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On the front line of innovation

The Future of Health Care Conference

Connecting research with practical tools

Learn from and network with those moving the health care industry forward.


The 2019 Future of Health Care Conference took place on November 8, 2019. More information for the 2020 conference will be available in fall. 

A front line is defined as the most influential position in a debate or movement. There is a movement toward innovation in health care organizations of all sizes - from small entrepreneurial start-ups to large corporate entities. Learn how the front line is playing a major role in shaping the industry with innovation to significantly alter the current model of health care in the United States. From robots in ICUs, AI, and training with virtual reality to the policy makers, pricing models, health plans and health system expansion, spend a day learning from some of the most influential local and national players in health care.

Join us Friday, November 13, 2020 for the 13th annual Future of Health Care Conference. With great networking, new ideas and insightful discussion, you will return to the office with a fresh perspective to bring to your work.

Past Presenters:

  • Using Technology to Deliver Better Care - Sanford Health with Dr. Allison Suttle, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Sanford Health
  • Innovation at Kaiser Permanente with Dr. Edward Lee, MD, EVP & Chief Information Officer, The Permanente Foundations 
  • On the Front Line of Emerging Technology with Cody Ross, Founder, SlingshotVR, Dr. Marc Tompkins, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, University of Minnesota and Tria Orthopedic Center and Dr. Darin Willardson, MD, CEO, Horizon Virtual Internal Medicine
  • Corporate Leader Perspectives on Innovations Around the Corner with John Driscoll, SVP of Recovery Services, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Amanda Tufano, CEO, Genevive

Have questions? 

Contact Sandy Bauer, program manager. She can help you determine if this conference is the right fit for you, answer any questions you have and make sure you receive important conference notifications.


Sandy Bauer

Program Manager
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Phone Number
(651) 962-4621

2019 Conference Agenda

Hear from those on the front line of innovation.
Pick up your materials, network with conference attendees and prepare to start the day of learning.

Get the inside scoop from university leadership about exciting initiatives happening at St. Thomas in the health care space and get the game plan for the day.

Consolidation and specialization is shaping the future of the industry. Learn how RadPartners has assembled the largest physician-led and physician-owned radiology practice in the US. Providing radiology services to more than 1000 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers across 21 states, they offer diagnostic and interventional radiology services with on-site and remote reads.  

Jay Bronner, MD, Chief Medical Officer, RadPartners

Improving health, cost and patient outcomes are goals for most health systems. Learn how several large health systems were able to produce measurable results in each of these areas with the help of Health Catalyst’s data centric and systematic approach. Ignite new ideas from their examples that could transform your organization.

Tom Burton, Co-founder and President of Professional Services, Health Catalyst

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin created Inception Health to lead innovation across their health network. As the hub for the health networks digital health services and the connection point to innovative companies, Inception Health seeks to solve key health care problems, develop new ideas and scale those solutions across the network. Learn more about the work they are doing and bring these ideas into the way you approach your work.

Brad Crotty, MD, Medical Director for Digital Innovation, Inception Health

With 39 hospitals in eight states, over 22,900 physicians and 12.3 million members served through health plans and hospitals, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest managed care organization. Learn what they are doing now and how they plan to move toward in the future - innovating with new technologies, expanding care beyond their facilities, bring care directly to patients and making health care more connected, convenient and accessible.

Edward Lee, MD, EVP & Chief Information Officer, The Permanente Federation

Use technology. Connect consumers with healthcare information. Help them save money. That is what Bind has aimed to do with their new model for health insurance. At the 2018 conference, Bind introduced their product. Now, they are coming back to share an update on how things have been going from the payer perspective.

Tony Miller, Founder and CEO, Bind

How does $150 billion in annual savings sound? Accenture has predicted they can do just that for the U.S. health care industry by 2026 by using promising artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Explore how they plan to make this happen. 

