Max Topaz, PhD, RN, MA Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing
Columbia University School of Nursing

Presentation title: Artificial intelligence in home healthcare: current trends and future directions

Abstract: Artificial intelligence technologies are reshaping the way clinical care is provided internationally. This presentation will overview several current trends of artificial intelligence in home healthcare with concrete examples of studies that being currently conducted to develop and implement a range of technologies. The presentation will review examples of automated clinical decision support that helps to identify high risk patients who should be prioritized for the first home healthcare nursing visits. In addition, the presentation will describe several ways in which patients who are deteriorating can be identified automatically, using routinely collected home healthcare

Bio: Dr. Maxim (Max) Topaz PhD, RN, MA is the Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing at the Columbia University School of Nursing. He is also affiliated with Columbia University Data Science Institute and the Center for Home Care Policy & Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. His research focusses on artificial intelligence and he finds innovative ways to use the most recent technological breakthroughs, like text or data mining, to improve human health. Dr. Topaz’s research moto is “Data for good”. Dr. Topaz is one of the pioneers in applying natural language processing on data generated by nurses. His current work focusses on developing artificial intelligence solutions to advance clinical decision making. In the past, Dr. Topaz was involved with health policy (national and international levels), leadership (e.g. Co-founder and Chair of the Students and Emerging Professionals Working Group of the International Medical Informatics Association) and health entrepreneurship. Dr. Topaz's clinical experience is in internal and urgent medicine. He earned his PhD degree as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Haifa, Israel. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women's Hospital. He served as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing, University of Haifa (Israel) where he was heading a Health Information Technology Lab. He published more than sixty articles on topics related to health informatics and received numerous prestigious awards for his work.



Warren Hébert, DNP, RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer- HCLA
RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow 06-09
Adjunct Professor Loyola University New Orleans
Adjunct Affiliate, Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Presentation title: Synchronous Leadership - Provider & Academic Co-Creation for Care at Home

Abstract: Synchronous events exist or occur at the same time. Pandemic experiences across academia escalated the use of, and contrast between, synchronous and asynchronous learning. On the provider side of care at home, practical learning accelerated at warp speed. The word crisis originated from a Greek word κρίσις (krisis), that means sifting, or separating. This session explores stories of leading care at home providers and academics synchronously sifting through a time of crisis, transforming processes to co-create a new future for care at home. This session will offer both a pre-survey and a live interactive component.

Bio: Dr. Warren Hebert, (pronounced in French, a-bear), graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1979. Having worked in homecare since 1985, Dr. Hebert's scholarly interests are in family caregiving, transcultural care, health policy, homecare, and leadership. In 2014, Warren led a group of home health professionals to northern India to observe aging, family caregiving, and end-of-life care in Tibetan Buddhist communities.

Dr. Hebert’s health policy experiences have included congressional and state legislative lobbying as well as a:

  • Technical Expert Panelist on a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) project for prevention of unnecessary hospital readmissions
  • Reviewer for the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Home Health workshop
  • Grant Reviewer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
  • Chair of Louisiana Legislature’s Study Group on Chronic Care Management
  • Chair of Region 4 Health Care Consortium
  • Chair of Louisiana Rehabilitation Council

Dr. Hebert cofounded the nation’s only psychometrically standardized test for OASIS in 2004. The Certificate for OASIS-Clinical (COS-C) exam has tested over 20,000 homecare professionals. Hebert was the founding Chair of the Council of State Home Care Associations and a founding partner and Chief Innovation Officer for National Home Health Analytics. Dr. Hebert has served on the Editorial Board for Home Healthcare Nurse journal, the boards of the National Association for Home Care, CHAP, the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, and other national and state organizations. CEO of the Home Care Association of Louisiana since 1998, Warren presents nationally on family caregiving, disaster preparedness and response, and analytics in health policy and advocacy.

Warren is a Senior Advisor to the Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross. Dr. Hebert has hosted a weekly radio program/podcast, Family Caregiving, broadcast in nine states and on the web on Radio Maria U.S. The station is reported to reach as many as 30,000 listeners a day.

Dr. Hebert's favorite educational philosophy is the Groome Method, an educational theory he learned of in pastoral ministry. Dr. Hebert writes, "Boston College's Thomas Groome's approach to adult education recognizes the adult learner comes to formal education with a wealth life experience and expertise. The Groome method honors and draws from a student's knowledge as adult learners build upon their existing foundation. This approach lends itself to graduate nursing education. We are all one another's teachers."