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“Telemedicine's Role in Ukraine and Beyond”

June 28th, 2022 (Tuesday)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

The 18th forum will be held virtually.

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11:00 PM - 12:00 PM

"Telemedicine's Role in Ukraine and Beyond"

The ongoing fight for Ukraine instigated by Russia's invasion has wrought immeasurable damage to the people of Ukraine and the world at large. The war has displaced millions across Europe and has contributed to an appalling level of casualties as Russian aggression continues. Many Ukrainians have been killed; others have sustained serious injuries from indiscriminate shelling of their cities, including attacks on hospitals, homes, and churches. Survivors face a crippling lack of medications and medical equipment because the war has cut off supply chains. With support from around the globe pouring in through mechanisms such as humanitarian aid and increasing economic pressure on Russia, some healthcare professionals have found a unique avenue for aiding the Ukrainian populace through remote communication.CTeL, an organization dedicated to the development and support of telehealth, has founded an initiative called Telehealth4Ukraine by forming a task force made up of dozens of experts and KOLs in the telehealth field. Their task is to increase accessibility to telemedicine for the people of Ukraine, while navigating complex logistics and policy issues inherent in offering advice and care from thousands of miles away. The 18th New York Health Forum is dedicated to highlighting their ongoing efforts and raises the question of how the development of aid under current extraordinary circumstances can serve as robust infrastructure for future inevitable humanitarian crises.


Joseph McMenamin, MD,JD (Moderator | EVP, W Medical Strategy Group) Joseph (Joe) P. McMenamin is an Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer with W Medical Strategy Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in defending pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech companies in state and federal court. He also advises clients on managing risks related to telemedicine, corporate use of the internet, social media, communications between life science companies and physicians, compliance with FDA regulations.

Milton Chen, PH.D. (Co-founder and CEO, VSee) Dr. Milton Chen is the cofounder and CEO of VSee, the only video telehealth software good enough for the NASA International Space Station and Return to Moon Mission. VSee is used by TelaDoc, Optum, McKesson, Quest Diagnostics, etc. Dr. Chen is also the co-author of XMPP Video Standard (XMPP is used by Facebook and Google). Dr. Chen did his PhD at Stanford University on the design of video collaboration - the science of creating trust via video. Dr. Chen has deployed VSee for Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, the rock band Linkin Park, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and President Obama's Inauguration. Milton has traveled to over 50 countries on telemedicine volunteer work - including three times to Iraq and Syria. Milton is currently an advisor to the Ukraine Ministry of Health and VSee operates numerous telehealth workflows inside Ukraine.

Bryan Arkwright (Chief Research Officer, Cromford Health) Bryan T. Arkwright is a trusted advisor, thought leader, and researcher in the telehealth and digital health industry. In addition to his Transact Capital Advisory Board role, Bryan is the Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer of Cromford Health, Vice President of Innovation for SCP Health, Co-Founder of GINA Health, Adjunct Faculty at Wake Forest University School of Law, and on the Editorial Board for the peer-reviewed journal Telehealth and Medicine Today. Early in his career, Bryan led telehealth strategy and operations at Wake Forest Baptist Health / School of Medicine (NC), Mission Health (NC), and later began advising large hospitals and health systems regarding telehealth, regularly serving as interim executive leadership. Bryan has published over 25 different Telehealth and Digital Health focused articles, research papers, and book chapters and speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of telehealth and digital health innovation 5-8 times per year. Bryan has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a Master of Health Administration from Medical College of Virginia / VCU, and a Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality.

Leo J Wolansky, MD (President, Board of Directors, Ukrainian Medical Association of North America)

New York Health Forum was founded to strengthen healthcare partnerships and knowledge sharing around the world, supporting innovation and collaboration in global medicine and life sciences. Following the motto scientia potentia est (“knowledge is power”), the NYHF brings together knowledge from industry experts, academia, medical and research facilities, service providers, financial investors, as well as policymakers to further the scope of healthcare. Expert knowledge has fueled the unparalleled development of the health industry, and has empowered the growth of one of the most rapidly changing fields of the 21st century.

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