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Tradition of learning goes virtual with innovation and national speakers

Tradition of learning goes virtual with innovation and national speakers
Innovation is central to dealing with today’s patient care and this year’s Carle 2021 Foundation Day builds on that with national speakers focusing on inspiring everyday innovation. The free day-long program is virtual from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7 with an audience of community experts and healthcare professionals.

“We chose innovation as the topic because those who work in healthcare identify and face barriers each day. The best innovation comes from those working on the front lines of patient care,” said Blair Rowitz, MD, vice president and associate chief medical officer for Surgical Services, Specialty Institutes and General Medical Education, and clinical professor/associate dean of clinical affairs at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
Dr. Rowitz is co-chairing this year’s Foundation Day with Jennifer Eardley, PhD, vice president of Research.
“Inspiration for innovation can happen in every department at Carle and with every patient interaction. Frontline providers and staff often have creative ideas for solutions to the challenges they face every day.  We have a great line up of speakers who will spur that creativity and provide practical approaches to help practitioners take the next step to pursue their ideas,” Dr. Eardley said. 

Those who attend will hear an array of topics, including being innovative in a clinical setting, using data to improve outcomes, meeting patient needs through technology such as 7 Tesla MRI at Carle, intersecting bioengineering and medicine, and exercising artificial intelligence in a medical setting.

“We have incredibly high-caliber speakers,” Jessica Burkybile, MSN, RN, continuing education coordinator at Carle Health said.

Keynote speakers are:
  • Lt. Col. Chain A. Cordero, FACHE, CHICIO, CPHIMS, deputy commander of administration and health services systems management consultant, Presidio of Monterey Health Services, with a focus of managing innovation in a challenging clinical environment.
  • Rose Hedges, RN, DNP, nursing research and innovation coordinator, UnityPoint Health, Cedar Rapids, IA, on benefits and support needed for innovation.
  • Vilas Dhar, MPA president, The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, whose topic is the intersection of artificial intelligence and clinical care. Innovative use of artificial intelligence, for instance, can be used to identify sepsis in a patient before the patient exhibits a worsening condition.
Also included in the day are top local presenters from Carle Health covering local innovation, Carle Health system innovations, and advancing technology. A panel focusing on what clinicians are encountering that create barriers to innovation and potential solutions will also be on the agenda to provide tools for attendees to use.
On the panel is Matthew Kolb, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Carle Health; Margie Zeglen, vice president of Population Health at Carle Health; and Sara M. Kryzaniak, MD, clinical associate professor, Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

“COVID demonstrated how all medical staff have been innovative in their own areas of patient care. While the agenda includes brilliant individuals with years of study behind them, a person in healthcare does not need to have a PhD or analytical skills to be effective at improving patient care,” Burkybile said.
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Categories: Culture of Quality, Redefining Healthcare, Community

Tags: care, clinical, innovation, patient