”
Joe Bengfort, CIO, UCSF
“If you look at the world of mobile medical apps…HIPAA has a lot to say about privacy in the course of ordinary healthcare. It has fairly little to say about mobile medical apps. Because HIPAA is really concerned with information in the hands of a provider or a payer. The FDA is interested in mobile medical apps really from a safety point of view and so it has come up with guidelines…We also, have the Federal Trade Commision, which thinks there ought to be stronger rules around mobile medical apps and it approaches these things from a consumer protection point of view…It is really an area where it is often unclear what the rules are and whose rules they are.”
Ira Parghi, Counsel, Ropes & Gray LLP
“Being HIPAA compliant is like the ticket into the county fair.”
Doug Foster, CEO, DigiSight Technologies
“The first question we ask our clients is not CAN users use your product but WILL they use it?””
Bill Evans , President, Bridge Design Inc.
“Design is not a luxury. It can change health care.” “It’s the age of bronze with cellphones” “Design can create efficiencies, adoption, delight at any price point.”
Yves Béhar, Design Entrepreneur, CEO, fuseproject; Chief Creative Officer Jawbone; Co-founder, August