AHIP 2017: Joseph Swedish, Eric Topol, Mike Leavitt headline general sessions

Joseph Swedish
Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish will discuss "Reinventing Healthcare for the Future" in a general session presentation at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday at the 2017 AHIP Institute in Austin, Texas. (Anthem Inc.)

Some familiar names will take the stage at this year’s America’s Health Insurance Plans Institute & Expo in Austin, Texas. And they’re taking on some pretty big issues.

Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish will tackle “reinventing healthcare,” while Eric Topol, M.D., director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, will present his vision for the future of precision medicine. Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, meanwhile, will attack the thorny challenge of making healthcare accessible and affordable for all Americans.

Here’s a roundup of the general sessions at next week’s AHIP event:

Wednesday, June 7

1:15 p.m. Reinventing Health Care for the Future, Anthem CEO Joseph R. Swedish

2 p.m. The Future of Precision Medicine, Eric J. Topol, M.D.

2:45 p.m. Making Health Care Accessible and Affordable for All Americans, Gov. Mike Leavitt, founder of Leavitt Partners

Thursday, June 8

8:30 a.m. Amplifying the Patient’s Voice to Change Health Care, Jamie Heywood, co-founder and chairman of PatientsLikeMe and Deborah W. Brooks, co-founder and executive vice chairman of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

11:30 a.m. Balancing Innovation and Affordability of Prescription Drugs, Eric H. Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Friday, June 9

8:30 a.m. The Battle for the Heart and Mind of the Health Care Consumer: Lessons Learned from Other Industries, John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market

9:15 a.m. What Do You Stand For? Connecting with Consumers in the New Health Care Economy, Roy Spence Jr., co-founder and chairman of ad agency GSD&M

10:15 a.m. Transforming Oncology Care: Lessons Learned, Lee N. Newcomer, M.D., SVP for oncology and genetics at UnitedHealthcare

12 p.m. Uncertain Times: Leadership Lessons for an Unprecedented Political Era—A Conversation, Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and author and David Gergen, senior political analyst at CNN