Promises and Perils of Emerging Health Innovations

Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, 2019
Northeastern University 

Health care is rapidly changing. Over the last decade, striking innovations, including artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile technology, gene therapies, pharmaceuticals, big data analytics, tele- and virtual health care delivery, have been developed as new entities and modes of delivery, from accountable care organizations (ACOs) to retail minute-clinics, have entered the market. More dramatic innovations and market disruptions are likely in the years to come. These new technologies and market disruptions offer immense promise to advance health care quality and efficiency, as well as improve provider and patient engagement. Success will depend, however, on careful consideration of potential perils and well-planned interventions to ensure new methods ultimately further, rather than diminish, the health of patients, especially those who are the most vulnerable.

Throughout the two-day conference, interdisciplinary experts, policymakers, academics, and providers will attempt to answer myriad questions, including:

What are the legal, policy, and ethical considerations regarding new health technologies? New forms of organization?
What safety and privacy issues will arise from new health technologies? How will this change over time?
What protections can we put into place to protect privacy as the market changes and technologies evolve?
Who is ultimately accountable for the development, use, and oversight of emerging health technologies and innovations?
What legal mechanisms exist for promoting access to and serving underserved populations?
Should new innovations focus on clinical health care, population health, public health, or some combination?
Whom do these new technologies and entities ultimately serve (providers, patients, private companies) and how does that lens impact how we incorporate them into the health care system?

The conference is free and open to the publicRegister now!

Call for Papers

The Center for Health Policy and Law, in collaboration with the Northeastern University Law Review, seeks abstracts for papers to be presented at its 2019 health law conference, Promises and Perils of Emerging Health Innovations 

Abstracts (250 words max) will be accepted until November 12, 2019. Please send to: lawhealth@northeastern.eduwith “2019 Call for Papers” in the subject line. Decisions are anticipated around December 17, 2018.

Our Call for Papers announcement has additional details. 

John HalamkaKeynote Speaker
John D. Halamka, M.D.
Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess System

John D. Halamka, M.D., is the chief information officer (CIO) at Beth Israel Deaconess System, chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), and a practicing emergency physician. He is also the International Healthcare Innovation professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he received a degree in medical microbiology and a degree in public policy with a focus on technology issues. He entered medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and simultaneously pursued graduate work in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley focusing on technology issues in medicine. He completed his residency at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

In his role at BIDMC, Dr. Halamka is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative, and academic information technology, serving 3,000 doctors, 12,000 employees, and 1,000,000 patients. As chairman of NEHEN, Dr. Halamka oversees clinical and administrative data exchange among the payers, providers, and patients in Massachusetts. As a Harvard professor, he has served the George W. Bush administration, the Obama administration, and national governments throughout the world planning their healthcare IT strategy.

Dr. Halamka has authored five books on technology-related issues, hundreds of articles and thousands of posts on the popular Geekdoctor blog.

He runs Unity Farm in Sherborn, MA and serves as caretaker for 150 animals, 30 acres of agricultural production and a cidery/winery.

Luncheon Speaker
Iyah Romm
CEO , CityBlock Health

Iyah RommIyah Romm is the founder and CEO of Cityblock Health, an innovative venture-backed care delivery company spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, that delivers technology-enabled services for low-income individuals in cities across the United States.

Prior to joining Cityblock Health, Iyay was the chief transformation officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) in Massachusetts, where he drove the design of organization-wide efforts to strengthen and scale CCA’s care delivery and health plan operations and strategy. Previously, as the founding policy director for Care Delivery Innovation and Investment at the Health Policy Commission, he led the building of a $160 million statewide healthcare transformation investment program. There, and in his earlier role at the state Department of Public Health, Iyah contributed significantly to Massachusetts’ healthcare reform efforts, in particular the advancement of payment system and care delivery redesign. He has served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Transforming Complex Care, was honored as one of Modern Healthcare’s Up & Comers in 2016, and was affiliate faculty at Dr. Atul Gawande’s Ariadne Labs. Iyah studied Biology at Brandeis University and medicine at Boston University. He is usually found with his wife and two kids, either chasing garbage trucks in Brooklyn or sailing. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Northeastern University 
1:15 - 1:30 PM

Welcome and Introductions

1:30 - 2:30 PM 


2:00 - 4:30 PM

Academic Paper Workshop
We issued a Call for Papers for this workshop. See above for additional information. Selected authors will be invited to present their papers during the workshop and commentators will offer feedback during the session. 

