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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on Innovation
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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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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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Brad Ludden
Brad Ludden
A world-class kayaker who also happens to be a world class human being and one of 2016 CNN's "Top 10 Heroes!" By 18, Brad was living his dream. He was Nike's first sponsored whitewater kayaker, on the cover of Outside Magazine and traveling the globe in search of first descents - successfully paddling a river that no one has ever paddled before. But despite those successes, something was missing. At a young age Brad watched his Aunt battle cancer and realized how little support there was for her. Thirteen years later he founded First Descents - an organization that empowers people fighting and surviving cancer by providing free outdoor adventures helping more than 3,000 young adults live beyond their disease and pursue a journey not previously forged.

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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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Michael Abrashoff
Michael Abrashoff
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, the ship’s performance ranked at rock-bottom. Worse - the crew didn’t feel safe should they be called into action. Determined to improve performance, but without the power to hire, fire or promote personnel, Abrashoff focused on what he could change: the ship’s culture. His innovative approach broke from the traditional command-and-control leadership style and sought to see the ship from the eyes of his crew - creating a guiding set of principles he calls Grassroots Leadership. His results-oriented approach equips organizations with the strategies, tactics and tools necessary to unleash innovation, lead significant change and increase operational performance. Publications from Fast Company to The Harvard Business Review have heralded this remarkable story.

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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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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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Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
A humorist, internationally recognized expert in therapeutic humor, and former nurse, Karyn Buxman began her career in speaking when she realized it didn't require white support pantyhose, didn't involve body fluids, and didn't have to be done in 12-hour shifts. President of HUMORx and an active member of both the Applied Sciences for Therapeutic Humor and International Society of Humor Studies, Buxman shows people how to use humor for brain health, stress management, manage conflict with humor, increase creativity through laughter and play and in dealing with disease management. Her mission: To improve global health, prevent diseases like diabetes, heart and stroke, cancer and age related illnesses to heal the humor-impaired!

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Joe Calloway
Joe Calloway
For over thirty years, Joe Calloway has been helping business leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs make great companies even better. He helps organizations focus on what is truly important, inspires improvement, and motivates people to take action to grow their businesses and "Become A Category Of One." Joe's client list ranges from companies like Proctor & Gamble and Coca Cola to Cadillac and American Express. Joe also works extensively with small to mid-sized businesses, franchisees, and a range of professional services organizations.

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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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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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Jeff DeGraff, PhD
Jeff DeGraff, PhD
Jeff DeGraff is a world-renowned professor, speaker and innovation guru. Referred to as the "Dean of Innovation," His advice is highly sought on how to pick, manage and harvest winning ideas in organizations. Jeff's expertise has been shared globally at top innovation incubators and think tanks.

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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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Mitchell Ditkoff
Mitchell Ditkoff
Mitch is the President and Co-Founder of Idea Champions. He is a former adjunct faculty member at GE's Crotonville Management Center and Duke Corporate GE. His new bestselling book in 2016 is Storytelling at Work: How Moments of Truth Reveal the Real Business of Life. Mitch is considered one of the world's best speakers on fostering a culture of innovation.

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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 Foley
John Foley
John is the former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business, a gratitude guru and an expert in the how of High Performance teams. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams and individuals to reach for their highest potential while empowering organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change.

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Jackie Freiberg, PhD
Jackie Freiberg, PhD
One of the best female business speakers available in today's market place, Jackie Freiberg, PhD, is a connoisseur of companies that blow the doors off business-as-usual. She is the co- author of the compelling book, GUTS!: Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, and the award-winning national bestseller, NUTS!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. As a professional speaker, Freiberg is in high demand to deliver practical business strategies that prove to increase productivity, retention, service, loyalty and profitability. She is passionate about equipping leaders at all levels with hope, ideas, and practical tools to kick-start and re-inspire their journey toward becoming employers of choice!

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Kevin Freiberg, PhD
Kevin Freiberg, PhD
Kevin Freiberg, PhD, is recognized in the business arena as a thought leader and authority on gutsy leaders and companies. His book, GUTS! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, the exciting sequel to their hugely successful book, NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. One of the most influential voices on the speaking circuit today, Freiberg is widely acknowledged for his expertise in helping clients build strong, purposeful cultures that attract top talent and loyal customers; developing gutsy leaders who excel at hiring, retaining and unleashing world-class talent; re-recruiting people and re-inspire the passion for increased performance and productivity; and increasing customer loyalty by building customer-centric organizations.

