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Thursday Recap: 2016 Healthcare Analytics Summit Finale

The final day of the 2016 Healthcare Analytics summit began with a reminder about an easy-to-use tool that will help health systems improve outcomes: Health Catalyst’s Outcomes Improvement Readiness Assessment. The assessment gives health systems an in-depth review of their competencies in five main categories:

  1. Adaptive leadership and culture
  2. Analytics
  3. Best Practices
  4. Adoption
  5. Financial Alignment

HAS attendees will get the rare opportunity to not only take this assessment, but also have their results interpreted for them by the assessment creators (Health Catalyst staff), including what’s working and what’s not in their health systems.


Wednesday Recap: 2016 Healthcare Analytics Summit Kicks Off

In front of more than 1,000 attendees, the third annual Healthcare Analytics Summit launched today, on September 7, 2016, in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. It began with a reminder of healthcare’s shared purpose: to scale outcomes improvement. And to do so using data and analytics. Dan Burton, Health Catalyst CEO, kicked off HAS using data to show that majority of the audience is in the midst of analytics adoption, demonstrating that we are all in the middle of our outcomes improvement journey.

Burton explained that the summit would focus on essential elements for meaningful, sustainable change. He noted topics including:

  • Scaling outcomes in meaningful ways
  • Realizing ROI analytics investment
  • Training and developing analysts
  • Governance to improve outcomes and scale

Burton also made a point of honoring the collective level of expertise among HAS attendees. According to polling before the summit, the largest group of participants has between 10 and 20 years of experience in healthcare. Burton also touched on other pre-event polling questions—such as how rapidly we’re moving toward value-based care and the effect of this shift on quality of care—and reported that the answers were mostly optimistic. He added that 2016 attendees were largely healthcare providers (those with direct impact on healthcare delivery), and that participants projected that social determinants of health would emerge as the most important new data set.


Winning Big with Your Healthcare Analytics Knowledge: HAS 16 The Price Is Right

price is right HASIn keeping with the HAS tradition of ah-ha experiences (interactive, energetic, and diverse learning opportunities), the 2016 summit will once again present a special healthcare analytics version the television game show The Price Is Right. This year’s presentation, The Price Is Right 2.0: Designing Population Health to Thrive in a Value-Based World, will cover four analytics principles with different activities for each. The game session promises real excitement (complete with great prizes and big visuals) but is built on the same substantial educational objective as all HAS offerings—just with a little more applause, laughter, and on-stage action.

Participants can test, and grow, their healthcare analytics knowledge with formats modeled directly after The Price Is Right, including a bidding game, a matching game, and a round of Plinko. The four healthcare analytics principles in focus will be:

  1. At-risk contracting
  2. Matching patients to programs
  3. Engaging all stakeholders
  4. The Necessity of the Three Systems

“Moneyballing” Criminal Justice: Anne Milgram Is Fighting Crime with Data Science

anne-milgramAnne Milgram, HAS 16 opening keynote presenter, often uses the 2011 movie Moneyball to illustrate the power of data analytics to drive improvement and success. The film recounts the story baseball team the Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who used one key statistic—a hitter’s on-base percentage—to make signing decisions. The practice transformed baseball, adding data-driven indicators to the historic process in which managers relied solely on their experience and instinct when filling their rosters.

“We all know that change can be difficult,” Milgram explains, “Yet data, technology, and analytics have shown that we can change the way we do business in faster and more impactful ways.”

As the Former New Jersey Attorney General, Senior Fellow at NYU School of Law, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Milgram’s area of expertise isn’t baseball but criminal justice. She has, however, taken a similar approach to Beane’s in her work to transform the justice system and improve public safety. In this talk, Milgram will describe her to bring the best of the modern world—data, technology and analytics—to bear in an effort to transform the American criminal justice system. She’ll also discuss parallels between the criminal justice and healthcare systems and the significant overlap between high utilizers of these systems.


HAS 16 Answers Calls for Intensive, Interactive Learning with New Deep Dives

has16-logoIn response to requests from previous HAS attendees for longer, more in-depth sessions, HAS will add three two-hour “deep dive” sessions to the 2016 lineup. This expanded programming will allow participants to explore complex topics with substantive experts in the field in question—presentations best experienced in an extended two-hour format. This deep dive approach contributes to the HAS mission to become the authority for outcomes improvement and better serve attendees.

The new extended format adds a new type of learning experience to the summit. This allows attendees to learn at different levels, including the 45–50 minute nationally recognized keynote, one-of-a-kind 10-minute analytics walkabouts, and one-hour breakout sessions. And now with three two-hour deep dive sessions, participants can have a more intensive look at select topics with leaders in their respective fields.


Technical Sessions at This Year’s Healthcare Analytics Summit Offer New Advanced Topics

aam-explainedWhat you may hear or read about a few times in the lead up to the 2016 Healthcare Analytics Summit is the strong emphasis on the how in everything coming out of the conference, especially the breakout sessions. How was technology used to improve patient satisfaction scores by 32 percent? How was a clinical process changed to reduce CLABSI by 20 percent? Answering questions like these are how to achieve practical learning. It’s these key takeaways that all attendees will collect during their time at HAS 16.

The first two years of HAS featured a valuable array of learning opportunities, including the mainstay breakout sessions, which offered educational acumen and analytics case studies from leading healthcare institutions around the country. There will be more of this for HAS 16, but to fine tune the offerings, we listened to feedback from prior-year attendees and made a number of changes to enhance the sessions.


Dr. Jay Bishoff to Speak About Trimming Waste in Healthcare at HAS 16

Bishoff-JaySpend 30 minutes talking with Dr. Jay Bishoff, and it’s guaranteed you’ll be motivated to improve your work, improve yourself, and improve pretty much everything around you because his enthusiasm and energy on the topic of improvement are completely infectious. Dr. Bishoff is delivering a keynote presentation at the 2016 Healthcare Analytics Summit, and his fervor is sure to show when he talks about a topic similar to what made him one of the most popular speakers at last year’s Summit: quality improvement and taking waste out of healthcare.


The Top Two Reasons to Attend the Analytics Walkabout

The Analytics Walkabout, back by popular demand at the 2016 Healthcare Analytics Summit, showcases more than 30 outcomes improvement successes from healthcare organizations around the country. Between 32 up-close-and-personal Analytics Walkabout stations, eight powerful keynote sessions, and 27 educational breakout sessions, the Healthcare Analytics Summit features 67 national case studies demonstrating how healthcare organizations use analytics to improve care.


How Rookie-style Leadership Can Help Transform Healthcare, According to HAS 2016 Keynote Liz Wiseman

lis-wiseman-300x300If asked to list qualities we look for in a leader, many of us might include knowledge, know-how, and expertise. According to Liz Wiseman, however, president of leadership research and development firm The Wiseman Group, the best leaders are often those who put as much (or more) stock in what they don’t know. Wiseman delves into this theory of the “power of not knowing” and the research behind it in her book Rookie Smarts. We are excited to invite Wiseman to share these and other insights with us at HAS 2016.

As today’s transforming healthcare industry faces mounting new challenges, this sector, in particular, can benefit from rookie-style leadership as described by Wiseman. The Harvard Business Review has claimed that management is currently U.S. healthcare’s greatest challenge. The changes at hand—notably, the continuing shift to value-based programs, technological advances and their associated concerns (data security, for example), and demand to control cost while improving care—require brazen, inventive leadership. According to Wiseman, this is precisely the type of governance that “rookie smarts” (or embracing inquiry over knowledge) enables.