Insights for Healthcare Leaders & Change-Makers
Dear HCEG Colleagues and Friends:

Healthcare was turned upside down in 2020 by COVID-19. Thankfully, HCEG not only survived but continued to advance thought leadership and networking on priorities of importance identified by healthcare leaders – priorities that existed last year at this time and new priorities exposed by COVID-19.

With a number of new executives joining HCEG for 2021, we are forming discussion groups on these priorities identified by our members and supported by industry thought leaders and technology partners. Additional research and member surveys on best practices and success stories in addressing healthcare priorities is underway and we will be challenging healthcare leaders and the industry to accelerate innovation and change.

We welcome you to join HCEG in 2021 and share your insights and perspectives. Read on for more on the above, additional resources, and upcoming activities.

Be safe and stay well, 

Executive Director
The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG)
Healthcare Leader Priorities for 2021
An Expanded HCEG Top 10 List for 2021
In January, input received from 75 HCEG members and information culled from 50 lists of predictions and trends shared by industry executives, thought leaders, and consulting organizations was used to define the 2021 HCEG Top 10+ list.

In addition to “Pandemic Impact, Preparedness & Response” and “Supply Chain Optimization” identified in a special COVID-19 survey performed last summer, four additional themes are included in the 2021 HCEG Top 10+:

  1. Culture/Innovation/Leadership
  2. Technology
  3. M & A/Joint Ventures
  4. Public Health/Population Health
Member Survey Results & Research
This expanded 2021 HCEG Top 10+ list, along with details and examples of the various initiatives, programs, approaches, applications, & technologies currently being collected via member surveys and research, will drive HCEG’s content programming, member discussions, presentation, and networking events throughout 2021.

This month and next we’ll be sharing detailed results and findings via this newsletter, our blog, and online and social channels. For more information on participating with HCEG, contact us at And follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Growing & Supporting the HCEG Network in 2021
HCEG By the Numbers
In light of the challenges caused by the pandemic, we’re pleased to have survived 2020 and continue providing healthcare executives a platform to share and promote healthcare innovation, engage in thought leadership opportunities, and develop relationships within the HCEG Network.
Recap of 2020 Thought Leadership & Networking Activities
We’re growing the HCEG network and focusing on enhancing and extending the metrics we achieved in 2020 - despite the difficulties presented by the pandemic.

  • 54 Newsletters and Eblasts Distributed to 5000+ Contacts
  • 22 Blog Posts
  • 65 Research Publications, Partner Presentations & Media References 
  • 5 Webinar Series Events  
  • 1110 Average Monthly Visits to HCEG Website
  • 2800+ Social Media Followers Across Twitter, LinkedIn, & YouTube
  • 310,000+ Social Impressions Generated in 2020
Reprioritizing Healthcare Priorities in Wake of COVID
Our Executive Director Ferris Taylor discusses HCEG’s Top 10+ annual list of challenges, issues, and opportunities for healthcare executives in 2021 with Michael Passanante on Besler’s The Hospital Finance Podcast®

Listen to this month’s interview here and last year's January 2020 interview here..
Resources for Healthcare Leaders
COVID-19 Vaccination Communication: Applying Behavioral and Social Science to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Foster Vaccine Confidence

Evidence-informed communication strategies in support of national COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. 

2021 Healthcare CFO Outlook Survey

Leadership’s Digital Transformation: Leading Purposefully in an Era of Context Collapse

Purpose-driven organizations focus on building leaders’ digital skills and mindset

See these findings from MIT Sloan Management Review's 2021 Future of Leadership Global Executive Study and Research Project

This comprehensive website of healthcare data that can be used by students, researchers & academics, entrepreneurs, and investor communities was shared in the email signature of HCEG member James Jordan, Distinguished Service Professor in Healthcare & Biotechnology Management at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.
Upcoming Sponsor Events
On March 18, 2021, join digital health experts and benefit leaders from Salesforce, the Kraft Heinz Company, State of New Jersey, Vidant Health, Harvard Medical School, and the Business Group on Health on Thursday, March 18th to hear lessons learned in digital healthcare & MSK benefits, best practices, and actionable strategies that you can take back to your organization in 2021.

Learn more about this special event hosted by Hinge Health and register here
Recent Sponsor News & Information
In this episode of WEDI’s “The Collective Voice in Health IT,” WEDI Communications Committee Chair Matthew Albright talks with Softheon CEO Eugene Sayan about the future of the exchanges under the new administration and in the midst of the pandemic, consumer-driven healthcare, new transparency rules, and the future of healthcare.

Listen in here

More from Softheon:
How Health IT Interoperability Will Impact Healthcare in 2021
Surescripts CEO Tom Skelton shares how a focus on health IT interoperability could be the crux of moving toward better public health reporting, patient matching, and interoperability in 2021.

Read more here

More from Surescripts:
Hinge Health Raises $300M at $3B Valuation as #1 Digital Clinic for Back and Joint Pain
A landmark year for Hinge Health: in 2020, the customer base tripled, revenue quadrupled, and customer retention held at 100%

Read more here

More from Hinge Health:
Top 42 Digital Therapeutics startups – Hinge Health Ranked #1
The Policy Connection: Healthcare Policy and the Road Ahead for States
Hemi Tewarson, senior policy fellow at the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University, joins Deanne Kasim and Arien Malec of Change Healthcare to discuss what changes to expect for healthcare policy and how the states and industry can prepare.

Listen in here

More from Change Healthcare:
Selling to Health Plans
Shahid Shaw of The #HCBiz Show talks with Bill Friedman, VP of Sales at Zipari, and Vijay Bhatt, Deputy CTO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care about important digital health technologies that health plans are interested in and how digital health startups can get health plan executives to buy the technologies they’re building.

Listen in here

More from Zipari: 
Zelis® Ranks #2 Among New Jersey’s Fastest Growing Companies
This is the fourth time Zelis has been recognized on this list for dynamic, sustained growth.

Press release here and video here.
Partner Events
The Quest for Health Equity
February 23-24, 2021
A two-day virtual event from our partner WEDI will showcase the barriers to health equity and highlight those organizations working towards improving it; payers, providers, state government organizations and much more.

Use HCEG for a 20% discount when you register here
AHIP National Health Policy Conference
March 9-11, 2021
Connect with health insurance provider organization leadership, administration officials, lawmakers, and policy professionals as they share urgent insights that can help your organization keep moving forward.

Free to AHIP Members. More info here
Connect with the HealthCare Executive Group
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If your or your organization is interested in learning more about becoming a member or an annual sponsor, email us at or call 617.302-6224
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Thanks to Our Sponsors
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