TalkSession Founder and CEO Melissa Thompson to Speak at 6th Annual Self-Funding Conference

Washington, DC, August 17, 2014 --( The 6th Annual Self-Funding Conference is pleased to announce Melissa Thompson, CEO & Founder, TalkSession as a speaker at the Sept 20-24 event in D.C this year.

The Health Insurance Exchange Conference is part of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress,, which is made up of 6+ other conference tracks dedicated towards employers and the benefits and healthcare they offer their employees: Corporate Wellness, Healthcare Reform, Global Benefits, Self-Funding, Voluntary Benefits, Corporate Fitness & Nutrition and more.

Melissa Thompson is the founder and CEO of TalkSession: a healthcare technology company aimed to increase access to mental healthcare through telemedicine. She is an also an active commentator, blogger and participant in the Quantified Self movement, sharing her perspectives on her blog, Quantified30.

In the last year alone, Melissa and her company were honored with several major global awards for innovation, leadership and healthcare initiatives. Melissa was selected as a “Healthcare Transformer” for the GE Healthymagination & StartUp Health. Melissa is Springboard Life Science alumna and was also awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and Innovator of the Year, by the International Women in Business Awards in 2013.

Previously, Melissa was an analyst at Goldman Sachs and subsequently she worked in technology strategy for clients that include the United Nations, G2 Investments, Forbes, The Weinstein Company, and Publicis. Melissa is a regular contributor on technology, healthcare and the quantified self, to Forbes and The Huffington Post. Melissa and TalkSession were profiled for healthcare innovation in publications that include The Financial Times, CBS SmartPlanet, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Mashable, Business Week, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Wired, among over one hundred publications in 2013.

Melissa is the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Center for Health Innovation, Women in Healthcare & Life Sciences, a global initiative to promote STEM education and programming, as a member of 37Angels, Board Advisor to the Flawless Foundation; and Technology Advisor to Newport Academy.

Melissa holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, with a focus on social entrepreneurship, a BA in Economics from Barnard College, and studied international business and Chinese at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She resides in New York City.

Melissa will be joining Avi Smith on the topic “An Employers Integration of Telemedicine.” This session will discuss how the U.S. telehealth market is expected to grow to $1.9 billion in 2018 from $240 million today, an annual growth rate of 56 percent. Telemedicine is part of an emerging trend that bridge the gap between doctor and patient, thus employers are saving on unnecessary treatments as well as other associated costs. 28 percent of employers will offer telemedicine benefits at no cost by the end of 2014, which is 8 percent more than last year. Telemedicine has a direct impact on employee productivity, reduces time away from the work site, and also decreases stress on an employee. While health care costs have risen and it can sometimes take weeks to get a Doctor’s appointment, the integration of over-the-phone medical services and treatments is becoming increasingly popular. This is especially true for those with busy work schedules, allowing employees to reduce co pay expenses and increase accessibility.

Melissa joins over 200 industry professionals and employers that will be speak at the 2014 event on over 100 different educational sessions, workshops, forums and summits. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear her speak. Register for the conference today.

The 6th Annual Health Insurance Exchange Conference is the annual meeting for the Corporate Health & Wellness Association. The Healthcare Reform Center & Policy Institute, (HRCPI), a nonprofit public policy organization, is the leading educator and influencer in healthcare reform for employer groups, HR and insurance professionals and provides education throughout the year through live workshops, training and healthcare reform certification.
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