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About the Strata Rx Conference

Why You Should Attend | About O'Reilly | Kudos | Experience Strata Rx | Who Should Attend Strata Rx | Program Chairs | Program Committee | Track Hosts

Strata Rx focuses on using big data to drive innovations in analytics for healthcare—including advances in personalized and predictive medicine; significant cost savings; and research that points to entirely new products and markets.

Strata Rx is a unique forum bringing together the diverse communities driving innovations in big data analytics for healthcare. Healthcare leaders in areas such as drug development and medical devices can meet with payers, providers, mobile health pioneers, health IT practitioners, and patients, as well as developers, statisticians, analysts, and innovators.

Strata Rx is also a rare East-meets-West opportunity for the medical establishment to mingle with the Silicon Valley technorati to learn about the transformation of healthcare through big data and how to position themselves to benefit from these trends.

Why You Should Attend

Data is driving change in the healthcare industry. In the hands of those who know how to use it, data brings advances in personalized and predictive medicine, significant cost savings, and research that points to entirely new products and markets. If you want to leverage the power of big data for your organization, you don't want to miss the O'Reilly Strata Rx Conference.

At Strata Rx, you’ll:

  • Be the first to understand how you can leverage the promise of this huge change, and survive the resulting disruption
  • Find new ways to leverage your data assets across industry segments and disciplines
  • Learn how to take big data from pet project to real business application
  • Understand the training, hiring, and career opportunities for healthcare professionals with data analytics skills
  • Meet face-to-face with other innovators and thought leaders

About O'Reilly

O’Reilly Media is followed by venture capitalists, business analysts, news pundits, tech journalists, and thought leaders because we have a knack for knowing what’s important now and what will be important next—and the ability to articulate the seminal narratives about emerging and game-changing technologies.

We don’t say this to brag. We say it to make a point: we’re not easily hypnotized by hype. We’ve seen the bubbles build and burst. For over three decades, we’ve been tapping into a deep network of alpha geeks and thought leaders to recognize the truly disruptive technologies amidst the fluff. So when we invest in a conference, we’re not just following the hype, we’re committed to creating a community around an issue we believe is transformative.

Big data is transforming and disrupting healthcare. The challenges and opportunities of this disruption are immense and exciting.

O’Reilly’s Conferences forge new ties between industry leaders, raise awareness of technology issues we think are interesting and important, and crystallize the critical issues around emerging technologies. Understanding these emerging technologies—and how they will transform healthcare—has never been so important.


“After working in medical informatics for 50 years, I'm completely re-energized. I'm signing up for another 50 years.”

“The Strata Rx Conference has been marvelous because we have had very focused discussions on healthcare specific issues and opportunities...out of all the conferences that we go to, Strata Rx was really effective because the level of dialogue was much deeper and much more focused.”

“If you're interested in learning how to build a health system, you MUST attend Strata Rx. It's as much about scaling learning as scaling data.”

“Strata Rx brings together the best people working in the health data revolution—more doers than thinkers, which is a good thing."

“Fantastic! A lot of folks here are trying to understand what big data means and what technologies can be used to help solve the big problems and challenges in the healthcare space. It has been helpful for us to interact with those people.”

“It has been exciting. We have found the topic areas to be spot on with what we think to be most important in the big data healthcare problem space. This intersection of data technology and medicine is where we like to play, and we have really enjoyed the discussions and ideas that have come up in the conference."

“The copy of Hacking Healthcare included free was an excellent touch, as it's exactly the kind of concentrated content we were hoping to get out of the conference.”

“Great conference! Best conference I have attended this year.”

Experience Strata Rx

With three full days of inspiring keynotes, intensely practical and information-rich sessions, a sponsor pavilion with key players and products, and plenty of networking events, Strata Rx crosses traditional industry boundaries to present an in-depth, unbiased look at the most important issues in healthcare data science.

