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ACHE of MA Fall Conference 2018 Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association: Disruptive Technology: Healthcare’s Savior?

November 1, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:00 AM – Noon
DoubleTree by Hilton
5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA
(Continental breakfast and lunch included.)

Powerful entrenched special interests have defeated efforts to reform the US health care system back to the days of FDR’s Administration. Just since 1960, US healthcare spending has risen from $27B to $3,500B, increasing the annual spend per US resident from $150 to over $10,000! Healthcare’s share of our GDP has grown from a hefty 5% to a gigantic 19%. The voracious healthcare beast is starving other vital social needs, with catastrophic results for our citizens, businesses and government and even our own health care industry.

Yet, while the national spending is rocketing upward, US national health status, which was only mediocre to begin with, is getting worse and life expectancies are going down. According to the WHO’s ranking of the world’s health systems, the US only ranked #37, behind Andorra (#4), Greece (#14), Columbia (#22), Cyprus (#24), Morocco (#29) and Costa Rica (#36), and just one notch above Slovenia (#38).

Enter disruptive technologies and innovation: artificial intelligence, genomic engineering, miniaturization, big data, and new pharmaceuticals. Massive investments are being made by all sorts of economic sectors inside and outside the health care industry — venture capital firms, big pharma, small start-ups, IT, backyard /garage incubators, government payers, commercial payers, and academic medical centers, all searching for the same thing: Higher quality, better outcomes, more access, lower costs and happier/healthier patients.

This conference continues ACHE of Massachusetts’ focus on the people and companies making this all happen and who will either constructively contribute to the new health care paradigm (and spend billions doing it) or go down trying. This is another “Can’t Miss” conference for leaders of health care organizations that don’t want to be left behind in the cyberdust!


  • Michael Weissel, Executive Vice President, Optum
  • Terri Bresenham, Chief Innovation Officer, GE Healthcare


  • Chris Coburn, Chief Innovation Officer, Partners HealthCare and President, Partners HealthCare International
  • Patricia Forts, Deputy Chief of Innovation and Strategy, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Iyah Romm, Founder and CEO, City Block
  • Mason Russell, Portfolio Leader of Global Value and Market Access, IBM Watson Health
  • Sarah Sossong, FACHE, Principal, Flare Capital Partners
  • Moderator: Peter Shorett, Senior Partner, The Chartis Group

Speaker Bios


7:00 AM Registration, Breakfast and Networking
7:30 AM Opening Remarks, Service Awards and Annual Meeting

  • Andrea Paciello, FACHE, ACHE of MA President, Executive Director, Teaching & Education, Massachusetts General Hospital
8:00 AM Michael Weissel
8:45 AM Terri Bresenham
9:30 AM Networking Break
10:00 AM Panel Discussion
11:45 AM Closing Remarks
11:50 PM Lunch


$199 ACHE of Massachusetts/ACHE Members
$199 MHA Members
$299 Non-members (Join ACHE to receive the Member Rate.)
*$35 Healthcare Administration Students and those “In Transition”
*Students must be in a full-time Healthcare Administration Master’s Program. A Student ID will be requested upon check-in on conference day.

  • The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits to this program.
  • The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1.5 Qualified Education Credits to this program.

CANCELLATION: To cancel your registration, please notify us in writing no later than one week prior to the event for a refund, less a $25 nonrefundable processing. If a cancellation takes place less than 3 days prior to the event, no refunds will be given; however, you may send a substitute in your place.


November 1, 2018
7:00 am - 12:00 pm


DoubleTree by Hilton
5400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA 01581 United States
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