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2014 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Joe Flower
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Joe Flower

Joe Flower

Where We Are Headed: Notes From The Future – The Physician in the Next Healthcare

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The healthcare market has changed what it means to be a physician in the United States — and more change is coming. From the kinds of physicians recruited, the hiring relationships, even the career avenues open to them — everything is shifting. Flower will look far beyond the narrow confines of the Affordable Care Act at what is driving change in healthcare. He will explore the real economics of the healthcare market, the radical shift in revenue streams and the impending price crash. He will connect those driving forces to the shifting state of the market for physicians, so that we can consider how we may need to shift our strategies,alliances, capacities and workflows for the future.

About the Speaker
With more than 30 years’ experience, Joe Flower has emerged as a premier observer and thought leader on the deep forces changing healthcare in the United States and around the world. As a healthcare speaker, writer and consultant, he has explored the future of healthcare with clients from around the world, including the World Health Organization, the Global Business Network, the U.K. National Health Service, state hospital associations in the U.S., provincial associations and ministries in Canada, and an extraordinary variety of other players in the healthcare industry. He has been a consultant on change and the future with the U.S. Department of Defense, Airbus and ArianeSpace, and a number of governments in China.

Flower is the author of hundreds of healthcare articles. For more than 20 years he was a contributing editor and regular columnist at the Healthcare Forum Journal. When the Healthcare Forum became the Health Forum of the American Hospital Association, he went on to a regular column in the AHA’s Hospitals and Health Networks Daily. He is member of the AHA’s Health Forum’s speaking faculty, and serves on the board of the Center for Health Design.

After an M.A. from San Francisco State University and postgraduate work at UC Berkeley, his further deep research into the nature of change in organizations and people led to interviews with the top thinkers on organizational change, from Peter Drucker to Peter Senge and Ari de Geus.



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