September 2014

Breaking the “Iron Triangle”: Scale, collaboration and systems-thinking across the health-care value chain

11:45am-1:30pm | The InterContinental Hotel - 225 Front St W, Toronto

Providing health care has evolved from an individual activity to a team activity. Care has become more specialized and new types of providers have emerged to address unmet patient needs, leading to fragmentation in the health-care value chain. Patients need systems of care that provide greater continuity, greater coordination, and greater access to a broad spectrum of services.

Worldwide, health-care systems are working to address “universal truths”: costs rising faster than economies; limited capacity to raise taxes to pay for health care; rising expectations about quality; and new treatments that are expensive and require more coordinated delivery.
Traditional business concepts such as minimum efficient scale, operational pooling, lean thinking, and integration have important implications to effective health-system design in a way that is responsive to these facts.

Dr. Apkon will provide a framework for thinking about health-care systems, implications of business principles, and a vision to provide the right care, at the right place and the right time.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 + HST
Table (seats 10): $801 + HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 + HST
Table (seats 10): $990 + HST

Breaking the “Iron Triangle”: Scale, collaboration and systems-thinking across the health-care value chain

Dr. Michael Apkon

President & CEO
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Dr. Michael Apkon

Dr. Apkon has a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Prior to coming to SickKids, Dr. Apkon was Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a practicing Paediatric Intensive Care specialist. Dr. Apkon also served in leadership roles at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health System including being the Executive Director leading Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital as well as serving on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Management.

As a health-care executive, Dr. Apkon has led systems development and improvement to drive high quality and safe care, improve clinical operations, and promote an integrated approach to health care across a continuum of services. Academic interests relate to the use of Technology to enhance safety, and the application of operations management tools to enhance performance.

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