Kudos to the HLTH conference organizers. Their inaugural conference achieved what many thought was impossible… creating a health event that disrupts the healthcare sector focused on disruption. The 3600 attendees who descended on Las Vegas represented a broad constituency, creating an environment ripe for big thinking and cross-sector innovation.
But will the innovations sparked at HLTH benefit employers?
There were approximately 50 employer healthcare benefits leaders in attendance, including a number of Mercer clients. This is a good start – but it’s only a start. At Mercer, our relentless focus on employer-driven healthcare transformation means we want a continuous spotlight on the prominent efforts underway by employers to drive change. While there were employer-focused sessions and even an employer track at HLTH, the big opportunity is to infuse employer perspectives throughout the dialogue and to increase the focus on “innovation that works.”
With this in mind, here is a summary of the key themes across the event, reframed through the lens of employer perspectives:
All told, this was a valuable investment of time and especially good for networking. I hope not only to attend next year, but also to help shape the dialogue at a macro level, ensuring relevance and actionable opportunities for the employer stakeholder group who spends $668 billion on US healthcare every year.