NC Chamber Health Care Conference features Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership alumni


DURHAM — The 2023 NC Chamber Health Care Conference met Thursday to discuss the evolving health care landscape on the state and national level.  The meeting brought together leaders in the health care industry to gather ideas on AI, value-based care, well-being and mental health practices.

The experts and speakers included several alumni of the esteemed Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership.

Dr. Anuradha Rao-Patel, Associate Vice President, Senior Medical Director Government Markets, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a KIPL graduate and NCMS member.  She spoke on the role Artificial Intelligence plays in health care to help drive innovation, speed up care delivery, and drive-up access and outcomes while decreasing costs.

Dr. Dev Sangvai, President Duke Regional Hospital and Vice President for Population Health Management, Duke University Health System is a KIPL graduate, NCMS member, former HCLM Chair, and former President of NCMS.  He was featured on the panel discussing value-based care.  The focus of his panel was the direct impact of health care costs on business growth and the overall economy of North Carolina is undeniable. Improving health outcomes and making costs predictable and affordable for businesses while keeping employees as healthy as possible is imperative if we are to remain a top state for business while competing in today’s global economy. Gain insight as our panelists discuss real-life business scenarios of their health care benefits.

Dr. Art Apolinario, Board President, North Carolina Medical Society is a KIPL graduate as well.  He was part of an interactive session with health care leaders to learn how and where collaborating can yield benefits and value for employees, businesses, and our communities.

Among the other speakers and panel members where Michael Martine of IBM, Corey Mercy of Google, Gary Salamido, President and CEO of NC Chamber, Hugh Tilson, Jr. of NC AHEC, Kayt Leonard of SAS Global Health, Robert Shaw of Smith Anderson,  and NCDHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley.

(L-R, Dr. William Lawrence, Dr. Michael Utecht, Dr. Damion McHugh, Dr. Art Apolinario)

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