Posted on May 11, 2016

NEHI Annual Meeting

On May 2-3, 2016, NEHI held its Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Members, health care leaders and experts came together to discuss key issues in health care and to gain a cross-sector perspective on driving innovation to improve care and lower costs.

nehionehealthOn May 2-3, 2016, NEHI held its Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Members, health care leaders and experts came together to discuss key issues in health care and to gain a cross-sector perspective on driving innovation to improve care and lower costs.

The day was opened with a keynote from Eric Dishman, in his last appearance as Intel Vice President & Fellow, Health and Life Sciences Group before he takes on the leadership of the National Institutes for Health’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Dishman challenged the audience – as an ecosystem representative of many sectors of health care – to put the patient at the center of their work and to “make it personal.”

The keynote was followed by panels on innovative collaborations, barriers to cross-sector partnerships, new payments for cancer care and novel payment arrangements for high-impact drugs and devices. Then, there were presentations from innovators on the challenges to scaling Triple Aim innovations, and an interactive session to help the audience understand these challenges.  

The day closed with a talk from renowned polling and health policy expert, Dr. Robert Blendon. Dr. Blendon used polling data to argue that if the health care sector collectively doesn’t start to innovate in ways that create significant savings, the political momentum would push potentially restrictive policy onto all sectors of health care.

Themes that arose throughout the day included:

  • Use patients as a resource: It was clear from personal experiences of many of our speakers that patients should be used as a resource and included in including how we innovate. As Dr. Rosenblatt, Chief Medical Officer of Merck described, “we need to put the patient in the driver seat to innovate.”
  • Make data actionable: As Eric Dishman noted, “if data doesn’t lead to knowledge, what good is it to improving health care?” Many of our other speakers echoed that health care has the opportunity to create and use many, many sources of data to lower costs and improve care, but the creation and collection of data needs to be done so in an actionable way.
  • Collective innovation: Working as an ecosystem has a better chance of bringing an innovation to scale, rather than creating innovations that only work for one sector or stakeholder.  This was repeated over and over again by our speakers and panelists, and reflects our “One Health Care” theme – bringing all sectors of health care together to solve the greatest challenges we collectively face.

CLICK HERE to read a full summary of the policy discussions.

Have more themes you picked up on throughout the day? Curious to learn more about NEHI’s annual meeting? Email us at media@nehi.net

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