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Paul Swider

Paul Swider

Pioneer in global clinical informatics and health technology, code, blockchain, cloud, international speaker, philanthropy, and adventure travel!

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Paul Swider is the Founding CEO of RealActivity, a Boston-based SaaS company focused on optimizing provider experience and clinical workforce for teaching hospitals and hospital systems. Paul is also a Healthcare Industry Cloud Analyst for the Acceleration Economy and serves as a founding director of the Boston Healthcare Technology Group and Community.

Paul is passionate about family, technology, travel, and skilling at scale. He has traveled seven continents, over one million miles, while organizing user groups, teaching at events, and presenting at events in over 50 countries to date.

Paul is an accomplished author of several Wrox developer books, was first certified as a Microsoft engineer (MCSE. MCSD, MCT) in 1996, and has held enterprise certifications from Microsoft since that time. Paul was Awarded Azure MVP for 2019 and Azure most Influential in 2020.


  • Most Active Speaker 2023

Area of Expertise

  • Health & Medical
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Business & Management


  • AI in Health
  • HealthTech
  • Digital Health
  • e-health
  • global health
  • microsoft healthcare
  • Azure
  • Cloud Computing on the Azure Platform
  • Azure Data & AI
  • Azure SQL Server
  • Azure PaaS
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365
  • industry 4.0
  • blockchain
  • Code
  • health equity
  • FHIR

Architecting and Developing Plugins for Large Language Models, A Practical Guide

This session will delve into the architecture and development of plugins for Large Language Models (LLMs). We'll explore the key considerations in designing and implementing plugins, with a focus on enhancing the functionality and performance of LLMs. We'll provide practical demonstrations, share experiences from real-world implementations, and discuss the challenges encountered. This session is designed for developers seeking to expand their skills and understanding in developing plugins for LLMs.

Vector Databases, Embeddings, and Semantic Search - The Future of Information Retrieval

This session will explore the role of vector databases, embeddings, and semantic search in modern AI applications. We'll demonstrate how these technologies can be used to create more powerful, intuitive search experiences. We'll also share lessons learned from real-world implementations, focusing on challenges and solutions. This session is ideal for developers interested in the cutting-edge of information retrieval and storing state of LLM applications.

Unleashing the Potential of Meta LLaMA on Azure

In this session, we will explore the recent integration of the Meta LLaMA LLM with Microsoft Azure, a groundbreaking development announced at Inspire 2023. We'll delve into the unique features of LLaMA LLM, its practical applications, and the transformative potential of its availability with Azure for AI solutions across various industries.

The session will include a hands-on demonstration of utilizing LLaMA LLM on Azure, providing attendees with insights into best practices for deploying and extending this LLM. We'll conclude with a forward-looking discussion on the future of AI, considering how advanced models like LLaMA LLM can shape the AI landscape when integrated with versatile platforms like Azure.

Unleashing the Power of Rust: A Beginner's Guide to Crafting High-Performance Code

If you're new to programming or just looking to expand your skills, Rust is a fantastic language to start with. In this session, we'll cover the basics of Rust programming, including its syntax and essential features. We'll also discuss why Rust is such a unique language, thanks to its memory safety and performance optimizations. By the end of this session, you'll have a solid foundation in Rust and be ready to take your first steps in creating your own API or systems-level programming. So, let's dive in and discover the exciting world of Rust programming together!

Unlocking Insights: How Data Science is Transforming Healthcare

Get ready to be blown away by the latest advancements in healthcare and data! Power Platform, Microsoft 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365 cloud for industry are revolutionizing the healthcare and health life science industry by unlocking powerful insights through data science and engineering. Join us as we dive deep into the Common Data Model, layered industry-specific schemas, mission-critical business app architecture, and multi-cloud data engineering used in Azure Health Data Services and Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. You won't want to miss this opportunity and discover how these mission-critical data engineering technologies can transform any organization!

AI & ML 101 - Making AI Real

There is often a clash when AI meets reality. Unfortunately, many people think AI is “bots taking over the world” when it should be really a collaboration of People + AI.

So, how can AI be made real so that there are tangible outcomes for users, customers, and innovators? And, how can AI and humans coexist in the ever-increasing digital world?

In this session we'll dive into:
Crafting an AI strategy
Applying AI to existing workstreams
Scaling AI to meet future business demands

Power Platform and Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare

Power Platform, Azure, and Microsoft 365 can be deployed to improve both patient care and the healthcare provider experience. In this session learn how industry cloud features and the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, can empower health organizations to deliver world-class physician services and patient care.

