These moderated forums put competition aside to encourage attendees to work together towards common goals, interests and deal as a collaborative group on common obstacles and problems that slow or hinder growth of the industry. Organizations entering this industry or existing ones, don’t need to step into the same pitfalls and make the same mistakes as others before them. This year’s forums will include:
Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 2:00 – 2:50 PM
Old models are out and new models on the rise. International referrers of patients are changing the models of care inbound to the U.S. Whether it’s a value-based care design, centers of excellence model or a preferred narrow network, a focus on both patient experience and quality outcomes opens new doors for international healthcare relationships. This open discussion between governments, insurance companies and U.S. healthcare providers offers an opportunity to understand what is being sought by referrers to be included this new network model – quality, technology, bundling, service selection, and more.
Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 4:00 – 4:50 PM
From Botox to brain surgery, the wants and needs of a traveling patient rely on the first message you make at the very first stop on your website. Digital marketing and on-demand telehealth services are changing the way medical tourism and wellness travel facilitators do their business with word of mouth referral and client rolodexes on the decline. New opportunities to define medical networks through evidenced based excellence are being realized while wellness travel offerings driving lifestyle change is taking flight. This session outlines the Next Generation of medical and wellness travel facilitation services that aim to please the health and wellness seeker. Standards offer a sustainable business model that not only improves patient lead conversion, but expands word of mouth referral exponentially through the customer experiences you provide.
Wednesday October 4, 2017 – 2:00 – 2:50 PM
The fact is, that there are no regulations surrounding medical tourism and very few legislative initiatives or international funding options to develop a destination as a health tourism destination. The EU has provided funding to several destinations for marketing and business development, yet the efforts seem less than sustainable for an emerging market against more prominent medical destinations. This open forum explores the various initiatives around the world and what type of collaboration might produce greater results. Participants from Latin American, Asian, Middle East and Europe will be tuning in to their vision for 2020.
Tuesday October 3, 2017 – 3:00 – 3:50 PM
We see them come and we see them go. Medical tourism projects struggle to catch the attention (and the dollars) of venture capital firms that seem to only be interested in technology. Designed as a follow up to the Market Venture Pitch from Monday, this open forum brings investors together with project developers and successful brand to discuss the ins and outs of conceptualizing, funding and executing medical destination projects that attract their interest.
Wednesday October 4, 2017 – 3:00 – 3:50 PM
Consensus and collaboration are lacking in an industry led by entrepreneurs and medical pioneers, each seeking to strike their cord in medical travel history. Medical travel industry can be measured as the economic impact generated by health service spending, wellness complementary to health and tourism/travel. So where’s the debate? Industry leaders work through the issues about gaining industry consensus about the size and measurement of this industry and raise a hot new topic – Can providers and destinations be benchmarked on quality and outcomes? What are the concerns around collecting this data and ultimately sharing it with patients over time? A new initative may evolve from this thought provoking think tank aimed to change the way patients and buyers of healthcare select health services.
Wednesday October 4, 2017 – 4:00 – 4:50 PM
Last February in Croatia, a dedicated group of stakeholders from 18 nations gathered to take the first steps towards consensus amongst European nations in health tourism. Conclusions from that Summit included the need for a unified marketing effort amongst other critical needs for Europe to improve competitiveness in the worldwide medical travel market. As the second meeting of EHTI, participants will in this think tank take this conversation further with the goal to agree upon next crucial steps for 2018 and to create a European association for health tourism along with an innovative five year plan.