In a 2012 article in The New York Times, Zeke Emanuel predicted the extinction of the American health insurance industry by 2020, as changes render traditional payer business models obsolete. In this presentation, Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna,describes how his company is actively reinventing itself against this backdrop to diversify its core business and transform the way it engages with customers. The session also explores the role that health-related information technology is playing in helping Aetna realize its new strategy.
Robert Pearl, CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, explores the idea of using artificial intelligence and clinical support systems to replace traditional, human- centered diagnosis and treatment paradigms with more scientific, data-driven methods. Thought leaders Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures, and Abraham Verghese, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford, present their opposing views on this polarizing topic and debate the optimal path forward.
Recasting the Patient as Consumer
Rethinking Care Delivery
Constantia Petrou (MBA 2002), founder of Konnectology, led an exchange about the unique challenges and opportunities associated with recasting patients as consumers in the healthcare sector. Key topics included strategies and incentives for driving lasting behavior change, different approaches that healthcare IT companies are taking to consumer markets, the business models that look most promising, and the impact of new technologies on traditional patient/provider relationships. The panelists were Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of HealthTap; Bassam Kadry, Anesthesiologist and Participatory Medicine Advocate; Ann Lamont, Managing Partner of Oak Investment Partners; and Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist and Lecturer at Stanford.
In recent years, a plethora of new technologies have been released that can enable new models for delivering health care--and more are on the way. This discussion explored how two major providers screen, choose, adopt, and integrate new technologies into their standards of care, taking into account the larger context of their organizations. The session featured Yan Chow, Director of Kaiser Permanente's Innovation and Advanced Technology Group, and Molly Coye, Chief Innovation Officer of the UCLA Health System. It was moderated by Arnold Milstein, Director of Stanford's Clinical Excellence Research Center, and Stefanos Zenios of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Revitalizing Healthcare Innovation
The long-overdue application of information technology to healthcare is enabling unprecedented innovation in the field. This discussion, led by Tom McKinley, Partner at Carindal Partners, explored how entrepreneurs are approaching health innovation in the digital age and how they're using technology to disrupt the status quo. The panelists included Hamid Tabatabaie, CEO and President of lifeIMAGE; David Van Sickle, co-founder and CEO of Asthmapolis; and Chini Krishnan, founder and CEO of Getinsured.com.