Thank you for attending the 2019 Annual Meeting! 

The eHealth Exchange Participant Meeting is a must-attend gathering of health IT interoperability experts across the public and private sectors. The robust agenda includes product roadmaps, government representatives, data sharing case studies, technical tips and tricks, networking events, and much more.

December 4, 2019

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

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Watch 2019 Annual Meeting Recordings

eHealth Exchange Coordinating Committee Leadership Welcome

More Data, More Insights

Michael Lundie, Cognosante
Eric Heflin, The Sequoia Project
How to identify with whom you transact, volume, location, and share success with your community with the new eHealth Exchange Hub Dashboard.

HIE Synergies Spotlight

Moderator: Cindy Pan, VA VHIE
Speakers: Brandon Neiswender, CRISP
Mike Dittemore, LACIE
Dan Paoletti, OHIP
Why do more than 50% of regional and state health information exchanges participate in the eHealth Exchange network? Learn how HIEs leverage the eHealth Exchange network to expand connectivity for their customers, while using the time and cost savings to provide more value-added services. Once thought of as competitors, today the national and regional HIEs compliment each other to better serve providers and patients.

Electronic Case Reporting

John Loonsk, APHL
The eHealth Exchange is facilitating a new use case, Electronic Case Reporting. Learn more about plans for automated generation and transmission of case reports from electronic health records to public health agencies.

Content Remediation

Didi Davis, The Sequoia Project
One year into our enhanced content testing program we know more than ever what’s working – and not working – within the data. This update on the testing program will include tips and tricks for those organizations striving to pass the rigorous new standards.

State of the Network

Jay Nakashima, Executive Director, eHealth Exchange
Celebrating 10 years of health information exchange this year, the eHealth Exchange network continues to thrive and evolve to support the changing needs of our Participants. The Executive Director will provide insight on the dramatic changes this year, as well as what the future holds.

The Last Mile

Dave Cassel, Executive Director, Carequality
Jay Nakashima, Executive Director, eHealth Exchange
The eHealth Exchange is proud to support 75% of all hospitals nationwide, as well as many other healthcare settings. With the implementation of the Carequality Interoperability Framework, our network participants may connect to 92%* of acute care providers nationwide. Learn how we plan to expand connectivity by providing Carequality Connection access to our network Participants, as well as next steps to opt-out of exchanging with this community. (*at complete roll-out)

Federal Interoperability Progress and Promise

Moderator:Kevin Larsen, MD, CMS
Arun Gopalan, DaVita
Ganesh Persad, Memorial Healthcare System
David Camitta, MD, CommonSpirit
Jeff Anderson, MD, VHIE
The eHealth Exchange was founded on the principal need for health information exchange between and among federal agencies and their private sector partners. Learn how these relationships have evolved, how network participants can better work together, and opportunitites for future use cases.

Megatrends in Health Information Exchange

Moderator: Mark Segal, Digital Health Policy Advisors
John Rancourt, ONC
Alex Mugge, CMS
Paul Matthews, OCHIN
Walter Suarez, MD, MPH, Kaiser
With weekly headlines on information blocking, trusted exchange frameworks, and more coming from Washington, DC, we know it can get overwhelming and a bit confusing. Our panelists will provide a foundational overview of the critical issues and what they mean to our network participants.

Closing Remarks

Executive Director of eHealth Exchange, Jay Nakashima, ends the 2019 Annual Meeting with closing remarks.


Jay Nakashima, Vice President, eHealth Exchange

Over the past 25 years Jay Nakashima has designed EHRs, implemented EHRs, optimized EHR configuration, optimized clinical workflow, directly led user-centered design research analysts and usability engineers, and spearheaded data exchange.  Jay has worked for health IT vendors, providers, payers, and now, for the Sequoia Project focusing solely on addressing the challenges of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange.  At The Sequoia Project, a trusted and independent convener of industry and government, Jay has responsibility for the eHealth Exchange, the largest health data sharing network in the United States.”

John P. Kansky, MSE, MBA, President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange.

