4th Annual Planting Seeds of Innovation Conference

Planting Seeds of InnovationNurses are consumers, providers and designers of emerging health care technologies. The purpose of this conference is to increase awareness, understanding, insight and actions nurses can take to deepen their knowledge, skills, and abilities related to innovation and transformation of health care.

The Planting Seeds of Innovation Conference is presented by the Nursing Collaboratory, a joint project of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Fairview Health Services and M Health, and provides nurses with tools and resources they need to bring their innovative ideas to reality. Whether a product, service or process, the conference provides nurses with a blueprint of how to think creatively, identify a target market, develop a value proposition, and test and evaluate an idea.



8-9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Networking
Connie Delaney and Laura Reed

9:15-9:30 a.m.

History of Event and Introduction of Keynote
Oriana Beaudet and Anne LaFlamme

9:30-10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation: 
Evidence Based Innovation Leadership. It’s not an oxymoron
Dan Weberg Senior Director for Innovation and Leadership for Kaiser Permanente National Nursing Strategy Department

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-11:30 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions
  • Educational Session - Educational Pathways to Support the Development of an Innovation Mindset (Daniel Pesut and Teddie Potter)
  • Hands-On Session - Creativity in Practice: The Most Wonderful Stuff (Oriana Beaudet and Amy Hoelscher)
  • 3M Session - Design Thinking Rapid Immersion (Matt Zabel)
  • EPIC Session - Nursing Innovation and the EHR: Learning from the Field and Future Directions (Emily Barey)
11:45 a.m.-1:00 Lunch/Networking

1-2 p.m.

Innovation and Human Centered Design:  The Art of Creating Successful Models for the Underserved
Susan Jepson, MPH, BSN, Vice President, Upstream Health Innovations

2:10-3:10 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Educational Session - Educational Pathways to Support the Development of an Innovation Mindset (Daniel Pesut and Teddie Potter)
  • Hands-On Session - Creativity in Practice: The Most Wonderful Stuff (Oriana Beaudet and Amy Hoelscher)
  • 3M Session - Design Thinking Rapid Immersion (Matt Zabel)
  • EPIC Session - Nursing Innovation and the EHR: Learning from the Field and Future Directions (Emily Barey)
3:10-3:20 p.m. Break/Networking

3:20-4 p.m. Emerging Strategies for Integrating Social Determinants and Healthcare
Cyrus Batheja, Chief Growth Officer, UnitedHealthcare, Community & State

4:05-4:20 p.m. Endnote
Connie Delaney and Laura Reed

4:20-5:20 p.m. Option Post-Conference Tours of Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center

*Please note: Sessions, presenters, and presentations are subject to change.

Session Descriptions

Keynote Presentation

Evidence Based Innovation Leadership. It’s not an oxymoron

Daniel Weberg, PhD, RN Senior Director for Innovation and Leadership for Kaiser Permanente National Nursing Strategy Department
Innovation is a core competency for frontline nurses and allows us to deliver amazing care. We will explore how to incorporate Evidence Based Innovation to foster a culture of innovation, leverage professional networks, and identify the everyday opportunities for leading change to improve care and the profession.

Innovation and Human Centered Design:  The Art of Creating Successful Models for the Underserved

Susan Jepson, MPH, BSN, Vice President, Upstream Health Innovations
What happens when you combine a safety-net healthcare system, an innovation center focused on social determinants of health, and human centered designers?  This presentation describes the innovation journey at a safety net health system and shares the unique approach to identifying problems based on patient insights and the impactful results that can make a difference in the health of underserved patients.

Educational Pathways to Support the Development of an Innovation Mindset

Daniel Pesut, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Teddie Potter, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN
The purpose of this session is to explore educational pathways and program offerings of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing that foster the development of leadership and an innovation mindset. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the post-baccalaureate certificate in health care design and innovation as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program in Health Innovation Leadership (HIL). Faculty and students will share their perspectives and insights about the promise and potential for nurses who have the educational preparation to create the future with design thinking in mind.

Creativity in Practice: The Most Wonderful Stuff

Oriana Beaudet, DNP, RN, PHN, and Amy Hoelscher, DNP, RN, CPXP
Every nurse is a creator, innovator, designer and maker. The design of this interactive session is to help participants build their personal and organizational creativity. Participants will explore creativity through historical examples, research, interactive learning, and mixed media.

Design Thinking Rapid Immersion

Matt Zabel
Join Matt Zabel, Senior Design Manager at 3M, for a rapid immersion into Design Thinking tools and techniques. Applying Design Thinking processes to healthcare challenges provides an action-oriented approach for quickly building consensus, framing problems, empathizing with stakeholder needs, and iteratively exploring solutions. Matt will share a simple tool kit and templates for applying Design Thinking tools to a relevant healthcare challenge. Attendees will leave the session with a fresh perspective and practical tools they can apply to their innovation challenges immediately.

Nursing Innovation and the EHR: Learning from the Field and Future Directions

Emily Barey, MSN
Join representatives from Epic to learn more about how the electronic health record company promotes innovation within their software development teams to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of nurses and the patients they serve – and how you can take these ideas and apply them to optimizing the technology used in your practice.  Epic will also share some of its latest innovations and future development direction with time for town hall style feedback.

