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As 2017 winds down, and another Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress & World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress are in the books, we are starting to look ahead to our 2018 conference in Orlando! 2018’s Healthcare Revolution will continue to provide all that you have come to expect from our conferences — a through agenda full of the information affecting your industry that you need to know and more than ten thousand networking meetings. So get ready for the educational and networking event of the year as we return to Orlando!

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We will be updating this website with more information about who is speaking, the new and exciting events we will be hosting, and the amazing keynotes we book; so be sure to check back here often for the latest news and information. See you in Orlando!

Engaging Millennials Will Take More than Instagram

At the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, in the largest hall at the conference,  Jae Kullar, Manager, Health & Wellbeing – Delta Air Lines; Medha Rishi, GPHR, Head of Global Benefits, Global Mobility and International HR Operations – Square; Sally Luck, HR Director, Corporate Services and Wellness – Hallmark Cards, Inc.; and Denise Holland, President & Owner of Inside Employee Wellness & Consulting, who served as moderator, sat down to discuss how to engage millennials in the workplace.

Millennials are the future of the workforce and will make up a majority it as soon as 2020. Understanding their wants and needs will be essential to employers’ success in the future.

To start the open discussion, Denise asked the panel what they were doing specifically to target this age group.  Medha, who represents a company with a younger workforce, started off by mentioning the difference in wellness programs for companies with older and younger employees.

“Because we have a millennial workforce, we don’t have a lot of disease mgmt, but we do have a lot of pregnancies.”

She further outlined the services she offers to reach her young workforce. They provide acupuncture, massage,  chiropractic services and mental health services in their wellness center.  They focus on these services to help employees feel energized at work.

Jae continued the conversation. Her workforce at Delta has an average age of 49, so they don’t offer different options, just change the way they approach the different generations. They gather this research through their business resource group called Gengage. They determined millennials are the most socially engaged group.

Finally, Sally has her own millennial research group, Merge, which determined millennials want three things:

  • Finances – Millennials are struggling with finances, due to lots of college debt. Many have had to move in with their families.
  • Culture – Millennials sense Hallmark has a wellness culture. They have onsite clinics, health coaching, and other simple services that save them money and time
  • Environment – They offer meditation and massage services. It is about providing services onsite, so they don’t have to take our of their personal time. They have lactation rooms, a new onsite fitness center at a cost subsidized by company

The conversation then shifted to the challenges they face in millennial engagement. The most common issue was competing with their time.

“Any product needs to be very efficient. I spent a lot of time over the last year managing digital programs. We need to make it easier and more efficient and that takes doing your research before pulling the trigger,” said Jae.

Final Day of GHR Starts With the Man at the Forefront of Genomics

The final keynote of the 2017 GHR Conference was Dr. J Craig Venter, who sequenced the first genome in 2000. Back then, it took 9 months and cost $9 million for just one genome. “I built the largest computer at the time – 1.5 teraflops – to accomplish it,” said Venter.  Today, the same test can be done in just over a day and costs around $1,000, showing just how far we have come.

He shared more than just his work on the Genome, however. He also shared the work some of the recent advances he and his company are working on.

One finding with the potential to change how we research medicine was actually found within the genetics of mice, and that is: The essential genes of humans and mice are very different. This might sound obvious, but the ramifications could change how pharmaceutical companies conduct drug testing because these differences make testing on mice very inefficient and provide research data that provides little information about its impact on human health.

He also discussed advances being made in Restriction Spectrum Imaging. This discovery allows highly detailed scans to be made without contrast media – which 5 percent of people are allergic to – and is ushering in a new era of early cancer detection. They began testing the new scanning, as well as a new algorithm to help in detection, on “healthy people only,” that is to say people who reported feeling healthy with no outward signs of illness.

“One patient came in feeling fine, but we found a fairly large tumor in him. If we would have continued to live without that knowledge, it would have been too late.”

He continued showing the potential of Restriction Spectrum Imaging.

“As most men know, there are two types of prostate cancer, the one you die with and the one you die from, and this technique only shows the fatal one.”

Among everyone test, they found high-grade cancer in 2.5 percent of all patients over 50.

The scan can also help identify other potential health problems besides cancer. For example, in 23 percent of patients across all ages, they found instances fatty liver, a prediction of metabolic disease. They found, in 24 percent of patients a risk of Alzheimer’s. Finally, they found a brain aneurysm in 1 percent of patients, most under the age of 50.

He ended his presentation with a sentence that became increasingly obvious as his speech went on. ” You can’t tell me you’re healthy, but I can tell you.”

