FINALIST JUDGES

HHIC 2021

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Judy Iwanski

Manager of Digital Health Aging Initiative @ Mass eHealth

Judith Iwanski, Esq. is Manager of the Digital Health Aging and Caregiving Initiative at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, or MeHI, the Commonwealth’s entity for health care innovation, technology, and competitiveness. She is responsible for leading strategy and program development to accelerate digital health innovation in aging and caregiving as part of MeHI’s broader Digital Health Initiative.

 

Ms. Iwanski is a Massachusetts attorney with a broad health care, management and public policy background.  She received her BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and JD from Suffolk University Law School.  Prior to joining MassTech, Ms. Iwanski held the position of Vice President of Policy and Chief of Staff for Hebrew SeniorLife, a senior health care, housing and aging research organization. 

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Elizabeth Russet DNP, FNP-BC

Director @ Northeastern University Adult Primary Care NP

Dr. Russet is an accomplished faculty member, and is Director of the Adult Primary Care NP Program. Special interests include health equity, rural/migrant health care and reproductive justice. She is a board member of the Neighbor Birth Center in Boston and a founding member of Mano en Mano, a community organization based in Milbridge, Maine. 

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Glenn Gates

Health and Public Service Managing Director @ Accenture

Glenn is a Senior Technology Delivery Lead Executive within Accenture Technology, with a 20+ year focus on large scale program delivery and management, including complex, multi-site implementations in the Health Industry – Provider and Payer. Glenn has focused his 14 years at Accenture on the following: Large Scale, Complex Transformations, Packaged Systems Development and Implementation, Healthcare Clinical and Revenue Cycle Systems Implementations, Healthcare Systems and Process Innovation & Transformation. Glenn has a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, and also maintains his nursing license in Massachusetts.

Kavitha Gnanasambandan, PhD 

Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer @ Blooming Health

Kavitha Gnanasambandan, PhD, is the Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Blooming Health, a company dedicated to addressing social isolation and loneliness in older adults using the combined power of simple technology and community partnerships.

 

Kavitha is a biomedical cancer scientist-turned health tech commercial strategy leader with payer and life science experience. She received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Florida and did her Postdoctoral fellowship in kinase structural biology at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. As a healthcare strategy consultant at Health Advances, she supported 30+ healthcare clients in developing growth and go-to-market commercial strategies across life sciences, diagnostics, devices, and digital health. Most recently, Kavitha led the global evidence and reimbursement strategy at Varian Medical Systems for Noona, a remote symptom monitoring platform to support cancer patients.