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— Sanford Health brings together policy makers, national health care leaders and industry experts for a national summit on the future of rural health care. The event will feature panel discussions and fireside chats focused on opportunities to expand access, reduce costs, reduce disparities and improve health outcomes in rural parts of the country. ‘America.

The summit will take place on August 23 at the Sanford Barn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It will also be broadcast live for journalists and the public to join. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. CT.

“Rural America faces unique health care challenges, and we are committed to bringing together the best and the brightest to launch bold ideas that improve the lives of our patients and make our communities places of healthier lives,” said Bill Gassen, president and CEO of Sanford Health. “The nationally recognized experts attending this summit are committed to bringing about real change in the way care is delivered for generations to come.”

A health care industry panel will explore how technological and other innovations can serve as a catalyst to transform care in rural America. Confirmed panelists include Sheri Dodd, vice president and general manager of Medtronic Care Management Services, Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, of the American Medical Association, and Jim Weinstein, MD, of Microsoft Health. David Shulkin, MD, Ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, will moderate the panel.

Dodd has spent 30 years working to improve patient outcomes in the pharmaceutical, medical technology and public health sectors and is an advocate for helping patients manage chronic disease. Prior to Medtronic, she spent 13 years at Johnson & Johnson and five years at the World Health Organization. She holds a Masters in Health Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics.

“Contemplating, developing, implementing and sustaining virtual care programs will be a game-changer for the patient and clinical experience of rural health care and beyond,” says Dodd. “Now is the time to lay the groundwork for a differentiated approach, particularly around patient engagement and healthcare delivery.”

Suk is a vocal leader on public health issues, including the role and importance of organized medicine, physician wellness and wellness, social determinants of health, and many other health concerns public. In 1994, he became the first medical student and the first Asian American elected to the board of directors of the American Medical Association and was re-elected in 2019 where he currently serves as secretary of the board. Suk is also a member of the Board of the Joint Commission and is the system-wide chair of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute and professor of orthopedic surgery at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He was selected as a member of the White House under President George W. Bush in 2003 and as Executive Fellow Baldrige in 2017.

“Large rural areas struggle disproportionately to care for the sickest patients; experiencing a shortage of primary care professionals; and enduring disruptive financial challenges that compromise patient access to care,” said AMA Board Member Michael Suk, MD, JD, “To meet the health needs of rural populations, the AMA has long advocated physician-led care teams and telehealth as essential to the effective, efficient, and equitable delivery of high-quality health care. Taking steps to ensure that rural communities can rely on telehealth and internet-based digital health services and have access to physician-led care teams will increase continuity of care, provide 24-hour access and will help overcome clinician shortages.

Weinstein is senior vice president of Microsoft Health, where he leads health strategy, innovation and equity, including precision population health efforts to open new pathways to end racial and ethnic disparities. He is a pioneer in the delivery of remote care, establishing one of the first programs in telemedicine and remote sensing technologies. An accomplished author, he has published over 325 peer-reviewed articles and served as editor of Spine for three decades. In 2015, Weinstein was appointed by President Obama to the Special Medical Advisory Panel for the Veterans Administration where he served three secretaries.

“It’s time to move beyond the ‘geography is fate’ construct that has been used to predict the future of an individual’s health. Approaches that include partnership for workable policies and long-term commitments from community leaders are key to driving real change so that where you are born doesn’t have to dictate your future health. The vibrant diversity of rural America is uniquely positioned to lead digital transformation, deliver critical learnings, and drive meaningful improvement in the health of people around the world.

U.S. Senator John Thune (RS.D.) will join Jerry Penso, MD, president and CEO of the American Medical Group Association for a discussion focused on how policy advances in telehealth, Broadband access and mental health are essential to improving health care in rural areas for generations to come.

“No matter where you live, access to high quality health care services is essential. The people of South Dakota have been longtime beneficiaries of telehealth, and our providers continue to lead and innovate,” said Thune. “As a legislator, I am committed to ensuring that rural America is represented in conversations about the direction of health policy and to highlighting the success we have seen in our state.”

A fireside chat with Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Salesforce, will be moderated by Erica DeBoer, chief nursing officer of Sanford Health. Nayyar is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare information technology, a physician executive, speaker and author.

“The accelerated digital transformation ushered in by the pandemic is helping to provide the access and scale currently lacking in many rural communities,” said Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Salesforce. “The world is now at a crossroads where it can elevate literacy and health education in rural America through more reliable communication and technology. As a healthcare professional currently living in an era where misinformation and misinformation are rampant, I am happy to join others in transforming the way care is delivered within these communities. »

Eric Larsen, chairman of The Advisory Board Company, and Aneesh Chopra, co-founder and president of CareJourney, who was named by President Barack Obama as the nation’s first chief technology officer, will explore how innovation and solutions Patient-centric digital health systems and value-based models will shape the future of care delivery.

LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH, Director, CMS Office of Minority Health, will join Jeremy Cauwels, MD, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Sanford Health for a virtual fireside chat to discuss the link between quality and health. equity in health care and CMS’s strategy to “rethink rural health” and drive system-wide change.

McIver is a recognized public health leader with a track record of leading successful health initiatives and public policy efforts to promote health equity, improve health outcomes, increase access care and promote health system reform. Prior to joining CMS, Dr. McIver led the Government Affairs and Advocacy (GA&A) efforts at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as Vice President of Public Policy and Strategic Alliances and then as Vice Senior Chairman of all GA&A.

Sanford Health announced a landmark $350 million virtual care initiative in 2021 to transform healthcare for rural and underserved communities in the Midwest by dramatically improving access to convenient, high-quality healthcare. The vision is to bring affordable, comprehensive and transparent medical care to people, regardless of their zip code.

A grand opening is planned for the Sanford Virtual Care Center in conjunction with this national summit on August 23 in Sioux Falls.

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