Beverly Hills Health IT Summit Agenda
Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:30 AM
Join your fellow attendees for a coffee and light breakfast before our opening keynote.
8:00 AM
8:05 AM
Innovation at Cedars-Sinai was an effort formed and based upon a paramount need-- the need to deliver better technologies and to realize the promise of value-based care.  In existance since 1902, Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States, touting 2,100 physicians, 886 beds, and a reputation for treating the most complex illnesses and rare cases.  To continue delivering on this sterling reputation within the community, information technology has rapidly advanced and evolved to meet the complexities and needs to support the patients of today.
In this keynote session, join CIO, technologist, and innovator, Darren Dworkin, as he delves into the necessity that has driven invention at Cedars-Sinai.  Discover the practical processes, methods and strategic structure of information technology at Cedars-Sinai, and hear about how innovation has become the answer to so many complex challenges.
Keynote speakers:
8:45 AM
The next big thing.  Often described as transformational, disruptive, and groundbreaking—the next big thing in the year 2017 within healthcare is clearly artificial intelligence (AI).  But what practical impacts can the AI of today have on the healthcare environment, especially when integrated with virtual reality (VR) simulations that include Virtual Humans?

“Siri”-like AI has found a profound niche already within the lives of patients and providers alike, as AI can remind a patient to fill a prescription, help a patient book a checkup, remind a nurse to turn a patient to prevent pressure ulcers, and a host of other actions.  How will this impact healthcare when AI is embodied in a virtual human form that can appear on your mobile device or within an augmented or virtual reality simulation?
Join AI researcher and internationally recognized VR expert, Dr. Skip Rizzo, as he discusses recent R&D using  AI-driven virtual human programs, and why its potential may be truly limitless in delivering value to patients.  He will discuss the use of AI virtual humans that serve in the role as “Virtual Patients” for clinical training of healthcare providers and as online healthcare guides for breaking down barriers to care in resistant populations. Research on virtual human applications  for training social skills in persons on the autism spectrum and as clinical interviewer’s for patient screening will also be presented. Such projects have been developed at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, and the talk will provide a brief overview of how AI and virtual reality is being used to foster credible human interaction with a virtual human in the healthcare context.  Listen and debate the latest use cases, ethical dilemmas that must be considered, and what CIOs and IT leadership need to know in applying effective AI VR to their care environments.
9:25 AM
While the future of healthcare legislation remains uncertain, the industry shift to value-based care is forging ahead.  This shift has created a need for new ways of thinking about healthcare and novel technologies to support it. In this session we will share what we’ve learned from your peers as they have faced the transition.
  • How do leaders feel about the transition?
  • What are the challenges they face?
  • How are analytics helping with the transition?
  • What gaps do they see in current technology?
Join us in an interactive session as we explore the path to success in this changing healthcare.
9:45 AM
10:25 AM
With 21 hospitals, more than 1,000 primary care providers, and 4,000 specialists, the University of Washington (UW) ACO is an anchor of the Pacific Northwest healthcare community-- representing a unique challenge to bring together data from more than 9 different organizations to deliver on the promise of risk-based contracts and value.
In this session, Director of IT for the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network, Kristal Mauritz-Miller, discusses the top elements to successful strategies for leveraging technology to support value-based care.  Listen in as she details some of the top lessons learned, the data practices and policies that have driven success, and the people, process, and tools that have positioned for UW's ACO for success.
10:45 AM
The complexity of data within the clinically integrated network can be profound.  As budding health networks pursue additional funding and dollars through the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Accountable Care Organization initiatives, the CIO's challenge can often be profoundly difficult to provide a data bridge between payers and providers.
In this provider spotlight session, we visit with Loma Linda University CIO Mark Zirkelbach, as he provides perspecitve his IT roadmap as Loma Linda University transitioned to become a clinically integrated network.  Hear from Mark as he examines the data flow and interactions between IT, physician leadership, quality improvement, legal operations, and the patient.  
11:05 AM
In the wake of the transition to value-based care, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and large-scale health plans must maintain effective and consistent reimbursement through Medicare or Medicaid, requiring an enterprise-level focus upon care quality and the data associated with patients across the care continuum.  Ultimately, in this transition to the value-based payment model, Health IT strategy has been thrusted directly in the crosshairs for national policy experts and hospital boards across the country.
