Approved for 7.25 CEU and CNE’s
Networking & Breakfast
Book Signing, Networking & Break
Developing Evidence-Based Practice from Big Data Sources
Historically, it takes seven years for clinical research results to reach the practice setting. With the influx of clinical and research data, and regulatory requirements to create evidence-based care for optimal outcomes, this session will provide a discussion of some of the pitfalls and successes for developing a successful evidence-based practice standard.
Moderator: Jackson Slappy, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Associate Chief of Surgery, Chief of General Surgery, Atlanta VA Medical Center
Panelists: Robert E. Connely III, President, JMLS Enterprises
Stephen Beck, MD, FACP, FHIMSS,, Interim, CMIO WellStar
Overcoming the 7 Biggest Pitfalls that Prevent Tech Adoption
There are many reasons – operational, financial, political, technical, and others – why technology may not be adopted within a healthcare organization. This session identifies seven of the most serious pitfalls and presents specific suggestions for minimizing or even eliminating their impact.
Moderator: Christopher Kunney, CPHIMS, CPHIT, MSMOT, Senior Vice President – HIT | Coker Group
Panelists: Glenn E. Pearson, FACHE, Founder, Pearson Health Tech Insights
Nikhil Shah, System Chief, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery,
The Cost and Risk of Cyber Exposure
Cyber threats and ransomware have hit the healthcare industry harder than any other business sector. According to IBM, a data breach can cost a company $150 per record or more and that doesn’t include any penalties for PHI, (Personal Health Information) exposure under HIPAA laws. The federal fines for noncompliance under HIPAA are based on the level of perceived negligence found within your organization at the time of the HIPAA violation. These fines can range from $100 to $50,000 per violation (or per record), with a maximum penalty of $1.5 million per year for each violation.
This topic has been in the headlines for a long time now and there are a number of services and training designed to help healthcare providers audit their security vulnerabilities, train staff repeatedly and adequately and secure systems and data in the event of a malicious cyber-attack, but they all have a cost. This discussion will focus on the cost of these services, the protections provided and the risks of not taking appropriate action to prevent PHI exposure. Many providers, especially the smaller practices and hospitals, are opting for shortcuts and in-house remedies to save money but weighing the cost of proper security measures against the cost of a potential data breach, may have providers thinking twice about their current plan of action.
Moderator: Jeff Brown, Senior Business Advisor, Smith & Howard
Panelists: Kevin Beaver, CISSP, Information Security Consultant, Writer, and Professional Speaker, Principle Logic, LLC
Patti Thompson, Senior Sales Consultant, Shea Barclay Group
Information Security Consultant, Writer, and Professional Speaker, Principle Logic, LLC
Martha Raber CIPM, HITRUST CCSFP, TPECS (ISO 27001), CISSP, CSA STAR, Former Senior IT Security Analyst, Southern Regional Medical Center
Edward McKinney,, Information Security Officer, Floyd Healthcare Management
Track One: Clinical Informatics
Growing Your Clinical Informatics Workforce
Clinical Informatics is the application of informatics and information technology to deliver healthcare services. The continuing need for more informaticians as the digital transformation evolves in healthcare is only going to increase. Talent management is an essential component to executing an organization’s vision and digital business strategy. Innovative and disruptive technologies are transforming how talent is developed thus necessitating the need to rethink how we go about finding, developing and deploying talent in fundamentally new ways. This interactive panel discussion will focus on current strategies around talent recruitment, development, and retainment with practical insights on what works and what doesn’t.
Moderator: Chris Beasley, CPHIMS, PMP, CHCIO-Eligible, CIO, Houston Healthcare
Panelists: Regina Cole, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Founder & CEO, Coordinated Care, Inc., Clinical Informatics Educator and Principal Consultant, iHealth Consulting
Susan K. Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS, Course Director and Consultant in Healthcare Informatics, Franklin, TN
Glenn Hilburn, MBA, RN, CHCIO, CPHIMS, Vice President, Clinical Systems, Grady Health System
Freddie Herring, RN, Manger of Physician IT, Houston Healthcare
Principles and Challenges in Health Innovation
We all know that innovators in health care face a unique set of challenges – from misaligned incentives to regulatory hurdles and truly life-or-death scenarios, the stakes are high. And with millions of Americans gaining access to health care through the Affordable Care Act, the need for innovative solutions that lower costs, increase quality, and improve patient outcomes, has never been greater.
To discuss the current challenges and opportunities in health innovation, we have invited a talented group of health innovators to share their expertise with the community. This panel will share their thoughts on:
Moderator: Kirk Barnes, Co-Founder and President of Start-Up Commercialization and Sales Training, TransPharMed
Panelists: Dr. Jane Morgan, MD,, Director of Innovation, Piedmont
A.T. Gimbel, Partner, Atlanta Venture
Lucienne (Lucie) Ide, M.D., Ph.D., Founder and Chair, Rimidi
Tee Faircloth, Founder & CEO, Coordinated Care, Inc.
Mindy Oberg, Director of Information Technology, Grady Health System
Business Intelligence to Improve Healthcare Decision-Making
In the healthcare industry, we capture a large amount of data. We acquire clinical and financial data on the patient, data from providers and their workflow, as well as data from the support staff. How can we aggregate and analyze this data to improve operations and influence better decision-making?
