Kristine Martin Anderson leads the firm’s civil business. She is recognized as a thought leader for her expertise in health information technology (HIT), HIT-enabled quality measurement and improvement, payment reform, health data exchange, and interoperability.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, she was vice president for operations and strategy at CareScience, a software solutions company that she helped launch in 1992 and take public in 2000. At CareScience, Kristine oversaw the launch of several innovative products, including the nation’s first web-based clinical decision support system for hospitals and the nation’s first health information exchange.
Kristine currently serves on the eHealth Initiative's Board of Directors. She also serves on the Cost and Resource Use Standing Committee of the National Quality Forum and the Quality and Safety Committee for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Kristine is a frequent speaker and has authored several published articles. She holds a bachelor's degree in neurobiology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.
Rani Aravamudhan joined HDMS as a Senior Clinical Consultant. She is a physician (specialty- General Medicine) with extensive experience in the EMR/EHR and population health industries with a focus on clinical transformation, workflow design and development, value-based care, risk management and clinical quality and performance reporting. Her strong background in clinical medicine and experience in the HIT industry make her successful in navigating payer, provider and technology vendor landscapes.
Prior to joining HDMS, Rani worked for Philips Wellcentive as a Services Leader, where she led teams of program managers, clinical specialists and training staff along with heading their Data Governance committee. Before that, Rani was leading EMR/EHR implementations, workflow and process optimization consulting at McKesson Corporation and was their resident subject matter expert for all CMS quality reporting programs.
Rani earned her medical degree at Grant Medical College in Mumbai University, India.
Julie Barnes is a health care policy expert with years of experience helping the private sector navigate federal government activities that impact the health care system. Ms. Barnes is a strategic adviser to organizations that need guidance about federal health policies and how to develop relationships with policymakers and influential advocacy organizations. As a former policy analyst, health care attorney, and Capitol Hill staffer, Ms. Barnes can inform business strategy and investments in a myriad of health care areas, including health information technology, data privacy and interoperability, value-based care, transparency, health insurance and new payment models, and federal health programs. From 2014-2018, Ms. Barnes served as Vice President of Federal Strategy at Cambia Health Solutions, leading the company’s federal legislative, regulatory and policy efforts. Prior to her role with Cambia, Ms. Barnes served as a Senior Advisor for Leavitt Partners, a consulting firm that advises a diverse set of health care industry clients about market and policy trends. She also was an independent consultant, serving clients like UPMC, Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys, DaVita Rx, and the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (“ACAP”). In 2010-2013, Ms. Barnes was the Director of Health Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where she managed several projects that required bipartisan leadership after the Affordable Care Act was passed -- insurance exchanges, health professional workforce, health information technology, and entitlement reform. From 2008-2010, Ms. Barnes directed the New America Foundation’s non-partisan economic studies on the impact of proposed health reforms and oversaw a daily blog that raised media awareness about health reform issues prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. For many years, Ms. Barnes was a litigator and regulatory counsel to health insurance industry clients. In 1993-1994, Ms. Barnes worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant on health care issues during the national health reform debate about the Health Security Act, promoted by the Clinton Administration. Ms. Barnes was the long-time chairperson of the American Health Lawyers Association Health Reform Educational Task Force, served as the Editor-in-Chief of a legal textbook on managed care, and is a frequent speaker on various health policy issues. She received her law degree from American University's Washington College of Law and undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.
Lee Barrett is currently Executive Director of EHNAC, a national healthcare accreditation organization. He is currently a board member and was formerly the CEO of HealthEC (formerly IGI Health) a consulting and solutions provider of products for ACO's, Population Health, HIE's, web portals, EMR and transactional platforming. Prior to HealthEC, he was the SVP of Global Healthcare Practice for Virtusa Corporation, a global delivery provider of consulting and technology solutions. He was EVP of the American Dental Association Business Enterprises Inc. (ADABEI), the for-profit subsidiary of the ADA where he oversaw new product development. He was CEO of Claredi Corporation of Salt Lake City, UT and Medical Banking Exchange LLC (MBEXX) of Oklahoma City, OK. He has 10+ years leading healthcare professional services organizations including PwC, Covansys, SAIC and others. He has 20+ years in the health insurance industry in leadership roles including Aetna, Travelers, MassMutual and CT Mutual. He has led the development of HIPAA privacy and security standards and provisions as chair of ASC X12N; and Chair of the WEDI. He is also on the board of Iffs Eldercare, an eldercare independent living consulting entity and a Senior Advisor to Perthera and Precision Medicine company.
Mr. Bernstein serves as chairman of the Center for Democracy and Technology, as chairman of Human Rights in China, and as a board member for the eHealth Initiative. Bill received his B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he served as a Root-Tilden Scholar and an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. Mr. Bernstein began his career working as a special assistant at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and as a law clerk for The Honorable Raymond J Pettine, U.S. District Court of Rhode Island. He is currently a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Blair has served as the CEO of MedAllies for 19 years. Prior to establishing MedAllies as a top health information service provider company, Dr. Blair worked as a general surgeon for 15 years before moving on to become President of Taconic IPA. Dr. Blair is currently serving as the chair of the Direct Trust Standards Development Organization Board as well as various other committees and boards.
He received his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, completed his surgical training at the University of Texas Medical Center in Dallas and performed his gastrointestinal fellowship at the Middlesex Hospital in London, England.
Paul Brient is Chief Product Officer at athenahealth. Brient comes to athenahealth from PatientKeeper, Inc. where he served as CEO for 17 years and led the company’s mission to advance healthcare with instinctive, empowering technology that respects the importance of physicians.
Prior to joining PatientKeeper, he held senior executive-level positions at leading healthcare and consulting firms, including McKesson Corporation, HPR, and The Boston Consulting Group. Brient launched his healthcare IT career as the founder and president of BCS, an early physician practice management software company.
Brient serves on the Advisory Board for LRVHealth and has held board positions for a variety of healthcare technology companies, including GetWellNetwork and Reva Systems. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute and a 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year New England Region award winner.
Brient earned his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science summa cum laude from Princeton University.
Ms. Burchell is the VP of Policy and Government Affairs at Allscripts, celebrating 20 years at the company. Her focus is on the opportunities presented to our industry through the increased focus on health information technology adoption by various government and industry stakeholders. Leigh serves on a number of committees including the Electronic Healthcare Records Association, chairing the Public Policy Leadership Workgroup and the Executive Committee. She has also served as Vice Chair for Tech America and HIMSS. Prior to that, she worked for Oxford Health Plans. Ms. Burchell holds a degree from Wesleyan University.
