HIoTCoE Panel – Creating Virtual Nursing via IoT and Orchestration


Nursing burnout is approaching records levels across the country. In this panel session, we will explore the creation of virtual nursing capabilities using digital transformation capabilities enabled by IoT and mobility services for facility and home health and wellness.


Eric Abbott is a seasoned technology executive with a deep understanding of digital services, healthcare IT solutions, and connectivity infrastructure. Eric is Healthcare Business Executive at Cisco Systems, leading the healthcare services practice in Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation practices including Performance IT, Collaboration and Communications, Smart Hospital, and Location Based Services. He is also an executive advisor to Analytics4Medicine, a Consumer Digital Health startup seeking to tackle the challenge of diagnosing and treating hypertension. Prior to this, Eric was Sr. Director of Strategy and Innovation at Advocate Aurora Health, an integrated healthcare network serving Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. There, he led the IT strategy for enterprise solutions to modernize and improve care delivery services on behalf of the Virtual Health, Population Health, Home Health, and Managed Care business lines. Prior to this, Eric led Product Management and Strategic Business Development initiatives at various high technology companies focused on the healthcare, public safety, and commercial enterprise markets in various roles of increasing responsibility. Eric also teaches graduate course in the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program at Northwestern University. Eric holds a Master of Science degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE), and the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).

Propelled by the belief that data, research and innovative solutions have the power to transform healthcare, CJ Robison has developed a diverse and extensive portfolio of expertise in the medical field. As a registered nurse with a degree in biology, CJ began her career on a medical-surgical floor that specializes in geriatric oncology. Following her time in direct patient care, she served as the Magnet Program Director and Manager of Professional Practice at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Virginia where she was instrumental in improving electronic workflows, running workload-acuity models and quantifying resources required to deliver care.  Following this effort, CJ went on to design and manage an array of process improvement initiatives across Sentara.  During the early days of the Pandemic, CJ led a region-wide COVID-mask-making initiative, managing over 1,000 volunteers. In three months, over 40,000 masks  were delivered to nearly 100 organizations throughout the Hampton Roads region. In her “free” time, CJ enjoys spending time with her three rambunctious children, reading extensively and riding horses.

Dr. Wolff has over 25 years of experience in the health and life science industries as a scientist and analyst working in the U.S. and Europe. Mark joined SAS in 2005 and is an Advisory Industry Consultant and Chief Health and Life Science Analytics Strategist for the SAS Global IoT Division. Mark’s areas of expertise include the development and application of advanced and predictive analytics in healthcare and life sciences with a particular interest in outcomes and safety. Current work focuses on methods and application of Machine Learning to real time sensor/IoT data in support of outcomes and safety research, visualization and development of intelligent, decision support systems. Prior to joining SAS Mark held a variety of research and leadership positions in academia, government and industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola College in Maryland, a Master of Science in Entomology and a Doctorate in Toxicology from North Carolina State University.

Jasen Thacker is a Regional Business Development Manager at Link Labs, and brings more than 15 years of experience in selling IoT solutions to healthcare companies. He is responsible for developing positive client relationships and providing engagement services to implement client programs, to better align client strategies specializing in the healthcare industry. Prior to his career in sales, Jasen served in the U.S. Navy as Damage Controlman.

William D. Paiva, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI). The Center is focused on transforming rural and Native America health through the implementation of innovative care delivery and IT solutions. Within CHSI, the Institute for Care Delivery focuses on developing new and innovative care delivery and business models for rural and Native American markets and the Institute for Predictive Medicine is applying advanced analytics to the largest health care database which includes clinical information for over 63 million patients covering 16 years. Prior to joining Oklahoma State University, Dr. Paiva has over 20 years of experience in the venture capital industry.

Jim Sabogal, is an experienced Executive with over 20 years in the Enterprise Software, Life Sciences, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industry. He is the Director, ACE Industry Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences at ServiceNow. Previously he lead the T-Systems North America Healthcare and Life Sciences vertical. He has been engaging with clients on DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION through numerous projects leveraging: Cloud, Big Data, and IoT.  He has a background and experience in Clinical Development; Supply Chain Management; Manufacturing; CRM (Sales and Service); IoT; Big Data / Analytics; Cloud Computing; Blockchain, and Regulatory Standards. He is leading the effort for applying IoT for various businesses that use SAP, Oracle and Microsoft solutions.

