Transforming Healthcare: Best Practices in Piloting and Deploying New Ideas

Hosted at PULSE@MassChallenge

May 16-17th, 2018
Join Us

Learn how some of the most successful healthcare companies in the world foster new concepts, pilot test them, and roll them out

If you work inside a large healthcare organization and you’re tasked with making change happen, you won’t want to miss this one-day event, hosted inside the PULSE@MassChallenge healthcare accelerator.

Focusing on concrete tactics you can bring back to the office, we’ll explore:

  • SOURCING — Learn how other companies source ideas from their employees and external parties, like startups… and where the best ideas come from;
  • PILOTING — See how companies structure and run pilot tests, and the resulting data that matters most;
  • DEPLOYING — What does it take to turn a successful pilot test into a large-scale roll-out, when you’ve got an organization full of busy people who don’t want to change how they work? Learn the approaches that have worked for your peers.

This event will bring together senior executives from insurers, hospital systems, medical device and pharma companies, healthcare startups, and academic medical centers.

If you’re looking to upgrade your approach to rolling out new ideas, processes, and technologies in a healthcare environment, don’t miss this event, hosted by PULSE@MassChallenge!

Site Visits


Fenway Park

Limited space: Our visit to Fenway will include a pre-game tour of the ballpark, batting practice in center field, a commemorative Red Sox glove, a pre-game buffet, and great seats in the Coca-Cola Corner Pavilion against the Oakland Athletics. This site visit will run concurrently with the Children's Hospital visit, and you'll be asked for your choice when registering.


Boston Children's Hospital

Go on a pre-event afternoon tour of Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), the 150-year-old leading center of pediatric innovation in the heart of Boston, a world-renowned city for medical innovation. You’ll hear from leaders of the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator, a fifty person tech/strategy team that stands up digital health companies and also tour the Simulation Center, where BCH’s designers and engineers have developed life-like simulation environments for human-factors engineering and testing. Learn how technology and simulation are changing what we know about human intuition and data – and ultimately the way healthcare decisions are made.



Spend the day at PULSE@ MassChallenge, a global digital health startup accelerator launched in 2016 that helps entrepreneurs solve healthcare's greatest challenges. PULSE@ MassChallenge’s alumni have raised more than $52M in funding and generated more than $13M in revenue. Located in the iconic Fenway neighborhood of Boston, PULSE is home to more than 32 digital health startups spread across 4,000 square feet of co-working space.



Google Ventures
Krishna Yeshwant

CEO and Co-founder
Jonathan Bush

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
SVP Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer
Lesley Solomon

SVP of Innovation & Product Dev
Andy Miller

Enterprise Innovation Director
Scott Wilkins

VP & Head of Product Management
Justin Steinman

Global VP Strategy and New Business Innovative Pharma
Wendy Mayer

Johnson & Johnson
Global Director, Digital Innovation
Cris De Luca

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Chief of Innovation & Strategy
Rick Weisblatt

Boston Children’s Hospital
Clinical Director of Innovation &
Co-Founder of DockHealth

Michael Docktor, MD

Boston Children’s Hospital
Sr. Director, Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator
Carla Small

Market Development Consultant, Healthcare Innovation Team
Brian Bechard

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Sr. Director of Innovation, Design Thinking Lead
Matt Templeton

Massachusetts General Hospital
Managing Director – Healthcare Transformation Lab
Julia Jackson

Boston Children’s Hospital
Director, Business Development
Melissa Burke

PA Consulting Group
Life Sciences Expert
Mariko O’Neill

PA Consulting Group
Life Sciences Expert
Neil Saward

PA Consulting Group
Innovation and Transformation Expert
Hsiu Mei Wong

PA Consulting Group
Healthcare Expert
Nick Mathisen


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2:45 p.m.

Children’s Hospital Visit & Presentations
Center for Life Science Boston
3 Blackfan Cir [ Map ]

4:30 p.m.

Fenway Park: Red Sox vs. Oakland A’s
Limited space: Our visit to Fenway will include a pre-game tour of the ballpark, batting practice in center field, a buffet, and great seats in the Coca-Cola Corner Pavilion [ Map ]

Thursday, May 17, 2018

7:30 a.m.

Check In
Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive [ Map ]

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Networking

8:30 a.m.

Introductions & Group Exercise

9:00 a.m.

Opening Conversation: What (and Who) is Disrupting Healthcare?

