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HIMSS16 Opening Keynote Sessions – Featuring Two Presentations

February 29, 2016 — 08:00PM - 10:00PM EST
Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health & Human Services

As the Obama Administration winds down, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, our nation’s highest healthcare official, will offer HIMSS16 attendees a perspective on how our nation’s healthcare system has transformed over the last seven years while previewing the future of healthcare delivery and the shift to value-based patient care. Her presentation will discuss the critical role that health IT and health information exchange play in this continuing evolution. The Secretary will also tout the importance, benefits, and successes that the Affordable Care Act has brought about since becoming law in March of 2010. During her remarks, Secretary Burwell will also look to attendees for guidance on how the Department of Health and Human Services can better help patients engage with our healthcare system.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell was sworn in as the 22nd Secretary of Health & Human Services on June 9, 2014.

Secretary Burwell is committed to the mission of ensuring that every American has access to the building blocks of healthy and productive lives.

A results-driven manager, Secretary Burwell has led large and complex organizations across the public and private sectors. Most recently, Burwell served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to serving in the Administration, Burwell served as President of the Walmart Foundation, and President of the Global Development Program and Chief Operating Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

During the Clinton Administration, Burwell served as Deputy Director of OMB, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Treasury and Staff Director of the National Economic Council. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Burwell worked for McKinsey & Company. She has served on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, MetLife, and the University of Washington Medical Center, among other organizations.

Secretary Burwell received an A.B. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. A second-generation Greek-American, Burwell hails from Hinton, West Virginia. She and her husband Stephen live in Washington, D.C. with their two young children.


Michael Dell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dell Inc.

Michael Dell is the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Dell, the company he founded with $1000 in 1984 at the age of 19. Notably quoted as saying that "technology is about enabling human potential," Michael's vision of how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold forever changed the IT industry. In 1992, Michael became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500.

Today, Dell Inc. is composed of more than 100,000 team members who serve the IT needs of global corporations, small and medium businesses, governments, healthcare providers, educational institutions and home computing users. From tablets and PCs to the infrastructure, software and services that power the world's most complex data centers and cloud computing environments, Dell's broad range of IT services and solutions has helped millions of customers around the world achieve the outcomes that are most important to them.

In 1998, Michael formed MSD Capital, and in 1999, he and his wife established the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to provide philanthropic support to a variety of global causes.

Michael is an honorary member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and is an executive committee member of the International Business Council. He is also a member of the Technology CEO Council, the U.S. Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the governing board of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India and is a board member of Catalyst. In June 2014, Michael was named the United Nations Foundation's first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship.


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