EIM Technology Conference 2016

The Wild Wild West of Quantified Healthcare:

A Conference and Think Tank on mHealth Integration for Exercise is Medicine

Open Conference: Monday, December 5, 2016

Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Think Tank (Invitation only): Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Attendees of this think tank meeting and conference were challenged with helping to establish a framework for integrating objective physical activity data into routine health care delivery. Ultimately, this integration framework can help refine the development and implementation of wellness programs and clinical interventions for the prevention and management of more than 40 common and costly diseases related to inactivity such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, depression, osteoporosis and Alzheimers.


Currently, the collection of reliable, accurate data on patient lifestyle behavior change lacks a framework and best practices. This conference will bring together representatives from a variety of industries – lifestyle "wearables" manufacturers, app developers, large health plans and integrated health systems, health information regulatory agencies, and electronic medical record and data aggregation software companies — to have a collaborative dialogue focused on sharing best practices and developing solutions to integration and implementation challenges. Some of the specific objectives of this meeting included:

  • Develop an integration framework blueprint that can guide better and more efficient rapid implementation of mHealth technologies by health care systems, providers and consumers
  • Identify key themes and topics where the mentioned stakeholders will benefit by speaking a common language and accelerating synergy, collaboration and clinical application
  • Propose standards for validity, practicality and feasibility for integrating these technology tools in routine health care
  • Discuss how funding bodies and private companies can support academia, researchers and health care providers to overcome research gaps and implantation barriers.

You can view the conference highlights here


December 5: EIM Technology Open Conference Agenda

Introduction EIM Technology Conference

December 5th 

Introduction from Emory (Dr. Lobelo) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (Dr. Hutber)

  • Making physical activity a standard of care in US and global systems: the need for a harmonized technology framework
Lecure 1 Validity of mHealth devices and applications - Do we need standards?

Greg Welk, PhD - Dept. of Kinesiology, Iowa State University, USA >>> View video here

Lecture 2 Data Integrated into Healthcare Delivery: Using Electronic Health Information to Support Physical Activity and Prevent Chronic Disease

Jennifer Foltz, MD, PhD - Senior Medical Officer, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Lecture 3 Real-life considerations for Health Systems Integrating Patient-generated Data

Sheri Chernetsky Tejedor, MD - Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics; Emory University School of Medicine and Medical Informatics Advisor at CDC  >>> View video here.

Lecture 4 Perspective from the apps and wearable device and technology industry

Chris Eschbach, PhD - Co-chair of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Health and Fitness standards subcommittee >>> View video here.

Lecture 5 Perspective from the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) industry: mHealth in The Age of Inoperability 

Mark Braunstein, MD, MPH - Professor of the Practice School of Interactive Computing Georgia Institute of Technology >>> View video here.

Lecture 6 Effectiveness of Integrating mHealth into routine clinical workflow: Success stories, best practices and pitfalls

Seth Martin, MD, MPH - Assistant Professor of Medicine/Cardiology; Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, Divsion of Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD >>> View video here

Lecture 7 An Introduction and Demo of the EIM Global Research and Collaboration Center Technology Lab platform, Powered by Quantextual.co

Presentation by Pearly Dhingra, Founder & CEO Quantextual.co 

Lecture 8 Perspective from a health system integrating mHealth programs: Technology as necessary but not sufficient for sustained behavior change

Liz Joy, MD, MPH - Medical Director, Community Health and Clinical Nutrition, Intermountain Healthcare; Adjunct Professor, Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine; President, American College of Sports Medicine >>> View video here

Lecture 9 Perspective from regulatory bodies and government agencies

Devi Mehta, J.D., M.P.H., Public Health Analyst, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Workshop Discussion Introduction to the EIM Technology Framework Workgroup Discussion

Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD - Associate Professor of Global Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and Director of the Exercise is Medicine®’Û΢’¢Š—_ÎŒ’¢ŠäŒÎ_ Global Research and Collaboration Center

  Working group breakout sessions: Each group will have representatives from the different stakeholders groups in attendance and address the following topics: 

  1. Suggested activities to develop and implement standards for mHealth validity, security and provision of behavior change
  2. Concrete steps for multi-stakeholder collaboration to implement the suggested integration framework (EMR and analytics technology partners, healthcare clinicians, researchers, and regulatory/government agencies)
  3. Areas where more research and action-based evidence are needed in this field, funding and pilot testing opportunities
EIM Technology Think Tank 

December 6th 

Final conclusions and next steps: Towards a systems for implementing the EIM technology framework

Dr. Felipe Lobelo (Emory) and Mr. Jim Whitehead (ACSM)



For questions regarding the EIM Think Tank or sponsorship opportunities please email Dr. Felipe Lobelo ([email protected])



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