CMIO Survival Guide: A Crash Course - The Business of Healthcare - Ojai 2018

Ojai, California
Monday, June 18, 2018
Our Confirmed Speakers:

Howard Landa, MD

Howard Landa, MD did two years of surgical residency 1983-85 at NYU and Bellevue. He trained in Urology at the University of California-San Diego and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Texas Children’s Hospital.

After training Dr. Landa joined the Loma Linda University to practice pediatric urology and during his first year, he built a document management system to help the practice manage transcribed documents and became the Director of Medical Informatics for Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1996. He joined Kaiser Hawaii in 2001 to practice pediatric urology and as one of their physician IT champions, and became their Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) in 2005. He was the physician lead for both Kaiser’s national downtime project and the operating room software; and under his leadership Kaiser Hawaii completed the EHR implementation, attaining HIMSS level 6 two months after inpatient go-live, and Level 7 in 2012.

In 2009 he became the CMIO of the Alameda County Medical Center. He has been the Program Director and Vice-Chair of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) since 1997; the Chair of the HIMSS Physician Community 2011-13, and was named one of the top 25 Clinical Informaticists in 2010-12.

Luke Webster, MD

Luke Webster, MD specializes in health informatics and physician leadership, clinician adoption and change leadership, clinical transformation, evidence-based medicine, clinical analytics and process improvement. 


Prior to his current role as CMO, Dr. Webster served as the Chief Medical Information Officer for CHRISTUS Health. During his tenure, he led the creation and staffing of a Health Informatics department for a complex Integrated Delivery Network consisting of 22 US-based hospitals and multiple LTACHs, physician practices and long term care facilities, 9 hospitals in Mexico and 2 hospitals in Santiago, Chile including a large prestigious academic medical center. Under his leadership, CHRISTUS Health progressed to a fully-implemented Electronic Health Record with high physician adoption and successful Meaningful Use attestation.  In addition, he brought evidence-based medicine programs, tele-medicine and remote patient monitoring capacity to the organization as well as the foundation of what will become an advanced clinical intelligence/health analytics platform that has the potential to revolutionize care delivery. 

Before working at CHRISTUS Health, he was a full-time Clinical Informatics consultant with Dearborn Advisors. He has worked as a senior physician with The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta where he served as the Physician Lead for Epic MyChart implementation and was an integral leader for the EpicCare Ambulatory EMR implementation.  He practiced adult Psychiatry and was also the Medical Director for Behavioral Health Quality and Resource Management.  

Pam Arlotto

Pam Arlotto, President and CEO of Maestro Strategies, has blazed new trails in healthcare for over 30 years.  Under her leadership, Maestro Strategies was one of the first consulting firms to align healthcare business and clinical strategy with information technology strategy.  By combining extensive experience in strategic planning, organization design, and process transformation with information technology expertise, Ms. Arlotto works with CEOs and the C-Suite to address the challenges of today’s volatile healthcare space.

Ms. Arlotto currently serves on the Boards of the Georgia Tech Foundation and The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University School of Medicine.  She is a former faculty member in the Healthcare Informatics program at University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Well known for the award-winning book series, Rethinking Return on Investment: The Challenge of Accountable Meaningful Use, Ms. Arlotto is a frequent contributor to a variety of healthcare publications and blogs.  She has also been featured on National Public Radio and in The Wall Street Journal.  Her background includes executive positions with Ernst & Young and Sun Health (Premier). 

Susan Irby 

Susan Irby has a 25-year track record in healthcare serving both within provider organizations as well as in an advisory capacity to vendor and service providers. She combines her extensive experience in strategic financial planning, cost accounting and value improvement processes with information technology expertise to provide clients with tools to "transform data to knowledge."

Susan's experience includes a deep understanding of business intelligence and analytics, return on investment analysis and implications for provider and vendor IT initiatives, financial and clinical decision support strategy, quality measures and collaborative performance improvement initiatives. Susan has helped define measurement tools and techniques to assist organizations in their transformational efforts. In addition, she is well-versed in market sizing and strategy development for vendor solutions to the industry. 

Susan is a contributing author to Beyond Return on Investment: Expanding the Value of Healthcare Information Technology. Her speaking engagement include both national and international audiences and focus on the value of information, score carding, and integration of data around quality measurement. 

Previous relevant positions include Director of Strategic Planning, Sutter Health, Director of Decision Support and Budget Director. Susan holds an MS in Health Systems and a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering form the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Toby Samo

Toby is a Physician Executive with over 25 years’ experience in Healthcare Information Technology on both provider and vendor sides. He is a Practicing Clinician with specialty in Infectious Diseases. 

Toby was the Medical Director of Information Technology at the Houston Methodist Hospital for 4 years.  He then was the Chief Medical Officer for Allscripts for 6 years.  He held the post of acting Chief Medical Information Officer for Medecision Corp.  He has also been a consultant in healthcare information technology since 2005 and worked with various organisations relating to HIT adoption, implementation, development, patient safety and other topics. 

He completed his undergraduate work at Rutgers College and medical school at Chicago Medical School, with his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine.  He has obtained a certificate from Rice University in Medical and Healthcare Management.  Toby is a Fellow of Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) and was a member of EHR Association Patient Safety Workgroup and the Texas Medical Association Health Information Technology Workgroup among other positions.    


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