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Nation’s Top Health Insurance, Hospital, Government, Life Sciences, and Employer Leaders Meet in DC to Discuss Innovation, Policy, and Disruption Impacting the Future of U.S. Health Care

May 20, 2019 GMT


Over 1,000 industry stakeholders gathered this month in Washington, DC at the 16thAnnual World Health Care Congress (#WHCC19) to discuss policy, innovation, and disruption impacting the business of health care. The 2019 agenda addressed strategic initiatives, results, and steps to overcome access and affordability issues while delivering high-value care.

In his debut speech since stepping down as FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD reflected on the agency’s push for innovation under his leadership. In other compelling keynotes, US Health and Human Services’ Deputy Secretary, Eric D. Hargan delved into how HHS is fostering innovation and investment in health care while Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, (R-La) offered his alternative to Medicare for All.


With more than 300 speakers from government, health plans, hospitals, health systems, employers, life sciences, and venture capital firms, the 2019 agenda spotlighted lessons learned in the shift to value-based care, ways to quantify the ROI of social determinants of health initiatives, the potential of AI and ML, addressing the Opioid epidemic at work and in the community, disruptive drug pricing models driving transparency and affordability, and much more.

New to the programming were Fireside Chat and Q&A sessions with Seven-Time Olympic Medalist, Shannon Miller; Theranos Whistleblower and Entrepreneur, Tyler Shultz; Enron’s Former Chief Financial Officer, Andy Fastow; and Clover Health’s Chief Behavioral Officer, Matt Wallaert.

Here’s what key thought leaders and constituents had to say about this year’s Congress:

  • “The World Health Care Congress should be the place the most influential people in business, politics and care delivery come to create the future.”
    -Robert Pearl, MD, Author, Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care and Why We’re Usually Wrong
  • “My first experience at the World Health Care Congress was inevitably a unique one. In no other event have I experienced great, interactive panels, as well as had the chance to conduct media interviews and have the opportunity to be published! I am thrilled that I was able to participate and make a difference to our health and in technology.”
    -Jothi Dugar, Chief Information Security Officer, NIH Center for Information Technology, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • “The keynotes went right to the heart of the issues impacting our industry today (transparency, value-based payments, social barriers, member engagement, and affordability). Likewise, the breakout sessions were plentiful and offered a diverse array of topics to choose from.”
    -Eric Decker, Senior Vice President of IT, Chief Information Officer, Independent Health; Board Member, HealthCare Executive Group ( HCEG)
  • “This conference has it all: Bold, fresh ideas; practical tactics you can take home and put to work immediately; people from all over the country who actually get things done. For once we aren’t discussing on and on the problems in health care—we’re talking solutions that actually improve quality and cut costs. It made me feel optimistic about the future and inspired me to do more.”
    -Leah Binder, President and CEO, The Leapfrog Group
  • “This is the first multi-sector health care conference I have been to where the words ‘love,’ ‘social connection,’ and ‘upstream factors of health’ were so readily used and with such commitment. Let’s hope this is the start of great change to come!”
    -Lisa Sundean, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Congress featured more than 15 tracks of strategic content across multiple stakeholder topics plus C-suite keynotes, pre-Congress executive workshops, Fireside Chats, a night of comedy with the Capitol Steps, and multiple networking events.

Be sure to register early for WHCC20 taking place March 29 - April 1, 2020 in DC. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/WHCC2020 or contact +1 800-767-9499.

About World Health Care Congress

For more than 15 years, the World Health Care Congress is the only health care meeting that convenes ALL cross-sector decision makers who are determined to disrupt, innovate, and change health care.


Missed any content? Recordings of the keynote sessions from World Health Care Congress 2019 are available. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2EkYm78

To see video highlights and hear inspiring thought leadership from the WHCC faculty, visit: http://bit.ly/2YBdW6t

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