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National Health IT Coordinator to Deliver Summit '14 Keynote

National Health IT Coordinator to Deliver Keynote Address; Patient Advocate to Give Luncheon Talk

Attendees at this year's VITL Summit conference will learn about the federal government's efforts to expand the use of health IT from Karen DeSalvo, MD, the national coordinator for health information technology. Dr. DeSalvo will be the keynote speaker at VITL Summit '14, being held on September 8 & 9 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

Dr. Karen DeSalvoDr. DeSalvo has focused her 20-year career on improving access to affordable, high-quality care for all people. Before joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she was health commissioner for the City of New Orleans, and senior health policy advisor to New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu. While there she transformed the outmoded health department into a modern and effective one, and lead efforts to restore health care to devastated areas of the city, including leading the establishment of a public hospital.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. DeSalvo used her training and experience in internal medicine and public health in building neighborhood-based primary care and mental health services for low-income, uninsured and other vulnerable individuals. The services include a sophisticated health IT infrastructure.

Dr. DeSalvo served as president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the state's designated entity for the health information exchange, and the National Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine. She has served on the boards of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Society of General Internal Medicine.

She earned her medical doctorate and Master's Degree in Public Health from Tulane University, and Master's Degree in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. She has an honorary doctorate from her alumnus institution, Suffolk University.

Our luncheon speaker will be ePatient Dave, Dave deBronkart. He is the author of the highly-rated Let Patients Help: A ePatient Dave at VITL Summit '14Patient Engagement Handbook and one of the world's leading advocates for patient engagement. After beating stage IV kidney cancer in 2007, he became a blogger, health policy advisor, and international keynote speaker. An accomplished speaker in his professional life before cancer, he is today the best-known spokesman for the patient engagement movement, attending nearly 300 conferences and policy meetings internationally, including testifying in Washington for patient access to their medical records under meaningful use.

A co-founder and current co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine, e-Patient Dave has appeared in Time, U.S. News, USA Today, Wired, MIT Technology Review, and the HealthLeaders cover story "Patient of the Future." His writings have been published in the British Medical Journal, the Society for General Internal Medicine Forum, iHealthBeat, and the conference journal of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. In 2009, HealthLeaders named him and his doctor to their annual list of "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better," and he's appeared on the cover of Healthcare IT News and the Australian GP magazine Good Practice.

Dave's TED Talk Let Patients Help went viral, and for years remained in the top half of the most viewed TED Talks of all time with over a half million views. Volunteers have added subtitles in 26 languages, indicating the global appeal of his message. In 2012, the National Library of Medicine announced that it is capturing his blog in its History of Medicine Division.