Nick Adkins (@nickisnpdx) is a former suit wearing MBA for the Vanderbilt Health Plans and a serial entrepreneur in Nashville. He was the COO at two Nashville based healthcare companies. Along the way, he’s been part of 5 acquisition adventures. In 2012 he set out on a new journey that took him to Portland, Oregon where he was a co-founder at a health tech startup. Nick now serves on the advisory board at Cloudbreak Health, a company which was formed by bringing together two industry leaders, Language Access Network, the leading video remote interpreting pioneer, and Carenection, the first telemedicine market network to deliver unified telehealth solutions to hospitals nationwide.
Oliver Banta is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Columbus Regional Health where he oversees information technology, clinical informatics, clinical engineering, and telecommunications. He previously served as a Senior Director of Information Technology with responsibilities in infrastructure, clinical applications, and integration. Prior to joining Columbus Regional Health, Banta served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Nebraska Heart Hospital and Nebraska Heart Institute.
Oliver holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accounting and General Business and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Turner College of Business at Columbus State University. In addition, Banta is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO), Certified Professional in Health Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS), a certified Project Management Profession (PMP) and holds several security certifications including the ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Profession (CISSP) and ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Justin is a corporate, board and public policy advisor. In addition, he’s Chairman Emeritus of the HIMSS EHR Association and Co-Founder of the Health Innovation Think Tank where he assists these organizations with industry strategy, collaboration and leadership. Mr. Barnes is also the host of healthcare’s most popular weekly syndicated radio show “This Just In” that airs on Healthcare Radio and Business Radio X. He’s also the voice of HIMSS Radio.
Barnes previously was a member of the Leadership and Growth teams at Greenway Health where he worked for 11 years primarily serving as Vice President of Marketing, Corporate Development, Business Development, Government Relations and International Affairs.
In addition, Barnes was a member of the founding team and Vice President of Sales and Account Management of the patient-provider communications and engagement company, Healinx Corporation. Today, Healinx is known as the RelayHealth Division of McKesson. Before joining Healinx, Barnes held several national Sales positions with HBO & Company that subsequently merged with McKesson in 1999.
Justin has formally addressed and/or testified before Congress as well as the last three Presidential Administrations on more than twenty occasions with statements relating to alternative payment & care delivery models, MACRA, value-based medicine, revenue cycle management, interoperability, EHR meaningful use, consumerism, health IT innovation, health information exchange, patient engagement, quality, HIPAA and the globalization of healthcare. Barnes is a regular public speaker on these issues and has appeared in more than 2,000 journals, magazines and broadcast media outlets relating to national leadership of healthcare and health IT. In addition, Barnes has advised several U.S. Presidential campaigns on healthcare public policy, health information exchange, health IT and EHRs.
Barnes majored in Legal Studies and holds a BA & BS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He holds a Certificate of Diagnostics from Emory’s School of Medicine and is also a HIMSS Fellow. Justin proudly served Rotary International as a Board Member and Chairman of Public Relations for the Amherst Rotary Club. He’s also a veteran, having served in the United States Army within Infantry (11B) & Communication (31M) Units.
As a physician, Dr. Beck has practiced Internal Medicine in both Ambulatory and Inpatient settings, and most recently served as CMIO at Mercy Health, Ohio. He is currently the Director of Physician Services at healthcare IT consultant Bluetree Network and has over 20 years of experience in planning, implementation, training, and follow-up of EHR installations in both civilian and military populations. Moreover, Dr. Beck has many years of personal experience using an EHR in his own medical practice, and was one of the first physician users of a fully integrated EHR in Southern Ohio. On a national level, Dr. Beck was one of the first physicians to be certified by HIMSS as a Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), has been actively involved for many years in content review for the HIMSS National Conference, was chairman of the National Professional Practice Task Force for HIMSS, and also served on the National Conference Education Committee. He has been honored as a Fellow by both HIMSS and the American College of Physicians.
Russell P. Branzell is the CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME) and its affiliate associations the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA).
Prior to joining CHIME as President and CEO in April 2013, Branzell served as CEO for the Colorado Health Medical Group. Before serving as CEO of Colorado Health, he was the Vice President of Information Services and CIO for Poudre Valley Health System and the President/CEO of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS’ for-profit IS entity). Before joining PVHS, Branzell was the Regional Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, Mo. Before his time in St. Louis, Branzell served on active duty in the United States Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2008. While on active duty, he served in numerous healthcare administration positions including CIO for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office. In 1996, he was selected for the Air Force Medical Service Fellowship program and completed a CIO Internship at the Unity Health System in St. Louis.
A native of San Antonio, Branzell earned an undergraduate degree in business administration specializing in human resource management and labor relations from the University of Texas. In addition, he earned a Master’s degree in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle University with an emphasis in management.
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An author and thought-leader in the field, Dr. Braunstein is a professor of health informatics for the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves as the associate director for Health Systems at Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology, which fosters interdisciplinary research and instruction to re-engineer the healthcare delivery system, and he also sits as the associate editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE)Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
The author of “Practitioners Guide to Health Informatics: a guide to health informatics for physicians and other non-technical readers” and “Contemporary Health Informatics,” published by Springer and the American Medical Informatics Association in 2015 and 2014 respectively, he aids in research that involves healthcare process mining at the Tennenbaum Institute. Furthermore, at the Interoperability and Integration Innovation Lab (I3L), he is involved in community and industry outreach projects with lab partners to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery.
Geoff Brown is VP & CIO at Piedmont Healthcare. He has over 35 consecutive years of progressive experience in Information Technology (IT), management, consulting and strategic planning. Brown is in the unique position of having work experience as CIO in public, for profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations. He is well known for delivering real results through improved utilization of technology and people.
