At the close of the 2018 festival, we thought long and hard about what we had learned, about what had changed in the market in the four years since we started the gathering, and we thought about our three core values. We realized that dramatic changes had occurred in the last four years, and that if we were to stay true to our core values and make a real impact we would need to move beyond simply convening.
Massive consolidation in the market, momentous changes in consumers’ relationship to healthcare, significant offensive moves by the tech titans into the healthcare market, and the movement of many significant publicly traded healthcare providers into private equity ownership all signaled a pace of change that can no longer be addressed and captured in an annual event. Furthermore, it became clear that the increasingly competitive nature of the market would no longer allow large inclusive gatherings to be the place where significant innovation and solutions could be discussed and acted upon.
With those things being true, we decided to evolve Health:Further into its next phase – a strategic advisory organization. We will work with those leaders who are committed to making an impact in this tremendous window of opportunity and change, continuing to be guided by our core values. We will help leaders take action now, while they can leverage the force of change to their strategic advantage. We will help them find and evaluate the valuable ideas that are happening everywhere, especially outside of their four walls. And we will be focused on helping them deliver results that will produce momentum to continue leveraging change proactively rather than reactively.