UNCW’S College of Health and Human Services Welcomes Innovative Health Care Consultant Tom Main

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tom Main, a leading consultant who promotes innovation in the health care industry, will visit UNCW on Feb. 23 to address “The Patient-to-Consumer Revolution.” The free public event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), will be held at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Center.

Main’s presentation is part of the CHHS Health Transformation Lecture Series, which is dedicated to bringing leading speakers to campus to address public health issues. The series originated in 2013 and is made possible by the support of several community partners, including Wilmington Health Associates, NC AARP, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation.

“Tom Main speaks of a sea change coming in the delivery of health care, harnessing technology and prompting a more active role by patients in managing their own health,” said Charles Hardy, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “UNCW is always interested in providing a forum for perspectives on the future of patient access and service delivery, because trends will determine how we prepare our students to compete for jobs in the changing health care economy.”

Main is a partner and U.S. market leader for Oliver Wyman’s Health and Life Sciences practice group and managing director of the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center (OWHIC). He collaborated with Adrian Slywotzky on three reports focusing on innovation in the healthcare market: “The Quiet Healthcare Revolution,” “The Volume-to-Value Revolution” and the topic of his UNCW lecture, “The Patient-to-Consumer Revolution.”

The premise is that data, technology and greater access to information patients need to monitor their own health and make individualized choices are revolutionizing how care will be delivered. According to Main and Slywotzky, this shift will result in improved health, more individualized service delivery and increased cost transparency – changes that put the consumer in control.

The event also serves as a continuing education credit opportunity through South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC). Registration for those who wish to take advantage of the credit begins at 6:30 p.m. Those planning to attend the free lecture are asked to RSVP at