Views from the Top

Insights Beyond Health Information and Technology

Be inspired by compelling stories from high-ranking leaders in a variety of industries in top-level, strategic education sessions with Views from the Top. Walk away with insights and inspiration to help you continue to transform health and healthcare through information and technology.


Tuesday, March 6 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

How CMS is Leveraging Information and Technology in Medicare and Medicaid

Administrator Verma is excited to discuss her efforts to advance interoperability and patient ownership of healthcare data, to most effectively leverage the latest technologies for patients in Medicare and Medicaid.


Seema Verma, MPH
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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Tuesday, March 6 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Insights into the Changing Role and Priorities of the CIO

Health systems are increasingly challenged to not only diagnose better and faster, but also predict and prevent disease across the spectrum of care. Disparate data sources, complex technology and increased patient expectations of integrated care all impact your ability to make strides towards delivering value-based care. Our panelists will discuss the collaborative partnership model to support the changing role of a CIO.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how a collaborative partnership is designed to drive innovation.
  • Identify the importance of aggregating huge amounts of data to drive efficiency, performance improvements and create better, leaner patient pathways.
  • Describe emerging innovations and new technologies such as adaptive intelligence, 3D technologies and clinical intelligence.


Jan Kimpen
Chief Medical Officer
David Higginson
EVP/Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Information Officer
Phoenix Children's Hospital

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

HIMSS CEO Addresses Leveraging Information and Technology to Minimize Health's Economic Challenges

Economic pressures and demands on the healthcare industry are poised to intensify in the coming decade. The impending silver tsunami partnered with a shrinking economic base are challenging hospitals and providers to continue to deliver services while maintaining quality of care. In facing this full-fledged economic emergency, the health community needs to decide quickly where and how to innovate, invest and implement impactful technologies. Hal Wolf III, President and CEO of HIMSS, will discuss how organizations can leverage the value of HIMSS to address the information and technologies needed to face the next decade of economic uncertainty. Attendees will have the ability to participate in a Q&A session at the end of the session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of the impending economic turmoil facing healthcare today
  • Identify the role HIMSS plays in realizing better health through information and technology
  • Describe the information and technologies needed to minimize the impact of economic turmoil over the next decade


Harold "Hal" Wolf, III, FHIMSS
President & CEO

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Tuesday, March 6 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The Washington Perspective: A Fireside Chat with the ONC National Coordinator

In this engaging session, Dr. Donald Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health IT, will have a candid conversation on topics which will include the 21st Century Cures Act and the Office of the National Coordinator's (ONC) focus on improving health IT interoperability and usability, and Dr. Rucker's thoughts on the future of health IT.


Don Rucker, MD
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)

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Wednesday, March 7 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Inspiring Digital Health Innovation: Transformative Insights from Across the Globe

Embracing strategies that drive innovation across the healthcare continuum are critical to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the patient care experience. For those digital health ecosystems that do embrace change through innovation, their healthcare executives recognize that business drivers like quality, cost, and safety are enhanced through disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality. From this esteemed panel of internationally-recognized experts, attendees will gain insights into the knowledge, the experiences, and the deep learnings that are so critical to driving change. With a focus on the challenges and the opportunities experienced across the people, the processes, and the technologies, panelists will identify those elements that are so critical to establishing and nurturing a culture of innovation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the business imperative of establishing an organization that embraces innovation
  • Identify a variety of perspectives that have positively affected change through innovation
  • Determine best practices for creating a culture of innovation in your organization


Claus Duedal Pedersen
CIO, Center for Innovative Medical Technology
Odense University Hospital, Denmark

Lisa Caplan, MPH
Senior Vice President, Care Delivery Technology Services,
Kaiser Permanente

Ronny Sapir, EMBA
Head of the Israeli National Digital Health Initiative
Digital Health & IT Department Ministry of Health, Israel

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Building a Healthier Future with ML and the Cloud

Healthcare is being transformed with each technological breakthrough, but there is much untapped potential. The innovation infrastructure is being democratized and stakeholders are capitalizing - from improving patient engagement to advancing scientific breakthroughs. What does this mean for the global industry? How can we hasten progress and ensure Cloud and AI technology are used to increase the quality of life for everyone?

