Spring 2017 ♦ Analytics and AI Dominate the 5th Annual Innovation Conference

By Jim Bloedau, BS-MT, RRT, CPHIMS, President Elect, Innovation Chair, Northern California HIMSS

With over 235 in attendance, the Chapter’s 5th Innovation conference was a fabulous success with many in attendance stating that it was the best ever. A stellar array of thought leaders explored how models that reward clinicians for improving patient outcomes rather than volume of care are being matched by health information technology (HIT) as it transitions to a post EHR era.

Our keynotes and panels presented perspectives from inside and outside healthcare on how innovation thinking can be applied to clinical and consumer workflows. They stressed that merely automating a task is taking a backseat to real-time analysis of key performance indicators needed on our road to personalized healthcare delivery. Sessions included:

Unmasking Innovation to Deal with First Order Problems”: Bob Rogers, PhD, Chief Data Scientist at Intel explored 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.

“Method Versus the Product – Lessons on Innovation from Outside Healthcare”: Joshua Newman, MD, MSHS, CMO and GM for Healthcare at Salesforce.com discussed the drivers of innovation, processes, culture and technology that led to Forbes rating Salesforce.com as the “World’s Most Innovative Company” for five years in a row, only to take second to Tesla for the last two years (right).

“Fail Fast, Succeed Fast or Fail Permanently - Emerging Models of Medical Device and Clinical HIT Innovation”: Larry Stofko, MS, EVP, Innovation Institute and panelists from Providence Health Ventures and John Hopkins Ventures presented the most prevalent collaborative models and best practices of provider-based innovation development and funding.

“Uniting Tribes and Democratizing Data – The Art of the Data Governance Deal”: Sherri Douville, CEO at Medigram moderated a deep dive by panelists from Sutter Health, CEP America, and Health Catalyst into the new era of analytics-driven enterprises, data stewardship, management and governance of the cross functional nature (“politics”) of executing well on the path to precision medicine.

“Leveraging AI & Machine Learning for Precision Medicine & Population Health”: Prashant Natarajan, Healthcare Product Director at Oracle delivered the attendee’s favorite session of the day by presenting a brilliant discussion by world class thought leaders from American Cancer, Stanford and Intel about the emerging ways to develop a 360 degree view of the patient to improve their engagement and outcomes for both the individual and populations.

Attendees then enjoyed a great wine reception and where Ryan Kelly, one of our speakers, was awarded a fifth of Glenfiddich as the winner of Nerf Basketball sponsored by Hoala Greevy, CEO of Paubox (right).

Planning for next year’s event is well underway and we anticipate it exceeding this year’s best ever. See you next January for the 6th Annual Innovation Conference again at the Intel Auditorium!

Photo Credit: Paubox

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