Transforming Healthcare: Best Practices in Piloting and Deploying New Ideas

Hosted at Pulse @ MassChallenge

May 17th, 2018
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Learn how some of the most successful healthcare companies in the world foster new concepts, pilot test them, and roll them out

If you work inside a large healthcare organization and you’re tasked with making change happen, you won’t want to miss this one-day event, hosted inside the Pulse @ MassChallenge healthcare accelerator.

Focusing on concrete tactics you can bring back to the office, we’ll explore:

  • SOURCING — Learn how other companies source ideas from their employees and external parties, like startups… and where the best ideas come from;
  • PILOTING — See how companies structure and run pilot tests, and the resulting data that matters most;
  • DEPLOYING — What does it take to turn a successful pilot test into a large-scale roll-out, when you’ve got an organization full of busy people who don’t want to change how they work? Learn the approaches that have worked for your peers.

This event will bring together senior executives from insurers, hospital systems, medical device and pharma companies, healthcare startups, and academic medical centers.

If you’re looking to upgrade your approach to rolling out new ideas, processes, and technologies in a healthcare environment, don’t miss this event, hosted by Pulse @ MassChallenge!


PULSE@ MassChallenge

Spend the day at PULSE@ MassChallenge, a global digital health startup accelerator launched in 2016 that helps entrepreneurs solve healthcare’s greatest challenges. PULSE@ MassChallenge’s alumni have raised more than $52M in funding and generated more than $13M in revenue. Located in the iconic Fenway neighborhood of Boston, PULSE is home to more than 32 digital health startups spread across 4,000 square feet of co-working space.

Courtesy Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital

Go on a pre-event afternoon tour of Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), the 150-year-old leading center of pediatric innovation in the heart of Boston, a world-renowned city for medical innovation. We’ll tour the Simulation Lab, part of BCH’s Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator, where BCH’s designers and engineers have developed lifelike mannequins with beating hearts, seizures, and blood to help medical practitioners simulate high-risk infant surgical procedures. Learn how technology and simulation are changing what we know about human intuition and data – and ultimately the way healthcare decisions are made.


Learn from these innovation leaders and others:
Thomson Reuters Labs
Mona Vernon
CEO, Research & Development North America
Arwed Niestroj
Lowe’s Innovation Labs
Head of Narrative and Partnerships
Amanda Manna
VP, Product Management – Learning Applications
Diana Stepner
Managing Director, Boeing HorizonX Ventures
Brian Schettler
Citi Ventures
Head of the Citi Innovation Network
Beth Devin
Royal Bank of Scotland
Head of Global Scouting and Research
John A. Stewart
Managing Partner, BMW i Ventures
Ulrich Quay
Executive Director at Autodesk Foundation
Joe Speicher
Johnson & Johnson
New Ventures, J&J Innovation
Jeff Calcagno
Principal, Medtronic Global Accelerator
Laura Zavelson
Global Innovation Leader
Himanshu Khurana


We’ll bring in Fortune 500 executives for “fireside chats” and interactive whiteboard sessions. And every participant will have the chance to participate in small group workshops on each of these topics:

  • Setting goals and getting the right buy-in and participation from colleagues
  • Creating a “radar system,” evaluating and vetting trends, technologies, and new solutions that may matter to your company
  • Getting pilot tests structured and running with new technologies
  • Ensuring that what you discover and test can find an appropriate home in a functional area or business unit
  • Get updates on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook at #ILDeepDiveSF.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

4:00 p.m.

Autodesk Gallery Tour (optional visit)

5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8:00 a.m.

Arrival and Breakfast
LinkedIn’s San Francisco Office
222 2nd Street[ Map ]

9:00 a.m.



10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives:

  • Arwed Niestroj, Mercedes Benz
  • TBA

11:00 a.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies:

  • Laura Zavelson, Medtronic
  • Amanda Manna, Lowes
  • Joe Speicher, Autodesk

12:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives:

  • Shiv Singh, Visa
  • Ulrich Quay, BMW

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies:

  • Diana Stepner, Pearson
  • Andrew Douglass, Clorox
  • John Stewart, Royal Bank of Scotland


3:00 p.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives:

  • Brian Schettler, Boeing HorizonX Ventures
  • Mona Vernon, Thomson Reuters

4:00 p.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies:

  • Himanshu Khurana, Honeywell
  • Jeff Calcagno, J&J
  • Gene Han, Target

5:00 p.m.

Review and Debrief

6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Party with Startups

Why Attend an Innovation Leader Event


Space is limited to 60 corporate innovation, strategy and R&D professionals. That’s everyone from Chief Innovation Officers and VPs of Innovation, to Directors of Innovation and R&D Managers. If you’re responsible for new products or services inside your company, you’re probably the right fit.
No. This is a pitch-free zone. Aside from one Innovation Leader partners who has helped us plan and run the Deep Dive, we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something. This is a safe environment.
No. This is a presentation-free zone. No PowerPoints or presentations of any kind.
Yes! Never hesitate to reach out to event guru Ellen Juskewitch with your dietary requirements, The sooner the better though … deadline is seven days before the event so we can arrange with our caterer(s).
Absolutely, we will list a few hotels here that we recommend for your stay, stay tuned (but you are responsible for your own travel reservations.)
Business casual, with the emphasis on casual. We typically do a lot of walking from site to site, so please wear comfortable shoes.
No. All our sessions are confidential and off-the-record.

Hotel & Travel Information

The Deep Dive is being held at LinkedIn’s San Francisco office, 222 2nd Street:

Arrival — If you are flying in to the Deep Dive, we recommend arriving on Tues., Feb. 27, as the program will begin early on Wed., Feb. 28.

Hotels — As most corporations have loyalty and reward programs for specific hotel chains, we have not reserved a room block for the Deep Dive. Our recommended hotels are listed below:

Departure — The program will end in the early evening on Wednesday., February 28th.

Questions — If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ellen Juskewitch at or call us at (855) 585-0800.

Register to Participate

PLEASE NOTE: The Deep Dive is for corporate folks only. Consultants, advisors, software vendors, and others who market products or services to corporate executives may not attend the Deep Dive and registration fees will be refunded. All registrants to be approved by Innovation Leader; full refunds will be made in the event of conflict. Questions? Contact us »

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