Complete Program Agenda

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ACHE-SETC F2F Opening Session – Making Sense of Performance Transformation Methodologies
8:00 am – 9:30 am  | General Assembly Level 3

  • Anne-Claire France, PhD, FACHE, President, Health Innovations
  • David Berger, MD, Sr. VP & COO, Baylor St. Luke’s Medicine Medical Center
  • Carla Braxton, MD, Chief Quality Officer, Houston Methodist West Hospital
  • John Cramer, System Director, Organization Effectiveness, Memorial Hermann Health System

Learning Objectives:

  • How Six Sigma Lean and/or other operations improvement methodologies are being used in accomplishing organizational strategic goals.
  • Identify the greatest challenge encountered in implementing a process improvement methodology.
  • Determine whether methodologies are effective in implementing cultural change or limited to process improvement.

TMC Facility Tours
9:00 am – 10:00 am and 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Tour #1
TMCx (Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute)
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite X
Houston TX 77021
Tour the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute (TMCx) to get an inside view of the accelerator and incubator space. TMCx couples the resources of the world’s largest medical center with the innovative spark of entrepreneurs. We facilitate the development of early-stage digital health and medical device companies and, unlike most accelerators, we do not charge membership fees or require equity from our companies.

A component of the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute, TMCx+ is tailored to assist companies in advancing their technologies by validating them across the various domains of medical enterprise. TMCx+ provides the resources, office space, and a recombinant research environment.

Tour #2
Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Rice University
6100 Main Street, MS 390
Houston, TX 77005
The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) provides a space for undergraduate students majoring in bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computational and applied mathematics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, materials science and nanoengineering, mechanical engineering and statistics to design, prototype and deploy solutions to real-world engineering challenges. To create the full circle of real-world experience that has societal impact, interdisciplinary teams tackle problems proposed by industry and partners in the Texas Medical Center and abroad.

ACHE-SETC F2F Panel Discussion – Change Readiness: How to Design Facilities in an Ever-Changing Health Policy
9:45 am – 11:15 am  | General Assembly Level 3

  • Upali Nanda, PhD, VP and Director of Research, HKS, Inc.
  • Bita Kash, PhD, FACHE, Director, NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation
  • Paul McCleary, VP, Business Development, Medistar
  • Pamela Redden, MS, BSN, RN, EDAC, Executive Director, Clinical Planning/Development, UT at Austin, Dell Medical School

Learning Objectives:

  • Impact of changing health policy and reimbursement on outpatient design.
  • How trends of mobile, tele-, and population health and coordinated care impact facility design.
  • How owners, architects, contractors and public health experts can be brought together towards healthier communities.

PwC CEO Forum (invitation only)
11:30 am – 2:30 pm   |  Room 330A

ACHE-SETC Breakout Sessions and lunch
Session A: Preparing for a New Leadership Role: What It Takes

11:45 am – 1:00 pm  |  Room 362

  • Craig Cordola, FACHE, Sr. VP and Present, Central/West Region, Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Scott Sette, Partner, DHR International

Learning Objectives:

  • Know how to prepare when beginning a new leadership role.
  • Execute a plan for the first year in a new leadership role.
  • Understand why leaders fail in new roles and how to avoid it.

Session B: Aligning Cultural Competency to Improve Safety, Quality and Equity
11:45 am – 1:00 pm  |  Room 372

  • Richelle Webb Dixon, FACHE, VP, Ambulatory Care, CHI St. Luke’s Health
  • Carlos Escobar, FACHE, Assoc. VP, Business Ops/Facilities, UT Medical Branch

Learning Objectives:

  • Why cultural competence and patient-centeredness have been promoted over the years as integral components in improving health care quality.
  • Initiatives to eliminate cultural and linguistic barriers between health care providers and patients.
  • Recognize the importance of the need to train culturally competent providers and design culturally competent health care systems.
  • Emphasis on patients as individuals with unique experiences and perspectives, rather than as members of ethnic or cultural groups, thereby minimizing providers to stereotype and make inappropriate assumptions.