4:30 - 6:00 PM 

Community Discussion 
Teaching Disruption


Wendy E. Parmet
Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health Policy and Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs


Jennifer Bard
Professor of Law and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Law, Cincinnati College of Law

I. Glenn Cohen
James A. Atwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics, Harvard Law School

Nicole Huberfield
Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health; Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

Friday, April 12, 2019 

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), Northeastern University 
8:00 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:30- 8:45 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Halamka, MD
Chief Innovation Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess System; Chairman, New England Healthcare Exchange Network; International Healthcare Innovation Professor, Harvard Medical School

10:00 - 11:15  AM

Morning Plenary
Emerging Innovations: Where Are We Going?


Kristin Madison
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University School of Law; Professor Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University


Nicolas P. Terry
Hall Render Professor of Law and Executive Director, Williams S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Arti K. Rai
Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and Co-Director, The Center for Innovation Policy, Duke Law

Holly Jimison
Professor of Practice and Director, Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care, College of Community and Information Sciences and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

11:15 - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Concurrent Panels I

Panel 1: Digital and Virtual Health 


Stephen Intille 
Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University 


Nathan Cortez
Associate Dean for Research, Gerald. J. Ford Research Fellow, and the Adelfa Botello Callejo Endowed Professor of Law in Leadership and Latino Studies, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Andrea Matwyshyn
Professor of Law and Co-Faculty Director, Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), Northeastern University School of Law

Anisa Mohanty
Associate, McDermott Will & Emery

Misha Pavel
Professor of Practice, College of Computer & Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 

Panel 2: Personalized Medicine 


Joseph Vittiglio ‘96
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Sara Gerke
Research Fellow in Precision Medicine, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School

Patricia Zettler

Associate Professor, Georgia State College of Law

Panel 3: Artificial Intelligence 


Claudia Haupt
Associate Professor of Law and Political Science, Northeastern University


Jane Bambauer
Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

Timothy Bickmore
Associate Dean for Research, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University 

Timothy Hoff
Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Health Policy, D’Amore-McKim School of Business and School of Public Affairs and Policy, Northeastern University

David Peloquin
Associate, Ropes & Gray

Ana Santos Rutschman
Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law

1:00 - 2:30 PM


Luncheon Speaker:

Iyah Romm
CEO, Cityblock Health

2:30 - 3:45 PM

Afternoon Plenary


Wendy E. Parmet
Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health Policy and Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs


I. Glenn Cohen
James A. Atwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics, Harvard Law School

Nicholson Price
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law

Jessica Roberts
Associate Professor, George Butler Research Professor of Law Director, Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center

3:45 - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Panels II

Panel 4: Privacy and Data Security


Joshua Abrams
Adjunct Law Professor, Northeastern University School of Law; Senior Legal Counsel, Partners Healthcare Systems


Ignacio Cofone
Assistant Professor, McGill University

Craig Konnoth
Associate Professor of Law, The University of Colorado Law School

David O’Brien
Senior Researcher, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Panel 5: Care Delivery and Vulnerable Populations and SDOH


Alisa Lincoln
Associate Dean of Research, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Director, Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research and Professor, College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University


Leo Beletsky
Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences; Faculty Director, Health in Justice Action Lab, Northeastern University 

Andrea Parker
Assistant Professor, College of Computer & Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 

Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice, The Warren Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health, Brown University

Panel 6:  Regulation in Innovative Industries; Market Concentration 


Gary Young
Director, Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research; Professor of Strategic Management and Healthcare Systems, Northeastern University


Myrisha Lewis
Assistant Professor, Howard University School of Law

Ravi Ramamurti
University Distinguished Professor, International Business and Strategy; Director, Center for Emerging Markets, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University.

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Closing Reception

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