IEEE 7th World Forum on Internet of Things
14 June–31 July 2021 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

VERT4: Healthcare

Date: Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Time: 8:30am-6:30pm
Room: Canal Room


Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly evolving in healthcare.  Up to 85 percent of health care providers and systems are utilizing IoT. This technology is used to connect MedTech products to healthcare networks and to EHR systems.

Consumerism is driving health, and consumers have adopted a variety of wearable devices and apps that help them monitor their activity, sleep patterns, heart rate, and other metrics. Physicians, hospitals and providers can also monitor patients’ health continuously using wearables and telehealth technology. IoT is used to streamline and bridge the technologies leading to improved patient health outcomes, patient’s safety, patient’s engagement and satisfaction with care. IoT is utilized through all the stages of data collection from these technologies, leading to analytics by leveraging all the collected data in order to better manage health and improve outcomes. Predictive and prescriptive analytics will result in faster diagnosis, better treatment recommendations and overall decrease in medication and treatment errors. IoT is also important to control hospital and healthcare facilities environments including power plants, communication, supply chain, and other operations resulting in improvements in efficiency, decrease in infections, decrease in costs and improvements in patients’ satisfaction and outcomes.

In the world forum IEEE IoT healthcare vertical track, we will be discussing how hospitals, health systems, and health providers are leveraging IoT technologies towards improving patients’ engagements, and outcomes. Case studies of Telehealth technology will be discussed in detail, in addition, case studies of utilizing wearables and other technologies towards improving patient outcomes and satisfaction with care will be discussed.



8:30-10:30 – Panel Discussion on “IoT implementation in Healthcare Systems”
Aimee Quirk, CEO of innovationOchsner (iO), Louisiana, USA
Jared Quoyeser, US Director, National Solution Providers at Intel Corporation, California, USA
Michael Dozier, Chief Information Officer, Lafayette General Health (LGH), Louisiana, USA
Moderator: Cian Robinson, Executive Director of Innovation, Research and Real Estate Investments for Lafayette General Health System, Louisiana, USA

10:30am-11:00am – Networking Break

11:00am-1:00pm – Plenary Session

1:00pm-2:00pm – Lunch


Talk1: “At the Heart of Saving Lives: How Telecardiology is Making a Difference for Rural Hospitals”. Jacob Corbell, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), Louisiana, USA”Detecting and Analyzing Stress in Nurses with Biometric Feedback”, Ravi Teja, Research Scientist at the Louisiana Center for Health Innovation (LCHI) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

Talk2: “Transforming Data Access, Structure, Security, and applications”. Ahmed Gomaa, Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

Talk3: “The Mobile Phone is the New Central Organizing Point for Health Data”, JP Pollak, Senior Researcher in Residence at Cornell Tech, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, USA.

Track Co-Chairs

Nabil Adamas, New Jersey School of Medicine, USA

Nabil R. Adam is a distinguished professor of computers and information systems; Professor of Medicine, New Jersey School of Medicine; the founding director of the Rutgers of the Institute for Data Science, Learning, and Applications. He served as the Vice Chancellor of research & collaborations with Rutgers University Newark (2014-2018). He was on loan as a fellow of the US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate where he served as a senior program manager, a branch chief. He served as a research fellow in the Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Science, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He was as a member of the Science Council of the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science, NASA Ames. His research was supported by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he contributed to the Protein Data Bank project. His research work has been supported by over $22 million from various federal and state agencies, including DHS; NSF; NSA; EPA; DoD; NASA; NIH; NOAA; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and the NJ Meadowlands Commission.


Ziad M. Ashkar University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA USA

Dr Ziad Maurice Ashkar is the Director of the Louisiana Center for Health Innovation (LCHI) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. LCHI is created to leverage the power of public and private data for the benefit of patients, medical professionals and researchers to improve health outcomes. Dr Ashkar is the current recipient of the Dr.J.Robert Rivet endowed Chair and the Acadian Ambulance Service/BORSF Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in health informatics.

