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Plenary Speakers

Tuesday, March 21 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am - Plenary Session

Welcome Remarks & Plenary Session 01: A Research Agenda on Comparative Health System Performance by Rick Kronick


Health care in the US is increasingly being delivered by providers who are part of health systems. By one estimate, more than 40% of physicians are in a practice that is owned or managed by a health system. But notwithstanding the increasingly importance of health systems, we know very little about these systems or their effect on the quality or cost of care. In this talk I will outline a research agenda designed to generate evidence on comparative health systems performance, with the goal of understanding the characteristics of systems that are associated with improved performance. I will discuss the reasons that providers have increasingly consolidated into health care systems, and consider the implications of changes in leadership at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the consolidation trend.

Richard Kronick is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. His research focuses on understanding how health care financing interventions can improve access, quality, efficiency, and equity in health care. From 2010 to 2016 Professor Kronick served in the Obama Administration: from 2010 to 2013 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), primarily working on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and from 2013-2016 as the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Kronick was a Senior Health Policy Adviser in the Clinton Administration in 1993-94. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014.

Wednesday, March 22 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am - Plenary Session

Plenary Session 02: Town Hall with Funders


Understanding the priorities and perspectives of key funding agencies is a vital aspect of successful research—perhaps now more than ever. This year’s conference will feature representatives from NIH, PCORI, and other organizations, who will describe opportunities and take questions from attendees in a moderated Town Hall format.

Wednesday, March 22 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Plenary Session

Plenary Session 03: State of the Network


Executive Director Sarah Greene will review the progress, challenges and opportunities facing the HCSRN. She will reflect on the HCSRN’s role in the larger research community, and offer insights about how the HCSRN’s innovative research and applied knowledge can support the realization of research informing practice, and practice informing research—the hallmark concept of a learning health system.

Thursday, March 23 - 10:30 am - 11:45 am - Plenary Session

Plenary Session 04: A Human Centered Approach to Healthcare: Learning from 400 Days of Healthcare Design by Chris Waugh & Conference Closing Remarks


A glimpse into Sutter’s approach to design and innovation and what it means for patients, staff and communities at large. Chris will share examples from a portfolio of projects that are working to make healthcare inspiring, engaging for patients and staff.

Chris Waugh is Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer, using his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide our enterprise innovation strategy. In this role, he is developing and managing our innovation portfolio and enhancing Sutter Health’s reputation as a market leader, while he refines and expends our innovation processes.

Recognized for inspiring audiences and bringing together people from many multi-disciplinary teams, Chris brings unique and inventive approaches to benefit patients across our network. He and his team serve as the entry point for external partners to connect with Sutter health, providing and avenue for innovators to present ideas that can improve our health delivery processes.

Chris has a decade of entrepreneurial leadership experience at IDEO, the Bay Area design and innovation consulting firm. He also served as vice president of design at San Francisco’s One Medical Group, where he helped create a culture of innovation. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado with degrees in international business and French.

Ancillary Meetings

Monday, March 20 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

HCSRN Governing Board Annual Meeting (Closed)

Monday, March 20 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Virtual Data Warehouse Implementation Group (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Rare Cancers RADP (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

PORTAL - Patient Engagement Council (Closed)

Monday, March 20 - 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN CRC RADP (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Safer Use of Antipsychotics in Youth (SUAY) Steering Committee Meeting (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Molecular Markers Data Development (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN PSA Screening and Surveillance RADP (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Sentinel Collaborator Meeting (Open)

Tuesday, March 21 - 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

HCSRN-VA Collaboration Opportunities (Closed)

Genomics Scientific Interest Group (Open)

MUSE Study Working Lunch (Open)

VDW Orientation (Open)

CESR Data Work Group 2017 (Open)

PORTAL Project Steering Group (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

MHRN Comorbidities Scientific Interest Group (Open)

Tuesday, March 21 - 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Head and Neck Cancer SIG (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 4:45 pm - 7:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

TACH PMI (All of Us) Program Consortium (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 4:45 pm - 6:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Steering Committee (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

DM-CER: Diabetes-Mellitus: Comparative Effectiveness Research (Closed)

Wednesday, March 22 - 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Multisite Collaborations & Data (Open)

Child Health Family Cost Study (Closed)

HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative & Aging SIG Meeting (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm - Ancillary Meeting

PCORI Engagement Workshop Leadership Team Meeting (Closed)

Wednesday, March 22 - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

MHRN Suicide Prevention SIG Meeting (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Communication and Dissemination Activities (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Activities Check-In (Closed)

Wednesday, March 22 - 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Patient Engagement in Research SIG (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

PORTAL Data 2017 (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Watch the Spot (Closed)

Wednesday, March 22 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

PORTAL CRC Cohort (Open)

Thursday, March 23 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) Steering Committee (Open)