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2016 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers:


Ed Kopetsky
Ed Kopetsky,
CIO, Stanford Children's Health/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

C. William Hanson
C. William Hanson, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Joseph Kvedar
Dr. Joseph Kvedar
Vice President
Connected Health
Partners HealthCare


Jukka Valkonen
Jukka Valkonen, RN, PHN
Health Innovations,  Strategies and Solutions Blue Shield of CA Health Innovations and Technologies

Shadaab Kanwal, MBA, MISM
Executive Director,
Corporate Services and
Digital Technologies
Kaiser Permanente
iHT² Advisory Board Member
Drexel DeFord
Drexel DeFord
Founder, and Independent Consultant
drexio solutions network


2016 Featured Speakers:


Sophia Chang
Mark Hagland
Ida Sim
Andrew Boyd

Sophia Chang, MD, MPH,
Vice President of Programs
California Healthcare Foundation

Eugene Kolker
Eugene Kolker, PhD,
Chief Data Officer,
Seattle Children’s

Mark Hagland
Healthcare Informatics

Ida Sim, MD, PhD,
Professor of Medicine,
University of California, San Francisco
Andrew Boyd
Assistant Professor,
Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
University of Michigan

Raman Khanna
Raman Khanna, MD
Assistant Professor,
UCSF School of Medicine

David Watson
David Watson
Chief Executive Officer
California Integrated Data Exchange


Deepa Madhavan
Deepa Madhavan
Health Innovation and Strategy,
Blue Shield of California

William VanNess
William VanNess II, MD,
Former Indiana State Health Commissioner,





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Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, University of Michigan

Andy Boyd is an assistant professor in the department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences. After completing his medical degree, his postdoctoral work was in biomedical informatics at the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Prof. Brian Athey. Dr. Boyd’s research focuses on data simplification to improve clinical outcomes. He recently published a paper providing solutions for free for the upcoming transition to ICD-10-CM aiding physicians, administrators, and coders in this upcoming transition.  He has two mobile applications in clinical trials engaging patients in their own care. 


Sophia Chang

Sophia Chang, MD, MPH, Vice President of Programs, California Healthcare Foundation 

Dr. Sophia Chang is vice president of programs at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she leads programmatic and grantmaking activities.

Sophia returned to CHCF in May 2014 from Accretive Health, where she was vice president and medical director of population health solutions for the Chicago-based health care improvement company. She had been the director of CHCF's Better Chronic Disease Care program from 2003 to 2013.

Sophia's previous positions include director of the Veteran Health Administration's Center for Quality Management in Public Health; director of the HIV/AIDS program for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; medical director of the San Francisco Health Plan, a managed health care plan for Medicaid recipients; and director of AIDS Health Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where she oversaw the Ryan White CARE Programs for the city. She also has worked as a medical researcher, examining health disparities in breast cancer care.

She has served on the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, which oversees Healthy Families (the state's Children's Health Insurance Program) and California's Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (from September 2006 to May 2011). She continues to practice general internal medicine at San Francisco General Hospital as a UCSF faculty member.

Sophia holds a bachelor's degree from Amherst College; a master of public health from the University of California, Berkeley; and a medical doctorate from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Drexel DeFord

Drexel DeFord, Founder and Independent Consultant, drexio solutions network

Most recently the founder of drexio solutions network, Drex has a history of innovation and leadership at top health-systems across the country.  As an independent consultant, he now shares his experience in the form of advice, guidance and support to health systems, payers, associations, trusted vendor partners and investors.

Prior to launching his own firm, Drex was co-founder and CEO of NextWave Connect, a healthcare social collaboration solution.  He’s also been the CIO at Steward Healthcare (Boston), Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, and Scripps Health (San Diego). He has also served as an officer in various CIO and CTO roles with the United States Air Force during a highly decorated 20-year career.

Drex has led the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as Board of Trustees Chair, and has been a Healthcare and Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Board Member.  He is currently a fellow in CHIME, HIMSS, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). 

His mantra: Ask me. I can get it done, or connect you to somebody who can.

