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  • MIT Sloan: Innovating Health Systems, Digital Health Transformations

    Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 
    Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm
    Location: E51 - Wong Auditorium
    2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
    Contact Email: mitsloanalumnirelations@mit.edu

    The health care industry is in flux, facing shifting economic, regulatory, and societal demands. Yet a vision is emerging: an affordable system that consumers can rely on – not only to diagnose and cure disease, but to help them achieve and maintain health. This transformation from “Health Care” to “Health Management” will require integrating the social determinants of health – how people live, learn, work, and play – into new models of care that leverage analytics and technology. It also requires input from YOU. Together, we can create an ecosystem that nurtures system innovation and new management practices. This discussion is an important step and you can help point the way forward.

    Programming throughout the day will focus on: 

    • Workforce Innovations and Digital Health
    • Emerging Digital Health Innovations
    • State Models of Innovations in Community Health
    • Digital Innovations in Personalized Medicine

    Please join us for this special event to explore Digital Health Transformations with industry, academic, and government leaders from around the country.

    In partnership with the MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation.

  • Conference Moderator:
    Jay Levine, retired principal of ECG Management Consultants


    Registration & Continental Breakfast


    Welcome Remarks
    David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management


    Morning Keynote Address
    Donald J. Mordecai MD, National Leader, Mental Health & Wellness, Kaiser Permanente; Director of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Services, and Chair, Chiefs of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Northern California


    Panel: Machine Learning in Surgery and Cancer
    Moderator: Professor Dimitris Bertsimas, SM '87, PhD '88

    Panelists: Jack Dunn, PhD student at the MIT Operations Research Center
    George Velmahos, MD, PhD, Division Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at MGH
    Daisy Zhuo, PhD student at the MIT Operations Research Center

    MIT Sloan researchers are collaborating with MGH surgeons to shed new light on the potential of machine learning in transforming how work is done in the operating room. In this panel you will hear multiple perspectives on how cutting edge research is taken into the hospital to be transformed into delivery system innovations.


    Panel: Digital Innovations and the Long Term Care Workforce: What is Needed for Success?
    Moderator: Professor Paul Osterman, PhD ‘76

    Panelists: Carol Raphael, Board Member, Commonwealth Care Alliance and Senior Advisor, Manatt Health Solutions
    Tom Grape, Chairman & CEO of Benchmark Senior Living

    Long term care is primarily human-centric work, with an increasingly critical shortage of personnel. What organizational changes can better meet the needs of patients and create good jobs for long term care workers? How can digital technologies support this transformation? What else is needed?


    Networking Lunch


    Panel: State Models and the Potential for Digital Innovations to Transform Population Health
    Moderator: Professor Retsef Levi

    Panelists: Jason Helgerson, Medicaid Director, State of New York Department of Health
    Michael Wilkening, Undersecretary, California Health and Human Services Agency
    Dan Tsai, Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth

    This panel will discuss how state-level policies can best leverage digital health innovation to improve their local health systems as well as boost the local economy. For example, how can digital health innovations be leveraged to transform how states redesign their health systems to provide higher value and improve population health? What systems experiments are states running to learn what works for patients, providers, and payers? What other digital and analytics capabilities could states support to impact costs and quality? And, how can states position themselves as a preferred location for digital health companies and entrepreneurs?


    Panel: Emerging Digital Health Innovations: Value Propositions in Healthcare Delivery and Health Management
    Moderator: Eran Broshy, SB ’79, Operating Executive, Tailwind Capita

    Panelists: Elliot Cohen, MBA ’13, Cofounder and CTO, PillPack
    Christine Tsien Silvers, SB '91, SM '93, PhD '00, MD, CMO HealthReveal Inc

    More panelist details to be announced.

    MIT Sloan is building an ecosystem for digital health innovation. Faculty, students, and alumni are working together through classes and advice networks to create and grow innovative digital health-based companies that are having impact. In this session MIT alumni and other innovators will share their experiences on how providers of digital health innovations can work with healthcare delivery systems to create value through system transformation, and overcome barriers to adoption of transformative technologies.


