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Featured Speakers

The International Summit features three engaging Keynote speakers. For their full bios, please visit our online brochure. Here are some recent quotes:


Keynote One
Monday, March 10 from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

DEREK FEELEY, Executive VP, IHI; (former Director General (DG) Health and Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland)
“As the core business of health care is increasingly devoted to supporting people with chronic disease (particularly those with multiple chronic diseases), it’s crucial to have primary care teams able and prepared to help patients manage their conditions and avert hospital admissions. Preventive, coordinated, and team-based care has proven a successful strategy for managing these high-cost, high-utilization patients.”
(Harvard Business Review)
“We should involve patients in shared decision making because we know it gives them the care they want and need, improves outcomes, and can reduce costs.”
(Harvard Business Review)

eynote Two
Monday, March 10 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
ED WAGNER, Director of the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation at the Group Health Research Institute
“Quality improvement is not a project, it is an approach to how you do your work, and it is either continuous or not at all…We need to reestablish primary care as the foundation of American health care.”
The future of primary care will require a major transformation or redesign of practice, not just an EMR and better reimbursement, but such transformations will be difficult to implement or sustain without strong motivation.” 
(Patient-Centered Medical Home and the Future of Medical Care in Montana- Webinar)

Keynote Three
Tuesday, March 10 from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

LAURA ADAMS, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI)
“There are two things wrong with our current health care system: how care is financed and how care is designed.”
(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research- 2012 Conference)
Our challenge now is to continue adding ‘data-sharing partners’ until we’re all connected. These include the rest of the hospitals, primary care and specialists, behavioral health, long-term care, visiting nurses, home and hospice care, and all the way to patient-reported data. They’re definitely on the care team, after all. However, our biggest challenge is to establish our long-term funding to support the operations of current care, the health information exchange.”
(Providence News)

Special Interest Keynotes

  • A Paradigm Shift from Healthcare to Health
    Somava Stout, MD, Vice President of Patient-Centered Medical Home Development, Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Palliative Care’s Critical Role in ACO Success
    Diane Meier, MD, Director for the Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care
  • Primary Care Transformation in an Academic Medical Center
    Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Patient Engagement and Violence Prevention in the Community 
    Gilbert Salinas, Director of Patient Centered Care, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center​; Fellow, IHI
  • Teaching Environmental Improvement in the Doctor's Office
    Todd Sack, MD, Editor, MyGreenDoctor