TMC Communications and External Affairs Council Meeting (members only)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   |  Room 342E

TMC Facility Tours
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   |  various locations (TMCx, JLabs, Rice Design Kitchen)

ACHE-SETC F2F Panel Discussion – Medical Tourism: The Globalization of Healthcare
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   | General Assembly Level 3

  • Josef Woodman, CEO, Patients Beyond Borders
  • Renato Lenzi, MD, Medical Director, MD Anderson’s International Center
  • Marc Scheinrock, Senior Manager, Deloitte’s health care provider practice

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the origins and current trends of medical tourism.
  • Understand the impact of health consumerism and globalization as a driver for competition.
  • Understand how overseas hospitals are attracting patients and competing on cost, quality and customer service.
  • Discuss what overseas patients are looking for in healthcare from U.S. facilities and how to capitalize on it.

TMC International Affairs Council Meeting (members only)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm   |  Room 342E

PLENARY SESSION − Innovation in Medicine and Healthcare
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm   | General Assembly Level 3

CEO Roundtable

The past two decades have been marked by unparalleled advances in science and technology. In this century alone, the nation has witnessed a number of significant breakthroughs—most notably the recent cure for Hepatitis C and the advances in oncology, through new treatments based on new genetic understanding. But innovations are not limited to scientists and researchers.  Innovation programs have proliferated across healthcare organizations and are tackling challenges including clinical quality, patient safety, access to care, health information technology, and much more. This panel will discuss how innovations are change the face of health care.

The Second Annual Texas Medical Center Consumer Health Report

The Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute in 2015 launched a survey to reveal Texans’ attitudes toward healthcare, with a goal of identifying ways to advance healthcare delivery.  Among last year’s survey findings, the TMC Health Policy Institute found 88% of Texans said having health insurance is essential or very important. In fact, having insurance coverage was more important to people than cost or access to a provider, and they ranked quality of healthcare last in importance. Other interesting findings showed 52% favored a tax on sugary drinks; 42% wanted a single payer system; and 41% wanted their physician to make their medical decisions “with little or no input from me.”

To better capture a nationwide perspective, the 2016 survey will expand from coast to coast, covering California, New York, Ohio, Florida and Texas.  The survey, conducted online by the nationally renowned Nielsen through Harris Poll, will involve respondents 18 and older to assess their attitudes and behaviors towards health insurance, and data will be weighted by sex, race, ethnicity, income and education.

Several key questions from the 2015 survey will be repeated in 2016 to assess trends. In addition, the survey will take a deeper dive on topics including affordability of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, end-of-life decisions and attitudes about labeling foods with calories and color coding. The survey will also broach several political topics in this presidential election year, such as how candidates’ views on health topics will contribute to voters’ decision to vote for a particular candidate.

Dr. Tim Garson, Director of the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute, will reveal the survey results in his address at the Medical World Americas Conference on May 18.  The interactive discussion will give the audience a chance to respond to the survey question using mobile phones before the survey results are revealed.

Innovations in Preparing and Responding to Zika Virus 

  • Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify tips and strategies for managing innovations in on-demand medicine, population health and care management, and clinical technologies.
  • Define key ingredients of implementing innovation successfully
  • Explain current issues related to health policy and the impact on patients and health care providers

MWA 2016 Chairman’s Reception 
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm  |  Expo Hall B

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ACHE-SETC F2F Panel Discussion – How Manufacturing and Health Systems Work as Partners Towards Population Health
8:00 am – 9:30 am   | General Assembly Level 3

  • Bita Kash, PhD, FACHE, Director, NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation
  • David Currie, Director, Field Operations, Johnson & Johnson
  • Keith Fernandez, MD, President and Physician in Chief, MHMD, Memorial Hermann Physician Network
  • George Masi, FACHE, President and CEO, Harris Health Care System

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of today’s trends towards working closely with selected manufacturers to achieve population health targets.
  • Discussion of examples from both pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers demonstrating the key role of the manufacturer in population health efforts.
  • Lessons learned from investing in building key partnerships and insights on how to pursue and implement effective partnerships that result in improved population health.

