HAS 19 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions


Meaningful Measures: Prioritizing Patients Over Paperwork

Molly MacHarris - Program Lead, Merit-based Incentive Payment System, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

With multiple measures from disparate sources and the administrative burden of reporting on the rise, clinicians have competing demands for their time that take them away from their patients. In order to improve clinicians’ prioritization of patients over paperwork, CMS created a Meaningful Measures framework in 2017 with the goal to remove obstacles so that clinicians can spend more time with their patients.

Attend this breakout session to learn about this new approach to patient-centered outcomes, how CMS reduced the data reporting burden and costs on clinicians and other health care providers, and their focus on quality measurement and improvement efforts to better align with what is most meaningful to patients.

Join Molly MacHarris, Program Lead of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System at CMS, as she discusses CMS’s Meaningful Measures framework in depth, including tactics that led to the elimination of duplicate reporting measures and identifying measures that matter.

Using a Data-Led Action Framework to Combat Healthcare Burnout: Lessons from Minnesota’s Statewide Model

Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP - Chief Medical Officer, Minnesota Hospital Association
Tim Sielaff, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Allina Health, Senior Vice President, Allina Health Group (AHG)

Healthcare systems across Minnesota wanted to transition from measuring the prevalence of burnout to actively decreasing the phenomenon. In 2016, the first collaborative statewide data-led action framework was launched to combat this issue. Review the data on drivers and outcomes from a 2018 survey of more than 22K clinicians, employed and independent, across 94 hospitals. Discover how analytics are being used to develop strategies and drive actions to bend the burnout curve across Minnesota.

Expediting Mergers & Acquisitions: The Role of Data and Clinical Evidence

Hani Elias, JD, MPH - Chief Executive Officer, Lumere
Amy Whitaker - Vice President, Clinical Integration, Vice President, Clinical Value Analysis

The healthcare industry has experienced a frenzy of M&A activity in recent years which continues to remain steady. While mergers come with the promise of eliminating inefficiencies and benefiting from scale, the path is often complex. In fact, research has shown that hospitals often fail to realize cost synergies. Bon Secours and Mercy Health were committed to producing a different result.

Attend this Breakout Session to learn how these organizations jointly leveraged clinical evidence and analytics to accelerate the benefits of their merger. To do so, they built an organizational framework to quickly scale and align their value analysis and vendor management capabilities. The result has been astounding, identifying savings of more than $48.9M in supply-related costs and achieving standardization in several clinical practices in less than two years.

Learn from these two presenters with a diverse range of clinical and operational experience. Amy Whitaker, RN, is the Vice President of Supply Chain Clinical Integration Accountability for all clinical integration activities within the organization while Hani Elias, JD, MPH, CEO of Lumere, provides strategic vision and advises health system executives on how to achieve the best clinical outcomes at an optimal cost.

New Ways to Improve Hospital Flow with Predictive Analytics

Michael Thompson - Executive Director, Enterprise Data Intelligence, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Improving hospital-wide patient flow requires an appreciation of the hospital as an interconnected, interdependent system of care.  Learn how supervised machine learning was used to create predictive models for LOS, ED arrival, ED admissions, aggregate discharges, and total bed census to reduce patient wait times, reduce staff overtime, improve patient outcomes, and improve patient and clinician satisfaction.

Unlocking More Than $15 Million in Improvements Across an Integrated Delivery Network

Patrick McGill, MD, FAAFP - Executive Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer, Community Health Network
Travis Lozier - Vice President, Performance Excellence, Community Health Network

By integrating data from multiple source systems and developing a new strategy focused on uniform adoption, education, and ongoing oversight this health system changed the way it approached its systemwide improvement efforts. Explore with the chief analytics officer, and vice president of performance excellence, the impressive early adoption of its systematic improvement approach and how they have been able to achieve tens of millions in savings.

A Single Drop: How Data Powers Full-Stack Healthcare

Scott Shreeve, MD - Chief Executive Officer, Crossover Health

Crossover Health is leveraging multiple diverse data streams to create a large data lake that powers next-generation primary care. Moving from a reactive, visit-based, sick care model to a proactive and predictive care model built for the digital health era, Crossover Health partners with activist employers to produce industry-leading ROI, clinical outcomes, and a truly differentiated member experience.

