Orlando, FL
Feb. 19, 2017


8:00am - 8:30am
Plaza International DEF Ballroom

Breakfast will be served in the ballroom. Please take the time to network with our sponsors and uncover innovative approaches to accelerate healthcare transformation in your organization.

8:30am - 8:35am
Welcome Remarks
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Editor in Chief
Healthcare IT News

8:35am - 9:15am


Harnessing and Managing Innovation
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Intermountain Healthcare, which includes 22 hospitals, 185 clinics, and generates $5 billion in patient revenue annually, has set the standard for excellence in care and quality outcomes for decades. And these days, Todd Dunn, they system’s director of innovation, is helping to lead the charge and is passionate and pragmatic about doing so.

Healthcare faces a host of challenges tied to new reimbursement models, physician shortages, and productivity issues related to regulation changes. But to innovate and confront these challenges successfully, healthcare organizations must take a team approach and make problem solving the highest priority.

In his opening keynote, Dunn will explain how to create a business model that supports innovation. He'll address how to identify the value proposition of a potential solution, like cloud computing, and how to implement strategies to assess your organization’s capacity for innovation and change.

These days, it’s a brave new world in healthcare, but as Dunn will make clear: "We are the masters of this industry's fate, the captains of its soul."

Director of Innovation
Intermountain Healthcare

9:15am - 9:55am

State of the Industry

Secure Cloud Computing in Healthcare - The Challenge and the Promise
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In this kick-off session, four healthcare leaders discuss their journey to the cloud: What applications have they put in the cloud? What went well, what didn’t? Have the promised business and clinical benefits materialized? What cloud service providers do they use and why? What is their approach to securing data in the cloud and vetting vendors?

Speakers will discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly, and in the process give attendees deep insights into how best to develop their own cloud-computing strategy.

Chief Information Security Officer
Christiana Care Health System
Director, IT Security
Children's National Medical Center
Director, Information Services Unit
University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center
Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer
Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Editor in Chief
Healthcare IT News

9:55am - 10:30am

Medicaid 2.0

Why the Nation's Largest Insurer Built its Analytics Platform in the Cloud
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In less than a year, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) built a cloud based data analytics platform for its 73 million beneficiary Medicaid program. This massive platform, known as the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS), will allow CMCS to make intelligent, data-driven program decisions based on information previously trapped in disparate systems all across the nation.

This session will explain both why and how the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) built their data warehouse and healthcare analytics platform in the cloud, which was the first use of PHI in the cloud for CMS. CMS Senior Executive Jessica Kahn will discuss why CMCS moved to the cloud, how they did it, and share lessons learned that are applicable to any organization looking for actionable information in their healthcare data.  


  • Lessons learned and best practices on moving to the cloud from the nation’s largest healthcare payer
  • Cultural and procurement challenges of moving to the cloud
  • The benefits of CMCS migration to the cloud (speed, agility, cost, security)
Chief Technology Officer
Director of the Data and Systems Group
Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS

10:30am - 10:55am
Networking Break
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Refreshments will be served in the ballroom so take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships.

10:55am - 11:25am

Case Study

Cloud-Based Multi Facility Remote Patient Monitoring of High-Risk Infants
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Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a complex malformation with the highest mortality rate among all congenital heart defects.  Babies born with HLHS require three separate heart surgeries over a period of three years.  The first surgery occurs at one week of age.  After recovery, the infant is discharged home with their parents to await the second surgery, which occurs at six months. 

This is known as the “first interstage” period.  At any time, there are up to 2,000 HLHS infants at home during the first interstage period in the United States, and approximately 10 to 20% of these high-risk infants expire at home during this period.

In 2014, Children’s Mercy Hospital developed a scalable cloud-based multi-facility solution for managing these fragile infants. During that time, 68 patient families used the solution with no mortalities. Historical data suggests six to 12 mortalities for a comparable population and timeframe.

Children’s approach provides for a much more rapid response to changes in physiologic status, and it’s cloud-based infrastructure combines real-time remote patient monitoring and alert analytics with on-demand registry capabilities.


  • Understand regulatory, legal, and compliance considerations associated with the project.
  • Security and encryption strategy used in the multi-facility HIPAA compliant cloud-based CHAMP solution.
  • Quantifying the costs, savings, and Return On Investment of the project.
Director of Informatics, Health Center
Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

11:25am - 11:55am
The Cloud and Managing the Healthcare Digital Data Tsunami
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The healthcare industry is at a data inflection point. The proliferation of electronic medical records, connected devices, and genomics sequencers are creating an explosion in the amount of data available to caregivers. At the same time, many are struggling to deploy the infrastructure to properly manage this digital data tsunami.

In this presentation, Amazon Web Services’ Mark Johnston will discuss how a cross-section of healthcare organizations have adopted the cloud to solve this problem. Attendees will learn how scalable cloud services allow these organizations to not only manage their data securely, but also unlock new ways to turn their data into actionable insights and offer significant advantages over an on-premises deployment.   

