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Welcoming The Leaders of Accountable Care Innovation to the 2012 Fall Accountable Care and Health IT Strategies Summit

Date: 05.15.2013 | Zach Urbina">Zach Urbina

The future of value-based care is emerging quickly and influential C-level executives from all corners of the healthcare IT world will gather November 27th, 28th, and 29th in Chicago to discuss the implementation of Accountable Care Organizations and the many changes facing the healthcare industry. Held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare this summit includes the foremost thought leaders shaping the path toward accountable care and fully digital data capture and warehousing.

The keynote addresses will be delivered by David Muntz, Deputy Director of ONC, Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer of Cleveland Clinic, and Miles Snowden, Chief Medical Officer of Optum Health.

Also in attendance there will be clinical, business and IT leaders in the process of mobilizing their organizations to participate in ACOs or seek to be effective partners for payers seeking value-based purchasing options.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sharon Seeder, AVP HIT, NorthShore University Health System
  • Brian Ralston, CMIO, Vanguard Health Chicago
  • Cheryl Lulias President and Executive Director, Medical Home Network 
  • David Cohen, EVP Clinical Affairs, Maimonides Medical Center
  • Lori Evans, CEO, GSI Health
  • Bill Farry, CIO, Monarch Healthcare
  • Jennifer Jackman, SVP Accountable Care, Monarch Healthcare
  • Robert Havasy, Operations Director, Partners (CCH)
  • Stephen Morgan, CMIO, Carilion Clinic
  • Art Jones, CMO, Medical Home Network
  • Jim Adams, Managing Director, The Advisory Board Company
  • Sandeep Wadhwa, CMO, 3M Health Information Systems
  • Sumit Nagpal, CTO Alere, President Wellogic (an Alere Company)
  • Timathie Leslie, VP, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Roger Holloway, CEO Rural HealthNet, Co-Director IL HITREC
  • Gail Amundson, CEO, Quality Quest for Illinois

At the summit, policymakers and leading HIT strategists will provide critical insights into the pathways that organizations will need to take to effectively build an information powered health system among ACO participants to align clinical pathways and incentive models and better understand where the opportunities lie to really inflect patient care and the associated costs of care delivery.

As the Accountable Care Organization model becomes more common practice, healthcare providers are confronted with the need to embrace enterprise data warehousing strategies, implement Patient Centered Medical Home, and ensure performance data transparency between ACO participants.

Current efforts in the healthcare IT community include the developing role of cloud computing to begin predictive modeling and population management.  Additionally, as more physicians adopt electronic health records ahead of the 2014 ACA deadline, the role of health information exchanges, on both state and national levels, takes on growing importance.

Stakeholders are actively debating the role of patient portals in accountable care.  How much information should be shared with patients?  How do practicing physicians effectively engage with patients?  New tools include tracking patient progress, allowing nurses contact with patients via phone or mobile devices, and providing patients with feedback & educational material. This new era of pay-for-performance means that providers will have to think differently, especially when it comes to their IT strategies.

To achieve the triple aim of lowering cost, enhancing quality of care and improving outcomes, providers focus increasingly on four technological solutions including digital data capture & sharing, population management via analytics, clinical transformation, and care management solutions.

The 2012 Fall Accountable Care and Health IT Strategies program will include several workshops designed to offer access to industry leaders’ experience, as well as the best practices they have uncovered along the way.

  • “Designing and Implementing an effective Data Warehousing Strategy for Accountable Care”
 Sharon Seeder Assistant Vice President, Health Information Technology; NorthShore University HealthSystem


  • “Measure Twice, Cut Once: The Role of Analytics in Accountable Care”
 Sandeep Wadhwa, CMO, 3M Health Information Systems


  • “ACO Health IT Maturity Models”
 Jim Adams, Executive Director Health IT, The Advisory Board Company

At the Meet the Innovators working lunch roundtables leading HIT innovators and solution providers will guide working lunch roundtable discussion groups focused on innovative problem solving in Health IT at the leading edge of Accountable Care transformation. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to join discussion groups best aligned to their strategic planning priorities.

The Accountable Care Implementation Roundtables will include ACO, Health System and Medical Group representatives connecting with conference attendees over breakfast at assigned tables to discuss their organization’s Accountable Care and HIT Implementation strategy. This is a critical session for organizations to problem solve in a collaborative environment and to provide information on current and planned RFPs, projects, opportunities and challenges they are facing in achieving organizational goals.

While the shifting healthcare IT landscape is actively building a path to move forward, on a variety of fronts, the leaders of ACOs, health systems, and medical homes look to this summit as a means to gain industry insight and share best practices.  The future of accountable care will be designed and implemented around the conversations, presentations, and discussions facilitated at the 2012 Fall Accountable Care and Health IT Strategies Summit in Chicago.  Register here.

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