Brain Exchanges & Think Tanks

Facilitator Forum - Las Vegas 2013

20th Century Brain Exchanges and Think Tanks: Harnessing Meaningful Discussions to Establish Advocacy

These moderated Brain Exchanges (previously forums) and Think Tanks put competition aside to encourage attendees to work together towards common goals, interests and deal as a collaborative group on common obstacles and problems that slow or hinder growth of the industry. Organizations entering this industry or existing ones, don’t need to step into the same pitfalls and make the same mistakes as others before them. Our 2018 Brain Exchange and Think Tanks included:


Self-Directed Well-being

 What is Your Wellness Philosophy?

Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 2:00 – 2:50 PM

Your personal philosophy is not necessarily what you do but more likely who you are. Your wellness philosophy is not necessarily what programs you deliver but more likely why you offer them. We all have times when there is intense pressure to deliver content and opportunities to participants requiring a complete focus on what you do. If what you do is deeply rooted in who you are, these times of intense pressure will be difficult but at the same time deeply satisfying.

If you are a wellness leader you are most effective when your leadership reflects your personal philosophy, including your personal values, and when your leadership reflects your wellness philosophy and you are performing at a higher level.

The advantage of your wellness and personal philosophies reflecting each other is you are in a position to sustain and modify your thinking over successful and consistent personal and professional careers.

In this collaborative forum, the Godfather of Wellness, Dr. Edington will guide attendees through a process to:

  • Develop your wellness philosophy. What does health, wellness, or well-being mean to you: how you develop it and how does it make you feel and perform? Let people know by your actions.
  • Develop your personal philosophy. Your personal philosophy is much more that what you do but who you are as a person: your values, your vision, your purpose, and your mission. Be the person you wish the world to see.
  • Think at a higher level. Think for the good of all stakeholders at a higher level within the organization and a higher level within you and within the participants.  Think like a Servant-Leader.
  • Sustain and modify your wellness and personal philosophy over a career.Your work and personal values, vision, mission, and purpose will change over time and you will constantly be in a state of frustration if you lose sight of your core philosophies.

The Business of Health & Well-being

 4 Pillars of Wellness

Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 2:00 – 2:50 PM

The Business of Wellbeing incorporates concentrations of physical, emotional, financial, social, community and precision in its definition.  Within these topics we take a deep dive into how to break down the concentrations of Well-being.  More and more corporations are seeing well-being as important or just as important as safety in the workplace.  Investing in safety helps with costs associated accidents in the workplace.  In the same way, investing in the well-being of an employer’s most important asset, their people, will in turn save on the costs associated with one of the largest operating costs and employer can have, it’s medical costs.  With costs expected to rise 5-7% higher in 2018 it is high time that we treat the business of well-being as an industry standard that not only invests in our people but invests in cost reduction through this endeavor.

In this invite only session we will explore the concentrations in wellbeing and extract the perfect plan of action to take this entire concept to the next level.

Inbound Medical Travel to the U.S.

New Models of Preferred and Narrow Networks

Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 2:00 – 2:50 PM

Old models are out and new models on the rise. International referrers of patients are changing the models of care inbound to the U.S. Whether it’s a value-based care design, centers of excellence model or a preferred narrow network, a focus on both patient experience and quality outcomes opens new doors for international healthcare relationships. This open discussion between governments, insurance companies and U.S. healthcare providers offers an opportunity to understand what is being sought by referrers to be included this new network model – quality, technology, bundling, service selection, and more.

Call to Excellence

Next Generation Facilitation 3.0 

From Botox to brain surgery, the wants and needs of a traveling patient rely on the first message you make at the very first stop on your website. Digital marketing and on-demand telehealth services are changing the way medical tourism and wellness travel facilitators do their business with word of mouth referral and client rolodexes on the decline. New opportunities to define medical networks through evidenced based excellence are being realized while wellness travel offerings driving lifestyle change is taking flight. This session outlines the Next Generation of medical and wellness travel facilitation services that aim to please the health and wellness seeker. Standards offer a sustainable business model that not only improves patient lead conversion, but expands word of mouth referral exponentially through the customer experiences you provide.

Medical Travel Destination Development

Medical Travel Destination Development

Wednesday October 4, 2017 – 2:00 – 2:50 PM

The fact is, that there are no regulations surrounding medical tourism and very few legislative initiatives or international funding options to develop a destination as a health tourism destination. The EU has provided funding to several destinations for marketing and business development, yet the efforts seem less than sustainable for an emerging market against more prominent medical destinations. This open forum explores the various initiatives around the world and what type of collaboration might produce greater results. Participants from Latin American, Asian, Middle East and Europe will be tuning in to their vision for 2020.


Personalized Medicine

 Redefining Cancer and Its Treatment 

Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 3:00 – 3:50 PM

The arrival of precision medicine and personalized care for cancer will change how medicine is delivered across the world, but it will take a lot of work from health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies, healthcare providers and employers. The promise of genomics covers a lot of ground, from groundbreaking new treatments to personalized remedies tailored to an individual’s unique genetic makeup. Join this industry think tank as they discuss what the future of genomics looks like, and what employers can do now to prepare.

In this think tank, attendees will learn:

  • How precision medicine could change the healthcare system
  • How personalized medicine for cancer treatment will impact employers and employees
  • What employers can do now to help prepare for precision-medicine

Money Smart

 Overcoming the Gender Divide in Financial Well-being

Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 3:00 – 3:50 PM

As HR leaders evaluate their organization’s employee financial well-being programs, it’s a good idea to look closely at the gender differences of a workforce and implement programs that provide unique and individualized support. Participation in employee financial well-being programs has typically been greater among men. In this collaborative forum, we will take a look at the main differences and challenges faced by women when it comes to financial well-being and develop a consensus on successful approaches to tackle these obstacles.

Forum attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the unique financial differences and needs of men and women. Industry experts will help attendees evaluate their current wellness offerings and provide guidance on where to focus or enhance their own program.

In this session attendees will:

  • Learn how to balance employees’ diverse financial needs without making a significant investment
  • Better understand the unique financial differences and needs and challenges of women in today’s workforce
  • Learn how to evaluate their current employee financial wellness offerings and receive guidance on where to focus or enhance an existing program

Hype Today but a Promising Future

 Genomics & Precision Medicine 

Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 3:00 – 3:50 PM

The hype surrounding the future of genomics is strong, but its potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry is greater than the buildup. The ability to pinpoint a biomarker, or determine what medication is right for a specific individual will change how we look at healthcare, but there is a lot to overcome before we get to that point. Join this think tank as we discuss what the future of precision medicine might look like, what needs to be overcome before we get there, and how we can work together to get there.

This session will cover

  • What the future of precision medicine and genomics will look like
  • Common objections to genomics including fear of discrimination
  • Where technology needs to be to accomplish the promise of precision medicine

Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained

 Investment in Medical Tourism & Wellness Travel

Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 3:00 – 3:50 PM

We see them come and we see them go. Medical tourism projects struggle to catch the attention (and the dollars) of venture capital firms that seem to only be interested in technology. Designed as a follow up to the Market Venture Pitch from Monday, this open forum brings investors together with project developers and successful brand to discuss the ins and outs of conceptualizing, funding and executing medical destination projects that attract their interest.

Dirty Little Secrets

What’s Not Being Said About Medical Travel

Wednesday October 4, 2017 – 3:00 – 3:50 PM

Consensus and collaboration are lacking in an industry led by entrepreneurs and medical pioneers, each seeking to strike their cord in medical travel history. Medical travel industry can be measured as the economic impact generated by health service spending, wellness complementary to health and tourism/travel. So where’s the debate? Industry leaders work through the issues about gaining industry consensus about the size and measurement of this industry and raise a hot new topic – Can providers and destinations be benchmarked on quality and outcomes? What are the concerns around collecting this data and ultimately sharing it with patients over time? A new initative may evolve from this thought provoking think tank aimed to change the way patients and buyers of healthcare select health services.

European Health Tourism Industry Summit

Sponsored by HTI Conference

Wednesday October 4, 2017 – 4:00 – 4:50 PM

Last February in Croatia, a dedicated group of stakeholders from 18 nations gathered to take the first steps towards consensus amongst European nations in health tourism. Conclusions from that Summit included the need for a unified marketing effort amongst other critical needs for Europe to improve competitiveness in the worldwide medical travel market. As the second meeting of EHTI, participants will in this think tank take this conversation further with the goal to agree upon next crucial steps for 2018 and to create a European association for health tourism along with an innovative five year plan.