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

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

8:30am - 8:35am
Welcome Remarks
America Ballroom

Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare IT News and Director of Content Development
Healthcare IT News

8:35am - 9:15am

Opening Keynote

The Practical Futurist and the Healthcare Revolution
America Ballroom

Michael Rogers is a best-selling author, technology pioneer, and columnist for, who most recently completed two years as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times.

For more than 20 years, Michael has provided a powerful catalyst across multiple industries for organizations to create a vision of the future and the will to innovate. 

As a “practical” futurist, Michael brings real business experience and delivers a dynamic and entertaining vision of change, blending technology, economics, demographics, culture and human nature.

In his opening keynote, he zeros in on healthcare, where big data, analytics, and machine learning and other technologies have begun to help clinicians improve care. But all this technology comes with some caveats: How do we keep the human element in healthcare?  What are the privacy implications of personal genomic data? How do we fund the latest technologies while making sure that basic healthcare is affordable? With the proliferation of data, how do we insure privacy and security?

Among all these questions, healthcare organizations much chart a course and design their own futures. Michael will provide insights into how to do just that.

Technology Pioneer, Futurist and Author

9:15am - 9:25am


Introductions & Kickoff
America Ballroom

At all HIMSS events, we strive to secure the best speakers and deliver the most valuable information possible, but in this short session at the start of the forum, we want to hear from you.

Take a few minutes and introduce yourself to fellow attendees at your table, and share why you are attending the forum. This will help facilitate networking and, we hope, create a sense of community and collaboration that will continue throughout the forum. We’ll also then hear from some attendees and speakers and learn what they want to takeaway from the forum.

Healthcare IT News

9:25am - 9:40am
Heighten Your Confidence in Your Data
America Ballroom

The move to value-based payment is introducing unfamiliar financial risk to healthcare organizations. For the leaders responsible for the delivery of optimal quality and cost in the new paradigm, it is critical that they have confidence in the data analytics being provided to them as they plan and make decisions. Sound data curation and governance infrastructure is just the foundation of enabling confident decision making. Delivering value will require adjusting for population risk, accurately quantifying and benchmarking cost, and predicting financial and clinical risk. During this presentation, we will explore ways to bring all the sources of data and IT infrastructure together to provide relevant insights for multiple stakeholders across the organization.

Key takeaways:

  • Effectively managing exponential amounts of data and an expensive IT investment to drive actionable insights
  • Integrating your high value data that is essential to the core business with emerging technologies based on intelligence
  • Understanding the building blocks and statistical significance of assuring data confidence
National Director, Performance Analytics

9:40am - 10:20am

Leadership Panel

Keys to Executing a Data & Analytics Strategy
America Ballroom

Our main goal for this event is to deliver the information, best practices, and insights necessary to help healthcare organizations become data driven – to develop successful strategies for turning data into knowledge that improves care, controls costs, and drives operational improvements.

It’s all about execution, and that is where most healthcare organizations struggle.

In this session, our experts discuss the keys to executing a scalable analytics strategy that supports organizational goals.

Some of the keys: Data literacy and education, measuring ROI, data governance and quality, and staffing.

This session lays the groundworks for the deep-dive sessions to come and provides ample opportunity for audience Q&A.

Don’t let your question go unasked!

Enterprise Senior Vice President and Chief of Strategy Integration
Nemours Children's Health System
Chief Executive Officer
Initiate Government Solutions
Director of Payer and Life Sciences
Data Scientist
St. Charles Health System

10:20am - 10:45am
Networking Break
America Ballroom

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 so make sure to stop by our sponsor tables.

10:45am - 11:15am

Actionable Insights

Identifying Waste, Reducing Costs, Improving Care
America Ballroom

At Providence St. Joseph Health, a 51-hospital healthcare system, Chief Medical Analytics Officer Ari Robicsek, MD, and his team have developed a ‘people, process and technology’ platform to measure and report on care value in a way that is meaningful to clinicians. The team’s deep relationship with providers, clinically-oriented data architecture and iteratively improved visualizations have resulted in a system that makes it much easier than before for clinicians to learn from each other and act on those insights. The result: a culture shift, in which administrators and physicians partner productively to optimize care value.

