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May 9

Past Event

Bringing Health Care into the 21st Century


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The United States faces many challenges in terms of health care quality, affordability and access. The nation spends almost twice the percentage of its gross domestic product as many European countries on health care, but has outcomes that rank well below those of other developed nations. However, policy ideas and new technologies are emerging to improve innovation, data sharing, and analytics, thereby boosting cost containment and health care delivery and quality.

On May 9, the Governance Studies program at Brookings hosted a half-day conference focused on government reforms and technology-related solutions aimed at improving the U.S health care system. The third annual A. Alfred Taubman Forum on Public Policy convened leaders from academia, business and government to discuss concrete policy actions to improve performance in this policy area and specific actions to modernize the U.S. health care system for the 21st century.

Event Agenda

  • 8:30 AM -- Welcome

  • 8:35 AM -- Innovation in Health Care

    • Curt I. Civin, MD

      Associate Dean for Research and Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine

      University of Maryland School of Medicine

    • Grant Verstandig

      Founder & CEO

      Audax Health

  • 9:30 AM -- Sharing Data to Improve Quality and Save Money

    • Kevin Vigilante, MD

      Senior Vice President

      Booz Allen Hamilton

    • Daniel J. Wattendorf, Lt Col, USAF, MC

      Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office

      Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

  • 10:45 AM -- Using Analytics To Improve Decision-Making

    • Lynn Etheredge

      Principal Consultant, Rapid Learning Health System Project

      The George Washington University

    • Richard Migliori, MD

      Executive Vice President, Health Services, United Health Group

      Chief Healthcare Officer, United Health Group Alliances

  • 12:00 PM -- Lunch Discussion: Lessons From Around The World

    • William Haseltine


      Access Health International

    • Robert Jarrin

      Senior Director, Government Affairs



May 9, 2012

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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