2021 Nudges in Health Care Symposium

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.

What Can be Done to "Nudge" Vaccine Distribution Forward

Despite more and more people becoming eligible for vaccination, it seems like vaccine distribution is operating way below “warp speed.” In this episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Bee talks with an independent pharmacist and Mitesh Patel, director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit to see how the government can step up their game.

Quality & Practice Innovation Mitesh Patel, MBA, MD, MS (University of Pennsylvania Health System)

Mitesh Patel has received the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIMQuality and Practice Innovation Award. The Society of General Internal Medicine recognizes general internists and their organization that have successfully developed and implemented innovative systems of practice improvement in ambulatory and/or inpatient clinical practice.

For better health care embrace irrationality

In his 2018 TEDMED talk, David Asch asserts, “Changing someone’s mind with information is hard enough, changing their behavior with information is harder still. The only way we are going to make substantial improvements in health and health care is to make substantial improvements in the behavior of health and health care.”

Watch the video to learn how we might harness our innate human irrationality to create positive behavior change, and learn more about the Nudge Unit project Asch references.

‘Should we pay to improve health behaviours?’

Professor Katy Milkman of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Marc Mitchell of Western University, Dr. Mitesh Patel of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, and Kieron Boyle of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity discuss incentives at BX2019.

2019 Nudges in Health Care Symposium

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. Learn more about the event.

No winks. But Penn ‘nudges, nudges’ clinicians, patients to better decisions.

Mitesh Patel talks with Managed Care about the value embedded nudge units can bring to health systems.

Why do cancer screening rates decline as the day progresses?

Mitesh Patel joins JAMA Network editors to discuss a quality improvement study evaluating the association of primary care clinic appointment time with clinician ordering and patient completion of breast and colorectal cancer screening. Read the article.

Using behavioral economics to improve health care quality

David Asch discusses the benefits of using behavioral economics to improve health care quality and provides real-world examples of its successful applications, including the Nudge Unit's work to implement default options to increase generic medication prescribing rates.

Using lottery-based financial incentives to increase physical activity

Mitesh Patel explains how using lottery-based financial incentives can help increase physical activity among overweight and obese adults.

2018 Nudge Units in Health Care Symposium

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.