Omer Awan leads Navicent Health’s efforts to leverage information and technology to support and advance the organization as Chief Information & Digital Officer. Omer also serves as the Board Chair for GRAChIE (Georgia Regional Academic & Community Health Information Exchange).
Omer joined Navicent in October 2016 from Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems where he held the position of Vice President and Senior Regional CIO. Prior to this, Omer served as the Associate Vice President, Information Systems at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas and before that, held multiple leadership positions within Cerner Corporation in Kansas City.
During his tenure with Navicent Health, Omer has led the health system to its first ever, national recognition as “Most Wired” health system in 2017 and 2018 . Omer was honored by International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare (IFAH) with the 2019 Top 100 Healthcare Leaders Award and was recognized by Becker’s Healthcare (Becker’s Hospital Review) as 2019 Movers and Shakers – Leaders affecting health IT. Omer received the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) 2018 Transformational Leadership Award and was honored by CIO Magazine and received the 2014 CIO Ones to Watch award by the ClO Executive Council.
Omer has undergraduate degrees in accounting and computer science, is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and has a master’s degree in Business Administration. Additionally, he completed post graduate work at MIT and Harvard to earn certificates in Strategy/lnnovation and Healthcare IT. Omer is also a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) through College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare revenue cycle and operations consulting, Valerie provides strategic, regulatory and operational consulting services to healthcare clients across the country.
Valerie joined Windham Brannon as a Principal in our healthcare consulting practice. In this role, she works to deliver solutions to hospitals, health systems and healthcare clients including population health readiness and implementation, financial transformations, and regulatory support. Valerie’s clients have included safety net hospitals, multi-hospital health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals and life sciences corporations.
Her specialties include:
• ICD-10 Readiness
• Patient Access Services
• Case Management and Health Information Management
• Patient Financial Services
• Revenue Cycle Operations
• Recovery Audit Contract engagements
• Compliance/OIG Investigations
• Healthcare Audits/Revenue Integrity Audits
• Epic Revenue Cycle Optimization
• Managed Care Contracting
Prior to joining Windham Brannon, Valerie worked in both hospital operations and Big Four consulting. She has served as Vice President for The North Highland Company, a global consulting firm. Valerie has also worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as Southeast Director of the Revenue Cycle Consulting Practice. She also has spent significant time within clinical environments, serving in positions of leadership at Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and DeKalb Regional Medical Center.
Valerie received her M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee and her B.S. in Health Sciences from the University of Kentucky.
Kirk is a Co-Founder and President of Start-Up Commercialization and Sales Training of TransPharMed. He has a life sciences background with experience related to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, nanotechnology, diagnostic, and medical device industries. Kirk has a broad background encompassing leadership, sales, sales excellence coaching and training, business development, global marketing, lobbying and managed markets. Currently, Kirk also serves as a Start-Up Catalyst for new and emerging healthcare and health IT start-ups at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) incubator housed at the Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA.
Kirk served in various positions of increasing responsibility for the following companies in the pharma/ biotech sector: Inventiv Health, Zogenix, Takeda, Janssen Biotech and Pfizer. Therapeutic categories included pain management, central nervous system disorders, oncology, hematology, cardiology and endocrinology. Kirk was also a Global Business Development Executive for the NanoProfessor & NanoGuardian divisions of NanoInk, a private equity funded start-up company commercializing research-based nanotechnology from Northwestern University. Kirk marketed innovative anti-counterfeiting solutions to pharmaceutical, defense, consumer and medical device industries in the US, EU and Asia. He served as a Board Member of the International Authentication Association (IAA), which monitored and provided guidance regarding authentication techniques and counterfeiting trends.
Kirk continues to serve as a Together.health Steering Committee Member, Coulter Foundation Oversight Committee Member, TAG Health Board Member, GA BIO Commercialization Committee Member, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce BioScience Counsel Member and a Patientory Board Observer. Kirk holds a B.A. in Economics from Florida A&M University.
William Batchelder is a seasoned leader in Healthcare Business Intelligence, with more than fifteen years of experience focused on improving data delivery and consumption to aid Organizations in the improvement of Clinical and Quality outcomes. William’s focus has been working with various EMRs to integrate intuitive data resources by incorporating operational and analytical results combined with predictive analytics, machine learning, and results-based outcomes.
William has been a part of many collaborative efforts integrating technology into the healthcare environment, most recently including Grady’s recent achievement of the prestigious Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).
William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, a Certification in five different EMR data models, and is a certified Business Objects Developer. He is also rated expert class in Legal Clinical Data delivery and currently serves as the Manager of Business and Clinical Intelligence at Grady Health Systems.