Before this role, Dr Ashkar was the Chief Medical Officer of Lafayette General Health, and the Section Chief of Medicine at the LSU program at Lafayette. Dr Ashkar is a Nephrologist by training and has been practicing in the Lafayette community for a number of years. Dr Ashkar obtained his medical degree from the American University of Beirut. He also has a doctorate in health systems management/public health from Tulane university, a master’s degree in public health from johns Hopkins university and an MBA from LSU.


Track Speakers

Cian Robinson, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

Cian Robinson began his career at Lafayette General Foundation (LGF) in August of 2014 as the Director of Development and Operations. In November of 2014, Cian was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the Foundation, and in 2018 was moved to the position of Executive Director of Innovation, Research and Real Estate Investments for Lafayette General Health System. In addition to his work at LGF, Cian is also an adjunct instructor at the B. I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Prior to LGF, Cian was a Director of two computer science based research centers within the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Department (Center for Business and Information Technology and Center for Visual and Decision Informatics) as well as a decades long entrepreneur in the information technology and management consulting fields (Robinson Ventures, LLC).

In 1991, Cian obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA). In 1994, he was awarded his Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration (finance concentration) from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College (Pittsburgh, PA). Cian is currently pursuing his doctorate in Leadership from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurial and community work with several awards including: Silicon Bayou 100 (2017, 2018, 2019); Leadership Louisiana (2017), LEAD Virginia (Class of 2008), Amherst N.Y. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Champion Award (2006), Western New York’s 40 Under 40 Award (2005), Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council’s Pathfinder Award (2004), National Science Foundation’s Entrepreneur Next Wave Award (2003), as well as Leadership Buffalo’s Class of 2000.

He and his wife Dr. Natalie Harder reside in Lafayette, LA and have two children, Tucker and Rory.

Talk Title:

Abstract: Use of the Internet of Things (IoT), specifically smart devices and wearables that are patient, physician, and hospital driven and deployed, is playing an increasing role in improving the quality of medical care delivery through data collection, administration, management and convenience. However, due to communication protocol limitations, asynchronous data collection, as well as compliance and liability challenges, IoT adoption within healthcare systems remains a challenge. Through a moderated discussion, our panel of experts will focus on the future of IoT within healthcare systems as well as cover the implementation of specific projects, highlighting challenges and successes.


Ravi Teja Bhupatiraju, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

Dr. Ravi Teja Bhupatiraju is a Research Scientist at the Louisiana Center for Health Innovation (LCHI) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. LCHI was created to leverage the power of public and private data for the benefit of patients, medical professionals and researchers to improve health outcomes.

Dr. Bhupatiraju received his medical degree from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, a doctorate in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Science University and post-doctoral training from the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine at NIH.

Dr. Bhupatiraju worked in the areas of Information Retrieval – NIST’s TREC genomics track and with the medbiquitous consortium, on metadata discovery systems for learning management systems offering continuing medical education. His doctoral work was developing novel cognitive theory from observations of clinicians performing medication safety tasks. His work at NLM focused on Natural Language Processing to help develop drug-drug interaction detection systems for the FDA, simplifying research biomedical named entity recognition tools for non-technical users, predictive analytics with deep learning, graph modeling of the semantic MEDLINE database and tools to explore co-occurrence trends in MeSH indexing terms. At LCHI, he conducts medical data analytics, in part for Louisiana Department of Health and designs mobile tools for stress detection in emergency care clinicians.


Talk Title: Detecting and Analyzing Stress in Nurses with Biometric feedback

Abstract: Clinician burnout is a significant problem in the US healthcare system; over 50% physicians report experiencing burnout and over 80% of nurses report high job strain. Early detection of stress may help prevent burnout by providing an opportunity to address stress early, before it has taken its toll.

