2019 Health Innovation Summit

October 03, 2019  
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280
9:00AM - 4:00PM
The Next Generation of Health and Technology in New York
Event Description

The Next Generation of Health and Technology in New York

City & State's Health Innovation Summit will inform health care decision makers, tech leaders and policy experts on the most critical issues and priorities in New York health tech. The full-day event brings insights and perspectives from the leading innovators, investors, payers, providers and policymakers who are driving the digital health revolution. Topics will include connected health devices, data privacy, health innovations in New York and more. Join us for a day of discussion with leaders at the intersection of health and technology. Physicians, nurses, and administrators in the private and public sectors share best practices to provide better healthcare to New Yorkers. Discussions will revolve around health programs and services, trends, data privacy and healthy smart cities which are driving the digital advancements in health.

Mitchell Katz
President, NYC Health + Hospitals
Dr. Katz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal health system in the United States, with 11 acute care hospitals, 5 skilled nursing facilities, dozens of community health centers, a home care agency and an insurance plan, MetroPlus Health. He was appointed January 8, 2018. During his first year, Dr. Katz has focused on advancing the transformation of the public health care system with numerous new initiatives to expand access to primary care services, reduce administrative costs, invest in more front-line clinical staff, and build financial stability. Previously, Dr. Katz was the Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, an agency that combines the Departments of Health Services, Public Health, and Mental Health into a single entity so as to provide more integrated care and programming within Los Angeles. The Agency has a budget of 7 billion dollars, 28,000 employees, and a large number of community partners. Dr. Katz served as the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), the second largest public safety net system in the United States. During this time, he created the ambulatory care network and empaneled over 350,000 patients to a primary care home. He eliminated the deficit of DHS through increased revenues and decreased administrative expenses, and used the new ACA funding to pay for an integrated electronic health system,. He moved over 4000 medically complex patients from hospitals and emergency departments into independent housing, thereby eliminating unnecessary expensive hospital care and giving the patients the dignity of their own home. Dr. Katz continued to see patients every week as an outpatient physician at Edward R. Royal Comprehensive Health Center and on the inpatient medicine service at LAC+USC, Harbor-UCLA, and Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers. Before he came to Los Angeles Dr. Katz was the Director and Health Officer of the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years. He is well known for funding needle exchange, creating Healthy San Francisco, outlawing the sale of tobacco at pharmacies, and winning ballot measures for rebuilding Laguna Honda Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School. He completed an internal medicine residency at UCSF Medical School and was an RWJ Clinical Scholar. He is the Deputy Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (previously the Institute of Medicine) and the recipient of the Los Angeles County Medical Association 2015 Healthcare Champion of the year.
Richard Gottfried
Chairman, Assembly Health Committee
Richard N. Gottfried represents the 75th Assembly District, covering Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Murray Hill, Midtown and part of the Lincoln Center area of Manhattan. He is a leading state health policymaker, not only in New York but also nationally. He was a major architect of New York’s landmark managed care reforms, and continues to fight for stronger consumer and provider protections and public support for universal access to quality, affordable health care. He is the lead Assembly sponsor for the N.Y. Health Act to create a universal publicly funded single-payer health plan ensuring health care for ALL New Yorkers. His legislative work includes the passage of: the Child Health Plus Program; the Health Care Proxy Law; simplification of enrollment in publicly financed programs; the HIV Testing and Confidentiality Law; promotion of stronger primary and preventative care and formation of accountable care organizations; and the legalization of medical marijuana. In the Legislature, he has been the leading proponent of patient autonomy, especially in end-of-life care, and reproductive freedom. Assemblymember Gottfried is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Cornell University, and Columbia Law School. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine; a member of the American Public Health Association, New York Civil Liberties Union, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Art Students League, and the China Institute.
