Conference of 33

Councilors will be engaged throughout the conference, where we will cover acutely relevant topics within the innovation-strategy network; creating a platform for senior executives to obtain actionable points to support their business goals.

When and Where

HIPS Annual Meeting

Noon, April 22 - Noon, April 23, 2020

Hosted by the Healthcare Innovation Lab at BJC Healthcare/Washington University School of Medicine (BJC/WUSM)

Conference objectives

  • BUILD COMMUNITY: Facilitate strong connections between individual society members, and as a cohesive community
  • PROVIDE IMMEDIATE VALUE: Provide the outlet for members to generate and share concrete ideas they can apply directly to their daily work

Design principles

  • Build in significant time for unstructured networking
  • Create intimate and safe spaces where members can share their passions, successes, and failures
  • Leave members feeling inspired by an enhanced capability and concrete ideas
  • Participants to be treated as experts instead of as an audience - emphasizing peer to peer learning, with balance tilted towards small group workshops and shorter talks instead of lengthy presentations to a passive audience
  • Ensure speakers are of top quality
  • Strike a tone that is fun and creative
  • Create a tangible output that can serve as a reference resource after the convening

Conference Itinerary


Check-in at Union Station hotel and self-transportation to the medical campus of Wash U/BJC HealthCare


Lunch and networking (medical campus of Wash U/BJC HealthCare)


Welcome and overview of BJC/WUSM approach to digital transformation (hosted by Tom Maddox, with presentations and Q/A with our system leaders)




Use case roundtable (5 presentations with 10 min overview and 10 min Q/A)

  • Roy Rosin to speak on Penn work in behavioral economics
  • Roberta Schwartz to speak on Houston Methodist work in RPA/care pathways
  • Rich Roth to speak on external partnerships of interest
  • David to speak on Cedars work in patient experience
  • Others




Innovation process discussion

  • Roy Rosin to speak to Penn approach for governance, IT integration, and association with QI/PI work (20 mins)
  • Open discussion (40 mins)


Travel to Ascension design studio in the Cortex Innovation District, hosted by Ascension’s Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Eduardo Conrado


Ascension design studio tour and Q/A (Cortex Innovation District)


Dinner at Vicia (in the Cortex Innovation District)


Evening social at Recess STL (shuttles available throughout for transport back to hotel)



Breakfast available at hotel


Innovation metrics

  • Karen Murphy, Tom Maddox, Sylvia Romm and others to present their methods of innovation measurement (45 mins max)
  • Open discussion (45 mins)




HIPS governance discussion

  • Mission, vision, values
  • Structure of governance and suggested model (Toby Hamilton and Tom Maddox)
  • Budget and fee structure
  • HIPS “products” for members: meetings, virtual innovation community, speaker representation at conferences, written products


Final thoughts and thanks

To-Go lunch available

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Helen Keller