Taking place from 22 – 24 June 2020, a host of senior healthcare decision-makers and business leaders from across North America will gather at the wonderful The Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch in Arizona 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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Cameual Wright
Market Medical Director
CareSource
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Holly Schmidtke
VP Operations
Aurora Healthcare
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Robert Bart
CMIO
UPMC
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Larry Kaiser
President and CEO
Temple University Health System
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J.D. Whitlock
CIO
Dayton Children's Hospital
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Jerson Cadenas
Chief Medical Officer - Texas & Oklahoma
UnitedHealthcare
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Pritpal Virdee
President
BCBS Michigan
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Sowmya Viswanathan
Chief Medical Officer
Tenet Health
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Peter Huynh
CIO
Brooke Army Medical Center
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Farhad Modarai
Associate Regional Medical Officer
Caremore
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Joseph Winick
SVP Planning Analytics & Business Development
Erlanger Health System
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Arthur Russell Rogers
VP Innovation
Blue Shield California

6 Challenges in Healthcare

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Identify and overcome obstacles in transition to value based reimbursement
  • Building a robust data collection strategy to ensure accessibility for the major stakeholders in health
  • How to engage and retain members and patients to maintain a competitive edge
  • AI is transforming healthcare, how can we demystify hype and maximize impact
  • Utilizing technology to impact population health and drive down costs
  • Diversify and innovate income strategies to drive revenue growth
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Past Summit Schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday June 22, 2020
Summit registration
12:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us at 1.00 pm when registration opens to collect your badge, check-in, meet the on-site team, and start your 2.5 day Summit experience

Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

Our Master of Ceremonies will kick off the Summit with a welcome brief and orientation session, giving you all the information you need to maximize your Summit experience

Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Forces for Change, The Future of Health

How to keep up with changing landscape of healthcare, ACOs and consolidation, what does this mean for hospitals patients and physicians?

Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
A one on one interview diving into the details of how to prepare yourself for the realities of one of the industry's top challengers.
High Prices and Broken Promises, How To Combat Rising Costs Of Care

Overall healthcare costs are anticipated to rise by an average of 5.5 percent per year over the next decade reaching $6 trillion by 2027.

Hear from an industry expert on the driving factors behind the ongoing increase in costs of healthcare. From government policy to big pharma, where are the greatest costs and what can we forecast for the future of healthcare in America.

Roundtable Track 1
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Reimbursement Models: Innovation, Regulation and Governance

The ongoing migration of healthcare currency, from volume to value, is reshaping the healthcare ecosystem.

  • What are the obstacles preventing a smooth transition to a value-based care model?
  • What are the most effective ways to simplify partnerships in healthcare and maintain flexibility?
  • What are the best strategies to develop risk adjustment as we move from a fee for service towards a value-based model?
  • How do you measure value? What metrics should we be looking at to provide transparency on the quality of care patients are receiving?
  • How can we facilitate communication between payers, health providers and patients to aid transition?
  • How can we manage costs and optimize organizational structure as we transition to a new reimbursement model?
Roundtable Track 2
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Population Health, Access and Intervention

Good management of population health enables care providers to identify and focus on specific areas of concern, and target resources accordingly.  How can health systems and insurance companies work to support the health and wellness of aggregate populations?

  • What strategies and tools can be used to measure and monitor the health of large populations?
  • How can vulnerable groups of people be identified and protected?
  • What can be achieved when public health and population management programmes are implemented effectively, why should health organisations be gearing towards this kind of health management
  • How do you drive visibility and productively to everyone in your system?
Roundtable Track 3
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Revenue Growth & Discovering a Strategy

Good management of population health enables care providers to identify and focus on specific areas of concern, and target resources accordingly.  How can health systems and insurance companies work to support the health and wellness of aggregate populations?

  • What strategies and tools can be used to measure and monitor the health of large populations?
  • How can vulnerable groups of people be identified and protected?
  • What can be achieved when public health and population management programmes are implemented effectively, why should health organisations be gearing towards this kind of health management
  • How do you drive visibility and productively to everyone in your system?
Roundtable Track 4
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
User Engagement: The New Era Of Consumer Healthcare

Patients are transforming from passive recipients of healthcare services to active consumers, how will this change impact organizations?

  • Who owns the patient experience, digital health and user engagement? How should this element of the healthcare be managed?
  • How can patient experience unify our healthcare delivery channels?
  • What tactics can be utilized to gather and take action on patient feedback so that you can provide an engaging experience for members and patients?
  • How far-reaching is the impact of experiences on clinical outcomes? How much can we improve the care patients receive by increasing their engagement in the process?
  • How can we manage competition from commercial disruptors? How can we harness the opportunity that comes with the consumerism disruption taking place in healthcare?
  • How can we develop the right protocols, programs and tools which have usable interfaces and ensure increased and reliable engagement from members and patients
Roundtable Track 5
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Applications of AI and ML

Artificial intelligence is transforming the healthcare industry, how can we demystify the hype and understand where the real value is? Adoption of such tools is relatively slow, and while pockets of innovation have shown remarkable promise, in many cases AI and ML initiatives are still in their infancy.

