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The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care

Health care is at a crossroads. The decisions made today will have far-reaching impact into the future. Digital transformation, artificial intelligence and disruptive innovations are already changing the business. With an overarching goal of keeping health care affordable and the challenge of operating in an unpredictable health policy environment, there are many questions about what the future will hold. Spend the day learning with the best and brightest local and national leaders who are paving the way forward.  

Join the 11th Annual Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care.
Friday, November 2
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus
Conference Price: $595

This conference is presented by partners Fredrikson & Byron, CliftonLarsonAllen and the University of St. Thomas.

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

Partners and Sponsors

2018 Conference Partners and Sponsors

‌‌Fredrickson & Byron Logo - Future of Health Care Partner

Fredrikson & Byron has a strong reputation for its involvement and leadership within the health care industry. The firm’s Health Law Group has significant experience in all aspects of representation of health care businesses, such as formation, operation and governance of business entities, joint venture arrangements, systems integration agreements, internet and new technology issues, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property acquisition and protection, marketing and compliance with state and federal regulations.

We actively work with our health care clients to help them achieve their strategic objectives in a world of constantly changing laws, technology, and business models. The Health Law Group provides a monthly webinar series to keep industry executives up-to-date on developments that affect their organizations.
Fredrikson & Byron is a 240-plus attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota; Des Moines, Iowa; Monterrey, Mexico; and Shanghai, China. 


CliftonLarsonAllen - Conference Partner - The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care

CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) is a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services to help enhance our clients’ enterprise value and assist them in growing and managing their related personal assets — all the way from startup to succession and beyond. Our professionals are immersed in the industries they serve and have deep knowledge of their operating and regulatory environments. With more than 5,400 people, more than 110 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we bring a wide array of services to help clients in all markets, foreign and domestic. For more information visit CLAconnect.comInvestment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor. 


Bronze Sponsor

 Inprela - 2018 Bronze Sponsor - The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care

Supporting Sponsors

Genevive - Supporting Sponsor of the 2018 Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care - Thank you sponsors for your support.


Preferred One Logo - 2016 Future of Health Care Sponsor


2018 Conference Schedule

Great topics. Insightful Speakers. Impactful Learning.


7:00 - 7:25 a.m.

Check-In and Continental Breakfast


7:25 - 8:30 a.m.

Keynote: Innovating from Within Your Organization

With experience in both the clinical and business sides of health care, Jean Wright has embraced innovation and implemented new practices into a complex health system. Atrium Health is one of the nation’s leading and most innovative health care organizations with a full spectrum of health and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. The System’s diverse network of over 900 care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, health care pavilions, physician practices, destination centers, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes, and hospice and palliative care. Discover how Jean has successfully navigated internal barriers and how Atrium Health has benefitted from this innovation.                     

Jean Wright
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer 
Atrium Health (Previously Carolina Health Systems)

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Break and Networking

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Panel: Fact vs. Fiction - The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care

Beyond the buzzwords, how is artificial intelligence (AI) and big data being used in health care today and how will it change the way we do business in the future? From using AI to solve complex challenges in the health care revenue cycle (Digitize.AI) to looking ahead to future uses of AI (Optum) to applying data and AI to a specific use case of radiology (vRad), you will learn from a panel of experts leading the charge through the crossroads.

Justin Adams

Matthew Versaggi
Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence
Optum Technologies

Shannon Werb
President and Chief Operations Officer
vRad (a MEDNAX company)

9:45 - 10 a.m.

Break and Networking

10  - 10:45 a.m.

How Can Hospitals Stay Relevant

Hospitals are a critical component in the health care ecosystem today but some futurists are predicting that hospitals will cease to exist. What strategies and actions are they taking to position themselves to be relevant in the future? Hospitals are also often the center of affordability discussions, how are they evolving to deliver high-quality care with an eye toward reducing patient costs. Discover how hospitals are addressing these and other challenges.

Lawrence Massa
President & CEO
Minnesota Hospital Association 

10:45 - 11:30 a.m. 

