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Becker's Healthcare Virtual Forum


September 9, 2022

Diversity is a critical component of any successful healthcare organization to best serve their patients. But many C-suites remain homogeneous and change is slow. Become the fire-starter your organization needs to build a culture based on diversity, equity and inclusion. This dynamic virtual event will focus on promoting women leadership and strengthen diversity for a more effective organization.

The Digital Patient Podcast

How Providence Ideates, Incubates & Spins Out Health Tech Startups and Creating Personalized Omni-Channel Consumer Experiences

August 10, 2022

On this episode of “The Digital Patient” podcast, hosts Alan Sardana & Dr. Joshua Liu speak with Sara Vaezy, EVP, Chief Strategy and Digital Officer at Providence, about “How Providence Ideates, Incubates & Spins Out Health Tech Startups, Creating Personalized Omni-Channel Consumer Experiences & Leveraging Digital Transformation to Evolve Policy”. Click the play button to listen or read the show notes below.

The Big Unlock - Healthcare Digital Transformation Podcast

Season 4: Episode #124 Podcast with Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Officer, Providence

June 27, 2022

In this episode, Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Officer of Providence talks about her new priorities, the increased focus on patient acquisition through marketing and patient engagement tools, and the role of identity-based marketing programs that get tied with the returns on investment. Sara also discusses the digital health innovation ecosystem, the startup funding environment, and all the tough choices that health systems make in the context of an economic slowdown.

Sara talks about unlocking new business models and operationalizing digital in a multi-modal context to solve both consumer and health system problems that go beyond substituting a physical visit for a virtual visit. She also states that health systems are now going through a much-needed re-evaluation of the value generated by digital business models and partnerships. Take a listen.

HLTH GoLive Webinar

HLTH Webinar: Entering a New Chapter for Consumer Engagement in Healthcare

June 14, 2022

In this roundtable led by Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Officer at Providence, healthcare innovators discuss the “platforming” of health system consumer engagement, how identity services play a starring role, and new solutions that are poised to change the equation.

Providence featured speaker:
Sara Vaezy, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Strategy Officer

Becker's the Shift to Digital Virtual Event

Healthcare Reimagined: Teleheath as a Revenue Generator

June 1, 2022

The pandemic exacerbated the need for health systems to adopt telehealth and expedite their ventures into virtual care. A robust digital front door for a retail-like experience, coupled with the latest technological solutions are what make health systems great ones. Join CIOs and IT executives from leading health systems for important conversations on where healthcare delivery is headed and how you can be ready.

Providence featured speaker:
Sara Vaezy, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Strategy Officer


Data + Technology Can Do Wonders for Healthcare

May 25, 2022

Leveraging data and technological advancements can do wonders for healthcare – not just for creating efficiency within an organization but also for enhancing the patient experience. Tune in to this informative virtual event to get the best tools and useful insights to elevate your own strategies and processes.

Providence featured speaker:
Sara Vaezy, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Strategy Officer

Becker's Hospital Review: 12th Annual Meeting

What’s the Best Thing Your System Has Done in the Last 12 Months? How Did You Do It?

April 25, 2022

Providence featured speaker:
Sara Vaezy, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Strategy Officer


The Imperative of Working with Start-Ups

March 8, 2022

Effective external innovation partnerships for providers are more important now than ever before. Emerging, nimble, venture-backed high growth companies (a/k/a “startups”) can be critical innovation partners in solving a provider’s most difficult problems. Hear from a panel of healthcare innovation, venture, and startup experts on why there is an imperative for working with startups.

Providence featured speaker:
Aaron Martin – EVP, Chief Digital Officer, Providence


Forget the Money, Show me the ROI!

March 7, 2022

Today’s healthcare executive is responsible for solving care management through extensive clinical content while meeting complex and evolving regulatory requirements, making health IT more and more expansive and resource intensive. Furthermore, a successful investor seeks more than return on investment (ROI) measurements, which can only reflect a simple monetary value. Instead, actual value investing return will include tangible results in the form of operational efficiency, quality improvement, reduced risk and liability, improved outcomes and enhancements to the communities being served. You don’t want to miss this session that brings top visionaries together to discuss practical examples: health system investments that thrived or didn’t, ability to scale or replicate investments, and monetary and intrinsic measures of success.

