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Gaylord National Harbor, MD

October 24, 2018

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Speaker Bios

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10718″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Jay Nakashima, Vice President, eHealth Exchange[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10731″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]John P. Kansky, MSE, MBA, President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10734″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Tara Broxton Cramer [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Tara Broxton Cramer has been the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) since November 2011. She was previously Executive Director of the East Georgia Health Cooperative, a rural health network. Cramer sits on the User Group Committee of the Georgia Health Information Network, is a member of the HIMSS HIE inPractice Task Force and is an on the Advisory Board for Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. Tara is a recognized industry expert who has presented at numerous conferences, including The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Cerner Health Conferences, Health Datapalooza, The North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance (NCHICA) and The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10743″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Dr. Matthew Eisenberg [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10744″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Stephen Hrinda [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]With 10+ years of experience in the healthcare sector, Stephen leads Clareto’s data partner network development efforts to promote sustainable interoperability strategies and drive adoption of non-treatment use cases by healthcare providers, health information exchanges, and technology vendors.  Prior to Clareto, he also held roles in technology commercialization, corporate development, and investment banking with Cleveland Clinic, Cardinal Health, and League Park Advisors, respectively.  Stephen completed his MPH and MBA degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10746″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Tracy Rico MHA, RN[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Tracy Rico MHA, RN, is a Nursing Informatics Manager that is focused on improving health outcomes through interoperability and innovation. She has spent the last 3 years developing and implementing the first clinical interoperability strategy for Superior Healthplan.  She currently participates in several Texas HHSC workgroups and committees to support interoperability and telehealth initiatives.
Her most recent project is increasing access to care by building the telehealth strategy of Superior Healthplan and Centene Corporation.

Tracy’s real passion lies in creating partnerships that build resources (financial and talent) to impact our neediest populations.  Examples include piloting an eConsult program to increase access to specialists in rural areas, running a school based telemedicine program to keep students in schools and assisting national and local projects to provide emergency access to health records during disaster situations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10748″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Teresa Rivera, President and Chief Executive Officer, UHIN[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Teresa Rivera joined the Utah Health Information Network in 2007, becoming President in 2012 and Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Teresa is responsible for UHIN’s direction and financial viability. She has over 40 years of healthcare experience, including with BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, and HealthCare Insight Her focus is service, employee development and community involvement, which she believes are essential to business success. Teresa holds an MBA with an emphasis in Human and Organizational Development and a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, in Management with a minor in Computer Science from Westminster College. She is a current Board member of the Utah HIMSS Chapter (HIE Liaison), a member of the eHealth Exchange Coordinating Committee, the Strategic HIE Collaborative, and the Utah Digital Health Commission.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10753″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Mark J. Segal, PhD, FHIMSS[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10752″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Lindsay Austin[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Lindsay Austin is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Troutman Sanders Strategies. She joined the firm in 2011. Lindsay brings to the firm nearly 15 years of congressional and legislative experience coupled with her work as a Washington government relations representative to corporations, industry associations, non-profits, and universities. Lindsay works with clients across numerous sectors, with an emphasis on healthcare, health information technology, public health, food safety, agriculture, education, and a variety of other policy areas. Combining her political and policy know-how with her Washington and Georgia network, Lindsay excels at developing and executing strategy for clients at the federal level.

Prior to joining the firm, Lindsay was the Director of Health Affairs at American Defense International, where she managed a large client portfolio and advised on federal healthcare program opportunities and legislative issues impacting clients. Lindsay also worked on Capitol Hill for six years for U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03). As a congressional staffer, she maintained a diverse portfolio of policy issues, including healthcare, agriculture, energy, education, environment, natural resources, and small business.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10751″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Jitin Asnaani[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Jitin is the Executive Director of CommonWell Health Alliance, which is dedicated to the vision that health data should always follow the patient, regardless of where care occurs. Previously, Jitin led interoperability R&D at athenahealth, where he helped launch CommonWell as well as the Argonaut Project. Prior to that, Jitin worked for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), where he led the S&I Framework and The Direct Project. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10750″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Samantha Burch, Senior Director, Congressional Affairs, HIMSS

 [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Samantha Burch is Senior Director, Congressional Affairs, for HIMSS: a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology.

