Executive Briefing: The Promise of Cloud Computing in Healthcare
Shahid Shah, Moderator

Shahid N. Shah is the internationally recognized and influential healthcare IT thought leader known across the Internet as “The Healthcare IT Guy.” He is a consultant to various federal agencies on IT matters and winner of Federal Computer Week’s coveted “Fed 100″ award given to IT experts who have made a big impact in the government.

Shahid is an expert at discovering practical technology solutions to real-world business initiatives, especially in the government, healthcare and financial services industries. In his opinion, cloud computing will have a huge impact on care coordination by increasing timely access to patient data, which in turn will help clinicians make better diagnoses.
Chris Davis
Compliance Solutions Architect

Chris Davis has worked in information security, risk management, and compliance for more than 17 years, helping clients develop plans and compliance processes to meet data security laws worldwide. He is currently focused on developing cloud solutions that satisfy various industry regulatory requirements with a focus on healthcare and life sciences.
Jason Hughes
Director of Enterprise Research Applications & High-Performance Computing
Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Jason Hughes has spent the past 18+ years managing and delivering IT services to care providers, faculty, students, and staff in academic and healthcare organizations, most recently at Penn Medicine, a $4.3 billion healthcare system and academic research facility. As director of Enterprise Research Applications & HPC, Jason delivers shared, centralized applications and high-performance computing services to faculty and staff at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Among other things, Penn’s IT team is currently exploring ways to leverage cloud computing so that the organization’s clinical and academic research departments can share data and collaborate more effectively. This collaboration can help drive better patient care, as well improved research outcomes.  Jason also sees tremendous opportunity for storing aggregated, de-identified data from multiple sources in the cloud as a way to spot trends in population health. 
Aman Bhasin
Blue Ridge Solutions Group

Aman Bhasin is an information technology leader with an established reputation for strategic vision and delivering solutions that achieve business goals and operational efficiencies. His areas of expertise include security, cloud computing, vendor sourcing and negotiations, technology implementations and IT architecture and design. Aman has more than 20 years experience in a variety of settings, including physician and payer organizations. He previously served as CIO and chief security officer of Care to Care, a benefits management company, and before that he worked for three years as the CIO of Preferred Health Partners, the largest multi-specialty, physician-owned medical group practice in Brooklyn. He is currently CEO of Blue Ridge Solutions Group, an IT consulting firm that advises healthcare clients on technology infrastructure, cloud computing, systems and security matters.
Randy Bankes
Associate Director, Information Services
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, Pa.

Randy Bankes is veteran IT executive with broad experience leading diverse teams in a technology aggressive healthcare environment. He has a strong background in enterprise content management and web development and has managed diverse teams supporting both clinical and non-clinical departments for the past 11 years. Randy is currently the associate director, information services at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) in Allentown, Pa. LVHN’s IS department includes 300+ employees and supports 200+ applications across three main campuses, 1,000+ licensed beds, nine health centers and 130+ ambulatory care locations.

Randy is very familiar with cloud computing. Lehigh stores all of its PACS in the cloud – 150 terabytes worth – and the cloud is an important component of Lehigh’s robust telehealth program, which includes the transfer and storage of data from more than 50 hospitals. In Randy’s view: “Everything is becoming connected. Certainly all the recent healthcare changes – and those that are coming - are driving us toward a central cloud-based patient data exchange.”
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