Providence featured speaker:
Aaron Martin – EVP, Chief Digital Officer, Providence

Becker’s Healthcare: The Leading Podcast for Digital Health and Health IT

Digital Health + Health IT with Aaron Martin Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at Providence & Managing General Partner at Providence Ventures

February 28, 2022

This episode features Aaron Martin, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at Providence & Managing General Partner at Providence Ventures. Here, he joined the podcast to talk about digital health trends, startus and the most important problems tech can solve in the coming years.

Providence featured speaker:
Aaron Martin, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer

League Connect

Panelist discussion @ League’s Annual Conference, Connect 2022

February 1, 2022

Real talk. Real issues. Real-world impact. League Connect is an invitation-only virtual gathering of 100 influential healthcare executives and innovators coming together to shape the future of healthcare. Join speakers from Deloitte, Providence, Workday, Prisma Health and more.

Providence featured speaker:
Aaron Martin – Chief Digital Officer • Providence

Becker's Healthcare Webinar - The Shift to Digital

The Essentials for a Long-Term Virtual Care Strategy That will Add to the Bottom Line

July 20, 2021

The Essentials for a Long-term Virtual Care Strategy that Will Add to the Bottom Line

Abby Lotz, MSN, RN, Vice President, Digital Care, Chief Nursing Officer, Digital Health
OSF OnCall
Lisa Finkelstein, DO, Medical Director of Telehealth, St. John’s Health (Jackson, Wyo.)
Judd E. Hollander, MD, Senior Vice President for Healthcare Delivery Innovation, TJU; Associate Dean for Strategic Health Initiatives
Sidney Kimmel Medical College; Vice Chair for Finance and Healthcare Enterprises, Department of Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence Health & Services
Moderated by Erica Carbajal, Writer/Reporter, Becker’s Healthcare

ATA2021 - Annual Conference & Expo

The Year the Broken Health Care Systems Begin the Healing Process

June 22, 2021 | 11:00am ET

Sara Vaezy, Providence
Suja Chandrasekaran, Common Spirit
Tania Elliott, Ascention

WHCC21 - World Health Congress

Scalable Behavioral Health: Four Perspectives

June 8, 2021 | 2PM ET

Learn why Providence, one of the nation’s largest and most digitally forward health systems is leaning hard into digital solutions for behavioral health.

Moderator: Daniel Galles, Partner Providence Ventures
Arpan Waghray, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Well Being Trust; Co-Chair, Providence Behavioral Medicine Leadership Council
Roger Dowdy, VP Mental Health Strategy, Population Health Management, Providence
Julie McComish, Senior Digital Strategy Manager, Providence Digital Innovation Group

Artifact presents Impact by design

Driving Health Equity Through Evolving Care Models

May 20, 2021 | 12-1 pm PST

In this webinar, Artefact sits down with Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital and Growth Strategy Officer at Providence and Dr. Shantanu Nundy, physician and Chief Medical Officer at Accolade, to explore the innovative and accelerated models of care here in the U.S. that are impacting not only patients today but also the patient experience in the years to come.

Sara Vaezy – Chief Digital & Growth Strategy Officer, Providence
Shantanu Nundy, MD, MBA – Chief Medical Officer for Accolade
Moderator: Neeti Sanyal, Executive Creative Director at Artefact

HealthIMPACT Live

Comprehensive Digital Strategy for Healthcare in a Hybrid Care World

May 19, 2021 | 2PM ET

Sara Vaezy | Providence
Divya Paliwal, MD | Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ
Lee Schwamm, MD | Partners Healthcare
Shahid Shah |

Becker's 11th Annual Meeting

Executive Podcast – Sara Vaezy

May 13, 2021 | 11:30 AM CT

Executive Podcast – Sara Vaezy

U.S. News & World Report

Webinar: Designing a Digital Patient Experience for the On-Demand Consumer

April 27, 2021 | 1pm ET

What lessons can other industries teach about ways to communicate with, and engage, patients (adult and pediatric) accustomed to rapid, convenient service in other areas of their lives; and how are these lessons now being applied? Hear from digital innovation and patient experience executives tasked with bringing health systems into the 21st century.

This webinar is part of Healthcare of Tomorrow, a virtual event series from U.S. News & World Report for hospital and health system executives and other industry leaders to discuss common priorities, best practices and perspectives on the future of the country’s health system and care delivery.

