Chief Information Officer

A Patient-Centric System is the Future of Healthcare IT

Globally, the US ranks number one in healthcare spending; on a per capita basis, the US will spend twice as much as on healthcare than any other industrialized nation. In 2016, the healthcare bill was over $3 trillion, about 18 percent of GDP. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranks the US 37th in healthcare capability and outcomes. One of the solutions to alleviate this is the improved exchange and control of data with a patient-centric focus.

Although Meaningful Use and the advent of the EMR have endowed many healthcare organizations with significant data assets, few would claim that we have truly realized the promised digital dividend. One of the most desired future capabilities is analytics-driven personalized healthcare: using data to guide care on an individual-by-individual basis.  However, different hospital systems, different payer systems and different Electric Health Record (EHR) systems have led to inadequate data exchange resulting in poor reconciliation of services, increased costs and frustrated patients.

This year, the Healthcare IT Institute is honored to have Dr. Edmund Jackson, VP & Chief Data Scientist at HCA and Alistair Jacques, SVP & CIO at Fairview Health Services share their insights and expertise with their executive CIO peers. Dr. Edmund Jackson will be leading a discussion on the digital dividend. His discussion will bring to light that while there has been progress made to use data to guide care on a personalized basis, the watershed moment leading to mass adoption has not been reached, and he will challenge the CIOs in attendance to answer, “Why?” And “How much still has to be done?”

Complementing Dr. Jackson’s discussion will be a lively session led by Alistair Jacques. Alistair will foster innovative dialogue with attendees on a patient-centric approach to thrive in the digital age. His session will present the case for patient mobile device management and how it is beneficial for both patients and providers: patients can access their records and get immediate medical help via an app, and providers will have easy access to patient information through a single patient ID, and their resources will be utilized more efficiently.

In a constantly evolving environment in which consumerism and customization are the catalysts for change, CIOs need to cost-effectively navigate the protection of PHI, proactively avoid cyber attacks and meet the health needs and digital expectations of their patients. Don’t miss your chance to share your insights and learn from your peers at this year’s Healthcare IT Institute, taking place June 4th – 6th, 2017 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC. Join the inner circle today

CIOs Conquering Cybersecurity Challenges

Cybersecurity is at the top of the agenda for healthcare leaders, and CIOs are ready to combat ongoing threats to their hospitals and health systems. In 2016 alone, a study from IBM and Ponemon Institute found that breaches in the U.S. healthcare field cost $6.2 billion each year and approximately 90% of hospitals have reported a breach in the past two years. These statistics cannot be ignored, and in order for CIOs to confidently ensure their patients that medical records in their system are secure, they must get the C-Suite involved and prepare their teams to take proactive measures to prevent potential cyber attacks.

From June 4th – 6th 2017, CIOs from leading hospitals and health systems will come together to attend the Healthcare IT Institute at the Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC to strategize on how best to tackle top healthcare IT challenges. A few of the CIOs in attendance - Bipin Karunakaran, VP Enterprise Data Management at Geisinger Health System; Tom Stafford, VP & CIO at Halifax Health, and Terrence Ziemniak, CISO at Carolinas Healthcare System – will be leading a lively and interactive discussion on top strategies, tips and tactics to effectively meet the cybersecurity challenge.

During their session they will encourage their CIO peers to share their insights and experiences whilst exploring topics such as predicting and preventing cyber breaches, maintaining resources to secure patient-generated data, creating an analytics and disaster recovery plan, ensuring compliance with regulations across departments, training staff to be vigilant regarding internet browsing and communicating cyber threats to the CEO. Secure your seat to join the conversation. 

Let's Talk About Telehealth

The rise of telehealth represents one of the biggest shifts in healthcare delivery over the last decade, and offering meaningful telehealth services will be critical to the future success of hospitals and health systems. Advancements in telehealth have given providers the opportunity to deliver care more efficiently, changing the way patients and providers interact with each other. From the patients’ perspective, they have information readily available and can engage with their provider digitally, reducing the rates of hospital admissions and re-admissions.

In just a few years, the global telehealth market is expected to reach $36.2 billion, up from $14.3 billion in 2014. In fact, 90% of healthcare executives report that their organizations have already begun developing or implementing a telehealth program, while 84% felt that the development of telehealth services is either very important (52%) or important (32%) to their organizations (2014 Foley & Lardner Telemedicine Survey Executive Summary). This year’s Healthcare IT Institute will feature interactive roundtable sessions that highlight some of the innovations and new frontiers that the industry is focusing on. 

Brian Wayling, AVP, TeleHealth Services at Intermountain Healthcare will be engaging CIOs in an interactive roundtable conversation on how to strategically engage an organization around Telehealth and implement a sustainable telehealth program. The CIOs will explore revenue vs cost, change management, cybersecurity, and compliance challenges.

The other roundtables at the Healthcare IT Institute will be led by:

David Chou, VP & Chief Information & Digital Officer of Children’s Mercy Hospital will focus on the impacts, benefits and risks of IoT in Healthcare. He, along with the CIOs in attendance will be sharing their experiences on how IoT is changing the way people live and stay healthy; how this new technology can predict future healthcare trends, how to analyze data, how to select the right tools for maximum insight, and how to manage cybersecurity.

Neil Gomes, Chief Digital Officer & SVP, Technology Innovation & Consumer Experience at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health will be fostering innovative dialogue on how hospitals can start planning for a consumer-focused, digitally enabled healthcare future. During his roundtable, CIOs will discuss the role of the Chief Digital Officer, and how this new role can work with the CIO, CMO, COO and CFO to design and develop value-focused, consumer-driven, digital strategies and solutions that enhance patient access, interaction and engagement. 

