Google Glass Challenge: Finalist Presentations & Expert Panel

April 23, 2014
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Google Cambridge Center
3 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142
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What: MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge Winners Exhibition

Where: Google Boston Headquarters, 3 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Kendall/MIT T Stop on the Red Line)
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When: Wednesday, April 23, 6-9pm

Food & Drink:Wine, beer and appetizers will be served

Cost: $24 with discount code MEDTECHGGC (regular price $49)

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Schedule of Events:

  • 6:00-6:15pm: Introductions from Jennifer Joe, MD, Editor-in-Chief of MedTech Boston and CEO of Medstro; and Sony Salzman, Managing Editor of MedTech Boston
  • 6:15-6:20pm: Introductions from Don Schwartz, Chief Explorer at VectorSpect and Organizer of Google Glass New England
  • 6:20-6:30pm: Introductions from other sponsors
  • 6:30-6:40pm: Keynote from Rafael Grossmann, MD, Multi-talented surgeon and Early Glass Explorer, introduction to the semi-finalists
  • 6:40-6:50pm: Keynote from Nayan Jain, White House Innovation Fellow and Early Glass Explorer
  • 6:50-7:25pm: Meet the MedTech Boston Google Glass Semi-finalists, 5 minute demonstrations with audience questions
    Click here for a list of the finalists.
  • 7:25-7:30pm: Finalists announced- Grossmann, Jain, Ryan, and Horng make announcement
  • 7:30-7:40pm: Keynote from Steven Horng, MD, MMSc, FACEP, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency and Informatics Physician
  • 7:40-8:30pm: Panelist Discussion, Q&A
  • 8:30-9:00pm: Networking reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres
The Keynote Speakers

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General, trauma, advanced laparoscopic, and robotic surgeon
Rafael Grossmannn, MD, FACS, is a general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeon. As a FutureMed/ Singularity University graduate, his passion is about the intersection of Innovation Technology and Healthcare. He is an avid blogger ( and healthcare social media user (@ZGJR). He was the FIRST Person to ever use Google Glass during live surgery. Rafael was also a TEDx speaker at TEDx Dirigo 2011, TEDx Bermuda 2013, and TEDx Dirigo 2013, as well as TEDx Youth 2014. He has also participated in the prestigious MedicineX conference in Stanford, CA 2013. He is convinced that Innovation in Healthcare Technology along with the current developments in mobile and wearable platforms will exponentially improve healthcare connectivity, communication and data management, and result in a more efficient, intuitive, less expensive and ultimately better patient care.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency and Informatics Physician
Dr. Steven Horng is the ED lead for the Google Glass Project at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He and his team were the first to fully integrate Google Glass with their electronic medical record (EMR) and deploy live for clinical use in the emergency department. Their team consists of clinician-programmers who are the principal developers and architects of their EMR. Because of this, their ED can be very agile and serve as a live clinical test-bed of innovative technologies. Their team was also the first to deploy iPads live for clinical use. Dr. Horng is a practicing emergency physician at BIDMC, Assistant Director of Emergency Informatics, and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He holds dual board-certifications in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics, as well as degrees in computer science, biomedical informatics, and medicine. His research focuses on translational clinical informatics by accelerating the development and application of advanced machine learning methods to clinical care, specifically to clinical decision support. The challenge of decision support has always been getting the right information to the right person at the right time. He sees Glass and other types of wearable technology as the ideal platform to meet this challenge and deliver real-time, context-aware decision support.
(Photo credit: Danielle Duffey/BIDMC)

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Nayan Jain
Presidential Innovation Fellow
Nayan Jain is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the Department of Health and Human Services helping patients get access to their health data. This mission, also known as, Blue Button is a part of the President’s 2nd Term Management Agenda, specifically under the MyData Initiative. MyData complements the strong Open Data movement and aims to provide citizens access to their education, energy and health information. He was selected to be an Explorer during Google’s #ifihadglass campaign for his submission around disaster response and recovery. Nayan is thinking about leveraging Blue Button to making health data actionable and available on Glass.

