Orlando, FL
Feb. 19-20, 2017
Director for the Institute for Health Transformation
University of Texas System

Renowned physician and researcher Lynda Chin, MD, is The University of Texas System’s associate vice chancellor for health transformation and chief innovation officer for health affairs. Chin leads the UT System’s Institute for Health Transformation, which leverages, develops and deploys innovative, technology-enabled solutions to improve access and affordability of quality health care in Texas and beyond.

The Institute for Health Transformation is initially focused on Project DOC – Diabetes Obesity Control – an initiative to improve diabetes care and management in South Texas.

Prior to joining the UT System in 2015, Chin was the founding chair of Genomic Medicine and scientific director of the Institute for Applied Cancer Science at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Chin has made multiple scientific discoveries spanning the fields of transcription, telomere biology, and mouse models of human cancer and cancer genomics. She has won numerous distinguished honors for her contributions, including election to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in 2012.

February 20, 2017
1:20pm - 2:00pm
Plaza International G-H Ballroom

Much like how Amazon transformed the way we shop, a healthcare ecosystem will eventually transform care so that it is delivered where and when patients need it. This session will give attendees an up-close look at what such an ecosystem looks like. 

Collaborating with a team of hundreds from public (local care providers/patients) and private (AT&T/IBM/PwC/Walmart) sectors, the University of Texas System has developed an extensible Digital Health Platform designed to create interoperability and establish data connectivity across traditional healthcare and new entrant organizations in clinical and real-world settings. Deploying this Digital Health Platform in Brownsville, Texas, UT has created a digitally connected industry-first cross-enterprise healthcare ecosystem that is formalized with a foundational set of participation and data-use and sharing agreements, operational controls and a governance framework to ensure compliant data sharing and uses between data sources, platforms and users. 

This session will share lessons learned and early results on how this technology-enabled ecosystem enhances access to care by patients and access to technology by providers.


  • Roles of public-private partnerships in harnessing state-of-art technologies to improve access and quality of care for the underserved population.
  • How a technology-enabled digitally connected healthcare ecosystem can empower patients with choice, convenience, affordability, and quality.
  • How to unleash the power of market competition to drive continuous innovation and sustainability.

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