LOCATION 225 Dyer Street, Providence, RI, 02903

DATE: December 12, 2019

TIME: 4:00 – 8:30 PM


Join us for Venture Café’s Digital Health Connect on December 12th and learn about how Rhode Island innovators are changing and shaping the field of medicine by incorporating digital technology. Our special mini-conference will explore the intersection between digital advancements and healthcare with: a workshop on Blockchain for Healthcare featuring BlockMMP, an emerging company using blockchain to provide methadone management for Rhode Islanders; an indepth look at wearable technology and its impact on MedTech; the opportunity to test new digital health and wellness products; and a panel on Bringing Your Digital Health Product to Market featuring experts from Brown University, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, IQVIA, and the Unknown Group.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register here.


4:00 – 5:30 PM  ::  Blockchain for Healthcare Workshop 

5:00 – 6:00 PM  ::  Office Hours  

5:35 – 5:45 PM  ::  Welcome

5:50 – 6:20 PM  ::  Wearables with a Purpose: the Future of Healthtech

6:00 – 7:00 PM  ::  Usability Speed Testing for Digital Health and Wellness Tech

6:30 – 7:00 PM  ::  Sproutel: Patient-centered R&D Workshop Making Healthcare Playful

7:15 – 8:00 PM ::  Panel: Bring Your Digital Health Product to Market

Blockchain for Health Care: Why Should I Care?

The workshop will provide a high level description of blockchain technology and a description of the value, characteristics and challenges of a blockchain technology application in the health services sector.

Participants will also learn how blockchain is currently being applied in methadone monitoring with BlockMMP, a blockchain-based application designed to enable people who treat their opioid use disorder with methadone to obtain their daily dose from any clinic or hospital in Rhode Island, while ensuring patient confidentiality.

This free workshop requires advance registration. Please register here.


Charlie Hewitt, Walworth Bruns LLC

Charlie Hewitt is an executive / consultant / advisor with experience in advancing organizations through innovative uses of IT which transform the way work gets done and value gets delivered to clients and customers. Charlie has deep program management experience acquired in diverse industries and settings:
• Healthcare information exchange
• Medicaid healthcare payment
• Municipal government
• Industrial products manufacturing
• Defense systems engineering and production
• Financial services
• Computer data processing services
Able to deliver large-scale programs involving diverse sets of stakeholders and cutting-edge technical teams.
Respected as hard working, results-oriented, patient, innovative and open-minded. Relate equally well with C-level executives and operating staff.



Keno Mullings, The Mullings Group and IEL

Keno Mullings has made it his life’s mission to develop and teach solutions that build wealth with a passion to end poverty through entrepreneurship. As the Managing Director of The Mullings Group, he fulfills his ambitions by developing entrepreneurs, corporations and non-profits through training, coaching and consulting.

Keno is also head the Institute of Entrepreneurship & Leadership where their mission is to develop a nation of entrepreneur-leaders, who through commerce usher solutions that meet the needs of others.





Varshith Anilkumar, BlockMMP

Varshith Anilkumar is a passionate Software Engineer with over three years of academic and industry experience in Software Development, Machine Learning, VR/AR Development and Computer Vision with an emphasis on scalability, reliability and fault tolerance.

He previously worked with startups to build scalable machine learning prototypes such as a recommendation engine to provide custom restaurant recommendations and has led teams in building lean prototypes for startups. He is currently working at Wayfair building scalable, reliable and fault tolerant systems and architectures for hosting and productionizing AI and machine learning models in the Merchandising space.





Anthony Dutra, BlockMMP

Anthony Dutra is a Systems Engineer at Dell Technologies by day, IT consultant on nights and weekends. As founder HackDaddy Technologies, his aim is to disrupt RI industries and communities with emerging technologies.  

As a native Rhode Islander, Anthony grew up in Smithfield, attending Bryant University for his Bachelor’s in Marketing. He later received his Master’s in IT Management at Brandeis University while working full-time. During his near decade long tenure at Dell EMC, Anthony has designed IT infrastructure for clients across the globe, written industry-standard exams and published articles specializing in data center technologies.  Not only does he specialize in the data center but is certified in many other technologies such as multiple public cloud providers-AWS, GCP, Alibaba Cloud and Big Data technologies like Splunk.  

He plans on continuing his mission as a life-long student of the IT industry and as an innovator promising to forge digital transformation forward through evolving technologies.

Usability Speed Testing

Test the future of Digital Health and Wellness applications with Heather O’Neill of Pixels for Humans. Pixels for Humans helps startups & fast-growing tech companies solve their toughest challenges and create growth, sustainably and ethically. Testers will have the opportunity to use applications and provide feedback on the latest products, including some not yet on the market.


Heather O’Neill, Pixels for Humans

Heather O’Neill is a growth and product strategist at Pixels for Humans, where she helps SaaS start-ups solve their toughest challenges and grow into mature, community-focused businesses, that center people over profits. A problem solver at heart, Heather also works with design teams to define problems, hypothesize solutions, and track success in their work. Heather is an instructor at Lesley University’s Interactive Design program and co-author of startup book, Before You Code. When she’s not working with clients, Heather likes to rock climb, eat tasty Italian food, and spend time with her spouse and five year old.

Wearables with a Purpose: The Future of Healthtech

The wearables of the future will go beyond tracking data. They’ll solve real problems for us, not just measure and report — and they’ll be sleeker and more discreet while they’re at it. Join Jeanette Numbers, cofounder of Loft, as she shares strategies for merging digital and physical product design to drive measurable health outcomes and commercial success.

