2021 Speakers

Featured Speakers

Julia Adler-Milstein

Professor of Medicine & Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Adler-Milstein is a leading researcher in health IT policy, with a specific focus on electronic health records and interoperability. She has examined policies and organizational strategies that enable effective use of electronic health records and promote interoperability. She is also an expert in EHR audit log data and its application to studying clinician behavior. Her research – used by researchers, health systems, and policymakers – identifies obstacles to progress and ways to overcome them.

She has published over 125 influential papers, testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, been named one of the top 10 influential women in health IT, and won numerous awards, including the New Investigator Award from the American Medical Informatics Association and the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. She has served on an array of influential committees and boards, including the NHS National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology, the Health Care Advisory Board for Politico, and the Interoperability Committee of the National Quality Forum. Dr. Adler-Milstein holds a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard and spent six years on the faculty at University of Michigan prior to joining UCSF.

Brian Behlendorf

General Manager,  Blockchain, Healthcare and Identity at the Linux Foundation

Brian Behlendorf is General Manager for Blockchain, Healthcare and Identity at the Linux Foundation. In this capacity, Brian leads the Hyperledger open-source enterprise blockchain software initiative as well as Linux Public Health, which builds software and services that assist public health authorities in the fight against the pandemic. Brian has a long history with open source software, going back to co-founding the Apache web server project in 1995, and from that point forward founding or working for a series of companies (Wired Magazine, Organic, CollabNet), non-profits (like the World Economic Forum), and governments (Office of Science and Tech Policy 2009, advisor to HHS ONC 2010). Brian currently also serves on the board of directors of the Mozilla Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Hue Chiang

Manager, Innovation, Design, and Simulation, Seattle Children’s’

Hue Chiang leads the Innovation and Simulation programs at Seattle Children’s to support idea incubation, human-centered design, clinical education, and systems simulations. She believes that connecting multiple disciplines together to develop new services and products are the way to solve the world’s biggest problems. Hue has coached executives in healthcare on lean management systems as well as led large-scale improvement projects to improve patient access and experience in hospitals. In addition to working in the healthcare field, Hue has experience in product development, lean manufacturing, and people leadership in other companies such as Nike, Inc. and Intel Corp to develop shoes and start up fabs. Hue holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a M.S. in Bioengineering from Arizona State University. In her spare time, she explores new restaurants and rates boba tea cafes and matcha desserts with her 2 kids and husband in Seattle and other cities when they travel.

Gerard R. Cox, MD, MHA

Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Quality and Patient Safety, Veterans Health Administration

Gerard R. Cox, MD, MHA was appointed Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Quality and Patient Safety, effective October 14, 2018. Since joining VA in 2014, Dr. Cox served as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services, Interim Medical Inspector, and Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Integrity. He was the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Health for the Office for Organizational Excellence from October 2017 to October 2018.

During his previous military career of more than 30 years as a U.S. Navy medical officer, he served in a series of hospital leadership roles with increasingly complex responsibilities, including service chief, service line leader, chief operating officer, and chief executive officer.  He held executive positions on the staffs of the Navy Surgeon General, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Commander of U.S. Navy forces in the Middle East, and the Naval Inspector General. He also served as a White House physician for Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.

Following his undergraduate and medical education, Dr. Cox completed a medical internship at the National Naval Medical Center and the combined residency program in emergency medicine at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland. He is board-certified in emergency medicine, occupational medicine, and health care administration and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.  His military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal (3 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards) and the Presidential Service Badge.

Floyd Eisenberg, MD

President, iParsimony LLC

Dr. Eisenberg is a health information technology consultant. He received his undergraduate degree at Albright College, medical training at Pennsylvania State University, internal medicine residency at Abington Memorial Hospital, Infectious Disease fellowship at Temple University, and received a Master of Public Health degree from Medical College of Wisconsin. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and an elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians. His career began with the clinical practice of Infectious Diseases followed by serving as a medical director with focus on quality measurement at Independence Blue Cross and work with Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services in EHR development leading to more detailed focus on electronic clinical quality measurement at National Quality Forum. Since then, he has been a consultant focusing on standards for clinical quality measurement and reporting and clinical decision support as well as their implementation. He is currently an elected co-chair of two HL7 Workgroups, Clinical Quality Information (CQI) addressing measurement standards and Cross-Group Projects addressing broadly focused standards such as US Core. He is also the elected Treasurer of HL7 International and active as co-chair of two HL7 re-envisioning task groups (ROI and Focus). Some current activities include standards support for CMS quality measurement initiatives, SME support for a CDC project expressing clinical opioid prescribing guidelines, and SME support for the Association of Immunization Registries of American (AIRA) and HIMSS Immunization Integration Program (IIP).