At Strata Rx, you’ll get:

  • Dozens of sessions that explore the latest advances, case studies, and best practices that specifically apply to data science in healthcare
  • Networking opportunities with hundreds of other healthcare industry leaders, data professionals, designers, and developers
  • A vibrant "hallway track" for attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors to debate and discuss important issues
  • Fun evening events, receptions, and more, giving you more face time with attendees and speakers

Who Should Attend Strata Rx

The O'Reilly Strata Rx Conference is for data and healthcare professionals, including:

  • Pharmaceutical and biotech leaders
  • CEOs, CMOs, CIOs, CTOs, and other health insurance executives
  • Patient advocacy professionals
  • Hospital administrators
  • Government innovators
  • Product managers
  • Researchers and academics
  • Data-driven designers, healthcare journalists, and anthropologists
  • VCs and investors
  • Innovators, start-up founders, and disruptors

Program Chairs

Colin Hill Colin Hill
Colin is the CEO and co-founder of GNS Healthcare, a pioneer in big data analytics in personalized medicine and healthcare. Colin is a frequent speaker at international scientific and industry conferences and has appeared in numerous publications and television segments including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC Morning Call, Nature, Forbes, Wired, and The Economist. He serves as CEO and Chairman of GNS Healthcare's parent company Via Science, and as chairman of the board of Fina Technologies, a subsidiary of Via Science that applies next-generation artificial intelligence technology to real-time financial trading. He also serves on the board of directors of AesRx, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of a new treatment for sickle cell disease, and writes the Healthcare 2020 blog for Forbes. In 2004, Colin was named to MIT Technology Review's TR100 list of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in physics and earned master's degrees in physics from McGill University and Cornell University.


Julie Steele Julie Steele
Julie works at O'Reilly Media as Content Editor for Strata. She is co-author of Beautiful Visualization and Designing Data Visualizations. She finds beauty in discovering new ways to understand complex systems, and so enjoys connecting people and ideas across verticals and traditional silos, and is particularly drawn to the visual medium as a way to understand data. Julie holds a Master's degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Rutgers University. She lives in NYC, where she cooks, reads, and practices yoga.


Program Committee

Brian Ahier
Passionate about Health IT, Healthcare Reform and Government 2.0; City Councilor


Paul Bleicher
Paul brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare and healthcare information technology and presently serves as Humedica’s Chief Medical Officer. Previously, he was the founding CEO and Chairman of Phase Forward, which he helped guide over 13 years through its public offering and acquisition in 2010 by Oracle. Before Phase Forward, Paul led clinical research in the biopharmaceutical industry at a leading biotechnology company and CRO and was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School at the MassachuseTtts General Hospital. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Rochester, trained in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, and in dermatology at MGH/Harvard Medical School.


Vincent Fitts
Vincent is the Vice President and Managing Director of The Health Economics and Outcomes Research Institute (THEORI) at the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). Vincent focuses on the acquisition, analysis, and visualization of health care data and develops custom data tools to promote quality improvement in large hospital collaboratives. Prior to joining GNYHA, he served as a senior policy analyst at a New York State commission responsible for reconfiguring New York State’s health care delivery system. He has also worked with not-for-profit and patient advocacy organizations, public relations firms, and corporate clients as a health care researcher at Harris Interactive. Vincent holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester.


C. William Hanson, III
C. William Hanson, III, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Surgery and Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is an internist, anesthesiologist and intensivist. He is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer and Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Hanson has extensive experience in medical informatics and was Visiting Professor in the Princeton University Department of Computer Science between 2002 and 2005. Dr. Hanson’s anesthetic specialty is cardiac anesthesia (cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, lung and heart transplantation).


Rachel Kalmar
Rachel is a neuroscientist who is passionate about making sensor data accessible, actionable, and predictive. How do we take sensor data to the next level, from tracking to actions? Rachel is active in the Bay Area hardware community, and runs a sensor meetup ( and discussion group (


Paul Levy
Paul Levy, former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is an advocate for patient-driven care who writes a blog about health care issues entitled Not Running a Hospital. Paul is also the author of Goal Play! Leadership lessons from the soccer field.


