Trinity to Host ‘Health Care 2016 and Beyond’
REACH Symposium will showcase speakers from the front lines of health care delivery, policy, and administration
Thursday, January 21, 2016
2016 REACH Symposium: Health Care 2016 and Beyond

Trinity University’s Department of Health Care Administration and the Centene Corp. of St. Louis will host some of the country's most prominent figures in health care delivery, policy, and administration to speak at this year’s REACH Symposium: Health Care 2016 and Beyond. The symposium will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 in Trinity’s Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.

The keynote speaker is Mark McClellan, MD, Ph.D., former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He was a senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives at the Brookings Institution before leaving Brookings to become the inaugural director of the Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University.  

The REACH Symposium will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and a welcome by Trinity President Danny Anderson and an overview by Doug Hawthorne ’69 ’72, CEO emeritus of Texas Health Resources and chair of the Trinity University Board of Trustees.

Two panel discussions by industry experts will follow. The first panel will explore the future of health care beyond the hospital and the physician's office. Speakers for the first panel include:

Helen Burstin, MD, is the chief scientific officer of the National Quality Forum, a not-for-profit membership organization that works to catalyze health care improvement through quality measurement and reporting. In her role as chief scientific officer, Dr. Burstein provides scientific oversight for the evaluation, endorsement, and selection of quality measures. She is the author of more than 80 articles and book chapters on quality, safety, and disparities. Prior to her appointment as chief scientific officer, Dr. Burstin served as senior vice president for performance measurement at the National Quality Forum.  

Kevin Haar serves as chairman of the board and president of Appistry Inc. Appistry helps clinical labs, research institutions, and hospitals capitalize on genomic data to practice genomically enhanced medicine. Haar is known in the technology industry for his key role in building Rational Software from its roots as an obscure start-up into an industry leader with 98 of the Fortune 100 among its customers.

Alan Weil is the editor in chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal at the intersection of health, health care, and policy. The multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal is dedicated to the serious exploration of domestic and international health policy and system change. Weil is a frequent speaker on national and state health policy, Medicaid, federalism, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He is the co-editor of two books and publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals.  

A second panel will focus on health care technology as the driving force in the future of health care. Speakers for the second panel include:

Ahmed Ghouri is the co-founder and chief executive officer and director of Interpreta, a leading provider in individuals member clinical and genomic data that provides a prospective clinical interpretation that prevents gaps in patient care. Ghouri is the principal author of more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and the lead author on eight granted U.S. patients in analytics, medical devices, and software.   

Morris Miller is the CEO of San Antonio-based Xenex, a world leader in automated room disinfection and an effective means of reducing hospital-acquired infections. He is the founder of Sequal and Cutstone Ventures, which invest in and act as an adviser to startups. He is also the co-founder and president/CEO of Rackspace.  

Robert Wachter, MD, is professor and interim chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of over 250 articles and six books including his most recent book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, exploring some of the risks associated with digital medicine. He is the past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the immediate past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Both panels will be moderated by Jason Hwang, MD, co-author of The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care. Hwang is an international medicine physician who is co-founder and chief medical officer of Icebreaker Health, a California-based health startup that is transforming primary care by delivering services via smartphone apps.

The symposium will conclude with a luncheon in Trinity’s Great Hall featuring the address by McClellan.

The cost of the REACH Symposium is $125 and participants can register online. For more information, contact Trinity’s Office of Conferences and Special Programs at 210-999-7601.

Isaiah Mora '18 helped tell Trinity's story as an intern with the University communications team.

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