The Penn Medicine Nudge Unit hosts a Nudges in Health Care Symposium each year. The goals of the event are to:
- Assemble health systems that are interested in implementing nudges or forming nudge units
- Share insights on lessons learned from implementing nudges in health care
- Network and build collaborations across health systems
The first two symposia were hosted on Penn's campus and brought together leaders from 30 health systems. In 2021, the symposium took place virtually, and we broadened the audience to include health plans and other organizations working on using nudges to improve health care. More than 400 people representing over 200 organizations worldwide attended to hear from featured speakers, including David Halpern of the Behavioural Insights Team, Susan Lucas Collins of Twilio, and Mohan Balachandran of Way to Health.
To disseminate lessons learned and better understand ways to address common barriers, we hosted the inaugural Nudge Units in Health Care Symposium in September 2018.
Executives and researchers from 22 health systems across the United States and Canada attended the event. The symposium began with a series of talks, including an address from Mitesh Patel, Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, a question-and-answer session with Penn Medicine executive leadership, and a keynote by Cass Sunstein, co-author of the book Nudge. Attendees then engaged in a series of design sessions focused on implementing nudges in health care.
At the 2019 Nudges in Health Care Symposium, we assembled health systems interested in implementing nudges or forming nudge units to share insights, network, and build collaborations.
Among the speakers at the two-day event were Lori Melichar, Senior Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Stacey Chang, Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.
The third Nudges in Health Care Symposium was held virtually on May 20, 2021. More than 400 people representing over 200 organizations from across the world tuned in to hear from featured speakers, including David Halpern of the Behavioural Insights Team, Susan Lucas Collins of Twilio, and Mohan Balachandran of Way to Health.