The goal of this project is to analyze stress in nurses through biometric feedback in a hospital setting. Using wearable technology, we developed machine learning techniques that collect biometric feedback that can detect stress levels of participants. We gather signals to measure and model with heart rate, skin temperature, galvanic skin response and movement to detect stress, following up with surveys administered through mobile devices to investigate the nature of the stress, allowing us to iteratively refine the detection models. We hope to eventually reduce chronic stress and reduce churn among care providers using these technologies.


Jacob Corbell, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), USA

Jacob Corbell serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS).  He brings more than 10 years of health care experience to CIS.  He oversees the CIS Virtual Care Center and Telecardiology programs at CIS, as well as the development of new practices.

Corbell earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

In 2012, Corbell joined CIS as an administrative resident as part of the MBA Health Care Administration Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Corbell joined CIS full-time in 2015 as an executive project manager and began building the Telecardiology program and other strategic corporate initiatives for the institute.

In 2016, he earned the CIS Shining Star Award and in 2017, the Leadership Award, presented to a team leader demonstrating the spirit of teamwork, creativity, innovation, and willingness to meet the challenges of the future. Corbell is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Talk Title: At the Heart of Saving Lives: How Telecardiology is Making a Difference for Rural Hospitals

Abstract: Telemedicine technology has improved substantially over the years, now allowing real time synchronous telecommunication voice and video interaction between a patient and a physician from a distance. CIS is at the forefront of this evolution in technology and has developed strategic initiatives to provide cardiology services at rural hospitals, allowing patient’s better access to specialized care, physicians more access to the care continuum, and health care facilities the ability to keep patients in their community. This presentation will highlight the changes in the healthcare landscape and how physician practices must adapt to the new landscape and when they do, they can make a major impact on patients and hospitals in rural communities.

JP Pollak, Weill Cornell Medicine, USA

Dr Pollak is a co-founder of The Commons Project, Senior Researcher in Residence at Cornell Tech, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. His primary interest is helping patients, clinicians, and researchers collect health-related data needed for research, treatment, and intervention. He is currently leading a group of academic and industry partners in building Common Health, the Android equivalent to Apple Health, meant to help people download, store, and share data from their clinical record. He has designed mobile health applications in domains such as diet and exercise, cancer, and chronic pain. He also developed the Photographic Affect Meter (PAM), a digital assessment of emotional state that is used widely in clinical and behavioral research and industry. In industry and as an entrepreneur, he has developed several leading applications in health and life sciences, broadly ranging from genetics to population modeling to health behavior, including the award winning Wellcoin app. Pollak earned a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction and a PhD in Information Science at Cornell University.

Talk Title: The Mobile Phone is the New Central Organizing Point for Health Data

Abstract: As the line blurs between which data are considered important for health and not, the mobile phone will play an increasingly important role in collecting, storing, organizing, and sharing health data. Patient-generated data collected on mobile devices, ranging from IoT data to patient-reported outcomes, are now considered crucial endpoints in clinical research and are gradually finding their way into clinical workflows. Electronic Medical Record data, long confined to clinical systems, is now accessible to nearly any person with a smartphone. Accordingly, we are building new tools, standards, and policies to better make use of these data across the complex healthcare ecosystem. In this time of changing conceptions around data use and rights, it is critically important that individual autonomy and privacy are given top priority.


Aimee Quirk, Innovation at Ochsner Health, USA

Aimee Quirk is the CEO of innovationOchsner (iO), an innovation company founded by Ochsner Health System in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize the delivery and experience of healthcare and health, with a focus on digital health, advanced analytics and personalized medicine.  iO has developed several award-winning programs, including Ochsner Digital Medicine, Connected MOM , Optimal Hospital, and has launched several innovative partnerships and tools including multiple AI predictive models for clinical and operations applications and population genomics.

