Glenn Steele

Chairman of xG Health Solutions
Former President and CEO of Geisinger Health System

Leading the transformation to higher-quality healthcare at more reasonable costs.

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Dr. Glenn Steele Jr. is Chairman of xG Heath Solutions, an independently operated venture Geisinger launched to help healthcare organizations create value and improve quality, leveraging Geisinger intellectual property and expertise on issues such as population-health data analytics, care management and health IT. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System (2001-2015), where he led the rural health system to defy dispiriting national trends and become what many consider a model for the future of American healthcare. Geisinger Health System has been continuously heralded as one of the best, most innovative and most forward-thinking systems in the country, a model for high-quality care at below-average costs.

Dr. Steele achieved this by focusing on value and accountability in improving outcomes, and insisting on evidence-based standards. He effectively used technology, including electronic health records and patient engagement systems, to coordinate care, provide near-real-time feedback, and continually assess and improve care. He created a culture of continuous innovation, and experimented with new models of payment and delivery.

Health systems across the nation and around the world now look to Dr. Steele and Geisinger — an organisation that "figured out how to do things right and how to teach other people" — as a resource for understanding how to improve care in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

A physician and researcher, Dr. Steele has authored or co-authored nearly 500 scientific and professional articles on innovations in healthcare delivery and financing, as well as the cell biology of gastrointestinal cancer and pre-cancer.

Before joining Geisinger, Dr. Steele served as the Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, President and CEO of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Steele is past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, served as Chairman of the Board at Premier, Inc., and served on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, among others. He now holds a position at xG Health Solutions, an independently operated venture launched by Geisinger to help other healthcare organisations create value and improve quality. He is Vice Chairman of Health Transformation Alliance (HTA), a group comprising 25 leading U.S. corporations, leading the development of HTA strategies and initiatives that facilitate change in the healthcare industry and improve the ways in which healthcare benefits are purchased for employees.

Named numerous times to Modern Healthcare's lists of the Most Influential People in Healthcare and the Most Influential Physician Executives, among others, Dr. Steele provides unparalleled practitioner’s insight into the future of healthcare.



How to Deliver Value-Based Healthcare the Geisinger Way

Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD and David T. Feinberg, MD

The gold standard in reengineering care delivery

When it comes to providing high-quality care in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible, ProvenCare has proven to be the gold standard in the industry. Developed at Geisinger Health System and praised by healthcare leaders worldwide, this pioneering approach provides an essential blueprint for healthcare executives who want to provide higher levels of care for their patients, greater incentives for practitioners, and smarter solutions at lower costs.

Written by the physician executive who led the development and implementation of ProvenCare and the current CEO of this widely hailed organization, this authoritative guide shows leaders how to reengineer care delivery using innovative strategies, proven processes, and performance-enhancing tools that will create value, improve quality, and reduce costs.

McGraw-Hill Education (8 Sept. 2017)


Dr. Steele tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

The Future of Health Care

Healthcare Transformation

New Models for Healthcare Delivery

New Models for Payment

Moving from Volume to Value. Succeeding in a Value-Based Environment

Health Care Innovation Strategies to Drive Savings and Improve on Quality

A Systematic Approach to Quality and Efficiency

Transforming Health Care to Achieve Greater Accountability.
A Model for ACO Implementation

Transformation through Innovation.
Innovating from the Inside.
How IT can improve healthcare

Using Big Data: How Data Becomes Info, and How Info Becomes Knowledge

Analytics, IT and Behavior Change: Transforming Healthcare, Now and in the Future

Connecting with Patients

Improving Population Health. Population Care

Health Care Reform post ACA: A Continually Changing Landscape

Building an Integrated Delivery System.
The Pursuit of Excellence: Successful Integrated Care

Leadership, including but not limited to change/turn-around, get buy-in/getting others to execute your vision, leading innovation, leading excellence


Reinventing American Health Care

EMPH Graduation Address | Columbia University

NCHL Gail Warden Leadership Award 2014


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