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David Johnson

David Johnson

    • CEO, 4sight Health
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David Johnson Speaker Biography

Dave Johnson is the Founder and CEO of 4sight Health, a boutique thought leadership and advisory company at the intersection of strategy, economics, innovation and capital formation. Dave powers the company with an unflinching determination to create status-quo busting dialogue and action in healthcare reform. His innate desire to bring about change, coupled with his tremendous proficiency across health policy, academic medicine, economics, statistics, behavioral finance, disruptive innovation, organizational change and complexity theory, has led to his recognition as an insightful, incisive globally acknowledged authority on market-driven reform.

Dave is a prolific writer on healthcare’s pro-market transformation. He is the author-in-residence at MATTER, the Chicago-based healthcare incubator, and published the critically acclaimed book Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare in 2016. McGraw-Hill is publishing Dave's book The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Smarter, Kinder, Affordable Care for All in September 2019.

Dave left a 28-year career in investment banking to create 4sight Health. As an investment banker, he managed over $30 billion in healthcare revenue bonds, led significant strategic advisory engagements for health systems. He specialized in capital formation, asset-liability management, enterprise risk analytics and new business-model development. Dave is also currently an investor and/or advisor for several early- or mid-stage healthcare companies.

Dave holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. Dave was drawn to service at a young age as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa and a United States Presidential Management Intern.
His civic and professional affiliations have included Harvard Medical School (Visiting Committee); the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Board, Executive and Finance Committees); the University of Chicago (Harris School of Public Policy’s Visiting Committee, Student Engagement Sub-Committee Chair and the Urban Health Lab); the Health Management Academy; Harvard School of Public Health; CHRISTUS Health (Audit Committee); the British-American Project (U.S. Chair); and Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center (Finance Committee Chair).

Dave is a consummate thought leader who enjoys reading and writing. He is no health slouch as a vegan who often bikes to meetings, who's run ten marathons. He also loves traveling.

Today's Customer Revolution in Healthcare:
Delivering Kinder, Smarter, Affordable Care for All

Johnson outlines how innovative organizations fight through industry conditions, understand the forces pushing the customer forward, and lead the charge toward revolutionary healthcare. Dave lays out a path for the healthcare industry and audiences to create revolutionary change in their organizations.

Key Concepts

- Learn how the Healthcare Industrial Complex™ has robbed Americans of wage increases and failed to deliver the care and wellness people deserve.
- Realize how empowered customers, liberated data, new payment models, and pro-market regulations are now revolutionizing the industry.
- Discover how revolutionary upstarts and forward-thinking incumbents are already transforming the industry.
- Understand the case for market-oriented and consumer-driven universal insurance coverage.
- Identify your role in a new American health system that benefits patients and grows companies, rather than profiting from disease.

Key Audience Takeaways

- Equip audiences with strategies to thrive in a value-based healthcare industry.
- Guide listeners to understand their role and how their organization must change to thrive in the revolution.
- Learn the path that will transform the industry through customer-focused, market-based reforms.

Dave's rallying cry inspires leaders to revolt against the system, build thriving organizations and serve America better.

These critical concepts are covered in depth in Dave’s book by the same name, published by McGraw-Hill in September 2019.


Liberated Data Saves Lives™

Data capabilities and the industry’s attitude toward data are necessary forces in today’s healthcare transformation. Johnson believes that to change the focus to customers, we must tear down the siloes in the current system and liberate data, for better care and customer decision making.

Key Points from Johnson’s Liberated Data Keynote

• The U.S. healthcare system’s current technology practices of secrecy and control serve its own needs to the detriment of patients.
• Data wants to be free and flow to where it adds the most value. Insights from data, not the data itself, are a valuable commodity.
• Advances in data collection, curation, and analysis support augmented-intelligence (AI) solutions optimize both clinical and operational performance by getting the right data to the right people in the right format in real time.
• Liberated data does not overwhelm its users. It nurtures, guides and amplifies their innate abilities. It improves performance and makes life both better and easier.
• In Revolutionary Healthcare, patients will own their healthcare data. Knowledge exchange will advance patient engagement, understanding and responsiveness.

Dave's rallying cry inspires leaders to revolt against the system, build thriving organizations and serve America better.

Eve of Disruption

Between December 3rd and 7th, 2017, four blockbuster transaction announcements (Aetna-CVS, Advocate-Aurora, Dignity-CHI, UnitedHealth-Divita) rocked the healthcare industry. Others followed in rapid fashion. Major healthcare payers, providers, and retailers signaled their intention to reconfigure business models to compete effectively in the post-reform marketplace.

Their common mantra is that status-quo operations are insufficient to meet customer demands for higher-value healthcare services. It’s not enough to get bigger, health companies must also become better.

American healthcare is experiencing an “eve of disruption” of unprecedented scale and will never be the same.

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