The morning started with two pre-conference workshops, tough choices for some, obvious landing spots for others.
Nilay Shah, Ph.D., led the Big Data session, and participants were able to dig deep into concepts surrounding the promise (and realization) of Big Data in health care. They presented case examples of successful use of OptumLabs™ Data Warehouse and other data sources to purse the triple aim echoed throughout Delivery Science Summit – enhance patient experience, improve population health, and manage the total cost of care.
One exciting example relayed how machine learning paired with epidemiology can help pinpoint treatment options – sounding very much like the Starship Enterprise, but in the here and now!
Just down the hall, Joan Griffin, Ph.D., introduced a panel of experts there to define implementation science – what happens during and after new processes are identified, novel technologies are discovered, benchmarks set and best practices learned.
She cited the importance of the science for two main reasons – patients receive variable levels of care, despite available evidence; and there are huge time delays between understanding evidence and practice-wide adoption – as long as 17 years.
The full conference started midday, with welcomes from the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Lois Krahn, M.D., Deputy Director of Education and the conference director welcomed attendees and handed off to Véronique Roger, M.D., center director and conference host, who lauded attendees for their commitment to the science of best practice, and described some of the issues facing health care today.
John H. Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO, talked more on these issues, highlighted the importance of both the emerging discipline of the science of health care delivery as well as the exciting utility of big data.
After these words of welcome and motivation, attendees got down to business with the first keynote of the conference – Harvard Business School Senior Fellow Bill George. Mr. George painted a picture of health care becoming “wellness care,” with a well-integrated team approach and the primary care physician as the team quarterback.
He enjoined attendees to remember that there is a person at the center of the changes that our health care needs. “We must have innovation,” he said. “We must have a system focused on the people.”
Mr. George gave inspiration as well as direction, and charged attendees with a vision, saying “I am hoping through this conference we will raise the bar, raise the vision [of transforming health care]." He told attendees that “each of us is called upon to lead,” and this tone carried throughout the day.
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