The Healthcare Communications SIG Presents:

Personal Healthcare Monitoring Devices

This SIG event will explore health monitoring devices and there use in maintaining  good physical health including Bodybugg and other new and unique devices, as seen by Prof. Ramesh Rao at UCSD's research facility Calit2, Darrel Drinan CEO at Philometron and Clint McClellan, Sr. Director at Qualcomm's Health and Life Sciences Division.

Our panel will discuss what other devices technologies could be used for those inclined toward obesity, diabetes or high blood pressure, and talk about what the needs are from a wireless and technology perspective. 

Prof. Ramesh Rao
Director, Calit2
Prof. Ramesh Rao has been on the faculty of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he is currently Professor and Director of the San Diego Division of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). In April 2004, he was named QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technology. His research interests include architectures, protocols and performance analysis of wireless, wire line and photonic networks for integrated multi-media services. Prior to his appointment as the Director of the San Diego Division of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) he served as the Director of the UCSD Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) and was the Vice Chair of Instructional Affairs in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Darrel Drinan
CEO, Philometron
Darrel Drinan currently serves as CEO of Philometron <>.  Philometron is a medical technology development accelerator focusing on creating world class solutions to improve wellness, quality of life and slow the progression of chronic diseases. Philo's first spin-out Corventis <>  was formed in 2005 with Kleiner Perkins and MDV and is focused on the largest expenditure by Medicare, congestive heart failure. Philo's next spin-out, Sapphire Therapy, was formed in 2007 and is developing a novel means to manage vascular access devices. Philo's third spin-out is developing a novel wireless physiological monitoring system for applications in the sports, wellness, industrial and clinical markets.

Bill Donohue
SVP/CIO, 24Hour Fitness
Mr. Donohue is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  He joined 24 Hour Fitness, Inc. in 1999 as the Director of Operations; he was then promoted to Sr. Director of Operations, to Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Operations and Systems Support, Corporate Vice President of IT and now serves at the company CIO.  During that period he was involved with or was responsible for the development of all company technology solutions that serve as the foundation for all customer facing and business critical functions within the company.  Highlights include development of the data center centric, N-tier web based architecture with thin client computing at all clubs riding a public VPN and subsequently a VoIP network, allowing for the lowest support costs in the industry, while providing robust and responsive applications in a controlled environment.  Focusing upon efficient and cost effective computing has allowed the business to pursue an aggressive growth strategy without facing the limitations of prohibitive costs associated with more traditional implementations of standard technology.

Prof. Kevin Patrick, MD
Director, Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems
Kevin Patrick, MD, MS is Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems ( in the San Diego Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He is a Senior Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Active Living Research Program and a member of the RWJF Health Games Research National Advisory Committee. His research explores how to use mobile, social and information technologies to better understand and improve health-related behaviors. Dr. Patrick is Co-founder of Santech, Inc. ( of La Jolla, California, which is developing web and
mobile systems for health promotion and wellness.

Clint McClellan
Sr. Director, Health & Life Sciences, Qualcomm
Clint McClellan is currently the senior director of Market Development for QUALCOMM Incorporated. McClellan's current responsibilities include establishing opportunities in the Life Sciences market. McClellan joined QUALCOMM in December of 1997 as director of strategic marketing. McClellan brings a wealth of wireless industry analysis experience to QUALCOMM. Since joining QUALCOMM, McClellan has served in business development roles and established the Global Industry Analyst program and Global Market Intelligence program at QUALCOMM. Currently McClellan serves as the Board Chairman for the Foundation for the Children of the Californias which supports Hospital Infantil, a pediatric Hospital, in Tijuana, Mexico. He also serves on the boards of CommNexus and the Wireless Communications Alliance. Prior to joining the Company, McClellan served as a senior analyst for Gartner Group/Dataquest's Telecommunications Group in its personal communications wireless program. While he was at Dataquest, McClellan served as a news anchor for two years on the Good Morning San Jose show at KNTV, an ABC affiliate, where he presented analysis and commentary on daily news events affecting high-technology industries. Previously, McClellan worked as a marketing specialist at Telephone House Nippo in Kobe, Japan and for CH2M Hill Consulting Engineers in Oakland, California. McClellan holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

7:30AM - Registration/Networking/Breakfast
8:00AM - Program Begins
9:30AM - Program Ends


6450 Sequence Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

$10.00 - CommNexus Sponsor
$20.00 - Non-Sponsor

At the Door:
$20.00 - CommNexus Sponsor

$30.00 - Non-Sponsor

Students, Military & Press: FREE

Health Communications SIG Co-Chairs

Bill Donohue, 24 Hour Fitness
Noel Gillespie, Procopio
Peter Hedtke, Qualcomm
Don Jones, Qualcomm
Alean Kirnak, Software Partners LLC
Clint McClellan, Qualcomm
Peter Pardee, Hughes Network Systems
Paul Sonnier

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