Top Policymakers, Congressman and CIO of NHS England to Speak at CHIME Advocacy Summit
ANN ARBOR, MI, April 11, 2019 – Three top federal policymakers, a former CIO who now serves in the U.S. House of Representatives and the CIO of National Health Service England will give keynote presentations at the second annual College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Advocacy Summit on June 26-28 in Washington, D.C. The summit will address the latest policy developments and topics, including patient privacy, value-based care, telehealth, burgeoning cyber threats and how to manage them, and navigating the new interoperability rules and their implications for providers.
The summit will feature:
- Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and senior adviser to the Secretary for Opioid Policy;
- Kimberly Brandt, JD, principal deputy administrator for operations in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she supports oversight of CMS‘ programs;
- Adam Boehler, deputy administrator for innovation and quality at CMS and director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation;
- U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, who represents the Sixth Congressional District in Ohio, served as director of the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Information Officer Staff at U.S. Special Operations Command and is a telehealth proponent; and
- Will Smart, a member of the CHIME Board of Trustees and CIO of the National Health Service (NHS) in England, who in a joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement is responsible for providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS.
“Our five keynote speakers will provide valuable perspective on the hot-button issues driving today’s healthcare IT policies,” said Cletis Earle, chair of the CHIME Public Policy Steering Committee. “This is an incredible opportunity to hear first-hand from leaders about regulations and innovative payment models that will have a profound effect on how healthcare organizations deliver care. I am especially pleased that Will can join us and share lessons learned from the WannaCry cyberattack and their efforts to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.”
The Advocacy Summit will include sessions on cybersecurity, data privacy, interoperability, telehealth, the opioid epidemic and the role of IT innovation to improve health and care. The topics reflect priorities identified by CHIME’s 2,800-plus membership of CIOs and senior healthcare IT executives. Cybersecurity has been at the forefront of concerns after the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack that spread through more than 150 countries and infected at least 80 NHS trusts across England. Interoperability and patient access to data are also prominent with the recent release of proposed rules by CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Telehealth has been gaining momentum as the reimbursement landscape improves, and CHIME has taken a leadership role in stemming the tide of the opioid epidemic with the work of the CHIME Opioid Task Force.
“Healthcare IT policies have a direct impact on the quality of patient care,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell. “The summit brings everyone together – those on the provider side, industry, the administration, Congress and federal agencies – to share what they know and work together to make sure these policies benefit patients.”
Anyone with an interest in healthcare IT policies is encouraged to attend. In keeping with CHIME’s mission to educate the entire healthcare IT community about key policy issues, the summit is open to non-member provider professionals as well as representatives from non-member firms. CHIME members, CHIME association members, CHIME Foundation firms and association partners can attend at a special membership rate. Information about the CHIME Advocacy Summit, speakers and agenda is available here. To register, click here.
Editor’s note: Members of the media are welcome to attend. Please email Candace Stuart, CHIME’s director of communications and public relations, at [email protected], with a request to be included on the media list.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,800 members in 51 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME