Now Speaking at #HREV18 – Tim Isenhower, Director of Benefits – HSM Solutions

Tim Isenhower, Director of Benefits – has worked with HSM and their self-insured health insurance for the past 26 years. Managing a self-insured health plan through the 90’s to today has provided him the opportunity to think out of the box for reduced healthcare cost programs including direct contracting, on site clinics, chronic disease management, and medical tourism. With IndUShealth, Tim and HSM were pioneers in self-insured companies offering medical tourism, as was presented on ABC News and Nightline.

Please briefly describe your company and its contribution to an innovative and disruptive health, wellness, benefits and/or insurance industry?

We are a manufacturing company with 2,500 employees and locations in 16 states. HSM pioneered the first successful and robust corporate sponsored medical travel program to India, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands and Cancun since 2008. We have developed over time a cost effective self insured medical program utilizing direct contracting, concentrated chronic disease management programs (specifically diabetes, asthma, obesity, on site clinics and financial incentives/disincentives.

How long have you been involved in the industry?

26 years

How have your previous roles lead you to your current position and where do you see your next big move within your company to serve as an agent of change?

Continue the flow of new ideas – implementing online PT, and pay for performance.

What do you see as the most disruptive innovation in healthcare, benefits, well-being or technology to be today and what do you see around the corner?

The ever increasing cost of healthcare. Hospitals buying local practices and increasing cost as a result, directing care and government intervention. We will continue to look for ways to serve our employees health needs including domestic and international medical travel, including RX.

What, in your opinion, is the largest obstacle facing employers today? What do you believe is the number one solution (if you had to choose one) to overcome that obstacle? What has your company done to incorporate this solution today? What is your long-term solution to tackle this challenge?

Again, ever increasing cost. Our directs Medicare based priced direct contracts create competition, as does the global program.

How do you envision the future of healthcare five years from now? Ten years from now?

5 years from now – not much change

10 years – maybe single payer system

What are three things you do each day to improve your own health and well-being?

Swim 1.5 miles (4 days a week)

Sleep at least 8 hrs and eat healthy

I have a sitting job, but a stand up desk

What is the most recent innovative or even “crazy” thing you have done to improve your health or well-being?

Free colonoscopies and imaging as controlled through on site clinics and through low cost direct pay contracts. While well colonoscopies are covered at 100% under ACA, a polyp found results in deductibles. Sending high cost Rx patients out of the country for supplies.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received that you would pass along to others just entering the industry?

Remove barriers to healthcare for our employees – free clinics, Rx’s for certain disease states.

Do you utilize health and/or wellness apps and if so what are your top three?

Real Appeal weight loss program

UltiPro enrollment modules

Healthstat patient portal

Now Speaking at #HREV18 – Karen van Caulil, President & CEO – Florida Health Care Coalition

Please briefly describe your company and its contribution to an innovative and disruptive health, wellness, benefits and/or insurance industry?

FLHCC, a 501c3 research and education business group on health, is a community catalyst that uses its collective employer power to effect change in health care quality and cost. FLHCC’s membership includes over 100 Florida public and private employers committed to improving the health care that all Floridians and our visitors receive.

How long have you been involved in the industry?

34 years

How have your previous roles lead you to your current position and where do you see your next big move within your company to serve as an agent of change?

I have worked at academic institutions in program and service line planning and management (Duke, Wake Forest, UCF) and in the community setting (developing and running a large system of care for the uninsured and leading a regional health planning agency). Working first on the provider side where evidence based best practice was being developed and then on the consumer side where access to that best care was often limited for many has given me a true “population health” perspective to our crazy health care system. The second largest payer of health care after the federal government is business and yet, the public health and community health stakeholders had not traditionally engaged business in solving quality improvement and access issues. I saw the opportunity that a business coalition had to really change health care at the market level, ensuring that their members’ workforces are healthy and productive, that their benefits were value based and their leverage could be used to improve an entire community’s health care delivery system. Since I am currently the President and CEO, I don’t see any next “big moves” at FLHCC. I plan to finish my career at FLHCC – there is still plenty of work to be done!

What do you see as the most disruptive innovation in healthcare, benefits, well-being or technology to be today and what do you see around the corner?

Behavior change is so very hard to make happen. I have been very impressed by the impact that digital therapeutics are having on behavior change, especially for individuals with diabetes.