Disruptive Innovation - OnDemand Health Plans

Use technology. Connect consumers with health care information. Help them save money. That is what Bind has aimed to do with their new model for health insurance. Rather than traditional deductibles and copays, Bind gives patients core coverage as a safeguard against common health issues and the ability to plan for a la carte services as an add-on. With patient-centric technology, they aim to make the process less confusing, pricing more transparent and give the patients the power to evaluate their options. Discover how new on-demand health care plans like Bind are disrupting the industry.

Tony Miller
Founder and CEO of Bind
Managing Partner at Lemhi Ventures

Dave Dickey
Treehouse Health

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Keeping Care Affordable with United States of Care

Ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need or income. That is the mission the United States of Care has embarked on to get us through the affordability crossroads. With the help of a strong, bipartisan board of directors and founder’s council with significant experience across the industry, they plan to put health care over politics. Hear from Allison O’Toole about the future of affordable care. 

Allison O’Toole
Director of State Affairs
United States of Care

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Break and Networking

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. 

Panel: Start-ups Disrupting Health Care

New entrants into the health care industry disrupt the status quo and often give established companies a push to re-evaluate their own business. Learn how several start-ups are changing the way the industry operates. From a platform to connect caregivers with vital medical and legal documents (alska) to creating predictive models to better understand underlying social determinants of health (Carrot Health) to a blood-clotting technology (Protégé Biomedical) hear from those pushing us through the crossroads with new innovation.   

Michelle Chaffee
Founder and CEO

Kurt Waltenbaugh 
Founder and CEO
Carrot Health     

Mike Wuollett
Co-founder and CEO
Protégé Biomedical

Susan Wuollett
Co-founder and President
Protégé Biomedical

2:45 - 3 p.m.

Break and Networking

3 - 4 p.m. 

Keynote: Changing the Payer-Provider Relationship: Allina Health | Aetna 

With a goal of transforming the way patients experience health care by offering members more personal, affordable and effective care, the Allina Health | Aetna partnership is a local example of the changing relationship between payers and providers. Hear how this newly formed organization is aiming to provide high quality, affordable care more efficiently and what success in this model could mean for the future of health care. 

Tom Lindquist 
Allina Health | Aetna 

2018 Conference Speakers

2018 Conference Speakers

Justin Adams, CEO of Digitize AI, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Justin Adams 

Justin is the CEO of Digitize.AI, a company on a mission to use Artificial Intelligence to transform how health care is administered. He has spent the past decade working with Artificial Intelligence and automation before co-founding Digitize.AI.

Previously, Justin was Practice Leader for Digital Transformation, Automation & AI at Independence Consulting Group, where he built the Digital/Automation practice from the ground-up. Prior to that, he helped start and led PwC’s Robotic Process Automation Center of Excellence. Justin also led global firm-wide initiatives to transform PwC’s internal services including back and middle office functions by utilizing automation technology.

As a management consultant with PRTM (acquired by PwC), Justin helped numerous clients in areas including global business services, robotics, banking, alternative assets, and aerospace and defense. Justin also worked in the Intelligence Community and helped start a task force that used novel technology to combine data analytics and operational responsibilities. He also sat on a board that advised In-Q-Tel on promising new technologies. He has received numerous awards from the government for his efforts.

Justin taught himself to code in Python and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics from Wheaton College.


 Michelle Chaffee, Founder and CEO of alska, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Michelle Chaffee 
Founder and CEO 

Michelle is the founder and CEO of alska, a secure web-based technology solution connecting family caregivers and professional care teams. She is a respiratory therapist, professional patient advocate and a former medical investigator. Michelle also recently launched Sol Health Global, a population health technology product that enables health care teams to connect, collaborate and treat patients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to this lifesaving care. In 2018 alska was chosen to join Station F, the world’s largest technology hub in Paris, France.

Michelle began her career in health care at Loma Linda University in California where she worked as a respiratory therapist. She also spent time as a medical investigator appointed by attorney general Lori Swanson. The gaps she saw in the health care system prompted her to create a professional patient advocacy service and a technology product to better connect care teams to improve care for her clients. Her unique, first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing caregivers and the complexities of the health care system has been a catalyst that has fueled her to create successful solutions to complex problems.

Michelle earned an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Care from Crafton Hills College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Bellevue University. 


