NCHICA Forum on the Internet of Things

NCHICA Thought Leader Forum
The Internet of Things: Managing, Analyzing & Applying the Data 

April 27, 2016, 9:30-11:30 am
Research Triangle Foundation Headquarters

Topics and Presenters


January 27, 2016, 9:30-11:30 am (registration and networking at 9:00 am)


Research Triangle Foundation of NC, 12 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC. Click here for directions.


The registration fee is $50 NCHICA members/$75 non-members/$25 students.

Session Descriptions

How to Manage IoT Data

From FitBits and Apple Watches to wifi enabled scales, consumers are cataloging, documenting and sharing the very data that providers have spent years trying to collect. This exploding library of information is generating more questions than answers as healthcare struggles to manage the volume of data produced, and establish guidelines and best practices for its effective use.  A former hospital CIO and Apple Watch-wearing early adopter will lead this presentation exploring key issues around the Internet of Things, including secure data transmission and storage, patient and provider roles and responsibilities, and strategies for aggregating and analyzing data to contribute to initiatives in ACO and population health.The presenter will discuss how technologies such as Splunk are being utilized to provide real-time insights into massive amounts of machine data, and investigate how the growing patient-centric approach to healthcare – focusing on prevention and wellness – will use tools and technologies from the Internet of Things to contribute significantly to getting patients healthy, and helping them stay that way.

Session Objectives:

  • Describe the role and value of data produced via the Internet of Things.
  • Discuss key issues in securing patient-generated data and protecting its use.
  • Explain how technology solutions can provide insight into high-volume machine-generated data.

Joseph Hobbs, Regional CIO, NetApp Healthcare

Applying Analytics to IoT Data

With the availability of Internet of Things (IoT) connected wearable devices, a larger segment of the population have adopted wearable devices that can help monitor their heart rate, sleep, exercise, and other health habits. To effectively leverage streaming data coming from these devices and turn them into actionable information, we need an effective Analytics of Things (AoT) data strategy. This presentation will describe how IoT driven event streaming data and analytics are being used to monitor real-time healthcare data that provides a 360 degree view of the patient. You will learn how SAS is using the IoT to capture event streaming healthcare data, perform analytics on the data, and then upload generated signal alerts derived from vital statistics data into the Cloud. The alerts provide actionable information on health risks that providers may use for follow-up with their individual patients.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn how streaming healthcare data can be used to create meaningful alerts.
  • Describe how analytics can turn large amounts of streaming data into smaller more useful data.
  • Explain how data from a wearable device can be uploaded into the cloud.

Carol Rigsbee, Quality Manager, SAS

How to Move Your IoT Research Data from Pilot to Platform

We are a part of the digital health revolution today and its impact is now moving into clinical research. As of October 2015, we have nearly 400 clinical studies listed in utilizing a digital health approach with an expectation that this number will continue to rapidly increase in the coming years. Many research companies have now launched various digital health pilots and initial programs utilizing wearables, IoT principles, direct-to-patient data collection, ResearchKit study apps and many other novel approaches. The next critical challenge will be in moving these digital health approaches from proven pilots to sustainable platforms. In this session we will review key strategies to detail what actions companies can take to move proven digital health approaches from pilots to platforms.

Session Objectives:

  • Describe strategies to move from pilot concepts to program implementation
  • Discuss integration plans that support alignment with both operational and technology focused teams

John Reites, Head of Digital Health Acceleration, Quintiles


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VP, CIO, FirstHealth of the Carolinas Inc.,
Pinehurst, NC

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