What’s on the agenda for ENGAGE at HLTH?

MedCity News has collaborated with HLTH to present a patient engagement track as part of the HLTH conference from October 17-20, fittingly called ENGAGE at HLTH. The sessions take place on the first day of the HLTH conference at the Boston Conference and Exhibition Center on Sunday, October 17. The content for the hybrid conference will be available in-person and digitally.

Here’s an overview of the agenda for this track, which kicks off at 9am ET.

How has patient centricity evolved during the pandemic? 

Healthcare has been on a path to being less paternalistic and more collaborative, especially as it involves patients. But how has patient-centered care and patient engagement evolved during the pandemic? A recent survey of chief information officers shows that more than 50% believe that patient engagement technology is a top priority for them. But beyond technology, what do patients want? This panel will bring together patients, payers, providers and others to discuss what the future of patient centricity is.

Speakers include:

  • Luther Clark, MD, deputy chief patient officer and global director, scientific medical and patient perspective in the office of the chief patient officer, Merck
  • Olaseni Bello, Jr., co-founder, CarpeMed
  • Casey Willis-Abner, chief human resources officer, Press Ganey
  • Christina Speck, managing director, employer strategy and product, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Moderator: Jay Bhatt, chief clinical product officer and medical director, Medical Home Network

From AI to blockchain and beyond: What’s the future of digital health?

Digital health saw rapid adoption during Covid-19 and some innovative technologies like AI and Blockchain still have further to go. Where can these tools have the most effect in creating a transformative experience for patients? Chrissa McFarlane is an author and entrepreneur of a company that was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer in 2021 for developing patient friendly technologies to improve population health outcomes.


Chrissa McFarlane, founder and CEO, Patientory

Moderator: John Bass, CEO, Hashed Health

Bridging the gap between patients and industry

People who are battling chronic conditions are seeking empowerment not only by forming social connections digitally, but also by exerting a greater voice in decisions made by the life science industry. How should the industry collaborate with patient communities and patient influencers to develop authentic content and connections of their own? Hear from a strong patient advocate.


Jack Barrette, chief innovation officer, Health Union


Arundhati Parmar, editor in chief, MedCity News

Achieving health equity through pharmacies

Pharmacies, including PBMs, reach the majority of people in-person in their communities or via their mailboxes. They have a unique perspective into people who are filling their prescriptions in a neighborhood pharmacy. How can they use their knowledge of the neighborhood and leverage digital tools and partnerships to address the health inequities laid bare during the pandemic?


Sree Chaguturu, MD, chief medical officer, CVS Caremark, CVS Healthcare


Jonathan Palmer, senior equity research analyst and team leader, Healthcare, Bloomberg Intelligence

Investment trends in patient experience and engagement

While providers and payers are looking to improve patient experience and embark on a new era of patient engagement and care, venture capitalists are also looking to fund the next solutions that help healthcare become more patient centered.


  • Dan Gebremedhin, MD, partner, Flare Capital Partners
  • Dipa Mehta, system vice president, corporate development and ventures, Advocate Aurora Health
  • Laura Veroneau, partner, Optum Ventures
  • Moderator: Luba Greenwood, managing partner, Binney Street Capital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

To register, click here. 

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