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Patient engagement and experience have become an ever pressing priority for healthcare stakeholders of all stripes following Covid. The agenda will explore how providers and payers are focusing on patient-centricity in the light of a pandemic that kept many people at home, as well as how they and others are working towards more equitable care for all. Hear from patients, leading provider/ payer executives and tech startups about how to move the needle forward in patient experience.

Sunday | October 17

9:00 AM10:00 AM EST

How has patient centricity evolved during the pandemic?

Healthcare has been on a path to being less paternalistic and more collaborative, especially as it involves patients. But how has patient centered care and patient engagement evolved during the pandemic? A recent survey of Chief Information Officers shows that more than 50% believe that patient engagement technology is a top priority for them. But beyond technology, what do patients want? This panel will bring together patients, payers, providers and others to discuss what the future of patient centricity is.


Luther T. Clark MD, FACC, FACP, Deputy Chief Patient Officer and Global Director, Scientific Medical and Patient Perspective in the Office of the Chief Patient Officer (OCPO), Merck

Olaseni A. Bello, Jr., JD, MBA, Co-Founder, CarpeMed 

Casey Willis-Abner, Chief Human Resources Officer, Press Ganey

Christina Speck, Managing Director, Employer Strategy & Product, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island


Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA, FACP, Chief Clinical Product Officer and Medical Director, Medical Home Network

10:10 AM10:30 AM EST

From AI to Blockchain and Beyond: What's the Future of Digital Health?

Digital health saw rapid adoption during Covid and some innovative technologies like AI and Blockchain still have further to go. Where can these tools have the most effect in creating a transformative experience for patients? Hear from Chrissa McFarlane, an author, founder and CEO of Patientory, a company that was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer in 2021 for developing patient-friendly technologies to improve population health outcomes.


Chrissa McFarlane, Founder & CEO, Patientory

Moderator: John Bass, CEO, Hashed Health

10:30 AM10:50 AM EST

Bridging the Gap Between Patients and Industry

People who are battling chronic conditions are seeking empowerment not only by forming social connections digitally but also by exerting a greater voice in decisions made by the life science industry. How should the industry collaborate with patient communities and patient influencers to develop authentic content and connections of their own? Hear from a strong patient advocate.


Jack Barrette, Chief Innovation Officer, Health Union


Arundhati Parmar, Editor-in-Chief, MedCity News

10:50 AM11:10 AM EST

Achieving health equity through pharmacies

Pharmacies, including PBMs, reach the majority of people in-person in their communities or via their mailboxes and have a unique perspective into people who are filling their prescriptions in a neighborhood pharmacy. How can they use their knowledge of the neighborhood and leverage digital tools and partnerships to address the health inequities laid bare during the pandemic?


Sree Chaguturu, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark, CVS Healthcare


Jonathan Palmer, Senior Equity Research Analyst & Team Leader | Healthcare, Bloomberg Intelligence

11:30 AM12:30 PM EST

Investment trends in patient experience and engagement

While providers and payers are looking to improve patient experience and embark on a new era of patient engagement and care, venture capitalists are also looking to fund the next solutions that help healthcare become more patient centered.


Dan Gebremedhin MD, MBA, Partner, Flare Capital Partners

Dipa Mehta, System Vice President, Corporate Development & Ventures, Advocate Aurora Health

Laura Veroneau, Partner, Optum Ventures


Luba Greenwood, Managing Partner, Binney Street Capital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute