Healthcare IQ Spring Conference

"It was great for me to listen to what others discussed throughout the Conference. I am new to the clinical data aspect in my role so it was nice to hear how other attendees use HCIQ tools and how they use that data within their organization."
"I had the opportunity to meet some really great people - I learned a lot and walked away with some great contacts for future troubleshooting, etc."
"Presenters were great - held my attention and had great takeaways. Presenters engaged the audience very well and had great knowledge. I found I can take back ideas presented and engage with my team. Great content - very applicable to audience."

Why Attend?

Each year, Healthcare IQ invites our Customers to participate in our annual Spring Conference. Through networking, case studies, and panel discussions, the HCIQ Spring Conference is a collaborative and productive platform for you and your organization to make good things happen with Healthcare IQ.

The 2018 Spring Conference showcased how several of our Customers use data and the HCIQ tools to make impactful decisions within their organization. A highlight of this year's agenda, these Customer-led breakout sessions offered attendees the opportunity to discuss the implementation and success of a variety of operational and strategic initiatives.

2018 Keynote Speaker

David Sahner, M.D.
Former Senior Clinical Director of Computational Science and Organizational Director of Clinical Development at SRI International
David Sahner, M.D.

Former Senior Clinical Director of Computational Science and Organizational Director of Clinical Development, SRI International

David Sahner, M.D., is the former Senior Clinical Director of Computational Science and Organizational Director of Clinical Development at SRI International. He currently serves in an independent senior advisory role to companies in the biotechnology sector and at the intersection of artificial intelligence with the clinic. Dr. Sahner is a board certified internist, drug/biologic development expert, and scientist with over 20 years of research experience, including biologic and drug R&D, translational science, and, more recently, the nexus of modeling and machine learning with medicine and biology. Interests include precision medicine, systems biology, biomarkers, machine learning, quantum computing & predictive health analytics. His experience base subtends drug and biologic R&D at strategic, tactical, and executional levels across the entire spectrum from idea through Phase 4, as well as productive and positive interactions with regulators. Dr. Sahner previously held progressively senior positions in clinical development at several biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies, including Chiron, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Vical, and Nektar, where he served as Vice President of Clinical Development.

March 27, 2018
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Welcome Reception

March 28, 2018
  • 7:30am - 8:45am - Breakfast

    9:00am - 9:30am - Welcome & Introductions

    9:30am - 11:00am - Keynote Address

    Artificial Intelligence In Medicine: Taming Complexity with Computational Science to Improve Patient Outcomes.

    Artificial Intelligence. Algorithms. Machine Learning. We may have first encountered some of these terms in science fiction, yet AI, including deep learning and other forms of predictive modeling, is quickly becoming a significant part of the world in which we live, especially as our tools become more powerful in an era of Big Data. What does this mean for the healthcare industry? What are the current and anticipated applications, and how will they impact the future of healthcare? In his keynote address, Dr. Sahner will demystify key ideas in this burgeoning field and explain the real-world applications of these advancing technologies, along with their potential to enhance outcomes, save lives and reduce the cost of delivering quality care.

    11:15am - 12:30pm - Vendor Negotiations (Breakout Session)

    Vendor Negotiation isn't easy - you have all the right data you need from HCIQ for a successful negotiation, but when you are in negotiations vendors push back or question the data. In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from an industry peer and learn some best practices for vendor negotiation. You will gain insight on how to use the data provided by HCIQ to effectively negotiate and handle any vendor pushback.

    11:15am - 12:30pm - Advancing Analytics Through The Supply Chain (Breakout Session)

    Eliminating data silos, using supply chain, clinical and financial data uniquely positions supply chain to own initiatives that will help organizations thrive in a value-based care environment. In this session attendees will explore the role supply chain can play in projects that have been historically owned by clinicians and perioperative management such as preference card cleanse and standardization initiatives.

    12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch

    1:30pm - 2:30pm - The Future of Supply Chain & Value-Based Care

    Now, more than ever, supply chain leaders must realize the change from volume to value-based reimbursement. The challenge is to balance the costs of care with value-based reimbursement scenarios, without increasing provider burden.

    In this session, we will demonstrate reporting and analytics that deliver quick insights into the patient encounter entire episode of care. With visibility into the cost to serve, the supply chain is empowered to lead collaborative teams to continuously improve by reducing costs and eliminating waste. The results are better financial outcomes, expense reductions, and ultimately population health.