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how having a Cloud-first and AI-first vision is a transformation accelerator for healthcare and in advancing science
  • Discover high-impact healthcare use cases that hold the most promise for the positive change across the care continuum
  • Identify how your organization can think radically about exploiting the latest opportunities with Google Cloud and ML and significantly enhance business performance


Gregory Moore, MD, PhD
Vice President of Healthcare
Google Cloud

William Morris, MD
Associate Chief Information Officer
Cleveland Clinic

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Caring for Astronauts in Space: The Role of Telemedicine at NASA

Several times a year, a new team of astronauts is launched to the International Space Station, where they stay for six months to one year, performing engineering tasks, research, maintenance and upgrades. During this time, access to medical care is crucial, as altered routines and microgravity have deconditioning effects on crew members' bone and muscle, fluid distribution and immune function. Examine NASA's current use of telemedicine in the care of astronauts in orbit, and learn about opportunities being considered for future exploration class missions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the on orbit capability currently present to support telemedicine in the NASA program
  • Discuss future telemedicine challenges looming for longer duration deep-space missions
  • Assess the factors needed for a successful telemedicine program


Shannan Moynihan, MD, MPH
Deputy Chief, Space and Occupational Medicine,
Deputy, Chief Medical Officer
NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Michelle Frieling
Department Manager, Flight and Medical Operations

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Better Health Outcomes with Ridesharing

Today, non-emergency medical transportation is a $6 billion market in the U.S., with most of that money spent on the poor and elderly, who often don't have cars or can't drive. Medicare and Medicaid providers, along with hospital systems that have identified transportation as a critical social determinant of health, typically foot the bill. With more than 3.5 million Americans missing or arriving late for medical appointments each year, the potential for ridesharing networks to positively affect patient care is substantial. Discover how Ascension and Lyft have partnered to minimize missed appointments and no-shows while lowering costs and increasing patient satisfaction. Examine insights gleaned from analyzing why patients, particularly those with chronic conditions, have difficulty keeping appointments; and discover how Lyft's convenience, customer support and service, and market flexibility allow care teams to quickly and easily request advance-scheduled or on-demand rides on behalf of patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the current benefits and limitations of non-emergency medical transportation to achieving better quality and outcomes within a health system
  • Discuss the impact of transportation on meeting patient needs
  • Identify best practices for developing an effective and cost-efficient ridesharing program


Chris Young
VP Innovation & New Virtual Market Development

Gyre Renwick
Vice President
Lyft Business

Albert Chan, MD, MS
Chief of Digital Patient Experience
Sutter Health

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Boston Strong: Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing

In an ever-changing environment, healthcare organization leaders need to be prepared to handle myriad challenges. Natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can present substantial problems to healthcare facilities, including infrastructure breakdown, power outages, overburdened staff and disputes over resources. Hospital leaders have also found their organizations in the middle of other challenging, often unthought-of events such as terrorist attacks, active shooter events, chemical incidents and cyberattacks, resulting in crippling information systems shutdowns. How well institutions respond is directly related to the ability of their leadership teams to think, plan, respond, adapt and lead their teams through the challenges ahead.

Chief Daniel Linskey will take you on a leadership journey through the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, where he was the Incident Commander, overseeing the response to the bombings and coordinating with the investigation conducted by the FBI, Boston police and state police. During the manhunt for the bombers, he managed the unprecedented lockdown of the city of Boston, was the first commander on scene during the Watertown shootout, and witnessed the emotional toll suffered by first responders and their families, including his own.


Daniel Linskey
Managing Director of Kroll
Former Chief of Police Department, Incident Commander during the Boston Marathon Bombing

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