Event Date: December 6, 2023
Time: 8:30-10:00 am
Location: Zoom 
Admission: Free


We are combining our Health Innovation Team meetings for November and December to avoid conflicts with the holidays. Please join us on December 6th for a lively agenda.

First, we look at Children’s Mercy’s innovative use of data. Bill Saltmarsh, MBA, Vice President and Chief Data Officer says, “We are using data to create value for our patients, their families, and our community. We believe that the key to delivering that value is contingent upon our ability to capture, safeguard, and derive novel insights from our data. It is also contingent upon our ability to take advantage of advanced analytical methods and technologies, including the use of Artificial Intelligence. One example of this type of innovation is our Patient Progression Hub which is enabling us to improve the connected care experience for our patients by consistently providing the right information to the right people and the right time.”

Bill leads the Data Intelligence Team for Children’s Mercy, which includes groups such as Data Science, Clinical Reporting and Analytics, Data Platform Engineering, and Data Governance. Before joining Children’s Mercy in March of 2023, he led data teams at ResMed and Pluralsight.

Our second presentation will highlight a national leader in health artificial intelligence, Harvey Castro, MD, MBA.

Dr. Castro will speak on “AI and Healthcare: How the integration of artificial intelligence in health care has revolutionized patient care by enabling personalized treatment plans.”

Dr. Castro is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and UT Health where he is involved with the first-ever dual-degree in Medicine and AI. He has been a health advisor to ChatGPT. Among his publications are the books, “ChatGPT and Healthcare: Unlocking the Potential of Patient Empowerment”, and “Copilot Bing and Other LLM: Revolutionizing Healthcare with AI”.


Remember also the Health Innovation Forum on November 16th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Ad Astra Room, Room 5202, Health Education Building, 3700 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KC 66160.

We will address the topic of “Taking on Physician Burnout”

We will delve into the challenge of physician burnout and the degree to which it relates to the use of digital systems. We will have physician representation, as well as providers of such systems. What are the roots of the problem? How do physicians experience it? Can digital health providers alleviate the burden? We will undertake these questions and more as we address one of the great challenges in contemporary health care.

Our hosts for the evening will be the Telehealth ROCKS and Heartland Telehealth Resource Center programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Light refreshments will be served. It’s free, but please be sure to register.

Our panelists will include:

  • Laura Fitzmaurice, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAMIA serves as a Chief Medical Information Officer for Children’s Mercy and is Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Denton Shanks, DO, MPH is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Medical Director of innovation and clinical informatics at the University of Kansas Health System
  • Courtney Rhudy, MD, is an internal medicine specialist and a geriatrician at the University of Kansas Health System and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in clinical informatics
  • JD Tyler, MD – Founder & CEO – JustAskEvie
  • Chuck Schneider – Founder & CEO – Redpoint Summit
Every month, we bring together a group of health care stakeholders to learn and share about technology and innovation projects happening in the region–and occasionally related topics from outside the Greater Kansas City area. Our stakeholders include hospitals and the health care system, city and state government officials, health IT firms and other corporate partners, startups working in health and wellness, and other civic organizations. The meetings are open, though not widely broadcast. They generally happen on the last Wednesday of the month, 8:30-10:00 am.
We send out an email agenda and calendar invite to this stakeholder list, which we loosely call the Health Innovation Team. If you wish to be added to the email list, please send a note to jfitzpatrick@kcdigitaldrive.org.