The Nudge Unit has hosted the Nudges in Health Care Symposium since 2018. The goals of this event are to:
- Assemble health systems and health organizations 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.
The following year, in lieu of a symposium, we held a webinar focused on how to scale interventions with a presentation by economist Dr. John List and a panel discussion with past and present Nudge Unit directors.
In September 2023, the symposium resumed as an in-person gathering, themed around building behaviorally informed organizations and featuring keynotes by Drs. Elizabeth Linos and Kevin Volpp.
Learn more about our past events, and view photos and video recordings, by visiting the links below and the 2023 symposium webpage.
The 2023 Nudges in Health Care Symposium brought together more than 200 people from 50 organizations nationwide to share insights about creating behaviorally enabled organizations. The program featured keynotes by Elizabeth Linos, faculty director of The People Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Kevin Volpp, director of the Penn Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, and explored topics such as nudging with well-being in mind and applications of artificial intelligence.
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.
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.
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.