Optimizing Cloud for Clinical Use Cases

Cloud technology can empower organizations seeking to both modernize healthcare technology and increase access to clinical care. This session teaches how health, government, or supporting organizations can optimize cloud technology to streamline clinical care.

Industry Cloud: Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare runs on Dataverse, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and Azure. Learn how Cloud for Healthcare can assist in optimizing clinical care, patient access, the physician experience, and more. Explore how industry cloud and SaaS services can optimize healthcare organizations.

Microsoft 365 and Healthcare

Learn how to empower care teams to deliver the best possible care. Explore how to optimize patient outcomes by simplifying collaboration across care teams, enhancing quality of care through virtual visits, and reducing costs by streamlining fragmented workflows.

How to Run Inclusive Events – An Organizer's Top Tips

Technical community events should strive to provide a space for a diverse community which gathers organically. In this session learn tips and strategies for organizing user groups, meetups, conferences and technology events which place inclusion at the heart.

Indefinite Optimism: Microsoft 365, Business Apps and Azure in Healthcare

Microsoft 365, the Power platform and Azure are designed to meet local and federal compliance regulations, improve patient care, and streamline operations while also enabling health organizations to quickly build flexible solutions. In this session learn how these platforms and services are being used today to empower health organizations of all sizes.

Technology and Activism: Donation Trace-ability using Azure Blockchain

In this session get the latest updates on Microsoft blockchain services, announcements from the blockchain team and see how blockchain services on Azure can be used to enable multi-party state based business processes, trace-ability and more.

See how our team designed and deployed a multi-tenant solution using Azure, Microsoft 365, Power Apps and blockchain to collaborate, track and share donation data while maintaining one version of the truth of donation data shared across political and geographic boundaries.

GraphQL and FHIR APIs

GraphQL is a query language for APIs and a runtime for fulfilling those queries with your existing data. Graphir is a lightweight proxy that reshapes GraphQL queries and mutations into standard FHIR REST requests. In this session, we'll use two open-sourced projects from the Microsoft HLS engineering team to learn how to provide a GraphQL interface over a FHIR API to accelerate client app development.

Azure and FHIR

Did you know Microsoft has an open-source FHIR implementation available in Github? In addition, there is the Azure FHIR Service (SaaS) and Aure Health Data Services (PaaS). In this session, learn about the different versions and how pick the best one for your project or organization.

Rust for Mission-Critical AI: A Journey into Healthcare's Safest and Most Performant Language

Discover the powerful potential of Rust in mission-critical AI applications in this comprehensive 45-minute session tailored for newcomers. Starting with a gentle introduction to Rust, we'll guide you through its key features and benefits, highlighting how Rust can help you create more reliable and efficient IoT, data engineering, and API systems. Delve into the technical aspects that make Rust stand out, such as its memory safety guarantees, fearless concurrency, and strong static typing. Finally, we'll compare and contrast Rust with C# to reveal Rust's unique advantages to mission-critical AI projects. By the end of the session, you'll have a deeper understanding of how Rust can revolutionize your AI systems and help you build a robust and resilient infrastructure for the future.

Journey into Generative AI, Building Your Own AI Copilot

Step into the world of Generative AI with our beginner-friendly session. We'll share how we built our AI Copilot for financial and HR tasks, showcasing the fundamentals of choosing and implementing OpenAI's GPT-4 on Microsoft Azure. From model selection to application development using semantic-kernel, Visual Studio, and VS Code, our journey will provide invaluable insights for GAI developers and newcomers. Join us and turn your curiosity into action as we explore the fascinating real world of the AI copilot project!

We are deploying a private version of ChatGPT for a local hospital. We can demo the process and discuss decisions. We can demo our real development environment.

aMS Singapore 2022

October 2022 Singapore, Singapore

aMSKL 2022

October 2022 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Scottish Summit 2022

June 2022 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Microsoft 365 Friday Cabo San Lucas

November 2021 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Power Saturday 2020

June 2020 Paris, France

SharePoint/Office 365 Saturday San Diego 2019

January 2019 San Diego, California, United States

Vermont Code Camp 2018

September 2018 Burlington, Vermont, United States

Paul Swider

Pioneer in global clinical informatics and health technology, code, blockchain, cloud, international speaker, philanthropy, and adventure travel!

Boston, Massachusetts, United States