Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He is the author of The Internet of Healthy Things, describing how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to ultimately change behavior to improve our health.

Under Dr. Kvedar’s two decades of leadership,
Partners Connected Health has launched a number of innovative mobile health programs, virtual care initiatives and clinical research programs for the more than 1.5 million patients served at Partners HealthCare-affiliated hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Partners connected health programs are helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.

Dr. Kvedar is serving as Program Chair for the Connected Health Conference, an industry defining event co-hosted by Partners Connected Health and the HIMSS Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance).  He is also a member of the PCHAlliance Board of Managers.

He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 100 publications on the subject; the popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Mavericks Capital, Puretech Ventures and Qualcomm Life, and he is a judge for the Harvard President's Challenge for Entrepreneurship.  Dr. Kvedar is co-chair of the American Medical Association's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group.

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Greg Waldstreicher is the CEO of DoseSpot and for more than 9 years has been at the forefront of the electronic prescribing (e-Prescribing) market. DoseSpot provides integratable e-Prescribing solutions to more than 175 medical, dental, and digital health software companies and was one of the first solutions to be certified for the e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances. Greg received a B.S. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park in Accounting and an M.S. from Northeastern University in Technological Entrepreneurship.

Sue Schade is a nationally recognized health IT leader and a founding advisor at Next Wave Health Advisors providing consulting, coaching and interim management services. Schade has nearly 30 years’ experience in health care information technology management. Schade was named the CHIME- HIMSS John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year in 2014.

Schade is Principal, StarBridge Advisors.  Previously she served as the interim Chief Information Officer at University Hospitals Health System (UHHS) in Cleveland, Ohio. UHHS, with $3.7B in revenue, includes the 1032-bed tertiary medical center University Hospitals, an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University. It also includes 11 wholly-owned community medical centers and over 30 major outpatient centers.

Schade served as the Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) from 2012-2015. Prior to joining the University of Michigan Health System, she served for over 12 years as the CIO for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a founding member of the Partners HealthCare System in Boston, MA. Her previous experience includes 12 years in positions of increasing management responsibility at a large integrated delivery system in the Chicago area. She led the software division for a start-up healthcare software and outsourcing services vendor for several years and worked as a senior manager in the health care information technology practice at Ernst and Young.

An active member of HIMSS and CHIME, Schade served on the CHIME Board from 2004 to 2006. She was responsible for their Advocacy initiatives focusing on the national healthcare information technology agenda and fostering CHIME’s partnerships with other national organizations. She chaired the CHIME Education Foundation Board from 2006 to 2009. She served on the HIMSS Advocacy and Public Policy Steering Committee from 2009-2011. Schade achieved fellow status with both HIMSS and CHIME. She is a regular speaker and writer within the HIT industry including a weekly blog called Health IT Connect at She holds an MBA degree from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Illinois.

Recent Speakers

Cara Babachicos earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in the School of Management and her Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

She has twenty-five years experience working in healthcare information systems with a career that spans across acute care, non-acute, for profit-vendors and consulting. She is passionate about systems and processes that help to support the patient across the healthcare continuum and in the home as we age.

Cara is on the CHIME Board of Directors. She is also on the faculty of CHIME and teaches in the CIO Boot Camp. Cara teaches a Northeastern University in the masters program for Healthcare Informatics and has created their first online program focusing on
Patient Informatics and the Patient Experience. She has also taught executive project management through the Harvard School of Public Health.

In her spare time Cara and her yellow Lab Enzo are a Pet Therapy team that goes to hospitals, hospices and colleges to help patients and college students cope with stressful times.

Carina Edwards
Senior VP, Customer Experience


Cara Babachicos, MHA, FCHIME, CHCIO

Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer 
South Shore Health System

Sue Schade
Principal, StarBridge Advisors

Greg Waldstreicher
CEO DoseSpot

Carina is an experienced healthcare IT executive who consistently leads companies to realize their next stages of growth. Throughout her career, Carina has propelled businesses forward by visioning and operationalizing excellent customer experiences. Currently, she is the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at Imprivata, responsible for leading strategic partnerships and all customer facing operations towards the goal of creating customers for life.  Carina sits on the board of CHIME and the Boston Medical Center Philanthropic Trust.  Carina received her MBA from Boston College and her BS in Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences from George Mason University.

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
Vice President, Connected Health
Partners HealthCare