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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on the Future of Healthcare
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Murray Brozinsky
Murray Brozinsky
Murray Brozinsky is a recognized leader in data-driven healthcare and digital health. Most recently, he has served as a Chief Strategy Officer and leader in business development, corporate development, and sales teams. Murray's strategy to leapfrog the competition by targeting providers and leveraging BPOs has enabled companies to establish top leadership positioning and affords him the opportunity to answer: ~ What are the key trends in health innovation today? ~ Which technologies will have the most impact on healthcare in the future? ~ What will healthcare look like in year 2022? ~ What ways will the patient experience dramatically change in the next five years?

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Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Dr. Carroll is the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and a Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and continues to be a sought after speaker on cost, quality and access -and the proposed healthcare legislation and its implications for our future. His blog: "The Incidental Economist" is one of the most widely read health policy blogs in the world and he is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Huffington Post on health research and policy. His YouTube channel, "Healthcare Triage" received the 2015 National Institute of Health Care Management Digital Media Award.

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Sandy Carter
Sandy Carter
One of Forbe's 2016 Digital Influencers and one of CNN's Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Tech, Sandy Carter has been awarded more than 25 social media awards for her innovative and successful implementation of Social Business techniques. She is an international speaker who has presented in 80+ countries and author of 3 best-selling books. One of the leading pioneers in the digital business revolution, Sandy was a driving force of Innovation at IBM, most recently serving as IBM’s worldwide General Manager of Ecosystem Development. She was named Best Speaker by Baptie & Company receiving the highest speaker rating at the Channel Focus North America/Latin America conference and Best Speaker at the IoT Slam 2016 Conference.

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Bruce Clark, DPH
Bruce Clark, DPH
One of America's foremost visionaries and authorities on the healthcare, business and marketing implications of the "new consumer," Dr. Clark co-founded Age Wave LLC., the leading marketing communication firm specializing in baby boomers and mature consumers. Many of his groundbreaking business initiatives in healthcare have significantly defined this emerging market niche. A nationally acclaimed speaker, he has published extensively and is called on frequently by the national media for his candid observations and strikingly accurate predictions. He has held senior management positions with National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NIH), the National Center for Health Education, the Healthcare Forum and the Healthcare Forum Journal.

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Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., a psychiatrist, author, and professional speaker says that "When we heal in community it actually makes a healthy outcome more likely, because everyone has a stake in the outcome." He is an authority in health and wellness, healing, leadership, authenticity and surviving in rapidly changing times. A master storyteller, he uses his stories to illustrate that the future of healthcare rests in the ability of community to provide for prevention of disease. For the last 25 years he has been a humanitarian clown, joining Patch Adams MD the world’s most recognized humanitarian clown/doctor, spreading clown joy and healing in disaster areas, refugee camps, and institutions all over the world.

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Stanley Hupfeld
Stanley Hupfeld
With almost forty years of award-winning healthcare leadership experience, Stan Hupfeld brings into focus the problems existing in healthcare today and the solution for our future. Historically, health care delivery has tended to be transactional and unidirectional-in other words one doctor-one hospital stay-one insurance bill. In a post reform world all bets are off requiring a different kind of thinking when we begin to take a risk(read premium dollar) for the total care of a patient population. In that environment we must be much shrewder and have a different approach with the other stakeholders understanding why healthcare seems to defy our best thinking about how to change it and what policy alternatives give us the best hope of survival.

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John Patrick
John Patrick
"It's not disease, dollars, or doctors standing in the way of safe and affordable healthcare. The solution includes a new health attitude of patients, providers, payers, and policymakers" John Patrick Vice president of Internet technology at IBM Corporation from 1995 to 2001, John Patrick's unofficial title was Internet visionary and Business 2.0 labeled him one of the industry's most intriguing minds. Forging a leadership role in the healthcare arena with his latest book, Health Attitude: Unraveling and Solving the Complexities of Healthcare affords him the unofficial title: healthcare visionary.

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Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD
Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD
a high performance healthcare executive offering a twenty eight year career of impressive successes as a clinician, academic, leader and innovator/entrepreneur. A medical futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation, he is currently the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, and the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. An international expert in Health Leadership with a global reputation as a healthcare innovation and innovation management specialist, Dr. Pillay is the first President of the International Society of Healthcare Entrepreneurship Education and Research (ISHEER), and a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow in Health Innovation.

