This comprehensive and educational Analytics Summit, which helps healthcare professionals stay at the forefront of analytics best practices, will take place from Sept. 12 through 14 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Outcomes.” Learn about the continually growing importance of data in healthcare and how adopting comprehensive digital strategies can lead to improved clinical, operational and financial outcomes at the upcoming Healthcare Analytics Summit 18.


The future of healthcare

Throughout the healthcare industry, organizations and individuals are acknowledging the important connection between data-driven analytics and value-based care. According to a study published by Business Horizons and available through the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the application of analytics is playing "a fundamental role in the transformation of the American healthcare system,” and will continue shaping the future of medicine and care delivery.

To stay up to date, industry professionals need to understand and apply analytics to every area of practice, but that comes with its own set of challenges, such as a “lack of data standards, barriers to the collection of high-quality data and a shortage of qualified personnel to conduct such analyses,” the study claims.

That’s where cutting-edge forums like the Analytics Summit comes in.

According to the official event website, the summit will feature industry-leading keynote speakers, 30 educational case study and technical breakout sessions touching on these topics; and the Analytics Walkabout with 24 new projects exhibited at hands-on stations to cultivate individual interaction. The event also will offer access to machine learning – an important trend in healthcare – and networking opportunities, as well as interactive experiences and fun activities with prizes and awards.

The Analytics Summit also qualifies as a continuing medical education (CME) activity for clinicians and has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

A closer look

Some of the keynote speakers at this year's Analytics Summit include Eric Topol, MD, an advocate for the democratization of medicine and health technologies; David Nash, MD, the founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health; and two C-level executives who oversee large healthcare organizations.

According to the website, “analytics will continue to flow through the three-day summit, touching every aspect of the agenda.” Through the use of an innovative event app, attendees can participate in digital networking, real-time polling, and Q&As. They will learn how to improve technology, data and analytics capabilities; how to use data to understand and prioritize opportunities, design interventions and explore root causes, how to monitor, adjust and continuously learn from their metrics and data, and how to demonstrate return on investment from analytics efforts.

“We’ll use real-time data and analytics to guide and enhance the summit as a symbolic microcosm of how data can be used daily in healthcare to improve outcomes,” the website states.

The conference won’t be all work and no play, though. Fun activities that still offer a chance to network include an evening downtown Fun Run and Walk, a live show demonstrating how care management should work, dinner on the town, and a "Superheroes" game night featuring a ping-pong challenge with Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton.

The Analytics Summit is designed for physician leaders, nurse leaders, C-level executives, patient safety leaders, analytics leaders, IT leaders, and frontline cross-functional teams from a variety of organizations, including single or multi-hospital systems, academic medical centers, payer networks, ACOs or physician groups.

Attendees from last year’s event responded positively to a number of new tools, resources, case studies, software and innovate ideas to which they were introduced. They also spoke highly of how the conference was well-coordinated and organized.

Early bird pricing is available now through May 26. Participants can peruse the full agenda and register for the Healthcare Analytics Summit online.