MWA GENERAL SESSION − How Entrepreneurship is Transforming Healthcare
8:30 am – 9:30 am   |  Room 351

  • Erik M. Halvorsen, PhD, Director, TMC Innovation Institute (moderator)
  • Greg Johnson, Vice President of Health System Partnerships, Doctor on Demand
  • David Lucchino, CEO, Intrega
  • Josh Stein, CEO and Cofounder, AdhereTech

Ongoing changes in policy, technology, and industry culture are now creating unprecedented opportunities for entrepreneurs in the healthcare industry. Today, even hospitals and healthcare systems are taking innovation in-house creating innovation centers, led by innovation officers and designed to encourage innovation of products that will improve care, lower costs, and improve health. In this session you will hear from three entrepreneurs who will not only share their innovations but also their pathway.  They will discuss how to cultivate entrepreneurship within your organization.

The panel includes Greg Johnson, Vice President of Health System Partnerships at Doctor on Demand. Doctor on Demand is a mobile app co-founded by Adam Jackson, Dr. Phil McGraw and Jay McGraw to expand and improve patient access to medical care. Semprus Biosciences co-founder, David Lucchino. Semprus developed a polymer, which, when it coats medical devices such as catheters, can help prevent infection. The panel is rounded out by Josh Stein, the CEO and Cofounder of AdhereTech, a company that makes smart patented pill bottles to improve medication adherence and patient engagement. The panel is moderated Erik Halvorsen, director of the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to cultivate entrepreneurship in a healthcare organization

Texas Tribune Panel Discussion
8:30 am – 9:30 am   |  Room 360

TMC Nursing Executives Council Meeting (members only)
8:30 am – 9:30 am   |  Room 342E

Texas Gulf Coast Supply Chain Chapter of AHRMM
2016 Education Event

10:00 am – 11:30 am   |  Room 360

PLENARY SESSION − Disruptive Innovation
10:00 am – 11:30 am   | General Assembly Level 3

  • Robert C. Robbins, MD, President and CEO, Texas Medical Center (moderator)
  • Dean Kamen, Innovator/Inventor
  • Lynda Chin, MD, Director, Institute for Health Transformation, University of Texas System

Disruptive innovation, a term of art coined by disruptive innovation theory pioneer Clayton M. Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors. Disruptive innovations enable new applications and changes in behaviors. They can come from entrepreneurial startups, university laboratories, government organizations, military projects and corporate R&D projects. If ever there was an industry in need of disruption, it is health care. Medical costs can be better contained and patient care can be improved. In this session you will hear from three leaders sharing their disruptive innovations.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss disruptive innovation trends within the healthcare industry

MWA 2016 Exposition
11:30 am – 4:30 pm   |  Expo Hall B

MWA Job Fair
11:30 am – 4:30 pm  |  Expo Hall B

TMC Student Poster Session
11:30 am – 4:30 pm  |  Expo Hall B

TMC HR Council Meeting (members only)
11:30 am – 1:00 pm   |  Room 342E

Texas Gulf Coast Supply Chain Chapter of AHRMM
2016 Education Event
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm   |  Room 360

MWA GENERAL SESSION − Trends in Digital Medicine
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  |  Room 351

  • James R. Mault, MD, FACS., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm (moderator)
  • Michael G. Gonzalez, MD, Associate Medical Director, Houston Fire Department, Assistant Professor, Section of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Sanjeev Bhavnani, MD, Cardiologist, Wireless Health Scholar, Scripps Health
  • Sean Martin, MD, Medical Director, Seremedi, Inc.
  • Levi Shapiro, Founder, mHealth Israel

The convergence of medical, technological and social changes are driving the acceleration of digital medicine. Digital technology is changing the very nature of medical practice today. The trends go far beyond wearable devices that track physical activity. A sensor that aims to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers. An app-based ultrasound system. A wearable patch to help in the detection of atrial fibrillation. Smartphone apps for supporting chronic disease management. Telemedicine to improve access to care. Hear from hospital and technology experts that are taking advantage of today’s digital technology to improve patient care, minimize avoidable services, promote patient independence, focus on prevention, and improve outcomes. Discover digital tools that will assist healthcare professionals in achieving their goal of delivering the best care possible to patients.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe recent and emerging digital medicine technologies, their use, and potential to enhance patient care, patient communication, and clinical research

