Healthcare IT & Analytics Summit 2018

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

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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

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Registration & Breakfast


Chairperson’s 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 | Chief Information Officer | The Everett Clinic part of the DaVita Medical Group

Mahek Shah | Senior Researcher | Harvard Business School


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

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

How Data Insights Affects Cultural Transformation

Nick Culbertson | CEO & Co-Founder| Protenus


The Future of Cyber AI: Examining IoT Vulnerabilities, Machine-Based Attacks 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 and real-world use cases: ransomware, AI-Based Attacks, and vulnerable IoT devices
  • Discuss how to detect and respond to threats using machine learning and autonomous response
  • Provide best practices to keep up with today’s rapidly evolving cyber attacks

Justin Fier | Director of Cyber Intelligence & Analytics | Darktrace




The Tale of Two Hospitals Fighting the Opioid Crisis!

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.  This two-part session will examine manners and methods that Geisinger and Penn Medicine are employing to combat this horrible crisis.


Part 1:  Examining How Geisinger is Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Analytics

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.


Part 2:  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

John Kravitz | Chief Information Officer | Geisinger

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


Swipe Left or Swipe Right? Advanced Communications, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

In a world where you need to cater for Millennial’s, who can change providers at the touch of a screen, as well as Gen X, Gen Z, Baby Boomers and the silent generation; we have learned that one size does not fit all and the ability to cater for their communication journey needs and provide an excellent patient experience can be the difference between swipe left or swipe right.

In this session:
Take a closer look at how some of the leading health systems and payors are combining data from places you might not expect, to find hidden cohorts which gain better outcomes, boost revenue, increase efficiencies, reduce leakage and lower serious costs while at the same time increasing CSAT and retention.

John Orton | U.S. Healthcare Leader | Avaya Inc.


Chairperson’s Closing Remarks




Registration & Breakfast


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


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


Quality Care & Patient Trust vs. Healthcare Data Breaches:  Analyzing the “Cost” of Data Breaches! 

A data breach triggers remediation activities, regulatory inquiries and litigation in the years following a breach – all of which disrupt and delay hospital services and can not only divert funds away from patient care but distracts employees – all which leads to quality of care problems.  In fact, there have been studies that have proven that patient deaths increase after a data breach.  In addition, as patients are looking at healthcare in more of a consumer-driven manner, these data breaches can also cause you to lose patients.  This session will examine:

  • Understanding how data security can play a role in care quality
  • Determining how security plays a role in the choices patients make as consumers
  • Impact data breaches have to your organization’s reputation and revenue
  • Manners to assess risks and build resilient & secure infrastructures
  • How to construct a plan to proactively respond to patients should a breach occur?
  • How do you analyze your data and systems to ensure breaches don’t happen?
  • Minimizing breach effects to patient care

Dennis Underwood, Inventor & CEO Cyber Crucible

Max Shantar, Security Lead, Anne Arundel Medical Center

Mike Volk, Cyber Lead, PSA Financial


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 | Former CMIO, Ambulatory | Memorial Hermann Health System

Vijetha Vemulapalli | Associate Director - Digital Health | BERG


The Strategy to Deliver Maximum Value in a Value-Based Health Care World

Health Care, especially Health Care IT and Analytics, will continue to play a vital role in how we deliver care.  But how will they fit into a value-based care delivery model? Will they improve outcomes and reduce costs?  How will their roles change as the system evolves to maximize value for patients?  How will these health care companies incorporate and leverage technologies like AI, robots, and digital health? Dr. Shah will discuss the future model of health care delivery–what it will look like and how next generation will have to adjust to a new delivery model: focusing on delivering the right outcomes at the right location, all while reducing total costs of care.

Mahek Shah, Senior Researcher, Harvard Business School


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


End 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.