CLOUD COMPUTING FORUM: A HIMSS EVENT
Las Vegas, NV - March 5, 2018
Breakfast will be served in the ballroom.
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.
The cloud is relatively new in healthcare and not everyone fully understands the capabilities nor the value that can be achieved by moving to the cloud. At the same time, there are various considerations that should be addressed as you embark upon your cloud journey. This session will establish a foundational understanding of cloud concepts and services as well as explore how various organizations are adopting cloud services to accelerate business transformation and innovation.
From this session, you will learn:
In November 2017, HIMSS Media conducted its inaugural healthcare Cloud Computing Survey. The survey’s goal: To give a snapshot that shows where healthcare organizations are in their journey to the cloud.
A key takeaway, and there were many, is that of the 151 qualified respondents, 75% agreed with the statement: “I feel optimistic that cloud technology will lead to improved point-of-care decision making.”
In this session, HIMSS Media’s Janet King, senior director, market insights, gives a quick overview of the survey’s findings. Janet will address:
Janet’s presentation will provide attendees with a great perspective in how their cloud journey compares to their peers.
As you plan your journey to the cloud, always keep in mind that it is a multi-pronged, iterative process that takes time, planning, and patience - and with good reason. The cloud disrupts the way IT is delivered and consumed. So as you move to the cloud, it’s important that you take time to scrutinize and rethink the way IT operates in your organization, all with the ultimate goal of enabling strategic objectives.
In this session, IT veteran Steve Crusenberry, who has guided dozens of healthcare organizations to the cloud, outlines and explains the three stages of planning your journey to the cloud. They are:
Steve’s approach will provide a practical guide for attendees as they plan their own journey to the cloud.
Accountable Health Partners (AHP) is an accountable care organization (ACO) that includes a large urban academic medical center and 48 independent community primary care practices that care for more than one million patients in the greater Rochester region of New York. As AHP's director of information management, LaRon Rowe knows first-hand the power of a cloud-based data repository and analytics platform to support population health management initiatives.
AHP uses the cloud to consolidate and aggregate millions of data points. AHP’s cloud-based population health platform analyzes the data to calculate hundreds of clinical quality measures, cost utilization, risk scores and clinical gaps. Ultimately, this intelligence helps AHP’s physicians make better decisions and support stronger collaborations with health plans on risk based contracts and pay for performance quality programs.
LaRon is the lead for AHP’s IT strategy, and in this session, he’ll discuss how cloud computing enables IT solutions across disparate organizations and vendors, and breaks down data silos. Additionally, as he’ll explain, this is an “easy win” and faster compared to migrating to a single EMR platform.
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Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Coffee will be served in the ballroom area.
Cambia Health Solutions was an early adopter of storing and processing HIPAA data in the cloud. Having built its first cloud applications in 2010, Cambia today runs hundreds of workloads in the cloud supporting its Consumer Solutions and Health Plans businesses. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Kirk Anderson drives the organization’s aggressive cloud-first strategy for its six health plans.
In this session, Kirk shares hard-won insights into how to develop an enterprise cloud strategy that makes sense for your organization.
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With 900+ locations, Atrium Health is one of the largest and most progressive providers on the East Coast. It is the only healthcare system in North and South Carolina to achieve HIMSS EMR Adoption Model Stage 7 for both acute and ambulatory care. It has been named a “Most Wired” hospital for 13 consecutive years. It is a leader in data analytics strategy. And, in 2015, Senior Vice President Craig Richardville was named the CIO of the Year by CHIME and HIMSS.
Carolinas also plans to be fully in the cloud by 2019.
In this session, we sit down with Atrium Health Vice President of Information Services Pam Landis to find out why.
As Pam will discuss, it just made sense: “We were always asking, ‘Why are we buying boxes?’ We are not buying boxes and cables anymore.”
Key discussion points:
The amount of data available to health care organizations has grown exponentially. All types of organizations from provider organizations to health plans and employers are seeking out ways to manage petabytes of data, and to normalize that data so it can be used in a meaningful way. Cloud-based strategies give organizations a way to more effectively manage their data, but before embarking on cloud-based strategies, organizations should map out their cloud approach by doing the following:
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.
Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships.
Anyone can claim, “We’re a cloud-first organization.” The question is whether a healthcare provider, as it develops new products and enhances existing products and services, continually ask, “Will this work in the cloud?”
David Chou, the vice president, CIO, and chief digital officer of Children’s Mercy Hospital, has been asking that question since he joined the highly respected, 367-bed organization in May 2016.
From the start, David implemented a cloud-first strategy and began moving back-ups to the cloud. Today, almost all of the organization’s core applications are in the cloud, its security tools are cloud based, and David and his team are moving more and more way from on-premise data centers.
In this session, David shares his experience operationalizing a cloud-first strategy – and the critical information attendees must know before kicking off this journey. As David, will explain, it’s a big change with lots to consider.
Key discussion points:
With the proliferation and widespread adoption of cloud computing solutions, it’s critical that HIPAA covered entities understand how they can take advantage of cloud computing while complying with regulations protecting the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (ePHI).
Key takeaways from this session:
To better control healthcare’s mounting cost pressures, more and more, healthcare vendors are turning to the cloud to leverage efficiencies and to keep expenses in check. As a result, healthcare organizations often have no choice but to do the same; they’re being pushed by vendor partners.
This means that knowingly or unknowingly, healthcare organizations are moving more patient health information to cloud infrastructures.
As Intermountain Healthcare CISO Karl West will address, whether voluntarily or not, moving healthcare data to the cloud requires healthcare organizations to address four areas to bolster cybersecurity:
Information governance and privacy are at the forefront of business, consumer and patient concerns. New technologies enable businesses and governments to collect and analyze exponentially greater quantities of information. Meanwhile, privacy laws greatly restrict the sharing of individually identifiable health information, which prevents researchers around the world from accessing data and collaborating.
A governance framework that includes data-risk benefit analysis and evidence-based practices can enable an organization to obtain the right tools to achieve and sustain demonstrable data governance and unlock data.
Key takeaways from this presentation:
Zocdoc is an online healthcare scheduling service that receives 6 million patient visits a month. In less than 12 months, Zocdoc became a cloud-first organization to meet their business goals. This digital transformation allowed for rapid innovation and the ability to deliver products that align with demands of the 21st century patient.
The cloud has provided Zocdoc with the ablility to eliminate friction and complexities that patients experience when interacting with the healthcare system. From easily booking doctor appointments to deciphering complex insurance plans, Zocdoc gives power back to the patient to take control of their healthcare needs.
In this session, Zocdoc will explain how healthcare organizations also can leverage the cloud to become more agile and better meet the demands and expectations of a changing market.
Key discussion points
Personalized medicine and machine learning are two of the hottest topics in healthcare, and no event at HIMSS would be complete without offering a perspective on their potential to transform healthcare. In this session, attendees will learn how the cloud offers a great opportunity to maximize their combined potential to drive value by improving outcomes.
Zeeshan Syed, founder of Health at Scale and director and clinical associate professor at Stanford Medicine, will discuss the use of the public cloud's development capabilities for iterative design of powerful machine learning systems and the execution of massive-scale experiments for machine-based learning.
As a case study, Zahoor Elahi, senior vice president of Optum, will discuss how UnitedHealthcare leveraged Health at Scale's machine-learning cloud platform to coordinate care for 40 million members and proactively refer patients to individually-optimal providers within complex care networks.
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.