HIMSS & HFMA Joint Symposium

January 27, 7:00am, CST - 1:00pm, CST

Houston Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030


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Using Business Intelligence to Improve Performance

Once again, the Houston HIMSS Chapter and HFMA Texas Gulf Coast have teamed up to present an exciting breakfast event: Using Business Intelligence to Improve Performance. Please join us as our speakers and panelists cover a full spectrum of IT Strategies and Operational Efficiencies.


Presentation: Data! Information !! ACTION !!! -- RESULTS ???

Session Objectives:

  1. Describe a robust Business Intelligence /Analytics (BI/A) capability and practice (including the critical importance of information deployment and visualization) that drives action, quality and efficiency in delivery of care and services;
  2. Suggest developments / adjustments / re-alignments for their organization that might be engaged to improve coordination and integration of organizational BI/Analytics efforts;
  3. Identify key organizational characteristics required to leverage BI/Analytics for dynamic decision-making that delivers Results.

Christopher Looby, MBA, FACHE, Vice President, Product and Business Development, Agile Health Care

Christopher has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry – 25 years in administrative, general management, and entrepreneur roles. His career started in manufacturing and sales of consumer goods and services. Over the last 5 years significant contributions to healthcare industry change have been made facilitating national senior management seminars on analytics and business intelligence for ACHE and HFMA. Christopher’s healthcare roles have covered - day to day clinical services operations leadership, having full business unit P&L responsibility in outpatient acute care, behavioral health, physical and cardiac rehabilitation, imaging services delivery areas, among others within a hospital organization environment.

Panel Discussion: Using Business Intelligence to Drive Value Based Care

This Business Intelligence panel discussion will include a panel of professions including a Physician, a CFO, and an IT professional. They will discuss how they use BI tolls to improve overall operational performance.

Moderator: Mark R. Anderson, CEO, AC Group, Inc.

Mark is a former CIO for 5 IDNs, an interim CFO and CEO of Rural Hospitals, is one of the nation's premier healthcare futurists and is one of the leading national speakers on healthcare who has spoken at over 1,000 conferences and meetings since 2000. Mr. Anderson has spent the last 41+ years focusing on Healthcare – not just technology questions, but strategic, policy, and organizational considerations. His experience includes 17 years with multi-facility Health Care organizations, 15 years Administrative Executive Team experience, 6 years as a member of the Corporate Executive Team, and 9 years in healthcare turnaround consulting. Mr. Anderson received his BS in Business, is completing his MBA in Health Care Administration, and is a Fellow with HIMSS.

Panelist: Robert Lynn Ryan, Sr. Financial Consultant, Sinclair Advisory Group

In his professional practice Lynn extracts intelligence from large health system databases to analyze costs, employee resource allocation across departments and other efficiency metrics that allows him and his team to streamline organizations and maximize productivity and financial performance. Prior to his current role, Lynn had a long career at the Veterans Health Administration where most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Network Director, for the South Central VA Health Care Network covering 10 medical centers and 65 free standing community based outpatient clinics spread across 7 states with a budget exceeding $4 Billion and over 20,000 employees. Since his retirement from VA he has been a consultant both in the public and private sectors. He holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Alabama.

Panelist: Dr. Shetal-Nicholas Desai, CMIO, Houston Methodist

Dr. S. Nicholas Desai, DPM, MBA, is Chief Medical Information Officer at Houston Methodist Hospital, where he is also a board certified podiatric surgeon. Dr. Desai completed his postdoctoral surgical training at St Barnabas/Albert Einstein and the New York Presbyterian Hospital Network. He completed his executive business

education through Rice University and received his MBA from Texas Tech University with a focus on Health Care Management. He is a fellow of American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and member of American College of Healthcare Executives, Scottsdale Institute, ABPS, HIMSS, AMDIS, and CHIME.

Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Dr. Desai served as Director of Medical Informatics at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. As a noted leader in health IT, has worked intimately with multiple HER vendors to develop content for multiple specialties. He remains active on clinical faculty for family medicine, surgical, and wound residency/fellowship programs. In addition to medical informatics and technology, his clinical research interests have focused around stem cell research in regenerative tissue science and advanced orthobiologics.

Panelist: Philip W. Bradley, Regional Director, North America, HIMSS Analytics

Prior to joining HIMSS Analytics, Philip was with CHI St. Luke’s in Houston. He obtained a Harvard School of Public Health Certification in Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Healthcare.  He also holds an undergrad degree in management, was a Graduate Lecturer on Healthcare Information Systems at the University of Evansville, and holds a certification in the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).  Philip has senior level experience in planning, management and control of information technology and business processes for more than 30 years. He has managed software development, managed large-scale implementations, participated in system audits and led process redesign efforts in support of new systems and technology. Using IT as an enabler of operating efficiency and deriving business value through the optimization and control of technology.

Presentation: Driving Change Through Measured Performance in the Physician Enterprise

Session Objectives:

  1. To provide attendees with an understanding of the limitations of current performance measurement techniques.
  2. To offer attendees with a framework to design and structure performance measurement and management tools that aligns with strategic goals.
  3. To provide best practice and case study examples that can be tailored to help attendees better measure their performance.

John Budd, Partner, ECG Management Consultants, Inc.

John works with large medical groups and health systems to develop, implement, and launch new operational models and new corporate entities. His extensive background analyzing and managing practice operations and medical group and health system support functions gives him unique insight into the drivers of value across the physician enterprise. At ECG, John has worked with a wide range of integrated health systems and large physician practices to expand operations and develop new approaches to improve existing services. John has served in senior system change management roles to drive the adoption of best practices across large and complex systems.

Andrew Davis, Partner, ECG Management Consultants, Inc.

With nearly 10 years of experience in revenue cycle operations and management, he has worked in both private practice and academic medicine settings. Drew’s project focus at ECG capitalizes on his experience in revenue cycle optimization, integration of hospital and professional revenue cycle operations, and healthcare information technology. Prior to joining ECG, Drew served as a revenue cycle department manager at a large academic health system and was heavily involved in the organization’s transition to Epic. He also managed multiple projects across the health system, including the selection and management of approximately 150 outsourced employees. Drew completed his administrative fellowship at Duke University Health System. He holds Master of Science in health administration and master of business administration degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University.

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