Terhilda Garrido Former VP HIT, Transformation & Analytics Kaiser Permanente (CA)
Terhilda Garrido has worked at Kaiser Permanente, an integrated delivery system, for more than 20 years. At present, she is vice president, Health Information Technology Transformation & Analytics within the National Quality and Care Delivery organization. Her team is responsible for realizing the strategic value and maximizing opportunities for Kaiser Permanente’s electronic health record and its 10 petabytes of data. She also currently co-leads KP’s efforts to qualify for “Meaningful Use.” Her areas of focus include: business intelligence at scale, analytic strategy, evaluation of new EHR-based innovations, strategic impact of PHRs/EHRs, leveraging HIT to improve quality, patient safety, efficiency and equity. She has published on these topics and lends her expertise to various organizations within the health care industry. She sat on an IOM committee on HIT and Patient Safety and is currently on an IOM committee on EHR ROI. She is also on the SAS Advisory Customer Board. Prior to joining Kaiser, Terhilda did economic modeling and consulting for the European Economic Community among others.
Ms. Garrido holds an Operations Research degree in Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters in Public Health in Biostatistics from University of California at Berkeley. She completed graduate work at the Colégio de México, México City and an Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School.
Melissa Dill VP Ascension Information Services (IN)
Melissa Dill serves Ascension Health Information Services (AHIS) as Vice President, Shared System Services. She provides leadership and oversight for Shared Information Services (Shared and Systemwide applications), the Program Management Office, IT Service Management, Service Provider Administration, and Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Province of St. Louise. Melissa is also responsible for the organization’s Applications Portfolio Management and Service Delivery strategy.
Melissa has extensive experience working within the healthcare environment. Prior to joining AHIS, she was a healthcare consultant with Health Evolutions in Indianapolis, Ind. She assisted physician and hospital clients with electronic medical record (EMR) initiatives, organizational and process development and redesign, new business and program development, cost reduction and revenue enhancement initiatives, and regulatory and licensure compliance. She also has served as practice administrator for an Indianapolis physician group specializing in neurological disorders, and in an executive role for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), responsible for clinical operations, outpatient services and home-based rehab.
Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Masters of Science in Clinical Education from Indiana University. Trained as an occupational therapist, Melissa has served on national accrediting boards and as an accreditation surveyor for the profession.
Melissa resides in Carmel, Ind., with her husband and three daughters, is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and is an avid soccer and football fan.
Bob Beaudrie Director of Sales Black Box Network Services
Seasoned sales and marketing executive in rapidly growing and new business ventures with over 11 years’ experience assisting healthcare clients with reaching Patient Safety, Physician Satisfaction and Operational efficiency goals and objectives. I have a consumed passion in developing partnering relationships that drive long term benefits for my clients. I am well versed in understanding the needs and challenges within healthcare and matching the right solutions in support of those initiatives.
Jeff Pool Director of Sales, Healthcare VMware AirWatch
Jeff Pool is the director of sales for healthcare at AirWatch, the global leader and innovator in mobile security and the largest Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) provider. In this role, Pool leads the U.S. account executive team focused on healthcare organizations in the U.S., including all points of care institutions.
Prior to joining AirWatch, Pool spent almost 12 years in the mobility industry. Most recently, he served as the vice president of sales for the Americas at InnoPath Software, a Silicon Valley-based carrier and OEM targeted mobile device management company. He also led the U.S. sales and business development efforts of Wireless Facilities Inc., a California-based professional services company concerned with expertise in the design, build and support of carrier-class wireless networks.
Pool has a master’s degree in business administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Ryan Witt VP & Managing Director, Healthcare Industry Practice Fortinet
Ryan Witt joined Fortinet in December 2014 as the Vice President & Managing Director, Healthcare Industry Practice and is responsible for the strategy, solutions and sales for the company’s healthcare business. Based at the company’s Sunnyvale, Ca. headquarters, Ryan works closely with healthcare industry leaders to demonstrate the importance of high performance network security as a key enabler for enhancing access to high quality patient care, reducing the cost of care provision and ultimately improving patient outcomes.
Ryan is passionately interested in technology’s role for transforming healthcare, and believes that a comprehensively connected planet with secure access to patient data and a borderless path to medical expertise is essential to delivering better patient outcomes. As part of this effort, Ryan is a regular speaker, panelist, moderator, and blogger on the importance of Health IT. Ryan is also active in the Workgroup of Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a policy body that advises the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was a contributor to the 2013 WEDI Report, Chair of the Innovative Encounters Workgroup and was elected to the WEDI Board of Directors.
Prior to Fortinet, Ryan founded and led Juniper Network’s Healthcare Industry Practice and was the Chair of Juniper’s Healthcare Advisory Board. Ryan has also held leadership positions at Hitachi Data Systems, BridgeHead Software, and ClearDATA having working within Health IT for almost 20 years.
Ryan consults digital health start-ups, and participates with a number of charitable institutions with strong ties to charitable organization with strong ties to Silicon Valley. A graduate of San Jose State University, Ryan has spent much of his professional life in Europe, but he and his family now live in Los Altos, California.
