Gamifying Pediatrics Kickoff Event

March 20, 6:00pm, PDT - 9:00pm, PDT

Two Bit Circus
634 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021


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Presented by HIMSS SoCal and CHLA Innovation Studio

Pediatric health care is being transformed through mobile games, virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive digital experiences.

Join us to hear from pediatric experts at CHLA and organizations who are using innovative digital health technologies to develop digital therapeutics, support clinical simulation and education, and improve patient and family experience.


6:00-6:30 Registration & Demos

6:30-6:50 Kick off & Announcements

6:50-7:10 Dennis Wall & Catalin Voss - Stanford University / Cognoa

7:10-8:25 Featured Presentations

  • CHLA - Dr. Todd Chang 
  • Yu+Co - Robert Checchi  
  • AppliedVR - Ramsay Brown  
  • Adventure Biofeedback - Brian A. Cohn, MS and Chris M. Laine, PhD 
  • Living Popups - Cheryl Baker

8:25-8:30 Closing Remarks

8:30-9:00 Networking & End of Evening 


Todd P Chang, MD MAcM
Director of Research & Scholarship & Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair, Institutional Review Board of Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics (Educational Scholar), University of Southern California

Robert Checchi
Director of Museum and Special Projects

Dennis P. Wall
Associate Professor
Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Data Science
Stanford University

Catalin Voss
Machine Learning Consultant

Ramsay Brown
Director of Product Science

Brian A. Cohn, MS 
NSF Graduate Fellow, Computer Science PhD program
USC Health Technology Engineering

Chris M. Laine, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Cheryl Bayer
Living Popups

Omkar Kulkarni
Chief Innovation Officer
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Alan S. Young, MD, MBA, PMP
Chair, CMIO Committee


Dr. Todd P Chang, MD MAcM, is the Divisional Director for Research & Scholarship for the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He has been Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in a variety of grant-funded and multi-center educational technology research examining best practices of gamification, serious games, and virtual reality in training healthcare providers, with significant peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings. Dr. Chang has had successful collaboration with development and simulation companies including Laerdal, BreakAway Games, Oculus from FaceBook, A.I.Solve, Bioflight VR, and clinical research societies. He is particularly expert at meaningful and outcome-based assessments using games and virtual reality. His primary research interest is in judicious use of games and game-based learning for healthcare professionals – including appropriate – and inappropriate – use of games in healthcare education, through meaningful outcome-based assessment.

Robert Checchi is the Director of Museum and Special Projects at yU+co, a Hollywood-based digital media company. Robert specializes in experiential design, specifically augmented reality, artificial intelligence and projection mapping for education and non-profit institutions. Robert  was instrumental in the development of Grand Park’s 2019 New Year’s Eve projection mapping of City Hall leading the initiative to animate the artwork, poems and essays of 5th graders from throughout L.A. County into the final 5 minute countdown. For the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Robert led the development of an augmented reality holiday iPad app that allowed children to interact with flying reindeer, dancing gingerbread cookies, and a snowball throwing snowman without ever leaving their hospital beds. Before joining yU+co Robert was an award winning Senior Designer at the J. Paul Getty where he led the design of such renowned exhibitions as Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Invention and Invention, Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road and Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas.

Robert holds a B.F.A. in Printmaking from Penn State University and received his M.F.A. in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

yU+co, a Hollywood-based digital innovation studio, is a collective of writers, designers, animators, producers, editors, technologists and programmers pushing the boundaries of digital storytelling and experiential design. yU+co established its exceptional creativity through critically-acclaimed television and film title design for companies such as Disney, Warner Bros and HBO. yU+co's combination of technological expertise, cutting edge artistry, and film and television experience make it the ideal creative technology studio for AR, VR and other digital environments that forge emotional connections and life-long memories.

Dr. Dennis P. Wall, PhD is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Biomedical Data Sciences at Stanford Medical School. He leads a lab in Pediatric Innovation focused on developing methods in biomedical informatics to disentangle complex conditions that originate in childhood and perpetuate through the life course, including autism and related developmental delays. For over a decade, first on faculty at Harvard and now at Stanford University, and as healthcare has shifted increasingly to the use of digital technologies for data capture and finer resolutions of genomic scale, Dr. Wall has innovated, adapted and deployed bioinformatic strategies to enable precise and personalized interpretation of high resolution molecular and phenotypic data. Dr. Wall has pioneered the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence for fast, quantitative and mobile detection of neurodevelopmental disorders in children, as well as the use of use of machine learning systems on wearable devices, such as Google Glass, for real-time exclinical therapy. These same precision health approaches enable quantitative tracking of progress during treatment throughout an individual’s life enabling big data generation of a type and scale never before possible, and have defined a new paradigm for behavioral detection and therapy that has won Dr. Wall several awards including a spot in the top ten of the World’s top 30 autism researchers. Dr. Wall has acted as science advisor to several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, has created and advised on cutting-edge approaches to cloud computing, and has received numerous awards.

Catalin Voss is an entrepreneur and a PhD student in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University, where he previously graduated with a MS and BSH in Computer Science. Catalin’s research focusses on building scalable AI systems that solve practical social challenges. Catalin developed an AI-based augmented reality therapy for children with autism, currently pursuing FDA clearance. The learning aid uses computer vision technology to provide social cues about facial expressions to children with autism in real time and has shown therapeutic gains as an augmentation to the standard of care. Catalin also co-founded DukaConnect, a Kenyan company acquired by Mastercard in 2018. As an undergraduate student in theoretical computer science, Catalin founded computer vision company Sension that developed face tracking software and was acquired by GAIA Systems (owned by Toyota) in 2015. While in high school, Catalin built a mobile payments system at PayNearMe with Macintosh-father Steve Capps. He has won the Lemelson-MIT prize, Stanford’s Kennedy Medal, Forbes’ 30 under 30, Business Insider’s 40 under 40, and other awards for his work and has been profiled in outlets such as WIRED.

