October 10, 2017


Orlando 101 S Garland Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

The Florida Health Innovators and the Orlando Tech Association are partnering together for a joint October event!

Orlando is a unique convergence point for emerging technologies, with the fires of innovation being fueled by the hospitality, defense, and healthcare industries that call the City Beautiful home. In celebration of our city’s excellence in technology innovation, we have gathered some of Orlando’s best and brightest emerging HealthTech experts into one powerhouse of a forum, moderated by none other than MedSpeaks’ Chief Innovation Officer, Beth Rudloff.

Join both the Florida Health Innovators and Orlando Tech Association communities as we gather to discuss how healthcare is adapting emerging technologies, and how startups, entrepreneurs, and technologists, can ride the wave of need being created by the wealth of healthcare assets in our community.

Our expert speakers are:

Shayan Vyas, MD, FAAP Medical Director, Telehealth, Critical Care Medicine, Nemours Children’s Hospital

Dr. Shayan T. Vyas is a pediatric critical care specialist, who joined Nemours Children’s Health System in 2012 and became the Medical Director for Nemours Telehealth and Nemours CareConnect in 2015. CareConnect is a HIPAA-compliant telehealth offering available for camera-equipped smartphones, tablets and desktop/laptop computers directly to consumers, provider to providers, and school based telehealth. Nemours CareConnect internally serves partnering emergency departments, nurseries/NICUs, partner hospitals and cruise ships with Nemours internal Vidyo platform. Dr. Vyas is a pioneer in pediatric telemedicine, leading Nemours to develop the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) multi-state, 24/7 pediatric telemedicine program with Epic EMR integration in collaboration with American Well.

Dr. Vyas is a member of the Florida American Academy of Pediatrics Telemedicine Section, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Telemedicine (SOTC) and the American Telemedicine Association Pediatric Special Interest Group (SIG). He is has written and published multiple medical education papers on KidsHealth.org, Nemours’ pediatric website which accumulates one billion website visits annually. Dr. Vyas is involved in medical education with medical students as an Associate Professor of Pediatric Medicine at University of Central Florida College of Medicine, as well as medical research, and promoting telemedicine. With his clinical duties in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Nemours Children’s Hospital – he is passionate about pediatric medicine. He is a telehealth clinician, innovative healthcare leader and is working on his global vision of integrating pediatric devices, artificial intelligence, and mobile technology to change the way of Pediatric Medicine globally. Dr. Vyas is leading his team to set the national standards in Pediatric DTC telemedicine, and is helping multiple pediatric programs start their very own telemedicine programs.

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology at University of Central Florida, Head of UCF RESTORES

Dr. Deborah Beidel is a Professor of Psychology at University of Central Florida, and the Head of UCF RESTORES, a clinical research center dedicated to the study of all facets of anxiety, trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including etiology, psychopathology, treatment, resilience and prevention. A unique feature of UCF RESTORES is the development and use of established and emerging technologies to enhance prevention and intervention efforts. In January of 2013 Dr. Beidel was awarded a $2.7 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program to examine the impact of military deployment on spouses and children using neurobiological measures of stress as well as traditional measures of psychological adjustment.

Roger Smith, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Florida Hospital Nicholson Center

Roger Smith, Ph.D., is currently the Chief Technology Officer for the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center where he is responsible for establishing the technology strategy and leading research experiments in robotic surgery, telesurgery, simulation-based education, and financial ROI models. He has served as the CTO for the U.S. Army PEO for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI); VP and CTO for training systems at Titan Corp; and Vice President of Technology at BTG Inc.

Roger holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, a Doctorate in Management, and an M.S. in Statistics. He has published 3 professional textbooks on simulation, 10 book chapters, and over 100 journal and conference papers. His most recent book is A CTO Thinks About Innovation. He has served on the editorial boards of the Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation and the Research Technology Management journals.

Leslie Hielema, Head of Transformational Innovation, Guidewell Innovation

Leslie Hielema leads transformative innovation for Guidewell Innovation. She drives thought-leadership initiatives on a global scale to define innovation opportunities around topics such as cancer, mental illness, digital health, precision medicine and computational health. To complete the innovation cycle, Leslie develops partnerships and programs to deliver real-world solutions around these opportunities. Leslie has been on the forefront of innovation throughout her career applying her own unique methods to design and deliver new products, programs and processes globally. She previously served as CEO of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce creating impactful initiatives for entrepreneurs. She has degrees in Electrical Engineering and led development of battlefield software for the military including the Navy Seals. She lived in Europe for more than 10 years establishing AT&T’s first new product development organization for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.