Health & Business

Walton Executive Education
2019 Year Recap Video

About Arkansas Health & Business Symposium

The Sam M. Walton College of Business hosted its annual Health and Business Symposium at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock on September 19, 2019.

The Arkansas Health & Business Symposium is an opportunity to join the conversation with business, healthcare, and government leaders around the state to discuss the future of healthcare and how the new digital health infrastructure can help the state’s leaders build a healthier and more productive workforce.

To manage health costs while simultaneously building a healthy, more productive workforce, leaders in business, government, healthcare, and emerging technologies must come together to shape a more sustainable future conducive to business growth in our state.

Dr. Lynda Chin, founder, president, and CEO, of Apricity Health LLC and adjunct professor of Oncology, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin delivered the keynote address. Dr. Chin discussed how the integration of data, technology, and analytics will change the future model for health care. Following Dr. Chin’s presentation, a panel of Arkansas business and healthcare leaders conducted a discussion on how they see the integration of data improving the healthcare infrastructure in Arkansas.

Arkansas Health & Business Symposium Speaker

Keynote Address with Dr. Lynda Chen

Physician | Scientist | Innovator | Entrepreneur

 An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Chin is a renowned cancer genomic scientist and a leader in application of technologies, AI/ML and big data in medicine.  She conducted research in cancer genomics and cancer biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, served on the executive subcommittee of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and co-led development of the Firehose pipeline at the Broad Institute.  As the founding chair of Department of Genomic Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she launched initiatives to establish cross-cutting platform capabilities with technologies, data and analytics, including the APOLLO platform to systematize workflows for patient-oriented research, the Translational Research Accelerator (TRA) to integrate longitudinal clinical and research data for precision medicine, and the Oncology Expert Advisor to apply AI/ML for democratization of evidence-based care.  

Later, as Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Texas System, Dr. Chin launched Project DOC to develop strategies to incorporate digital technologies in chronic disease management for the underserved.  She conceptualized Health System 2.0, a connected ecosystem for care delivery, and developed  REDI (Real-world Education, early Detection and Intervention), a 21st century PCMH (Patient-Centered Medical Home) framework for orchestrating technology-enabled personalized care across public-private enterprises. Most recently, Dr. Chin founded Apricity Health to develop AI-powered digital therapeutics that captures expertise in digital workflows to enhance real-world effectiveness of novel therapies by democratizing clinical best practice in management of treatment-related adverse events, starting with immune-oncology. 

Arkansas Health & Business Symposium Panelists

Cam Patterson, MD, MBA

As the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Chancellor, Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, leads Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center, which encompasses patient care, education, research and outreach resources at locations across the state. Dr. Patterson attended Emory University School of Medicine, graduating with induction in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University Hospitals. He became the Chief Resident at Grady Memorial Hospital at Emory University in 1992. He completed 3 years of research fellowship under the guidance of Edgar Haber at the Harvard School of Public Health, developing an independent research program in vascular biology and angiogenesis.

In 1996, he accepted his first faculty position at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and in 2000 Dr. Patterson was recruited to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to become the founding director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute. In 2005, he also became the chief of the Division of Cardiology at UNC and subsequently became physician-in-chief of the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care and director of the system-wide UNC Heart and Vascular Network. Dr. Patterson was appointed the Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2005 and was recognized at UNC with the Ruth and Phillip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement and the Kenan-Flagler Distinguished Alumni Award. He received his MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2008 and was appointed Associate Dean for Medical Entrepreneurship at UNC in 2010. In 2014, Dr. Patterson joined New York-Presbyterian Hospital as the Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for the strategic direction and management of a 910-bed facility with adult medical, surgical, obstetric, and pediatric services.

He is an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist in Translational Research. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and serves on the editorial board of many other biomedical journals. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of University Cardiologists, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. Dr. Patterson is the founder of Enci Therapeutics and Clavé Biodesign. In 2012 he received the Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology and is Past President of the Association of Professors of Cardiology.

