2019 Annual Healthcare IT Conference - Agenda

7:30 - 9:00


Registration / Breakfast / Networking


8:00 - 8:45


Pre-conference Session

Career Panel: Careers and Topics in Health IT

Moderator: Regina Atim-Araluce, PharmD, MBA
Associate Clinical Professor at University of SanDiego
Clinical Placement Coordinator at University of SanDiego
HIMSS SoCal Co-Chair of Programs

James Brady, PhD, Chief Information Officer, LA County Department of Health Services
Barrington (Barry) Hunt, MPA, Graduate Healthcare Management Program, California State University, Los Angeles        SLIDES
Danica Ramos-Lio, MS, CAHIMS, Senior IT Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
Mary Anne Schultz, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, Professor of Nursing, California State University, San Bernardino             SLIDES
Jonathan Won, MPH, PMP, Instructor, Technical Management Program, UCLA Extension            SLIDES




Opening Remarks

Bella Zaghi




Fireside Chat Hosted by 

James Brady, PhD
Chief Information Officer
LA County Department of Health Services

With Special Guest

John Baackes
Chief Executive Officer
L.A. Care Health Plan




Break / Networking / Visit Exhibitors




Case Studies in Interoperability to address Health Disparities

Moderator: Geri Pavia, VP Programs, HIMSS SoCal

David Ford, Executive Director, CalHIPSO; Vice Chair, CAHIE         SLIDES
Aisha Iqbal, MSHIM, Director of Health Information Technology, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County          SLIDES
Ali Moderessi, Executive Director, LANES             SLIDES
Claudia Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Manifest MedEx              SLIDES




Lunch / Networking / Visit Exhibitors




MedStartr Pitch Competition

Connect with leading digital health startups that have promising innovations that are expected to have a big impact on the industry at large. Our pitch competition consists of 4 vetted startups with traction who deliver pitches to a panel of diverse customers and investors.

Are you working on a health or medical innovation? MedStartr has helped hundreds of companies get to market faster by getting them in front of a crowd that cares and helped them gain momentum in sales, press, partnerships, and investments. MedStartr invests in and accelerates the winners with over 250,000 in funding and services from us and our partners. But the only way to get on stage is to apply, so don't delay, apply today!


Emcee: Alex Fair, Managing Member, MedStartr Ventures


Sarah Richardson, HIMSS SoCal Vice President, Advocacy, CIO - CA & NV Market, HealthCare Partners, A DaVita Medical Group
Charles Huang, Founder Linchpin Technologies, Steering Committee Member, ScaleLA
Richard Koffler, CEO, Heal Clinics




CHLA Latinx Innovation Winners

Leslie Evans, Director, HIMSS Innovation Center




Break / Networking / Visit Exhibitors





Case Studies in Telehealth to Address Health Disparities

Moderator: David Chou, Health & Life Science Advisor, Constellation Research; Formerly, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Children's Mercy Hospital

Zia Agha, MD, Chief Medical Officer and EVP, Clinical Research, Medical Informatics & Telehealth, West Health
William Jih, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Population Health & Strategy, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Michael Pfeffer, MD, FACP, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer for the UCLA Health Sciences
Omid Toloui, Vice President, Digital Health, CareMore
Wee Ling Wong, PhD, USC TeleCARE Director, USC Keck School of Medicine




Break / Networking / Visit Exhibitors





Case Studies in Chronic Disease Management

Moderator: Alan S. Young, MD, MBA, PMPChair, CMIO Committee, HIMSS SoCal

Stanley Frencher, Jr., MD, MPH, CMO, Wise Healthcare
Anil Goud, MD, Director, Clinical Informatics & Analytics, Enterprise Information Systems, Cedars-Sinai Health System
Karen Grimley, PhD, RN, Chief Nurse Executive, UCLA Health, Assistant Dean, UCLA School of Nursing 
Piyush Gupta, MD, Regional Medical Officer, CareMore Health
Midori Kondo, Senior Vice President, Head of Clinical Products, Genus Inc.


4:00 - 4:30


Closing Remarks and Raffle Drawings


4:00 - 5:00


Networking / Career Fair

  • Gain insights from the best in the industry
  • Remember to bring your business cards for networking
  • Learn more about career advancement opportunities