Day Two: Innovation in Healthcare Policy, Funding, Food Production, and Human Performance to create an ecosystem of healthier living

Healthcare is at an inflection point in the United States and around the world. Fundamental change is occurring within a structure that has reached critical levels of complexity and cost that have rendered the incumbent model inefficient and unsustainable. On the first day of the 2018 Lake Nona Impact Forum, we heard two very different approaches to healthcare from advocates for privatization and government intervention.

On our second day, Patrick Geraghty, CEO of Guidewell & Florida Blue, spoke with former U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt about how the current political climate will cause health policy to shift from volume to value and what role innovation will play in this transformation. The shift, Leavitt says, began 25 years ago and will continue for another 15 years. Some of this transformation is manifest when corporate behemoths like Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan team up to form an independent health care company for their employees in the U.S. or when companies like CVS rebrand themselves as CVS Health and partner with Aetna.

Both approaches signal not only a “serious discontent” with traditional approaches to healthcare, says Leavitt, but they also indicate a desire and an economic imperative to “drive new innovation.”

“Smart executives,” says Leavitt, “will anticipate where the market is moving and start to position themselves, but it will be hard to know how fast to move.”

New approaches to national healthcare policy will certainly be impacted by digital and mobile technology, which has the opportunity to transform medical practice from the population-based approach of treating illness to individualized medicine. Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th U.S. Surgeon General and current Chief of Health Innovations at Canyon Ranch, led a riveting discussion about how digital technology and genetic knowledge could fundamentally change the way modern medicine deals with patients and diseases.

Riffing on Geraghty and Leavitt’s earlier discussion about the nascent Jeff Bezos/Warren Buffett/Jamie Dimon effort, Robert S. Merkel, General Manager, IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences suggested, in a discussion about the Creative Destruction of Healthcare, that the companies need to look at data and come up with actionable insights in order to “move needle of overall health.”

“If we’re smart,” said Jonathan Perlin MD, President, Clinical Services & Chief Medical Officer, HCA Healthcare, “We’ll take cues take in our own organization. We have to understand how to deconstruct and reconstruct healthcare.”

Both Perlin and Howard Krein, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, StartUp Health; Senior Director of Health Policy & Innovation at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center; Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, agreed that creative destruction was an exciting development in healthcare.

But shifting the healthcare model will require a move from treating illness to a broader focus on improving health and wellness and involvement of the investment community. Technology, the panelists agreed could democratize and simplify information about healthcare. But, they agreed, technology needs to deliver value and deliver on the promise that it makes a difference in people’s lives.

For example, said Sandy Climan, President, Entertainment Media Ventures (EMV), the mentality of caring, embracing and service that is evident in the entertainment industry’s story telling needs to be embedded in the medical industry. We need to use technology to give patients who walk through the door a sense of community and humanize them.

Beyond providing quality healthcare and innovation in policy and technology, there are many other challenges to creating an ecosystem of wellbeing, a theme of #LNIF18. Other panel discussions focused on how longevity and aging will impact future demands on healthcare, the innovations necessary in mental health care to transform lives, and how consumer demands for nutritious and personalized food choices align with health, sustainability and a social agenda of growing and distributing healthy and affordable natural food at a national and global scale.

These questions, along with how individuals can play a more proactive role in managing their own health and wellness – whether it be through meditation, mindfulness, and diet – rounded out the rest of the discussions.

There has never been a time of greater change and more profound opportunity. Those individuals, organizations and communities that sharpen their focus, develop innovative solutions and execute on creative strategies will lead.

Photos from the sessions, as well as key quotes form panelists are available on Twitter at @LN_ Institute and at A In addition, several sessions were livestreamed at

Day One: Collaborative problem solving to create an ecosystem of healthier living

When the right businesses and institutions are located in proximity, they have the ability to foster collaboration and generate industry breakthroughs. At Lake Nona, in less than a decade, we have built a community on this strategy that has allowed us to bring in the right new industries to the region to fuel economic growth and job creation.

That vision was evident last night as Sandi Peterson, Global Worldwide Chair, Johnson & Johnson announced the $18 million expansion of the corporation’s Human Performance Institute, a multidisciplinary training center and global hub for continuing research and development into science-based approaches to improve human energy capacity for performance, resilience and leadership.

Mark Britnell, Chairman & Partner, Global Health Practice of KPMG LLP explained the company is building a $400 million, 55-acre, state-of-the-art campus with 800,000 square feet of space for meeting, classroom, residential, and dining facilities to train future accountants. The campus will feature cutting-edge technology, including an innovation center that will support training and client engagement, and a heritage center to highlight the firm’s rich history and culture.