Jeff Buda joined Floyd Medical Center in July, 2012. As CIO, Mr. Buda leads the Information Technology strategy and service delivery for Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and all other Floyd affiliates to include Project Management, Network/Telecommunications, IT Operations and Information Security. Prior to 2012 he served as Executive Director of Business Applications for the WellStar Health System in Marietta and Vice President of System Initiatives and Chief Information Officer for Mercy Health System/Catholic Health East in Conshohocken, Penn. He has also held roles with a major consulting firm and an information technology software vendor. Mr. Buda earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Budman, Piemont Healthcare’s Chief Medical Information Officer, is a Board Certified Family Physician with 23 years clinical experience and 19 years EHR use. He managed 10 years of physician leadership, adoption, implementation, and optimization on multiple EHR platforms. He holds an MBA in Health Care Management and a graduate certificate in Medical Informatics. He succeeded at a large regional hospital and a multistate IDN with clinical content, quality improvement, and optimization projects. He is a knowledgeable physician executive with direct C-suite and at-the-elbow provider work in EHR selection, user interface, workflow, change management and adoption strategy to leverage EHR success. Engaging presentations, teaching, writing, medical staff interactions, negotiation and conflict resolution are some of Dr. Budman’s strengths. As an award winning family physician, previous Family Practice Chairman at St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, and international speaker on informatics he demonstrates integrity, professionalism, clinical excellence, executive skills, and success with EHR deployments.
Dee Cantrell is a Chief Information Officer most recently with Georgia Health Information Network in a consulting role. Dee retired from Emory Healthcare after 21 years. Three weeks into retirement, Dee decided to start her own consulting business and HIT Consultancy, LLC was born.
Ms. Cantrell earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Capella University and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Brenau University. She worked as a Registered Nurse in multiple capacities before becoming involved in healthcare information technology and traveled extensively for a national consulting firm as a clinical informatics expert helping to lead numerous HIT initiatives. She came to Emory in 1994 as Director of Patient Services Informatics and rapidly progressed through several promotions becoming the first female CIO for Emory Healthcare in 2000.
Ms. Cantrell has been instrumental in expanding the role and the influence technology plays in healthcare at every level – patient care, research and education. Examples of key initiatives she has led includes – development and implementation of EMRs, development and implementation of an enterprise-wide, extensible clinical data warehouse, development and implementation of an enterprise-wide Global Patient Registration System, implementation of various clinical and business systems and the extensive list goes on. She led several hospitals and clinics in the achievement of Meaningful Use and ICD10 compliance. Collectively the initiatives led by Ms. Cantrell have changed and will continue to change the face of healthcare to the patients, to the providers while also offering new potential for research and discovery.
Ms. Cantrell is very active professionally; she serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS. She is a member of Georgia Health Information Network Board of Directors, the Institute of Medicine Committee for HIT and Patient Safety, National Health Information Management Systems Society and is the Technology Committee Chair for the Georgia Health Information Network, one of the leading health exchanges in the country. She has also received numerous international and national recognitions and awards such as the 2011 HIMSS CIO Innovator of the Year Award, an International Technology Innovation Award for Emory Healthcare’s leading edge virtualization, Information Week’s “Most Wired”, HIMSS Analytics EMR adoption, Computer World Search for Honors Award for technology innovation and Society of Hospital Medicine’s Award for Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement, to name just a few.
In addition, Ms. Cantrell has been recognized as one of the key leaders in technology by Women in Technology (WIT), an affiliate of The Technology Association of Georgia and was awarded the 2009 and 2010 Georgia CIO of the year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA). She was identified by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 50 leaders in health IT in 2015 and as one of the top 10 Women in HIT leadership. In 2016, she was accepted in the World Wide Association of Women Executives for her accomplished leadership career.
Mr. Christian is the VP of Technology and Engagement of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), the nation’s largest Health Information Exchange.
Prior to joining IHIE, Mr. Christian served as the VP/CIO of St. Francis Hospital, a free-standing, acute care, community hospital in west Georgia, a position he held for 2.5 years. Before his role at St. Francis, Mr. Christian served as the Chief Information Officer for Good Samaritan Hospital, in Vincennes, Indiana. A position he held for almost 24 years. Before joining Good Samaritan Hospital, Mr. Christian worked in healthcare IT for Compucare and Baxter Travenol, in both management and implementation roles. Mr. Christian started his career in healthcare as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, serving in various Radiology roles for 14 years. Mr. Christian studied natural sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lacrosse University.
Mr. Christian has delivered presentations on diverse healthcare technology topics and is frequently quoted and published in national trade publications. More recently he and co-authors, Judy Kirby and Steve Bennett published “Make IT Known-Marketing Strategies and Cases Studies in the Healthcare Environment.” Mr. Christian is also a frequent author of the CHIME-Time segment in Modern Healthcare.
During Mr. Christian’s tenure, both St. Francis and Good Samaritan Hospital achieved the HIMSS’ EMRAM Level 6 designation. Good Samaritan Hospital received the McKesson VIP Award in 2004, identified as a Solucient Top 100 Hospital – Quality Improvement Leader in 2005, listed as Most Wired (small and rural) in 2004 & 2005, a 2006 recipient of the VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence and a 2008 recipient of the VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Excellence. Good Samaritan was recognized as a Magnet hospital in 2010 and received a renewal of that status in 2013, by the ANA.
Mr. Christian is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is a Past Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors, and past Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors Executive Committee. Mr. Christian was previously a member of the HIMSS Analytics Board of Directors. Mr. Christian is a Fellow and charter member of CHIME and served on the CHIME Board of Trustees from 2003 through 2004 during which time he chaired the Membership Committee of the CHIME Board of Trustees. Mr. Christian is credentialed by CHIME as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). Mr. Christian is a charter member of the re-established Indiana Chapter of HIMSS and served as a Board of Directors member from 2000 – 2009. Mr. Christian served as a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Advance for Health Information Executives magazine. Mr. Christian served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Health Informatics Corporation by appointment of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Governor Daniels also appointed Mr. Christian the Indiana Healthcare Information Technology Board of Directors.
