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2015’s WATCH Society Conference: Trade Secrets & Site Visits in Amsterdam


Itching for foreign travel and obsessed with the hottest happenings in wearable technology? Register for this year’s WATCH Society (Wearable Technology in Healthcare Society) Conference, which will be held in Amsterdam on April 29 & 30, 2015.

“The WATCH conference stands out because it is a 2-day, international conference organized by and for medical professionals interested in the valid use of wearable technology,” says Marlies Schijven, MD, Phd, WATCH Congress President.

The first day of the conference will feature physician speakers who will share their ideas on the practical uses of wearable technology in healthcare. Speakers include:


  • Paul Szotek, MD: Assistant Professor of Clinical, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery & Abdominal Wall Reconstruction at Indiana University Health
  • John ‘Nhaj’ Springer, CST: Certified Surgical Technologist at Keck Hospital
  • Dan Herbstman: CEO and Co-Founder of 3rd Eye Health
  • Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS: Surgeon & Director of Innovative Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine
  • and more


The second day of the conference will include site visits to Google Amsterdam, Apple Amsterdam, Samsung the Netherlands and the WAAG society. The information from these tours will include the newest (and often the most secret) developments in wearable technology, Schijven says – so new, in fact, that a non-disclosure agreement must be signed by participants before attending the tours.

Schijven says that the WATCH Board is looking forward to considering the massive implementation of wearables in the consumer market, in particular. “Fifty percent of the U.S. population tracks something,” she says. “Last year, 17 million wearable bands were shipped in the U.S. and by the end of 2015, it will be 23 million. By 2017, it will be 45 million, at least according to the Pew Research Center and McKinsey Global Institute. While this is a consumer-driven phenomenon, most – if not all – wearables, are designed to track physical activity and wellness in order to preserve or improve health.”

Schijven notes that only a small percentage of distributed wearables are true medical devices, so she’s looking forward to discussing the integration of digital health into traditional healthcare companies. “This represents a phenomenal opportunity for players in this arena – clinicians, patients, entrepreneurs, engineers, behavioral scientists and software developers,” she says.

“Based on this, it is clear that WACTH has an extremely compelling value proposition and phenomenal opportunity to lead the way in this ubiquitous presence of wearables not only on daily life, but also quite especially in healthcare,” says WATCH Vice President Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS.

To register for the WATCH conference, click here!

Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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