Introducing the Healthcare Analytics Summit 2014

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Healthcare analytics SummitWe are excited to finally announce the Healthcare Analytics Summit 2014, an event we have been planning for months. This summit will occur in Salt Lake City on September 24-25, hosted at the downtown Salt Lake Grand America Hotel. We are planning a unique summit experience with a combination of great keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions with analytics infused into the core of the experience.

Why Did We Decide to Put on a Healthcare Analytics Summit?

As many of you know, we feel passionately about the role of data and analytics in enabling healthcare transformation. In fact, the first element of our company mission statement is to help transform US healthcare. Yes, it is a lofty goal, but we take it seriously and review it every month with our entire company.

We have many ways in which we try to reach that goal. The most important way is having the good fortune of working every day with health systems that actually do the work of data-driven transformation.

Another way we strive to make a difference is via the articles and webinars we produce. We develop them with education and learning in mind, not selling. And so far, your feedback of our efforts has been very positive. Our webinars in particular have far exceeded even our most optimistic expectations, at times surpassing 1,000 registrants per webinar. We believe this means we are providing helpful value in many topics where data and analytics can make a difference.

However, as successful as the webinars have been, we have received much feedback about the need for live, face-to-face forum, where we could have a more productive set of sessions around key analytics topics and best practices. In particular, we have received numerous requests for a forum where health systems or clients could bring a core team of people for a shared learning and training experience. And we have received requests from our clients for a team-based opportunity to share best practices to accelerate their learning and adoption of analytics best practices within their own systems.

We looked for existing forums that might meet those needs. Although everyone is talking about analytics, much confusion still abounds and few forums exist where healthcare professionals can get unbiased, practical, educational advice proven to really work in healthcare.

Introducing Healthcare Analytics Summit 2014 (HAS ’14)

Our answer is the Healthcare Analytics Summit 2014. We developed HAS ‘14 for a wide range of healthcare professionals whether they are just starting down the analytics path, in the middle of adopting analytics, or they are an advanced health system looking to accelerate their adoption of analytics.

We are excited because we think this will be different from any conference — let alone analytics forum — you may have attended. You will hear from the best thinkers from across the industry. You will experience analytics-rich breakout sessions. Our goal is to make this the best, most educational, and practical healthcare analytics conference on the planet. Unlike any other summit, this experience will be driven by data using live session polling, real-time analysis, and advanced event applications at your fingertips so you can touch, taste, and breathe analytics. We hope that HAS ‘14 will accelerate your application of analytics best practices in your current role and avoid the time-consuming and costly pitfalls of others who learned by trial and error.

Why Is HAS ’14 Worth Attending?

We have spent a lot of time trying to create a great summit. Our efforts to bring together an excellent conference have focused on four main areas:

  1. Notable Keynote Speakers
    Check out the amazing keynote speakers that you will hear from at HAS ’14. These thought leaders — along with a few additional surprise guest speakers — will lead the conversation on how healthcare analytics has gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” in order to support the requirements of healthcare transformation.Billy Beane — Former General Manager, Oakland AthleticsMoneyball: Lessons for Life and Business from Baseball’s Best GMRay Kurweil — Director of Engineering, Google; Leading Futurist The Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century: Impacts on Healthcare and MedicineGlen D. Steele Jr. MD, PhD — President and CEO, Geisinger Health System

    How Geisinger Uses Analytics to Transform Healthcare

    James Merlino, MD — Chief Experience Officer, Cleveland Clinic

    Using Data to Transform the Patient Experience

    Mike Leavitt — Founder of Leavitt Partners; Former Utah Governor

    The Future of ACOs and How They will Transform Healthcare

  2. Best Practices Education Sessions
    In addition to our keynote speakers, we will have many educational breakout sessions focused on important topics you helped us to prioritize. These sessions will be led by experts from across the industry and by Health Catalyst. We will provide the same unbiased, vendor-neutral, educational approach that we use in our webinars. Read more about the extensive list of analytical, clinical, and financial ROI subjects.
  3. A Unique Analytics Experience Based on Audience Participation
    Instead of listening to typical one-way presentations, we will provide interactive, hands-on experiences with analytics at the core of everything. Each of you will have access to a mobile app for audience response and participation. In a unique way, you will be able to share content — poll answers, questions, and comments — with speakers. Throughout the summit, we will share group-wide and individual analytic insights based on your responses resulting in a more substantive, engaging experience. We will have fun examples, real-time feedback, and demonstrations with you and your data responses. In the near future, we are excited to share more updates about the unique analytics-driven events we are planning for this summit.
  4. A Broad Variety of Topics for a Range of Attendees
    Data-driven healthcare is not the result of a single group effort. It requires a cross-functional clinical, IT, financial, and operational approach. So, we will have a range of sessions, speakers, and workshops suited for many roles and cross-functional collaboration.

