Wearable sensing for prenatal care and for newborns

Anoop Rao

“Wearable sensing for neonates”

Speaker: Anoop Venkat Rao, M.D., Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics (Neonatology), Stanford University


Anoop Rao is a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics (Division of Neonatology) at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. After completing early medical training in India, he obtained his MS from MIT, and completed clinical training in Pediatrics from Columbia and fellowships in Neonatal Critical Care from Stanford and Biomedical Informatics from Harvard. He spent over 5 years at AgaMatrix, a startup focused on developing high-accuracy blood glucose meters.

At Stanford, his research is on contact and non-contact monitoring of infants. Anoop collaborates extensively with industry and is actively supported by NIH/Maternal and Child Health Research Institute.

Eric Dy

“Crowdsourced data and machine learning to design the future of prenatal care”

Speaker: Eric Dy, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO of Bloomlife, Inc.


The period from conception through the first 1000 days of life are the most critical for lifelong health and development, yet too often we are failing women and babies at this time. High risk pregnancies are on the rise, access to care is increasingly a problem, and pregnancy complications such as preterm birth now affect 1 in 10 babies.   Despite these growing challenges, the way we deliver prenatal care has not fundamentally changed in over 60 years.  We need smarter tools, better data, and scalable solutions to improve the health of moms and babies globally.   In this talk Bloomlife co-founder and CEO will share their strategy for designing the future of prenatal care.  He will discuss how clinical grade wearables, in the hands of mom, has helped create the largest dataset on pregnancy in the world, and how AI applied to this dataset is seeding breakthrough screening and diagnostic tools to help solve global maternal health issues including preterm birth.  


Eric Dy, PhD is co-founder and CEO of Bloomlife, a women’s health company designing remote prenatal care solutions to improve the health of women and babies.  Eric brings unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges in emerging healthcare technologies and delivery models informed by multidisciplinary technical expertise leading business development for Europe’s leading R&D institute, imec. Eric earned his BSc in Bioengineering from Cornell and his MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA.  Bloomlife has been recognized for their pioneering work winning Fast Company World Changing Ideas, Johnson & Johnson Quickfire Challenge, Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge, MedTech Innovator Award, and speaking at the White House Precision Public Health Summit.