2018 Innovation Summit

Innovation in Home Care and Chronic Disease


Date: Thursday October 11th 

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Location: 17th floor of East Village, 291 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115 


 Early Bird Registration: $195, Register before 9/28  Registration Cost after 9/28: $215

Includes Food, Materials & 6.5 Contact Hours

Students: We are offering free scholarships to attend the summit, please email Amanda Rice at a.rice@northeastern.edu

 if you are interested in attending! 

Register today

About the Summit


Bring your questions and ideas to the 2018 Innovation Summit and share them with entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders spanning multiple industries. Take home key insights from our perceptive panelists and keynote speakers and apply them to your own entrepreneurial endeavors.

Learn from ecosystem thought leaders what is possible, needed and necessary to succeed. 

Join us Thursday, October 11th

What to Expect?


The rapid pace of change in healthcare requires frontline providers to have the entrepreneurial skills to support collaborative and meaningful healthcare innovation. The Healthcare Innovation & EntreprenNURSEship (HIE) program at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College is designed to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit required for innovation. Our 3rd Annual Innovation Summit will feature a group of inspirational and interdisciplinary healthcare leaders along with patients whose lives have been transformed through healthcare innovation to engage in conversation on the impact of innovation in the home care environment.

The Innovation  Summit is a 1-day conference focused on the “How To's” of creating and inspiring an environment that supports innovation and entrepreneurship in home care. 


1. Understand the pedagogy of innovation within the home health care spectrum and its implications on patient outcomes. 

2. Identify essential tools required to identify opportunities, successfully execute and drive growth. 

3. Engage and connect with healthcare leaders across the health continuum. 

4. Successful identification on the methodologies in product/service innovation, development and management. 


8-8:45 a.m: Breakfast and Registration

8:45-9 a.m: Welcome and opening remarks

9:00-10:00 a.m: Keynote Presentation: The Impact Innovation : A Patient's Experience

Theme: Engage in a conversation on how innovation impacts patient outcomes within the home care industry 

10:00-10:45 a.m: User-Centered Medical Device Development 

Theme: Disruption calls for re-imagining the patient experience. Learn how to integrate transformational methods for agile product definition, development and the user experience design process

10:45-11:00 a.m: Break & Meet the Speakers

11-12:00 p.m: Transforming New Technologies

Theme: Going from concept to market in rapidly evolving space requires agility and continuous transformation. This panel will discuss how to maintain innovation and provide strategies that will assist in achieving overall goals

12:00-1:00 p.m: Networking Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m: Case study: Creating Disruption In Home Care

Theme: By Harboring a deeper understanding of the patient experience, technologies can often be utilized in the home to provide a seamless patient experience leading to better patient outcomes. Listen to a health care leader on how they are disrupting the home care industry

2:00-2:45 p.m: Case Study: Catalyzing an Innovative Service Delivery Model

Theme: Overcoming challenges and disrupting the status quo are key elements to innovation and success. Join in a conversation with a market disruptor who turned to other health team professionals to create a thriving, sustainable business model that has reinvented the customer experience 

2:45-3:00 p.m: Break & Meet the speakers

3:00-4:00 p.m: Executive Panel: The Key to Success in Collaboration

Theme: Innovation is occurring at a fast space within the health care system. In order for a business to thrive, collaboration across varies health care professions is vital. This panel will discuss how to utilize your team's unique experiences, strengths, and weaknesses to create a sustainable business model

4:00-4:45 p.m: Conclusion: Impacting Health Care Decisions

Theme: Engage in a conversation on how health care professionals utilize innovation to make informed health care decisions and improve patient outcomes and quality of care 

4:45-5:00 p.m: Closing remarks 


Chelsea Trengrove


Chelsea Trengrove is Empatica, Inc.’s Program Manager. Empatica is an MIT Media Lab spinoff focused on using sensor data to inform patient health and wellness throughout their daily lives. The current focus is on improving the lives of individuals living with Epilepsy. Their Embrace smartband received the first FDA smartwatch clearance for its seizure detection algorithm and ability to alert loved ones when seizures are occurring. With this new approval, Empatica is looking to expand its impact to other serious conditions such as addiction, autism, and depression. 