Today, nearly a quarter of a million people are experiencing Crossover’s immersive care model with no barriers. The organization’s transformative tech-enabled care platform promises to continue to grow that number.

Dr. Scott Shreeve, Founder and CEO for Crossover Health will draw on his experience working with the nation’s largest and most progressive health activist employers, who use Crossover Health’s data-enabled approach to drive clinical and cost outcomes. Prior to founding Crossover Health, Dr. Shreeve co-founded Medsphere, the first open source electronic health record for the health enterprise. His popular Crossover Health blog discusses new technologies and care models which are transforming the healthcare industry.

Safe and Reliable Care: Using Clinical and Cultural Data to Build and Sustain Habitual Excellence

Allan Frankel, MD - Managing Partner, Safe and Reliable Healthcare
Michael Leonard, MD - Managing Partner, Safe and Reliable Healthcare

Healthcare organizations are increasingly focused on the delivery of high-quality healthcare in service of sustainable clinical value, while also reducing avoidable patient harm. To be successful in this endeavor, organizations need an effective framework and valid cultural tools to provide insights, drive visible and measurable change, and create sustainable value. In this session, practical tools and insights will be provided that can be effectively applied within any healthcare organization.

How IT Can Leverage Consumer Trends to Get Health Systems on the Modern Digital Playing Field

Ryan Smith - SVP and Executive Advisor, Health Catalyst

Consumers make increasingly more transactions digitally (from planning travel to purchasing groceries), yet healthcare organizations’ digital capabilities lag behind most other consumer-oriented industries. To digitize, providers and the right vendor partners must fully integrate data, technology, and reimagined workflows. Healthcare must address optimal user experience while providing virtual access to all relevant information in an interactive, self-service environment that’s always available, from any device. 

Ryan Smith, SVP and executive advisor at Health Catalyst, will share his first-hand experience with the gap between growing digitization in the consumer market and healthcare’s lagging adoption. He’ll offer an analytics adoption strategy to get health systems on the modern digital playing field, with a particular focus on engaging CIOs in digital transformation.

Be a Change Agent for the Next Healthcare Revolution: Payment Model Re-Design

Will Caldwell, MD, MBA - Senior Vice President, Physician Market Development, Health Catalyst

The U.S. healthcare system didn’t develop overnight; it’s the culmination of a series of revolutions. The current revolution centers on payment model re-design, with success fueled by the wise use of data. Systems that harness data analytics to solve problems will succeed, while others may disappear.

Though the U.S. provides the best episodic healthcare in the world, our cost of care continues to rise at an unsustainable rate. Something must change. Recent changes to the MSSP are a step in the right direction, but wise use of data is critical for success.

This session will examine why data matters, ways to maximize its power, and our individual roles as change agents.

Getting to Data-Driven Population Health Management: Four Innovative Outliers (Panel)

Amy Flaster, MD, MBA - Senior Vice President, Population Health Management, Health Catalyst
Azalea Kim, MD, MBA - Medical Director for Applied Health Data Science, Duke Forge
Lissy Hu, MD, MBA - Chief Executive Officer, CarePort
Erika Pabo, MD, MBA - Chief Medical Officer, Humana Edge

Few organizations are actively using analytics for population health management (PHM). In this panel, we’ll speak with PHM thought leaders from the ‘innovative outliers’—health systems, payer groups, and other organizations that are leveraging data and analytics in diverse ways to support transformational improvement in care and costs. Discussion may touch on questions such as:

  • What is your approach to using data and analytics to stratify the right patients for the right interventions?
  • What innovation have you done in the end-of-life care space?
  • How is Medicare different? How do you adjust your interventions for this population?
  • How do you think about payer-provider partnerships? How about provider-industry partnerships? Where have you seen these work well in the PHM space?
  • How have your organizations tackled social determinants of health (SDOH)?
  • Have you used machine learning, or seen creative applications of machine learning, in the PHM space?

Improvement Science and Analytics: Keys to Improving Population Health

Heather Schoonover, MN, ARNP-CNS, PHCNS-BC, FCNS - Vice President, Customer Success, Health Catalyst

U.S. healthcare generates a massive amount of data. How do we effectively use all this data to improve outcomes and decrease costs? Identifying opportunities, implementing interventions, and accurately measuring and sustaining improvements is a daunting challenge. Explore, through the of use cases across a multitude of healthcare organizations, how the science of improvement and analytics can be used to tackle complex problems, saving millions of dollars and improving population health.

