Rocky Mountain Summit

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - Thursday, July 15, 2021  |   Denver, CO  |   Grand Hyatt Denver

The Healthcare Innovation Summit Series promote improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare by sharing best practices from organizations who are leading change by championing technology, innovation, and culture shifts in their institutions. For more than eleven years the Healthcare Innovation Summit Series has helped healthcare professionals connect you with your peers to share stories about the people, process and technology changes that are being successfully championed in your organizations to improve the delivery of care. 


Wednesday, July 14, 2021
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (MDT)
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM (MDT)
Keynote Presentation

In this opening keynote address, Craig Richardville, Chief Information & Digital Officer at Denver’s SCL Health, will share his insights and perspectives, based on decades of experience as a senior healthcare IT leader. He will talk about how the healthcare CIO role is evolving forward in the current U.S. healthcare delivery landscape, what it means for CIOs to help strategically lead their c-suite colleagues and organizations on technology, and some of the most significant technologies that are emerging right now that are shifting the landscape, including digital engagement, digital workforce artificial intelligence and machine learning. 



10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (MDT)
Tailboard Talk


State and regional health information exchanges are evolving to keep up with both new federal regulations about data sharing and the analytics needs of their clinical customers. In this panel discussion, the executive directors of several large HIEs will discuss issues such as the recent spate of mergers in the HIE space, the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) framework, and the role HIEs are playing in responding to the pandemic and helping customers with value-based payment efforts.


11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (MDT)
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM (MDT)

Industry partner spotlights feature engaging, passionate speakers whose talks expose new ideas in healthcare that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to current and future industry trends. Presentations will explore novel and counterintuitive approaches to solving the many complex problems facing our health system.



12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (MDT)
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM (MDT)
Fireside Chat
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM (MDT)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (MDT)
Tailboard Talk


As advanced purchasers and payers create more value for themselves, more and more hospitals, medical groups, and health systems are taking the plunge into two-sided risk based on their learnings of other organizations. This discussion will focus on the policy, payment, care management, data analytics, and overall strategic challenges and opportunities involved in two-sided risk. In this panel industry leaders will share their learnings from their complex and challenging journeys.


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (MDT)

On July 12, the editors of Healthcare Innovation announced the four winning teams and six semi-finalist teams in this year’s Healthcare Innovation Innovator Awards Program. The first-place winning team was a team from UCHealth, whose leaders first created a Virtual Health Center to support a variety of operations across the organization’s hospital facilities. They then went on to leverage data analytics to support a new approach to identifying and addressing sepsis in patients far earlier than has been the norm. Steve Hess, Ph.D. and Amy Hassell, R.N. will sit down with Healthcare Innovation Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland to discuss their accomplishments.     

Thursday, July 15, 2021
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM (MDT)
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (MDT)
Tailboard Talk


Understanding an individual’s SDOH can help uncover social and behavioral factors that impact their health. This discussion will address how SDOH data is being distilled to create actionable information and the impact of SDOH for improving overall health, and also for reducing health disparities that are often rooted in social and economic disadvantages.


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM (MDT)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM (MDT)

Artificial Intelligence is now being widely used for enhanced tomography to identity cellular changes indicative of the onset of the development of growths before tumors form in the body. Machine Learning is now widely used in clinical decision support where it is employed to mine vast data lakes of past clinical decisions to predict, rather than guess, at the best possible patient outcomes following the most statistically advantageous course of treatment. Personalized medicine is a growing area of research and treatment and makes extensive use of AI and ML technology. Evidence-based medicine and increased interoperability of clinical systems are helping to drive improvements in results. But as healthcare moves towards even greater reliance upon technology, and more PHI data is stored and mined on all of us in order to improve treatments, what should we be concerned about from a privacy and security perspective? As automation plays a bigger role, what checks and balances do we need to put in place?

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
Tailboard Talk


EMR usability, as well as the efficiencies of a well-built EMR, are hugely important for many stakeholders across all healthcare delivery organizations. Join our panelists to discuss how they build a culture of partnership between physician and clinician users, IT personnel and other stakeholders to drive a quality EMR experience, increase EMR engagement, and help users focus on opportunities for EMR success in their organizations. Discussion topics include:

  • How they continually adapt the EMR to meet the changing needs of the organization and users
  • How to develop a non-bureaucratic governance structure that allows for changes to be made quickly to the EMR
  • How they build a culture of sharing and continuing education to support mastery of the EMR by all users
  • How they improve EHR satisfaction and reduce EHR-associated burnout among clinicians
  • How they built or are building a quality EMR – cutting through the hype and choosing a vendor that works for their organization, based on best practices and feedback from the users




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