Look who's talking: HIMSS13 keynotes

The keynote speakers for this year’s upcoming HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition — to be held in New Orleans March 3-7 — are most certainly pivotal to healthcare at large. Their collective influence could be considered so key, in fact, it goes without note.

From a former oval office occupant to an MD with the latest on healthcare’s hot gadgets, here are some of HIMSS13’s most distinguished speakers:

Warner Thomas (pictured below), President and CEO of Ochsner Health Systems, will address the Affordable Care Act’s effect on the industry and provide best practices to employ when navigating the novel pathways of health insurance reform. For employers specifically, tips on how to face the challenge of mounting healthcare costs will be a particularly beneficial segment of Warner’s talk.  [Speaking Monday, March 4]

Eric J. Topol (pictured below) — West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, Scripps Health and Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute 
Cardiologist — is no stranger to medical modernism. During his keynote, Topol will address the advancement of medical treatment through the use of technology and social networking. Drawing from topics addressed in his latest book "The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How The Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care," the industry innovator and one of GQ’s “Rock Stars of Science” will speak on the uses of smartphones and other powerful, emerging platforms as tools with which consumers can customize their care and revolutionize medicine on the whole.  [Speaking Tuesday, March 5]

Bill Clinton (pictured below), 42nd president of the United States and founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, is no stranger, period. Although the details of his speech remain shrouded, Clinton’s healthcare track record promises a dynamic, thorough discussion of policy and medical politics. The foundation spurred by Clinton upon leaving the White House has made lasting advances on the premises of health: “Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative) which is helping more than 4 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs.” Find more on Clinton’s latest endeavors here. [Speaking Wednesday, March 6]

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, (pictured below) will lend some top doc advice on the matters of health information technology during his keynote address on Thursday. The National Coordinator of Heath Information Technology and previous New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Assistant Commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, Mostashari has been a part of several groundbreaking organizations and efforts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded NYC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s funded project focused on quality measurement at the point of care, and a current cornerstone for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [Speaking Thursday, March 7] 

Political consultant James Carville (pictured below right), will square-off against Fox News Contributor and Wall Street Journal Columnist Karl Rove (pictured below left) regarding the topics of politics, economics, healthcare reform and other initiatives of merit. With Carville’s fervent democratic leanings and Rove’s notorious conservative bent, the conference’s closing debate offers views not only from the top, but from both sides of the party aisle. Size up both commentators here. [Speaking Thursday, March 7] 

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