Top of Mind

The next Top of Mind program will launch in Fall 2021

More details coming soon

Each year the Center for Connected Medicine produces research and events on the future of digital health. Learn more about previous Top of Mind resources below.

This page will be updated with information about the next Top of Mind program soon.

About Top of Mind

The Top of Mind program furthers the CCM’s mission of delivering valuable information, connection to peers, and inspiration for leaders and innovators working to advance health care. Top of Mind features expert speakers, actionable insights, and unvarnished discussion through the following resources and events:

Research: Top of Mind for Top Health Systems report examines digital health priorities for the year to come.

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Webinar: Top of Mind webinar brings together leaders and innovators to debrief on key findings from the research.

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Take deep dives into how telehealth and AI will advance in the coming year.

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Summit: Multiple sessions feature health system leaders and innovators presenting on key challenges and opportunities in digital health.

Last Year’s Top of Mind Online Agenda

Virtual Summit held in December 2020
Keynote: The Future of the Health Care Marketplace

This Keynote address unveils a titan’s take on the industry trends taking hold, and those that are only beginning to bubble to the surface. The session covers not only what’s directly in front of industry leaders, but where they also need to be watching to capitalize on the fringe plays that could have a big impact down the road.

Read a summary of the keynote

Diane Holder
Diane Holder
President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan
Ian Morrison, PhD
Healthcare Futurist, Author
Panel: Leading and Learning Through Crisis

Hospital leaders come together to discuss the trials, tribulations, and lessons learned during an unprecedented year in health care. The panel features leaders from the nation’s top hospital systems, who share authentic, candid reflections on how they’ve led through the pandemic and what this challenging year has taught them as leaders.

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Matt Cook
Matt Cook
President, UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital, SVP, Children's Services, UCSF Health
Joanne M. Conroy, MD
President and CEO, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Mark Sevco
President, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Keynote: The Disruptive Potential of 5G

In this Keynote session, Karl Bream, Vice President, Strategy, Portfolio and Alliances at Nokia, breaks down the impact that wireless technology and 5G are having on many industries, and specifically what it means for health care.

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Karl Bream
Karl Bream
Vice President, Strategy, Portfolio and Alliances, Nokia
Panel: Modeling Health Care

By combining leaders from policy, payer, provider, and academia, this session offers a panoptic view of an evolving crux in health care, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on business operations, policy, and modeling across the industry, and the decisions now at hand.

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Aneesh Chopra
President, CareJourney
Pamela Peele, PhD
Pamela Peele, PhD
Chief Analytics Officer, UPMC Health Plan and UPMC Enterprises
Jim Sheets
Jim Sheets
Chief Operating Officer, Specialty Based Care, Intermountain Healthcare
Nick Uehlecke
Advisor, Immediate Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Break Out Session: Telehealth

This Break Out session covers what comes next for the virtual care programs that came to the rescue at health systems in 2020. Opening remarks from top health system telehealth and digital strategy leadership transitions to a facilitated discussion with the panel and audience Q&A.

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Claus Jensen, PhD
Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Alissa Meade
President, Technology, Arkos Health
Lee H. Schwamm, MD
Vice President of Virtual Care, Mass General Brigham Health System
Katie Scott, Digital Strategy and Innovation, UPMC Enterprises
Katie Scott
Vice President, Digital Strategy & Innovation, UPMC Enterprises
Sara Vaezy
Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence
Break Out Session: AI

The CCM’s Top of Mind research identified AI as the technology generating the greatest excitement among health care leaders. In this Break Out session, we hear how health care innovation and AI leaders are using the technology to support clinical care, operations, patient empowerment, and other areas such as revenue cycle management. This session includes a facilitated discussion with the panel followed by audience Q&A.

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Derek C. Angus, MD
Chief Healthcare Innovation Officer, UPMC
Taha Kass-Hout
Taha Kass-Hout, MD
Director, Machine Learning and Chief Medical Officer, Amazon Web Services
Shiv Rao, MD
Co-founder and CEO, Abridge
Saria Suchi
Suchi Saria, PhD
John C. Malone Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, CEO, Bayesian Health


Research Report: COVID-19 Pandemic Shifts Innovation Priorities at Health Systems

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Webinar: How COVID-19 is changing innovation priorities at health systems

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Top of Mind Exchange

Top of Mind Exchange: Telehealth

This invitation-only virtual roundtable hosted the nation’s leading telehealth experts in a discussion on telehealth sustainability, value, and measurement. The discussion took place in October and was facilitated by Senator William H. Frist, MD.

Download an e-book that summarizes key points from the roundtable

Moderated by

Bill Frist, MD
Senator William H. Frist, MD
Nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chair of the Distinguished Executives Council of the health service investment firm Cressey & Company
Top of Mind Exchange: AI

This invitation-only virtual roundtable hosted health care, data science, and AI experts for a conversation on AI/ML and structural bias in health care. The virtual roundtable was facilitated by Robert M. Califf, MD, Head of Clinical Policy and Strategy for Verily and Google Health, and took place in November 2020.

Learn more about the AI roundtable

Moderated by

Rob Califf, MD
Head of Clinical Policy and Strategy for Verily and Google Health Adjunct Professor, Duke University and Stanford University

Highlights from previous Top of Mind Summits

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Thank you to our Advisory Committee

Cindy Bergevin

Head of Global Enterprise Marketing for Healthcare

Brenton Burns

Executive Vice President
UPMC Enterprises
Robert Bart MD

Rob Bart MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
Pamela Peele, PhD

Pamela Peele, PhD

Chief Analytics Officer
UPMC Health Plan and UPMC Enterprises

Christopher Pickard

Business Development Leader
Emily Webber

Emily Webber MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
IU Health and Riley Children’s Health

Mark Zhang DO

Medical Director
Brigham Digital Innovation Hub
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About the Center for Connected Medicine

The Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) connects and inspires leaders and innovators who want to advance health care. Collaborating with a network of experts, we serve as a resource for information and events focused on the future of digital health.

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