12th Annual DV/NJHIMSS 2019 Fall Conference

Healthcare was Rocking at the 12th Annual DV/NJHIMSS 2019 Fall Conference

Every fall, we look forward to connecting with our key vendors, sponsors, and members to discuss the innovation of healthcare. At the 12th annual DV/NJHIMSS event, held on October 23-25, 2019, we welcomed 600-plus vendors, sponsors, and members to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

We began the fall conference on Wednesday morning with an exciting annual golf outing at the Seaview Golf Resort. Additionally, Ruth Bowen instructed a CPHIMS review course to prepare those in attendance for the CPHIMS certification exam. The night ended with a cocktail reception where everyone enjoyed great food, drinks, lively discussion and networking.

Insightful Keynotes and Panel Discussions

Thursday, we enjoyed a wonderful keynote from Dr. Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH of Cooper University Health Care who shared his insights on “compassionomics,”and how doctors who care about their patients and show compassion are able to build trust with their patients. “Trust is the cornerstone of healthcare,” said Dr. Trzeciak.

The Healthcare CIO Panel, “Innovation in Healthcare,” featured moderator Nassar Nizami, SVP & CIO of Jefferson, Randy Gaboriault, Chief Digital Officer of ChristianaCare, Kisha Hawthorne, Ph.D, CIO, SVP of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Tom Pacek, VP, CIO Inspira Health Network, and Michael Restuccia, SVP of CIO Penn Medicine.

They discussed the simplification of moving patient information and the importance of connecting patients. They wrapped up the panel by indicating that innovation must be executed and scaled, and ideas have to come from the staff and the community in order to work effectively.

The second keynote was presented by Michael Restuccia, SVP of CIO Penn Medicine where he talked about his 13-year journey of being a CIO. “Identify what you are good and passionate at and do a lot MORE of it,” said Restuccia. He also covered what it takes to build a good team and what qualities are important. What someone is able to bring to the table every day, knowing your role and being able to grow, and fitting into the culture are all key components.

Additionally, there was a myriad of different speaking tracks throughout the day that ranged from cybersecurity in healthcare, using technology to enhance communication with patients’ families, and securing your third-party ecosystem.

Friday, we wrapped up the event with an opening introduction from NJHIMSS President, Nina DiQuollo., and presentation of a Healthcare IT Proclamation from the NJ General Assembly thanking NJHIMSS for their efforts on behalf of patients:  safety, cost containment and innovation. NJ Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin, NJ District 18, made the presentation and gave updates on opportunities for grant funding in NJ.

There was also a telehealth round table moderated by Harshal Shah, MBA, MHA, Sr. Innovation Analyst I Innovation of RWJBarnabas Health and featured the following panelists: Michael Kurliand, West Health Institute, Steven Kairys, M.D., MPH, FAAP, Meridian Health, Dominga Padilla, M.D., FAAP, Rutgers Health, Mike Relli, Knight Consulting, and Elliot Wilson of Virtua Health System. The discussion included getting started in Telehealth, use cases, regulatory requirements and reimbursement.

A special thank you to our sponsors for supporting our chapter as this cannot happen without you. Thank you to everyone for joining us this year and making our fall event a memorable one.

Check out all the pictures from the event, here.

We hope to see you at our January Winter networking dinner event and our National HIMSS Lunch in Orlando, March 2020.