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Register Now for March 22 Presentation by Dr. Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson, MD, David L. Cohen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Envisioning our Future Partner in Children’s Health Care: Could it be the EHR?” on March 22, 2022 at noon ET

Since March of last year, the B.K. Rachford Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati has been hosting a virtual speaker series entitled Envisioning Our Future For Children to celebrate its 100th birthday.

More than 1,000 participants have tuned in from around the world to hear five esteemed thought-leaders and experts in their fields present their work, including:

  • Jim Yong Kim, MD, co-founder of Partners in Health, past president of World Bank, and past president of Dartmouth College, presented “Bending the Arc of History for Children” (Watch the Recording | Read the Recap)
  • David Altshuler, MD, executive VP of Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, presented “Humanizing Drug Discovery” (Watch the Recording | Read Dr. Altshuler’s Perspective on the Future of Human Health)
  • Donald Berwick, MD, president emeritus, senior fellow and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, presented “The Moral Determinants of Health” (Watch the Recording | Read the Recap)
  • Aviv Regev, PhD, executive VP of Genentech Research and Early Development, presented “Atlases as Roadmaps to Understand and Treat Disease” (Seminar not recorded)
  • Victor Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine and chancellor emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine for Duke University, presented “Emerging Science & Technology in Health & Medicine: A Brave New World” (Watch the Recording | Read the Recap)

Next up in the speaker series: Kevin Johnson, MD, David L. Cohen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Envisioning our Future Partner in Children’s Health Care: Could it be the EHR?” Johnson will summarize the history of electronic health records, describe recent and promising advances, and propose approaches to re-engineering our system of digitally-enhanced care to augment the capabilities of today’s pediatric healthcare workforce.

The virtual seminar begins at noon (ET) March 22, 2022 via Zoom, and is free to attend. To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information.

Johnson is a board-certified pediatrician and a pioneer of medical information technologies to improve patient care and safety. His work bridges biomedical informatics, bioengineering and computer science. Johnson has championed the development and implementation of clinical information systems and artificial intelligence to drive medical research, encouraged the effective use of bedside technology, and has empowered patients to use new digital tools to better understand how medications and supplements may affect their health.

Johnson also champions the use of digital media to enhance science communication, including a feature-length documentary describing health information exchange, a podcast called “Informatics in the Round,” and most recently, a children’s book series aimed at STEM education featuring scientists underrepresented in healthcare.

Johnson holds joint appointments in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics and the Department of Computer and Information Science of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication. He serves as Vice President for Applied Informatics in the University of Pennsylvania Health System and as a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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