Roger Magoulas
Roger Magoulas is the director of market research at O'Reilly Media. Magoulas runs a team that is building an open source analysis infrastucture and provides analysis services, including technology trend analysis, to business decision-makers at O'Reilly and beyond. In previous incarnations, Magoulas designed and implemented data warehouse projects for organizations ranging from the San Francisco Opera to the Alberta Motor Club.


Rodrigo Martinez
Rodrigo Martinez is passionate about the design and business opportunities at the crossroads of DESIGN + BIOLOGY. As Life Sciences Chief Strategist at IDEO and member of the Health & Wellness practice, he tackles some of the most interesting challenges in health care, life sciences, and the emerging wellness space.


Carol McCall
Carol McCall is a health actuary with a background in innovation, predictive analytics and health services design. Her specialties are creating novel computational approaches that leverage 'big data' in healthcare, and designing services and business models that expand the traditional notions of health, care, community and sustainability.


Andy Oram
Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source technologies and software engineering. His work for O'Reilly includes the first books ever released by a U.S. publisher on Linux, the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, and the 2007 best-seller Beautiful Code.


DJ Patil
DJ is the "Data Scientist in Residence" at Greylock Partners. Previously he was the Chief Product Officer for Color and the Chief Scientist at the LinkedIn Corporation, leading the Analytics and Data Teams. Some of the products shipped include, People You May Know, Who's Viewed My Profile, Talent Match, Skills, and Career Explorer.


David Santucci
David Santucci's background is in computational neuroscience. His work at GNS Healthcare include business development, marketing and working with clients to develop analytics solutions.


Track Hosts


Fred Trotter
Fred is a healthcare data journalist with the DocGraph project. Trotter has done lots of things in Health IT, including visiting NCVHS to testify on the definition of 'meaningful use' and was one of the original designers of the Direct Project.

Wen Dombrowski MD MBA
Physician executive intersecting Tech + Business + Policy + Healthcare + Social Innovation. Wen especially interested in Predictive Analytics and how to combine and then analyze data from multiple sources (including non-EMR data) such as:

Ashish Patel
Ashish Patel is one of the founders of Not Only Development which is focused on Open and collaborative projects to improve healthcare.

Ashish comes from a career as an information security expert.


Value Based Care

Felix Frueh
Felix Frueh is a thought leader in personalized medicine with 15 years of R&D, management and policy experience. He is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Third Rock Ventures in Boston, where he provides strategic input on new and existing portfolio companies with a particular focus on personalized medicine. He is also Executive Partner at Opus Three LLC, a consulting firm specializing in scientific, regulatory and reimbursement strategies for the clinical application of personalized medicine.

Puneet Batra
Puneet Batra is the Chief Data Scientist at Kyruus. Puneet was previously the Lead Analytic Scientist at Aster Data, where he created new algorithms, data products and product strategies for Fortune 500 companies using their petabyte-scale data assets. Prior to joining Aster Data, Puneet designed a social network based model of customer churn for T-Mobile while a Scientific Associate at Dataspora. Puneet has worked with two of the world's largest experimental facilities, the Fermilab Tevatron and CERN's Large Hadron Collider, to identify anomalies and propose new models of fundamental physics. He has held research positions at Harvard, Stanford and Columbia Universities. Puneet has 15+ publications in elite academic journals and has over 300+ citations. Puneet completed his BA at Harvard University and has a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University.


Patient Engagement

Sam Rodgers
Sam is a GP working in the community as well as the emergency department. I enjoy the challenge of providing general practice services across the primary and secondary care sectors.

Sam also works as the Chief Clinical Information Officer for NHS Central London CCG. Sam works on behalf of 36 GP practices and 188000 patients to ensure that we are using information technology to help deliver high quality, efficient and safe healthcare.


Data Liquidity

Bill Hanson
C. William Hanson, III, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Surgery and Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is an internist, anesthesiologist and intensivist. He is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer and Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Hanson has extensive experience in medical informatics and was Visiting Professor in the Princeton University Department of Computer Science between 2002 and 2005. Dr. Hanson’s anesthetic specialty is cardiac anesthesia (cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, lung and heart transplantation).


Precision Medicine

Iya Khalil
GNS Healthcare

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