Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  Wireless Health Conference attendees may register for the Workshops for an additional fee.  Three workshops will be offered in the morning and three in the afternoon.  The workshop fee includes buffet lunch and coffee breaks.

Pre-Conference Workshops will take place at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH Campus.

Pre-Conference Workshop Details:

8:00 AM               Workshop Registration Opens, Natcher Center Atrium

9:00AM                Morning Workshop Sessions:

Morning Session A:  Smart and Connected Health: Getting Support for Your Research
Workshop Leaders:  Mary Rodgers, PhD, NIH; Tiffani Lash, PhD, NIH; Hsinchun Chen, PhD, NSF

In these tight fiscal times, researchers have to be innovative in their science, as well as well as in their funding sources. This workshop will provide information to researchers — from those seeking their first grant to seasoned investigators — on funding options at the NIH and NSF. These workshops will explore grant writing specifics for the two agencies, current opportunities, and how to frame scientific ideas to fit within the different funding cultures.  Participants will also get the opportunity to discuss their projects with NIH and NSF program staff.

Morning Session B:  Understand the Changing Regulatory Environment for Wireless Health: FDA/ONC – FDASIA
Workshop Leaders: Bakul Patel, FDA & Robert McCray, WLSA

This half-day is a unique opportunity to meet with Bakul Patel who serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Center Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is a key reference for industry with respect to the most critical matters facing the connected and mobile health sector. These issues include the Draft Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications, the FDASIA 618 Committee, proposals to reorganize the regulation of mobile health software and devices, and future guidance on Clinical Decision Support software.

A substantial part of the workshop will be devoted to addressing case studies that illustrate the most important issues for industry. One goal for this session is to increase participants’ understanding of the analytical approach that FDA applies in the exercise of its regulatory responsibilities and regulatory discretion, such as intended use, software modularization and the accessory rule.   Attendees are encouraged to submit case studies and questions in advance for review by the leaders.  Case studies will be selected for quality, relevance and general interest.  Authors of the selected case studies will be invited to personally present them. Mr. Patel will comment and other attendees may also have the opportunity to do so.

During the moderated “open mic” portion of the workshop, both case studies and the discussion of policy matters such as proposals to structurally modify the regulation of mobile health software will be relevant.

In the final section of the Workshop we will hear from experts who will provide commentary from several perspectives.

Morning Session C: mHealth Evidence: Evaluating Mobile and Wireless Health
Workshop Leaders:  David Mohr, PhD, Northwestern University;  Inbal Nahum-Shani, PhD, University of Michigan; and Bethany Raiff, PhD,  Rowan University

Mobile and Wireless technologies have the ability to enhance health because of frequent and less burdensome measurement and the ability to intervene in real time and in the context of a person’s life. Despite this promise, there is little published research supporting the value of these technologies to affect important health outcomes. Some of the issues faced by technology researchers is that standard methods of evidence generation (e.g., the Randomized Clinical Trial) do not operate on the same time schedule as technology development. This interactive workshop will explore different methods for generating evidence in mobile and wireless technologies using some of the latest methods from the health research (e.g., adaptive trials and single case study designs). Participants will explore the different methods to generate evidence using examples of specific research projects, as well as answering participant questions about this area.

12:30PM              Lunch & Networking

1:30PM                 Afternoon Workshop Sessions

Afternoon Session A:  Smart and Connected Health: Getting Support for Your Research
Workshop Leaders: Mary Rodgers, PhD, NIH; Tiffani Lash, PhD, NIH; Hsinchun Chen, PhD, NSF

 Repeat of morning session (see above description).

Afternoon Session B:  DESIGN THINKING + WIRELESS HEALTH
Workshop Leaders:  IDEO Staff

IDEO will be hosting a design challenge at the Wireless Health Conference in which individuals will have an opportunity to advance their ideas, while learning IDEO’s unique process for design innovation. IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. Thinking like a designer can transform the way researchers develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges.

This half-day workshop will include a series of sessions where attendees will be immersed in IDEO’s Design Thinking methodology, solving for real health opportunities chosen from ideas submitted by attendees.  They will work to develop the ideas into tangible concepts. The workshop will consist of several distinct modules:
1)   Need finding and opportunity definition – IDEO will share design research techniques for discovering the unmet needs of end users, and then shepherd participants through exercises to identify the specific needs of their target customer.
2)   Brainstorming and conceptualization – IDEO will share its unique approach to brainstorming, and help attendees develop concepts that address the opportunities defined earlier.
3) Prototyping and feedback – The attendees will then develop raw, but tangible, prototypes as a way to answer questions about their potential solution.  IDEO will help them define, build and evaluate their prototypes.

Afternoon Session C:  Health Data Consortium
Workshop Leaders:   Sara Zellner, Health Data Consortium  & Lauren Ellis, Health Data Consortium

Open health data is fueling business innovation, advancing research, and improving transparency in the marketplace. These efforts are now creating a new “health data economy” that is leading to improved quality of care, reduced costs, and better health overall. In this session, we will explore how the emergence of open health data is shaping wireless health and revolutionizing the U.S. health care system. We will help participants understand what open health data is, where to find it, and how to unlock the value of open health data to accelerate innovation and make the data more useful to consumers, industry, policymakers, and others.

5:00PM                 Close of Workshops

5:30PM                 Conference Opening Reception at the Bethesda Hyatt (a short Metro ride from the Conference Center.)