2018 Orchard User Group & Symposium

Orchard is pleased to announce the dates and location for our next User Group & Symposium. The 2018 event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 20th & 21st. We have a block of hotel rooms available at $169.00 single/double plus tax. The deadline for this special rate is 5/14/2018*. There is no charge to attend the event, and breakfast and lunch are included; however, attendees are responsible for the cost of travel, lodging, and additional meals. Official registration for the 2018 Orchard User Group & Symposium is now open! Please see below for more details.

Orchard’s User Group & Symposium is designed for current users and prospective users alike, providing each with an opportunity to gain more in-depth information about the healthcare industry as it relates to the laboratory, Orchard Software, and Orchard’s various lab information system products. The symposium offers a valuable opportunity to discern the pulse of the laboratory market, to meet Orchard employees, and to network with other Orchard Software users.

Empowering Information & P.A.C.E.® Credits Available

Orchard’s User Group & Symposium is a two-day conference. You can attend day one, day two, or both.

  • Day One offers informative, educational opportunities that explore effective strategies and initiatives laboratories can incorporate to showcase their value and thrive in a value-based healthcare model.
  • Day Two provides opportunities for attendees to learn how to maximize the use of Orchard’s products and develop new ways to demonstrate the direct influence laboratories have on positive patient outcomes and cost efficiency.

Many sessions will include P.A.C.E.® credits toward continuing education requirements. As an example, watch the video from the 2016 presentation How to Position Your Lab in the New Healthcare Reality by Robert Michel, Editor-in-Chief of The DARK Report and President of The Dark Intelligence Group, or Marshfield Clinic Analytics Projects by Dr. Thomas Novicki, PhD, DABMM, Marshfield Clinic.

Orchard Software is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program.

Hotel Information

For lodging, Orchard has negotiated a special group discount rate for the event of $169 for single/double plus tax (based on availability).

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
1 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: (317) 632-1234
Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Website

For hotel reservations, please visit the 2018 Orchard User Group & Symposium hotel website.

If you prefer to make reservations via phone, please call (317) 632-1234. Be sure to let the hotel know you are attending the Orchard Software User Group & Symposium to obtain the negotiated rate of $169.00*.

*Special negotiated rates are honored through 5/14/2018 and are subject to availability. We encourage you to reserve rooms sooner rather than later since reservations may be canceled 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty.

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2018 Schedule of Events

Day 1

Time Topic/Title Speaker(s)
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:15 AM – 8:30 AM Welcome to Orchard’s User Group & Symposium Rob Bush, CEO;

Curt Johnson, COO

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Laboratory Industry Update Robert Michel, Editor-in-Chief, The DARK Report
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Healthcare Analytics & Process Improvement (HAPI): New Opportunities for Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Brad Brimhall, MD, MPH

University of Texas Health Science Center

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Why the Lab Must Manage POCT & How to Have Your Voice Heard Kim Futrell, MT(ASCP), MSHI

Jock Murray, President Jock Murray Group

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Laboratory Stewardship Michael Astion, MD, PhD;

Seattle Children’s Hospital

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Labs Look to the Future—Reimbursement Conundrums Matt Modleski, former COO, American Health Network
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM The Attitude Talk Sam Glenn, The Attitude Guy©
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Cocktail Reception


Day 2

Time Topic/Title Speaker(s)
7:00 AM- 7:30 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM News at Orchard Rob Bush, CEO;

Curt Johnson, COO

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM Decentralized Laboratory Testing: The New World Order Nancy Stoker, Greg Lyons
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Break
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM POCT Panel Discussion Patti Hines (University Hospitals)

Judy Thompson (Washington Hospital)

Tim Townsend (Brookwood Baptist Health)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Orchard Trellis Demonstration Gwenn Brode
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Breakout 1:
What’s New in Orchard Copia?

What’s New in Orchard Harvest?

What’s New in Orchard Pathology?

Breakout 1:
Gwenn Brode, Ed Roberts

Greg Lyons

Beth Eder, Leigh Boje

1:30 PM- 1:45 PM Transition/Break
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Breakout 2:
Copia Super User Tasks

Harvest Super User Tasks

Pathology Ask the Experts

Breakout 2:
Chris Lamb

Nicole Carter, Clair Smith

Leigh Boje, Beth Eder

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Transition/Break
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Breakout 3:
Harvest & Copia System Performance

Using Harvest’s Rules & Data Mining Tools

Harvest Ask the Experts


Breakout 3:
Ryan Howard

Kim Futrell, Yuri Dozier

Greg Lyons, Leigh Boje, Karen Abara, John Miller