Dev4Health: Community & Code

Dev4Health: Community & Code<
A Conference for the Creators of Health Tech Solutions

Exploring opportunities in the open-source API ecosystem
HIMSS Innovation and Conference Center in Cleveland   April 30 – May 1

Aneesh Chopra, President, CareJourney

Moving Beyond the Digitized Manila Folder

Dev4Health keynote speaker Aneesh Chopra is excited about Dev4Health and believes it’s happening at a critical moment in health IT history. As the former and first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama, Chopra helped usher in the open data movement from the public sector. He now runs CareJourney, a company putting that data to use in the private sector.

“Dev4Health is happening right at a time when we’re seeing dramatic growth in the availability of open APIs [application programming interfaces]. A developer needs access to patient health information to do their job, and right now, the infrastructure and plumbing upgrades that fuel developer activity are coming to market,” said Chopra. “On top of that, the Trump administration has declared a very clear roadmap for where it wishes to take the IT agenda. Developers are on the front line to advance our healthcare delivery system.”

At Dev4Health, developers, innovators, product managers, clinicians and application users will benefit from Chopra’s perspective on:

  • Availability and use of open APIs in healthcare delivery: “This is where the action is – and I’ll talk about where developers fit in.”
  • Areas desperately in need of time and attention: “I’ll make the business case for why application developers should focus on high-need, high-cost patients.”
  • Need for a voluntary digital Hippocratic Oath: “I’ll explain why this matters – because developers building patient-facing apps aren’t subject to HIPAA.”

Chopra believes healthcare is facing an IT conundrum. “After investing tens of billions of dollars in public and private funds to digitize the manila folder, the healthcare industry is actually lowering productivity in an era where every other industry investing in IT increases productivity.” 

At Dev4Health, Chopra is sending up a red flag, saying that developers are desperately needed – to empower patients to make smarter decisions, to reduce physician burden and to facilitate better care team coordination, especially for the chronically ill.

Will Morris, Senior Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations

Disruption Will Come From Outside of Healthcare

Will Morris is a practicing physician and “a recovering CIO” with nearly 15 years of experience directing the operational side of the house for Cleveland Clinic. “I’ve been around long enough to know that true innovation isn’t going to come from the hospital IT shop. It’s going to come from the outside in,” said Morris. “Dev4Health is a call to action – and not just for the usual suspects around health IT. We need to look outside and not always in. Future innovations will happen through unusual conversations and collaborations.”

Morris believes the Dev4Health conference is critical because key changes are happening right now. “Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are finally catching up to how the entire universe of technology works. Everything else is consumed, built and developed as a web service built on APIs – except for healthcare. But now it’s beginning and the momentum is well on its way. This is healthcare’s moment,” said Morris.

Seeking Developers: Beyond the Usual Suspects

As a leader at the executive level of innovations, Morris comes to Dev4Health seeking fresh players and new approaches for Cleveland Clinic. “In healthcare, we breathe our own exhaust. We only know what we know! Go to any engineering or computer science school and ask if they know Java or the latest and greatest tooling that’s lightning fast and takes advantage of open source capabilities. That’s who I want on my development team.”

At Dev4Health, Morris sees a ripe opportunity not so much for innovation but for imitation – as developers disrupt healthcare with service-oriented web capabilities found in every other industry.

Who Shouldn’t Miss Dev4Health

  • “If you’re in analytics or machine learning or digital presentation, mobile or graphic design or Agile as an IT discipline – I hope I can depart optimism that this is a new day.”
  • "If you’re a startup, if you have an interest in design theory or human-centered design, if you know how web design, graphic design and analytics work – but you know nothing about how healthcare systems or EMRs work – this is your opportunity to innovate over healthcare.”

“Healthcare is now 100 percent in reach – and we need you,” said Morris. “This is a call to action. Our tech issues in healthcare will be solved by new entrants. And that’s who we want to see at Dev4Health.”

It’s Not Too Late! Register Now for Dev4Health – At a Critical Moment in Health Tech

Dev4Health is a new joint initiative of Health 2.0 and HIMSS where developers, innovation leaders, designers, product managers and tech enthusiasts will gather to share and accelerate new ideas to enable healthier communities through hands-on demonstrations, education and networking. Dev4Health will feature top-tier "boots-on-the-ground" panel discussions, interactive labs, and technical talks to help developers build on emerging digital health technologies and trends and navigate within an open-source API ecosystem. There's something for everyone: from how to build healthcare applications across multiple platforms to data interoperability and security to insight on the biggest developer programs, attendees will learn from the top innovators and thought leaders in the space.

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Dev4Health speakers include:

  • Indu Subaiya, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder, Health 2.0
  • Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman, Health 2.0
  • Margeaux Akazawa, Public Health Analyst, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
  • Aneesh Chopra, President, CareJourney
  • Chuck Dietzen, MD, Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer, iSalus Healthcare
  • Kathy Giori, Senior Product Manager, Mozilla IoT
  • Dan Gottlieb, Senior Technical Lead, SMART™ Health IT Project
  • Casey Helfrich, Director, Healthcare AI Lab, UPMC
  • Stan Huff, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Tina Joros, Vice President, General Manager, Allscripts Open Business Unit
  • Josh Mandel, Health IT Ecosystem Lead, Verily
  • Bryan Mazlich, Chief Product Officer, Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
  • Santosh Mohan, Head, Athenahealth More Disruption Please Labs
  • Will Morris, Senior Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations
  • Shahid Shah, Chief Executive Officer, Netspective
  • Amy Sheon, Executive Director, Urban Health Initiative, Case Western Reserve University
  • Ted Tanner, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Pokitdok