Dheerendra Kommala Speaks at Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Stoelting Conference on Consumer- versus Medical-grade Wearables

September 6, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. PT

Overview

While medical devices may claim to enhance outcomes, they still pose financial costs and additional risks to healthcare organizations. The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Stoelting Conference will focus on new and emerging technologies—including wearable technologies designed to wirelessly monitor patients in different care settings; artificial intelligence (AI); as well as clinical decisions either made or implemented remotely from the patient bedside.

During the Wearable Devices and Remote Monitoring session at the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Stoelting Conference, Dheerendra Kommala, MD, ECRI's Chief Medical Officer, and other industry leaders will discuss wearable medical devices. In his presentation, Dr. Kommala will explore the differences between consumer- and medical-grade devices, considerations for providers, and the regulatory implications of each for informed decision-making.

Speakers

Dheerendra Kommala, MD

Chief Medical Officer, ECRI
Dheerendra Kommala, MD, was appointed ECRI's Chief Medical Officer in early 2021 after serving two years as Chief Strategy Officer. Dr. Kommala brings more than 20 years of experience as an academic clinician, researcher, and chief medical officer. He successfully introduced new products and services to markets throughout the world by working collaboratively with major health systems, industry leaders, clinicians, and patients. Throughout his career, he has been a vocal advocate for patient safety and a visionary leader managing large teams.

Prior to joining ECRI, Dr. Kommala was global vice president of medical affairs for Baxter Healthcare. Previous experience included working as chief medical officer/global vice president of medical affairs for ConvaTec, and as associate medical director of Global Pharmaceutical Research for Renal Care, Abbott Laboratories. Dr. Kommala received his initial medical training in India, and completed a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine.

Session Speakers

Anura Fernando
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Principal Engineer for Medical Software & Systems Interoperability, UL Solutions

Ashish Khanna, MD, MS, FCCP, FCCM, FASA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University

James Grant, MD, MBA, FASA
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Location

For more information about the conference and registration, visit: www.apsf.org/event/apsf-stoelting-conference-2023

Organizers

The goal of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Stoelting Conference 2023 is to critically examine a group of emerging technologies from the perspective of patient safety. The discussion will range from wearable technologies designed to wirelessly monitor patients in different care settings, to large data tools—such as AI—required to turn data into information, and finally back to the patient in the form of clinical decisions either made or implemented remotely from the patient bedside.