Chris Beasley serves as the Chief Information Officer and HIPAA Security Officer at Houston Healthcare where he oversees Information Technology, Information Security, and Biomedical Services. He has more than 20 years’ progressive experience working in Healthcare IT. Chris received his BBA in MIS and MBA at Georgia College & State University. He holds a number of industry certifications in IT leadership, project management, and technology. Chris is a member of several professional organizations including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, Medical Group Management Association, and Project Management Institute. Chris serves as a board member with Robins Regional Chamber, Velocity Healthcare Collaborative, Georgia College & State University IT Advisory Board, and Middle Georgia State University IT Advisory Board.
Kevin Beaver, CISSP is an information security consultant, writer, and professional speaker with Atlanta, GA-based Principle Logic, LLC. With over 30 years in IT and 24 years in security, Kevin specializes in independent security assessments and virtual CISO consulting work to help businesses uncheck the boxes that keep creating a false sense of security. He has written 12 books on security including Hacking For Dummies and The Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance. Kevin has written over 1,000 articles on security and regularly contributes to TechTarget’s SearchSecurity.com, Ziff Davis’ Toolbox.com, and Iron Mountain’s InfoGoTo.com. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology from Southern College of Technology and a M.S. in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. In his free time, Kevin races cars in the SCCA Spec Miata class and also enjoys riding dirt bikes and snow skiing.
Currently serving as the interim CMIO at WellStar health system, Dr. Stephen Beck is as knowledgeable as they come in mapping system capabilities to Epic functionality and assuring providers have a set of easy, efficient, and evidence based tools. An Internal Medicine physician, board certified in clinical informatics, a recognized public speaker, and an active member in the HIMSS community, Dr. Beck has worked with Epic for more than 20 years and is an expert in engaging executives and clinicians through innovative process redesign. When not hiking with a camera in hand or reading up on the latest in HIE, telehealth, or population health, you’ll find him intimately and gracefully identifying operational inefficiencies with everyone from the C-suite to the physicians.
Prior to joining HCS, Wayne was Vice President of Jackson Healthcare, the one of the nation’s largest physician and healthcare staffing companies.
Before joining Jackson Healthcare, Wayne was a Vice President at the Center for Health Transformation (CHT), which was a healthcare think tank founded by former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Prior to CHT, Wayne was the lead lobbyist and chief spokesperson for the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA), a position he has held for 19 years.
He is a prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles on a host of issues, including health information technology, health insurance, rural health care, telehealth, professional liability, preventative medicine and disease management, health care reform, Medicaid, Medicare and health care financing. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Politico, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Kansas City Star, and many other publications.
Geoffrey Brown. CIO of Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta). Mr. Brown was appointed CIO of Piedmont Healthcare in 2014. Under his leadership, all six of the system’s hospitals received Hospital & Health Networks’ “Most Wired” designation. Additionally, Mr. Brown led his team in the health system’s first undercover phishing experiment in 2015, which helped established employee education standards for information security compliance. Prior to joining Piedmont, Mr. Brown was senior vice president and CIO at Inova Health System, based in Falls Church, Va.
Jeff Brown joined Smith & Howard as a Senior Business Advisor in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Jeff spent the last 10 years helping customers address their security and risk challenges. Jeff specializes in directing and guiding organizations to achieve financial success and mitigate risk with Smith & Howard.
Originally from Western Canada, Jeff has spent more than 20 years building, supporting and selling technology software and services solutions in the United States. This includes helping numerous healthcare covered entity and business associate organizations across the country understand and address their enterprise security risks and vulnerabilities.
Mr. Buda joined Floyd as Chief Information Officer in 2012. He was named Vice President in 2016.
He previously served as Executive Director of Business Technology 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 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. He is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Kennesaw State University, graduating in May, 2019.
Dee Cantrell has 24 years in health information technology leadership. She has extensive experience in strategy and operations, project planning and execution, workflow optimization and process improvement. Ms. Cantrell spent 22 years at Emory Healthcare and retired after serving 16 years as their CIO. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and innovation, including being named the Georgia CIO of the Year twice. Additionally, Dee was recognized as one of the top 50 US Health IT Leaders by Becker’s Healthcare Journal, served in a key leadership role for the strategic plan of the statewide HIE for Georgia, was the past President of GA HIMSS and currently on the board and Chair of the GA HIMSS Annual Conference.
Dr. Cole is an experienced Clinical Informatician with over 20 years of practice, strategic, operational and academic experience in healthcare information technology, critical care nursing and hospital operations. She holds Informatics Nurse, Advanced Nurse Executive and CPHIMS certifications. Active in many professional organizations, she is a HIMSS Fellow (FHIMSS) and recent member of their Quality and Safety and Innovations Committees. She taught at Emory, Georgia State, the College of State Island, NYU and Vanderbilt University. She was the GA HIMSS Professional Development Committee Chairperson for many years and continues to contribute to the development of the operational and clinical informatics workforce. Her current interests are Clinical AI, Education, Gerontology and HIT Patient Safety, Quality and Innovations.