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Laura Adams
Laura Adams
Laura Adams is the President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), a center of collaborative innovation that advances health and healthcare transformation. RIQI is the only organization in the nation to win all three of the major HITECH health IT grants which funded CurrentCare (the statewide health information exchange), the RI Regional Extension Center and the RI Beacon Community. Laura served on the ONC's HIT Policy Committee's Governance Panel for the Nationwide Health Information Network. She is a member of the newly-launched HIMSS Center for Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Group and chaired the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Planning Committee for the "Digital Infrastructure for Population Health.

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Stuart Altman
Stuart Altman
Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, is an economist with approximately five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia. He has served on numerous government advisory boards on both the federal and state levels and is recognized as a leader in the health care field. Modern Healthcare, Celebrating 30 Years, listed Stuart Altman among the 30 people who have had the most influence on healthcare over the past 30 years; and, for the past six years, they named him among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.

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Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
Kristin is an individual with a unique career path combining clinical nursing experience with marketing and business development for a variety of healthcare organizations. She is a consultant, author, speaker and trainer who uses an exclusive skill set to help healthcare organizations transform culture and shape the patient experience through leadership development, employee engagement, culture assessments, and mystery shopping.

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Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner
What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California, the residents of Sardinia, Italy and the inhabitants of the islands of Okinawa, Japan have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. Dan Buettner assembled a team of researchers to seek out these "hotspots of human health and vitality," which he calls Blue Zones, and to figure out what they do that helps them live so long. A world-renowned explorer and a writer for National Geographic, he travels the world seeking out new Blue Zones (he's found five, to date) and speaking at seminars and on TV, sharing the habits that lead to long life.

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Daniel Burrus
Daniel Burrus
The New York Times claims Daniel Burrus as one of Americas top three business "gurus" in the highest demand as a speaker. He has established a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of predicting the future of technological change and its direct impact on the business world. Burrus believes wireless telemedicine, point of care transactions, e-enabled disease management, home diagnostics, the virtual hospital, e-enabled customer choice, e-enabled assisted living, e-communities of practice, just-in-time training, and procurement service providers are just a few of the many areas that can be used to accelerate transformation in healthcare.

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Jim Carroll
Jim Carroll
As a leading international futurist, trends and innovation expert, Jim Carroll dedicates his time to helping people and organizations understand how they can aggressively adopt tomorrow - today. By waking people up to the trends that will affect them, Carroll challenges them to cope with a world that continues to witness constant, relentless, dramatic change. He is recognized for his critical thinking and business-oriented view of issues relating to social, consumer and workplace trends, demographic and lifestyle issues, emerging technologies, as well as economic and business trends. He is recognized worldwide for presentations that involve his signature humor, high-level energy, deep insight, and challenging observations, and which are based on extensive research and customization.

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Clayton Christensen
Clayton Christensen
A Harvard Business School professor and advisor to some of the world's biggest companies, Clayton Christensen believes that industry leaders get blindsided by disruptive innovations precisely because they focus too much on their most profitable customers and businesses. Rather than being destroyed by them, Christensen shows companies how to create disruptions, discover and nurture the best ideas and create entirely new markets. Most important, he challenges companies to implement a "well functioning disruptive growth engine." As author of The Innovator's Solution, The Innovator's Dilemma and Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change, Christensen argues that innovation can be a predictable process that delivers sustainable, profitable growth.

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David Cutler
David Cutler
David Cutler, Harvard Professor of health economics and author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, was the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, by Roger Lowenstein titled: The Quality Cure. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and was senior health care advisor to Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

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Zubin Damania, MD
Zubin Damania, MD
Through personal anecdotes extracted from a lifetime of exposure and experience working in the medical field, Zubin inspires healthcare groups, corporations, non-profits, and associations alike. He challenges their teams to examine their own industry's traditions. Under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, Zubin's YouTube videos have gone viral with millions of views, educating patients and providers alike while satirizing the dysfunctions of our healthcare system. He shows audiences how powerful the combination of passion, creativity, and persistence can be. And of course, his talks brim with the same comedic spin that keep the YouTube viewers coming back.. Zubin has been featured in Forbes as well as in the Morgan Spurlock Documentary, "The Downtown Project," about the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas.