Carla is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Government Affairs & Policy (GA&P) policy team where she leads a variety of global regulatory policy issues across the pharmaceutical, consumer and medical device sectors including importation, harmonization, and biosimilars. Regularly convening and leading cross-functional team on key issues, Carla works with partners in legal, privacy, commercial, regulatory affairs, and supply chain. She leads on global policy issues related to digital technology, data governance, and AI for GA&P is the co-lead of the Digital and Emerging Technology Platform Team and is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Data Science Council. Carla was previously a part of the Federal Affairs team where she led on FDA matters and supported the oncology and immunology portfolios and worked for Janssen’s Global Regulatory Policy and Intelligence team where she was the US policy lead on topics including clinical trial innovation, patient engagement, expedited approval pathways, disease interception, and combination products. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Carla was an attorney and team leader in FDA's Office of the Chief Counsel where she advised the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research on legal and policy issues, working closely with the Offices of Policy and Legislation. She serves on the board of the Food and Drug Law Institute and her son’s Parent Teacher Student Association. Carla is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and has a JD from Yale Law School and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.
David is a geriatrician, internist and entrepreneur with 35 years of experience working to improve care for patients. The systems he has developed have enabled clinicians across the country to truly care for people by providing care as if the patient was a family member. Prior to founding Tapestry, David was the Founder and Chief Medical Officer for TripleCare Inc., a telemedicine company focusing on caring for acutely ill people in nursing facilities, an area where he has extensive experience.
Mr. Christensen is the General Manager, States and Public Sector at InterSystems. Prior to that, he was the COO and CIO for the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI). Mr. Christensen was named one of InformationWeek Healthcare’s 25 CIOs Transforming HealthCare in May 2012. He also has nearly two decades of IT and operations leadership experience in domestic and global financial services, including roles as divisional CIO, Vice President, and Manager at Capital One Financial, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust Company. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University.
For over 20 years, Jennifer has focused on quality and innovative technology solutions to transform healthcare. As CEO, she provides leadership for research, education and advocacy components of eHealth Initiative and Foundation (eHI). Convening senior executives from every group in healthcare to discuss, identify, and share best practices that transform the delivery of healthcare. Focus areas: improving health and wellness through innovative solutions; interoperability; privacy concerns; artificial intelligence; payment models to support innovative care; and tech tools for chronic care. She led development of dozens of national surveys and published groundbreaking reports. As part of her work with the Foundation, she led grants with California Health Care Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, Aetna Foundation and Bristol Meyers Squibb Foundation. Jennifer is co-chair of the Federal HIT Policy Committee’s Strategy and Innovation Workgroup; member of the HL7 Board of Directors; and a member of the Diabetes Collaborative Stakeholder Panel. Jennifer is a faculty member for the MHA and MHIA graduate programs at George Washington University. Prior to joining eHI, Jennifer headed up the strategic marketing at OpenNetworks, Inc., focusing on security solutions for the healthcare industry. She led healthcare industry relations at MicroStrategy, Inc., focusing on data-mining solutions for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. She spent four years at the National Committee for Quality Assurance as Director of Policy and Product Development, helping develop national quality standards for healthcare organizations. Jennifer began her career at the George Washington University Hospital, Medical Center and Health Plan working on quality management initiatives, clinical pathways and healthcare administration. Jennifer earned a master's in Human Resource Development,completed coursework in health administration doctoral program at GWU, and resides in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Dave Dexter is CEO of Sonora Quest Laboratories and Laboratory Sciences of Arizona. He was the recipient of the Arizona Corporate Excellence 2008 CEO of the Year Award. He serves on the Board of Chancellors for JRDF, on the Leadership Council of Arizona Diabetes Coalition, and is on the Board of Directors for The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as being a member of CEOs Against Cancer. In addition, he is also as the Board Chair for Arizona Health-e Connection, and Vice Chair for the Health Information Leadership Council. He is the Board Chair for Health Current. Mr. Dexter has received multiple awards for his leadership.
Paul Eddy is the Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer at Wellmark Technology BCBS. Prior to joining Wellmark, Mr. Eddy served as group vice president and CIO with Walgreens Boots Alliance. Earlier in his career, Eddy held technology leadership roles as Senior Vice President with PNC, National City Corporation, Northern Trust Company, and began his career with Hewitt Associates.
Mr. Eddy currently serves as a board member of the e-Health Initiative in Washington, D.C. and the Greater Des Moines Partnership. He previously served on the Illinois Health Information Exchange Advisory Committee. Mr. Eddy earned Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Iowa and is a CEO Perspectives Fellow.
Shari Erickson currently serves as Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Medical Practice with the American College of Physicians (ACP). In this role, she manages ACP’s overall advocacy and policy initiatives relating to federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and other federal bodies. Ms. Erickson also oversees ACP’s Department of Medical Practice, which is responsible for the ongoing development and maintenance of programs, products, tools, and services. Ms. Erickson currently serves as co-chair of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative’s (PCPCC) Public Policy and Advocacy Workgroup. Before joining ACP, she was a senior program director with the National Quality Forum (NQF) in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for managing an array of projects that supported NQF’s national strategy for healthcare quality measurement and reporting. Ms. Erickson received her Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts-International Studies degrees from Miami University in Ohio.
Kristin Ficery leads Accenture’s North America Health practice. This practice consists of over 500 professionals serving the largest health systems, physician organizations and payers in the United States and Canada. In 2020, it was named the leader in Healthcare consulting by Forbes and KLAS. Kristin also directly serves several large hospital clients on financial, strategic and transformational initiatives. Her experience comprises 30 years advising and executing on behalf of clients across the spectrum of profitable growth and operational strategy, M&A and complex transformation programs. Previously, Kristin was a founding member and leader of the Growth and M&A businesses. She oversaw the development and delivery of M&A assets into the marketplace and was involved in over a dozen industry-defining mergers high-technology, telecommunications and healthcare.
Kristin holds three patents, has authored over a dozen externally published articles and lectured on business transformations and M&A at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School and the University of Georgia’s business and law schools. Kristin holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Finance and Healthcare Management and a BA from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Gregg and their two daughters.
