Healthcare Technology


Innovation needs Integration

Wednesday, October 18th 8:00AM – 1:00PM

Aspire Ventures, Lancaster
100 N Queen St. #300
Lancaster, PA 17603


This half-day session will focus on how healthcare innovations are being brought to market and the challenges Healthcare startups face.


We will discuss how the Smart Health Innovation Lab’s certification program gives market ready products the environment and guidance they need to integrate into health systems and achieve adoption more efficiently.


We will do a deeper dive into how integration of artificial intelligence is currently being applied to healthcare problems and how we envision it being used in the future.


Conference Schedule


Registration & Refreshments


Welcome and Opening Remarks

William “Buddy” Gillespie, President CPAHIMSS and Healthcare IT Consultant
Kim Ireland, CEO Smart Health Innovation Lab


Aspire Ventures Factory Tour with Connexion Demo

(Showcases the venture lab and the venture development methodology and a working prototype)


“Smart Health Innovation Lab Panel”

Panel Moderator: Kim Ireland, CEO, Smart Health Innovation Lab
Panel Attendees: Jan Bergen, President & CEO, LG Health/Penn Medicine; Aji Abraham, Senior Vice President, Capital Blue Cross; Joe Frank, CEO Clio Health; Essam Abadir, CEO, Aspire Ventures


Registration & Refreshments


“An Aspire Venture Case Study about Artificial Intelligence and its application in healthcare.”

Mike Monteiro, Chief Product Officer Aspire


“Al and its future impact on healthcare innovation”

Panel Moderator: Corey Meyer, LG Health/Penn Medicine
Panel Attendees: Essam Abadir, CEO Aspire; Mike Monteiro, Chief Product Officer at Aspire; Fred Rahamanian, Geneia


Smart Health Innovation Lab Tour

Hosted by: Kim Ireland, Stacy Balaban & Corey Meyer


Closing Remarks

Hosted by: Chuck Russell, President of the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania

Opening & Closing Remarks

William “Buddy” Gillespie



William “Buddy” Gillespie, HCISPP, ITIL is currently President of CPAHIMSS and an independent healthcare consultant. Until 2011, Mr. Gillespie served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at WellSpan Health, an integrated delivery system based in York, Pennsylvania.

Chuck Russell

President and CEO


In April 2014, Chuck Russell was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania, the organization that is hosting this event. TCCP is the membership and trade association for the technology community of Central Pennsylvania. Mr. Russell is also a Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Collective Intelligence, Inc., which delivers solutions around enterprise web portals, data analytics, customer relationship management (CRM) and systems integration

Our Speakers

Kim Ireland

CEO, Smart Health Innovation Lab
VP, Healthcare Solutions, Aspire Ventures


In her role as the CEO of the Smart Health Innovation Lab, Kim provides leadership to the organization and has helped to shape it from an idea into an operating company. She also serves as a VP inside of Aspire Ventures providing healthcare related shared services to the array of Aspire portfolio companies. Prior to these roles, Kim was the incubating CEO of MedStatix, a SaaS based Patient Experience Platform, and positioned the company to grow its first product offering and achieve product market fit with a key strategic relationship in place with athenahealth. Prior to MedStatix, Kim was an IT Manager for Penn State Hershey Medical Center, an Interface Analyst for Cerner Corporation, and the President and CIO of the consulting firm Blue Ocean Solutions and Support. She holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Florida State University and an MS in Information Systems with a focus on Healthcare Management and Delivery from Penn State University, Harrisburg.

Jan L. Bergen

President & Chief Executive Officer
Lancaster General Health


Ms. Bergen provides executive leadership for the Lancaster General Health system, from its hospitals and suburban and downtown outpatient pavilions, to its physician network and major service lines. Ms. Bergen is also responsible for assuring that the services delivered by LG Health are consistent with the organization’s mission and are accessible to all people in the communities we serve.


Before joining Lancaster General Hospital in 2000, Ms. Bergen served as Senior Vice President for Jefferson Health System’s Bryn Mawr Hospital, a 400-bed acute care facility in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Ms. Bergen also served as President and CEO of Main Line Health System’s Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, a 200-bed freestanding rehabilitation facility in Paoli, Pa. Ms. Bergen possesses more than 30 years of healthcare experience including management of hospitals, ambulatory centers and rehabilitation centers. Ms. Bergen holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Lafayette College and has completed graduate course work in business administration and social work.

