2019 Strategic Leadership Summit

Marina del Rey, CA
April 3rd - 4th

Thank you to everyone who attended and made our inaugural Strategic Leadership Summit a success! Presentations have been posted from the event.


MEDITECH’s Strategic Leadership Summit in Marina del Rey, CA brought together customers and MEDITECH executives for a unique opportunity to share our vision and future plans. 

“The Strategic Leadership Summit gave us all the chance to talk face to face with a mix of leaders, both from within MEDITECH and from the industry at large,” said Joe Farr, RN, clinical applications coordinator at King's Daughters Medical Center. “It was a great venue to talk about some of our common challenges.”

Several well-known industry influencers helped round out the slate of speakers during this inaugural event:

  • Amy E. Herman, founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc. and author of the book Visual Intelligence
  • Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, chief nursing officer for IBM Global Healthcare
  • John Halamka, MD, MS, executive director, Health Technology Exploration Center, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Kurt Ericson, product manager of clinical data APIs for Google Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences.

“I thought the summit was a terrific event that included many personal reflections, industry leader perspectives, and new solutions for population health and interoperability,” said Denni McColm, CIO of Citizens Memorial Hospital. “It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces, as well as make new connections.” 

Continue the collaboration at MEDITECH’s Physician and CIO Forum in September, or other upcoming customer events.

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  • Agenda

    Wednesday, April 3

    6 p.m.

    Welcome Reception (Promenade Ballroom)

    6:30 p.m.

    Leading Together to Create a New Vision for Healthcare (Promenade Ballroom)
    No presentation available.
    Helen Waters, Executive Vice President, MEDITECH
    Join MEDITECH Executive Vice President Helen Waters for a conversation about the executive influence in today’s healthcare environment. She’ll discuss the state of the industry, as well as how the MEDITECH vision fits into the present and future.

    The Art of Perception: Seeing What Matters (Promenade Ballroom)
    No presentation available.
    Amy Herman, President, The Art of Perception, Inc.
    The roots of Ms. Herman’s presentation stem from her work helping medical students to improve their observation and communication skills with patients. During her session, you’ll discover how you can use art to stimulate creative thinking, and approach everyday challenges with greater clarity.

    See the Keynote tab for more information on Amy Herman.

    8 p.m.

    Closing Remarks

    Thursday, April 4

    8 a.m.

    Breakfast (Sierra Ballroom)

    8:30 a.m.

    Welcome (Sierra Ballroom)
    Melissa Swanfeldt, Associate Vice President, MEDITECH

    8:35 a.m.

    EHR Value Realization (Sierra Ballroom)
    Helen Waters, Executive Vice President, MEDITECH
    Are you getting the full value from your EHR? We’ll discuss optimization, common pitfalls to avoid, and how to unlock, measure, and convey the true value of your EHR to both your Board and to the community.

    9 a.m.

    Moving from Health Care to Life Care (Sierra Ballroom)
    Cathy Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, Associate Vice President, MEDITECH​
    Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer, IBM Global Healthcare

    • Introduction
      Judy Murphy shares insights into the necessary changes in healthcare that will transform care from today’s episodic illness model to one that is wellness and person centric. Judy will lead an interactive discussion on advancements in data management that allow providers to target and engage at-risk patients to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
    • Discussion
    • Summation: A New Perspective on Creating Healthy Communities 

    11 a.m.

    From Wellness to Chronic Conditions: A More Complete View (Sierra Ballroom)
    Rachel Wilkes, Senior Manager, Strategy, MEDITECH
    Explore MEDITECH’s Population Health tools, the impact EHR and claims data have when blended together, and our approach for analyzing this data and embedding findings into the clinical workflow. We’ll then have an open discussion where attendees can give feedback.

    12 p.m.

    Networking Lunch (Promenade Ballroom)

    1 p.m.

    Reality Check: Innovation Hype vs. Applicability (Sierra Ballroom)  
    John Halamka, MD, MS, Executive Director, Health Technology Exploration Center, Beth Israel Lahey Health
    Join John Halamka for as he examines the fine line between promising innovations and realistic expectations for technology.

    1:45 p.m.

    Building Intelligent Healthcare: A Google Perspective (Sierra Ballroom)
    Kurt Ericson, Product Manager, Clinical Data APIs, Google Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences
    Find out what Google Healthcare and Life Sciences sees as the future of healthcare.

    2:30 p.m.


    2:45 p.m.

