MedTech and the Pandemic

Jiang Li, Kristi Ebong, Ed Kopetsky


May 28, 2020

Our speakers will include Jiang LiKristi Ebong, and Ed Kopetsky. Kristi will moderate the discussion with some time for Q&A after.

We are now more than two months into California's "stay at home" mandate and have seen our lives changed dramatically. One article noted, "we have done five years of digital transformation in eight weeks!"  

We are fortunate to have many Badgers on the front lines of technology to support this evolution.  For obvious reasons, we will meet virtually to hear about Badgers active in technologies addressing COVID-19, at the intersection of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and health care. We will hear from the front-lines of a health system in Santa Clara County, the 2nd hot spot in the US with the first confirmed case on January 31st, a connected device company that can remotely monitor temperature and other important vital signs, and a conversational technology company supporting front-line response for ventilator manufacturers and health workers alike. 

Jiang Li
, the CEO of VivaLnk, Inc., has extensive experience in bringing innovative technology and products into the marketplace. He has held various senior management positions in both large high tech organizations and startup companies. Prior to joining VivaLnk, he was responsible for new product and technology development as the VP of engineering in Kovio and Thinfilm Electronics, leading printed electronics companies. Prior to that, he worked at AMD and the joint venture between AMD/Fujitsu, Spansion. As the VP of product engineering in Spansion, Jiang managed the major new product launches in Spansion. Jiang holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor's degree from Zhejiang University in China.

Kristi Ebong is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Orbita, the leading conversational AI platform for healthcare. Orbita powers chatbots and voicebots for the digital front door, bedside assistants, and population health/in-home monitoring. She also serves on the advisory board for The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and as an advisor to global thought leadership consultancy HealthXL. Kristi was previously Head of Emerging Technology at Cedars-Sinai Health System where she served as an advisor on new and emerging technology and launched the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars. Kristi holds a bachelor's degree in political science and global security from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, and an MPH from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 
Ed Kopetsky is Chief Information Officer of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children's Health. Since becoming CIO in 2009, Ed has led large-scale changes in enterprise systems and customer service. Ed is an experienced healthcare executive with expertise in integrated delivery systems, information technology planning and implementation, process and cost improvement, and consulting. Prior to joining Stanford Children's Hospital, Ed was Partner at IBM Global Business Services and Executive Vice President with Healthlink (acquired by IBM), a consulting firm specialized in healthcare IT and process improvement. He previously served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Centura Health and Sharp HealthCare. Ed has both an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Industrial Engineering.

Host: David Bunzel

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