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).
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.
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.
Dan Cowan Global Healthcare Director Nutanix
Dan Cowan leads healthcare strategy and alliances at Nutanix and is responsible for developing partnerships with the industry’s leading software providers. Prior to Nutanix, Dan spent several years at VMware, where he was responsible for healthcare IT partnerships. In that role, Dan owned executive relationships, drove solution validations and collaboration, and engaged with shared customers in technical planning activities. Prior to joining VMware, Dan spent 15 years at Cerner with a variety of responsibilities including technical project management, architecting advanced technology solutions, and business development. Dan has extensive experience in the HCIT market with specialized knowledge of application architectures, cloud solutions, real-time positioning, data storage and protection, server and desktop virtualization, patient education and engagement, and medical device connectivity. Dan holds a B.S. In Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and an M.B.A. from University of Missouri, KC.
John Evans VP, Client Service Bluetree Network
The trailblazing leader of Bluetree’s Client Service team, John works with a high degree of urgency and personal accountability. Big-hearted and well-attuned, John is committed to doing what’s best for his clients and his teammates. Grounded in his understanding of life across the healthcare IT spectrum, John has career experience as an implementation leader at Epic (seven years), revenue cycle consultant, and in a director-level role at NYU Langone before joining Bluetree in 2013.
Michael Esterl Implementation Executive Bluetree Network
Deeply motivated and always looking for a new challenge, Michael joins Bluetree after excelling in multiple Epic roles in his already illustrious career. Leading large, complex projects is like clockwork for this workflow wizard, who most recently was the VP of Epic at Mercy Health in Cincinnati. In his Epic days, Michael led implementations for some of the most complex, integrated projects in the company's history through his "never good enough" mentality and his affinity for solving integrated problems. Today, this Evergreen, Coloradan is a member of our Executive Strategy team and assists healthcare IT leaders navigate the technical and political structures involved in software installations and optimization efforts.
Scott Kidder Senior Partner Harmony Healthcare IT
In his 20+ years of experience in healthcare information technology, Scott has worked in risk management, health information exchange and data integration. At Harmony Healthcare IT, Scott establishes strategic business partnerships that support the preservation of vital information. He designs data migration and retention plans for both acute and ambulatory care facilities that reduce system cost, technical risk and labor burden.
Troy Roberts VP, Enhanced Technologies Fortinet
With more than 25 years in network infrastructure and security sales, Troy leads Fortinet’s Enhanced Technology sales teams supporting SWAT (Secure Wireless and Access Technologies), FortiSIEM, and Enterprise Voice solutions. Troy’s passion is sharing with customers and partners the power and security of a properly architected security solution that leverages Fortinet’s breadth of security and access solutions to create a full fabric approach to network security.
Prior to Fortinet Troy worked for Hewlett Packard as Director of Wireless Sales for the Americas evangelizing wireless in North America and introducing HP Wireless products to Latin America and the Caribbean. His pedigree in wireless also included sales management roles at Colubris Networks and Aerohive Networks. Troy has specialized in Wireless and Security providing secure access solutions for commercial and enterprise customers for over two decades. Troy continues to advise and consult on secure practices for BYOD, IoT and technologies to support the digital transformation including; Secure Authentication, Endpoint Protection, SIEM, Voice, and Video recording solutions.
Craig Richardville Former SVP, Chief Information and Analytics Officer Atrium Health (NC)
As senior vice president and chief information and analytics officer, Craig Richardville has overall System responsibility for information services, data analytics and strategy.
Mr. Richardville was awarded the 2017 Charlotte CIO of the Year Leadership Award across all industries and in 2015 he received the John E. Gall, Jr. national CIO of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and HIMSS in recognition of his efforts to bring better care to patients in North and South Carolina. In 2013, he was awarded CIO of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal. Under his leadership, Carolinas HealthCare System has earned the “Most Wired” designation for 14 consecutive years, received the “Most Wired Advanced” award in 2016 and 2017, and achieved HIMSS EMR Adoption Model Stage 7 for both Acute and Ambulatory.
Mr. Richardville is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society; chairman of Premier Member Technology Improvement Committee; and board member of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Foundation, CareConnect, and Carolinas Shared Services. He holds a masters of business administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in system analysis.
