Healthcare IT & Analytics Summit 2018

The Grand Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
June 21, 2018 - June 22, 2018

58 days left

The Healthcare IT & Analytics Summit is a gathering for C-Suite & Industry Thought Leaders to discuss IT, Data & Analytics, and cybersecurity challenges currently facing the healthcare industry. We will examine such issues as patient care, controlling costs, improving reimbursements, securing patient and data privacy, and transforming data into actionable information to make smarter business and clinical decisions.
With so many technological advancements, analytical tools and models, and an ever-increasing need to thwart cyber threats, how do you truly cultivate a winning strategy that will not only maximize your data’s value but also make a real impact on healthcare and costs.

The Healthcare IT & Analytics Summit has been approved by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) to award a total of 11.5 continuing education units (CEUs) towards the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) Program. CHIME Members may claim their CEUs for this program by entering them on the CHIME website at

Current as of April 19, 2018


Registration & Breakfast


Opening Remarks




How Today’s Technology is Shaping Healthcare’s Future

Industries across the globe continue to transform digitally; and healthcare is no exception – in fact it could be said, it is the industry primed for technological reinvention.  In this session, we will look take a holistic approach to technology that is innovating healthcare and taking us into the future, such as:

  • Smart Medical Devices
  • Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Telehealth
  • Online patient portals
  • IoT
  • Big Data
  • AI & Virtual Reality
  • And more…

This interactive discussion will provide an inside look into various technologies and the possibilities they will provide to the healthcare industry and what today’s IT & Analytics executives need to know to be ready for the future of healthcare.

Neil Gomes | Chief Digital Officer, SVP for Technology Innovation and Consumer Experience | Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health


What Role Does Health IT Play in the Move to Value-Based Care?

Providers and Payers alike have been facing challenges as we move away from a FFS (Fee-for-Service) to a value-based healthcare model.  This is changing not only billing and reimbursement but also the way that healthcare organizations deal with patients and how they deliver care and service.  In this session, we will examine such topics as:

  • What are innovators doing to redesign healthcare in order to achieve success
  • What data should we examine
  • What role does health IT play in this strategy
  • What is working and not working
  • What does the future look like

Jason Wood | Market CIO | DaVita Medical Group


Preventing Data Chaos in a World of Self-Service Analytics

Today, analytics capabilities empower organizations to deliver the insights required for an accelerating shift to value-based reimbursement and competitive pressures to innovate.

However, self-service and independent action with data decentralized across the enterprise can rapidly lead to data chaos and anarchy resulting in analytics that cannot be trusted.

The emerging best-practice approach is for enterprise architecture and analytics teams to focus on providing relevant capabilities that enable self-service and independent action, while fostering collaboration, re-use and enterprise governance.

In this session:

  • Understand the drivers of self-service analytics
  • Identify capabilities required to manage data as an asset in a decentralized approach
  • Appreciate how data governance can adjust to a distributed approach to data management and analytics

Christopher Hutchins | Associate Vice President, Healthcare Analytics | Northwell Health


Networking Break


Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Building a Diverse Cyber Workforce

The lack of diversity in the cyber security talent pool is not a secret. We need as many people as possible to join our ranks but often, and unknowingly, we create a work environment that does not promote diversity and is not attractive to women and minorities.

What have you done or said in the workplace that you may not think was offensive to someone, but may have been? Why is the security environment hostile towards women and minorities in many institutions? What can you do to ensure that there is more diversity in the workforce?

This interactive discussion promises to be a lively conversation on race, class and culture in the security workplace and how we need to work together and overcome the security problems our nation faces today.

Data Breaches, Hacks, Penalties and the Stuff Nightmares are Made Of!

What’s keeping you up at night? As a CIO or CTO, you carry a heavy burden when it comes to data security. As the keeper of your organization’s digital assets, it’s nerve-racking to think you’re just one click away from a multi-million dollar phishing attack. Email fraud is flourishing as the weapon of choice for Cyber criminals and they’re having a field day conniving more duplicitous schemes to infiltrate your company’s data. Authors of ransomware instill fear and panic into their victims. The stakes are high, particularly in healthcare. When it comes to cyber security, how can you stay several steps ahead of these malicious actors? Attend this roundtable to share best practices discuss the latest strategies clients are using to secure their data and their peace of mind. We’ll discuss:

  • Ransomware and other types of malware that infects computer systems
  • How to employ a data backup and recovery plan for all critical information
  • How to limit the impact of data or system loss and expedite the recovery process
  • Using application whitelisting to help prevent the spread of malicious software
  • Creating a malware incident response (IR) team
  • Understand the principle of “Least Privilege”

David Slazyk | Senior Vice President, Data Privacy, Security & Risk Officer | NextGen

Governing the Ungoverned – Building Your Enterprise Foundation Through Project Prioritization and Strategic Portfolio Management​

An enterprise roadmap for strategic healthcare IT investment goes well beyond a budget– prioritization of projects and governing the ungoverned mass of resources is step one to fostering the effectiveness of an enterprise IT team.  At scale, this philosophy can serve as a means to deliver value beyond the electronic health record and data analytics, and influence every aspect of a health system business plan.


