2018 Healthcare Innovation & Technology Summit

Toftrees Resort in State College



On Friday, Oct. 26, spend the day with thought leaders, solution providers, the academic community, and industry executives and bring the latest actionable insights back to your organization.


Just added: Door prizes that include a pair of tickets to Saturday's football game at Beaver Stadium - Penn State vs. Iowa. 

Learn the latest in privacy and cybersecurity, insurance and risk updates, the state of Health Information Exchange and interoperability in Pennsylvania, and real-world applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in healthcare settings.

Food and ample networking opportunities will be provided throughout the day.

Please also consider attending the second annual CPAHIMSS Golf Outing on Thursday, Oct. 25, and stop by the CPAHIMSS tailgate on Saturday behind Beaver Stadium before the Penn State football game against Iowa!

Event Day Agenda for October 26

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Vendor Booth Setup & Registration
8:30 - 9 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Sponsor Recognition
9 - 9:30 a.m. Keynote
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Healthcare Panel 
10:30 - 11 a.m. BREAK and Meet Our Sponsors
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Privacy & Cybersecurity Panel
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. LUNCH and Networking
2 - 3 p.m. HCC Risk Adjustment Panel 
CONCURRENT PANEL – PSU Alumni and Career Planning Panel
3 - 3:30 p.m. BREAK and Meet Our Sponsors
3:30-4:30 p.m. Health Information Exchange & Interoperability Panel
4:30-5 p.m. Closing Remarks & Giveaways

UPMC's Brendan Harris to Deliver Keynote 

Brendan Harris’ lifelong interest in politics and public policy has led to a wide range of experience in health care, administrative policy-making and oversight. Harris currently serves as the Regional Vice President of Government Programs for UPMC Health Plan and the other UPMC entities making up the Insurance Services Division. As UPMC Health Plan looks to continue to expand its footprint across the Commonwealth, Harris is responsible for leading business and product development efforts in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as in the Lehigh Valley.  

Prior to joining UPMC, Harris served as a core member of the Department of Human Services (DHS) team for over a decade – a department that serves more than 3 million Pennsylvanians, operates with a $34 billion budget, and has over 16,000 employees. 

During his tenure he successfully negotiated a Medicaid expansion plan to provide health care coverage to an additional 715,000 Pennsylvanians and oversaw the department’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Under Harris’ leadership the department avoided more than $600 million in improper Medicaid payments and $35 million from improvements to SNAP compliance accuracy, and saved $50 million through Medicaid recipient restrictions, allowing DHS to drastically enhance its program integrity during fiscal year 2015-16.  

Prior to serving as the Executive Deputy, Harris served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for DHS and then as Chief of Staff where he was responsible for development and implementation of the department’s operations. 

Harris graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 with a degree in Political Science. He currently resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife, young daughter and son.    

Meet the Panels

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Healthcare Panel  

Trevor Khulengel, Ph.D. candidate at Penn State who is integrating AI into CT scans in his research 
Jordan Martin, Director of Analytics, National Nuclear Security Administration 
Jennifer Oswald, Vice President of Service Delivery, Momentum, Inc. 
David Lee Scher, MD, FACC, FHRS, Founder, Director and Digital Health Consultant, DLS Healthcare Consulting, Cardiologist and Award-Winning Blogger 

Privacy & Cybersecurity Panel

Adam Kehler, Principal Consultant, Risk, Security, and Privacy at Online Business Systems 
Nicholas Heesters, JD, CIPP, Health Information Privacy & Security Specialist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights supporting HIPAA compliance and enforcement activities 
Scott Lyons, Co-Founder/CEO, Red Lion 
Jon Moore, Chief Risk Officer and Senior Vice President of Professional Services, Clearwater  

Risk Adjustment Panel 

Marilee Klock, Clinical Transformation Manager, Geisinger Health Plan  
Tabitha McDaniel, RHIA, Senior Product Manager, Health Fidelity  
Juli Molecavage, Associate Vice President, Quality & Primary Care Services, Geisinger Clinical Enterprise  
Dave Riviello, Clinical Informatics Analyst, Geisinger Clinical Enterprise 

PSU Alumni and Career Planning Panel

Caroline Burlingame, Clinical Quality Improvement Analyst, CHOP 
Nathan Elliott, MHA, Director, System Decision Support, Mount Nittany Health System 
Chris Hunter, VP of Sales, Excite Health Partners 
Michael Jones, VP, Probitas Technology 
Brandon Light, Solutions Portfolio Manager, HM Health Solutions 
Steven Schoch, Sr. Financial Analyst, American Renal Associates 

Health Information Exchange & Interoperability Panel

Martin Ciccocioppo, Director, Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Program 
Nathan Elliott, MHA, Director, System Decision Support, Mount Nittany Health System 

National HIMSS has confirmed that the summit qualifies for a maximum of five CPHIMS/CAHIMS continuing education (CE) hours. The certification form will be distributed at the event.
Reserve Your Room Today!

Register by Oct. 3 to take advantage of discounted room rates! Simply notify Toftrees staff that you are attending the Central PA HIMSS event when you register! Also, you can take advantage of special football weekend rate of $375 per night on Friday and Saturday rooms!


Toll Free: 800-252-3551 State College: 814-234-8000

2018 Networking Golf Scramble

Join us for the 2nd Annual Networking Golf Scramble, a pre-education session event. 
What a great way to network with potential clients or thank current clients! 

Golf sign-ups will be open until tee time. Please arrive by noon.

Scramble Details 
Toftrees Golf Resort – State College, PA
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Tee-Off: 12:30p

Cost: $70/per player. 


Join us on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Jeffrey Field behind Beaver Stadium for our first-ever CPAHIMSS tailgate networking event. Light refreshments will be provided. Details about our tailgate and start time will be provided at the event on Friday, October 26. Admission is free!