SAS | The Power to Know

Keynote Speakers

      Jeremy Gutsche

      Eric J. Topol, MD
      Director of Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of the best-selling books The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands and The Creative Destruction of Medicine

      As a practicing cardiologist, Topol is a leading practitioner of digital medicine. He also shares time as the Director of Scripps Translational Science Institute and as a co-founder of the West Wireless Health Institute. Additionally, he serves as Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute and Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health. He is Chief Medical Advisor at AT&T and Editor-in-Chief at Medscape. Widely credited for leading the Cleveland Clinic to become the No. 1 center for heart care, Topol is one of the top 10 most-cited researchers in medicine and has published 1,100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks. His research earned him the title “Doctor of the Decade” from the Institute for Scientific Infor­mation.

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      Mike Schlappi
      Four-time Paralympic medalist and author of two inspirational books, Bulletproof Principles for Personal Success and Motivational Leaders

      Schlappi is the first wheelchair basketball player in the US to be on four consecutive Summer Paralympic teams. He was honored by the state of Utah in 2000 as one of its top 50 athletes of the past century. Schlappi served on the board of trustees that managed the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. During his presentations, he shares his personal experiences with nurses, doctors and therapists that not only saved his life, but also pointed him to a career in health care. He is the founder and Director of the Wheelchair Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves disabled athletes. Schlappi previously served as the Director of Rehabilitation for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

      Other Speakers

          Jim Davis

          Jim Goodnight
          Chief Executive Officer, SAS

          Since he co-founded SAS in 1976, Jim Goodnight has served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. The worldwide leader in business analytics, SAS has more than 13,800 employees in 59 countries. The company’s 2014 revenue was $3.09 billion, its 39th consecutive year of growth and profitability. Goodnight considers his employees to be his most valuable asset and has created a world-renowned workplace model. In 2014, SAS ranked No. 2 on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list from Great Place to Work Institute. Goodnight has a Ph.D. in statistics and speaks internationally on leadership, education and innovation.

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          Dan Cain
          Vice President and General Manager, SAS Health and Life Sciences

          Cain leads business and operations at SAS for health care providers, health plans and life sciences. He is a member of the SAS executive committee that is responsible for investing in new industry-specific solution offerings and go-to-market strategies for health and life sciences. In addition, the committee aims to provide innovative technology that helps facilitate information sharing and analytical insights between the various members of the health care ecosystem. Cain is the executive sponsor of the SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights, a think tank focused on emerging applications of advanced analytics across the health and life sciences sectors.

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          Joseph Colorafi, MD
          Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Dignity Health

          Colorafi’s primary responsibilities include implementing electronic health records, improving safety and quality of patient care by using medical informatics technology, and leading the system to greater maturity in health analytics. He has more than 13 years of experience in medical informatics and a considerable amount of expertise in change management governance and effective methods of provider online and scenario-based learning. He has been very involved in an EMPI strategy, which would synchronize operational chart mergers with probabilistic matching algorithms for use in Dignity Health Insights. Colorafi has served on many informatics-related committees, including the AMIA Cerner’s ICD10 Physician Workgroup, as well as Allscripts’ Physician Advisory Board. He has practiced pulmonary and intensive care medicine for more than 20 years.

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          Jason Cooper
          Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

          Cooper is responsible for enterprisewide data analytics and informatics, including both commercial and government lines of business. He has more than 20 years of experience in analytics and informatics covering for-profit, nonprofit and government domains, including leading teams at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and CVS Health, as well as experience with NASA spaceflight software analyses.  Additionally, he is a member of the International Institute for Analytics and the American Medical Informatics Association and an editorial board member for the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits.

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          Jim Davis

          Jim Davis
          Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, SAS

          Jim Davis provides strategic direction for SAS products, solutions and services and presenting the SAS brand worldwide. He helped transform SAS from a tools provider to a software solutions provider.

          A respected thought leader, Davis co-authored the book Information Revolution: Using the Information Evolution Model to Grow Your Business.

          Since joining SAS in 1994, Davis has pioneered many key initiatives, including global projects that incorporate customer feedback in the development process. Today, he continues to refine the model for continuous collaboration and innovation, enabling SAS to meet the global demand for business analytics.