Mr. Christian is currently serving on the CHIME Foundation Board of Directors as Chair, and is the Past-Chair of the CHIME Board of Trustees. Mr. Christian is also serving as the Chair of the CHIME Policy Steering Committee, the SHIEC Advocacy Committee, and the Indiana HIMSS Chapter, Board of Directors. Mr. Christian served on the Georgia HIMSS Board of Directors from 2013-2015, the KLAS Advisory Group from 2009-2013, and the CDW-Healthcare CIO Advisory Council from 2005-2010. Mr. Christian was recently asked to join the AHA Strategic Development Advisory Committee as a charter member. Mr. Christian is a past member of the Symantec Healthcare Advisory Group, and several other industry advisory groups/councils.
Mr. Christian, along with co-authors Judy Kirby and Steve Bennett, received the 2010 CHIME Collaboration Award for their work “Make IT Known – Marketing Strategies and Case Studies in the Healthcare Environment.”
Mr. Christian is the recipient of the Charles E. Christian Leadership award, presented annually by the Indiana Chapter of HIMSS.
Mr. Christian is the recipient of the 2010 John E. Gall, CIO of the Year Award, presented by CHIME and HIMSS.
Mr. Christian was named among the top 100 Healthcare CIOs to know, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Tara Broxton Cramer has been the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) since November 2011. She was previously Executive Director of the East Georgia Health Cooperative, a rural health network.
Cramer sits is on the Advisory Board for Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health on the User Group Committee of the Georgia Health Information Network, is a member of the HIMSS HIE inPractice Task Force, a sits on the Magnolia Coastlands AHEC Board. She received the National Cooperative Health Networks New and Emerging Leader Award in 2009 and was named a 2015 Health IT Change Agent by Health IT Outcomes.
With more than 17 years of experience in the field of information technology, Bradley has served as director at large to several advisory boards including Georgia Himss, the Georgia CIO Leadership Council, TAG Cloud Board and is one of the founding member of AT&T’s Healthcare Advisory Committee. He has been a guest speaker and blogger for Intel, Microsoft, Allscripts and Greenway Medical on topics relating to Healthcare IT, Security, and mobile point of care solutions. With an enthusiasm described as intoxicating, Bradley brings a fresh innovative perspective to Healthcare IT where “not knowing what can’t be done” is more than just a quote from Henry Ford, it is a way of life.
When Bradley is not working he spends his time with his wife Kimberly, two children Caleb and Zoe and his ridgeback Griffin. Caleb his oldest son was diagnoised with Autism Spectrum disorder and has become both his greatest challenge and motivation. Caleb like most children with ASD suffer from a number of challenges that others take for granted and through the tireless work of Kimberly and Bradley they have become advocates not just for Caleb but all children on the spectrum in Georgia and across the country. Kimberly who left a carrear in real esatate to voluteer for non-profit Autisim Speaks has turned a part time volunteer poistion into recently being named the Executive Director of GA/TN for Austims Speaks.
An avid athelete you will find him most luches either running on the treadmill or lifting weights in the gym at his office. The place where he does his best thinking is on his road bike where he rides 2,500-3000 miles a year including round trip rides to Alabama and back with training partners. This love of cyling has motivated him to take on his latest challenge of completing the ½ Iron Man in Augsta, GA this September. Four short years ago this would have seemed impossible as Bradley learned first hand what it was like to be a patient in healthcare when while running at lunch he fractured his tibia due to an un diagnosed stress fracture in his left leg. The Resurgens surgeon who preformed the surgery told him that he probably would not be able to run again do to the titanium rod that was needed to fix the severe break. This only proved to motivate him and through several months of physical therapy he was able to run a 5k in Maryland for Autism Speaks and just 5 months later completed his first half marathon 5 months after that. The motivation from overcoming adversity became the driver behind the creation of the Georgia Austims Speaks 5k which has rasied more than $160k to date in just 4 years.
Alexandra C Ehrlich is a biostatistician and a Principal Solution Consultant with Oracle Health Sciences with over a decade of experience in clinical and healthcare research analytics enabling translational research and precision medicine. She specializes in the design of technology ecosystems that meet the analytic and insight generating demands across complex institutional needs and requirements.
Robin is a dynamic marketing and technology professional with the proven ability to produce and leverage Business Intelligence. She has been with Grady since 2015. Robin oversees the data and infrastructure that supports the Business Intelligence function of the organization. She has developed the long-term vision for BI within the organization and drives the team to deliver solutions that produce actionable insights to business and clinical units. She oversees all aspects of analytics and business intelligence development projects. Prior to joining Grady, Robin was Director of Segmentation Analytics & Data Design at Coca Cola Company and various Data and Analytics roles at the American Cancer Society. She has brought innovative ideas to Grady on how to leverage data to improve operational outcomes. She attended the University of Virginia and earned her Marketing degree from Georgia State University.
Hal Gilreath is a partner at Velocity Health Informatics where he has responsibility for business development, partner relationships, marketing and client services. He leads Velocity’s outbound communications and works with healthcare organizations’ leadership and partners to solve complex clinical and business issues. His focus is to deliver high value services with a focus on improving patient care, quality and costs through patient record remediation, data quality and integration. His operational experience includes leading internal and external organizations ranging from small strategy teams to large-scale operations and implementations. He previously held executive positions at Sandlot Solutions; Cisco Systems, and Winn-Dixie; and was a healthcare consulting practice leader at TSC, PwC eHealth practice, and First Consulting Group. Hal is a former Naval Officer where he flew EA-3B’s for the U.S. Navy as a mission commander. Hal holds a B.S. in Operations Applied Science from the U.S. Naval Academy; and a M.S. in Health Systems from Georgia Tech. Hal resides in Jacksonville, FL with his wife, a successful attorney, and a wonderful high school daughter. He is an internationally ranked one-design sailor and former Military Games gold medalist. He actively participates in Masters swimming, road races and triathlons. He holds positions on the Advisory Boards for the Electronic Health Network, the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Program and the Jacksonville University Sailing Team.
