May 6-9, 2019Hyatt Regency | Orlando, FL
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The IBM Watson Health Advantage Conference is an opportunity to be part of a gathering of industry professionals who are working every day to improve the quality, effectiveness, and affordability of health and healthcare. More than 500 attendees share best practices, network with peers, and learn from emerging and established thought leaders.
General Session and Keynote Speakers
Dr. Kyu Rhee
VP & Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health
Tuesday, May 7 8:30-10:00 AM
Dr. Rhee serves as Chief Health Officer of IBM, where he has global responsibilities for Watson Health and assuring a Culture of Health at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Rhee was Chief Public Health Officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. While at HRSA, he served on and led numerous national initiatives related to prevention, quality, and public health. Dr. Rhee also served as the Director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the primary federal agency for research. While at NIH, he served on and led numerous initiatives related to eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity. Prior to his federal government service, he worked in community health settings as the Chief Medical Officer of Baltimore Medical System Inc., the largest network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Maryland. In addition, Dr. Rhee served five years as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and Medical Director at Upper Cardozo Health Center, the largest community health center in Washington, DC. During that time, he taught at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where he received a “Best Teacher” award for his class in Community Health Leadership.
Dr. Rhee was a Chief Resident and performed his medical residency training in both internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Rhee also holds a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University with a concentration in Health Care Policy. He acquired his Bachelor in Science degree from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he also served as President of the study body.
In addition to his service on various public and private sector committees and boards, including those sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, the National Quality Forum, and the National Business Group on Health, Dr. Rhee speaks frequently and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including American Family Physician, Pediatric Annals, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and the American Journal of Public Health.
Founder of The Huffington Post,Founder and CEO of Thrive Global
Wednesday, May 88:30-9:30 AM
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
General Manager, Payer & Provider
Wednesday, May 83:45-5:00 PM
Barbara Hayes serves as General Manager for our Payer and Provider segment. She oversees the development and delivery of healthcare focused data & analytic solutions, including the application of artificial intelligence via Watson. She is responsible for the financial management of the market segment and leads client service teams focused on account management, analytic/consulting support and data management activities. She also owns strategy, and offerings – and works accordingly on business growth initiatives among current clients and in the market at large. Prior to joining the company in 1993, Ms. Hayes worked primarily in the employee benefits field. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut and holds a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.
Monday, May 6, 2019 – Thursday, May 9, 2019
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