All students registered for the third annual UCLA Anderson Healthcare Conference on Saturday, March 11, will be invited to a pre-conference networking night on campus on Friday, March 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The evening will feature a senior executive keynote speaker from conference sponsor Blue Shield of California. Cocktails and snacks will be served.
By Harshita Mishra (’18)
The “health care industry” impacts us all. It is an industry that intersects with technology, law, economics, government and countless other sectors. In the United States alone, the health care industry is worth more than $3 trillion.
How can California, the most populous and diverse state in the U.S., serve as the model for value, innovation and collaboration in health care? How will the changing political climate impact the Affordable Care Act? What are California’s strengths to face the upcoming challenges? What should you as a future global leader know, and why?
These questions intrigue and excite me. That’s why I’m attending the third annual UCLA Anderson Healthcare Conference, whose theme this year is Caring for California: Visions of Value, Innovation and Collaboration.
Value-based health care fascinates me personally. Let’s say a blockbuster biologic drug decreases your family member’s hospital stay, benefiting both the patient and the hospital (direct effect). This means that you, the caretaker, and your family member both go back to work sooner, increasing the flow of income to your household (indirect effect). The increased income leads to an increased flow of income tax to the government, who can now use the tax money for the greater public benefit (economic effect). This ripple effect is one aspect of value-based health care — though it’s the tip of the iceberg on this subject, which will be explored in depth at the conference.
Interactive panels will cover many other topics that include the Affordable Care Act, digital health and precision medicine. Opportunities to network with more than 300 participants will open avenues to new relationships and thought-provoking discussions among voices in industry, academia and government. I’m looking forward to keynote addresses by UCLA Anderson alumna Susan Tousi (’05), the senior vice president of product development at Illumina; and Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health. The conference closes with a fireside chat with Rich Roth, chief strategic innovation officer of Dignity Health. Other standout speakers include Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Amgen’s Amit Agarwal and Anderson’s own Dean Judy Olian. (I can assure you your health care “celebrity” moment!)
By the way, all of this great content comes with gourmet breakfast, lunch, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Did I mention this is one of the largest health care conferences in South California? It will be a Saturday well spent! I’m super-thrilled for this lineup to broaden my knowledge base and my network and to get my questions answered. I hope to see you at the conference!
The third annual UCLA Anderson Healthcare Conference is organized by the Healthcare Business Association.