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Daniel Friedland, MD
Daniel Friedland, MD
Daniel Friedland, MD, is an internationally recognized thought leader and a passionate and dynamic keynote speaker, educator, coach and consultant on Evidence-Based Medicine, Health, Wellness and Productivity. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and is the author of Evidence-Based Medicine: A Framework for Clinical Practice, one of the first textbooks on this topic.

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Juliet Funt
Juliet Funt
"When a company adds WhiteSpace to its culture every single employee benefits. You can almost hear an audible sigh of relief as a path is cleared back to strategic thinking and focus." - Juliet Funt As the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, Juliet helps organizations, their leaders and employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. A nationally recognized expert in coping with the "Age of Overload," her thought-provoking content and actionable tools deliver a force for change in organizations around the world. Juliet helps them find their WhiteSpace, recharge their people and reclaim their passion for work!

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Phil Hansen
Phil Hansen
Referred to by his fans as "the Artist for the People", Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator -- at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. He defies conventional thinking by approaching limitations as opportunities and his inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage with over 2,000,000 million viewers, and then shared around the world including on PBS, BBC and CCTV. The complexities of running a business today are like creating a work of art: a continuous process of discovery, risk - taking, and adaptation. Phil's approach to achieving artistic success is not only a natural fit for business but also a necessity for how to adapt to the accelerating pace of change.

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Kevin Harrington
Kevin Harrington
Inventor of the Infomercial, Original Shark on Shark Tank and As Seen on TV Pioneer, Kevin Harrington is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. As a real estate and business broker, Kevin sold thousands of businesses and then offered one-stop services from accounting to insurance to advertising to finance and more. Master storyteller and brand builder, Kevin shows you how to go from "being great at what you do" to becoming a key person of influence in your industry.

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Paula Johnson, MD, MPH
Paula Johnson, MD, MPH
Wellesley President Paula Johnson, MD is a respected and passionate leader, deeply committed to women and to sustainably improving their lives. She is recognized internationally as an innovator who has brought her broad range of experience as a researcher, educator, and expert in health care, public health, and health policy to bear in the effort to advance the well-being of women. Her vision for achieving sustainable improvement in women’s health is reflected in the Connors Center’s unique approach to all aspects of health throughout the lifespan. This model encompasses discovering how disease is expressed differently in women and men; integrating leading-edge research about women’s health into the delivery of care; influencing health policy; addressing the health of women globally; and developing the next generation of leaders in the field of women’s health through innovative interdisciplinary education and working successfully across complex systems.

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Michio Kaku
Michio Kaku
Michio Kaku, PhD first became attracted to science as a young child where he famously built an atom smasher in his parents' garage. He holds degrees from Harvard University and UC at Berkeley, where he worked at the Berkeley Radiation Lab. He is the author of several international best-sellers. Besides The Future of the Mind, his other New York Times best-sellers include: Physics of the Future, and Physics of the Impossible. Kaku has appeared on international radio and TV including Larry King, David Letterman, Colbert Report, Nightline, 60 Minutes, CNN-Financial, BBC-TV, PBS’s Nova and Innovation, and numerous science documentaries including PBS’s Steven Hawking’s Universe, Science Odyssey, and Einstein Revealed.

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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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Thomas Kolditz
Thomas Kolditz
Tom Kolditz is the founding Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. He designed and directed the core Leader Development Program at the Yale School of Management, served as the chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, and was the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center.

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Professor John Kotter
Professor John Kotter
John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter's vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. John Kotter's articles in The Harvard Business Review over the past twenty years have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during the same time period.

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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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Polly LaBarre
Polly LaBarre
Polly LaBarre is a bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur who has worked for nearly 20 years to embolden and equip leaders in every realm of endeavor to make their organizations more resilient, innovative, inspiring, and accountable. She is an inspiring and provocative voice on the big ideas and important questions that will shape the future of organizations, work, and success. She was a member of the original team of Fast Company magazine, where she was senior editor for the better part of a decade. More recently, Polly has been a business and innovation correspondent for CNN where she produced regular segments on big ideas and best practices from the world of business and beyond.

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Tan Le
Tan Le
Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after keynote speaker. As Founder & CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences, a bio-informatics company focused on identifying biomarkers in the brain for mental and other neurological conditions.

