Greeted by the Secret Service on day one of the StartUp Health Festival at this year’s JP Morgan Healthcare Week insinuated something unexpected and important was on the horizon. The event which spanned two days and convened entrepreneurs with potential partners once again did not miss the mark. Here, Oliver Wyman Health Editor Hayley Reta shares her experience from this year’s event.
“Health Moonshots,” the event’s theme, outlined StartUp Health’s mission to invest and transform the delivery of healthcare in ten key areas, such as access to care, women’s health, mental health, and cancer, among others. Each of the ten moonshots presented not only argued how our collective focus will transform healthcare but dug deeper into analyzing why the humanistic drive is so important in succeeding in this movement. It's not just health transformation; it's about a culture transformation. Below are highlights from the event.
- Surprise! It’s US Vice President, Joe Biden: Captivating everyone in the room, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a heartfelt and tearful speech surrounding his inspiration and mission to lead the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Reflecting on his late son Beau’s journey with stage 4 glioblastoma, the Vice President expressed his frustrations with the inefficiencies of a siloed industry. “What I am trying to do with the Moonshot is not just bring a sense of urgency but bring a change in the culture in medicine,” said Biden. In his mind, we must challenge the system and break silos, yet he ended with the reminder that in healthcare, “You all don’t play well in the sandbox.”