Joe Flower

Joe Flower

Speaker: Joe Flower

A premier observer and thought leader on the deep forces changing healthcare


  • Healthcare 2027: The Big Reveal
  • How Not to Lose Your Mind in the Nitty Gritty Present
  • Global Healthcare: Facts and Fictions
  • Your Organization At The Live Edge
  • Will Tech By Itself Fix Healthcare?

Health Care Speaker Joe Flower thinks differently and has always maintained his independence as an analyst and visionary of healthcare.

He recognized long ago that healthcare could not possibly make sense until seen as a system-as-a-whole. He has devoted his long career to understanding the dynamics of this complex adaptive system, observing the multi-level interactions of deep, underlying trends in technology, demographics, and economics that have driven the evolution (or devolution) of the healthcare that we know today.

Health Care Speaker Joe Flower has interviewed many in and outside of healthcare who have driven conceptual and technological innovation, and has learned from their mistakes. It’s all brought him to a vision of a future healthcare that is far better, far more available, and far less expensive than today’s, a future that is achievable and, in some places, is being achieved.

Flower is the author of thousands of articles over the last 37 years on healthcare, a contributing editor at, a featured columnist for The American Hospital Association’s H&HN (Hospitals & Health Networks) Daily, and a member of the AHA’s speaking faculty. His most recent two books explore the practical possibility of a better healthcare system that costs half as much, and the trends and tools that may be getting us there: Healthcare Beyond Reform (2012) and How To Get What We Pay For: A Handbook for Healthcare Revolutionaries (2015).

Flower’s hundreds of speaking and consulting clients have included a wide array of organizations from the U.N.’s World Health Organization, the U.S. Defense Department, and the Centers for Disease Control, to governments around the world, most U.S. state and Canadian provincial hospital associations, many Fortune 500 companies, the giants of the health insurance industry, major medical systems such as Kaiser, Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins, to small community hospitals and associations of free clinics.

When he’s not traveling or at the computer keyboard, he plays guitar, hosts the Writer’s Conference on The Well, or reads history and economics until his eyes cross.

Healthcare 2027: The Big Reveal

What’s healthcare really like 10 years out?

How Not to Lose Your Mind in the Nitty Gritty Present

How to navigate this chaotic moment: Possibilities, strategies and tactics

Global Healthcare: Facts and Fictions

Rules of thumb, trends to watch, sources to trust

Your Organization At The Live Edge

A spontaneous conversation with the audience that gets at their most pressing concerns. One of my most popular styles of talks

Will Tech By Itself Fix Healthcare?

The spectacular, twinned evolution of health tech and business-model innovation


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