Between January 30 and February 1, Magellan hosted its Magellan Open Vision Exchange (MOVE) conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Our annual gathering of healthcare insiders, experts and leaders provides opportunities for key members of the industry to talk openly about the future of healthcare. You can read part one of our review of the 2017 event here.

Building and Planning for the Future

Day two keynote speaker, Salim Ismail, chair of ExO Works, best-selling author of Exponential Organizations and former executive director of Singularity University, gave a fantastic overview of the exponential business model and how it applies to healthcare. Pointing to a wide variety of other industries, Ismail showed that disruption is powerful, creating both problems and opportunities. If a company fails to respond, it can quickly become overwhelmed — case in point, the photographic industry’s reaction to digital cameras. When the public embraced digital imaging, the market for film and film development disappeared; however, a whole new slew of problems arose allowing opportunity to flourish. In this case, the large number of images created by the average person needed new solutions, namely how to store and organize their digital pictures.

Ismail explained that there was a doubling pattern of exponential growth in a basket of many technologies. He also pointed out that humans are, in fact, not very good at accepting exponential growth. Our brains do not track exponential growth well, preferring scalable efficiency. Ismail gave advice on how companies (in healthcare and beyond) can prepare themselves to not just deal with exponential change but to lead it. Michael Guyette, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSMN), gave some key insights into how that spirit of disruption and innovation can look in the healthcare world. Guyette relayed how BCBSMN had created a unique program focused on innovation and diversification that has resulted in ways they can improve the health of communities they serve. “You need to have focus. Otherwise, you’re just going to go all over the place with innovation,” Guyette said. “But we as leaders need to make sure that we embrace our legacy while we start to reach out for the change of the future.”

Big Data Leading to More Personalized Care

One particularly interesting discussion centered on the rise of big data. While the concept of data-driven healthcare may seem impersonal at first glance, several voices argued that it can actually lead to more personalized care. For example, Michael Neidorff, chairman, president & CEO, Centene Corporation, brought up software that track genetic and genomic patterns. This data can be used to map cancer at the individual level, allowing for personalized care. Similarly, the ability to collect and process personal health data was brought up by Seth Dobrin, vice president and chief data officer at IBM Analytics, as a powerful and personal disruption of the health care industry.

Brian Flanigan, principal at Deloitte Consulting, brought up the fact that healthcare is in an affordability crisis. 76 percent of consumers rate the healthcare system as poor or average and costs are rising to unaffordable levels. Flanigan pointed to the use of innovation and data to provide the high-level, personalized services that consumers demand at more affordable prices. Using data and new technology, Flanigan pointed out, will literally allow us to do more for less.

Discussion with Peers and Experts

When we first developed the Magellan Open Vision Exchange, we wanted to avoid the typical corporate conference format and create a genuine exchange of ideas and experiences between healthcare peers and insiders. Once again, we were thrilled with the level of dialogue, questions and answers that we heard from our speakers and panelists.