Speaking: Topics, Testimonials, Past Engagements

Dave Chase is a dynamic speaker described by many as “driven to seeing healthcare realize its full potential.” He was named one of the 18 Most Influential People in Digital Health along with luminaries such as Dr. Eric Topol, Susannah Fox, and Anne Wojcicki.

Chase delivers real value to his audience by showing them where to see existential threats and massive opportunities in healthcare’s transformation. He understands and has driven major successes inside both large and startup organizations. Earlier in his career, he played a founding or leadership role in two new billion dollar businesses inside a Fortune 50 company. 

More recently, he was a founder or senior executive in two successful startup exits.  In his speaking, Chase describes to audiences how to drive breakthrough thinking and innovation within their company in a fashion that delivers clear, measurable and objective results.

Below are foundational keynotes Chase delivers on a regular basis to Fortune 100 companies, Boards of Directors and government leaders. Note that each topic can be personalized to your company and industry. He can also combine elements of each of these topics as desired.



In a TED­-style talk, Chase connects the dots on how healthcare’s status quo represents the greatest threat to the American Dream. The talk informs, provokes, empowers and activates the audience.

The story is told through the eyes of Rosie and Jamie. Rosie is a sandwich generation head of household that makes the health decisions for herself, her children and increasingly her aging parents. Jamie is a doctor who has their professional life transformed from experiencing burnout and frustration to a renaissance where Jamie is able to practice medicine as Jamie had hoped during medical school. 

The renaissance isn’t limited to Jamie’s professional life. The transformation of their community is profound. Where education had been cut, programs were being restored. The result in their community and at their company are breathtaking showing what’s possible for any community.


Topic 2: Reformed Healthcare Purchasing as an Economic Engine

Purchasing healthcare services is generally the second biggest cost after wages for most employers whether they are in the private and public sector. Leaders focused on economic development whether they are business owners/leaders, union leaders or public officials all are striving to create more opportunity for their constituents. Opportunity lies in the insights that employers are pouring more than enough money into to deliver fantastic health benefits and a comfortable retirement for their employees/members. Unfortunately, they are getting neither. Data from pwc and others points to the fact that more than half of all healthcare spending adds no value. Imagine any other item in our business or personal life where that would be accepted. 

It’s unimaginable, yet it’s the norm in healthcare. 

Chase highlights how the open source project he conceived of, the Health Rosetta, is a blueprint for realizing the full value of the money employers are spending on behalf of their employees. The great news is it’s not a unachievable goal. Chase has spent time with the employers, unions and municipalities that are getting breakthrough results. He shares how employers are spending 50% less per capita on health benefits while delivering best­-of­-breed health benefits. These employers have invested that money that would have otherwise been wasted in healthcare on their employees (and kids’) college education and company R&D. Some have gone a step further and adopted nearby crime-­ridden neighborhoods and funded daycare, pre­-K, after school programs and even college education. The results have been breathtaking with crime rates plummeting and graduation rates skyrocketing in those communities. 


Topic 3: 7 Habits of Highly Patient Centric Healthcare Organizations

Today’s healthcare leaders recognize that being “patient centric” is no longer merely a catchy marketing slogan. Rather, it represents the difference between success and failure in the fee-for-­value, population health era. HIMSS book of the year in 2014 was co­-written by Chase. He and his co-authors had the opportunity to investigate the highest performing organizations and clinicians in successfully engaging patients.

Chase’s talk covers how successful patient engagement is the linchpin of success in the population health era. Not only is it vital to improve health outcomes, it can drive competitive business advantage. Chase debunks myths some have about this meaning patients are in charge and that doctors’ role might be undermined. He’s spent time with organizations that recognize that the proper Quadruple Aim mindset is a core to success. Chase shares how leading organizations understand that paying close attention to clinicians’ well ­being is a natural precursor to patient engagement. That, in turn, leads to better outcomes and avoidance of unnecessary wasted resources.



Whether you are a leader of an established healthcare organization or making investment decisions, Chase sheds lights on non-­obvious threats and opportunities. Chase combines his knowledge working insides dozens of healthcare organizations with his time spent away from healthcare in digital media. Parallels with traditional media companies are strong and disturbing for healthcare incumbents. Seemingly intractable regional monopolies and oligopolies found it easy to discount emerging organizations that were growing exponentially, yet hardly noticed. 

Chase draws on the Health Rosetta Principles for a New Health Ecosystem that is a set of guiding principles for success in the transformed health ecosystem. The Principles were curated from the leading minds in healthcare. Many of the principles for success are a polar opposite from the status quo. Chase provides examples of how winning organizations using these principles to gain a competitive advantage.