Advancements in Health Technology

I’m trying to reach you on WhatsApp

Or some other app on my phone. I’m starting to lose track of all of my texting options.

I’m known as not being too tech-savvy… at least not by my IT guy.

But, I don’t need to be.

I have an iPhone with about two dozen apps that measure my temperature, heart rate, calories I eat, the number of steps I walk, and the number of Z’s I got the night before.

If all goes well, during my next virtual visit with my concierge physician, she will already know how inconsistent I have been in sticking to my goals.

The evolution of healthcare delivery inevitably requires technology solutions and interoperability, along with user-friendly add-ons and interfaces to keep us engaged.

How can we become primarily tech-driven when 85% percent of patients choose compassion over pricing when choosing a doctor?

With artificial intelligence, compassion is now at the heart of technology…hard to imagine?

When I started the Medical Tourism Association – organizing inbound and outbound care – doctors from outbound nations acted as if we were taking the bread off their tables. They could not understand how a physician-patient relationship could provide personalized medicine halfway across the globe.

Now, this argument is as dead as the notion that doctors can’t perform robotic surgery on a patient thousands of miles away, and subsequent follow-up care via WeChat.

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, and innovations have taken over our lives.

That’s why HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION brings in Change Agents to talk about this transformation and how they each serve to drive solutions into the hands, and hearts, of their patients, insureds, and employees.

Tell me what kind of change agent you are and what solutions you innovate with. Nominate yourself or others for the Я100 INNOVATION AWARDS.

Are You Teaching the Consumer? Enabling the Power of Choice for Consumers of Healthcare

As a young adult, I felt omniscient and invincible.

I never really considered I would one day be making a decision on what career path to take based upon what kind of benefits were available to me.

In fact, back then, I would never consider needing as many choices as I feel like I need today.

That’s why the tools to manage my own health…and wellness…are so important today.

We are living in the paradox of choice and sometimes I’m just paralyzed to make a decision by the sheer volume of options available to me.

Sometimes, I want to bury my head in the sand.

Apparently, I’m not the only one.

7 out of 10 individuals admit that they do not have the tools to manage their own health.

Now that’s pretty crazy, because 75% percent of consumers consider healthcare decisions as the most important and expensive decisions they make in life.

Troubling, isn’t it? It doesn’t even make sense! How can that be?

Maybe you’re an HR executive looking to inspire your team with corporate wellness solutions, a healthcare provider seeking to diversify revenues through a medical travel program, or A self-funded CEO who wants to direct contract with healthcare providers, a hospitality executive looking to develop a new profit center for wellness, or a voluntary benefits provider who has a new personalized benefit that will bring cybersecurity to protect the personal data of an organization’s employees…

Basically, if you’re someone in the business of spreading enlightened ideas in this field, you know that putting the decision-making power into the hands of people like me is no easy feat.

One of the things we’re planning to do at HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION is to help empower you and me to share many of the best practices and tools we’ve used to spark profound transformation through enabling the power of choice amongst healthcare consumers.

After all, to touch a BILLION lives, we all have to work as allies.

HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION is on a mission to transform the business of health.

Make this your mission.

A Growth-Driven Journey for Employer Healthcare & Benefits Professionals

Let us take you on a growth-driven journey at HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION®, October 28-30, 2018 in Orlando, FL. Our certification programs are an educational journey through all the new aspects within the pillars of well-being, new laws and legalities surrounding benefit programs, direct contracting for the medical traveler and, engaging and customizing your programs for generations and populations with outside-the-box approaches to innovation.

We bring the leading employers together to help you understand medical travel innovations and disruptors that have influenced the industry for years to come, and changed the lives of people and their families!

