Tom Stafford is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Halifax Health. Tom joined the organization more than 11 years ago after a decade working as an engineer and product developer in the medical device industry. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is also a certified project management professional with more than 20 years of experience managing technically complex projects. In addition, he holds his Green Belt Six Sigma certification. Responsible for overall leadership in every IT initiative at Halifax Health, Tom blends his engineering experience of optimizing processes and systems with his management skills for mentoring and coaching staff. In doing so, he has created a culture that has put the hospital on Computerworld magazine’s Best Places to Work in IT four years in a row. In addition, Tom won a 2017 Computerworld Premier 100 Award for his leadership and innovative approaches and was named one of the top 105 CIOs to watch in 2018 by Becker’s Healthcare.
Doug Turner | Executive Director, IS Rapid-Cycle Deployment & Care | ConnectLoma Linda University Health (CA)
Doug currently serves as the Executive Director of IS Rapid-Cycle Deployment and CareConnect at Loma Linda University Health in Southern California.
Doug’s healthcare IT career started at Epic Systems in Verona, Wisconsin where he began as a project manager for revenue cycle applications. After moving into a management position, he became the Implementation Director for projects across multiple Epic clients including Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and as the Enterprise Implementation Director for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California. During his time at Epic, he was particularly interested in, and became an expert and co-manager of, Epic’s Community Connect program designed to help Epic hosting clients implement and connect their community affiliates, both independent practices and hospitals, on a single Epic instance for enhanced relationships and coordinated patient care. Doug has consulted with over 75 Epic clients pursuing, implementing and enhancing their affiliate connection strategies. After leaving Epic, Doug served as the Director of Product Strategy at OptimisCorp, a physical therapy focused software company.
In 2015, Doug started as the Executive Director over Loma Linda’s own Community Connect program branded CareConnect. He oversaw Loma Linda’s affiliation with Riverside University Health System, a 435-bed, 2-hospital, 60-clinic county system; the third largest Epic affiliate extension project in the country with a $34M budget. After a successful, on-time and under-budget implementation, Doug formed the Rapid-Cycle Deployment (RCD) department in mid-2017 as an agile-based, value-driven EHR enhancement team. RCD turned a $5M return on investment in its first year of operation.
He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University (’10) and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Redlands (’19).
Sam Bagchi | CMO & CMIO | CHRISTUS Health (TX)
Sam Bagchi, M.D. is an industry innovator and problem solver, building a solid reputation for successful high-level informatics and quality initiatives in leading U.S. health systems. For more than a decade, his quest to bring together clinical and quality strategies with the promise of health IT has consistently uncovered new best-practices—many now serving as a guide for other healthcare organizations navigating the industry’s shift to value-based care.
As the current Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at CHRISTUS Health, Dr. Bagchi drives clinical and quality strategy by leading initiatives that advance performance and practice standards across one of the largest and most progressive health networks in the US and Latin America. He provides the vision and direction for a diverse list of system functions including: system quality/risk, care management, clinical informatics, telehealth, hospitalists, emergency medicine and clinical analytics. This broad area of focus has equipped Dr. Bagchi with uncommon insights into the challenges and opportunities facing today’s health systems as they move towards highly-reliable care delivery.
A board certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Bagchi previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for Methodist Health System, a seven-hospital health system in Texas. He was recruited to Methodist to build a clinical informatics platform and department around the organization’s quality and patient safety initiatives. Dr. Bagchi earned his medical degree from Indiana University and completed the Internal Medicine residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he served as a Harvard teaching fellow. His insights have appeared in numerous trade publications, and he is sought after regularly to speak on informatics, quality and performance excellence. In 2018, Dr. Bagchi was named to the prestigious Becker’s Top 100 Health System Chief Medical Officers to know in the US.
