27 - 30 Jan 2025

Dubai World Trade Centre

Cloud and AI strategies in healthcare: applying knowledge to practice for total transformation


Nordic Consulting


Monday 29th January | 12:30

Transformation Zone | P.K.10




In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the seamless integration of cloud technology emerges as the transformative force driving innovation, efficiency, and enhanced patient care. Experts from Stanford Health Care, AWS, and Nordic discuss the critical importance of executing an intentional cloud strategy as health systems' investments continue to prioritize a cloud strategy. Gone are the days when stakeholders need to be convinced that the cloud offers momentous possibilities; now is the era where expert knowledge that the cloud must be translated into application support. The discussion highlights the benefits of cloud deployment through strategic partnerships, including the ability to create space for innovation like generative AI, and other insights drawn from the expertise of world-class organizations.

Learning objectives


  • Understand the strategic significance of an intentional cloud strategy for healthcare transformation. 
  • Recognize the integral connection between well-architected cloud platforms and real-world innovative use cases inside and outside the hospital. 
  • Harness the multifaceted yield of applying best practices in cloud deployment, from partnerships to cost savings to enhanced scalability, gleaned from industry leaders' experiences. 



Gary Fritz
Vice President and Chief of Applications, Stanford Health Care (SHC)

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Gary Fritz is the Vice President and Chief of Applications at Stanford Health Care (SHC). He has executive oversight for all clinical, financial, operational and revenue cycle applications at SHC. The applications portfolio includes software supporting a world-class academic medical center, a community hospital, numerous Stanford clinics and other sites throughout the Bay Area. SHC is a global leader in the development and application of cutting-edge healthcare technology including artificial intelligence, genomics, and clinical research. 

Prior to Stanford, Mr. Fritz held several executive IT positions at the largest for-profit health systems in the U.S. including Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Community Health Systems (CHS). At HCA, Mr. Fritz led the group responsible for digital properties for 174 hospitals and 8,000+ physicians. At CHS, he had accountability for clinical applications at 115 hospitals installing advanced EHR capabilities. Prior to CHS, Mr. Fritz was Vice President of IT at Aurora Health Care where he implemented EHR’s at 15 hospitals and led several initiatives to streamline operations. He was also the IT executive for 6 new hospitals built by Aurora including the first all-digital hospital in the U.S in 2001. 

Prior to his extensive career in healthcare IT, Mr. Fritz was a technology executive at Tandem Computers, a FORTUNE 500 computer company supporting the financial, manufacturing, retail, and insurance industries. He started his career in IT at ARI Inc., a venture capital startup creating business marketplace applications for agri-businesses worldwide.   

Mr. Fritz has a BA in Health Care Administration from Lakeland University and an MBA from Marquette University. He is also a long-time member of the Healthcare Informatics System Society (HIMSS) and the College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME). Mr. Fritz writes and speaks about the application of advanced IT in health care. 



Christian Lindmark
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Stanford Healthcare and the Stanford School of Medicine

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Christian Lindmark, CHCIO, CPHIMS, RCDD is Vice President, Chief Technology Officer for Stanford Healthcare and the Stanford School of Medicine.  Christian has been with Stanford for 8 years and he is responsible for the strategic planning and day-to-day operations of infrastructure, engineering, interfaces, end-user experience, and bio-medical engineering teams, including direct oversight and management of technology deployment in all new facilities builds and expansions, which includes the new 830,000 sq. ft. hospital expansion that opened in fall 2019.  The New Stanford Hospital won multiple IT awards, including Gartner’s Eye on Innovation award.    

Christian has been in the healthcare information technology arena for over 20 years and has a proven track record of providing successful, respected, and competent operational as well as project delivery teams for healthcare organizations looking to leverage technology to transform the healthcare delivery model, increase internal efficiencies, and provide higher levels of patient care and satisfaction.  He has worked with hundreds of clients across the country and internationally to develop strategic information technology and clinical technology roadmaps, inclusive of the planning, design, budgeting, procurement, and implementation of various HIT systems.  Prior to Stanford, Christian was Sr. Director – IT for NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. 

Dr. Naqi Khan
Global Physician Lead, Gen AI & Machine Learning, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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 Dr. Naqi Khan currently serves as the Global Physician Lead for Gen AI & Machine Learning at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Previously, he was the Principal Program Lead for Health AI at Microsoft Health & Life Sciences, where he launched real-world evidence and biomedical natural language processing platforms. Prior to Microsoft, Dr. Khan led clinical AI projects at Kaiser Permanente (KP) Southern California, playing a key role in developing KP's machine learning strategy for virtualized care and clinical charting. Earlier in his career, he directed company-wide interoperability product development at MCG Health, part of Hearst Health. Dr. Khan holds an M.D. from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, an M.S. in Biomedical Informatics from Vanderbilt University, and a B.S. in Biology and Information Science from Cornell University. He is also a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association. His background combines clinical knowledge with extensive experience in clinical decision support, machine learning, and health AI.

Kevin Michael Erdal
Managing Director and Practice Leader - Digital HealthStanford Health Care
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As managing director and practice leader of Nordic's digital health team, Kevin works to help expand Nordic’s internal team to continue to be a strategic partner to clients. He works directly with clients to help build strategic solutions, and in some cases build out their existing teams to support analytical needs, cloud strategies, and data governance solutions.

Kevin joined Nordic in May of 2019 after nine years working extensively in data analytics and reporting at Mayo Clinic, most recently as service delivery manager within Mayo’s unified data platform section. In that role, he managed a team of developers integrating data from multiple EHRs, built the IT function to support data governance, and led the build out of an integrated data environment. In his time with Mayo, Kevin also served as lead analyst/programmer, taking on the responsibility of Cogito project manager for Epic implementation and leading a team of report developers across the health system. He began his tenure at Mayo as an analytics and software developer for both clinical and revenue cycle, primarily supporting analytics needs and general application support.

Kevin graduated from Winona State University with a degree in management information systems. He holds certifications across the Epic platform, Cerner Millennium, Project Management, and is a Silver Mayo Quality Fellow. In his free time, he stays active by playing basketball, volleyball, golf, and softball.