Vitalis 2022 Conference

In Partnership with the Open Voice Network and Intelligent Health Association

In recent years, the use of speech technology and conversational AI has increased exponentially. You’ll find these technologies in use among consumer and companies, but also in the health care industry, where applications and benefits are many.

On 16 May, one day before the Vitalis 2022 Conference officially begins, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from international advocates, clinical staff, and industry representatives on the future of voice technology and what can be used today to revolutionize the healthcare industry. The conference is aimed towards healthcare decision makers, doctors, nurses, operations, IT, and quality managers who operate within the healthcare space.

The Open Voice Network (OVON) is proud to partner with the Intelligent Health Association (IHA) on this special Voice at Vitalis program. The event will feature Members, Ambassadors, and Industry Advisors from the Open Voice Network and the Intelligent Health Association. Click here for the full program schedule for the Vitalis 2022 Conference.

If you are unable to attend the conference, please click here to view recordings from each presentation.

Voice at Vitalis

Time: 16 May | 13:00 CET / 7:00 ET / 4:00 PT


  • Jon Stine, Executive Director, Open Voice Network
  • Dr. Michael McTear, Emeritus Professor, Ulster University
  • Dr. Yaa Kumah-Crystal, Assistant Professor Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Teri Fisher, Founder and Host, Voice First Health
  • Maarten Lens FitzGerald, Founder, Project Zilver
  • Hans Van Dam, CEO, Conversation Design Institute

Speaker Bios:

Jon Stine, Executive Director, Open Voice Network

Jon Stine is the Executive Director of the Open Voice Network (OVON), the Linux Foundation community dedicated to the development of technical standards and usage guidelines for the emerging world of voice assistance. Prior to OVON, Jon served in global executive roles for the Intel Corporation and Cisco Systems. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Michael McTear, Emeritus Professor, Ulster University

Dr. Michael McTear is an Emeritus Professor at Ulster University with a special interest in spoken language technologies and conversational interfaces. He has authored several books, including Spoken Dialogue Technology: Toward The Conversational User Interface (Springer, 2004), Spoken Dialogue Systems (Morgan & Claypool 2010, with Kristina Jokinen), and The Conversational Interface: Talking to Smart Devices (Springer, 2016, with Zoraida Callejas and David Griol). His latest book, Conversational AI, was published in November 2020 by Morgan & Claypool. Dr. McTear has delivered keynote addresses and tutorials at many academic conferences and has led workshops and presented at SpeechTEK, the largest industry-focused event in speech and conversational technologies, at the Conversational Interaction Conference, Project Voice, and the Re-Work AI Assistants Summit in London. He is currently working on several projects involving chatbots in mental health support and home monitoring of the elderly.

Dr. Yaa Kumah-Crystal, Assistant Professor Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Kumah-Crystal’s research focuses on studying communication and documentation in healthcare and developing strategies to improve workflow and patient care delivery. Dr. Kumah-Crystal is the project lead for the Vanderbilt EHR Voice Assistant (VEVA) initiative to incorporate voice user interfaces and ambient scribe technology into the EHR through natural language processing. Dr. Kumah-Crystal is the HealthIT Clinical Director for the VUMC Telehealth Taskforce and works to develop and implement strategies to leverage remote patient care models. She remains clinically active and also supervises pediatric residents and fellows. Dr. Kumah-Crystals related publications define the use of technology to improve care and communication for providers and patients.

Dr. Teri Fisher, Founder and Host, Voice First Health

Dr. Teri Fisher, dubbed “The Voice Doctor,” is a unique blend of award-winning TEDx and keynote performer, physician, podcaster, author, educator, and leading authority on all things voice technology. Teri, known for his laid-back, friendly, personable, and upbeat style, breaks down the complexities of voice technology to its simplest parts and is your guide to navigating the world of voice. A Sport & Exercise Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor, Teri is also the creator and host of The Voice Den, a revolutionary online voice technology reality show that combines his passions for voice technology and education in a fun, relaxed, and entertaining style. A Voicebot 2020 “Top 17 Influencer in Voice,” Soundhound “Top 40 Voice AI Influencer,” host of the Project Voice 2020 “Flash Briefing of the Year,” finalist for the 2020 “Voice AI/Commentator of the Year,” 2019 “Commentator of the Year,” Alexa Champion, and Bixby Premier Developer, Teri is a leader in voice technology around the globe.

Maarten Lens FitzGerald, Founder, Project Zilver

As founder of Project Zilver, Maarten empowered older adults with voice technology by enabling the giveaway of 10,000 smart speakers at the start of the COVID pandemic, as well as creating the first large research into voice and older adults. As a leading innovation executive, Maarten instigates movements that shape the future. He helps many leading organizations in media, health(care), and other categories with exploration, strategy, and product development for the new conversational channel. His latest role is director of the Dutch Voice Coalition, which develops speech technology for the Dutch language as a healthy public-private collaboration—open, trusted, inclusive, and sovereign. Maarten is the author of “Voice: insights and opportunities with the conversational revolution,” and he is also an ambassador of the Open Voice Network—the global voice standards organization that is an open source association of The Linux Foundation. Maarten is also a frequent event host, keynote speaker, and taco maker.

Hans Van Dam, CEO, Conversation Design Institute

Hans van Dam is co-founder and Dean of the Conversation Design Institute, the world’s leading training and certification institute for conversation designers. The Conversation Design Institute works with brands like Walmart, JP Morgan, Google, ABN AMRO, and many others, to make their AI Assistants more human-centric, helpful, and natural. Hans van Dam lectures at multiple universities (VU, University of Nijmegen, Goldsmiths) and speaks often at conferences around the world.