The nation’s top CEOs, healthcare entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders from around the world gathered in Orlando's Lake Nona for the 2016 Lake Nona Institute Impact Forum, which focused on solutions to improve health, wellness and sustainable living. The Orlandoe EDC attended the three-day event, now in its fourth year. The Forum included a series of collaborative, action-oriented discussions about the impact of healthy community innovation; sports health and performance; progress and challenges in advancing mental healthcare; and promising healthcare technologies and start-ups.
Among the speakers were Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones;” Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP; Pat Geraghty, Chairman and CEO Guidewell and Florida Blue; Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy; Billie Jean King; Patrick McEnroe; Steve Krein, Co-Founder and CEO of StartUp Health; Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos and David Shulkin, MD, Under Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In all, 250 people participated in the event.
Lake Nona, an 11-square-mile integrated, master designed community, is home to one of the fastest-growing life sciences clusters in the nation and a model for the design of a comprehensive, healthy community that is the current focus of a longitudinal study by Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness known as the Lake Nona Life Project.
“Healthcare is at a historic time of change. By convening these partners and friends – a diverse array of thought leaders and change agents – in an intimate environment, we aim to put innovative thought into action that improves health, wellness and sustainable living at home and around the globe,” said Thomas J. Graham, MD, who leads the Impact Forum this year as the new Chief Health Strategy & Innovation Officer of Tavistock Group and Global Chairman of the Lake Nona Institute.
This is Dr. Graham’s second year at the Impact Forum. Last year, as Chief Innovation Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Graham presented on innovation in healthcare at the Impact Forum. This year, in his new role at the Lake Nona Institute, he will lead conversations on innovation ecosystems and other topics. “Lake Nona is a living lab for medical innovation and healthcare transformation,” Graham added.