    Afternoon Keynote Address
    Dusty Majumdar, PhD, VP and Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Watson Health and IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences


    Closing Remarks


    Networking Reception

    Dimitris Bertsimas, SM '87, PhD '88

    Dimitris BertsimasDimitris Bertsimas is the Boeing Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management, a Professor of Operations Research, and the CoDirector of the Operations Research Center at MIT.

    A faculty member since 1988, his research interests include optimization, stochastic systems, machine learning, and their application. In recent years, he has worked in robust optimization, statistics, healthcare, and finance. Bertsimas was a cofounder of Dynamic Ideas, LLC, which developed portfolio management tools for asset management. In 2002, the assets of Dynamic Ideas were sold to American Express. He is also the founder of Dynamic Ideas Press, a publisher of scientific books.

    Bertsimas holds a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, as well as an MS in operations research and a PhD in applied mathematics and operations research from MIT.

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    Eran Broshy, SB '79

    Eran BroshyEran Broshy, SB '79 is a strategically focused senior healthcare executive, with a 30+ year track record of building leading high-growth public and private healthcare businesses. Over the past seven years Mr. Broshy has partnered with select private equity firms to support their investment efforts, and is currently chairman of ERT, a leading data and technology provider for clinical drug development (with Nordic Capital), and chairman of DermaRite, a leading skin and wound care manufacturer (with Tailwind Capital). He also sits on the boards of Magellan Health (Nasdaq: MGLN), Theravance Biopharma (Nasdaq: TBPH), and FDNA.

    Previously, Mr. Broshy served for over a decade as chief executive officer and chairman of inVentiv Health (Nasdaq: VTIV). Mr. Broshy took inVentiv public in 1999, and under his leadership transformed the company into the leading provider of clinical and commercialization services to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, growing revenue from $215 million in 2002 to $1.1 billion in 2008. In 2010, Mr. Broshy led the company's $1.2 billion go-private transaction.

    Prior to inVentiv Health, Mr. Broshy spent 14 years at The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. (BCG), where he was the managing partner responsible for the Firm's healthcare practice across the Americas. At BCG, Mr. Broshy consulted widely with senior executives from a number of major global pharmaceutical manufacturers, managed care organizations, and academic medical centers, leading solutions on a broad range of strategic, organizational and operational initiatives. Mr. Broshy also served as chief executive officer of Coelacanth Corporation, a privately-held biotechnology company.

    Mr. Broshy received a BSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MSc from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also serves on the MIT Corporation Board and on multiple MIT Visiting Committees and advisory boards.

    Elliot Cohen, MBA ’13

    Elliot CohenElliot Cohen, MBA '13, is an engineer by training and a passionate advocate for customer-centered healthcare. Elliot is the co-founder of PillPack, a full service pharmacy. At PillPack, Elliot is responsible for designing and building the systems that enable operational scalability and connect our provider and payer partners to enable PillPack to deliver a delightful customer experience. Prior to co-founding PillPack, he was an associate at Founder Collective and co-founder of MIT’s Hacking Medicine program. He graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in computer science and neuroscience and has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
    Jack Dunn

    Jack DunnJack Dunn is a PhD candidate in the Operations Research Center at MIT. Before joining MIT, he earned a B.Eng. in Engineering Science with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His research focuses on the intersection of Optimization with Machine Learning & Statistics, with particular emphasis on the application of modern optimization techniques to classical statistical problems. He has received the best student paper award at the Operations Research Center at MIT. He also has extensive experience applying machine learning across practical problems in many fields, particularly in healthcare.

    Tom Grape

    Tom GrapeThomas H. Grape is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Benchmark Senior Living, a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast.

    Benchmark operates more than 55 senior living communities offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

    Tom has led Benchmark and its 6,000 associates to achieve $2.0 billion in company value and $425 million in annual revenue. The organization has been consistently recognized by The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Hartford Courant and Hartford Journal as one of the “Best Places to Work”, and by the Boston Business Journal and Providence Business News as one of the Healthiest Employers.
    Jason Helgerson

    Jason HelgersonJason Helgerson became New York’s Medicaid Director on January 5, 2011. New York’s Medicaid program provides vital health care services to over 6.2 million New Yorkers and has an annual budget in excess of $60 billion. Jason also serves as the Executive Director for New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team, nationally recognized as a 2015 Innovation in American Government Finalist by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In this capacity he leads Governor Cuomo’s effort to fundamentally reshape the state’s Medicaid program in order to both lower costs and improve health care quality. In 2015, Jason was recognized as a Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine.

