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IBC president and CEO Daniel Hilferty talks innovation at national Converge Summit

Fireside chat addressed biggest problems in health care: raising quality of care and lowering costs

Philadelphia, PA - July 9, 2013 - Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of IBC, participated in an informal Fireside Chat with Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s assistant managing editor for Health & Science, as part of the second annual MedCity Converge Summit. The event was held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.

The 30-minute discussion, “Transforming Health Care Through Innovation,” explored the vital role of innovation in tackling two of the biggest problems in health care – raising the quality of care and lowering costs – with a focus on the importance of partnerships, information sharing, and wellness.

Hilferty addressed some key ways IBC is changing the game post health care reform, including:

  • Collaborating with health care leaders to develop groundbreaking new models of care that improve quality and lower costs, such as patient centered medical homes and new payment incentive programs for doctors and hospitals;
  • Engaging with local and national partners to create new products, and harness technology for better care;
  • Championing wellness, including rolling out more robust mobile apps; and
  • Using real-time data to improve the health care experience and find solutions.

The Summit, produced by MedCity Media, attracted more than 500 leaders from across the country from every sector of health care – health systems, payers, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, digital health/health IT, entrepreneurs, government leaders, investors and other key stakeholders. The Summit showcased the hottest startups and shares best practices from some of the most innovative organizations in the country.

About Independence Blue Cross
Proudly celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013, Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania serving more than seven million people nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region. We are enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more about how we’re changing the game, visit Connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Ruth Stoolman

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