 Dave Dickey, Bind and Treehouse Health, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Dave Dickey 
Treehouse Health 

Dave is an experienced sales leader of health and health care services and serial entrepreneur. He was a co-founder of Bind, the first on-demand health insurance company, and led employer and consumer sales until this year. Dave is currently a partner with TreeHouse Health, a Minnesota health accelerator, and has brought in strategic investors like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN and Accenture.

Dave began his career with Aetna in various sales, account management, sales training, and sales management roles across small, mid-sized and national accounts including clients like HCA, Yum Brands, and Lincoln Financial. Dave was also one of the early employees of Definity Health, the inventors of Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) and the pioneer of Consumer Driven Health Care Plans (CDHPs) where he was responsible for regional employer sales, consumer sales, and account management growth. Upon the company's sale to United Health Group, he became President of the Health Care Transformation Group within United's National Accounts Division and grew net new revenues for United by $50M in two years. Dave then co-founded RedBrick Health, a health and wellness company dedicated to changing the financing to reward consumer healthy lifestyles and was responsible for forging relationships with companies like Target Corporation and Ridgeview Medical Center. 

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and is enrolled in the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) program through the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.


 Tom Lindquist, CEO of Allina Health|Aetna, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Tom Lindquist
Allina Health | Aetna

Tom joined Allina Health | Aetna as CEO in March 2018. In his role, Tom leads the joint venture, setting the overall strategic direction for the organization and directing the executive team. Allina Health | Aetna is a unique partnership that combines the resources of Allina Health’s high-quality facilities and broad care network with Aetna’s national health plan expertise and commitment to innovative benefits, products and services. Allina Health and Aetna have brought together their significant care management and data analytics tools to transform the way members experience health care. Allina Health | Aetna plans are designed to offer more personal, affordable and effective health care for people in the community.

Tom has an extensive background in the health care industry. Prior to joining Allina Health | Aetna he was President of both Molina Healthcare of South Carolina and AccentCare in Texas. Additionally, his experience includes leadership positions with UnitedHealthcare, Ochsner Health System and Memorial Sisters of Charity.

Tom received his MBA from the University of Houston and a BBA in management from the University of Texas at Arlington.


 Lawrence (Lori) Massa, President and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Lawrence Massa 
President and CEO  
Minnesota Hospital Association 

Lawrence became president and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) in October 2008, continuing a 34-year career as a hospital and health-care leader in the Upper Midwest.

Serving as a policy-maker, hospital executive and grassroots advocate throughout his career, Lawrence most recently led Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minnesota, prior to taking the top executive spot at MHA. There, he acted as CEO of the municipal organization for almost 15 years. Before that role, Lawrence gained more than 10 years of for-profit and nonprofit health-care executive experience in South Dakota and Iowa. He also served as South Dakota’s secretary of health under Governor William J. Janklow.

Lawrence has been an instrumental leader at the Minnesota Hospital Association even before he took the helm as president in 2008. His work there as a member of the MHA board has included serving as chairman of the board of directors, the policy and advocacy committee and the political action committee.

Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota and a master’s of science in business administrative services from Iowa State University.


 Tony Miller, Founder and CEO of Bind and Managing Partner at Lemhi Ventures, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Tony Miller 
Founder and CEO of Bind
Managing Partner at Lemhi Ventures  

Tony is both the founder and CEO of Bind and managing partner with Lemhi Ventures. His passion for consumer designed health care systems comes from his mother. The matriarch of a blue-collar family, she would often tell physicians how she wanted all of her children to be treated while referencing her ever-present Grey’s Anatomy Handbook.

Tony’s impatience and irreverence with the status quo led him to co-found Definity Health in the late 1990’s. He pioneered consumer-driven health care because he passionately believes that changing the financing of health care holds the key to redesigning our broken system. After Definity was sold to UnitedHealth Group in 2004, Tony went on to found and lead Lemhi Ventures, a venture capital fund dedicated to starting, and growing disruptive businesses to redesign health care. As part of Lemhi, he launched—a novel way to connect a consumer’s pocketbook to their provider choices.