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          Shawn Dolley
          Health and Life Sciences Big Data Expert, Cloudera

          Dolley focuses on repeatable, affordable solutions for whole genome, gene-wide analytics at scale, real-time and HL7 machine learning, bioprocess optimization and clinical text insights for secondary use clients. Prior to joining Cloudera, Dolley co-led the health care and life sciences industry practice at Netezza. He designed a Health Outcomes Analytic Appliance in conjunction with Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has worked with Dr. Paul Grundy, the “Godfather” of the Patient Centered Medical Home, as well as with multiple data providers, pharma, health systems and health networks. Dolley has worked in data modeling, metrics, analytics and workflow since 1995, and performs management consulting on strategy and transformation. 

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          Graham Hughes

          Graham Hughes, MD
          Chief Medical Officer, SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights

          Hughes is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities to create novel analytics solutions that help health care organizations improve care quality, clinical operations and patient outcomes.

          He has more than 20 years of experience developing and delivering innovative health care IT products and services, and is an expert on global health care market dynamics. Prior to working at SAS, Hughes was Vice President of Product Strategy and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at GE Healthcare IT. In that role he led a customer-facing advanced technologies innovation team and spearheaded the annual strategic planning process for GEHCIT’s enterprise portfolio of products.

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          Sunil Kakade

          Sunil Kakade
          Director, Information and Application Architecture, Dignity Health

          Kakade has more than 18 years of experience in various technical and leadership roles focused on IT transformation initiatives, analytics-driven software development and big data technologies. He has expertise in implementing Hadoop and NoSQL technologies and leads the architecture and delivery of business systems for a Fortune 100 company. His research papers have been presented at multiple international conferences and published in technical journals. Kakade also has a patent for an innovative method to modernize IT systems using big data technologies.

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          Brian Kelly

          Brian Kelly
          President, Optum Life Sciences

          Kelly helps pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies successfully identify and pursue opportunities to capture value in the modern health ecosystem. He joined the company in 2009 and served as a general manager in Optum Life Sciences until his appointment as President in 2013. Kelly is an experienced executive across both functions and geographies. He has had the privilege of serving in executive, operations, research and development, strategy and commercialization roles at Merck, E.I. DuPont and a venture backed medical device startup company. Before working in health care, he served as an active-duty naval officer.

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          Heather Lavoie
          President and Chief Operating Officer, Geneia

          Lavoie is responsible for launching and supporting new products and services that sit at the intersection of personalized and population health, and help health care organizations transform the way they deliver care. Prior to joining Geneia, she spent more than 25 years in health care leading startups, health plans and provider organizations, as well as initiatives to identify and replicate best practices in health care use and delivery. She has directed projects for both private and public organizations on transparency, diversification, product delivery, health cost escalation, operations consolidation, data warehousing, data analytics and financial reporting.

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          Matt McGinnis

          Matthew McGinnis
          Director of Analytics, Cigna

          McGinnis works in the Information Management and Analytics department serving the analytic needs of the US business lines, including individual retail and employer segments, medical, network, disability, dental, service operations and pharmacy. His team recently completed work related to disease management, case management, on-site health centers, pharmacy, incentives and value-based benefit design, benefits navigation, ACOs and medical homes and vendor evaluation. He has more than 19 years of experience in health services research. Prior to joining Cigna, McGinnis provided analytic expertise related to disease, care management, predictive modeling and wellness program evaluations at Healthways.

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          Kimberly Nevala

          Kimberly Nevala
          Director, Business Strategies, SAS Best Practices

          A frequent writer and speaker, Nevala is responsible for industry education, key client strategies and market analysis in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, data governance and master data management for the SAS Best Practices team. She has more than 15 years of experience advising clients worldwide on the development of sustainable business strategies and the importance of culture and change management.

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          Jennifer Olson

          Jennifer Olson
          Senior Director, Optum Data Management, a division of United Health Group

          Olson has more than 25 years of experience in health care data management, including database design, data operations, data quality, health care analytics, data privacy, data compliance and SAS software solutions. She currently manages five large SAS platforms for Optum Data Management, as well as a SAS Fraud Framework and SAS ad hoc development team. She is also the SAS Vendor Relationship Director for UnitedHealth Group.