Sue Gordon is the IS Manager over Government Programs for Piedmont Healthcare. She is responsible for Meaningful Use and PQRS (and soon MIPS) as it applies to the 6 hospitals and 800+ employed providers that are a part of Piedmont Healthcare and which currently utilizes the Epic EHR. She previously was the Director of Implementations responsible for the implementation, training and ongoing support of the NextGen EPM & EHR systems. She has over 30 years experience working in the Healthcare-IS arena in both the hospital and physician environment.
Ms. Gordon has extensive experience as a Project Manager in support of new software applications including identifying project objectives, developing appropriate documentation, and the scheduling and performance of end user training. As a Healthcare consultant, she was responsible for monitoring performance trends across departments, highlighting problem areas and working with end-users and vendors in implementing best practices.
In addition to being a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Health Systems, Ms. Gordon is a member of HIMSS and the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a certified PMP and CPHIMS.
Mr. Grave de Peralta entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in May 1998. From September 1998 to March 2004 Mr. Grave de Peralta was assigned to the Washington Field Division, where he worked Counterintelligence investigations and was a member of the division’s SWAT team. From July 2003 to March 2004, Mr. Grave de Peralta was the acting Supervisor for squad CI-3.
From October 2001 to July 2003, Mr. Grave de Peralta was assigned to the 9/11 PENTBOM Investigation. During this assignment he served seven months at the naval facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba focused on special interrogation projects relating to the 9/11 attacks. In March 2004, Mr. Grave de Peralta was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Counterterrorism Division, International Terrorism Operations Section I, where he served as the program manager for Al Qaeda investigations in the San Diego, Sacramento and Las Vegas Divisions.
In May 2007, Mr. Grave de Peralta was promoted to Unit Chief in the Terrorist Financial Operations Section. Significant accomplishments include a joint international initiative resulting in hundreds of blocks of financial transactions destined to directly fund terrorist operations; The identification of a U.S based Hamas procurement network; Convictions in the Holy Land Foundation trial; The disruption and asset forfeiture of the Iranian Alavi Foundation in New York totaling more than $500 million.
In 2007, Mr. Grave de Peralta became a Certified Intelligence Officer, and successfully served as the Deputy On-Scene Commander for FBI operations in Afghanistan in 2008. From May 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Grave de Peralta was assigned to Legal Attaché Office in Canberra, Australia where he worked national security matters with the Intelligence Services and Federal/State Law Enforcement agencies for key U.S. allies in Australia and New Zealand.
From February 2012 to November 2014, Mr. Grave de Peralta was selected as the SSA for the Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force and Counterterrorism Program Coordinator. During this period he led a 25 man Task Force and saw a number of counterterrorism investigations to a positive resolution. In November 2014, Mr. Grave de Peralta was promoted to his current position as the Branch I Counterintelligence, Cyber and Administrative ASAC in Atlanta. He assumed the Counterterrorism Program in addition to his current responsibilities in August 2017.
Mr. Grave de Peralta is a graduate of the University Of Rhode Island School Of Business receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance in May 1989. In March 2010 he completed his thesis and obtained his Masters Degree in Homeland Security and National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. Mr. Grave de Peralta served as a Naval Special Warfare Officer with SEAL Team EIGHT, SEAL Team FOUR, The Navy Parachute Team and Naval Special Warfare Group TWO while on active duty. He retired as a Commander from the Naval Reserve in February 2010. He is the recipient of the 2008 FBI Director’s Award for Special Achievement
Mr. Grave de Peralta is married to Tiffany (U.S. Navy, Retired) and has two sons Kellen and Evan.
With over three decades of experience meeting the technology needs of healthcare provider and payer organizations, his various leadership positions have included solution & program management, project and marketing management, systems engineering and business development. Through his extensive market experience and strong acumen to identify user needs and business processes and translate those needs into technology solutions, he has been directly responsible for numerous innovations spanning the continuum of care. His career spans across several start-up healthcare technology and services companies and with large healthcare IT organizations, encompassing the acute and ambulatory provider markets and the commercial and government health plan markets.
His current role has him actively involved in defining and solutioning modularity for Medicaid Enterprise System implementations and exploring the application and integration of FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) for web based solutions including mobile and IoT (Internet of things) in healthcare
Liz Hansen is an industry consultant, with over 30 years of experience in Information Technology within the ambulatory and acute Healthcare settings. A recognized expert in MACRA and Meaningful Use assessment, project management and attainment, she serves as a HIT Specialist and Senior Advisor to the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC). Ms. Hansen has assisted over 500 local providers in their successful efforts to achieve Meaningful Use. She also serves as the Director of the ONC Federal Grant for “Expanding Interoperability within South Carolina and the Southeast,” and is a member of the Southeast Regional Collaboration for HIT/HIE (SERCH). Ms. Hansen provides Small, Underserved and Rural Support (SURS) practices with assistance in their efforts to succeed under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and conducts practice assessments in support of the “Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative” (TCPI). She is the organizer and moderator of the statewide GA-HIMSS Community of Practice for HIE, Interoperability, MACRA and Meaningful Use. Liz holds certifications in Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH CCE), Meaningful Use (CMUP) and HIPAA Compliance (CHSP, CHSP).
Arash Harzand is a Senior Fellow in Cardiology at Emory University and a Clinical Research Fellow at the Atlanta VA Medical Center where he studies the role of mobile technologies and signal processing in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. He is the founder of Smart HEART (Health Education and Rehab Technology), a virtual cardiac rehab program for veterans being developed in collaboration with the VA Center for Innovation, former Chief Resident at the Atlanta VA, and a co-founder of Forge, a non-profit that supported healthcare entrepreneurs by providing access to seed capital, mentors and access to clinical and strategic partners. He serves on the Fellows-in-Training editorial board for the American College of Cardiology where his research has been featured as a Finalist for the ACC Young Investigator Award, and is the Chair of the Science Advisory Board for Moving Analytics, a company that develops virtual cardiac rehab program for hospitals and integrated healthcare systems. His clinical interests include cardiovascular prevention and advanced imaging.