Ted DellaVecchia is Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Symbotix, a strategy management and technology consulting group that inspires and leads digitally-enabled business change. He is also General Manager of Global Business Operations for Devvio – a blockchain software enterprise serving global entities with sustainability and Environment-Social-Governance (ESG) solutions that have positive impact on climate change and a healthy planet. Ted is a proven leader who has delivered durable, step level EBITA CAGR in all executive assignments. Examples include delivering global elements of a corporate turnaround at IBM Corporation; implementing world-wide supply-chains and accelerating market/earnings growth for Starbucks Coffee Company; and restructuring IT divisions and enterprise business capabilities for three multi-billion-dollar BlueCross BlueShield Health Insurance Companies. Since 2007, Symbotix has designed and executed comprehensive reinventions of operational capacities at several academic medical centers and large commercial payors in the domestic USA. While CEO of Symbotix, Ted was recruited to be the Chief Healthcare Strategist at Red Hat Software where he designed and co-founded “LinuxForHealth”; a sub-licensed Linux Foundation Community open-source movement. LinuxForHealth is the kernel of a comprehensive health operating system for manifesting a healthier society through deployment of decentralized and autonomous AI agents that advance a modern-day virtual-health experience for all. Ted collaborates with entities dedicated to instigating a healthier society and saving our planet; performs advisory services for early and growth stage companies; and serves as advisory board member of the IoT Community, Ted recently chaired the IEEE Group Track on Blockchain and AI in Healthcare; is an active investor with early stage digital transformation companies; frequently speaks at industry events promoting symbiotic, ethical collaborations to improve environmental, social, and governance for all; and is an evangelist for promotion of decentralized identity to enable trust in the information sharing domain.

Chris Wixom – When asked about career success, I often say a key ingredient is enjoying—and believing in—what you do. As a senior sales, marketing, and new business development executive working in the telecom, computer and technology industries, I recognize how much this personally holds true. Throughout my career, I have been responsible for generating revenue and new business—both as a direct contributor and as a sales management leader. I have developed and managed high-energy technology sales teams that consistently “hit their numbers.” I’ve also played a key role in driving strategic realignments, orchestrating startup traction, and accelerating rapid growth for companies that provide unique services and solutions that are in step with our ever-evolving world. And, yes, I’ve enjoyed and believed in my work every step of the way.

Dr. Shayan Vyas is an executive leader, practicing intensivist and has practiced telehealth over 10 years (with >10K telehealth visits). He serves as VP Medical Director on Teladoc Health’s Hospital and Health Systems division. Prior to joining Teladoc Health, Dr. Vyas worked with multiple digital health vendors, including electronic medical records companies, medical devices, SaaS, and patient engagement companies. He also started the first PEDIATRIC multi-STATE MULTI-hospital telehealth program in the US.

Rajya Bhaiya is an experienced Strategic Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Databases, Web Applications, Creative Problem Solving, Solution Architecture, and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) focused in Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Julian Durand is Intertrust’s vice president of product management and chief information security officer where he is responsible for owning the IoT product leading the PKI team and overseeing security practices for the company. He brings over 30 years of experience in bringing breakthrough products to market at a massive scale and is a named inventor in Digital Rights Management (DRM), Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual SIM technologies. Before joining Intertrust, Julian brought SaaS and PaaS products to market for construction telematics and real time cyber risk analysis at TeMeDa and CyberLucent respectively, taking both companies to profitability from initial seed funding startups. At Qualcomm Julian led product security; virtual SIM development; child tracking sold as Best Buy’s “Little Buddy”; and the company’s first efforts in IoT doubling revenue year on year for the first three years and catalyzing what is now a billion-dollar business. Prior to that, he was the technical lead for Nokia’s first music phone. Julian holds a B.Eng from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).