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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With over 30 years' experience, Joe Flower has emerged as the premier observer and thought leader on the deep forces changing healthcare in the United States and around the world. He has explored the future of healthcare with clients ranging from the World Health Organization, the Global Business Network, and the U.K. National Health Service, to the majority of state hospital associations in the U.S. as well as many of the provincial associations and ministries in Canada, and an extraordinary variety of other players across healthcare - professional associations, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, health plans, physician groups, and numerous hospitals. He has worked on change and the future with the U.S. Department of Defense, Airbus and ArianeSpace, and a number of governments in China.

Flower is the author of hundreds of articles. For over 20 years he was a contributing editor and regular columnist at the Healthcare Forum Journal. When the Healthcare Forum became the Health Forum of the American Hospital Association, he went on to a regular column in Hospitals and Health Networks Online. For 12 years he has written a regular column for Physician Executive, the Journal of the American College of Physician Executives. He is the author, as well, of a number of seminal articles of the Healthy Cities/Healthy Communities movement.

Flower was a contributing writer for Wired Magazine in its explosive early years, and a columnist for the pioneering health websites and

His deep research into the nature of change in organizations and people led to interviews with the top thinkers on organizational change, from Peter Drucker to Peter Senge and Ari de Geus. He went deeper, into the study of chaos theory, Eastern thought, and martial arts, eventually earning a black belt in Ueshiba Aikido.

Flower was a founding member of the International Health Futures Network and the principal author of the landmark forecast, "Technological Advances and the Next 50 Years of Cardiology," Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

    "Flower's discussion of potential changes in the healthcare arena is thought-provoking as well as eye-opening, and should easily inspire leaders of an executive level."

    - Stanford Medical Center

    "What I can't get out of my mind is the impact these changes to health care are going to have to other aspects of our lives.... Your presentation contained a lot of good information at one time."

    - Mission St. Joseph's

    "His research and subject knowledge are without challenge. He's done his homework and the audience, even doctors, know it."

    - Banner Healthcare

    "On a scale of 1 to 5, 24 of our 26 participants gave him a 5. The other two gave him a 10."

    - Peninsula Regional Medical Center