Register Now2018 N. California Healthcare Innovation Forum

September 20 – 21

Governing Board Co-Chairs

Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN
Chief Nurse Executive
Kaiser Permanente
Bernard A. Harris, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP Bernard A. Harris, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP
NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut
Board Member, Texas Medical Center
President, Harris Foundation
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Vesalius Ventures
Dennis P. Lund, MD Dennis P. Lund, MD
The Elizabeth Wood Dunlevie Professor
Professor of Surgery, Chief Medical Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Associate Dean of the Facility for Maternal and Child Health, Stanford University School of Medicine

Governing Board Members

  • Jeff Arnold, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System
  • Sameer Badlani, MD, FACP, Chief Health Information Officer and Vice President, Sutter Health
  • Dale E. Beatty, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Patient Care Services, Stanford Healthcare
  • Chris Boyd, Senior Vice President, Area Manager Northern California, Kaiser Permanente
  • Carlos Bustamante, PhD, Inaugural Chair, Department of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Tony Cantelmi, MD, FACP, Co–Chief, Comprehensive Pain Program, Kaiser Permanente – North Sacramento Valley
  • Catherine Carlson, Chief Quality Officer, El Camino Hospital
  • Stuart Cohen, MD, Chair, Infectious Disease, UC Davis Health
  • Timothy W. Cutler, PharmD, BCGP, Interim Assistant Chief for Ambulatory Care and Supervisor, UCD Health; Anticoagulation Clinic, Controlled Substances, and Primary Care, Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Pharmacy, UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy
  • Lane Donnelly, MD, Chief Quality Officer, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
  • Alan Dubovsky, Chief Patient Experience Officer, Cedar-Sinai
  • Serge Blaise Emaleu, MD, Global Health Consultant, Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, Infection World Health Organization
  • Michael Espinoza, Director of Patient Experience, Performance Excellence, and Patient Relations, UC Davis Health
  • John Grubbs, MS, MBA, RPh, Chief Pharmacy Officer, UC Health
  • Kevin Hart, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and Technology, Northern California Region at Kaiser Permanente
  • Banning Hendriks, Director, Patient Experience, OHSU Healthcare
  • Ranjit Hundal, Chief Medical Executive, Mills-Peninsula Health System, Sutter Health
  • Kelly Johnson, Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, Stanford Children’s Health/Lucille Packard; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Craig Joseph, MD, Interim Chief Medical Information Officer, El Camino Hospital System
  • Eileen Kahn, Vice President, Care Coordinator, SH Bay Area, Sutter Health
  • J. Douglas Kirk, MD, Chief Medical Officer, UC Davis Medical Center
  • Cynthia WS Lee, Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Sutter Health
  • Grace Lee, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Practice Innovation, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • Michelle Lopes, BSN, MSN, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, John Muir Health
  • Barbara Mayer, PhD, RN, Director of Nursing Quality and Practice, Stanford Health Care
  • John Morton, MD, MPH, Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Fred Nishioka, Director, Pharmacy, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health
  • Thomas Osborne, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, VA Palo Alto
  • Christopher Palkowski, MD, Board Chair, The Permanente Medical Group; Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
  • Irving Pike, MD, FACG, FASGE, Chief Medical Officer, John Muir Health System
  • Cheryl Reinking RN, NEA-BC, MS, Chief Nursing Officer, El Camino Hospital System
  • Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, John Muir Health
  • Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, UCSF Medical Center
  • Tait Shanafelt, MD, Jeanie & Stewart Ritchie Professor of Medicine; Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine; Director, WellMD Center; Associate Dean, Stanford School of Medicine
  • John D. Stobo, MD, Executive Vice President, UC Health
  • Mike Sutten, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Alpa Vyas, Vice President, Patient Experience, Stanford Health Care
  • Eric Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Santa Clara
  • Matthew Wolden, Executive Director, Department of Quality, UCSF Health



We are currently working with the Governing Board to develop the agenda based on their insight and direction. We will post sessions and speakers as soon as they are finalized. Below is our general forum daily schedule.

Healthcare Innovation Forums 2018-19 Daily Schedule


More speakers will be added in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned…

Atul Butte, MD, PhD Atul Butte, MD, PhD
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor
Director, Institute for Computational Health Sciences
Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
Executive Director for Clinical Informatics, University of California Health Sciences and Services

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Sameer Badlani, MD, FACP Sameer Badlani, MD, FACP
Chief Health Information Officer and System Vice-President
Sutter Health

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Stuart Cohen, MD Stuart Cohen, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control Professor
UC Davis Health

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Timothy W. Cutler, PharmD, BCGP Timothy W. Cutler, PharmD, BCGP
Interim Assistant Chief, Department of Pharmacy
UC Davis Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy, UCSF

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Alan Dubovsky Alan Dubovsky
Chief Patient Experience Officer
Cedars-Sinai Health System

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Lloyd B. Minor, MD Lloyd B. Minor, MD
Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, Professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy
Stanford University

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John Morton, MD, MPH John Morton, MD, MPH
Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine

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Tait Shanafelt, MD Tait Shanafelt, MD
Jeanie & Stewart Ritchie Professor of Medicine
Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine
Director, WellMD Center
Associate Dean, Stanford School of Medicine

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Alpa Vyas Alpa Vyas
Vice President, Patient Experience
Stanford Health Care

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The Governing Board is reviewing nominated sponsors and selecting the industry-leading partners that they will be inviting to participate. For sponsorship inquiries, please email Tom Tyson at

Title Sponsors

Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.


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Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. is an in vitro diagnostics company dedicated to providing solutions for the global challenge of antibiotic resistance and health care-associated infections. The Accelerate Pheno™ system, a fully automated identification & antimicrobial susceptibility testing solution, leverages a suite of technologies to eliminate the lengthy culture and sample preparation steps typically required prior to testing. The solution reduces the time that clinicians must wait for quantitative antimicrobial susceptibility results necessary for optimal antibiotic selection, dosing, and infusion strategies by about 40 hours.

The Accelerate PhenoTest™ BC kit makes earlier optimal therapy possible by providing answers that drive treatment decisions, directly from positive blood cultures 1 to 2 days faster than traditional methods allow today. Earlier optimal therapy can lead to reduced cost of patient care, fewer adverse incidents, lower drug resistance risk, and better clinical outcomes.

Results are only effective when acted upon in a timely manner. Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. offers an end-to-end consultation service, from sample draw to therapy intervention. The team of clinical implementation specialists supports optimizing approaches to managing critically infected patients.

BioFire Diagnostics


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With more than 25 years of molecular experience, BioFire Diagnostics, LLC sets the standard for molecular diagnostics through its pioneering advances in syndromic infectious disease testing.

As BioMérieux’s Global Center of Excellence for Molecular Diagnostics, no other company has FDA-cleared and CE-IVD marked assays for more pathogens. BioFire Diagnostics has produced the easiest, fastest and most comprehensive multiplex PCR system available: the FilmArray.

The FilmArray System from BioFire is the new standard for syndromic infectious disease diagnostics. Simple, fast and comprehensive, the FilmArray delivers accurate results in about an hour. The right test, the first time can impact all areas of patient care. Healthcare providers can see faster diagnoses and improved antibiotic stewardship. Labs can see improved efficiency and reduced costs and downstream testing.

Supporting Sponsor

SLD Technology

SLD Technology designs and fabricates cutting-edge laminar airflow systems for operating room environments. Our AirFRAME® system, is an adaptation from the same downflow cleanroom systems utilized in semiconductor and the biopharma markets. This fully integrated solution brings air, lighting and ceiling-hung equipment supports into a single fixture that hangs above the patient bed.

Bringing it all together as a factory assembled system reduces schedule, coordination and site conflicts that require attention from multiple trades and vendors in field erected methods. Modules install in hours versus weeks using traditional methods and can accommodate tomorrow’s technology today.

Utilizing contamination control expertise and technologies from cleanrooms, SLD surpasses the minimum design guidelines as required by ASHRAE 170. SLD products offer a lower cost of ownership to all healthcare stakeholders by increasing contamination control while lowering maintenance and energy costs. AirFRAME® is the more efficient project delivery method on the market today.

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Contributing Sponsor


Location and Venue

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Forum Contact

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Healthcare Innovation Forums

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