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David McSwain, MD

System Chief Medical Informatics Officer

UNC Health

Dr. McSwain is an established leader and dynamic speaker on a wide range of topics: health IT, digital and connected health, clinician wellness, patient and family engagement, quality and safety, leadership, and critical care. He is passionate about building collaborations of patient, family, and clinician-focused innovators to solve complex national and global healthcare problems.

Dr. McSwain is the recipient of the 2018 American Telemedicine Association Champion Award, awarded to one individual in the country who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in the advancement of quality telehealth practice, policies, and adoption at the local, state, national, or international level.

Dr. McSwain earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Duke University, including a concentration in Neuroscience. He completed his MD and MPH in Health Policy and Administration as well as a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UNC Chapel Hill and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Duke University. He earned board certification in Clinical Informatics in 2021.

Dr. McSwain spent 12 years at the Medical University of South Carolina as a Pediatric Critical Care physician, educator, and researcher with progressively increasing leadership roles in digital health and informatics. He created one of the first Pediatric Critical Care Telemedicine programs in the country, founded the South Carolina Children's Telehealth Collaborative, and played a central role in the establishment of MUSC's nationally-recognized Center for Telehealth. He served as Chief Medical Information Officer for MUSC from 2018 - 2022, leading informatics efforts through the greatest period of growth in the organization's history.

UNC Health is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. Originally established Nov. 1, 1998, UNC Health currently comprises UNC Hospitals and its provider network, the clinical programs of the UNC School of Medicine, and fourteen hospitals and eighteen hospital campuses statewide.



There needs to be a brick and mortar location so that you can provide the type of service that is best suited to that circumstance and location. And you have to provide that care in that integrated, flexible way, rather than what's the cost of providing telehealth versus what's the cost of providing in-person care.
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