What has been tremendously fun to watch and hear about over the years is the number of Wharton Health Care Management Department graduates who have gone on to make their impact in the health care sector and who have developed meaningful relationships with other people making a difference in health care. What this translates into are opportunities for all of us to hear about the ways in which our fellow graduates are making their mark in health care.
For those interested in participating in this conversation—and for a chance to hear about some of the newer and more exciting technologies and services being developed in the health care sector—consider attending the Wharton Healthcare Management Alumni Association conference on Oct. 26.
The alumni event at Wharton provides all of us with the opportunity to meet and interact with people who share similar experiences and to learn from one another. From a personal perspective, I always leave this event with new ideas on how to build my business. I emerge re-energized about the opportunities that are out there to make a difference.
This year’s event promises to be one of the best yet. Several high-profile executives have scheduled presentations on how they are building value by taking advantage of what the Affordable Care Act has to offer. These executives include Joseph R. Swedish, CEO of the health insurer Wellpoint; W. Michael Long, chairman and CEO of the accountable care delivery company Lumeris; Paul Meyer, cofounder, chairman and president of the mobile health services company Voxiva; Bill Taranto, managing director of Merck Global Health Innovation Fund; and Alexis Slagle Gilroy, partner at the Washington, D.C.-based firm of Nelson Mullins.
Several other high-profile CEOs have been invited, and what this adds up to is a very interesting day of talks, discussions and interaction. If you haven’t already done so, consider coming. You won’t be disappointed, and you will likely come away with some pearls on how to provide value in health care.