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The goal of NYSTEC’s Population Health Innovation Summit (PHIS) is to highlight innovations that impact the communities we serve. PHIS brings together representatives from state agencies, healthcare organizations, professional associations, nonprofits, community-based organizations, and private industry, all with a vested interest in improving the health and well-being of the population. 

NYSTEC’s seventh annual summit, PHIS 2024, aims to showcase innovative programs, partnerships, and research across New York State that are addressing artificial intelligence (AI) in population health. This year’s summit will provide a platform for industry leaders, healthcare professionals, information security professionals, policymakers, and researchers to come together and explore the transformative potential of AI in improving population health outcomes.  

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Jun 6
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Jason Benitez
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Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
, Capital Region Chamber
As Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the Capital Region Chamber, Jason Benitez assists businesses and organizations in the Capital Region and beyond in embarking on and advancing their DEI journeys.

As Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the Capital Region Chamber, Jason Benitez assists businesses and organizations in the Capital Region and beyond in embarking on and advancing their DEI journeys. Mr. Benitez also works to further the Chamber’s strategic mission relevant to DEI. He previously worked for 15+ years in higher education at the University at Albany, SUNY Schenectady, and Union College, where he served as Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. He serves on the national board of directors and is chair of the DEI sub-division for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and is a board trustee for the Northeastern, NY, chapter of the Make a Wish foundation. Mr. Benitez holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and Certificate of Advanced Study from the University at Albany. He lives in Slingerlands, NY, with his wife and two children.

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Rumi Chunara, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor
, New York University
Rumi Chunara's research focuses on developing computational and statistical approaches to use data holistically across healthcare, social, environmental and policy factors, to improve population-level public health.

Rumi Chunara’s research focuses on developing computational and statistical approaches to use data holistically across healthcare, social, environmental and policy factors, to improve population-level public health. At NYU, Dr. Chunara also directs the Center for Health Data Science. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor at HealthMap and the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program at Harvard Medical School. She completed her Ph.D. at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and BSc at Caltech. She has received awards from the National Science Foundation CAREER program, Facebook Research, and Gates Foundation Grand Challenges. In addition, she was recognized by MIT Technology Review as a “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” and received the Max Planck Sabbatical Award. 

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Joseph Conte, Ph.D., CPHQ
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Executive Director
, Staten Island Performing Provider System
Joseph Conte, Ph.D., CPHQ, is the Executive Director of the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS). The SI PPS was created to implement the Medicaid redesign program known as DSRIP.
Joseph Conte, Ph.D., CPHQ, is the Executive Director of the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS). The SI PPS was created to implement the Medicaid redesign program known as DSRIP. Under Dr. Conte’s leadership, the PPS was recognized by Jason Helgerson, NY Medicaid Director, as “leading the way” and the “most advanced” in New York (Crains, 2017).
Previously, Dr. Conte was the Senior Vice President for Administration at Richmond University Medical Center, overseeing multiple departments. Prior to this, he was the Executive Vice President at Catholic Health Services of Long Island. At Northwell, formerly the NS-LIJ Health System, he served for more than 15 years in various executive capacities, including Senior Vice President for Quality, where his innovative strategies ultimately culminated in the National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award and the Codman Award for Staten Island University Hospital.
He completed his doctoral dissertation at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, analyzing the effects of meaningful use of electronic health records on cost, quality, and safety outcomes. Dr. Conte has experience in international projects and was recently invited to speak in the Netherlands and the U.K. to discuss healthcare innovation. He has published numerous peer review articles and authored a chapter in the bestselling Health Informatics an Executive Primer.
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Josh Klemm
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Chief Information Officer
, New York State Thruway Authority
Josh Klemm was appointed as the Chief Information Officer of the New York State Thruway Authority in October 2021. He previously served in a variety of positions in his 20-year information technology career, including 14 years with the State of New York.

Josh Klemm was appointed as the Chief Information Officer of the New York State Thruway Authority in October 2021. He previously served in a variety of positions in his 20-year information technology career, including 14 years with the State of New York. Mr. Klemm served as Chief Information Security Officer and Director of the Bureau of Systems and Informatics at the New York State Department of Health, where his team played a critical role in developing the systems and reports for the State’s COVID-19 response, and ran the all payer database, SPARCS, provider directory, and master data management systems. Mr. Klemm also held positions with the AIDS Institute and Department of Labor. He received his bachelor of arts and a master’s of science from the University at Albany, where he serves as an adjunct lecturer in Informatics with the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity.

