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Consumerization of Healthcare & Digital Health


April 26, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT


The Carlson School's Convene Conference is a thought-leadership conference focused on the intersection of healthcare, technology, and data analytics as major solutions to healthcare issues.  The 4th annual Convene hosted by the new Business Advancement Center of Health (BACH) will explore consumerism in healthcare and the evolution of digital health from patient and provider perspectives. Leaders from the provider, payer, technology and regulatory sectors will address how innovations can transform access, quality, and health equity.  

The 4th annual Convene will be a half-day virtual conference featuring dynamic sessions with influential healthcare leaders from across the United States featuring a keynote by Aneesh Chopra, President of CareJourney and former U.S. Chief Technology Officer for President Obama.


Welcome & Keynote: Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra, President of CareJourney, reflected on the importance of Open Data and API systems, the availability of Medicare and Medicaid data in the open market, and how data from personal devices can be leveraged to improve health, systems, and the consumer experience. Learn about Mr. Chopra's 5 key insights on how to improve consumerism in healthcare and the role technology plays.   

Panel: Reaching the Healthcare Consumer

Panelists from Best Buy, Walmart, McKinsey & Company, and Medtronic discussed the role of virtual health services in reaching the healthcare consumer. Learn how these organizations adapted to the changing market caused during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they are using technology to play a bigger role in the monitoring and care of healthcare consumers.  

Executive Spotlight: Susan Silbermann

Susan Silbermann, former Global President of Emerging Markets at Pfizer (retired), discussed the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how she navigated her long career at Pfizer in various roles across the globe. Learn how the rapid development and distribution of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine would not have been possible without collaborative work among stakeholders.   

Panel: Enhancing the Consumer Experience in Healthcare

Panelists from Press Ganey, Mayo Clinic, Optum Digital, and School of Public Health discussed the shift in consumer expectations through the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how technology can advance the healthcare experience by eliminating the fragmentation that can exist in care delivery, and the power of algorithms in treatment processes can help to deliver better health outcomes in the future.  

Convene's Impact

Amaza Reitmeier, Medtronic, '09 MBA

Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Executive in Residence, MILI

Garrett Black, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, '88 MBA





About the Conference

Started in 2018 at the Carlson School of Management, Convene brings together academic researchers and medical industry executives to share their unique perspectives on trends, opportunities, and challenges in healthcare. Based in the thriving Twin Cities medical ecosystem, the conference promotes cross-disciplinary learning with keynote speakers, engaging panels, and one-on-one conversations with nationally known business executives. 


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