Speakers Announced for National Healthcare Innovation Summit in Chicago

Focused on finding innovative ways to improve healthcare quality and make it more affordable, the National Healthcare Innovation Summit announced a slate of speakers for its upcoming event June 15-17 at the InterContinental Chicago.  In alliance with the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI), the Summit is organized by HIMSS and hosted by Avia.


The keynote speakers are: 

Jonathan S. Bush

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder


 Dr. Anthony C. Chang

Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer

Children’s Hospital of Orange County


Dr. Benjamin K. Chu

Executive Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.

Group President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Georgia Regions

President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California


Lisa Suennen

Managing Partner

Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC


“The conference brings together leaders tasked with the transformation of large delivery systems and who look for innovations to change how we deliver and pay for healthcare. In these types of environments, attendees learn how to solve problems or address challenges that pertain to their own situations,” said Wendy Everett, ScD, summit co-chair and chief executive officer, NEHI.

Dr. Molly Joel Coye, Summit co-chair and chief innovation officer, UCLA Health System, added: “At the National Healthcare Innovation Summit, we feature insights from healthcare and other industry innovators who have successfully demonstrated high-impact results and strong evidence of a return on innovation.”

“The Summit is committed to making health care innovation practical, tangible and most importantly, actionable.  Attendees can expect to leave the conference with clear actions, aimed at driving their organizations forward," said Leslie Wainwright, Chief Strategy Officer, AVIA

The agenda includes keynote speakers, fireside chats, discussion panels, and an innovation gallery. During the Summit, speakers will spur discussion and idea generation by sharing their experiences, insights and lessons learned. Participants will examine ways to build strong, innovative delivery systems that serve communities with focus on controlling costs while achieving healthier populations, affordable care and better patient experiences.

Topics to be presented and discussed include:

  • Meeting strategic needs for growth and return on innovation
  • Contrasting innovation as in-house process redesign vs. adoption of commercial innovations
  • Showcasing innovations across lifespans from pediatrics, behavioral health to the aging population
  • Highlighting the roles of innovation centers and leaders in major system transformation
  • Making disruption appealing in major system transformation
  • Innovating to maximize performance under fee for service and global budgets
  • Partnering with new market entrants

 “Innovation truly is at the helm of healthcare transformation, as we continuously witness new approaches to improving the delivery of care. The National Healthcare Innovation Summit supports our overall focus on the triple aim of improving population health, improving patient care and reducing the cost of healthcare,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS North America.


About AVIA

The Only Provider-Led Accelerator in Healthcare.  AVIA was built to serve the needs of health systems. We address the most pressing challenges by working directly with provider organizations to identify and implement the best emerging tech-enabled solutions, at scale. http://aviahealthinnovation.com



HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


About NEHI

NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) is dedicated to identifying innovations that improve the quality and lower the costs of health care. NEHI’s network of nearly 100 health care organizations is a hotbed for consensus solutions that cut across traditional silos and drive policy change. Only with all stakeholders at the table is fixing health care possible.  NEHI works by combining the collective vision of our multi-sector membership with our independent, evidence-based research to move ideas into action. Our unique viewpoint cuts across silos to achieve consensus on the most significant barriers and opportunities for innovation, producing policy recommendations that have real impact on the future of health care.  www.nehi.net



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Speakers Announced for National Healthcare Innovation Summit