Modern Healthcare’s Third Annual Patient Safety & Quality Virtual Conference: The Road to Better, Safer Care

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At the end of 2014, HHS released data showing dramatic reductions in preventable harm, resulting in 50,000 fewer patient deaths and $12 billion in cost savings over the last several years. But many in the field argue care isn’t much safer now than it was in 1999, when the Institute of Medicine released “To Err is Human,” its landmark report on patient safety and medical errors. Modern Healthcare’s 3rd annual Patient Safety & Quality Virtual Conference will shed light on how far the healthcare system has come toward the goal of providing high-quality, safe care—and how far it still has to go. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the emerging science of healthcare improvement as well as best practices and strategies they can use to make care safer in their own organizations.

Expert speakers and informative sessions make our virtual conference an education-building resource. Attendees value the virtual presentation format which provides them with cutting edge, actionable content without having to sacrifice days out of the office.

  • • Attend live sessions or access presentations later on-demand
  • • Interact with speakers and the editorial staff of Modern Healthcare
  • • Expand your network - exchange virtual business cards
  • • Download resources and white papers for future reference
  • • Tour the virtual Expo Center and explore new vendor offerings

You may attend sessions live and participate in Q&A with our speakers, or listen later on-demand to a presentation you may have missed. Additional information will also be available for download in our Exhibition Hall from each of the interactive booths.


Dr. Dean Gruner

Dean Gruner, MD has served as the President & CEO of ThedaCare since April 2008 and has thirty-one years of experience creating new models of healthcare delivery, financing and quality improvement. In 1985, Dr. Gruner was the lead physician in the organization of area family practice physicians and the establishment of an IPA-model HMO offered through Fireman’s Fund Insurance. In 1986, he was elected President of Valley Health Care, a community-wide IPA that transitioned the plan enrollment to a physician-owned HMO called United Health of Wisconsin, subsequently renamed Touchpoint Health Plan. NCQA recognized Touchpoint as the highest quality health plan in the US in 2002 and 2003. In March of 2004, Touchpoint was sold to United Health Group.


Dr. Don Berwick

Don Berwick is the United States’ leading advocate for high-quality healthcare. In December, he stepped down as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For 22 years prior to that, he was the founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a nonprofit dedicated to improving healthcare around the world. A pediatrician by background, he has also served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and and the Harvard School of Public Health.


Michael R. Cohen

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), is editor of the textbook, Medication Errors (2007 American Pharmaceutical Association) and serves as co-editor of the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! publications that reach over 2 million health professionals and consumers in the US, as well as regulatory authorities and others in over 30 foreign countries. He is editor for the ISMP consumer website, and writes a guest column called Check-Up that appears weekly on the Philadelphia Inquirer website.


Dr. Patrick Conway

Dr. Patrick Conway leads the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at CMS. CCSQ is responsible for all quality measures for CMS, value-based purchasing programs, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, clinical standards and survey and certification of Medicare and Medicaid health care providers across the nation, and all Medicare coverage decisions for treatments and services.


Dr. Donald Denmark

Dr. Donald Denmark has more than two decades of distinguished leadership in healthcare administration, research, academics and family medical practice. Previously, Dr. Denmark served as Vice President Medical Affairs of NorthBay Healthcare Group in Solano County, California, where he provided expertise on medical staff affairs, healthcare delivery issues, clinical informatics and oversight of its Disease Management Division.


Dr. Tejal Gandhi

Dr. Tejal Gandhi is a board certified internist, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a certified professional in patient safety. Dr. Gandhi's research interests focus on patient safety and reducing error using information systems. She won the 2009 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award for her contributions to understanding the epidemiology and possible prevention strategies for medical errors in the outpatient setting.


Dr. Gerald Hickson

Since 1990, Dr. Hickson's research has focused on why families choose to file suit, why certain physicians attract a disproportionate share of claims and how to identify and intervene with high-risk physicians. His work has resulted in over 150 peer review articles and chapters; the development of PARS� (Patient Advocacy Reporting System) and several educational initiatives to promote disclosure of medical errors and address behaviors that undermine a culture of safety. Dr. Hickson currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and as Chair of the Board of Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS).


Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at the University of Washington-Tacoma. She has been researching and writing on workplace bullying for the last six years, and has given multiple presentations both nationally and internationally on the topic.


William Marella

Bill Marella is Director of Operations and Analytics for ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization and directs the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority's statewide adverse event and near miss reporting program. In addition to publishing the Authority's peer-reviewed journal, he has published articles in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety, and others.


Dr. Mark McClellan

Within Brookings, Dr. Mark McClellan's work focuses on promoting quality and value in patient centered health care. A doctor and economist by training, he also has a highly distinguished record in public service and in academic research. Dr. McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy.


Steven Meisel

In his role, Dr. Steven Meisel is responsible for all aspects of patient safety improvement, as well as related measurement, reporting, educational and cultural initiatives. Dr. Meisel has served as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement safety since 1997. Dr. Meisel is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety and the Rho Chi Society. Dr. Meisel has authored or co-authored 36 publications.


Dr. Christian Pettker

Dr. Christian Pettker is currently an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and is Chief of Obstetrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Pettker's clinical interests include the management of labor and delivery and antepartum complications, as well as ultrasound, genetics and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Pettker's research interests relate to quality and patient safety in obstetrics.


Dr. Alan H. Rosenstein

Dr. Alan Rosenstein is currently a practicing Internist in San Francisco, CA, Medical Director for Physician Wellness Services in Minneapolis, MN, and a consultant in health care management. Dr. Rosenstein has over 140 nationally recognized publications and has had extensive national and international lecture and consultation experience in the areas of care management, clinical decision support, nurse- physician-staff relationships, and behaviors affecting patient safety, quality, satisfaction and clinical outcomes of care.


Dr. Edward Septimus

Dr. Ed Septimus is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. He is on the IDSA Antimicrobial Resistance Committee, the IDSA/SHEA Antimicrobial Stewardship Work Group and the SHEA Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Committee. Dr. Septimus is a Professor at Texas A&M Medical School and a Professor, Distinguished Senior Fellow at George Mason University. He is also the chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee Center for the Study of International Public Policy and Practices at George Mason University.


Debora Simmons

Ms. Debora Simmons is considered an expert leader in healthcare quality, patient safety and performance improvement with a history of commitment to the delivery of safe and reliable healthcare by application of evidence-based interventions. Prior to joining St. Luke's, Ms. Simmons served as Executive Operations Director for The National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision (NCCD) Making in Healthcare at The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics.


Dr. Dean Sittig

Dr. Dean Sittig studies the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of clinical information systems. Dr. Sittig is working to improve our understanding of both the factors that lead to success, as well as the unintended consequences associated with computer-based clinical decision support and provider order entry systems.


Dr. Arjun Srinivasan

An infectious disease doctor, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan oversees several CDC programs aimed at eliminating healthcare-associated infections and improving antibiotic use. For much of his CDC career, Dr. Srinivasan ran the healthcare outbreak investigation unit, helping hospitals and other healthcare facilities track down bacteria and stop them from infecting other patients. Today, Dr. Srinivasan leads CDC's work to improve antibiotic prescribing and works with a team of CDC experts researching new strategies to eliminate healthcare-associated infections.


Dr. Robert Wachter

Author of 250 articles and 6 books, Dr. Robert Wachter coined the term "hospitalist" in 1996 and is considered the "father" of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the US government's two leading websites on safety and has written two bestselling books on the subject.