Post by Russell Benaroya, EveryMove co-founder & CEO
Exercising our bodies. Stretching our minds.
“And lift and tuck and lift and tuck.
You got it everyone.
Okay, now extend.
Keep holding it…..holding….holding….awesome."
And so began a very full day at the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Activation Summit where Cassey Ho
(the YouTube and social media fitness sensation behind Blogilates
), kicked everyone into high gear right before President Bill Clinton stretched us even further.
It was an honor to be invited to the Health Activation Summit 2015
, a convening of health leaders from around the country with one purpose: to
ask the important questions and seek clarity on how to improve healthcare for all Americans.
It is an emotionally powerful event that forces us all to face the difficult realities that plague our healthcare system.
President Clinton also has a certain magic that not only shines light on the progress and innovation but tackles head on our misaligned health system.
From farmers to wireless execs, academics to entrepreneurs, the guests here represented a broad section of stakeholders.
Only when we come together can we have a dialogue that can drive systemic change.
The Clinton Foundation is clearly capable of uniting that constituent group and delivering a dynamic conversation.
Here are a just a few “tip of the iceberg” things we should be thinking about:
- Failure Facilitates Success. Large health systems and health plans must be willing to try things, fail, and celebrate (or even reward) the failure. The institutional mindset of the long-time corporate veteran is to play it safe because there are no rewards for risk. Senior leadership must encourage failure with learning. We must be willing to fail in order to know success.
- Privacy is Important, but Transparency is Paramount. We have been a bit brainwashed into thinking that we must protect our information at all costs around health. However, companies like PatientsLikeMe have shown the power of the crowd when people come together to share their information for the purpose of advancing outcomes. We need to keep pushing for transparency in appropriate and thoughtful ways. More data = more understanding = more action!
- We Need a Preventative Care Infrastructure. There's too much conversation is about how to triage people once they are in the healthcare system. Success is keeping them out of the healthcare system. Success is making most of our jobs obsolete. We need to put more energy into a culture of prevention vs. prescription.
There was so much rich conversation that I’d love to relay.
The best way for me to do that is share some of the comments I heard or read on Twitter that really struck me.
I hope they strike you as well.
- "Lots of people in this industry are just evil." - Joshua Kushner (Oscar Health)
- “The problem with healthcare in America is…loneliness.” - Peter Moore (Smacktive)
- “We waste more money on healthcare than we spend on education.” - President Bill Clinton
- “Diabetes could obliterate the economy.” - President Bill Clinton
- “We should not be living in a world where we know more about our credit card account than our blood chemistry.” - Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos)
- “We need to think in terms of health as a basic human right.” Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos)
- “Our primary health care should begin on the farm and in our hearts, and not in some laboratory of the biotech and pharmaceutical companies.” – Gary Hopkins
- "To make public private partnerships work, have to get past the notion that it will be simple." - Dr. Brent C. Williams
- “Exercise isn't just a great way to get healthy; it's a way to build connections/relationships.” – Blayne Smith (ED of Team RWB)
- “We must change from a sickness model to a wellness model.” - President Bill Clinton
- “Transparency of data will lead to better information and better systems.” - Bruce Broussard (CEO, Humana)
- “The biggest thing we could do about diabetes is to look at our agricultural program." - Meredith Rosenthal (Harvard)
- “It’s not about insurance, it’s not about treatment, it’s about how do we help people stay healthy” - Bruce Broussard (CEO, Humana)
- "We're astonishingly impervious to what works elsewhere" - President Bill Clinton
- "You cannot have a quality workforce if you don't have a healthy workforce." - Governor Steve Besear (Kentucky)
- "Our children may live 5 years less than their parents due to inactivity.” - Jorge Casimiro (Nike)
- "We will always need the disruptive innovators in healthcare.” – President Bill Clinton
- "Now you have to choose to be physically active" - Caitlin Morris (Nike)
- "We may cut our physical activity levels in half in just two generations." - Caitlin Morris (Nike)
It’s hard to absorb these statements and not get energized to act. We will innovate out of our current crisis and the structural walls that have created massively perverse incentives must crumble.
So yes, Cassey Ho got everyone moving in the morning but President Clinton stretched our minds with the knowledge that we have a lot of work to do
It is an obligation that we have to strive for a story of healthcare saving our nation, not destroying it.
There is great promise ahead and we’re seeing the tides turn with new payment models, private/public partnerships, innovative enabling technologies, and the commitment of policy leaders.
It is our time to act. Joyce Chang
(Editor-in-Chief of SELF Magazine)
said on stage, “Coding is cardio for our minds.”
If that’s the case, let’s program a new healthcare system.