Rock Your Analytics World (Literally)

John Wadsworth - Senior Vice President, Health Catalyst

Music is a powerful medium. The right blend of lyrical sound can motivate and transform us. But the wrong blend is just noise.

Analytics is much the same. The key instruments of healthcare analytics—data systems, analytics tools, and analytics team members— must be carefully orchestrated to transform an overwhelming data cacophony into a sustained symphony of insight and outcomes improvement.

In this fun session, John draws parallels from the music recording industry in ways that will literally rock your world. The session will resonate with both analysts and executives looking for best practices to move their teams beyond one-hit wonders to consistent top-of-the-chart performers.

Wasted: What’s holding healthcare back—and how you can move ahead to transformational improvement

Thomas D. Burton - Co-founder and President, Professional Services, Health Catalyst

Healthcare is bogged down with inefficiency, unwarranted variation, overutilization—waste. In this session, Tom Burton, the master of innovative HAS games, will again lead a new, collaborative game illustrating the challenges that typically hold an organization back and why analytics alone won’t overcome them. Working with other participants, you’ll learn principles to accelerate your organization’s journey up the analytics adoption model, supporting massive clinical, financial, and operational improvement in your system and beyond.

AI for Healthcare Leaders: The New AI Frontier for Improved Leadership Decision Making

Jason Jones, PhD - Chief Data Scientist, Health Catalyst

A new frontier is expanding AI from artificial intelligence to augmented intelligence. Traditional AI has focus on improving analytics efficiency and effectiveness. Augmented Intelligence is about improving the decision-making ability of healthcare leaders. Our goal is to support leaders in driving systemwide outcomes improvement—do we have more opportunity in readmission or depression, how should we staff the ED on weekends, how long does a nurse manager need to improve safety culture, and so on. There is an opportunity to include AI to assist decision making in new and innovative ways. In this session, you will see specific frameworks and tools to use AI to close the information gap for leaders to drive outcomes improvement. 

Getting to the Wrong Answer Faster with Your Analytics—and How to Get Back on Track

Jason Jones, PhD - Chief Data Scientist, Health Catalyst

Wrong conclusions in your analytics can cause waste and disillusionment, not to mention suboptimal outcomes. It can take months or even years to recover. In this interactive session, you’ll walk through scenarios that illustrate how commonly used analytic methods can often lead analysts and leaders to unknowingly draw the wrong conclusions. You’ll be introduced to important strategies and tools to get you back on track. In health and healthcare, change depends on leaders understanding and supporting better approaches.

The Digitized Patient Experience: How Novel Digital Therapeutics (DTx) Data Will Reshape Your Analytics and Remote Patient Care Programs (Panel)

Chris Hogg, MBA - Chief Commercial Officer, Propeller Health
Carlos Rodarte - Health Catalyst Life Science Strategy, Business Development
Eddie Martucci - Founder and CEO, Akili Interactive
Mette Dyhrberg - CEO, Mymee Inc.
Owen McCarthy, MBA - Co-founder and President, MedRhythmns, Inc.

DTx, defined as software-driven evidence-based therapeutic medical interventions, are used increasingly for conditions not well-addressed by mainstream medicine. These therapies collect information on a new frontier: a patient’s moment-by-moment physiological processes, emotions, behaviors, and environment. How should these highly personalized tools be implemented? How should this flood of data be governed and analyzed? How will the increased information affect the provider’s role? A panel of DTx developers will address these questions and more.

Data-Informed Decisions Increase Contribution Margins and Market Share

Holly Burke - Pulse Heart Institute Executive Director, Clinical Innovation and Quality MultiCare Health System
Needham Ward, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Pulse Heart Institute, MultiCare Health System

Organizations must address patient access, physician recruitment and productivity, and quality outcomes, while also building a cohesive network of services to win the market share battle.  Getting reliable data and analytics that can be used to drive improvements in market share remains a challenge for most organizations. Learn how this heart and vascular institute addressed these issues and increased its contribution margin by 38 percent and grew its market share by five percentage points.

From Real-World Data to Digital Twins: Paving the Way for Personalized Healthcare

Okan Ekinci, MD, MBA - Chief Medical Officer, Diagnostics Information Solutions (DIS) at F. Hoffmann La-Roche Ltd

Knowledge in healthcare is rising at unprecedented speed, soon by a factor of two – in less than a month. Better understanding of disease evolution, new diagnostic tools such as molecular testing and advances in treatment options have shown that this continuous growth of knowledge is the foundation for personalized healthcare.