Chris Grasso, MPH

Associate Vice President for Informatics and Data, Fenway Community Health

Chris Grasso, MPH, serves as Fenway’s Associate Vice President for Health Informatics and Data Services and has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare, public health, research and technology. Under her leadership, Fenway has been an early adopter of HIT and developed tools to improve data capture and clinical decision support.  She was instrumental in getting sexual orientation and gender identity fields (SOGI) fields integrated into Fenway’s EHR which shaped the SOGI requirements for EHR Certification and HRSA SOGI data requirements. She has advised EHR vendors on incorporating SOGI questions into their products as well as making their products more LGBTQ inclusive.  Her expertise includes data analytics in real world clinical settings, particularly focusing on the LGBTQIA+ patient populations.  She has collaborated with external partners on developing and validating care cascades and treatment algorithms.  She oversees Fenway’s participation in 4 national data registry projects where these studies combine de-identified patient data into a shared clinical database to evaluate patient outcomes in real world settings.  She has co-authored over 40 publications focusing on the LGBTQIA+ community.

Vanessa Guzman

Chief Executive Officer, SmartRise Health

Mrs. Guzman has expertise in leading and overseeing initiatives relating to Quality Care Programs, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Alternative Payment Models, Medicare Access, and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Value-Based Payment models. Her portfolio of quality improvement projects and payer arrangements includes developing and designing shared resources to support network participants with IT and Population Health management processes. Mrs. Guzman has15 years of experience in overseeing quality incentives and downside risk, and clinical and social improvement programs, with the primary goal of advancing efficiency and care delivery in value-based programs by enhancing provider, hospital, and community coordination and clinical support for its patients. She is a contributor in many ACO, digital health, data collection and reporting, quality improvement, and community-based related case studies and publications moderated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Mrs. Guzman has successfully formed a high-performing partnership network in the areas of expertise shown below that facilitates strategic resources, applications, and systems to provider organizations, payers, and community-based organizations.

W. Ed Hammond, PhD

Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics, Duke Translational Medicine Institute at Duke University

Ed Hammond has provided vision and leadership in most aspects of health informatics for over fifty years. He has been engaged in AMIA, ACMI, IMIA, HL7 International, ISO TC 215, JIC, PAHO, IADB, and various US Government activities over the years. His current research is in data visualization; realizing interoperability using HL7 FHIR®, SMART®, and CDS Hooks; app development; registries, EHRs, human metrics, and data elements. He is also committed to the concept of learning health as the primary way in which we can most effectively increase the quality and performance of health care.  He leads a think tank effort to define the perfect health system. He has a NCATS grant to automate and digitize the entire process in support of a single IRB for multiple site IRBs.

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.

Mary Beth Kurilo, MPH, MSW

Senior Director for Health Informatics, American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA)

Mary Beth Kurilo is the Senior Director for Health Informatics at the American Immunization Registry Association, or AIRA. She oversees three teams at AIRA, including Standards and Analytics, AIRA’s Immunization Gateway activities, and the Immunization Integration Program in collaboration with HIMSS. Mary Beth has also worked as a Public Health Consultant and faculty trainer with the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) since 2013.

Prior to her work at AIRA, Mary Beth served as the Director of the Oregon ALERT Immunization Information System, or ALERT IIS, for eight years. She holds Masters Degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of Washington.

Edwin Lomotan, MD, FAAP, FAMIA

Chief of Clinical Informatics, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Edwin Lomotan, MD, FAAP, FAMIA serves as Physician and Chief of Clinical Informatics for the Division of Digital Healthcare Research in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He currently leads AHRQ’s clinical decision support (CDS) initiative, which aims to advance evidence into practice through CDS and to make CDS more shareable, standards-based, and publicly-available. Prior to his current position at AHRQ, Dr. Lomotan was Health IT Branch Chief in the Office of Quality and Data in the Bureau of Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). While at HRSA, he led the Health Center-Controlled Network grant program, which aims to improve health care quality through health IT at community health centers across the country. Dr. Lomotan is board-certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his pediatrics residency and informatics fellowship at Yale University. He also spent several years in community pediatric practice in Connecticut before joining Federal service in 2010.

