Using Technology to Address Social Determinants of Health Webinar

April 20, 2021 | Chapter Event

Join the HIMSS Greater Kansas City Chapter on April 20 at 12:00 pm CT to gain a better understanding of how technology interacts with social determinants of health. Whether it be food insecurity, housing, or transportation, there is a growing understanding of the impact of social determinants on healthcare outcomes. Technology plays a crucial role in identifying, tracking, and analyzing how to best target resources to support members of our community. Join us for a panel discussion between experts in healthcare, information technology, and patient engagement to better understand how Kansas City area organizations are using technology now to support better outcomes in the future.


Tanya Arthur, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC)

Tanya Arthur joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) in 2020. She leads Blue KC’s technology strategies to improve member experience, reduce costs, increase quality and accelerate productivity. Tanya leads the modernization of Blue KC’s technology infrastructure and is enhancing the use of data and analytics to provide actionable insights. She has extensive experience directing large transformational initiatives, specifically in the areas of population health, care management and artificial intelligence solutions to optimize care delivery.

Tanya embraces digital transformation as a strategy to drive quality, growth and performance. Her approach to digital integration and virtual health focuses on the intersection of people, process and technology to achieve meaningful outcomes. Prior to joining Blue KC, Tanya was the senior vice president, chief information officer at Summa Health System and served in senior leadership roles at Catholic Health Initiatives, the third largest health system in the United States.

Tanya is passionate about giving back to the community, particularly in the areas of STEM education, mentoring women in technology, and diversity. She currently serves on the Akron Urban League and Involta Advisory Boards. She previously served on the boards of First Tee of Akron, Habitat for Humanity, and Akron Public Schools Tech and Innovation Advisory Board.

Daphne Bascom, MD, PhD, Vice President, Population Health, St. Luke’s Health System

Prior to this role, Daphne was a senior vice president and the medical director at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and interim chief health officer for YMCA of the USA. Daphne was previously the chief clinical systems officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System.

Daphne completed her fellowship in microvascular and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck at Oregon Health Sciences University; and her medical degree, internship and residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She earned her PhD in physiological sciences at the University of Oxford, Laboratory of Physiology, in the United Kingdom.

Luke Harris, Sr. Director, Operations and Population Health Management, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Luke provides leadership and professional management services in operations, information technology, analytics, quality/cost improvement and strategy within Children’s Mercy Integrated Care Solutions. He has been with Children’s Mercy Kansas City since 2014.

Luke has over 15 years of operations, strategy and information technology experience in healthcare. Prior to joining Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Luke served as the director of business intelligence for Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, one of the nation’s first multi-system, clinically integrated accountable care networks with five health systems, an academic medical center and over 100 independent practices. In this role, Luke was responsible for the implementation and optimization of the network’s systems and tools for population management and care coordination. Prior to transitioning into healthcare services, Luke was a supply chain manager and operations engineer for the nation’s largest manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products  Luke has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Deborah Sisco, Manager, Patient Advocacy and Engagement, Truman Medical Centers
Deborah joined Truman Medical Centers seven years ago following a 20-year career in education in which she served as a special education teacher of students with behavior disorders and emotional disturbance as well as the principal for the alternative school located in St. Joseph, MO. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

During her time in education, Sisco received numerous awards including St. Joseph School district’s Teacher of the Year, Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Eduacator of the Year, The St. Joseph News Press “20 Who Count,” and recognitions by the St. Joseph PTA, Family Guidance Center, and the Buchanan county Juvenile Department. She served as the school district’s crisis management trainer for more than 15 years and presented at numerous local, state and national conferences.

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