Fall 2018 Newsletter - Highlights from the HIMSS NorCal CxO Summit: Facing Disruption Head On

Healthcare IT enthusiasts came together on October 16 at the HIMSS NorCal CxO Summit in Santa Clara to be inspired and learn from experts in the field about best practices associated with this year’s theme “Facing Disruption Head On.” If you were not able to join us then, here are some highlights that you may have missed.

We were extremely honored to hear from John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus at Cisco, Founder and also now a VC at JC Ventures. He was interviewed by Sherri Douville, CEO of Medigram and CXO Co-Chair. John shared insights gained during his successful 20 year career as Cisco’s CEO, then Chairman of the Board. John led Cisco to become an innovative IT powerhouse, growing revenue from $70M in 2005 to $47B in 2015. As an experienced leader, he has an eye for spotting and shaping startups that have the potential to become the next Cisco.

After leaving the position as CEO, one of John’s goals was to write a book highlighting some of the lessons learned during his illustrious career. The book, “Connecting the Dots,” is available on Amazon. CxO attendees benefited from his firsthand highlights from this “must read” book:

  • Look forward -- think about tomorrow, not yesterday.
  • Reinvent yourself every few years.
  • Partner with startups for innovation and agility, knowing that every large company is at risk if they don’t completely reinvent themselves.
  • John has pointedly told hospital administrators that without rapidly adopting new technologies and new ways of doing business, they will cease to exist. Adopting innovation is key to survival.
  • Any rapid transformation requires unprecedented collaboration from both internal stakeholders and external partners.

At the CxO Summit, attendees also learned about timely federal health topics. During her informative talk, "State of the Healthcare Union," Dr. Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACN, Chief Medical Officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services, and Chair of the Pain Management, Best Practices Interagency Task Force, reviewed four key pillar areas of focus for the department:

  • Combating the opioid crisis
  • Reducing the cost of expensive prescription drugs
  • Addressing the cost and availability of health insurance
  • Moving toward value-based healthcare

Dr. Singh shared a shocking statistic related to the opioid crisis: 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses. Oftentimes, addiction is strongly correlated with pain and a legal prescription made by a physician. As such, HHS has released a five-point strategy to combat the Opioid Crisis:

  • Access: Provide better prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
  • Data: Obtain and analyze better data on the epidemic.
  • Pain: Implement optimal, less addictive pain management solutions.
  • Overdoses: Continue developing more effective overdose reversing drugs.
  • Research: Continue funding and supporting research on pain and addiction.

Dr. Singh believes that all of these strategies combined are expected to change the tide of this opioid crisis.

Next, attendees were treated to an informative discussion on “Why Security Must Keep Pace with Transformation” moderated by Jason Johnson, ISO at Marin General Hospital and HIMSS NorCal President-Elect. The panel featured Patrick Phelan, CISO, UCSF Health; Adam Bayaa, VP, IT and Security, Heal; and Brian Kreitzer, CISO, El Camino Hospital.

The day closed off with Jonathan Manis, former SVP at Sutter Health, who led a thought-provoking discussion on the leadership qualities needed in order to digitize healthcare within organizations.

We would like to thank all of our keynote speakers and everyone who provided guidance prior to CxO in order to help HIMSS NorCal develop the most timely and relevant discussions. The HIMSS NorCal Chapter leadership team has been overwhelmed by positive feedback, and we look forward to bringing more quality programs like this to members throughout the years to come.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Citrix, Lynxcare, Dimension Data, Okta, Lumetra Healthcare Solutions, and Enlightened for helping making the CxO Summit possible.

Check out our website for pictures and slides from the day: http://norcal.himsschapter.org/2018-cxo-summit-review

We hope you can join us at our 2019 programming events -- the Innovation Conference and Showcase in March 2019 and the ePatient Summit in April 2019.