Donna Cohen serves as the Deputy Director for Population Health at Alliant Quality. Her career in health care began more than 3 decades ago and consists of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Case Manager. Her experience ranges from the inpatient hospital setting, to physician practice management as well as Managed Care where she was the director of Case Management and Utilization Review. Before joining Alliant Quality, she was a Practice Director with a large physician practice group and with the implementation of EPIC, led the clinical informatics team.
Robert is a successful entrepreneur and recognized expert in health IT innovation. He is currently President of JMLS Enterprises, a dental provider group that is spearheading the new Walmart Health initiative to provide integrated primary care services to communities.
Prior to JMLS, he co-founded iSteward in 2015 to pioneer a mobile platform to engage family caregivers to gain insight into the lives of patients to improve health quality.
Prior to iSteward, Robert co-founded Novo Innovations in 2004 to enable interoperability between disparate EHRs used by hospitals and providers. In 2008, Novo merged to form Medicity, becoming the #1 health information exchange (HIE) company in the US. In 2011, Medicity was acquired by Aetna, where Robert served as the EVP of Strategy and Innovation.
Prior to Novo, Robert was VP of Web Technology for McKesson, where he was responsible for innovating numerous products including the Horizon Physician Portal, the #1 clinical portal in the US at the time.
Tee Faircloth is the Founder and CEO of Coordinated Care Inc (CCI), a healthcare technology company focused on practical solutions to the rural health crisis. CCI is the culmination of a 20-plus year career turning around distressed companies and industries, driven by a commitment to innovative solutions. With the launch of CCI, Tee has become a thought leader in the rural health arena, working with legislators, state governments, and national rural health advocates to drive innovation in rural health care that can benefit patient care and hospitals alike.
Results-driven Product Leader in Healthcare IT with notable success. Domain expertise in RCM, Value Based Care, Predictive Analytics to include AI and machine learning, EHR’s, Clinical Decision support and workflow fit. Proficient Product Marketer spearheading GTM, commercialization, VOC, segmentation, and messaging. 19 year clinician in hospital and ambulatory care.
A.T. Gimbel is a partner with Atlanta Ventures, focused on helping entrepreneurs find community, content, and capital to successfully grow their business. He also currently leads a regular series of Atlanta Healthcare Entrepreneur Meetups out of the Atlanta Tech Village. Previously, A.T. led product and go-to-market functions for the Healthcare division of LexisNexis, as well as leading roles in corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to that, he was in consulting with Bain & Company serving clients across multiple industries with a focus on growth strategy, process improvement, and customer loyalty. He has also worked for several startup companies in sales and operations roles.
A.T. holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He also enjoys spending time and playing sports with his wife and three boys.
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 MIPS and Promoting Interoperability assessment, project management and attainment, she serves as a HIT Specialist and Senior Advisor to the federally funded initiatives supported by HI-BRIDGE Solutions (formerly Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center). Ms. Hansen has assisted over 2000 local providers in their successful efforts to achieve MIPS and Meaningful Use. She has also served 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). Liz conducts practice assessments in support of the “Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative” (TCPI) and provides support to Small, Underserved and Rural (SURS) practices in their efforts to succeed under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and Patient Centered Medical Home certification.
Ms. Hansen has served on the Board of the Georgia Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (GA-HIMSS), and as a member of the national HIMSS Meaningful Use Task Force, the HIMSS Chapter Leader Task Force, the Georgia HIE Task Force, the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and the Georgia ICD-10 Collaborative. Liz is a frequent speaker and subject matter expert on the topics of MIPS, Promoting Interoperability, Health Information Exchange, EHR Utilization and HIPAA Cyber Security. She holds certifications in Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH CCE), MACRA (CMMP), Meaningful Use (CMUP) and HIPAA Compliance (CHSP, CHSA).
Freddie Herring serves as the Manger of Physician IT, an analyst team dedicated to providing physician workflow support to the medical staff of Houston Healthcare. Freddie joined Houston Healthcare as an RN in May of 2001. With twenty-five years of nursing experience, he worked seventeen years as an ED/ICU/OR Nurse and spent two years as an Assistant Nurse Manager. Freddie transferred to Information Technology to work with the Applications Analyst Team providing physician support. He supported the Emergency Department and Urgent Care settings prior to his promotion to Manager. Lovingly known as “the PIT Crew”, Freddie’s team enables physicians to successfully provide high quality care in a digital workflow.
