Conquering Innovation in Telehealth


  • Rajiv Leventhal (Moderator) Healthcare Informatics, Managing Editor
  • Erik Viirre UC San Diego, Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences, UC San Diego and Former Medical Director, Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize and Nokia Samsung XCHALLENGE
  • Joseph (Joe) Smith Reflexion Health, a Digital Health Corp Company, CEO


Session Description: The session covered how research and outcomes are linked to innovation presenting recent outcomes from a case use. Points of view from providers and innovators on patient care, science, and technology will be discussed. The  ideation behind the XPRIZE and how the most successful solutions are created not from ingenuity, but from identifying legitimate market gaps are discussed.


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Author Biographies

Rajiv Leventhal (Moderator), Healthcare Informatics, Managing Editor

Rajiv Leventhal is Managing Editor of Healthcare Informatics, covering healthcare IT leadership and strategy for the renowned, award-winning publication. Since 2012, he has been covering the daily impact of regulatory measures on Healthcare Informatics’ CIO and CMIO-based audience, and has taken keen interest in areas such as patient engagement, health information exchange, mobile health, healthcare data security, and telemedicine.

Erik Viirre, UC San Diego, Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences, UC San Diego and Former Medical Director, Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize and Nokia Samsung XCHALLENGE

Dr. Erik Viirre is Adjunct Professor in the UCSD Departments of Neurosciences, Surgery and Cognitive Science. His clinical specialties are vertigo, balance problems and tinnitus. He treats people with disorders such as Migraine, Menieres Disease, Labyrinthitis and Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV). His interests include vision, hearing and the vestibular system and higher cognitive function. Dr. Viirre has done research for the National Institutes of Health, the United States Navy’s Office of Naval Research, DARPA and NASA. He is a consultant for groups such as the National Academy of Science and a variety of Virtual Reality technology companies. He has participated in a variety of start-up companies, including Zero G Corporation, and Otosound LLC, which is bringing to market technology for treatment of tinnitus that he developed and patented at UCSD.

Dr. Viirre received his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology in 1987 at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and his M.D. in 1988. He completed a Rotating Internship at St. Josephs's Medical Center in London, Canada in 1989. After his internship in London, he was a fellow at the Robarts Research Institute in functional imaging and had an eye care practice. In 1994, Dr. Viirre was a Visiting Professor in Neurology and Ophthalmology at UCLA where he did a fellowship in Medical Neurotology, the management of inner ear disorders. In 1995-99 he was a Scientist at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington. He was a Senior Scientist in the Human Performance Department of the US Navy’s Naval Health Research Center from 2001 to 2012 and is a member of the Clinical Investigation Department at Naval Medical Center San Diego as of 2012.

Joseph (Joe) Smith, Reflexion Health, a Digital Health Corp Company, CEO

Digital Health Corp is a diversified healthcare company that harnesses the power of the latest technology and thinking to accelerate and improve patient recovery at home.

The company is comprised of businesses across a range of healthcare and wellness therapies with an initial focus on virtual physical therapy offered by Reflexion Health, Inc. and The Learning Corp, a developer of mobile solutions that treat patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, aphasia, and learning disorders.

Reflexion Health is a digital medicine / telemedicine company working to transform healthcare delivery, initially focusing on rehabilitation medicine.



How to Cite

Leventhal (Moderator), R., Viirre, E., & Smith, J. (Joe). (2021). Conquering Innovation in Telehealth. Blockchain in Healthcare Today. Retrieved from