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 Reverse Pitch
“An Exploration of Unmet Healthcare Needs in Communities Across North Carolina”

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
“Commercializing Your Digital Health Product and the Pitfalls to Avoid”

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


KEYNOTE: Fabrice Brunet, MD

KEYNOTE: Fabrice Brunet, MD

President & CEO, University of Montreal Health System

Born in France, Dr. Brunet has been working in the field of health and social services for over 30 years. He is currently President and CEO of the Hospital Center of the University of Montreal (CHUM) since September 2015. Previously, he was CHU Sainte-Justine’s President and CEO from January 2009 to September 2018 and the CEO of the two hospitals from September 2015 to 2018. On July 14, 2018, he was knighted the Legion of Honor by France for his entire career in the health field. 

Dr Brunet has excellent leadership, initiative and experience to face complex challenges ahead. He promotes the integration of innovation, healthcare and services, teaching, research and management, to improve the health and well-being of patients. 

His main research interests include hospital management and health systems integration, artificial intelligence, communication and medical information technologies, continuous improvement of quality of care and safety of the patient, international collaboration and transfer of know-how. 

Over the course of his career, Dr. Brunet has been named Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal, Professor of Intensive Care in France and Medicine at the University of Toronto, Head of Intensive Care Unit and Medical Director of the Telemedicine Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Since February 2017, he has also been president of the University of Montreal Health Network (RUIS), having been its vice president since 2009. 

His many achievements include the construction of a critical care clinical research program and a cardiac surgery center in Paris, a hospital project in St. Petersburg, Russia and the creation of a university resuscitation center and intensive care in Toronto. Many modernization projects were carried out under his guidance, including the construction of a new research center and a building of specialized care units at CHU Sainte-Justine for a budget of $1.5 billion and a new campus at CHUM for a budget of $3.5 billion. 

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 30 years of experience within the academic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research (CRO), investing, and consulting industries. He previously worked for Wake Forest Innovations, Duke University, Roche/LabCorp, Magellan Laboratories, Cardinal Health, PharmaDirections and Tunnell Consulting. He serves as Executive Director for Alamance Community College’s Biotechnology Center of Excellence, working with internal and external partners across multiple academic programs. Yonnie has coached, mentored, advised or invested in more than 100 entrepreneurial early-stage life science companies.

Yonnie received his undergraduate degree in Biology from East Carolina University, and holds an MBA from Elon University. He is also an alumnus of the Center for Creative Leadership, and received his certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.

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, MS, CCFP

Ian Chuang, MD, MS, CCFP

Chief Medical Officer, EMEALA and APAC, Elsevier Health, International

Dr. Chuang is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Elsevier, an information analytics business within the UK-based, FTSE-listed RELX group, covering APAC & EMEALA. Dr. Chuang’s focus at Elsevier is collaborating with healthcare leaders to improve Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) adoption, especially as it relates to clinical decision support, and improving health system decisions and processes of care to improve outcomes.

Dr. Chuang has long been committed to moving the healthcare model from an analog model based on paper processes, to a true digital model where information technology supports a redesigned model of care. His experience spans the entire care continuum, including applied healthcare informatics, controlled medical terminology, knowledge representation, clinical decision support (CDS) and analytics. Prior to joining Elsevier, he was in clinical leadership roles at Medecision, Cigna and Cerner, covering both strategic-level management of healthcare systems and hands-on implementation of process optimization at the point-of-care. His insights cover the full spectrum of delivering knowledge-driven care, whether it is capturing and structuring data, analytics and predictive modeling, or CDS functionalities intersecting with clinical workflow.

Dr. Chuang holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in administrative medicine from University of Wisconsin. He holds an adjunct assistant professor position in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Missouri.

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. He served on six committees for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and was elected ACHE Regent for Georgia.

He founded Pearson Health Tech Insights (PHTI) 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.

Glenn is the author of Thriving in the Healthcare Market:  Strategies from an Industry-Insider for Selling Your Product which is part of the HIMSS book series. It highlights 84 pitfalls that often trip up healthcare and tech vendors and offers nearly 200 practical suggestions for minimizing their impact.

