HIMSS16: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Peyton Manning bookend keynote sessions

Technology, no doubt, is a crucial component of the Obama administration's continued push for the adoption of value-based reimbursement in the U.S. healthcare system.

In the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model, for instance, participating providers are given increased flexibility when it comes to the use of telehealth, so much so that the American Telemedicine Association has lauded the effort. Electronic health records also are cited frequently as necessary to the transition away from fee-for-service care.

To that end, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell (pictured), in the opening keynote address for Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Las Vegas on Monday, Feb. 29, at 5 p.m., will discuss how technology continues to alter the healthcare landscape. She'll also discuss the importance of engaging patients in their own care efforts.

Other keynote speakers at this year's meeting include:

Michael Dell: Dell, the founder, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the IT company that bears his name, will talk about the intersection of healthcare and technology. He, like Burwell, is scheduled as an opening keynote speaker on Feb. 29.

Jonah Berger, Ph.D.: Berger, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, studies consumer behaviors and trends and is the authors of Contagious: Why Things Catch On. He will speak on Friday, March 4, at 8:30 a.m.

Peyton Manning: A two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time National Football League Most Valuable Player, Manning will close out the conference on March 4 at 1:15 p.m. The Denver Broncos quarterback will participate in a discussion with Robert Heyer, M.D., president of the NFL Physicians Society who also serves as team physician for the Carolina Panthers.