As Vice President of Information Services, Glenn Hilburn brings a unique set of skills to the ever-more important integration of information technology and patient care. Glenn has practiced as a critical care registered nurse, an informaticist, and served in leadership roles for several healthcare software development firms. With his strong knowledge of clinical processes, systems development and informatics, Glenn brings a most important perspective to the use of technology to enhance patient safety, improve care quality, and drive clinical innovation.
Under Glenn’s leadership, Grady achieved the prestigious Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) and has been recognized as Most Wired for the past seven consecutive years.
Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration, and is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Georgia HIMSS where he serves as Membership Chair and is active member of the College of Healthcare Information Executives.
Denise Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS is Chief Americas Officer at HIMSS. Dr. Hines is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert in healthcare technology. Dr. Hines has more than two decades of healthcare experience in a variety of settings, including health systems, physician offices, home health, technology vendors, consulting, state government and revenue management.
Dr. Hines recently was a member of the HIMSS Board of Directors and the Chair Emeritus for HIMSS North America Board of Directors. She is the past president of the HIMSS Georgia Chapter and was recognized as the 2012 HIMSS Chapter Leader of the Year, with GA HIMSS named the 2012 Chapter of the Year. In 2017, she was recognized with the prestigious Women of the Year in Technology – Small Enterprise Award from Georgia’s Women in Technology (WIT).
In 2011, Dr. Hines founded eHealth Services Group, a health technology consulting firm focused on leading healthcare delivery transformation through technology. The firm was engaged in 2013 to operate Georgia’s state-designated health information exchange, Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), with Dr. Hines providing insight and strategy as the non-profit’s Executive Director. She is renowned for building service and results-oriented organizations and she possesses a passion for the widespread integration of technology and healthcare.
Before forming eHealth Services Group, Hines was vice president of Government Solutions at HealthNovation and consulted for both AT&T and the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Office of Health Information Technology.
Dr. Hines has demonstrated extensive experience in the field of health IT. She 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 participated on Georgia’s HIE Strategic and Operational Plan writing team and served as the co-chair of the HIE Governance Committee. She successfully launched Georgia’s first comprehensive health information transparency and HIE website. She served as the first Executive Director for the GA Health Information Technology Advisory Board and created Georgia’s two-, five-, & 10-year strategic plans for health information technology. She also created and implemented the Georgia HIE Grants Awards Program that awarded $1,800,000 in grants in the first and second years.
Dr. Hines holds her doctorate degree in healthcare administration where she focused her studies on the use of electronic personal health records and the impact on patient health. She also maintains certifications in project management, software development, and healthcare law. She is on the Board of Advisors for Georgia State University’s Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions, as well as the Advisory Board for the College of Coastal Georgia.
Lucienne (Lucie) Ide, M.D., Ph.D., a healthcare innovator and founder of Rimidi, Inc., brings her diverse experiences in medicine, science, venture capital and technology to transforming the delivery of healthcare. Dr. Ide founded RImidi with the purpose of improving the health of the chronically ill and the healthcare system as a whole. Prior to starting Rimidi in 2012, Dr. Ide worked as a physicist at the National Security Agency, Raytheon Systems Corporation and Monarch Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. She holds a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree from Emory University, and completed her medical training at the University of Pennsylvania Medical College’s Magee Womens’ Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Ide lives in Atlanta with her husband and their four sons.
Jodi Ingram, VP Quality and Population Health Management at Central Georgia Health Network (CGHN), where she leads a NCQA accredited credentialing department, quality analytics and physician liaison teams to oversee the Clinically Integrated Network strategies. CGHN is a 1000+ provider organization aligned with Navicent Health System in Macon, Georgia. Mrs. Ingram also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the South Georgia Technical College Nursing Program, teaching anatomy and physiology. Prior to joining CGHN, she worked with Peach State Health Plan (Medicaid CMO) for over eight years and worked with numerous providers, health systems and FQHCs throughout the state of Georgia.
Mrs. Ingram graduated from Darton College in 2010 with an Associate of Science in Nursing and in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2017, she obtained a Master of Business Administration and Healthcare Management from Florida Institute of Technology. She also is certified with a Lean Green Belt by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.
Sandra Johnson, Vice President Revenue Cycle Management, Grady Health System. Sandra has worked in the Revenue Cycle field for 25+ years having responsibilities for all of the cycle at different periods in her career to include Patient Access Services, Medical Records, Case Management, Informatics, Managed Care, Uncompensated Care, PACS, Transplant Finance, and Patient Financial Services for both hospital and physician services. She is a fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE). She has a BS in Accounting from the College Of Great Falls in Great Falls Montana, a MBA from the University of Montana in Bozeman, Montana and a MSM in Healthcare Administration from Troy State University in Columbus, Georgia. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has served on the board of HFMA in Florida and Georgia, the board of United Way, the Volunteer Hospital Association and Baltimore Medical Services.
