Views From the Top

Tuesday, February 12th – Thursday, February, 14th

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, February 12, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST

How Consumer Technology is Revolutionizing Our Daily Lives

Consumer tech is reshaping nearly every industry. The consumer – empowered by access to better information and technology – is increasingly center stage. Consumers demand and expect more from the products and apps they use in their daily lives. Powered by increasingly low-cost sensors, clever algorithms, artificial intelligence, agile robots and big data, innovative new services, products and businesses are being created every day. More are on the horizon. But will concerns about roles, cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and disrupted businesses block us from benefitting from these innovations? Will the healthcare industry look the same in ten years? How must doctors rethink their practices to harness innovative health technologies? How will the patient experience change? Is HIPAA still relevant? Will consumer devices replace or supplement hospital IT needs?

Be there live to see Hal Wolf III, President and CEO of HIMSS, interview bestselling author Gary Shapiro, whose just-released book Ninja Future focuses on how businesses can prosper as the digital technology revolution unfolds. They will explore how technology and consumerism will change daily living and the healthcare experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss new health care technologies and data needs which will make a difference in healthcare.
  • Explore privacy and whether we should head toward the Chinese model (scant privacy) or European model (near total privacy).
  • Examine trends and areas in healthcare which will be most affected.


Harold “Hal” Wolf, III, FHIMSS
President & CEO

Gary Shapiro
President and CEO
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Smart Nation, Smart Health: Building a Future-Ready and Sustainable Healthcare System

Recognizing that the global digital revolution provides opportunities to use technology to improve lives, create economic opportunity, and build societal connectedness on top of digital connectivity, Singapore has launched the National Smart Health and Digital Transformation initiatives. These initiatives, designed to translate how Singapore could potentially improve the lives of people in Singapore, will provide a blueprint for others across the globe for building and sustaining innovative healthcare initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the Smart Nation strategies that positions Singapore to harness information and communications technology, networks and data to the fullest potential;
  2. Examine how Singapore is reshaping the future through Smart Nation-related innovations are improving healthcare;
  3. Review strategies applicable to positively affecting cultural change to accelerate the implementation of smart health initiatives and digital transformation.


Jason Cheah, MD
Group Deputy CEO (Transformation)
National Healthcare Group
Chief Executive Officer
Woodlands Health Campus


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

From Real-World Data to Digital Twins: Paving the Way for Personalized Healthcare

Knowledge in healthcare is rising at unprecedented speed, soon by a factor of two - in less than a month. Better understanding of disease evolution, new diagnostic tools such as molecular testing and advances in treatment options have shown that this continuous growth of knowledge is the foundation for personalized healthcare.

On the other hand, this growth of knowledge creates also complexity at such a level, that its use for decision making - in both research and clinical care - requires more and more the use of digital tools. Moreover, vast amounts of clinical trial and real-world data is being generated across institutions and geographies that could provide appropriate scale to gain actionable insights for decision support tools.

Prof. Okan Ekinci, Chief Medical Officer for Roche Diagnostics Information Solutions, will provide insights on Roche’s Personalized Healthcare strategy. He will discuss how data-driven Clinical Decision Support Solutions evolve and help healthcare institutions in their digitization effort to ultimately improve patient outcomes as well as clinician satisfaction - at an increased level of efficiency and quality.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline personalized healthcare as a transformation journey
  • Identify the value of meaningful data at scale: how advances in imaging, tissue diagnostics and molecular diagnostics provide a high-res characterization of patient and disease.
  • Examine the increasing role of the patient as a data donor.
  • Identify what we can expect from advanced analytics, from Hindsight to insight and foresight.
  • Ascertain if the digital twin of a patient enable simulation and prediction of outcomes


Prof. Okan Ekinci, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Roche Diagnostics Information Solutions


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM EST

Defeat Nation State Actors Stalking the Healthcare Sector

Retired Brigadier General Greg Touhill, the first Chief Information Security Officer of the United States government and current president of the Cyxtera Federal Group, will discuss the current cyber threat environment; the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by nation state actors and cyber criminal groups to threaten organizations; why the health care environment is at high risk; and what the health care sector should do to better manage their risk.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the current cyber threat environment and most common cyber threat vectors to the health care sector
  • Identify best practices to implement the cyber risk framework to better manage cyber risk
  • Apply taxonomies presented to assess organizational cyber risk exposure
  • Categorize and prioritize information and assess best practices to develop strategies that are effective, efficient and secure
  • Decide how to apply best practices presented to improve current cyber strategy and programs to better manage risk


Greg Touhill
Cyxtera Federal Group


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST

Special Views Session

Interoperability and Patient Engagement


Seema Verma
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Secretary Azar will be unable to participate due to schedule changes and commitments in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EST

Transparency in Prescription Drug Costs to Help Patients Save Money

In a consumer-oriented world, why are we still surprised by the out-of-pocket cost of our medications? How many of us simply leave the prescription behind and become part of the "non-adherence" statistic due to cost? Hear three trail-blazing innovators in pharmacy, healthcare and health information technology, talk about how making prescription drug cost and drug benefit plan information available to patients, prescribers and pharmacists can help improve health care engagement. In fact, early results show that this type of transparency is transforming the prescription decision-making process for physicians, pharmacists and patients by supporting and enabling a consumer-driven market-place that ultimately helps patients save money on their medications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current prescription pricing trends and impacts on prescribers and patients
  • Define key imperatives to help spur widespread adoption of prescription price transparency practices and ensure it is effective and impactful to both patients and prescribers
  • Demonstrate measurable impact of prescription price transparency and how it has improved efficiency and reduced costs