Mark Levine
Chairman, New York City Council Committee on Health
New York City Councilman Mark Levine represents the 7th District in Northern Manhattan. He is a progressive policy leader on housing, education, economic justice, transportation, environmentalism and more. Levine has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City. He chairs the City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation, where he is pushing for greater equity for parks in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. He is also a leading voice on affordable housing issues, including the fight to get legal representation for all tenants in Housing Court. As chairman of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus, he is focused on combating Jewish poverty in New York City and fostering intergroup relations. Levine is also a member of the Finance, Education, Housing and Buildings, Government Operations and Rules committees. He serves on the City Council’s Policy Working Group and is a member of the Progressive Caucus. He is vice chairman of the Progressive Caucus Alliance, which supports progressive candidates running for local office in New York City. In the 7th Council District, Levine has fought for safer streets, faster bus service, better schools, cleaner parks, more affordable housing and development that fits the scale and context of the neighborhood. Levine began his career as a bilingual math and science teacher at Junior High School 149 in the South Bronx. He went on to found Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, which helps low-income families in Upper Manhattan gain access to financial services, including more than $15 million in microloans. In the years before he entered the City Council, Levine served as executive director of Teach For America New York and as executive director of the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC. He has been recognized nationally for his work as a social entrepreneur. Levine also has long taken a leading role in his community. He was elected as a Democratic district leader in 2007. He also founded the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, a diverse grass-roots organization focused on progressive activism and political reform.
Dr. Annie Fine
Annie Fine
Medical Director, Reportable Disease, Data Informatics & Analysis Unit, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
Dr. Annie Fine is a pediatrician and graduate of the CDC EIS fellowship who has worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for over 20 years. She currently serves as the Medical Director of the Reportable Disease Data, Informatics and Analysis Unit, within the Bureau of Communicable Disease. She has led surveillance and epidemiologic data management for routine communicable diseases and many large public health emergencies in New York City, including Ebola, the 2015 Legionella outbreak in the South Bronx and most recently Zika virus, and also played a major role in the responses to Pandemic Influenza H1N1, West Nile in 1999, and the 2001 intentional anthrax attacks. Dr. Fine is an active member of the CSTE Surveillance and Informatics Workgroup and has contributed to national efforts to advance electronic case reporting and to standardize surveillance data.
Joshua Breitbart
Deputy CTO, New York City Mayor's Office of the CTO
Joshua Breitbart is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the Mayor’s Office of the CTO for the City of New York. He leads NYC Connected, the initiative to meet the Mayor’s goal of universal, affordable, high speed internet service for all New Yorkers by 2025. Prior to joining city government, he co-founded two successful nonprofit organizations, Rooftop Films and Allied Media Projects, and he was the Director of Field Operations for New America’s Open Technology Institute. He attended Deep Springs College and Columbia University and is a fourth-generation resident of Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Gary Belkin
Gary Belkin
Chief, Strategy and Policy, Office of ThriveNYC
Dr. Belkin is currently the Chief of Policy and Strategy for ThriveNYC at City Hall. Previously, he was the Executive Deputy Commissioner of Mental Hygiene in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Division of Mental Hygiene has driven the framework and implementation for an NYC wide approach to innovate for mental health called ThriveNYC. Before his current role he was the Medical Director for Behavioral Health in the Health and Hospitals Corporation of the City of New York, which operates 11 public hospitals in New York City. Dr. Belkin has also served as Chief of Psychiatry (Interim) at Bellevue Hospital and has led policy development in urban health settings, with an interest in advancing innovative approaches to public mental health. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, he was the founding Director of the NYU Program in Global Mental Health. Dr. Belkin was recently tapped by the De Blasio administration to provide policy and strategic leadership in the new Office of ThriveNYC. The Office was just announced on January 17 and established under the First Deputy Mayor's office to extend the sustainability, reach, and impact of the new directions set by ThriveNYC, including the broader adoption of mental health objectives more broadly across city government and agencies. Dr. Belkin will leave his role at DOHMH and transition to his new post at City Hall on Monday, February 4, 2019.