Clint brings over 17 years of healthcare experience to AccuReg. With a drive and passion for results and the goal of serving the patient, Clint is ever focused on doing what’s right and moving the needle. With experience on all sides of the healthcare spectrum (payer, provider and partner), Clint provides unique insight and experience to any organization he is affiliated with.
A graduate from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, Clint holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. Clint’s career includes numerous leadership roles, including COO of a 10-clinic system, Vice President of Sales, and Vice President of Business Development.
James Lewis is a mission-driven entrepreneur and CEO entrepreneur with an innate curiosity on how to continuously improve the way consumers interact with products and services that can positively impact the wellbeing of humans and businesses into the future.
To enable that mission, James co-founded and leads 11|TEN Innovation Partners as CEO where he and his team partner with Fortune 500 companies and high-potential startups to minimize innovation risk, accelerate growth, and ultimately future-proof businesses. He also is Managing Director of 11|Ten Ventures which focuses on incubating, commercializing, and investing in new businesses.
James is no stranger to risk – whether it’s in innovation, business or personal health. At 15 years of age, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and over the years, has mitigated the severity through a profound change in lifestyle and nutrition. This humbling experience led him to be obsessed with continuous improvement to life and business. In business, no challenge is ever too great as James applies a demanddriven innovation methodology – a strategy that identifies growth opportunities by understanding the problems and solutions first to accelerate businesses to a future state.
Today, James and his team at 11|TEN Innovation Partners oversee the direction and operation of the
Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub (EHIH). For EHIH, they concept, incubate, pilot and commercialize new solutions that improve the evolving health and wellness needs of patients and providers. Through the EHIH program and with other clients, James is an advisor to many Fortune 500 C-Level leaders and serves on the board of several ventures in health, wellness, food, and agriculture.
James is a proven expert in growth strategy formulation, transaction execution, and business development thru his previous work in Management Consulting and Venture Capital. Throughout his career James has developed several innovation programs and has executed over $1B in investments, acquisitions, and divestitures.
James holds an MBA in Finance & Alternative Investments from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife Mary Leith and their dog Leo. James enjoys traveling, playing tennis and has a passion for Mediterranean-style cooking.
Mary Martin is a registered Professional Nurse with over thirty years of experience in a variety of healthcare leadership roles, including managing large-scale organizational change initiatives within clinical and business operations, including: vision and strategy, process design and management, leadership alignment, organizational design, training, assessment, communications and change management
Edward McKinney is the Information Security Officer (de facto CISO) at Floyd Healthcare Management, with more than 31 years of experience in information systems and security. Having led cyber security efforts in both private industry and in the United States Department of Defense, he has confronted a wide range of security challenges and has an extensive record of success.
Andrea has over 28 years of experience supporting revenue cycle operations. Her background includes operational leadership, strategy development, process design/improvement, project management, and consulting. Andrea is currently the Executive Director for Revenue Cycle Patient Financial Care with Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. She also served in several regional and national leadership roles with Conifer Health Solutions.
As servant leader, Andrea is passionate about encouraging others by challenging them to bring value to their work by combining quality improvement and people engagement. She is also a strong supporter of leadership development and fosters leader mentoring as a key element to revenue cycle operational success. Andrea believes that to achieve a better patient experience, a leader must learn to “walk in the customer’s shoes” and understand how healthcare practices and operations impact the patient.
John has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and health information technology. His past work included implementation consulting and clinical informatics expertise as well as teaching. He holds CPHIMS certification, and is a designated CPHIMS/CAHIMS instructor. He is currently pursuing his PhD in bioinformatics at Augusta University, with an ultimate goal to link genomic information directly to clinicians through any EHR, for true precision-based clinical decision support.
Jayne Morgan, M.D. is a Cardiologist and the Director of Innovation at the Piedmont Healthcare Corporation in Atlanta, GA. Within this role she is accountable for building an Innovation network within Piedmont, and democratizing innovation by identifying and aligning opportunities within the system for technology development and/or process improvement. She is also responsible for setting the vision, trajectory, and long term strategic scaling and sustainability for the Office of Innovation, as well as seeking key partnerships and stakeholders to progress these goals. Further, she is tasked with providing the internal infrastructure of the Office of Innovation, including the development of a systemwide Intellectual Property Policy, plus all needed contracts and templates. And finally, she serves to support the development of any and all internal Intellectual Property of Piedmont employees, and progress these projects within the incubator toward licensing or commercialization potential.