Dan Garrett is a health transformation consultant and a recently retired partner at PwC. He is currently on the board of Welldoc and eHealth Initiative. Mr. Garrett was PwC’s Technology Consulting Leader for PwC US & Trifecta (US, China/HK, and Japan). He had cross-industry responsibility of refining and executing strategy and overseeing all of PwC's Technology Consulting Functions. In addition, Mr. Garrett served as the US leader of the Health Industries IT (HIT) practice, and Global Health Industries Analytics Lead, with responsibility for coordinating the practice across the PwC network.
Prior to that, Mr. Garrett was leading PwC's US Health IT (HIT), Digital and Analytics team, which he founded 10 years ago. The HIT practice has been ranked by multiple industry analysts as a leading HIT consulting firm, with the greatest depth and breadth of expertise. He came to PwC from CSC, where he was the EVP and Managing Partner leading CSC’s healthcare practice.
Mr. Garrett has been recognized by Consulting Magazine as one of the Top 25 Consultants in 2018 and was previously honored with the Fox IT award for Distinguished Alumni recognized for his IT career and contributions to the community and the Healthcare industry. He has a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services from University of Maryland College Park and a Master's in Accountancy from George Washington University.
Cathy Gates has served in various positions at the American College of Cardiology, including Executive Vice President and interim CEO, with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization non-profit organization management industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science focused in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Maryland and A Master’s in Accountancy from George Washington University.
John Glaser is a former senior vice president of Population Health, at Cerner Corporation. Previously he was chief executive officer of Siemens Health Services. Prior to Siemens, he was chief information officer at Partners HealthCare. John was the founding chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the past-president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. He is the former Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Digital Health, World Economic Forum. He is a former Senior Advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In addition, John serves on the boards of the Scottsdale Institute, Intouch Health, PatientPing, National Committee for Quality Assurance, the American Telemedicine Association, Wellsheet and Relatient. He has authored many articles and books on the strategic application of IT in health care. He is on the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Valerie Grey is Chief Executive Officer for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing care, improving patient outcomes, and lowering costs in New York State. In partnership with the New York State Department of Health, NYeC leads the state’s public health information network, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), one of the largest in the country. Val also serves on numerous state and national committees focused on improving healthcare delivery, including the ONC’s Federal Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC). Prior to joining NYeC, Val served as Executive Vice President for Policy at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). She has also spent many years in public service including the NYS Assembly, Comptroller’s office, State Education Department, Department of Health and Governor’s office. Val holds a Master’s degree in Economics from SUNY Albany.
Cherie Holmes-Henry leads payer markets and government initiatives at NextGen Healthcare, a QSI company. Ms. Holmes-Henry joined the NextGen Healthcare team in 2009 and spearheaded the launch of the Payer Relations initiative at NextGen, while simultaneously cultivating significant relationships with key healthcare regulatory decision makers at the federal & individual state level. She has developed strategic partnerships with key health IT stakeholders including executives at Regional Extension Centers (RECs), state and regional HIEs, state Primary Care Associations & Medical Associations, quality organizations, Medicaid, payers and other important tactical partnerships centered around EHR adoption. She also heads up the NextGen Healthcare Accountable Care Leadership Team helping deploy accountable and collaborative care strategies for NextGen’s provider client base.
Prior to joining NextGen Healthcare, Ms. Holmes-Henry was the VP, Strategic Accounts at Healthvision where she managed large strategic HIE clients. Additionally she has held a number of leadership positions with major payers such as Cigna.
She is an involved member of HIMSS, EHRA, eHealth Initiative, the DFW Health Industry Council, and the DFW Business Group on Health.
Ms. Holmes-Henry has a Master of Education for the University of Oklahoma and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Midwestern State University.
Prior to joining CRISP full time, David was SVP, at Erickson Retirement Communities, serving in several startup ventures and as Chief Information Officer. During his time as CIO, Erickson was among the very first senior living organizations to deploy electronic medical records to facilities, which spread across eight states.
Prior to Erickson, Mr. Horrocks was with Visalign, an IT consulting firm, where he focused on infrastructure technology and economic analysis of IT projects. He spent five years as a technologist and department manager for AbiliTech, a nonprofit company providing technology services to people with disabilities.
Mr. Horrocks holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he continues to pursue studies.
As a Board-certified Occupational Medicine Physician and Medical Director, Dr. Ide has extensive clinical and population health management experience, and held residencies in Emergency Medicine and Occupational Health. Dr. Ide joined Zipnosis in 2016 as the company’s Medical Director.
Dr. Ide also served as the Medical Director for Employee Health at Fairview Health System (MN) and at Northview Hospital and Clinics. She was a worksite physician for General Mills.
Dr. Ide has been volunteering and working as a physician for the Center for Victims of Torture for since 1999. She holds a degree from Dartmouth College, holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine.
Drew Ivan is chief product and strategy officer at Lyniate. Drew is responsible for driving strategic product direction and informs this with his over 20 year career working with EHRs, integration engines, HIEs, and population health solutions. He plays a critical role in defining product vision, innovation, and design all with the intent of helping healthcare organizations and healthcare consumers achieve optimal outcomes. With an extensive background in healthcare information technology, Drew is a champion for information sharing and believes that every part of the healthcare ecosystem should effectively and efficiently interoperate. Prior to Lyniate, Drew worked at Orion Health. Drew holds a Masters’ in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve and lives in Cleveland Ohio.
As the Chief Executive Officer of HL7, Dr. Jaffe serves as the organization's global ambassador, fostering relationships with key industry stakeholders. A 37-year veteran of the healthcare IT industry, Dr. Jaffe was previously the Senior Global Strategist for the Digital Health Group at Intel Corporation, Vice President of Life Sciences at SAIC, and the Director of Medical Informatics at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. He completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and at Georgetown University. Formerly, he was President of InforMed, an informatics consultancy for research informatics. Over the course of his career, he has been the principal investigator for more than 200 clinical trials, and has served in various leadership roles in the American Medical Informatics Association. He has been a board member on leading organizations for information technology standards, and served as the chair of a national institutional review board. Most recently, he held an appointment in the Department of Engineering at Penn State University. Dr. Jaffe has been the contributing editor for several journals and has published on a range of subjects, including clinical management, informatics deployment, and healthcare policy.
Sarah Jones is Vice President of Commercial Product at GreatCall, Inc, part of Best Buy Health. Sarah joined the company in 2016 with the Healthsense/GreatCall acquisition. In her role, Sarah focuses on bringing new product offerings to market, combining tech and touch in ways that enrich senior lives and enable the care and business goals of payers, providers, and other healthcare organizations.
