MARINA DEL REY, Calif., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network, (HPN) will speak on two different panel discussions at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, April 29, 2013, and Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California. ( www.heritageprovidernetwork.com) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130425/LA02034) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120418/LA89605LOGO-a) On Monday, April 29, from 9:30-10:30 am PDT, Dr. Merkin will discuss "How Leading-Edge Corporate Health Solutions Create a Healthier Bottom Line." The panel discussion will focus on exploring evidence-based initiatives with quantifiable results for a healthier bottom line, improving employee health and wellness while reducing costs. On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 11:00am-12:15pm PDT, Dr. Merkin will discuss "How Improved Health and Longer Lives Drive Global Prosperity." Experts will address reducing the time and cost of developing treatments, increasing transparency in the quality and price of health services and making best use of big data and new technology to improve decision-making. Dr. Merkin has championed numerous innovative healthcare initiatives using big data to transform global healthcare delivery from care to cure including the prestigious $3million Heritage Health Prize contest for predictive modeling. The goal of the prize challenge is to decrease the number of avoidable hospitalizations, saving the country $32billion in avoidable hospitalization costs. ( www.heritagehealthprize.com) Other prize initiatives sponsored by HPN using big data and technology to decrease costs and provide healthier outcomes include the Care Transformation Prize Series with The Bipartisan Policy Center and The Advisory Board Company. This prize series expands upon lessons learned from past HPN data competitions to ensure that we are identifying the questions that will best support transformations in care. The Heritage-DREAM National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Network Inference Prize Competition aims to develop more efficient treatment strategies for breast cancer patients. And the Heritage, UCLA, Open mHealth mobile apps prize competition encourages participating teams to create mobile applications using the Open mHealth architecture. "HealthLeaders Media" Magazine has named Dr. Merkin one of the top 20 healthcare leaders for 2012. "Fast Company" Magazine recently named HPN one of the global 10 most innovative companies in healthcare for 2012.