Prior to this role she had a split role as both the Director of Innovation and Director of Research Development where she had responsibility for the strategic growth of the Piedmont Research Institute, the development of the long range strategic vision for research programs across all medical specialties, and contract negotiations for all new partners. Dr. Morgan initially came to Piedmont in 2015 as the Director of Cardiovascular Research for the Piedmont Heart Institute. Within this role, she implemented a new business model focused on system integration, contracts, staff re-alignments, portfolio diversification, and strategic growth realizing steadily increasing revenue earnings that have continued to this day. While in this role, she both expanded research to other hospital facilities, and began the first Feasibility Program which has served as the nidus via which Piedmont has been able to reach worldwide status within Structural and Valvular Heart, including the #1 Center in the United States for transcatheter tricuspid therapy.
Prior to coming to Piedmont, Dr. Morgan served as the Chief Medical Officer of the American Chemistry Council (where she developed a new translational research program), a Cardiology Consultant at Abbott Vascular Devices Structural Heart Division (working with the Mitra-Clip team/U.S. and Europe), the World Wide Director of the Cardiorenal Drug Development program at Solvay Pharmaceuticals, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Morgan currently serves as the President Elect of the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA), Co-Chair of the Health and Human Services Conference 2021, Founding Board Member of MedTech Women, Co-Chair of the BioScience Leadership Council at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the American Heart Association/Atlanta Chapter, the National Board Member of The American Heart Association Technology Team, the Regional Board Member of The American Heart Association Health Equity Committee, and is an active member of BioMed Investors Network.
Dr. Morgan completed her B.S. degree at Spelman College (C’84), Medical Degree at Michigan State University, Internal Medicine Residency at George Washington University, and both her Cardiology and Pacemaker Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Mindy Oberg is a subject matter expert in enterprise-wide program management services, including physician and operational workflows with in-depth expertise in healthcare information technology.
Mindy has worked alongside senior executives, physicians and hospital leadership as a liaison with information technology professionals to ensure increased value from all healthcare technology initiatives with multiple electronic health records and practice management vendors. Mindy’s experience includes new programs, system implementations, upgrades or optimization initiatives. Mindy is experienced in leadership, information technology, management, clinical and business operations from both the hospital and clinic settings.
Ms. Oberg is a results-driven professional with 20 years of experience focused on provider and user adoption, usability, clinical documentation, revenue cycle, integration, analytics, population health, engagement, and patient experience. Ms. Oberg is well-versed in industry trends, growth and business development, skills and abilities related to consulting, strategy, assessments, system support, and implementation. She helps teams incorporate and hard-wire best-practices into their clinical and revenue cycle operations, based off of lean six-sigma principles.
Prior to healthcare, Mindy spent 5 years in the banking industry, working in management while attending undergraduate studies at Georgia State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in March 1998 and received her Master’s in Business Administration and Masters in Healthcare Administration in December 2014 from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Gabe Orthous, CIO executive at Central Georgia Health Network (CGHN) offering 20+ years of progressive experience as a value-based care strategic thinker and executor with a history of scaling and driving return on investment of complex healthcare IT solutions. Solid industry knowledge with a wealth of expertise in business intelligence used in concert with various analytics tools to drive actionable insights. He is particularly accomplished in helping large healthcare systems and insurer organizations develop analytics strategies that are highly effective in raising quality levels, improving patient outcomes and reducing costs. Mr. Orthous is currently an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University Informatics Department. He is also an active contributor as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.
Mr. Orthous is a renowned international speaker, having delivered presentations across the U.S. and in Australia, South Africa and Italy. He is the co-author of the best-selling book SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide currently in its fourth edition.
Chris Paravate is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) where he oversees the information technology, clinical informatics and telecommunications departments for the systems’ hospital campuses as well as a variety of outpatient locations. Chris has served as CIO for NGHS since October 2014.
Prior to joining the NGHS team, Chris served as Director of Portfolio Management for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) where he was responsible for coordinating operational decision-making processes associated with redesign, process improvement and automation across the organization. While at CHOA, Chris led its enterprise EMR system selection, implementation and support delivery.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Operations from DeVry Institute of Technology and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) as well as a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Brenau University and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2001. Chris has over twenty years of health care process improvement and information systems implementation and support experience.
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.
Glenn Pearson worked in the hospital industry for more than 30 years and now, as Principal of Pearson Health Tech Insights, LLC (PHTI), applies his vast experience to help the healthcare industry fully embrace technology’s role in transforming healthcare. PHTI assists developers/entrepreneurs/vendors, hospitals and other provider groups, and investors.
