Keynote Sessions

See below for a listing of keynote sessions that will take place at KnowledgeLab 2019.

Help for the Crazy Busy: How to Get Control Over Your Time and Commitments
Andy Kaufman, PMP, PMI-ACP

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Sunday, March 31
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

One of the most consistent concerns expressed to us by professionals and teams around the world is this: We don’t have enough time!

The stress of having too much to do and not enough time to do it is overwhelming. In this interactive session, Andy Kaufman shares practical lessons to help you get a better handle on what it takes to more successfully manage your time and commitments. Topics include understanding the role of taking care of yourself (including getting more sleep and exercise), factors that drive procrastination (and strategies to overcome them that will help you manage your time and projects), ways to say No without saying "No", and strategies to manage interruptions.

Andy shares specific strategies to help you get more control over your time with less things falling through the cracks, allowing you to focus on the most important priorities. You will leave with a helpful list of books and other resources to continue the learning after the session.

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About Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman is a recognized expert on leadership and project management, helping organizations around the world improve their ability to lead and deliver. Andy works with leaders at the United Nations and other global clients to improve their ability to deliver on their initiatives. Before becoming an internationally sought-after speaker, Andy started as a software developer and was promoted into management for all the wrong reasons! He is the author of three books and host of the acclaimed People and Projects Podcast, which provides interviews and insights for his global listeners.

Leadership’s Calling®
Henry Givray

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Monday, April 1
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

According to Henry Givray, leadership is the most powerful human force that is accessible to anyone regardless of position or title and in virtually all contexts of professional and personal life. But what is leadership? We know when we see it. We can measure its impact. And we can feel how it inspires us. But the concept of leadership is elusive, and no simple formulas or prescriptions exist on how to become a true leader. There are, however, timeless principles and essential guidelines, and these can be learned and applied only through a process of personal, active engagement and self-discovery. Henry’s session is designed to help others identify opportunities to grow as leaders, while also building their commitment to continuous learning in this area. During the session, he will share certain foundational concepts around leadership, introduce a working framework to help attendees better understand and measure leadership capacity and performance, and offer some practical ideas and tools for everyday use. In addition, he will examine one of the 10 essential things leaders do extraordinarily well and consistently hone, that of driving change.

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About Henry Givray

Henry Givray is Chairman and former CEO of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. During Henry’s tenure as CEO, SmithBucklin achieved unprecedented success in its 65-plus year history including client retention, employee engagement, company growth and financial performance. Henry is a dedicated, ongoing student of leadership, committed to speaking and writing as a way to serve others. His insights and ideas on leadership have been prominently featured in business books and top national news media. One of Henry’s most enduring achievements has been his creation of uniquely powerful leadership learning programs. The programming has evolved to include two offerings: The SmithBucklin Leadership Institute for association board members and Leadership’s Calling® for top-performing SmithBucklin employees and the business and professional communities at-large.

Clinical Lab 2.0: What is it? How Does This Translate into Laboratory Management and Leadership?
James M. Crawford, MD, PhD

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Tuesday, April 2
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The paradigm of American health care is shifting from volume-based payment systems to value-based payment – based on better patient outcomes and cost-effective delivery of healthcare. Several leading health systems are moving to leverage the massive real-time data emanating from their in-system laboratory services to drive better patient outcomes on a more cost-effective basis, close gaps-in-care, and improve revenue cycle and value-based payments at the system level. With risk accountability increasingly shared across the health care continuum, the integrative real-time data of Laboratory services becomes a “core competency” of highly functioning integrated health systems. The “Clinical Lab 2.0” concept seizes upon this notion, with the premise that laboratory leadership is a critical step to maximize both the clinical and economic value of laboratory diagnostics. Building the evidence base for such valuation, both at the national level and more importantly, within each local health system, is the clarion call of the Clinical Lab 2.0 movement. In this session, Clinical Lab 2.0 will be discussed and examples given of how clinical laboratories can deliver on these value statements at the levels of local and regional health care systems.

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About James M. Crawford

James Crawford received his MD and PhD from Duke University School of Medicine, and his post-graduate training in anatomic pathology and gastrointestinal pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, followed by a fellowship in hepatic pathology at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He has served on the faculty and as staff pathologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Yale University School of Medicine. He was also formerly professor and chair of the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Crawford is a leading proponent of the role of pathology and the clinical laboratory in patient-centered care and in accountable care. He is founding member and chair of the board of directors for the Project Santa Fe Foundation, which is advancing the concept of Clinical Laboratory 2.0 for developing the evidence base for the value statements of laboratory services in the next era of American health care. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Investigation, an official journal of the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), Chair of the Council of Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and on the AAMC Board of Directors. He is past-President of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), and currently is Editor-in-Chief of Academic Pathology, the official journal of the APC. He has authored over 260 peer-review papers, critical reviews, and book chapters, and was the senior editor of three books.

MHS GENESIS: The New DoD Electronic Health Record
COL Jacob Aaronson, DO, MS, MMAS

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Wednesday, April 3
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

MHS GENESIS is the new DoD Electronic Health Record that will support the delivery of healthcare to over 9.6 million beneficiaries. While the contracted cost exceeds 4 billion dollars, associated deployment and sustainment costs will likely well exceed that figure. Given the geographic worldwide scale and the number of affected beneficiaries for the DoD alone, the fact that MHS GENESIS will be deployed to the US Coast Guard and US MEPCOM, and that the VA will be deploying the same system, this is truly the most extensive implementation of an EHR yet attempted.

COL Aaronson will explain his background and his role in the implementation project that began in 2013. He will provide background information on the previous EHR-related systems and how the decision to replace them was made. He will address the scope of the project as contracted, with insight into the complexity and magnitude of the project, including the geographic and logistical constraints, which include capabilities in unique, austere and remote locations. He will also speak to lessons learned, the status of the project and projected schedule, and long-term vision to include collaboration with the VA on a common EHR platform.

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About COL Jacob Aaronson

Currently working in the newly established Office of the Chief Health Informatics Officer, COL Jacob Aaronson is a senior informatician in the Defense Health Agency Office of the Chief Health Informatics Officer. He was formerly the Chief Health Informatics Officer in the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) program office deploying MHS GENESIS, the new Department of Defense Electronic Health Record (EHR).

Colonel Aaronson is board-certified in family medicine with a M.S. in Health Sciences Informatics., Colonel Jacob Aaronson has held several positions within the Army Medical Department and the Defense Health Agency (DHA), including Chief of Clinical Informatics, DeWitt Healthcare Network; Chief of: Health Informatics, Business Process Management, Knowledge Management, IM/IT Governance and Strategy, Office of the Army Surgeon General; and Chief Medical Information Officer for the Department of Defense Health Management System Modernization.