  • Learn from Eric Sossa, Vice President of Global Benefits with PepsiCo about the latest well-being trends and how self-funding employers are innovating their benefit plans
  • Hear from Karen Timmons, CEO of Global Healthcare Accreditation as she brings the leading healthcare providers to talk about excellence in patient experience from the first inquiry until long after they return home
  • Listen to Susan Tufts, Occupation Health & Wellness Manager, talk about disruptive data in employer healthcare and wellness

You’ll also earn continuing education by attending all our inspiring summits, innovative TED-style talks and Think Tanks that take a deep dive into how to make huge strides in your programs and skip the mistakes made by others to make your program amazing. Designations include:

  • Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist®
  • Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist®
  • Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist®  
  • Certified Medical Tourism Professional® 
  • Self Insurance Certification Specialist®
  • SHRM designation 

We designed this conference to grow you personally and professionally!

SAVE 40%* OFF ON LIVE CERTIFICATION WITH CODE “CERTSPECIAL” →

At registration, choose general admission, enter the code “CERTSPECIAL”, then choose your certification on the next page.

For a certification not listed at registration, email us at [email protected] for assistance.

*Special discount limited to first 20 people who register with discount code.

Your DNA Blueprint will Change Everything!

Have you looked at your DNA?

What if I said if you were diagnosed with heart disease, your doctor likely would prescribe a common blood thinner like Plavix, and with this particular drug you will have adverse reactions? Would you do something to prevent that from happening?

Now, much of prescribing drugs can be like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks. I now am one of the lucky few that took a genetic test just for drugs, something we coin “pharmacogenomics”.  Remember this name – because in two years it will be a standard benefit in most self-funded employer health plans.

I know now that my DNA shows Plavix is toxic to me and I could end up in the ICU for a few days if I took it. I now have my very own personalized roadmap on what drugs I should take if needed, in what dosage, and what to avoid based on my DNA.

What would be the cost of that to my employer, to my health insurer, to my family and to my personal health and happiness if I ended up in ICU?  This was my “aha” moment! 

Genetics (genomics) is going to disrupt self-funded healthcare, corporate wellness programs, voluntary benefits insurance, and population health. And I am not talking about cheap, “feel good” genetic tests, I am talking about serious genomics – testing the whole genome sequencing or identifying the right cancer medication to take.

Medicine is becoming more personalized. The multiple genetic tests including nutrition and fitness, pharmacogenomics, and cancer genetic tests enlightened and empowered me to take control of my health and wellness decisions like nothing else.

More importantly, it gave me the incentive to change; to change the foods I eat, the way I work out the drugs I take, and to make lifestyle changes to try to avoid the cancer I may be predisposed to.

Personalized and precision medicine is not a shiny bauble. Engaging genomics and prescriptive health tools should be a foundational benefit to employer health and wellbeing programs, and every population health management strategy.

HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION gathers cutting-edge genomics companies into a new initiative called “Engage Genomics,” putting over $100,000 in genomics tests into the hands of employers, brokers, health plans, & TPA’s to give them their own “aha” moment.

The genomics workshop will educate about all the different genomics tests – which work, which don’t, which have a chance of providing ROI. Eliminate the guess work with a roadmap to success through the “Business of Genomics Summit,” showing how to implement a company-wide wellness program, right down to your DNA.

Register for HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION and contact me if you are interested in piloting genomics in your workplace or want to share your “aha” moment in improving health and well-being.  If you are doing something really innovative and successful and an are agent of change, apply for the Я100 INNOVATION AWARDS or the WELL-BEING 100 AWARDS to put your company at the top of the list.

Now Speaking at HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION®

2018’s Agents of Change Take the Stage

25 thought-provoking Summits led by industry visionaries, an inspiring IGNITE (TED-style) track, Brain Exchange Forums, and Think Tanks come together to bring to the forefront the most disruptive ideas, strategies, technology, and products that will pulverize the current healthcare landscape, accelerate healthcare at remarkable speeds, and completely redefine the word ‘innovation’.

This year’s sessions will expose new ideas and counterintuitive approaches to solving healthcare most complex problems.

