By Lauren VanDenBoom

August 23, 2021

“I’ve been often asked the question about personalized medicine and the practical nature of that, and, ultimately, will it ever be mainstream?” hc1 Chairman and CEO, Brad Bostic, recently told MarketScale. “My point of view on that is absolutely it will be. What I see happening right now within health care is this Renaissance that gives us a chance at getting there sooner rather than later.”

On August 31 and September 1, attendees at the 2021 Precision Health Virtual Summit hosted by hc1 and Becker’s Healthcare will learn what the future of precision health looks like, but also how that future is achievable today. 

Precision health has huge potential to impact and achieve all four arms of healthcare’s quadruple aim to:

  1. improve population health, 
  2. improve the patient’s experience of care, 
  3. enhance caregiver experience and 
  4. reduce the rising cost of care.

Those who join us will have an opportunity to hear from some of our nation’s most renowned thought leaders on precision health, precision prescribing, precision diagnostics, population health and on just how technology is coming together with precision health practices to achieve healthcare’s aims. 

Fireside chats to open the discussion 

Each day of the Summit will open with a forward looking fireside chat. On the first day, Purdue University President, Cerner Corporation board member and former Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels, and hc1 CEO, Brad Bostic, will discuss the importance of precision health to our healthcare system and how implementing precision health practices is possible and practical today. On the second day, Jeffrey Kuhlman, MD, General Manager, Healthcare Analytics Solution AdventHealth, will discuss how precision health and genomics are unlocking individuality. 

Keynote thought leadership

During a keynote discussion with David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Founding Dean Emeritus, Jefferson College of Population Health, and Scott Becker, Publisher and Founder of Becker’s Healthcare, you’ll hear Dr. Nash’s perspectives on how precision health and population health are tightly related. He will explain how eliminating waste in population health is a driver for precision health and how this ties into addressing cost and access concerns in delivering individualized care for all patients.

In her keynote presentation, Katherine Capps, President, Health2 Resources; Co-Founder & Executive Director, GTMRx Institute, and Jennifer Hockings, Pharmacogenomics Clinical Specialist at Cleveland Clinic, will discuss the future of precision health. Ms. Capps has a long history of collaboration in multi-stakeholder environments and has led the growth of GTMRx—an organization focused on cross-collaboration to advance appropriate use of medications and gene therapies—to over 1,200 members from 800 companies in less than two years. A gifted communicator, she cultivates and manages relationships with stakeholders across the health care and health policy spectrums.

Thought provoking panel discussions

The Summit will feature three panel discussions focused in areas where precision health practices are being implemented and will show benefit. 

The precision prescribing-focused panel will discuss the lab’s critical role in precision health and how to ensure clinicians are best equipped for decision-making. Attendees will hear their insights on how precision health insights can be injected into the workflow, without added burden to the physician.The panel will be moderated by Robert Michel, Editor-in-Chief, DARK Daily and The Dark Report, and will include Matthew Katz, Principal, MCK Health Strategies, LLC; Kristine Ashcraft, Medical Director for Pharmacogenomics, Invitae; Yuri Fesko, MD, Executive Medical Director of Medical Affairs, Quest Diagnostics; and Jordan Olson, MD, Division Chief, Clinical Pathology Informatics and Quality at Geisinger. 

Leading a panel of Chief Medical Information Officers (CMIOs) will be Brian D. Patty, MD, CHCIO, CMIO of Medix Technology. They will discuss the broader implications of precision health, as well as share their thoughts on actioning data and gaining physician adoption by delivering insights at the right time, in the right way, without interrupting workflow. As the bridge between the IT and clinical worlds, they will discuss challenges, successes and what the future holds. Albert Villarin, MD, FACEP, Vice President and CMIO, Nuvance Health, and Stephanie Lahr, MD, CHCIO, CIO and CMIO, Monument Health, will participate in the discussion. 

On the second day of the Summit, a panel of pharmacists and healthcare strategists moderated by Behnaz Sarrami, MS, PharmD, Medical Science Liaison, AltheaDx, will discuss connecting pharmacists and providers for a team-based approach to delivering precision health care. They will explore how physician practices can use lab and pharmacy data to better coordinate care for their patients, as well as demonstrate clinical utility and actionability to ensure payment.

Special Guest Speakers 

Several notable special guests will also join this year’s agenda to discuss both forward looking and current applications of precision health. 

The difference between a traditional assessment of a complex patient condition and true “precision medicine” is the degree of reliance on available data – at point of care – to make decisions about specific treatment paths that may be more beneficial for the patient. Gilan El Saadawi, MD, PhD, MS, Chief Medical Officer, Realyze Intelligence, will present how to achieve a path to true personalized healthcare we need to step back from locking data in disparate silos (genomic, EMR, claims, etc.) and start thinking of building a patient model that reflects the whole patient story with all these pieces fitting together and allowing patterns to emerge from this picture.

Rehan Waheed, MD, Senior Medical Director & CMIO Healthcare Analytics Solutions, Quest Diagnostics, will discuss how when the right care is provided to individual patients at the right time using the right tests, a massive amount of data is collected from these new discoveries and insights. His discussion will highlight the importance of leveraging trends gained from individual data and research to affect population health by creating more opportunities for impactful patient interventions, powering better outcomes for all.

Joining from Regenstrief Institute, Peter Embi, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA, FIAHSI, President & CEO, and Umberto Tachinardi, MD, MS, FACMI, IAHSI, CIO, will share emerging ideas on infrastructure and ethical considerations for advancing real world data and evidence in health. 

Todd Crosslin, Global Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences with Summit sponsor, Snowflake, will introduce the Data Cloud and its relevance to Healthcare. He will then take participants through a live tour of the Data Marketplace to see how organizations can connect to data without copy, FTP, or API to find new insights and/or enhance their machine learning models with data sources such as social determinants of health, adverse events, and COVID.

Anthony Morreale, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP, Associate Chief Consultant for Clinical Pharmacy Services and Policy, US Department of Veterans Affairs, an experienced senior clinical pharmacy leader, will share how to identify gaps in healthcare initiatives and implement changes in a rapidly growing healthcare system. He will also discuss the challenges of scaling up a clinical pharmacy workforce to keep up with technology.

Added Remarks

Rounding out the first day will be opening remarks from Brad Bostic, Chairman and CEO, hc1, and closing remarks from Molly Gamble, Vice President of Editorial, Becker’s Healthcare. Mike Lukas, Vice President and General Manager, Health Systems, Quest Diagnostics, will open the Summit’s second day and Mr. Bostic will offer his final closing remarks at the end of the second day. 

hc1, Becker’s Healthcare, and Summit sponsors Quest Diagnostics, AWS and Snowflake, are excited to welcome more than 2,000 registered attendees to this important event for precision health. If you have not yet registered there is still plenty of time to do so at where you can also find the complete agenda and more information about our speaker and sponsors. If you are still wondering why you should attend, check out my recent blog post on the top five reasons

When attending the Summit, if you have a question that is not answered during the presentation or you think of one after the fact, I’d be happy to pass that along for you. Just send me your message at

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