Boston, MA
Westin Copley Place
Oct. 23-24, 2017


8:00am - 8:30am
Breakfast and Badge Pick-Up
America Ballroom

Breakfast will be served in the ballroom so make sure to stop by the sponsor tables.

8:30am - 8:35am
Opening Remarks
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Executive Vice President

8:35am - 9:05am

Opening Keynote

Data Demand and Challenges in Health Transformation
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Global healthcare systems must meet the demand and challenge of using information and technology to impact medical and wellness models. At the core of useful information sits the analytics that transforms data into learnings, sustains globally shared knowledge management and supports clinical utilities reflecting innovation at all levels of health.  

In this opening keynote, HIMSS CEO & President Hal Wolf will discuss these system challenges and the role big data plays in transforming health against the challenges of change management in health eco-systems. 

President and Chief Executive Officer

9:05am - 9:50am


Healthcare is Awash in Data - Now What?
America Ballroom

Imagine someone bought you a big, shiny new car – before you learned to drive. That’s a little bit like what’s happened in healthcare: Organizations have made huge investments in technology to generate untold amounts of data, but comparatively little in tools to make sense of it all.

In this opening keynote, computational biologist and genome scientist, John Quackenbush examines this current state of affairs and asks: What must we do to make data accessible in ways that people want to use it? How do we get the most value out of the data we have?

Along the way, he’ll explain why data is destined to fundamentally change healthcare.

"When you look at the great scientific revolutions,” he said, “it's data that drives discovery. We all think we know about how the universe operates, but when you start to get empirical data, you realize how incomplete our understanding truly is.”


Professor, Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health

9:50am - 10:05am

From Data to Decision

Taking Big Data to the Next Level
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Big data has become impossible to ignore in today’s health systems - and these super-charged analytics tools are making an impact. For health systems, it is increasingly clear that monetizing your data is critical to success. To make this happen, healthcare organizations need to start putting their hard-won data trapped in their systems to work. The demand for real-time data means more and more health systems are putting big data technology behind all of their reporting, analytics, and decision-making, allowing them to combine sources to create actionable insights that help improve service line operations, advance clinical performance, identify new markets and opportunities, and drive patient and provider satisfaction. In this Executive Spotlight, learn how high performance data platforms can help make your health system more competitive.

Vice President And Chief Technology Officer For Healthcare and Life Sciences
Pure Storage

10:05am - 10:45am

Leadership Panel

State of the Industry: Where are we and Where are we Going?
America Ballroom

This leadership panel will look at the state of big data and analytics in healthcare and what the next steps are and how to best use the reams of data now so easily available. Today's healthcare leaders are faced with the daunting task of where to put their data to work, what problems to tackle while also being able to show concrete results. 

The Braff Group
Vice President
Research Director
Partners eCare
Director of Analytics
Mercy Health Network ACO, Iowa
Director of Payer and Life Sciences

10:45am - 11:15am
Networking Break
America Ballroom

Coffee will be served in the ballroom so take this opportunity to mingle with your peers to network and establish future partnerships. Breaks sponsored by The Braff Group and Optum.

11:15am - 11:45am

Powered by Analytics

Meet Pop Health Heavyweight UMass Memorial
America Ballroom

In this session, we jump right into a case study and get an up-close look at how a leading regional healthcare provider has deployed analytics to drive consistent population health improvements.

Meet UMass Memorial Health Care: The provider employs 12,000 staff, is the largest health system in Central Massachusetts, and home to some of the region’s most sophisticated medical technology, which includes using the power of robust data and analytics to improve the quality of patient care in a variety of areas.

One example is the system’s success with the American Medical Group Associations’ Analytics for Improvement collaborative for adult immunizations. Beginning in 2015, UMASS used its already-strong population health structure to increase vaccination rates for all age groups over one year.

In this session, Thomas Scornavacca, MD, senior medical director for population health, will share how the organization leverages population health data and analytics to:

  • Address gaps in care.
  • Create new intervention tools and identify best practices.
  • Engage providers to increase the chances for population health management.

