Kate Brown

Center for Health Innovation Leader


Kate Brown leads Mercer's Center for Health Innovation (CHI), a group within the U.S. Health business dedicated to driving innovation that works for our employer clients. Kate is responsible for creating and executing on Mercer’s innovation roadmap, and was instrumental in the creation of Mercer’s latest point of view, Reinvent for Value. Kate’s current focus areas include how digital health companies are accelerating change in healthcare, how technology is reshaping care delivery, and the role of the consumer in benefits. During her tenure as the CHI leader, Kate has expanded Mercer’s innovation portfolio with several key initiatives that benefit employer plan sponsors, including QualPic, a diagnostic tool employers can use to assess quality and value in their health plans.

Speaker Questionnaire
What is the biggest thing you learned in 2020?

The best ways to separate work and home life.

What do you feel are the two most important benefits or areas that need to be a top priority in 2021?

Virtual care and behavioral health.

Can you share a story on an area of your healthcare program or employee benefits where you were able to create significant savings or stop costs from rising?

Using Mercer's QualPiC tool, we've helped employers identify where opportunities exist to deploy quality-focused value-based care strategies that lead to savings for employers.

If you could automatically receive a 10-20% reduction in costs in three areas/programs, what would your dream list be?

Total medical spending, pharmacy spend, diabetes care.

What is the most innovative program you will focus on in 2021 and/or 2022?

Delivery of care at home.

How are you re-imagining corporate culture & well-being?

Well-being (and a healthy corporate culture) need to be central to an employer’s benefit and value proposition. I believe we are shifting from a world in which well-being is considered ancillary to core benefits, to one in which well-being is more than just implementing point solutions to “check a box”.

What virtual care solutions did you roll out during the pandemic? How valuable were they and why?

If you look at our 3 Moonshots - Costs, Culture, and Care; In one sentence, tell us what would be something positive for us to take from 2020 and bring into this new year?

In 2020, many people learned or reinforced the ability to “get comfortable being uncomfortable” – I hope we continue to learn and grow from such discomfort to create a better world for all.

Past Sponsors

1 Conference. 3 Moonshots.


Moonshot #1​

Reduce employer healthcare and benefits costs by 25% by 2025.​



Moonshot #2​

Reimagine engagement and well-being.



Moonshot #3

Provide 40% of healthcare services virtually and through technology by 2025.​


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