World Café Forums

The half-day World Café Forums provide a more in-depth and participatory learning experience. Each forum will follow this format:

  • One hour of presentations (topics and speakers listed below)
  • Small table discussions on questions related to the topic
  • Reports on the table discussions

Please note that the forums are about 3 hours and we ask that you stay for the entire session to benefit from the discussions. Space is limited to just 60 participants per forum. Lunch is included with each forum.


Forum 1: Using Technology to Improve the Patient Experience

  • Monday, September 11, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
  • Presenters from Apple, Microsoft and Lenovo will discuss how technology supports and enhances the patient experience, as well as how technology can practically fit into the healthcare providers’ workflow.
  • Patient Experience from a Child and Family Perspective — Follow a case study in the anesthesia setting and learn implementation best practices healthcare systems can consider to improve deployment of their bedside patient experience initiatives. Elycia Morris (Apple Health)
  • Technology and the Patient Experience:  A Healthcare Case Study — Through the sharing of healthcare case studies, learn how new technologies can practically fit into the healthcare providers workflow. Susan Wiemeyer (Microsoft Health)
  • Opportunities to Improve Patient Experience:  Case Studies of Healthcare Settings and New Technologies —  Learn how new technologies to improve patient experience have been implemented in the hospital/acute and home-based settings.  Learn how new technologies, such as voice recognition, can be utilized in the home to contribute to the overall patient experience. Kim Lewis (Lenovo Health)
  • Moderator: Billy Willis (Duke Health)

Forum 2: Technology Initiatives in North Carolina to Improve Public Health

  • Monday, September 11, 1:45-5:00 pm
  • This session will feature representatives from state government to discuss NC technology initiatives that will improve public health such as the NC Health Information Exchange, technology used to tackle the opioid crisis, and data analytics used to support Medicaid transformation. Presenters are John Correllus (Deputy State CIO & Chief Data Officer, State of NC), Sam Gibbs (NC DHHS Deputy Secretary for Technology and Operations), Susan Kansagra, MD (NC DHHS Opioid Lead) and Christie Burris (NC HIEA)
  • Moderator: Jane Smith Patterson (Jane Patterson Associates)

Forum 3: Ingredients for Precision Health Data Success: Sharing, mHealth, and Clinical Decision Support

  • Tuesday, September 12, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
  • All of Us Research Program – Overview and Update: Learn about, and discuss opportunities for North Carolinians to be engaged with, the All of Us Research Program: a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine. Eric Dishman (National Institutes of Health)
  • Harnessing Data for Patient-Centric Research:  Find out about new Precision Medicine frameworks to 1) support biomarker development by combining multi-modal data, everything from medications to environmental exposures, and 2) support point-of-care with multi-modal data, such as integrated genotype/phenotype views of patient records. Get an update on the latest in data science, engineering and analytics for integrated health datasets. Kimberly Robasky (RENCI)
  • Demonstrating the Value of Precision Medicine for Population Health: Systematic Risk Assessment with MeTree — MeTree is a concrete example of how accurate and thorough patient-derived precision health data can be collected and integrated into medical records for utilization at the point of care.  The application serves as a practical way to drive personalized conversations and care plans. Donna Crenshaw (Duke University) and Adam Buchanan (Geisinger Health System)
  • What Will it Take for Providers to Prescribe mHealth Solutions to their Patients with Confidence? Despite the proliferation of consumer-facing digital health solutions currently available in the marketplace, providers are reluctant to prescribe them to their patients, and consumer uptake remains low. What are the key reasons for this, what can be done to remedy the situation, and how can we ensure that mHealth delivers on its promise to measurably impact healthcare access, cost and effectiveness? Michael Levy (Bluedoor)
  • Moderator: Sara Imhof (NC Biotechnology Center)

NCHICA has created a collaborative organization that no other State has achieved. It includes vendors, providers, payers, physicians, nurses, clinicians, attorneys, information technologists and other professionals, working together to improve healthcare within North Carolina in every way, from the use of technology, to public policy considerations, to patient privacy, and more. Belonging to, and participating in, this organization helps you to not only keep up with the changing healthcare environment, but to have some influence on those changes.

— David B. Dillehunt
VP, CIO, FirstHealth of the Carolinas Inc.,
Pinehurst, NC

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