Attendees worked to becoming one step closer toward achieving these goals through dialogue, discussion, and debate. Over this two-day event in January, leaders from various industries and organizations, including the US Department of Health and Human Services, GE Ventures, Google, Johns Hopkins, and Verily, inspired a diverse audience on how to overcome some of the greatest challenges in the healthcare system.
Here were some highlights from this year’s festival:
Keynote with the Former US Vice President
Attendees nonetheless spent the event shooting for the moon and landing among the stars. One of these stars was the 44th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, who delivered an emotional and inspiring keynote address on the state of healthcare. Joe urged a standing-room only crowd that changes in healthcare cannot come any sooner, and that more industry-wide navigation is needed. He also shared his story of dealing with what he described as an “antiquated” health system when his son, Beau Biden, was receiving treatment for stage 4 glioblastoma cancer.
“This is not rocket science. It’s pretty simple stuff,” he said bluntly, urging the crowd of innovators to persistently work toward creating something better.