Health Innovators Think Tank looks to add thought leaders

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The Health Innovators Think Tank is looking for a new set of leaders to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the industry today, says its co-founder Justin Barnes.

The group was formed in 2017 by several healthcare thought leaders. It now comprises nearly 200 subject experts who collaborate and seek answers on pressing needs such as value-based care, consumerism, virtual care, social determinants of health, innovation and leadership best practices.

Early leaders include Neil Gomes at Thomas Jefferson Health, Kamal Jethwani at Partners Healthcare and Rasu Shrestha at Atrium Health. The Think Tank provides a new venue for communication and collaboration, giving leaders the opportunity to share and learn.

“As a member of the Health Innovation Think Tank, I value the opportunity to discuss the complex concepts and problems facing healthcare leaders today,” says Leigh T. Williams, director of enterprise systems at University of Virginia Health System. “I always glean new ways of thinking and innovative solutions though their professional insights and perspectives.”

The group is for those ready to do the grunt work, Barnes says. “Health systems, policymakers, providers, payers and vendors meeting in separate silos to discuss best practices and share knowledge rarely benefit from broader, cross-industry expert discussions,” he contends. “Our Think Tank solves that challenge.”

The group is planning an invitation-only program this fall, as well as an event during HIMSS20 in Orlando. Topics to be addressed include price transparency, social determinants of health, innovation, leadership and recent public policies. Each event includes guest discussions, public policy updates, executive education and three relevant topics for peer-to-peer strategy and idea sharing. Collectively, the group brainstorms solutions and every event offers key takeaways and best practices that can be used to implement actionable strategies within every sector of the healthcare industry.

Interested stakeholders who wish to join can contact the Think Tank at

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