CHIME19 Keynote Speakers


Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar, global business columnist at The Financial Times and a global economic analyst, covers the intersection of business, economics, politics and foreign affairs. She frequently profiles movers and shakers in finance and business, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gross, Howard Shultz, Mary Barra and Carl Icahn. Her high-level yet accessible analysis has made her a sought-after commentator.

Foroohar’s first book, Makers and Takers, was a finalist for the 2016 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Her upcoming book, Don’t Be Evil: The Trouble with Big Tech, looks at how the largest tech companies wield power over the economy and our society, and how the monetization of our information has distorted the very foundation of democracy. It is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.

In this video, Foroohar talks about privacy, artificial intelligence and the digital economy. 

Listen to this reading of a column she wrote for The Financial Times called “The Global Race for 5G Supremacy is Not Yet Won.”

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Wendy Sue Swanson, MD

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, is leading the way to a new age in medicine, in which innovations in digital and social media leverage the combined wisdom of clinicians, patients and researchers to help them collaborate more closely and build stronger relationships. Founder and chief of digital innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital and author of Mama Doc Medicine, she is a practicing pediatrician, blogger and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Her innovations in digital health include digitizing complex medical curriculum, creating the hospital’s first Alexa skill,  piloting technologies at Seattle Children’s and creating two apps. She also is chief medical officer at Before Brands, a health and wellness startup.

Swanson discusses her career path and shares lessons learned along the way in this interview at Stanford Medicine X.

Learn how Swanson uses social media to promote evidence-based care and debunk misinformation in this article in Working Geek.

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Eric Topol, MD

Eric Topol, MD, is one of the leading innovators in medicine today, specializing in the use of artificial intelligence, “deep” data and smart technology in the practice of individualized medicine. Also called precision medicine, individualized medicine tailors diagnosis, prevention and treatment to the full biological and social profile of the individual, rather than the “average” human of traditional medical science. Topol is a cardiologist, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, executive vice president of Scripps Research and professor of Molecular Medicine.

He is one of the top 10 cited researchers in medicine and a Modern Healthcare poll voted him the most influential physician leader in the U.S. He is the author of two bestsellers on the future of healthcare, The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now. His most recent book, Deep Medicine, was released this year.

Topol is leading a National Health Service program in the UK to pioneer new treatments and technologies to transform healthcare. Listen to his thoughts on preparing the healthcare workforce for a digital future.

Topol explains how AI can help to humanize healthcare in this Q&A with Time.

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