The Healthcare IT Institute is taking place June 4th – 6th 2017 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC. With the meeting approaching soon, reserve your spot to attend the program and join the innovation discussions with David Chou, Neil Gomes, Brian Wayling, and your executive CIO peers who have already confirmed their position. 



IPMI would like to congratulate Tom Stafford, VP & CIO of Halifax Health, on receiving a 2017 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leader Award!

This prestigious award is given to the top 100 leaders in technology and business; these individuals have been recognized for their innovative solutions and unprecedented technology leadership that have led to groundbreaking improvements in their businesses.

We are so honored to have Tom Stafford speaking at the upcoming Healthcare IT Institute, taking place June 4th – 6th 2017 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He will be sharing top strategies, tips and tactics on effectively meeting CyberSecurity challenges. In his session he will explore topics such as:

  • Maintaining resources and prioritizing risk to optimize and secure medical records, patient-generated data, mobile
  • Framing and communicating Cyber Threats to the CEO and Board
  • Exploring technology innovations which combat continued threats without breaking the budget
  • Examining the best ways to establish security, scrutiny and authentication
  • Walking the C-suite through a breach

The Healthcare IT Institute brings together CIOs from hospitals and health systems across the U.S., including David Chou, VP & Chief Information & Digital Officer, Children’s Mercy Hospital; Dr. Eric Hartz, SVP & Chief Health Informatics Officer, Trinity Health; Mary Alice Annecharico, SVP & CIO, Henry Ford Health System; and Dr. Edmund Jackson, Chief Data Scientist, Clinical Services Group, HCA – Hospital Corporation of America. Throughout the 2 ½ days, the CIOs will take part in insightful speaker sessions, innovative roundtable discussions, intimate business meetings and unparalleled networking opportunities to collaborate on topics such as improving the patient experience, leveraging technology to enhance the quality of care, driving IT employee engagement and enabling Population Health Management.

Are you ready to challenge your thinking, inspire creativity on your team and equip your organization with new tools? Please contact to see Tom Stafford speak and secure your spot at the Institute.

Are You Conspicuous By Your Absence?

The Healthcare IT Institute is taking place June 5th to 7th 2016 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel in Tucson Arizona. Here, hospital CIOs, CMIOs, CNIOs, CTOs and CISOs from America's leading hospitals and health systems, including St. Luke's Health System, Kaiser Permanente, UCLA Health, Penn Medicine, Advocate Health Care and more, will join forces to collaborate on timely topics such as enhancing patient engagement, leveraging analytics to boost the patient experience, improving financial outcomes through population health management, and handling the evolving role of the HIT leader as a decision maker and patient advocate.

Why Should You Attend?

1) Exclusive and Intimate

Unlike traditional tradeshow conferences the Healthcare IT Institute is invitation only, ensuring you will only be meeting with executives whose goals and objectives align with yours and who are focused the utilization of technology to improve the quality and delivery of care within the healthcare space. Further, the initiative is capped at 60 healthcare IT executives and potential delegates must be approved.

This program is intimate in nature. Instead of booths set up for people to walk around and pick up/drop off business cards in the hopes of forming a connection, attendees are given customized itineraries to ensure they are networking with exactly who they want to. Throughout the 2 ½ days, executives will have the opportunity to sit in on insightful speaker sessions, take part in innovative roundtable discussions and think tanks, and form connections through one-on-one business meetings born through mutual interest.

2) Who You Can Be Sitting at the Table With

As the program is taking place in June, spots to attend are filling up fast. Here is a list of some executives who have already secured their seats at the table.

  • Richard Hutsell, CIO at Verity Health System (CA)
  • Phil Alexander, CISO at University Medical Center (TX)
  • Randy McCleese, CIO and VP IS at St. Claire Regional Medical Center (KY)
  • Jake Dorst, Chief Information & Innovation Officer at Tahoe Forest Hospital District (CA)
  • Terhilda Garrido, VP HIT, Transformation & Analytics at Kaiser Permanente (CA)
  • Charles Podesta, CIO at UC Irvine Health (CA)
  • Dr. Neil Kudler, VP & CMIO at Baystate Health (MA)
  • Thomas Riesenberg, Associate CIO of Operations at Penn Medicine (PA)
  • Melissa Dill, VP Shared System Services at Ascension Health (MO)
  • Tina Esposito, VP Center for Health Information Services at Advocate Health Care (IL)

3) Insightful Speaker Sessions

You'll definitely want to attend the speaker sessions at the Healthcare IT Institute. With over 20 speakers ready to share their knowledge on the latest topics in healthcare IT, you will leave confident and well-prepared to make ground-breaking changes to your hospital. Take a look at some of the keynote speakers that will be taking the stage.

  • Shafiq Rab, VP IT & CIO at Hackensack UMC (NJ) - Total Connectivity and Strategies to Enhance the Patient Experience
  • Michael Pfeffer, CIO at UCLA Health System (CA) - Achieving Patient Engagement through the Strategic Use of IT Platforms and Patient-Facing Technologies
  • Bruce Metz, SVP & CIO at Lahey Clinic - How Award-Winning hospitals Stay Ahead of the Curve

4) Fun Networking Activities

The Healthcare IT Institute isn't all business - it's important to have fun too! On one of the evenings of the program the Healthcare IT team puts together a night of food, games and music. This night is the perfect chance to take a break from work and network with your executive peers in a more casual setting. Secure your spot here and join the inner circle of CIOs, CMIOs, CNIOs, CISOs and CTOs ready to enhance and improve the healthcare industry in 2016.