    Prior to arriving in New York, Jason was Wisconsin’s Medicaid Director. In that capacity, he administered the state’s nationally recognized BadgerCare Plus program for children and families (Wisconsin’s Medicaid, and SCHIP); BadgerCare Plus Core Plan; SeniorCare (Pharmacy Plus Waiver); FoodShare (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program); and Wisconsin’s Chronic Disease Program.

    Jason was also the principal project sponsor for BadgerCare Plus, former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle’s signature health care initiative. Through this program, 98% of Wisconsin residents have access to affordable health care, including all children.

    Jason served as Executive Assistant/Policy Director to the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) from February 2005 to March 2007. Prior to joining DHFS, Jason served as the Executive Assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

    Prior to joining the Doyle Administration, Jason served as the Senior Education Policy Advisor for Mayor Ron Gonzales of the City of San Jose, CA. In this role, he provided advice and counsel to the Mayor on all issues related to children. Before joining Mayor Gonzales' staff, Jason worked for the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) where he served as both the chief lobbyist for the district and as a deputy budget director. Prior to taking the position with MPS, Jason worked for Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist where he was the Education Policy Advisor and served as a senior official in the Mayor's Budget Office.

    Jason received his Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago in 1995, and his B.A. in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC in 1993.

    Jason is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Albany, School of Public Health.

    Retsef Levi

    Retsef LeviRetsef Levi is the J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Management and a Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition. Levi is the CoDirector of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program at MIT Sloan.

    Levi’s current research is focused on the design and performance analysis of efficient algorithms for fundamental stochastic and deterministic optimization models that arise in the context of supply chains, revenue management, logistics, and healthcare. These fundamental, multistage stochastic models are typically difficult to solve optimally, both theoretically and in practice. Hence, it is important to develop efficient heuristics that provide provably near-optimal policies for these hard models. Levi has a special interest in cost-balancing techniques, data-driven (sampling-based) algorithms, and modern linear programming-based approximation techniques applied to models in the above domains. In addition, he is interested in stochastic and combinatorial optimization and mathematical programming in their broad definition, especially in their intersection with problems that arise in the context of real-life applications. Levi is affiliated with MIT’s Master of Science Program in Computation for Design and Optimization.

    Levi holds a BS in mathematics from Tel-Aviv University and a PhD in operations research from Cornell University.

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    Jay Levine

    Jay LevineJay Levine is a retired Principal of ECG Management Consultants, Inc. He served as Executive Vice President of ECG, a national healthcare management consulting firm with offices in ten cities. Mr. Levine has over 30 years of experience assisting academic medical centers (teaching hospitals, medical schools, research organizations, and faculty practice organizations) in addressing some of their most complex challenges attendant to the organization, management, delivery, and financing of healthcare services. He has advised universities and academic medical centers throughout the United States, including such prominent institutions as the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center (NYC), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Stanford University Medical Center and many others.

    Leading national healthcare and research organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science (now the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division) have sought Mr. Levine’s advice, counsel, and assistance. He has been a frequent speaker at meetings of the Association of American Medical Colleges and its Council of Teaching Hospitals. Mr. Levine is a Director of Southampton Hospital Association (NY).

    Dusty Majumdar

    Dusty MajumdarDusty Majumdar PhD leads all aspects of Marketing for IBM Watson Health as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

    With 20+ years of marketing and leadership experience, Dusty is focused on driving marketing excellence across the organization. Dusty has deep domain expertise and experience in Healthcare, ranging from strategic marketing to go-to-market execution in companies like GE Healthcare and more recently, a diagnostic start-up (Exact Sciences). In this Oncology start-up for early detection of cancer using genomics, Dusty managed strategy, marketing and investor Day/Board presentations as the Head of Strategy/Marketing, partnering with the CEO for DNA-based early cancer screening solutions for GI, lung and pancreatic cancer based on next generation sequencing (NGS) leveraging cancer DNA detection with liquid biopsies.

