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Track 5

Healthcare – Better Now!
The U.S. spends far more on healthcare as a share of GDP – nearly double the average of other high-income countries – but we have the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rate. Not only are we overspending and underperforming, but fraud runs unchecked to the tune of $234 billion annually. Access remains a chronic and painful condition. Even with the Affordable Care Act, many Americans lack access to affordable insurance options. And, we’re on the precipice of a dangerous provider shortage of up to 139,000 physicians by 2033. Rural communities are already at extreme risk – with 163 rural hospitals closing since 2005 and 19 in 2019 alone. It’s time for next-gen care – a technology-infused treatment that attacks access, cost, and quality pains. How do we hyperscale telemedicine, AI, and other next-gen technologies to deliver smarter and more pervasive care? How can we make the most of our data to drive better individual and public health outcomes while balancing privacy concerns?