In this interactive roundtable we will discuss significant challenges to healthcare IT organizations and how to combat them by reimaging your IT roadmap and leveraging unique approaches to the project prioritization process for your organization.


CyberDefense of the Future: Examining Code Vulnerabilities, Password Theft and Ransomware

The WannaCry global ransomware attack in 2017 was a wake-up call for all industries, particularly healthcare; as over the last several years the healthcare industry has become heavily targeted by cyberattackers due to the immense amount of information held in patient records.  In this session, we will:

  • Break down recent attacks – looking at techniques used
  • Discuss how to adapt to changing threats
  • Decipher code vulnerabilities
  • Identify manners to avoid password theft in a mobile world
  • Provide best practices against the most damaging threat of the decade – ransomware



Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Analytics

The Opioid Crisis looms large nationally. According to a report from the CDC, nearly 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on opioids in 2014 with that number steadily on the rise.  Using healthcare data and actionable analytics could play a key role in helping to combat this crisis.  We will take a look at how diagnostic, descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics can make it possible to identify individuals who are at risk of becoming opioid dependent and what healthcare providers can do to help pinpoint how to assist in fighting this epidemic.

John Kravitz | Chief Information Officer | Geisinger


Penn Medicine: Steps to Tackle the Opioid Challenge

Penn Medicine’s redesigned taskforce focuses on the implementation of an action-oriented and efficient structure in the context of unabated opioid challenges and increased regulation.  This includes the development & implementation of a system-wide response to the opioid challenge including:

  • Uniform prescribing and treatment process, based on Pennsylvania and CDC prescribing guidelines
  • Targeted provider and patient education
  • Robust IT support

Christine Vanzandbergen | AVP Applications | Penn Medicine


Advanced Analytics: Is the Enterprise Ready?

Today’s healthcare enterprise must be ready for the evolution needed to power business and clinical decisions by advanced analytics rather than the historical approaches to informatics.  This is necessary as we recognize that descriptive statistics of limited and aged data are incapable of supporting the optimization of health outcomes and costs as they compare to standardized treatments and personalized medicine.  In this session we will:

  • Examine today’s strategic imperatives
  • Understand the need for data-driven, predictive, patient-centered and real-time processes
  • Unlock new economies of scale for better patient care and improved business competencies
  • …and more

Bipin Karunakaran | Vice President Data | Geisinger


Networking Break


IoT in Healthcare:  Integrating Voice & Data Connectivity with Medical Devices

Wearable devices, mobile apps, sensors, telehealth, voice interfaces and connected devices are dramatically changing the way we experience healthcare.  In this interactive discussion we will examine how you can leverage voice experiences to engage users and patients, determine ways to develop new services from your collected data and more.

Joseph Ronzio | Deputy Chief Health Technology Officer | Department of Veterans Affairs


Scaling a Core Data Analytics team – success, failure, and path forward

Penn Medicine has spent the last several years building a centralized Data Analytics team (the Data Access Center, or DAC) to service health system operations and the research community.  As we reached scale for the service (now 50+ resources), we were faced with a number of tough challenges:

  • Increasing demand (over 300 requests per month) led to the team being overwhelmed
  • Management structure needed to operate a highly technical central data access team
  • How to deal with incremental change to things we’ve build (it’s never complete)
  • Supporting a major conversion of our inpatient EMR (hidden impacts on reporting and analytics)
  • Lack of prioritization had us spinning out of control

We are going to share the lessons we’ve learned and the specific things we’ve done to successfully address our issues and will present data showing our progress.  We want to foster an open discussion so that other might avoid some of the pitfalls that we discovered when we scaled our central data analytics team model.