What, in your opinion, is the largest obstacle facing employers today? What do you believe is the number one solution (if you had to choose one) to overcome that obstacle? What has your company done to incorporate this solution today? What is your long-term solution to tackle this challenge?

It is really difficult to convince plan members to change to high value providers due to trust issues (i.e. is my employer really interested in quality over cost?) and the resentment that comes from limiting choice by narrowing a network of providers. The solution is to have excellent marketing and communication with plan members and to offer the high value network as an option. We are working with our employer members to develop appropriate messaging and to reach out on a community wide basis to educate the general community.

How do you envision the future of healthcare five years from now?

I hope that within 5 years we have moved substantially from volume to value in how health care is paid.

What are three things you do each day to improve your own health and well-being?

Yoga, Walking, and the Paleo diet

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received that you would pass along to others just entering the industry?

Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days.

 

Now Speaking at #HREV18 – Thomas Sondergeld, VP Global HRIS, Benefits & Mobility – Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc

Please briefly describe your company and its contribution to an innovative and disruptive health, wellness, benefits and/or insurance industry?

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), the only global pharmacy lead company in the world, is the parent company of Walgreens, the nations largest retail pharmacy. Walgreens has been on the forefront in many innovative and disruptive contributions for its customers and the nation. Concepts like “Vitamin Angels” and “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” have provided free vitamins and vaccines to millions of under-served people around the globe. As an employer, Walgreens has been on the cutting edge in delivering innovative healthcare solutions to our employees in solutions like private exchanges, advanced care coordination, value-based benefits, medication therapy management, diabetes management, tele-medicine and other innovative solutions. Walgreens also joined the Health Transformation Alliance as a founding member to work with other employers on disruption and innovation.

How long have you been involved in the industry?

I have been working in employee benefits for 20+ years

How have your previous roles lead you to your current position and where do you see your next big move within your company to serve as an agent of change?

I began my adult career as a respiratory therapist. I walked into Human Resources and Employee Benefits as an opportunity to expand my experience and broaden my career path. After 10 years in the role I took on a role in benefits administration to further expand on my experience. I returned to Human Resources and over the next years grew my knowledge and experience working at large employers including my current leader role at Walgreens Boots Alliance, the parent company of Walgreens.

What do you see as the most disruptive innovation in healthcare, benefits, well-being or technology to be today and what do you see around the corner?

I think the most disruptive innovation today is advanced Advocacy or Care Coordination. This innovation provides a health guide for employees and their families to disrupt the delivery of healthcare and control where a seeker of care receives that care. This control guides the member to the lowest cost, best quality care by working directly with the provider, the carrier, the network, the benefit plan and the member. What’s next: I believe employers will demand more aggressive change. This demand will create more disruptive solutions which could include employers banding together to create their own solutions.

What, in your opinion, is the largest obstacle facing employers today? What do you believe is the number one solution (if you had to choose one) to overcome that obstacle? What has your company done to incorporate this solution today? What is your long-term solution to tackle this challenge?

I believe the number one obstacle facing employers today is the old model for delivering benefits. The solution to this is throwing it away and pushing for newer ways to deliver benefits that address the new workforce and disrupt the way healthcare is delivered. Walgreens has innovated in a number or ways, including as an early adopter of the private exchange and now having created a new carrier-based solution to control where and how care is delivered in a high-intensity type of advocacy model. Our long term solution is to continue to innovate.

How do you envision the future of healthcare five years from now? Ten years from now?

This is quite hard to predict. I can hope that in 5 years we would be on our way to a more national healthcare solution and that by 10 years it would be in place and working.

What are three things you do each day to improve your own health and well-being?

Exercise 3 times/week, take moments to myself, and meditate at least once daily

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received that you would pass along to others just entering the industry?

Be creative and don’t be afraid to buck the trend.

Do you utilize health and/or wellness apps and if so what are your top three?

I use: MyFitnessPal, Walgreens, and Fooducate.

Now Speaking at #HREV18 – Samanntha DuBridge, VP, Global Benefits and Employee Mobility – Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Please briefly describe your company and its contribution to an innovative and disruptive health, wellness, benefits and/or insurance industry?

Hewlett Packard has been in the innovation business for more than 75 years. Our vast intellectual property portfolio and global research and development capabilities are part of an innovation roadmap designed to help organizations of all sizes – from global enterprises to local startups – transition from traditional technology platforms to the IT systems of the future. We deliver high-quality, high-value products, consulting, and support services in a single package. We have industry-leading positions in servers, storage, wired and wireless networking, converged systems, software, services and cloud.

