2020 Speakers

Featured Speakers

Danielle Brooks, JD

Director, Health Equity, AmeriHealth Caritas

Danielle J. Brooks, J.D. has spent the last decade designing, leading and managing research, project development, strategy and implementation programs across a variety of industries including healthcare, media and communications, human rights, policy, and law. She prides herself on bridging creativity with strategic approaches that result in true impact. She is a recognized thought leader and expert in the field of health equity.

Danielle began her career as a policy fellow for former Governor, and  Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack where she designed community building initiatives for members of the state of Iowa. She then followed this work by participating in a variety of positions including working for the Iowa Supreme Court; managing coalitions to influence the development of key Health IT policies; serving as an Executive Editor for the award winning blog Disruptive Women and Health Care;  and leading the development of the Iowa Accountability Program, Judicial Training Institute (IAP JTI). The IAP JTI is an initiative that works to improve the judicial handling of domestic violence cases, through innovative approaches focused on judicial leadership, community/judicial relations and the elimination of procedural bias. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she guided the organization on key media campaigns and policy. In addition to this appointment, she also serves  on the Advisory Panel for Health IT, Health Disparities, and Improving Industry for the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute ( PCORI). Danielle is the former owner and Managing Director of Bridges, a boutique healthcare consulting firm with national reach; the primary author of the Petal Framework, a Bridges and Morehouse School of Medicine project; and, a producer for the Healthcare Road Trip.

An Iowan, Danielle studied at Oberlin College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics. She then attended William and Mary School of Law, achieving her Juris Doctorate.


Zubin Damania, MD, aka ZDoggMD

Hospitalist and Creator, ZDoggMD Industries

Zubin Damania, MD, is an internist and founder of Turntable Health, an innovative healthcare clinic that was part of an ambitious urban revitalization movement in Las Vegas spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. During his decade-long career as a hospitalist at Stanford, Dr. Damania began a shadow career under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, performing stand-up comedy and creating parody videos for medical audiences worldwide. Dr. Damania examines how we can all work to build Health 3.0, an ideal model of care where technology and evidence-based medicine seamlessly support healthcare teams in achieving the outcomes that actually matter to our patients, while improving the wellbeing of the caregivers themselves.

He subsequently founded ZDoggMD Industries, the digital production studio behind the Internet’s #1 medical news and entertainment show, The ZDoggMD Show. Reaching millions of viewers weekly, Dr. Damania leads a passionate tribe of healthcare professionals towards this vision of Health 3.0, with in-depth interviews of medical thought leaders, mixed with merciless satire and hilarious takedowns of popular pseudoscience.

Eric D. Hargan

Deputy Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Eric D. Hargan is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the American people, and as the largest department in the federal government has an annual budget in excess of $1.3 trillion and over 80,000 employees across 26 divisions. As Deputy Secretary, he is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the department in addition to leading policy and strategy development.

Mr. Hargan was sworn into office as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on October 6, 2017. He immediately served as Acting Secretary of HHS from October 2017 to January 2018. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Hargan served at HHS in a variety of capacities, including holding the position of Acting Deputy Secretary. During his tenure at HHS, Mr. Hargan also served as the Department’s Regulatory Policy Officer, where he oversaw the development and approval of all HHS, CMS, and FDA regulations and significant guidances.

He received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review. In between his tours of duty at HHS Mr. Hargan taught at Loyola Law School in Chicago, focusing on administrative law and healthcare regulations. Mr. Hargan was born and raised in Mounds, Illinois, a small town of approximately 800 located in the southern county of Pulaski. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife and their two sons.

Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, Health Level Seven International (HL7)

As the Chief Executive Officer of HL7, Dr. Jaffe serves as the organization’s global ambassador, fostering relationships with key industry stakeholders. A 37-year veteran of the healthcare IT industry, Dr. Jaffe was previously the Senior Global Strategist for the Digital Health Group at Intel Corporation, Vice President of Life Sciences at SAIC, and the Director of Medical Informatics at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. He completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and at Georgetown University. Formerly, he was President of InforMed, an informatics consultancy for research informatics. Over the course of his career, he has been the principal investigator for more than 200 clinical trials, and has served in various leadership roles in the American Medical Informatics Association. He has been a board member on leading organizations for information technology standards, and served as the chair of a national institutional review board. Most recently, he held an appointment in the Department of Engineering at Penn State University. Dr. Jaffe has been the contributing editor for several journals and has published on a range of subjects, including clinical management, informatics deployment, and healthcare policy.

Harold Lehmann, MD, PhD

Professor of Health Sciences Informatics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr Lehmann is a Professor of Informatics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a general pediatric background and doctoral training in informatics. His research has circled around the Venn diagram of evidence-based medicine, Bayesian statistical analysis, and medical decision making. He has published many decision analyses and clinical practice guidelines. He has been the informatics lead for the PCORNet PaTH clinical data research network Hopkins site for the past five years. He is currently the Johns Hopkins site lead for the National Covid Cohort Collaboration and an active member of the Data Integration & Harmonization Workgroup, as well as the Statistical Methods Workgroup.

