HIMSS18 Education Session Recommendations from Healthcare IT’s Top PR Agency

Amendola Communications’ clients and client customers to co-present on diverse cross-section of topics at industry’s largest event of the year

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Mar. 1, 2018—Amendola Communications, an award-winning healthcare marketing and public relations agency, and a regular attendee of HIMSS for over a decade, recommends the following key educational sessions to attend at this year’s conference in Las Vegas, March 5—9. The sessions are being led by provider organizations that have benefited from a range of solutions from Amendola clients Health Catalyst, SCIO Health Analytics, Vivify Health, ClearDATA, Kno2, Payformance, Orion Health, and SAP.

Analytics in the Hospital

“Real Quality: A Recipe for Healthier Patients and Happier Doctors” – By eliminating clinically-irrelevant “noise,” Partners Healthcare identifies meaningful quality insights that can then be deployed to improve patient outcomes. Speaker: Thomas Sequist, MD, Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Partners Healthcare, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Sands Show Room.

“How Data and Analytics Can Improve CV Quality and Outcomes” – Allina Health describes how strong partnerships and powerful data analytics are driving meaningful improvements in CV quality and outcomes. Speaker: Craig E. Strauss, MD, Medical Director of Quality, Innovation and Outcomes, Minneapolis Heart Institute/Allina Health. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Delfino 4004.

“Shared Governance and Data Framework Improves Quality” – MultiCare Health System offers a case study on how a shared governance arrangement was used to build a strategic framework for analytics to deliver not only broader quality outcomes, but also service excellence and affordable care. Speakers: Kate Mundell, Director, Clinically Integrated Network, MultiCare Health System, and Amber Theel, Director, Quality Outcomes and Metrics, MultiCare Health System. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Marcello 4405.

“How Analytics Can Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement” – Mission Health’s case studies illustrate how analytics can be used to reduce readmissions, improve sepsis, stroke, and heart failure outcomes, and scale the preventative care needed to succeed in population health management. Speaker: Chris DeRienzo, Chief Quality Officer, Mission Health, Mission Hospital. 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center Palazzo D.

“How Data Analytics Reduces Nurse Leakage, Improves Care” – This session describes how Mercy Hospital used advanced analytics to save $4.3 million in one year by reducing nursing full time equivalent leakage. Speakers: Michael J. Gillen, Vice President, Operations, Mercy Hospital and Stacey Blankenship, Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Hospital Jefferson. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Palazzo D.


“Interoperability Sets the Foundation for Care Coordination” – SSM Health describes how it drove the adoption of an interoperability platform that simplified the exchange of patient data with skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), long-term post-acute care communities, and other providers within normal workflows. Speakers: Peter M. Schoch, Senior Vice President of Population Health & President of the Florida Hospital Physician Network, Adventist Health System, and Erica Neher, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Strategy, Kno2. 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Murano 3304.

Cloud Data Management & Security

“The Cloud Through the Eyes of a Community Health Center CIO” – This session outlines the unique challenges—and unexpected opportunities—smaller organizations encounter when they move their core applications and protected health information to a secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud. Speakers: Larry Allen Chief Information Officer, MCR Health Services, and Matt Ferrari, Chief Technology Officer, ClearDATA. 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Palazzo L.

Remote Patient Monitoring

“Home Care Success with Virtual Care and Remote Monitoring” – Trinity Health shares how it whittled readmission rates to just 4 percent by implementing virtual care-enabled home monitoring of patients. Speakers: Erin Denholm, President & CEO, Trinity Health At Home, and Robin Hill, Chief Clinical Officer, Vivify Health. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Palazzo E.

Value-Based Reimbursement

“Scalable Approach to Your VBR Contracting” – Learn about a platform that delivers efficiency, predictability and consistency in value-based care programs while creating an ecosystem that aligns payers’ and providers’ financial contracting goals with patient outcomes. Speaker: Kevin Mehta,

Chief Technology Officer, Payformance Solutions, an Altarum Company. 12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Level 1 Casanova, Booth 4000, HealthAdmin Theatre.

Patient Behavioral Analytics

“Behavioral Data & Analytics for 360 Degree Views” – Learn how the art of effective data layering, including behavioral data along with analytics, can create a 360-degree view of patients to better understand patients’ behavior and the likelihood of their compliance with interventions and of engagement in their own care for improved outcomes. Speaker: Dave Hom, Chief Solutions & Business Development Officer, SCIO Health Analytics. 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Level 1 Casanova, Booth 14000, PopHealth Theater.

Accountable Care Organizations–Shared Savings

“Shared Savings Power Tools: An ACO-Focused App and Open HIE” – Leaders from Innovation Care Partners (ICP), a physician-led clinical integration network and ACO, will discuss how they have surpassed expectations and are achieving maximum shared savings by leveraging innovative technology solutions. Speakers: Faron Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Care Partners, and James T. Whitfill, Chief Medical Officer, Innovation Care Partners. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7,

Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Delfino 4004.


“The Impact of Smartphone Technology in Clinical Practice” – Mobile devices have revolutionized communications within the hospital. This session will show how mobile technology enables clinicians to streamline communication and collaboration, reduce interruptions, improve physician response times and help hospitals transform care delivery. Speaker: Sean P. Spina, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Vancouver Island Health Authority. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 6, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Palazzo E.

Organizational strategy

“Transforming IT: The Journey to Clinical Innovation” – Halifax Health, a two-hospital Florida system, has greatly improved its IT department, the morale of department staff, and the acceptance of new technology by providers in the past five years. This session will explain how Halifax’s IT shop accomplished this feat by focusing on strategy and leadership principles. Speaker: Tom Stafford, Vice President & CIO, Halifax Health. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., March 8, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Galileo 901.

“Chief Experience Officer: New Leader Driving Innovation to Transform Healthcare” – This session will describe how the new cadre of Chief Experience Officers are changing hospitals’ approach to the patient experience and how technology can elevate care team communication, improve workflows, and engage patients, family and staff. Speaker: Sue Murphy, Chief Experience and Innovation Officer, University of Chicago Medicine, who will also receive the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award at the HIMSS18 Awards Gala. 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., March 7, Las Vegas – Venetian Convention Center, Delfino 4002.

“Amendola Communications is incredibly proud of the contributions our clients are making in so many different areas of healthcare, as evidenced by the sheer breadth and depth of the topics their own customers will be discussing at HIMSS,” said Jodi Amendola, CEO of Amendola Communications.

She added, “I urge any HIMSS attendee who wants to gain a well-rounded understanding of healthcare’s most promising developments to check out as many of the above sessions as possible.”



Media Contact: Marcia Rhodes | mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com | Ph: 480.664.8412 ext. 15

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