Health Care Forum

The Atlantic Health Forum

March 18, 2015
Washington, D.C.

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The Atlantic convened a group of physicians, technologists, researchers, business leaders, advocates, legislators, health policy thought leaders and practitioners to examine the trends in health care today, with an eye to understanding how individual patient and physician experiences are evolving as health practices and policies change.

In the past year, health issues dominated the news, demonstrating the dynamism—and dysfunctionof the health sector. Ebola spread abroad and measles spread at home, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised awareness and money in unprecedented amounts, wearables became more common than wrist watches and debates over Obamacare continued as enrollments rose and new leadership arrived on Capitol Hill.

The Atlantic’s seventh annual Health Forum took a close look at these critical new developments in an attempt to understand how big shifts shape individual experiences.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ronald Reagan Building
Pavilion Room
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

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8:30 a.m. Guest Arrival, Breakfast and Registration

9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

9:20 a.m. Interview: Epidemics of the Year

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Interviewed by: Dr. James Hamblin, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

9:50 a.m. Introductory Remarks

  • Frank Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Evolent Health

9:55 a.m. Conversation: Care, Gone Digital

  • Shannon Brownlee, Senior Vice President, Lown Institute
  • Dr. Oliver Kharraz, President and Founder, ZocDoc
  • David Yakimischak, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Surescripts
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

  • Video viewing: "Why is Google Making Human Skin?"

10:45 a.m. Interview: Rethinking the End of Life

  • Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Interviewed by: Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

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11:25 a.m. Interview: What Alcoholics Anonymous Doesn't Get Right

  • Gabrielle Glaser, Author, Her Best-Kept Secret
  • Interviewed by: Scott Stossel, Editor, The Atlantic

12:00 p.m. Roundtable Lunch Discussions

12:45 p.m. Conversation: Health Disparities

  • Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
  • Dr. Paula Johnson, Executive Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Moderated by: Olga Khazan, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

1:10 p.m. Interview: Reflections from West Africa

  • Dr. Brian D’Cruz, Physician, Doctors Without Borders
  • Interviewed by: Olga Khazan

1:35 p.m. Case Study: Wearables!

  • Dr. Robert Goldberg, Co-Founder, Neumitra
  • Rachel Kalmar, Data Scientist
  • Dr. Amanda Parkes, Chief Technology Officer, Manufacture NY
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons

2:05 p.m. Conversation: Veterans in Transition

  • Mike Monroe, Division Administrator, Team Rubicon
  • Dr. Nancy Sherman, Author, Afterwar (forthcoming May 2015)
  • Sally Spencer-Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Carson J. Spencer Foundation
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons

2:35 p.m. Interview: Making Every Step Count

  • James Park, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Fitbit
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Guest Departure

  • Margaret Low Smith


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