2017 Innovation Conference & Showcase - Agenda & Speaker Bios


Registration & Continental Breakfast




President's Welcome

Stevie Bahu
President, NorCal HIMSS



Opening Welcome: Credits

Jim Bloedau
President-Elect, NorCal HIMSS
Conference Chair  

Our keynote speakers will present perspectives from outside healthcare on how innovation thinking can be applied to clinical and consumer workflows encountered on our road to personalized healthcare delivery. They will share their successes and failures to innovate under escalating management pressures while facing the challenges of integration, adoption and a fluid legislative landscape.



Intel Keynote: Unmasking Innovation to Deal with First Order Problems

The spectrum of needed intelligence in the future will far exceed where we are today. Dr. Rogers will explore the fit of the augmented worker with augmented reality and the challenges of marrying what machines are good at with what people are good at.

Bob Rogers, PhD
Chief Data Scientist for Big Data Solutions
Intel Corporation

Bob serves as a member of the Data Center Group senior leadership team focusing on analytics and artificial intelligence solutions in healthcare. Prior to accepting his role at Intel, Bob was the Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Apixio a successful healthcare startup where he developed next generation healthcare data products. Prior to focusing in the healthcare industry, Bob spent 12 years in the Financial Services space building algorithmic trading products as well as starting and managing a successful hedge fund. Bob holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkley and a PhD in Physics from Harvard University. 

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HIMSS Keynote Address: Method Versus the Product – Lessons on Innovation from Outside Healthcare

Rated by Forbes as the number one “World’s Most Innovative Company” for five years in a row and taking second to Tesla for the last two years, Salesforce.com has much to share about the path to successful innovation. Dr. Newman will share insights from Salesforce and its customers into some of the drivers of innovation, as well as the processes, culture, and technology that make it reality. 

Joshua Newman, MD, MSHS
Chief Medical Officer and General Manager of Healthcare

Dr. Newman leads the strategy and cross-functional efforts on Salesforce’s health product, partner and customer development and contributes to Salesforce Foundation efforts to enable non-profit organizations in healthcare. Over his 15-year history in HIT, he has designed, built, and managed web applications that serve the collaboration, financial and clinical management needs of healthcare. Prior to Salesforce, he worked as a practicing physician and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA where he completed his MSHS degree with a research focus on health information technology as a post graduate fellow. He received his MD from the University of Illinois, Chicago and Family Medicine residency at the Advocate Illinois Masonic/UIC. Additional honors include completion of a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.  

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Exhibiting Vendors Introductions



Lunch (Buffet served in Cafeteria)



Chapter Education and Professional Growth



Fail Fast, Succeed Fast or Fail Permanently - Emerging Models of Medical Device and Clinical HIT Innovation

In this session, the audience will have the opportunity to interact with three of the leading centers of innovation in the US as they discuss the most prevalent models and best practices of clinically significant innovation.  Through supporting case studies, you will hear how formal collaboration optimizes “inside-out” commercialization, research and tech transfer, and venture fund approaches to bringing “market ready” ideas to fruition.

Larry Stofko, MS
Executive Vice President
Innovation Institute 

Larry brings nearly 30 years of strategy and innovation experience in healthcare information technology to the Innovation Institute, a unique collaborative comprised of over 100+ hospitals and 500+ clinics that include Cleveland Clinic, Providence St. Joseph Health, Bon Secours Health System, CHOC Children’s Hospital, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, and Avera Health.  His primary duties include leading all stages of innovation from initial ideation to prototyping, piloting, and commercialization of new products, technologies, and companies.  He has been honored with CIO Magazine’s Ones to Watch award and InformationWeek’s Top 25 Healthcare CIOs in 2012.  Prior to the Innovation Institute, he served as SVP and CIO for St. Joseph Health (SJH), which earned the health system a top 100 information technology companies ranking by Information Week, and was Director of Healthcare Consulting for Perot Systems Corporation. Larry received his Masters in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration from Trinity University, and his BS in Business Information Systems from Georgia College & State University.

