Medical Informatics World Conference Track #1 

Provider-Payer-Pharma Cross-Industry Data Collaboration to Enable Value-Based Delivery Models


Integrating Real Time Data Analysis to Manage Costs and Improve Outcomes in the Health Care Ecosystem

As healthcare evolves and becomes more sophisticated, there is an overwhelming need for collaboration across the healthcare spectrum—from provider to payer to pharma—on data collection and analysis. Data collaboration is essential for lowering costs and improving clinical outcomes. Cambridge Healthtech Institute and Clinical Informatics News' 3rd Annual “Provider-Payer-Pharma Cross-Industry Data Collaboration to Enable Value-Based Delivery Models: Integrating Real Time Data Analysis to Manage Costs and Improve Outcomes in the Health Care Ecosystem,” taking place May 4-5, 2015 at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA, will bring together executives and thought leaders from the provider, payer and pharma communities for engaging, innovative discussions.

Day 1 | Day 2 


7:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee


8:00 Organizer's Welcome and Chairperson's Remarks

Micah Lieberman, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) and Medical Informatics World

8:10 Doing Care Differently: The Journey to a Healthier Nation

Phil Polakoff, M.D., National Health Advisor; US Surgeon General Nominee; former Advisor to US Senate Leadership; Consultant to California Legislature

How can we deliver healthcare differently and lead all stakeholders to a healthier nation? An in-depth assessment of our current and future healthcare landscape and the impact health reform is having. A keener understanding as to the nature of the emerging innovative health delivery models and how best to navigate and implement them to achieve meaningful success.

8:40 Health IT, Health Reform, and the Path Forward

Steven Stack, M.D., President-Elect, American Medical Association

The current healthcare environment brings seismic changes for physicians, from EHRs to telemedicine to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The opportunity to improve patient care and safety through these and other changes is great, but so too are the challenges. This session will explore how recent legislative and regulatory requirements are impacting physicians and how technology can be leveraged to overcome existing challenges, increase efficiencies, and ultimately improve patient care.

9:10 The Confluence of Consumer Care and Two-Way Data: Apple HealthKit, Care Management, Patient/Family Engagement, Privacy

John Halamka, M.D., MS, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

With the launch of the Apple HealthKit we are seeing the consumerization of healthcare becoming a reality. What are the implications of this transformation for care management, patient/family engagement, and for privacy? With the confluence of consumer care and data where are the opportunities to better identify risk in populations and to improve quality? With the growth and availability of two-way data (to-from patients) what is the hope vs the hype of mobile tech?

9:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Healthcare Technology: Separating Wishful Thinking from Realistic Expectations

Moderator: Tariq Abu-Jaber, MA, MPH, Vice President, Medical Informatics, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

John Halamka, M.D., MS, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Steven Stack, M.D., President-Elect, American Medical Association

Jason Burke, Senior Advisor for Innovation and Advanced Analytics, UNC Health Care and School of Medicine

Phil Polakoff, M.D., National Health Advisor; US Surgeon General Nominee; former Advisor to US Senate Leadership; Consultant to California Legislature

We all hear about potentially marvelous advances in healthcare technologies that will enable coordinated, efficient, high-quality care. But many organizations are struggling with incremental improvements to systems that woefully and evidently fail to fulfill well-acknowledged business requirements. Our expert panelists are working at the frontiers of what is possible and what is actual in healthcare IT and will offer their insights and prognostications as to what we can reasonably expect from technological advances in the coming years.

  • Looking at our interoperability challenges, and the un-integrated reality we are working in now, what are the biggest challenges we are facing in health IT today?
  • Looking beyond an individual hospital system or a State HIE, what do you believe to be the long-range technology developments that will enable needed transformations in the US healthcare system? What is a realistic timeline for these technologies not only to become generally available, but also generally deployed?
  • What are you working on now in your world to get us to this possible future state? What are your priority challenges to overcome in the immediate term (in the next year), medium term (3-5 years) and longer term?
  • Where are we wasting too much time and money, or investing in solutions that we will just have to replace as obsolete as soon as they are deployed? What is your advice for policy and health IT leaders in the field?

10:20 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


11:05 Chairperson’s Remarks
Niteesh Choudhry, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

11:10 Big Data in Healthcare: Aspiration vs. Substance

Tariq Abu-Jaber, MA, MPH, Vice President, Medical Informatics, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

We all hear a lot of hype regarding the use of "Big Data" in health care, but how much of it truly represents breakthrough capabilities that present us with opportunities to improve our operations and market position? In this session, we will attempt to identify genuinely new capabilities enabled by the use of Big Data processes and products in health care, looking at four domains: processes and methodologies, data sources, data types and technology. We will explore some work currently under way and project into opportunities that may emerge in the near future.

11:35 Health Care Reform and What It Means Beyond the Pill: Collaboration, The Connected Patient, Mobile Tech and Innovation

Thomas Tsang, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthcare Services and Solutions, Merck & Co.

Health care reform in the US brought population health management and value-based payment models to the forefront. What are some of the collaboration and cross-industry partnerships and data sharing models that can bring value to all participants and improve health outcomes? How is this shift impacting the life science industry to innovate beyond the pill?

