SI History, Mission and Vision

Imagining the Future

The not-for-profit Scottsdale Institute was born in 1993 as the brainchild of Stan Nelson, recently retired CEO of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital (now Henry Ford Health). Stan and fellow Minnesotan Don Wegmiller, who served as CEO at Allina Health, founded SI as an executive organization of leading health systems to share best practices in information technology (IT).

Stan was a visionary: He anticipated the development of hospitals into integrated health systems and strategic community collaborators, especially with regard to physicians, and that vision convinced him that senior healthcare executives needed to embrace IT sooner rather than later. While not technically savvy himself—he joked that he and Don didn’t know how to spell “IT”—Stan’s advice was simple: Find the right people and it will all work out. And it has. Decades later, Scottsdale Institute continues to reflect Stan and Don’s collegial nature and innovative thinking in its mission to convene top executives as they envision and prepare for healthcare advancements and the role IT will play in them.

Sharing a Common Vision and Cause

SI aims to advance healthcare’s digital transformation within an equitable, consumer-centered, community health framework via collaboration, education and networking. Comprising over 60 not-for-profit health systems and academic medical centers, Members connect through intentionally small, authentic and informal forums with a common objective: Leveraging technology to improve delivery while tackling tough healthcare topics with grace and expertise, thereby strengthening IT-enabled performance, sharing best practices and cultivating deep relationships. For today’s timely issues, SI brings the right audiences together to address healthcare challenges both urgent (e.g., COVID-19) and long-term.


SI’s three pillars are Collaboration, Education and Networking…so all of our resources offer Members myriad ways to connect, learn and grow.

Teleconferences and Webinars

SI offers about 100 content-rich Webinars and Fireside Chats yearly that are accessible to Member and Sponsor associates, including non-employed staff physicians. Delivered by industry thought leaders, top executives and IT innovators, SI Webinars and Fireside Chats last year provided a convenient and cost-effective learning environment to 15,000 member associates. Presentations and audio/video files are only available to Members.

Conferences and Summits

Our Annual Conference fosters face-to-face interaction among executive peers and other industry leaders. Rated highly and backed by repeat attendance, SI conferences aim for an informal educational experience and open dialogue for collaboration and networking. Summits are small work groups targeted to specific audiences or to address leading issues. Conference presentations and audio files are available only to Members while Conference SummariesSummit Reports and Roundtable Reports are accessible via SI login.


SI produces reports, industry thought leader interviews, and topical reporting and analysis relevant to our mission of supporting healthcare transformation through information technology. Our Summit White Papers and Roundtable Reports reflect the output of small group working sessions and are available to those with SI logins.  Our Industry Inside Edge consists of focused conversations with a handful of industry leaders and concluding analysis and the CEO Viewpoint profiles industry thought leaders. The most recent twelve months of the Inside Edge and the Viewpoint are Member-only access.

IT Benchmarking

SI IT Benchmarking is a unique national program for Member and non-Member organizations to create normalized comparisons of IT costs, structure and operations with self-selected cohorts. The Database is designed for one-on-one comparisons — not industry-wide averages — and participation is easy and free of charge. IT Benchmarking is available to everyone.

Andrew Rosenberg of Michigan Medicine
Andrew Rosenberg, MD
Chief Information Officer , Michigan Medicine
"SI and its many educational opportunities is the single best professional development organization I can think of for the broad IT, health care and policy related digital and information services that we face in academic health centers."

SI Faculty

Past and current Webinar, Affinity Group Dialogue Hosts, Affinity Group Summit Participants, those featured in Publications, and Conference Speakers.