Chelsea has a background in pharmacology and biochemistry, and received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Boston University. Prior to Empatica, she has worked in the pharma and biotech industries helping companies with everything from building external collaborations, to aligning processes to FDA guidelines. An advocate for health and wellness, she’s also a daily practitioner of Aikido, a martial art.

Veronica Southerland APRN, FNP-BC


Veronica Southerland resides in Charlotte, NC and is a Licensed and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, by the American Academy Nurse Credentialing Center, holding license provided by the state of North Carolina to provide family-centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.

Her career began in nursing’s most crisis- oriented areas: such as the Emergency Departments, CardioVascular, Trauma, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units, as well as Interventional Cardiac Procedural units. After seeing that there was a health disparity in the underserved population, she began trying to close the gap of knowledge from hospitalization to care given in a patient’s home by which she opened a home health agency that serviced the state of North Carolina with 4 locations and South Carolina with 2 locations. She is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of One Source of the Carolinas, an In-Home Medical Services agency, that was established in 2008. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Advanced Practice Care located in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is a private practice that provides non-urgent primary care visits to individuals and families under a direct patient care model.

Robert Farra


Robert Farra is the CEO of CeQur Corp, a company developing a 3-day wearable insulin device for people with type 2 diabetes. Prior to CeQur, he was with Microchips Biotech, an MIT startup developing implantable drug delivery devices; there he held various roles including President and COO, CTO, and Vice President of R&D. He was instrumental in advancing the wireless drug delivery platform and in developing strategic partnerships with Teva and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, he was Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing for Abiomed leading all new product development and commercial manufacturing.

Mr. Farra’s experience spans all aspects of transforming technologies into successful, commercial products, including: business development, fundraising, research, product development, intellectual property strategy, regulatory, and operations. His product development experience includes sophisticated electro-mechanical and fluidic-based medical devices, MEMS-based medical devices, combination products, drug delivery technologies, wirelessly-enabled implants, micro-fluidics, implantable glucose sensors, ventricular assist devices, artificial hearts, intra-aortic balloons and pumps, minimally invasive laparoscopic, endoscopic, and interventional devices. Mr. Farra has an SMME from MIT and over twenty patents.

Mr. Farra is also a member of Northeastern’s Bioengineering Industrial Advisory Board.

George Gray


George Gray joined Ivenix in December 2011 as Vice President of Software Development and Chief Information Architect and later served as CTO and VP of Software & Information Systems. George is responsible for overseeing all research and development activities, as well as user experience design and testing. George comes to Ivenix with over 25 years of healthcare experience in clinical information systems, clinical analytics and patient monitoring. Prior to joining Ivenix, George was a Senior Architect at Philips Healthcare for both the Intellivue Clinical Information Portfolio and Intellivue Information Center. In 1997, George founded Envision Solutions Inc., a provider of clinical analytics and data integration solutions. Previous to this, George was the Engineering Manager for Hewlett Packard’s Systems Integration Organization and held various engineering leadership positions in the development of HP CareVue 9000 Clinical Information System. George holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN


Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN, is the Chief Nursing Officer at Ivenix, Inc. Ms. Niemeier is responsible for the product development and marketing, professional service operation, nursing and pharmacy teams at Ivenix. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Nursing and Saint Louis University, Ms. Niemeier has made significant contributions to nursing and technology development throughout her career. She’s an established thought leader on innovation and has extensive knowledge in performance improvement, technology development, medication safety and nursing research. Her research interests center on nursing practice, nursing vitality and emerging technologies that support safe and effective patient care. She served as the national coordinator to 36-Hospital Time and Motion Study: How Do Medical-Surgical Nurses Spend Their Time. She has a passion for informatics and a dedication to integrating workflow processes leading to safer environments of care. Ms. Niemeier is a Registered Nurse in Missouri and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) and American Nursing Association (ANA).