As Senior Director of Congressional Affairs, Sam leads HIMSS’ efforts to identify, establish, and strengthen partnerships with key Congressional Offices and Committees to advance health IT policy.

Prior to joining HIMSS in 2015, Sam served as Vice President, Legislation and Health IT at the Federation of American Hospitals and as a healthcare aide and press secretary for Rep. Al Green (D-TX). She also worked with the American Cancer Society, AcademyHealth, and as a policy fellow with the Ohio Department of Health.

Sam received a Master of Arts degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from The Ohio State University.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10749″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

Jamie Ferguson, Vice President, Health Information Technology Strategy and Policy Fellow, Institute for Health Policy


Jamie Ferguson is vice president of health information technology strategy and policy for Kaiser Permanente and is a fellow at the Institute for Health Policy. He is responsible for health IT informatics standards, priorities, and policies, and government and industry relations for IT. Previously, Jamie was responsible for information strategy and managed the data systems for Kaiser Permanente’s clinical and administrative operations. Jamie supports and serves on committees of health IT organizations including the Sequoia Project, Health Level Seven International (HL7), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the World Economic Forum. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of SNOMED International and has served on multiple advisory committees, task forces, and other efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2005 to the present.

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Leslie Witten-Rood

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Leslie Witten-Rood, MA, currently serves as a Senior Manager for the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) and is the subject matter expert on Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Leslie is responsible for the successful delivery of the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) and +EMS projects which are complex, innovative statewide health information exchange projects that integrate EMS as a critical component of the health care system. Most recently, Leslie worked on the State’s Advance Planning Document for California’s Health Information Technology (HIT) for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) project, which the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $40 Million to EMSA to implement. The HITEMS project will facilitate emergency care and disaster response by developing bidirectional connections between health information organizations, local EMS agencies and providers, local hospitals, and medical professionals. This project will advance care coordination by allowing Medicaid providers to meet meaningful use requirements through improved health information exchange and promoting interoperability tools and services for EMS, community paramedics, End-of-Life decisions and disaster medical responses. Leslie serves as a Board Member on the California Interoperability Committee that governs the California Trusted Exchange Network (CTEN). Before joining EMSA in 2016, Leslie served as the Assistant Director for the California Office of Traffic Safety for 12 years administering over $100 million annually for traffic safety grant projects that reduced traffic deaths, injuries, and economic losses in the state of California. Early in her career, she worked as an appointee to Governor Pete Wilson for six years. Leslie has an extensive background in grant administration, project management, legislation, and health informatics.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10756″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

Nora Belcher

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Nora Belcher is the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that she started in 2009 to give health information technology stakeholders a voice in public policy. The Texas e-Health Alliance serves as the state’s leading advocate, from local communities to the national level, for the use of information technology to improve the health care system for patients. Prior to starting the Alliance, Ms. Belcher worked in the private sector as a consultant advising health information technology companies on how to do business with government. She also served in Governor Perry’s office for five years as deputy director in the Governor’s Office of Budget, Planning and Policy, where she was responsible for managing the policy and budget issues for the Texas health and human services system. Ms. Belcher holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and owns a hardcover first edition of Game of Thrones.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”10757″ style=”vc_box_circle”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

Kristen Finne

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Kristen Finne, is a Senior Program Analyst in the Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and has 20 years of expertise in public health and health care policy, programs, service delivery, research and emergency management. Ms. Finne, in her current role, assesses disaster-induced stress on the health care system and develops interventions to minimize adverse health outcomes for at-risk populations with access and functional needs. She serves as the Program Manager and spearheaded the development of the HHS emPOWER Program, an ASPR and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid joint collaboration, that provides Medicare data, maps, and tools to support federal-to-community emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities for beneficiaries that live independently and rely upon electricity-dependent medical equipment and healthcare services. Ms. Finne was also appointed and represents HHS’ ASPR on the PULSE Advisory Council. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”dashed”][/vc_column][/vc_row]