Women’s Leadership Fireside Chat Closes First Day of EHBC17

The first day of GHR came to a close with the Women’s Leadership: Ask the Experts Fireside Chat. The event was a joint event between the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress and the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress served as a forum to share ideas, opportunities and means to overcome the obstacles women face in the workplace. The event featured six powerful women from Silicon Valley and media.

The event was moderated by Rasheda Ali, Author, Media Spokesperson, Speaker and Parkinson’s Advocate and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. She opened the fireside chat with the story of how women influenced her life, including how her grandmother helped raise her after her father’s Parkinson’s diagnosis.

“She raised four children after my father met his greatest opponent, and it wasn’t Sonny Liston,” said Ali.
Ali, as moderator, took advantage of “rare opportunity to talk to these amazing and powerful women,” who included:

  • Cat Lee, Head of Culture – Pinterest
  • Pat Wadors, Chief HR Officer & SVP of Global Talent – LinkedIn
  • Becky Cantieri, SVP, Human Resources – SurveyMonkey
  • Lorna Borenstein, CEO & Founder – Grokker, Inc.
  • Patricia Diesel, Speaker, Author, Coach; Owner – Keep it Simple Now, LLC

Ali wasted no time and asked the panel for any lessons they learned about work/life balance.
“It’s about prioritization. Sometimes, home is more important and sometimes work is. Balance is a fake idea of perception, it’s about flexibility,” said Becky Cantieri.

Another thoughtful response was to Ali’s question about what women can do to advance their career. “Raise your hand when the opportunity for advancement comes, men do it all the time. Also, be advocates for each other. If you see someone talking over a woman during a meeting, change the tone by saying that you want to hear her idea, and then actually listen and ask questions. Finally, know your worth. You are worth a lot. Be aware of your skills and don’t be afraid to be proud of them,” said Pat Wadors.
Coming around to the theme of the event, Ali asked why it was important for women to care for their health and well-being.
“It sets women up for success. If you don’t have health what do you have? You want to have peace of mind and an environment conducive to wellness and be in a positive mindset,” said Patricia Diesel.

Lorna Borenstein gave excellent advice to the future women leaders when she said, “I am a big believer in visualization. If you can see what your future is, you can manifest it and if you can’t it is unlikely to happen. Then find your superpower, the thing you do better than anyone else. Mine is, other than being hilarious is the ability to see future consumer trends easily. What’s yours? Figure that out and leverage it.”

The session served as an excellent end of the first day. By inspiring the next generation of women across the ideas of health, wellness and business we rediscover why we entered this industry – to help empower people to live up their ultimate potential.

Stay tuned for more as the congress enters the second day.

Corporate Health & Well-being Training Session Kicks Off 9th Employer Healthcare & Benefit Congress

The 9th Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC) started off with a bang at the Corporate Health & Well-being Training Session. The all-day event instructed participants in the information they need to qualify as a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist.

The CCWS course comprises concise and comprehensive techniques in how to assess the most effective wellness programs on offer, and tailor them to specific industries and employee bases. It lays out step-by-step methods to engage employees and communicate the respective benefits of the options and resources available to them and provides regular updates on the latest legal requirements for the EEOC, ADA, and HIPAA.

The interactive educational training  taught attendees the following:

  • How to successfully implement and manage a wellness program
  • The best practices in wellness programs
  • How to tailor a wellness program to meet the needs of a specific corporate culture
  • The latest rules and regulations issued by the Department of Labor
  • How to restructure company policy to remain compliant of guidelines issued by the EEOC, HIPAA, ACA, and ADA
  • How to drive an organization’s health care costs down by providing the tools, education, and motivation to make employees live healthier and more productive lifestyles

“If you are at all interested in creating a wellness program or are already involved in employee well-being, or even just concerned about the health of your employees, you need a CCWS designation,” said Denise Holland, President & Owner – Healthcare Revolution; Inside Employee Wellness & Consulting and one of the instructors for today’s training. ” Although every wellness program needs to be tailored to the needs of your employees, there are still some truths across all wellness programs, and knowing the basics of wellness program design, implementation and the legalities surrounding employee wellness is essential to success.”

Day 2 of EHBC17 Begins!

Day 2 of #EHBC17 began with the event’s opening keynote. The conference’s guest host and master of ceremonies, Rasheda Ali, opened the session by speaking about the process of writing her book, “I’ll Hold Your Hand So You Won’t Fall: A Child’s Guide to Parkinson’s” about her experiences with her father Muhammad Ali, and how it impacted her life and transformed her into a champion for healthcare.

She then introduced Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association. Her speech touched a wide array of topics, including the future of healthcare, the worst lies we tell, and what we can do about the current stream of disasters and tragedies.

“We are in cultural revolution,” said Stephano. “It is changing our values for the better. It is connecting everything and everything – and not in the sense of increased connectivity of mobile apps – it is a shift in our core values. We have a new level of customization, from the products we buy to new medications tailored to our DNA.”

