Innovation Conference & Showcase - Agenda

Subject to change.







Welcome Address

Nick Steinbach, President-Elect, NorCal HIMSS




Chair Address - Innovation in Health Sciences: The 4 Ps of Success

Prashant Natarajan, Chair, ICS 2018



Track 1: Precision Medicine




Jennifer Esposito
Intel Health & Life Sciences




Opening Keynote 1 - AI in Precision Medicine

Arjun Bansal
Vice President, General Manager, Artificial Intelligence Software and Lab

Arjun is the Vice President, General Manager, Artificial Intelligence Software and Lab at Intel. Prior to Nervana Systems’ acquisition by Intel in August 2016, he was co-founder & VP Algorithms at Nervana heading Machine Learning Software & Data Science. His research work has spanned neurophysiology and large scale machine learning. Arjun holds a BS in computer science from Caltech and a PhD in neuroscience from Brown University. He completed postdoctoral training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.




Precision Medicine Panel

Sean Sigmon
Director of Translational Medicine
Oracle Health Sciences

Sean Sigmon was most recently National Director of Business Development and Strategy for Oracle’s Health Sciences business focused on Personalized Medicine. Previously, Sean was VP of Sales and Business Development at Translational Software and held senior marketing and sales leadership roles for Microsoft, Philips Healthcare, and Boehringer Ingelheim. He’s worked in healthcare for more than 20 years. He enjoys helping executives and clinicians understand and embrace new therapies, devices, software and ways of working.

Sean holds a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and a MBA from Seattle University, and is an Executive Trustee at BloodworksNW (the largest blood services and research organization in the northwest).

Dr. Oscar Streeter
Chief Medical & Scientific Officer
CA Division of American Cancer Society

Dr. Oscar E. Streeter, Jr. is a board certified radiation oncologist Chief Medical & Scientific Officer for the CA Division of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Streeter’s prestigious 32 year medical career includes corporate, academic and private practice with expertise in integrative cancer care. He is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of breast cancer and implant radiation (brachytherapy), as well as a certified acupuncturist. Dr. Streeter attended Medical School and completed his residency at Howard University, and spent 18 years at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California holding positions as Associate Professor, Residency Program Director and Chief of the Radiation Oncology Department for several years at LAC+USC Medical Center and Chief of Service in Radiation Oncology at USC/Norris Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Joe Pinzone
CEO & Medical Director

Dr. Pinzone is CEO & Medical Director at AMAI an Innovative medical and Wellness Practice, Inc. AMAI has a team of healthcare practitioners including dietitians, personal trainers, and life coaches who provide a 360 degree view of an individual's health, and help set and achieve health and life goals. AMAI is beyond concierge medicine. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

In 2009 Dr. Pinzone was recruited to the Hemotology/Oncology Therapeutic Area at Amgen, Inc. He served as the North American Medical Leader for Denosumab Oncology and led the Medical Affairs team that launched XGEVA®. He interfaced with the Brand Team and the Regional Medical Liaisons to communicate medical information. He also oversaw the Investigator-Sponsored Study program. In 2012 Dr. Pinzone transitioned to the Bone Therapeutic Area as Clinical Research Medical Director for Prolia®, serving as medical lead for clinical studies, RML educational activities and the ISS Program.

Dr. David Lin
Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Ellipsis Health 

Dr. David Lin is a clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and neuropsychological assessments. He has worked in behavioral health for 21 years with the last 13 at San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) where he founded the Medical-Psychiatry Service (MPS), an integrated physical and behavioral health model of care embedded within primary care. Through his leadership at SMMC, Dr. Lin pioneered this integrated model of care and was awarded the Quality Leaders Award in 2014 by the California Association of Hospitals and Safety Net Institute. He is currently a director at large for the California Psychological Association. Dr. Lin is currently the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for Ellipsis Health, a technology company using speech to monitor depression. He also manages a private practice along the Peninsula and enjoys working with adults and adolescents for a range of behavioral health issues.




Sponsors Recognition & Exhibit Hall Information




Break at the Exhibit Hall



Track 2: Health Innovation & Public-Private Partnerships



Opening Keynote - Health Innovation & Public-Private Partnerships

Joel White
President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage
CEO, HealthIT Now

Joel spent twelve years on Capitol Hill as professional staff, where he helped enact nine laws, including the 2002 Trade Act, which created health care tax credits, the 2003 law that established the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Health Savings Accounts, the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act and the 2006 Tax Reform and Health Care Act, which reformed Medicare payment policies.

Joel spent six years as staff on the Committee on Ways and Means, first as Professional Staff and then as Staff Director of the Health Subcommittee.

Joel is on the Boards of Directors of CAHC, the Newborn Foundation, Samaritan Inns, Arlington Bridge Builders, and the Citizen and Soldier Foundation. He is also on the National Advisory Board of the Cancer Support Community. Joel holds a BS in Economics from the American University and is the co-author of the book, Facts and Figures on Government Finance.




