Emerging Technologies Series - Part Two: How to Build a Career in Healthcare Innovation Panel

April 4, 4:00pm, PDT - 6:00pm, PDT

Cambia Grove

1800 9th Ave, Seattle, WA

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Digital Healthcare innovation and technology is growing in our region, with many new and diverse career opportunities emerging.

Are you a healthcare professional looking for a new challenge, or someone looking to transition into this field? Come learn from our expert panel from local digital healthcare organizations about these opportunities, get advice on how to transition your career, and learn how to find and land a new job. Come network with other professionals, and meet and hear from leaders in this industry who are hiring. 

Our Panel: 


   Dave Cooper PsyD

    Senior Technical Product Manager



About DaveDavid Cooper, PsyD is a trained clinical psychologist and currently a Technical Product Manager at Xealth. He oversee the integration, implementation and evaluation - for both Epic and Cerner EHRs - of a digital health formulary of products ranging from apps to education to connected devices.  In the past, he has created apps for U.S. Service Members and Veterans and digital solutions for PhRMA.

About Xealth: Xealth is a digital health prescribing platform that enables clinicians to easily integrate, prescribe and monitor digital health tools for patients from their EHR workflows. These can include patient education, online third-party apps and programs, device monitoring, and non-clinical services such as ride shares, food delivery and e-commerce product recommendations. Using the Xealth platform, care teams and physicians can monitor patient engagement and analyze the effects of more engaged patients.


   Savanna Thompson

    Director of Talent




About SavannaSavanna Thompson joined 98point6 in 2016 as the Director of Talent. Since then, she has led the growth of the organization from 20 to 140 employees while cultivating a strong, core value-based culture. Previous roles in the startup world include leading Talent & People Operations for Code Fellows and helping grow home improvement startup Porch from roughly 200 to 500 employees. Originally from Seattle, Savanna attended the University of Montana for English Literature & Creative Writing before returning home to start her career.

About 98point6: Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Seattle, 98point6 is pioneering a new approach to primary care. By pairing deep technology with board-certified physicians, our vision is to make primary care more accessible and affordable—leading to better health and reducing the cost of care. We meet consumers where they are by offering private, text-based diagnosis and treatment via a mobile app. For employers, 98point6 increases primary care utilization among those not actively or appropriately engaged in their health—enabling earlier medical intervention and improving employee productivity.


   Kirsten Duncan, PharmD

    Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences



About Kirsten: After receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy and completing two years of residency at UCSF, Kirsten transitioned into a non-traditional pharmacy career path. After spending nearly 25 years providing strategic consulting services to leading pharmaceutical companies, she was recruited by Arivale, a digital health startup, to develop strategic healthcare partnerships. 

About Arivale: Arivale is a revolutionary new wellness company that combines cutting-edge science, personalized data, and tailored coaching to help clients optimize their wellness. We get to know members at the deepest level by looking at their genetics, blood, and lifestyle. Then we connect each member with a team of 50+ health coaches to help make lasting changes.


   Medbridge, Leigh Wager

    Director of Product Management



About LeighLeigh Wager is the Director of Product Management at MedBridge, where she leads the product management team on product strategy and vision of the product roadmap. Leigh and her team deliver high quality education content, exercises, and training with easy to use software that engages patients in their care program. Her team collaborates closely with the design and development teams to ensure they are building products and solutions that truly meet user needs.

Leigh has worked with MedBridge in growing their company over the past five years to capture over 30% of the physical therapy market, expand from private practice and outpatient to include hospital settings, and the entire post acute care continuum, including skilled nursing facilities and home care.

About Medbridge:  MedBridge is a leading online continuing education, patient engagement, and reporting solution for healthcare professionals. Named by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation's fastest growing companies and previous recipient of 2 Seattle Business Magazine awards, we drive better patient care while helping 100,000+ clinicians and thousands of organizations to improve clinical, patient, and financial outcomes. With powerful tracking & reporting tools that work to improve outcomes, our online platform  gives you insight into your organization to identify gaps in performance as they arise and to apply immediate education-based solutions to continually enhance clinical and operational excellence.


   Yooli Hardy

    Director of Digital Health Innovation



About YooliYooli Hardy is the Director of Digital Health Innovation at Seattle Children’s. In this role she advances innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital to support the institution’s Population and Digital Health Strategic Initiatives.  Yooli and her team identify innovations to accelerate strategic goals by piloting and deploying new technologies, products and services to support care transformation. Yooli has been with Seattle Children’s since 2008 and has served in a variety of roles, spanning from Health Information and Informatics, ICD-10 Program Management, Integration & E-Health Apps, and most recently Digital Health Innovation. 

About Seattle Children's - Digital Health:  To begin a focused inquiry to that essential question and identify digital solutions to pressing issues in healthcare, Seattle Children's established a Digital Health initiative in October 2013, led by Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, author of the book Mama Doc Medicine and a practicing pediatrician known nationally for her Seattle Mama Doc blog and social media and digital health thought leadership. Swanson and her team are working on several pilot programs, collaborating with tech innovators to discover ways to more effectively deliver meaningful information to patients and families. 


  Twistle - Dave Ross

   Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder



About DaveDave has spent over 15 years in Healthcare IT, leading software development and deployment over a wide range of technology and product areas, with a special focus on mobile apps and interoperability. Prior to joining Twistle, Dave spent over 8 years at Albany Medical Center in upstate New York as Director of IT Services. Dave has a background in software engineering and holds a BS in Information Systems from the State University of New York.

About Twistle:  Even in the digital age, many doctors still communicate with patients via antiquated, manual processes such as paper handouts, fax machines, and landline phone calls. These processes make it difficult to track and ensure patient adherence even in the simplest of cases – and their ineffectiveness is amplified when treating complex conditions. Twistle combines IoT (Internet of Things), mobile communications, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into a unified, streamlined platform that automatically pushes personalized information to patients to make it easier for them to get the care they need. Our platform promotes patient adherence to prep instructions, appointments, therapies and medication, leading to better outcomes, including higher clinical quality and safety.



Come join us this spring for our two-part Digital Innovation in Healthcare Series. We will be providing an overview of the digital healthcare landscape, hear lessons learned from Swedish leaders about how they are adopting and implementing these new technologies, and exploring careers and new opportunities in this emerging field.