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Looking into the Future: Without Fear or Favor

Like many industries, healthcare is riddled with group think and “trends” that don’t materialize. Billions of dollars and, more important, irreplaceably scarce professional and managerial time and effort are wasted chasing opportunities that are really not opportunities at all. Jeff Goldsmith is a powerful antidote to group think. No-one can predict the future with unerring accuracy. But with more than thirty years of experience spanning all the major sectors of the health field, Jeff can help sort the trivial from the significant, and explain in English where the real opportunities and challenges lie- without fear or favor.

Jeff Goldsmith

Health Futures was founded in 1982 by Jeff Goldsmith. Jeff Goldsmith is one of the nation's foremost health industry analysts, specializing in corporate strategy, trend analysis, health policy and emerging technologies. He has worked across the health system- hospitals, health plans, physician groups, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health manufacturing and distribution sectors- advising senior management and Boards. Health Futures also helps guide venture and private equity investment in emerging technologies. Jeff Goldsmith writes and lectures actively on health policy, financing and technology, both in the United States and overseas. You can find an active archive of his writings and topics in this site.




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Near Miss

Cancer came and went this winter like a tornado that tore through my backyard and, mercifully spared the house.   My illness surfaced suddenly, on Christmas Eve, 2014 with a fine needle biopsy finding of a malignant lymph node on my throat, confirmed  within two weeks by an endoscopy that found its source: a chick pea-sized primary tumor at the base of my tongue. The diagnosis: squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.  

 A brilliant young surgical team at the University of Chicago (no-one who touched me was over 40) removed both in a methodical six hour surgery on February 2.  Dr. Alex Langerman removed both small malignancies, as well as a raft of sentinel nodes that confirmed that it had not spread.  The result:  no chemo, no radiation and a rapid recovery.  I was conversing with visitors in my normal voice the next afternoon, and was back on the lecture circuit on February 20!  Since then, I’ve been too busy working to post here or even write.  

 For people who are suspicious of lumps that suddenly appear in places they shouldn’t be but are reluctant to bother their physicians, I say:  get over it!   You know your body better than anyone.  And with cancer, sometimes days or weeks count.  You won’t know how aggressive the tumor’s growth is, and how much of a risk it poses, until confirmatory testing.  The sooner you know you have a problem, the greater your degrees of freedom in avoiding needless pain and risk.  My own suspicions saved my life.  My first follow up visit to the University of Chicago this last Friday (May 15) confirmed that I remain disease free.  

 I write and lecture about the patient experience. Mine wasn’t perfect, but the physicians who took care of me did an outstanding job, and returned my life to me quickly and decisively.  I am deeply grateful to Alex and his colleagues, as well as Dr. Paige Powers here in Charlottesville who made the initial diagnosis


Date: 05.18.15   Time: 08:24 PM

Recent Keynote Engagements

  • Georgia Hospital Association
  • The Doctor’s Company
  • Hospital Sisters Health System
  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
  • Greenville (SC) Health System
  • Sheridan Healthcare
  • Virginia Health and Hospitals Association
  • Womens’Care of Florida
  • Health Industry Distributors Association
  • St. Clair Hospital
  • Federation of American Hospitals
  • DaVita
  • Lincoln Healthcare Group
  • Providence Health-Anchorage
  • Parallon (HCA)

Healthcare Reform Chronicles

Jeff Goldsmith has introduced The Health Reform Chronicles to help you find his blog postings on Healthcare Reform.