Returning in May 2018
Boston, USA

Day One
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day Two
Thursday, May 25, 2017


Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Alan Weiss CMIO, Ambulatory Services, Associate VP, Memorial Hermann

A Strategic View on Analytics in Healthcare – Moving Closer to True Value-Based Care & Cost Effectiveness

Innovation at Scale Using the Plecosystem Approach – Critical Success Factors For Bringing Value Out Of Big Data Analytics

  • John Mattison CMIO & Assistant Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente


  • Discussing the aspects of advanced analytics which are beginning to impact direct patient care already
  • Describing where the biggest opportunities for advanced analytics reside within the growing convergence of services within the healthcare PLECOSYSTEM

Evolving the Health Care Enterprise for Advanced Analytics

  • Jason Burke System VP & Chief Analytics Officer, UNC Health Care System


  • Providing a vision for a modern health enterprise where business and clinical decisions are powered by advanced analytics stands in stark contrast to historical approaches to informatics
  • Analyzing how descriptive statistics of limited, aged data are incapable of supporting the optimization of tradeoffs between health outcomes and costs, and between standardized treatments and personalized medicine
  • Going through how today’s strategic imperatives require integrated, on-demand perspectives across health outcomes, financial, risk, quality, and performance management – risk-delegated accountable care models, value-based care, quality management, and precision medicine
  • Shifting the industry’s analytical lens from retrospective, presumptive policies and practices towards data-driven, predictive, patient-centered, and real-time processes – Health Analytics: Gaining the Insights to Transform Health Care (Wiley, 2013)
  • Unlocking new economies of scale and better lives for patients and transitioning towards new business competencies and roles in areas such as development, management, IT architecture, and governance

Real World Problems, Real World ROI – Lessons Learning From A Decade Of Making Big Data, Machine Learning & NLP Work For Healthcare

  • Leonard D’Avolio Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School & Brigham & Women's Hospital


  • Overviewing what these methods are (and aren’t)
  • Exploring the challenges of making it work for healthcare
  • Analyzing the progress in addressing the obstacles to making ‘big data’ methods work
  • Providing real world examples of fruitful implementation and use of advanced analytics in healthcare

Morning Refreshments & Networking

A Winning Enterprise Strategy for Value Driven Analytics

  • Danyal Ibrahim Chief Data & Analytics Officer & Chief of Toxicology, Saint Francis Hospital - Trinity Health


  • Defining the key cross-functional constituents critical to successful quality and financial improvement driven by healthcare analytics
  • Explaining the key steps to elevating analysis to the enterprise level
  • Describing the “analytics behaviors” needed to ensure healthcare analytics success
  • Identifying best practices for implementing healthcare analytics

Analytics Are Not Enough – How St. Luke’s Used a New Technology to Become a Top 15 Health System


  • Understanding the new healthcare analytics category and why it is rapidly becoming essential for HDOs
  • Understanding how St. Luke’s bridged the gap from knowing its numbers to improving its numbers across a large system
  • Discovering how St. Luke’s aligned a disparate and largely distributed health system around common value-based goals

Lunch & Networking

The Digital Transformation of Postmodern Health Care

  • Kevin Fickenscher Director, Biomedical Innovation & Healthcare Strategy, Center for Transforming Health / The MITRE Corporation


  • Overviewing the forces precipitating change in American healthcare – technology as a transformational and disintermediating force
  • Focusing on health care and data analytics – reducing costs, increasing quality, increasing service
  • Exploring information management in healthcare – fostering open data sharing and the ASIAS-Like Initiative
  • Augmenting clinical intelligence – using devices for enhancing the capability of clinicians to diagnose, treat and manage care
  • Discussing the requirements for effectively implementing data analytics initiatives

A Strategic Approach to Reducing Length of Stay (LOS) & Costs

  • Alan Weiss CMIO, Ambulatory Services, Associate VP, Memorial Hermann


  • Reducing both LOS and costs – strategic initiatives for organizations to remain competitive
  • Many organizations approach decreasing LOS via DRG or service line approaches – how analytics offers a novel operational approach, which can provide additional opportunities
  • Teamwork, leadership and organizational commitment – key barriers to overcome in order to be successful

Panel Discussion: Operationalizing the Analytics Strategy – Translating Validated Methodology Into Implementation & Incorporation of the Delivery of Care Process