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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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Josh Linkner
Josh Linkner
Josh Linkner delivers inspiring and actionable keynotes to drive meaningful outcomes worldwide. He is the perfect balance between energizing and practical; entertaining and result-focused; fun and impactful. As an innovation keynote speaker, New York Times Bestselling author, successful four-time entrepreneur, venture capitalist, national columnist and well-respected jazz musician, Josh blends deep, real-world experience with a magnetic stage presence to help people and organizations thrive. Every talk is customized to drive the biggest possible impact, combining engaging stories, gorgeous visuals, and practical techniques that push audiences to jumpstart their creative energy and solve challenges in fresh, innovative ways.

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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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Joseph Michelli, PhD
Joseph Michelli, PhD
An internationally sought-after speaker, author, and organizational consultant, Dr. Michelli is an expert in customer loyalty, client experience design, employee engagement and leadership. He is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Nielson Bookscan and New York Times #1 bestselling author. In his book Prescription for Excellence: Leadership Lessons for Creating a World-Class Customer Experience from UCLA Health System he delivers compelling, uncommon leadership practices that transformed UCLA Health System and the resulting lessons powerful for today's business leader. Global Gurus selected Michelli #8 among Top Customer Service Professionals for 2016.

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Alan Parisse
Alan Parisse
Alan Parisse has helped healthcare executives, medical professionals, and pharmaceutical sales teams with substantive messages that allow them to recognize, adapt, and thrive in an ever-evolving industry. His knowledge of the healthcare universe comes from an insider's perspective. As a doctor's "wife," Parisse lived through the frustration and satisfaction of medical school and residency. But more importantly, over a decade of daily bicycle rides with one of the world's foremost leaders in medical education has yielded a depth of understanding not usually afforded to outsiders. Recognized by Successful Meetings magazine as "One of the Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century," Parisse is the author of This Is Your Time and Taking Charge: Lessons in Leadership.

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Marc Randolph
Marc Randolph
Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor perhaps best known as the co-founder of Netflix. His message is a blend of inspiration (overcoming adversity / anyone can do it / etc.), stories drawn from the starting and growing of Netflix, plus dozens of concrete suggestions taken from his 4 decades as an entrepreneur on how people can bring innovation back to THEIR companies.

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Freddie Ravel
Freddie Ravel
Internationally acclaimed "Keynote Maestro" Freedie blends his infectious passions for business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world. Backed by #1 hits and collaborative successes with Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Prince, Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops and rock legend Carlos Santana, the #1 chart-topping pianist is the founder of The Rhythm of Success. His program enhances leadership, innovation and collaboration for small, midsized and large corporations alike. Freddie's media appearances include FOX, ABC, CBS, Universal, Business Rockstars, Clear Channel and SiriusXM. His delighted clients refer to him as "the ideal balance of entertainment and content."

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Mike Rayburn
Mike Rayburn
When organizations need innovation and peak performance, where do they go? Usually it's to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists! Yet for artists, creativity, innovation and peak performance are their life blood! Being a mega-successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak "virtuoso" levels... and thus transform their success and significance. Featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, Gig, American Entertainment, and Successful Meetings magazines, Mike has presented for hundreds of the worlds leading corporations and associations.

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Robert Safian
Robert Safian
Robert Safian, editor-in-chief of Fast Company has chronicled thousands of odds-defying organizations and leaders, gaining inside access to their secrets of success. Sharing firsthand experiences with the likes of Apple, Starbucks, and UnderArmour, Robert delivers insights on how they thrive by embracing the power of innovative ideas and creative execution. Prior to joining Fast Company he was executive editor of Fortune, Time, and managing editor of Money magazines. Robert was named "Editor of the Year" by Adweek and "Innovator of the Year" by B-2-B Media. He has been the featured speaker at events ranging from SxSW Interactive to the Cisco Systems CIO Summit, the United Nation’s Global Accelerators Council to the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival.

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Daniel Sieberg
Daniel Sieberg
From pedometers to smartphone apps to glucose-sensing contact lenses, what's next for people to personally monitor their own well-being? How can we give people access to their own medical data and make informed decisions? Daniel Sieberg is the head of media outreach and official spokesperson at Google. Since joining the company in late 2011, Sieberg leads a team that supports journalists around the world as they use Google's tools for newsgathering including Google Maps and Google Earth, Fusion Tables, Google+, Search, Trends, YouTube and more. In his book "The Digital Diet," Daniel delivers a four-step plan to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life.

