I’m at the World Healthcare Congress (WHCC13) in Washington DC this week. This has always been one of the top 5 events for me to try to come to every year (admitting that there are a few like TED that I haven’t attended due to budget yet).
It’s interesting how trends start to flow within a conference and how the trends change year to year. This year, the key themes that I continue to hear are (in no order):
- Engagement is critical. Between MD and Patient. Between social network / influencers and member. Between employee and employer.
- We have to get past the barriers to health enablement (i.e., legacy IT systems) and make change happen.
- Game theory can help improve engagement.
- Mobile tools are important.
- Data integration has to happen and employers are doing it themselves.
- Biometrics are critical path.
- We can’t solve healthcare if we don’t solve health. The community. Our food choices. Work / life balance. (I would add sleep and stress.)
- Rapid innovation.
- Reform isn’t going to be easy on the employer or the employee.
But, since Twitter is my new note taker…here’s a few sets of tweets for you.