Panel - Health Innovation & Public-Private Partnerships

Prashant Natarajan
Director of Innovation & Strategy
Oracle HSGBU

Prashant Natarajan is Director of Innovation & Strategy at Oracle in the Health Sciences Global Business Unit. He is a recognized thought leader (#HIT100) and customer advisor on analytics, Blockchain, big + little data, and machine/deep learning. He is passionate about helping organizations maximize their technology investments to improve patient care, provider satisfaction, personal wellness, and health policy.

Prashant is a popular keynote speaker and best-selling author on emerging technologies and their applications in multiple verticals including health sciences, e-commerce, and manufacturing. His HIMSS books on Big Data & Machine Learning (2017) & Business Intelligence (2012) are top-sellers in the genre ( He has co-authored chapters on precision medicine, communications in technology environments, and is currently Lead Editor of “Demystifying AI for the Enterprise” (2018). Prashant serves as Industry Advisor for the CIAPM project at UCSF and on the Board of Advisors at CAHC. He teaches Applied Deep/Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence as Co-Faculty Instructor at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Elizabeth Baca
Senior Health Advisor
Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Elizabeth Baca serves as the Senior Health Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and provides vision, leadership and oversight for the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM). She is engaged in innovation in the public sector to foster health through multiple projects including public-private partnerships, big data, and healthy planning. Her portfolio involves working across agencies and departments in California as well as with many foundation, non-profit, for-profit groups, and entrepreneurs.

Previously, Dr. Baca served on the General Pediatric Faculty at Stanford Medical School and directed the Community Pediatric and Child Advocacy Rotation. Dr. Baca studied health policy at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. She completed her Masters in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baca completed her pediatric residency in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program at UC San Francisco.

Joel White
Council for Affordable Health Coverage

Marc Perlman
US Healthcare Provider ERP Practice Leader & Global Business Development Leader for Healthcare

Marc Perlman is the Managing Director and Global Business Development Leader for Deloitte LLP.  With more than 33 years in healthcare, Marc brings deep experience in global healthcare having worked closely with governments, regions/provinces, health systems, payer organizations, system integrators and vertical software companies.  He has participated in multiple international trade missions with the US Department of Commerce as well as international engagements with the US Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves an advisory board member for the USA Health Alliance (USAHA), and the Council for Affordable Healthcare (CAHC).






Lunch & Networking




Health Innovation Across the Globe: An Overview 

Danielle Siarri, NorCal HIMSS Social Media Ambassador & ICS 2018 Event Co-Chair



Chapter Education & Professional Growth

Margit Chapman, NorCal HIMSS Education Committee, Clincal Advisory Council


Track 3: Big Data & AI in Healthcare



Opening Keynote 

Dr. Pratik Mukherjee
Director, Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease (CIND)
San Francisco VA Medical Center
Director, Neural Connectivity Laboratory (NCL), UCSF China Basin

Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the Department Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and he is an attending neuroradiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the Director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease (CIND) based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He also directs the Neural Connectivity Laboratory (NCL) at UCSF China Basin.

Dr. Mukherjee received his PhD in Neuroscience from Rockefeller University, New York in 1994 and his MD from Cornell University, New York, in 1995. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, followed by a residency in Radiology and fellowship in Neuroradiology at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, completed in 2002. Dr. Mukherjee’s primary clinical research is the study of neurodevelopmental disorders and traumatic brain injury (TBI) using advanced MRI. His research has been focused on technical development, neuroscience and clinical applications of advanced imaging methods for mapping structure and function of the human brain. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers.





Dr. Esther Yuh
Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Dr. Yuh is a neuroradiologist and Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). Following a Ph.D. in physics, she completed an M.D. degree and internal medicine internship at Stanford University and residency and neuroradiology fellowship at UCSF. Her research focuses on image analysis for identification of patterns of injury in traumatic brain injury (TBI), including use of neural networks for better classification and quantitative characterization of imaging studies. She is the central neuroradiologist reader for TRACK-TBI, a large multicenter study of the prognostic value of neuroimaging studies in acute TBI, and is working with the FDA on validation of neuroimaging biomarkers for TBI clinical trials.




Panel - Demystifying Big Data, Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare 

Zeeshan Syed
Director, Clinical Inference and Algorithms Program, Stanford Health Care 
Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University

Zeeshan Syed is the Inaugural 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 in 2016, Dr. Syed was an Associate Professor with Tenure in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he was a Principal Investigator for the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and led the Computational Biomarker Discovery and Clinical Inference Group. Dr. Syed received SB and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a PhD through a joint program between MIT’s School of Engineering and Harvard Medical School in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Syed’s research investigates the design and application of advanced healthcare-specialized machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies for clinical effectiveness, high-value care and population health, and has featured at top machine learning and artificial intelligence conferences (NIPS, ICML, AAAI, KDD) as well as in the media (Wired, CBS, NPR, WSJ, Technology Review, ZDNet). Dr. Syed is the recipient of multiple national awards for his scholarship activities, including the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Syed is also actively engaged with the healthcare analytics industry, having been part of the core early-stage team for the Google[X] Life Sciences initiative (now Verily) and as a founder of HEALTH[at]SCALE Technologies.

Carla Liebowitz
Head of Strategy & Marketing

Carla Leibowitz heads strategy and marketing at Arterys, a cloud/artificial intelligence company in the medical imaging space. She has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and engineering degrees from both MIT and Stanford.

Prior to joining Arterys, Carla spent 3 years at Bain & Company, consulting for top biotech, diagnostic and hospital clients. Before to that, Carla designed medical devices and led device development teams at several companies

Tatyana Kanzaveli
CEO & Founder
Open Health Network

Tatyana Kanzaveli has gone from a programmer to senior executive at Big 5 to founder and CEO of a startup company along her 20 year career, recognized as a thought leader, mentor for her ability to guide Fortune 500 and startup companies through business challenges. She’s worked for major companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Fujitsu and startups in the early days of the Web. Tatyana has been recognized as one of the top 10 Influential Women in Healthcare IT in 2015.

Today, she is the founder and CEO of Open Health Network, a mentor at 500Startups and Richard Branson Entrepreneurs Centre and serves on boards for private companies. She also is licensee and organizer of highly notable TEDxBayArea conferences, She is a frequent speaker at US and International conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital health. Tatyana has been featured in the White House blog , spoke at the United Nations, presented at the first White House Demo Day hosted by the President Obama.

Riju Pahwa
Head of SW Engineering
ZAP Surgical

Riju Pahwa is the Senior Director of Software Engineering at Zap Surgical. Prior to Zap, he was the cofounder of Nodal, a machine learning company out of MIT focused on transportation and urban solutions. Previously, he was the head of commercialization of machine vision solutions at IBM and led the product management of what later became Watson portfolio. Riju has an MBA from MIT and an engineering degree in computer science.




Networking Break and Exhibit Hall


Topics in Innovation (1/2 hour each)



Incorporating the Patient Voice - Participation, Collaboration and Empowerment

Bryce Olson
Marketing Director, Health and Life Sciences Group

Bryce Olson is the Global Marketing Director for Intel’s Health and Life Sciences group. One of the areas he focuses on is bringing technology and science together in the exciting area of genomics and precision medicine with a powerful message on how this saves lives. Genomic sequencing and precision medicine gave him a life he didn’t think he’d get to live. Bryce is inspired by connecting the advances in life sciences into clinical settings and helping patients understand these new opportunities.

He is a sought after keynote speaker both locally and nationally, and his story has been covered by both local and national media. Bryce also started FACTS (‘Fighting Advanced Cancer Through Songs’), a movement that uses the power of music to build awareness for a new way to fight cancer and bring molecular testing and precision medicine to other advanced cancer patients. In 2017, Bryce wrote and co-produced a rock-n-roll album in support of the FACTS movement that brought together a variety of Portland, Oregon based musicians and singers including Jenny Conlee from the Decemberists, Martha Davis from the Motels, Pete Krebs, and Michelle DeCourcy – all four are cancer survivors.




Staying at the Forefront of Technology - MemorialCare Technology Center

Imran Salim
SVP of Healthcare Solutions

Imran Salim has spent nearly 30 years helping organizations leverage technology to improve business outcomes and create efficiency. Imran joined Sirius in 2000, and became the senior vice president of sales for the company’s Western region. During this time, he led a diverse group of sales and technical teams to improve both client satisfaction and the Sirius business. Imran oversaw the creation of the Sirius Healthcare practice in 2014, and has managed it since. He leads a national healthcare team that focuses on finding the right mix of technologies, consulting and solution partnerships to meet the demanding needs of healthcare clients. He also led the effort to create the MemorialCare Technology and Training Center Powered by Sirius (MTC), a state-of-the-art technology facility for healthcare IT innovation, experimentation, meeting and training, in Orange County, California. Mr. Salim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from California State University.





Closing & Reflection: How Can We Free Up Healthcare's State of Friction?

Santosh Mohan
Head of More Disruption Please Labs

Santosh Mohan leads the More Disruption Please (MDP) Labs at athenahealth, fostering the next generation of healthcare innovators. He is a Duke Fuqua Scholar in clinical informatics and the recipient of HIMSS 2017 Founders Leadership Award. Prior to his current role at athenahealth, Mohan served as a Digital Solutions Management Fellow at Stanford Health Care and helped the organization achieve EMRAM Stage 7 inpatient and outpatient validations. Earlier in his career, he worked on technology-enabled innovation at Duke University Health System and Cerner Corporation and served as a Senior Consultant and Director at The Advisory Board Company. Mohan is a member of the HIMSS User Experience Committee and the immediate past-chairperson of the HIMSS Innovation Committee. He was recently recognized as a "Rising Star" by Becker's Hospital Review and as one of 11 leading innovators in health IT by Health Data Management.



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