Carol’s consumer website allowed people to shop and compare providers on a “care marketplace”. While both companies were successfully launched, proven and sold, Tony’s quest to truly solve our health system’s core problem was not complete. In 2016, he decided to throw out the traditional health plan model and rebuild it on an entirely novel financing system. Imagine having health care coverage for the way we actually use the health care system (not some health policy fantasy). Imagine having all of the treatment options and provider choices built upon your health conditions. Imagine health insurance that’s simple and available “on demand”. It’s finally here. With Bind, On-Demand Health Insurance, Tony and his team promise to truly change the way health insurance works.

Tony holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, an MS in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College.


 Allison O'Toole, Director of State Affairs, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Allison O’Toole 
Director of State Affairs 
United States of Care 

Allison joined United States of Care from MNsure, Minnesota’s insurance exchange, where she served as CEO. Allison led an aggressive marketing campaign and strategic overhaul of the MNsure operations, customer service and outreach programs, resulting in three years of record-breaking enrollment, improved customer service and increased system stability.

During her leadership at the exchange, Allison testified twice before Congress, most recently regarding market stabilization before the US Senate HELP committee. She was a leading advocate for Minnesota’s reinsurance program which resulted in immediate and significant premium decreases for Minnesotans in the individual market. She was often a national spokesperson on behalf of state-based exchanges across the country.

Before joining MNsure, Allison was a director at a Minneapolis-based public affairs firm where she specialized in issues management for businesses and organizations primarily in Minnesota. Prior to that, she served as state director for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Earlier in her career, she spent nearly a decade as a prosecutor, where she prosecuted some of the most violent criminals in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Allison received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Art History from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She received her JD from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN.


Matthew Veraggi, Sr Director of Artificial Intelligence at Optum Technologies, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Matthew Versaggi 
Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence  
Optum Technologies 

Matthew is the Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Optum Technology (UHG) in the Advanced Technology Division. In this role, he defines and implements the artificial intelligence & machine learning technology strategy for the organization. Last year at Optum he and his team managed 101 use cases in the AI/Health Care Insurance Space, and a pipeline of 30+ active projects.

Prior to joining Optum, he was an Artificial Intelligence Engineer for a military contractor, a CEO of his own company for nearly 20 years, an Adjunct University Professor for 8 years, a CIO, and an Artificial Intelligence developer in the 90's.

Matthew earned a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and Bachelor of Science in finance and management information systems from Alfred University. He also holds an MBA in international business and economics and Master of Science in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from DePaul University.


 Kurt Waltenbaugh, Founder and CEO of Carrot Health, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Kurt Waltenbaugh  
Founder and CEO 
Carrot Health 

Kurt is the founder and CEO of Carrot Health, a company that uses data and predictive modeling to deliver deep insights into consumers and their underlying social determinants of health.

As a serial entrepreneur, Kurt’s career has always been focused on the consumer. Specifically, he works to use data to predict and influence behavior. Using his deep understanding of consumer behavior, Kurt has built successful analytic solutions, products and companies in the health care, retail, education and credentialing industries.

His previous companies were sold to Oracle and Pearson Education. Prior to founding Carrot Health, Kurt was responsible for product strategy at Optum, Inc. (UnitedHealth Group), building data analytic businesses for the provider, payer and employer markets.

Kurt holds an MBA, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and BA in Political Science from Carleton College. 


 Shannon Werb, vRad, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Shannon Werb 
President and Chief Operations Officer 
vRad (a MEDNAX company) 

Shannon is the President and Chief Operating Officer of vRad. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of vRad’s short- and long-term strategies and for overseeing vRad’s radiology practice operations, technology platforms, and data strategy. Prior to being promoted to President, Shannon served as vRad’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer.

Shannon has 20+ years of health care information technology experience including expertise in clinical imaging and technical operations, enterprise imaging platform development, product innovation and strategy. This includes overseeing the company’s forecasting, physician services, and U.S.-based, 24×7 client support and operations center, and ensuring service delivery excellence to vRad’s radiologists, clients and the patient communities they collectively serve. Shannon is a recognized health care IT authority, advisor and evangelist authoring white papers and journal publications while being recognized through numerous global awards. He has extensive experience leading organizations and successfully developing enterprise solutions to deliver data to medical personnel faster and more cost-effectively, resulting in improved clinical processes and an overall better patient experience.