Glenn graduated magna cum laude from the Syracuse University Honors Program and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi international honor societies. He earned a Master of Health Administration degree from Ohio State University where he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Anika Gardenhire, RN, CPHIMS, MMCi

Anika Gardenhire, RN, CPHIMS, MMCi

AVP Digital Transformation, Intermountain Healthcare

Anika is a healthcare strategist, technology leader, and registered nurse, with significant experience working as a clinical change agent assisting clinicians, and information technology professionals, to utilize information systems to ensure excellent patient care. Anika joined Intermountain as a consultant in 2015. In that capacity she served as the Leidos Program Administrator for the approximately 50 Leidos consultants and 350 event resources assisting the iCentra implementation. Anika is currently responsible for activities in Intermountain Healthcare’s emerging technology, data governance, advanced decision support, knowledge management, research informatics, precision health and biorepository system support, architecture, outreach products and strategy, and business and clinical transformation areas working with partners and key stakeholders to drive transformational change throughout the organization. She is focused on assisting clinical and operational leaders to utilize new technologies to increase operational efficiency. Anika works to anticipate business needs and support business strategic roadmaps, as well as overseeing governance and standards for CTIS operations. Previously, Anika worked as a Principal with Leidos and Senior Manager with Deloitte serving as an advisor to executives across many prestigious institutions including Mayo Clinic and members of the Ministry of Health British Columbia, Canada.

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.

Sujoy Kar, MD

Sujoy Kar, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer & Vice President, Apollo Hospitals

Dr. Sujoy Kar is the Chief Medical Information Officer & Vice President at Apollo Hospitals, one of the largest health systems in India. Previously, he was the Director of Medical Services at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals in Kolkata. He obtained his post graduate MD in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and is an alumnus of MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (Indian Statistical Institute) and member of professional organisations like ACHE, VRARA (Member – Healthcare Sub Committee), CHIME and Harvard Square (LE).

Sujoy is currently associated with IIT Kharagpur & IIM Calcutta as Adjunct Faculty for Healthcare Analytics and Management. He has led teams in multiple award winning Patient Safety & Process Improvement projects. His current and ongoing research interests are in the adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technology in Healthcare, Time-Driven Activity Based Costing, Living Labs, Digital Health Platforms and Design Thinking in Healthcare.

Jonathan Thornhill

Jonathan Thornhill

Health System Innovation Lead, Johns Hopkins University

Jonathan Thornhill is a Health System Innovation Lead and Section Supervisor for Health Systems Analysis at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In this role, he leads efforts to drive innovation and improvement in healthcare delivery for military and civilian health systems and promotes the development of key capabilities in health systems analysis. He previously worked at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) as the Division Director for Model Learning Systems with the Learning and Diffusion Group where he led the design and management of learning communities to facilitate the diffusion of innovative strategies required for successful adoption of alternative payment models. Prior to working at CMMI, Jonathan held several roles at the University of North Carolina Health Care System and Epic Systems Corporation supporting electronic medical record adoption, developing analytics tools, and implementing quality improvement projects.

Jonathan holds a MHA from the University of North Carolina, a MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently pursuing a DrPH at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a concentration in Implementation Science.

Sherri Austin

Sherri Austin

Design Thinking Facilitator

Sherri Austin brings 15 years’ experience as a healthcare professional, focusing on the planning, design and implementation of key initiatives to improve the overall quality of care. Her background includes leadership development, change management and process improvement for major health systems including Kaiser Permanente. Sherri has expertise and passion for engaging patients, families, and caregivers in designing and improving the care experience using Design Thinking methodology.

Sherri has designed and implemented a number of programs resulting in overall improvement in care delivery to patients and job satisfaction for staff. She is an engaging presenter and has been a keynote speaker at national and regional healthcare conferences. Sherri has a strong understanding of business needs while keeping the patient/family at the center.

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!