Healthcare’s Digital Revolution: (Finally) A Time for Optimism
Spencer C. Johnson Health Policy Lecture • Thursday, June 27 • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
History has shown that, while information technology ultimately reshapes every industry it touches, it doesn’t immediately deliver on its promised improvements in quality and productivity. This lag is known as the Productivity Paradox of IT. Healthcare leaders have witnessed our maddening version of the Productivity Paradox. Doctors and patients are no longer looking at each other and rates of physician burnout are skyrocketing due (in part) to technology burdens.
However, there is hope. Robert Wachter, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will describe the process for reaching widespread digitization and realizing the massive potential of technology while ensuring that medicine is — and must remain — the most human of professions.
General Session • Thursday, June 27 • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Unconventional leadership has aided Nancy Schlichting, former chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, in turning around several organizations, winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award at Henry Ford, and creating a high-performing health system that is considered a model for organizations within healthcare and beyond. Unconventional leadership requires courage and willingness to commit to difficult change; but if embraced, it allows you to see tough situations for what they are and the right levers for making them better. Schlichting will share her path to becoming an innovator in a notoriously high-risk, fast-paced environment and convince you that, with the right vision, resiliency and tenacity, you can understand patients and colleagues at a much deeper level and continue to devise new and better models of healthcare.
2020 Focus on Healthcare
General Session • Friday, June 28 • 8:15 - 9 a.m. • (replacing the government relations breakfast)
Ron Fournier is the former publisher and editor of Crain’s Detroit Business and now serves as president at Truscott Rossman, Lansing. Fournier began his career in Arkansas, covering then-governor Bill Clinton before moving to Washington in 1993, where he covered the White House and national politics for The Associated Press during the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Fournier co-wrote the New York Times best-seller “Applebee’s America.” Fournier will discuss expectations for the 2020 election cycle, Michigan’s position as a battleground state and the role healthcare will play in the debate.
Making Peace with Life as Part of Dying
Closing Session • Friday, June 28 • 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Paul Kalanithi, MD, author of When Breath Becomes Air, was a promising neurosurgeon, nearing the end of his residency training at Stanford University, when he learned of his terminal lung cancer and faced the question of how to make his remaining time as meaningful as possible. His wife, Lucy Kalanithi, MD, was his steadfast partner in this difficult process. Lucy said Paul wrote When Breath Becomes Air as a way of being an active participant in his illness, to reflect on his experience and to leave behind something of lasting value.
When a beloved spouse dies, we confront profound questions and mundane matters, which Dr. Lucy Kalanithi faces with both with grace and insight. This session will be a surprisingly hopeful — joyful — conversation about love and death.