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In the rapidly changing technology landscape, the CHIME Fall 2019 CIO Forum provides cutting edge education and face-to-face time for leading healthcare IT executives.

The 2019 CHIME Fall CIO Forum will be held from November 3 to November 6, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in stunning Scottsdale, Arizona. The packed schedule includes keynote addresses and focus groups as well as a golf outing and networking receptions.

In addition to opportunities for exploring new concepts for innovation in healthcare IT, the event will bring together a diverse and insightful group of speakers. Here’s why they make the event worth attending.

Rana Foroohar

When it comes to data security and privacy, Rana Foroohar is an expert. Her book, Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles — And All of Us, comes out November 5, 2019. In it, she looks at how the largest tech companies wield power over the economy and society. In the same vein, she considers how the monetization of our information has, in her estimation, distorted the foundation of democracy.

Foroohar’s insights have clear implications within healthcare IT. For example, data breaches continue to expose millions of patient records. Nevertheless, the attraction of utilizing data to better serve patients is appealing. Ultimately Foroohar’s keynote address will surely raise as many questions as it answers.

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a leading innovator in digital health, innovation and prevention. She wrote the book Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance. Likewise she founded and served as chief of digital innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital for 10 years and is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“My ultimate belief is that we can serve patients, and those who love them, at scale more compassionately with digital tools,” said. Dr. Swanson. “I hold an enduring belief that elegant prevention translation can save lives and reduce suffering.”

Dr. Swanson is a prominent advocate of evidence-based medicine and prevention. She pioneered new ways to revolutionize health communications by using social and digital media to bridge the gap between parents and doctors.

“The incredible beauty about social tools is that you can learn so much more than you could ever impart,” she said. “I’m enthusiastic about getting physicians to share what they know outside of the exam room.”

Dr. Swanson offers real world experience in innovation and patient care. Additionally she can speak to how healthcare systems can simultaneously embrace patients and technology.

Eric Topol, MD

Dr. Eric Topol specializes in the use of artificial intelligence, “deep” data, and smart technology in the practice of individualized medicine. It considers the full biological and social profile of an individual rather than the “average” human of traditional medical science. This information — much of which can be gathered through smart technology — can inform prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Topol is presently leading a National Health Service program in the UK that is pioneering new treatments and technologies. He’s particularly keen on bringing diverse disciplines and technologies together.

“No one’s ever done this, that is taking this new set of tools that are unquestionably having a dramatic effect on healthcare’s future and to bring all the disciplines together, all the experts, and start to plan how to use these effectively, and what can we do to really benefit patients with all of these newfound capabilities?” he said.

According to Topol, each area of medicine will be revolutionized over time. It may take 10 or more years, he admits. But he anticipates looking back and saying he and his team really succeeded in bringing the tools together.

Dr. Topol is author of the book, Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again and is a practicing cardiologist at Scripps Clinic La Jolla. ♥

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