Taking place from 10-12 December 2018, a host of senior healthcare decision-makers and business leaders from across North America will gather at the wonderful Horseshoe Bay Resort in Austin for our NG Healthcare Summit, to discuss the most pressing challenges – and opportunities – in the fast-moving health provision sector.

The summit will look at a number of key themes, including: customer experience – payer/provider collaboration and consumer loyalty; wearables and patient generated data – how to leverage patient data from remote monitoring and wearables to better manage chronic disease and at risk individuals; and data analytics – gaining insights and developing an action plan based on a unified patient data set.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Ronald Dixon
Medical Director
Partners Healthcare
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Jamie Youssef
Chief Development & Strategy Officer
HCA Health System
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Amy Lung
VP Quality Improvement
Meridian Health Plan
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Lisa Hartman
AVP Marketing
Geisinger Health Plan
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David Mohr
VP Clinical Informatics
Sentara Healthcare
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Louis Brusco
Chief Medical Officer
Morristown Medical Center
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S. Ram Ramalingam
President/Chief Quality Officer
Mercy Health System
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Cameron Howard
Associate COO
HCA, St David's Healthcare
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Julie Reisetter
VP Innovation
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David Harmon
Chief Medical Director
Superior Health Plan
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John Smith
VP Strategic Innovation & Product Development
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Jeffrey Gold
SVP and Special Counsel Managed Care & Insurance
Health Association of NY

6 Challenges in Healthcare

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • To use data and predictive analytics to iterate and drive a program of continuous improvement. To understand the technology and service offerings that enable this.
  • Driving payer and provider collaboration for better patient outcomes at better costs.
  • Linking quality initiatives to strategic goals.
  • An aging population less comfortable and confident with tech, a booming millennial population that expects it. How do we best serve today and compete tomorrow?
  • Privacy, security and compliance with a complex, ever-changing and often contradictory regulatory landscape.
  • Maximizing new communication and education channels: how to make the patient a better healthcare consumer.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 13 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday December 10, 2018
Summit registration
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome & Your Itinerary Explained
4:15pm - 4:25pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Customer Experience: What payer/provider collaboration can achieve
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Dr. Daniel Durand
VP Clinical Strategy & Chairman of Radiology - LifeBridge Health
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: The future of Payer-Provider decision making in a data driven world
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Rachael Jones
VP, Growth and Business Development - Anthem
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: A unified patient data set - getting the most value
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Gene Thomas
VP/CIO - Memorial Hospital and Physicians Clinics at Gulfport
Welcome drinks reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Keynote Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Keynote dinner
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Tony Adkins
Pediatric Neurosurgical Physician Assistant - Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Tuesday December 11, 2018
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:45am
Breakfast keynote
8:50am - 9:30am
Session 1: Innovative care management models with payers, providers and pharma
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Sunil Budhrani
CMO/ CMIO - Innovation Health
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 2: Using disruptive innovations to overcome healthcare challenges
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Brian S. Alper
VP of Innovations and EBM Development - EBSCO Health
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 3: Healthcare services and quality improvement
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Mejebi Mayor
Executive Physician - Elaine Ellis Center of Health
11:05am - 11:45am
Session 4: Advancing clinical management strategies by integrating behavioral and physical health data
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Debra Smyers
Sr. VP Health Services - Sunshine Health
Keynote Speech
11:50am - 12:30pm
Lunch Keynote
Lunch & networking
12:35pm - 1:35pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

1:40pm - 2:20pm
Session 5: How your existing EHR can be modified to rapidly improve clinical communication and collaboration
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Lynn Thoreson
DO - Dell Children’s Medical Center
2:25pm - 3:05pm
Session 6: Enhance your digital experience strategy
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Dan Cox
Director – Quadient Healthcare Division North America - Quadient Software
3:10pm - 3:50pm
Session 7: Provider burnout: it is real and scary! What leaders in delivery systems, healthcare solutions and payers can do
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Emran Rouf
VP Medical Director - Scott & White Health Plan
Coffee & Networking
3:55pm - 4:35pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

4:40pm - 5:20pm
Session 9
Attendee Downtime
5:25pm - 6:15pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Drinks Reception
6:20pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Dinner & Silent Charity Auction
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday December 12, 2018
7:00 am - 8:00 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

8:05 am - 8:45 am

Collaboration Topics:

  • Chronic care management
  • Patient monitoring
  • Consumerization/healthcare transparency
  • Precision Medicine
  • Behavioral health
8:50 am - 9:30 am
Session 10: Globalization of healthcare: the who, what and why
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Steven J. Thompson
SVP Chief Business Development Officer - Brigham And Women'S Hospital
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Session 11: AI applications in healthcare: today, not just tomorrow
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Greg Caressi
SVP Transformational Heal - Frost & Sullivan
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Session 12: Virtual care that works for everyone
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Blix Rice
VP Innovation & Transformation - Greenville Health System
Coffee & Networking
11:05 am - 11:45 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

11:50 am - 12:30 pm
Session 14: Culturally-relevant engagement strategies to optimize the member experience: why culture and language matter
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Jaime Gonzalez
Chief Business Development Officer - Health Plan Alliance
12:35 pm - 1:15 pm
Session 15: Extended wrap up with MOC
Lunch & networking
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch before heading home.

Summit Location

Horseshoe Bay Resort, Austin, Texas

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.