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Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD is an infectious, compelling storyteller that all should hear. His true rags-to-riches journey leaves audiences inspired and filled with motivation. Growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, he made the transition from life-threatening quarters to a highly sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author and specially skilled, life-saving physician. Through riveting personal and medical stories, Dr. Sampson Davis provides a never-before-seen look at health care in America, presenting not only the issues but also the complicated lives behind the statistics.

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Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey de Grey
Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation dedicated to combating the aging process.

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Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer, a leading national expert in health care and health policy, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. She also serves as the Senior health policy adviser for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and is past editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal of health policy. She also served as the on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour from 1998 to 2008, and remains an on-air analyst on health policy for the show. A frequent guest on a number of National Public Radio programs, including This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show, she is a graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution.

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Peter Diamandis, MD
Peter Diamandis, MD
Recently named one of "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders" - by Fortune Magazine Peter Diamandis, MD is passionate about solving some of the world's grand challenges. His focus is on driving breakthroughs in products, companies, industries and humanity. A NY Times Best-Selling author, innovator, and founder of The X PRIZE, Diamandis works with Fortune 100 companies, government leaders and captains of industry. Over the past 15 years, his many awards for technology and innovation, include The Economist's "No Boundaries" award for "meta-innovation -- driving innovation in the way people innovate." Called "one of the best speakers ever" by numerous CEO-level audiences, Diamandis' positive message and passion for innovation are inspiring and infectious.

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Ken Dychtwald, PhD
Ken Dychtwald, PhD
Over the past 30 years, Ken Dychtwald has emerged as the nation's foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing and workforce implications of the "age wave." He is a psychologist, gerontologist and author of ten books on aging-related issues, including the bestseller, Age Wave, and his latest, Age Power: How the 21st Century will be Ruled by the New Old. Through his sought-after presentations, breakthrough research, consulting initiatives, and leadership within both the social science and business communities, Dychtwald has dedicated his life to battling against stereotypes while promoting a new and vital image of maturity.

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Joe Flower
Joe Flower
Joe Flower, an internationally recognized healthcare futurist and a world-class presenter, has been writing, speaking, and consulting about creating change for over two decades. In his powerful keynotes and interactive workshops, Flower - - shares his unique grasp of the forces transforming healthcare, such as the aging of the Baby Boom; radically new pharmaceuticals and therapies; digitization and automation; extreme cost pressures; shifts in payment structures; and perhaps greater than any of them, the rising power of the consumer.

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John Goodman
John Goodman
John C. Goodman is president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, research fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the new Independent Institute book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. He is widely known as the "Father of Health Savings Accounts," and Modern Healthcare named him as one of four people who have most influenced the modern health care system.

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Joe Greer, MD
Joe Greer, MD
At the Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony President Barack Obama said, 'It's a life that might be distilled into a question Dr. Greer asks all of us: 'If we don't fight injustice, who will?' In 1994 Joe was named by Time magazine as one of "America's 50 Young American Leaders Under 40" as well as receiving the CBS/Newsweek Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center. He was one of 10 recipients of the Caring Award based on his vision of a clinic to treat the poor and homeless populations of Miami, later chronicled in his book: "Waking up in America: How One Doctor Brings Hope to Those Who Need It Most."

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Regina Herzlinger
Regina Herzlinger
Called America's leading advocate for market-driven, consumer-oriented health reform, Regina Herzlinger is one of the country's most respected health care analysts. Dubbed by Money magazine as the "godmother of consumer-driven healthcare," she is known for her pioneering research, analyses, and predictions in the areas of managed care, consumer-driven healthcare and healthcare focused factories - two terms that she coined. Also the first woman ever to be tenured and chaired at Harvard Business School, she is the university's Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration.

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Glen Hiemstra
Glen Hiemstra
Glen Hiemstra is dedicated to disseminating information about the future to assist healthcare individuals and organizations in effective strategic planning. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades and has served as a technical advisor for futuristic television programs. A writer and blogger as well as a speaker and consultant, Glen is the author of Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future..