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Jay Silver
Jay Silver
The Founder and CEO of JoyLabz, Dr. Silver has invented many creative platforms such as Drawdio (Time's Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses) and Makey Makey. He holds a master's and PhD from MIT Media Lab and is a popular TED Talk speaker. As a featured keynote speaker on innovation, creativity and technology, Jay has received rave reviews for his entertaining and inspiring presentations from audiences at TED, PopTech, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, IDEO, Microsoft, Google and many other global events.

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Peter Sims
Peter Sims
Peter Sims is an entrepreneur and award-winning author. His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, selected as a one of the six best advice books for entrepreneurs by the Wall Street Journal and as one of the best business books of the year by The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and AmEx OPEN and he was the coauthor with Bill George of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, which was a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-seller.

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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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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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Gary Swart
Gary Swart
Gary Swart is a veteran Silicon Valley executive and venture capital investor. He is credited with building the world's largest online marketplace oDesk, which grew to more than eight million freelancers and one million clients under his leadership. He guided the company through periods of great change and growth.

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    Distress signals are starting to sound in two of the country’s major sectors, retail and healthcare. Last week, the discount shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced it will close 400 brick-and-mortar stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The announcement comes on the heels of a seemingly unending parade of bad news from traditional retailers in recent months. So far this year, Walmart, Macy’s, J.C. Penney among others, have all announced significant store closures. Ralph Lauren is shuttering its flagship Polo store, a foot-traffic magnet on tony Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the latest step in a massive cost-cutting effort.
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  • magnifying-glass-1001506_640The payment landscape is shifting dramatically in the US health care industry and this has serious implications for the survival of providers. With the volume-to-value transformation, traditional fee-for-service payments are being replaced with a financial incentive framework that rewards for improved quality and outcomes. Although this impacts only Medicare payments today, it lays the groundwork and provides strong incentives for other payers to move in the same direction, thus potentially disrupting the health care system at all levels.

    Ultimately, value-based payments transform traditional business models by putting significant revenue– and risk– at stake. Building the outcomes-based financial models to maximize value-based care (VBC) reimbursement pathways will be fundamental to sustainable growth in the future.
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  • health-2082630_1280We are living through what is arguably the most challenging time for the health care industry. Globally, health care appears to be on a collision course with patient needs and economic reality. No one is happy with the current system, and the combination of rising costs, poor access, inequitable care, and diminishing quality and safety has created anxiety and frustration for all. Decades of interventions have failed to improve the situation; if anything, things have become worse. Current approaches tend to focus on a single issue or problem (the price of drugs, rising numbers without medical insurance, provider incentives to over treat), but an overarching solution has remained elusive.
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  • US Medical care illustrated by flag and stethoscope

    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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  • American Health Care Act

    After a seven year wait to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the GOP’s much-anticipated replacement collectively called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was unveiled this week. Amidst a revolt from the left and right, doctors, hospitals and insurers, the plan cleared its first hurdle at 4.30 am on Thursday- approval by the House Ways and Means Committee and The House Energy and Commerce Committee after 18 and 27 of hours of debate respectively. It now has to be approved by a full House and the Senate…the former likely (although not guaranteed) and the latter impossible without bipartisan support.
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  • fixing the drug pricing problem

    The one thing that all Americans agree on – politicians included- is that prescription drug prices are on an unsustainable trajectory. Americans pay, by far, the highest prices for prescription drugs in the entire world. On average, Americans pay $1,100 per year for their drugs — $300 more than Germans or Canadians do. In addition, total US drug spending has more than doubled in the past 15 years, from $121.2 billion in 2000 up to nearly $374 billion in 2014, squeezing both payers and insurers alike……all of this while the largest pharmaceutical companies are cumulatively earning $80-$90 billion per year in profits at higher margins than other industries.
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  • The 2016 election is over, and a top priority for the new administration and Congress is healthcare. The candidates discussed little substance about healthcare during the campaigns, despite the fact it is approaching 20% of our economy and touches every American. You could say the problems in healthcare have been caused by action by one party and inaction by another party. You could say Republicans want this and Democrats want that, but I don’t think labeling should be the focus. The problem is Congress (both parties) are tied to special interest groups. Insurers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the plaintiff’s bar, along with Congress created our unaffordable healthcare system.
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