Jeanette Numbers, Loft

Jeanette is an experienced design thinker + leader based in Providence, RI. As Cofounder of Loft, Jeanette specializes in creating visually compelling, human-centered design solutions that are rooted in purpose and driven by research.

Jeanette’s work spans dozens of global brands and a wide variety of industries. She’s had proven success both in and outside of the corporate environment, leading teams in strategic design thinking, digital and physical product design, and final product commercialization. 

Her career has taken her to New York, San Francisco, Boston, and finally to Providence, where Loft’s corporate headquarters are based.

Sproutel: Patient Centered R&D

Sproutel is a patient-centered R&D workshop, focused on making healthcare playful! We collaborate with companies to co-develop products that achieve health outcomes and help brands tell powerful stories. With a network of global experts, we are capable of supporting collaborators through every step of the process, from ethnographic research to engineering and from market strategy to manufacturing. Sproutel is best known for their work creating Jerry the Bear, an interactive companion for children with type 1 diabetes, and My Special Aflac duck, a social robot for children with cancer.


Aaron Horowitz, Sproutel

Aaron Horowitz is a maker; from sculptures to business, he is fascinated with the process of taking an idea from concept to reality. His experience growing up with human growth hormone deficiency inspired a desire to bring empathy, design, and a patient-centered mindset to healthcare. He is the co-founder and CEO of Sproutel, a research and development workshop focused on creating play-based healthcare innovations. Sproutel is best known for their work creating Jerry the Bear, a best friend for children with type 1 diabetes, and My Special Aflac Duck, a robotic companion for children with cancer. The White House and Barack Obama recognized Sproutel as one of 32 companies representing diversity in tech in 2015, and Aaron as one of 50 honored makers in 2014. He holds a degree in Mechatronics and User Interaction Design from Northwestern University, a major he created to pursue a passion for understanding how people play with robots! Through his work, Aaron is on a mission to design technology with purpose. When unplugged Aaron is likely either carving stone or surfing.
Bringing Your Digital Health Product to Market

Navigating regulations and the market for Digital Health products takes time, money, and a lot of data. Hear from experts in the field and representatives from Venture Capital, the insurance marketplace, and the retail marketplace on what types of products they are seeing in the market.

Dr. Megan Ranney, MD, MPH Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, is an emergency physician and researcher, focusing on the intersection between digital health and injury prevention. She is the director and founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program. She is an associate professor of health services, policy and practice, and emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Ranney is an editor for the journal, Annals of Emergency Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and an elected member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine board of directors. She serves as chair of the research committee for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and chair of the Firearm Injury Research Technical Advisory Group for the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Ranney is also chief research officer for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine. She is principal investigator or co-investigator on grants from several organizations that focus on technology-based interventions for high-risk populations.




David Potter, Brown University Office of Industry Engagement and Commmercial Venturing

Dave Potter has led the commercialization of innovative healthcare and life science ventures for more than twenty years. As both a founding entrepreneur  of successful start-ups (Previser Inc., Pro-Change Systems Inc, etc.) and as the business partner of leading labs from multiple universities, he has developed an ecosystem of collaborative development resources and funding vehicles to accelerate intellectual property development, and to access well-aligned commercial partners and customers. Dave is a graduate of Bowdoin College and has an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth.







Brian Clancy, AppScript® by IQVIA™

Brian Clancy is Global Co-Lead for AppScript® by IQVIA™, a tool used by clinicians in the US and UK to find and prescribe high quality digital patient engagement tools for their patients from their existing Electronic Health Record workflows. He is an author of various academic and industry publications on digital health and precision medicine, including the report by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science entitled “The Growing Value of Digital Health.” His research and products have been featured in The Economist, The Lancet, The New York Times, Tech Crunch, mobihealthnews and Eric Topol’s Twitter feed. He is an inventor in the field of digital health app curation methods and a conference speaker on the topic of technical innovation in healthcare. He currently serves as a member and board observer at XCERTIA, an mHealth assessment guidelines organization founded by the American Medical Association (AMA), where he is an advocate for standardization in the assessment of mobile health app quality, particularly evidence of clinical effectiveness. Prior to AppScript, Brian had a seven-year career as a strategy consultant to leading and emerging health technology and life science companies. Brian holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Molecular Genetics and Economics from the University of Rochester and a Certificate in Product Management from General Assembly NYC.



Mark Stewart, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Mark Stewart is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Mark has oversight of Blue Cross’s finances, data and analytics and information technology, bringing more than 20 years of experience to his role. He provides leadership and strategic direction for the current and long-term effectiveness and efficiency of our financial operations, treasury functions, accounting, expense management, cost accounting, data and analytics, medical and market trends and our information technology strategy. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from Pace University and a master’s in business administration from Fairfield University. Before joining Blue Cross in 2015, he was the Chief Financial Officer at New Century Health, a specialty benefits management company. Mark is also helping Crossroads Rhode Island work to end homelessness in our state by serving on the Board of Directors.




Annelize Singh, Unknown Group and Annlyz Inc

Annelize (Ann) Singh is an innovation consultant and scout. As the Founder and Partner of Annlyz Inc., she is working to accelerate & coach startups/scaleups internationally to land and expand with soft landings into the USA/Netherlands. As Director/U.S. Managing Partner of the Unknown Group, a global innovation agency, Ann has unique access to over 50,000 startups for corporates who want to make startup collaboration an essential part of their innovation strategy.

Ann is at the forefront of award winning leading innovative international startups in Smart Cities, AI, Fintech, HR Tech, Sustainability, Clean tech, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Cybersecurity, Wearables and Military innovation.



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