Brian Kalis, Managing Director of Digital Health, Accenture Health

Substance abuse, specifically the opioid epidemic, is a hot topic with many ideas on how to curb this trend. Hazelden Betty Ford is the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider on the front line providing prevention and recovery solutions. Hear first-hand how their work is shaping health care.

John Driscoll, SVP of Recovery Services, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The work being done to innovate in the area of care for an aging population is changing the landscape for geriatric care and payer models nation-wide. Learn how Genevive, a geriatric medical practice and care management organization, is disrupting the status quo.

Amanda Tufano, CEO, Genevive


The front line of training is going virtual. Solutions like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) provide immersive experience, simulations, 3D and biometric data capture and ability to develop muscle memory. Learn how these technologies are changing the future of health care training.

Cody Ross, Founder, SlingshotVR
Marc Tompkins, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, University of Minnesota and Tria Orthopedic Center 

Virtual and tele-health services provide a cost-effective solution for patients and is becoming mainstream today. Learn how emerging technologies like these are already helping patients, providing cost effective solutions for providers and are being embraced by payers for reimbursement today and how virtual care is expected to evolve into the future.

Darin Willardsen, MD, CEO, Horizon Virtual Internal Medicine

With 44 hospitals, 482 clinics, more than 200 senior living facilities and 190,000 health plan members, Sanford Health operates in 26 states and nine countries. Learn how this international health system is shaping the future of health care and what they are currently doing on the front line. 

Allison Suttle, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Sanford Health

Leave the conference full of new ideas of how the front line is influencing the future of the health care industry. Return to work ready to apply new thinking, share ideas with colleagues and maintain connections with peers throughout the industry who are all making a difference.  

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Is This Conference Right For You?

Whether you work for a health care company or do business with health care companies, this conference is helpful in understanding what is around the corner in the industry and networking with those moving health care forward.

This conference draws 250+ attendees each year. Common titles include:

  • Account Executive
  • Administrator
  • Attorney
  • Board Member
  • CEO
  • Chief of Staff
  • Clinical Director
  • Consultant
  • C-suite
  • Managing Director
  • Medical Director
  • Nurse Manager
  • Owner
  • Physician
  • President
  • Principal
  • Senior Manager
  • Vice President

Thank you to our partners!

This conference has been carefully planned through a partnership between CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), Fredrikson & Byron and the University of St. Thomas.



CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. With more than 6,100 people, 120 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we promise to know you and help you. For more information visit CLAconnect.comInvestment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor. 

Fredrikson & Byron


Fredrikson & Byron was founded in Minneapolis in 1948. Since then, they have grown into an international firm of over 290 attorneys in more than 50 practice areas. They serve a broad variety of publicly and privately held businesses, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences organizations municipalities, professional corporations, limited liability companies, nonprofits, trade associations, partnerships and individuals.

Clients include new ventures, small and medium-sized companies, family businesses, and national and international companies traded on world stock exchanges. Fredrikson & Byron offers services to clients worldwide through domestic offices.

University of St. Thomas


The Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas is at the leading edge of digital trends in health care, working and consulting with companies and organizations within the Minnesota health care system and educating their leaders to drive transformation.

With graduate business programs, Executive Education programs and the Center for Business in the Innovation of Health Care, St. Thomas is helping to education students and organizations to think critically, act wisely and work skillfully for the common good. 

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Thank you to our conference sponsor!

Thank you Genevive.

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Get in front of health care decision makers

Consider sponsoring this conference

Get your company information in front of 200+ health care executives at this annual conference. Contact Brian Godfrey at 651-962-4608 or godf0521@stthomas.edu for more information about how you can sponsor this annual conference. 

Benefits of This Program

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Benefits of This Program

Get on the balcony – spend a day out of the office learning so that you can go back and implement new ideas.

Learn from local and national health care leaders – Gain insight from those innovating from within their organizations.

Network with health care leaders – With an audience of over 250 health care professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to make connections with the movers and shakers in the industry.

Hear about new innovation and what’s ahead – As a health care leader, you know how important it is to stay current on emerging trends.

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Future of Health Care Conference

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