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Virtual Series: What is the Future of Healthcare?

Virtual Series: What is the Future of Healthcare?
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Date(s) - 06/05/2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Twenty years from now, will cancer, heart disease or diabetes join polio as defeated diseases? Far-fetched? Will we better focus our efforts responding to illness or will technology enable our health care system to concentrate on sustaining well being?

Join me for the next in my virtual series on Wednesday, May 6th at 6:30 pm, when we discuss the “Future of HealthCare”. We’ll hear from experts who work in the field, and I’m really looking forward to learning how to be an industry disrupter and influencer. I hope you can join me for this virtual meeting.

Here’s who’s on tap for this discussion, and I can’t be more excited!

Dr. Scott Jensen is a practicing physician and current member of the Minnesota Senate. Dr. Jensen has consistently pushed to transform Minnesota’s healthcare system to make it more efficient, deliver better results and cost less. Recently, Dr. Jensen has been a reasonable voice sought by the media regarding Covid-19.

Jay McLaren has spent the majority of his career in public policy, most of it focused on healthcare and the last 12 years at Medica. Founded in 1975, Medica is a Minnesota non-profit health plan that serves communities in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Jay currently holds the position of VP, of Public Policy and Government Relations at Medica.

Jim Thomson is an architect and Regional Practice Leader focusing on health. Jim and his team focus on advancing care delivery that promote health and well-being on a global scale and in local communities. Jim currently is the Director of Health, Central Region at HDR.

Today, our healthcare system is an incredibly complex, and a disconnected collection of components (health plans, hospital systems, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, government, special interest groups). These are the drivers of our current healthcare system, although with the emerging technology, we can be reasonably certain radically interoperable data, artificial intelligence, and open, secure platforms will organize care around the consumer.

Consumers, rather than health plans or providers, will determine when, where, and with whom he or she engages for care or to sustain well-being. In the future, the acute care hospital will no longer serve as the center of gravity, instead it will be the consumer and all health information will likely become accessible and – with appropriate permissions – broadly shared by the consumers who own it.

This is already happening. The Estoninan e-health system is among the world’s most ambitious and clear examples of why this small country is widely hailed as one of the most advanced digital nations in the world. More than 95% of the data generated by hospitals and doctors has been digitized, and consumers have easy access to their own medical records, prescriptions, and the most suitable health professionals.

In the future of health, consumers and industry disruptors will share a common purpose. While disease and suffering will never be completely eliminated, through science, data, technology and personal responsibility, we will be able to identify it earlier, intervene better and understand it more thoroughly to help consumers actively sustain their well being. The future will be focused on wellness, with health care partners who drive value in a transformed health system. The future health care system may not even resemble the one we have today, we could see healthier populations, decreased costs and consumers the new center of gravity.


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Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM

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