12:00 pm The Data Integration Conundrum

Heather Trafton, Director, Performance Improvement, Population Health, Steward Health Care

As a community-based network we have > 30 EMRs and other sources we need to integrate. This is complex. We have lessons learned that we think others could learn from. This talk will demonstrate how an integrated accountable care organization with > 30 EMRs has worked to integrate data from multiple sources. We will discuss the importance of data integration, processing and analytics to the overall performance of a system. Lastly, this case study will share the impact of combining data from the 3 major stakeholders, provider-payer-pharmacy.

12:25 Presentation to be Announced

12:50 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Lunch on Your Own

1:30 Session Break


2:05 Chairperson’s Remarks

2:10 Co-Presentation: AstraZeneca—American College of Cardiology (ACC) PINNACLE Registry Collaboration

Hui Cao, M.D., Ph.D., Head, Health Informatics, AstraZeneca

Speaker, American College of Cardiology (ACC)

AstraZeneca joined with medical organizations including the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Diabetes Association to set up the Diabetes Collaborative Registry, the first clinical diabetes registry to provide a seamless view of diabetes patients across specialties. This registry leverages EHR technologies and collects data at various points, including primary care physicians and specialists, at which patients interact with the healthcare system to build a complete picture of the diabetes population. The rich, longitudinal data in the registry provides a complete picture of the diabetes population and provides great insights for AstraZeneca’s diabetes portfolio.

2:35 Are Your EMR IT Systems Ready to Conduct a Pragmatic Clinical Trial?

Robert Vermeulen, Enterprise Architect, GlaxoSmithKline

Pharmas are increasingly looking to conduct pragmatic trials in real-world EMR settings. Demonstrating control over IT systems and processes, data flow and data quality are key to successful execution. This presentation will share real-world examples and best practices relevant to both pharma companies sponsoring clinical research and healthcare providers who conduct clinical trials.

3:00 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

3:25 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


4:10 Find Your Table and Meet Your Moderator

4:15 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups

Concurrent breakout discussion groups are interactive, guided discussions hosted by a facilitator or set of co-facilitators to discuss some of the key issues presented earlier in the day’s sessions. Delegates will join a table of interest and become an active part of the discussion at hand. To get the most out of this interactive session and format please come prepared to share examples from your work, vet some ideas with your peers, be a part of group interrogation and problem solving, and, most importantly, participate in active idea sharing.

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5:15 Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:15 Close of Day

6:20 - 9:00 pm Dinner Workshops (Separate registration required)

Day 1 | Day 2


8:20 am Morning Coffee


8:50 Chairperson’s Remarks
Heather Trafton, Director, Performance Improvement, Population Health, Steward Health Care 

9:00 Payer-Provider Partnerships Academic-Industry Data Collaboration to Conduct Studies of Novel Delivery Models

Niteesh Choudhry, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

This presentation will focus on academic-industry data collaborations to conduct randomized studies of novel delivery models. I will describe successful partnerships that we’ve built between payers and our research group to leverage real-world/routinely collected data to design, execute and evaluate studies of care redesign strategies (mostly around medication adherence). The presentation will share both the straightforward aspects (e.g. Accessing routinely collected data) and the more challenging things like randomization, consent, publication timelines, as well as the types of studies that could (and cannot) be done in the context of these collaborations.

9:25 Innovative Collaboration Models for Real World Evidence Insight Generation

Michael Murray, Pharm.D., MPH, Investigator, RCHER (Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Effectiveness Research), Regenstrief Institute

Large isolated real world datasets are available commercially for comparative effectiveness research, but sometimes these datasets lack the clinical context required to generate insights into health outcomes and answer research questions. Also, if these datasets are stripped of PHI/PII, there is no ability to trace the selected patient cohorts back to real patient populations for validation of insights or prospective observations and intervention development. So, despite the increasing availability of structured clinical data for use in research, life sciences companies are struggling to identify collaborative research models that engage with healthcare providers to contextualize clinical data through direct interaction with the clinical communities where the data are captured. The innovative model to address a) technology, b) research, and c) governance challenges associated with research, will be shared during the discussion. The audience will gain an understanding for how cross-industry collaborations and new innovative business models can enable more rapid insight generation.

9:50 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

10:15 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


11:00 Little is the New Big: Leveraging Data to Drive Health Care Performance

Todd Rothenhaus, M.D., FACEP, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, athenahealth

We need to think about the health care industry in a radically different way. It's not big data that drives success. It's little data that provides insight into how our products are doing, how our clients are performing, and what's happening to the health care ecosystem as a whole. These three pillars-products, clients, and their ecosystems - are the battleground on which all businesses fight, and little data shows us where we are doing well and where we need to improve. Customer-centric industries tenaciously analyze their products to make sure they do what they need; analyze client performance in ways that are actionable, and invest resources to coach and help them do better; and keep abreast of industry trends. Through it all, they leverage data as the means, but never the end, to focus on clients and the outcomes they are trying to achieve. This model can work for health care, too.

