19th U.S. Surgeon General to Kick Off 2019 CHIME HIMSS CIO Forum
Tim Stettheimer – VP, Education
We are pleased to announce that the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., will set the stage for the CHIME HIMSS CIO Forum in Orlando, Fla., with an overview of national and global health trends along with crisis points and major issues. He will be the first of four keynote speakers who will inspire us all to take health and care to new heights.
The forum will be Feb. 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel in Orlando. We will hold a welcoming reception on Feb. 10 in true CHIME style, followed by a breakfast and our speakers on Feb. 11. Members also can participate in Foundation Focus Groups during the week of the HIMSS annual conference. You will have the option to attend up to 14 Focus Groups between Feb.12 and 14.
As the nation’s 19th surgeon general, Murthy made it his mission to modernize the role of “America’s Doctor” by bringing in 21st century approaches and technology. He issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, and his last Surgeon General’s Report was on e-cigarettes and youth. He launched the TurnTheTideRx campaign to address the nation’s opioid epidemic and was the first surgeon general to issue a call-to-action letter to health professionals across the nation to reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths.
Prior to becoming surgeon general, he practiced and taught internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During his career, he co-founded Visions, a peer-to-peer HIV/AIDS education program in India and the U.S., which he led for eight years. He also co-founded the Swasthya project (“health and wellbeing” in Sanskrit), a community health partnership in rural India to train women to be health providers and educators; TrialNetworks, a software technology company that developed collaborative technology for accelerating clinical trials (acquired by DrugDev in 2014); and Doctors for America, a nonprofit that organizes physicians across the U.S. to advocate for high-quality, affordable healthcare for all.
We look forward to sharing more details about the forum in coming weeks. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet up with your CHIME colleagues, network and learn from internationally renowned healthcare leaders like Murthy. More information about the forum, the hotel and registration is available here.
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