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The future of healthcare to be explored at 2019 Healthcare Innovations Conference

The future of healthcare to be explored at 2019 Healthcare Innovations Conference

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web-sig_travis-heider_Pandion Optimization Alliance is proud to announce that registration is now open for its third annual Healthcare Innovations Conference. This full-day educational event will be held Nov. 13 at the Rochester Riverside Hotel. Last year, more than 200 healthcare administrators, clinicians and business owners attended the conference, representing more than 70 organizations across upstate New York. Anyone interested in the future of healthcare is welcome to attend.

Pandion has secured an excellent keynote speaker: Emmanuel Fombu M.D, a physician, author, speaker and healthcare executive turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He is the author of the book, “The Future of Healthcare: Human and Machines Partnering for Better Outcomes.” Fombu was the winner of the prestigious New York City Health Business Leaders Boldest Digital Health Influencer Award.

The keynote address will be followed by a vendor fair showcasing some of the latest technologies in healthcare. This year, there will be a new feature: 6×6 presentations by local startup companies. Each presenter will have six minutes to present six slides and answer questions.

Next, attendees will be able to choose from six different educational tracks:

  1. Consumer, Patient Engagement, and Digitally Connected Health;
  2. Clinical Informatics and Clinician Engagement;
  3. Cybersecurity, Privacy and Security;
  4. Leadership, Governance, and Strategic Planning;
  5. Long-term Care; or
  6. Supply Chain Management.

The Consumer, Patient Engagement, and Digitally Connected Health track will feature a presentation by Michael J. Hasselberg on virtual reality cognitive behavioral therapy. From apps to music, Hasselberg takes a multidisciplinary approach to mental health at the touch of a button. He is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry and clinical nursing at the University of Rochester.

The Clinical Informatics and Clinician Engagement track will include a talk by Luke Probst, the executive director of pharmacy at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. SUNY Upstate has developed an innovative approach to reducing readmission rates by providing prescriptions to a patient’s bedside before being discharged. This helps to promote medication adherence and support a safe transition from hospital to home. It also helps to significantly reduce readmission rates.

The Cybersecurity, Privacy and Security track will feature a presentation by Dan Bowden, vice president and CISO of Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Virginia. Bowden oversees information security for Sentara Healthcare’s 12 hospitals and 28,000 team members. He works with universities to develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts and has experience with cybersecurity solutions for the cloud as well as digital platforms. Becker Hospital Review just voted Bowden a 2019 “Chief Information Security Officer to Know.”

The Leadership, Governance, and Strategic Planning track will include a presentation by three healthcare providers at Rochester Regional Health: Hiloni Bhavsar M.D., chief quality officer; Scott Feitall D.O.; and James Williams, vice president of integration. Over the past few years, Rochester Regional Health has launched a system-wide effort to reduce variation in care, improve clinical outcomes and lower costs. The panel will share their experiences in championing successful clinical optimization methodology to drive improvements throughout the health system.

In addition, Pandion will be bringing an expert from Premier, Inc., to discuss long-term care. Sandra Garcia is a certified joint commission professional with over 33 years of experience in consulting and working as a nurse executive. Garcia will deliver two presentations about how hospitals and long-term care facilities can be better prepared for audits. She will also discuss how to work towards improving overall patient safety in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Finally, Pandion will provide an educational track on supply chain management. Karen Niven will be discussing Premier’s Value Based Contracting Strategy. With more than 33 years of experience in PeriOperative Services, Karen understands what makes a product or service relevant to a hospital. She will discuss strategies in reducing the cost of care, improving clinical quality and safety, and improving the patient experience while keeping the hospital’s mission in mind throughout the purchasing process.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Pandion Optimization Alliance website at

Travis Heider is president and CEO of Pandion Healthcare: Education and Advocacy, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 association whose membership comprises 17 hospitals and their related health systems in the nine counties of Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Yates, Allegany, Steuben and Chemung. The association works closely with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the American Hospital Association (AHA), collaborating on many issues and activities.