COLA is happy to announce its keynote speakers and attendees for the 2014 Leadership Summit to be held at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California on April 28th and 29th.
Ensuring quality in laboratories benefits patients directly by preventing potentially life-threatening errors. Interdisciplinary healthcare leaders attending the Summit will convene to discuss the impact of laboratory quality on the entire healthcare system and will contribute their diverse ideas, insights, and knowledge towards a comprehensive paper that will explore creating a culture of quality in laboratory medicine.
The Summit will begin with the opening keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Tang. Dr. Tang is the Vice President and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. In 2009, Dr. Tang was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” and in 2010 was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.”
Dr. Tang served on the Committee on the Learning Health Care System in America convened by the Institute of Medicine. The Committee’s report “Best Care at Lower Cost: the Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America” presents a far-reaching vision of what is possible if the nation can effectively apply knowledge and tools to create a healthcare system that is effective, efficient and patient-centered. Dr. Tang will speak about this report and more personally about his hopes for the future and the challenges ahead.
The first café speaker will be Ms. Sandra Shewry who will address the first segment of the Summit Appreciating the Context: California as a Case Study. Ms. Shewry supports the work of policymakers and state agencies as the Director of State Health Policy at the California Health Care Foundation. She will introduce this segment of the summit by sharing her perspective on the dynamics of the ACA within the state of California.
Day two of the Summit will begin with our second segment, Choosing the direction: what is our vision of a culture of quality, learning and leading in laboratory medicine? Mr. Stephen Hacker, author, consultant and Chair of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), will introduce the segment by sharing his thoughts on the challenge of accelerating change, increasing complexity and the demand for transformation.
The final segment of the Summit Walking the path: exploring concrete ideas and best practices to close the gap will be introduced by Dr. Verlin Janzen, a practicing family physician with the Hutchinson Clinic and director of the clinic’s laboratory serving 70 physicians, outreach and walk-in clinics, and local nursing homes. Dr. Janzen will introduce this segment by sharing his experience of best practices for creating a culture of quality, learning and leading in laboratory medicine.
Also attending the event will be Judy Yost, Director of the Division of Laboratory Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Dr. Paul Kimsey, Director of the California Public Health Laboratory; Beatrice O’Keefe, Chief of Laboratory Field Services at the California Department of Public Health; Dr. Lee Hillborne, Board of Directors for the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ); and David Hebert, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Click here for a full list of attendees.