Join us at HAS 17 – September 12-14, 2017 in Salt Lake City

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

Here’s What’s New with the Mobile App for the 2016 Healthcare Analytics Summit

Attendees of the Healthcare Analytics Summit (HAS) in previous years should be familiar with the HAS event application. First-time attendees will quickly learn how it’s one more unique feature of an analytics conference that continues to deliver value in both unexpected and entertaining ways.

It’s still the great mobile app that creates a fun, engaging, and instructive experience for everyone involved with the HAS event. Among the many returning features, you can still easily connect with colleagues, answer poll questions, electronically applaud your favorite speakers, and vote for your favorite Analytics Walkabout stations. But new features will help you become even more of an attendee pro. Wondering if a session is full? Where your next session is located? This year, the app puts HAS in the palm of your hand, with some updates that are certain to satisfy technophiles, technophobes, and inquisitive types alike.


“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.


A Population Health Success Story: From Rural Action to Global Vision

population health success storyThe town of New Ulm, Minnesota is known as the most German city in the U.S. with a heavy focus on its beer, butter, and bratwurst. Ethnically and geographically isolated in southwest Minnesota, it has become an interesting laboratory, of sorts, to experiment with healthcare programs focused on changing lifestyles by increasing activity, changing diets, and improving the rate of wellness screenings.

With a parks and recreation budget three times that of other communities their size, the city founders, in the mid-1800s, mandated parks every half mile to encourage lives of health and wellness. Unfortunately, those early investments weren’t sufficient for its modern day citizens to avoid the challenges of increasing heart disease, obesity, and diabetes that soon plagued them just as much as the general population.

Though this is one small town of under 14,000 residents, the news is significant. In fact, the Heart of New Ulm Project that has transformed the lifestyles of people here is poised to impact communities of every size across the nation.