In this engaging panel discussion, hear from leaders associated with major health organizations from the North Carolina region and beyond as they discuss Medicaid reform, value-based payment structures, and technology approaches that enable organizations to remain financially viable.
11:50 AM
Respected research firm Gartner predicts The Internet of Things (IoT) will have an installed base of more than 20 billion units by 2020.  And “Things” on the healthcare delivery organization (HDO) network will eventually outnumber other network-attached computing devices, such as PCs, servers, digital signage and mobile devices, combined.
In our homes, IoT can improve our interaction with every-day things like lights and thermostats.  But the real value is in the data enabled by IoT technologies.  For example, it is becoming clear there is significant promise for patient care by collecting clinical data in new ways, times, and places.  But what if the “Thing” in IoT could be the hospital itself, rather than a smart wearable, or smart light?  With that perspective, what could we learn and improve using data from the building, what would be required to collect all this data, and critically – would it be cost prohibitive?
This presentation seeks to provide a new perspective on what IoT can be for healthcare delivery organizations, and how hospitals can obtain data about their operations that was never before possible.
12:10 PM


The healthcare industry is in the midst of a major transformation to value-based care. In a 2017 Chilmark Research report found the number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) has grown 13-15 percent in each of the last two years and there are now more than 935 ACOs covering approximately 10 percent of Americans.

Early results indicate value-based care is working as intended to improve the quality and costs of healthcare. Some of the many examples are:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois participates in 20 value-based arrangements that serve one in four of its members. The company reports emergency visits are down by 16 percent, hospital admissions have decreased 15 percent, and spending has declined by $17 per member per month.
  • Harrisburg-based Capital BlueCross created its first value-based care contract in 2011, and now more than 2,800 physicians and 362,000 customers participate. Earlier this year, the company published results showing these value-based partnerships outperformed their fee-for-service peers in 19 of 25 tracked Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures such as breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and reduced emergency visits and hospitalizations.
  • Anthem reports a 7.8 percent reduction in acute patient admissions, a 9.6 percent improvement on pediatric preventive care, and a monthly savings of $9.51 per participating patient.

At the heart of these success stories are advanced analytics platforms that integrate claims, clinical, lab, pharmacy and wearables data and apply predictive analytics to create one comprehensive profile of each patient.  Join Mark A. Caron, as he discusses real-world examples of how health plans, physicians and others are leveraging advanced analytics to fuel the transition to value.

12:15 PM
12:30 PM
12:45 PM
1:20 PM
The expansion of specialized data use cases across the enterprise has become an undeniable force for impacting patient care.  For specialty and sub-specialties, deep analytics and dedicated analysis of this data can lead to revolutionary changes in care plans that impact entire populations.  In the world of heart health, this impact can be massive, and the Minnesota-based provider organization Allina Health, data analytics is the critical bedrock for averting emergency episodes like heart failure, stroke, myocardial infarction and a host of other ailments.
In this talk, hear from the 1st place Healthcare Informatics Innovator award-winning team from Allina Health, as they highlight the value of an enterprise data warehouse and advanced analytical tools to drive meaningful improvement in cardiovascular outcomes and costs.
1:30 PM
1:50 PM
Research shows trauma is an indicator of poor health outcomes.  The Brooklyn-based community health organization, Bridging Access to Care, analyzed clients screened for PTSD using the PTSD Checklist (PCL-5) revealed of the 67% of new program enrollees, 37% screened positive for trauma and 100% of those assessed with the Clinically Administered PTSD Screen (CAPS) had a confirmed positive trauma diagnosis (DSM-V) with varying degrees of PTSD severity and trauma symptoms.  Assessment of limitations in daily functions using the DLA-20 assessment tool revealed clients had varying range of functional impairment. This workshop purpose is to underscore the impact of trauma on retention in care and how developing innovative strategies facilitate trauma-specific care and reduce trauma symptoms and diagnosis. Participants will learn how to incorporate trauma screening into routinized care delivery workflows and uncover how addressing trauma is linked to improved health outcomes.  Participants will also identify how the use of electronic tools assist with normalizing the trauma informed care approach.