Barry S. Herrin, FAHIMA, FACHE, Esq., is the Founder of Herrin Health Law, P.C., a boutique law practice dedicated to the needs of health care providers. He regularly represents health care providers in all segments of the industry and advises on a wide variety of regulatory and operational issues, including hospital and health care operations and compliance, medical information privacy and confidentiality, managed care contracting, and hospital-physician collaboration. He is admitted to the bars of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Mr. Herrin is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. Mr. Herrin received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, graduating each time with honors. He has served as a faculty member for numerous state and national meetings and symposia across the country and has authored or co-authored numerous articles on health law compliance for regional and national publications. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society.
Dr. Denise W. Hines heads eHealth Services Group and also serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN). Nationally recognized as an expert in state government in health information exchanges (HIE), Dr. Hines has participated in hundreds of public speaking events locally and nationally, educating providers on the benefits of electronic health record (EHR) systems, health information technology adoption, and the overall national vision for an interconnected health system. Dr. Hines was responsible for overseeing and managing the marketing and outreach recruitment of more than 5,200 healthcare providers and 56 critical access and rural hospitals, assisting these providers in meeting meaningful use requirements and qualifying for the CMS EHR incentive program. She holds a doctorate in healthcare administration and maintains certifications in project management, software development, and healthcare law. She is the past President of the Georgia Chapter of Health Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and represents Georgia on the National HIMSS Public Policy Committee and the National HIMSS Board of Directors.
For the past 14 years, Amin Holmes has worked to help influence the landscape of the healthcare IT industry. Amin graduated with a Masters of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and also worked as an engineer at IBM’s Research Triangle Park location. Amin has worked on a wide array of projects. He has provided technical leadership to clients ranging from small physician offices to large enterprise hospitals. Amin managed cost-effective, ROI-driven IT solutions for large organizations such U.S. Teleradiology, Emory Hospital, the City of Atlanta, St. Joseph’s Hospital, South Fulton Hospital and Spaulding Regional Hospital. In 2011, Amin partnered with the Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (GA-HITREC) to help fulfill the terms of a $20 million federal contract. Within a year of initiating the GA-HITREC partnership, Amin worked with nearly 250 providers throughout the state of Georgia. He has served on the GaHIMSS board for several years and was recently selected to be on a national HIMSS committee. In 2014, Amin co-founded SynsorMed Inc. to be on the cutting edge of IoMT innovation and value-based transformation in the industry. SynsorMed has partnered with Caire Medical to bring new insights to the home respiratory market for thousands of COPD patients. In addition to providing leadership to his startup company, Amin is also currently serving as the lead technical resource for the statewide health information network of Georgia.
Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience as an athletic trainer and EMT and over 6 years of experience as a Clinical and Business Manager in the physician’s office setting. She has worked at Morrow Family Medicine since its inception, in both clinical and administrative positions. She enjoys gardening and the great outdoors. Georgia is a part of her, and her family has been here for many generations.
Dr. Krupinski is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research at Emory University in the Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences. She received her BA from Cornell, MA from Montclair State and PhD from Temple, all in Experimental Psychology. Her interests are in medical image perception, observer performance, decision making, and human factors. She is Associate Director of Evaluation for the Arizona Telemedicine Program and co-Director of the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center. She is Past President of ATA, Past Chair of Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, Past cHair of the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, and President of the Medical Image Perception Society. She is Co-Editor of the Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare and on the Editorial Board of the Telemedicine & E-Health Journal.
Christopher is a senior level healthcare information technology executive and strategist. He is called upon by his clients to provide guidance and thought leadership specific to emerging healthcare technology offerings, compliance related issues and technology adoption. His recent roles include serving as Director of Emerging Healthcare Technology for AT&T, Vice President & COO for HealthInovation and Vice President and CIO for Piedmont Healthcare. Christopher currently serves as managing partner of Infinite Options, LLC. network of seasoned IT leaders with the passion to educate and lead industry transformation effort. He also serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at The Combine a technology accelerator and advisory firm.
He has a track record of successfully implementing and providing strategic enterprise-wide solutions that address the current issues faced by health systems including; governance, meaningful use, PPACA, HITECH Act, HIPAA, EMR Adoption, CMS quality measures, and HIEs. In addition, Christopher is an experienced IT leader with demonstrated ability to build peak-performing teams and achieve cross-functional business objectives that effectively integrate within the clinical setting. As a valued member of senior management teams, he’s contributed a seasoned, broad-based perspective with the maturity to lead IT transformation efforts in all areas of the healthcare business. His business philosophy is to create pragmatic IT strategies and implementation plans designed for maximum return.
Christopher serves as instructor-at-large for Emory University Healthcare IT Certification Program and is industry advisor to Minority Business Development Agency Business Center-Atlanta & Georgia Institute Of Technologies – HIT Cluster Program, ITT Technical Institute, Georgia State University and DeVry University – Atlanta. He also serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce HIT Public Policy and Bioscience Taskforce and Health IT Leadership Council. Christopher was also selected as a reviewer for 2014 CMS Innovation Awards and served as an advisor Georgia Hospital Association ICD-10 Transition Forum and is currently advisor, industry thought leader for the Georgia Hospital Association Healthcare IT Executive Leader Forum, Village Capital Health Technology and “The Combine” Technology Business Accelerators. He is also a member of Governor Deal’s High Demand Career Initiative – IT Task Force.
Some of his current leadership roles include, FY14 President of the Healthcare Information Systems Society (HIMSS)- Georgia Chapter, FY14-15 HIMSS Southern Chapter Advocacy Roundtable, Chairman – FY16-17 HIMSS Chapter Leaders Taskforce, Board of Trustees, CaringMeds Foundation, Past Board Chairman of Ivy Preparatory Academy of Schools, past chair of Dr. Ben Carson Foundation Atlanta Chapter and board emeritus for the Men’s Health and Wellness Center.
Other previous professional organizational memberships include: Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives (GAHE), Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Healthcare Service Executives (NASHE) and National Black MBA Association.
