Cheryl recently joined Nutanix as a Customer Success Executive, focusing on Healthcare. She is a technology executive with 32 years of IT experience including 15 years in healthcare leadership. Most recently she was CIO and SVP at Presence Health in Chicago, and before that VP of IT at Scripps Health, and VP of IT Operations at Methodist Health. She has implemented, upgraded and improved various Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems including Epic, Allscripts, GE Centricity and Meditech. Her strengths include developing high performing teams, aligning projects and funding to support business objectives, providing reliable disaster recovery solutions and building trust with physicians and clinicians. Cheryl’s innovative and flexible execution has enabled large organizations to adopt technology and improve operational effectiveness quickly. She is based at Nutanix headquarters in San Jose.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick Anderson | SVP & CIO | City of Hope National Medical Center (CA)
Patrick Anderson is the Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at City of Hope National Medical Center, a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. City of Hope is world renowned for clinical and scientific research and advanced patient care.
Patrick was also the SVP & CIO at Hoag Memorial in Newport Beach, CA driving technology and innovation for 6 award winning institutes and supporting Hoag’s explosive growth. 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. While at Ochsner Health System, Patrick was executive of the year in 2015 and also received the Transformational Leadership Award from CHIME.
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. 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.
Prior to Sutter Health, he was the CIO 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.
Patrick has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Nevada and an MBS in Executive Computer Management from National University in San Diego, CA. He is a Certified Professional with theHealthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
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 a 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).