Supplier Track

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Flash Talks: Technology's Impact on Care Delivery Transformation

Healthcare organizations will adopt technologies to improve outcomes, promote population health and deliver value-based care. The next decade will see a progression from wearables, big data and analytics to technologies like robotics, AI and augmented reality.


Join us as we explore these technologies and their impact on both healthcare suppliers and providers.


Andrea Thomaz

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Diligent Robotics

Andrea Thomaz is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Diligent Robotics and a renowned social robotics expert. Andrea’s robots have been featured in the New York Times and on the covers of MIT Technology Review and Popular Science. Her passion for social robotics began during her work at the MIT Media Lab, where she focused on using AI to develop machines that address everyday human needs. Andrea co-founded Diligent Robotics to pursue her vision of creating socially intelligent robot assistants that collaborate with humans by doing their chores so humans can have more time for the work they care most about. She was a Robotics Professor at UT Austin and Georgia Tech (where she directed the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab).


Artificial Intelligence

Michael Sanders, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer Flagler Health

For the past seven years, Michael Sanders, MD has served as the chief medical informatics officer at Flagler Hospital, a non-profit 335 bed community hospital in Saint Augustine, Florida.   Formerly, he was a computer scientist before attending George Washington University Medical School.  After residency training at Andrews Air Force Base, he was an assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Science.  He then opened his solo practice as a family physician at Flagler Hospital and continued practicing for the next 25 years.  For the past year, he has led the Artificial Intelligence Initiative at Flagler Hospital with the goal of reducing clinical variation in medicine to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare cost.


David Hanekom, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Arizona Care Network

As chief executive officer of Arizona Care Network, a physician-led and governed accountable care organization established by Dignity Health Arizona and Tenet-owned Abrazo Health Network, Dr. David Hanekom works in tandem with the organization’s 5,800 interdependent clinicians to build a better healthcare system. This means access to great doctors who deliver high quality care, better coordination among providers, and a way to manage the rising cost of care. Dr. Hanekom is an experienced physician executive with demonstrated success in the collaborative design, implementation and operational oversight of innovative, value-based programs and information technology solutions in support of the Quadruple. He also is considered a subject-matter expert on medical management, managed care, payment transformation and population health management.

Machine Learning

John Cromwell, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer, 

Director of Surgical Quality and Safety University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Dr. Cromwell is professor of surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He serves in numerous roles including associate chief medical officer; director of surgical quality & safety; director of the Division of Gastrointestinal, Minimally Invasive, and Bariatric Surgery; and a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics. Recognized as one of the top surgeons in the United States by US News and Castle-Connolly, he leads a group that pioneered the use of real-time computational methods in the operating room for improving the quality, safety, and precision of surgical care. He has been recognized with innovation awards from two major universities for technologies developed in his lab and is co-founder of DASH Analytics, Entac Medical Inc., and Predelix Medical LLC, which are commercializing these technologies.