Emerging Strategies for Integrating Social Determinants and Healthcare

Cyrus Batheja Chief Growth Officer, myConnections™
A recipe for good health involves ingredients beyond just visiting the doctor and grabbing pills from the pharmacy. The social situation of an individual has a huge impact on their health and well-being.

This presentation examines emerging interventions that integrate social determinants of health strategy, data, person-centered planning, and trauma-informed care. Included is a focus on interventions where health care organizations can take a significant leadership role.

Tour of the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center

Tour the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota. Get an insider’s view of the exceptional research, education and public engagement all related to medical devices.

Dan Weberg

WebergDr. Dan Weberg Ph.D., MHI, RN, BSN is a nurse leader and expert in human-centered patient design and simulation and healthcare innovation with extensive clinical experience in the emergency department, acute in-patient hospital settings, and academia over past 12 years. Dan is an author, leadership scholar and the Senior Director for Innovation and Leadership for Kaiser Permanente National Nursing Strategy Department. Dan is also a core team member for technology and inter-professional curriculum for the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

Dan has held a variety of leadership roles, including nursing director, clinical faculty director, consultant, and direct care in emergency departments, academic medical centers, large colleges of nursing, and private educational firms. Dan has extensive experience developing healthcare technology strategy, collaborating with executive sponsors and key stakeholder groups, doing ground up collaboration with frontline care delivery teams.

He earned his Bachelors in nursing, and was in the first cohort to graduate from the Masters in Healthcare Innovation program at Arizona State University. Dan was also the first ever graduate of the PhD in Healthcare Innovation Leadership program at ASU. Dan’s clinical background is in Emergency and Trauma nursing at level 1 trauma centers in California and Arizona. Dan is also faculty at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and taught previously at Arizona State University in the subject of Innovation, and Leadership. He authored a first of its kind book titled “Evidence Based Innovation Leadership for Health Professions” and recently published a 3rd edition of Leadership in Nursing Practice with Jones and Bartlett both describe the leadership and collaboration skills needed to lead the future of healthcare delivery.

Cyrus Batheja

BathejaCyrus Batheja is Chief Growth Officer and the National Vice President of Housing for myConnections at UnitedHealthcare, Community & State. myConnections™ is a UnitedHealthcare program that helps low-income individuals and families access essential social services that are the gateway to better health. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves nearly 6.4 million Medicaid members in 27 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone.

As part of the leadership team, Cyrus has a direct focus on community based programs to help people with housing challenges succeed. His work is centered on achieving the “Triple Aim” (cost reduction, population health improvement, and enhanced member experience) by engaging members nationwide. He has twenty one years of experience in both the real estate and Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) arenas. His history has been particularly focused on providing optimal housing and care to vulnerable populations.

Cyrus earned both his BSN and his MBA from Augsburg College, and his Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas with a certificate in social movement construction. Cyrus sits on the Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Chapter’s (international nursing honor society) board of directors as the Treasurer.

Cyrus was a Keynote speaker at Mayo Clinics annual Transform conference. He has received the Mpls/St Paul Magazine 2013 award in Administrative Leadership, the Optum Hero! Award, and he is a 2012 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year.

Susan Jepson

Susan JepsonSusan Jepson is an accomplished mission driven executive leader with a track record of leading transformational change in healthcare through inspirational leadership. She has extensive strategy and product experience in the healthcare and financial services industries. She has held leadership positions at United Health Group, US Bank and is the VP and co-founder of Upstream Health Innovations at Hennepin Healthcare System. She is focused on strategic innovation to ensure successful health outcomes for the underserved with an emphasis on Medicaid and the impact of social determinants of health. In addition, she recently co-founded and launched Hitch Health. (www.hitchhealth.co). She has an MPH from the University of MN and a BSN from the College of St. Benedict.  

Connie White Delaney

 Connie White DelaneyDean Connie Delaney PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP, an internationally recognized health informatics scholar, has served as dean of the UM School of Nursing since August 2005. She also holds a professorship at the University of Iceland in both the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine. Dean Delaney is the only dean of nursing in the U.S. who is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics. She also has served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and as past-chair of the AMIA Nursing Informatics Work Group. Dean Delaney was an appointee to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, an advisory body established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act within the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She co-chaired the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, representing more than 2,000 nurses and over 20 distinct nursing informatics groups in the United States.

Laura Reed

LauraReedLaura Reed MBA, DNP, RN serves as the Chief Nurse Executive for Fairview Health Services, a Minneapolis, Minnesota based nonprofit, integrated health system with 32,000 employees and 2400 affiliated providers. Prior to her current position, Laura Reed served as the Chief Nurse Executive for ThedaCare Health System, a 7 hospital and continuum of care service in northeastern Wisconsin. Prior to her position at Thedacare, Laura served as Chief Nursing Executive for University of Minnesota Health, which represents, The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Masonic Children’s Hospital and UMPhysician Clinics. She was the Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and prior to that, Laura served over 28 years at the University of Iowa and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Laura is responsible for providing leadership, vision and accountability for patient centered care and nursing practice throughout the various integrated organizations. She has worked in a wide range of nursing roles in academic and community settings, beginning as a front-line nurse, advancing to nurse manager and then into senior leadership positions.