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David Schaeffer
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Audit Manager
, New York State Office of the State Comptroller
David Schaeffer has over 17 years of government auditing experience with the Office of the New York State Comptroller's Division of State Government Accountability (SGA), covering New York City agencies and the New York State Medicaid program.

David Schaeffer has over 17 years of government auditing experience with the Office of the New York State Comptroller’s Division of State Government Accountability (SGA), covering New York City agencies and the New York State Medicaid program. Currently, Mr. Schaeffer leads SGA’s new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unit auditing AI and emerging technology resulting in one of the first audits on AI performed by state auditors, which assessed NYC’s AI Governance. Mr. Schaeffer manages multiple audit teams, which use advanced data analytic skills to research and audit, and is a founding member of the Data Consult Team, which is an internal resource for audit teams to help identify data sets and methodologies to assist in their audits and improved data literacy division wide. Prior to working for SGA, Mr. Schaeffer studied Political Science and Public Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the State University of New York, University at Albany and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006.

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Jameson Toole, Ph.D.
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Cofounder and Former CTO of Fritz AI
Jameson Toole has more than 13 years of experience building novel machine learning and applying artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems.

Jameson Toole has more than 13 years of experience building novel machine learning and applying artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems. He is the cofounder and former CTO of Fritz AI, a Boston-based startup. Dr. Toole holds a Ph.D. and MSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds undergraduate degrees in physics, economics, and applied mathematics from the University of Michigan.

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Fei Wang, Ph.D.
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Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
Fei Wang is currently a tenured Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. His research interest is machine learning and artificial intelligence in biomedicine.

Fei Wang is currently a tenured Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. His research interest is machine learning and artificial intelligence in biomedicine. He is the Founding Director of the WCM Institute of AI for Digital Health. Dr. Wang has published on major AI venues including NeurIPS, ICML, AAAI, and KDD, as well as major medical venues including Nature Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Wang is an elected fellow of American Medical Informatics Association, American College of Medical Informatics, and International Academy of Health Sciences and Informatics, and a distinguished member of Association for Computing Machinery. Dr. Wang’s research has been extensively funded by federal agencies including National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research, private foundations including the Michael J. Fox Foundation and American Heart Association, as well as industries such as Amazon, Google, Boehringer Ingelheim, Regeneron, and Sanofi.

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Agenda - More Details Coming Soon

Jun 6
Keynote | A Brief History of AI: How We Got Here and Where We Are Going
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Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way since its early days in the 1950s. In this talk, we will explore the history of AI, from its humble beginnings in academic research to its current state as a powerful tool that is used in a wide variety of applications. We will discuss the key developments that have led to the rise of AI, including data science, big data, machine learning, deep learning, and now generative AI. Along the way, we'll highlight key opportunities and risks when adopting this technology in organizations and policy creation. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way since its early days in the 1950s. In this talk, we will explore the history of AI, from its humble beginnings in academic research to its current state as a powerful tool that is used in a wide variety of applications. We will discuss the key developments that have led to the rise of AI, including data science, big data, machine learning, deep learning, and now generative AI. Along the way, we’ll highlight key opportunities and risks when adopting this technology in organizations and policy creation.

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Jameson Toole, Ph.D.
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Cofounder and Former CTO of Fritz AI

Jameson Toole has more than 13 years of experience building novel machine learning and applying artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems. He is the cofounder and former CTO of Fritz AI, a Boston-based startup. Dr. Toole holds a Ph.D. and MSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds undergraduate degrees in physics, economics, and applied mathematics from the University of Michigan.

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Navigating the Data-Driven Era in Public and Population Health from Research to Practice
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Public and population health are concerned with the health of populations, including factors that shape health in and out of the hospital, as well as the resulting distribution of such outcomes across groups and inequities which result in disparities. The rapid increase in data availability can pose challenges for decision-making in these fields due to biases in data and other factors that perpetuate through to algorithmic outputs. At the same time, data can also provide an opportunity to illuminate disparities and their mechanisms. Considering the two sides of this coin, this talk will explore how we're integrating data and AI into public and population health efforts in New York, emphasizing the importance of capacity building for public health professionals.

