Top of Mind Exchange: Patient Access and Primary Care


Private virtual roundtable convenes executives and experts to discuss revitalization of primary care at health systems

The Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) is hosting a discussion on the importance of primary care in boosting patient access at health systems. With a mission to connect and inspire leaders and innovators who want to advance health care and serve as a resource for information on the future of digital health, the CCM is hosting the roundtable for primary care leaders to partake in a candid discussion on primary care revitalization at health systems.

The discussion takes place during an invitation-only virtual roundtable titled, “Patient Access and Primary Care: Revitalization at Health Systems,” on April 25, 2022.

Featuring 10 executives and experts on primary care, the virtual roundtable includes opening remarks by David Blumenthal, MD, President of The Commonwealth Fund. Following his opening remarks, Dr. Blumenthal will engage the roundtable participants in a collaborative discussion on the following topics:

  • How health systems will relate to new innovative primary care models.
  • What technologies, innovations, and programs are effective in improving patient access to routine care.
  • Steps that can be taken to revitalize primary care in health systems.

Following the roundtable, the CCM will publish a white paper summarizing key insights from the discussion. The white paper will be published on this page as a downloadable PDF.

Roundtable Participants

The following health system executives and experts on primary care are taking part in the Top of Mind Exchange virtual roundtable, “Patient Access and Primary Care: Revitalization at Health Systems.”

  • Naresh Agarwal, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Primary Care, Intermountain
  • David Blumenthal, MD, President, The Commonwealth Fund (opening remarks and facilitator)
  • Ken Cohen, MD, National Senior Medical Director at OptumCare and Executive Director, Clinical Research, UnitedHealth Group R&D
  • Tracey Conti, MD, Chair, Family Medicine, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • David Kim, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Physician Enterprise, Providence
  • Amy Meister, DO, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Insurance Services Division, UPMC
  • Lisa Rotenstein, MD, Associate Medical Director of Population Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • David Russell, Vice President, Strategic Planning, UPMC
  • Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, President, Mayo Clinic Health System


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