Emily Barey

Emily BareyEmily Barey is the Vice President of Nursing at Epic. In this role, she is responsible for nursing product management and ensuring end-user happiness with Epic software. She leads the Epic Nursing Advisory Council, consults with Epic customers on strategies for nursing adoption of an electronic medical records EMRs) and collaborates with the Epic research and development teams on enhancements to support interdisciplinary practice across the continuum of care. Nationally, Emily served two terms on the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) Inpatient Workgroup that sets the standards for all EMRs and in 2015 worked on the ONC Health IT Safety Roadmap Task Force. She has published on EMR implementation in the textbook Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge, and on Computerized Physician Order Entry in The Essentials of Nursing Informatics, 5th Edition.

Oriana Beaudet

Oriana BeaudetDr. Beaudet is the Vice President of Transformation for Array Advisors. Array Architects, Advisors & Analytics is a national healthcare exclusive design firm. Oriana is a registered nurse who has worked as a clinician, healthcare leader, and business owner. She obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation & Leadership from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on design. Her doctoral work centered on the application of innovation to shift the values, beliefs and practices of healthcare care professionals, care delivery and organizational culture. She holds an Affiliate Faculty position at the University of Minnesota.

Amy Hoelscher

Amy HoelscherDr. Hoelscher is currently a full time Innovation Fellow at the UMN Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center where she is leading and collaborating on multiple medical device projects. She is also a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse and has worked to improve patient care through hospital based quality, evidence based practice, and innovation committees. She previously piloted a real time patient experience project as a Research Fellow at Children’s MN. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota. During her studies she worked as a graduate research assistant on two pediatric studies. She is also a Certified Patient Experience Professional and has certificates in Health Care Design and Innovation as well as Leadership in Health Information Technology for Health Professionals.

Anne LaFlamme

Anne LaFlammeDr. LaFlamme is currently the Chief Clinical & Nursing Informatics Officer at MHealth Fairview, a role she’s held since 2015. Anne has six years of clinical experience in solid organ transplant and perianesthesia nursing along with eleven years informatics experience in various roles including the Perioperative build lead for a new Epic implementation and as a member of the Performance Improvement team focused on EHR workflow and use interaction. She completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in Nursing Informatics in 2013 from the University of Minnesota. Anne’s honors include receiving the 2019 Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Innovation and Technology Award and participating in the Nursing Big Data Conference.

Dan Pesut

Dan PesutDr. Pesut is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership at the UM School of Nursing. He coordinates the Post-Baccalaureate Health Innovation and Design Certificate program offered by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. He holds the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Nursing Leadership Chair. Dr. Pesut earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in psychiatric mental health nursing form the University of Texas. He holds certificates in management development from the Harvard Institute for Higher Education an in integral studies from Fielding Graduate University.

Teddie Potter

Teddie PotterDr. Potter has shown a long-term commitment to innovation and diversity. Her current positions in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota are natural extensions of her interests and passions. She is specialty coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership and Director of Inclusivity and Diversity. Dr. Potter has spoken nationally and internationally about partnership-based health care and TheBASE of Nursing, theories which guide nursing practice, education, and research. She co-authored with Riane Eisler, the award winning book, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care. This book equips nurses to be full partners, ready to lead necessary change to advance the health of all nations.

Matt Zabel

Zabel MattMatt Zabel is a designer, researcher, and maker who has led human-centered design activities in a variety of markets and companies for over 14 years. With degrees in Industrial Design and Psychology, and graduate degrees in Human Factors and Gerontology, Matt brings a unique perspective to the healthcare challenges of today. Matt is currently a Senior Design Manager for the Healthcare Business Group at 3M. Prior to 3M, Matt worked as a Senior Human Factors Scientist at Medtronic and Design Research Manager at Brooks Stevens Design.

    Contact Hours
    This conference is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements for up to 6.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education. However, the individual nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the State Board of Nursing requirements for acceptable education.

    Cancellation Policy
    In the event you need to cancel your registration, the registration fee will be refunded if you notify us at soncne@umn.edu by February 20, 2019. No refunds will be made after this date.

    Liability Statement
    Participants attending who have ideas for new: business, invention, product, or possible patents, please do not share any information that is deemed to be confidential. Any ideas shared in a public forum cannot be protected.

    Learning Objectives
    Upon completion of this learning activity, participants should be able to:

    1. Describe the importance of innovation and the need for innovative ideas from nurses and other healthcare professionals.
    2. Identify resources available to assist with customer discovery methods, business planning, management of intellectual property, patents, licensing, and funding to take innovative ideas to reality.


      February 27, 2019

      8:00 a.m. - 5:20 p.m.

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      McNamara Alumni Center
      University of Minnesota
      200 Oak Street S.E., Suite 100
      Minneapolis, MN 55455

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