Stephen J. Downs, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Raina Merchant, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine and Director, Social Media and Health Innovation Lab, Penn Medicine
David Sontag, Professor of Computer Science, New York University
Elliot Menschik, Managing Partner, DreamIT Health
Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Stephen J. Downs, SM, is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s chief technology and information officer. In this role, he ensures that the Foundation’s technology strategy and operations are aligned with its organizational plans. Working with his team to set long-term strategies and operational road maps, Downs ensures that RWJF staff have the resources they need to practice philanthropy at the highest level. His team’s work also enables RWJF grantees and partners to make the most of their relationship with the Foundation.
Elliot is a physician/engineer/hacker turned serial entrepreneur and investor. He is a managing director of DreamIt Health, a program that invests in and accelerates the development of pre-seed healthtech ideas/teams/companies. He is co-founder of Venturef0rth, a campus in Philadelphia for tech startups and an entity dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make it easier for early-stage companies to succeed. He also serves on the Penn faculty where he teaches a crash course in entrepreneurship for engineers and scientists aspiring to create companies that take their tech to market.
Raina Merchant is Assistant Professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of Penn Medicine Social Media and Health Innovation Lab at University of Pennsylvania.
David Sontag is Assistant Professor in NYU's Computer Science department, part of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Computer scientist David Sontag and Raina Merchant, Director for the Social Media and Health Innovation Lab at Penn Medicine, discuss the traditional and nontraditional methods of tracking medical data.