Innovative collaborations and up-and-coming technologies will be major focuses in this year’s AHIP Institute and Expo in San Diego and attendees are looking both to the past and the future.
Alan Warren, CTO of Oscar Health hopes to share insights from his company's six years of experience and learn where other innovators are focusing on.
"We have some really interesting data based on our member engagement and important lessons on consumer experience," he said. Warren is also on a session about "How to Fix Healthcare" along with representatives from Walmart, Sutter Health and Pfizer.
"I'm looking forward to that discussion and hearing what other innovators in the field are doing," he added.
Dan Knecht, M.D., Aetna’s head of clinical strategy, has his eye on data analytics and technology and their role in value-based care.
"There’s a tremendous untapped potential for insurers to unlock value through claims data," he said. "I hope to leave with new additional insights and perhaps an idea or two to implement around clinical analytics."
A discussion on end of life care by Atul Gawande, M.D., of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, is also one of the must-see keynote sessions this year.
"I always like hearing what he has to say," Knecht added. "He has recently been commenting about palliative care, so hearing how insurers can play a productive role in advanced care planning would be great."
Another big draw is former President George W. Bush, and attendees hope he'll comment on health policy differences between the Trump administration and his own.
"It'll be interesting to hear his perspective on some of the major changes that have happened since he left office," Brian Kalis, managing director of digital health & innovation at Accenture, said.
Eric Sullivan, senior vice president of innovation and data strategies at Inovalon, said he hopes to hear how insurers are exploring the use of artificial intelligence, interoperability and other current technology trends.
“I’m excited by the AHIP sessions that will focus on the latest technologies and innovation to truly harness the power of data to impact quality, utilization and performance across the healthcare landscape," he said. "Access to data-driven insights is critical to ensuring that care decisions are based on the most pertinent, complete and timely information, but many challenges remain in this area."
The AHIP Institute and Expo 2018 kicks off June 20 at the San Diego Convention Center and runs through June 22.