Chris DeRienzo, MD, MPP, FAAP

Chief Quality Officer, Mission Health

Dr. Chris DeRienzo serves as Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health. In this role he has senior executive responsibility for quality, safety, and service excellence across a $1.7 billion integrated health system. Based in Asheville, NC, Mission Health includes 7 hospitals (ranging in size from critical access to a 763 bed regional tertiary center), numerous ambulatory sites, an employed Clinic of over 600 providers, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and a $100M+ post-acute provider. Chris’s areas of direct accountability include patient safety, applied analytics, patient engagement, performance improvement, clinical / operational redesign, quality reporting, risk management, infection prevention, accreditation, corporate safety, security, parking, and access control. He is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Specialists, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with both the Duke University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

Board Certified in both General Pediatrics and Neonatology, Dr. DeRienzo completed his M.D., Masters in Public Policy, and post-graduate medical training all at Duke. Chris has published and presented internationally on improving quality outcomes, transitions in care, and the implications of the analytics revolution in healthcare, and has been continuously grant funded in his research efforts since his first year of fellowship. He has received multiple clinical and teaching awards, is a Team STEPPS Master Trainer, and serves on the Board of the Western Carolinas March of Dimes.

At a national level, Dr. DeRienzo was just the fourth medical student elected and re-elected to serve on the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. He is a Past-President of the Durham-Orange County Medical Society and has served in leadership roles within the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Medical Society. Chris has advised both Doximity and Google on issues related to healthcare quality, health literacy, and leveraging technology to improve doctor-patient and doctor-doctor communication. He currently advises the North Carolina Quality Center on Safety Culture and the state of North Carolina on healthcare-associated infection prevention and the use of health analytics.

Chris is lifelong New York Mets fan, a long-course triathlete, and enjoys exploring all that the greater Asheville area has to offer outdoors with his wife and family.

Speaker Sessions

29 – Supercharge Your Improvement Efforts with Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics is playing an increasingly important role in the care of populations of patients. It identifies patients who need special medical intervention and shows the most effective interventions.

Learn how an MD and chief quality officer, and a PhD and data scientist partnered to achieve improvements. This presentation will describe the organizational assets, team structures, and technical approaches used to add predictive modeling functionality to existing enterprise data warehouses and reporting structures. Learn about the various project management approaches for predictive/data science projects, suggested personnel and data assets required for data science work, and how to avoid technical pitfalls in model development.

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