Who Should Attend?

We have optimized this summit for many types of organizations, roles, and situations based on much feedback. However there may be some for whom this summit is not the best fit.  We thought it would be helpful to describe who would best be served by attending this summit.

What challenges are we addressing in this summit?

  • You have a confusing array of data sources and analytics tools and need a more comprehensive analytics strategy.
  • You experience difficulty pulling together executive or department level reports that show a single version of the truth or that satisfy your clinical, operational, financial, or administrative requests.
  • You have an integrated data and analytics infrastructure but face resistance from different groups who reject using a centralized approach. You are looking for ways to accelerate analytics adoption throughout the organization.
  • You have financial pressures to reduce costs, but don’t have a systematic way of identifying, measuring, prioritizing, and tackling your healthcare waste opportunities.
  • You have a well-established data and analytics system, but feel you are reaching a limit to what you are able to do.
  •  Past acquisition or mergers have caused integrated reporting challenges across organization silos.
  • You have clinician enthusiasm for using analytics, but they are frustrated by the difficulty or inability to get data, reports, or analytics in a timely or accurate fashion.
  • You have pockets of teams making great progress in data-driven care improvement, but other teams are not able to get support or replicate their success.
  • You have researchers looking to conduct research and track results, but are not able to get the data and reports they need.
  • You are a Health Catalyst client and are looking for ways to accelerate your progress by bringing a broader team together for more intensive in-person training.

What types of organizations and roles usually face these struggles?

  • C-level executives, physician leaders, nurse leaders, patient safety and quality leaders, IT leaders, analytics leaders, and front-line cross functional teams.
  • These problems can occur in physician groups, single or multi-hospital systems, large hospitals, integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, small community hospitals, payer networks, ACOs, or other types of accountable care or population health initiatives with health organizations.

If you see yourself in any of these roles, organizations, or situations, then we believe you would benefit from this summit. In particular, if you belong to a cross-functional team (IT, clinical, analytics, financial, operations) tasked with addressing one or more of these issues, this summit has been designed to provide key principles that help teams work together.

Who Should Not Attend?

  • Teams that are so consumed in developing or implementing an EMR that they don’t yet have the bandwidth to give analytics the attention it deserves. An EMR is a critical foundation that is a precursor to successful analytics.
  • Small clinics or individual physicians not yet focused on systematic, data-driven care improvement. The need for of analytics grows exponentially as a practice or health system grows.
  • Large, well-established healthcare systems already operating at levels 7 and 8 of the healthcare analytics adoption model. Typically they are using prescriptive analytics at the point of care to improve patient outcomes, natural language processing, and analytics to support interventional decision support. This summit does not focus directly on those highly advanced analytics capabilities, although we will cover these concepts at a high level.
  • Vendors or consultants trying to sell to attendees. This is a highly educational-oriented experience, not a vendor- or sales-oriented summit.

In Summary, This Will Be Two Days of Immersive Analytics Experiences

If asked for a quick summary, this is how we would summarize what we will present:

  • Keynotes by nationally recognized, luminary speakers
  • Hands-on training sessions and experiences ideal for individuals and teams
  • Functional breakout sessions for IT, clinical, financial, and operational interests
  • Best practices and case studies from experts
  • A unique analytics-based, hands-on experience, with a mobile app enabling real-time audience input
  • New product demonstrations
  • Preview of future product roadmap and collection of interactive feedback
  • User group kickoffs
  • Networking with your peers

This is our first time putting on such a summit, so we are particularly interested in your feedback. And I’m sure we’ll learn a lot to make it even better next year. Our initial announcement generated significantly more interest than our initial plans. We are currently limited in capacity, so we will be monitoring your interest carefully in case we have to prioritize attendance. If that happens, we will prioritize based on those that fit the needs stated above. However, our biggest hope that is that we can put on something that all interested can attend and that exceeds your expectations. Stay tuned for more information as we announce a few more speakers and have more information on the analytics-rich portion of the summit.

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