Sarah established a strong background in healthcare technology after working at Healthsense for nearly five years in marketing, product management, and customer success. Prior to that, she worked at Wolters Kluwer Health, marketing clinical software applications. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.
Kris Joshi is executive vice president and president, Network Solutions, for Change Healthcare. Prior to joining Change Healthcare, Mr. Joshi was global vice president for healthcare product strategy for the Health Sciences global business unit at Oracle Corporation. He helped launch the Health Sciences business unit and successfully led two acquisitions for Oracle in Life Sciences. Before joining Oracle, Mr. Joshi served in senior strategy roles with IBM's Global Sales and Distribution organization, and prior to IBM, Mr. Joshi was at McKinsey and Company, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies on strategy issues.
Mr. Joshi holds a B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the boards of the Personalized Medicine Coalition and the eHealth Initiative in Washington, DC.
Al has 16 years as an innovator providing strategic technology and services management (Xerox, Kodak/Carestream Health), leadership in Strategy, IT, Marketing, Business Development, Channels, Sales. He is responsible for selling, implementing and integrating digital imaging solutions in hospitals, private practices, integrated delivery networks, and government/military environments. He has worked for top-tier professional services firms, EDS, Ernst and Whinney, and McKinsey & Co. With his in-depth knowledge and experience in healthcare, he has helped numerous providers attain significant grant funds and improve performance through the effective use of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT). He successfully contributed to public affairs and lobbying efforts on HIT in Washington and in NY. Al received a BS from SUNY Albany and his MBA from University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Mark is the Verato Chief Executive Officer. He was formerly at MicroStrategy, a BI software provider, for 14 years where he was the Executive Vice President of Products, responsible for product strategy, product marketing, and competitive intelligence. Prior to MicroStrategy, Mark was with Ernst & Young for 17 years and left as Partner responsible for all technical consulting in the east region of the US. Mark holds MS and BS degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science. Outside the office, Mark enjoys woodworking and is an avid soccer fan, supporting FC Barcelona.
Dr. Richard Loomis serves as Chief Informatics Officer for Clinical Solutions at Elsevier. He and his team are focused on developing advanced clinical decision support and analytics solutions that help clinicians make better decisions and improve clinical outcomes. Rich also has Commercial responsibility for Gold Standard, Elsevier’s Drug Information business. Dr. Loomis’ clinical background is in anesthesiology and he has spent much of his career in informatics, both in healthcare delivery and in the healthcare IT industry. Dr. Loomis completed a fellowship in informatics at Harvard Medical School, trained in anesthesiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and received his medical degree from the University of Michigan.
Ms. MacTaggart is the Program Director of Health Informatics at George Washington University. In addition, Ms. MacTaggart currently has an appointment as a program manager at VA. Ms. MacTaggart has been full-time at The George Washington University as a Lead Research Scientist/Lecturer since July 2007, during which time she also had an appointment at HHS/Office of the National Coordinator. An adjunct at The GWU for many years before joining full-time, she was a Principal at Health Management Associates (HMA), an executive at EDS for State and Local Government Health Care, and a public servant for almost 30 years, including six years at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), more than 10 years at Minnesota Medicaid, including the role of Minnesota's Medicaid Director, and various county-level eligibility positions in the Medicaid arena over an additional 10 plus years.
Dr. Philip Marshall, MD, MPH is Founder and Chief Product Officer at Conversa Health. Dr. Marshall has been the Senior Vice President of clinical products of Press Ganey Associates, Inc. since January 2010. Dr. Marshall served as Vice President of Product Strategy and Member of Medical Expert Panel of WebMD Health Services Group, Inc. Dr. Marshall is responsible for general product direction at WebMD Health Services, and oversees the architecture of its personal health record applications. He is an integral part of WebMD’s corporate- and payer-market product strategy and development, including key consumer-driven health plan decision-support products. Throughout his career, Dr. Marshall has focused on enhancing how patients and physicians can more easily communicate and manage health data. He has worked extensively on electronic medical record systems at GE Medical Systems and Kaiser Permanente Northwest. Dr. Marshall has more than 10 years experience as a leader in personalized health care solutions, including personal health records, electronic health records, personalized decision support for consumers, personalized genomics solutions and connectivity to care providers. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Institute for Health Technology Transformation. Dr. Marshall has a master’s degree in public health from Oregon Health and Science University; and he received his doctor of medicine degree from Indiana University. Dr. Marshall has residency training in general surgery and public health and preventive medicine.
Aaron Martin serves as senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Providence Health & Services. He is responsible for leading Providence to become more consumer-focused and technology-enabled in a new world of health care. Martin has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and technology. Prior to joining Providence, he worked at Amazon and led the team that transitioned traditional publishers from a physical books business to Kindle. Prior to that, Martin served in executive and board positions with a number of successful start-ups, one of which he co-founded. He worked in health care for most of his early career. At McKinsey & Company’s health care practice, he advised senior executives in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry on mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration.
Martin holds a masters of business administration in finance and health care management from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.
Ian founded Orion Health in 1993 with a four-person staff in Auckland. Before this, Ian was a senior telecommunications consultant for Clearfield Consulting, specializing in message standards and connectivity of data network systems and infrastructures. Prior to his work at Clearfield, Ian worked for Ernst & Young designing corporate networks.
Ian has also worked as a product manager at Imagineering Micro Distributors in New Zealand and as a senior business analyst for the London Stock Exchange.
Ian holds a Masters in Engineering Sciences and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Auckland. Previously, Ian was employed as a scientist by the NZDSIR and wrote mathematical models of the human body. Ian completed his Master's with a thesis utilizing a combination of maths and software programming to model Antarctic ice shelves.
As the Chief Operating Officer for Fitbit Health Solutions, Amy leads the team working with employers, health plans and health systems to design solutions and programs focused on engagement, positive return on investment and health outcomes. Before her COO role, Amy took on several key positions leading Fitbit’s B2B efforts. Prior to Fitbit, Amy held strategic roles at CNET Networks, including Director of Audience and Content Development for the Community Division and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Network. Amy has a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College in Andover, MA and a Professional Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from the UC Berkeley Extension program.
