Smart From The Start

Smart From The Start

Welcome to Smart From The Start, where we discuss the revolutionary potential of AI and Ambient Intelligence in healthcare.

Episode #26. Feet on the Ground, Head in the Clouds: Designing Digital Health with Real-World Engagement, with Dr. Lee Schwamm, Chief Digital Health Officer and Associate Dean, Digital Strategy and Transformation at Yale New Haven Health System

Success in digital health requires user adoption and value, driving financial sustainability, and aligning with strategic objectives. In this episode, Dr. Lee Schwamm shares invaluable insights into the development and implementation of digital health strategies, offering a wealth of knowledge on modernizing healthcare through innovative technologies. He emphasizes the need for a collaborative approach and understanding the frontline perspective in implementing digital innovations.  Tune in to gain valuable insights into the future of healthcare technology and its impact on patient care.
April 16, 2024

Episode #25. The Pulse of Innovation: Live from ViVe 2024 Part 02

The healthcare industry is transitioning towards agility and faster innovation cycles to meet evolving patient needs. In this fascinating episode, Steve Lieber interviews healthcare leaders at ViVe 2024, exploring cutting-edge technologies shaping the future of healthcare. David Graham, Rebecca Stametz, and Atul Kanvinde touch on the role of technology in improving workforce satisfaction and stress the need to use AI and virtual care to improve patient outcomes. Tune in and learn how innovative technologies like AI and virtual care are revolutionizing healthcare, improving patient outcomes, and addressing workforce challenges!
April 2, 2024

Episode #24. The Pulse of Innovation: Live from ViVe 2024 Part 1

AI can potentially augment the healthcare workforce, enabling professionals to prioritize patient care and reshape healthcare. In this invaluable episode live from ViVe's conference, healthcare professionals Geri Hansen, Jackie Baker, William Kim, and Daniel Thomas share strategies for adopting AI to enhance healthcare delivery and discuss AI's transformative role in reshaping patient care! Tune in to the podcast to discover how innovative technologies are revolutionizing the future of healthcare!
March 19, 2024

Episode #23. Early Adoption and Change Management: Lessons from Tech Partnerships, with Hiten Patel, Head of Product Management for Penn Medicine

Revenue trends in healthcare aren't keeping up with rising costs, prompting a need for creative solutions. In this episode, Hiten Patel, Head of Product Management for Penn Medicine, sheds light on the challenges healthcare providers face, including stagnant revenue growth and rising costs. He emphasizes the need for creative solutions, such as pursuing partnerships and diversifying revenue streams amid industry shifts and mergers. Hiten delves into the importance of strategic evaluation when adopting new technologies like AI and machine learning, urging organizations to focus on broader solutions rather than point solutions to ensure scalability and efficiency.  Tune in and learn how healthcare organizations can navigate technological advancements while prioritizing operational transformation to thrive in an ever-changing landscape!
March 5, 2024

Episode #22. Future-Ready Healthcare: Navigating Agility & Long-Term Planning, with Dr. Lacy Knight, Chief Health Information Officer at Piedmont Healthcare

Embrace AI and automation, or risk being left behind in healthcare's rapidly evolving landscape. In this episode, Dr. Lacy Knight, Chief Health Information Officer at Piedmont Healthcare, discusses transformative technologies in healthcare. Dr. Knight reflects on the rapid evolution of AI and machine learning in the past year, emphasizing the urgency for healthcare systems to adopt these tools or risk falling behind. Lacy highlights the balance between point solutions and platform approaches in selecting technology, focusing on addressing immediate needs while planning long-term integration.  Tune in and learn how healthcare organizations navigate the digital transformation landscape to improve patient care and operational efficiency!
February 20, 2024

Episode #21. ViVE and CHIME: Where Executives, Startups, and Healthcare Giants Converge, with Rich Scarfo, President at HLTH

