Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

The crowd tunes in for an afternoon of discussions on where healthcare and technology are heading.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Bryan Sivak, CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, talks about taking risks in government and the flood of new data and technologies in healthcare.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Yulun Wang, CEO of InTouch Health, talks to the audience via RP-VITA, a telepresence robot designed for remote healthcare. Colin Angle from iRobot is on the right.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Our audience enjoyed the panelists' irreverent takes on everything from big data to big pharma.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, gears up to speak about the future of robots and healthcare. And how he was inspired in business not by R2-D2 or C-3PO, but by a mousy little Death Star robot that was more practical.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Good questions from our probing audience kept the speakers honest. Not that they weren't already.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Computational madman Stephen Wolfram talks about personal analytics and the future of algorithmic drugs and diagnoses.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Questions from attendees like Katrine Bosley probed the risks and real opportunities in health IT.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

John Morey (center), CEO of MyRozi, makes a point on a consumer-focused panel with Chaim Indig (Phreesia) and moderator Daphne Zohar (PureTech Ventures).

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Rick Lee, CEO of Healthrageous, made his share of, um, healthrageous remarks that were quite thought- and tweet-provoking. Chaim Indig (Phreesia) is next to him.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Bill Geary from North Bridge Venture Partners asks whether big data is over once it makes the cover of Harvard Business Review.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

The good folks from Fidelity took in the healthcare discussions and had some of their own.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Networking hour brought together techies, healthcare pros, business execs, and more.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Networking discussions spilled into overtime. Really, it's time to get back into the session. Now.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Even a dreary December day in Cambridge looks picturesque from the vantage point of the Microsoft NERD center.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

John Landry (left) and Michael Greeley (Flybridge Capital Partners), a couple of high-powered investors who know a thing or two about building startups in exploding markets.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Nary an iPhone or tablet could be seen being browsed in the audience. Unless, you know, they were checking their own health data online.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Pam McNamara (right) brings out the gavel to handle Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox, and the rest of the "cloud and healthcare" panel.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Joseph Riley from Psilos makes a point during the investor chat, which also included Dana Callow (Boston Millennia Partners), Dave Barrett (Polaris Ventures), and moderator Michael Greeley from Flybridge.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

A healthcare robot (RP-VITA) certainly knows how to draw a crowd. Colin Angle from iRobot looks on, and Yulun Wang from InTouch Health is on the screen.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Our networking reception sparked all sorts of discussions on the future of healthcare and IT.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Attendees stayed late to discuss what they had heard, and not heard. Man, are those seats comfortable.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

A panel on the future of big data and healthcare closed the show: Frank Ingari (NaviNet), Graham Gardner (Kyruus), Paul Bleicher (Humedica), and Robert Goldberg (Neumitra) were prodded by moderator Bill Geary (North Bridge) to say how they really felt.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

After the show, Robert Goldberg from Neumitra was cornered by a throng of attendees who wanted to know more about his stress-busting mobile tech.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

The only question is, why don't these guys have beers in their hands? It's cocktail hour after all.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

A lavish spread awaits attendees of our health IT forum. Microsoft NERD was our gracious host.

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Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition

More drinking and less talking, that's what I say. Unless you're having a seriously productive discussion like these gentlemen.

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Xconomy held a standing room only Healthcare in Transition event on Monday—our last Boston event of the year. We had an off-the-charts collection of speakers, including a robot that wowed everyone, a great sponsor and host, and, most importantly, a fantastic audience that even laughed at panelist jokes.

The program was kicked off by Bryan Sivak, the new CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who gave us a glimpse at some true government innovation initiatives underway. We had a jam-packed program following Bryan, featuring keynotes by computational guru Stephen Wolfram and a riveting telepresence demo of the RP-VITA healthcare robot led by Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, and (from Santa Barbara) Yulun Wang, CEO of InTouch Health, who was the “face” of the robot. In addition, the program included lightning panels on the cloud and healthcare post-election, big data in health, consumer healthcare, a chat with leading investors, and more. (Ten takeaways from the conference here.)

A heartfelt thanks to our speakers, our host Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, our sponsor PerkinElmer, and all of those who attended.

Here are some photos from the afternoon—of the program itself and the great networking sessions—snapped by our visual correspondent Keith Spiro of KeithSpiroPhoto courtesy of Kendall PRess. We hope you enjoy them.