Prior to joining IHIE, John’s career included experience as a Healthcare IT Consultant, CIO, Clinical Engineer, and a Biomedical Engineering Researcher.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of:

  • The Regenstrief Institute
  • Strategic HIE Collaborative (SHIEC)
  • The Sequoia Project
  • eHealth Exchange
  • ONC’s HIT Advisory Committee

John has served as the Vice Chair of the HIMSS North America board and is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University in the school of Public Health. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS in Bio-Engineering from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Matthew Eisenberg, MD, Stanford Health Care

Dr. Matthew Eisenberg joined Stanford Health Care as a Medical Informatics Director for Analytics and Innovation in February 2013.  His work at Stanford Health Care focuses on interoperability – specifically health information exchange, quality and regulatory reporting, population health and analytics for improvement.  Stanford Health Care is a HIMSS Stage 7 certified hospital and outpatient organization.  Prior to joining Stanford Health Care, he was the Medical Vice President for Clinical Informatics at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Washington.

Mark J. Segal, PhD, FHIMSS

Mark Segal is Principal, Digital Health Policy Solutions, LLC, a digital health policy consultancy. He provides strategic counsel on interoperability policy, value-based payment, and health IT regulation and patient safety. Until December 2017, he was Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs for GE Healthcare Digital. Mark has provided advice to ONC and CMS and been leader and expert participant in health IT organizations and policy initiatives, addressing patient safety and usability, standards and interoperability, certification, value-based payment, opioids and health IT, delivery system reform, the 21st Century Cures law, and payment incentives.

Mark chaired the Electronic Health Record Association. He served on Carequality’s Steering Committee and Advisory Council. He also chairs HL7’s Policy Advisory Committee and serves on its Advisory Council and Leadership Development and Nomination Committee. He was a member of the CARIN Alliance Board and is a member of its Policy Workgroup. Mark was appointed to the NQF HIT Patient Safety Expert Panel and the Health IT Standards Committee S&I Framework Task Force. He has held leadership and policy roles for HIMSS, AMIA, and eHI.

Mark has a BA in political science from the University of Rochester and a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jude Soundar, Social Security Administration

Jude Soundar is the Executive Director, Health Information Technology, for the Social Security Administration. Previously, he served as an Associate Deputy General Counsel and ethics counselor for the Army Office of the General Counsel where he focused on financial compliance and ethics.

Jude has also served as a policy advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

In addition to his civilian position, Jude serves as a Major in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In his military capacity, he regularly travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to teach ethics and advise on conflict mineral issues.

Before entering public service, Jude was a Senior Compliance Officer at JPMorgan Chase, concentrating on banking compliance, internet and technology issues. Jude also advises early stage technology companies, including 8tracks, a leading streaming audio mobile application.

Before practicing law, Jude worked as a database administrator for ABN-AMRO and Grant Thornton with a concentration on Sybase, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.  Jude’s experience in traditional databases lead to his interest in blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data.

Jude received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow in the Truman National Security Project, a Board Member of the Filipino Veterans and Recognition and Education Project, and The Unforgotten Fund, which assists waste pickers in developing countries.

David Camitta, MD, MS, CommonSpirit Health

David Camitta, MD, MS is an internal medicine physician and Physician Executive in Medical Informatics and Interoperability/HIE at CommonSpirit Health. Dr. Camitta has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and is a recognized physician leader driving and promoting innovations in digital and clinical transformation to improve patient care. He has a passion for and dedication to true interoperability and health information exchange across the care continuum, and leads clinical strategy for HIE/Interoperability and deploying a longitudinal patient view incorporating external clinical data within native EHR work flow  to over 40,000 physicians, APPs, nurses and pharmacy staff. He currently serves on Carequality Executive Steering Committee and is co-chair of the Sequoia Project Interoperability Matters Information Blocking Workgroup.

Dr. Camitta completed residency in Internal Medicineat the University of Cincinnati and fellowship in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Camitta is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics.