Director, Global Business Development Healthcare and Life Sciences
Amazon Web Services

11:55am - 12:35pm

Negotiating a Cloud Agreement

Pitfalls and Must Haves
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John Houston is the Vice President of Privacy and Information Security & Associate counsel for UPMC, a $13 billion integrated healthcare delivery system headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Among his many duties, John plays a key role in negotiating agreements related to the acquisition, licensing, and use of technology.

UPMC spends many millions of dollars annually on technology. These days, much of the spend is on cloud-based solutions, with far fewer being made for on premise software, when compared to the past. Needless to say, UPMC has a lot at stake when negotiating these deals.

In this session, John will discuss the market forces driving UPMC to the cloud. More importantly, he'll provide an overview of the types of key terms that should be included in a cloud agreement to ensure that cloud services are reliably and effectively delivered and that the data is appropriately safeguarded.

Vice President, Privacy & Information Security, Associate Counsel

12:35pm - 1:40pm
Networking Luncheon
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Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships.

1:40pm - 2:10pm

Data and Analytics

A CHIO's Journey to the Cloud: Lessons Learned, Best Practices, Next Steps
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John Showalter, MD, is the chief health information officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a $1.6 billion organization with a mission of improving the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow’s healthcare professionals, conducting health sciences, and providing cutting-edge care.

UMMC’s initial migration to the cloud was done slowly and with trepidation. Dr. Showalter was a leader in the migration, and the initial motivation was to work with partners who had the most cutting edge approaches to analytics.

UMMC conducted intensive security reviews on potential partners and only worked with those that had the best security. The focus on security eliminated several potential partners, but cloud-based security has increase significantly over the last few years, and, as Dr. Showalter will share, UMMC has over time had to eliminate fewer potential partners.

Given the success UMCC has had to date, the organization is in the process of moving its analytics onto a cloud-based platform as a service solution and anticipates significant growth in the next 12-18 months.

In this session, Dr. Showalter will share best practices and lessons learned as he discusses UMMC’s cloud strategy and the benefits it’s produced so far, especially the increased agility and ability to scale with limited additional costs.

Chief Health Information Officer
University of Mississippi Medical Center

2:10pm - 2:40pm

From Archive to DevOps

How the Cloud Powers Applications and Accelerates Innovation.
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The evolution of healthcare cloud computing, led by advances in cybersecurity and automation, has enabled savvy HIT organizations to safely adopt the cloud for a wide variety of legacy and new workloads. During this session, you’ll hear real-world examples of healthcare providers, payers, and the technology companies that support them, using the cloud to power their clinical applications, safeguard PHI, modernize IT infrastructure, and accelerate innovation. You’ll also receive valuable insights and recommendations that will help your organization achieve similar success. 

SVP, Growth & Innovation

2:40pm - 3:20pm
Creating a Modern Healthcare Ecosystem to Advance Clinical, Operational, and Research Initiatives
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In this session the speakers will present a healthcare data ecosystem built on the technologies powering Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo.

Discussion will focus on:

  • Public vs. private cloud
  • Advantages of a multi-tenet environment
  • Architecture supporting streaming and batch data
  • Clinical, operational, and financial use cases.
AVP of Research
Meharry Medical College
Chief Information Officer
UC Irvine Health

3:20pm - 3:40pm
Networking Break
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Refreshments will be served in the ballroom so take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships.

3:40pm - 4:10pm

Accelerating Better Care

Precision Medicine and the Cloud
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This final session of the day, appropriately, gives attendees a glimpse of healthcare’s future.

You’ve heard this before: Precision Medicine promises to change the healthcare paradigm and create a powerful new model of care designed specifically for each individual, offering a much greater likelihood of effectiveness.

But to realize much of this vision, requires eliminating silos and aggregating data from all sources – Internet of Things, patient surveys, genomic data, EMRs, etc. – into a central repository that gives clinicians worldwide access to this information. Many believe the cloud will become the primary platform for the aggregation and harmonization of this data.

In this session, two precision medicine experts wrap up the forum and explain the role cloud computing will play in accelerating better care with precision medicine. And why the future might be closer – and brighter - than you think.

Biomedical Informaticist
Washington University School of Medicine

4:10pm - 4:30pm


Key Takeaways and Final Thoughts
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This last session of the day is an opportunity for attendees to share what they consider to be the day's key takeaways. We'll have two floor microphones and attendees can take turns sharing their thoughts on the role of cloud computing in healthcare. We'll also hear from some of our speakers.

Chief Information Security Officer
Christiana Care Health System
Director, IT Security
Children's National Medical Center
Editor in Chief
Healthcare IT News

4:30pm - 4:35pm
Closing Remarks
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Editor in Chief
Healthcare IT News

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