AMIA 2020 Clinical Informatics Conference Keynote Speakers

Opening Session and Keynote Presentation

Wednesday, May 20, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, is Chief Health Officer at Google Health. She is also adjunct Professor of Medicine and Population Health at University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and co-convenes the National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health. She is a physician executive working at the intersection of medicine, public health, and information technology to improve the health of all people with a focus on catalyzing pragmatic solutions to address all the social determinants of health. Dr. DeSalvo was National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Assistant Secretary for Health (Acting) in the Obama Administration. Prior to joining HHS, she was the New Orleans Health Commissioner. Dr. DeSalvo was previously Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy at Tulane School of Medicine, Chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She serves on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, is on the Board of Directors for Welltower and previously served on the Board of Humana. Dr. DeSalvo is the President of the Society of General Internal Medicine and Honorary Vice President, United States, for the American Public Health Association. She earned her MD and MPH from Tulane University, and a master’s in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Closing Session and Panel

Thursday, May 21, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT/5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT

State of Play: Health IT Interoperability and Open APIs in a Changing World

With the recent finalization of its rule implementing the 21st Century Cures Act health interoperability and information blocking provisions, HHS is ushering in a new period for clinical informatics. Health IT is driving the transformation of healthcare delivery through use of innovation, competition, better data, and more timely information. In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency we expect to see health systems leverage modern web-based and mobile technologies to address the needs of patients, providers and other stakeholders.
As standards-based, open APIs become more ubiquitous, patients will have continued access to their data using a host of new apps; clinicians will have new interfaces to see and use patient data; there will exist new opportunities for researchers to use clinical data. So too will these changes bring new challenges to patient privacy, clinician burden, and to the ongoing management of clinical information systems.
In this closing session panel discussion, attendees will hear from the HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health IT and a host of stakeholders – including patients, clinicians, and industry – who will provide their views on the final rule and its implications for clinical informatics.


Don Rucker is the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he leads the formulation of the federal health IT strategy and coordinates federal health IT policies, standards, programs, and investments. Dr. Rucker has three decades of clinical and informatics experience.  He started his informatics career at Datamedic Corporation, where he co-developed the world's first Microsoft Windows-based electronic medical record. He then spent over a decade serving as Chief Medical Officer at Siemens Healthcare USA. Dr. Rucker has also practiced emergency medicine for a variety of organizations including at Kaiser in California; at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospitals; and, most recently, at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

Ida Sim is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs Informatics and Research Innovation at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and is Director of Digital Health for the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Sim’s research focuses on open integrated architectures of mobile technologies for clinical research and primary care. She is a global leader in the policy and technology of large-scale sharing of clinical trials and mobile health data. She co-founded Open mHealth, a non-profit organization that is breaking down barriers to mobile health app and data integration through an open software architecture, and co-founded Vivli, a global data sharing platform for participant-level clinical trials data. She is a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and is a practicing primary care physician.

Stacey (Vura) Tinianov, BCPA, is a board-certified patient advocate and community engagement consultant in the San Francisco Bay area. Since her diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, Stacey has become a vocal advocate for patient engagement and empowerment via collaborative education; community building; health data access; and person-centered design. When it comes to person-centered advocacy, her goal is to build bridges between science, industry, policy and communities to improve understanding and participation in both directions in order to ultimately deliver accessible, quality, person-centered care and accelerate research. Stacey is an advisor to Ciitizen and CareLoop; a board member of Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS); an advisory board member of Camp Kesem SCU and the California Precision Medicine Consortium (CaPMC); founding member of Kaiser Santa Clara’s Member Patient Advisory Council (MPAC); a research advocate for Komen AIS and UCSF’s Breast Science Advocacy Core (BSAC); and a policy advocate for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). She is an individual member of CARIN Alliance and the newly created COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19).


Susan Hull, CareLoop, Inc., AMIA 2020 CIC Co-Chair

Natalie Pageler, Stanford University, AMIA 2020 CIC Co-Chair

Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy, AMIA