Jeffrey Anderson, MD, MS, VHIE

Dr. Anderson currently serves as the Director, Veterans Health Information Exchange for the Clinical Informatics and Data Management Office within the Office of Health Informatics for the Veterans Health Administration.  As Director of VHIE, Dr. Anderson provides leadership for community partner engagement/onboarding, the design and implementation of information sharing modalities/systems, VA clinician communication and workflow deployment, Veteran outreach and communication, community data quality assessment/management, and analytics pertaining to information sharing performance and outcomes. Dr. Anderson previously served in CMIO and CIO roles for both a university healthcare system and an investor-owned healthcare system. In these roles he served as the executive responsible for the successful implementations of two patient-centric EHRs entailing an enterprise master patient index, optimized acute/outpatient/ambulatory user workflows to foster clinical excellence, quality and cost metric analytics to support population health management, patient portals to foster patient engagement, and interoperability with other EHRs utilizing health information exchanges.  Dr. Anderson has also served in multiple, clinical management executive roles and has conducted research concerning an individual’s immunoregulatory status. Dr. Anderson is an ABIM certified physician who has practiced emergency and urgent care medicine. He holds a MS in Computer Science and is an ABPM Diplomate in Clinical Informatics.

Arun Gopalan, DaVita

Arun Gopalan is a Director of IT with DaVita, a leading national provider of Kidney Care Services in the U.S. In his role, Arun’s areas of accountability include technology strategy and direction for DaVita’s interoperability needs, which is to provide external hospital/other care providers’ connectivity to the 2600+ dialysis centers as well as other DaVita businesses in the U.S. Arun interacts closely with the eHealth exchange as well as other federal agencies/regional HIEs.

Kevin Larsen, MD, FACP, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Kevin L. Larsen, MD, FACP is the director of the Continuous Improvement and Strategic Planning Staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He leads the CMS lean transformation and advises on health IT policy and care transformation. He is currently on assignment in the Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer, where is leads work in technology transformation for HHS. He previously served as Medical Director of Meaningful Use at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  Where he lead ONCs work on quality policy, measurement and improvement, including clinical decision support and registries. Prior to working for the federal government he was Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Associate Medical Director at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. His research includes health system innovation focused on data and technology, computer systems to support clinical decision making, and health literacy. In Minneapolis he was also the Medical Director for the Center for Urban Health, a hospital, community collaborative health research institute focused on health system change using claims, EHR and public health data.

Ganesh Persad, Memorial Healthcare System

Ganesh is the Manager of Clinical Systems & Interoperability at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) in South Florida. He serves as the technical architect who manages various health information exchange platforms such as Epic’s Care Everywhere, Carequality, eHealth Exchange, Florida HIE, Florida Shots and various interfaces with a patient and provider centric approach focusing on delivering clinically relevant data at the point of care to align with Memorial Healthcare System’s value based care initiatives through the use of technology.

Eric Heflin, The Sequoia Project

Eric was employee #2 at The Sequoia Project where he currently serves as the CTO/CISO. He architected, implemented, and currently helps operate the nation’s largest health data sharing network, the eHealth Exchange, which connects approximately 75% of all hospitals in the country.  In this role security is of absolute importance and he’s implemented a number of novel techniques to help keep the country’s healthcare IT infrastructure secure. He has co-authored standards used world-wide to exchange clinical data, a frequent adviser to federal and state agencies on PKI, and the author of multiple security tools.

Michael Lundie, Cognosante

Michael Lundie is the Director of Healthcare Interoperability Solutions at Cognosante. A healthcare information technologist for 30 plus years, his passion for healthcare IT has been driven by the need to deliver the right information at the right time, in the right way, to healthcare providers who then, can use it to make a difference in the lives of the patients they serve. For the past 12 years he has been focused on delivering health information exchange solutions that meet the needs of healthcare delivery stakeholders at the community, state-wide, and national levels.

Cindy Pan, VHIE

Cindy Pan joined the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) earlier this year as a Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE) Program Manager overseeing the VA’s query based exchange partners and networks. In addition to the internal and external operations of account management for all of VA Exchange, she leads the team in strategic direction for interoperability with VA’s community care partners.

Cindy’s background working directly with VA medical center end users, community care partners, and Veteran patients uniquely equips her with the broad perspective needed for optimization during expansion and overall vision. After nearly a decade of experience working in Healthcare IT, she brings consultative technical tactics, successful experience in end-to-end implementation, and large scale account management to the VA VHIE Program. Her passion for collaboration and efficiency brings all the best ingredients together for leading the VA’s interoperability efforts.

