San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Health Innovators present Adaptive technology by Julie Merritt and Jennifer Bartecchi.
Jennifer Bartecchi is a Speech-Language Pathologist who services children and young adults with severe-to-profound cognitive and medical needs within educational and medical settings. She currently works full-time in an early education preschool setting within the Randolph Public School district, while maintaining her role as an Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, Massachusetts. Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in speech pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions, followed by a Master’s Degree in education through the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Through her work in Assistive Technology and AAC within both educational and medical settings, Jennifer has been able to connect underserved, low-incidence, and low SES families with their communities, and has effectively empowered her clients with the knowledge and skills they need to self-advocate for their family and individual needs.
Julie Merritt is the vice president of sales and partnerships for Verbal Applications, a new company in patient communication advancement. Verbal's first offering is software that bypasses the call bell, and uses tablets for patients to communication with their clinical staff through messages being sent to an iPod Touch. Patients of all ages select pictures for their requests. The software can present various languages, has recorded messages, and if there are dexterity issues, patients can use their eyes to move between requests. Julie is dedicated to improving communication in health care for all patients.
The Health Innovators will display Patient TalkBack, a free software application for your smartphone. Light refreshments including bottled water will be available.
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Health Innovators (HI, 13,000 member community) mission is to become the premier place for digital health tech entrepreneurs to innovate and build businesses that will solve our healthcare issues, improve patient outcomes ,and reduce costs in a meaningful and impactful way. The objective of HI is to develop resources and infrastructures that are necessary to identify early stage opportunities, cultivate and assist healthcare technology startups to create, validate and commercialize ideas.
HI is a community of healthtech innovators, comprised of an ecosystem of clinicians, programmers, investors, product managers, business developers, "techie" doctors and health professionals whose mission is to help turn ideas for improved healthcare into reality. HI fosters entrepreneurship and provides start-up businesses in the healthcare tech sector with mentoring, access to a network of resources and other business services designed to accelerate their success, and create jobs in the Boston metro area and beyond.
By providing access to investment, mentors, industry experts, other like-minded healthtech entrepreneurs and access to funds, HI dramatically improves the chances of startups to succeed.
HI believes that inclusion, diversity and being global are important drivers of innovation. As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of certain underrepresented participants in high tech companies, especially those interested in providing solutions to our healthcare problems, HI would encourage minority and women to apply to our Coworking/Incubator program or otherwise engage our other services offerings.
Our innovation center is run by physicians, trained in information technology, who guide and build prototypes, supported by flexible and extensible platforms, making sure they are HIPAA compliant, beta tested, and ready to impress investors.
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