In this session, no matter your level of analytics maturity, Dr. Robicsek will provide insights into how, with even a basic infrastructure, healthcare organizations can identify and remove waste in inpatient care.

Chief Medical Analytics Officer
Providence St. Joseph Health

11:15am - 11:30am

Steward Health Care Case Study

Transforming Data into Real Dollars
America Ballroom

Every health system in America shares the challenge of better managing costs while maintaining and improving patient care — all while facing continued uncertainty about future healthcare policies. Steward Health Care is now one of the largest for-profit health systems in the nation. CEO Ralph de la Torre wanted to improve patient care by reducing length of stay and optimizing staffing. This session will provide a case study of how Steward Health Care leveraged data to seek insights that are now driving their business and clinical strategies and enabling their organization to predict patient census by patient diagnosis code up to three weeks in advance with 99% accuracy. Learn how this innovative strategy also enabled them to reduce length of stay by an average of 1.5 days per patient and save more than $12 million within six months, as well as generate revenue by monetizing the solution with other health systems.

Chief Architect, Data and AI
Le Penske
Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences for Digital Innovation

11:30am - 12:10pm

The HIMSS Think Tank

Data Governance Best Practices
America Ballroom

Welcome to the Think Tank!

This interactive session leverages the audiences’ collective experience to drive greater value and takeaways. It works like this: For the first 10 minutes, each table discusses individual roadblocks and challenges with data governance. Then a designated attendee from each table takes the floor microphone and asks our panel of experts a key question from the table discussion. The goal here is to cater to specific interests of attendees to provide the most pertinent and valuable information possible.

Someone once likened executing an analytics strategy without good data governance to driving a car with little or no gas. In either case, you’re not going far. Data governance may not have the pizzazz of predictive analytics, but few topics are more important.

In addition to audience questions, our experts will:

  • Share practical tips on how to implement effective data governance.
  • Address best practices and common pitfalls.
  • Explain how to manage availability, usability, consistency, data integrity, and data security.
Vice President, Enterprise Data Hub
Gateway Health
Chief Medical Information Officer
University of Vermont Health Network
Healthcare IT News
Chief Medical Information & Chief Digital Officer

12:10pm - 12:40pm

Featured Speaker

Empowering Clinicians and Patients to be Proactive
America Ballroom

Physician and cancer-genomic scientist Lynda Chin is passionate about improving health and health outcomes for patients through science and technology. In this session, she addresses a critical question, perhaps the critical question: How do you leverage data and analytics to empower clinicians and patients to be more proactive and timely in managing care?

As she’ll explain, no analytic solution is any good without data governance (it’s key to trust and transparency), but beyond that, integrating data into practice requires a cultural shift and the data literacy necessary to understand how turn data into knowledge. Only then can healthcare organizations execute and scale a data & analytics strategy to address specific problems

Executive Director, Real-World Education, Detection and Intervention
The University of Texas System

12:40pm - 1:40pm
Networking Lunch
America Ballroom

Take this opportunity to mingle with your peers in a relaxed setting to build relationships and establish future partnerships

1:40pm - 2:20pm

Questions & Answers

Pop Health Discussion Group
America Ballroom

In this highly interactive and fun session, a leading population health expert takes questions from the audience and delivers expertise and insights to help attendees drive greater success with their own pop health initiatives.

Questions already submitted include:

  • From the perspective of a provider, what’s the most important data integration point that could enhance the value of a pop health analytics exercise that organizations (providers) are likely NOT doing now?
  • Do you agree: There is no such thing as population health, only the health of individuals in a group. Why or why not?
  • What are good data sources for population health measures for a geographic based population rather than the population of people already in our healthcare databases?  How do we link information from these sources with the data in our healthcare databases?

This session will kick off the afternoon in engaging fashion and set the stage for the power-packed sessions to follow.

