April 21, 9:00am, PDT - 6:00pm, PDT

Arizona Grand Resort and Spa

8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85044



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 NEW!  Half Day Rate 

 Can't make it for the full day?  Join us from 2 PM- 6 PM for the closing general session and cocktail reception

 AZBio & AzHIMSS Members ($75), Guests ($100).



We Proudly Recognize the Event Sponsors




Event Agenda

9:00 AM - Registration - Networking in the Exhibit Hall

10:00 AM - Morning General Session

  • Opening Keynote - “How the Convergence of IT and Life Sciences Improves Patient Care”David Higginson, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Phoenix Children's Hospital

    David Higginson serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Phoenix Children’s. He plays a key role in strategic policy development and oversees Human Resources, Information Technology, Process Optimization, and Materials Management. In addition, Higginson is responsible for executive oversight of the Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medicine Institute at Phoenix Children’s.

    Higginson joined Phoenix Children's in 2011 as  Chief Information Officer. As CIO, he oversaw all aspects of information and technology strategy, execution and design of systems implementation and growth and maintenance of the technology infrastructure.

    Higginson is also an innovator and entrepreneur. He successfully launched and developed his own healthcare software company, commercialized numerous innovations into patents and successful products, and is passionate about process improvement and operational efficiency. He speaks regularly at children’s hospital and healthcare IT conferences on the evolving role of technology as the efficiency platform that underpins care delivery, and the importance of the IT team as leaders of operational change.

  • Innovations in  Healthcare  Management and Delivery (Panel) 
    • Moderated by Mara Aspinall, Health Catalysts
  • Rapid Fire Presentations - Arizona IT and Life Science Innovators
    • Computational Genomics: Identifying Biomarkers for Precision Oncology, Li Liu, PhD, Arizona State University
    • Critical Path Institute - Data Collaboration with Global Impact,  Debra Hanna, PhD - Executive Director, Critical Path to TB Regimens (CPTR), Critical Path Institute, and Richard Liwski – Program Director, Data Collaboration Center, Critical Path Institute
    • VR for largescale health imagery - Dirk K Beth, Arivis

11:30 AM - Expo Break - Networking in the Exhibit Hall

12:00 PM - Lunch and Keynote

1:30  PM - Expo Break - Networking in the Exhibit Hall
2:00 PM - Afternoon General Session
  • Reshaping the patient experience (Panel)
    • Moderated by Jude LaCava, Co-founder, Dorothy Foundation
  • Rapid Fire Presentations - Arizona IT and Life Science Innovators 
    • Telemedicine, a Global View, Joel Barthelemy, President & CEO, GlobalMed 
    • Innovative Applications of Analytics: Use in Veteran’s Health, Hamed Abbaszadegan, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Phoenix VA Health Care System
    • The mHealth Revolution- Kent Dicks,  RAIN

Prediction  and Prevention - Medicine in the Age of Information (Panel)

  • Moderated by Chris Yoo, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Systems Imagination

3:30 PM - Closing Keynote - Purpose Driven Innovation

Presented by Matthew Likens, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ulthera division of Merz

Mr. Likens joined Ulthera in July of 2006. He spent more than twenty years in domestic and international sales, marketing and general management roles at Baxter Healthcare Corporation, culminating in the positions of President of Baxter Biotech North America, then President of Baxter’s Renal Division in the U.S. In 2001, Mr. Likens joined GMP Companies, and was President of GMP Wireless Medicine, Inc.
4:30 PM - Cocktails in the Exhibit Hall

6:00 PM - Expo Concludes

*Note: The Exhibit Halls will be closed during the General Sessions and reopened again during the Breaks.