Episode 8: “HealthTech”

MOXIE Promotion Presents
Waterfront Tech Series Episode 8: “HealthTech” 
Presented by Kaiser Permanente

We are back at it and back at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School to bring you an in depth look at where we are with technology as it pertains to healthcare! Hear our strong panel discuss how Technology, Telehealth, Remote Health, AI, Big Data, and Integrated Data are working to innovate new ways to make your health a top priority. 

As always, come ready with your own questions for the Q&A portion of the program! 

May 23, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
 Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202




Gracelyn Ashby McDermott, MBA, PMP
Executive Director of Account Management, Kaiser Permanente

Gracelyn A. McDermott, Executive Director of Account Management at Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is an innovative and diverse executive with over 20 years’ experience in Project, Program and Account Management.  Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans.  In her role at Kaiser Permanente, Gracelyn is responsible for retention and growth of commercial accounts in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Gracelyn’s overall professional career includes sales, operations and information technology leadership in the health care environment. 

Prior to joining KP, Ms. McDermott served as Vice President of Accrediting & Client Services at URAC, an independent health care accrediting organization.  In this role, she oversaw all aspects of the accreditation process from applicant preparation and submission through to the independent accreditation decision.  Ms. McDermott also served as the Director, Specimen Administration for Ameritox, LLC, formerly a leader in pain medication monitoring, offering laboratory services and practice management tools to help clinicians coordinate and optimize the care of chronic pain patients.  In this capacity, she built a new department within the organization, providing management oversight of over 350 Specimen Processors and 50 Third Party Collection sites. 

Previous responsibilities include oversight of program and account management for The McConnell Group, Inc., a biodefense, biomedical and health science company, providing a comprehensive selection of professional and technical services to the government sector.  She also held a series of roles with progressive program management responsibility, culminating as Vice President of Scientific Services for ICON Development Solutions, a contract research organization. In this role, Ms. McDermott managed a department of about 250 staff comprised of Project Management, Biostatistics, Data Management, SAS Programming, Clinical Operations, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Modeling and Simulation – all in support of Clinical Trial Management. 

Ms. McDermott holds a M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member of Leadership Maryland, Class of 2018.  She also serves on the Executive Board for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce; and, serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for her undergraduate alma mater, Mount Saint Mary’s University.  She resides in Mount Airy, MD.



Dr. Daniel Durand
Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), LifeBridge Health

Dr. Daniel Durand is the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for the LifeBridge Health (LBH) system in Baltimore, Maryland, a $2.5B health system serving over 1 million patients. Dan is accountable for overseeing all LBH work related to biomedical research, digital health, and value-based contracting. He also continues to practice medicine as the Chairman of Radiology across LBH.

From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Durand served as the medical and operational director of the LifeBridge Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO) LLC, which achieved shared savings in all three years of its first contract with Medicare, making it one of the most financially successful health system-led ACOs in the history of the Medicare ACO program.  The LBH ACO, LLC also demonstrated excellent quality performance, with quality scores averaging over 90% over the same period.  In addition, Dr. Durand served as the first Executive Director of the LifeBridge Health Clinically Integrated Network (CIN).  Under his leadership, the LifeBridge Health CIN grew to over 500 providers caring for over 100K patients in value-based contracts.

Dan’s writing has appeared in top journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).



Smitha Gopal
CEO, Rendia

Smitha Gopal is the CEO of Rendia, a Baltimore company that creates visual patient education software to help doctors and patients communicate with each other. Prior to joining Rendia (formerly Eyemaginations), Smitha worked at a boutique investment bank. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance from the University of Virginia. Smitha was once misdiagnosed with juvenile glaucoma and sent home with only an outdated pamphlet. That frightening experience has made her passionate about taking a patient-centered approach to healthcare, and she believes that technology-driven communication is a key element in every medical practice. 


Letitia Dzirasa
Commissioner of Health, Baltimore City Government

Dr. Letitia Dzirasa joined Baltimore City government as the Commissioner of Health in March 2019. Dr. Dzirasa, a Hopkins trained pediatrician, believes that equitable care is basic right for all and will tirelessly advocate for programs that support the overall health and wellbeing of all Baltimore city residents.  Dr. Dzirasa’s special interests include obesity management and prevention, trauma informed care in children and adolescents, and expanded use of technology to improve health outcomes. 

Prior to joining the Health Department, Dr. Dzirasa worked at Fearless Solutions (Fearless), a Baltimore based digital services firm that builds custom software solutions for local and federal government clients. In her role at Fearless as Health Innovation Officer, Dr. Dzirasa was responsible for managing the Healthcare IT portfolio for the company and provided clinical subject matter expertise to HIT projects. Dr. Dzirasa also has close clinical ties to the Baltimore community, having trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in pediatrics and having worked as medical director for school based health and quality at Baltimore Medical System from 2013-2016. 

In addition to holding a B.S. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in biological sciences, Dr. Dzirasa graduated from Meharry Medical College, Summa Cum Laude, in 2007.  She lives in downtown Baltimore with her husband and son. 


Stay tuned for additional Panelist announcements!