Christopher is a graduate of Fort Valley State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics and Executive Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to his formal education, he’s received various certifications in the areas of healthcare information technology (CPHIT), customer relationship management (CRM), technical management, total quality control, project management, and other various I.T. related fields of study.
Christopher is a recipient of the Seaborn Lee Middle School Trailblazer Award; 2006 Minority Scholarship Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Along with this award he also was selected to participate in the CHIME’s CIO Boot Camp for high achieving business leaders. Christopher was also selected to deliver the commencement address for the 2007 & 2009 graduating class at ITT Institute in Atlanta, GA. He has appeared as a subject matter expert at various healthcare IT industry conferences and events. Christopher has appeared in various publications including The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Modern Healthcare, 2006 thru 2012 editions of Who’s Who in Business and Industry, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and was featured in a spring 2006 article on “Minorities in Healthcare” published by the Atlanta Hospital News. He’s also been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine’s executives “On The Move” section. He’s co-author various articles, whitepapers and presented nationally on topics surrounding the impact of health information technology on the clinical ecosystem. Christopher is an avid blogger and shares his perspective through various social media outlets including, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus.
Patty, Sr. Vice President and CIO for Gwinnett Health System is a leader in healthcare information technology with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. She has served as Chief Information Officer for several regional health systems in Georgia and as an interim in New Jersey, developing each organization’s IT strategy and implementing operational improvements and technology-related regulatory compliance policies. She has maintained memberships and industry involvement in national organizations, such as VHA, HIMSS, ACHE and CHIME. Patty holds an MBA from Florida State University, is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a CHIME Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer. She currently sits on the Board for the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS and the Advisory Board for Gwinnett Tech’s HIT Program.
Leslie Marshburn is the Director of Population Health at Grady Health System where she leads initiatives across areas of clinical expertise, information technology, care management and managed care to connect outcomes to value delivered to patients and external payers. Leslie partners closely with the business intelligence and clinical applications teams at Grady to design the tools necessary to assess, manage and measure the clinical and non-clinical needs and outcomes of our populations to elevate the overall health status of the community.
Leslie joined Grady after 10 years of strategy consulting experience working with health systems to address enterprise strategy, ambulatory care, behavioral health, and value-based care. She holds a Bachelor’s in Science in Healthy Policy and Management from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a dual Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management from Emory University.
John Milner received his BSN from Case Western Reserve University, and his MSN in Informatics and Leadership from Duke University. During his extended nursing career, he has focused on multiple aspects of Nursing Informatics. He is currently working on his PhD in Nursing with a focus in Epigenetics and Bioinformatics from Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents), and he is a Clinical Instructor at GSU in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches MS-level Nursing Informatics and Nursing Leadership courses. His work in epigenetics and bioinformatics is leading him toward a solution to integrate genomic data into clinical data repositories, to allow clinicians to access the full picture of the patient, to allow precision medicine to become patient-centered precision medicine.
Chirag Patel, M.D., is an internal medicine and pulmonary medicine physician. He currently practices at WellStar Pulmonary Medicine as a member of the WellStar Medical Group. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Patel serves in a multitude of leadership roles across the organization, which include Medical Director for WellStar Clinical Partners (WCP), WellStar’s more than1,700-member clinically integrated network, and Medical Director for the WellStar Health Network, WellStar’s Accountable Care Organization (recently named a Becker’s Hospital Review ‘ACO to Know’). He also serves as Medical Director for the WellStar Comprehensive Care Clinic, of which he spearheaded planning, development and opening the clinic in 2015.
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 inpatient hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals.
Dr. Patel has more than 17 years of healthcare experience and has served in leadership roles over Population Health, Clinical Integration, and Quality and Case Management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Over his career, he has directly led many programs leading to improved quality outcomes for patients, these roles including System Readmission Physician Lead, Chair of the Hospital Quality and Efficiency Program Task Force, Co-Chair of the Quality Committee, and Physician Champion for the COPD Collaborative, Post-Op Respiratory Failure and Diabetes Value Stream.
He joined WellStar Health System from Southern Regional Medical Center. Dr. Patel received his medical degree from the Universidad de Iberoamericana and he completed his residency and fellowship at the University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina, Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C.
He is a member of American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, International Association for Lung Cancer Study and Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is fluent in Spanish.
Will Peterson is AVP, Human Resources at Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., located in Albany, GA. Will has been employed at Phoebe Putney for 16 years and has served his entire tenure in the arenas of employee benefits / compensation / employee health and wellness. In his present role, Mr. Peterson focuses on the development of corporate strategies towards Employee Benefits, Compensation, Talent Management, Tele-Health; as well as Employee & Corporate Health and Wellness. Over the past 16 years, his focus has been on the installation of innovative, accountability based, employee wellbeing best practice initiatives for the organizational workforce; and the navigation of best practice and compliance within employee benefit / compensation.
Steve is an experienced healthcare management and information systems consultant with 40 years of experience, including 25 years with Accenture, serving healthcare providers, payers and suppliers of services and products. For providers, Steve’s experience includes clinical, patient management and financial information systems strategic planning, evaluation, selection and implementation assistance. For payers and suppliers, he has used his extensive understanding of the provider segment to assist clients with formulating product strategy and improve product and services delivery.
In July 2010, Steve was named the director of health@ei2 and is now Senior Strategic Advisor for HIT and Interoperability, including the Interoperability and Integration Innovation Lab (I3L). health@ei2 is the program office within Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute responsible for health information technology translational research and deployment initiatives.
Steve recently led a public-private collaboration that built a working proof-of-concept Digital Health Platform for the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Steve is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Management.
Dr. Safdar is the Vice Chair of Imaging Informatics at the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer for Emory Healthcare. He works closely with a group of physicians, physicists, clinical informaticists, and researchers who are active in bringing innovative solutions to advance the clinical, education, and research missions of Emory Healthcare. In addition, he leads a one year imaging informatics fellowship for physicians interested in developing their interests and skills in imaging informatics.