Aimee joined iO in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in law, economic development and public affairs. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Economic Development for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2010 to 2014.  Prior to her public service, she was a partner at Jones Walker, where she practiced corporate and business litigation. Aimee received a B.S. in Finance magna cum laude from Louisiana State University and a J.D. summa cum laude from Tulane University School of Law. She has been recognized by Becker’s among the Women to Watch in Health IT and participates in multiple healthcare innovation advisory boards and networks. A native of New Orleans, she serves on several community boards, including GNO, Inc., the Association for Corporate Growth and the Center for Resilience.


Jared Quoyeser, Partner Solution Sales – National Solution Providers, Intel Corporation

Jared S. Quoyeser is currently the US Director, National Solution Providers at Intel Corporation leading transformation across Intel’s partner ecosystem. Prior to his current role, Jared served as Director,Americas Vertical Segments for Intel Americas, where he led vertical segment business strategy,strategic marketing and revenue attainment teams for State and Local -Education, Federal,Healthcare/Life Sciences, Financial Services, Energy and Retail Verticals. Jared has also held business and market development positions at Intel, including worldwide wireless market development and strategic business development for the cellular handheld division. Prior to joining Intel, Jared served in various management and business development roles for Sutter Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Columbia/HCA and Physician Corporation of America. Jared holds a Masters of Healthcare Administration and Business Administration from the University of Houston and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana.


Michael Dozier, Clinical Integration, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Mr. Dozier has been a part of Lafayette General Health (LGH) since 2014 as the Chief Information Officer. Under Dozier’s leadership, Lafayette General has become a leader in technology across the state of Louisiana and has brought LGH numerous innovative strategies and organizational alignment around IT. Dozier has also lead LGH to be a best places to work in Computer World and Healthcare IT News publications and CHIME Most Wired for Hospitals and Ambulatory. In 2017, Mr. Dozier was tasked with leading LGH Clinical Integration strategies related to value based care delivery and direct to employer strategies.

Mr. Dozier began his healthcare IT career in 2001 where he served in various roles in IT for Porter Health System in Valparaiso, IN. From 2008-2011, he served as the Director of IT/Infrastructure for Valley Health System in Hemet, CA, the Director of I.S. at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, LA. from 2011-2012, and the Chief Information Officer at Southeast Health, Cape Girardeau, MO. from 2011-2014.

Dozier earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2005 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007. He is also a member of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, HIMSS, and the Louisiana Hospital Association.


Ahmed Gomaa, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

Ahmed Gomaa is an Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management at the University of Scranton. His research interest is toward using information systems in different domains to theoretically and practically solve existing data management problems. His publications are in the areas of health informatics, business analytics, blockchain, sentiment analysis, and security. Ahmed’s work is cited in granted patents to companies including IBM, British Telecom, Deloitte, Intel, Microsoft, and SAP, to name a few.  Prior to joining Academia, He founded iMediaStreams, a technology company using sentiment analysis for online marketing. As a Forty under 40 NJ Business Journal Award winner, he works closely with the industry. He currently serves as the Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Scranton. Ahmed earned his MBA and Ph.D. from Rutgers University, NJ. He earned his M.Sc and B.Sc from Alexandria University, Egypt.

Talk Title: Transforming Data Access, Structure, Security, and applications

Abstract: Wearable devices data capture and analysis software systems enable fast turn around for consumer and clinical claims studies and facilitate exploratory research. Due to the ability to capture and analyze data almost in real-time, it is possible to formulate new products and conduct exploratory sensory studies that aids in overall product development. Security and privacy of the data captured is the basic requirement of such systems. We focus on two related challenges.  The first challenge on the hardware level is having secure HIPPA, and GDPR compliant data collection systems, given the inherited volatility of wearable devices to Denial of Service attacks. The second is on the software level and is related to enabling secure payment to panelists and study participants. Those systems of recruitment, data collection and payment usually run independently within different information silos. Our work employs blockchain to address both challenges. Specifically, for hardware authentication, our blockchain solution implements the Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) IP IoT security handshake model which overcomes the IoT limited resources. On the software level, our blockchain solution addresses the information silo problem.