Cheryl Bayer started her career in entertainment by working for great mentors such as Garry Marshall, Grant Tinker, Brandon Tartikoff and Peter Chernin. She worked as the Head of Talent and Development at ABC Productions from 92-94 in both comedy and drama development during which time she had a direct hand in developing shows such as, “Roseanne”, “My So-Called Life”, and “Home Improvement.”  From 94-97, Cheryl was a packaging agent at Creative Artists Agency and was involved with many successful marketing and branding campaigns including "Sex and the City" and "Freaks and Geeks". She served as Senior VP of Comedy at Fox from 97-00 where she developed over fifty scripts including “Malcolm in the Middle”, “That 70’s Show” and “Family Guy.” After Fox, Cheryl co-founded a critically acclaimed and award-winning children’s business, Creative Space. Creative Space was one of the first in Children’s Edu-tainment, including Live Events, Preschool programming, Summer Day Camp to Sleep Away. Cheryl returned to producing with an award-winning civil rights documentary, “Booker's Place” and was responsible for launching, ESPN W. Along with producing partner Madeleine Smithberg, Cheryl produced a sketch show “The Gaggle” for ABC Digital, “Awkward Family Photos” for USA, and “The Clapback” for WeTV. She also co-created and produced 20 episodes of the web series “Cranky Carl” for Most recently, Cheryl co-founded Living Popups, an augmented-reality platform and media company focused on interactive, episodic storytelling through the medium of AR. Living Popups is a leader in AR technology for education, tourism, and entertainment.

Christopher Laine, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor through the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, and has a wealth of experience working in the area of human neurophysiology. He has worked with a variety of clinical conditions, including Parkinson’s, essential tremor, cerebral palsy, and bruxism. Furthermore, he has a particular expertise in oral-motor control.



Brian Cohn, MS is an NSF Graduate Fellow in the Computer Science PhD program, and has a background in Computational Biology. He has worked on projects that explore how motor control occurs in health and disease, and has designed numerous research projects through the USC Health Technology Engineering program, and has run a consultancy on AI strategy for Fortune 500 Companies for the past four years.



Ramsay Brown is a creative technologist, neuroanatomist, sailor, and escaped circus bear. A SoCal native, Rams trained at the Brain Architecture Center @ USC where he worked on brain mapping and pioneered a Google Maps for the Brain. He left brain mapping for Mind Control as the founding Chief Operations Officer at Dopamine Labs, where he and his team lead development on Persuasive AI and Behavioral Design. Now, he's Director of Product Science at AppliedVR. There, he leads innovation on behavioral analysis, behavioral engineering, and live experimentation. It's his job to keep AppliedVR's products beautiful, engaging, and effective therapeutic VR experiences. Ramsay's obsessed with exploring and building things that live at the intersection of brains, minds, and machines. You can find his ideas and copious fur on 60 Minutes, TechCrunch, Time Magazine, and Gentleman's Quarterly.

Omkar P. Kulkarni is CHLA's first chief innovation officer. In his role, Kulkarni is responsible for fostering innovation across CHLA's clinical and research enterprises – including finding successful new methods of care, incubating new medical tools and software, and rallying communities in and out of the hospital to solve problems in the field of pediatrics – all with the goal of enhancing the experience and outcomes for the children and families CHLA serves.

Prior to joining CHLA, Kulkarni served as executive director of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars, where he helped build and launch the accelerator program. In that role, he evaluated over 3,000 health care start-ups and provided extensive mentoring, serving as the main liaison between the start-up community and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Kulkarni also led the performance improvement department at Cedars-Sinai for many years and has experience in financial process redesign at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Kulkarni has a master’s degree in public health and health care management from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University.

Dr. Alan Young is a physician leader with diverse clinical, corporate and entrepreneurial accomplishments. He is the Chief Medical Officer for GYANT, an artificial intelligence healthcare company building solutions to augment patient engagement and provider efficiency. After completing a dual MD/MBA degree program at USC's Keck School of Medicine & Marshall School of Business, he obtained his medical license during his Orthopedic Surgery residency. Combining his passion for business & medicine, he served as a national healthcare subject matter expert Specialist Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP while providing surgical physician services at Southern California Kaiser Permanente. At USC Care Medical Group he was the Director of Operations Strategy and Special Projects, leading ambulatory quality improvement initiatives and electronic health record optimization efforts to improve both patient and physician engagement. He served as Regional Director of Client Relations with Sagacious Consultants, Senior Manager with Accenture to drive business development and as the Client Service Leader for Slalom Consulting in LA. He currently practices medicine in the greater Los Angeles area and he also serves as the So Cal HIMSS CMIO Committee Chair, SoPE LA Chapter Leader, AIMed Ambassador and a ScaleLA Healthcare Committee member.

Event Partner

Gamifying Pediatrics: The CHLA Innovation Studio is transforming pediatric health care through mobile games, virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive digital experiences by partnering with developers, engineers, designers, students, clinicians + gaming, VR, and AR experts and enthusiasts to co-create innovative solutions: .

CHLA Innovation Studio: The CHLA Innovation Studio is designed to bring internal and external communities together to incubate and accelerate processes and technologies that can solve complex problems and transform pediatric care. The studio uses human-centered design and focuses on digital health solutions to address virtual care, social & emotional determinants of health, artificial intelligence, voice recognition, virtual and augmented reality, digital therapeutics, medical devices and more.