John Cochran
Assistant Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Strategic Planning, NYS Office for the Aging
John Cochran was appointed on March 6, 2008 to the position of Assistant Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Strategic Planning at the New York State Office for the Aging. During his tenure he has worked on a variety of issues that include – i.e., community empowerment, civic engagement, long term care reform and caregiver supports. Presently he is serving as NYSOFA’s Deputy Director for the Executive Division. He started his career in New York State government in 1986 working for Assemblyman James Tallon (D. Binghamton) in his district and Albany offices, while he served as the Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and Assembly Majority Leader until 1992. From 1992-1998 he worked for the Speaker of the New York State Assembly as Director of the Assembly’s Committee for the Aging. During his tenure as Committee Director he developed his understanding of the intricacies of the long term care system and the field of aging as well as the complexities of the human services network. John left the Legislature to work for the government relations firm Malkin and Ross from 1998 up to his appointment in March. While working for Malkin and Ross he specialized in representing not-for-profit clients with interests in the field of aging including – the New York State Adult Day Service Association, New York State Coalition of Alzheimer’s Association Chapters, Atlantic Philanthropies - Experience Wave - seeking to advance the theme of civic engagement of older adults, New York Academy of Medicine, Federation of Protestant Welfare Association, Coalition for the Homeless as well as other provider groups and interests.
Michael J. Jabbour
Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Social Services
Dr. Michael J. Jabbour is an award-winning digital innovation and transformation executive with a successful track record in bringing diverse multidisciplinary talents together to improve business outcomes. Dr Jabbour is known for taking a strategic and directed approach in driving growth in the transformation of traditional businesses into digital entities for more than 20 years. Dr. Jabbour is a thought leader in the implementation of artificial intelligence, human-centered design and agile development at scale. He is currently serving as an Assistant Commissioner for the NYC Department of Social Services.
Sam Solomon
Deputy Counsel, NYC Mayor's Office of Information Privacy and Mayor's Office of Operations
Sam Solomon is an attorney and has worked extensively in health care, immigration, and privacy law. Before serving as deputy counsel to the Mayor’s Office of Operations and the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy, under the leadership of the City’s Chief Privacy Officer, Mr. Solomon was the director of policy and legislative affairs in the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. He has served in the leadership of the Mayor’s Task Force on Immigrant Health Care Access and in the development of the NYC Care health care access program. Mr. Solomon formerly worked as a journalist specializing in health policy.
Lisa Sershen
Chief Digital Officer, Westmed Medical Group
Lisa Sershen is Chief Digital Officer at Westmed Medical Group, an award-winning multispecialty medical practice, staffed by a team of 500 top physicians and advanced care providers and 1,500 clinical employees in Westchester County and Fairfield Counties. In this position, Lisa leads the digital innovation at Westmed with a focus on best-in-class, patient-centered health care delivery. She is responsible for researching, developing and implementing unique digital solutions for the practice, and for guiding the group through technological transformations that enhance patient engagement at Westmed. Since 2009, Lisa has held several leadership positions at Westmed, where she was instrumental to the implementation of innovative new patient platforms such as the My Westmed Online Patient Portal, and fully branded mobile applications. Lisa believes that disruption and innovation should be centered around human experience and empathy, and her role in the organization’s system and process designs at Westmed reflect these beliefs. Under her leadership, Westmed was recently recognized by the eHealthcare Leadership Awards for Best Patient Access and Convenience and Best Site Design for 2018. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Information Systems from PACE University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in digital marketing from PACE University.
John Shegerian
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, ERI
John Shegerian is a serial social entrepreneur who focuses on solving global problems through game changing innovation to build successful, socially responsible impact companies. As cofounder and Executive Chairman of ERI, he has played a significant role in paving the way for the electronic recycling, data protection and ITAD industries as a whole. Building ERI from the ground up, Shegerian has helped lead ERI to its current standing as the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States. Under his stewardship, ERI now has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States. Shegerian is also a sought-after speaker, panelist and electronic recycling and ITAD industry authority, presenting “state of the industry” analyses at events all over the world, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. He has also authored articles on the industry for Recycling Today, E-Scrap News and various business journals and regularly provides his expert knowledge to news media, including The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Gizmodo and Wired, among others. Shegerian is currently a member of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business’ Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Advisory Board and was named the Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California by Ernst & Young.
