Midwest Healthcare Management Conference

August 12, 2022

Co-sponsored by Gies College of Business
& Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Congratulations to our poster presentation winners!

First Place
Passive Robotic Navigation for External Ventricular Drain Placement in Low-Resource Settings, Alexander Teague 

Second Place
Doubt the Gout? Use AI to Scout the Gout, Maharshi Pandya and Dhruv Patel

Third Place
Oxygen-Loaded Dextran Nanobubbles, Joseph Irudayaraj

Using technology to improve delivery of healthcare to a diverse population.

The conference will broadly address provision of healthcare to underserved communities, and the role of enabling technologies such as data analytics and artificial intelligence in delivery of healthcare. Some examples of topics of interest are the use of telemedicine to improve access and affordability of preventative and primary care, impact of COVID-19 on healthcare delivery to underserved communities, and patient engagement and early detection of serious health conditions using technology and data analytics.

Need for Conference

The increasing cost of healthcare delivery coupled with a stagnating supply side (many rural hospitals are at high risk of insolvency) necessitates a rethinking of healthcare delivery processes to increase effectiveness while reducing cost. Inclusion of a diverse population within managed care will require a new level of attention to patient communication, regular checkups and scheduling, remote access to healthcare, improved capacity allocation, efficient utilization of limited resources, and many more related issues. Technology mediation such as AI, telemedicine, and remote sensing and surveillance can be significant enablers of rural healthcare and healthcare delivery to underserved communities. This is particularly important for preventative care and chronic disease care. We propose to create a platform for developing a multidisciplinary approach to address these challenges. We have representation from large healthcare providers and the healthcare service industry.

Addressing the above topics requires a multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, the conference is intended to create a forum to bring together leading experts – from practice and academia – in the areas of social sciences, business, engineering, and medicine. We invite researchers who work in areas of healthcare delivery and healthcare analytics to participate in the workshop. Furthermore, student engagement will form a core element of the conference, to generate interest in specific research areas and topics, and encourage the advancement of ideas and research agendas of the student population at UIUC. The workshop will act as a platform for the cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas, and participation of practice and academia addressing relevant and impactful healthcare questions.


The conference is distinctive from other similar conferences along three dimensions: social healthcare focus for underserved communities, multidisciplinary approach, and practice focus with special attention to healthcare issues and problems faced by practitioners and providers.

Format and Content

The conference will include primarily presentation from industry leaders and practitioners. Each session is grouped into a broad topic such as delivery of rural healthcare, use of technology and analytics, and transformation of healthcare delivery. Each session comprises two presentations with follow-up discussions and idea generation facilitated by a moderator from academia. Finally, the concluding session includes a panel discussion based on the industry presentations. The panel discussion is aimed at engaging the audience with the industry leaders and academic thought leaders.

Student Posters

Student participation is a core focus of the conference. We will organize a student poster session. Students engaged in healthcare research are encouraged to submit a poster for the conference. The posters will be displayed throughout the day around the presentation hall. There will be a specific poster presentation session during and after lunch. All posters will be considered for a poster presentation competition, where the posters will be judged by a panel of experts in healthcare. There will be three prizes for the competition. The first prize is a plaque and $250 cash payment, the second prize is a plaque and $200 cash prize, and the third prize is a plaque and $150 cash prize.

Conference Agenda

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Friday, August 12

7:45 AM  -  Bus from Hyatt to I Hotel (Guests will be received by representative from Gies College of Business at the Hotel Lobby from 7.30 to 7.45 AM)

8:00-8:30 AM  -  Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM  -  Inauguration and Welcome

- Professor Stephen A. Boppart, The Grainger College of Engineering & Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois

- Professor Mark Peecher, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

- Dean Mark S. Cohen, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois & Carle Health

9:00-10:00 AM  -  Session 1: Transformation in Healthcare

Statewide Testing Platform: Centralized Statewide Network for Testing Response
- Ron Watkins, University of Illinois, SHIELD Illinois

The Foundational Elements Necessary to Implement the Next Generation Suite of Augmented/Artificial Intelligence Products & Services in Healthcare
- Phillip Rowell, MJ, Carle Health

10:00-10:15 AM  -  Break

10:15-11:15 AM  -  Session 2: Analytics in Healthcare

Impacting the Underserved- Simple Technology Powered by Data/Analytics Engine
- Roopa Foulger, OSF Healthcare

The Economic Value Proposition for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Software as a Medical Device
- Mitch Higashi, PhD, Sema4 & Gustavo Stolovitsky, PhD, Sema4

11:15 AM-12:30 PM  -  Box Lunch and Student Poster Presentation

12:30-1:30 PM  -  Session 3: Redesign Healthcare for the Future 

Remote Patient Monitoring
- Collin Roloff, Christie Clinic & Erika Halsey, CareSignal

Nursing Shortages and Care Re-Design:  Building to the Future
- Elizabeth Angelo, Carle

1:30-1:45 PM  -  Break

1:45-2:45 PM  -  Session 4:  Healthcare Delivery to Underserved Communities

Centering Youth's Health and Wellness: Designing a Third Reconstruction and Chicago Renaissance
- Ruby Mendenhall, Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIUC, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Institute of Government and Public Affairs and Cline Center for Democracy & Bridgett White

Who Uses a Free Clinic and Why?
- Michelle Mao & Richard Li, Medical Students at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Avicenna Community Healthcare Center

2:45-3:00 PM  -  Break

3:00-4:00 PM  -  Session 5: Social Entrepreneurship for Healthcare

Impact at Scale: Serving Rural, Remote Communities
- Ted London, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Opportunities and Challenges of Large Healthcare Systems in Understanding Risks Within the Populations They Are Treating
- Lee Kuhn, Claro Healthcare

4:00-4:15 PM  -  Break

4:15-5:30 PM  -  Panel Discussion

- Professor Diwakar Gupta, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

- Professor J. George Shanthikumar, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

- Professor John R. Birge, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

- Professor Kingshuk K. Sinha, Carson School of Management, University of Minnesota

- Professor Nolan Miller, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

- Professor Stephen A. Boppart, The Grainger College of Engineering & Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois

5:30-5:45 PM  -  Closing Remarks

- Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois

- Professor Carlos Torelli, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

5:45-7:00 PM  -  Reception and Networking


I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820


Carle Illinois College of Medicine
  • Stephen Boppart - Executive Associate Dean, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Ruby Mendenhall - Associate Dean Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation
  • Issam Moussa – Associate Dean Research and Innovation, Health Tech Review Committee for Carle
  • Amy Wagoner Johnson - Head, Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences
Gies College of Business
  • Eren Mehmet Ahsen -Assistant Professor of Business Administration
  • Nolan Miller - Daniel and Cynthia Mah Helle Professor of Finance
  • Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee - Assistant Professor of Business Administration
  • Sridhar Seshadri - Alan J. and Joyce D. Baltz Endowed Professor and Area Chair, Information Systems/Operations Management/Supply Chain/Analytics
  • Ron Watkins - Associate Dean, Strategic Innovation
The Grainger College of Engineering


Carle Illinois College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gies College of Business
Department of Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Questions? Contact Ujjal Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, at ukm@illinois.edu.