Visionary Keynotes Share Insights, Ideas and Inspiration at HIMSS21 Digital

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HIMSS21 Digital will take place virtually from Aug. 9-12, providing a best-in-class digital environment so everyone, everywhere can be part of the most exciting week in healthcare. Enjoy on-demand access for 45 days post-event.

HIMSS21 Digital content and programming is a unique extension of the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition — not a duplication or livestream of on-site activities. Attendees will hear prominent healthcare leaders share insights, innovative ideas and inspiration to be the change. See the full Digital Program.

HIMSS21 Digital Visionary Keynotes

Monday, Aug. 9

Opening Keynote: Harold F. Wolf III, President and CEO, HIMSS
Aug. 9 at 1:10-1:25 p.m. PST
Hal Wolf, President & CEO, HIMSS, will deliver the HIMSS21 Digital Opening Keynote.

Airing Monday, Aug. 9 at 1:25 PST
Visionary Keynote: A Special Tribute from Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey, actor and founder of the Dempsey Center kicks off HIMSS21 Digital with a special tribute to frontline workers. Patrick will also share how the Dempsey Center pivoted during the pandemic to help high-risk populations and offers a hopeful message for everyone in the healthcare ecosystem.
Patrick Dempsey
Actor and Founder
Dempsey Center 

A New Normal: Hope After COVID-19
Aug. 9 at 4:47-5:07 p.m. PST
Beyond changing our day-to-day lives, the pandemic has prompted a new era in healthcare around the world. One of the questions that remains present is what will our life look like after this is all over. Join Tomislav Mihaljevic, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, as he discusses his vision of the future of healthcare and the lessons learned from this transformative time in humanity.

Tuesday, Aug. 10

Leading for the Future
Aug. 10 at 8:10-8:30 a.m. PST
Northwell Health was at the epicenter of the pandemic and cared for more COVID-19 patients than any other health system in the United States. Hear guidance on how hospitals and health systems throughout the country can prepare more effectively for the next viral threat. Also, learn more about the challenging task of fundamentally changing the culture of American health care to embrace a more robust emergency response capability in hospitals and systems of all sizes across the nation. This keynote features Michael J Dowling, CEO, Northwell Health.

Composing a Digital Health Symphony for 2030: Harmonizing Innovation and Technology
Aug. 10 at 4:55-5:15 p.m. PST
Never be caught flat when disruption hits. Instead, set your organization up to thrive in times of challenge and change. Angela Yochem, executive vice president and chief transformation and digital office of Novant Health, will share how healthcare provider executives can prepare for the accelerated, rapid pace of healthcare innovation and technology advancement over the coming decade. This keynote will provide insights and equip leaders with skills to create harmony among the work of their care teams, innovative external partnerships, evolving technology capabilities and potential investors. The result? Accelerated and enhanced capabilities to deliver higher quality, more equitable and more personalized healthcare. 

Wednesday, Aug. 11

Addressing Burnout and Increasing Resilience with Arianna Huffington
Aug. 11 at 8:05-8:25 a.m. PST
Even before Covid-19, burnout was a growing epidemic in our culture. In 2019 the WHO classified it as an “occupational phenomenon.” That’s something that healthcare providers have long known, with over two-thirds of doctors reporting feelings of burnout. In this fireside chat, Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, sits down to share her first-hand experience with burnout and Thrive's mission to end the stress and burnout epidemic and change the way we work and live. Arianna will also share small, science-backed Microsteps we can start taking immediately to build habits that improve our lives, so we can make sure that the new normal is also a better normal.

Thursday, Aug. 12

COVID-19 Driving Changemakers
Aug. 12 at 8:05-8:25 a.m. PST
Covid has accelerated different ways of working and providing clinical care. Linear thinking has changed to exponential thought as healthcare systems have had to evolve quickly to manage the pandemic whilst maintaining acute and elective services. Technology has been embraced with rapid deployment and validation. The new language of health is digital. The radical change makers are at the forefront of this drive to innovate and improve health and care. This keynote features Professor Shafi Ahmed, Surgeon, Digital Health Futurist, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Medical Realities.

Nursing Innovators: A Driving Force in Health Care Reform
Aug. 12 at 11:42 a.m.-12:02 p.m. PST
Nurses represent more than 50% of the health care workforce. They are the Macgyers of the supply closet, focused on creating great patient experiences through solving problems and challenging the status quo. Nurses' proximity to patients and healthcare challenges is an invaluable advantage for generating solutions. In this fireside chat, innovation leaders will share the impact of nursing innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the disruptive thinking, innovation methodology and systems and networks available to support nurses to continuously improve patient care and outcomes. Speakers include Mary Lou Ackerman, Vice President Innovation, Saint Elizabeth Health Care; Rebecca Love, President, SONSIEL; and Hiyam Nadel, Director, Center of Innovations in Care Delivery, Massachusetts General Hospital.

A Bias Toward Action - A Young Innovator’s Message
Aug. 12 at 4:27-5:12 p.m. PST
Since second grade, Gitanjali Rao has been thinking of ways to use science and technology to make the world a better place. She has developed innovative tech solutions for some of the world's most pressing issues, including access to clean water and early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction. As the inventor of the Kindly app, which uses AI to detect and prevent cyberbullying and protect students, Gitanjali is an inspiring voice of good. At only 15, Gitanjali has been honored as Time magazine’s “Top Young Innovator” and "Kid of the Year," as well as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30 in Science.”  Her take on innovation, problem solving and being a role model will leave attendees inspired and full of hope.

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August 9-13, 2021

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