Last week we held our second annual Acumen Users Conference. Hugh, Megan and Karva truly outdid themselves, as the conference was an overwhelming success. The venue for the event in Coronado was stunning and the weather was spectacular. I am not sure how our colleagues who live and work in Southern California manage such “dreary” weather, but if one of those practices is looking for a middle-aged nephrologist, I might need to lace up my sneakers and get back in the game!
All kidding aside, we had a wonderful experience. Our keynote speakers included Scott Rasmussen and Dr. Kerri Cavanaugh. The co-founder of ESPN, Scott currently focuses his attention on public opinion polls. Dr. Cavanaugh, a nephrologist on the faculty at Vanderbilt, has become an expert within the realm of social media and its intersection with the practice of nephrology. Both provided us with valuable insights over the course of the conference.
Attendees hailed from 22 states, with some folks traveling from as far away as Honolulu, Miami and Philadelphia, and represented over a quarter of our practices. Participants included physicians, nurse practioners, physician assistants, nurses, practice managers, IT experts, billing staff and a host of other individuals. During the three-day event attendees heard presentations covering a wide range of topics, including CMS incentive programs, quality reporting, CKD analytics, practice management, voice recognition and that perennial favorite, meaningful use.
Perhaps more important than the presentations, the Users Conference provided a forum for our customers to meet each other and to share best practices. In addition, the conference provided a wonderful opportunity for all of us at Acumen to reconnect with our users. The conference organizers made sure there were plenty of opportunities to connect over the course of the conference. The crown jewel was Thursday night’s dinner cruise around San Diego Bay. Close to 150 folks enjoyed the spectacular views, tasty food and libations, and a wonderful sense of camaraderie.
All in all the conference was a smashing success. The Acumen team has truly raised the bar. To those of you who attended, many thanks for taking time away from your practices. Your presence and contributions are the reason we have been so successful. With your continued input and support we will keep moving the needle forward. From all of us at Acumen, Thank You.