Some other num­bers from #JPM19

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers Asides & Insides -

As 9,000-plus ex­ec­u­tives de­scended on San Fran­cisco last week for the an­nual fes­ti­val of fi­nance known as the J.P. Mor­gan Health­care Con­fer­ence, things got in­tense.

The city, fa­mously an ex­pen­sive place to live, was a pricey place for the gath­er­ing. Ho­tel rooms near the con­fer­ence site, the Westin St. Fran­cis Ho­tel, were $1,000- plus. It’s a sit­u­a­tion one health­care com­pany used as a mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­nity; a Twit­ter user noted Color Ge­nomics’ bill­board near the con­fab read: “Mak­ing health­care de­ci­sions should be eas­ier than book­ing a ho­tel for JPM.” Eat­ing and drink­ing weren’t cheap ei­ther. STAT found a gal­lon of cof­fee off the Parc 55’s ca­ter­ing menu was $170 (ap­par­ently the ho­tel’s stan­dard price), which works out to $21 per 16 ounces. just over An­other tweeter, $50 @DrAsifQasim, noted the JW Mar­riott was charg­ing a per hour ta­ble fee (plus 18% gra­tu­ity) in one lounge.

Given the city’s home­less prob­lem, some at­ten­dees felt moved to give back, rais­ing over $12,000 via GoFundMe for Lava Mae, which pro­vides mo­bile show­ers and bath­rooms and hy­giene prod­ucts to the home­less.

Out­liers will leave the last word to @ge­of­f­clapp, who be­moaned buz­zwordery: “After hear­ing ‘We use AI’ 4,345,812 times at #jpm19, I just got told by a com­pany ‘oh no we’re not just an­other AI com­pany … we use neu­ral learn­ing’ and my eyes rolled so far back in my head they popped out the back and rolled down mar­ket street. If seen please re­turn them to me.”


Fi­nance and biotech ex­ecs filled the halls of the WestinSt. Fran­cis.

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