Mercer and HLTH Announce Second Annual Employer Program at HLTH VRTL 2020

Dedicated Employer Program allows for personalized innovation experience and engagement with other employers and stakeholders across the health ecosystem


Mercer will also serve as lead sponsor for HLTH VRTL’s “Health Equity Program” focused on health disparities, systemic racism and other inequities in healthcare


New York, August 13, 2020 – Mercer, a global leader in redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being, and a business of Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC), and HLTH, the leading platform bringing together the entire health ecosystem, announced today the second annual “Employer Program” taking place at HLTH VRTL 2020. Based on the success of the inaugural Employer Program at HLTH 2019, attendees this year will have the ability to personalize their HLTH innovation experience, in a virtual setting, and engage with fellow employers, as well as with payers, providers, innovators, startups, investors, associations, policy makers, and the patient community.



The HLTH VRTL 2020 Employer Program, “Reinvent | The New Shape of Health” will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 11 am to 4 pm ET/ 8am to 1pm PT, and will feature employer C-Suite spotlights and deep-dive discussions with leading speakers. While Mercer and HLTH will announce more program details and an agenda in the coming weeks, the key themes of the program will focus on value – quality, access, and cost – influenced by COVID-19 impacts, digital health innovations, health disparities, and diversity, equity and inclusion imperatives.



Mercer is also pleased to serve as lead sponsor for the “Health Equity Program”, one of four mission-driven Impact Programs at HLTH VRTL 2020, which will take place on Friday, October 16, 2020, starting at 11 am ET / 8am PT. This program will look boldly at inequities in health, including systemic racism, social determinants and the roots of health disparities, and explore possible strategies for change. To extend the conversation beyond HLTH VRTL, the program will also include a 4-part webinar series diving into additional topics in health equity. The series will launch in early 2021 and lead up to the HLTH 2021 event, taking place next October.



“The COVID-19 pandemic and recent societal crises have once again clearly demonstrated how integral employers are to collectively change the status quo and further transform the US healthcare system,” said Ed Lehman, Mercer’s US Health Leader. “From telemedicine to digital health apps, from gender-specific needs to racial equity, by attending HLTH VRTL 2020, employers can engage with other stakeholders and peers in order to lead deep, systemic change.”



“Our continued partnership with Mercer will help employers derive better value from care delivery for their employee populations--essential to healthcare sustainability,” said Jonathan Weiner, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of HLTH. “Further, employers have an enormous opportunity to shape a more equitable future for health, and we are pleased to welcome Mercer, as a leader in the employer market, to drive a much-needed, open dialogue on health equity.”



HLTH VRTL 2020 takes place October 12-16, 2020. Employers can register here or qualify to attend free of charge through the Hosted Buyer Program, a virtual curated marketplace of health buyers and solution providers designed for senior executives and decision-makers to evaluate digital health solutions as potential partners for their organizations. Members of the media are also encouraged to attend and can apply for a media pass here. All registered attendees can access all HLTH VRTL 2020 content for six months post event.



About Mercer

Mercer believes in building brighter futures by redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a business of Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people, with 76,000 colleagues and annual revenue of $17 billion. Through its market-leading businesses including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.


About HLTH


HLTH (pronounced “health”) is the leading platform bringing together the entire health ecosystem, focused on health innovation and transformation. From unparalleled events with industry-leading speakers to inspirational digital content and mission-driven initiatives, HLTH creates a unique marketplace for the health community leading the dialogue and development of a new health ecosystem.