Before founding PHTI, Glenn was Executive Vice President at Georgia Hospital Association for 19+ years where he led:
Glenn is a recognized national healthcare leader, having served on six committees for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and as elected ACHE Regent for Georgia. He has also led and/or served on many national and statewide committees and organizations.
Martha specializes in educating, directing and guiding organizations in navigating applicable standards, laws and regulations to meet compliance and manage risk on an ongoing basis. She has worked with businesses across many industries, including healthcare organizations. Martha earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Information Technology from South University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a HITRUST Certified CSF Practitioner, ISO/IEC 27001: 2013 Lead Auditor (TPECS), CSA STAR Auditor, CISSP, CompTIA Security+, Certified Information Privacy Manager(CIPM), Certification in Business Management and holds an Office 365 accreditation. Presently Manager of Enterprise Risk Services at Smith Howard.
Dr. Shah currently serves as the System Chief of the Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery at Piedmont Health Care. He has performed thousands of robotic procedures with specific expertise in prostatectomy, nephrectomy and upper tract reconstruction. In addition, he is a expert and advocate in Men’s Heath promoting education, awareness and screening for the aging male, emphasizing his Men to be proactive in their health and to live life engaged, informed and with quality.
He completed his undergraduate study at the University of Michigan and Medical School at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In medical school, He received a research award funded in part by the NIH. He is trained in General Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and followed with subspecialty training in Robotics, Laparoscopy and Urological Oncology at the Vattikuti Urology Institute. During residency, he also completed a NIH-NIDDK Research Fellowship. He also has a Masters degree in Health Management & Policy.
Dr. Shah is the recipient of numerous awards and has authored many peer-reviewed publications. He is an established leader in minimally invasive surgical applications. He holds an adjunct Associate Professorship at the Georgia Tech & Clark Atlanta University. He serves as the President & Founder of the Men’s Health and Wellness Center in Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization that works towards educating and informing men in disease prevention. He serves as as an executive leader of a biotechnology company that develops innovative medical devices, simulation and new surgical training applications.
Dr. Shah’s continues translational research bridging the gap between Engineering, Science and Medicine. His efforts, in collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology and Academic as well as Industry partners attempts to bring research into the clinical arena.
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.
Scott, a 30 year nurse by background, joined the Piedmont family in early 2008 as an Informatics Programmer. Since his initial role Scott has fulfilled many different roles improving Piedmont Healthcare, ranging from Director of Operations for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital to serving as the Executive Implementation Lead for Piedmont’s Epic implementation. Scott recently stepped back into IS to support integration activities after launching our leadership development programs as the VP, Chief Learning Officer for Piedmont. Scott holds degrees in Nursing and Information Systems & Operations. Scott is passionate about change management holds a Six Sigma Black belt and a Lean Healthcare certificate.
In the realm of professional and executive liability insurance, mitigating risk is of the utmost importance. Issues such as malpractice or cybersecurity breaches can be enough to shut down a business. That’s why when it comes to professional and executive liability insurance, your provider must be aware, dedicated, and preventative. Patti Thompson, Senior Sales Consultant for Shea Barclay Group, lives up to these expectations every day. That’s why we decided to shed light on what makes Patti an incredible addition to the Shea Barclay Team.
Patti is a Tampa native having attended Land O Lakes High School. Upon graduation in 1984, Patti immediately began her work in the insurance industry. Working for Wells Fargo Insurance Services allowed Patti to receive her Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) Certification in 1994, as well as become a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) in 1997. Patti’s career has spanned over 30 years with the last 25 specializing in providing insurance solutions for her clients in the healthcare industry. “Working with physicians and healthcare providers has always interested me,” says Thompson. “Helping my clients transfer their risk through insurance is the most satisfying part about my job.”
As Patti is a Tampa native, her passion for helping her clients extends to her community and those who dwell within. Whether it’s working Downtown in Shea Barclay’s office or her residence in St. Petersburg, Patti has always felt an appreciation for the arts, restaurants, and outdoor entertainment of Tampa Bay. When Patti is away from the office, you can find her either on or near the waters of the bay. Patti also enjoys cooking for her family and friends, as well as being a mother to her teenage son.
Shea Barclay Group (SBG) is an independently owned and operated firm specializing in profes
sional liability insurance and risk management. The principals of SBG combine for over 35 years of insurance experience and have built a multi-location firm comprising of clients in nearly 40 states. To see what Shea Barclay can do for your professional insurance needs, visit www.SheaBarclay.com.