Jim Beinlich | Associate Vice-President of Information Services | Penn Medicine

Patrick Farrell | Senior Director of Data Analytics | Penn Medicine

Glenn Fala | Associate Chief Information Officer of Information Services | Penn Medicine


Modernizing Communications to Improve Clinician-to-Clinician and Clinician-to-Patient Communication

Rapid improvements in technology have provided health benefits for patients and doctors alike, from tracking medications more accurately to providing cutting edge treatment options to health monitoring through real time data analytics. Despite these innovations, communication and care coordination still remain a challenge in many provider organizations. Join our panelists as they discuss:

  • How to analyze the communication workflow between nurses and other clinicians, physicians and supporting staff and discover opportunities for improvements
  • How new technologies help decrease the cost of health care through improved communications
  • How new technologies are preventing alert fatigue by providing accurate, actionable and concise information to care teams when they need it most
  • How to build engagement with your patients and do more for your patients than offering a standard, web or app based patient communication portal

Closing Remarks


Networking Reception


Registration & Breakfast


Opening Remarks


The Digital World is Here to Stay – What is the Future of IT & Analytics in Healthcare

Data, Technology, IoT is here to stay and just getting bigger and bigger.  The technological transformations today’s healthcare enterprises have gone through are proving that IT & Analytics are no longer just a division of the organization, but a component within every aspect of the enterprise.  What does this mean for IT, Data & Analytics Executives?  This interactive session will offer a variety of perspectives to answer that question and look at things such as:

  • Understanding the role of IT & analytics executives in your organization today and what is anticipated for the future
  • Learning to work with stakeholders across the enterprise
  • How to focus on infrastructure and integration to drive productivity and performance improvements
  • How to encourage innovation within your staff to enhance relevance and cultivate importance

Rubin Pillay | Chief Innovation Officer | UAB Health System


Transforming Health Care Delivery Through Health Care Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Paiva will present a history of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and the applications within Health Care.  In addition, he will provide an overview of Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Center for Health Systems Innovation’s (CHSI) efforts to apply these approaches to the transformation of health care delivery with an emphasis on rural health care.  Specific examples will be shown utilizing the largest clinical database representing clinical information from 63 million patients collected over 16 years through electronic medical record systems.

William Paiva | Executive Director | Oklahoma State University


Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Blockchain in Healthcare Security: Useable, Myth, or Futuristic?

As one of the most misunderstood technologies in 2017, Blockchain continues to be an exciting enigma to many healthcare organizations.  This is especially interesting and exciting in the field of security, where blockchain’s secure peer-to-peer ledger systems could completely disrupt core application development in clinical transformation efforts, claims adjusting and billing management, and especially cybersecurity.


In this interactive discussion, we will review Blockchain technology and debunk the myths or conjecture around its use in healthcare.  We will discuss such things as: how Blockchain can be implemented to secure Health IT infrastructure, secure IoT connected devices, improve security interoperability, and reduce the ability of ransomware to propagate within a network.

Rough Waters: Navigating Value-Based Care, Technology, Mergers and Partnerships

Mergers and acquisitions of physician practices, hospitals and even health plans can often create instability among technology personnel and physicians in the value-based care environment. This instability can translate to cost-efficiency issues, and can influence quality. And it is increasingly clear– hospitals are no longer able to sustain cost at the current rate.  In this discussion, we will share challenges of bringing disparate systems, providers and IT experts under a single roof; understand best practices through mergers and acquisitions and how to best create a strategic approach to systems and people management.

Creating a Cybersecurity Culture in Your Organization

All hospital systems and networks – large and small – can be targets of cybercrime, yet, financial resources are declining and the pressures to increase efficiencies are top of mind. Creating a culture of cybersecurity in the workplace enables hospitals and medical centers to be resistant and resilient, and manage and mitigate cybersecurity risk across the enterprise. Our speaker will discuss:

  • How to effectively reach and communicate with every employee from the break room to the boardroom and to cultivate a culture of cybersecurity.
  • Identifying the driving factors that impact behavior and how to effectively reach and communicate with diverse audiences about cybersecurity
  • Explain how to access and best utilize community resources and implement effective cybersecurity awareness programs
  • How to develop communication processes and programs to engage your board of directors, peers and the workforce

Networking Break


Deploying Analytics to Drive Consistent Population Health Improvements

The efficiency of any population health program relies on the ability to leverage population data.  In this session, we will examine how healthcare organizations can utilize the power of robust data and analytics to improve the quality of patient care.  We will look at how an organization can use population health data and analytics to:

  • Determine the best data and analytics to utilize
  • Identify and address gaps in care
  • Create new intervention tools and identify best practices
  • Engage providers to increase the chances for population health management
  • Educate patients and community resources through easily understood data interpolations

Alan Weiss | CMIO, Ambulatory | Memorial Hermann Health System

Vijetha Vemulapalli | Associate Director - Digital Health | BERG


Value-Based Care – A Patient’s Perspective

The overarching goal for healthcare stakeholders is to improve value for patients. Here we defined value as delivering the best health outcomes based on a medical condition that matter most to patients at the lowest possible cost.

To that end, applications that empower patients, clinicians, and payers will influence the future healthcare delivery landscape in three distinct ways:

  • Patients will choose providers based on outcome scores.
  • Providers will leverage data to make targeted improvements and for reimbursement.
  • Payers will measure providers effectiveness and direct patients to high-value providers.

