Improving Healthcare Outcomes With Next Generation Internet (NGI): Global Case Study


  • Shawnna Hoffman IBM, Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, Watson AI & Quantum Computing, Global CoC Orlando, Florida Area
  • Florence D. Hudson (Moderator) Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, Special Advisor Next Generation Internet
  • Carlo Piraino International Healthcare Consultant


Session Description: Addresses the challenges and opportunities in improving healthcare outcomes with advanced technologies and Telehealth. From blockchain, to artificial intelligence, to quantum computing, and the next generation internet, we will discuss how advanced technologies can address the needs for personalized medicine, patient-centric healthcare, and leveraging the vast amount of data being captured today and in the future. Many data elements from petabytes of genomics data, to RWE (Real World Evidence), to implanted chips in patients, to WAMIII - Wearables and Medical Internet of Things Interoperability and Intelligence - are part of the evolving health IT landscape. With all this data, the TIPPSS elements are increasingly important - the Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security - of devices, data and patients.  Join us for an informative and thought provoking session on the promise and perils of this highly connected world, and how the Next Generation Internet can be part of the solution.  


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Author Biographies

Shawnna Hoffman, IBM, Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, Watson AI & Quantum Computing, Global CoC Orlando, Florida Area

Ms. Hoffman serves as the Global Co-Leader for the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice driving global strategy and execution across clients, legal markets and internal groups. She was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in the capability of Consulting in 2015 and has a patent pending for Detecting Clusters and Relationships in Large Data Sets. She co-authored the book “eDiscovery Plain & Simple.” She is the Co-Founder of Women in AI & Blockchain founded at the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain in 2017. She is also the Co-Founder of the non-profit Women in eDiscovery which has grown to over 5,000 members since its founding in 2007. As her give back to her local community, Ms. Hoffman co-founded and serves on the Board of the Community Hope Center of Osceola County which has helped over 20,000 homeless families since its inception. The Community Hope Center has received multiple awards and most recently was presented with the Bob Allen Award from the Walt Disney Company and the Good Neighbor Award from Bank of America for the fight against homelessness. 

Florence D. Hudson (Moderator), Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, Special Advisor Next Generation Internet

Florence Hudson, former IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, and Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, is a proven leader and C-level executive in technology and business. She has led multi-billion-dollar business strategies and execution. She has been an independent director on for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Her leadership expertise includes innovation, strategic growth, marketing, channels, partnerships, business development, sales, diversity and inclusion. 

Florence is currently Special Advisor to the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub for Next Generation Internet (NGI) at Columbia University, enabling United States / European Union collaboration. She is on the Editorial Board of the journal Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and on engineering and technology advisory councils at Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Union County College. She is on the program committee for the Computational Approaches for Cancer workshop at SuperComputing conferences annually, and the 2018 NSF Cybersecurity Summit. She has presented in many venues worldwide, from Dubai to Japan, including a TED talk focused on sustainability on a smarter planet. She is a global thought leader and published on Internet of Things, Smarter Cities, and Cognitive Computing.

Her 30+ year IBM career included 16 years as an executive, including Chief Technology Officer of the Global Industrial Sector, and three roles as Vice President in strategy and marketing. She was a leader of many growth strategies at IBM, including the Internet of Things, smart buildings, smart water management, Watson cognitive computing, healthcare and life sciences, cloud, hardware, software, financing and services. She increased solution sales and partnerships in hardware, software, and services, developing and growing multi-billion dollar businesses. She was a leader in the development of IBM's Emerging Business Opportunities innovation and growth strategy, as cited in a Harvard Case Study. 

After IBM, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Internet2, a not-for-profit consortium of 500 research and education organizations in academia, industry and government. She led a Collaborative Innovation Community of 170 organizations around the world, focused on the Internet of Things, IoT ethics, cybersecurity, distributed big data & analytics, healthcare & life sciences, smart campuses, advanced networking, trust & identity, and cloud computing. She was Principal Investigator on NSF cybersecurity grants for end to end trust and security for IoT, and cybersecurity research transition-to-practice acceleration. 

Ms. Hudson graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, beginning her career at Grumman Corporation and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab working on Navy aircraft, solar power satellites, the space shuttle program, and future missions around Jupiter. She attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Carlo Piraino, International Healthcare Consultant

Dr. Piraino has extensive Health Care leadership experience. He has been a practicing RN since 1988 and has worked in many clinical areas to include ICU, Emergency Medicine, OP Clinics, Medical-Surgical, and all levels of Nursing leadership. He has worked at the highest levels of Nursing and Hospital leadership since 2005 as the Associate Administrator, Chief Nursing Officer or Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of both small community hospitals and large Medical Centers.

Dr Piraino has extensive international experience having worked as a Chief Nurse in Saudi Arabia and as a Staff Nurse in Italy (Quality Consultant) and Japan (US Navy).

Dr. Piraino’s hallmark achievements include improving clinical outcomes / Quality of Care, improving nursing, physician, and customer satisfaction, and reducing vacancy rates in the facilities he has lead. Dr Piraino has been able to improve nursing sensitive indicators such as CAUTI and CLBSI (reducing them to zero) Implementing strategies that reduces Falls to a rate of 0.3%, and improving customer satisfaction by 79% while introducing budgetary concepts that decreased the facility HPPD by 10%.

Dr. Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York (1991); a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration with a minor in Nursing Informatics from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas (2003) and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree from the George Washington University, Washington, DC (2013). He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and is Board certified in both Nursing Administration and Medical-Surgical Nursing.



How to Cite

Hoffman, S., Hudson (Moderator), F. D., & Piraino, C. (2021). Improving Healthcare Outcomes With Next Generation Internet (NGI): Global Case Study. Blockchain in Healthcare Today. Retrieved from