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The Healthcare Analytics Summit™: Top Data Discoveries and Insights from HAS 20 Virtual

The 2020 Healthcare Analytics Summit™ (HAS 20 Virtual) took place for the first time from a remote platform. But, as the 2020 HAS infographic demonstrates, the remote experience delivered on HAS event’s customary high level of engagement and meaningful healthcare insights. The 2020 conference focused on the theme of analytics in the new normal, sharing insights around pandemic response and recovery to a record-setting audience.

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Healthcare Analytics Summit 2020: Day Three Recap

The Healthcare Analytics Summit 20 Virtual (HAS 20 Virtual) concluded three days of online programming on Thursday, September 3, 2020. Though COVID-19 forced this year’s event to take place virtually, the geographic dispersal of attendees and presenters didn’t dampen the depth of insights or level of engagement previous summits are known for. After two days of keynote addresses, breakout presentations, small Braindate gatherings, and project and solution showcase, HAS 20 Virtual maintained its momentum. The conference closed on a powerful note with yet more world-class speakers, groundbreaking innovations, and common theme of the power of analytics and human potential in healthcare’s new normal.

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Healthcare Analytics Summit 2020: Day Two Recap

Day two of the Healthcare Analytics Summit 20 Virtual (HAS 20 Virtual) included keynote speakers followed by live Q&As, quizzes to earn points for the HAS game, the Analytics Walkabout, Machine Learning Marketplace, and Digital Innovation Showcase. Attendees enjoyed topical keynote speakers like Amy P. Abernethy, MD, PhD, acting CIO of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who discussed the importance of data in addressing COVID-19; Yonatan Adiri, CEO of, who presented on a smartphone-enabled urine test to improve healthcare accessibility; and Sampson Davis, MD, emergency medicine physician and New York Times best-selling author, who shared how education saved his life.

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Virtually Kicking Off the 2020 Healthcare Analytics Summit

For the first time from an online platform, Health Catalyst COO Paul Horstmeier welcomed attendees to the Healthcare Analytics Summit 20 Virtual (HAS 20 Virtual), promised a highly interactive online experience that would maintain the breadth and depth of expertise as well as the spirit of innovation of the conference’s in-person iterations.
HAS 20 Virtual will also provide some of the fun and good humor attendees have enjoyed in year’s past–from the Virtual fun run to the friendly competition for the most notable socks–HAS 20 Virtual has moved these activities online. Highlights from Day one of HAS 20 included keynotes from Eric Topol, MD and Ari Robicsek, MD, as well as two breakout session waves.

Tarah Neujahr Bryan

HAS 20 Virtual: Featuring a World-Class Lineup of Keynote Speakers

The Healthcare Analytics Summit (HAS®) is going virtual this year but will still feature the same world-class experience you expect from HAS–including world-class keynote speakers. HAS 20 Virtual will showcase well-known visionaries and C-level executives from leading healthcare organizations. The summit will feature speakers who’ve battled COVID-19 in the trenches as well as other speakers adjusting to planning for the “new normal” that we all anticipate.
We’re reimagining HAS 20 in a virtual format that will be unlike any other healthcare conference you may have attended, virtual or otherwise. HAS 20 Virtual takes place September 1-3, 2020 and will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, and much more.

Tarah Neujahr Bryan

HAS 20 Virtual: Reimagining the Healthcare Conference

The future of healthcare is here, with its focus on data sharing, technological pushes forward, and virtual work wherever possible. We are excited to embrace the adventure and challenge of these changes by reimagining the Healthcare Analytics Summit (HAS) 2020 as a virtual format that will be unlike any other healthcare conference you may have attended, virtual or otherwise. HAS 20 Virtual takes place September 1-3, 2020 and will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, and many of the unique touches you’ve come to expect from HAS.

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The Healthcare Analytics Summit™: 2019’s Top Data Discoveries and Insights

The 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit™ (HAS) was packed full of insightful discussions about data democratization, delivering healthcare in a digital age, and the future of analytics and AI. The 2019 HAS infographic reveals 1,600 industry leaders attended, with 60 percent of attendees from the IT/analyst industry, discussing trending data topics, interacting with presenters through polling mechanisms, and utilizing networking opportunities to share solutions and problem-solving methods.

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The 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit: Thursday Recap

HAS attendees are accustomed to innovation and projections for the future of digital health. But on the final day of HAS 19, they met the next generation of transformation in person: teenager Justin Aronson presented a keynote on how data democratization will empower him and his peers to solve the challenges of coming decades. Other keynotes—Google’s Marianne Slight, former Bayer CDO Jessica Federer, and Beth Israel Deaconess System CIO Dr. John Halamka—contributed their visions for healthcare’s next era, and presenters in 20 breakout sessions shared the experiences, processes, and technologies that will carry digital transformation forward.

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The 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit: Wednesday Recap

The first full day of the 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit (HAS 19) featured keynotes from Thomas Jefferson University CEO Dr. Steve Klesko, best-selling author Daniel Pink, former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, and President of MDLIVE Medical Group Dr. Lyle Berkowitz. Two waves of breakout sessions covered success stories from organizations around the country and their journeys to transformation through further digitization.

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Why One Attendee Is Traveling From the U.S. Virgin Islands to the 2019 Healthcare Analytics Summit

After two Category 5 hurricanes in one year, the Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has a unique healthcare improvement journey ahead. Tina Comissiong, legal counsel and chief compliance officer of SRMC, knew she needed to attend the Healthcare Analytics Summit as soon as she learned about the event.
SRMC was severely damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and recovery efforts have been underway ever since. In this article, Comissiong explains why she’s excited to attend this year’s summit and how she will apply what she learns to SRMC’s unique healthcare improvement journey.

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Justin Aronson: A High School Student and HAS 19 Keynote Who’s Transforming the Understanding of Genetic Variants

According to the next generation of healthcare transformation leaders, data democratization is mission critical for the future of improvement. High school student Justin Aronson explains how he leverages open-source health laboratory data to build a tool that improves the clinical interpretation of sequenced genetic variants. Aronson’s cloud-based data integration and visualization system, Variant Explorer, runs on genomic and phenotype data that’s feely accessible on the public archive ClinVar. He says that large-scale data democratization is the key to current and future healthcare problem solving.

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Social Determinants of Health: Tools to Leverage Today’s Data Imperative

Social determinants of health (SDOH) data captures impacts on patient health beyond the healthcare delivery system. Traditional health data (e.g., from healthcare encounters) only tells a portion of the patient and population health story. To understand the full spectrum of health impacts (e.g., from environment to relationship and employment status), organizations need data from their patient’s daily lives. The urgency for SDOH data is particularly strong today, as value-based payment increasingly presses health systems to raise quality and lower cost. Without fuller insight into patient health (what happens beyond healthcare encounters) organizations can’t align with community services to help patients meet needs of daily living—prerequisites for maintaining good health.
Standardizing SDOH data into healthcare workflows, however, requires an informed strategy. Health systems will benefit by following a standardization protocol that includes relevant and comprehensive domains, engages patients, enables broader understanding of patient health, integrates with organizational EHRs, and is easy for clinicians to follow.

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The 2018 Healthcare Analytics Summit: Thursday Recap

In the final day of the 2018 Healthcare Analytics Summit in Salt Lake City, we were treated a continuation of the highest-rated keynote lineup in the event’s 5-year history. Dr. Penny Wheeler shared some important tips about improvement. Three digital innovators showed mind-blowing technology and approaches that will forever change healthcare, and Kim Goodsell showed us all why she’s the only the first of her kind—the data-empowered, genomified patient of the future.

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The 2018 Healthcare Analytics Summit: Wednesday Recap

The first full-day of the 2018 Healthcare Analytics Summit (HAS 18) featured keynotes from Marc Randolph (Co-Founder, Netflix), Dr. Brent James, Dr. Daniel Kraft, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Dr. Jill Hoggard Green, and Dr. Robert Wachter. Two waves of breakout sessions covered success stories from organizations all over the nations, complete with countless lessons learned.

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HAS 17 Metrics—From Attendee Experience to Superheroes

Using survey results from the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit™ (HAS) conference, the HAS team has compiled an infographic of key insights. Featured metrics include:

Overall satisfaction: 99.4 percent
Likelihood of recommending to a friend: 98.4 percent.
Attendee metrics, such as healthcare experience (27.6 percent with 11 to 20 years) and type of organizations represented (healthcare, 45.7 percent).
Organizational population health status (successful initiatives, 63.2 percent).
Organizational level of analytics adoption (intermediate, 49.7 percent).

Combined, the HAS 17 metrics revealed high overall satisfaction with what attendees viewed as a true educational experience. Participants also reported deep healthcare expertise, a positive outlook on population health and value-based care.

Paul Horstmeier

Healthcare Analytics Summit 2017 Final Day: Thursday Recap

On Thursday, the last day of the Healthcare Analytics Summit, attendees learned about a “flipped” health system from Maureen Bisognano; found out from Robert DeMichiei that we “have a cost problem” (but it’s not what you think); discovered the four ways healthcare got into this predicament—and what to do about it—according to David Nash, MD; and saw what a “Coalition of the Willing” can do in low-income communities with the HAS Documentary.

Paul Horstmeier

Healthcare Analytics Summit 2017 Kicks Off: Wednesday Recap

The 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit started Tuesday night with the Analytics Walkabout, the Products and Services Showcase, and the Care Management Show. Wednesday morning featured a fascinating keynote addresses from Thomas Davenport, Eric Topol, and Dale Sanders. Attendees were also treated to the HAS 17 Edition of “Hollywood Squares” with Tom Burton.