Thomas Maddox, M.D., MSc, Inaugural Executive Director, Healthcare Innovation Lab at BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine
Katie Scott, Vice President, MyUPMC, UPMC Enterprises
Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy and Business Development Officer, Providence
Josh Weiner, Chief Executive Officer, SRHealth by Solutionreach
Moderator: Liz Whitehead, Assistant Managing Editor, Events, U.S. News & World Report

Scottsdale Institute Teleconference

Building an Operating System for Digital Care: The Making of DexCare

April 22, 2021

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital and Business Development Officer, Providence
Derek Streat, Chief Executive Officer, DexCare

Despite investing billions of dollars in digital 70% of health systems have combined disparate point solutions that are disconnected and sub-optimized for consumers, providers and service lines. Pre-pandemic, Providence saw the need to build a digital relationship directly with consumers—across all care settings—and built DexCare. During the pandemic, this platform helped them manage and scale extreme shifts in venues of care. Providence has recently spun DexCare out into a separate company to enable other health systems to orchestrate digital demand and health systems capacity across all lines of care. Sara and Derek will discuss the origins of DexCare, the value of the platform in these unprecedented times and the reasoning behind the spinout.


NCQA Quality Talks

April 21, 2021 | 1PM ET

This isn’t your ordinary health care discussion. Quality Talks is a series of stirring, succinct talks by current and emerging health care leaders with ideas about how we can collaboratively improve American health care. In addition to the dynamic and thought-provoking speakers, the event features interactive dialogue among all attendees about advancing the health care system and improving patient care.

Quality Talks began as part of NCQA’s 25th Anniversary and was so successful that NCQA made it an annual event. We have been bringing speakers and health care quality leaders together to continue the discussion since 2015.

The Goal
NCQA wants to look ahead through the eyes of tomorrow’s leaders, who are inspiring the future of American health care. The Quality Talks are meant to inspire action to tackle the real and pressing problems in our health care system, and to dismantle barriers to a better future.

The Format
Far from a conventional conference, this event follows a “TED”-style format. That means the talks are shorter, compelling, memorable and novel in nature. Expect to leave this event hearing something you haven’t heard before.

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer

HBS Healthcare Alumni Association

How Digital Powered Healthcare’s Response to COVID

March 24, 2021

Please join us as Sara Vaezy and Matt Cohlmia, MBA 2014 (HBSHAA Regional Director), discuss the long-term impact of COVID on the healthcare industry, including how being a digitally-enabled organization helped Providence respond more quickly to COVID, the lessons learned, and the opportunities they see heading into 2021.


Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence
Matt Cohlmia, Executive Director of Digital Strategy, Providence Digital Innovation Group, MBA 2014

This Regional VRT is free for HBHAA Members and $30 for all others. Please be sure to log in to see your available ticket prices. In addition, HBS Alumni living in the Seattle Area are eligible for complimentary admission. Please email for more information.

Becker's Healthcare Telehealth Virtual Forum

Is Telehealth Pay a Race to the Bottom? The Best Ideas to Stay on Top

March 24, 2021

Jonathan Baker-McBride, Corporate Manager, Telehealth, Telecare & Remote Patient Monitoring, Orlando Health
Tom Brazelton, MD, Medical Director of Telehealth, UW Health
Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence Health & Services
Lee H. Schwamm, MD, FAHA, FANA, Executive Vice Chair Neurology, Director, Center for TeleHealth, Mass General Hospital; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Vice President, Virtual Care, Digital Health, Mass General Brigham

Moderated by Ayla Ellison, Managing Editor, Becker’s Healthcare


Industry Keynote: Intelligent Health Care for Consumers & Care Givers: Where to Start?

February 25, 2021

Maryam Gholami, GVP & Chief Product Officer

Becker's 2021 Patient Experience + Marketing Virtual Event

Dominating the Digital Front Door: How to Turn the Online Experience into a Market Differentiator

February 2, 2021

San Banerjee, Vice President Digital Experience, Texas Health Resources
Kristy LoRusso, Chief Marketing Officer, Kaiser Permanente
Gerry Lupacchino, Senior Vice President, Experience, Engagement & Org Development, Hartford HealthCare
Aaron Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health
Manuel Rodriguez, Chief Marketing Experience and Customer Officer, UCHealth
Moderated by Brian Zimmerman, Custom Content Editor, Becker’s Healthcare


Innovation Dialogue

February 1, 2021

Aaron Martin, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Providence

Health Evolution

Digital Therapeutics – Engagement and Integration to Streamline the Health Ecosystem

