Panel to Highlight WLSA Summit

With an emphasis on encouraging wider adoption of mobile health technology, The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance’s Eighth Annual Convergence Summit on Mobile Health May 28-30 at the Omni San Diego Hotel will highlight a panel discussion on the “Engaged Health Consumer” slated for May 30th the last day of the event.

The “Engaged Health Consumer” panel discussion will link the Summit’s theme directly to consumers, who use and benefit from myriad wireless health innovations on a widening array of technology devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and TVs. 

The panel event will be moderated by Jeff Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Sharecare, a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high quality information from national experts and healthcare providers along with the availability of interactive tools.

Panelists will include James H. Fowler, PhD and Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science at UC San Diego, Brendan Gallagher Senior VP of Emerging Technology & Channels at Digitas Health, and Dr. Daniel Kraft, a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator.

Robert D. McCray Co-Founder and CEO of WLSA will present remarks at the opening of the WLSA Summit. Featured talks will follow presented by Joseph C Kvedor MD, Director Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare, Chris Penrose, Senior VP Emerging Devices Organization at AT&T, and Harry Greenspun MD, Senior Advisor for Health Care Transformation and Technology at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

New plenary speakers just announced include Andrew Anderson, Global Lead for Strategy and Disruptive Innovation within Corporate R&D at PepsiCo, Igor Gershfang, Senior Director for Emerging Technology Solutions within the business innovation group at Walgreens, and Dr. Peter Cowhey, Dean and Qualcomm Professor of Communications and Technology Policy at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.

The Convergence Summit will bring together key players to explore how applications of wireless technology can transform the delivery and cost of delivering essential healthcare. This year, participants will have opportunities for structured networking with the most dedicated and innovative though leaders in healthcare and health technology, such as Qualcomm Life, Ascension Health, China Mobile, and Sanofi.

For more information, go to or email Molly Cogan at or go to to view the near final agenda for the Summit.

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DHS Support for First Responders

The goal of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and the First Responders Group (FRG) is to determine the response community’s needs and requirements, provide technical assistance, share data and critical information, and develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced during day-to-day and large scale emergencies. (more…)

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AF Surgeon General Recaps Achievements

Lieutenant General Thomas Travis, Air Force Surgeon General on April 24, 2013 testified on Defense Health Programs before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense. He reported on the highlights of the Air Force’s progress in working closely with Defense, Army, and Navy colleagues to achieve the Military Health System (MHS) Quadruple Aim through the goals of readiness, better health, better care, and best value. (more…)

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State Partnership Notice Issued

The HHS Assistant Secretary for Health’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) issued a notice on April 25th for the “FY 13 State partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health” (MP-STT-13-001).

The grant program’s goal is to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations by developing policies and programs to help eliminate health disparities. OMH in leading this effort serves as the focal point in HHS for leadership, policy development and coordination, service demonstrations, information exchange, and coalition and partnership building to address the health needs of minorities. (more…)

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FDA Launches Partnership

FDA has established a public-private partnership to help identify counterfeit or substandard anti-malarial medicines including falsified products by deploying the FDA-developed Counterfeit Detection Device (CD-3).

Malaria kills more than 660,000 people globally each year, mostly children. The threat of drug resistance, limited availability of medications, and the increased distribution of counterfeit or substandard anti-malarial medicine pose significant challenges to treating the disease. (more…)

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Helping Rural Areas

In January, Governor McDonnell of Virginia established the Rural Jobs Council to ensure that there is a continued focus on rural areas in the state in terms of the business environment and the quality of life. The Council’s Infrastructure Subcommittee held a meeting to discuss and develop ideas related to issues impacting rural communities.

The Rural Jobs Council submitted a report on April 4, 2013 to the Governor including suggestions on broadband, healthcare, plus other issues related to transportation, regionalism, site identification, education, water/wastewater, and ready prepared sites. (more…)

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Award Nominations Open

The Partnership for Procurement Excellence (PPE) is now accepting nominations for its first ever Multiple Award Government and Industry Conference (MAGIC) where Acquisition Excellence Awards will be presented. Nominations for the Acquisition Excellence Achievement Awards are due by May 24, 2013. Winners will be recognized at the MAGIC pre-conference dinner on July 10, 2013 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia.

PPE is a non-profit membership association serving federal civilian agencies, DOD, industry, and academia involved in federal government contracting through the use of multiple award contracting vehicles.

The second annual Multiple-Award Government and Industry Conference builds on the success of last year’s conference providing a one-of-a-kind venue where leaders from senior government procurement executives and contracting officers working with Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and Multiple Award Contracts (MAC) will join with industry partners to share their insights, plans, and best practices that will help agencies find the best technologies.

The Conference is a good opportunity to discuss what budget cuts mean to the federal contracting environment, provide an update on the expected growth in small business contract wins in GWACs and MACs, how technology-as-a-service may transform the face of MACs, and address what the impact of new strategic sourcing and vendor standardization programs will mean to federal procurement.

“Sequestration has hit agencies hard, and the acquisition of effective and efficient solutions is more important than ever,” said Barbara Kinosky, President, Centre Consulting, and a member of the PPE Board of Directors. 

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