2019 AGENDA


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

2:00 PM
OPENING MAINSTAGE SESSIONS

UNDERSTANDING HEALTH’S BOTTOM LINE—AND IMPROVING IT
It’s relatively easy to determine whether a company is profitable or not. They pull in more revenue than they spend. But finding the bottom line for human health is far more challenging. What makes us healthy? How do we know when we are healthy? What are the line items that we should be examining and improving if necessary? This isn’t just a personal puzzle to solve, but one for the entire business community to understand. We talk a lot about the business of health, but it may be the only business where we have little clue about what the bottom line is.

A BOLDER METRIC: EXTENDING HEALTHY LIVING
For the first time in history, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. Advances in technology and research are helping humans live longer, but does living a long life mean we’ve led a healthy one? Kaiser Permanente’s CEO Bernard J. Tyson explores a new metric for healthy living. He shares the big bets the company is making to improve health outcomes and lower the cost of care for its 12 million members.

BIG DATA ONE: IS BIG DATA THE CURE, PLACEBO… OR PLAGUE?
New technologies—from A.I. to robotics—are generating enormous amounts of data when it comes to our health. This tsunami of data is helping us make big strides in early intervention, personalized treatment, and medical research. But at what cost? How can we keep our sensitive medical data out of the wrong hands? And what will the future of health care look like as we increasingly rely on big data to diagnose, treat, and predict future medical issues? A look at the duality of data and how it can both help and hinder the health care ecosystem.

BIG DATA TWO: EMPOWERING MACHINES
A look at how artificial intelligence and robotics are disrupting health care today. As machines become smarter, how are hospitals, operating rooms, and doctors’ offices transforming? How will advances in A.I. and robotics improve our overall health, prevent illness before it starts, and get us on track to live healthier lives? A conversation about A.I., the game changer, and what its advances mean for health care’s bottom line.

LEARNING HOW STRESS CAN BE YOUR FRIEND
Nearly 80% of Americans say they’re stressed out, while close to half of us say our anxiety levels are up from a year ago. And, in many corners, we’re now stressed about stressing out and anxious about our anxiety. The good news? Stress and anxiety can be your friends. Leading psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour and author of Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls shares the upside of these mental states, how you can’t thrive without them, and why both stress and anxiety are necessary for human growth and development.

CORPORATE MAKEOVERS: REIMAGINING EMPLOYEE HEALTH
As the cost of health care continues to rise, some of the nation’s biggest employers are taking charge and becoming important agents of change. From new health care ventures to updated insurance contracts and technology-driven care, companies are finding novel ways to cover workers and keep health care costs at bay. An exploration of how companies are leading the charge—especially thanks to improvements in data, analytics, and changes in mindset—to reduce health care costs and improve outcomes.

TECHNOLOGY TAKING ON MENTAL HEALTH
One in five Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year, according to the CDC. The stigma surrounding mental health makes it one of the most difficult issues to treat in medicine today. Enter the Fisher Wallace Stimulator. This FDA-approved, patient-directed technology, when used for 20 minutes once or twice a day, has been proven to treat depression, anxiety, and insomnia without medication. A look at how technology can tackle some of the biggest mental health issues we face today.

BETTING ON THE NEW BUSINESS MODELS
With new entrants such as Amazon and Walmart taking bold steps in the health care sector, and major acquisitions by Cigna and CVS, business models and the entire health care landscape are undergoing seismic shifts. What does the uptick of health care M&A mean for consumers and where should investors place their bets in an industry that’s evolving at breakneck speed?

DRONES THAT SAVE LIVES
Since its launch in 2016, Zipline drones have logged more than 300,000 miles, delivering thousands of units of blood and saving countless lives. But this technology is not just for developing countries. Zipline could also transform remote areas of the United States, where the maternal mortality rate is at its highest in the developed world. A demo about how drones can save lives in remote areas, not only abroad but right here at home.

A GLOBAL APPROACH: CURING THE INCURABLE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND TEAMWORK
How technology and innovation can address some of the world’s most challenging problems, especially when for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations, and government work in concert with deliberate speed. A conversation about how collaboration and ingenuity can tackle global health care challenges—from developing lifesaving vaccines to using data from cell phones and satellites to stop the spread of deadly diseases.