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          Pamela Peele

          Pamela Peele, PhD
          Chief Analytics Officer, Insurance Services Division, UPMC

          Peele is responsible for data analytic activities, economic modeling, predictive modeling, statistical analysis and machine learning. Her work focuses on the application of economic and statistical models to improve the health and welfare of populations. Prior to joining the health plan, Peele was the Vice Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health.  She currently holds faculty appointments in Health Policy and Management and in Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is core faculty at the Center for Research on Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has numerous published articles and book chapters. 

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          Jack Phillips

          Jack Phillips
          Co-Founder and CEO, International Institute for Analytics

          Phillips is a noted adviser and writer on the impact that business analytics and big data have on enterprises. His work at the International Institute for Analytics focuses on how the adoption of data and analytics by certain firms leads to competitive differentiation and higher performance. Phillips frequently speaks on cultural changes, organizational models, talent acquisition and the requirements of new leaders in a data-driven world. He edited the 2012 book Enterprise Analytics: Optimize Performance, Process and Decisions Through Big Data.

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          Richard Proctor

          Richard Proctor
          General Manger of Healthcare, Hortonworks

          Proctor is responsible for the Center of Excellence for Health Care representing payer, provider and pharmaceutical organizations, including the go-to-market strategy for the industry, while assisting clients with driving enhanced business value from their data. He has more than 15 years of experience in the industry focused on patient throughput, population health, enterprise intelligence, care coordination, capacity management and patient engagement. He is experienced in providing enterprise business solutions to assist executive decision makers in the areas of predictive modeling, big data analytics, interactive data exploration, demand forecasting, quality improvement, enterprise visibility and real-time executive dashboards.

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          Ravi Shanbhag

          Ravi Shanbhag
          Director of Data Science, UnitedHealth Group

          As the Chief Architect of the primary Advanced Analytics platform at UHC Finance, Shanbhag is responsible for providing technical and strategic leadership in solving complex analytic problems across the Medicare, Medicaid and commercial businesses. He also has oversight of the Hadoop Adoption Strategy for UnitedHealthcare that includes ETL Modernization, Data Federation and Structured and Unstructured Data Analytics. He has a Masters in Applied Statistics from Penn State, a MBA from Texas A&M and an Engineering Degree in Computer Science from India. His research interests include Ensemble Models, In-Memory Analytics, Text Mining and Massively Parallel Computing Models using Hadoop Data Lakes.

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          Curtis Smith

          Curtis Smith
          Senior Director, Commercial Innovation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.

          Smith focuses on nurturing emerging capabilities in response to the changing external environment and oversees the development and deployment of critical value-generating analytic capabilities. He has more than 25 years of experience developing and executing analytic plans to address complex, critical business issues across multiple industries and has extensive expertise in growing and leading business analytics functions within organizations. Prior to joining Janssen, he led the analytics function for McKinsey & Company and Henry Rak Consulting Partners. Smith has a track record for translating analytic plans and research into clear business insights and strategic direction, resulting in significant business transformation. 

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          Jonathan Smith

          Jonathan D. Smith
          Director of the Program Management and Performance Group in the Office of Enterprise Information at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

          Prior to CMS, Smith worked in the Office of the Actuary as an economist and the Medicare Plan Payment Group as the Director of the divisions of Retiree Drug Subsidy and Payment Validation. He started his professional career at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in September 1987, working as an industry economist. His experience includes positions as a senior scientist at the Lewin Group and a senior systems analyst for the Data Computer Corporation of America.

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          Michael Weintraub

          Michael Weintraub
          President and Chief Executive Officer, Optum Analytics

          Weintraub is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Humedica, acquired by UnitedHealth Group (UHG) in 2013. He has broadened his role to lead Optum Analytics within UHG’s health care technology information services business. Prior to launching Humedica, he served as Senior Managing Director at Leerink Swann. Previously, he was President and CEO of PharMetrics, a health care informatics company, which was sold to IMS Health in 2005. Weintraub has more than 30 years of experience in the health care technology, information services and consulting arenas. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Phreesia, a software company that develops automated patient check-in tools, and sits on the board of Anceta, the medical informatics subsidiary of the American Medical Group Association.

             May 19 - 20
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             Cary, NC

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