Ivyruth Andreica, PharmD, BSN, FISMP,


Ivyruth Andreica is a pharmacist with both critical care nursing and pharmacy experience. As a nurse, she worked with different kinds of infusion devices at the user level. As a pharmacist, she has worked with infusion devices from both clinical pharmacy and medication safety perspective. She is specialized in medication safety and is a fellow of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. In addition to serving as Clinical & Medication Safety Pharmacist at Ivenix, Ivyruth practices as a clinical pharmacist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Lisa Duffy, PhD, MPH, RN, CPNP-PC


  Dr. Duffy has a clinical background in child neurology and is certified as both a neuroscience and multiple sclerosis nurse. Dr. Duffy obtained her doctoral degree from Boston College in 2013 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in patient-centered outcomes with a second master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2016. Dr. Duffy’s research interests include patient centered outcomes and self-management of chronic neurological conditions including pediatric onset MS. Her current program of research involves creating and testing innovative solutions to improve outcomes in both patients and their families.  

Ashesh Patel


 Ashesh Patel, born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University with a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics. At Rutgers, he was the primary founder of Delta Epsilon Psi, a community service based fraternity whose main philanthropic purpose was Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His passion for helping others resonates in his most recent venture, Ashana Health. He has partnered with Rutgers University to develop an innovative solution to address several key challenges of rehabilitation. Prior to Ashana Health, Ashesh has over 10 years of experience in software development, across various industries - Finance, Digital Advertising, Retail and Supply Chain. Ashesh is an advocate of innovation and leveraging technology to address challenges and inefficiencies, which is his guiding principal in product design. 

Ashesh is a sports enthusiast. His competitive nature was fueled in an early age as he was heavily involved in basketball and tennis. He is also a foodie, who believes there are too many amazing food options in NYC to eat at a restaurant more than once. Fitting in some travel to revitalize, at a minimum of once a year, is a must. Focused on helping others, Ashana Health's vision is to revolutionize the rehabilitation industry. 

Sean P. O’Neill, PharmD


  Sean P. O’Neill, PharmD, is the Chief Clinical Officer of Bainbridge Health. Prior to Bainbridge Health, Sean served as the first Medication Safety Officer at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. In that capacity, Sean led a multi-disciplinary team of safety and quality leaders and oversaw the selection and/or implementation of large-scale technologies, including Electronic Health Records, Smart Infusion Pumps and Barcode Scanning Systems. Sean serves as a board member of the Medication Safety Officers Society (MSOS) and has been a recipient of the Institute for Safety Medication Practices CHEERS award in recognition for his contribution in the medication safety space. Prior to his work as a medication safety officer, Sean served as a Clinical Pharmacist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Boston Children’s

Hospital. Sean speaks nationally about medication safety and the use of technology to improve clinician workflow and patient safety. Sean completed his PharmD at Northeastern University.

David Owen


Chief Operating Officer at MyWoundDoctor.

David is responsible for the day to day management of MyWoundDoctor’s operations. He has over 25 years of executive marketing, product management and business development experience with healthcare information companies that ranged in size from start-ups to Fortune 100s. Prior to joining MyWoundDoctor, David served as Director of Competitive Intelligence at Nuance Communications’ Healthcare division, after having served as Vice President of Product Management at QuadraMed prior it’s acquisition by in 2012 Nuance. Previously, he joined the privately-held SoftMed Systems and, after its sale to 3M, served in a variety of executive roles in product management and business development. David began his career with Kurzweil Applied Intelligence — the first speech recognition software company in the healthcare market. David received a BA degree-with-distinction from the University of Delaware.

Dan Heneghan


 Dan co-founded MyWoundDoctor in 2015. Previously, Dan led marketing and sales for Resolution Health Inc., a nationally recognized patient-focused healthcare communications and analytics company. Resolution Health grew from a venture-backed start-up to more than $14M in annual revenue during the 4-year period that Dan led the company, which was subsequently acquired by Anthem, Inc. in April 2008. Prior to Resolution Health, Dan provided sales and marketing leadership in the start-up of Solucient (formerly HCIA), which was then purchased by Thomson Reuters and is now part of IBM Watson. Dan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Loretta Sullivan


 Loretta Sullivan is a Certified Wound, Ostomy Nurse with over 30 years of experience. She currently serves as Manager of Clinical Services for MyWoundDoctor. Loretta has served as a wound care nurse at leading several hospitals in Nashville. From 2007-2009 and 2012-2014, Loretta served as the President of the Nashville chapter of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses SocietyⓇ. Loretta also spent four years working as a home health staff nurse for Sunbelt Home Health. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from St. Francis University and her certification in Wound, Ostomy from Emory University.Give customers a reason to do business with you.