Avery Cloud | VP & CIO | Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (LA)
Avery Cloud is a respected information technology veteran with experience spanning healthcare, global manufacturing, and consulting. He has served as Chief Information Officer at a variety of organizations such as: CHI St. Luke’s Health in Houston, TX, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma City, and Novant Health in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Avery has conducted successful turnarounds for underperforming IT organizations, partnered with senior leaders to integrate IT planning into corporate strategic plans, and is a respected expert in IT Service Delivery. He is also a trained performance improvement leader with experience implementing LEAN Daily Management in large healthcare organizations, as well as using LEAN Six Sigma to improve clinical, business, and IT operations and putting millions of dollars on the bottom line.
Avery also has experience leading innovation for organizations, organizing innovation centers, implementing systematic innovation into the corporate culture, and collaborating with external partners and the community to find innovation ideas that support the key objectives of organizations.
He has successfully led clinical, medical, and business informatics departments as well as business intelligence and analytics to bring higher levels of operational insights to executive teams and clinicians.
Katie Gray | Senior Consultant | Nordic
Katie is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of healthcare experience. As a service delivery manager with Nordic, she oversees the day-to-day success of Loma Linda University Health System’s engagement with Nordic’s application managed support and also provides operational support and guidance to Nordic’s Managed Services team. Katie joined Nordic as a senior consultant in February 2016.
Katie worked at Epic for three years as an Ambulatory analyst and implementation manager and team lead. Following her tenure at Epic, she transitioned to Sutter Health, where she kicked off the multi-region Ambulatory implementation project. She and her team developed the standard implementation rollout strategy and five-year strategic plan, for their large affiliate groups that spanned both Northern and Southern California.
Since that time, she has consulted as a special projects coordinator, working on a variety of projects including Epic optimization, IMO, gap analysis, Epic conversions, and lab integration. Katie holds Epic certifications in Ambulatory, OpTime/Anesthesia, Beacon, and Order Transmittal. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Thomas Riesenberg | Associate CIO, 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).
Robin Sarkar | CIO | Lakeland Health (MI)
Robin Sarkar, PhD, is the Chief Information Officer and a member of the Senior Leadership team at Lakeland Health, Michigan with responsibility for strategic and operational leadership in the delivery of health information technology and the enterprise-wide clinical EHR and revenue cycle systems. Under Dr. Sarkar's leadership, Lakeland Health received HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence in 2014 as well as Hospital and Health Networks' "Most Wired" award for the last 3 years.
He was recognized in 2016 and 2017 by Becker's Hospital Review as one of its "100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know”. Dr. Sarkar was also recognized in Computerworld’s 2017 list of Premier 100 Technology Leaders.Prior to Lakeland, Dr. Sarkar has worked for Whirlpool Corp, Tata group and Bank of America. He has worked in China, India and Italy during his career. Dr. Sarkar is also an adjunct faculty at Universities in Michigan and teaches 3 management courses every semester.
Omer Awan | Chief Information & Digital Office | Navicent Health (GA)
Omer Awan has over 20 years of IT leadership experience in the healthcare industry. In his role as Navicent Health’s CIO, he leads efforts to leverage information and technology to support and advance the organization’s strategic objectives. According to Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released July 10, 2017 by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum, Navicent Health is the only healthcare organization in Georgia and one of only 27 nationwide to achieve Most Wired Advanced status.
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.
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/Innovation and Healthcare IT.
Omer is also a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) through College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). In 2014, Omer was honored by the CIO Magazine/CIO Executive Council and presented with the "2014 CIO Ones to Watch award.”
Aaron Miri | CIO | Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin (TX)
Aaron Miri is the Chief Information Officer for The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin. Aaron brings more than a decade of healthcare experience driving growth and innovation, leading both provider and commercial healthcare enterprises, and providing thought leadership and close collaboration with state and federal representatives. As CIO, Aaron is passionate about humanizing technology by collaborating with clinicians, technology partners, and business champions to truly transform healthcare delivery for consumers, patients, and providers.
In 2018, Aaron was congressionally appointed by Senator Chuck Schumer to the Health and Human Services, federal Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC), established under the 21st Century Cures Act. Previously, Aaron was federally appointed by HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to serve on the HHS Health IT Policy Committee established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Aaron is the prior Chair of the HIMSS National Public Policy Committee and serves as an expert adviser to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and to other congressional panels engaged in numerous Health IT policy topics.
