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 #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

The Shiny Object Syndrome: Clarifying the Focus in Technology Adoption

Before adopting new technology, identify the specific problem you're solving.  In this episode, Dr. Rob Bart explores the current landscape of digital health and artificial intelligence in healthcare. Dr. Bart shares valuable insights into the multidimensional analysis required for adopting new technologies, emphasizing the importance of solving specific problems and achieving a clear return on investment. Specifically, Dr. Bart highlights the role of ambient voice technology in revolutionizing clinical documentation, providing clinicians with increased efficiency and improved patient care. Finally, Rob leaves the audience with practical advice—embrace a strategic approach by identifying problems, understanding workflows, selecting the right platforms, and measuring performance.  Tune in and learn how healthcare organizations can navigate the ever-changing landscape of technology, making healthcare smarter and more patient-centric.
January 2, 2024

Holiday Special. Innovate for Impact: Why The Best IT Project is not an IT Project

Join us with this unique crossover event featuring Molly McCarthy, Microsoft's former Chief Nursing Officer, and her podcast, The Smart Care Team Spotlight, presented by In this special crossover special, Molly McCarthy engages in a captivating conversation with Judy Murphy, clinical informatics pioneer and former CNO of IBM Healthcare. Explore the highs and lows of AI implementation in healthcare as Judy delves into the hype around ChatGPT AI. Discover valuable insights on data curation, trust establishment, and the ongoing need for monitoring, validation, and clinician feedback. Tune in to navigate the dynamic intersection of AI and healthcare for meaningful patient care and outcome improvements. Don't miss this special episode featuring Judy Murphy on the Smart Care Team Spotlight.
December 26, 2023

AI in Healthcare: Bridging the Gap between Hype and Reality

Embark on an inspiring healthcare journey led by Ed Marx, CEO at Marx Advisory, as he unveils the transformative leaders shaping the industry. Immerse yourself in human-centered design, patient-centric approaches, and the disruptive force of AI. Explore the crucial elements of smart clinician integration and calculated risks as this episode carefully navigates the delicate balance between the art and science of medicine. Discover how technology becomes a beacon of confidence for clinicians and patients alike. Don't miss the opportunity to tune in and uncover the mission-driven heartbeat of healthcare. Join us as we advocate for saving lives, enhancing care, and embracing fearless leadership and innovation in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape.
December 19, 2023

Holiday Special! Sifting Through The Noise: The Key Skill For Nurse Executives

Join us in an engaging conversation as we delve into the transformative impact of innovation and smart hospital practices on the healthcare landscape! This special holiday episode marks a unique crossover event with Molly McCarthy's podcast, "Smart Care Team Spotlight." We are delighted to present a captivating discussion featuring Molly's esteemed guest, Eric Wallis, Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer for Henry Ford Health System. In this episode, Eric Wallis shares his valuable insights on the current challenges within the caregiver workforce in the post-COVID era. He sheds light on the strategies and opportunities Henry Ford Health System prioritized to tackle workforce shortages effectively and address the challenges caregivers and hospitals face. Embark on this journey with us as we explore the innovative solutions and opportunities technology has brought to the forefront of healthcare.
December 12, 2023
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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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