6:00 PM
RECEPTION
7:00 PM
DINNER AND FEATURED INTERVIEW
9:00 PM
ADJOURN

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:30 AM
CONCURRENT BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLES

SMARTEST HEALTH CARE INVESTMENTS FOR TODAY… AND TOMORROW
2018 was a super-charged, headline-driven year for health care investors, with a frenzy of activity in mergers and acquisitions, biotech IPOs, and venture funding. How is the health care landscape changing, and where’s the best place for investors to place their bets? A discussion about the smartest place to put your money in a sector undergoing major disruption.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED

9:00 AM
MORNING MAINSTAGE SESSIONS

WHY WE HAVE TO MEASURE HEALTH
Measuring what matters. A look at how we can best utilize precision across the board in health care. With hear from leaders in the fields of genomics to lifestyle and behavior to payers and explore how the right data can move the needle, improve outcomes, and lower costs.

GOING UPSTREAM: CHANGING BEHAVIOR FOR HEALTHIER LIVES
Treating diseases as they arise is one thing, but preventing health issues by simply changing one’s behavior is another. From the mattresses we sleep on to our nightly oral care ritual, upstream strategies are focused on being proactive rather than reactive, modifying our behaviors in order to improve our health. How are companies using data to help us move upstream? Hear from some of the leaders revolutionizing health care by creating opportunities for us to live healthier lives through “effortless” behavioral changes.

THE PROMISE AND THE PERIL OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS
EHRs were meant to usher in an era of safer, seamless, higher-quality, and more cost-effective care. But instead, physicians (already experiencing epidemic levels of burnout) complain about clumsy, unintuitive systems and the number of hours spent clicking, typing, and trying to navigate them. Critics say the computerization of workflows has stifled human communication in health care settings. Plus, EHRs still don’t really talk to each other. All the while, patients struggle to access their complete medical record. Can we train or innovate our way out of this mess, or does the U.S. health care system have to fix itself first?

FERTILE GROUND: REINVENTING WOMEN’S HEALTH
According to current CDC data, 12% of reproductive-age women in the U.S. have fertility problems. And, with American women having fewer babies and at older ages than at any time in the past 30 years, new approaches to fertility need to be addressed. An upstream look at how tech companies are taking on women’s reproductive health. We’ll be joined by leading voices from medicine and startups working together toward a more fertile future.

1:00 PM
CONCURRENT LUNCH SESSIONS

THE FOUNDERS LUNCH
A gathering of founders who have created promising new health care and technology companies. What are some of the biggest roadblocks they’ve overcome on the road to success? How can entrepreneurs find funding, understand the marketplace, and foster innovation within their companies? A roundtable discussion on how to turn an idea into a successful business model.

ADDITIONAL LUNCH SESSIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED

2:30 PM
AFTERNOON MAINSTAGE SESSIONS

STARTUPS ON THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION? YOU BE THE JUDGE
Imagine a world where all your critical health data is safe from cyberattacks and affordable pharmaceuticals are available at the swipe of your finger. From patient billing to inventory management and faster drug discovery, hear from some of the world’s hottest startups about how they are transforming the future of health care.

BETTING ON THE NEW TECH
The health care sector is ground zero for some of the biggest advances in tech today. Everything from blockchain to artificial intelligence and cloud computing has a place in the health care ecosystem. A conversation about where the smart money is and how investors should bet on the newest tech in the health care space.

CRISPR: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE ETHICS OF GENE EDITING
Gene editing has the potential to eliminate genetic diseases, make crops more nutritious, and target viruses like HIV, but at what cost? In 2018, a Chinese scientist sparked international outrage after claiming he used CRISPR to make the first-ever gene-edited babies. It’s a tremendous leap for biotechnology, but how can this technology be used responsibly? What are the implications of designing our world on a molecular level? A conversation about how—and if—our ethics, laws, and boundaries can keep pace with CRISPR.

SPECIAL CLOSING INTERVIEW

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED

5:00 PM
CLOSING RECEPTION
6:00 PM
ADJOURN