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Breakthroughs 2020 Speakers

Be inspired by some of today’s brightest minds in healthcare, business and politics as several well-known thought leaders share their insights and learnings during general sessions.

Michael Alkire

President, Premier

Michael J. Alkire is the President of Premier. As President, Alkire leads the continued integration of Premier’s clinical, financial, supply chain and operational performance improvement offerings helping member hospitals and health systems provide higher quality care at a better cost. He oversees Premier’s quality, safety, labor and supply chain technology apps and data-driven collaboratives allowing alliance members to make decisions based on a combination of healthcare information. These performance improvement offerings access Premier’s comparative database, one of the nation’s largest outcomes databases.

Alkire also led Premier’s efforts to address public health and safety issues from the nationwide drug shortage problem, testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives regarding Premier research on shortages and gray market price gouging. This work contributed to the president and Congress taking action to investigate and correct the problem, resulting in two pieces of bipartisan legislation.

Prior to serving as President, Alkire was president of Premier Purchasing Partners, which offers group purchasing, supply chain and resource utilization services to hospitals and health systems. Premier remains among the top group purchasing organizations in the industry as the value of supplies purchased through its contracts has increased to more than $56 billion. Upon joining Premier in late 2003, Alkire worked closely with the Purchasing Partners team to develop and implement a three-year transformation plan designed to dramatically increase returns to the alliance’s shareholders while building stronger relationships with members and suppliers.

Alkire is a past board member of GHX and the Healthcare Supply Chain Association. He recently was named one of the Top 25 COOs in Healthcare for 2018 by Modern Healthcare. In 2015, Alkire won the Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year and in 2014 he was recognized as a Gold Award Winner for COO of the Year by the Golden Bridge Awards. He has more than 20 years of experience in running business operations and business development organizations at Deloitte & Touche and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Before joining Premier, he served in a number of leadership roles at Cap Gemini, including North American responsibilities for supply chain and high-tech manufacturing.

Alkire graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University and a MBA from Indiana University.


Dr. Eric Topol

Physician, Author, Professor, Leading Innovator for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Dr. Eric Topol is one of the leading innovators in medicine today, specializing in the use of artificial intelligence, “deep” data, and smart technology in the practice of individualized medicine. Also called precision medicine, individualized medicine tailors diagnosis, prevention, and treatment to the full biological and social profile of the individual, rather than the “average” human of traditional medical science. Dr. Eric Topol is the Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute (SRTI). He also is Executive Vice President of Scripps Research and Professor of Molecular Medicine. 

Britain’s National Health Service has called on Dr. Topol to lead a review into how the NHS can pioneer new treatments and technologies to transform healthcare. Dr. Topol will look at technologies such as artificial intelligence (including robotics), genomics and digital medicine and how to train tens of thousands of staff at the NHS

Deep Medicine: Using Big — and Deep — data. Deep-learning uses artificial intelligence to analyze huge quantities of data to inform “deep medicine.” These algorithms are becoming as good at diagnosis as doctors in a field; they don’t get tired, don’t have bad days, are really cheap and fast. To advance this work, Dr. Topol is leading the largest aspect of the All of Us Precision Medicine Initiative begun by President Obama, the most ambitious medical research project in history. The Precision Medicine Initiative will track the medical profiles of one million Americans. The grant to Dr. Topol and Scripps Research is one of the largest grants in NIH history, and will use all the tools — genomics, sensors, smartphones — that Topol’s work has spearheaded and enhance the capabilities of individualized medicine. Dr. Topol’s new book on the subject is titled Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again


Blair Childs

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier

As Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Premier, Blair Childs is the primary spokesperson and communications strategist for the organization on key issues impacting healthcare costs and quality. He serves as liaison to the U.S. Congress, White House, healthcare policymakers and other major bodies involved in healthcare policy and regulation. Based in Washington, D.C., Childs leads Premier’s advocacy, communications, safety and thought leadership units, and is a member of Premier’s Executive Team.

Prior to joining Premier, Childs was Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Implementation for AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association. Childs has held senior management positions in professional, trade and advocacy associations and at a Fortune 50 company.

Childs has been at the center of policy issues in Washington for more than two decades, playing a leading role on issues impacting medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurers and hospitals. He has been responsible for organizing and leading public policy advocacy programs at the state and national levels on some of the nation’s most visible and complex issues over the last two decades, including tort, Medicare and healthcare reform. Childs is a respected and well-recognized expert on health policy and advocacy, and has appeared on all the major television networks, as well as been quoted in most national publications.


Rahm Emanuel

55th Mayor of Chicago

Rahm Emanuel was 55th mayor of the City of Chicago.

After his election in 2011, Mayor Emanuel led major investments across education, youth programming, neighborhood development, transportation, infrastructure, public health, and public safety.

Over Mayor Emanuel’s tenure, Chicago’s students experienced record education gains, while the city led the nation in corporate relocations for five consecutive years and led the nation in foreign direct-investment for six consecutive years.

Mayor Emanuel also marked record progress in reducing Chicago’s structural deficit from $635.6 million in 2012 to $97.9 million for 2019 – the lowest it had been since 2007.

Previously, Mayor Emanuel served as White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Illinois’ 5th District and was a key member of the Clinton White House.

He is married to Amy Rule, and they have three children.


Laura Ingraham

Host of Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle”

Laura Ingraham is the host of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News.  The program ranks #1 in all of cable news at 10pm—and this year’s ratings have reached historic highs. She’s the author of five best-selling books, including her most recent page-turner Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump.  As a mother of three, a former litigator and Supreme Court law clerk, she brings a searing, incisive and often hilarious perspective to the political and cultural issues of the day.  She’s a passionate supporter of both domestic and international adoption, along with a number of military organizations.


Susan DeVore

Chief Executive Officer, Premier

Susan DeVore is the CEO of Premier with approximately 30 years of experience. DeVore’s tenure with Premier has centered on driving innovation in healthcare and leading the industry through profound change by engaging stakeholders to co-develop solutions that support high-quality, efficient and sustainable care delivery models.

DeVore is an industry-leading thinker who has consistently been named multiple times to Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People and Top 25 Women in Healthcare lists. She recently received the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award, was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2017 100 Great Healthcare Leaders to Know and was recognized as a 2016 UNC Charlotte Distinguished Alumnus.

DeVore is a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee and Risk and Finance Committee of Unum Group, a NYSE-listed company. She is a non-voting member of the audit and finance committees of the Board of Directors of AdventHealth. DeVore is also a member of the Board of Directors or member of non-profit and state-based organizations, including the Healthcare Leadership Council, the Coalition to Protect America’s Healthcare, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value and Science Driven Healthcare, and the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees.

Under DeVore's leadership, Premier has been named as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the past 11 years, received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and earned the Best in KLAS title for Overall Healthcare Management Consulting.

DeVore obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Management degree from McGill University.


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