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Health organization sets initial meeting

A doctor from Utah who led a team that was "bending the cost curve" in health care will be the guest speaker on Saturday at the kickoff meeting for a regional chapter of an international organization.

A doctor from Utah who led a team that was "bending the cost curve" in health care will be the guest speaker on Saturday at the kickoff meeting for a regional chapter of an international organization.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's chapter here seeks to bring health care professionals from northern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin together to learn best practices from each other and from national experts, and to serve students from a variety of institutions and programs, according to a news release from the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The local chapter is led by Jill Klingner, professor of health care management at UMD.

Guest speaker at Saturday's meeting will be Dr. Yoshimi Anzai, associate chief medical quality officer from the University of Utah Health Care System. Anzai and her team developed new methods to track costs during a patient's care, decreasing expenses and eliminating inefficiencies, according to the news release. Their work has been recognized by several leading organizations, including the Mayo Clinic.

Anzai will speak at 4:30 p.m. at UMD's Weber Hall following a networking reception at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Continuing education credits will be available.

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Membership in the chapter is free. Learn more by contacting umdihi@gmail.com or visiting ihiDuluth.com. To register for Saturday's meeting, go to the website and click on "Events."

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