See You This Afternoon at Seattle Health IT Event

5/12/10Follow @xconomy

The Xconomy Seattle team will soon be heading across the street to the Frye Art Museum for our afternoon event on how information technology is transforming healthcare.

This is the fourth consecutive sell-out event we’ve convened over the past eight months in Seattle. In October, we examined the 20-year outlook for local life sciences. November was about the future of Internet search. And March’s theme was “What’s Your Breakthrough Idea?

Today’s event features a stellar lineup of speakers with a wide variety of experiences in using IT to iron out inefficiencies in our nation’s $2.5 trillion healthcare system. The event will be kicked off by Don Listwin, the former No. 2 executive at Cisco Systems, whose mother died from ovarian cancer. He decided to devote much of his personal fortune to research that enables the early detection of cancer, including a $10 million gift in 2003 to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. And the closing keynote will match up a biomedical research visionary, Stephen Friend of Sage Bionetworks, with Rod Hochman, the CEO of Swedish Medical Center, who has a vision for making his hospital network into one of the nation’s leading users of new technology.

In between, we’ll hear from great panelists and presenters about their ideas, and the challenges they see ahead for implementing them.

Thanks to the many people who have helped make this event possible. The group includes event host Swedish Medical Center, and our event sponsors: Cooley Godward Kronish, Fenwick & West, and Davis Wright Tremaine. We also would like to thank our growing list of underwriters in Seattle, including Cooley Godward Kronish, Fenwick & West, Davis Wright Tremaine, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, the Science & Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Seed IP.

I will be the emcee this afternoon and will be prowling around the audience for questions you might want to pose to the distinguished group of speakers we’ve assembled. Of course, you’re welcome to ask them something directly during the breaks. Greg and I also really like to meet our readers in person at these events, so don’t hesitate to track us down as well. See you there.

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