Liftoff PGH 2020: Innovations in End of Life Workshop

December 16, 2020

Workshop Programmatic Outline:    

9:00am – 9:10:  Welcome from McElhattan and intro of moderator  

9:10am - 9:35am: Opening Keynote: PERSON TBD (1 person/ted talk style) 

9:35am - 9:55am : Fireside Chat: TITLE TBD (2 people) 

9:55pm - 10:20:pm: Panel-- At the Crossroads of Technology, End of Life, and COVID-19 (Speakers TBD)  

10:20am - 10:30am: Break/Networking   

10:30am- 11:30am: Innovations in End of Life Hackathon (break out into groups with a moderator/expert in each room to present the challenge or pain point; ideally it could be great to have companies in each room as the presenters)     

11:30am-12:00pm: Team Pitches to group  

12:00pm: Adjourn    

Hack-a-Thon Activity: Participants a broken up into teams and paired with real companies or experts to learn about specific challenges or pain points in their work. Teams will develop potential solutions, whether technological or programmatic. Must be innovative.  Teams will also be assigned a sector-specific mentor from the list below, ensuring the cross-learning of both newer participants and experts.   

Potential problems include:    

Improving rate of uptake and quality of advance care planning and conversations around goals of life and care    

Reducing hospitalizations for individuals in last 6 months of life    

Tele-hospice

Increasing monitoring/care solutions to better meet patients and caregivers   

Broadening education of primary care providers to guide individuals in advance care planning (online roleplay education like VitalTalk)   

Activity: Teams will present their findings and solution to participants at large. Time will be left for Q&A and feedback from participating companies, in addition to sector experts.    

Target Audience

Nurse

Nurse Practitioner

Pharmacist

Pharmacy Technician

Physician

Physician Assistant

Psychologist

Social Worker

Learning Objectives

As we fill the room with a diverse community of care providers and entrepreneurs, we aim to empower participants to accomplishing the following higher aims and they return to their own work places:

Reduce unnecessary suffering for all families

Normalize the inevitability of death and advocate for health care for the entirety of individuals lives

Recognize palliative and end of life care as human rights

Make palliative care more accessible, affordable, and available Improve knowledge and use data to drive innovation

Enhance access to palliative care experts for all healthcare professionals Apply research rigor to end-of-life discovery

Develop business metrics for different end-of-life services and care paradigms

Catalyze innovation in end-of-life services Focus on broad range of need in end of life, including patients, families, and caregivers

Increase effectiveness of telehealth and mobile health solutions

Develop and spread enactment of technology allowing for earlier treatment and better information for care takers

Diversify and expand community of end-of-life experts

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 4.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 4.00 ASWB
  • 4.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
12/16/2020
Course expires: 
02/28/2021
Event starts: 
12/16/2020 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
12/16/2020 - 12:00pm
Rating: 
0

Workshop Programmatic Outline:    

9:00am – 9:10:  Welcome from McElhattan and intro of moderator  

9:10am - 9:35am: Opening Keynote: PERSON TBD (1 person/ted talk style) 

9:35am - 9:55am : Fireside Chat: TITLE TBD (2 people) 

9:55pm - 10:20:pm: Panel-- At the Crossroads of Technology, End of Life, and COVID-19 (Speakers TBD)  

10:20am - 10:30am: Break/Networking   

10:30am- 11:30am: Innovations in End of Life Hackathon (break out into groups with a moderator/expert in each room to present the challenge or pain point; ideally it could be great to have companies in each room as the presenters)     

11:30am-12:00pm: Team Pitches to group  

12:00pm: Adjourn    

Hack-a-Thon Activity: Participants a broken up into teams and paired with real companies or experts to learn about specific challenges or pain points in their work. Teams will develop potential solutions, whether technological or programmatic. Must be innovative.  Teams will also be assigned a sector-specific mentor from the list below, ensuring the cross-learning of both newer participants and experts.   

Potential problems include:    

Improving rate of uptake and quality of advance care planning and conversations around goals of life and care    

Reducing hospitalizations for individuals in last 6 months of life    

Tele-hospice

Increasing monitoring/care solutions to better meet patients and caregivers   

Broadening education of primary care providers to guide individuals in advance care planning (online roleplay education like VitalTalk)   

Activity: Teams will present their findings and solution to participants at large. Time will be left for Q&A and feedback from participating companies, in addition to sector experts.    

Virtual Meeting
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Confirmed Speakers  

Timothy Ihrig  (Confirmed) Chief Medical Officer at Crossroads Palliative Care   

Sample TED Talk    

Dr. Danny L. Franke, Ph.D.   (Confirmed) Ethicist at WVU School of Medicine and Chaplain at Mountain Hospice   

Sample of program impact  

Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD    (Confirmed) Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy    

Has spoken at the AMDA Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine conference, Navigating A Changing Landscape in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care  

Richard L. Weinberg, MD   (Confirmed) Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh   

  • Interest areas include application of behavioral medicine to end of life care, with a focus on empathic communication in palliative care   
  • Presented at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Death and Dying Fellowship  
  • Served as faculty at the National Institutes of Health - Capital Caring Palliative Medicine fellowship 

Robert Arnold, MD (Confirmed) Affiliated with UPMC 

  • Teaching physicians about how to incorporate palliative care into general practice 

Susan Saxon, NP (Confirmed) Director of UPMC Home Care  

  • Knowledge on how the payer side of hospice and palliative care works 

Terese LaVallee (Confirmed) Highmark Caring Place 

  • How can physicians have these difficult discussions in better ways
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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh and The Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 4.0 continuing education credits.

Available Credit

  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 4.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 4.00 ASWB
  • 4.00 Attendance
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