Hemant Goel President Spok, Inc.
Goel, a seasoned business executive with 27 years of global experience and proven success in healthcare information technology, brings a comprehensive set of management, technical, and product development skills to his role as President. Goel joined Spok from Siemens Health Services, where he was Vice President, Clinical Solutions, with worldwide development responsibilities for the Company’s sizable Clinical IT solutions business. In this position, he successfully managed the organization’s operations, product portfolio, innovation and strategic growth, resulting in higher revenue, expanded market share, and improved customer retention. Goel also led a major software acquisition for the Company. Before Siemens Health, Goel was Enterprise Vice President and General Manager, Radiology, Cardiology and Enterprise Imaging at Cerner Corporation, where he managed worldwide sales and development of this business unit. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Business Development, Sales and Marketing at StorCOMM, Inc., and, prior to that, served in various management positions at IMNET Systems, Inc., First Data Corporation, and Unisys Corporation. Goel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.
Randy Myers CIO Mitchell County Hospital District (TX)
Randy Myers has worked in the Information Technology field for over 28 years. The course of his career path has led him into the realm of Rural Hospital’s. He is currently the Chief Information Officer for Mitchell County Hospital District and actively working with Healthcare organizations on Security reform for Rural Hospitals in Texas.
Randy’s education includes US Navy Data Systems training at Combat Systems Technical Schools Command Mare Island California. He holds a BS in Information Systems Security Emphasis from Western Governors University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Health Care Information System Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP).
Throughout his career, he has led design teams in building two separate corporate data centers, led infrastructure teams on four separate Enterprise Resource Planning Implementations (ERP), and led IT teams on multiple Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implantations.
Additionally, Randy has a very active Security Consulting career, completing Security Risk Assessments for Hospitals and Healthcare related businesses.
His work has been recognized by Mannatech Inc. with the MVP GlobalView Project Award and by the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals with the IT Leadership Award.
“I am very passionate about Healthcare Information Technology because it’s truly about helping people in a way that I can use my knowledge and strengths in Technology Leadership,” states Randy.
Scott White Associate Clinical Professor, National Security Director, Computing & Security Technology College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University
Scott White is a professor of homeland security and security management and director of the Computing Security and Technology program at Drexel. He is a criminologist with an accomplished career in security. Before joining Drexel in January 2012, he served as the director of the Institute of Homeland Security at Westfield State University. He was a commissioned officer with the Canadian Forces Military Intelligence Branch (Department of National Defense) and worked for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He also served as an associate consultant in terrorism and intelligence analysis at MONAD Security Audit Systems. Additionally, he has consulted with federal, state, provincial and municipal police services in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Christopher Houser Director of IT Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FL)
As Director of Information Technology, Christopher Houser oversees all FCS Information Systems, ensuring that infrastructure and applications are innovative, flexible and aligned with the organizational strategies that strive to exceed the needs of our patients, partners and employees. Christopher has over 15 years of experience both domestically and internationally in the field of information technology and business operations across many industries, with a focus on delivering performance and process improvement, strategic planning, innovation, service operations, program and project management. He has lived and worked abroad throughout Central and South America, Europe and Asia as a VP of Information Technology.
Prior to joining FCS, Christopher was the Senior Director of Infrastructure and Operations at Omnicare Pharmaceuticals. In that role, he led several significant initiatives, including virtualization, two new data center build-outs and a technology refresh for legacy pharmacy automation systems. He was also instrumental in working with Governance and Security Committees to develop and implement controls, with regard to HIPAA and HITECH requirements. Christopher, his wife and two children relocated to Florida from Columbus, Ohio. His outside interests include volunteering and traveling.
Adam Sapirstein Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care John Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD)
Dr. Sapirstein an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a faculty member of the Armstrong Institute for patient quality and safety. He is a practicing anesthesiologist-intensivist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the Director of the Learning Lab of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. His recent interests have focused on the uses of technology including advanced monitoring systems to improve care of the critically ill. He has coordinated a pilot program to evaluate tele-ICU at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. As the director of The Learning Laboratory of the Armstrong Institute he has developed collaborations to use engineering approaches to improve patient care quality and safety. He serves as the Director of the Division of Adult Critical Care Medicine for the Anesthesiology Department, the Co-Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and as the Chairman of the Critical Care and Medical Care Evaluation Committees of The Johns Hopkins Hospital
April Truelove Director of Analytics Sagacious Consultants
April Truelove received a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and went on to begin her career at Epic in implementation services. While there, she served as a member of an internal reporting team formed to improve Epic's reporting implementation methodology and training standards and to advise on future reporting development priorities.
After Epic, April spent a year living in Cairo, Egypt and then returned to the healthcare industry in the United States. At Sagacious, she continues to focus on reporting and analytics and works collaboratively with clients to find solutions to the pain points associated with data and analytics
Ed Chung CMIO - HealthShare InterSystems
Ed Chung, MD is Chief Medical Information Officer for HealthShare at InterSystems. In his role, Dr. Chung works with the clinical leadership of InterSystems customers to characterize their challenges and look for opportunities for collaborative solutions. He also works closely with senior leadership at InterSystems, providing clinical input into the continuing development of HealthShare as a powerful tool to improve patient care.