11:25 ASCO’s CancerLinQ: Transforming Cancer Care through Big Data

Robert Miller, M.D., Medical Director, Institute for Quality, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Most of what is currently known about cancer treatment is based on the mere 3% of patients who participate in clinical trials. This session will discuss the vision and evolution of ASCO’s CancerLinQ technology platform, a tool which will enable oncologists to learn from every patient by capturing data generated in routine health care operations, currently locked in multiple disparate electronic health record systems. CancerLinQ aggregates and analyzes real-world cancer care data, irrespective of source, in order to provide real-time quality feedback to providers, to feed personalized insights to oncologists at the point of care, and, using powerful analytic tools, to reveal new, previously unseen patterns in patient characteristics, treatments, and outcomes. 

11:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: Building the Next Generation of Breakthrough Models that Integrate the Best of Healthcare, Social and Technology

Moderator: Terry Stone, Head, Oliver Wyman’s Health Innovation Center

Grace Emerson Terrell, M.D., MMM, FACP, FACPE, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Health Care

Vipin Gopal, Ph.D., MBA, Vice President, Clinical Analytics, Humana

Fueled by consumer dissatisfaction with the status quo, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are rapidly moving into the digital consumer-focused healthcare space. In 1998, there were just 17 rounds of health-tech venture capital investment worth $2 million or more; last year there were 89. The opportunities, however, don’t just lie in attracting VC but also in forming valuable partnerships between legacy players and new entrants. What are the dynamics of the evolving healthcare market characterized by a convergence of healthcare and pharma, physical and digital, and medicine and wellness?

  • Payers, providers, and pharma can partner to create value in the new health market
  • Players can take advantage of the flood of venture capital investment
  • Build business models that will thrive in the convergent healthcare economy

12:15 pm Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Lunch on Your Own

1:00 Session Break


1:40 Organizer's and Chairperson's Remarks

Micah Lieberman, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) and Medical Informatics World

1:50 The Coming Era of High Performance Medicine

Jason Burke, Senior Advisor for Innovation and Advanced Analytics, UNC Health Care and School of Medicine

Can medicine truly become a performance-driven industry? The complexity residing at the intersection between the science of medicine, the delivery of health care services, and natural patient variation has made it difficult to scale organizational performance beyond the effectiveness of individual contributors. Yet other fields such as space exploration, battlefield operations, meteorology, financial services, and automotive racing have demonstrated that comparably complex systems can be characterized and even managed to very high levels of performance. By adopting similar capabilities in the context of population health, accountable care, and personalized medicine, health and life sciences organizations can unlock a new era of clinical, financial, and operational high performance.

2:20 Forecasting the Impact of HIT and e-Health on the Future Demand for Physicians

Jonathan Weiner, Dr.P.H., Professor, Health Policy & Management and Health Informatics; Director, Center for Population Health Information Technology (CPHIT), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Few factors will change the face of the American health care workforce as widely and dramatically as will health IT and e-health. This presentation explores how such applications will affect the future demand for physicians, and other clinicians. Professor Weiner will discuss the premise that HIT systems, when fully implemented, will allow care to be delivered by fewer physicians and more nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Furthermore, HIT-supported generalists could provide some care now delivered by specialists. Health IT could also help address rural clinician shortages patients by enabling care to be delivered remotely or asynchronously. Dr. Weiner will discuss the implications of these and other health informatics trends on what some believe to be a looming shortage of physicians.

2:50 Topic to be Announced

ONC Speaker, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

3:20 CAPSTONE PANEL DISCUSSION: What Can We Really do to Accelerate Value in Healthcare?

Moderator: Eric Glazer, Vice President, Physician Engagement & Social Media, Best Doctors

Jason Burke, Senior Advisor for Innovation and Advanced Analytics, UNC Health Care and School of Medicine

J.D. Whitlock, Vice President, Clinical & Business Intelligence, Mercy Health

Gowtham Rao, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Informatics Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of SC

ONC Speaker, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

Our esteemed panel will summarize the key theme of the conference, how technology and analytics enable providers to better engage and manage patient populations, and ultimately achieve a higher quality at lower cost. Specifically, we will address strategies to transforming care models to shared risk using technologies. Areas of discussion will include:

  • Should we fire the CMO? Who are the ideal clinical leaders to drive this successful change?
  • How can provider organizations invest in the future without going broke today?
  • How does an ACO navigate the conflicting financial incentives?
  • What is the technology that can support ACOs?
  • How will we get to system wide Accountable Care in less than 10 years!?

3:55 Closing Remarks

4:00 Close of Conference

Day 1 | Day 2 


Parallel Conference Tracks: 

Track #1: Provider-Payer-Pharma Cross-Industry Data Collaboration
Track #2: Coordinated Patient Care, Engagement and Empowerment
Track #3: Population Health Management and Quality Improvement
Track #4: Security and Access of Healthcare Data
Track #5: Leveraging mHealth, Telehealth and the Cloud   
Track #6: Building Enterprise Architecture and Hospital Information Systems 

For questions or suggestions about the meeting, please contact: 

Micah Lieberman
Executive Director, Conferences
Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) & Bio-IT World
T: (+1) 541.482.4709

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Director of Product Marketing
Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)
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