Announcing the 2019 Digital Health Summit:
Accelerating the Future of Health

The 2019 DHIT Summit – Digital Health 360 – Accelerating the Future of Health – will convene internationally recognized thought leaders and key stakeholders from around the world to dig deep into how Digital Health can pervasively be used to transform health.

Wed Nov 13th
Bay 7 @ ATC Durham



Arrival, breakfast + registration; explore the Digital Health Technology Zone featuring the latest innovations from the US and Canada

Keynote Address

Panel Discussion #1 :: Education
Exploring the Mindset Required to Enable Digital Transformation”

Panel Discussion #2 :: Research
“Accelerating Drug Development + Care Delivery through Real-World Evidence”

Community Pitch :: Opioid Impact Program
“The Real-world Evidence Behind the Opioid Crisis in NC”

Lunch + Networking

1:30 Learn Workshops :: Ecosystem Mapping
Building Relationships that Move Innovation to Impact”

Panel Discussion #3: Quality Improvement
Deploying Next Generation Operating Models for Transformation”

Panel Discussion #4: Commercialization
“What Are the Pitfalls of Commercializing Your Digital Health Product?”

Wrap-up – How to Get Involved

Happy Hour with Speed Networking

Who Should Attend

Are you looking to unlock digital health’s potential and drive measurable impact on health outcomes for our community? We welcome all those with an interest or stake in our digital health future, from providers, researchers, and policymakers, to entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors.

  • BRING – your knowledge, experience and passion to make an impact by reimagining how healthcare can be better designed, delivered and experienced in the digital age

  • LEARN ABOUT – cutting edge research, new technologies, and innovative business models

  • LEAVE WITH – actionable insights and a commitment to work together to improve healthcare in meaningful ways


Corey Mercy

Corey Mercy

Deputy Chief Technology Officer, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Corey Mercy is a Health IT executive with over 28 years of experience in Information Technology. He has spent much of that time working in the Health IT field focusing on the effective use and advancement of technology across both the public and private sectors of healthcare.

As the recently appointed Deputy CTO with the North Carolina DHHS, his responsibilities include:

  • aligning Health IT initiatives across divisions
  • providing subject matter expertise in the area of digital health
  • leading IT operations and strategy for the state-operated healthcare facilities
  • partnering with the DIT operated HIE
  • establishing  enterprise and data architecture strategies
  • building partnerships with public and private entities across the state
Leah Townsend, PhD

Leah Townsend, PhD

Director of Professional Programs, UNC Graduate School

Dr. Townsend is responsible for coordinating all administrative functions associated with professional programs within the purview of The Graduate School, including three Professional Science Master’s programs and the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals.

Dr. Townsend holds a doctoral degree in neurobiology from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Business Essentials Certificate from Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to her new role within The Graduate School, she served as Associate Strategy Consultant with the Triangle Insights Group. Her key responsibilities included advising life science and biotech clients and leading Ph.D. recruiting efforts in North Carolina and nationally.

Michael Ruhlen, MD, MHCM, FAAP

Michael Ruhlen, MD, MHCM, FAAP

Director of Charlotte AHEC and VP of Medical Education at Atrium Health

Dr. Michael Ruhlen serves as the vice president of the division of medical education at Atrium Health and as director of Charlotte Area Health Education Center. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and holds a Master of Science in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In his previous roles at ProMedica in Toledo, Ohio, he served as vice president of medical affairs at Toledo Children’s Hospital and corporate vice president of medical informatics and was appointed president in 2008, just prior to relocating to Atrium Health (then Carolinas Health System). Ruhlen has exercised national leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant, and the Accreditation Review Committee of the ACCME. 

Yonnie Butler

Yonnie Butler

Executive Director, Biotechnology Center of Excellence, Alamance Community College

Yonnie has more than 30 years of experience in economic development, project management, medical research collaboration, higher education and biotechnology. He began his career as a chemist for LabCorp in Burlington, focused on toxicology. His most recent experiences include Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in the Research Triangle Park.

