Annual Health & Wellness Benefits Conference, Virtual Event

2020 and Beyond: A Healthcare Innovation Odyssey – DAY 1

Are you an employer interested in attending but not a member? Contact Jennifer Fucci

How Does COVID-19 Change Us Now and in the Future? 

COVID-19 has upended life as we’ve known it and changed the way we think about work and wellbeing.

What lessons have we learned that make us better prepared for an uncertain future when it comes to delivering better health outcomes and more engaging experiences for our employees?  

How will technology innovation reshape healthcare delivery and the benefits landscape in a cost-effective way?

We’ll tackle these questions and more at our 9th Annual Health & Wellness Benefits Conference!


* This virtual conference replaces our original June 11 event. If you registered for that event, you are automatically registered for this one! Questions or concerns? Contact Diane Engel

~ Registration for this event includes access to both days of programming (September 10 and 17, 8:30am – 11:30am)

Thursday, September 10, 2020

8:30 am


8:40 am

Keynote Introduction


Alan J. Murray

President and CEO
Empire BlueCrossBlueShield, an Anthem Company
8:45 am

Space Age Medicine and the New Normal

Keynote Speaker

Daniel Kraft, MD

Chair, Medicine
Singularity University

While much of the world came to a stand-still because of the coronavirus, technology innovation didn’t stop. What does that mean for our ability to get through a 2nd or 3rd wave of the virus – and for fighting off future pandemics?

Daniel Kraft, MD, Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. He is the Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience, Singularity University, Founder & Chair, Exponential Medicine

9:15 am

XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance


Mariya Filipova

Healthcare Transformation Catalyst, Anthem Innovation Ambassador

Daniel Kraft, MD

Chair, Medicine
Singularity University

Mariya Fillipova provides an update on the Rapid Covid Testing XPRIZE.

9:25 am

Plugged in to Patients: The Hospital of the Future


Paul Testa, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
NYU Langone Health

Isaac Wagner

Sr. Director of Strategy Analytics
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Richard R. Barakat, MD

Physician-in-Chief and Director, Cancer Services and Research, Northwell Health Cancer Institute; SVP, Cancer Services
Northwell Health

Marco Diaz

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Benefits
News Corp

How has new technology helped enhance care of patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses?  Can AI help monitor patients, and predict risk for disease and serious complications?  How can we build capacity for future public health crises while still streamlining hospitals for efficiency?  And what are the implications for costs – especially for employers?

9:55 am

Health and High-Risk Employees: Divided We Stand?


Van H. Dunn, MD

Chief Medical Officer
1199SEIU Benefit Funds

Karinn A. Glover, MD, MPH

Attending Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient Department
Moses Division of Montefiore Health System

COVID-19 has placed a spotlight on healthcare disparities and the risks for chronic and serious disease among minority and low-income populations. What needs to happen now? And what role do employers play?   

10:10 am

Barriers to Health and Employer Strategies


Alan Gilbert

VP, Business Initiatives and Drivers of Health Strategy

Robert Bunch

Chief Client Officer & Chief Operating Officer, National Accounts

Access to healthcare is one thing. But what can employers do to ensure employees have equitable access to good health?

10:35 am

Technology, Talent and Innovation: Health Plans at the Cutting Edge


Craig Hersh, MD

Chief Medical Officer for Empire BCBS; Senior Clinical Officer and Regional Vice President

Deb Friesen, MD, FACP

Physician Advisor, Customer Clinical Solutions
Kaiser Permanente National Sales and Account Management

Rhonda L. Randall, DO

EVP and Chief Medical Officer
UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual

Kathleen Harris

Former VP, Benefits for Time Warner Inc.

The healthcare delivery system has had to scramble to keep up with the demands of a public health crisis. What did health plans learn about meeting the needs of clients while re-tooling to deal with an uncertain future?  How are they employing new talent and technologies to make themselves – and employers — more agile? And how much is that going to cost?

11:05 am

COVID-19 Puts Pharma Innovation on Center Stage


Lindsay Jubelt, MD

Chief Population Health Officer
Mass General Brigham

Rick Nettles, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs
Janssen Infectious Diseases

Elizabeth Blowers-Nyman, MPH

Executive Director, New Products Policy
Merck Vaccines

Karthik Ganesh

EmpiRx Health

What’s the outlook for vaccines and game-changing treatments for COVID-19?  When – if ever – will we be back to normal?  Who’s planning ahead for the next global health threat?

11:30 am