Cindy double majored at her alma mater, University of California Los Angeles, where she studied abroad in Hong Kong developing a passion for travel. She currently resides in beautiful San Diego, CA with her significant other and pack of furry and scaly pets.

Brandon Neiswender, CRISP

Brandon Neiswender joined the CRISP team in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and also serves as the organization’s Privacy and Security Officer. In this role he positioned CRISP as a leader in data security and patient privacy using technological and administrative tools focused on patients controlling how their data is used.  Recently, he has taken on additional responsibilities providing guidance to  industry organizations tasked with implementation of risk management  and patient privacy related to FHIR standards and national frameworks for interoperability.

Mike Dittemore, LACIE

Mike Dittemore serves as Executive Director of the Lewis And Clark Information Exchange (LACIE). Mike is a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Missouri with 30 plus years of diverse healthcare experience in EmergencyCare, Critical Transport, Interventional Radiology and Post Anesthesia Recovery, Group Purchasing and Technology. He is certified as a group facilitator andhas been trained as a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma performance improvement with a health care emphasis. Along with his Nursing degree he holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University and anexecutive MBA from Benedictine College. Prior to joining LACIE Dittemore was in leadership roles with Vizient(VHA)a healthcare group purchasing organizationandserved as a Captain in the U. S. Army Reserves Nurse Corps. Mike began his career with LACIE as the Business Developer in Novemberof 2010and has served as the Executive Director since Decemberof 2012.

Dan Paoletti, CliniSync

As Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, Dan helped create and continues to manage CliniSync, Ohio’s Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). Supported by hospitals, health systems, health care providers, associations, health plans and others in the medical community, CliniSync is now one of the largest and most successful HIEs in the country. More than 155 hospitals and 2,300 organizations make up the CliniSync Community, and Dan is proud to have facilitated this collaboration as a nonprofit, neutral, third-party entity that promotes trust and confidence. The organization’s innovative spirit continues to create new services and solutions to bring efficiencies, reduce administrative burden and improve health outcomes for CliniSync Stakeholders. To further these efforts, Dan also serves on the Boards of the following organizations:

  • DirectTrust, Washington D.C., 2017-Present, Treasurer & Board Member
  • Health Policy Institute of Ohio, 2017-Present, Board Member
  • Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus, 2018-Present, Board Member
  • Ohio Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, Columbus, OH, 2012- Present, Committee Member
  • OHA Solutions, Columbus, Ohio, 1996-Present, Board Member

Didi Davis, The Sequoia Project

Mrs. Davis has >25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry with emphasis in the conformance testing, implementation, development, and management of information technology solutions and healthcare workflow requirements.  She serves as the VP, Informatics, Conformance and Interoperability for the Sequoia Project that is a 501©3 not for profit organization based in Washington, DC.  Her expertise includes connecting people, processes and technology to improve health care.  She is responsible for driving the interoperability among health IT systems participating within the Carequality framework, the eHealth Exchange network (formerly known as the Nationwide Health Information Network – NwHIN), the RSNA Image Share Validation program in partnership with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and PULSE managed by Sequoia.

Mrs. Davis is nationally known as a subject matter expert for healthcare standards, interoperability design and strategy for all healthcare stakeholders within hospitals, ambulatory practices, health information exchanges and vendors deploying health information technology to improve patient safety and quality of care. She volunteers in several roles nationally and internationally.  She serves on the Tennessee HIMSS Board as the Health Information Exchange (HIE) liaison since 2010. She also serves on the IHE International Board of Directors since 2007 and within various committees and joint collaborations including the HL7/IHE Project Gemini Steering Committee to try to encourage the use of HL7 FHIR for exchange of health care knowledge and information

John Loonsk, MD, Association of Public Health Laboratories

John W. Loonsk, MD FACMI has had leadership roles in government, academic, and private sector health information technology. He is presently Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Consultant to the Association of Public Health Laboratories and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Center for Population Health IT at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

John has held the position of Director of Interoperability and Standards in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC),Associate Director for Informatics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as previously being CMIO for CGI Federal.

Before his work in public health, Dr. Loonsk served as Assistant Dean and Division Head of Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.John is a fellow in the College of the American College of Medical Informatics and received his medical training at the State University of New York at Buffalo after graduating from the Johns Hopkins University.

