2017 Agenda





8:00 – 8:15 AM – Welcome




8:15 – 9:15 AM – Opening Keynote – Shahid Shah, Chairman and Co-founder, Citus Health




How the Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Will Impact the Role of Clinicians




What role will doctors have in healthcare in 10 years, given the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning? Shahid Shah will examine the most effective deployment of humans in a healthcare environment that is being restructured by technology advances. Shah is an award-winning Government 2.0, health IT, and medical device integration software expert with over 27 years of technology strategy, software engineering, entrepreneurship, speaking and writing experience.




9:15 – 9:30 AM – BREAK




9:30 – 10:30 AM – General Session Panel




FFS to Value Based Care: Measuring the Impact




The shift from the Fee for Service (FFS) to Value-Based Care payment model has turned the traditional healthcare reimbursement framework upside down, forcing providers to change the way they bill – and deliver – care. How are innovative providers redesigning healthcare to achieve success? How does health IT figure into this strategy? Panelists will explore what is working – and what isn’t. They will also examine what might evolve as payment reforms move to the commercial marketplace, and what technology innovators and consultants can do to help providers navigate this future.




  • John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Integration Officer, WellStar Health System
  • Patrick Hammond, Chief Executive Officer, Emory Healthcare Network
  • Yared Alemu, PhD, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TQIntelligence, Inc.
  • Michael Koriwchak, MD, ENT of Georgia
  • Moderated by Jody Amodeo, Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson


10:30 – 10:45 AM – BREAK 




10:45 – 11:45 AM – Concurrent Breakout Sessions




HIT Workforce in the 21st Century – Perspectives from Industry and Academia




Technology is becoming more pervasive in the practice and delivery of healthcare in the 21st century. Hence we are looking at an increasing need of workforce that has a robust understanding of the interplay between healthcare, technology and analytics. How are the leaders in the healthcare industry utilizing technology and what is their vision for growth? How are academic institutions partnering with the industry to develop programs that develop the most needed skill sets in the workforce? Where is the industry moving and what can be done to support and sustain the growth?




  • Bill Kanich, MD, JD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, MagMutual Patient Safety Institute
  • Patty Lavely, CIO, Gwinnett Health System
  • Kathy Schwaig, PhD, Dean of College of Business, Kennesaw State University
  • Marsha Suber, Assistant Vice President of Oncology Patient Care Services, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Moderated by Jen Martin Hall, VP Communications, Sharecare


Consumer Digital Health, Today’s Patient Driven Technology




This session will explore without boundaries how healthcare delivery continues to broaden digitally on a consumer level.  The discussions will tackle some of healthcare’s biggest challenges from an open forum perspective where we remove all constraints.  Let’s break down the barriers of social norms, regulations and politeness to explore how healthcare providers and IT companies can come together to solve healthcare challenges. This is an exercise in exploring the solutions that will offer the extreme value for the common good. Evaluating the individual consumer needs in each of our society communities, towns and cities, panelists will explore local and national collaboration to innovate access to care.




  • Melissa Bader, Global Program Manager, Google
  • Chassydi Butts, Health Sciences SME
  • Meghan Conroy – CEO and Founder, CAPTUREPROOF
  • Ryan Jones – CEO, Florence Healthcare
  • Moderated by Richard Makerson, Managing Partner & Cofounder, BlueFletch


12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch General Session Panel




Developing a Culture of CyberSecurity in our Healthcare Communities




We are increasingly discovering that only a small part of cybersecurity in healthcare is technology-driven; the human element is crucial. And it’s not just about privacy or money—cybersecurity can directly affect patient safety. So how should healthcare providers and their tech service providers develop enterprise-wide cultures of cybersecurity, address both technological and human obstacles, and ensure their business associates (and their employees) treat cybersecurity as importantly as they should?




  • Lauret Howard, Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, NASCO
  • Paige Joyner, PhD, CIPP/US, HCISPP, Director, Compliance +, LLC
  • Buffy Lamb, Administrator, Vascular Surgical Associates
  • Mark Ray, Managing Director, Cyber Investigations, Nardello & Co.
  • Moderated by Barry S. Herrin, FAHIMA, FACHE, Esq., Founder, Herrin Health Law, P.C.




1:00 – 1:45 PM – Closing Keynote – Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, CDC Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services


Bridging People and Technology—Why Population Health Matters


CDC’s core mission is to keep people healthy and safe. We simply cannot achieve this alone. We work with federal, state, and global agencies, we work with clinicians and educators, and we work with businesses, including HIT experts. So the question is: how can we do it better? Dr. Chesley Richards, CDC’s Deputy Director of Public Health Scientific Services, discusses what lessons have we learned, what stories can we share, and how population health and technology can best co-exist.



1:45 – 2:00 PM  – Wrap Up, Opportunity to Join the “Connecting Talent” Module




Connecting Talent with Opportunities – Special Session








2:00 – 2:15 PM – Welcome to Connecting Talent Module








2:15 – 3:15 PM – Panel




Workforce Module: Connecting Talent with Opportunity




Leveraging internships to attract more students to the health IT industry and establish pipelines for continued recruitment can make sourcing talent in a high-demand industry like health IT more effective. This session will discuss the best practices for internship programs, followed by a networking event, connecting companies with students from area colleges and universities interested in a career in health IT.




  • Louise Cherry Barber, Vice President, Culture and Experience, PatientCo
  • Kevin Cantwell, PhD, Dean, Graduate Studies, Middle Georgia State University
  • Amy Lancaster, Director of Workforce Development, MACOC
  • Luke Scanlon, Recruitment Specialist, Kaiser
  • Moderated by M. Cole Jones, Co-Founder, covello








3:15 – 4:00 PM – Networking / Interviews




4:30 PM – Connecting Talent Module Closes

2017 Ticket Prices

Early Bird Pricing: 

Individual $150 / Student $50

Regular Pricing:

Individual $229 / Student $100

Onsite Pricing:

Individual $259 / Student $159

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