And, Dr. Mehmet Oz, founding partner of SleepScore Labs™, the company behind the most advanced non-contact sleep improvement system for consumers, presented critical information to raise awareness of how sleep habits have a major impact on the overall health and productivity of U.S. workers and its effect on the economy. SleepScore has partnered with Lake Nona’s WHIT Home, the Living Lab for a Healthy Home to help change the conversation around sleep.

The best part of this discussion? During the Q&A a start-up pioneering technology to improve sleep was introduced to Carlos Nunez, MD, Chief Medical Officer, ResMed.

This is what the Lake Nona Impact Forum is all about – collaborative problem solving to create an ecosystem of healthier living.

SleepScore Labs Partners with Lake Nona Institute to Change the Conversation Around Sleep Health

Through Participation in Leading Health Forum, SleepScore Labs and Dr. Oz Tackle the Impact of Sleep on Health and Productivity

SleepScore Labs to be Featured in Lake Nona’s WHIT, the Living Lab for a Healthy Home, Along with Other Ecosystem Partners

SleepScore Labs™, the company behind the most advanced non-contact sleep improvement system for consumers, today announced its partnership with the Lake Nona Institute and participation in the Lake Nona Impact Forum, an invitation-only event where nationally recognized thought leaders and business executives come together for a cooperative discussion to develop solutions to improve health, wellbeing and sustainable living . During the Impact Forum, SleepScore Labs founding partner, Dr. Mehmet Oz will present critical information to raise awareness of how sleep habits have a major impact on the overall health and productivity of U.S. workers and its effect on the economy.

Dr. Oz, a professor of surgery at Columbia University and eight-time Daytime Emmy® Award winner for “The Dr. Oz Show,” will present “Change Begins Tonight – The Impact of Sleep on Health and Productivity” to the audience of collaborative and creative industry leaders. The presentation will highlight significant problems facing U.S. businesses due to a lack of proper sleep, and seek to catalyze a national conversation around sleep habits and solutions.

While researchers and other medical professionals have recognized lack of sleep as a growing epidemic across the country for many years, public awareness is rapidly going up too.  According to SleepScore Labs user data, 55% of people sleep less than 7 hours per night equaling 12.1 million work hours lost or $506 billion in productivity lost. In light of these trends, there is an opportunity for companies to offer new solutions to their employees that can help them take control and advance their sleep quality by gaining an understanding of their sleep profile and following science-based advice and recommendations for improvement.

A panel of experts will join Dr. Oz for a comprehensive discussion about the need for proper sleep and what business leaders can do to make sleep a priority in their organizations. Dr. Nathaniel Watson, director of the University of Washington Medical Clinic and former president of the American Academy of Sleep Science; Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado, vice president and head of strategy and business development at Williams Sonoma; and Dr. Carlos M. Nunez, chief medical officer at ResMed, will share insights and advice for addressing the sleep-related health issues facing companies today.

“Our national lack of proper sleep is an unseen public health crisis and it is time for leading voices to change the conversation to focus on solutions,” said Dr. Oz. “Improving the sleep health of Americans is critically important work, and the solutions that will emerge from the Lake Nona Impact Forum — from SleepScore Labs and other thought leaders — will have a tremendous positive impact on our national wellbeing.”

Additionally, SleepScore Labs will be featured in the master bedroom of WHIT, a living lab of the Lake Nona Institute. SleepScore Labs’ personal sleep improvement system provides insights and actionable advice, and as a strategic partner of WHIT, SleepScore Labs will help guests envision how holistic smart home health technology can have a major impact on sleep health. Other partners from the SleepScore Labs ecosystem will also be featured along with technologies currently in the WHIT home, such as circadian lighting, air and water purification systems and an interactive digital cooktop.

WHIT is located within Lake Nona, a 17-square-mile integrated, master-designed community in Orlando, home to one of the fastest-growing health and 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 (

“The information Dr. Oz and our panel of experts has compiled for the Lake Nona Impact Forum is vital to the wellbeing of all Americans, and will benefit the national conversation around sleep,” said Colin Lawlor, CEO of SleepScore Labs. “We are honored to showcase our ultra-personalized sleep improvement system alongside the cutting-edge technology in Lake Nona’s WHIT home, and share our goals to enhance the quality of sleep and promote healthier lifestyles.”

The Lake Nona Impact Forum SleepScore panel will be available via livestream on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30 PM EST (time subject to vary), at and can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #LNIF18.

Visit the SleepScore Labs website for more information about its products and how to improve sleep quality. Connect with SleepScore Labs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To learn more about the Lake Nona Impact Forum and the Lake Nona Institute, visit and