  • How do you choose where AI and ML will have the most impact and efficacy in assisting with healthcare delivery?
  • How can you manage costs when developing new programs and ensure longevity
  • How to use AI to help payers and providers meet value-based care goals of improved outcomes and lower costs
  • How can we harness smart automation of back end processes. Where are the greatest opportunities for AI and ML to optimize administrative work and support EMR?
  • What are the application in in chronic health improvement and population health? What is on the horizon for AI in healthcare provision, research and diagnostics?
  • Where should you start? The possibilities for AI in heath are seemingly endless, how do you identify areas where AI is having a real impact compared to those where the technology is not ready?
Roundtable Track 6
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Data and Analytics

Quality data is an essential tool for health providers and is driving progression  throughout the industry. Understanding ownership, warehousing, regulation and interoperability is essential to facilitate increased quality in of care.

  • It is imperative for payers and providers to have a strong grip and easy access to all data and metrics that are important to long-term health. What are the best strategies to effectively extract and use data?
  • How do you ensure your data is accurate, transparent and representative? How can you test this?
  • How to form an effective data strategy, what does the team look like and how do you manage data flow and data input throughout your organization?
  • How do you manage the security and ethical concerns which relate to accessing and sharing sensitive and personal data?
  • What avenues can be used between provider and payer and facilitate collaboration through better use of patient data
  • Which technologies are transforming the way we access collect and share data?
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

This is a show and tell with the entire delegation, lead by the roundtable moderators. Hear other challenges, perspectives, and topics that will set the tone for the Summit.

Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our Gala Dinner & Keynote Speaker. An opportunity to network with your peers in a social environment with a three course dinner and wine whilst listening to an industry leader discuss a key topic.

Tuesday June 23, 2020
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 2 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Panel Discussion
8:00am - 8:30am
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
What Do Quality Metrics Look Like?

Value-based care programs are flourishing across the US; and according to a recent report by Change Healthcare there has been a seven-fold increase in the number of states implementing such initiatives in the past five years.

Quality indicators are tied to value based reimbursement; how can we promote open communication between payers and providers in order to define exactly what quality metrics should look like

  • Managing the data acquisition and the delay in data sharing and data processing
  • Quality measures that matter to patients are very difficult to measure and have multiple stake holders that have an impact on them. Often quality measure end up devolving into quantitative process measures, what are the risks associated with this and how can we avoid them.
Keynote
8:30am - 9:00am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Bugs Bunny, Margaritas and the Magic of Crowdsourcing

Employee and customer crowdsourcing is emerging as a core competency for change management in organizations around the world. In this interactive session we will meet Bugs and Elmer, discuss margaritas, ponder crowd wisdom and beta test cutting edge crowdsourcing software. Sound like fun? We think so too.

Keynote
9:00am - 9:30am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Integrated Pharmacy Solutions

With drug costs and shortages on the rise, healthcare facilities need to see as much value as possible from their pharmacy strategy.

How can we simplify partnerships between health providers and pharmaceutical delivery systems? How to use data and insights to reduce costs, improve outcomes and ensure critical drugs are available for patients who need them.

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:30am - 10:00am
One Topic. Two experts. Two opinions. You'll get the chance to vote on where you stand before the session starts. We'll then hear from our two experts, to see if they can sway your opinion when you participate in the closing vote.
Will Data And Automation Replace Experience?
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:20am - 11:00am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Social Determinants of Health, Precision Matters

The term social determinants of health is ubiquitous across the health industry, however due to its complex nature there is a lack of  consistency in the ways in which health providers and payers deal with the topic.

  • Often industry led efforts focus on addressing a patient’s social needs, and gloss over the underlying systemic problems which lead to factors which place a patients health at risk. How can this be avoided?
  • How can health professionals work towards clear cut systematic processes to combat the social factors which determine the health of their patients?
  • Understanding and measuring social determinants of health is complex and labor intensive, however the impact on the care your organisation is able to provide your patents once you have the full picture is astounding.
  • Structure, strategy, costs and impact.
Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Enterprise Data Strategies: Engaging Clinicians as Consumers

To provide proactive care and engagement for the growing number of individuals living with complex conditions, health care stakeholders are turning to device-generated health data to derive meaningful insights into patients’ and members’ health, lifestyles, and behaviors. These valuable data are powering a variety of programs – such as personalized wellness, remote care management, and population health programs – that could prevent hospital admissions and adverse health events.

What impact do these programs have on the total health of members? How do you scale personalized, data-driven experiences? Is taking an enterprise approach to IoT realistic?

Panel Discussion
11:40am - 12:20pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
A New Frontier In Data Management

Impact of new tools for data interoperability: Data is quickly becoming the currency that drives the healthcare industry. We are collecting data at higher rates than we have ever seen before, making use of the data that we are harvesting has posed a host of new challenges.

  • How to maintain and optimize data warehouses using open source assets such as assets such as FHIR and OHDSI
  • How to simplify and improve data protection, along with considering the ethics and security of healthcare information
  • How to manage data interoperability and improve efficiency and collaboration between payer and provider by effective data sharing
Keynote
12:20pm - 12:50pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Wearables: Access and Empowerment

Wearable technology offers up new opportunity in remote delivery of care and patient monitoring, early detection of health complications, and ownership and empowerment of patients to actively manage their health.

