Health Devices: Tracking the Physiological Data

Explore the future of the data-driven health era.

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swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


March 07, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

According to ABI Research, the total number of wearable devices with fitness and wellness applications in 2012 was 30 million, a 37 percent growth from 2011. The market is expected to grow at an average rate of 41 percent per year, up to 169.5 million devices shipped in 2017.

With the multiplication of data available across emerging channels, what are the opportunities and challenges facing the healthcare industry? How do we analyze and make sense of the data? What will the data tell us? What are the advantages and risks for individuals who rely on healthcare devices?

Our highly qualified panelists, with deep expertise ranging from high level technical issues to user behavior, measurement, and social insights will explore the future of the data-driven health era.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  The Hive & swissnex San Francisco overview
7:10 pm  introduction by Roger Magoulas
7:20 pm  “How data is transforming healthcare,” by Roger Magoulas
7:30 pm  “Health Sensors & The Data Ecosystem,” by Rachel Kalmar
7:40 pm  “(Healthy) Bias: Thoughts on generating insight from health data,” by Ian Blumenfeld
7:50 pm  “The Human Bits,” by Eri Gentry
8:00 pm  panel discussion and Q&A
8:30 pm  networking reception
9:30 pm  doors close


Roger Magoulas – Director, Research + Analysis, O’Reilly Media

Roger Magoulas is the director of market research at O’Reilly Media. Magoulas runs a team that is building an open source analysis infrastucture and provides analysis services, including technology trend analysis, to business decision-makers at O’Reilly and beyond. In previous incarnations, Magoulas designed and implemented data warehouse projects for organizations ranging from the San Francisco Opera to the Alberta Motor Club.


Rachel Kalmar – Data

Scientist at Misfit Wearables

Rachel Kalmar’s goal is to make sensor data accessible and actionable. A Stanford neuroscience PhD, she is passionate about using data to explain, predict and influence behavior. After participating in Singularity Univerity’s Graduate Studies Program, Rachel co-founded a startup in the health sensor space, which was part of the Rock Health digital health startup incubator. She is active in the Bay Area hardware community and runs a sensor meetup group ( Currently, Rachel is a data scientist at Misfit Wearables.


Ian Blumenfeld – Data Scientist, Archimedes Inc.

Ian is a data scientist with expertise in building predictive models for health outcomes and the ramifications of intervention effects. He has a background in physics where he performed award winning research on complex plasma/electron beam interactions and the implications for next generation particle accelerators. Since the completion of his PhD he has been working at Archimedes Inc, a Kaiser Permanente Subsidiary, building outcomes models focused on Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases. His latest work is in the heart failure space, examining the predictors of recurrence and mortality in that population, as well as the cost-benefit of treatment.


Eri Gentry – Founding President BioCurious

Eri helps technology and people find each other. She is a proponent of maker culture, citizen science, and “hacking” medicine. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, Forbes, Wired, The Atlantic, in the books Biopunk, Regenesis, and more. In 2011, Eri was named a “Hometown Hero” by Popular Mechanics and a “Practical Visionary” by the Institute for the Future. Eri co-hosts and is special projects director of The Quantified Self. In 2010, she cofounded BioCurious, the first hackerspace for biology. She sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of NSF-funded SynBERC, and blogs about citizen science for MAKE Magazine.Eri was previously VP of Open Innovation at Scanadu, a Silicon Valley startup bringing medical tools for the people to the people and CEO, cofounder of Livly, a cancer research company on a mission to end killer diseases.


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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