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Seventh Annual Diagnostic Excellence Summit: Diagnostic Digital Health Research

Sept. 27, 2023, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT
Turner Concourse and Tilghman Auditorium
720 Rutland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205

Over the past few years, research interest in diagnostic digital health has blossomed at Johns Hopkins and across the country. What is new? What have we learned? What is the place of the clinician-scientist in this new milieu? What does a successful research career in this space look like?  

In this symposium, we focus on diagnostic digital technologies and their associated data analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence. We will cover the gamut of concerns, from social and ethical to technical and tactical. 

You will learn from experts in the field who are from outside of Johns Hopkins — the private sector, nonprofits and government — and from inside: You will meet like-minded collaborators and will discover opportunities and services available at Johns Hopkins.  

The use of digital health for diagnosis — whether measuring patient data or providing diagnostic advice — has become part and parcel of the practice of medicine. Many faculty, especially junior faculty, have their careers invested in different aspects of this practice, whether it be machine learning and the analysis of clinical data to develop decision support, the inclusion of decision support into practice, or the inclusion of new technologies. Over the past few years, Johns Hopkins has developed service and educational capacity to help faculty members, and has developed a rich network of collaborators. And yet some key questions remain: How is digital health research different from traditional biomedical and health services research? In the era of tech companies racing to develop new products in a time frame so different from academia, what is the role of faculty in the digital health ecology, and how do they develop a research career that prospers?  

Attendees will: 

  1. Identify diagnostic digital-health research resources to fit to their needs. 
  2. Begin relationships with potential collaborators for research or for funding. 
  3. Relate their research plans to those of fellow faculty or to those of senior faculty who have pioneered the pathway for them. 
  4. Articulate necessary and state-of-the-art components of a fundable diagnostic digital-health research project. 
  5. Identify gaps in, and opportunities for, diagnostic digital-health methods or services.  

Contrast the academic and the industry research timelines.

Johns Hopkins Summit Organizers

David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology and Director, Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence

David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD

Kathryn McDonald, Ph.D., M.M.

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Systems, Quality and Safety and Co-Director, Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence

Kathryn McDonald, PhD, MM

Harold Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D.

DX Summit Co-Chair, Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Data Science, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, DXC Co-Investigator, Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence

Ayodele McClenney, J.D.

DX Summit Co-Chair, Director Strategic Initiatives & Business Development,
Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence

Pouya Bastani, M.D.

DX Summit Program Chair, Johns Hopkins University Research Fellow, Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence

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Keynote Speakers

Kapil Parakh, M.D., Ph.D.

Kapil Parakh is a cardiologist, and a senior medical lead at Google, where he has launched products that reach a billion people and pioneered partnerships with a range of organizations including the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association. Kapil also currently sees patients part time at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and he is an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University and an adjunct assistant professor at Yale University. 

Before serving at Google, Kapil was a White House fellow and the principal health adviser to the secretary of veterans affairs. He also co-founded an award-winning nonprofit health innovation organization, and he was the director of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he developed novel care delivery models. As a clinician-scientist, he has published papers on psychosocial factors in heart disease. 

Kapil is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and advanced heart failure, and he has an M.D., M.P.H. and Ph.D. His book Searching for Health was published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Neha Verma, Ph.D.

Neha Verma is an entrepreneur, a digital health professional and the co-founder and CEO of Intelehealth, a global technology nonprofit working to improve access to health where there is no doctor. She has a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in health sciences, with a focus on telemedicine, from The Johns Hopkins University.  

Dr. Verma has authored several impactful publications on the implementation of digital health programs for front-line health workers with organizations such as the Global mHealth Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Mobile Technology in Support of Frontline Health Workers), UNICEF (telemedicine policy and implementation guidelines) and the Ministry of Health in Kyrgyzstan. Dr. Verma is also a contributor for Women@Forbes, writing about women in tech, product development, organizational strategy, social impact and nonprofits. 

The recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship and the Abell Foundation Fellowship, Dr. Verma has also been recognized as a Top Innovator by the Echoing Green Talent Report.

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“Consumer Technology and Digital Diagnostics”

Presented by Kapil Parakh, M.D., Ph.D.

"Digital Diagnostics in Global Health"

Presented by Neha Verma, Ph.D.

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Highlights from Past Conferences

The Diagnostic Strategy for the COVID-19 Pandemic – Bench to Bedside to Blueprint for Policymakers Summit

The 2020 Diagnostic Excellence Summit was a virtual (and recorded) conference, open to the public, on diagnosing SARS-CoV-2, COVID disease and non-COVID-19 diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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