He will also explain why community-based resources are critical for educating patients about the importance of preventive and self-directed.

Senior Medical Director
UMass Memorial Population Health

11:45am - 12:00pm

Smarter Through Data

Analytics for Everybody
America Ballroom

The healthcare industry is undergoing tremendous change driven by regulatory reforms, technological advances, and the explosive growth of data, exposing providers to new levels of accountability and competitive pressure. In response, leading healthcare organizations are looking to boost their operational efficiency, expand their businesses, improve the quality of care, and deliver an exceptional patient experience. During this session, Claire will highlight examples of organizations who used technology to help them leverage data to make better decisions and build a smarter organization.

Director of Sales, New England

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Identifying Social Determinants

Success Demands You Consider the Whole Patient
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In this session, attendees will learn how the most successful performing provider system in New York mines multiple data sources data (claims, EMR, Ambulance, care plans and Rx) and uses data visualization to create heat maps and hot-spotting to identify and aggregate the cultural backgrounds of the people it wants to reach – most recently those struggling with asthma, diabetes, obesity and substance abuse disorder, including opioid addiction. This emphasis on not just clinical but social determinants of health variables creates a strategic advantage for the PPS partners.

By pinpointing the neighborhood as well at the age, sex and cultural background of individuals, the PPS can deliver targeted clinical programs as well as culturally sensitive/health literate education that those individuals understand.

As attendees will learn, this drives improved outcomes, maximizes limited resources and is key to pop health success and transitioning to value-based care.

Executive Director
Staten Island Performing Provider System

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Networking Lunch
America Ballroom

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships. Lunch sponsored by KPMG. 

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Afternoon Keynote

Putting Data in the Hands of Patients and Driving Value
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Amy Compton-Phillips is the thought leader for care redesign at the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, which includes 111,000 caregivers serving all 50 states. In her afternoon keynote, she’ll examine the forum’s central theme that “data will reduce the costs of care while simultaneously improving patient outcomes.” 

Specifically, Compton-Phillips will discuss how, eventually, healthcare providers will put data in the hands of patients, enlightening them about their health, improving outcomes, and paving the way to more affordable care. Additionally, she’ll look at how the next wave of clinicians will usher in a “generational shift” that creates a more effective, collaborative, and patient-centered healthcare system.

Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Providence St. Joseph Health

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Harnessing Real-Time Data

Enabling the Data Driven Healthcare Enterprise with Visual Analytics
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In this presentation, learn how healthcare industry leaders like Providence Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Barnes Jewish, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare and Seattle Children’s Hospital are adopting self-service data discovery and analytics to help healthcare’s leaders move away from the 'report factory' paradigm. This enables them to empower their workers including physicians, nurses, clinicians and administrators to enable better patient outcomes at a lower cost and risk of non-compliance, while measurably impacting efficiency, productivity and morale.


Director of Services
Prominence Advisors
Senior Industry Director for Healthcare and Life Sciences

2:15pm - 2:45pm

The Holy Grail

Real-time Big Data Analytics to Improve Outcomes & Operational Efficiencies
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Parsa Mirhaji, director of clinical research informatics at Montefiore Health System, understands the struggles his colleagues go through when starting an analytics program. He too saw the shiny object, grabbed it and then realized it wasn’t what he needed. But, Mirhaji said that process also benefitted Montefiore because it forced them to have the tough conversations about their goals and they’ve now survived those early pains and are aligned with technology and solving real problems with data. “We have seen the seen the impact,” said Mirhaji.

Montefiore has saved money as a result of their program, and made data a big part of the their daily routines. “Incrementally, we are becoming a data-driven, evidence-based organization,” said Mirhaji, who will offer proof of concept and lessons learned and how to make data and analytics a part of your organization’s day-to-day operations.  

Associate Professor of Systems and Computational Biology and the Director of Clinical Research Informatics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center-Institute for Clinical Translational Research

2:45pm - 3:15pm

Breaking Away from IT

Building for the Future of Healthcare Data & Analytics
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Sanford Health is a $4.5 billion health system, serving predominately a rural patient population over a six-state footprint with both payer and provider arms, and possessed a system of decentralized data and analytics.

