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Health:Further 2017 Takes the Stage Next Week, Co-Sponsored by Center for Health Care Market Innovation

Aug 17, 2017
Health Further Conference
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A variety of speakers, from Dr. Oz to Dominique Wilkins, converge on Music City Center August 22-25 to explore the future of health

By Nathaniel Luce

The 2017 Health:Further Summit, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Center for Healthcare Market Innovation (CHMI), is expanding its agenda considerably in year three of the conference.

With over 140 speakers, multiple networking sessions, live musical performances, and a pitch competition, the summit spans industries and ideologies to find new ways to create the future of health. The mission of Health:Further and the summit align well with CHMI, which conducts research on the changing demands for health care and models to address shifting consumer needs.

Larry Van Horn

“The future of healthcare will be determined by consumer choice, not Washington policy,” said Professor Larry Van Horn, co-founder and co-director of CHMI. “We need to understand the new customer in health care and leverage lessons from industries which have been successful.  The Consumer Summit at Health:Further advances this conversation.”

A Untraditional FAQ for an Untraditional Event

Why is the CEO of Forbes Travel Guide coming to Health:Further?

A widely recognized visionary in the worlds of hospitality and entertainment, Jerry Inzerillo has developed some of the world’s most famous and successful lifestyle brands in tourism and entertainment. With consumers footing an increasingly larger portion of their healthcare bill and demanding more from their service providers, the industry can learn a lot from market leaders like Jerry, and it’s why he and dozens of other experts in industries like finance, sports, consumer goods, retail, and food are taking part in the summit.

Is there still a chance for attendees to learn how industry leaders are staying current and planning for the future? 

Leadership from major players in the healthcare ecosystem, including hospital groups like HCA, St. Jude’s, and Vanderbilt; insurers like Blue Cross/Blue Shield; senior-care providers like Brookdale; and government organizations like the Dept. of Health & Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will be on hand to share their approaches to innovation.

For an industry with roots in reason and analysis, why is there so much programming around passion?

It can mean many things – offering consumers a chance to improve their health by appealing to their interests, using a personal health journey to create a product or service, or encouraging others to live their best lives. Several participants will speak to these concepts, including Olympic champion Scott Hamilton, NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins, and Dr. Oz, the founder of summit co-sponsor Sharecare.

What’s up with all of the music at this health care event? 

Because music and art are an integral part of health and a foundation of Nashville. Performers at the summit include legendary blues artist Delbert McClinton, Brenda Lee, and a remarkable set of singer/songwriters, who will be performing in between speakers and sessions. Delbert will be headlining the Health:Further@Night concert at the iconic Cannery Ballroom.

For more information on tickets, click here.

About Vanderbilt’s Center for Healthcare Market Innovation

The Center for Health Care Market Innovation at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management is a hub for the evolution of health care markets. It conducts research on the demand for health care, how it is changing, and the capacity for new financing and delivery models to successfully meet changing consumer needs.

About Health:Further

Health:Further is an open community focused on the future of health. We are driven to pursue two difficult ideals: that health is a human right, and that health must be supported affordably and sustainably. Each year our community gathers at the Health:Further Festival in Nashville, TN to exchange ideas, evidence and good will. We are providers, payers, politicians and practitioners. We are investors, innovators, artists and activists. We are patients, and together, we will create the ideal future of health. More at

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