Leveraging Business Intelligence (BI) will positively improve patient care, decrease provider burnout, and improve the overall healthcare experience. Panelists will share examples of how they leveraged BI to improve their operations and what BI tools/techniques they used to leverage the power of data.
Moderator: Baha Zeidan, CEO, Azalea Health
Panelists: Felice Felser, MSN, MBA
Gabe Orthous, CIO, Central Georgia Health Network
Jodi Ingram, VP, Quality & Population Health, Central Georgia Health Network
Bill Batchelder, Manager of Clinical and Business Intelligence Development, Grady
Speaker: Denise Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS, Chief Americas Officer, HIMSS
Track One: Clinical Informatics
Clinical Performance Improvement – Advancing Excellence in Care
The goal of performance improvement is to enhance and improve the outcomes of care, to ensure patient safety, to increase the efficiency of patient care and related processes, to reduce costs and to reduce risks and liability.
Performance improvement involves collecting and reporting data on clinical processes and outcomes. Measuring key clinical performance indicators can create buy-in for transformative workflows that improve or enhance care processes over time.
This panel will provide an interactive discussion about the clinical performance improvement journey. Expert panelists will share insights and lessons learned.
Moderator: Liz Hansen, PCMH CCE, CMMP, CMUP, CHSA, HIT Consultant, HI-BRIDGE Solutions
Panelists: Donna Cohen, Deputy Director Population Health, Aliant Quality
Dedra (Dee) Cantrell, RN, BSN, MS, FHIMSS, CIO, US Retina
The Impact of AI & Machine Learning in the Clinical Care Setting
To benefit from the full potential of machine learning, healthcare must step back from the trenches to acknowledge breakthroughs in technology, address barriers to progress, and critically reflect on the strategic priorities necessary to bring healthcare into a new digital age.
In this session, an expert in healthcare digs deeper into what’s necessary to successfully deploy machine learning & AI in healthcare, and, more comprehensively, create healthcare organizations that embrace innovation.
How to comply with the new Executive Order and 2020 Proposed OPPS rule on Price Transparency
The regulatory environment surrounding charges and price transparency has intensified. The new Executive Order and 2020 OPPS proposed rules set forth the expectations on providers as of January 1, 2020. The panel will discuss the impact of the regulations, how their organizations are moving forward, and the complex business analytics that are necessary to succeed.
Moderator: Valerie F. Barckhof, Principal, Windham Brannon
Panelists: Clint Jones, VP, Accureg
Heather Dunn, VP Rev Cycle, Vanderbilt
Sandra Johnson, SVP Rev Cycle, Grady
Andrea Mejia, Executive Director, Revenue Cycle Patient Financial Care, Piedmont Healthcare
Track One: Clinical Informatics
Clinical Informatics Tips and Tricks: Notes from the field
All EHRs aside, we will hear from a panel of informatics experts to discuss vendor-neutral tips for information gathering, dissemination, education, project management, data management, etc. All things informatics from all informatics experts.
Moderator: John Milner, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CPHIMS, Student and Professional Development Chair, GA HIMSS
Panelists: Mary Martin, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHIMS, CENP, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc.
Scott Strong, Executive Director, IS Strategic Integration, Piedmont Healthcare
Healthcare Organization: The next Technology Accelerators
As healthcare continues along its perpetual evolution, those in the industry are continually trying to get ahead of the curve and find solutions to the biggest issues facing patient care and delivery today. Some hospitals and health systems have made a commitment to innovation by establishing their own centers and institutes for innovation.
While innovation in healthcare is often discussed in the context of new tools and technology, it also applies to new ideas or workflows. From established departments to organizations with their own separate governing board, this session will high the growing number of hospitals and health systems who taking the journey of becoming technology innovation centers.
Moderator: Rob Demont, Research Analyst, Georgia Tech
Panelists: James Lewis, Emory Innovation Hub & Co-founder/CEO, 11|TEN Innovation Partners
Innovations in Population Health
Join us to hear our expert panel in this revealing discussion of innovations in population health, data integration, and new ACO model pathways to success.
Moderator: Sohum Mehta, Client Service Lead, Slalom
Panelists: Chirag Patel, MD, AVP, Medical Director Population Health & Clinical Integration, WellStar Health System
Stephen Kardon, FACHE, Executive Director, TC2
Emily Tyson, MBA – SVP Strategy and Operation, Radix Health
Alan Wills, Executive Director of HealtheConnection HIE and Community IT Outreach, Northeast Georgia Health System
CIO Roundtable – Insights from The Trenches
Moderator: Dedra (Dee) Cantrell, RN, BSN, MS, FHIMSS, CIO, US Retina
Panelists: Chris Paravate, CIO, Northeast Georgia Health System
Chris Beasley,CPHIMS, PMP, CHCIO-Eligible,, CIO, Houston Healthcare
Jeff Buda, MBA, CHCIO, CIO, Floyd Medical Center
Geoff Brown, CPHIMS, PMP, CHCIO-Eligible,, CIO Piedmont
Omer Awan, CIO Navicent Health
Networking Reception and Giveaways (You Must Be Present to Win)