Dave Cassel, Carequality

Dave Cassel has worked over 20 years in health information technology, creating a national reputation as an expert in health information exchange. As Executive Director of Carequality, Dave is responsible for the Carequality Interoperability Framework which enables health data sharing across and among different types of networks. Under his leadership, the national-level trusted exchange framework was first implemented in July 2016 and has rapidly grown to include more than 600,000 providers across more than 1,500 hospitals and 40,000 clinics, currently sharing more than 36million documents a month. Dave holds a Master’s of Science in economics from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Delaware.

Paul Matthews, OCHIN

As OCHIN’s Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Paul is responsible for managing the architecture and interoperability of the organization’s national Electronic Medical Record and Data Analytics business lines. Over the last two decades, Paul has lead the implementation of Health Information Technology (HIT) within the ambulatory market with a specific focus on the safety-net. Paul has led the technical implementation of a national Medical Grade Broadband network covering more than 1,000 locations. His work supports over 10,000 clinicians, and hosting 6 million clinical visits annually.

As nation’s largest Health Center Controlled Network—groups of health centers working together to address operational and clinical challenges related to the use of HIT—Paul’s leadership in interoperability and health information exchange has been critical to the care of underserved patients.

Paul is passionate about the operational integration of HIE within the safety-net and currently serves on:

  • The Sequoia Project (Board of Directors)
  • eHealth Exchange (Coordinating Committee)
  • HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Committee(Committee member)
  • Central Oregon Health Information Exchange (ex-officio, Board of Directors)
  • Northwest Access Exchange (Board of Directors)
  • Oregon PDMP Integration Steering Committee (Committee  member)
  • Oregon Health Authority, Network of Networks Definitions Group

Alex Mugge, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Alexandra Mugge is the Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She has been with CMS since 2010 and during that time she has worked on multiple CMS quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs, with a focus on health IT. Before joining the Office of the Administrator in her current role, Alex served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Health IT, where she and her team lead the overhaul of the EHR Incentive Programs and advancing care information performance category to create the Promoting Interoperability initiatives.

Alex earned her Masters of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where she specialized in Public Health Policy.

John Rancourt, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

John Rancourt serves as the Director, Interoperability Division, Office of Policy, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Interoperability Division supports health IT policy implementation through such activities as:

  • The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.
  • State and Medicaid interoperability efforts.
  • Public health, including the opioid emergency.
  • Value-based transformation enabled by health IT.
  • Consumer engagement and data access.
  • Engagement with behavioral health and long-term post-acute care providers.

During his career in health policy, John has worked on Capitol Hill, as a patient advocate, as a journalist.

Walter Suarez, MD, MPH, Kaiser Permanente

Executive Director, Health IT Strategy and Policy (KP-HITSP)
Former Chair, National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS)
Member, Board of Directors, HIMSS North America
Member and Chair-Elect, Board of Directors, HL7 International

Dr. Suarez is a physician and a public health and medical information systems specialist.  As Executive Director of Health IT Strategy and Policy at KP, he is responsible for developing KP’s internal and external eHealth/Health IT policy positions and providing national and international leadership and guidance on several health IT-related domains including digital health, electronic health record systems, health care administrative processes, privacy and security, mHealth, medical device interoperability, telehealth and health information exchanges.

Between 2008 and 2016 Dr. Suarez was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve in the prestigious National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). In 2015 Dr. Suarez was appointed the Chair of NCVHS, the first Hispanic physician to serve in this position. Dr. Suarez also served in the U.S. Health IT Standards Committee advising the National Coordinator for Health IT at HHS, founding President and member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Public Health Data Standards Consortium, and advisor to the World Health Organization on eHealth.  He is also a founding member of the Digital Bridge Initiative to advance interoperability between public health and health care organizations, as well as the Gravity Project, a national Social Determinants of Health data interoperability initiative.

He is an active member of several national and international health-related standards development organizations, including ASC-X12N and Health Level 7 (HL7) International, where he was elected as incoming Chair of the Board of Director.  He was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors of HIMSS North America.

Dr. Suarez earned his medical degree from the Colombian School of Medicine, and his master’s in public health from Tulane University.