Healthcare IT - Digital Transformation Forum

Healthcare IT - Digital Transformation Forum

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 8:00am-10:00am EST   Virtual, ON24

The healthcare sector has been dramatically and permanently transformed since the 2020 onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The critically important lessons we’ve learned over the past few years are now guiding technology investments, accelerating modernization, informing the policy landscape and ultimately shaping the future of healthcare.

Today’s healthcare organizations are updating their legacy systems and modernizing their enterprise IT infrastructure to keep pace with new and ever-changing needs as global health continues its tumultuous evolution. AI/ML, robotics and other emerging technologies are opening up new possibilities for propelling the healthcare system into a digitally-driven and technologically-enabled era of progress.

GovCon Wire’s Healthcare IT Forum brings together the country’s foremost healthcare experts, government officials and industry leaders in dynamic discussions about the progress made, the remaining hurdles and the opportunities on the horizon for American healthcare technology and IT.

  • Vidyut Desai
    Vidyut Desai -
    Chief Information Officer, Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

    Vid Desai is a seasoned technology leader with more than 30 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field, and healthcare and life sciences industries. He has previous experience working for large pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and clinical research organizations (CRO). As the FDA’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the newly-established Office of Digital Transformation (ODT), Mr. Desai sets and leads the agency’s IT strategy, as well as the agency’s enterprise IT, data management, and cybersecurity. The ODT team oversees the overall FDA IT spend of more than $750M and a staff of around 2,500 employees and contractors. Prior to being named CIO, Mr. Desai served as the FDA’s Chief Technology Officer, overseeing day-to-day technology operations as the leader of the Office of Information Management and Information Technology. Prior to joining the FDA, Mr. Desai held the CIO roles at Vyaire Medical, a respiratory medical device company formed from a divestiture from Becton Dickinson. He was CIO at Endochoice, a GI device and services provider, and Lake Region Medical, which was acquired by Greatbach to form Integer, a medical device, outsource manufacturer. His previous experience includes IT leadership roles with large CRO and pharmaceuticals, including Quintiles Transnational, where he served as executive director, Global IT Infrastructure. Prior to Quintiles, Mr. Desai held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility with GlaxoSmithKline. He started his career in IT as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in Reading, U.K. Mr. Desai holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (first class with honors) from Royal Holloway College, University of London.

  • Bobby Saxon
    Bobby Saxon - Introducer
    Vice President, Leidos

    Colonel Bobby Saxon, USA Retired, is the Deputy Director for the CMS Office of Information Technology. Previously, he served as the CMS Acting Director for CMS Enterprise Preparedness & Response Operations and as the Chief Technology Officer for Colonel Saxons education includes a MS in Government Information Leadership, w/CIO concentration; and a BBA in Management. Additionally, Bobby was the AFCEA Distinguished Graduate from the National Defense University CIO Leadership Development Program. Colonel Saxon is the recipient of the 2019 FCW Fed 100 award, FedScoop 50 Federal Leadership Award, and the CIO Magazine “Ones to Watch” Award. His military recognition includes the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, and Airborne and Air Assault wings.

  • 8:00am - 8:05am EST

    Welcome and Introductions

  • 8:05am - 8:45am EST

    Keynote: Vid Desai

  • 8:45am - 9:45am EST


  • 9:45am - 10:00am EST

    Closing Comments

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