She concluded her presentation by mentioning the conference’s dedication to helping the victims of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas.

“GHR would like to provide information, as well as a donation from our annual event to help relief efforts after the tragedy in Las Vegas. We have worked with Las Vegas HEALS in the past support their recommendations for the most efficient use of donations.”

Stephano then introduced the next keynote titled “Culture Secrets from Silicon Valley Innovation Giants” featuring:

  • Moderator – Lorna Borenstein, CEO & Founder – Grokker, Inc
  • Panelist – Cat Lee, Head of Culture – Pinterest
  • Panelist – Becky Cantieri, SVP, Human Resources – SurveyMonkey
  • Panelist – Pat Wadors, Chief HR Officer & SVP of Global Talent – LinkedIn

They discussed the emerging trends and issues facing not just Silicon Valley, but employers across the world. Topics ranged from creating an effective corporate culture to increasing diversity in the workplace.

“Increasing diversity tends to lead to more diversity,” said Borenstein.

Pat Wadors noted a crucial element that merged both topics of conversation. “The key driver of engagement is feeling like you belong.”

Driving Quality & Savings with Employer Direct Contracting With Cleveland Clinic

An emerging trend among self-funded employers is the rise of Direct Contracting, arranging a contract with healthcare providers to purchase healthcare services, usually for certain conditions, and a pre-negotiated rate. There is no healthcare provider better suited to discussing the finer points of Direct Contracting than the famous Cleveland Clinic.

Major employers, most notably Lowe’s, send their cardiothoracic patients to Cleveland. As the 2nd rated hospital overall in the United States, with over 3,500 physicians and over 200,000 annual surgical cases, and a three-star rating for heart surgery (which only 1 percent of hospitals can claim) there is no place better to receive this care.

“What we do better than anyone else in the world is cardiothoracic surgery,” said  Jerry Fiala, Director of Sales & Marketing for Cleveland Clinic.

So how does this translate to cost savings? Traditionally, the equation for value has been: Value = outcomes/cost. However, the Clevland Clinic uses the equation:  Value = (quality+patient experience+ functional status)/(event+episode+ongoing care). While this might seem very technical, due these additional factors, Cleveland Clinic clients like Lowe’s report 10 percent more saving per patient!

They also reduce costs by reducing or eliminating unneeded or wasteful procedures. Physicians are not paid per procedure, so there is no incentive to perform a procedure they do not feel are necessary.

“We will be the first one to tell someone a procedure is unnecessary,” said Fiala.

So by sending employees to Centers of Excellence like the Cleveland Clinic, employers can save a lot on their healthcare costs while being assured they are receiving the highest quality care.

Big Three Talk Innovations in Self Funding and Employer Plans

Today at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, (EHBC) to a standing room only crowd, representatives from the brokerage firms Lockton, Willis Towers Watson and Mercer sat down with Jonathan Edelheit, JD, Principal & Founder of Global Healthcare Resources; and CEO of the EHBC, to discuss the emerging innovations in employee benefit plans.

Representing the “big three” were:

  • Dr. Ron Leopold, Chief Medical Officer – Lockton Benefits Group
  • Steve Blumenfield, Senior Consultant and Director of Strategic Opportunities & Alliances – Willis Towers Watson
  • Chris Chan, Lead Innovation Imagineer – Mercer LABS

To provide some background on these gentlemen, Dr. Leopold, in his role as CMO, is heavily involved in data analytics and medical cost solutions. Mr. Blumenfield works to solve client problems in innovative ways and “there has never been a better time to find new solutions.” Finally, Mr. Chan leads the Mercer Labs Group in San Francisco where he focuses on new and potentially game-changing start-ups.

Mr. Edelheit, serving as moderator for the event, began the session by talking about the need for innovation.

“People are dying for innovation. I think this is a more difficult industry than it used to be. There are more regulations, more vendors, and more politics.”

The first question to the panel was what they see as being innovative in the industry now. Mr. Blumenfield told the audience about SickWeather. This service is like Waze for the flu and other illnesses. It uses self-reported data as well as monitors social media feeds, to see where people are getting sick and places it on a map.

” They now replace the CDC on the weather channel for flu maps,” said Mr. Blumenfield.

One thing all panelists agreed on was that just because something is new and shiny, does not make it innovation. They then provided their knowledge about how to separate the novel from the useful.

“You need to think of end user. If I put it in the hand of my employees, will it work for them and will they use it? What works for Silicon Valley might not work for others.If you and population that is older and might not be as tech-savvy, so an app based solution might be the best idea. You need to examine the process and how they will use it.”