Noam Levey

Writer, Los Angeles Times

Noam N. Levey is the senior health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times, based in Washington, DC. Covering health care over the last decade, he has reported from more than 35 states around the country, as well as from Asia, Africa, Western Europe and Latin America. Noam’s award-winning stories regularly appear in newspapers nationwide. He has also been published in Health Affairs, JAMA and Milbank Quarterly. He is currently working on a book about the long quest to rescue American healthcare, a 50-year history of efforts to build primary care-based systems that deliver high-quality care while keeping costs in check. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Times in 2003, Noam was an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. He has a degree in Middle Eastern history from Princeton University.

Margaret E. O’Kane

President, NCQA

Margaret E. O’Kane is founder and president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and has received the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, as well as the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Modern Healthcare magazine has named O’Kane one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” 12 times, and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” 3 times. She is a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund and is Chairman of the Board of Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions. O’Kane holds a master’s degree in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Marc Overhage, MD, PhD

CMIO, The Overhage Group

Dr. Overhage is a seasoned leader who combines decades of clinical experience with deep knowledge in health information technology including strategy, standards, development, implementation and evaluation.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Overhage served as CMIO at Cerner,  was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, was Director of Medical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., and a Sam Regenstrief Professor of Medical Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr Overhage has played a significant regional and national leadership role in advancing the policy, standards, financing and implementation of health information exchange. He served on the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics and the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and now serves on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum and the National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Planning Board as well as other national healthcare initiatives.

Dr. Overhage is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians.


Michelle Schreiber, MD

Deputy Director for Quality and Value, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Dr. Schreiber is the Deputy Director for Quality and Value, part of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role she leads CMS efforts around quality measurement, and many of the value based incentive programs, such as Hospital Stars, Hospital Value Based Purchasing, Promoting Interoperability, MIPS, and Post-Acute Care programs. Most recently she has led the MIPS transformation to MIPS Value Pathways, the modernization of the Hospital Stars program, and the development of Meaningful Measures 2.0, including supporting the transition of quality measures to digital.

Moderators and Panelists

John D’Amore

President, Diameter Health

John D’Amore, MS is President of Diameter Health, Head of Informatics and a company co-founder.  He has over fifteen years of experience providing informatics and strategic insight to healthcare organizations. He is co-Founder of Diameter Health and is dedicated to improving healthcare quality and efficiency through the intelligent use of data.   Previously, John was Vice President at Eclipsys (now Allscripts) overseeing enterprise performance management solutions. Before then, John worked at the largest health system in Texas overseeing clinical informatics, decision support and business intelligence.

John is a technical advisor to the National Committee for Quality Assurance and a primary editor of HL7’s standard for care summaries, the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture. He holds a biochemistry degree from Harvard University and a graduate degree in clinical informatics from the University of Texas, School of Biomedical Informatics.

David Kendrick, MD, MPH, FACP

Founder and CEO, MyHealth Access Network

David C. Kendrick, MD, MPH, FACP is founder and CEO of Oklahoma’s MyHealth Access Network, which serves more than 3M patients statewide, and provides advanced health information exchange, community-wide care coordination, and a robust decision support platform. MyHealth provides region-wide quality measurement for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiatives as well as ACOs and value-based payment models in Oklahoma.   Dr. Kendrick is Chair of the Board for the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and a Board member of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative.  David proposed the Patient Centered Data Home™ model of nationwide interoperability, which enables secure patient record exchange among states and regions where individuals receive care.

Don Lee

Director, Strategy and Business Development, HealtheConnections

Don is a product and business development strategist, and accomplished Health IT expert with a 20+ year track record of driving value with technology. Today, Don is Director of Strategy and Business Development at HealtheConnections. He is responsible for the identification and creation of value-added services that build on the high-quality, comprehensive community data available through the Health Information Exchange. Don is the Executive Producer and Host of The #HCBiz Show!, the podcast dedicated to unraveling the Business of Healthcare. The podcast features weekly interviews with industry leaders and explores new ways to align patient, clinician, and business value.

Bo Borgnakke

Emerging Solutions Manager, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MIHIN)

Bo began working at MiHIN six years ago while pursuing a Masters in Health Informatics degree from the University of Michigan. His work efforts have focused in the quality space, analyzing current and forthcoming quality measurement programs at the local, state, and federal levels. Bo now leads the Michigan Physician-Payer Quality Collaborative, comprised of 12 payers and 50 clinical organizations that seeks to streamline and standardize the quality data reporting cycle.  He is also MiHIN’s representative at the HL7 Da Vinci Project, focusing on emerging FHIR-enabled solutions.


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