Keynote Speaker for Summit '16 Announced

Charles D. Kennedy, M.D. is the vice president and chief medical officer for clinical integration at Aetna. Previously, Dr. Kennedy was chief population health officer at Healthagen, and responsible for leading population health and care management strategies, and working with health systems and provider organizations to design and implement population health management programs. Dr. Kennedy joined Aetna as chief executive officer of Accountable Care Solutions, a business he helped to establish at Aetna that collaborates with high quality health systems to implement accountable care models.

Dr. Kennedy is a recognized expert in health care and health information technology. He was a founding commissioner of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), the first organization recognized by the federal government to certify EMRs. He recently concluded a two term commitment as the health insurance industry representative on the HIT Policy Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee that is guiding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policies to allocate $40 billion in federal funding for HIT deployment. Dr. Kennedy serves on the AHIP Foundation Board of Directors and on the advisory board for the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Healthcare and Life Science Innovation Lab.

Prior to Aetna, Dr. Kennedy was vice president of health information technology for WellPoint Inc. Previously, he served as chief executive officer at CareAssured, which he co-founded, and previously as director of strategic informatics at Blue Shield of California. Prior to Blue Shield, Dr. Kennedy served in consulting positions at Electronic Data Systems and its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney. He was on the medical staff at Kaiser Permanente and other Northern California medical facilities for seven years.

Dr. Kennedy holds an M.D. in Internal Medicine from the University of California at Los Angeles, an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Health Care Economics from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in genetics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been featured and quoted on the topics of health care technology and operations in news publications and outlets that include ComputerWorld, Bloomberg, Associated Press, The Pink Sheet, The Industry Standard, Modern Healthcare, HealthLeaders and others.