As President and CEO, Kevin leads the Welldoc® team in the development and commercialization of innovative digital health solutions for people living with chronic disease(s). Kevin has over 25 years of experience in the life sciences sector including biotech, pharmaceuticals, hospital supplies and digital health. Prior to joining Welldoc, he held senior executive roles at Human Genome Sciences, Genentech and Abbott after starting his career at Baxter Healthcare.
Sagran Moodley serves as Senior Vice President of Clinical Data Services & Technology for UnitedHealthcare's Clinical Services organization. In this role, he is responsible for clinical data acquisition for all members across UnitedHealthcare's Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial lines of business. Sagran has more than 20 years leading transformative health care IT and business initiatives in both the public and private sectors. He has held multiple senior leadership roles in the private sector, including positions across UnitedHealthcare and Optum. Most recently, Sagran led teams focused on defining clinical infrastructure capabilities to enable clinical care coordination and complex case management both for Optum and United HealthCare stakeholders. Additionally, Sagran led product initiatives for Optum Government, where his portfolio included large-scale solutions supporting health care operations, data warehousing and analytics, program integrity, quality improvement, provider data management and population health for state Medicaid enterprises.
In the public sector, he has worked closely with state governments to lead the promotion and adoption of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and many other large-scale IT implementations at the state level. Notably, Sagran assumed the technology implementation that contributed to the successful turnaround of the Massachusetts Affordable Health Care (ACA) Exchange, bringing the Commonwealth's ACA transition back on track.
Previously, Sagran served as Chief Delivery Officer at Coventry Healthcare in 2009, where he led Medicaid operations in a number of states. With Coventry, his oversight included Pharmacy Benefit Management and Behavioral Health, in addition to the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) fiscal agent scope of services. Additionally, he held a senior IT leadership role at Allen Systems group, the largest independent software vendor at the time, where he had worldwide leadership responsibility for software engineering across North America, EMEA, APAC, and Central and South America.
With a successful track record in high-growth healthcare technology organizations and helping organizations use technology to transform the way care is delivered, Mike provides data-driven leadership and aggressive growth orientation with deep experience across marketing, product management, business development and operational disciplines. Prior to Updox, Mike was senior vice president of marketing for Netsmart, an electronic health record provider, which grew to become the dominant leader in the behavioral health market.
Sue Murphy RN BSN MS, currently serves as the Chief Experience Officer at UChicago Medicine. Sue is a qualified leader with expertise in hospital operations, patient experience, staff development, and change management. Her significant accomplishments are in the areas of operational efficiency, patient throughput, and leadership in the ANCC Magnet Journey. Sue is an award winning speaker, author, trainer, and coach. Her high energy and passion for leadership development along with patient and employee engagement has influenced both patients and employees at UChicago Medicine to pursue the journey of excellence.
Vincent Nelson, M.D., is vice president of Medical Affairs in the Office of Clinical Affairs (OCA) for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. The BCBS System is the nation’s largest health insurer covering one in three Americans. Dr. Nelson provides clinical leadership across multiples disciplines, including quality management, provider recognition, medical policy, innovations of service delivery and strategic market opportunities. He ensures that the OCA and BCBSA incorporate clinical guidance that aligns with market demand and positively impacts the quality of healthcare while maintaining BCBS System leadership with members, providers and stakeholders. Prior to BCBSA, Dr. Nelson was a senior medical director/market chief medical officer for the Central/West U.S. Region at United Healthcare, where he partnered with senior leadership teams to lead market level programs, integrate clinical functions and drive results for clinical affordability, quality and population health measures. Previously, Dr. Nelson held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, at the University of Texas Health Science Center, McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas. His interests and activities were in clinical care, teaching residents, and supporting department collaborations with industry sponsored pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials. Before his careers in academia and industry, Dr. Nelson worked as a private practice clinician for 12½ years. He was a founding physician partner and board member of United States Anesthesia Partners (USAP).
Dr. Nelson obtained his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Stanford University. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rice University, Jones School of Business, and a medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his Clinical Residency and Fellowship training at Harvard Medical School, in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management, and Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.
Carol Owen is the SVP of the Health Catalyst Interoperability team. Carol joined Health Catalyst in 2018 when Health Catalyst acquired Medicity where Carol worked for 18 years. While at Medicity, Carol held a wide variety of responsibilities ranging from directing product management, technology and operations. Most recently Carol was SVP of Operations reporting directly to the CEO. In this role she successfully operationalized client implementations, scaled the hosting and support functions to meet client demand and matured processes delivering more predictable revenue back into the business. Prior to Medicity Carol held a variety of roles including leading product strategy for a start-up EHR vendor, professional and technical recruiting for a larger ambulatory physician group. Carol attended the University of Utah in Community Health focused on Patient Education.
Adam Pellegrini is a digital health executive with nearly 30 years of experience in health care. In his current role as the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Virtual Care and Consumer Health, Pellegrini is leading a team of seasoned industry executives to build out the next generation consumer health experience for CVS Health. Previously, Adam built the health care strategy for Fitbit as its SVP and General Manager of Fitbit Health Solutions leading the acquisition of Twine Health and roll out of the Fitbit Care platform.
Previous to Fitbit, Adam lead the creation of the Digital Health and Telemedicine strategy for Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to Walgreens, Pellegrini helped create the care management platform HealthyCircles, which was acquired by Qualcomm Life and was the product leader for Microsoft HealthVault. Adam started his career in the U.S. Army as a surgical tech and aviation medic.
Mark is the co- creator of The Institute of Medication Access and Compliance (IMAAC) a non-profit organization that has provided over $12M of free prescription medicine to under and uninsured Hunterdon County residents over the last 14 years. Peters also served as Vice-Chairman of Raritan Township Board of Health 2012 and was appointed to Hunterdon Medical Center Board committee responsible for ensuring healthcare needs of the community are met. Mark currently leads a team of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of patients diagnosed and living with cancer and has conceptualized, developed, aligned and executed the only 2 year Advocacy and Policy fellowship in the industry. Mark continues to help support and develop three clinical cardiovascular registries with an academic institution and professional society that led to a 100% improvement in some heart attack guideline recommended care and the adoption of a new quality measure.
Dr. Ileana L. Piña is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Piña also serves as advisor/consultant to the Food and Drug Administrations’ (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health and their section of Epidemiology. Dr. Piña earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her medical degree and cardiology fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine, an internal medicine residency at the University of South Florida Tampa, where she was Chief Resident, and fulfilled a surgery internship at the University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics. She earned a master’s degree in public health from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Piña’s research interests include transition of care in heart failure patients, and the role of natriuretic peptide-guided management for patients hospitalized for heart failure, biomarkers of myocardial stress and fibrosis in chronic heart failure, and the clinical implications of chronic heart failure phenotypes. She is the author/co-author of more than 100 publications.
