David Ellis is corporate director of planning and future studies at the Detroit Medical Center. A former "China watcher" for the British government, he emigrated to the United States in 1983 and went on to become managing editor of a demographic journal, found a successful US regional Internet service provider, win the HIMSS Book of the Year award for “Technology and The Future of Health Care” (AHA Press, 2000), publish the monthly online publication, “Health Futures Digest” (, and co-found MEMRI (, the Michigan Electronic Medical Record Initiative.

His role at the DMC is to help its physicians, nurses, and management be aware of the accelerating trends in health-related technologies and to position DMC to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by those trends to advance its goals and fulfill its mission to improve the health of the people it serves.

He has made numerous presentations about technology and its impacts on the future of health care to policymakers, health professionals, non-profit organizations, and corporations. In 2006 he was a keynote speaker at Microsoft’s “Imagine Cup” awards ceremony in New Delhi.

He was educated in England, Hong Kong, and the United States, and holds degrees in business studies, Chinese, and the information and communication sciences.


H&HN Daily Columns by David Ellis:

  • Primary Care in 2025
    By Clement Bezold and David Ellis
    - March 20, 2012
    What are the forces shaping the future of primary care, and what is that shape?
  • Medical Tourism: Promise or Peril?
    By David Ellis and J. Edson Pontes, M.D. - January 17, 2012
    Is medical tourism a serious threat and, if so, how might U.S. hospitals combat it?
  • Leveraging Personalized Medicine
    By David Ellis - November 28, 2011
    Futurist and H&HN Daily contributor David Ellis talks with H&HN Contributing Editor Rick Hill about how hospitals can leverage emerging advanced analytics from electronic medical records to provide more value to patients. Audio Running Time: 3:54.
  • Personalized Medicine: A Dinner Discussion
    By David Ellis, J. Edson Pontes, M.D., and Donald Weaver, M.D. - November 15, 2011
    The emergence of personalized medicine may mean that the days of the lengthy and expensive clinical trial are numbered.

Speaker Topics

  • Strategic Planning
  • Future of Health Care
  • Health Care Reform

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  • Keynote Presenter
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