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.

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 recent healthcare-related topics of concern for North Carolinians, including NC DHHS’ plans to work with clinicians to solve the opioid crisis in NC, and requirements for Medicaid providers to be connected to the NC HIEA by February 1, 2018. Invited speakers include the State CIO, the NC DHHS Secretary, and the NC HIEA Director.

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

  • Tuesday, September 12, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
  • Biomedical Data Translator Project — Kimberly Robasky (RENCI) will provide an update on NIH’s NCATS Consortium progress, and RENCI’s broad reach into precision health data for research and translation.
  • 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)
  • 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)

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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