Aaron brings a deep understanding of how to leverage digital health and the latest technology to accelerate healthcare delivery across the continuum of care. Prior to joining U.T., Aaron served as the Chief Information Officer for Imprivata, the Healthcare IT security leader, where he helped to build and transform a global commercial enterprise focused on healthcare cyber security. Prior to Imprivata, Aaron was the Chief Information Officer for Walnut Hill Medical Center, lauded by Forbes Magazine as the hospital that Steve Jobs would have built.
Aaron has successfully led organizations that achieved the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award, HIMSS Level 6 and HIMSS Level 7 EMRAM status, HITRUST CSF designation, and led the first provider organization to receive the SECURETexas Health Information Privacy and Security certification awarded through the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA).
Aaron received his MBA, with honors, from the University of Dallas, and his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. Aaron is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), a distinguished Fellow with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and he is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). Aaron was previously recognized as a 2015 and 2016 “CIOs to Know” by Beckers Hospital Review and was honored with the 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leaders award and 2017 Texas Health IT Leadership Award.
Christopher Cornue | Chief Strategy & Chief Innovation Officer | Navicent Health (GA)
As Chief Strategy and Chief Innovation Officer, Christopher Cornue leads Navicent Health's efforts to plan for the future and meet the organization's mission, vision and values. He collaborates with the organization's leaders, caregivers, physicians and community and other key stakeholders to establish and execute on strategy, operations and innovation across the system.
Christopher has more than 20 years of professional healthcare experience. He leverages his expertise in leadership, operations, strategy, physician relationships, thought leadership and clinical performance both domestically and globally. He has been a thought leader at Sg2 where he led the consulting practice, oversaw the Center for the Future, and served as a trusted advisor to healthcare organizations globally.
He was CEO of McKee Medical Center in Colorado, where he led the organization to strong financial performance and top decile performance in quality outcomes and patient satisfaction while creating an engaged workforce. He was vice president at Sinai Health System, where he held system and medical group leadership, operational and strategic responsibilities. He worked with major academic medical centers nationwide at University HealthSystem Consortium, and held several leadership roles at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Christopher has collaborated with international partners to further global healthcare strategies and solutions, and serves as an expert and mentor with the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). Partnering globally to enrich society through ideas and action, he was named a fellow in the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in 2017. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry and a master of science degree in health services administration from Gannon University.
Dan Wesley | Chief Technology Officer – North America | Workday
Dan Wesley is Workday’s Chief Technology Officer - North America. In this role Dan is responsible for articulating Workday’s architecture, technology and platform initiatives and has over 30 years of deep system architecture experience that spans database, OLAP, dimensional analysis, capacity/performance planning, network configuration and protection, security, disaster recovery and highly available infrastructure design.
Dan has deep ERP solution experience gained during his time at Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and ATT Global Hosting. Recently he was a Senior Architect and Security Risk Officer for an Andreessen Horowitz start-up (Tidemark) that offered a Multi-tenant SaaS EPM solution that utilized Big Data, Micro-service, Machine Learning and In-memory Grids for a next generation EPM Budgeting and Planning tool. During his time at Workday, Dan supported the Chief Trust Office in conveying Security and Global Data Privacy concerns to prospective customers.
Darrell Messersmith | MSPT, CHCIO, VP of Information Technology and CIO | Vail Health
Darrell Messersmith is a results oriented leader with hands-on experience leading diverse teams through complex change to achieve superior results. Darrell has strong clinical leadership experience with the ability to form productive relationships and guide multidisciplinary teams. He previously worked at Platte Valley Medical Center as a CIO, and Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center as the Director of Rehabilitation Services. Darrell has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Anatomy and Physiology and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University.