However, two years ago, Sanford Health embarked on a transformative process of centralizing data and analytics, separate from its IT infrastructure. This journey has yielded countless lessons as Sanford is now a fully centralized team covering all aspects of data and analytics, ranging from clinical to operational to financial to human resources to health plan.

In this presentation, Sanford Health will discuss the process of centralizing, the importance of such structure, the need for senior leadership support, and how this is the first step to a robust federated analytics model – built for the future of healthcare data and analytics.

Key takeaways:

  • Benefits of a centralized data and analytics team.
  • Importance of foundational build requiring strong corporate leadership.
  • Centralized analytics as a first step to a federated model. 
Senior Executive Director, Enterprise Data and Analytics
Sanford Health

3:15pm - 3:45pm
Networking Break
America Ballroom

Coffee will be served in the ballroom so take this opportunity to mingle with your peers to network and establish future partnerships. Breaks sponsored by The Braff Group and Optum.

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Partnerships & Strategy

Becoming a Data-Driven Organization
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Analytics' capabilities, from reporting and descriptive statistics to visualizations and predictive models, have been developed by UnityPoint Health, the nation's 13th largest nonprofit healthcare system, through tight alignment to strategic plan and in close partnership with leaders and providers throughout the organization. 

Additionally, the development of a performance resource team that partners analysts, improvement coaches and industrial engineers is a key connection to improving the health of the patients and communities we serve.

Analytics leaders from UnityPoint Health will share the processes developed, partnerships fosters, and improvements made through key performance indicators; dashboard and drill-down platform; reducing readmissions toolkit and long-term financial roadmap. 

Key takeaways:

  • Key components for successful partnerships with between analytics and physicians, process engineers, and operational leaders.
  • Keys to Ccombining descriptive, diagnostic and predictive analytics to maximizing the impact of data in healthcare.
  • Understanding of how cost analytics, contract performance reporting, and business insights can improve long-term financial plans.


Executive Director of Strategic Analytics
UnityPoint Health
Chief Analytics Officer
UnityPoint Health

4:15pm - 4:55pm

Featured Speaker

Lessons Learned in Advancing Precision Medicine
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As the healthcare industry moves to implement precision medicine in care delivery, healthcare systems are analyzing massive volumes of data toward the goal of increasing the accuracy and speed of clinical care. During this transition, healthcare IT managers are facing the challenge of managing different types of data to build systems that provide clear results to clinicians.

Penn Medicine's Chief Data Scientist Michael Draugelis will share the lessons learned from programs that have been developed at Penn to deliver clear benefits in improving outcomes.

Key highlights of the presentation will include how artificial intelligence (AI) can advance treatment and prevention as well as scientific and technical challenges for AI to be successful.

Chief Data Scientist
Penn Medicine

4:55pm - 5:30pm

Closing Keynote

Machine Learning - What Can It do for Healthcare?
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There are two main approaches to machine learning – supervised and unsupervised – and each has specific applications in the context of healthcare. And even though their impact has not yet sent shockwaves through the industry, the potential of each is enormous.

At its basic level, machine learning involves looking at data, and from that data finding information that is not readily visible. Example: Applying machine learning to data about patients infected with Zika or another virus and using what we can learn about what happens to those people to inform care decisions regarding the best ways to treat people who get infected in the future. 

As healthcare entities continually ramp up their analytics and big data efforts and gird for precision medicine and population health, machine learning as well as artificial intelligence and cognitive computing are poised to become even more valuable.

Director, Clinical Inference and Algorithms Program
Stanford Health Care

5:30pm - 5:35pm
End of Day Remarks
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5:35pm - 6:35pm
Networking Reception with HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf
America Ballroom

Take this opportunity to meet HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf and enjoy a drink and hors d'oeuvres with your fellow attendees, speakers and sponsors. 

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