CCM experts highlight value of partnership for innovation during HITExpo in New Orleans


The Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) convenes panel of experts for the Health IT Expo in New Orleans to focus on the significance and value of partnership in the field of health care technology and innovation

The panel, “Looking outside the walls: How to leverage health IT partnerships,” features influential individuals from across the spectrum of health care, including: Karl Bream, Vice President and Head of Internet of Things Strategy, Nokia; Aimee Quirk, CEO, innovationOchsner; and Karley Yoder, Head of Product Management, Artificial Intelligence, GE Healthcare.

Read a recap of the presentation.

The three-day conference will focus on the latest in health care IT analytics, health care security, patient engagement, EHR optimization, and more. The Health IT Expo is a community of health care IT professionals focused on sharing, collaboration, and support. The event is focused on practical innovations that you can implement today as opposed to moonshot ideas that may affect you 10 years from now.

The five main themes for the conference are:

  • Security and Privacy
  • Analytics
  • Communication and Patient Engagement
  • IT Dev Ops
  • Operational Alignment and Support

Panelist Biographies:

Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA (Moderator)

Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC, and Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises

As Chief Innovation Officer for UPMC, a $20B world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Shrestha plays a leading role in driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst for transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. Dr. Shrestha also serves as an Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, working to facilitate new health care intelligence, technology expertise and entrepreneurial drive to solve complex health care challenges.

Karl Bream

Vice President and Head of Internet of Things Strategy, Nokia

As Vice President and Head of the Internet of Things Strategy at Nokia, Mr. Bream focuses the company’s investments and resources towards the most significant opportunities for growth in the Internet of Things ecosystem.

Aimee Quirk

CEO, innovationOchsner

As Chief Executive Officer of innovationOchsner (iO), Ms. Quirk leads the innovation accelerator launched by Ochsner Health System, which drives patient-focused health innovations and supports companies that are working to revolutionize patient-centered care. iO’s focus is to develop new and creative ways to use data and technology to empower patients, including their social network, to take an active role in their care, and for healthcare providers to better and more efficiently manage patient conditions.

Karley Yoder

Head of Product Management, Artificial Intelligence, GE Healthcare 

As the Leader of Product Management for AI Analytics within the Healthcare Digital division of GE Healthcare, Ms. Yoder has over a decade of experience focused in the digital healthcare space including work with Apple Health, leading implementations of the Affordable Care Act exchanges at the state level, developing business development strategies for Doctor on Demand, and conducting clinical/software research in the health care space at Duke.

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