Aji Abraham, Esq.

SVP, Business and Network Development
CEO, Dominion Dental Services, Inc.
Capital BlueCross


Aji Abraham is Senior Vice President of Business and Network Development for Capital BlueCross. In this role he is responsible for new business ventures, ancillary services, pharmacy services, and provider engagement. He also serves as CEO of Dominion Dental Services, Inc., a Capital BlueCross subsidiary.

Prior to joining Capital BlueCross, Mr. Abraham served as Deputy Secretary for Administration, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State. Immediately before that he was the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor’s Office of Administration.

Other positions held by Mr. Abraham include Director of Government Relations, Pennsylvania Dental Association; Deputy District Attorney, Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office; Business Manager/Purchasing Agent, Adtech Consultants, Inc., and Legislative Aide/System Manager for Congressman George W. Gekas.

Mr. Abraham is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the Dickinson School of Law.

Essam Abadir

Founder, Managing Director, CEO
Aspire Ventures


Essam is an inventor, investor, and international expert in technology foundational to the Internet of Things (IoT). His passion lies in applying technology toward basic human needs. An MIT graduate and IP attorney, he founded several of the earliest and fastest-growing technologies and companies in digital advertising, cloud storage, video on demand, music streaming, and mobile app platforms—most recently Appmobi, which exited its tools division to Intel in 2013.

Joe Frank

Chief Executive Officer
Clio Health


Joe Frank is responsible for overseeing development of operational model and structuring of the Clio Health system of smart hospitals. Joe was the former SVP at Surgical Care Affiliates (“SCA” was acquired by HealthSouth) where he personally oversaw growth from a single surgery center in Lancaster, PA to a national presence with 79 facilities in 39 states. He also served as CEO of Valley Forge Dental where he rolled out 90 practices in 9 states and CEO for the Heart Group, a 25-provider cardiology practice in Lancaster, PA, where he led them through growth and eventual acquisition by Lancaster General Health.

Stacy Balaban

Smart Health Innovation Lab
Capital BlueCross

Corey Meyer

Director of Operations
Smart Health Innovation Lab
Director of Strategic Acceleration

LG Health/Penn Medicine


Corey B. Meyer is a healthcare leader with history of developing and implementing innovative strategies to impact the quadruple aim. During his career at Lancaster General Health / Penn Medicine, Corey has led various teams including Patient Financial Services, Web Services, Physician Relations, Customer Relationship Management and Ambulatory Operations. In his current role, Corey is leading efforts to accelerate new technologies including virtual medicine and innovative scheduling options for patients.


Corey holds an MBA from Pennsylvania State University and a BS from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Corey also serves his community on various non-profit boards and as an elected Township Supervisor in East Lampeter, Lancaster County.

Michael Monteiro

Chief Product Officer
Aspire Ventures


Leading Wylei’s development and sales team, Mike contributes distinctive experience in big data, predictive analytics, and enterprise software-as-a-service to Wylei, an Aspire venture. A graduate of Harvard with an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, he continues to drive research and development of new analytic techniques for data mining and machine learning. Mike serves as a lead resource for developing new products across the Aspire Ventures portfolio.

Fred Rahamanian

Chief Technology Officer


Fred Rahmanian is Geneia’s Chief Technology Officer. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare data scientist and software architect and a track record of building applications that integrate diverse data sources to solve the most sophisticated problems in healthcare.


Most recently, he was principal data scientist at IBM Watson Health. He also held leadership roles at KPMG and Siemens Healthcare. Rahmanian has been awarded patents for his work to improve patient data; two are granted and three are pending.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science and a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of Maryland University College. He also has a graduate certificate in health informatics from Columbia University. He continues to be a guest lecturer in Columbia’s HIT certificate program, and has served on many governmental and industry expert panels, including the HIMSS Task Force on Healthcare Quality Measure Development.

Aspire Ventures
100 N Queen St. #300
Lancaster, PA 17603

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