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CHOC CHILDREN'S-HOSTED CONFERENCE EXPLORES FUTURE OF PEDIATRIC MEDICINE
September 10, 2013

An upcoming conference hosted by CHOC Children’s will explore emerging trends and future innovations in pediatric health care with an aim to stimulate and challenge attendees’ approach to care now and in coming years.

Pediatrics 2040: Trends and Innovations for the Next 25 Years, to be held Oct. 3 through 5 in Anaheim, Calif., will cover current and future pediatric trends and technological advances ranging from genomic medicine to artificial intelligence, all innovations that could revolutionize care for pediatric patients.
 
“Social media, medical newsfeeds and media outlets are buzzing with news about cutting-edge medical miracles, technological marvels and breakthrough scientific research,” said Dr. Anthony Chang, conference co-organizer and director of the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute. “This one-of-a-kind conference will give participants an inside look at the future of pediatrics, and find inspiration to advance their approach to care.”
 
Pediatrics 2040 will include roundtable discussions, abstract presentations and networking opportunities. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Dr. Daniel Kraft, a physician-scientist and inventor; Dr. Paul Wise, a professor of pediatrics, and child health and society at Stanford University; and Dr. Edward H. Shortliffe, a professor of biomedical informatics at Arizona State University.
 
The three-day event will focus on seven themes: 
genomic medicine
pediatric nanomedicine
robotics and robotic surgery
medical devices and mobile technology
regenerative medicine and stem cells
innovations in health care delivery
artificial intelligence and big data
 
To be held at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the conference is designed for a range of health care professionals: pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, nurses, leaders and executives, medical informaticists, bioengineers, researchers and entrepreneurs. 
 
For more information about the event, visit peds2040.chocchildrens.org.
 

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Andrea Woodhouse, Public Relations Specialist
phone: (714) 509-4183
email: awoodhouse@choc.org

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