telehealthHow does the medical community keep patients from relapsing? Telehealth enables online monitoring and timely followup by physicians, nurses and therapists.  They can catch problems early, before they become an emergency.  Telehealth will improve the lives of millions of chronic disease patients and reduce the cost of caring for them.  This is a profound change in the delivery of healthcare.  And it will be done at much lower costs than today.

On Wednesday, May 20, InTouch Health Founder & CEO, Yulun Wang, will be our keynote speaker.  InTouch Health is the pioneer of Remote Presence – bringing a patient (you) and the right physicians together in real time over long distances. This can make the best expert treatment available in emergency situations. Neurologists can diagnose and treat stroke victims in a matter of minutes from thousands of miles away – revolutionizing the treatment of strokes and dramatically improving outcomes.

Remote Presence is becoming “telehealth” for many serious conditions.  Examples include congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Typically these patients are treated and stabilized in the hospital, then sent home with instructions for maintaining their health.  If a patient relapses and returns to the hospital, it is very expensive for the health care system generally and for the hospital specifically.  Without close follow up, many patients end up back in the hospital within 30 days.

About the Speakers:

yulun_wangYulun Wang, PhD, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, launched his career at the intersection of healthcare and technology with the founding of Computer Motion, Inc. and the invention of AESOP, the first FDA-cleared surgical robot. Under his leadership, Computer Motion went public in 1997 and later merged with Intuitive Surgical to forge the multi-billion dollar surgical robotics industry.

In 2002, Dr. Wang founded InTouch Health which has been recognized as one of the fastest growing healthcare and technology companies by the likes of Inc. 500 and Deloitte 500. Dr. Wang has received multiple entrepreneurship and leadership awards and was elected to the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. Author to more than 50 publications and 100 registered patents, he is a member of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Board of Directors, and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Board of Directors, where he also serves as an officer.

Frequently invited to speak at noteworthy meetings and events, Dr. Wang has appeared on the Today Show, CNN and other nationally televised news programs. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering specializing in Robotics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Moya_Rita_3x5_colorRita Moya, Chief Strategist, BioIQ. Ms. Moya serves in various roles in healthcare and technology as an investor, executive and volunteer leader.  She currently advises BioIQ, a health improvement technology platform company headquartered in Santa Barbara and serves on the Board of Directors of Direct Relief, an international charity where she is Chair Elect.

She has served as Vice President of State Solutions for United Health Group/Ingenix and as the chief executive of two health foundations, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the National Health Foundation (NHF) where she was President/CEO for 11 years.  She was the founding President/CEO of the Health Data Corporation, the first statewide health data exchange in California.  Prior to her work in healthcare, Ms. Moya was an executive with Verizon in various roles involving engineering, marketing, external affairs and strategic positioning.

Rita has served on corporate and non-profit boards including:  WEDI, Independent Sector, Los Angeles Educational Partnership, Norton Healthcare Networks and the Kennedy School of Government Leadership Board at Harvard University.

Dean Hovey, President & CEO of Digifit, Inc. Dean is a native of Silicon Valley, joined Digifit, Inc. as its president and CEO in the fall of 2011. Digifit combines mobile personal technology with experience design to help people form lifelong healthy habits. Over the past 30 years Dean helped start 12 technology based companies. He has held senior executive team positions in two public companies. His personal experience spans retail, product design, entrepreneurship, business development, general management and venture capital.

During the early nineties Dean served as general partner of Avalon Ventures, a premier seed venture capital fund sponsored by the venture firms Kleiner Perkins, IVP, Sequoia Capital, and Norwest Ventures. Avalon formed attractive deals with unprecedented success rates. While attending Stanford University Mr. Hovey created a new medical instrument to improve differential white blood cell counts. He founded Hovey/Kelley Design to take the instrument from prototype to production design. Within a year Hovey/Kelley added a number of clients including Apple Computer. The firm merged with Matrix and ID Two in 1991 to form IDEO.

Dean is the author of several patents including the patent for Apple Computer’s mouse. He earned BS and MS degrees from Stanford University in General Engineering Product Design.

DSC_3321rrMelinda Staveley, Vice President, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital & Cottage Therapy Services. Ms. Staveley joined the Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara (RISB) in 1993 as VP of Clinical Services.  She served subsequently as VP of Clinical Services/Nurse Executive; VP of Clinical Services/COO and in 2001 became President/CEO.  She served as CEO through 2007 when Cottage Hospital acquired RISB.

Ms. Staveley has 35 years’ experience in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.  She is active nationally, serving as a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1988, and as a member of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. She served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Post-Acute Care of the California Hospital Association for six years and currently serves on the board of the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC).  She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics.

Ms. Staveley earned a BA in Economics from Sarah Lawrence College; a BS in Nursing from University of Arizona; and an MS in Community Health Nursing at the University of Arizona.

This program will be moderated by Kathy Odell, Founder of NutraHealth Partners, CEO of Inogen, Co-founder of Medical Concepts (Karl Storz Imaging).

kathy_odellKathy Odell is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of leadership experience in high growth enterprises. She is currently CEO of NutraHealth Partners, a developer of functional foods and beverages and nutritional supplements. Prior to NutraHealth Partners, Kathy served as Managing Director of Annovium Products LLC, a fitness equipment company from 2011 to 2013; founding CEO of Inogen, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced oxygen therapy devices for treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) from 2002-2008.

Kathy began her entrepreneurial career in 1985 as co-founder Medical Concepts, Inc., which over a five-year period became the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of video systems for minimally invasive surgery, resulting in its acquisition by Karl Storz Endoscopy GmbH in 1990. Kathy is actively involved in entrepreneurial activities in the Santa Barbara area as a mentor and advisor to young entrepreneurs and plays an active role in University of California Santa Barbara programs promoting technology and entrepreneurial education.

In addition to her work with private enterprises, from 1998 to 2012 Kathy was a director of Pacific Capital Bancorp, NA (NASDAQ:PCBC), a regional community bank with $6.5B in assets. Kathy’s awards and recognition include the 2013 Rock Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, the 2005 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Greater Los Angeles area; the 2005 Venky Award for entrepreneurial leadership presented by UCSB; the Women’s Economic Ventures 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year and the 1998 South Coast Business and Technology Award as Executive of the Year. Kathy is a graduate of Stanford University.

Event Registration:

When:  Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103


  • Student $15.00
  • Regular (Online pre-registration only) $30.00 — CLOSED
  • At the Door $40.00
  • Parking $4.00 – $6.00 (separate; paid at lot)


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Registration includes appetizers and refreshments.

If you missed the early-bird registration, not to worry! We welcome walk-in guests to register at the registration table in the lobby of the venue.

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