Employee well-being is a core value for HPE, brought to life through our industry-leading global wellness initiative, Winning with Wellness. At HPE, we take a holistic approach to well-being, with key pillars focused on (1) physical health, (2) financial well-being, and (3) emotional well-being including stress management. Our focus and emphasis varies by country based on workforce needs, but each element of well-being is considered and addressed.

How long have you been involved in the industry?

Samanntha DuBridge is an industry expert with more than 20 years of experience across human resources, total rewards and mobility. She is currently the Vice President of Global Benefits and Employee Mobility at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). In this role, she is responsible for HPE’s strategic direction and execution for the design, development and compliance of benefits and mobility programs worldwide, with a focus on balancing shareholder value and enhancing the company’s competitive position to recruit, retain and optimize performance of HPE’s talent.

In her prior role, Samanntha focused on benefits strategy and helped pioneer HP’s award-winning wellness initiative, Winning with Wellness, one of the first with a global scope and broad focus across physical health, financial well-being and stress management. Prior to joining HPE, Samanntha held positions at Hewlett-Packard Company, National Semiconductor, a pharmaceutical company and a health maintenance organization. She holds a Master’s Degree from San Jose State University in Health Care Administration.

How have your previous roles lead you to your current position and where do you see your next big move within your company to serve as an agent of change?

As an organization, we’ve identified emotional well-being and behavioral health as an particular area of focus for 2018 and beyond. Although we’ve had programs and support resources available for many years, these resources are often underutilized, in part due to lack of integration but also due to stigma associated with using services. To help us develop a more effective approach, we’ve enlisted our key partners to collaborate through our newly formed Behavioral Health Council, comprised of health plan partners, our EAP, stress management and financial coaching resources.

In partnership with the Behavioral Health Council, HPE is working to deploy initiatives that will drive greater impact and effectiveness, including new ways to integrate and coordinate our support resources, and an education and awareness campaign designed to reduce stigma and encourage employees and their families to engage.

Our work for this initiative is starting in the U.S., but we recognize behavioral health is a global issue and anticipate extending and adapting these concepts over time.

What do you see as the most disruptive innovation in healthcare, benefits, well-being or technology to be today and what do you see around the corner?

Although we’re still in the early stages, technology itself has the potential to create some of the most significant disruptions and breakthroughs in how we deliver health care, both from a quality and cost perspective.  The increasing digitization of health information offers new potentials to quickly understand each patient’s background and history, enabling health care paths designed around data that are appropriate, lower-risk, and truly add value. Technology can also influence the quality of diagnosis and treatment through innovations like artificial intelligence and even robotics that can support certain types of surgery and other repeatable procedures. The physician/surgeon will always be at the center of health care delivery, but augmenting the physician’s skills with technology has the potential to drive significant advancements in care.

What, in your opinion, is the largest obstacle facing employers today? What do you believe is the number one solution (if you had to choose one) to overcome that obstacle? What has your company done to incorporate this solution today? What is your long-term solution to tackle this challenge?

Employers have been working to more fully engage their employees as knowledgeable health care consumers who seek out information to make informed decisions in partnership with their doctor. The challenge is truly making information available in ways that are easy, personalized, and actionable. We can’t expect employees to become health care experts or spend hours stitching together data from multiple sources, so we need to focus on creating just-in-time access to information that will help employees get informed and have better conversations with their doctor.  The ultimate solution would leverage big data to bring together information about the patient across various employers and health plans they may have participated with over time, combined with data on provider cost and quality, treatment options, key questions, etc for patients while also having a view of this information for providers to support  treatment decisions.  At HPE, we’ve explored and piloted a number of these components individually working with our health plans and other vendors, but we are still working to deliver on a longer-term vision as potential solutions evolve.

How do you envision the future of healthcare five years from now?  Ten years from now?

Our hope for the future is that health care will fully embrace the concepts I outlined earlier, leveraging technology to drive better care paths and quality, while making it easier for patients to collaborate with their doctor as informed health care consumers to make optimal decisions and drive improved and more cost-effective outcomes.  Our continuing focus on wellness and prevention are also a key component of a future health care system that can be significantly more affordable and effective than what we have today.

What are three things you do each day to improve your own health and well-being?

Stretching/walking, and then I’m trying to improve my sleep and cut down on the sugar and creamer I put in my coffee each morning (that is tough!)

