SESSIONS WILL INCLUDE:
SETTING THE STAGE: WHERE TO INVEST
For our fifth anniversary of Brainstorm Health, we began with a driving question: Where should we invest to improve the health of Americans and people around the world? What are the most promising technologies, scientific advances, and business models to wager on now? How do we invest strategically in biology’s last frontier, the brain; and in the everyday realm of our workplaces; and in the unfolding dimensions of A.I.? A preview of an extraordinary two days of provocative inquiry to come.
INVESTING IN THE CURRENCY OF HEALTH CARE: DATA
Health care generates nearly one-third of the world’s stored data, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. This data is an information pot that is growing every year and faster than in any other industry. The challenge—and imperative—is to somehow harness this digital trove into significantly healthier outcomes. How soon will we get there, what’s getting in the way now—and how will our health interactions change when data is the most valuable asset of all?
DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S BROKEN: INVESTING IN PREVENTION
Our health care system is designed to fix us when something breaks. Mounting evidence also shows it’s inefficient, far too expensive, and, when it breaks down, even deadly. If, as the CDC states, 90% of U.S. health care costs are for often-preventable chronic diseases and mental health conditions, can this really be the right way to go? Amgen CEO Bob Bradway on what it will take to redesign our health care system so that prediction and prevention take the lead.
INVESTING IN PERSONALIZED HEALTH
Over the past decade, health data has moved from thick paper files to electronic health records. That was the first transformation. Now comes a bigger one: migrating from EHRs to health care consumers themselves. Armed with smart devices and knowledge of their personal genomic profiles, individuals are increasingly making their own more-informed health care decisions. Welcome to the revolution. Oh—and one question: Is the revolution real?
INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES
In downtown Chicago, a person born today can expect to live to age 83. Three train stops away, in Washington Park, average life expectancy is 69. In the area around Dallas, average lifespans can vary by 18 years, depending on the zip code. How do we make health care smarter and more affordable across the board when there is no “across the board”? The CEOs of Fortune 500 giants Centene and Baxter International share how some new thinking—and new tech—can deliver better, cheaper care to more front doors.
MOVING BEYOND STIGMA: INVESTING IN MENTAL WELL-BEING
Mental illness impacts one in five Americans and costs employers more than $200 billion a year, with everything from sick days to poor performance at work adding to the soaring cost. A probing conversation with Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, who is championing a bold new approach to well-being for his 75,000-person workforce, and National Institute of Mental Health director Dr. Joshua Gordon.
INVESTING IN OUR BRAINS
How can we strengthen the most complex organ in our body and help our brains function at optimal performance at any age? What’s the real connection between aging and cognitive decline—and can we overcome it? Neurosurgeon and globe-trotting CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares some keen insights from his new book, Keep Sharp.
90,000 HOURS: INVESTING IN THE WORKPLACE
That’s the amount of time the average person spends at work over a lifetime. And yet, it’s the time that we’re least likely to think about our well-being. As we transform health care, many are looking to the workplace as the most critical laboratory. When it comes to our health, what works at work?
FROM CORONAVIRUS TO PANDEMIC FLU: INVESTING TO PREVENT THE “BIG ONE”
The coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, in November is one of the biggest challenges the collective world has faced in years—not just in terms of the human toll, but also as a test of health care infrastructure everywhere and the resiliency of global trade. We still don’t know how soon we’ll be fully out of this crisis. What better time is there to start preparing for the next one?
STARTING FROM SCRATCH: INVESTING IN THE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE
In 2000, Rwanda had one of the highest rates of mortality for children under five in sub-Saharan Africa. Today it has one of the lowest. How leaders built one of the most resilient and effective health care systems on the African continent in record time.
INVESTING IN THE UNKNOWN
The Human Genome Project began in 1990. Thirteen years (and $2.7 billion in U.S. funding) later, a final sequence of human DNA was announced. Even then, in 2003, few would have predicted how commonplace, cheap, and integral to medicine genomic sequencing would become a generation later. And yet the unknown—and unfathomable—is precisely what we must invest in if we are to change the course of human health and longevity. How will the risks we take today reshape the future of medicine? Let the exploration begin.