ACHE-SETC Breakout Sessions
Session A: Compliance Methodology for Healthcare Design: Form Must Follow Function

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  |  Room 362

  • Tom Sparrow, PMP, Chief Project Officer, North Island Hospitals Project, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Robert (Bob) Nimon, Managing Principal, Genesis Planning
  • Dawn Deppe, Senior Project Manager, Genesis Planning

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the “Mission Critical” requirement of accurate needs analysis regarding medical equipment and technology pre-planning in large complex healthcare design and construction projects.
  • Identify the important components of clinically knowledgeable design assist deliverables.
  • Discussion on accurate and cost effective construction costs vs. future capital replacement.
  • Future scalability, flexibility and sustainability; overcoming the unjustified premature antiquation of a project’s usability to the healthcare community.

Session B: Executive Compensation Strategy and Program Assessment
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  |  Room 372

  • Eric Fernette, VP, Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer, UT Health Science Center
  • Bradley Bridges, Director, Compensation Services, UT Health Science Center
  • Steve Sullivan, Principal, Pearl Meyer

Learning Objectives:

  • Obtain and interpret reliable and relevant executive compensation market data.
  • Balance internal equity and external market competitiveness to drive executive recruitment, motivation and retention.
  • Align executive performance with increasingly complex business strategies.

ACHE-SETC Breakout Sessions
Session A: Design as a Tool to Rethink Healthcare Delivery

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm |  Room 362

  • Upali Nanda, PhD, Associate AIA, EDAC, Associate Principal and Sr. VP | Director of Research, HKS
  • Von Robinson, Design Consultant

Learning Objectives:

  • What design thinking is and the role of research.
  • Identify complex healthcare issues and illustrate the role of design in solving them.
  • Go beyond problem solving and explore the new universe for health.
  • Introduce some key tools to understand and apply design thinking in organizations.

Session B: Community Care Management of eFrontiers: Patient Centered Coordination and Communications
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm |  Room 372

  • Dani Hackner, MD, MBA, FACP, FCCP, Vice President, Care Management, Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Paula Lenhart, RNC, MSN, CNS, ACM, FABC, Associate Vice President, Care Management, Memorial Hermann Health System

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the 4 key components of a patient-centered community
  • Discuss the 3 main results of community care management with the use of technology
  • Identify potential patient populations based on risk levels
  • The ultimate value of virtual visits is to bridge the gap between time and distance in health care delivery

MWA GENERAL SESSION − Individualizing Care with Big Data
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm  |  Room 351

  • Mark Mynhier, Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (moderator)
  • Lynda Chin, MD, Director, Institute for Health Transformation, University of Texas System
  • Alan Portela, CEO, Airstrip
  • Peter Goldbach, CMO, Health Dialog

There is enormous potential in using big data to individualize medical treatment – not only saving and improving lives, but delivering better care, reducing waste and so much more. But data within an organization’s four walls is not enough–traditional healthcare entities and new entrants must shift to a person-centric mindset to proactively manage chronic health conditions in an
integrated ecosystem. This requires new clinical interventions, innovative technology to engage and empower consumers, seamless data connectivity across organizations, and sustainable business models. The members of this panel will discuss a new technology-enabled, market-driven, person-centric model for chronic disease management that is designed for scale across regions and therapeutic areas.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss practical applications and best practice of healthcare analytics

MWA GENERAL SESSION − Ethical Issues in Disruption Technologies
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm  |  Room 351

  • Amy L. McGuire, J.D., PhD, Director, Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, MBE, JD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Genomics and Society, Department of Social Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Christopher Thomas Scott, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford School of Medicine – Biomedical Ethics

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ethical issues in health care delivery, medical treatment, and decision-making

TMC Student Affairs Council Meeting (members only)
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm   |  Room 342E

ACHE-SETC Breakout Sessions
Session A: TBD

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm  |  Room 362

Session B: TBD
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm  |  Room 372

TMC Student Networking Reception
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm  |  Expo Hall B

TMC Student Poster Session (finalist presentations and awards ceremony)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm  |  Expo Hall B


Houston No Limits MWA Breakfast Event sponsored by the Greater Houston Partnership
7:30 am registration  |  Room 330
8:00 am – 9:30 am

The Greater Houston Partnership invites you to attend the Houston No Limits Welcome Breakfast on Friday, May 20 during the Medical World Americas conference. Join us at this complimentary breakfast to learn more about how Houston is building a life sciences innovation ecosystem, and network with our presenters including Emmanuelle Schuler, Head of JLABS at TMCx and a panel of local life science innovation leaders. See video and learn more.