Director for the Academy of Population Health
University of North Carolina

2:20pm - 2:50pm

Continuous Improvement

Milestones on the Road to Analytics Maturity
America Ballroom

UNC Health Care & School of Medicine is one of only two healthcare organizations to achieve the highest level of the HIMSS Analytics International Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity (AMAM), Stage 7. The model measures and advances a healthcare organization’s analytics capabilities, moving an org from foundational knowledge (data aggregation and governance) to personalized medicine and prescriptive analytics.

In this session, Jason Burke, UNC’s system vice president and analytics officer, discusses his organization’s journey to analytics maturity, what worked well and what didn’t. He’ll address key milestones along the journey to becoming a data-driven organization:

  • When analytics becomes an asset rather than an initiative or project.
  • The embrace of data governance as an analytics discipline.
  • The widespread adoption of data visualization
  • The shift to self-service enablement.

Along with Jason, Philip Bradley, regional director, North America for HIMSS Analytics, will address key stumbling blocks along the road to analytics maturity and how to stay on your path to improving healthcare.

Healthcare IT News
System Vice President & Chief Analytics Officer
UNC Health Care & School of Medicine
Regional Director, North America
HIMSS Analytics

2:50pm - 3:05pm
Networking Break
America Ballroom

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 so make sure to stop by our sponsor tables.

3:05pm - 3:40pm

Case Study

Langone Teams with Data Scientist to Improve Care Coordination
America Ballroom

Care Coordination remains a cornerstone of value-based care, but measuring its effectiveness in keeping patients healthy and steering them to the appropriate venue when necessary can be challenging.

NYU Langone Health, a tertiary care academic medical center, operates a clinically Integrated network (CIN) with roughly 375,000 attributed lives and a robust care coordination program to help high-risk patients lead healthy lives. Langone’s clinical and operational leaders recently teamed up with a data scientist to measure the impact of care coordination and improve these services.

Among other things, to improve outreach strategies and patient engagement, the organization used data science to better understand how patients interact with Langone’s online portal.

In this session, Langone’s clinical and data science leads will explain how they worked as a team and used these data-driven insights to improve operations and patient care.

Professor, Department of Population Health
NYU Langone Health and NYU School of Medicine
Medical Director, Network Integration and Ambulatory Quality
NYU Langone Health and NYU School of Medicine

3:40pm - 4:15pm

A Physician-Friendly Approach

Moving from Managing Sickness to Preserving Wellness
America Ballroom

Osler Health is a committed group of independent physicians working together to benefit 350,000 members across 40+ practice locations with 200+ providers. As you would suspect, the organization knows well that transforming healthcare requires a digitally overhauled, but physician-friendly approach.

This session will outline the New Jersey-based IPA’s data-driven strategy to drive transparency and efficiency throughout the network. Attendees will learn how Osler collects data from disparate sources to gather insights into network performance, understand utilization patterns, and drive efficiency in care with actionable insights.

Key takeaways

  • Identify the opportunities associated with the value-based setting.
  • Illustrate the role of data collection and reporting for clinically integrated care.
  • Elaborate on how to transform a practice from “managing sickness” to ”preserving wellness.”
Osler Health

4:15pm - 4:55pm

Featured Presentation

Partners HealthCare Walks Through Real-World Use Cases
America Ballroom

This final session pulls the day together as practicing clinicians from Partners HealthCare walk through several analytics use cases. Attendees will learn how the clinicians used analytics to address and solve real-world problems, and also gain insight into how the team operationalizes, executes, and iterates analytic solutions.

Importantly, the speakers will discuss how they combine analytics with necessary modifications to the EMR for clinical decision support, and the impact this has on clinician workflow and physician burnout.

Senior Scientist
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director of Nursing Services
Partners eCare
Director of Medical Services, Cardiologist
Partners eCare, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Director of Research
Partners Healthcare

4:55pm - 5:00pm
End-of-Day Remarks
America Ballroom

Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare IT News and Director of Content Development
Healthcare IT News

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Networking Reception
America Ballroom

After a day of informative and incisive presentations, enjoy a drink and hors d'oeuvres in the Grand Ballroom with your fellow attendees, speakers and sponsors.

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