Dr. May Dongmei Wang is a full professor in the Departments of Biomedical Eng., Electrical and Computer Eng., Computational Science and Eng. at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She is the Director of Biomedical Big Data Initiative, a Kavli Fellow, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, a Carol Ann and David D. Flanagan Faculty Fellow, a Petit Institute Faculty Fellow, and an American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow. She earned BEng from Tsinghua University China, and MS/PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research is in Biomedical Big Data Analytics with a focus on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) for predictive, personalized, and precision health (pHealth). In FDA-organized MAQC international consortium, she led the comprehensive RNA-Seq analytics pipeline investigation. Dr. Wang published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in referred journals and conference proceedings with google scholar citations over 9,850. She has delivered more than 200 invited and keynote lectures. She is a recipient of Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research and a MilliPub Award (for a high-impact paper that has been cited over 1,000 times) from Emory University.
Dr. Wang was 2015-2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Distinguished Lecturer. She has served as an Emerging Area Editor for PNAS, Senior Editor for IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, an Associate Editor for TBME, a standing panelist for NIH BCHI, a panelist for NSF, and a reviewer for panels in multiple countries. She helps organize ACM Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics Conferences, and IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics from 2012-Present. She was elected the Vice Chair for 2018 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Advanced Health Informatics, and co-chair of 2016 IEEE EMBS Annual Conference of 2,696 people. She has served in IEEE Big Data Initiative (BDI) Steering Committee. She is currently Vice President of Finance in IEEE EMBS, and has been AIMBE Nomination Committee Chair since 2017.
Dr. Wang is Director of Biomedical Big Data Initiative, Georgia Tech Biomedical Informatics Program Co-Director in Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), and Co-Director of Georgia-Tech Center of Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry. Her research has been supported by NIH, NSF, CDC, Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Cancer Coalition, Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, Enduring Heart Foundation, Coulter Foundation, and industrial partners such as Microsoft Research, HP, and UCB.
Alan Wills is Executive Director of HealtheConnection HIE and Community IT Outreach for 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 also has direct responsibility for enterprise interfaces and integration, population health applications, and enterprise data and analytics services. Alan has served as Executive Director since September 2013. During NGHS’s implementation of Epic in 2017, Alan led the build, development and implementation of Epic’s Healthy Planet application as the population health solution for its internal ambulatory provider group as well as for community provider groups and NGHS’ MSSP ACO. 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 E. Woods, M.D., M.P.H. is a gastroenterologist, clinical researcher and inventor. A native of
Atlanta, Dr. Woods brings a track record of leveraging technology as a clinician, scientist and thought
leader in the areas of endoscopic oncology, biomedical informatics, medical device development, clinical service line development and healthcare innovation. Dr. Woods is a graduate of Morehouse College and Meharry Medical College and earned a M.P.H. from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in Clinical Effectiveness. Dr. Woods’ clinical interests include exploring emerging technologies and techniques in the management of patients with digestive diseases and obesity.
Dr. Woods is one of few physicians in the country to offer a comprehensive set of endoscopic procedures for the prevention and management of benign and cancerous digestive diseases leveraging state-of-theart medical technologies. His academic research interests are focused on improving the effectiveness and outcomes for patients undergoing routine and complex gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures. While in the laboratory, he also patented a novel imaging device and started a health information technology company, Scope Jockey Analytics, LLC. Scope Jockey Analytics develops mixed reality, artificial intelligence and digital healthcare ecosystem solutions to help effectively care for patients in our complex healthcare delivery systems.
In addition to his scientific and career achievements, Dr. Woods is also invested in our communities by consistently participating in the development of young students interested in careers in medicine and STEM related careers. He acutely understands the importance of bolstering the pipeline of future
scientist into STEM careers and the effect this has on our future communities
Baha is the Co-founder and CEO of Azalea Health, a leading healthcare IT company whose mission it is to help underserved healthcare providers improve patient care and profitability.
Under Baha’s leadership, Azalea has established itself as a high-growth innovator and leader, developing a comprehensive, cloud-based health IT platform for ambulatory practices and hospitals — including introducing the industry’s first fully-integrated proprietary telehealth solution with its EHR.
It has achieved Inc. 5000 rank of fastest-growing companies in the U.S for three consecutive years, and has been named a Top 40 Innovative Technology Company by The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).
Baha has been recognized in the industry with a number of awards including the Phoenix Award by the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience-Health IT Leadership Council in conjunction with the Health IT Leadership Summit for his outstanding contribution to the growth of the health IT industry in Georgia. He is also a 2018 recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under Forty Award and a 2019 recipient of their Most Admired CEOs Award.
Throughout his career, Baha has served as a board member on various regional industry and academic groups. Currently, he serves as President of the Technology Executives Roundtable (TER), and is an active member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. He additionally serves on the Kennesaw State University Healthcare Management & Informatics Advisory Board.
A graduate of Valdosta State University, he is a strong proponent of health IT and cloud computing, mobile development, and big data analytics.