Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum attracts top CIOs, IT leaders

As CIO of Ochsner Health System, one of the largest independent academic medical centers in the United States, Chris Belmont understands the critical role analytics will play as healthcare morphs into a market that holds providers increasingly responsible for reducing costs and improving care.

“(Healthcare) has historically had a retrospective look,” said Belmont,  “But we need to be very real time and predictive. We have to do more surveillance of what happened today and what will happen next year. We have to react to a continually changing environment.”

Belmont kicks off the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum on June 4 with a keynote presentation titled: “Be Like Amazon.Com – Use Data and Analytics to Get Ahead of the Curve.”

Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Media have teamed up to present the forum on June 4-5, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington D.C. Sessions will focus on peer-to-peer learning, case studies and best practices—practical, actionable information that can be taken home and put to use.

In addition to Belmont, the forum includes a line-up of top provider and payer organizations with deep healthcare analytics experience and expertise. They include, among others:

  • Intermountain Healthcare (speaker: Lee Pierce, assistant vice president of business intelligence).
  • Penn Medicine – University of Pennsylvania Health System (speaker: CIO Michael Restuccia).
  • Pioneer ACO Atrius Health (speaker: Dr. Joe Kimura, medical director, analytics and reporting systems).
  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare (speaker: Tariq Abu-Jabar, vice president, medical informatics).
  • Aetna Innovation Labs (speaker: Dr. Henry Wei, senior medical director for clinical innovation).

Sessions will cover key topics related to big data and healthcare analytics: strategic planning; hiring and retaining experienced staff; tools and technology; IT leadership; predictive analytics; data sharing; EHRs and population health; and more. Additionally, to maximize audience engagement, all sessions include time for Q&As, and there will be multiple networking opportunities.

As reimbursement shrinks and risk sharing grows, analyzing data to improve decision-making, reduce costs and develop new models of care may well determine the winners and losers, said Rich Scarfo, vice president, events, HIMSS Media.

“That’s where the forum comes in,” he said. “Through interviews with hospital CIOs and other providers, we know that questions abound about how to deploy analytics in a fashion that meets an organization’s business and clinical goals.

“With that in mind, we have designed the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum to provide answers to those questions.”