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J. Ian  Morrison

J. Ian Morrison

Futurist

Biography

Dr. J. Ian Morrison is an internationally known author, consultant and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future. Read More >

Morrison is President Emeritus of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). He is a founding partner in Strategic Health Perspectives, a joint venture between Harris Interactive and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. From 1996-1999, Morrison was retained by Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting, as Chairman of the Health Futures Forum. In that capacity, he chaired a number of international forums on the future of healthcare.

Before coming to IFTF in 1985, Morrison spent seven years in British Columbia, Canada, in a variety of research, teaching and consulting positions. He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in urban studies from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. in geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Newcastle upon-Tyne, England. He is a past director and chair of the California Health Care Foundation; a director of the new Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles; a past director of the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET), the research and education arm of the American Hospital Association; and a past director of the Center for Healthcare Design. Morrison currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, an affiliate of the American Medical Group Association. He also served as a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee of the Program on Health System Improvement at Harvard University.

Morrison is the author of Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow and Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership. His previous book, The Second Curve - Managing The Velocity of Change, was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek Bestseller. Morrison has co-authored several other books and chapters, including Future Tense: The Business Realities of the Next Ten Years and Looking Ahead at American Health Care. He also has co-authored numerous journal articles for publications such as Chief Executive, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Across the Board, The British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs.

Morrison has written, lectured and consulted on a wide variety of forecasting, strategy and health care topics for government, industry and a variety of nonprofit organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. He has spoken to a range of audiences from the boards of Fortune 100 companies to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.  Morrison has worked with more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in health care, manufacturing, information technology and financial services. Recent client sponsors include GE, Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic. He is a frequent commentator on the future for television, radio and the print media. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

What to Make of the American Healthcare System

The Demonization of Our Healthcare System

Speech Topics

The Future of the Healthcare Marketplace: Life in the Gap & Life in the Game

With the historic passage of healthcare reform legislation, the American healthcare system looks to the future. The full impact of the new legislation will not be felt until 2014 and beyond, but in the meantime, all healthcare stakeholders must deal with "Life in the Gap" before new provisions are implemented. At the same time, all healthcare stakeholders must prepare for the new emerging reality of healthcare reform and try to determine what "Life in the Game" will be like in a reformed system in 2014 and beyond. Organizations and individuals need to be flexible to adjust to additional modifications in the reform agenda, including the push for more widespread reimbursement reform, the growth in transparency and accountability, and the relentless quest for value in healthcare. This presentation will focus on the political, economic, and strategic context of change in healthcare, describe the possible scenarios we face, and examine how the various actors are preparing for the future. It will identify the leadership challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and will provide strategic insights on how organizations and individuals can flourish in the future.

The American Healthcare Consumer: Decision Making in the Market Place

Massively Coordinated Care: IT & Big Data

Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today & Tomorrow

Managing the Velocity of Change

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