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.