    True Patient Engagement: Becoming a Partner in Healthcare (Catalina Room)
    Cathy Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, Associate Vice President, MEDITECH
    Joe Farr, RN, Clinical Applications Coordinator, King's Daughters Medical Center 

    Patients are looking to get more out of their encounters with nurses — through solid partnerships in care. According to a recent New England Journal of Medicine study, 59% of clinical staff said the most effective patient engagement strategy is simply spending more time with them. Cathy and Joe will explain how technologies like Point of Care documentation and patient portals directly empower patients, enable more effective communication with their care team, and contribute to better outcomes.

    Building Connections: A Look at FHIR, APIs, and the Shifting Interoperability Landscape (Venice/Peninsula Room)
    Christine Parent, Associate Vice President, MEDITECH
    Interoperability is about more than just connecting networks; it’s about connecting people. We’ll discuss how interoperability is shaping the way we connect with patients and their care teams, both inside and outside traditional healthcare settings. From patient-facing apps to improved care coordination across networks, when providers have the tools to bridge care gaps, everyone benefits — especially the patient.

    3:15 p.m.

    Driving Transformation in Today’s Complex Healthcare World (Sierra Ballroom)
    Hoda Sayed-Friel, Executive Vice President, MEDITECH
    Tom Stafford, Vice Presidentand CIO, Halifax Health
    Ginny Kwong, MD, FAAFP, Vice President and CMIO, Halifax Health
    Denni McColm, CIO, Citizens Memorial Healthcare
    Joe Farr, RN, Clinical Applications Coordinator, King’s Daughters Medical Center
    Strategy is the path and the plan to future success. Hear about the purposeful execution of Expanse deployments at recently LIVE organizations, as they share their vision of improving  outcomes as well as the provider and patient experience.  

    4:15 p.m.

    Closing Remarks
    Melissa Swanfeldt, Associate Vice President, MEDITECH


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  • Keynote

    The Art of Perception: Seeing What Matters
    Wednesday, April 3 
    Amy E. Herman, Founder and President, The Art of Perception

    Amy Herman is the founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc., a New York-based organization that conducts professional development courses to leaders around the world. As a lawyer and art historian, Ms. Herman uses works of art to systematically sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. By showing people how to look closely at painting, sculpture, and photography, she helps them to hone their visual intelligence to recognize pertinent and useful information, as well as recognize biases that impede decision making. 

    Ms. Herman developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills when working with their patients. At the time, she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted this program for a wide range of professionals worldwide. Today, she leads meetings for the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, Interpol, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military, and the intelligence community. 

    For this highly participatory keynote session, Ms. Herman demonstrates the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum. Attendees will have the chance to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership.


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  • Featured Sessions

    Moving from Health Care to Life Care   
    Thursday, April 4 | 10 a.m.
    Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, CNO, IBM Global Healthcare

    Join Judy Murphy as she leads an interactive discussion on advancements in data management that enable providers to target and engage at-risk patients, as a strategy for improving outcomes and reducing costs.

    Ms. Murphy is CNO at IBM Global Healthcare, where she builds health IT solutions for providers to improve healthcare quality in fiscally responsible ways. Previously she was CNO and Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy at the ONC in Washington, DC, and Vice President of EHR Applications at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin. She has over 25 years of health informatics experience, and is a widely published author and internationally known speaker on health IT. Ms. Murphy has received numerous awards, including the HIMSS 2018 Most Influential Women in Health IT, AMIA 2014 Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics, the HIMSS 2014 Federal Health IT Leadership Award, and the HIMSS 2006 Nursing Informatics Leadership Award.

    Reality Check: Innovation Hype vs. Applicability 
    Thursday, April 4 | 1 p.m. 
    John Halamka, MD, MS, Executive Director, Health Technology Exploration Center, Beth Israel Lahey Health

    During his session, John Halamka examines the fine line between the expectations of promising innovations and the reality of what technology actually offers us today. 

    As Executive Director of the Health Technology Exploration Center of Beth Israel Lahey Health, Dr. Halamka and his team identify emerging technologies that are designed to make care more efficient, integrated, and accessible. As CIO for the Beth Israel Deaconess, he also leads technology implementation and operations for the organization’s clinical, financial, administrative, research, and educational areas.

    In addition, Dr. Halamka is an International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as CIO at Harvard Medical School, chair of the National Health Information Technology Standards Panel for the Bush administration, and co-chair of the National Health Information Technology Standards Committee for the Obama administration.


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