In this session, as Nathan Tierney, author and director within VA will explain, absent a value-based approach toward achieving desired outcomes, patients, providers and payers will suffer the consequences of inefficient and poor quality of care, dissatisfaction, and increased medical costs.

Nathan Tierney | Director, Value Management | Department of Veterans Affairs


IT’s and the Readmissions Crisis: Data’s Role in Healing Patients

According to an August 2016 Kaiser Health News report, rehospitalization rates hit a new record high. The report concluded that the government will punish more than half of the nation’s hospitals for patients returning for care within a month. What’s more, Medicare was planning to withhold approximately $528 million in 2016, an increase of $108 million more than 2015 totals.


For some providers, the sky was unofficially falling. As per most government standards for healthcare, the riddle of readmissions can be solved with one all-powerful resource– an organization’s data. Join us for an engaging discussion centered around the Avoidable Readmissions Reduction Program (ARRP).  We will look at such things as:

  • Understanding the threads of quality, IT and data analysis
  • Reviewing top tactics to prevent avoidable readmissions
  • Eliminating manners to prevent penalties for your organization

Technology Enabled Patient-Centered Care

Patient-centered care has been one of the major domains of healthcare quality for more than 15 years; however, in most organizations, there has been little done to shift towards a high-touch, personalized and patient-focused style of care.  In this session, we will discuss:

  • Innovative manners to use technology to support and enhance personalized patient care
  • Understanding what makes digital technologies usable and desirable
  • Examining patient portals, patient decision aids and wearables and what type of positive impact they will have on clinical outcomes and care coordination
  • What the future holds for connected health in terms of both the patient, provider and payer

Lauren Faison | Administrator – Regional Development & Telemedicine | Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare


Conclusion of Summit

The Grand Baltimore
225 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

Room Rate: $155
Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
222 St. Paul Place Baltimore, MD 21202
*Price exclusive of taxes, currently 15.5%

The room block will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • Rooms are available only to those participants who are registered conference attendees.
  • The name on the form will be the name of the guest room.
  • Rooms are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Room types/rates are subject to availability.
  • Rooms will not be guaranteed without a credit card.

Registration Pricing

Standard Rate
End-users (Healthcare Providers, Healthcare Payers, Government & Academia) $895 (includes 2 nights' hotel stay)
Pharmaceutical / Life Sciences Companies $1,095 (includes 2 nights' hotel stay)
Vendor Other Industry Attendees $1,795

Registration subject to approval. To qualify you must be currently employed by a non-vendor company. Eligibility will be verified by conference producer. Opal Group reserves the right to allocate places and to refuse applications.

Sponsorship, Exhibition & Speaking Opportunities 212.532.9898
  • CIOs
    Chief Analytics Officers
    Chief Data Scientists
    Chief Data Officers
    Chief Medical Information Officers
    Data Scientists
    Chief Strategy Officers

  • EVPs / SVPs / VPs / Directors / Managers of:
    IT, Technology, Analytics, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Medical Information, Information Security, Information Systems, Clinical Analytics, Informatics, Population Health Analytics & Management, Digital Health

  • Health Care Facilities – Hospitals: Both Large and Small, Including Rural and Critical Access Hospitals.

  • Health Care Systems

  • Long Term Care Facilities/Nursing Facilities

  • Outpatient Facilities

  • Healthcare Payers

  • Government & Academia
    Solutions Providers
    Life Sciences & Others

  • Hear from industry peers and thought leaders about the latest innovations and tools
  • Sessions led by healthcare IT/Analytics Executives for healthcare IT/Analytics Executives
  • Learn what’s working and not working through case studies and personal stories
  • Develop actionable strategies stemmed from real-life experiences
  • Reduce costs and garner new business by leveraging strengths and resources
  • Ask questions and find solutions focused on healthcare’s unique technology & analytics challenges
  • Collaborate with IT & Analytics Executives from healthcare providers and payers for innovative ideas & strategic partnering
  • Examine the role technology and data analytics plays for the healthcare organization of the future
  • Realize the power of healthcare consumerism
  • Leverage value-based care and opportunities to engage and keep patients healthy
  • Participate in interactive and engaging sessions sharing best practices, lessons learned and perspectives from health payers, hospitals and healthcare systems of all sizes and types
  • Network with peers, thought leaders and industry leaders to collaborate and drive success for your organization
  • Participate in interactive roundtable discussions and engaging case studies

The Healthcare IT & Analytics Summit is more than a typical technology conference; it is an engaging and interactive event designed to share stories, best practices and lessons learned in a productive and innovative environment.