    At GE Healthcare, Dusty led the marketing and branding for major imaging scanner (CT) launches for nearly a decade which led to dramatic improvement in diagnostic confidence and lowering of radiation dose for patients. Prior to joining GE, Dusty worked at the 3M Corporation at their R&D Division where he led the development of polymeric multi-layer optical films. He has over 25 U.S. Patents and 30+ peer reviewed publications.

    Dusty holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.

    Donald J. Mordecai

    Don MordecaiDonald J. Mordecai MD is the Kaiser Permanente National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness at Kaiser Permanente headquartered in Oakland, California. Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest nonprofit health plan and hospital system, serving 11.8 million members in eight regions. In this role he leads national initiatives for KP in the areas of care delivery, stigma reduction, and the use of technology to improve outcomes in mental health and addiction care. Prior to these roles, Don was Director of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine for The Permanente Medical Group, and Chief of Psychiatry and Chief of Health Promotion for the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center. He trained at Stanford as a child and adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. His clinical work is focused on patients with developmental disorders, ADHD, and the range of general psychiatry issues.

    Don is also Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School.

    Paul Osterman, PhD ‘76

    Paul Osterman Paul Osterman, PhD '76 is the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a member of the Department of Urban Planning at MIT. From July 2003 to June 2007 he also served as Deputy Dean at the MIT Sloan School.

    His research concerns changes in work organization within companies, career patterns and processes within firms, economic development, urban poverty, and public policy surrounding skills training and employment programs.

    Osterman has been a senior administrator of job training programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has consulted widely for government agencies, foundations, community groups, firms, and public interest organizations.

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    Carol Raphael

    Carol Raphael Carol Raphael is a Senior Advisor at Manatt Health Solutions. She served as Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest non-profit home health organization in the United States, from 1989 to 2011. She has been Board Chair of AARP and a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care and the NYC Age-Friendly Commission. She is Chair of the Long Term Quality Alliance and Vice-Chair of the Board of Commonwealth Care Alliance.

    David Schmittlein

    David SchmittleinDavid Schmittlein is the John C Head III Dean and Professor of Marketing at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His focus has been to broaden MIT Sloan’s global visibility, to work with the faculty in creating new high-quality management education programs, to develop enhanced educational opportunities for current students, and to develop and disseminate business knowledge that has impact and that will stand the test of time. He also has reached out to the many members of MIT’s alumni community to gain their valuable insights on MIT Sloan and management education.

    Prior to his appointment at MIT Sloan, Schmittlein was the Ira A. Lipman Professor and Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 1980 until 2007. He also served as Interim Dean during July 2007 and as Deputy Dean from 2000 to 2007, and was chair of the editorial board for Wharton School Publishing. His research assesses marketing processes and develops methods for improving marketing decisions. He is widely regarded for his work estimating the impact of a firm’s marketing actions, designing market and survey research, and creating effective communication strategies. Schmittlein has served as a consultant on these issues for numerous firms, including American Express, American Home Products, AT&T, Bausch & Lomb, Boston Scientific, Ford Motor Company, Gianni Versace S.p.A., Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Pfizer, Revlon, Siebe PLC, the Oakland Raiders, The Quaker Oats Co., and Time Warner. His work has been published in leading journals in marketing, management, economics, and statistics. In addition, he has been an area editor for Marketing Science and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Interactive Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Letters, and Marketing Science.

    Schmittlein serves on the International Advisory Board for Groupe HEC, the Governing Board of the Indian School of Business, the International Advisory Board of Lingnan (University) College of Sun Yat-sen University, and the Advisory Board for the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University. He has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Marketing and Branding. He has been a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Tokyo University and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Washington University’s John M. Olin School of Business. Schmittlein has received awards for his research, his editorial work, and his teaching. His observations and research have been cited often in the popular press, including Advertising Age, Business 2.0, BusinessWeek, China.com, Computerworld, Fortune, NPR’s Marketplace, People’s Daily Online, Reuters,The ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Schmittlein holds a BA in mathematics from Brown University and an MPhil and a PhD in business from Columbia University.