C. William Hanson

C. William Hanson, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System

C. William Hanson, III, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Surgery and Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is an internist, anesthesiologist and intensivist. He is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer and Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.  Dr. Hanson has extensive experience in medical informatics and was Visiting Professor in the Princeton University Department of Computer Science between 2002 and 2005. Dr. Hanson’s anesthetic specialty is cardiac anesthesia (cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, lung and heart transplantation).

His research using “electronic nose” technology to detect diseases such as pneumonia and sinusitis by breath analysis has been featured in Scientific American. He recently published The Edge of Medicine: The Technology That Will Change Our Lives, a non-fiction book profiling innovations in biotechnology that are changing the delivery of medical care and the ways in which they’re altering the human experience.

Also in a recently published, Smart Medicine: How the Changing Role of Doctors Will Revolutionize Health Care, Dr. Hanson reveals the revolutionary changes that will soon be sweeping through the medical community.  Dr. Hanson’s research has been featured in national and international publications, including Popular Science, U.S. News and World Report, and has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air as well as television documentaries on the Discovery Channel.


Shadaab Kanwal, MBA, MISM, Executive Director Research and Quality Kaiser Permanente Information Technology, Kaiser Permanente

SHADAAB KANWAL serves as the Executive Director Corporate Services and Digital Technologies at Kaiser Permanente.
★ Shadaab brings more than two decades of value-creating leadership experience in Implementing large-scale Information Technology programs, analytics products, and performance excellence with global talent. His commitment to deliver emerging medical technologies in previous roles has helped build a sustainable competitive advantage for: UCLA Health, OhioHealth, MAYO Clinic, UnitedHealth Group and Dignity Health.
► Presently, he manages coverage-to-care technology strategy, leads senior level customer engagement, and integrates broad-scale technology capabilities for; evidence-based care, multi-channel consumer experience and healthcare analytics. His teams realize business integration and deliver agile solutions for quality, value, and science driven healthcare. This supports the business functions of clinical transformation, quality, safety, research, compliance, internal audit, legal services, government relations and enterprise risk management.
► Prior to Kaiser Permanente: he led IT governance and digital transformation for integrated healthcare networks. His intelligent teams developed and deployed health informatics products with self-service analytics. These accomplished the strategic imperatives of knowledge management, clinical innovation, and revenue cycle transformation.
►As a trusted advisor and innovation evangelist: Shadaab has orchestrated complex programs of Electronic Medical Record, Virtual Care and Information Management. His contributions in digital and telehealth with Imaging and genomics have enhanced patient care experience, sustained membership growth and personalized treatment
★ An active senior member of ACHE, HIMSS and CHIME: Shadaab speaks about Kaiser Permanente’s expertise in high performance analytics for healthcare delivery, performance excellence


Raman Khanna 

Raman Khanna, MD, Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine

Dr. Raman Khanna is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Hospital Medicine at UCSF and Physician Lead for Inpatient Informatics at UCSF Medical Center. He received his BA and MD, and subsequently completed his residency, at Northwestern University, following which he completed a research fellowship and Masters in Clinical Research at UCSF.

Raman's work centers on the design and implementation of information technology applications in health care. He has an appointment in the Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) where he works primarily on CareWeb, a project to transform clinical communication within and between providers and their teams. He is also currently active in the EMERGE project, which seeks to unify diverse information streams in a single intricate visualization to prevent harms in the ICU, as well as the ASCENT project where he is codirecting an effort to improve followup for subcritical lab and radiology results in a safety net setting. For his clinical time Raman attends on the Medicine Teaching services.

Areas of Specialization/Research Interests include:
Inter-provider communication
Information technology
Decision support
Venous Thromboembolism