Ryan Kelly, PhD
Executive Director, IP & Licensing
Executive Director, West, Innovation Lab

Ryan oversees all intellectual property and commercialization activities of Innovation Lab and manages strategic alliances that include Cleveland Clinic and its California-based member systems. Prior to joining the lab, he was Senior Commercialization Officer with Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Senior Manager in City of Hope’s Office of Technology Licensing, and The Scripps Research Institute’s Office of Technology Development while completing his postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology.  Ryan earned his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Minnesota, a B.S. in biochemistry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is currently pursuing an MBA from Marshall School of Business at USC. 

Neil Veloso, MBA
Executive Director, Technology Transfer
Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

Neil leads a team that works closely with researchers, physicians and inventors to evaluate and protect intellectual property developed at the Johns Hopkins University.  Previously he spent nine years at Cleveland Clinic Innovations as the Senior Director of Innovation Management where he lead a team based  at Cleveland and six additional Innovation Alliance partners and academic medical centers.  Neil started his technology transfer career at the Case Western Reserve University.  He earned his undergraduate degree is at Johns Hopkins University with a MS and MBA from Case Western Reserve University. 

Dan Galles, MBA
Providence Ventures

Dan has been investing in and partnering with management teams of early and growth stage companies in healthcare information technology, healthcare services, and medical device sectors for over 20 years with an emphasis in the bay area. Prior to joining Providence, Dan was a Partner at HLM Venture Partners where he led or co-led investments in 14 companies including: Redbrick Health, Clear Data, Confluent Surgical, Change Healthcare, and CBR Systems. Prior to HLM, Dan was an Associate at venture capital firm J.H. Whitney and Company and an Analyst in the healthcare investment banking group at Alex. Brown & Sons. Dan earned his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Uniting Tribes and Democratizing Data – The Art of the Data Governance Deal

As health care organizations advance deeper into the new era of analytics-driven enterprises, data stewardship, management, and governance are becoming of the utmost importance.  One of the biggest concerns is the cross functional nature (“politics”) of executing well on the path to precision medicine.  This panel will explore the nuances of navigating the ‘five m’s’ of data’—measuring, merging, mining, managing and maintaining the data – while creating an innovative vision and assembling the right people and resources to fulfill the promise of precision medicine.

Sherri Douville
Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Douville brings over a decade of healthcare marketing, consulting and entrepreneurial experience to her leadership at Medigram, a leading intelligent mobile enterprise healthcare solution that offers an array of secure communications and storage options to support modern data strategies.  Prior to this, she founded a healthcare technology consulting practice and executed sales and marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson.  Sherri also serves on the Board for HIMSS Northern California where she is Co-Chair for the Innovation conference, Co-Chair for program panels, and contributes to the newsletter. She is an advisory board member for the National Bundled Payment Collaborative, serves as a member of Santa Clara University’s Board of Fellows, and as a mentor for TiE’s youth entrepreneurship program.  She earned her BS degree in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University and two big data analytics certificates through MIT.

Dr. Josh Tamayo-Sarver
Vice President, Informatics
CEP America

Dr. Tamayo-Sarver combines his knowledge of clinical informatics, analytics, workflows and decision processes to develop organizational data strategy and applications that improves the efficiency and efficacy of patient care delivered by CEP America, one of the leading providers of acute care management and staffing solutions in the US.  Additionally, he is Assistant Director of Quality Improvement at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose and a practicing board certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics physician.  He earned his bachelor with honors in biochemistry from Harvard University, a medical degree and PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University and a certificate in Medical Informatics from Oregon Health Sciences University. 

Steve Barlow
Co-founder and EVP of Client Operations, Health Catalyst
President of Professional Services

Mr. Barlow began his career in healthcare over 25 years ago at Intermountain Healthcare where he was Director of Information Management and a member of the team who developed their analytics capabilities leading to Intermountain being recognized nationally as a leader in outcomes improvements and cost optimization. He is also a founding member and former chair of the Healthcare Data Warehousing Association - the leading forum for healthcare organizations planning or engaged in data warehousing and analytics.  Mr. Barlow earned a BS in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah.