Mr. Chan added, “Patients and users are demanding more today. What you offer has to have legs beyond the cool factor. If you can create moments of delight, that creates moments for virality and social selling. If the person sitting next to me in the office is talking about the product, that more powerful than traditional advertising.”

All of the panelists also noted the growing talk among employers about the growth of specialty medicine and pharmacogenomics. They further noted that employers should be on the lookout for emerging technologies like artificial intelligence.

The Congress Starts Today!

The Employer  Healthcare & Benefits Congress is finally here! Attendees from across the world have traveled from all across the world for three days of education, networking, and fun in beautiful downtown Los Angeles! Located at the LA Convention Center, next to the Staples Center, in the heart of downtown LA, the EHBC kicks off with the training session taught by  Denise Holland, President & Owner of Inside Employee Wellness & Consulting, LLC., and Susan M. Nash.

Also today is the Healthcare Revolution Innovation Forum, a multipart venture capital education session. Capping the event is a venture pitch event bringing in start-ups to sell their idea to our body of judges. The winner will receive a prize package including marketing and actual venture funds.

Following the Healthcare Revolution Innovation Forum will be the YOUniversity Transformational Well-being Workshop.  YOUniversity transforms outstanding students into global scholars who envision new possibilities and leave their personal imprint on the world. The wellness industry talks a lot about the power and importance of “workforce engagement,” but how about we take a step back and first start with an increased engagement of self?

After the YOUniversity Workshop, will be the Voluntary Benefits Association (VBA) and the Global Healthcare Ventures (GHV) annual advisory board meetings. The VBA meeting will be hosted by Robert Shestack, Chairman & CEO of the VBA and President of GHR Health & Productivity Practice. The meeting will also host the annual VBA Awards ceremony (stay tuned for a list of the winners!)

Finally, the  day’s education will end with the Women’s Leadership “Ask the Experts,” an this interactive Q&A segment dedicated to the business of women’s health and well-being. Speakers include:

Moderator – Rasheda Ali

Author, Media Spokesperson, Speaker and Parkinson’s Advocate

Cat Lee

Head of Culture – Pinterest

Pat Wadors

Chief HR Officer & SVP of Global Talent – LinkedIn

Becky Cantieri

SVP, Human Resources – SurveyMonkey

Lorna Borenstein

CEO & Founder – Grokker, Inc.

Patricia Diesel

Speaker, Author, Coach; Owner – Keep it Simple Now, LLC
After the day’s event, BH Genetic Services and AEON Global Health will host an off-site VIP networking reception.
Stay tuned for more  live coverage from the EHBC!

St. Lukes Memorial Hospital Joins the Medical Tourism Congress in LA, Oct. 2 – 4

St. Lukes Memorial Hospital joins the 10th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) in Los Angeles October 2 – 4. At the WMTC, 2,000 attendees and 150 exhibitors from across the world for three days of learning the latest news and information in the industry and networking peers to drive the industry into the future. Attendees will be immersed in an exciting and vibrant environment to spark new ideas helping patients receive the care they need.

If you are involved in handling international patients as a facilitator or care provider or are interested in saving money on your health plan by contracting with hospitals, you cannot afford to miss the insight available at the WMTC. Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • An extensive conference agenda, featuring everything from benefits design to handling the taboo topics in the workplace and everything in between
  • 6th Medical Director Summit, a half-day session bringing together  Medical Directors and Chief Medical Officers from around the world for high-level discussions on the latest trends and challenges in destination medicine and the development of global medical networks
  • The Employer Direct Contracting & Bundled Payment Summit, exploring how leading employers are working directly with providers to better maintain employee health and employer healthcare costs
  • 7th Global Ministerial Summit, where Government Delegates, including Ministers of Health, Tourism, Economic Development, Trade Commissioners, Health Attaches, and Consul Generals, from all over the world to discuss long-term, sustainable results for expansion and growth of their healthcare infrastructure while at the same time addressing the immediate health concerns different countries face.
  • Earn your Certified Medical Tourism Professional® designation live on-site.
  • Keynote Moderator Lorna Borenstein, CEO & Founder, Grokker

About St. Lukes Memorial Hospital

Provide the highest quality health services, focused on individualized care, to achieve the physical, emotional and spiritual restoration of patients through a compassionate, competent and committed team. To be the leading provider of health services in Puerto Rico, maintaining a humanitarian culture in a spiritual, pleasant and safe environment.

About the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

As the first membership-based international nonprofit trade organization and think-tank for the medical tourism and healthcare industries, the Medical Tourism Association® develops and implements creative and sustainable strategies for attracting direct foreign investments. The MTA provides advisory services to investors researching the industry and matches these financiers with medical tourism-related projects.