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Joe Flower    

Healthcare Futurist

With nearly 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 ranging from the World Health Organization, the Global Business Network, and the UK National Health Service, to the majority of state hospital associations in the US as well as many of the provincial associations and ministries in Canada, and an extraordinary variety of other players across the healthcare industry—professional associations, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, health plans, physician groups, and numerous hospitals. He has been a consultant on change and the future with the US Department of Defense, Airbus, and ArianeSpace, as well as a number of governments in China.

Flower is the author of hundreds of healthcare articles. For over 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 Hospitals and Health Networks Online. For 12 years he has written a regular column for Physician Executive, the Journal of the American College of Physician Executives. He is also the author of a number of seminal articles of the Healthy Cities/Healthy Communities movement.

His newest book is Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing It Right for Half the Cost, which clearly and boldly sets out a vision of the Next Healthcare and how to get there. Specifically, it outlines the following: what most people don't know about the politics of healthcare; the secrets to surviving the changes in healthcare and changes in healthcare law; making sense of healthcare economics now and in the Next Healthcare; why healthcare has to be cheaper if it's going to be better; the steps every organization leader needs to take to join the Next Healthcare; and which organizations are doing it right and how.

Flower was a contributing writer for Wired Magazine in its explosive early years, and a columnist for the pioneering health websites DNA.com and HealthCentral.com.

A founding member of the International Health Futures Network, he is the principal author of the landmark healthcare forecast "Technological Advances and the Next 50 Years of Cardiology," Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing it Right for Half The Cost

There is only one way to do healthcare for far less money, and that is to do it far better, for everyone. The answer is not political, but lies inside healthcare itself, in five specific strategies detailed in Joe Flower's new book to be published in March 2012. This is a powerful talk, a hopeful vision, a practical roadmap for healthcare, a challenge and an inspiration to everyone involved.

2012 through 2014: Politics, The Law, and Industry Transformation

These three years will rock healthcare to its foundations. The dynamics are far more complex and the currents far more compelling than they seem on the surface. We need much deeper clarity than we can get from network talking heads. It's time to untangle the political, legal, and healthcare industry threads.

The X Questions: Strategy for the Next Healthcare

2012 through 2014 present a unique and compelling opportunity for healthcare executives to drive deep change. The key questions are different now from what they were in the past, even from what they were last year. Most of today's healthcare CEOs and C-suite leaders are missing many of the key questions they need to ask to drive strategy now, this year, this budget, in order to survive the next three to seven years. Which of these ten strategy questions are you missing?

If we hope to be, as Buckminister Fuller said, "Architects of the future, not its victims," we have to change the way we think in specific ways.

Employers' 'Framework: How to Get Better Health and Healthcare for Less

If you want to drive your healthcare costs down - while helping your employees to better health - you have to act like a CEO and take charge of your supply chain. Employers across the country have been employing a new mindset and specific new strategies to get cheaper, better healthcare. Here's how to tackle the problem for your organization.

The Next Healthcare: The Path of Survival and Growth for You and Your Profession

Healthcare is changing rapidly. 2012 through 2014 will be the most unstable years we have ever seen. Everyone in healthcare, from physicians and nurses to pharmacists and insurance brokers, is wondering what to do: What is the best path forward, for their part of healthcare and for them personally? In talks over the past two years, Joe Flower has been advising groups as diverse as hospital executives, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmaceutical marketers, independent pharmacists, health plans, health insurance brokers and consultants, community health groups, free clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, home health providers, emergency physicians, healthcare suppliers, device manufacturers, and healthcare information companies. Whatever your group, Flower's practical, useful insights and analysis will help you plan your future better.

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