Christopher M. Coburn

Christopher M. Coburn
Vice President, Innovation at Partners HealthCare
Chris Coburn has responsibility for the commercial application of the unique assets and capabilities of the $10 billion, Boston based Partners HealthCare system. Representing Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital, Partners HealthCare is the largest academic research enterprise in the US with nearly $1.5 billion in sponsored research. Mr. Coburn leads a team of more than 70 staff professionals. Prior to joining Partners in 2013, Coburn was the founding Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. During his thirteen year leadership, Cleveland Clinic spun off 57 companies — before Coburn’s arrival Cleveland Clinic had none. He also led the establishment of the Clinic’s national Innovation Alliance which provides onsite innovation management for healthcare systems throughout the U.S.
The Expert Panelists

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Associate Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Maulik Majmudar is a clinical cardiologist and Associate Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is an active member of the healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship community, with a specific interest in technology-enabled healthcare innovation. He currently serves as a medical advisor to two venture-backed startups. Dr. Majmudar was recently invited to be a Faculty Mentor for the 2014 MIT-IIT-B HealthTech Workshop in Mumbai, India. Dr. Majmudar attended Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also holds a patent and has had several publications in high-impact journals, such as Nature, Circulation, and Circulation Research.

Ozanan R. Meireles, MD
General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Digestive Healthcare Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Meireles belongs to the Weight Center and Swallowing and Heartburn Center within the Digestive Healthcare Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical interests include Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, POEM – Endoscopic Esophageal Myotomy (Achalasia), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Paraesophageal herniasLaparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery, Upper GI endoscopy and endoluminal procedures and Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery

Nephrology Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital, Software Developer, Informatician
Dr. Singh is the developer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s electronic health record prototype for Google Glass. He is studying the way wearable technologies can be used to improve patient care. He was a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at UCLA Medical Center before becoming a Nephrology and Informatics Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Hashimoto is general surgery resident at MGH with an interest in surgical education and simulation. His primary research interest is on the acquisition of surgical expertise. His publications focus on methods to improve the assessment of technical skills and increase the efficiency of surgical education with the aim of shortening learning curves.
With the advent of wearable technology, he has been focusing on gesture analytics and telementoring applications that can provide new ways of delivering quality education. He recently spoke at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons on the use of Google Glass as a potential telementoring device for resident education.

MD Candidate, Massahusetts General Hospital / Harvard University and Contributing Writer at in-Training
Nabeel Ali is a Medical Student and Engineer focused on improving healthcare through disruptive research, technology and venture. He is an award-winning and published researcher who has received national attention for his medical technology innovations. Outside of medical school, Nabeel serves as a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Reviewer for the Journal of Digital Imaging, Contributing Writer for in-Training Magazine, and advises a number of technology start-ups.

Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, MGH/Harvard Medical School and Leadership Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D., is a Leadership Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a resident child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Vahabzadeh is also a trained family physician.
Dr. Vahabzadeh is deeply interested in neurodevelopmental disorders. He has published and presented over 50 papers, articles, posters, and book chapters, including in the NEJM, AJP, and JAMA. Dr. Vahabzadeh is also a strong proponent of mental health education, he has written numerous editorials for Boston Magazine, PsychologyToday, the Huffington Post, APA HealthyMinds, and CNN. Dr. Vahabzadeh is also the current Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry’s Residents Journal.

Ophthalmic Pathology Fellow at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
Alia Rashidis a clinician and researcher in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary / Harvard Medical School. She is particularly interested in the molecular and pathological basis of eye diseases, and has written several book chapters on ophthalmic malignancies and other conditions, as well as numerous journal articles. Dr Rashid has presented her research both nationally and internationally, winning an award from the Research to Prevent Blindness foundation. She has participated as an investigator on several ophthalmology pharmaceutical trials, and maintains an avid interest in the application of medicine in business and technology.

