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2020 Agenda Themes

HLTH's agenda reflects our mission - break down silos, disrupt the status quo and create a platform for the whole health ecosystem to come together to affect true change. Across 21 themes, including 100+ sessions, the HLTH agenda offers countless opportunities to learn and discuss the most pressing problems facing health today and realize the most promising opportunities to continue on the path of creating health's future.

At HLTH 2020, the tremendous impact to our entire health system due to COVID19 will be covered in detail on our agenda. We will not silo these discussions to one set track, but instead will integrate them into nearly every track at HLTH. We will explore the rapid response to develop and approve both a vaccine and treatment, how telehealth rose to the occasion, the quick policy decisions made at both the federal and state levels, stories from the front lines of care, challenges to access to testing and equipment, and much more. This crisis is changing day-to-day and we will adjust the topics and content as needed.

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AI's Reality Check

It's time for AI to put its money where its mouth is. The hype is no longer enough to keep digital health enthusiasts at bay. Hear from experts with truly novel applications of AI where it's realizing its potential in health. No theoreticals allowed!

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Amplifying Access to Care

You are here... now how do you get to health? Whether in a rural community, a big city or navigating online, health leaders are paving new "waze" to affordable and quality care where services are currently scarce. These alternative routes to care are making access a problem of the past!

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Check Up from the Neck Up

Mental & behavioral health has long been the middle child of the health system, overlooked and independent of traditional care. Through the unwavering commitment of industry thought leaders, disruptors, celebrity advocates and athletes to make mental health equal to ALL health, the stigma has been lifted, leading to new solutions and treatment options for all who suffer.

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Community-Centered Health

When about 80% of what impacts health happens outside of a clinical care setting, how do we make sure our communities are 100% healthy? Health leaders are squaring up with social determinant challenges affecting their populations through unique solutions that are both high-tech and high-touch.

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Consumer-Built Care

No one puts the consumer in the corner. Just as they have demanded convenience, transparency and immediate results in other industries, they are doing the same in health. How will the industry shift to make sure consumer expectations are not just met, but exceeded?

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Digital Biomarkers Breaking Barriers

Your health avatar is now ready for use! Our digital phenotypes are changing the way we are diagnosed and treated through capturing our digital footprint and analyzing ALL that data along the way. Will digital biomarkers be the key to early intervention and more precise treatment plans? These leaders sure think so!

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Engage: Reinventing the Patient Experience

ENGAGE at HLTH presented by MedCity News will feature the patient voice that has been missing for too long in healthcare conversations. Whether it be care delivery, care coordination, chronic disease management or health tech, the track will feature innovations centered around improving the patient experience and engagement.

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Genius Tech

Tech is engrained into almost every part of our day-to-day, including our health. As tech becomes even more so an extension of ourselves and the number of health applications continue to rise, how can we ensure that the tech we are integrating into our lives is actually making a positive difference? Hear from health tech leaders with novel applications truly making an impact at scale.

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Health Collabs

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Why reinvent the wheel within your own organization when you can collaborate with proven experts? Healthcare incumbents, big tech players, small startups, retail organizations and more are coming together in new and novel ways through unique partnerships poised to shake up the status quo.

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Health-o-nomics

Supply and demand has gone askew in health. Our health system is facing shortages in vaccines, antibiotics and even physicians while the number of blockbuster treatments and global epidemics are rising. Health innovators are stepping up to restore the balance through new business models, unique collaborations and an increased emphasis on transparency. Let's tip the scales towards better, more affordable care!

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Healthy Data

Let's talk about data. With challenges like breaches, ownership, consent and interoperability, can we figure this data maze out? Everyone has a different method to best manage health data, but the same goal- empower patients and improve health outcomes. Now let's take action!

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Health

With a contentious election ahead of us and healthcare reform looming on the horizon, the stakes could not be higher for health policy. Join innovators, entrepreneurs, patients and the best policy minds as they share their divergent solutions capable of rising above election-year politics to improve our system by making it affordable and accessible for everyone pursuing the greatest inalienable right of all - the right to be healthy.

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Money Moves

Don't get comfortable, the health investment landscape is changing. 2019 left us with new IPO's, unicorns and records being broken, but there were also plenty of failures to learn from. With new funds being created, increased M&A activity and PE coming in hot, what will the next decade of health tech investing look like?

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Operational Upheaval

Driving down costs, increasing quality of care and treating more patients all starts with smart, effective and modernized operations. Applying digital tools with more traditional methods has opened up new avenues to streamline tasks and alleviate the burden to our health workforce. Hear from the administrative mavericks of health!

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Primary Care v.2020

Primary care has entered the next decade! Welcoming in more one-stop shops for care within retail locations, fully online or in new subscription-based clinics. Primary care leaders are using nontraditional methods to ensure all who need care, receive it in a manner most convenient to them.

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Startup Pitch: Who's Up Next?

15 early-stage startups vie for the top spots in our HLTH startup pitch competition. Hear from the most innovative up-and-comers in health during this high-energy competition with live judging and audience voting. Who will win the top prizes?

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The Bold and The Unconventional

No longer just a cameo, new entrants in health's Hollywood have made it to the A-list. They are thinking big & bold with bright ideas that are changing the landscape of health as we know it. Lights, camera, action... the new entrants have arrived!

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The Chronics

They are persistent, debilitating and affecting more and more people every year. Chronic conditions are a tough opponent, but with new digital tools, population-based initiatives and breakthrough discoveries- we are stronger. Health leaders are managing chronic disease earlier and more efficiently with one goal- give patients their power back!

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The Future of Medicine

Breakthrough treatments have broken through. Not a what-if for the distant future, but here and now- we are heeding disease through novel therapies originating from both traditional and digitally-enhanced discovery methods. Hear about truly life-saving treatments taking medicine into the next decade.

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The Wellness Awakening

Wellness is no longer a concept for just social media influencers and celebrities. We are all quickly realizing that living well goes far beyond a lifestyle. Recognizing that how you sleep, eat, move and think deeply affects your overall health, it is imperative that we step up our wellness game. Listen to leaders driving the trend to live well for better health.

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Vital Employer Actions = Brighter Future

Employers have the power to collectively reshape healthcare. Join Mercer and innovators across the health ecosystem to uncover vital actions employers are taking today and planning for tomorrow to disrupt the status quo, drive quality, pay for value, and personalize the healthcare experience to create a brighter future for everyone.