What is the most recent innovative or even “crazy” thing you have done to improve your health or well-being?

The most recent innovation I’ve used in healthcare is telemedicine for my child. It was quick and easy!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received that you would pass along to others just entering the industry?

To make a difference in wellness, know the demographics of the population you are trying to reach and focus on that, not just the latest “hot” ideas and vendors in the marketplace.

Do you utilize health and/or wellness apps and if so what are your top three?

Calm.com, my health plan’s app and virgin pulse!

Now Speaking at #HREV18 – Alan Tawshunsky, Principal at Tawshunsky Law Firm PLLC

Please briefly describe your company and its contribution to an innovative and disruptive health, wellness, benefits and/or insurance industry?

I am the principal in Tawshunsky Law Firm PLLC and provide advice to clients on a broad range of employee benefits issues, including wellness programs. I have spoken and published articles on wellness programs.

How long have you been involved in the industry?

I have over 30 years of experience in employee benefits law. My work on wellness programs began with the enactment of HIPAA in 1996. In addition to the well-known privacy protections, HIPAA contained nondiscrimination provisions that gave special treatment to wellness programs. Those provisions are administered jointly by the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and HHS. I directed the IRS team working on the 3-agency nondiscrimination regulations. When the Affordable Care Act was enacted, it updated and modified the wellness program provisions. I was a senior member of the IRS and Treasury team that, along with Labor and HHS, produced the ACA wellness regulations.

How have your previous roles lead you to your current position and where do you see your next big move within your company to serve as an agent of change?

My experience with the government has given me a unique perspective both on the substantive requirements of the wellness regulations and the purposes they are designed to serve. This background is very helpful in advising clients on compliance with the regulations.

Wellness programs continue to evolve and I expect my primary role to be working with clients to ensure that they are able to implement innovative designs to improve employee health and well-being and achieve employer objectives, while complying with the law and avoiding the very substantial penalties for violations.

What do you see as the most disruptive innovation in healthcare, benefits, well-being or technology to be today and what do you see around the corner?

There are several major disruptions that are taking place, some positive and some potentially less so. Advances in technology, such as fitness trackers, make it feasible for employers to monitor compliance with wellness programs but also raise privacy concerns. The mergers that are taking place among health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacies, and others are restructuring the provision of health care in ways that could significantly affect employers.

Coming around the corner is technology that allows continuous monitoring of various health conditions, which could lead to further evolution of wellness programs.

What, in your opinion, is the largest obstacle facing employers today? What do you believe is the number one solution (if you had to choose one) to overcome that obstacle? What has your company done to incorporate this solution today? What is your long-term solution to tackle this challenge?

One of the biggest challenges for employers in implementing a wellness program is to obtain buy-in from employees. Most employees are motivated to improve their health, but they are also concerned about privacy and what they may regard as employer attempts to control their life outside of working hours. One of the most important ways to overcome this is to develop the wellness program in consultation with employees and to allow employees to have meaningful input into the design of the program. Wellness programs that are designed exclusively by management and their advisers and then issued as decrees from on high, may create resentment and undermine morale rather than improving it.

How do you envision the future of healthcare five years from now? Ten years from now?

That is almost impossible to predict. Just over the past few years, we have seen wild swings in government policy and dramatic changes in the private sector, and there is no reason to expect things to settle down any time soon. Employers, insurers and others will need to be alert and informed about ongoing developments and sufficiently nimble to adapt.

What are three things you do each day to improve your own health and well-being?

  1. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit and minimize sugar and refined carbohydrates.
  2. Exercise.
  3. Meditation.

What is the most recent innovative or even “crazy” thing you have done to improve your health or well-being?

Intermittent fasting. There are many variations and I expect the effectiveness of any particular schedule will vary greatly among different individuals.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received that you would pass along to others just entering the industry?

Establish long-term goals but be prepared to adjust the methods of achieving them as circumstances change.

Do you utilize health and/or wellness apps and if so what are your top three?

The only ones I use regularly are Wahoo Runfit and JKZ Series 1.

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Fred Shea will Present at World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

Fred Shea is the senior vice president of convention sales & services for Visit Orlando. He served as the vice president of strategic partnerships for the organization since 2010, overseeing portfolio accounts and the Visit Orlando Business Development team with the goal of increasing revenue and market share for Orlando.

Prior to joining the Visit Orlando, Fred was a senior vice president with Conference Direct and also spent 30 years with Hyatt Hotels, including 11 years as vice president of sales operations.

Fred has served on several industry boards including the Association Forum of Chicagoland, the Professional Convention Management Association Foundation, Meeting Professionals International Foundation, and the Center for Exhibition Industry Research Board.

Fred received the John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award by The Association Forum in 2013. He also received the Hyatt Hotels Director of Sales of the Year award and was twice nominated for the Donald N. Pritzker Award, Hyatt’s highest sales award.

About the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving medical tourism industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) is the largest medical tourism conference in the world. Riding off the success of the 2014’s event, the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress anticipates up to 2,500 attendees, from nearly 100 countries around the world.

Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from leading hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, etc. and to take advantage of the collaborative forums and summits. There will also be hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from the combined conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference (EHBC), and International Luxury Hotel Association (IHLA) providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year.

For more information contact:

Linda Shaifer, Education & Engagement Leader, Medical Tourism Association at [email protected] or call: 561-791-2000 x817

 

Niek Schreuder will Present on Proton Therapy’s Use Against Cancer at the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

Niek Schreuder is vice president and chief medical physicist of Provision Proton Therapy. He is a board-certified medical physicist with significant experience in all aspects of proton beam radiotherapy. Most recently, Schreuder served as chief medical physicist and senior vice president of medical physics and technology at ProCure Treatment Centers in Bloomington, Indiana. During his more than 22 years as a medical physicist, he has gained vast experience in project management, research and development and clinical training. He is considered one of the foremost medical physics pioneers in the world specializing in proton therapy.

Prior to joining ProCure, Schreuder was director of medical physics at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI), now called the IU Health Proton Therapy Center, where he wasresponsible for all medical physics related matters leading to the first patient treatments. He also served as the medical physicist and project manager for the Indiana University (IU) Cyclotron Facility where he led the medical physics design effort associated with developing the MPRI facility. Niek Schreuder trained as a medical Physicist in South Africa and served as a division head of the operations and development division of the Medical Radiation Group at iThemba Laboratories for Accelerator Sciences (tLabs) in South Africa prior to moving to the U.S. in February 2001.

Schreuder has more than 40 published articles in peer-reviewed journals on various aspects of proton beam therapy, has authored and co-authored nearly 100 presentations at international conferences and has taught many courses on proton therapy. As vice president and chief medical physicist at Provision Center for Proton Therapy, Schreuder will be responsible for key aspects of the center’s technical and clinical operations. This includes the commissioning and acceptance testing of all proton therapy and imaging equipment. He will also be responsible for the training of the facility’s staff of physicists, therapists and dosimetrists. Additionally, Schreuder will develop and implement safety programs and quality control measures at the center.

Schreuder earned a BS in radiation physics, a Diploma in Datametrics, and an MS in physical sciences in medical sciences from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He has been honored two times with the SABS prize for most outstanding research in the field of radiation dosimetry and received the Meditech prize for the most innovative use of computers. Schreuder is a board-certified medical physicist and is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

About the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving medical tourism industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) is the largest medical tourism conference in the world. Riding off the success of the 2014’s event, the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress anticipates up to 2,500 attendees, from nearly 100 countries around the world.

Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from leading hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, etc. and to take advantage of the collaborative forums and summits. There will also be hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from the combined conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference (EHBC), and International Luxury Hotel Association (IHLA) providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year.

For more information contact:

Linda Shaifer, Education & Engagement Leader, Medical Tourism Association at [email protected] or call: 561-791-2000 x817

Dr. David B. Samadi will Join Panel to Discuss How Super Specialization Drives Medical Tourism at the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

Dr. David B. Samadi is the Chairman of Urology and the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, he also serves as Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Samadi is one of the very few urologic surgeons in the United States trained in oncology, open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery – as such; many regard him as the best prostate surgeon. He is actively involved in training and proctoring urologists and prostate surgeons across the country and internationally. He is a widely regarded prostate surgeon, particularly for the success of his custom SMART Surgery; the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique yields exceptional prostate surgery results.

He will speak as part of a panel discussing how super specialization drives medical tourism. In an industry with such high competition, rockstar physicians that try innovative new procedures can create an appetite for international patient demand. Through these game changing procedures these physicians have not only gained international recognition for advancing the healthcare industry but also secured their medical market share.

About the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving medical tourism industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) is the largest medical tourism conference in the world. Riding off the success of the 2014’s event, the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress anticipates up to 2,500 attendees, from nearly 100 countries around the world.

Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from leading hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, etc. and to take advantage of the collaborative forums and summits. There will also be hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from the combined conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference (EHBC), and International Luxury Hotel Association (IHLA) providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year.

For more information contact:

Linda Shaifer, Education & Engagement Leader, Medical Tourism Association at [email protected] or call: 561-791-2000 x817

Jeanette Rébert will Present on Inbound Services for US Medical Tourism at the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

Jeanette Rébert, a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State, will present on a panel to discuss how the US government is supporting inbound medical tourism through its various agencies at the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress taking place September 27 – 29 in Orlando, Florida.

Jeanette joined the Department of State in 1999 as part of the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program. She rotated as the Belarus Desk Officer in Washington, D.C. (2000) and in the Political/Economic section of the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2001) before joining the 104th A-100 class on September 10, 2001. She served three consecutive consular assignments overseas, at the U.S. Consulates in Montréal, Québec (2002-2004), Kraków, Poland (2004-2006), and Ponta Delgada, Azores (2007-2010), before returning to work at the Department headquarters in Washington, DC.

In 2010, she broke new ground in the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of Systems and Technology (CA/CST), becoming the first Foreign Service Officer to work in the Systems Development division (2010-2011). Eighteen months later she was invited to establish a new position in the Systems Liaison Unit for the Office of Overseas Citizens Services (CA/OCS/PMO) (2011-2014). In September 2014, she joined the Visa Office as Deputy Director of the Office of Information Management and Liaison (CA/VO/I). All three domestic assignments have been opportunities to hone a newly-specialized skill at bridging the communication gap between those who build software for consular services, and those who use it.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Rébert earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service (specialty in East European Affairs), and a Master’s Degree in International Development (minor in Refugee Studies and Migration), both from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is a native of Marysville, Pennsylvania, and lives in Springfield, Virginia with her husband and infant daughter.

About the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving medical tourism industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) is the largest medical tourism conference in the world. Riding off the success of the 2014’s event, the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress anticipates up to 2,500 attendees, from nearly 100 countries around the world.

Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from leading hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, etc. and to take advantage of the collaborative forums and summits. There will also be hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from the combined conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference (EHBC), and International Luxury Hotel Association (IHLA) providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year.

For more information contact:

Linda Shaifer, Education & Engagement Leader, Medical Tourism Association at [email protected] or call: 561-791-2000 x817

 

Dr. Ali Poorani will Discuss Success Factors for Medical Tourism Special Economic Zones at the 8th WMT & GHC

Dr. Ali Poorani is the Director of Hospitality Associates for Research & Training (HART), the Associate Professor of Leadership & Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware and a speaker at the upcoming World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress taking place from September 27 – 29 in Orlando, Florida. He will speak at the 4th Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Research Summit where he will discuss the success factors for medical tourism special economic zones.

Dr. Poorani receved his PhD in Leadership and Human Behavior from United States International University in San Diego, and his MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a published author of several articles, and is currently focusing on Hotels Bridging Healthcare (H2H). Dr. Poorani has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 14 years. He has conducted many workshops, focus groups, and training programs nationally and internationally.

He has had a long relationship with the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) including: serving as a past board member of ICHRIE Finance Committee; Chair, ICHRIE Finance SIG; board member for the Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators (AHFME) and currently member ICHRIIE Strategic Planning Committee, ICHRIE Finance Committee; and Hospitality Industry Professionals- SIG.

Dr. Poorani is passionate and committed to serving community. He has served New Jersey Club Foundation; Philadelphia and Vicinity Club Foundation, and he also serves as a member of the President’s Diversity Commission and Strategic Planning at the University of Delaware. He is a recipient of various community service awards such as the 2012 University of Delaware Excellence in Advising and Mentoring Award, 2009 Alfred Lerner College of Business Outstanding Service/Outreach Award, and the 2005 Champion of Club Education Award.

About the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving medical tourism industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) is the largest medical tourism conference in the world. Riding off the success of the 2014’s event, the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress anticipates up to 2,500 attendees, from nearly 100 countries around the world.

Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from leading hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, etc. and to take advantage of the collaborative forums and summits. There will also be hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from the combined conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference (EHBC), and International Luxury Hotel Association (IHLA) providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year.

For more information contact:
Linda Shaifer, Education & Engagement Leader, Medical Tourism Association at [email protected] or call: 561-791-2000 x817