January 26, 2021 | 10-11am PT

Host: Rajiv Kumar, MD, Science Advisory Board Member, Virgin Pulse

Discussion Leaders:
• Maryam Gholami, Chief Product Officer, Digital Innovations, Providence
• Jackie Kosecoff, PhD, Managing Partner, Moriah Partners


The Virtual Hospital: Integrated Digital Systems, Analytics, and AI

January 19, 2021 | 10am Eastern

Aaron Martin, EVP & Chief Digital Officer, Providence

Similar to consumer industries being disrupted after the Internet and mobile revolutions, healthcare is facing a future of disruption from external digital forces as a result of these swift transformations resulting from COVID-19. Health systems must reorganize around the unique needs of patients rather than around their own functional areas, and digital has the opportunity to play a critical role. Swift changes in how care is delivered is creating a greater need for systems to adopt flexible digital models for patients to access care outside traditional brick-and-mortar healthcare facilities.


Conversations with our Faculty

January 18, 2021 | 3PM Eastern

Join us at the end of the day for a brief conversation with members of the conference faculty. The discussion will provide an opportunity to explore faculty presentations in greater depth, as well as broader topics relevant to healthcare today. Please bring along any questions, we will include some of those in our conversation, time permitting. It’s a great way to end the day!


Innovation Driving Patient Experience During COVID-19

December 10, 2020 | 11:45 ET

Callie Patel | Director, Innovation Consulting, Healthbox
Nancy Albert | Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Office of Research and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic
Sara Vaezy | Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Providence
Sven Gierlinger | SVP, Chief Experience Officer, Northwell Health


Break Out Session: Telehealth

December 9, 2020

Claus Jensen, PhD | Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Alissa Meade | President, Technology, Arkos Health
Lee H. Schwamm, MD | Vice President of Virtual Care, Mass General Brigham Health System
Katie Scott | Vice President, Digital Strategy & Innovation, UPMC Enterprises
Sara Vaezy | Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence

NODE.Health Digital Medicine Conference

Patient Engagement CME Course

December 6, 2020

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy and Business Development Officer, Providence

Xtelligent Media

Webcast: The New Health Care Imperative: Optimizing Access Across Business Lines

December 2, 2020 | 10AM PT

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence

Dr. Sarah Pletcher, VP and Executive Medical Director, Virtual, Houston Methodist Hospital

Wendy Horn, VP Strategic Growth and Innovation Leadership Team, Community Health Network

Madhur Pande, Director, Digital Product Management, Kaiser Permanente

Amanda Ashley, Director of Operations, Providence Express Care

GeekWire Studios

Enabling Digital Health At Scale Post-COVID-19

November 17, 2020 | 10:00am PT

Dr. Peter Lee | Microsoft
Corporate Vice President, Research & Incubations

Aaron Martin | Providence
EVP & Chief Digital & Innovation Officer

Julie Sandler | Pioneer Square Labs
Managing Director

Moderated by Sara Vaezy | Providence
Chief Digital Strategy Officer

Galen Growth's Global HealthTech Summit 2020

Rethinking Innovation in U.S. Health Systems in 2021

November 11-13, 2020

Andy Shin, CCO, AHA Center for Health Innovation

Christy Anderson, Executive Director, Banner Innovation Group

Chris Coburn, Chief Innovation Officer, Mass General Brigham

Omkar Kulkarni, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy and Business Development Officer, Providence

Becker's Healthcare Telehealth Virtual Forum

A Fireside Chat with Sara Vaezy and Derek Streat

November 2-3, 2020

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence Health & Services

Derek Streat, CEO, DexCare

Moderated by Laura Dyrda, Editor-in-Chief, Becker’s Healthcare

Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Summit

Healthcare’s Front, Side and Back Doors: Who Will Own the Master Key?

October 28-29, 2020


Jared Josleyn, VP of Innovation, Walgreens

Roy Schoenberg, MD, President and CEO, Amwell

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy and Business Officer, Providence

Health Impact Live

Journey Towards the new normal and the next one – Make or Break Moment for Value and Innovation- is COVID-19 Accelerating Journey Towards Value Based Care?

September 30-October 2, 2020

Shahid Shah, Publisher and Chief Editor,

Aaron Martin, EVP Y Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Providence

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy & Business Development Officer, Providence