Events Archives – PCCI

5 August 2020

PCCI Expert: Leslie Wainwright brings insights to panel at 2020 ONC Tech Forum

Leslie Wainwright, PhD, PCCI’s Chief Funding and Innovation Officer will bring her expert insights to a panel at the prestigious 2020 ONC Tech Forum at on August 11, 1:15 p.m.

Track 4: Tech in the Continuum of Care
Advancements in Interoperability of Social Determinants of Health Data

ONC supports collecting and sharing social determinants of health (SDOH) data through standards and certification, policy, and coordination across agencies and various stakeholders. This session will discuss standards gaps related to the collection of SDOH data and opportunities for enhanced interoperability. Panelists will discuss practical implementation examples, including development and use of FHIR for standardized exchange, tools to enable enhanced communication between provider and user types, and challenges of implementation of electronic referrals between health care and human services providers.

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About ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.


23 March 2020

PCCI Expert Akshay Arora talks SDOH at MD Anderson

Late last month, Akshay Arora represented PCCI at a session at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he presented PCCI’s perspective on social determinants of health and machine learning.

Akshay’s presentation, “Using Social Determinants of Health and Machine Learning to Improve Healthcare Outcomes,” was delivered to an audience of diverse healthcare experts, including clinicians, researchers, data scientists, and professors. The audience was particularly interested in the community data insights platform, with feedback that PCCI has created a very special tool to deeply understand the community.

To have a PCCI expert talk to your organization about our pioneering ways to health, go HERE.

25 February 2020

HIMSS20: PCCI experts to launch book, deliver program presentations

The experts at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) will be out in force at the HIMSS20 Convention in Orlando in March. At the event, PCCI will launch its new book, “Building Connected Communities of Care,” which is currently available in pre-sale. There will be several events where show attendees can meet with the authors and learn more about the book. These events include  book signings and presentations (see below).

Additionally, PCCI experts will deliver presentations on their cutting-edge programs at HIMSS20. See below for all of the PCCI activities.

If you are attending HIMSS20 and would like to meet with PCCI’s experts, please contact us HERE.


  • Author Meet & Greet, Book Signing
    • CEO Steve Miff and VP Keith Kosel (book authors)
    • Tuesday, March 10, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Orlando – Orange County Convention Center, Level 2 – Lobby B



  • Building Connected Communities of Care Book Release Reception
    • Tuesday, March 10, 3-4 p.m.
    • Exhibit Floor, Hall B, Booth #2731 (Healthbox)
  • Author Meet & Greet, Book Signing
    • CEO Steve Miff and VP Keith Kosel (book authors)
    • Wednesday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Orlando – Orange County Convention Center, Level 2 – Lobby B




21 February 2020

PCCI Experts Share How Predictive Models Help Improve Healthcare at UT Dallas

In mid-February, the University of Texas at Dallas’s Computer Science Department hosted presentations by PCCI experts Akshay Arora and Priyanka Kharat at their weekly Community Outreach program. The presentations were delivered to UT-Dallas students, clinicians, health data scientists and technology officers from different companies interested in PCCI’s predictive models and healthcare research.

Priyanka presented “Harnessing Healthcare Data using AI/ML”; and Akshay presented on “Using Natural Language Processing in Clinical Applications.”

The audience was engaged and asked insightful questions about Sepsis prediction and post model deployment feedback from clinicians noted in Priyanka’s presentation. The design of PCCI’s cloud platform (Isthmus) and the way the company created a healthcare domain specific platform for machine learning was very well received.

During Akshay’s presentation, he discussed how PCCI leveraged clinical NLP for understanding the VTE prophylaxis and SDOH to understand our patient cohorts.  The audience was particularly inquisitive about the extension and the generalization of PCCI’s clinical NLP models for multiple hospitals.

11 February 2020

PCCI at HIMSS20 – AI-Powered Early Prediction of Post-Acute Care Need

PCCI’s Medical Director, Jacqueline Naeem, MD, will be presenting at HIMSS20 on Friday, March 13 at 10:45 a.m., in Room W414A. Her presentation “AI-Powered Early Prediction of Post-Acute Care Need” offers her expert insights on early identification of patients who require post-acute care upon discharge. She will discuss how through the early identification, transition care team productivity is increased, medically unnecessary length of stay and likelihood of readmission is reduced. Click the image below for all the details:

10 February 2020

CEO Steve Miff Speaks at 2020 Florida Osteopathic Medical Association’s annual convention

Recently, PCCI’s CEO, Steve Miff gave a talk, “Artificial Intelligence for SDOH,” at the 2020 Florida Osteopathic Medical Association’s annual convention. The talk, sponsored by Florida Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program for Behavioral Health at USF, delivered Steve’s expert views on leveraging SDOH to better help under-served communities.

4 February 2020

HIMSS20: A can’t miss SDOH talk with PCCI’s Steve Miff & Neil Patel, President of Healthbox


On Monday, March 9 at 11:55 a.m. in the Rosen Centre Junior Ballroom G, Healthbox President Neil Patel sits down with Steve Miff, president and CEO of Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation to discuss the launch of the center’s Building Connected Communities of Care: A Playbook at HIMSS20 this year.

The CCC Playbook is based on the experience of Dallas, Texas, one of the first metropolitan regions to develop a comprehensive foundation for partnerships between a community’s clinical and social sectors using web-based information exchange.

Click on the image below to get all the details:

22 January 2020

PCCI at HIMSS20: Yolande M. Pengetnze, MD

At HIMSS20 in Orlando on March 10, PCCI’s Senior Medical Director, Yolande M. Pengetnze, MD, will present on how machine-learning and artificial intelligence-driven algorithms guide targeted and tailored educational for high-risk Medicaid children with asthma and Medicaid pregnant women at risk for preterm delivery. Click on the image below for all the details.




15 January 2020

PCCI Poster Presentation: Preterm birth & asthma poster from IHI Scientific Symposium

PCCI’s text messaging program on asthma and preterm birth prevention was featured as a poster presentation at December’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Scientific Symposium. The poster program titled “A Novel Evidence-Based Approach to Digital Outreach Improves Patient Engagement and Health Outcomes in Two Distinct Cohorts of Medicaid Patients,” was presented by by PCCI’s Senior Medical Director, Yolande Pengetnze, MD. Dr. Pengetnze was joined at IHI by Dr. Barry Lachman, from the Parkland Community Health Plan (PCHP) where they shared the poster that demonstrated how PCCI and PCHP support at-risk populations by helping to reduce the harm caused by asthma and preterm births.

Click on the image below to view the entire poster:


23 October 2019

Vikas Chowdhry Presents at the Root Cause Coalition’s 2019 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health

PCCI’s Chief Analytics and Information Officer, Vikas Chowdhry, participated in a panel at the Root Cause Coalition’s National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in San Diego. The panel, “Making the Value – Equity Connection,” was moderated by Priya Bathija, Vice President, The Value Initiative. The panel included healthcare leaders from across the country discussing how each address some of the social root causes of inequity and adverse outcomes in healthcare.

Vikas presented on the Breast Cancer Equity initiative at Parkland – a program that with a goal of reducing late breast cancer diagnosis in the most under-served communities in Dallas. Click on the image to see Vikas’ full presentation: