2014 HIMSS Taps Hillary Rodham Clinton for Keynote Address

January 26, 2014

Attendees at the Health Information Management Systems Society’s Annual Conference & Exhibition, coming up at the end of February, will have the opportunity to hear a keynote address delivered by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York and First Lady of the United States, will take the stage Feb. 26.  

The HIMSS event runs Feb. 23-27 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.

Clinton has spent four decades in public service and during her 2007-2008 campaign for president, she secured more votes, primary wins and delegates than any other woman in American history.

Also recently announced to speak at the conference is the newly appointed national coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. Karen DeSalvo,

DeSalvo will speak Feb. 27, prior to the morning’s keynote address from administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner.

“HIMSS is honored that Dr. DeSalvo will be joining us for HIMSS14 in Orlando next month,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, executive vice president of HIMSS.

She added, “Her insights and guidance are an exciting addition to the HIMSS14 lineup of health IT leaders from government and the healthcare community.”

Dr. DeSalvo is a physician and a leader in improving vulnerable populations’ access to healthcare, most recently as Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, where she advocated for expanded use of health IT by New Orleans’ primary care providers, and ensured that the city’s newest public hospital will utilize a fully-integrated health IT network. 

She has a keen understanding of the value of health IT, serving as president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the Louisiana lead for the state’s health information exchange and regional extension center grants, as well as a member of the Steering Committee for the Crescent City Beacon Community grant.

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