HFMA ANI 2016: ‘Out of the box’ keynote speakers and featured sessions

Health leaders will be encouraged to think “outside the box” at the 2016 HFMA Annual National Institute. Keynote speakers will help attendees discover their “edge of disruption,” the future of medical technologies and how they can commercialize innovation in their own systems, all within an approach to think creatively and look at change in a new way.

They are:

  • Picture of a woman with long brown hair wearing glassesJulie Williamson, Ph.D, who will speak at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on “Finding Your Edge of Disruption.” Williamson, vice president of strategy and research for consulting firm Karrikins Group, will focus her presentation on how hospital and healthcare professionals can navigate the space between the past and future in how they reach consumers. “This presentation walks the audience through an entertaining and engaging process to discover their own edge of disruption, as they work to stay ahead of changes in the market and find ways to matter more in their industries,” according to her biography.
  • Picture of a gray-haired man smilingEric Topol, M.D., will present “The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands” at 8 a.m. Monday. Topol, a practicing cardiologist with Scripps Clinic and the author of “The Patient Will See You Now” and “The Creative Destruction of Medicine,” will focus on the ongoing innovations and developments in healthcare technology and the challenges that the future may hold. His speech seeks to prove that dazzling new technologies in the industry are more than just the stuff of science fiction. “Eric communicates the thrill of working in such exciting, transformational times--and the urgency of not being left behind,”  according to his biography. Topol, a cardiologist, also is a leading practitioner of digital medicine.
  • The Healthcare Innovations Panel will convene at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday to share ways that hospitals and clinics can become “learning laboratories” to commercialize innovation, according to the conference agenda. Panelists will include Wei-Nchich Lee, M.D., internal medicine physician and senior research scientist at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Labs; Nina Nashif, founder and CEO of Healthbox; and Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., chair of xG Solutions and former CEO of Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. The panel discussion will be moderated by HFMA CEO Joe Fifer.

In addition to the three keynote presentations, a variety of featured speakers will also present ways that CFOs can think outside the box, according to the schedule, with multiple presentations a day touching on everything from patient-centered care to sponsoring a health plan to the impact of industry trends on credit ratings.

Here’s a taste of the line-up:

  • On Monday, Vivian Lee, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah and CEO of University of Utah Health Care, will present “Finding a Better Way Toward Patient-Centered Care” at 9:45 a.m. The transition to a patient-centered model of care takes engagement and financial investment, and Lee’s work at the helm of University of Utah Health Care has put that system at the forefront of improved patient experience and engagement, according to the agenda. The university’s efforts have also improved the system’s cost efficiency and created a new definition of treatment success, according to the agenda. Lee’s presentation will focus on how she “led this evolution and is changing the way we think about the way patients and providers can work together,” according to the agenda.
  • Sachin Jain, M.D., CEO of CareMore will discuss “Enabling Physicians to Deliver Value- Based Care” at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Jain will “share strategies and examples to leverage health data to improve patient health,” according to the agenda. Jain’s work in applying and studying patient experiences and outcomes to improve care delivery is valuable insight for any hospital or health system looking to undertake the shift to a value-based care model. Jain will offer insight on how appropriate prescribing, medication adherence and continuing to advance medical discovery can play a role in improving patient care, according to the agenda. Jain’s experiences will help along the way “as (a) health system guides its transformation by balancing improving quality, measuring performance, managing costs, and controlling risk.”
  • Martin Arrick, managing director of Standard & Poor’s, will speak on Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. about “Industry Trends and Credit Issues.” The session will examine the potential credit and rating implications of the transition from a fee-for-service model to a value-based strategy, according to the agenda. “The strategic shift from fee-for-service to value-based care appears to be leading institutions to focus less on volume and more on cost, safety and quality, outcomes and payment,” according to the agenda. “This transition means delivering the clinical outcome and patient experience that lower the overall cost of care.”