Visis 2019 Presenters

Keynote Speaker

Worldwide Lead: Healthcare, Life Sciences, Genomics, Amazon Web Services

Shez Partovi, MD

Dr. Shez Partovi obtained his medical degree from the prestigious McGill University, in Montreal, Canada and completed his neuroradiology subspecialty training at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He is a serial entrepreneur and has launched a number of health IT companies, one of which was a telehealth company built on AWS.

After a decade of clinical practice, Dr. Partovi transitioned into executive roles at Dignity Health where he served as its Chief Health Information Officer and, subsequently, as Chief Digital Officer/SVP of Digital Transformation. As the CHIO, Dr. Partovi oversaw the deployment of Cerner across the enterprise in both inpatient, outpatient and oncology settings. As the CDO, Dr. Partovi was responsible for the digital experience of consumers, patients and providers across Dignity Health.

Shez joined Amazon Web Services in 2018 as the Worldwide lead for Healthcare, Life Sciences and Genomics. He is currently working on over a dozen large scale initiatives across the globe and has a unique perspective of the opportunities to transform healthcare worldwide. Dr. Partovi combines his clinical, entrepreneurial and AWS experience to help the audience Think Big and imagine the Art of the Possible.

Keynote Speaker

The Transformation of Healthcare Through Medical Education, Emerging Technologies, and Operational Redesign

Rick Peters, MD
Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Dell Medical School

Rick Peters, MD, is the Chief Technology Innovation Officer (CTIO) and Assistant Professor, Population Health, at The University of Texas, Austin, Dell Medical School. He focuses on innovation projects and research in information technology, system architectures, data, clinical research, social determinants of health and mobile computing.

Prior to joining UT Austin, he practiced Emergency Medicine with Southern California Kaiser-Permanente, was General Manager, Clinical Technology, at GE Healthcare, and has extensive experience in technology startups. He was founder and President/CEO of the electronic health record (EHR) companies, Oceania, acquired by Cerner, and iTrust, acquired by GE Healthcare.  He was founder and President of ScratchTrack, a digital rights management (DRM) company funded by Verisign, founder and President/CEO of PTRx, a data-driven pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company, acquired by SXC and now part of OptumRx, and served on the Board of Directors for the revenue cycle management company, Medical Present Value (MPV), acquired by Experion.

Dr. Peters received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his M.D. and graduate training from the University of California San Diego, was a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute and has an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. His research interests are in pulmonary physiology, having been a member of the American Medical Research Expedition to Everest, evidence-based and value-based care, therapeutic drug effectiveness, literature and humanities in medical education, real-time clinical decision-support, social determinants of health, population health, health care informatics, data modeling, UI/UX, comparative analytics and developmental economics.

He lectures in Literature and Film at Dell Medical School and formerly in Evidence Based Medicine at the University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy. He is also a member of the U.S. Board of Directors for the maternal/child health and developmental economics NGO, SurfAid, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Diego Museum of Man.

Keynote Speaker

Keeping Music in Austin Alive and Well

Reenie Collins. Executive Director, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)

Reenie brings a wealth of health care and nonprofit administration experience to her role as HAAM’s executive director. Her time with Seton Healthcare Family – part of 25 years in the industry – shaped her skills in leading system change and developing mission-driven programs.
Reenie’s downtime pleasures include live music, queso, Netflix.