Eugene Kolker 

Eugene Kolker, PhD, Chief Data Officer, Seattle Children’s

Eugene Kolker is Chief Data (Analytics) Officer at Seattle Children’s -- Hospital, Foundation, and Research Institute. Kolker has over 25 years of experience in multi-disciplinary data analysis, predictive analytics, and modeling and over 15 years of experience in management, business, and community development. At Seattle Children’s, Eugene heads the CDOAnalytics team, which focuses on leveraging large and complex data to improve outcomes and safety, reduce costs, broaden access, and drive innovation ( In addition to the hospital work, he is also director of Bioinformatics & High-throughput Analysis Laboratory ( at the Research Institute. Previously, Eugene was founder and president of BIATECH Research and Innovation Center, which was acquired by Seattle Children’s. Currently, Dr. Kolker is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University College of Science, Boston and an affiliate professor at University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. He has 120 publications in 40 different journals and also serves as Executive Editor of the journals “OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology” and “Big Data.” Recently, Eugene was voted by the readers of Healthcare IT News (published by HIMSS, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) as one of the top three "Innovators" in 2015, in their annual H.I.T. Awards, which recognize industry leaders who are helping improve care through technology (


Ed Kopetsky


Ed Kopetsky, CIO, Stanford Children's Health/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Mr. Kopetsky is an experienced healthcare executive with expertise in integrated  delivery systems, information technology planning and implementation, operations process and cost improvement, and consulting. Prior to joining the hospital in 2009, Ed was a  Partner at IBM Global Business Services and Executive Vice President with Healthlink, a consulting firm specialized in healthcare IT and process improvement (Healthlink was acquired by IBM in 2005). Ed previously served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Centura Health, and Sharp HealthCare. He has contributed nationally and locally to numerous professional organizations, including serving as Board Chair   for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group.


Joseph Kvedar

Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Vice President, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients by leveraging cell phones, computers, networked devices and remote health monitoring tools  to better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. He is the author of a new book, The Internet of Healthy Things, in which he describes how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to learn more about the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and wellness, and ultimately change behavior to improve our health. In 2013, Dr. Kvedar launched Wellocracy, a leading source of impartial, easy-to-understand information on new personal “self-health” technologies like activity trackers, wireless devices and mobile apps to empower people to get and stay healthy. He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 100 publications on the subject; his popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health.


Deepa Madhavan

Deepa Madhavan, Health Innovation and Strategy, Blue Shield of California

  • ► Experienced leader in Strategy and Innovation, with leading providers, payers, medical devices, genetic labs, bio-tech and digital health firms.
  • ► Provided advisory services and leadership in business and technology strategy, along with associated clinical and business transformations.
  • ► Leading value delivery as innovations take shape, scale and launch via an in depth application of design thinking to spur health innovation.


Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan, Vice President, Information Technology/Chief Information Officer, PeaceHealth Oregon West Network

Michael Sheehan has over 25 years of experience providing strategic and operational leadership for the Information Technology division of an integrated healthcare delivery system in the Pacific Northwest. He is an experienced educator with a passion for the people side of change and IT driven transformation. Michael is currently the Vice President IT; Network Chief Information Officer for PeaceHealth- Oregon West Network.  He is responsible for the implementation and support of strategic and tactical IT initiatives within network, champion business/clinical optimization and innovation by ensuring that system solutions are in place to support critical needs of the Network.  Michael’s responsibilities also include collaborating with Network and IST senior leadership to support system and community strategies. 

Michael started at PeaceHealth as the Director–HID/IT Operations, Applications, Information Technology for Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.  In this role, Michael was a member of the senior management team responsible for of the IT and Clinical Quality division for two decades.  He held a number of leadership roles overseeing an annual budget of over $50 million and a workforce of more than 350 caregivers    He also served as the Interim Chief Information Officer and a member of PeaceHealth Executive Team for 18 months.   

Prior to PeaceHealth, Michael was the Director- Information Systems for Oregon Medical Laboratories during which he established the IS department for the new joint venture organization and directed the first six years of operation.  Michael served on the initial senior management team supporting organizational growth into a successful regional reference laboratory, and led the implementation of the Antrim Laboratory Information System, which is still in use at PeaceHealth Laboratories.


Ida Sim

Ida Sim, MD, PhD,  Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Ida Sim, MD, PhD is a primary care physician, informatics researcher, and entrepreneur. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs Biomedical Informatics at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her research focus is on computational methods for data sharing and decision making for clinical research and mobile health. She is a co-founder of Open mHealth, a non-profit organization that is breaking down barriers to mobile health app and data integration through an open software architecture. Dr. Sim is also a co-investigator with the Mobile Data to Knowledge NIH Center of Excellence.