In this session, join the 2017 Runner Up Award-Winning team for the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards, as they detail the journey to trauma-informed healthcare.  In this dynamic session, hear how they collaborated to design a CMS-approved matrix for decision trees, linked service referral tools for community partner referrals, and leveraged practical data analytics to continuously monitor and trend their population to improve outcomes.
2:20 PM
Hyper-convergence is a oft-used buzzword now within health IT circles, especially as the advent of new technologies around flexible infrastructure continue to disrupt the marketplace.  However, hyper-converged computing represents a unique area of opportunity for healthcare IT teams, especially in the face of demands from leadership for greater flexibility, and lower time-to-market for new built or merged facilities or locations.  So what exactly is hyper-convergence and how does it fit into the IT roadmap?
In this engaging talk, we will define the term of hyper-convergence, explore the modern healthcare CIO's roadmap, and outline realistic expectations as well as real-world examples of organizations that are revisiting their infrastructure in this manner.
2:40 PM
3:10 PM
According to an August 2016 Kaiser Health News report, rehospitalization rates hit a new record high. The report concluded that the government will punish more than half of the nation's hospitals for patients returning for care within a month. Whatsmore, Medicare was planning to withhold approximately $528 million in 2016, an increase of $108 million more than 2015 totals. For some providers, the sky was unofficially falling. As per most government standards for healthcare, the riddle of readmissions can be solved with one all powerful resource-- an organization's data.
Join our diverse panel of experts in an engaging discussion centered around the Avoidable Readmissions Reduction Program (ARRP). Listen in as our group brings together the threads of quality, IT, and data analysis and reviews top tactics to preventing avoidable readmissions, and how they keep their organizations out of the penalty business.
4:00 PM
In this session, we visit with former CIO and healthcare technologist Annamalai Ramanathan as he engages us to think differently in how organizations pursue value and position technology.  Engagement of teams across department lines, developing synergies between business line leaders and health IT executive teams-- these activities are a given for the CIO, but listen in to discover how to involve these teams and their respective vantage points in greater business challenges?  
How does revenue cycle, impact a nursing informaticist from their perspective?  What does the care management team, have to offer to the data and analytics team?    Hear Ramanthan expound on how operational leadership, the CIO, and several departments can collaborate to make technology choices and decisions for the IT roadmap.
4:35 PM
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) and their teams have gone from a technology and support role, to strategic partners across all lines of business to deliver information when and where departments need it.  Strategic leadership, governance, prioritization of projects and initiatives, and management of the IT portfolio have become a staple of the CIO's role-- but innovation calls and pushes Health IT departments to continuously do more with less, and deliver on the promise of value.
In this session, we visit with nationally renowned CIO and innovator David Chou, as he shares some of his top stories from the field, a few of the innovative projects he and his team are pursuing, and why innovation and leadership are profoundly important for health IT teams to make an impact across department lines.
Keynote speaker:
5:15 PM
Join your fellow attendees at the end of the day to toast what you've learned and the new connections you've made.
Friday, November 10 - Cybersecurity Forum
The Cybersecurity Forum, at the Health IT Summit, brings together experts in healthcare IT security and privacy issues to discuss key trends in the IT security/privacy sphere, and the top challenges facing the leaders of patient care organizations in this critical area.
Among the many topics our forums will cover are: the latest updates on new IT security threats emerging in healthcare; strategies that have proven effective in patient care organizations on the leading edge; and case studies of pioneering hospitals, medical groups, and health systems, in IT security and privacy.
Friday, November 10, 2017
7:30 AM
Join your fellow attendees for a coffee and light breakfast before our opening keynote.
8:00 AM
8:05 AM
Healthcare networks among large-scale complex user groups can make monitoring and mitigating abnormal activity a monumental challenge for security teams.  Networks are increasingly multifaceted and often do not have the same controls on every point of entry or egress in research and academic medical centers which increases the risk of unauthorized access, use, or disclosure of healthcare data. The business case and demand for access has never been greater as well as the requirement to support and connect multiple clinical and patient care devices, yet the need for implementing controls on the network and effective monitoring is critical and often difficult to complete-- a CISO's continuous paradox.
In this session, join top educator and Chief Information Security Officer, Cris V. Ewell, as he shares the top challenges that keep him up at night amidst a massive and ever-increasing amount of attacks on network devices and users.  Explore the critical principles to safeguarding large-scale networks and the processes that have prevented potential intrusions--ensuring patient data is safeguarded.
