Virtual ePatient Summit 2021: The New Normal for Healthcare

February 24, 2:00pm, PST - 5:30pm, PST
February 25, 2:00pm, PST - 5:30pm, PST




HIMSS Northern California is pleased to announce our upcoming flagship clinically-focused program, the ePatient Summit.

This year's theme is "The New Normal for Healthcare" and will focus on how technology is affecting the delivery of care and patient experience during and beyond the pandemic. What benefits have patients and providers gained from the rapid transition to virtual care and what is likely to continue? What gaps remain to be filled? We will hear from patients, providers, and technology professionals across the healthcare community.

This event will be virtual on February 24 and 25 from 2:00-5:30 pm.


Day 1 - February 24

2:00 PM



2:15 PM


Keynote: Healthcare in Transformation

Prat Vemana
Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, Kaiser Permanente


2:40 PM


Unlocking Telehealth Potential: Policy and Regulations

David Gray
Senior Manager, Government Relations & Connected Health Policy, HIMSS


3:05 PM


Security and the C Suite: The New Reality of Cyber in Healthcare

Jacki Monson
Vice President, Chief Privacy and Information Security Officer, Sutter Health

Kelly Mather
CEO, Bayhealth

Iliana Peters
Shareholder, Polsinelli Group/Fmr. Acting Deputy Dir., HIPAA Enforcement, HHS

Jason Johnson  Moderator

Sr. Industry Specialist, Healthcare GRC, Amazon/Fmr. ISO, MarinHealth; Past President, HIMSS Northern California Chapter


3:40 PM


Doctor's Orders: How Telehealth is Affecting Clinicians

Jeffery Wajda, DO, MS, FACEP
Chief Medical Information Officer, UC Davis Health

Aileen Murphy, DO, MA, FACS
General and Bariatric Surgeon, Epic Care; Hospital affiliation with San Ramon Regional Medical Center and John Muir Health

Maryam Amidi, DDS
Amidi Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Midori Kondo, PharmD, MHA  Moderator
VP Administration, HIMSS Southern California Chapter


4:15 PM


Strategies to Support Telemental Health Workforce

Shilpa Reddy, PhD
Telemental Health Director & Clinical Psychologist, San Francisco VA Medical Center

Sofia Chancey  Moderator
Chair, Education Committee, HIMSS Northern California; Head of Strategy, Intune Collective


4:40 PM


Interplay between Technology and Racial Inequities in Healthcare
Theme-based Discussion with Small Group Breakouts

Edward M. Yu, MD, CMQ, CPPS, CPE
Chief Quality Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health

Nicole M. Barnett, DHSc, MBA, RN, CNL
Northern California Regional Director Nursing and Clinical Practice, Kaiser Permanente

5:30 PM


Close of Day 1


Day 2 - February 25

2:00 PM



2:10 PM


Patient Engagement from the Patient Perspective

Laura Jantos, LFHIMSS
Founder, LDJ Consulting LLC


2:35 PM


Remote Patient Monitoring - Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Costs with a Connected Care Ecosystem

David Gray
Senior Manager, Government Relations & Connected Health Policy, HIMSS

Anobel Y. Odisho, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Urology, Clinical Informatics Lead for Virtual Care, UCSF School of Medicine

Meredith Sossman  Moderator 
Global VP of Business Development & General Counsel, Suquino


3:10 PM


Emerging and Converging IT Solutions Aimed at Addressing SDOH

Thomas Erlinger, MD, MPH
Vice President, Clinical Analytics, Elsevier

Sarah DeSilvey, RN
Director of Clinical Informatics, The Gravity Project; Rural Family Nurse Practitioner Quality Consultant

Tonya Hongsermeier, MD
VP and Chief Medical Information Officer, Lahey Health

James Shalaby, PharmD  Moderator
Elimu Informatics, Inc.


3:45 PM


From Health Data to Knowledge to Practice: Where and How Informatics is Helping Make Decisions

Jeffery Brown, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School

Saurabh Gombar, MD, PhD
Clinical Instructor of Pathology, Stanford University - School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care

Anita Umesh, PhD  Moderator 
Clinical Data Standards in Regulatory Submissions Consultant


4:20 PM


Webside Manner: Strategies for Video Visit Success

Matthew Sakumoto, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF; Primary Care Physician, PlushCare


4:45 PM


Networking Session: Small Group Breakouts

5:40 PM



Agenda subject to change.