Dr. Sim has served on multiple advisory committees on health information infrastructure for clinical care and research, including committees of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. She is a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.  Twitter handle:  @idasim


Jukka Valkonen

Jukka Valkonen, RN, PHN, Director, Health Innovations, Strategies and Solutions Blue Shield of CA Health Innovations and Technologies

Jukka Valkonen is currently at Blue Shield of California, as Director, responsible for Health Innovations and Technologies. He returns to the company having been a strategist for them in the early 2000s. His team recently co-founded and launched Cal INDEX, and is currently working on divergent and disruptive innovations that will transform the care delivery experience.

Prior to Blue Shield of CA, Mr. Valkonen spent several years at Kaiser Permanente as a strategist, serving as the Chief Portfolio Architect for Kaiser Health Plan, as well as the Principal Strategist for the Health Insurance Exchanges.

Mr. Valkonen has over 25 years of healthcare management experience – ranging from critical care, preventative, and sports medicine nursing, health innovations and technologies, strategy management, start-ups and foundations. He has driven the establishment of regional and state-wide innovations focused on telehealth, interoperability, and improving the quality of care.

Many of his healthcare product designs have been awarded patents as well as endorsements from national standards organizations. He holds a trademark patent in the multibillion dollar supplement industry.

Mr. Valkonen has lectured in a number of settings to academics, policymakers, and health industry leaders. He served on the Bush Administration’s National Task Force responsible for leading the Electronic Health Records adoption by primary care physicians strategy track. He has been a subject expert for the media and policymakers on the topic of healthcare data interoperability, accessibility, and usage for continuity of care and public health needs. He serves as an advisor to innovative start-up companies, as well as investor.

Mr. Valkonen has served on many boards. He is currently Vice President of the Alameda County Dental Society Foundation. He lives in Piedmont with his family, where he and his wife remain active volunteers for the schools and city. As a world class athlete, he remains active with competition as a member of the US National Team for triathlon. 

William VanNess

William VanNess II, MD, Former Indiana State Health Commissioner, Indiana

William VanNess II, MD, is a board certified Family Practice physician who served a small, rural community in Indiana alongside his father for over 24 years.

Dr. VanNess is the Former Indiana State Health Commissioner, a position he was appointed to in January of 2013 until he retired in November of 2014. He served as a member of the Indiana State Medical Association Board of Trustees for 12 years while being President of ISMA in 1993-94.

Prior to his appointment as Health Commissioner, Dr. VanNess was President and CEO of Community Hospital of Anderson, a 200-bed hospital affiliated with Community Health Network. As a result of his father building a small nursing home, Dr. VanNess became owner/medical director of Summit Convalescent Center in Summitville. This was followed by becoming part owner in 350 additional nursing home beds for a total of 8 years.

Dr. VanNess has 39 years of healthcare experience in Indiana. He holds a bachelors degree from Butler University and a Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.

In this video, learn how Dr. VanNess is lending his expertise as Former Indiana State Health Commissioner to help MEDITECH develop our Business & Clinical Analytics and Population Health Management solutions.

David Watson

David Watson, Chief Executive Officer, California Integrated Data Exchange

Dave Watson is a veteran executive with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare technology industry. As CEO of Cal INDEX, he is leading a statewide, next-generation health information exchange (HIE) for providers, payers and patients across California.

Prior to Cal INDEX, Dave held a number of senior roles including heading healthcare product strategy for Oracle. Before that, he was chief operating officer of MedeAnalytics, where he was responsible for product management, software engineering and client services for its portfolio of analytic solutions. Before joining MedeAnalytics, Dave served as senior vice president and chief technology officer for Kaiser Permanente, where he was the prime architect of the KP HealthConnect™ initiative that produced one of the most successful large-scale clinical system deployments in the world. He also led technology strategy, architecture and information security services across Kaiser’s hospitals, medical groups and insurance businesses, which today serve over 9 million members in nine states. Earlier in his career, Dave served in a variety of executive IT roles at Baxter Healthcare and Allergan.

Dave is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School’s Executive Development Program and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Southern California. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two sons.