Todd Rogow
President and CEO, Healthix
As President and CEO of Healthix, Todd leads with more than 20 years of technical experience and a wealth of innovation in the health information exchange space. Todd previously served as Healthix’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, providing the vision, strategy and operational leadership which established Healthix as the largest publicly funded HIE in the nation. He has driven the organization’s rapid growth by implementing next generation application software and completing the technical systems merger of several New YorK State HIE organizations that now comprize Healthix. Todd also established a comprehensive security program at Healthix, recently achieving HITRUST CSF® certification.
Ali Loveys
Ali Loveys, Managing Director, Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young, LLP
Dr. Ali Loveys is a Managing Director in EY’s Government and Public Sector Healthcare Advisory practice, EY ‘s healthcare blockchain leader, and co-leader for EY’s Children’s Health team. Dr. Loveys has been at the forefront of emerging healthcare technologies for her entire career including being a pioneer in electronic health record adoption, health information exchange, and privacy and security. She was in the inaugural class of United States medical board diplomates in clinical informatics. As such, her work bridges clinical, business, and technology policies, regulations, and standards within healthcare.
Registration & Networking Breakfast

Opening Keynote Mitchell Katz, President, NYC Health + Hospitals

Innovative Health Programs and Services in New York
New York's government continues to look for ways to provide affordable health solutions for all New Yorkers. Innovative health organizations are also looking and already providing ways to increase the development and evolution of healthcare and social services. Our panelists will discuss the promising developments in New York, as well as what steps can be taken to ensure the city and state remain at the forefront of health innovation.
Dan Goldberg, Health Reporter, Politico (moderator)
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chairman, Health Committee
New York City Councilman Mark Levine, Chairman, Committee on Health
John Cochran, Deputy Director of the Executive Division, New York State Office for the Aging
Connected Health
One of the biggest trends in health innovation is the proliferation of connected devices, ranging from smartwatches, smartphone apps, etc. These new devices allow for constant monitoring of bodily conditions, as well as instantaneous and long-term analysis of collected data. What does the future of these devices look like? What are the biggest areas for growth in this space? How will/does government look to regulate the use of connected devices?
Annie McDonough, Tech Reporter, City & State (moderator)
Joshua Breitbart, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, New York City Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer
Michael J. Jabbour, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Social Services (tbc)
Lisa Sershen, Chief Digital Officer, Westmed Medical Group
Networking Luncheon
Data Privacy and Protection
As the digital health revolution continues to play out, concerns grow for how one's data will be protected. The sharing of confidential health information between devices, providers and insurers will only continue to grow, providing ample opportunities for data to end up in the wrong hands. The new use of connected health devices brings into play a whole new set of hacking opportunities. How warranted are the privacy concerns raised by consumer advocates? What steps are players in the health industry taking to preserve privacy? Will the potential for stolen or misused data slow technological innovations in health care? We hear from healthy data experts on these topics and more.
Jonathan LaMantia, Reporter, Crain’s New York Business (moderator)
John Shegerian, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, ERI
Sam Solomon, Deputy Counsel, New York City Mayor's Office of Information Privacy & Mayor's Office of Operations
Dr. Ali Loveys, Managing Director Digital Health, Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young, LLP
Healthy Smart Cities
Cities around the world are turning to technology to improve the health of their residents. Some are using remote clinics and increasing primary care facilities in the area, promoting monitoring devices, and increasing preventative measures to cut down on hospital visits and stay fitter on a daily basis. From of data collected to better target disease outbreaks, to technology that helps shape what physical and mental fitness. This panel will paint a picture of future healthy smart cities and discuss what steps New York City needs to take to make this vision a reality.
Kay Dervishi, Staff Reporter, New York Nonprofit Media (moderator)
Dr. Annie Fine, Director, Reportable Disease Data, Informatics and Analysis, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Todd M. Rogow, President & CEO, Healthix, Inc.
Gary Belkin, Chief, Strategy and Policy, Office of ThriveNYC
Sessions Conclude
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