Blue Cross Chief Medical Officer Is Minnesota e-Health Summit Keynote Speaker

June 3, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. – To make meaningful changes in healthcare, payers, providers and all stakeholders must work together to spur innovation, deliver improved care and better support patients.

Blue Cross Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Vindell Washington will address this topic and suggest actions to take that drive care transformation in a keynote address at the 15th Minnesota e-Health Summit on June 13. 

“I’m excited to be heading back to Minnesota,” said Washington, who did his residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. “At the summit, I’ll be talking about the ways medicine is changing and how we can take advantage of technology to help patients get healthier and rein in rising costs.”

The Minnesota e-Health Summit is an annual event in which participants can hear updates from healthcare industry leaders and share success stories, best practices and lessons learned from implementing electronic medical records and other advances in digital healthcare information technology.

In this video below, Washington gives a preview of his Minnesota e-Health Summit keynote address.

Washington co-authored the paper “Promoting Interoperability: Rules for Commercial Payers.” It was published May 9 in NEJM Catalyst, a sister publication of the New England Journal of Medicine. He was also recently named a 2019 Healthcare Hero by New Orleans City Business.

Washington, who is an emergency medicine physician, joined Blue Cross in 2017. Previously, he was National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. In that role, he led nationwide efforts to implement and use emerging health information technology and advance the electronic exchange of health records.

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