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Scott Klososky
Scott Klososky
Technology Expert - Former CEO of three successful startup companies - Founding Partner of FPOV (Future Point of View) - Author of The Velocity Manifesto, Enterprise Social Technology & Managing with Social Technology - Business Consultant to Fortune 500 corporations, universities & non-profits - Client list includes Cisco, IBM, eBay, The Hartford, Marriott, Chick-fil-a

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Daniel Kraft, MD
Daniel Kraft, MD
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator who was voted one of the Fifteen Influencers Shaping Digital Health in 2014. Becker's Hospital Review declares Dr. Kraft as one of the 40 Smartest People in Healthcare. With over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation he takes a deep dive into where emergent fields such as low cost personal genomics, the digitization of health records, crowd sourced data, molecular imaging, wearable devices & mobile health, synthetic biology, systems medicine, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, 3D printing and regenerative medicine are transforming healthcare, and have the potential to enable clinicians, empower patients, and deliver better care and outcomes at lower cost.

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Robert Laszewski
Robert Laszewski
Robert Laszewski is a policy and marketplace expert specializing in assisting clients through the significant health policy and market change in the current health care cost and quality challenge. His client list includes health insurance companies, casualty insurance companies, HMOs, Blue Cross organizations, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, physician groups, providers and payees. Mr. Laszewski has participated extensively in the nation's health care debate, especially on health insurance reform and the impact it will have on existing health insurance programs, the insurance industry, and the evolving role between payers and providers.

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Michael Leavitt
Michael Leavitt
Michael O. Leavitt, founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, former three times Governor of Utah, and cabinet member for George Bush serving as chairman of Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services offers new solutions for solving the health care crisis, advocating fiscal responsibility and higher standards for quality care. Renowned for his strategic reasoning, incisive intellect and profound acuity, Michael Leavitt captivates audiences with his mastery of global health, commerce and policy issues and translates them into powerful, pragmatic perspectives in a compelling, straight-forward style.

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Martin Makary, MD
Martin Makary, MD
Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Dr. Makary delivers a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

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Vikram Mansharamani
Vikram Mansharamani
VIkram Mansharamani first gained widespread attention with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Since then he’s gone on to show business leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to manage risk and navigate uncertainty. Vikram is currently regular contributor to Worth magazine and PBS NewsHour. He has also contributed to Bloomberg, MarketWatch, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Yale Global, The South China Morning Post, The Korea Times, The Khaleej Times, and The Daily Beast, among others. Vikram earned a Ph.D and MS from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an MS in Political Science from MIT, and a BA from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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Ian Morrison, PhD
Ian Morrison, PhD
An internationally known author, consultant, and futurist, Ian Morrison, PhD, specializes in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on healthcare and the changing business environment. The author of Leading Change in Health Care: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow; Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership and the bestseller The Second Curve: Managing the Velocity of Change, Dr. Morrison combines his research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future. He is also a frequent commentator on the future for television, radio and the print media.

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Uwe Reinhardt, PhD
Uwe Reinhardt, PhD
Recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on healthcare economics, Dr. Uwe Reinhardt has taught at Princeton University since 1968, where he is a James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978, Dr. Reinhard is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research and served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee from 1986-1995. A frequent commentator in the media, Dr. Reinhardt offers enlightening and informative commentary on the economics of healthcare today.

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Brian Solis
Brian Solis
A principal digital analyst studying disruptive technology and its impact on business at Altimeter Group, Brian is also an award winning author and his blog is ranked in the top 10 marketing blogs in the AdAge Power 150. His latest book, "What's the Future of Business (WTF)," explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish. Brian is a regular contributor to leading business and industry publications including USAToday, Wired, FastCompany, VentureBeat, Harvard Business Review, among others.

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Gregory Stock, PhD
Gregory Stock, PhD
A visionary game changer, Gary Stock, PhD, addresses such questions as: Who are we? Will we extend the human lifespan? Where are the new therapeutics? Are we the next frontier? Dr. Stock, a leading authority on the broad impacts of genomic and other advanced technologies in the life sciences has created a new paradigm for personal inquiries into values and beliefs, and influenced the major shift occurring in our vision of what it is to be human in the face of the major developments being ushered in by the silicon and biotech revolutions. He has written a range of thoughtful works on the impact and significance of recent advances in technology and the life sciences and has had a series of bestsellers on values and ethics.

