IEEE-SA Presents:

Wearables and Medical IoT Interoperability & Intelligence (WAMIII) Workshop 2018

Security, trust, privacy and interoperability for a connected clinical device ecosystem

There are millions of devices currently in the health ecosystem that monitor and/or deliver life-saving treatment for patients from the hospital bed to the comfort of their living rooms. These “deep technology” health devices are surging in growth and coming in new forms all trying to keep the patients connected to extract data that would lead to better surveillance, diagnostics or treatments. With so many of these devices on or around patients, many questions come to mind: If patients are connected through devices, then how is it they are unconnected from their data? How secure are the devices and the data distribution channels? Where is the data going? Are these devices interoperable? What are the technology limitations of these devices? And the list goes on…

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

08:00 – 18:00

University of Glasgow
Clinical Innovation Zone
Glasgow, Scotland
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The current status: an individual health wearable, IoMT, IoIMT (Internet of Implantable Medical Things) or “smart device” can collect data of one patient and share that data back to its final destination. Multiple this by millions of devices and patients and there are very big data sets doing very little for both the patient and the overall healthcare system. Why? The devices are not interoperable, and therefore the data trapped within those individual systems cannot be intelligently mined and used for any other clinical applications.

We have had two successful workshops in the US and now we are bringing the discussion to Europe. The goal of WAMIII is global: secure the devices and the data; make them interoperable with other devices and blockchain so that the data can open new doors in research and diagnostics; empower the patient to manage and access their data to retain their privacy and choose how to manage their health; and finally deliver on the promise of a connected health ecosystem. How will we do that? By bringing progressive minds like yours to collaborate and engage in our edu-working sessions that will lead to frameworks for either technical standards or industry guidance.

The Education

The WAMIII Europe Workshop will take place with the IEEE Blockchain for Clinical Trials Forum Europe event. Therefore, the theme of this Europe workshop will focus on the challenges and solutions for technology, regulatory and business issues around interoperability while exploring the potential add-on applications (integration with AI, Robotics, and Machine Learning) with blockchain that can offer robust and intelligent use of patient data to advance the future of healthcare while empowering the patient to retain privacy and management of their data.

Who Should Attend?

YOU, if you are in any of the following areas:

  • Clinical Trials Design & Operations
  • Clinical/Medical Professional
  • Health Insurance Payment
  • Health Wearable Start-Up
  • Hospital/Health System – Innovation and Data Project Leads
  • Medical Device Manufacturers – product design or engineering
  • Medical Device Software – design or engineering
  • Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) product design or engineering
  • Sensor Development
  • Communications Network Engineering
  • Blockchain/DLT Technologists: Blockchain/DLTs
  • Government/Regulatory
  • Research: Academia or Industry
  • Other: Enthusiast not mentioned in this list

WAMIII workshops are “edu-working” events divided into three equal parts.

  1. The Learning. Hear from experts on case studies, new technology developments (sensors, communication, security) and applications (research, diagnostic, treatment), and POCs on interoperability of these “deep technology” clinical devices.
  2. The Working. Attendees are expected to think, participate, and engage in working group sessions to identify challenges – technical, regulatory, business, or application – impeding the progress on solutions for interoperability and security of devices.
  3. The Outcomes. All participants leave the workshops with a commitment to work on outcomes by participating on IEEE-SA pre-standards workstreams and/or contribute research and ideas on industry guidance.

Supporting and Partners Sponsors

With our sponsors and partners, we could not make this initiative (advancing the adoption of viable blockchain applications) possible. A special thanks to:

If you are interested in joining this growing list of supporters and partners, please write to or

Preliminary Agenda: 13 November 2018

This is the initial agenda for your review, but we will continue to add speakers and topics as time goes on. Bookmark this page and stay current with updates.

TimeSession Name
08:00 - 08:45Registration and Break
08:45 - 09:00Welcome and Introduction Remarks
09:00 - 09:45Keynote Presentation
09:45 - 10:45Lightening Round Expert Talks: Blockchain Application Focus
3 Experts at 15 Minutes Each
Interactive Q&A with Audience
10:45 - 11:30TECH BREAK
11:30 - 12:15Case Study: Interoperable Clinical IoTs
12:15 - 12:45Blockchain and IoT – The Challenges and the Opportunities
Open Space Working Group Session Submissions
Open Space Working Group Session
Working Group Track 1Working Group Track 2
13:30 - 14:30WG Session OS1WG Session OS2
14:30 - 15:30WG Session OS1WG Session OS2
15:30 - 16:30The Tech Panel Debate: The Challenges of Interoperability
4 Speakers + 1 Moderator
16:30 – 17:00 Closing Remarks:

Summary of working group outcomes and day activities
17:00 – 18:00 Official Welcome Reception for WAMIII EU & Blockchain for Clinical Trials Europe Participants
Days 2 & 3 of Blockchain for Clinical Trials Forum EU. Get more information

Confirmed Speakers

Florence D. Hudson

Blockchain in Healthcare Today Editorial Board
Special Advisor Next Generation Internet for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
Former IBM Vice President and Internet2 Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer

Florence Hudson is a former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, and Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer. She serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Blockchain in Healthcare Today. She works with the IEEE Standards Association on end to end trust and security for the Internet of Things, Blockchain for Clinical Trials, and WAMII (Wearables and Medical Interoperability). She is also Special Advisor to the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub for Next Generation Internet at Columbia University.

She participated in the Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by United States Vice President Joe Biden in 2016, and presented in the Academic Medical Centers (AMC) Security & Privacy Conference Series in 2015 on Security and Privacy Strategies for Expanded Communities, and Biomedical Device Security Challenges and Opportunities. She is on the program committee for the Computational Approaches for Cancer workshop at SuperComputing, and was a panelist and speaker at the first IEEE CHASE Conference on Connected Health in 2016 (CHASE = Connected Healthcare, Applications, Systems and Engineering technologies). She speaks in many venues regarding blockchain, the Internet of Things, and smart campus and communities.

Ms. Hudson earned a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, beginning her career at Grumman Aerospace and NASA, prior to HP, IBM, Internet2, Blockchain and the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub. She has attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Susan Ramonat

CEO and Founder, Spiritus Partners

Susan Ramonat is Founder and CEO of Spiritus Partners, a cloud-based software company disrupting post-market surveillance and adverse event management in healthcare by combining proven enterprise-class technologies with advances in analytics and blockchain/DLT.  Susan has over 25 years of experience in sales, product development, corporate development, and operational risk management in the heavily regulated financial services industry.  A frequent speaker at industry conferences and universities about blockchain, IoT, and cybersecurity, she also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago.  Susan was raised in Bethlehem, PA and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.


University of Glasgow
Clinical Innovation Zone
Glasgow, Scotland
Get Directions


The nature of this Workshop is to give ALL participants the opportunity to lead discussions, ask good questions, and formulate solutions for the critical challenges facing this vested community of technologists, commercialization leads, clinicians, and regulatory leaders. Therefore, the workshop is limited to 65 attendees maximum on first-come basis.

WAMIII 1-Day Event OnlySneak Peak Offer
thru 15/09/2018
On-Time Rate
15/09/2018 - 09/11/2018
Late Comer
After 09/11/2018
Primary Industry and Tech$250.00$350.00$450.00
Industry: IEEE MEMBER$175.00$235.00$295.00
ADD 2 Days of Blockchain for Clinical Trials Forum EU to Your Registration
Super 3 Day Package: Primary Industry and Tech$550.00$750.00$895.00
Super 3 Day Package: Industry IEEE MEMBER $425.00$625.00$750.00
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