Todd Schlesinger is an accomplished healthcare professional with more than 20 years of experience working within the healthcare information technology space. He has an extensive background in meeting and solving clinical workflow and technology challenges for a diverse list of healthcare clients throughout both the public and private sectors.
Todd has devoted his career to helping healthcare executives address industry, organizational and departmental challenges by implementing solutions that ultimately improve patient outcomes and positively impact the bottom line. Throughout his career, Todd has maintained a strong reputation as a client and patient advocate.
In his current role at Jvion, Todd champions the application of predictive algorithms to address the significant clinical and financial challenges created by the new value-based models of care and reimbursement. His goal is to help hospitals reduce organizational waste and patient suffering.
Dr. John Showalter is an influential thought leader on the innovative use of health information technology, devices, and data to drive improvements in healthcare delivery. His leadership on using deep machine learning and predictive analytics to understand patterns and priorities gained from harnessing big data is creating change in Mississippi through population health management and research initiatives. As the chief health information officer (CHIO) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Dr. Showalter oversees the institutional push behind establishing metrics-driven process improvement in key areas targeted by CMS pay-for-performance initiatives. The founding director of UMMC’s Center for Informatics and Analytics, Dr. Showalter is responsible for developing and implementing the institute’s analytics strategy, creating opportunities for innovation, and for developing partnerships with emerging technology vendors to support UMMC’s mission of a healthier Mississippi. Dr. Showalter is a practicing internal medicine physician on the faculty at UMMC’s 722 bed teaching hospital in Jackson, MS.
In 2012 during his first role as the chief medical information officer (CMIO) at UMMC, Dr. Showalter was responsible for driving the big-bang implementation of an Epic EHR with 23 applications in 5 hospitals and 95 clinics. For this work, Dr. Showalter was recognized as the top young health IT executive by Health Data Management (HDM) in 2012. Leveraging his EHR and analytics expertise, Dr. Showalter partnered with analytics company Jvion to use predictive analytics to identify patients at high risk for heart attacks and integrated that data into the EHR; their work was recognized by CHIME as the 2015 Collaboration of the Year. Dr. Showalter was most recently recognized for his groundbreaking work to operationalize deep machine learning with HDM’s 2015 Clinical Analytics Visionary of the Year award and CIO Magazine’s 2016 CIO 100 award.
Dr. Showalter speaks nationally on physician engagement, the diffusion of innovation in healthcare, and leveraging machine learning and predictive analytics to improve healthcare quality. He provides thought leadership on information governance, the value of partnerships between physicians and health information management professionals, and methods for operationalizing predictive analytics in meaningful ways within health systems through work with both the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). In 2014, Dr. Showalter partnered with the University of Virginia’s administrator for business systems Leigh Williams to found Propel Health IT offering educational seminars to health information technology innovators on how healthcare providers and executives think, act, and make decisions; Dr. Showalter and Ms. Williams will be publishing a book entitled Mastering Physician Engagement: A practical guide to achieving shared outcomes based on their collaboration later this year.
Dr. Showalter received his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Columbia University and his medical degree and a master of information systems in health care delivery and management from Penn State University. In addition to his board certification in internal medicine, Dr. Showalter became one of our nation’s first physicians to become board certified in clinical informatics in 2013.
Dr. Slappy brings a unique experience set in engineering, information technology, healthcare operations, and clinical practice. He has spent his career acquiring knowledge and practical experience across the healthcare industry.
He has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Through his work at Georgia Tech Research Institute he was involved in project management, systems integration, and design and programming of custom microwave and computer hardware systems. All of his work was fielded in an operational environment.
Subsequently he received his Doctor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and went on the train at the Mayo Clinic in General Surgery. While in medical school he was in the United States Navy where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander and served as Officer In Charge of a Shipboard Surgical Team deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He became Chief of Staff while at Naval Health Clinic Charleston, SC. He has also been in private practice where he served on the executive committee of the medical staff, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Emory University and Associate Chief of Surgery, Chief of General Surgery, and Chair of the Informatics Interest Group at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Atlanta, GA.
He has in-depth experience in hospital and healthcare systems operations through work in revenue cycle management, utilization management, claims adjudication, and OR optimization. He has worked extensively with several different EMR and corporate data warehouse implementations to configure standard order set and workflows, compliance with government and credentialing mandates, and predictive analytics for clinic and OR optimization.
Timothy Stettheimer, PhD, is the Regional Chief Information Officer (RCIO) for the South and Central Region of Ascension Information Services (AIS), which is made up of five Health Ministries and five Community Health Centers. As RCIO, Tim is the regional leader responsible for AIS service delivery including IT operations, budget management (operating and capital), technology procurement, information technology projects and technology visioning. He also serves as the point of escalation for all service and delivery issues.
Tim collaborates extensively with peers within the AIS Executive Council. He is responsible for balancing organizational priorities in developing a cohesive IT strategic plan, including the collaborative creation of cross-enterprise business engagement opportunities. Tim actively manages strategic vendor relations in concert with resources from Clinical Information Systems, Symphony, Service Provider Administration, and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and works to develop and ensure execution of associated communication strategies. Tim guides governance models, serves on Ascension-level committees and supports diverse AIS functions such as goal sponsorship, compensation committee efforts, IT general control oversight, infrastructure governance, and AIS Model Community Survey action planning.
Prior to his current role, Tim served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for St. Vincent’s Health System, Birmingham. In this role, he was responsible for managing the Health Ministry’s technology strategy, portfolio and operations, while serving as the Health Ministry’s technology service delivery senior escalation point. He has also served in leadership roles at Adventist Health System and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Tim is a graduate of the Ascension Executive Management Formation program. He earned a doctorate in information services focused in medical informatics, information theory and design and information policy and management from the University of North Texas in Denton. He holds a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas in Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Tim is a fellow with both the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (FCHIME). He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), holds the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) credential, is a certified professional in healthcare information management systems (CPHIMS), and is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He served as a fellow through a National Institute of Health grant during his doctoral studies. Tim has held faculty positions with the University of North Texas and the University of Alabama – Birmingham.