  • Jonathan Bush CEO and Co-Founder, athenahealth
  • Krishna Yeshwant General Partner, Google Ventures

9:45 a.m.

Whiteboard Sessions
Learn how other companies source ideas from their employees and external parties… and where the best ideas come from.

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Avoiding death by a thousand pilots
  • Aetna: A framework for evaluating and funding new ideas
  • Medtronic: Sourcing and sifting of ideas to work on
  • Johnson and Johnson Innovation: Curating a portfolio of innovation opportunities, and picking the winners
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts: Developing Innovation competency in your organization

11:00 a.m.

Reporting Out
Takeaways from the Whiteboard Sessions

11:30 a.m.

Whiteboard Sessions
Running effective pilot tests and analyzing the results, and then scaling what works.

  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare: Creating Pilot Environments
  • Pfizer: “De-risking” Experimentation
  • MassGeneral Hospital: What do you do when your pilot is a success?
  • AstraZeneca: Running with the business to innovate
  • AARP: Session topic TBA

12:45 p.m.

Reporting Out
Takeaways from the Whiteboard Sessions

1:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

Workshop: Using Scenarios Planning to drive innovation in the Healthcare space Led by PA Consulting Group

3:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

“Help Tank” with PULSE@MassChallenge Startups and Cocktail Reception

6:00 p.m.

Deep Dive concludes

Startup Demos


Orbita provides digital solutions that leverage next-generation voice assistant and AI technologies to vastly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of remote patient monitoring, clinical education, care coordination, and research. Developers use Orbita’s platform to design, build, and manage digital and conversational healthcare solutions across multi-modal, omni-channel environments including voice assistants, web sites, and mobile phones.


Pillo Health

Pillo Health is an in-home digital care management company that provides personalized care for adults with chronic conditions. The Pillo Health platform connects patients to their care teams and caregivers, thereby improving personal and population health outcomes and ensuring peace of mind. Pillo Health assists users with complex medication regimens and encourages adherence to care plans by deploying artificially intelligent, interactive, and engaging digital health companions (Pillo). Unlike other in-home digital care management products, Pillo develops personal relationships with users, proactively engages them about their health, and serves as an extension of provider care in the home to accompany a patient at every point on their care journey.


Rendever has a full virtual reality platform specifically designed for the 65+ population, allowing residents of senior living communities to explore the world, check off bucket list items, and revisit meaningful locations from their past. The platform includes networking technology that allows this world exploration to be a social experience, so multiple residents share these experiences in real time.

Sonde Health

Sonde’s proprietary voice-based technology platform works by sensing and analyzing subtle changes in the sound of your voice to create a range of persistent brain, muscle, and respiratory health measurements that provide give you a more complete picture of your health in just seconds.


AUGMENTx utilizes augmented reality to bridge the gaps in the rehab medicine sector by offering affordable, subscription-based, digital platform to receive therapy at home with standardized protocols and data driven methods personalized to the user’s recovery. The team’s vision is to clinically validate a digitized stroke rehab platform and then broaden our indications to chronic pain and orthopedic injury rehab programs.


We are developing a software platform (DICOM VR) that enables the visualization of medical images in a 3D virtual reality environment using the new generation of consumer VR devices. This system allows standard 3D imaging scans to be directly viewed and manipulated in a fully intuitive room-scale 3D environment.

Register to Participate

PLEASE NOTE: The Deep Dive is for corporate folks only. Consultants, advisors, software vendors, and others who market products or services to corporate executives may not attend the Deep Dive and registration fees will be refunded. All registrants to be approved by Innovation Leader; full refunds will be made in the event of conflict. Questions? Contact us »


Space is limited to 60 corporate innovation, strategy and R&D professionals. That’s everyone from Chief Innovation Officers and VPs of Innovation, to Directors of Innovation and R&D Managers. If you’re responsible for new products or services inside your company, you’re probably the right fit.

Hotel & Travel Information

The Deep Dive is being held at PULSE@MassChallenge, Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive [ Map ]

Arrival — If you are flying in to the Deep Dive, we recommend arriving on Wednesday, May 16, as there is an option tour of Children’s Hospital that afternoon, and the program begins early on Thursday, May 17.

Hotels — As most corporations have loyalty and reward programs for specific hotel chains, we have not reserved a room block for the Deep Dive. Our recommended hotels are listed below:

Departure — The program will end in the early evening on Thursday, May 17.

Questions — If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ellen Dolan at or call us at (855) 585-0800.

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