Prior to joining InterSystems, Dr. Chung was Chief Medical Information Officer for Tenet Healthcare in their New England Market. Through this and other clinical informatics roles, Dr. Chung has worked with institutions ranging in size from small community hospitals to large quaternary care academic medical centers. Along the way, Dr. Chung has also carried educational and clinical leadership roles, teaching medical students and residents and directing a regional pediatric hospitalist group.
Dr. Chung earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and obtained his medical degree at the Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program, working between Boston Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston. He remains clinically active, working as both a primary care physician and pediatric hospitalist in a teaching environment.
Melinda Cleaver Director of Report Writing Sagacious Consultants
Melinda began her career at the University of Washington Patient Financial Services where she was responsible for converting all legacy reports to Epic along with creating effective daily status measurements for their build and crossover to Epic. Later, she joined Valley Medical Center’s Epic Clarity Report Writing team, where she served as the Clarity Writer for several different applications. She assessed and tracked the needs of the Patient Data Services, Patient Financial Services, Finance, Budgeting, and Decision Support.
She built dozens of replacement Reporting Workbench and Crystal Reports. As an integral part of two highly successful Epic implementations (rated within and above KPIs of the top 5 Epic Medical Centers) she is ready to bring her background knowledge and skills to future Epic projects.
Jake Aleckson Senior Consultant Nordic Consulting
Jake Aleckson is a senior Healthy Planet consultant at Nordic Consulting with 10 years of Healthcare IT and project management. Jake brings experience with a focus on creating and implementing tools to support population health initiatives. Highlights include the development of disease registries and the workflows supporting patient care. In a recent innovative effort to leverage Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program, he utilized Epic’s Healthy Planet module to improve clinical outcomes and care coordination at a Wisconsin Hospital System. Jake also holds Epic certifications in EpicCare Ambulatory, Reporting Workbench, Inpatient Orders, Decision Support, and MyChart. He graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor ’s degree in business administration and management information systems.
Rick Shepardson Director of Optimization Solutions Nordic Consulting
Rick Shepardson helps lead Nordic’s Optimization team and has wide-ranging experience across Epic’s clinical and billing applications. Prior to joining Nordic, he spent six years working for Epic, where he served as a member of the EpicCare Orders and Resolute Hospital Billing teams and gained experience implementing and optimizing numerous prestigious healthcare organizations. Using his deep knowledge of Epic’s technical infrastructure, industry knowledge, and his inquisitive nature, Rick is able to provide thorough, well though-out, detailed analyses of Epic implementation and optimization processes. Rick holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management information systems from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Fred Behlen Founder & CEO Laitek Inc.
Fred M. Behlen, Ph.D., is Founder and CEO of Laitek Inc., the leading provider of data migration services in medical imaging. A medical physicist specializing in imaging informatics, Dr. Behlen’s career includes experience in industry, academics and healthcare provider organizations. A former faculty member of the University of Chicago, he is past co-chair (1999–2010) of the DICOM-HL7 joint working groups (DICOM Working Group 20 / HL7 Imaging Integration SIG). He is also past co-chair of the HL7 Structured Documents Technical Committee and a Co-Editor of the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture Release 2 (CDA). He holds a BS degree from Caltech and a PhD (Physical Chemistry) from the University of Chicago
Shawn Surber has spent nearly 20 years in Healthcare Information Technology as a Trainer, System Administrator, Network Engineer, and Security Architect. With the explosion of electronic data and corresponding increase of cyberthreats, he’s moved to an exclusive focus on security for the last 10 years. He has architected, managed, and operated security solutions for some of the largest healthcare organizations in the United States. Now, he has taken his passion for securing patient data and healthcare networks to Fortinet, where he manages a senior team of Solutions Architects and Technology Evangelists, specialized in creating security solutions for the unique nature and technology of the healthcare industry.
Michael Augustyniak CMIO, Physician Strategist S&P Consultants, Inc.
Mike’s role is to serve as a clinical leader within S&P, assist with Business Partner and Client alignment, as Clinical Strategist on consulting engagements. Other roles include: Strategic Consulting (Clinical Strategy, Adoption Coaching, Transitional CMIO), Solution / Service Line Development , Business Partner Development and Sales/Sales Support.
Zach Johnson VP, Business Development S&P Consultants, Inc.
With more than 16 years’ experience in HIT, Zach has a proven ability to mold talented, high-performing teams that contribute to the growth of healthcare organizations. He has held Senior IT positions in vendor and hospital organizations, and has been with S&P since 2012.
Zach has a track record of successfully planning and leading healthcare enterprise technology strategies in support of organizational goals and objectives.
Zach is a member of HIMSS and AMDIS and maintains active industry involvement with initiatives such as ABBI. He continues to remain current through continuing education, recently completing the Leadership Strategies for Information Technology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Zach holds a certification as a Meaningful Use Manager, and is a graduate of Truman State University. Zach’s role is to drive the strategic growth of S&P through alignment with Business Partners and Clients.