BRENTWOOD, Tenn., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Change Healthcare ®, the market leader in cost transparency and consumer engagement, announced today that its Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Clayton Nicholas will be a panelist at the inaugural Real Endpoints Symposium in Philadelphia on March 12. The event, jointly presented by Ernst & Young and Real Endpoints, will explore disruptive innovation in the healthcare system. The panel on which Nicholas will participate is titled "Start-Ups: Innovation at the Product-Payer Intersection." "I look forward to being a part of a panel comprised of industry thought leaders including Glen Giovannetti, Global Life Sciences leader at Ernst & Young; Thomas Kottler, CEO of HealthPrize Technologies; Clifford Jones, CEO of Allazo Health; and Jack Challis, CEO of CliniCast," Nicholas said. "As we explore innovations in making drugs safer and more cost effective, cost transparency will be an important part of the discussion, as it supports patient education and adherence." To learn more about the Real Endpoints Symposium, visit http://realendpoints.com/symposium/agenda/. About Clayton NicholasClayton Nicholas brings nearly two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, Fortune 50 executive and Army Officer to his role with Change Healthcare where he leads product strategy and management, marketing and public relations. Most recently, Nicholas was chief of staff of Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Previously, he founded and sold incentives company Giving Tree, LLC and led strategy, marketing and sales functions at Healthways and IBM. Nicholas holds a bachelor's degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master's degree in information systems from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. About Change HealthcareEstablished in 2007, Change Healthcare is on a mission to transform the way Americans purchase and utilize healthcare services by driving sustainable engagement at the individual level. With a national client base of health plans and employers covering lives in all 50 states, Change Healthcare is the premier national provider of healthcare cost transparency and consumer engagement solutions that enable consumers to: Better understand and utilize their healthcare benefits; make informed healthcare purchasing decisions based on quality, cost and convenience; and manage higher out-of-pocket responsibility and realize savings. This, in turn, helps plan sponsors: Control their healthcare cost growth trend; successfully migrate to more cost-effective plan types; optimize existing wellness programs and on-site clinics; and improve member/employee satisfaction and retention.