Personalized medicine, iPads, insurance exchanges, non-profit/private partnerships…what will healthcare look like in 2020? The healthcare industry today is under enormous stress. Big Pharma is struggling to fill its pipeline, and the biotech industry has failed to deliver sustainable profits for its investors. Health plans operate under enormous uncertainty as reform hits one political roadblock after another. Hospitals struggle to find profitable business models, while patients struggle to find safe, affordable and high-quality care.

But the future of healthcare remains incredibly promising. Scientific discoveries and business model innovations are shaping the healthcare of tomorrow, today. But what will that future look like? On February 4th, over 600 industry leaders, professionals, and students will gather at Harvard Business School for its 9th Annual Healthcare Conference to answer that very question.  Karen Ignagni, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare”, will discuss the future of the health insurance industry.  Other keynote speakers include Bill Crounse, Senior Director, Worldwide Health for Microsoft and contributor to Microsoft Healthblog, and Larry Culp, CEO of Danaher, who will discuss broader trends in healthcare IT and innovation.

A variety of topics will be debated during panel sessions where moderators are encouraged to challenge panelists to envision the healthcare business models of tomorrow. In the Biotech & Pharma panel, for example, panelists will discuss the rise of tailored therapeutics―Dr. Stephen Spielberg, Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, will provide his perspective on the regulation of personalized treatments. The Payor & Provider Panel will explore the shift to an outcomes-based future―Regina Herzlinger, author of “Who Killed Health Care?” and often dubbed the “Godmother” of consumer-driven Healthcare movement, will share her viewpoint.

Several panels will also showcase and evaluate entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer healthcare, life sciences, and healthcare IT spaces. Company leaders from stickK, Genocea Biosciences, Kyruus, and athenahealth will discuss their success to-date and the challenges they foresee in the near future. Complementing these entrepreneurs will be multiple healthcare focused venture capitalists, who will share their perspective on the current financing landscape, as well as the business models and companies they believe will emerge as winners over the next decade.

With a career fair and networking session to end the day, the conference will be a “sure bet” if you are a health care buff or just looking for a way to stretch out your brain for a day.  Tickets and additional information are available here.

Stephanie Bartz is co-chair of the 2012 Harvard Business School Healthcare Conference.


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5 Responses for “Harvard Business School Future of Healthcare Conference”

  1. Matthew Holt says:

    Karen Ignagni AND Regina Herzlinger together!! Tie me down before I rush over there!

  2. Curly Harrison, MD says:

    Why not simply provide bedside clinical and preventive care to the patient? Is that not good enough for the only future of medical care?

    Is there an app for reassuring the worried well?

    Give me a break!

    • southern doc says:

      “Why not simply provide bedside clinical and preventive care to the patient?”

      Get real. There’s no money in that.

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