John Kravitz | SVP & CIO | Geisinger Health System (PA)
John brings more than 25 years of Healthcare experience to Geisinger Health System. As the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer as well as the Interim Chief Data Officer, John is responsible for I.T. Strategy, Governance and Operations and business growth through merger and acquisition. He also has the responsibility for the organization’s advanced analytics platforms, including two Big Data platforms to support innovation of the Integrated Delivery Network as well as the Population Health Platform. In addition, John is responsible for the regional health information exchange, KeyHIE, which currently connects organizations throughout Pennsylvania. John has been involved with the Care Connectivity Consortium, a group of healthcare providers which consists of Geisinger, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and Mayo Clinic who are developing tools to support the Nationwide Health Information Exchange.
Prior to joining Geisinger, John was VP/CIO for Good Shepherd Rehab Network located in Allentown, Pa. While at Good Shepherd he had the technology responsibility for Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a post-acute hospital and ambulatory clinic network through a joint venture with the University of Pennsylvania Health System located in downtown Philadelphia.
John holds a BS (C. I. S. / Business Administration) and an MS (Healthcare Administration) from King’s College. He is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) and is a Board Member of CHIME, HIMSS and the ATA, as well as serving on the Central Pennsylvania HIMSS Chapter Board, KINBER Board, which provides fiber optic connectivity throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Keith Perry | SVP & CIO | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TN)
Keith Perry is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In this role, he oversees all aspects of delivering a technology strategy that aligns with the institutional mission to saving children and finding cures.
Prior to his current position, he was associate vice president and deputy chief information officer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center responsible for executive leadership for a portfolio of information services that support the institutional mission to eliminate the burden of cancer.
Perry also served as director of enterprise technology and director of business line applications for U.S. Oncology where he oversaw a team responsible for all technology infrastructure services and clinical research technology. He started his healthcare career with Columbia/HCA Healthcare as director of application technology and architecture.
Perry completed his Bachelor of Science in computer science at Harding University and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston.
Melissa is an experienced leader in health care program and project delivery, including responsibilities for PMO governance, standards, and investment review. She developed these skills through her five years at Epic and in hospital and health plan organizations both internationally and across the US. She has worked with all levels from front line staff to reporting to the CIO. Her ability to connect with and lead teams are key to her ability to make her clients successful. Some notable Epic projects under her management include a Service Area consolidation and a merger of separate customer Epic instances. In her operational roles outside of Epic, she’s led the development of governance and processes for corporate project investments and was the Business Office Manager for an insurance line of business focused on acquisition.
Michael Archuleta | CIO | Mt. San Rafael Hospital (CO)
Recognized as a Top Hospital and Health System CIO to know & named a Rising Star in Healthcare, Michael is a cutting edge, innovative, visionary leader who possesses strong leadership skills with extensive experience & a proven track record of driving increased levels of productivity, profits, high integrity customer relationship skills & expert problem-solving approaches. He offers expert skills in team building, working across cross functional organizations and program management skills. Michael currently serves on the board of directors for The Neural Network, a CXO advisory board facilitated by NetApp, a Healthcare Ambassador for Fujitsu of America & a past Board of Director for Colorado HIMSS Chapter. He is also an active member of CHIME, a cybersecurity advisor to several healthcare startups and an active Speaker within the field of HIT.
The results of this close collaboration between the hospital & ITS can be astonishing: In his current role, Michael oversees all aspects of ITS and has led major organizational transformations. During Michael’s time serving as CIO, he led and designed the first data center while then adding virtualization efforts that reduced costs 56 percent & improved uptime from 59 percent to 99 percent which increased business productivity, operating efficiencies and enhanced services while reducing operating expenses. This direct collaboration allows the ITS team to innovate pragmatically & remain a leader and disruptor in Health IT.
Under Michael’s guidance and leadership, the organization in which he oversees the ITS became one of the leading Community Hospitals in the State of Colorado for leveraging advanced technology to enhance the patient and provider experience. With Michael’s goal-oriented, innovative, driven approach, the organization met HIMSS Analytics State 6 recognition. Leveraging advanced IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business, administrative management, quality, safety, and clinical integration the ITS Department at the organization has also been presented the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Healthcare’s Most Wired Award which is given annually to the top hospitals in the country making the most progress in the adoption of HIT.