Adnan Qadir joined Surescripts in the role of Chief Strategy Officer effective March 4, 2019. In this role, Adnan is responsible for leading our efforts to build, communicate and execute strategies the Board and Executive Team see as vital to the success of Surescripts. He will lead the strategy team in their work with internal and external resources to develop and create the strategy, taking into account market trends, key industry and regulatory drivers, competitive positioning, segment differentiation, and our operating capabilities.
Adnan ran strategy, operations innovation, and new product development functions at DaVita, a Fortune 200 healthcare services provider. Prior to joining DaVita in 2016, he was a partner at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm where he worked with executive teams of healthcare, technology, and consumer companies to solve strategy, growth, financial performance, corporate development, and organizational issues. He started his career as a database programmer for financial, technology, and healthcare clients.
Adnan holds a BA in Biochemistry from Columbia University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Having lived and worked in U.S, Europe, and Asia, Adnan is a lifelong student of world history, cultures, languages, literature and cuisine.
Rick serves as the Chief Commerical Officer for Aprevita. He oversees the commercialization of the company’s innovative platform, which enables health data interoperability, digital quality measurement, as well as the monitoring and measuring of performance for value-based contracts for both payers and providers. Rick's career has been focused on building technology-enabled businesses to achieve breakthrough results in healthcare – ranging from co-founding Surescripts (a national healthcare network that is currently the largest electronic prescribing network in the US) to developing a $250M global professional services connected healthcare practice at Accenture. As President of Network Services and CCO at ConnectiveRx, he worked on integrating systems, processes, products, cultures, and teams of four companies that merged to form ConnectiveRx – and then designed a 3-year growth, go-to-market, and M&A plan that we are executing to significantly enhance revenue and strengthen the network. By combining in-depth technology knowledge with broad C-level skills – and placing a strong emphasis on team development and customer satisfaction – Rick has had great success driving growth and innovation for early-stage healthcare companies. Rick obtains a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a MBA, Information Technology from University of Tulsa.
Howard is the strategic and visionary leader for LifeWIRE; first developing the LifeWIRE communication platform in 2005 on which holds 3 patents. He is widely recognized as a healthcare IT entrepreneur, named as one of the top 100 Innovators of the Next Century (Rockefeller Foundation) and one of the Top 30 mHealth Innovators by the mHealth Alliance (UN Foundation). He has been appointed to the North America Public Policy Committee of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a global non-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology. And he recently joined eHeath Initiative's (eHI) Leadership Council, a diverse community of leaders representing every sector of healthcare to serve as a network of allies around shared goals and initiatives.
Prior to LifeWIRE, Howard spent two decades as a film and television producer where he mastered the skill of client /audience engagement that drives LifeWIRE platform.
Howard speaks regularly at conferences, graduate schools at leading Universities as well as teaching post-graduate courses based on LifeWIRE.
Howard received his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University (Toronto).
Mr. Schiller co-founded Validic, and serves as the CEO and a Board Director. Prior to Validic, Mr. Schiller started and managed an award-winning web development firm for eight years. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and a member of the CTA Board of Industry Leaders. He also serves on the Board for eHealth Initiative (eHI) and sits on eHI's Policy Steering Committee. Drew is on the Board for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) in North Carolina. He previously served on the Federal Advisory Committee joint HITPC/HITSC API Task Force on Meaningful Use 3, and as a Team Member for the Clinical Trials Transformation Institute (CTTI) project Advancing the Use of Mobile Technologies for Data Capture & Improved Clinical Trials.
As a patented technologist, Drew speaks and writes on a variety of topics, including advancements in consumer health data and standards, the future of digital health technology, overcoming barriers to interoperability and data access, as well as the ROI and opportunities in remote monitoring. Mr. Schiller also founded a website for patients with celiac disease, and served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Iowa, teaching graduate courses in web development and usability.
Josh Schoeller is the CEO of the Healthcare business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience across Payer, Provider, Life Sciences and Pharmacy industries leading product and growth strategies. Mr. Schoeller specializes in big data, provider and identity data management and integration, application architecture, predictive analytics and decision support. His track record of success working with multiple segments across health care has provided him the expertise to solve challenges faced by stakeholders at various levels within an organization, leading them to keep the big picture in focus while solving specific problems.
Mr. Schoeller is responsible for ensuring the development and growth of the overall strategy for LexisNexis Health Care and customer satisfaction. In this role, he oversees all existing and new revenue for the company’s four health care verticals: Payer, Provider, Pharmacy and Life Sciences. He does this by working with the sales, engineering and product teams to ensure health care solutions are solving emerging health care technology issues. Mr. Schoeller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. He is also a member of the Forbes Council.
Dr. Roy Schoenberg is President and CEO of Amwell. Since co-founding the company with his brother Ido Schoenberg, Amwell has grown to become one of the largest telehealth eco-systems in the world, digitally connecting healthcare’s key stakeholders - payers, providers and millions of patients in an efficient, modern healthcare experience. Prior to Amwell, Roy was the founder of CareKey and served as Chief Information Security Officer at TriZetto, following its acquisition of CareKey. In 2013, Roy was appointed to the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Taskforce that issued the landmark guidelines for the “Use of Telehealth in Medical Practice”. Roy is the 2014 recipient of the American Telemedicine Association Industry award for leadership in the field of telemedicine. An inventor at heart, Roy holds over 50 issued US Patents in the area of healthcare technology, speaks frequently in industry and policy forums, serves on the healthcare advisory board of MIT Sloan, holds an MD from the Hebrew University and an MPH from Harvard. He is a sailor, scuba-diver and, between September and February, a devoted football fan.
Anthony J. (Tony) Schueth is founder, CEO and managing partner of Point-of-Care Partners, LLC (POCP). A 25-year healthcare veteran, Mr. Schueth has spent the last 20 years working to provide decision support, communication and other tools to the point-of-care. He is considered an expert in health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE), in general, and one of the nation’s foremost experts in electronic prescribing, in particular. He has developed an extensive network of HIT contacts, and still serves as the executive sponsor of all of POCP’s consulting business. The company’s client list is a “who’s who” of HIT stakeholders in segments such as health plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), connectivity companies, employers, drug knowledge-base companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, Federal and State government agencies, ambulatory electronic medical record (aEMRs) and technology companies, providers, integrated delivery networks, and connectivity companies.