    1.Top 5 DRG Estimated Medicare Reimbursement in US 2018
    2.Clinical Benchmark Assessment
    3.Targeted Cost per Case Assessment
    4.Preference Card Savings & Recommendations

    2:45pm - 4:00pm - Customer Care Meet & Greet

    This session is for new and returning Spring Conference attendees to connect with their Customer Care Account Manager. Discuss anything from reports and dashboards, to upcoming initiatives, to opportunities to work together. This is intended to give you and your Customer Care representative time to get to know each other.

    5:00pm - 6:30pm - Analytics Meetup

    New to the HCIQ Spring Conference, the Analytics Meetup will give attendees an opportunity to discuss a variety of actual business scenarios with their industry peers. In this fast-paced networking session, you will connect with other attendees, engage in dynamic knowledge-sharing and discuss the real-world application of analytics. to make all your dreams come true (or at least make an impact on your organization).

March 29, 2018
  • 7:30am - 8:45am - Breakfast

    9:00am - 10:30am - Table Topics

    The table topics networking session will provide an interactive problem solving and knowledge sharing platform for all attendees. You will have the opportunity to learn the unique ways your peers are solving today's industry challenges. This networking activity is designed to bring everyone facing similar roadblocks to the same table in order to drive successful solutions.

    10:45am - 11:45pm - Managing Strategic Sourcing to Fulfill Organizational Strategy (Breakout Session)

    What does a successful strategic sourcing plan look like? Where do you even start? Get answers to these questions and more during this breakout session. You will hear from your peers who will share some best practices that have helped them reach organizational success.

    10:45am - 11:45pm - From Supply Chain to the OR: Bridging the Communication Gap (Breakout Session)

    Collaboration between physicians and supply chain is a vital component in reaching the goals of improved patient outcomes and affordable care. Though this is the case, approaching physicians with data in order to move forward on cost savings initiatives can be challenging. This session pinpoints the importance of bridging the communication gap between physicians and supply chain. In addition, attendees will learn the best way to approach physicians with key data to reach and implement successful cost saving initiatives.

    11:45pm - 1:00pm - Lunch

    1:00pm - 2:15pm - Changing the Game - How Supply Chain Can Take a Leadership Role in Clinical Transformation

    The ability to drive cost savings within clinical departments begins with leveraging Supply Chain data and advanced analytics. Through Healthcare IQ, supply chain can help drive effective cost changes in the clinical environment.

    This session provides an interactive discussion on the untapped opportunities within the clinical space, and will show you how to take a leadership role to impact your health system with effective savings.

    2:30pm - 3:30pm - Data Science

    Traditional healthcare data systems create data silos that prohibit information from being relatable or easily analyzed. To fully unlock the insights contained in these silos, it is critical to break down the barriers and create a comprehensive view of the entire patient encounter. Technology can create this comprehensive view, which can then be exploited by advanced technologies to discover relevant insights, such as identifying the best products to improve patient outcomes at the optimal cost. This session will highlight some of these advancements, including machine learning, AI and how they can solve some of healthcare's greatest challenges.

    3:30pm - 4:30pm - What's Happening with HCIQ

    Here and only here is where attendees will get the latest scoop on what is happening at HCIQ. In addition, you will be able to get a deep dive into where the healthcare industry is going and the new and innovative ways HCIQ is leading the pack.

    6:00pm - 9:00pm - Dinner & Customer Excellence Awards

Customer Excellence Awards

The HCIQ Customer Excellence Awards recognize, honor and celebrate organizations that achieved outstanding success in leveraging data and analytics to bring intelligence to every aspect of the spend management and cost savings journey.

HCIQ Rockstar Award
This award recognizes the organization demonstrating the highest performance in the utilization of HCIQ tools and services.

HCIQ Trailblazer Award
This award recognizes the organization demonstrating the highest performance in the areas of spend management.

HCIQ Partner of the Year Award
This award recognizes the organization demonstrating the highest overall performance in the areas of utilization, spend management, data management, and customer innovation.

Event Details

Accommodations | Nearby Airport | Ground Transportation


The HCIQ 2018 Spring Conference was held at The Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club.


Participants are responsible for their own air and ground transportation. Below is a list of the closest airports:

Tampa International Airport (20.3 miles)
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (12.4 miles)
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (35.9 miles)

The Vinoy does not offer an airport shuttle, so attendees are to arrange their own transportation to the hotel. Here are links to ground transportation options at two of the closest airports:

Tampa International Airport Ground Transportation

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport Ground Transportation

*Daily or valet parking fees are at the attendees preference and expense.


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  • The Vinoy┬« Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
    501 5th Avenue NE
    St Petersburg, FL 33701 USA

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