Mr. Butler has managed CRO and/or consulting projects for more than 200 companies, including the top 50 pharmaceutical companies in the world. He has coached, mentored, advised or invested in more than 100 entrepreneurial early-stage life science companies.

Cindy Hallberlin

Cindy Hallberlin

Former COO, American Diabetes Association and Easterseals

Cindy Hallberlin is a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience in Board governance for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She began her career as National Program Manager for the award-winning REDRESS employment mediation program at the US Postal Service. Her career continued as an employment attorney at Sidley Austin LLP before becoming Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at US Foods following a billion-dollar fraud. She then entered the non-profit world becoming the CEO of Good 360, the Chief Operating Officer of the American Diabetes Association, and the COO of Easterseals. Cindy serves as Board Chair of Move This World (social and emotional learning) and the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project. She also serves on the board of Unlocking Potential (promoting leadership for community problems) and the advisory board of Bluedoor Group. Previously she has served as the Board Chair and a board member of Dance Place as well as on the boards of InterAction and the Institute for Conflict Transformation.

Ian Chuang, MD

Ian Chuang, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Elsevier Heatlh, International

Ian has long been committed to moving the healthcare model from an analog one based on paper processes, to a true digital model where information technology supports a redesigned model of care. Dr. Chuang’s experience spans the entire healthcare continuum, including applied healthcare informatics, especially in the areas of controlled medical terminology (CMT), knowledge representation, clinical decision support (CDS) and analytics, all key to clinical process optimization on a health information technology (HIT) platform. In addition to senior roles at McKesson and Cerner, his previous positions include Chief Analytics Officer at Medecision, SVP of Healthcare Informatics and Chief Medical Officer at Netsmart, and VP of Medical Informatics at Cigna.

Glenn E. Pearson FACHE

Glenn E. Pearson FACHE

Founder & Principal, Pearson Health Tech Insights Former EVP, Georgia Hospital Association

Glenn spent 30+ years as a hospital industry executive, the last 19+ as Executive Vice President of the Georgia Hospital Association. After spending six years working in acute care (an academic medical center and a major teaching hospital), he provided leadership at two different hospital associations for the next 25 years. During that time, he actively participated in nearly 150 hospital association board meetings, leading the discussion and strategy development on many issues crucial to the hospital industry at every level.

He founded Pearson Health Tech Insights to serve as a bridge connecting healthcare providers, technology developers, and investors. Each sector is crucial to the successful deployment of transformational, disruptive healthcare technology, and PHTI facilitates communication among those sectors with the goal of implementing tech solutions to revolutionize care delivery, improve quality, and enhance operational efficiencies.

Anika Gardenhire, RN, CHCIO

Anika Gardenhire, RN, CHCIO

AVP Digital Transformation, Intermountain Healthcare

As AVP of Digital Transformation, Anika supports activities associated with Intermountain’s emerging technologies and architecture, working with external partners and key internal stakeholders to drive transformational change throughout the organization. She is leading efforts at Intermountain to implement and meaningfully use health IT, serving as the primary consulting resource. Anika previous held senior positions at Deloitte Consulting, Leidos Health, and Neilson Healthcare Group.

Gregory Weidner, MD FACP

Gregory Weidner, MD FACP

Chief Medial Officer, Carium

Dr. Greg Weidner is a physician innovator and experienced health system leader. Most recently he was the Medical Director, Primary Care Innovation at Atrium Health. At the $10 billion health system, Dr. Weidner led the success of Proactive Health, a transformative, value-based approach to primary care, designed from the ground up to be a patient-first, collaborative, team-based, and technology-enabled healthcare experience. Dr. Weidner is a practicing clinician with more than 20 years experience, and contributes regularly to the national dialogue on digital health and healthcare transformation and the opportunity for positive change.

At Carium, as the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Weidner provides clinical insight and leadership to the development of technologies that will transform the complex healthcare environment. He is passionate about engaging patients at the center of their own care.

