Invited speakers

For the Industry Track

Vipin Gopal


Enterprise Vice President, Clinical Analytics, Humana


Dr. Vipin Gopal is the Enterprise Vice President of Clinical Analytics at Humana, a Fortune 100 company.  In this role, Dr. Gopal is responsible for the organization that develops and applies advanced analytics that shapes Humana’s clinical strategy, operations, programs and quality.  He is an expert in developing differentiating analytic competencies, and has previously led analytic organizations in diverse companies ranging from industrial conglomerates to healthcare.  Dr. Gopal obtained his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, both in Engineering, and has an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.  He has served on the organizing/advisory committees of many international analytic conferences and was previously Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology.  Most recently, Dr. Gopal was the Chairperson of the World Congress Leadership Summits on Predictive Analytics held in October 2010 and August 2011, and the Data Analytics Summit in April 2012, and delivered the Opening Plenary at the Seventh National Predictive Modeling Summit in December 2013.

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Medical Informatics Director, Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research, Intermountain.

Leveraging Information Technology for Personalized Medicine: Near Future and Next Steps


Adam Wilcox, PhD, is the Director of Medical Informatics at Intermountain Healthcare.  He has spent over 15 years in clinical informatics and clinical research informatics, much of that in supporting comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research.  At Intermountain, he leads efforts in applying health information technology to quality improvement processes, supports health IT applications to primary care, and leads Intermountain’s clinical decision support efforts.  He also directs Intermountain’s analytic health repository, where he leads the development of a more research-accessible database extracted from electronic health records.  Prior to his return to Intermountain, he was an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, where he was the initial principal investigator for the Washington Heights/Inwood Informatics Infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (WICER) project. He also directed the clinical data warehouse, the clinical data repository and legacy electronic health record, a local health information exchange, and the informatics support for the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He has broad experience in both applied and research informatics, and was the creator and director of the Research Methods in Informatics course at Columbia University.  In 2015, Dr. Wilcox was appointed a member of the PCORI Methodology Committee. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, is a senior editor for eGEMs, and serves on the Clinical Informatics Subcommittee for the American Board of Preventive Medicine, which administers the board examination for the clinical informatics subspecialty. He has authored over 100 book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, and has presented at conferences and institutions across the country.

Ninad Mishra

Health Scientist at CDC working in National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI)


Dr. Ninad Mishra, MD is a lead health scientist with National Center for STD, HIV, Hepatitis and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). Dr. Mishra’s primary focus lies in the intersection of clinical informatics, clinical analytics, and quality-of-care. The common theme across Dr. Mishra’s work relates to helping clinicians make better decisions, provide quality care, and improve care delivery processes through the use of health information technology.

Dr. Mishra is currently leading a number of CDC funded projects including one that uses cloud based services to provide contextual knowledge at the point-of-care through electronic health systems. The system has been undergoing testing and evaluation with partners namely Alliance of Chicago community health centers, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and GE Health. Dr. Mishra is also leading projects on quality related e-measures from (Electronic Medical Record) EMR Data. The latest e-quality project was showcased in partnership with Commonwealth Informatics based in Boston, MA under a small business innovation research grant. The goal of the project was to build and demonstrate a prototype for eMeasure calculation that conformed to the national specifications for both the numerator and denominator and that worked with clinical data from the Epic EMR at the Metro Health System of Northeast Ohio. A long-term goal is to develop an eMeasure application that will be easy to install, configure, and use with a broad variety of different EMR systems.

Ninad had been consulted by the Institute of Medicine(IOM) to formulate strategies for digital health technologies in the past. He has previously served as Vice Chair of the Surveillance Science Advisory Group (SurvSAG) evaluation subcommittee and has served on the AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) publication committee. He also assisted National Biosurveillance Advisory committee, established by a presidential directive, while being on a short term detail to Biosurveillance Coordination Unit (BCU).

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VP Engineering, GetInsured

“Bringing the Model to the Mountain”

You have found actionable signal in your data, now you want people to do something with it. A practical guide to innovation and adoption, including managing organizational resistance, structuring implementation, and overseeing the lifecycle of your change.


Chris Lunt is a VP Engineering at GetInsured, a company that builds health insurance exchanges for states, companies and the consumer market.  Previously he was an “HHS entrepreneur” with the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he created the “MAGI eligibility-in-the-Cloud” effort.  He has been a technology executive for 10+ years, with 1 IPO, and 10 social networking patents now owned by Facebook.  If you will sing, he’ll play his ukulele for you.

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Endowed Title Parkland Community Medicine Professorship
Department of Clinical Science, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Development of the Parkland-UT Southwestern Colonoscopy Reporting System (CoRS) for evidence-based colon cancer surveillance recommendations

OBJECTIVE: Through colonoscopy, polyps can be identified and removed to reduce colorectal cancer incidence and mortality . Appropriate use of surveillance colonoscopy, post polypectomy, is a focus of healthcare reform.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed and implemented the first EMR-based Colonoscopy Reporting System (CoRS) that matches endoscopic findings with guideline-consistent surveillance recommendations and generates tailored results and recommendation letters for patients and providers.
RESULTS: In its first year, CoRS was used in 98.6% of indicated cases. Via a survey, colonoscopists agreed/strongly agreed it is easy to use (83%), provides guideline-based recommendations (89%), improves quality of Spanish letters (94%), they would recommend it for other institutions (78%), made their work easier (61%), and led to improved practice (56%).
DISCUSSION: CoRS’ widespread adoption and acceptance likely resulted from stakeholder engagement throughout the development and implementation process.
CONCLUSION: CoRS is well-accepted by clinicians and provides guideline-based recommendations and results communications to patients and providers.


Dr. Skinner was named Chief of the Division of Behavioral & Communication Sciences in the Department of Clinical Sciences, and Associate Director of Population Research & Cancer Control for the Simmons Cancer Center in the spring of 2007. This appointment followed her tenure as Associate Director for Population Research and Interim Director of Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Research Program in Cancer Prevention, Detection & Control. Dr. Skinner received her MA in Communications Research from the Wheaton Graduate School and PhD in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.

Prior to her move to UT Southwestern, Dr. Skinner was a member of the Siteman Cancer Center of Washington University in St. Louis (1993-1998) and the Indiana University Simons Cancer Center (1991-1993).

Dr. Skinner’s research interest focuses on communications interventions to promote health behavior change, especially using computer-tailored interventions (CTIs). She was a member of the National Cancer Institute’s first Working Group on CTIs in 1994 and is Co-chair of the NCI’s newly established Research Group for Disseminating CTIs for integration into public health and clinical practice. Her extramural service has included membership on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Breast Cancer Screening Panel, the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Control, and charter membership on the NIH’s Community-Level Health Promotion Study Section. She is an author of the upcoming second edition of the textbook, Tailoring Health Messages: Customizing Communication with Computer Technology.

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