Sonia Arista | National Healthcare Practice Director | Fortinet
A seasoned Information Security and Technology specialist with over 20 years’ experience, Sonia Arista joined Fortinet in May 2018 and is responsible for the go-to-market strategy, solutions and sales growth for the company’s healthcare business. Based in Boston, Sonia works closely with healthcare industry leaders to demonstrate the importance of a security fabric approach to enable scalable, protected, cost-effective access to high value patient data that addresses changing regulatory standards and industry identified threats.
Prior to Fortinet, Sonia was a Healthcare Strategy Principal at GuidePoint Security, serving as a subject matter expert to lead business development in healthcare. Most recently, Sonia has been contracted to serve as an interim Chief Information Security Officer for several healthcare-related entities like Wellforce, Nuance Communications and Verscend Technologies, looking for program validation, incident response support and board-level education. Sonia has also held CISO leadership positions for Tufts Medical Center, and the New England Quality Care Alliance where she was responsible for the development and management of their Information Security programs.
Sonia has been invited to speak at a number of healthcare information technology and cyber security events. Sonia is also active with many nationally recognized healthcare information technology security organizations like the College of Healthcare information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS).
Sonia earned a BBA in Management Information Systems and a BA in Latin American Studies from Southern Methodist University and has certifications in Certified Information Security Management (CISM) and as a HITRUST Alliance Certified CSF Practitioner (CCSFP). Sonia is currently pursuing an Executive Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity at Brown University.
Tanya Townsend | SVP & CIO | LCMC Health (LA)
Tanya Townsend serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for LCMC Health. In this role, she is charged with the consolidation, integration and enhancement of information technology environments into a shared services model across the five-hospital system. Tanya is an established healthcare executive who has been working in increasingly progressive roles in the healthcare IT industry for over 20 years. Most recently, Tanya was named to the Becker’s 2018 Female Health IT Leaders to Know, and also serves on the Board of Trustees for CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Executives).
Tanya received a Master of Science degree in Medical Informatics from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her undergraduate work in Health Information Administration was completed at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Tara Broxton Cramer | Executive Director | GRAChIE
Tara Broxton Cramer has been the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) since November 2011. She was previously Executive Director of the East Georgia Health Cooperative, a rural health network.
Cramer sits on the User Group Committee of the Georgia Health Information Network, is a member of the HIMSS HIE inPractice Task Force and is an on the Advisory Board for Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. She is a former Secretary of the Board for the National Cooperative of Health Networks and co-chaired its 2011 annual conference. She received the organization’s New and Emerging Leader Award in 2009 and was named a 2015 Health IT Change Agent by Health IT Outcomes.
Tara is a recognized industry expert who has presented at numerous conferences, including The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Cerner Health Conferences, Health Datapalooza, The North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance (NCHICA) and The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC).
Tye is an entrepreneurial-minded healthcare executive that identifies opportunities & develops associated strategies to maximize potential. He is adept at establishing strong executive relationships, developing staff capabilities, and building repeatable processes that lead to desired outcomes through the use of a metric-driven protocol. Tye worked at Epic as an Implementation Executive and Coordinator from 2003-2013 and most recently served as the Vice President of Account Management at Avadyne Health, a San Diego-based hospital revenue cycle management company. While there, he deployed account management programs across more than 40 strategic accounts. In his tenure at Epic, Tye built successful executive relationships while working with clients such as Akron Children’s Hospital, UC Health, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Andrew Roth | Senior Director, Engineering | Olive
Andrew Roth is a transformative engineering leader currently serving as Olive’s Senior Director of Engineering. He has a deep history of disrupting antiquated industries, and has led over 6 product development teams at Olive. Before Olive, Andrew managed web platforms for a variety of media outlets through the Columbus Dispatch. He holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University.