  • Katherine Poglitsch Senior Vice President, Informatics and Analytics, Beacon Health Options
  • Leonard D’Avolio Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School & Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Danyal Ibrahim Chief Data & Analytics Officer & Chief of Toxicology, Saint Francis Hospital - Trinity Health
  • Marc Chasin VP & CIO, St. Luke’s Health System


  • The why’s and how’s of implementing analytics in healthcare – at the system level? At the clinical level? At the consumer level?
  • Cost and implications of building a reliable analytics infrastructure – investing in building new infrastructures and recruiting new people
  • Addressing the need for interdisciplinary critical mass and proper training
    – Building the analytics team in healthcare – data scientists, medically trained people, or both?
    – The requirement for clinical knowledge and healthcare subject experts to drive healthcare analytics into generating more opportunities to provide value at lower cost – tackling the low availability of technical talent to analyse and mine healthcare data
    – Training – ensuring staff and managers understand the tools
  • A slow maturation process – how long until data and analytics be the standard in hospitals’ and healthcare settings’ workflows?
  • Is the technology accurate enough to enable it to be used in a healthcare setting and provide point of care decision making?
  • Measurably and demonstrably showing the impact of big data analytic approaches in patient outcomes , process efficiency and cost reduction

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

A Human View on Analytics in Healthcare – from Precision Medicine to Culture Change

Technology Enabling Precision Medicine Care Delivery

  • Tim Birdsall Sr. VP of Information Services & CMIO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America


  • Converging research, clinical care history and genomic testing to deliver patient specific targeted therapies
  • Enabling clinical pathways within the physician workflow
  • Leveraging analytics to build case for efficacy of care

Influencing Patient Decisions Through Longitudinal Analysis & Communication


  • Understanding how patient decisions directly impact wellness and hospital profitability
  • Influencing decisions – understanding patient needs
  • Uncovering patient needs documented with thousands of complex medical codes generated over years
  • Proposing an analytic framework that reduces the complexity of medical records to uncover patient needs and location on journey of care
  • Driving the scalable delivery of highly relevant communications over time

It’s Time to Begin to Use Real World Evidence Rather Than “Statistically Significant” Data That Often Has No Meaningful Value For Patients – A Unique Patient’s Perspective About Surviving Two Incurable Cancers Relying On 8 Clinical Trials & Real World Evidence

  • Jack Whelan Patient/Research Advocate, Member of AACR, ASCO


  • Presenting AACR – the oldest scientific organization in the world focused on high-quality, innovative cancer research – and real-world data based Project GENIE, Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange, the largest fully public cancer genomic data set released to date
  • Presenting ASCO – the world’s leading professional organization for physicians and oncology professionals – and big data based CancerLinQ project
  • Exploring the potential of IBM Watson as a research tool – an update on this radical computing power that will embrace massive evidence-based approach to research

Round Table Discussion: The Culture Change Behind Implementing Data-Driven Approaches in the Clinic

  • Danyal Ibrahim Chief Data & Analytics Officer & Chief of Toxicology, Saint Francis Hospital - Trinity Health
  • Jack Whelan Patient/Research Advocate, Member of AACR, ASCO
  • Marc Chasin VP & CIO, St. Luke’s Health System


Conveying the value of data outcomes – inconveniences vs. empowering benefits for clinicians, patients and providers

Leadership Buy-In

  • Establishing the strategic vision at a level of leadership that justifies investment
  • Critical factors to the competitiveness and livelihood of the organization
  • Aligning the evidence of validity of these technological solutions with the organization’s leadership priorities
  • Educating and familiarizing leadership with the new wave of technology approaches into healthcare
    Marc Chasin, VP & CIO, St. Luke’s Health System

Clinician Buy-In

  • Promoting adoption
  • Integrating analytics into the workflow – pros and cons
  • Bringing physician leaders on board – promoting engagement to drive practice to a higher level of quality of care
  • Trusting the data
    Danyal Ibrahim, Chief Data and Analytics Officer & Chief of Toxicology, Saint Francis Hospital – Trinity Health

Patient Buy-In

  • The patient perspective on deliver of care and digitized healthcare
  • Traditional model of care vs. new digitized healthcare model
  • More time with the doctor vs. less time at the hospital – understanding and justifying the use of technology to improve quality of care
    Jack Whelan, Patient/Research Advocate, Member of AACR, ASCO

Chair’s Closing Remarks

  • Alan Weiss CMIO, Ambulatory Services, Associate VP, Memorial Hermann