Since Mr. Schueth founded POCP in 2003, the company has evolved and his emphasis has shifted from consulting to running the business, though he still spends 30% to 40% of his time consulting. One of those engagements was serving as the project manager for the Southeastern Michigan (SEMI) ePrescribing Initiative, a coalition of the Health Alliance Plan (HAP), BCBS Michigan, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Medco, CVS Caremark and Catalyst Rx. SEMI was highly successful and served as a model for advancing industry use of ePrescribing.
Currently, Mr. Schueth is a member of eHealth Initiative’s Leadership Council. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of the ePrescribing State Law Review and leads the NCPDP Prior Authorization Workflow-to-Transactions Task Group and previously co-led the specialty pharmacy ePrescribing, RxNorm and specialty task groups. He frequently speaks at conferences, writes extensively about HIT-related issues and is quoted in the national media.
Prior to starting his consulting firm, Mr. Schueth spent 5 years at Merck-Medco (now Express Scripts), where he developed and executed on cutting-edge ePrescribing and point-of-care strategies. Prior to that, Mr. Schueth worked for five years at Integrated Medical Systems, Inc., a pre-Internet health care connectivity company (now the equivalent of health information exchange) wholly owned by Eli Lilly and Company at the time of his departure (now part of WebMD). There he had a variety of responsibilities leading HIE vendor of the era, including a product manager for an early-generation electronic prescribing application, a business development manager responsible for identifying new technology partners, and as a physician sales manager responsible for doubling the organizations’ physician customer base to 50,000.
He has a Master of Science in integrated marketing communications from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Laura Semlies, MPH, is the vice president of Digital Patient Experience (dPx) for Northwell Health. Laura took on this net new role to the health system in November 2017 and has the responsibility for establishing a digital footprint for our patients. She has assembled a multi-disciplinary team and executive advisory council with representation from the business, digital marketing, and IT to lead our digital transformation. Laura is uniquely positioned to lead our digital patient experience initiatives because of her tactical experience leading major strategic initiatives within our health system that demand fundamental change to the way we do things, in terms of process, culture, and technology.
Prior to this role, Laura served the health system as a vice president of Finance, where she was largely responsible for revenue cycle transformation to optimize revenue cycle performance by integrating people, process and technology differently. Most transformation initiatives included launching an enterprise-wise integrated patient access program and systems, updating/replacing medical group patient financial systems, developing an ED-based financial counseling program designed to mitigate recent point of service collections and bad debt trends, and engaging in a broad business process outsourcing partnership for our acute revenue cycle services. Before joining the Northwell team, Laura was a director with PwC, leading the Health Information Technology practice for the Boston market.
Laura completed her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration at Boston University. Prior to that she completed her undergraduate studies at Bucknell University.
Alapp B. Shah is a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office. He advises clients on health care fraud and abuse matters and government investigations relating to health information technology.
Dr. Siddiqui is the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Quality, Enterprise Clinical Management at Humana. She is focused on driving an improved and personalized experience of health through leveraging data and technology to enable the right care at the right time.
Dr. Siddiqui has previously served as the first Chief Data Officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services where she led the effort to connect the nation's health care data through a new technology infrastructure, organizational management of data as an asset, and an enterprise training program for data science and AI.
Dr. Siddiqui brings experience at the intersection of strategy, data, and operations. She has previously worked at one of the largest health systems in the country implementing efficiency measures, providing strategic insights into changing physician payment structures, and delivering actionable data driven knowledge of health care policy decisions. She also has a deep understanding of the policy landscape having previously served in The Office of the Director at NIH with oversight of high risk trials and the opportunity to work with FDA, leading the health work for the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and most recently, working with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation on rapid cycle payment models for data driven technology based solutions.
Mr. Sullivan serves as Senior Vice President of Innovation and Data Strategies at Inovalon, supporting the innovation towards new product and technology solutions and providing executive leadership over all data integration, management, and governance programs. For more than 25 years, Mr. Sullivan has been leading clinical innovation and data-driven solutions in a variety of roles in the healthcare sector—with a keen focus on developing data-driven models to transform healthcare by improving quality, outcomes, and efficiency. He has held leadership positions in some of the nation’s largest health plans including UnitedHealthcare and led teams in the clinical care setting to deliver patient-centered, patient specific health care. His current role advances patient-precision analytics by leveraging big data technologies, Natural Language Processing (NLP), interoperability and real-time clinical data patient profiling.
Mr. Sullivan received his M.S. in Health Care Administration as well as an M.B.A from the University of Maryland. Mr. Sullivan also holds a B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of Maryland College Park.
Russ Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Availity. His vision helped to diversify Availity’s solutions and grow its customer base, creating the foundation for the expansive Availity network that exists today. Combined, the enterprise now delivers healthcare business solutions to a growing network that connects more than 1,000,000 physicians and allied care providers, 2,700 hospitals, and more than 600 technology partners with health plans nationwide. Under Thomas’s leadership, Availity is leading the charge in provider engagement and empowering health care professionals to improve results.
Since 2015, Ashley Thompson has served as senior vice president, public policy analysis & development for the American Hospital Association (AHA). In this role, Ashley provides leadership, strategic direction and management in the development, articulation and advocacy of the association’s policy positions. Additionally, she leads AHA’s formal policy development process, which solicits input from key hospital leaders on issues related to advocacy, public policy and field leadership. A 15-year veteran of the AHA, Ashley most recently served as acting senior executive for public policy analysis and before that as vice president and deputy director of policy.
Previously, Ashley was health policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she served as policy lead for Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) on Medicare Part A issues, including those related to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care and hospice. During her tenure with the Committee, she developed and drafted the Medicare provisions adopted in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, including provisions related to value-based purchasing and post-acute care payment reforms.
Before working on Capitol Hill, Ashley spent seven years at hospitals and health systems in the areas of strategic planning, finance and policy at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health Systems, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, and Mount Sinai Health System in Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan.
Michael Thompson is the president and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance), the only nonprofit, purchaser-led organization with a national and regional structure dedicated to driving health and healthcare value across the country.
Prior to joining the National Alliance, Mike was a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 20 years. He is a nationally recognized thought leader for business health strategies and health system reform. Mike has worked with major employers and other stakeholders on sustainable cost reduction, integrated health, wellness and consumerism, retiree health, private health exchanges and health reform. Known for developing and promoting collaborative cross-sector health industry initiatives, Mike participated on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s “Working toward Wellness” initiative and co-founded the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC). Prior to PwC, Mike served as an executive with diverse roles with Prudential Healthcare for over 17 years.
Mike is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, serving on the Health Practice Council, and chairs the Medicare Sub-Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA). He is also widely recognized as a leading national advocate for mental health and wellbeing and was past president of the New York City chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Mike previously was an active member of the board of the Northeast Business Group on Health for 11 years.
William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, was appointed CEO of the ACR in April 2014. A diagnostic radiologist from North Carolina, Thorwarth has previously served as ACR President, chair of the ACR Economics Commission, member of the ACR Board of Chancellors, and in 2010, was honored with the ACR Gold Medal.
Thorwarth is a recognized expert in the field of coding, nomenclature and the relative value scale, and is a recipient of the Silver Medal Award from the North Carolina Radiological Society (NCRS) for extraordinary service to the chapter. He has held leadership positions in numerous medical organizations, including the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), NCRS and the RSNA Research and Education Foundation.
April Todd is the Senior Vice President, CORE and Explorations for CAQH. She is responsible for leading the CAQH CORE multi-stakeholder collaboration that is driving the creation and adoption of healthcare operating rules for electronic administrative transactions and establishing a common foundation for the operational components of value-based payment. She also directs the research functions for the organization including the CAQH Index.
Prior to joining CAQH, April led data, analytic, strategic, and product development functions focused on value-based care for Avalere, an Inovalon Company. Before her role at Avalere, April established the MNsure state health insurance exchange and served as Minnesota’s State Health Economist. April also previously held roles as the Vice President of Strategic Analysis and Communications for Government Affairs at UnitedHealth Group and as the Director of Competitive Intelligence for United Healthcare.
April holds an MPH from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Beloit College.
Dr. Susan Turney is a national thought leader and expert in strategic planning, executive management and external relations and the current CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. Prior to becoming the CEO of Marshfield Clinic, Dr. Turney was President and CEO of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), from 2011-14. From 2004-11, she was CEO and Executive Vice President, of Wisconsin Medical Society. Through her leadership, the Medical Society founded the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN) to improve individual and community health, promote patient-centered health care and advance the use of information technology to improve health care quality and efficiency. She was also the WISHIN chair and served on state and national health care committees, including the National Quality Forum and the American Medical Association. In 2014 and 2015, she was featured on Modern Healthcare’s list of 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and was No. 41 on its list of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2013. She earned her Fellowship in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) in 2005. Dr. Turney, a native of Mellen, Wisconsin, graduated from Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic/Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, and earned a master's degree from UW-Madison. From 1982-2004, Dr. Turney was a physician at Marshfield Clinic, practicing internal medicine, serving in education and leadership roles while later being named medical director for Patient Financial Services.
Paul Uhrig is the Chief Administrative & Business Officer, and the Chief Privacy Officer, for The Commons Project Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization building digital platforms that put people first, allowing people to collect, store, manage and share their personal information in a privacy-preserving manner. He is responsible for many critical corporate functions, including operations; customer delivery; marketing; finance; governmental, regulatory, and policy affairs; legal affairs; privacy; security; and corporate and data governance. Prior to that, Paul was responsible for finance and accounting, internal audit, legal, certification policy and compliance, privacy, and regulatory and governmental affairs at Surescripts. Previously, he was with the law firm of Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP in Washington, D.C., where he was Vice-Chairman of the firm’s corporate department, Chairman of the corporate department’s regulated industries transactions practice group, and a member of the firm’s health department. Prior to joining Surescripts, he represented Surescripts as its outside general counsel since its inception. Before Gardner Carton & Douglas, he was a Partner in the Washington office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Paul received his law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law, and his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from The University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Waldren is a family physician informaticist. He hold a Masters in Health Informatics from the Univ. of Missouri and a Medical Degree from the University of Kansas. He completed his family medicine residency at Wesley Family Medicine in Wichita, KS. In his current role at AAFP, he has increased the adoption of electronic health records in their membership for 10% to 40%+ over a 3 year period; and to over 70% today. He is a subject experts in physician Adoption of technology, health-IT standards, controlled terminology/ontology, health information exchange, health-IT policy, XML messaging and modeling, and clinical decision support.
Jim Weeast serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for OhioHealth. In this role, he utilizes the use and deployment of technology in creative and value-added ways to develop strategic partnerships, enhance the customer experience and deepen patient engagement. Mr. Weeast helps to keep OhioHealth on the leading edge of technology and application solutions, ensuring the deep investment in Epic is optimized and supportive of efficient physician and clinical workflows. He also works to ensure that information is captured, structured and effectively presented for operational decision making and clinical insights.
Prior to joining OhioHealth, Mr. Weeast held the role of Vice President of Transformational Technologies at Walgreens pharmacy, where he led the key position of Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness. Previously, Mr. Weeast worked for Old National Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer and initially began his career at Worlco Data Systems.
Mr. Weeast attended West Chester University in Pennsylvania where he pursued his undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Later, Mr. Weeast went on to Baldwin Wallace University where he earned his MBA in 2009.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Marcy served as deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she led the legal team in drafting Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security regulations. Marcy has helped manage hundreds of security incidents and successfully defended clients in numerous privacy-related federal and state investigations, including by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state attorneys general. She is routinely called upon to advise on proposed regulatory and legislative changes that will impact the electronic health environment. Marcy has helped plan and execute global compliance programs and supervised privacy assessments and information security policy audits for leading global health, education, and technology enterprises.
Marcy was named to The National Law Journal's "Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers," and is consistently ranked as a top-tier privacy lawyer by both Chambers USA and The Legal 500. She was named to the inaugural Legal 500 Hall of Fame for her work in data protection and privacy. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the national eHealth Initiative, Marcy has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars across the country, and she lectures frequently on data privacy and cybersecurity, data analytics, digital health, cross-border data transfers, and privacy issues related to medical and genomic research.
Ashwini M. Zenooz, MD is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Healthcare and Life Sciences at Salesforce. Dr. Zenooz was most recently the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) overseeing the national EHR modernization program. Dr. Zenooz is board certified in radiology and continues to practice medicine today.