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Healthcare futurist to speak at conference

Keynote speaker: Healthcare and technology futurist Joe Flower

Healthcare and technology futurist Joe Flower will be the keynote speaker at the Bermuda Captive Conference in 2016.

The author of multiple books, he has explored the future of healthcare with clients including the World Health Organisation, the National Health Service in Britain, and state and provisional hospital associations in the US and Canada.

Mr Flower has also been a consultant for change with the US Department of Defence, Airbus and ArianneSpace.

The 12th annual three-day captive insurance conference, running June 13-15 at the Fairmont Southampton Resort, is expected to attract more than 650 delegates from Bermuda and overseas.

Captive insurance management firms and support industries are sponsoring the event, and healthcare risk management is expected to be one of the hot topics.

Bermuda-based captives support and estimated 25 per cent of the US medical insurance and reinsurance market, and a growing number have originated from Canada and Latin America.

“Bermuda is a leading domicile for healthcare captives and medical malpractice cover, and with so many developments in this space in the US over the last few years, I am very happy to have such a distinguished speaker as Joe here to provide context on what has happened so far and what we should be expecting in this space in the near future,” said David Gibbons, conference chairman.

“We have already had considerable interest from risk managers who plan to come to the conference to hear his perspectives.”

Mr Flower’s 2012 book Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing it Right for Half the Cost examined the politics and cost of healthcare systems. A contributing editor and regular columnist at the Healthcare Forum Journal for two decades, he has also written a regular column for Physician Executive, the Journal of the American College of Physician Executives, is the author of articles for the Healthy Cities/Healthy Communities movement, and was a contributing writer for Wired Magazine and a columnist for health websites DNA.com and HealthCentral.com.

Mr Flower’s research into the nature of change in organisations and people led to interviews with top thinkers on organisational change, from Peter Drucker to Peter Senge and Ari de Geus. He also studied chaos theory, Eastern thought and martial arts.

Information on the conference is available at www.bermudacaptive.bm