Register today to secure a front row seat and hear from healthcare’s elite agents of change!

The System is Rigged, but Together We Can Fix it

You know it and I know it.

Healthcare is the basic human need, yet it is by far the most important crisis facing mankind.

Despite a $10 trillion global spend for healthcare services, global healthcare funding vehicles only cover 60% of that spending, leaving 40% covered by cash paying patients who likely cannot access or afford the best care everywhere.

That means we need to get more of the right coverage for more of the right people ASAP. Yet, for employers, payers and providers, it’s more difficult and confusing than ever before.
Insurers, Pharma, and all the middle men are having record profits, making billions, but for the rest, the market economics make no sense.

Morally bankrupt and financially devoid, systems are literally bankrupting families and businesses, making it impossible to cater to the whole human – AND stifling innovation at the same time.

Self-funded and fully insured employers need innovative solutions and voluntary benefits “bells and whistles” to attract and retain new talent – just to stay relevant to employees and continue to innovate products and services.

You should have received an email last week from my business partner and life partner – my wife Renée. She told you a bit about the story behind the making of Global Healthcare Resources, our parent company.

One component of that umbrella is our industry-leading conference which is now in its 10th year.

We founded HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION (formerly Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress and World Medical Tourism & Healthcare Congress) to bring the industry together and to share success stories – what works and what doesn’t, and to help industry players leapfrog ahead to success.

Now there are thousands of vendors all offering “innovation” and it’s impossible for employers, brokers, healthcare providers to filter through all the white noise and what’s real and what is just crap.

Thousands of new shiny baubles are created each year as potential solutions that don’t move the needle at all and are meant merely to distract.

HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION is here to debunk the stories and get to the truth from people who are leading the way as agents of change in a system deemed unchangeable. We needed to disrupt the industry and let the change agents show what’s innovative or not.

In the global movement targeting precision and personalized medicine, patient-centered and value-based healthcare would seem to be an achievable universal goal. Artificial intelligence, healthcare blockchain, smart contracts, and digital currency are on the rise to engage, incentivize, and reward people for living healthier lives.

An ecosystem is necessary for connecting providers to payers to patients – motivating communities as a whole to disrupt the status quo. The ecosystem relies on the business professionals to instigate change.

We’ve created that ecosystem.

HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION filters through thousands of stories and solutions to identify the few that we feel will have a major impact in lowering healthcare costs, changing behavior, engaging employees in their health and truly disrupting plans to achieve real ROI.

We want to bring you the secrets that the rest of the industry doesn’t want you to hear. With over 150 speakers and 10 new summits we focus on exploring the sore points and hot topics for employers, payers and healthcare providers.

What if together we could lower self-funded healthcare costs by up to 25%?

What if we could increase engagement and participation in well-being programs or voluntary benefits by up to 20%?

What if we could really change the industry, our companies and our careers?

Are you ready to join the fight?

Are you ready to say no to the status quo?

Are you ready for the ЯEVOLUTION?

Join the HEALTHCARE ЯEVOLUTION, October 28-30, 2018.

Save $800 on the early bird special while you still can.

Interested in speaking or sponsoring or exhibiting?

Reply to this email so that we can take care of you.

I hope to have the opportunity to meet you there!

Already coming? Follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn for updates!

See you soon,

Jonathan

The Shark Tank of Healthcare

We’re bringing the ‘Shark Tank’ to healthcare.

This is your chance to pitch your startup product or service to a group of investors, including industry leaders such as Chris Chan of Mercer Labs and Jessica Zeaske of GE Ventures.

Reach Buyers. Establish Partners. Discover Investors. Expand Internationally.

During the Early/Mid-Stage Venture Pitch Event, presenting healthcare startup companies will have the opportunity to compete for a valuable prize package, exposure, and first-hand insight from our experienced panelist of judges.

Learn more and apply at healthcarerevolution.com/market-disrupt

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