ViVE owes its success to a strategic partnership between HLTH and CHIME and its unique focus on serving the business needs of senior healthcare executives! In this episode, Rich Scarfo talks about the philosophy behind organizing healthcare events like HLTH and ViVE, emphasizing the importance of uniting senior executives, creating experiential value, and ensuring participants a solid return on investment. Rich details key networking initiatives, the diverse speaker lineup, and ViVE's role as a startup platform and mentions upcoming events like HLTH Europe, the foundational HLTH event in Las Vegas, and the upcoming ViVE event in Los Angeles. Tune in to unravel the intricacies behind ViVE and its impact on the industry!
February 6, 2024

Data: The Reign of Kings in Healthcare

Data plays a crucial role in the quest for better, safer healthcare, and organizing it effectively is vital to achieving specific healthcare outcomes. In this episode, Scott MacLean, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at MedStar Health, delves into the buzz around generative AI, its real-world applications in healthcare, like EHR inbox management, and the challenges associated with bias and reliability. Scott emphasizes the importance of data in healthcare discussions, pointing out its role in achieving better, safer, and more specific healthcare solutions. The discussion touches on decision-making processes for technology adoption, preferring platforms over point solutions, and the critical role of relationships in gaining user acceptance.  Tune in and learn how healthcare evolves through innovative technologies and thoughtful strategies, and how you can make healthcare smarter and more efficient!
January 24, 2024

Achieving Digital Innovation at Scale: a Value-Based Care Driven Health System’s Journey

The adoption of smart technologies should prioritize seamlessness and ease for clinicians, allowing them to focus on patient care rather than technology. In this episode, Dr. Ashis Barad, Chief Digital Officer and Information Officer at Allegheny Health Network delves into the significant impact of risk contracts on technology adoption, emphasizing the diverse approaches needed in different healthcare markets. He outlines the complexities of managing an extensive health system with various demographics, illustrating the necessity for tailored solutions. Ashis emphasizes the importance of partnerships with technology companies, viewing them as collaborators rather than mere vendors, and encourages healthcare leaders to prioritize scalability over the traditional pilot-first approach.  Tune in and learn how innovation, scalability, and data collaboration can drive healthcare into the future!
January 9, 2024
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Smart From The Start

Welcome to Smart From The Start, where we discuss the revolutionary potential of AI and Ambient Intelligence in healthcare. Hosted by former HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber, we’ll explore how these cutting-edge technologies are reshaping the industry. Stay tuned for enlightening conversations and for resources to help you move at the speed of tech, Visit, your go-to resource for accelerating the transition to smart healthcare facilities. Presented by


Steve Lieber

Steve Lieber

A seasoned healthcare management executive, Steve Lieber has 40 years of experience in healthcare, primarily in healthcare association management.

Currently, Steve works as an independent consultant with a focus on organizational and governance development, business strategy and digital media for associations and early-stage companies. Notable clients have included the, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and Next Wave Connect.
For nearly 18 years, Lieber served as President and CEO of HIMSS, the largest association focused on healthcare information technology (HIT). Lieber not only served on the Board of Directors of HIMSS and its related corporations, but he also served on numerous other corporate, non-profit and coalition boards and groups. He is one of the founders of the Certification Commission for HIT and the Health Information Technology Standards Panel, two U.S. federally funded initiatives at the foundation of the U.S. interoperability effort.

As a nationally recognized commentator on health policy in general and specifically healthcare IT trends and issues, Lieber is a regular speaker and contributor to corporate strategic planning efforts, government-sponsored policy efforts, private sector initiatives and other non-profit organizations. Lieber was consistently recognized as one of the Top 100 most influential people in US healthcare during his time as HIMSS CEO.

In his strategic leadership role at HIMSS, Lieber established the Society as a global leader on issues such as electronic health records, interoperability, technology standards, IT adoption, and certification. He also brought significant growth to HIMSS by a factor of 10 in terms of audience reach and annual revenues through a series of mergers and acquisitions of both for profit and not for profit organizations as well as through organic growth. Highlights of this growth included the formation of HIMSS Analytics, a market intelligence company, and HIMSS Media, a diversified B2B information company.

Lieber previously served as Executive Director of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) for nearly nine years and as Vice President, Personal Membership Groups, at the American Hospital Association.

Lieber holds an MA from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and a BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas. Steve has been awarded honorary life memberships at HIMSS, the American Hospital Association and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management.

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