Gajen Sunthara
Principal Software Architect for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation Acceleration Program and Google Glass Explorer
Gajen Sunthara has over 15 years’ experience in Healthcare Information Technology and continues to be passionate about transforming and improving healthcare through novel uses of technology. Gajen’s technical leadership in R&D and software architecture, combined with laboratory medicine expertise and in-depth understanding of clinical and patient workflow enables him to cultivate and successfully implement innovative technologies in healthcare. Gajen specializes in Cerner & EPIC Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems, enterprise Java, Web 2.0 technologies, robotic & device programming and iOS & Android mobile development. Gajen has a B.Sc in Computer Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Information Technology from Harvard University. Gajen’s master thesis focused on using Google Glass to build a novel application: “GlassSurgeon”. GlassSurgeon enhances the surgeon’s workflow and improves patient safety by leveraging natural language processing using the hands-free features of Google Glass to access real-time clinical information though systems integration.
The Sponsors

Medtech Boston covers the nexus of medicine, innovation and technology in the Boston area. We aim to highlight exciting innovation work happening in and around the city, and to create starting points for discussion about it. We aim to be as organic and nimble as the kind of work featured in our articles. Ultimately, we want to broadcast what we hope will be a new tradition for Boston, not only as a city with first-class medical research and patient care, but one with passionate people using new technology and creativity to think big thoughts about solutions to some of medicine’s biggest problems.

Google has generously provided us with free space in their Cambridge Center office to hold this event, and has also provided food and beverages. We wish to thank Google for their kind support of this event.

HappyHealth is a patient engagement and productivity platform. Our mission is to make seeing your doctor easier and more delightful. We know navigating the healthcare system is tough, so we seek to provide incentives and develop technology to ease the medical paperwork, so you can focus on what matters: your health!”

Google Glass New England
Exploring Google glass uses and applications in New England and the world. A group for Glass Explorers and other interested in this new technology.

Medstro is the social and professional network for physicians. We are a collaborative community where physicians and medical students can connect, find mentors, and find new traditional and non-traditional research and job opportunities. Join medstro today at

MIT H@cking Medicing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) H@cking Medicine’s mission is to create an ecosystem at MIT, hosting the Boston medical community and beyond to teach entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, scientists, and clinicians the skills necessary to launch disruptive healthcare businesses.

Hacking Pediatrics
In October 2013, Hacking Pediatrics held the first hackathon ever focused on pediatric healthcare. It was sponsored by Boston Children’s Hospital in collaboration with MIT’s H@cking Medicine. In under 36 hours, 16 teams brought to life incredible ideas that will change the lives of children and their families. We are anticipating even more amazing pediatric healthcare innovations at Hacking Pediatrics Hackathon 2.0 will be held on October 17-19, 2014!

Health Innovators
Health Innovators helps accelerate health innovation through collaboration and education. We proudly host monthly meetings in the Greater Boston Area which focus on topics pertinent to healthcare innovation; such as mobile technology in healthcare, meaningful use, policy changes… and much more!

Brigham & Women’s Hospital iHub
The BWH Innovation Hub, or iHub, harnesses the power of our community’s inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs to foster innovation and transform ideas from creation to dissemination, unleashing our potential to disrupt traditional medicine and reinvent healthcare.

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What’s it All About?

After 2 months and 3 rounds of our MedTech Google Glass Challenge semi-finals, the winners will be unveiled at a live event on April 23, 2014. MedTech Boston has paired up with Google Glass New England and Google to host the MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge Winners Exhibition.

Prepare yourself for a delightful and exciting night of Google Glass Healthcare innovators and experts! Each expert and panelist is a top notch, well published actively practicing clinician currently using Glass in their clinical practices and understands the pros and cons like no other. Bring your questions for our panel because we want to make sure they are answered! Also stick around to network with our experts while snacking on light bites and enjoying beer and wine at the famous Boston Google Headquarters itself!

In The News


The Boston Globe, “Google Glass embraced at Beth Israel Deaconess: Wearable screens a part of everyday medical care”, “Forceps? Scapel? Google Glass?

Business Intelligence Solutions, “Top Three Healthcare Trends in ehealth

Twitter tag: #GGMed14

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Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups. Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French. In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.
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