  • What are costs to implement this technology and how far reaching are the benefits?
  • How will wearables enhance personalization of care through innovative data collection and analysis?
Networking Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm

Join us for a sit-down lunch, and a chance to catch up on emails and get ready for the afternoon.

Roundtable
Session 2 - Discovery
1:50pm - 2:40pm
Learning and sharing with your group. What are the solutions? Are they readily available? What path are you going to take?
Drill Down Roundtables

Reimbursement Models: Innovation, Regulation and Governance

Population Health, Access and Intervention

Revenue Growth & Discovering a Strategy

User Engagement: The New Era Of Consumer Healthcare

Applications of AI and ML

Data and Analytics

Panel Discussion
2:35pm - 3:15pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Modernizing Clinical Communication: Connected care and IOmT

Communication has always been an essential element of delivering care. How has technology and digital health impacted clinical communication in order to unify healthcare delivery channels for a seamless patient experience?

Case Study
3:20pm - 3:20pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Feet on the Ground: Intervention Strategy to Reduce Ex-Offender Health Disparities

Many health systems are already utilizing smart analytics to identify vulnerable populations and plan realistic interventions. What are the impacts when this is partnered with feet on the ground tactics to help vulnerable populations engage with their health?

Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 4:40pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Ensuring Effective Risk Adjustment

The movement toward government-sponsored programs, which shows no signs of slowing, also comes with more risk.

  • How to effectively manage costs as insurers take on higher risk products and populations
  • How to balance risk between providers and payers, is there a sustainable and effective way to share risk?
  • What risks are associated with increased dependence of insurers on government health programs? How should these be managed?
Coffee & Networking Break
4:40pm - 5:00pm

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Workshop
5:00pm - 5:40pm
One Topic. Two experts. Two opinions. You'll get the chance to vote on where you stand before the session starts. We'll then hear from our two experts, to see if they can sway your opinion when you participate in the closing vote.
Do No Harm: The critical demand for EHR Evolution

Hundreds of EHR products are in use across the country, each with different clinical terminologies, technical specifications, and functional capabilities. These differences make it difficult to create one standard interoperability format for sharing data.

Remodelling the ways in which we use EHR is a daunting task, where are the areas for innovation?

Attendee downtime
6:10pm - 7:00pm

A needed break after a content filled day. Please use this time as you wish prior to joining us for our night 2 seated dinner.

Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Gala dinner
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our night two Gala Dinner, which will be in a casual and inviting setting.

Wednesday June 24, 2020
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 3 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Keynote
8:30 am - 8:50 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Operational Excellence – The New Gold Standard

Healthcare Delivery is an asset-intensive and service-based industry with multiple connected segments in the user journey. All operations involve people along with machines. It is therefore essential to streamline operations and do more with less.

How to incorporate lean principles and manage waste whilst maintaining quality and controlling costs

Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, Past Present and Future

Artificial intelligence is transforming the healthcare industry, how can we demystify the hype and understand where the real value is?

  • How to use AI to help payers and providers meet value-based care goals of improved outcomes and lower costs
  • How can we harness smart automation of back end processes. Where are the greatest opportunities for AI and ML to optimize administrative work and support EMR?
  • What are the application in in chronic health improvement and population health? What is on the horizon for AI in healthcare provision, research and diagnostics?
  • Where should you start? The possibilities for AI in heath are seemingly endless, how do you identify areas where AI is having a real impact compared to those where the technology is not ready?
Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
9:20 am - 10:00 am
What does it all mean. Tracing back through two days of work, where are we? What you are bringing back to the office with you.
Drill Down Roundtables

Reimbursement Models: Innovation, Regulation and Governance

Population Health, Access and Intervention

Revenue Growth & Discovering a Strategy

User Engagement: The New Era Of Consumer Healthcare

Applications of AI and ML

Data and Analytics

Coffee & Networking Break
10:00 am - 10:00 am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:30 am - 11:10 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Collaboration to Drive Innovation

Outlining the key factors to success in provider-payer relationships that will drive success for value-based care models.

  • How to simplify partnerships and open lines of communication
  • Creating trust in the partnership
  • Setting reasonable performance targets
  • Collecting and sharing quality, timely data
Workshop
11:10 am - 11:50 am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Shift to The Cloud

The impact of IOT in healthcare. Opening the lines of communication between patient, payer and provider

  • How to harness cloud computing to effectively manage data from your healthcare consumer population
  • How can IOT be utilized to leverage customer engagement
Panel Discussion
11:50 am - 12:30 pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Closing panel & wrap up: Payer, Provider Collaboration: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going Next

What are the current trends and developments that are shaping healthcare and uniting payers and providers? What conclusions can we draw from what has taken place over the past 12 months? How will this evolve as we enter the new decade?

Buffet lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Before you head home, make sure you grab something from our buffet-style lunch for your journey ahead.

Summit Location

The Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch, Arizona

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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