Premier Connects CIO conference is the one conference I make sure I attend every year it comes to town. I have always come away a more informed and empowered CIO.

Michael Pompey, CIO - Philadelphia Youth Network

When it comes to hosting events whether they be in person or virtual Premier Connects is best in class. The events are well organized, well moderated and contains relevant topics with impressive speakers.

George Reichert, CIO - Genworth Financial

Exceeded my expectations for a virtual CIO forum, well planned and executed with no disruptions. Topics and speakers were very enriching, virtually engaging and thought provoking. Talk Shifts tips were practical yet profound, this alone was a true gift to take away from the event.

Kevin Wilkins, CIO - City of Fort Collins

Despite the requirements to stay at home, the pilgrimage to our at home desks to reach across the miles, share our experiences, our motivations and struggles for the greater good was achieved at a Virtual Premier event.

Allan Jacks, CISO - Rolka Loube


11am – 1pm EST

Welcome & Introductions

  • Host
    Susan Drumm, CEO & Chief Empowerment Officer, Meritage Leadership Development

Opening Keynote CIO Priorities In Our New Reality

We are entering a new year and IT teams are putting in place their strategic plans. As such, IT priorities are shifting. In this session, we will discuss with top healthcare industry executives what their highest IT priorities are for the remainder of 2021 and heading into 2022. We will also discuss how those priorities are being influenced as drastic shifts to the way we work, conduct business, continue to evolve and healthcare organizations adapt.

General Session Building Deeper Connections Within an Isolated Workforce

  • Presenter
    Susan Drumm, CEO & Chief Empowerment Officer, Meritage Leadership Development
With the Great Resignation looming large, much of the national conversation seems to leap to 'What can leaders do to retain and recruit top talent?' This type of question leads straight into action-oriented solutions like 'offer flexible hours' or 'adopt a hybrid return-to-work model.' But there are deeper problems that underpin the widespread resignations and crisis of engagement happening now. Susan shares 3 key strategies for leaders to address these issues and thus shift the retention and connection problems at their root.

General Session Modernizing and Securing the Health System - Practical Strategies for 2021

  • Moderator
    Adam Crown, Group Product Marketing Manager, Healthcare Solutions, Okta
  • Panelist
    Ben Robbins, Senior Solutions Engineer, Technology Engineering, Cedars-Sinai Health System
Join us for a fireside chat where Adam Crown and Ben Robbins discuss modernization and security strategies for healthcare providers in 2021, starting with identity. They'll discuss handling the rise and management of SaaS apps, bringing the organization up to modern authentication standards, and the benefits of rolling out MFA for Electronic Prescription for Controlled Substances (EPCS). Moreover, they'll touch on the impact of remote work and strategies surrounding Zero Trust.

General Session Welcome to the Era of Flexibility: Why Agility is the Key to Getting Ahead

  • Presenter
    Robert DeVito, Global Director, Customer & Partner Engineering, Google Chrome
There is no doubt that the workplace has undergone an unprecedented transformation in the last few years. As IT leaders prepare for what’s next, it’s key that they are strategic in determining which technology best supports their employees by keeping them secure and productive. Hear from the Chrome Enterprise team on what’s next for work and how leaning into solutions that provide flexibility and agility will future proof your business.

Closing Remarks

  • Host
    Susan Drumm, CEO & Chief Empowerment Officer, Meritage Leadership Development

Virtual CIO Industry Forum | Healthcare


Premier Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2021 sponsors of this event.