Dr. Ehab Hanna CMIO Universal Health Services (PA)
Dr. Ehab Hanna is the Chief Medical Information Officer at Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS), one of the nation’s largest healthcare management companies. In 2002, Dr. Hanna joined Eastern Maine Medical Center, a leading Pioneer Accountable Care Organization, as a Hospitalist. In 2005, he became Assistant Chief Medical Informatics Officer, where he co-led the successful implementation of the Medical Center’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Computerized Physician Order Entry system, winning the prestigious 2008 Davies Award for his work.
In 2011, Dr. Hanna joined UHS as the Corporate Medical Director for Clinical Content and was rapidly promoted to CMIO, leading UHS’s Cerner EMR roll-out to its 26 acute care facilities. Dr. Hanna leads an innovation team at UHS creating many award winning clinical solutions. His team’s success with high voluntary adoption at UHS hospitals led to the creation of Crossings Healthcare Solutions, a subsidiary of UHS marketing his innovations to other Cerner clients. His interests include: the optimal use of technology to improve efficiency, safety, and quality; utilizing decision support to improve care; understanding human factors as they relate to user interface and change management; promoting better healthcare policy and leadership.
Dr. Hanna is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He completed his medical school in Egypt and residency at a Tufts University Hospital in Boston. He recently completed an Executive MBA from the Wharton school of Business at University of Pennsylvania
Patrick Anderson Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Hoag
Patrick Anderson joined Hoag as the Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) on November 9, 2015. Prior to Hoag, Patrick served as the SVP and CIO at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA where he was instrumental in the growth and innovation of the health system through population management strategy, telemedicine system development, and deployment of clinical and business systems across a network of 25 hospitals. Patrick delivered scalability to a fast growing health system with high availability of systems and exceptional customer service.
Prior to Ochsner, Patrick spent over six years at Sutter Health in Sacramento, CA where he was the Chief Operating Officer, Information Services, leading an IT staff of over 2500 employees. Sutter Health operates 25 hospitals and 250 clinics employing 50,000 employees. Patrick’s major accomplishments at Sutter include the oversight of clinical and business enterprise systems, Electronic Health Record implementation, and oversight of all IT infrastructures. He deployed Epic Systems and delivered strategic planning, high availability, innovation, optimization, business transformation, compliance, and operations. While at Ochsner Health System, Patrick was executive of the year in 2015 and also received the Transformational Leadership Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).,
Prior to Sutter Health, he was the Chief Information Officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Health. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Patrick’s past experience also includes working at United Healthcare. He has served on multiple boards and advisory committees for major technology organizations and non-profit community organizations.
At Hoag, Patrick will lead the optimization of the IT department/services and Hoag’s clinical and business systems ensuring world class quality and safe patient care through leadership of systems, staff, and adoption of advanced technology. Patrick was instrumental in the design of the Epic strategy for Hoag and that project has a delivery date of April 2018.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION:
• MBA Executive Computer Management, National University – San Diego, CA.
• BS Business Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
• Certified Professional – Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
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.
Dr. Stanley Huff CMIO Intermountain Healthcare (UT)
Dr. Huff is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Intermountain Healthcare, and a Professor (Clinical) of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. He is board certified in Clinical Pathology. He has worked in the area of medical vocabularies and medical database architecture for the past 25 years. He is currently a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a co-chair of the LOINC Committee, and a co-chair of the HL7 Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI). He is also the Chair of the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) and the Chair of the FHIR Foundation. He is a former member of the ONC HIT Standards Committee. He teaches a course in medical vocabulary and data exchange standards in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah.
Joseph Wolfgram CTO Mission Health (NC)
Joseph Wolfgram has over three decades of experience in Information Technology, currently as the Chief Technology Officer for Mission Health in Asheville, North Carolina. Highlights of his career include establishing a software company in 1991, building the nation’s largest fiber-optic legal research network, and serving as the Head of IT for Bill Gates’ philanthropic foundation.
Joseph holds degrees in Psychology, and Business Administration with emphasis in Organizational Psychology. He is also a master certified practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), as a Hypnotherapist (MCHt), and Executive Coach.
An accomplished Speaker, Joseph presents at industry conferences, expert panel discussions, and mentoring workshops focused on advancing women in technology. Joseph is currently writing a book entitled The Human Operating System, in support of his desire to see all people achieve their greatest potential.
Steve Kaplan VP, Client Strategy Nutanix
Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude on Twitter) is Vice President of Client Strategy for Nutanix. Kaplan formerly co-founded and ran two award-winning IT professional services businesses that he sold to publicly traded companies. Along with writing hundreds of articles and white papers, he has co-authored 7 books on Citrix technologies (all Official Citrix Guides) and 3 books on VMware technologies. Kaplan frequently presents on virtualization and cloud at venues across the globe. He helped pioneer the ROI methodologies used in the virtualization space and was the first person to approach a utility (PG&E) about providing incentives to customers that virtualize. Kaplan has held positions on the advisory boards of several industry manufactures including Microsoft, was a Microsoft MVP for Terminal Server for four years and is one of 8 people in the world who has been a charter VMware vExpert for the past nine years. He was one of three EMC partners worldwide on the EMC Presales Advisory Council. Kaplan has an MBA from Northwestern and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.
CRN Buzz named Steve as one of the top 50 most influential people in the virtualization industry and one of the 100 most influential in storage.
Len Grenier President & CEO Equicare
A long time entrepreneur, Len Grenier was a cofounder of ALI in 1986 and a Director for the early development of the company. He held the senior technical role from inception of the company through its acquisition in July 2002 by McKesson Inc. Len’s most recent role at ALI was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. As well, his responsibilities included Inbound Product Management and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Grenier brings a wealth of experience in the development of medical software companies providing multi-facility integrated solutions in a regulated environment. Len assumed the role of President and CEO of Equicare (formerly Cogent) in April 2006.
Meredith Harper Chief Privacy & Information Security Officer Henry Ford Health System
Meredith joined Henry Ford Health System in 2003 as their first Chief Privacy Officer. Over her 24-year career, she has emerged as a strategic leader who is not just interested in processes, goals and objectives but most of all she is passionate about her greatest assets…her human capital. Her success has been attributed to her ability to manage large-scale complex projects that cross-functional areas within integrated delivery systems and health plans while advancing the skill sets of her team members.
As the industry has evolved, so has her areas of responsibilities and in 2012 her role was expanded to include leadership responsibilities for Information & Network Security, Privacy & Security Risk Management as well as Identity & Access Management. As Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer, she has responsibility for the protection of Henry Ford’s provider, insurance, retail and research businesses.
Meredith is an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals where she has demonstrated her commitment to compliance by holding dual certifications in healthcare compliance and privacy. She is also certified as a HealthCare Information Security & Privacy Practitioner through the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc. and a Certified Information Security Manager through the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
Meredith is a proud alumna of the University of Detroit Mercy where she received her Master’s in Health Services Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. is currently enrolled at Loyola Chicago School of Law where she is pursuing her Master’s of Jurisprudence in Health Law.
Hussein Syed Chief Information Security Officer RWJ Barnabas Health System (NJ)
Hussein Syed is the Chief Information Security Office at Barnabas Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery network in New Jersey. He is responsible for the organization’s information security program. Hussein and his team are responsible for security management planning and execution to align with the strategic goals of the health system.
He has more than 22 years of experience in IT, of which 12 years are in information security.
Hussein is the member of NJ HIMMS Security and Privacy Task force, and serves on security advisory councils for various security companies. He has spoken at Gartner, HIMSS, TCG events and participated in other security related events.
David Landreman Senior Director, Engineering CrossChx
David Landreman, Senior Director of Engineering at CrossChx, started his career spending several years in higher education healthcare information technology. During this time he got to experience some of the unique challenges in supporting a healthcare IT environment. He left healthcare for a few years and led the evolution of digital presence for a major media company supporting the web and mobile presence for television stations, radio, and newspapers.
After meeting Sean Lane, CEO of CrossChx, in 2013 he decided to return return to the healthcare space with the desire to use his skills and experience to further the Sean’s vision of transforming healthcare. He spent his first few years at CrossChx developing solutions supporting patient identity management which would be deployed into 200+ hospitals.
As the Senior Director of Engineering for CrossChx, David has led the engineering effort to bring Olive AI to life. From growing CrossChx’s Machine Learning capabilities to building a Robotic Process Automation Platform consumable across the healthcare space, David is excited to continue having a transformative impact on healthcare.
Tara Mahoney Global Healthcare Practice Leader Avaya
Tara Mahoney is Avaya’s Global Healthcare Practice Leader, consulting for a decade with health systems to ensure communications technologies improve efficiencies and patient outcome. She has been up close and personal with the health system after a terrible ski accident, but three surgeries later, and a lot of healing, she still enjoys powder on weekends with her family!
Ken Riley Director of Patient and Population Health Technologies Baystate Health (MA)
Ken Riley has over two decades of IT and system engineering experience in the military and healthcare. Leading communication teams while on tour and holding leadership roles in large health systems has provided a fusion of experience resulting in a balanced, seasoned leader with focus and vision. Ken served as the CIO for Wing Memorial Hospital and was responsible for IT security, operations and strategy. He has received the manager of the year award and has graduated from the yearlong UMass strategic leader development program. Currently as the Director of Patient and Population Health Technologies for Baystate Health, Ken is responsible for the regional Health Information Exchange (PVIX) and all patient-facing technologies to include mobile applications and the patient engagement platform. His focus is the consumer and how technology coupled with a customer feedback loop can improve and inform the experience.
Currently Ken Riley is pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering management with a focus in population health. He is leveraging his professional experience in healthcare to inform his research and prove that effective stratification of health populations will result in higher quality and lower cost patient care. He is a world traveler with local roots and a passion for personal health.
Ken lives in western Massachusetts and serves on the Country Bank board of trustees. He is a volunteer for the YMCA and the Clarke School for hearing and speech.
Brian Edds VP, Product Strategy Nutanix
Brian joined Spok in 2010, bringing over a decade of experience in mobile strategy, software as a service, and enterprise software systems. He helped lead the strategy and development of Spok Mobile® and is currently responsible for strategic product direction. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business, economics, and computer science from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.
Lynda Rowe is Senior Advisor for Value-Based Markets at InterSystems, and has for two decades held senior-level positions in health information technology. She was most recently an executive in the health market at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led a number of consulting projects for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Office of the National Coordinator within HHS. She provided leadership for quality measurement, health information technology use and adoption, health information exchange, interoperability and standards, and meaningful use engagements. She is currently vice chairman of the board of directors at Family Health Center in Worcester. Ms. Rowe continues to focus on the advancement of interoperability, technology use and adoption and government policy through various workgroups and task forces.
Omer Awan SVP & CIO 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.”
Lauren Griessmeyer Director of Optimization / Training Solutions Nordic
Lauren oversees Nordic's training offerings for clients. She officially moved into her current role in 2018 after serving as practice director since 2014. As a practice director, Lauren headed a team of consultants working with Training, Beaker, and Willow. Before joining the home office, Lauren was a Nordic consultant fulfilling the training manager role at the University of Arizona Health Network. She was an Epic employee from 2006-2011, where she was a trainer for Orders, Order Transmittal and Willow classes. After leaving Epic, she co-owned and operated Race Day Events, LLC with her husband Ryan.
Lauren is Epic certified in Clin Doc, Orders, Willow, Ambulatory, Beacon, Order Transmittal, and Decision Support. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Kansas. An avid runner, she has completed four Ironman Triathalons.
Roger Billings Global Solutions Architect Cradlepoint
As the Global Solutions Architect at Cradlepoint, Roger currently focuses on developing multi-vendor business solutions with a focus on 4G/5G LTE mobility and SD-WAN technologies. He is also actively engaged in developing strategic alliances with other complimentary network equipment manufacturers. Roger has over 30 years of experience within the networking space working with many technologies and companies around the world. Within Cradlepoint, Roger is a SME for both Healthcare and Education. He has led several webinars and whiteboard videos regarding the use of 4G LTE mobility and SD-WAN technology in the Education and the Healthcare industries. He has authored or co-authored multiple blog articles on the Cradlepoint website and is active in industry discussions regarding IoT and the integration of edge devices/sensors securely into networks.
Scott Alister Managing Director Accenture Digital
Scott Alister is a Manager Director in Accenture’s Digital business and serves as the Analytics Strategy & Transformation Industry Lead for Healthcare. Scott joined Accenture in 2003 and has helped over a dozen commercial and government institutions with analytics transformation, capability growth, and value creation.
Specifically, Scott serves Accenture’s Health & Public Service clients to architect and manage the journey to leverage analytics as a strategic asset. Such services include vision setting, board & senior management alignment, value targeting, operating model design, capability prioritization, information management, technology partnerships, tool rationalization, and change management.
Scott is also a thought leader for Accenture’s North America Digital business, mentor for the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Applied Data Analytics Program, inventor on multiple patents, and plenary presentation speaker at conferences such as HIMSS 2016 discussing topics related to Data and Analytics Strategy.
Scott has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Statistics and Finance.