CLOUD COMPUTING FORUM: A HIMSS EVENT
Las Vegas, NV - March 5, 2018
John D. Halamka, MD, MS is Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), CEO of MA-SHARE (the Regional Health Information Organization), Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and a practicing Emergency Physician.
Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he received a degree in Medical Microbiology and a degree in Public Policy with a focus on technology issues. While at Stanford he served as research assistant to Dr. Edward Teller, Dr. Milton Friedman, and presidential candidate John B. Anderson. He authored three books on technology related issues and formed a software development firm, Ibis Research Labs, Inc. Additionally, he served as a columnist for Infoworld, technical editor of Computer Language Magazine and technology consultant to several startup companies.
His research includes security / confidentiality issues, scalability issues, and implementation of standards for exchange of administrative and clinical information. As a clinician as well as researcher, Dr. Halamka uses these tools to improve the care of the patients he treats in the Beth Israel Deaconess Emergency Department. He is also an active teacher, lecturing on both medical and technology topics to the students, residents and faculty of Harvard and MIT.
As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees the administrative data exchange among the payors and providers in Massachusetts. As Chief Exchange Officer of MA-SHARE he oversees the Regional Healthcare Information Organization (RHIO), which develops clinical data exchange efforts in Massachusetts. As Chair of HITSP he coordinates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.
Host John Halamka wraps up the day, recapping key insights, best practices, lessons learned, and sending attendees home with action items to take their own cloud initiatives to the next level.
While hospitals and health systems have historically been somewhat tentative about mass migrations to the cloud, industry luminaries like our event host, Beth Israel Deaconess System CIO John Halamka, MD, have been making bold predictions of late about datacenters vanishing as hospitals go the cloud for analytics, EHRs and clinical decision support. Halamka, for one, has backed up that claim by placing 7 petabytes of Beth Israel's data in the cloud.
In this opening keynote session, Halamka sets the stage for the speakers to come, recounting Beth Israel's ongoing cloud journey, and explaining why going forward cloud computing holds the key to innovation, customer service, high reliability, robust geographically distributed disaster recovery, security best practices, lower cost, and enhanced scalability. Oh, yes, and for freeing up existing IT FTEs for new work.
In short, as Halamka will explain, the road to healthcare’s future – a road fraught with new reimbursement models, consumerism, increased competition, and many other challenges – runs through the cloud. And as our event host, he’ll be here all day to answer questions and elaborate on that perspective.
After a full morning of sessions and thought-leadership focused on Cloud 101 - practical, foundational information healthcare organizations need to migrated data and operations to the cloud - we assemble speakers to share key takeaways and take questions from the audience. It’s a great way to segue into lunch and to set the stage for the afternoon’s presentations on privacy & security and innovation or “the art of the possible” that the cloud enables.