Monday, February 27: HDG National Summit Kicks Off

“This is a time of amazing disruption. . .”

Today we kicked off the seventh annual Health Dimensions Group (HDG) National Summit, one of the nation’s most comprehensive post-acute healthcare conferences.

It is great to see so many of the nation’s top healthcare leaders together at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California. 

There is little doubt that 2017 will be a tumultuous year for long-term care providers, as well as the healthcare system overall. Over the course of this three-day event, we will tackle some of the most pressing industry challenges – which is no small task.

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The Summit officially kicked off with remarks and a keynote presentation by Nicholas J. Webb. His talk, titled Disruptive Innovation and the Future of Post-Acute Care, shared how each of us can break down the complex healthcare landscape into actionable, strategic growth. Webb highlighted the complex and sometimes scary future of healthcare, which he acknowledged can sow confusion among even the most seasoned executives.

In his talk, Nicholas Webb also emphasized the importance of future-focused technologies and business practices that prepare healthcare organizations for disruptive changes to the healthcare industry. A few of those challenges include factors such as: digital ubiquity, hyper-connectivity, consumerized patients and new economic landscapes. As he said, “We are going to go from diagnosis and treatment to anticipation and prevention . . .to get patients better, we have to be more thoughtful about what the human experience is like.”

Webb’s presentation was followed by a spirited panel discussion.  Daniel K. Zismer, PhD (Managing Director and Co-Founder, Castling Partners), Preston Gee (Vice President, Strategic Planning, CHRISTUS Health), Tom Coble (President and CEO, Elmbrook Management Company), Willis Chandler (Vice President, Health System Alliances, CVS Health) and Troy Reiff (VP of Operations, Mainstreet Health) offered their perspectives and real-life experiences of how existing healthcare models are being disrupted.

As Coble pointed out, “Skilled nursing facilities are the most regulated industry in the country after the nuclear industry,” adding that innovative approaches are needed. Troy Reiff offered the perspective that “transparency through data is where we need to go” – just one of many observations that elicited agreement and audience follow up questions.

We capped off the day with a welcome reception that offered ample opportunity for networking and reconnecting. It was a great day in San Diego and we can’t wait to see what the next two days will bring!

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