HealthXL brought together 30 senior healthcare executives, designers, entrepreneurs and investors to analyse as a group the Impact of Consumerization on their organisations during a 2-day strategic executive HealthXL Retreat in San Francisco, November 5th-6th. The HealthXL Retreat in San Francisco, hosted by Silicon Valley Bank, was our last event for 2015. Earlier this year we ran a HealthXL Global Gathering in Dublin (video), followed by gatherings in Boston and Munich, as well as the HealthXL Weekends in Melbourne "Hack Aging" and in Cleveland "Solve Sleep". As HealthXL is a global digital health community of thought leaders and entrepreneurs, we’ve always aimed to deliver top class global events that are also personal, collaborative, actionable, and fun. For the two days of the HealthXL Retreat we had set 3 objectives:

Objective #1: Build relationships with 30 participants

The outcome: the HealthXL Retreat in San Francisco combined 3 strategic executive deep dive sessions with a dinner in Napa valley. That created unlimited new opportunities for the participants -- a trusting environment where they were comfortable to share their challenges and ideate to come up as a group with ideas for collaborative projects. AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbQAAAAJDc1MzMyYzlhLTdjNTktNDlkZC05OWU4LWI3YzgzNTkxNDQzYw To inspire the group, we brought some of the most fascinating investors, entrepreneurs and designers as keynote speakers:

  • Sridhar Iyengar, Founder, Misfit Wearables
  • Stuart Coulson, Professor, Stanford University design school
  • Lindsey Mosby, Director, Innovation Strategy Group, Healthcare Practice Lead, frog
  • Esther Dyson, Founder, HICCUP
  • Casper de Clercq, Partner, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Krista Donaldson, CEO, D-Rev

Objective #2: Elicit insights from 7 perspectives

The outcome: The deep dive sessions allowed the participants to explore the challenges and opportunities of key stakeholders such as the payors, providers, pharma, devices, and consumer through deep dive sessions. These were Abbott, Biogen, Highmark Health, Johnson & Johnson, ResMed, Roche, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. AAEAAQAAAAAAAAT4AAAAJGI5NzI5OWQ5LWVmOTMtNDhhZi1hNTQ4LTgzZjgzNzA4Y2U5OA

Objective #3: Generate ideas for collaborations that the HealthXL community is excited about

The outcome: As the key stakeholders presented what the impact of Consumerization was on their organisation, the group generated dozens of ideas for collaborations that could help them tackle some of those challenges. The ideas were presented by:

  • Biogen: Michael Sauter, Sr Director Digital Health Technologies
  • ResMed: Colin Lawlor, Vice President - Global Consumer
  • Roche: Asif Jan, Director Technology Management, Digital Health
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: Thomas Lee, Director, Vision Centre and Jessica Rousset, Director of CHLA Innovation
  • Highmark Health: David Hall, VP of Enterprise Strategy
  • Abbott Nutrition: Rob Miller, Divisional Vice President, R&D, Innovation & Scientific Affairs and Virginia Giddings, Head of Strategic R&D
  • Johnson & Johnson: Stacy Feld, Senior Director of Consumer Scientific Innovation


What’s next

At the moment the HealthXL team is focused on the shortlisted ideas for collaborative challenges (selected by a collective vote). We are analysing each of them and we will come back to the group with a report to move forward with it as a HealthXL Challenge: AAEAAQAAAAAAAAVtAAAAJDk5ZjY2NzQ3LThiY2YtNDE3NS05NDVmLTc3MGFkOTFlMjkzOA

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