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    Christine Tsien Silvers, SB '91, SM '93, PhD '00

    Christine Tsien SilversChristine Tsien Silvers, SB '91, SM '93, PhD '00, is the Chief Medical Officer at HealthReveal, an early-stage digital health company whose mission is to preempt avoidable consequences associated with chronic disease by leveraging healthcare information technology. She is a Board-certified emergency medicine physician with a background in Computer Science and Engineering from M.I.T. (S.B., S.M., Ph.D.), and medical training at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

    She worked clinically in both academic and community hospitals in the Greater Boston area until serving from 2010 to 2014 as the Chief Medical Officer of AFrame Digital, Inc., a telehealth company that focused on real-time personalized trending and alerting of physiological signals for chronic care. More recently, until joining HealthReveal in 2015, Chris served as Director of Medical Analytics at ACT.md, an early-stage digital health company focused on care coordination.

    Chris has authored peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as a book entitled Blueprints Clinical Cases in Emergency Medicine, and has presented her research work to audiences at both national and international conferences.

    Daniel Tsai

    Daniel TsaiDaniel Tsai is the Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth. Tsai was appointed in January 2015 by Governor Charlie Baker to oversee the state’s $15 billion Medicaid program, which covers one in four residents in the Commonwealth. In his role, Tsai is responsible for ensuring a robust and sustainable MassHealth program. That includes developing new policies, payment models, and operational processes that improve the way health care is delivered to 1.8 million low-and moderate-income individuals and individuals with disabilities.

    Before joining HHS, Tsai was a Partner and leader in McKinsey & Company’s Healthcare Systems and Services practice. He has significant experience on design and implementation of innovative, state-wide health care payment systems for Medicaid, Medicare and Commercial populations, and has worked closely with multiple state Medicaid programs, private payers, and health services companies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University.

    Assistant Secretary Tsai and his wife live in Cambridge. He volunteers at a local community health center in Boston’s South End.

    George C. Velmahos

    George C. VelmahosGeorge C. Velmahos, MD, PhD, MSEd., is the John F. Burke Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the Trauma Program Leader for the Center for Integration of Medicine with Innovative Technology (CIMIT), and is the Founder of the Center for Early Trauma Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. .

    Dr. Velmahos is a member of the American Surgical Association, Society of University Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care, Society of Clinical Surgery, Surgical Biology Club, Western Surgical Association, New England Surgical Society, International Society of Surgery, and many others. He is the Chair of the International Committee of the American College of Surgeons and has served in the Executive Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma, the Chair of the Education Committee of the ACS-COT, the Chair of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma’s Multi-institutional Trials Committee, and held office in numerous societies and professional medical organizations.

    Recipient of multiple teaching awards from the University of Southern California & Massachusetts General Hospital, he is the Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery, serves on the Editorial Board of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, World Journal of Emergency Surgery, and Journal of Trauma. He is also the Editor of Current Trauma Reports. He is a reviewer for nearly all major surgical and critical care journals. He received the honorary title of Master of Critical Care from the Critical Care Society.

    Michael Wilkening

    Michael WilkeningMichael Wilkening has served as Undersecretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency since 2008.  In this role, he is responsible for twelve departments, along with various Boards, Commissions, and Offices. Mr. Wilkening is the Executive Sponsor of the California Health and Human Services Open Data Initiatives and Agency Technology Governance Council.

    Prior to joining Agency, he served in a number of leadership positions at the California Department of Finance, including Program Budget Manager for the Health and Human Services Unit.

    Mr. Wilkening received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of California, Davis.

    Daisy Zhuo

    Daisy ZhuoDaisy Zhuo is a Ph.D. student in Operations Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her primary research interests are at the intersection between machine learning and optimization, with applications to health care.

    Daisy's current research in machine learning involves imputation of missing data via an optimization lens. Her research in health care focuses on personalizing diabetes management using electronic medical records, and advancing cancer patient care with improved predictive and prescriptive modeling.

    Prior to joining MIT, Daisy received her B.A. from Middlebury College and worked in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Analysis Group for two years.