Troyen Brennan,MD, MPH
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
CVS Health

Tom Skelton
Chief Executive Officer

Steve Miller, MD, MBA
Chief Clinical Officer

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Using Machine Learning to Drive Innovation-Driven Healthcare

Data science is quickly becoming a key component in supporting a digitally-enhanced, data-driven healthcare industry. Across a number of modalities (image, voice, etc.), machine learning and artificial intelligence are being applied to a variety of tasks in healthcare to derive new actionable insights from the growing amount of structured and unstructured data in clinical settings to support precision health. In this session, we will share how healthcare organizations are leveraging novel machine learning capabilities and solutions for clinical applications and are achieving more accurate and efficient results to improve outcomes for their patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe fundamental approaches to machine learning and artificial intelligence and its application to healthcare.
  • Explore the use of machine learning on structured and unstructured healthcare data on clinical outcomes.
  • Examine the impact of machine learning and artificial intelligence across care delivery settings.


Taha Kass-Hout
Taha A. Kass-Hout, MD, MS

Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI)

Karley Yoder
Director of Product Management
GE Healthcare

Arien Malec
Senior Vice President, R&D Clinical and Administrative Networks
Change Healthcare

Manu Tandon
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Innovation at HHS

U.S. Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer and Acting Chief Information Officer Ed Simcox will provide an in-depth view of the Office of the CTO's work with: public-private partnerships, public sector innovation, and data integration. This session will detail the most recent efforts at HHS to better engage industry and innovate in government and health.


Taha Kass-Hout
Ed Simcox
Chief Technology Officer
Health and Human Services

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Global Health Informatics Competencies: Recommendations for Interprofessional Care Delivery

Health informatics (HI) recommendations on competencies and education underpin the design of curricula and courses, but they cannot inform educators on how the content can be customized for local needs and requirements. The International Competency Synthesis Project (ICSP) and the EU*US eHealth Work Project funded by the European Union were executed to empirically describe and validate the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative framework of HI competencies for a broad range of health professionals and their inter-professional collaboration [1, 2]. The framework consists of a grid of competency areas and professional roles with each cell informing about the relevance of a competency by role and practical examples from local case studies. Empirical input about the framework was provided by experts from 21 countries (Framework 1.0) and from 51 countries (Framework 2.0). The surveys were designed using evidence-based competencies extracted from the international literature and incorporating recommendations from national and international professional associations. The framework is the first of its kind to reconcile the needs for both a global overview and for local hands-on experience in teaching and learning health informatics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the International Competency Synthesis Project and its implication for health informatics professional development.
  • Recognize both the different national and international needs for interprofessional health informatics competencies.
  • Discuss national and international health informatics exemplar competency case studies that bring to life competency needs and findings.
  • Identify key elements of an eHealth curriculum (undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing education including certifications) for nurses and all health professionals involved in inter-professional patient care.
  • Assess how a competency framework can help to demonstrate professional achievements and plan careers.


Beth Elias
University of Scranton

Ursula Hübner
University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 │ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST

Special Views Session

The Intersection Between Interoperability and Value-Based Care Delivery


Adam Boehler
Adam Boehler
Senior Advisor to the Secretary, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Innovation Center
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

John Doerr
Kliner Perkins

Aneesh Chopra

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Data Rich, Information Poor – Breaking Barriers and Driving Innovation

Having the right information at the right time is essential in providing the best patient care. In the digital age, robust data alone will not bend the cost curve unless we have the ability to seamlessly share all the health information necessary for care among patients, providers and payers. Only if we have an interoperable health care ecosystem, will we as a society achieve the promise of value based care. Such transformation will require a vision and commitment from the leadership. During this session, you will hear from three CEOs from the Blue Cross Blue Shield plans on what they are doing to achieve this vision and mission.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current challenges around health information sharing across the health care ecosystem with patient at the center.
  • Define key innovations and solutions necessary to advance interoperability and what leaders can do to facilitate and enable this transformation.
  • Demonstrate through use cases, the potential impact of seamless information sharing in driving evidence based care and lowering costs.


Paul Markovich
President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Shield of California

JD Hickey
President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

Dan Hilferty
Chief Executive Officer
Independence Blue Cross

Jennifer Vachon
Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Cloud Providers: Addressing the Barriers to Interoperability in Healthcare

In 2018, a coalition of technology giants took the stage at the CMS Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference, pledging to remove "barriers for the adoption of technologies for healthcare interoperability, particularly those that are enabled through the cloud and AI." HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf will build on this robust conversation at HIMSS19 by exploring the progress several leading providers of cloud solutions have made since the initial pledge and discuss the strategies needed to achieve the goal of a frictionless exchange of healthcare data in today's global health ecosystem.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the potential in unlocking healthcare data, to deliver better outcomes at lower costs.
  • Examine how the needs of different healthcare stakeholders are influencing the development of new tools and services.
  • Explore the approaches of leading cloud providers to common challenges in healthcare today.


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



Peter Lee
Corporate Vice President, AI and Research

Aashima Gupta
Director, Global Healthcare Solutions, Google Cloud

Mark Dudman
Vice President of Global Product Development and AI for Watson Health

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