Tina Esposito VP, Center for Health Information Services Advocate Health Care (IL)
Named as one of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT by HealthData Management (2016 and 2017) and featured on the cover of their magazine as an "agent of change", Tina Esposito is the Vice President of Information and Technology Innovation at Advocate Health Care.
Tina joined Advocate in 1999 as a statistical data analyst at Lutheran General Hospital. She has served in various Advocate system leadership roles and promoted to her current role in 2017. Tina and her team are responsible for system measurement and analytics in support of improved patient outcomes and organizational performance.
Tina serves as the Advocate executive for strategic oversight of the Advocate Cerner Collaborative (ACC), which has leveraged Cerner and Advocate resources to jointly create a population health management platform for Advocate. This platform includes a big data strategy, advanced analytical models, and innovation deployments into clinical workflow. Additional areas of responsibilities include data warehousing and public data.
Tina has a Master in Business Administration degree from DePaul University, Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified Master Black Belt in Six Sigma.
David Chou VP & Chief Information & Digital Officer Children’s Mercy Kansas City (MO)
David Chou is the Vice President / Chief Information & Digital Officer for Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Children’s Mercy is the only free-standing children's hospital between St. Louis and Denver and provide comprehensive care for patients from birth to 21. They are consistently ranked among the leading children's hospitals in the nation and were the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to earn the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in patient care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Prior to Children’s Mercy David held the CIO position at University of Mississippi Medical Center, the state’s only academic health science center. David also served as senior director of IT operations at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and CIO at AHMC Healthcare in California. His work has been recognized by several publications, and he has been interviewed by a number of media outlets. David is also one of the most mentioned CIOs on social media, and is an active member of both CHIME and HIMSS.
Bipin Karunakaran VP, Enterprise Data Management Geisinger Health Systems (PA)
Bipin Karunakaran is the Vice President of Enterprise Data Management at Geisinger Health Systems. He is responsible for the build and implementation of major data processing, aggregation and reporting systems including the big data system at Geisinger. He is also responsible for advanced analytics systems used to process millions of clinical notes to extract key diagnosis using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and predictive modeling- helping providers make better informed care decisions. He was the principal developer for Microsoft’s first version of the digital media encoder on the web. He led the team at the Walt Disney Company responsible for the first companywide implementation of big data. Bipin held board seats as a technical advisor for two major startups. He received his MS in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Washington Seattle and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business Los Angeles.
Tom Stafford VP & CIO Halifax Health
Tom Stafford is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Halifax Health, a network of hospitals, clinics, and professional centers based in Daytona Beach, FL, and the largest healthcare provider in east central Florida. Mr. Stafford joined Halifax over nine years ago, following 10 years as an engineer and product developer in the medical device industry. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Stafford holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is also a certified Project Management Professional with over 15 years of experience managing technically complex projects. Mr. Stafford is responsible for the financial, time, resource and quality management of all projects in the organization’s technology portfolio. He also mentors and coaches project managers throughout the organization and helps ensure a consistent project management methodology. Under Mr. Stafford’s leadership, Halifax Health was rated number two among midsize organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld 2016 (up from 10th in 2015).
Laura Wilt SVP & CIO Ochsner Health System (LA)
Laura Wilt is the System Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Ochsner Health System. Laura joined Ochsner in 2013 as the AVP of Clinical Systems after several years leading a boutique consulting firm that specializes in Epic implementation and optimization. Prior to that, Laura worked for Epic, based out of Verona, Wisconsin, as an Implementation Director and Implementation Executive.
In her work with Ochsner, Laura led the team that has had a significant impact in implementing, supporting, scaling and optimizing Epic and over 100 departmental systems for both Ochsner Health System and the Ochsner Health Network. To date, that team has implemented Epic at 11 hospitals and more than 80 clinic locations. Through that experience, six Ochsner hospitals have achieved HIMSS Level 7 designation, and Ochsner Health System received the CHIME/AHA Transformational Leadership Award in 2015.
Laura earned both her undergraduate and Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. She is a member of CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and has earned the designation of a being a Certified Healthcare CIO.
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).
Neil Gomes Chief Digital Officer & SVP, Technology Innovation & Consumer Experience Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System (PA)
Neil Gomes is the Senior Vice President for Technology Innovation and Consumer Experience and Chief Digital Officer at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System. Neil has worked for the Fortune 500 Tata Group of Companies where he played a leadership role in building the entrepreneurial startup, Tata Interactive Systems, from 60 employees to the world’s largest custom e-learning development firm with 650+ employees in less than two years. Neil left the Tata Group to complete his M.Ed. in Instructional Design at the University of South Florida (USF) whilst progressively working towards the position of Director of eTeaching and Technology and then the Director of Instructional Design and Training at USF Health. While at USF, Neil’s leadership and entrepreneurial acumen helped grow a strategic team of application developers, instructional and multimedia designers, and project managers that generated over $1.5 million in annual auxiliary revenue from research and external development projects while growing online student enrollment from approx. 200 enrollments in 2002 to 60,000+ enrollments a semester by 2012. While at USF, Neil also began working toward his Ph.D., is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), has authored research articles, a book chapter, and delivered several formal research presentations.
At Jefferson, Neil drives digital innovation in healthcare, consumer experience and engagement, training, and education via teams of application and web/mobile developers, portal solutions developers, simulation and UI/UX designers, trainers, documentation and digital consumer experience specialists, instructional designers, e-learning developers, and IT support specialists. Neil also helps define innovation strategy and design innovation development programs via Jefferson’s Innovation Team. Recently, he helped secure a $15+ million donor grant from the Bernie Marcus Foundation to develop a high-tech, consumer-centric, integrative health center at Jefferson and also launched a pioneering collaboration with the IBM Watson IoT team on developing "cognitive concierges" for hospitals. Neil serves as Associate Editor of the Journal for Healthcare Transformation and is a contributor toward the book: We CAN fix Healthcare, the Future is NOW. Neil is also a speaker, agile aficionado, and digital innovation evangelist.
Dr. C. Eric Hartz SVP & Chief Health Information Officer Trinity Health (MI)
Eric joined Trinity Health in April, 2012 as Vice President and System Chief Medical Information Officer. In March of this year he became Trinity’s first SVP and Chief Health Information Officer.
Prior to this he practiced medical oncology at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and became their first Chief Medical Information Officer in 1992, splitting time between practice and clinical informatics. While at EMMC he led EMR implementations first at EMMC and then across the 6 hospital system. He was instrumental in helping EMMC attain many awards including Most Wired and the HIMSS Davies Organizational Award. Eric now collaborates with system office leaders in nursing, pharmacy, and physician informatics, IT colleagues, and Health Ministry leadership to advance care and achieve the best outcomes through clinical informatics tools. He is especially interested in utilization of clinical decision support tools and analytics to continuously improve care. He also is leading interoperability projects locally and nationally to develop standards and usable tools to allow seamless incorporation of patient information.
Eric graduated from University of Illinois in 1974 with a major in Psychology, attended Unversity of Illinois Medical School and then did his internal medicine and oncology training at The Ohio State University. He began his practice in medical oncology at Eastern Maine Medical Center in 1983 and practiced there for 29 years.