The New Consumerism: Shifting from a Wholesale to a Retail Approach in Health Care with discussants Victor Dzau, Gary Ahlquist, Reed Tuckson and Rep. Rahm Emanuel speaking at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival.
Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.
Gary D. Ahlquist is senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH). He specializes in strategy and organization development for health plans, insurance companies, and providers. In his 25 years at BAH, Ahlquist has assisted more than 50 hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, and medical group practices in developing strategies and in their implementation. He has also helped develop strategies for financial services, pharmaceuticals, managed care, medical products, and post-acute-care service corporations. Prior to joining BAH, Ahlquist was employed at the New England Nuclear Corporation (DuPont). Ahlquist, a pioneer in the consumer health movement, has written numerous articles and speaks frequently on the future of the American health system.
Victor J. Dzau
Victor Dzau, MD, is the chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Most recently, Dr. Dzau was the Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic (Medicine) at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital. Dr. Dzau has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the prestigious Gustav Nylin Medal by the Swedish Royal College of Medicine and the Swedish Cardiology Society. Dr. Dzau was also the previous chairman of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee.
Rahm Emanuel has served as the 55th mayor of the city of Chicago since 2011. During that time he has made the tough choices necessary to secure Chicago’s future as a global capital. The Mayor added more than 200 hours to the school day and year, taking Chicago from having the least educational time of any large school district in the country to being on par with its peers.
Reed Tuckson, MD, is executive vice president and chief of medical affairs at UnitedHealth Group, responsible for working with all of its business units to improve the quality and efficiency of health services. Previously he was senior vice president of professional standards for the American Medical Association and president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. He also served as senior vice president for programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and he is a former Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia. He currently chairs the Secretary of Health and Human Servicesâ€™ advisory committee on genetics, health, and society. His other federal appointments include Cabinet-level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, childrenâ€™s health, violence, and radiation testing.