Kristen Wilson-Jones
Chief Technology Strategist, Sutter RD&D
CEO, Innovareus

Presenting over thirty years in information technology, Kristen is an IT Strategist and Innovator who started Sutter Health's data governance program.  She was instrumental in making the first key hire and will share the importance of the executive sponsor in the process at Sutter.  Prior to this, she was VP of Data and Online Services at Sutter and worked her way up to CTO serving the financial services, manufacturing, global 500 high-techs, healthcare, telecom, and video broadcast industries.  She earned her MBA from Golden Gate University.

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Leveraging AI & Machine Learning for Precision Medicine & Population Health

The sheer variety and volume of disparate healthcare and patient data – and how to derive veracity and value out of it – remains a major challenge of healthcare informatics.  This panel will explore emerging ways to develop a 360 degree view of the patient to improve their engagement and outcomes for both the individual and populations including:

  • What are the big and small steps healthcare providers and health systems can take to leverage big data and machine learning for population health and personalized care,
  • Understand how big data & machine learning can be woven into existing business intelligence and analytics efforts, and
  • Review best practices for getting started - and how to define & measure success.

Prashant Natarajan
Healthcare Product Director

Prashant Natarajan is Product Director, Oracle Healthcare Solutions. He is a domain expert, product leader, and technology strategist with portfolio responsibility for precision medicine, value based care, and real world evidence. He is a best-selling author on analytics, big data,  machine learning, and AI. Prashant Co-Chairs HIMSS NorCal's Innovation Conference 2017 and serves on the Bay Area Council's Healthcare Committee. He is an  alumnus of Manipal Institute of Technology (engineering) and Auburn University (applied linguistics). 

Oscar E. Streeter, MD, FACRO
Center for Thermal Oncology

Dr. Streeter’s prestigious 32 year medical career has made him an internationally recognized expert of integrative cancer treatment and implant radiation. Currently he is lead physician for Hyperthermia/Radiation Oncology at the Center for Thermal Oncology in Santa Monica, a board member of the California Division of the American Cancer Society and a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology.  Prior to this he was the founding Medical Director of AIS Cancer Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital, Chair of Radiation Oncology at Howard University and Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC.  Dr. Streeter has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” by U.S. News & World Report, a principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute.  Dr. Streeter attended Medical School and completed his residency at Howard University.

Mitesh Rao, MD
System Patient Safety Officer
Director of the Center for Advancing Patient Safety and Emergency Medicine
Professor, Stanford Healthcare and School of Medicine

A Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and internationally recognized expert in Patient Safety, Quality, and Innovation who was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale and served as the Head of Research and Integration for the Health Innovation Program at Northwestern Medicine before join Stanford. Mitesh has also led teams serving contracts with various governmental and non-profit agencies such as the Joint Commission Resources, CMS, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Partners Health Care, and the American College of Surgeons.  His entrepreneurial and innovator passions have attracted multiple healthcare-focused startups and accelerator groups across the country seeking his wisdom including Startup Health, StartX and Rock Health.  He earned his MD at Jefferson Medical College and completed his MHS and Residency at Yale. 

Bob Rogers, PhD
Chief Data Scientist for Big Data Solutions
Intel Corporation

Bob serves as a member of the Data Center Group senior leadership team focusing on big data solutions in healthcare.   Prior to accepting his role at Intel, Bob was the Chief Scientist at Apixio a successful healthcare startup where he developed next generation healthcare data products.  Prior to focusing in the healthcare industry, Bob spent 12 years in the Financial Services space building algorithmic trading products as well as starting and managing a successful hedge fund.  Bob holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkley and a PhD in Physics from Harvard University. 

Zeeshan Syed, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Medicine
Stanford University

Zeeshan Syed is the Director of the Clinical Inference and Algorithms Program at Stanford Health Care and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Before joining Stanford, Dr. Syed was an Associate Professor with Tenure in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan where he led the Computational Biomarker Discovery and Clinical Inference Group. His research studies novel applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence to predictive and precision medicine-based healthcare challenges. Dr. Syed is an NIH, NSF and AHA-funded investigator and a recipient of multiple national awards including the prestigious NSF CAREER award. Dr. Syed received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering from MIT's School of Engineering and Harvard Medical School. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Syed was a pivotal member of Google[X] Life Sciences (now Verily) and co-founder for HEALTH@SCALE Technologies.

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3:55 – 6:00

Networking Wine and Food Reception

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