ACHE-SETC F2F Panel Discussion – Telemedicine in the Healthcare Delivery System
8:00 am – 9:30 am  | General Assembly Level 3

  • Glenn Hammack, President and CEO, NuPhysicia, Inc.
  • Mark Ahearn, MD, telemedicine physician, CHI St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
  • Thomas (T.J.) Ferrante, healthcare attorney, Foley & Lardner, LLP
  • Loli Fulton, Assistant Director, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Michael Young, Telehealth Architect, University of North Carolina Health Care System

Learning Objectives:

  • How effective telemedicine has been in the treatment of patients.
  • Legal and regulatory implications of employing telemedicine in the care of patients.
  • Financial and reimbursement implications of employing telemedicine I the care of patients.
  • Future application of telemedicine and how the potential shift in healthcare reimbursement towards assuming greater risk may impact health care providers’ use of telemedicine.                                                     

MWA GENERAL SESSION − Population Health: Transformation of the Healthcare Delivery System
8:30 am – 9:30 am  |  Room 351

  • Brett P. Giroir, MD, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Institute, Texas Medical Center (moderator)
  • Nick Bonvino, CEO, Greater Houston Healthconnect
  • Laurie Greenberg, MD, CMO, Molina Health Care of Texas
  • Brian Reed, MD, Associate Professor, FCM-Clinical HCHD/CHP, Vice Chair Community Health Programs, Baylor College of Medicine

With changes in reimbursement for patient care, hospitals, healthcare systems, and physician groups must focus on achieving better health outcomes at lower cost for populations of patients, especially those with chronic conditions. New models of care have emerged focusing on population health management. Hear from several healthcare and policy experts as they discuss the definition of population health, implementation challenges and barriers, and examples of best practices.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how new care delivery models like patient-centered medical homes and Accountable Care Organizations can facilitate the practice of population-based care.

AMA Houston Event – Meet the Game Changers Part Two: 1-2-3 Product Launch
8:30 am – 9:30 am  |  Room 360  (a separate registration fee applies)



San Jose Clinic Volunteer Event
8:30 am – 9:30 am  |  Room 370

PLENARY SESSION − The Promise and Perils of Precision Medicine
10:00 am – 11:30 am  | General Assembly Level 3

  • Doug Given, MD, PhD, CEO, Health2047 (moderator)
  • Mauro Ferrari, PhD, President & CEO, Houston Methodist Research Institute
  • James Versalovic, MD, PhD, Pathologist-in-Chief, Texas Children’s Hospital

Precision medicine holds great promise for improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. Advances in Precision Medicine have already led to powerful new discoveries and several new treatments that are tailored to specific characteristics, such as a person’s genetic makeup, or the genetic profile of an individual’s tumor. As the number of effective targeted therapies grows, more patients are being assessed for genetic variations; indeed, some experts believe that sequencing a patient’s genome will soon be standard procedure.  But there are many challenges being faced including enormous costs of treatment, regulatory, infrastructure, logistical, and ethical issues. This panel will explore the promise and perils of precision medicine.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss challenges of developing and implementing personalized medicine into health care
  • Describe how new genomic tests and research discoveries are impacting patient care

MWA 2016 Exposition
11:30 am – 1:00 pm  |  Expo Hall B

 TMC Texas Startup Pitch
11:30 am – 1:00 pm  |  Expo Hall B


NOTE: Attendees are invited to participate in all plenary/general sessions, the MWA Exposition and all co-located events (unless otherwise specified).
*Schedule subject to change.

Jointly Provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) and Great Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau