UC Irvine Health (CA)
Over thirty (30) years experience in Information Technology for Healthcare, the last eighteen years as a Chief Information Office. Podesta has worked for Academic Medical Centers, Health Systems and Community Hospitals. He is currently the CIO for University of California Irvine Health. Previous to this engagement Podesta was SVP & CIO of Fletcher Allen Healthcare, a large academic medical center and health system in Burlington, VT.
Other positions included SVP & CIO at Caritas Christi Health Care, now Steward Health in easternMA, CIO at Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, MA, Director of IS and Interim CIO for Baystate Health Systems in Springfield, MA. And prior to that, leadership positions at St Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA; UMASS/Memorial, Worcester, MA and Magee-Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.
Over the years Podesta has made numerous presentations at national conferences and is quoted widely in healthcare publications on a variety of IT topics including Epic’s Community Connect Program.
Chief Information & Innovation Officer
Tahoe Forest Hospital District (CA)
Jake Dorst has 15 years of experience working in administrative and executive roles in the field of Information Technology (IT) for hospitals and healthcare systems. Jake is currently responsible for ensuring that the information systems and services employed at Tahoe Forest Health System enable and support the organization's mission and strategy. Jake is meeting these goals by providing innovative solutions grounded in population health and patient engagement concepts. Jake seeks to deliver the necessary tools to providers aimed at dispensing the best care for patients at the bedside, in the office, and in the community. Previous roles have provided Jake with distinctive experiences in creating and working with Managed Services Organizations (MSO), Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and Physician Hospital Organizations (PHO) coupled with clinically integrated healthcare delivery products. Jake works directly with the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research helping to develop solutions to healthcare specific issues using technological innovations.
Michelle “Mike” Eckhard
Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals (TX)
Mike Eckhard is the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO) with Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Texas. She reports to the Senior Vice President of Patient Services/System Chief Nursing Officer, with a dotted line reporting relationship directly to The Chief Information Officer and the CMIO. She holds board certifications in both nursing informatics and nursing administration.
In this role, she provides leadership, consultation and coordination for nursing informatics activities, as well as integration within all 5 Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and 39 Clinics utilizing information technology strategies. In addition, she leads nursing in the design and execution of technology-enabled process change to maximize patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiency and is a vital part of the team focused on the identification, evaluation, and assessment of new care delivery technology, developing recommendations on the impact of integration with existing workflows and systems. Mike is a member of various committees representing the needs and requirements of the nursing community and serving as an advocate of the use of information technology in the clinical setting. Other focus areas include optimization of clinical workflows, advancement of clinical business intelligence from a nursing perspective, and harmonization and rationalization of clinical decision support.
Among her key accomplishments, Mike developed a strategic plan and oversaw specialized agency nurse utilization as part of nursing implementation support, devoted significant “one on one time” with administrative and clinical leadership to insure their access to and understanding of reports, created a Nursing Informatics Council to advance the use of technology in patient care and developed a process to insure nursing is involved at all stages of technology implementation. Projects she has championed include implementation ofa single nurse call system to replace several different products, smart phone communication tool to insure HIPAA compliance between members of the care team, and various infusion pump projects.
Prior to this role, Mike was at Texas Health Resources ina variety of roles including Clinical Application Analyst EHR, a corporate level position in which she developed physician training and implementation support processes for the implementation of the Epic Electronic Health Record, provided additional Go Live Support for 3 additional hospitals, trained and supported post go-live for 450 staff physicians, developed multiple documentation templates to streamline physician documentation and provided backup coverage of nursing training and clinical support to all disciplines. Mike was previouslya Clinical Application Analyst, Nursing Administration responsible for improvement of nursing documentation through the use of audits and staff education and a staff nurse during which time she served on hospital informatics committee to evaluate new technology prior to implementation in the clinical setting.
CIO & VP IS
St. Claire Regional Medical Center (KY)
Randy has more than twenty eight years of information systems management experience with twenty years in healthcare. He currently serves as Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky. Randy is responsible for the strategic planning and daily operations of information technology, telecommunications, informatics and biomedical technology.
Prior to St. Claire, Randy spent fourteen and a half years with Equitable Resources in Prestonsburg, KY and Kingsport, TN as a Geologist and Manager of Information Resources.
Randy earned an MBA degree from East Tennessee State University and Master of Science in Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in geology and Bachelor of Business Administration in computer information systems degrees from Morehead State University.
Randy has been a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) since 1997 and is a HIIMSS Fellow. He has been a member of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) since 1998, is also a CHIME Fellow and a lifetime member of CHIME. He is also a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
He is a past President of the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of HIMSS and served on the Bluegrass HIMSS Board of Directors from 2001 to 2009. Randy served as the Bluegrass HIMSS Chapter Advocacy liaison from 2005 to 2009 and spearheaded the efforts to establish the inaugural HIMSS Advocacy Day in Frankfort in 2008. He served from 2008 to 2010 as the HIMSS Advocacy Vice-chair for the Midwest region which included 11 states. Randy is a 2008 recipient of the HIMSS Founders Leadership Award.
Randy served on the CHIME Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2015. He served as Board Chair in 2014 and Chair of the CHIME Foundation Board in 2015. He is vice chair of the CHIME Public Policy Steering Committee and has served on CHIME’s Membership Committee, Foundation Education Committee, and the Fall 2008, Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 Forums Planning Committees. Randy is involved in the CHIME’s Healthcare CIO certification process by serving as a participant in the item writing process, the item review group and the CHCIO Advisory Board. He is a Certified Healthcare CIO and the recipient of the 2009 inaugural CHIME State Advocacy Award for CIO Leadership.
Randy is a member of the Morehead State University School of Engineering and Information Systems Advisory Board and is a past member of the Northern Kentucky University Center for Applied Informatics Advisory Board, the Northern Kentucky University Information Technology Leadership Forum and the Northern Kentucky University Masters of Health Informatics Advisory Board.
Randy has been instrumental in the efforts to establish the Northeastern Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization (NEKY RHIO) and served as Chair of its Board of Directors in 2011 and 2012. Randy is a member of the Kentucky Health Information Exchange Coordinating Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Morehead Federal Credit Union.
Associate CIO of Operations
Penn Medicine (PA)
Tom has been at Penn Medicine for 5 years serving as the Associate CIO of Operations. Penn Medicine is a $5.5 billion health care provider organization consisting of 5,700 physicians providing services to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, Chester County Hospital, Lancaster General Health and a health system network that serves the city of Philadelphia, southeast Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
Tom has 38 years of health care IT experience. He began his career in health care at Baptist Memorial Health System (Memphis TN) as a director of financial and patient access systems. Over the next 28 years, Tom held executive roles in R&D, professional services and medical imaging software solutions while working for Siemens Healthcare, GE Healthcare and Mach7 Technologies.
Tom earned his MBA at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a BS in Management and Computer Science from Plymouth State University (NH). He is a member of Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).