Shannon holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota.


 Michael Wuollett, Co-founder and CEO of Protege Biomedical, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Mike Wuollett 
Co-founder and CEO 
Protégé Biomedical 

Michael is a medical device entrepreneur and inventor. He is co-founder and CEO of Protégé Biomedical, where he and his wife, Susie, developed and launched their medical device platform, Ionic Hemostatic Mineral (IHM) Technology. Branded as ClotIt, this platform has been commercialized internationally for veterinary use in clinical, tactical, and consumer applications. Protégé Biomedical is currently developing various hemostatic product lines for human use. Michael holds several patents issued in the US, China, Mexico, Singapore, with others pending.

Prior to co-founding Protégé Biomedical, Michael worked in various Regulatory Affairs roles at 3M Health Care, Arizant Health Care, Zimmer Spine, and Lifecore Biomedical.

He is Regulatory Affairs Certified (RAC) and holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Minnesota State University Moorhead as well as an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.


 Susan Wuollett, Co-founder and President of Protege Biomedical, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Susan Wuollett 
Co-founder and President 
Protégé Biomedical

Susan is an inventor and entrepreneur. She is the current co-founder and President of Protégé Biomedical, a medical device company she founded with her husband, after they developed and patented a life-saving blood-stopping technology. Their device platform, Ionic Hemostatic Mineral (IHM) Technology is currently sold on the animal market, and they are working with the FDA to gain clearance for human use. Susan has 4 issued patents (US, China, Mexico, Singapore) and others pending.

Prior to co-founding Protégé Biomedical, Susan worked for nearly 10 years at Wells Fargo, most recently as a Marketing Program Manager for Wells Fargo Enterprise Marketing.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Northwestern and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.


Jean Wright, Vice President and Chief Innovation Office at Atrium Health - Previously Carolina Health Systems, speaker at The Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care in 2018

Jean Wright 
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer   
Atrium Health (Previously Carolina Health Systems) 

Jean is responsible for leading the advancement of innovation initiatives throughout Atrium Health (previously Carolinas Health Care System) in Charlotte, N.C., as the Chief Innovation Officer. Her focus is working with teams to raise the bar for patient care and population health through human-centered design, business development, and novel medical technologies.

Jean practiced as a pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist. She held positions as a physician executive at Emory, chair of pediatrics for Mercer, and executive director for Memorial Health's Children's and Women's Hospital in Savannah, and was Chief Medical Officer for Carolinas Medical Center – NorthEast.

She is a health services researcher, has served on federal advisory committees, and given testimony in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, an MD degree from Wayne State University, and an MBA degree from Emory's Goizueta School of Business.




2018 Conference Logistics

Group Registration:

Organizations benefit when they send three or more to this conference. We offer a 15% discount on each registration.  

To receive your group discount, please follow these steps:

  • Email ExecEd@StThomas.eduwith the billing contacts information, including
    • Name, title, work or home address, phone number, and email address where the invoice should be sent.
  • Indicate if the billing contact will be attending the conference in addition to serving as the group contact.
  • Provide the full name, title, work or home address, phone number, and email address for all attendees of the conference from your organization.
  • We will invoice the billing contact for the group's registration within two business days.
  • Let the Registrar know if you want to have attendees billed separately, and they will provide you a discount code for your attendees to enter when registering.

Note: Only one discount rate may be applied to the conference fee.

Conference Cancellation & Substitution Policy:
  • Cancellations received on or before November 1, 2018 will be charged a $150.00 processing fee.
  • Cancellations received on or after November 2, 2018 will not be refunded. Participants can choose to 1) send a substitute in their place 2) forfeit their registration fees.

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University of St. Thomas students and program participants receive a special rate at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, across the street from the Minneapolis campus. This discount is subject to availability.

  • To make a hotel reservation online, please visit the Downtown Minneapolis DoubleTree website, complete the form and verify the St. Thomas special rate (corporate account) code 560078526.
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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Minneapolis
Phone: (612) 334-0612

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