Continua Council

Officers

 

Horst Merkle

President and Secretary
Continua

Director Information Management Sytems Diabetes Care,
Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Horst Merkle has served as the Director of Information Management Systems, Diabetes Care since 2003. In this position he is responsible for the proposal and the development of key components for the Roche Diabetes Care information management product portfolio with focus on interoperability/connectivity, tele-health and standardization.

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Paul Coebergh van den Braak

Vice President,
Continua

IP&S Manager Healthcare, Senior Director
Philips

Paul Coebergh van den Braak has more than 30 years of experience in managing product and technology development in various companies and application fields, with emphasis on software, electronics and ICT systems. Over the past decade he has been increasingly active in the field of medical devices and healthcare.

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Chuck Parker

Executive Director,
Continua

Chuck Parker is a healthcare professional with more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Charles was most recently the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Masspro, one of the United States' leading performance improvement organizations dedicated to advancing healthcare quality.

     
     
     

Council Members

 

Kaoru Hiraoka

 

GM of Advanced Technology and Standardization, Mobile Phones Unit
Fujitsu Limited

Kaoru Hiraoka has more than 30 years experience in mobile phones and computer systems product planning, development and support within Fujitsu. From 1988, Mr. Hiraoka was a product manager of UNIX DB/DC system products and led the project of LAN and IP network introduction to Fujitsu.

In 2000, he transitioned to the Mobile Phones unit. During this period, he developed the mobile phone based intranet messaging system and other phone features. His current interest is Mobile Healthcare focusing on improving people's QoL using ICT technology. He has been a Board Member of Open Mobile Alliance since 2006. He holds BS and MS degrees in Electronic Engineerings from Osaka University.

     

Rick Cnossen

Director of Personal Health Enabling,
Intel Corporation Digital Health Group

Rick Cnossen is the director of Personal Health Enabling for Intel in its Digital Health Group with a focus on medical device interoperability standards. He is currently leading a large, international, cross-industry consortium, the Continua, focused on the establishment of an eco-system of interoperable, personal telehealth systems.

Mr. Cnossen serves on the HITSP Board of Directors and as a chairperson for the ISO/IEEE 11073 Medical Device Communications WG. He is a participating member of the ISO/IEEE 11073 Personal Health Data WG, the HITSP Consumer Perspectives Technical Committee, the Health Level Seven (HL7) Structured Document Technical Committee, the USB Personal Health Device WG, and the Bluetooth Medical Device Profile WG.

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 Rob Havasy  

Rob Havasy

Team Lead, Technical Architect,
Center for Connected Health

Robert Havasy is the Corporate Team Lead for Product and Technology Development at the Center for Connected Health (CCH), part of the Partners Healthcare System in Boston, Massachusetts. With more than a decade of experience in technology implementation, Mr. Havasy specializes in making communication technologies accessible to patients while integrating them into clinical workflows. At CCH Mr. Havasy leads the team that identifies emerging technology trends, charts the Center’s technology strategy, develops new products supporting the Center’s mission, and integrates the Center’s systems with Partners’ enterprise clinical systems.

Prior to joining CCH, Mr. Havasy held a variety if positions in Sales, Marketing, and Services with Enterasys Networks (now Enterasys/Siemens Enterprise Communications), culminating as Service Operations Manager where he had responsibility for Maintenance and Professional Services offerings and for driving global service revenues of over $100 million annually.

Mr. Havasy is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the Society for Participatory Medicine. He speaks frequently about connected health, mHealth, and other emerging technologies in healthcare.

Mr. Havasy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Keene State College and is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Health and Medical Informatics at Brandeis University.

     
   

Jongae Park

Vice President
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

     
   

Bryan Hallberg

Sharp

 

     
 Reid Oakes  

Reid Oakes

Executive Director, Healthcare Technology,
Oracle

As Oracle’s Executive Director for Healthcare Technology, Reid is responsible for driving global Healthcare technology strategy. He leads Oracle’s strategic technology approach across the Healthcare industry, leveraging Oracle’s broad, best of breed portfolio to solve today’s healthcare challenges. Reid serves in leadership capacities across the healthcare industry and has spoken globally on the topics of connected health, analytics, and healthcare consumerism.  With 20 years in Healthcare IT, he brings deep expertise to the interoperability, user experience, and security and compliance fields across providers, payers, and public sector health.

 

   

Thierry Zylberberg

Global Vice President, Healthcare and Life Sciences,
France Telecom - Orange

Thierry Zylberberg is Executive Vice President of the France Telecom/Orange Group, and Head of Orange Healthcare, the Group’s Healthcare Division that he created in 2007.  Orange Healthcare aims to develop e-health activities in France and internationally leveraging the France Telecom-Orange Group’s expertise in Information and Communication Technologies.

Thierry is a widely recognized thought leader on the transformational impact of new technologies on the healthcare ecosystem. He frequently speaks at a wide range of conferences on the subject of m-Health and e-Health. He was recognized by the French Magazine L’Usine Nouvelle as “one of the 100 leaders who will transform the Industry in 2011”

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Jayant Parthasarathy  

Innovation, Research and Development Group Director,
UnitedHealth Group

Jayant Parthasarathy (JP) started his career in healthcare designing nano-sensors and wireless chipsets to better understand neuronal functioning and aid Alzheimer's research. JP applied his understanding of sensor and wireless technology to design award-winning products at Nonin Medical Inc. to aid patients suffering from chronic cardio-pulmonary diseases. With a keen interest to commercialize his group’s inventions, he also launched the eHealth Business segment at Nonin to serve a global market in chronic respiratory care.

As Chair of the Technology Group at the Continua, JP led a world-wide group of architects from Fortune 50 companies and start-ups alike to develop industry-first guidelines to promote interoperability, improved care co-ordination and reduce integration costs for systems designed to aid personal health & fitness, chronic disease management and facilitate independence for an aging population.

Currently, as Director of the Innovation, Research and Development group at UnitedHealth Group, JP’s team led the concept and development of a comprehensive health management platform integrating social and mobile technologies, biometric devices, advanced analytics to discern crowd-sourced behavioral patterns and live coaching elements. He is working on emerging business concepts that aim to disrupt healthcare delivery as it is practiced today and significantly improve access to high quality and cost efficient care.

JP attended Purdue University and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Doctorate in Engineering.