On the other hand, this growth of knowledge creates also complexity at such a level, that its use for decision making – in both research and clinical care – requires more and more the use of digital tools. Moreover, vast amounts of clinical trial and real-world data is being generated across institutions and geographies that could provide appropriate scale to gain actionable insights for decision support tools.

Prof. Okan Ekinci, Chief Medical Officer for Roche Diagnostics Information Solutions, will provide insights on how life science is evolving to address personalized healthcare, using examples from Roche. He will discuss how data-driven Clinical Decision Support Solutions evolve and help healthcare institutions in their digitization effort to ultimately improve patient outcomes as well as clinician satisfaction – at an increased level of efficiency and quality.

Getting Patient Outcomes Predictions Right: Using Behavioral and Social Data

Imran Qureshi - Chief Data Science Officer, Clarify Health

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, behavioral factors have a 40 percent impact on outcomes like premature death, genetics 30 percent, social and environmental factors 20 percent, and finally healthcare 10 percent. As a healthcare industry we are finally coming to terms with the role that behavioral factors play in health. However, it is not clear how to effectively use that data to improve care and predict patient outcomes.

In this session, Imran Qureshi, Chief Data Science Officer at Clarify Health, will discuss the experience in combining clinical, behavioral, social, and economic data for millions of patients to more accurately predict patient outcomes and identify the right care by the right provider.

Imran will also discuss the step-by-step process to combine clinical data with behavioral, social, and economic data, how to identify important features in that data, and the unique challenges in creating models based on this data to predict outcomes.

Happy, Healthy, and Loyal: Improving Revenue and Health Outcomes with Patient Loyalty Tracking

Michelle Babcock, PT, MSPT - Chief Experience Officer, Spooner Physical Therapy
Russell Olsen - VP of Innovation and Product Management, WebPT

Most providers understand the value of happy, loyal patients—especially given that a patient’s attitude toward, and relationship with, his or her provider can significantly impact that patient’s treatment outcome. But, how do providers know if patients are actually happy and loyal?

To better understand and improve their patients’ experience, a multi-clinic physical therapy practice used net promoter score (NPS) tracking. In just one year, NPS insights drove an increase in the number of visits per new patient and boosted their initial evaluation conversion rate.

Michelle Babcock, a physical therapist and Chief Experience Officer at Spooner Physical Therapy, and Russell Olsen, VP of Innovation and Product Management for WebPT, will describe how they implemented NPS to identify unhappy patients early and work with them directly to improve their experience. NPS also enabled two key goals: keeping patients engaged in their care, and understanding and leveraging the data to improve revenue by generating referrals and promoting additional services.

The Doctor’s Orders for Engaging Physicians to Drive Improvements

David Wild, MD, MBA - Vice President, Performance Improvement
, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Kansas Hospital

Physicians drive 75 to 85 percent of all quality and cost decisions, yet reimbursement pressures, competing time pressures, misaligned incentives, and a lack of credible data often make engaging clinicians in improvement work one of the biggest challenges in healthcare.  Explore how to spread data to the edges of the organization and engage physicians in leading a continuum of improvement across an entire organization.    

Get Fit, Get Well: Medically Integrating Wellness Creates a Healthier Community

Greg Stock - Chief Executive Officer, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

The first of its kind in the state of Louisiana, this medically-directed wellness center is addressing the health and wellness needs of its community using improvement tools, analytics, and stakeholder engagement.  See how it created a center with physician-guided patient-centered clinical pathways and multidisciplinary teams focused on proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, and minimization of risks, quickly impacting the health of its community.

Serving the Traditionally Underserved with Population Health Improvements

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP - Director, Waiver Quality Operations University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Andrew T. Herndon, MHA - Senior Business Manager Office of the President, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Data-driven decision making is crucial for healthcare organizations looking to constantly improve care in a value-based market. Discover how this organization used real-time, actionable data and analytics to measure the effectiveness of its population health improvements. Using analytics, they engaged providers to support breaking down silos, prioritized interventions, and resources, ensured standard work was occurring across multiple clinic locations, and increased pay for performance dollars while improving patient outcomes.


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