Public and population health are concerned with the health of populations, including factors that shape health in and out of the hospital, as well as the resulting distribution of such outcomes across groups and inequities which result in disparities. The rapid increase in data availability can pose challenges for decision-making in these fields due to biases in data and other factors that perpetuate through to algorithmic outputs. At the same time, data can also provide an opportunity to illuminate disparities and their mechanisms. Considering the two sides of this coin, this talk will explore how we’re integrating data and AI into public and population health efforts in New York, emphasizing the importance of capacity building for public health professionals.

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Rumi Chunara, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor, New York University

Rumi Chunara’s research focuses on developing computational and statistical approaches to use data holistically across healthcare, social, environmental and policy factors, to improve population-level public health. At NYU, Dr. Chunara also directs the Center for Health Data Science. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor at HealthMap and the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program at Harvard Medical School. She completed her Ph.D. at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and BSc at Caltech. She has received awards from the National Science Foundation CAREER program, Facebook Research, and Gates Foundation Grand Challenges. In addition, she was recognized by MIT Technology Review as a “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” and received the Max Planck Sabbatical Award. 

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AI Innovation in Population Health: A Panel Discussion
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Join us for “AI Innovation in Population Health: A Panel Discussion” where leading experts will come together to discuss innovative applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare. From pioneering cancer research to environmental health monitoring, this session will feature leaders, researchers, and scientists that are utilizing AI to make a difference in population health. The discussion will cover both the potential and real-life applications of AI across multiple fields, and highlight the vast impact that AI is having on the healthcare innovation landscape. 

Join us for “AI Innovation in Population Health: A Panel Discussion” where leading experts will come together to discuss innovative applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare. From pioneering cancer research to environmental health monitoring, this session will feature leaders, researchers, and scientists that are utilizing AI to make a difference in population health. The discussion will cover both the potential and real-life applications of AI across multiple fields, and highlight the vast impact that AI is having on the healthcare innovation landscape. 

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Margarida M. Barroso, Ph.D.
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Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Albany Medical College
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Joseph Conte, Ph.D., CPHQ
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Executive Director, Staten Island Performing Provider System
Joseph Conte, Ph.D., CPHQ, is the Executive Director of the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS). The SI PPS was created to implement the Medicaid redesign program known as DSRIP. Under Dr. Conte’s leadership, the PPS was recognized by Jason Helgerson, NY Medicaid Director, as “leading the way” and the “most advanced” in New York (Crains, 2017).
Previously, Dr. Conte was the Senior Vice President for Administration at Richmond University Medical Center, overseeing multiple departments. Prior to this, he was the Executive Vice President at Catholic Health Services of Long Island. At Northwell, formerly the NS-LIJ Health System, he served for more than 15 years in various executive capacities, including Senior Vice President for Quality, where his innovative strategies ultimately culminated in the National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award and the Codman Award for Staten Island University Hospital.
He completed his doctoral dissertation at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, analyzing the effects of meaningful use of electronic health records on cost, quality, and safety outcomes. Dr. Conte has experience in international projects and was recently invited to speak in the Netherlands and the U.K. to discuss healthcare innovation. He has published numerous peer review articles and authored a chapter in the bestselling Health Informatics an Executive Primer.
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Xiaobo Romeiko, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University at Albany
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Fei Wang, Ph.D.
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Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Fei Wang is currently a tenured Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. His research interest is machine learning and artificial intelligence in biomedicine. He is the Founding Director of the WCM Institute of AI for Digital Health. Dr. Wang has published on major AI venues including NeurIPS, ICML, AAAI, and KDD, as well as major medical venues including Nature Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Wang is an elected fellow of American Medical Informatics Association, American College of Medical Informatics, and International Academy of Health Sciences and Informatics, and a distinguished member of Association for Computing Machinery. Dr. Wang’s research has been extensively funded by federal agencies including National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research, private foundations including the Michael J. Fox Foundation and American Heart Association, as well as industries such as Amazon, Google, Boehringer Ingelheim, Regeneron, and Sanofi.

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Venue Info

Parking
The Albany Capital Center’s parking garage is located beneath the facility at 7 Wendell Street, Albany, NY 12207.
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Covid-19 Info
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We are striving to make PHIS 2024 an inclusive and accessible event for all who attend. To request an accommodation, or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact phis@nystec.com.
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ALBANY

55 Eagle St.
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 487-2155
Email: nystec@nystec.com

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