Curtis Lowery, MD

Curtis Lowery, MD, has dedicated his career to bringing care to hard-to-reach, rural populations, especially through use of healthcare technology.  Dr. Lowery is the Director of the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. For the past 20 years, Dr. Lowery pioneered the establishment of telehealth in Arkansas and also successfully advocated the reimbursement of telehealth services through collaborating with health insurance providers and Medicaid. Dr. Lowery’s leadership and statewide partnerships help deliver specialty clinical expertise through interactive video to address Arkansans’ health disparities. His programs consist of myriad medical consultation programs with population health emphasis that leverage real-time technologies to connect UAMS specialists to patients, hospitals, and clinics in rural locations throughout Arkansas where no such expertise exists. 

Mervin Jebaraj

Mervin Jebaraj is the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research. During his time at the center, he has been instrumental in creating and executing economic studies for clients such as the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the Northwest Arkansas Council, the Walton Family Foundation, Arvest Bank, the University of Arkansas and many others. His work has been noted by the state’s business media. Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal recognized Mervin in their 40 Under 40 lists. He is an exceptional source of business and economics-related expertise that journalists and business-people alike rely on to understand how national and regional issues impact Northwest Arkansas and Arkansas as a whole. He makes presentations that share the center’s expertise directly to over 5,000 individuals annually and tens of thousands more hear and see his economic analysis and commentary through TV, radio and print media. Jebaraj serves on the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and on the Board of Directors of the Association for University Business and Economic Research.

Cal Kellogg

Cal Kellogg’s enterprise responsibilities include oversight of the strategic and annual planning process, diversified activities, Medicaid business development, the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas and government and media relations. Kellogg joined Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 1995 as director of Plan Development and Integration. He was promoted to vice president of Enterprise Development Services in 1997 and, in 2009, was named senior vice president of Strategy Development and chief strategy officer. In 2013, he was promoted to executive vice president. In 2017, he was named Chief Executive Officer and president of our Subsidiary Organization, USAble Corporation. Prior to joining Arkansas Blue Cross, he served in various administrative and teaching roles at Arkansas Tech University, Illinois State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and doctor of philosophy in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has received Professional status in the Association of Healthcare Management. Kellogg is the former chairman of the board for the Governor’s Quality Award, is a member of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Executive Forum Advisory Council, and serves on the Association of Health Insurance Plans Executive Education Advisory Board. He currently serves as chairman of the Arkansas Health Data Transparency Board.

Darren J. Sommer, DO, MBA, MPH

Dr. Darren J. Sommer was awarded his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master’s of Public Health degrees from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University Community Hospital in Largo, Florida in 2006. He later went on to complete his MBA with Health Sector Management Certification from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 2011 and is a Health Policy Fellow with the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Sommer is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), and a Certified Physician Executive (CPE). Dr. Sommer has served on the ACOI’s technology council, the AMA’s Telemedicine Coding Committee and is the past President of the Columbus Osteopathic Association. And, as a combat veteran, he also continues to work with wounded veterans as a medical advisor to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

Currently, Dr. Sommer is the CEO of Innovator Health, a healthcare technology company based in Jonesboro, AR. Innovator Health provides very simple yet personal telemedicine technology that is focused on bridging the healthcare gaps for medically underserved communities. Dr. Sommer is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Technology with NYITCOM at Arkansas State University. His work with NYITCOM includes the creation of the first telemedicine training program for 1st and 2nd year medical students.

Previous positions include service as a physician with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division serving as both a Brigade Surgeon and Flight Surgeon. In addition, his military career spans more than 24 years of service, completing two combat deployments and earning numerous decorations including the Bronze Star, Combat Medic Badge and the Combat Action Badge. After completing his active duty service, Dr. Sommer continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves.

Rich Krutsch

ArcBest is one of the nation’s largest comprehensive logistics companies providing end-to-end logistics and supply-chain services.  Mr. Krutsch, Vice President, People Services, is responsible for leading innovation in Healthcare, Wellbeing, Human Resources, Compliance, Safety, Payroll, Compensation, and Retirement Services.  Driving technology and healthcare innovation are cornerstones of his team’s work.  By leveraging ArcBest’s data-driven and people-first approach to healthcare supply-chain optimization, ArcBest has achieved two years of over $5 million per year in negative healthcare trend and over eight percent negative trend since 2008.  Our focus is on improving individual outcomes and reducing population risk, without shifting costs to participants.  Rich holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and Sam Walton School of Business. In addition, he serves on numerous boards and advisory boards across the country.