Dr. Weidner holds an MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a BA from Cornell University, and completed his residency and chief residency at the University of Virginia.

Chris Gibbons MD, MPH

Chris Gibbons MD, MPH

Founder & CEO, The Greystone Group, Chief Health Innovation Adviser, FCC

Dr. Gibbons is the Chief Health Innovation Adviser for the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force.  He is also the Founder & CEO of The Greystone Group, Inc., a Digital Health research, innovation and consulting company. Dr. Gibbons is also an Adjunct Asst. Professor, Health Sciences Informatics and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, Dr. Gibbons was an Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Health Informatics at Johns Hopkins University. He is a published, author and international speaker who has authored over 75 research manuscripts, monographs, books, book chapters and technical reports. Dr. Gibbons obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama and then completed residency training in Preventive Medicine, a basic science research fellowship and a Master of Public Health degree all from Johns Hopkins.

More Speakers Announced Shortly

Join Our Digital Health Ecosystem

The Summit will bring together a diverse mix of stakeholders from across the digital health ecosystem, from academia, researchers, payors and providers, to entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors. The emphasis will be on demand-side participants, those actively looking for new knowledge, relationships and innovations.

  • PAYORS + PROVIDERS – increase awareness and knowledge of emerging technologies and learn how to improve care quality and health outcomes while reducing healthcare costs

  • HEALTH TECH RESEARCHERS + ENTREPRENEURS – understand what the market needs by networking with an ecosystem of demand-side experts and increase your access to funding and pilot opportunities

  • HEALTH TECH INVESTORS – explore areas of need and increase your digital health investment pipeline

  • STATE AGENCIES – understand opportunities for regional and state economic development in the digital health field and leverage innovation to improve population health, particularly for rural communities

  • CONSUMER PRODUCTS + SERVICES INDUSTRY – showcase your innovation and consumer expertise, and increase business development and partnership opportunities for digital health innovation

“Just wanted to say congrats on an excellent event yesterday. You guys knocked it out of the park! I was so impressed by the quality and professionalism of the entire event.”

Patrick Mobley, Market President, Evolent Health

“Congratulations on the Summit! Wonderful job. There was a lot of great feedback from participants. I appreciated having the opportunity to meet some great thought leaders. Kudos to you again!”

Dr. Jameelah Melton, Pediatrician + Telehealth Specialist

“Wanted to drop a quick line and thank you and your team for putting on an absolutely fantastic 1st DHIT Summit! Based on the conversations I had yesterday, I am certainly not the only one that was truly impressed by the event and already look forward to the next DHIT Summit.”

Rajiv Raj, IP Strategist & Attorney, Epic Digital

“Just wanted to send a quick note about how much I enjoyed the DHIT Summit. It was great seeing all of the energy and enthusiasm to drive change! I made a handful of new connections myself already, and am looking forward to seeing more opportunities to help drive impact.”

Casey Boutwell, CEO, Bionica Labs

“I was really impressed by the inclusion and diversity of the panel participants in every dimension: ecosystem background (payor/provider/innovator), focus area (design/care/community), and personal perspective (gender/POC, etc).  It was clear that the inclusion was an intentional effort. It was noticed. It is very appreciated. Representation matters and you did a great job. Thank you.”

Luke Marshall, Founder + CEO, VitalFlo

“The Summit exceeded my expectations. It was well organized, very thoughtful, insightful and I think it left a lasting impact on all the attendees. It is not lost on any of us how much work needed to be done to pull this off in such a short time frame. From the outside it looked like it was flawlessly executed.”

Cindy Halberlin, DHIT Board Member

“The Summit was great. Great structure, cool venue, excellent panelists, engaging design workshop. Y’all killed it!”

Dr. Greg Moon, BCBSNC

DHIT Audience Profile

  • AMCs + Research 17%

  • Payors + Providers 18%

  • Life Sciences 14%

  • State + Non-Profit 8%

  • Industry 17%

  • Health Tech 22%

  • Investors 4%


Register today for the 2019 Summit and receive an early bird discount!