Newly-installed AMA president Robert Wah, MD, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Hippocrates Lecture, set for Thursday, October 16, at Ces & Judy’s Catering, 10405 Clayton Road. The event begins with a social hour at 6:00 p.m., a buffet dinner at 7:00 p.m., immediately followed by the lecture. Dr. Wah’s topic will be “The AMA: Leading Health System Change in a Digital Future.”
From electronic health records to genomic sequencing, health information technology is increasingly ubiquitous – and alluring – with the potential to vastly improve patient care and reduce costs. But it’s no panacea. With years of experience in large health IT systems, Dr. Wah will discuss health care’s digital revolution in the context of reform – from the transition to electronic health records to changes in delivery and practice models and Medicare payment reform.
Dr. Wah, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and ob-gyn based in McLean, Va., became the 169th AMA president at their annual meeting in June. An AMA delegate for 17 years, he served as chair of the Board of Trustees in 2011-12. He practices and teaches at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md, and the National Institutes of Health.
A nationally recognized expert in health information technology, Dr. Wah is chief medical officer for Computer Sciences Corporation, and has been named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives” list. He works with public and private agencies using technology to deliver better information for better decisions. He previously served as associate chief information officer for the Military Health System in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Invitations to the Hippocrates Lecture were mailed to the SLMMS membership in early September. The event is free to SLMMS members and one guest, and open to all others at a cost of $75 per person. Advance reservations are required and must be made no later than Thursday, October 9. To RSVP contact the SLMMS office at 314-989-1014 ext. 108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org