Leslie Falk

HAS 17 Session Shares Strategy for Achieving Triple Aim

Like many U.S. health systems, Allina Health understands the importance of the Triple Aim in today’s healthcare environment—as the industry confronts rising costs along with inadequate quality of care. With the move toward value-based care, these factors will increasingly impact market share.
Allina is responding with its Clinical Value Process initiative. The organization uses this fully integrated multidisciplinary strategy to make outcomes improvement decisions and measure both the quality and fiscal performance of improvement projects. Key elements of Clinical Value Process include:

Reducing variation.
Organizing for a systemwide improvement plan.
Using data to identify improvement opportunities and monitor progress.

Leslie Falk

HAS 17 Keynote, Eric Topol, Signals New Era in Digital Healthcare

Healthcare is poised for groundbreaking change, in which the fusion of unprecedented access to mobile technology and advanced understanding of disease brings in the era of truly individualized medicine. Eric Topol, M.D., a leader in digital medicine, will share his vision for the wireless medicine revolution at the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit™ conference.
In the next data-driven generation of democratized healthcare, consumers will monitor personal health information—from vital signs to fetal heartrate—directly on their smartphones. Real-time access to health status will make consumers true partners in their own care, enabling them to make proactive decisions to improve their health and prevent or respond to critical events.

John Haughom, MD

Dr. David Wild to Present on Reducing Systemwide Readmissions

Human decision making…ultimately, this is the component that drives outcomes improvement in healthcare. But the pathway to this decision making involves technology—machine learning and predictive analytics—as well as processes and people. Dr. David Wild, the Vice President of Lean Promotion at The University of Kansas Health System, along with Chris Harper, the system’s Director of Business Architecture and Analytics, will lead a case study breakout session at the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit to discuss this topic. Of particular note is this healthcare system’s results in reducing readmissions across the board in a very short period, which also contributed significantly to financial improvement. It will be an inside look at the successful blend of human and technological resources needed for broadly reducing readmissions and improving outcomes within a large healthcare system.

Leslie Falk

Dr. David Nash Presents Keynote: Leadership for Population Health

Dr. David Nash is the Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. His keynote presentation at the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit, titled “Leadership for Population Health,” will address several formative topics, including:

The state of the U.S. healthcare economy
Moving from volume-based to value-based care
The people and technology issues involved in this transition

Even the most knowledgeable population health adherents attending HAS™ will learn new strategic pointers as Dr. Nash describes his checklist for managing population health and delves into the analytics tools best suited for today’s healthcare landscape.

Leslie Falk

Learn from the Best in Healthcare Data Visualization at Health Catalyst University™ During HAS™ 2017

Too often, the hard work of collecting and transforming data into meaningful insights is betrayed by a critical step in the journey: the visualization. Data visualizations should always make data easily consumable and digestible and accelerate outcomes improvement. This is where the Health Catalyst University Visualization Track comes into play. It’s one of four tracks available leading up to the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit.
Class attendees will learn how to:

Describe why visualization is important
Recognize commonly accepted presentation rules
Identify weakness in existing visualizations
Execute the critical steps for effective chart creation

This article provides a sneak peek into details of this workshop and the team who will be leading it.

Leslie Falk

Duncan Gallagher—HAS 2017 Keynote—Leads Healthcare into Value-Based Era

Duncan Gallagher—a Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit™ conference—is healthcare’s top expert when it comes to transitioning to value-based care.
As Allina Health’s CFO, Executive Vice President, and Chief Administrative Officer, Gallagher has first-hand experience leading a four-billion-dollar system’s transition out of fee-for-service gridlock into what’s quickly becoming healthcare’s next era: value-based care.
Gallagher argues that, while fee-for-service is the status quo, it’s not a long-term viable option.
With accolades such as 2016 CFO of the year, Gallagher has the deep industry experience required to help health systems achieve VBC-driven financial viability while prioritizing (and relentlessly pursuing) disease prevention and outcomes improvement.

Paul Horstmeier

Analytics Pioneer Tom Davenport Is HAS17 Opening Keynote

Tom Davenport, one of the top three business/technology analysts in IT and one of Fortune’s top 50 business school professors, pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics” and is the opening keynote speaker for the 2017 Healthcare Analytics Summit.
Having written/edited 18 books and more than 100 articles, Tom is cofounder of the International Institute for Analytics and senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics. Tom is known for making the most complex concepts accessible—a critical skill an industry as complex as healthcare.
And when it comes to big data, Tom is dedicated to equipping healthcare leaders with a clear, useful understanding of what it means from a technical, consumer, and management perspective so health systems can make fact-based, data-driven decisions that lead to outcomes improvement.