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Quint Studer
Quint Studer
Quint Studer, named one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful People" by Modern Healthcare, has gained national recognition (USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Investor's Business Daily) as a change agent and thought leader in health care today because he so aptly links a sustained focus on service, quality, employee and patient satisfaction with growth and bottom-line results. Quint spent nearly 20 years inside health care, beginning in a staff position, later becoming COO of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago and President of the Baptist Hospital Inc. in Pensacola, FL, where the hospital was awarded the Quality Cup by USA Today and Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Chris Trimble
Chris Trimble
The world is ready for a new kind of innovation hero - a leader and change agent who works from within established companies. From his experiences in the US Navy, a decade of rigorous research, and working shoulder to shoulder with corporate leaders, most recently CEO Jeff Immelt at General Electric, Chris Trimble understands the profile of the new innovation hero. His stories will challenge you to set your aspirations higher, and he will give you the new ideas and new tools that you need to win. On the faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and at The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science he is currently immersed in a multi-year effort to apply his work to the specific challenge of innovation in health care delivery.

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Robert Wachter, MD
Robert Wachter, MD
For the past five years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named Robert Wachter, MD one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S. Generally considered the "father" of the hospitalist field, he is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco where he directs the 50-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Wachter is the author of 250 articles and 6 books and he edits the US government's two leading websites on safety (they receive about one million yearly visits). He has written two bestselling books on the subject and received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation's top honor in patient safety.

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Cass Wheeler
Cass Wheeler
Cass Wheeler served as the CEO of the American Heart Association from 1997 until 2008. Under his leadership the association launched numerous award winning public health programs including Go Red For Women and Get With the Guidelines. He serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and on the boards of Legacy and the National Council on Aging and previously served on the boards of the National Health Council, Partnership for Prevention, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Research! America. He is the author of You've Gotta Have Heart: Achieving Purpose Beyond Profit in the Social Sector, dedicated to further increase the effectiveness of the non profit sector.

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Paul Wolpe, PhD
Paul Wolpe, PhD
Considered one of the founders of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience, he also speaks about other emerging technologies, such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and prosthetics. His teaching and publications range across multiple fields of bioethics and sociology, including death and dying, genetics and eugenics, sexuality and gender, mental health and illness, alternative medicine, and bioethics in extreme environments such as space. A dynamic and popular speaker internationally, Dr. Wolpe has been chosen by The Teaching Company as a "Superstar Teacher of America."

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Scott Wordelman
Scott Wordelman
Scott Wordelman, FACHE, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fairview Red Wing Health Services from 1998-2012. He led the creation of one of the nation\'s first rural integrated community health systems. On a state level, he is a former Chair of the Minnesota Hospital Association . Currently Scott is a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association Policy and Advocacy, and Chairman of the MHA\'s Workforce Development Committees. On a national level, he is a member of the American Hospital Association\'s Long Range Policy Committee. Scott is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

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    There is no issue more important to the future of America than it’s long-term fiscal sustainability. And the long-term fiscal sustainability of the United States has been placed in jeopardy primarily by the structure and expense of America’s healthcare system. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly the entirety of the growth in federal spending as a share of the economy—excluding interest—can be explained by government health programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the Medicaid-related Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act. In addition, one of the principal economic challenges faced by middle- and lower-income Americans is the expense and instability of American health insurance.
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     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

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    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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  • Re-Posted from John Patrick’s Blog on Accelerating Cancer Treatment…I remember being at a technology conference in 1999 when teenagers Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning demonstrated a digital music service called Napster. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it made a lot of sense to me. The rock group Metallica sued Napster in 2000 and the momentum of music sharing slowed – temporarily. I never saw the problem as theft. I saw it as an industry unwilling to give up the status quo and give consumers a way to purchase music. It took Steve Jobs, the iPod, and iTunes to ignite major growth in digital music.
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