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8:45 AM
The May 2017 cybersecurity attack dubbed “WannaCry” grabbed storylines internationally and across the healthcare landscape as tens of thousands of hospitals, organizations, and agencies across 153 countries had their data held hostage.
The enhanced crypto-locking worm spread quickly, with a headliner target of the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain, which resulted in extended downtime, rescheduling of procedures, and in numerous cases preventing access to care for patients.  The worm propagated and spread using a Microsoft platform vulnerability related to the Server Message Block protocol, which revealed many healthcare organizations’ weak points in the areas of security standards compliance, network structures, and disaster recovery protocols.  
In this special panel discussion, Healthcare Informatics welcomes a panel of top security experts, as they recall and summarize the top lessons learned in security compliance and organizational frameworks following the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks.  Listen in as our panelists provide their perspectives, and delve into the nature of the attack—diagramming how this threat was uniquely dangerous for healthcare organizations, and why security compliance and protocols for disaster recovery allowed his organization and others to manage the situation quickly and effectively.
9:35 AM
The healthcare industry’s demand for cost efficiency, proliferation of healthcare data and concerns about security and ransomware paint a bleak picture for healthcare IT departments. How can they protect patient data, comply with regulations and keep costs down? It starts with IT Resilience. This session will address the five pain points of the healthcare IT department, and present how a resilient IT infrastructure can help avoid some of the most common pain points.
9:55 AM
10:25 AM
It is difficult to protect what you cannot see.  Connected medical devices pose a great safety and reputational threat to healthcare organizations, yet few have visibility into all of the devices on their own networks. With more than 30% of all medical devices now connected to the network, new cyber attack entry points emerge every day. 
This session will:
  • Provide a foundational understanding of the issues surrounding network connected medical devices
  • Identify threats and their potential impact
  • Outline growing regulatory demands and HIPAA compliance mandates
  • Offer best practices for securing the networked healthcare organization of today and beyond
10:45 AM
There is no such thing as a one-size, fits all cyber framework for healthcare privacy and security shops. This session will focus on how providers can create a cyber framework that serves as a foundation of their cybersecurity strategy, improves their risk posture and allows for the development of a clinically-aware security and privacy program.
Topics include: Engaging your board, leadership and peers in creating a cybersecurity culture that is critical to the success of your governance structure and frameworks The use of frameworks to create a data-centric approach to security, enabling access to sensitive patient data anywhere, any-time, on any device How to organize and prioritize standardization efforts in order to build and maintain an information security program How they are using tools from multiple frameworks to move from a traditionally reactive approach to one that is far more proactive.
11:45 AM
In complex, multi-layered networks uncovering exposure points or irregular traffic can be the difference between shutting down a potential hack, or becoming the next news story.  Exposing the inexplicably high traffic node, the medical device with suddenly increased bandwidth needs, or the third party application experiencing unexplained errors are daily examples of what network monitoring can save, but which practices stand out the most?
In this session we identify the Achilles Heel of multi-layed networks.  We'll discuss applied data analytics practices focused on benchmarking traffic patterns, why bandwidth trends matter, steps to empower employees to make decisions based upon real-time analysis, and much more.
12:05 PM
This session will feature insights on the current threat landscape from our nation's top healthcare focused threat data sharing organization. The NH-ISAC is the official healthcare information sharing and analysis center, offering non-profit and for-profit healthcare stakeholders a community and forum for sharing cyber and physical security threat indicators, best practices and mitigation strategies.
1:05 PM
Medical devices are increasing in software and network connectivity dependency at a rapid pace --- and with the benefits of software and connectivity come vulnerabilities and exposure. From default passwords, to outdated software, to wireless issues, many connected medical devices are not worthy of the trust we or patients put in them. How can we all move forward, together, to ensure patient safety?
In this interactive session, Adam Brand, a medical device security specialist and volunteer with a grassroots organization called I Am The Cavalry, will review medical device security past, potential future, and current state. Learn about the past five years of security research into medical device vulnerabilities, including the results of a honeypot experiment where devices simulating medical devices were placed on the Internet. Consider what the future may hold should we not act now, through a review of potential risk areas and the results of some recent medical simulations and wargames. Finally, learn what concrete steps healthcare organizations are taking today to address this risk.
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1:40 PM