Dr. Stettheimer has earned the Certified Healthcare CIO distinction from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He also served as the CHIME 2010 Board Chair, the 2011 CHIME Foundation Board Chair and the 2013-1014 CHIME Education Foundation Board Chair.
Tim lives Birmingham, AL, with his wife, Carol, and their four children.
Mr. Stiff is a Healthcare IT leader and strategy consultant with over 2 decades of IT outsourcing, population health IT, and operations leadership experience. He has focused on the implementation, usability, and integration of systems among community ambulatory providers and hospitals. In addition, he has established systems and strategies for supporting the data analytics and reporting needs of clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations. He is currently the Director of Health Information Exchange and Population Health IT for the Frederick Regional Health System and also supports the Trivergent Health Alliance.
Jodi Tarpinian is an Enterprise Solutions Architect and Project Manager with Emory Healthcare’s department of Information Services. Jodi currently serves as Interoperability Lead for Emory’s strategic initiatives related to Health Information Exchange, Population Health and Direct Secure Messaging. Jodi’s role encompasses oversight of governance, testing, education, marketing and on-going support of Emory’s HIE as well as implementation strategies for other projects related to interoperability. Jodi was instrumental in the application process and work effort required to connect Emory’s HIE with the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and continues to work with GaHIN on other interoperability initiatives including connectivity to the National Network. Prior to joining Information Services, Jodi was a senior technologist in Emory’s HLA Molecular Lab and holds a B.S. degree in Medical Technology from the University of North Dakota.
Dr. Todd Vermeer has been the CMIO for Gwinnett Medical Center since 2012, in addition to being a practicing Emergency Physician. Prior to joining the Gwinnett Medical Center medical staff in 2009, Dr. Vermeer served as CMIO of the Grady Health System, and as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University. He completed medical school at The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Emory University.
Leigh Williams is a healthcare business leader transforming health information technology (HIT) to improve healthcare business processes, gain accuracy in health data capture, and successfully operationalize a response to governmental mandates for improved quality in healthcare. As administrator of business systems at the University of Virginia Health System (UVAHS), Leigh heads the financial information systems, ERP information systems, business applications development, and mobile applications development departments. Leigh lectures across the nation on how to engage physicians in change initiatives, EHR work flow optimization, revenue cycle process improvement, and on current issues in HIT. Long connected to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Leigh teaches a master’s degree course on Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies and Financial Management at UMMC’s School of Health Related Professions. Through 2015, Leigh collaborated with physician leadership at UMMC to develop a business of medicine curriculum for the Systems-Based Practice competency for residents at UMMC. Founder of the Mississippi ICD-10 Collaborative, Leigh also provides ICD-10 transition training as a community service to physicians and their support staff. In 2014, Leigh partnered with Dr. John Showalter to found Propel Health IT offering educational seminars to health information technology innovators on how healthcare providers and executives think, act, and make decisions. Leigh is a registered health information administrator (RHIA), a certified professional coder (CPC), a certified professional in healthcare information & management systems (CPHIMS), an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer and ambassador, a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and is certified in Epic EHR Professional Billing. Leigh holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a master of health informatics and information management from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Alan Wills is Executive Director of HealtheConnection at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, Georgia, where he oversees the support and implementation of a regional health information exchange for a multi-state region of 23 counties in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Alan has served as Executive Director since September 2013. Prior to joining the Northeast Georgia team, he served as Associate Director of Health at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute where he led the collaboration with the Georgia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center to assist primary care physicians in being meaningful users of electronic medical record. He also worked with healthcare providers in Georgia in developing health information exchanges and using technology to adopt new care delivery models that focus on patient-centered care and care coordination.
Alan also has over 15 years’ experience in healthcare finance and accounting and has worked in a finance executive capacity with Grady Health System, DeKalb Regional Health System, and the Georgia Cancer Coalition.
Alan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Kevin Whelan has a solid track record of leveraging emerging technologies for use in Healthcare IT applications. Examples include early initiatives with SaaS, mobile computing, tablet applications, remote monitoring, and voice data entry. He has worked within organizations like McKesson and Allscripts and advised companies like Intel, Motion, and Motorola. Currently, he holds a position with Medecision, a population health software provider, where he leads the effort to leverage pop health technologies for financial risk management and patient engagement solutions in the healthcare provider market.
Far from being a “technology geek,” Mr. Whelan has developed a reputation for delivering highly practical solutions that solve problems. In one such effort, his team created a solution for the United Network for Organ Sharing that combined multiple technologies (including tablets, scanning, micro-printing and more) that today tracks every organ designated for transplant in the US.
Harvard Whipple, an Atlanta native, is a Sr. Sales Executive with 20+ years of sales experience; the last 10 of which in Director-level roles working in the HCIT Staffing Industry. Harvard joined OmniPoint Staffing in 2014 serving as the Director of their Healthcare Practice and works with Providers and the Big 5 Systems Integrators to plug resourcing gaps on their EMR, ERP and related/ancillary Technology Teams for implementation, upgrade and optimization project initiatives. Harvard is a graduate of the University of Georgia and, rumor has it, is a certified Ninja.
Cynthia Windsor is a Partner in iDragonfly Consulting, a Georgia-based independent consulting firm focused on facilitating collaborative relationships and innovative opportunities that harness the chaos and complexity of the health economy. Cynthia has over thirty years’ experience in the health industry, bringing in-depth knowledge in the care delivery, payer, health IT and community health information initiative areas. Her pursuit is realizing the value of collaborative relationships and knowledge exchange among all stakeholders to achieve integrated health goals at the personal, organization and population level. She brings extensive expertise in health strategy and knowledge collaboration, from pioneering one of the first community health information exchange partnerships to developing personalized medicine knowledge architectures.
Prior to founding iDragonfly Consulting, Cynthia held several leadership roles at IBM, serving as an executive consultant and strategy subject matter expert for healthcare providers and payers; as well as developing the Center of Competency and Solution Development for the Life Sciences sector.