Christopher Longhurst, MD, MS

CIO and Associate CMO, Quality/Safety, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, UC San Diego Health

Christopher Longhurst MD, MS, serves as chief information officer and associate chief medical officer for quality and safety at UC San Diego Health. This dual, complementary role provides leadership in key functional areas to continuously improve efforts around operations, reputation and care provided at UC San Diego Health.

As CIO, Dr. Longhurst oversees all operations and strategic planning for information and communications technology. He is responsible for planning and developing all administrative and clinical information systems related to operating UC San Diego Health hospital and clinical facilities, including electronic health records and the MyUCSDChart system.

Dr. Longhurst also leads the creation and execution of a comprehensive information strategy to meet the future needs of UC San Diego Health along with creating standards, architectures and policies for information technologies across UC San Diego and the UC system.

As associate CMO for quality and safety, Dr. Longhurst is focused on building upon current quality improvement efforts and aligning people, processes and technology to achieve UC San Diego Health’s quality and accountability goals. Leveraging his expertise in health informatics and analytics, he is responsible for the evaluation of structure and faculty leadership in quality, key quality committees, and improved alignment across the organization for achieving these goals. Dr. Longhurst is also a key faculty member in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, maintaining an active clinical practice as a newborn hospitalist and pursuing scholarship in care quality, patient safety, and health informatics.

Dr. Longhurst is also a key faculty member in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, maintaining an active clinical practice as a newborn hospitalist and pursuing scholarship in care quality, patient safety, and health informatics.

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Longhurst served as chief medical information officer for Stanford Children’s Health. He completed his residency at Stanford University and earned his medical degree and MS in medical informatics from UC Davis. He holds a BS in molecular biology from UC San Diego. He is a board-certified pediatrician and clinical informaticist. He is the author and co-author of many publications on using technology and data to improve patient care and outcomes as well as quality improvement. Dr. Longhurst is an elected fellow of the prestigious American College of Medical Informatics.

Carol Macumber, MS, PMP, FAMIA

Executive Vice President, Client Services, Clinical Architecture

Carol Macumber brings over 15 years of experience spanning across project management, enterprise software development and maintenance, and consulting. She has a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering and Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Her experience includes deploying terminology management solutions at organizations including NCQA, PCPI, Canada Health Infoway, US Pharmacopeia and the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Carol has contributed to various international standards including HL7 FHIR. Carol is well respected in the health IT community and was the elected Affiliate Forum representative to the IHTSDO Technical Committee, is the Vice-chair of the HL7 Terminology Authority, a Co-Chair of the HL7 Vocabulary Working Group and a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA).

Maria Michaels, MBA, PMP

Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maria Michaels is a Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bringing health IT, health care, and research perspectives. She has served as Technical Lead/Program Manager for HITECH Clinical Quality Measure Policy and Operations at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and as Program Manager at the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Human Biobank as well as with the health systems of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she directed Meaningful Use, and the Johns Hopkins University, where she developed and managed a large research program. She holds a BS in Biology and BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, MBA from the Johns Hopkins University, and a PMP from the Project Management Institute.

Viet Nguyen, MD

Founder, Stratametrics

Dr. Viet Nguyen is an internist, pediatrician, clinical informaticist and consultant to government and commercial organizations in developing interoperable workflows and technologies. He has nearly two decades of experience in Health IT focused on interoperability standards and product development. Formerly the CMIO for Lockheed-Martin and Leidos Corporation, Dr. Nguyen is a nationally recognized FHIR educator, an HL7 Board Member, a FHIR Foundation Board Member, CMO for Logica, and Technical Director for the HL7 Da Vinci Project.

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.

Ziad Obermeyer, MD

Assistant Professor and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, UC Berkeley

Ziad Obermeyer is Associate Professor and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. His research and teaching focus on machine learning as a tool for improving human decision making in health. He has received numerous awards (from the National Academy of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and multiple academic societies), and published in a wide range of journals (Science, Nature Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, computer science conferences like ICML). He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and continues to practice emergency medicine in underserved communities. Previously, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. 

Kevin Pereau

Founder & Principal, TranscentIT Health

Kevin Pereau is a leading digital health expert and author of the The Digital Health Revolution. He spent the early part of his career managing strategy and management consulting firms with a specialty focus on technology. His first health technology company was a consumer health scoring firm who’s mission was to provide longitudinal context around how what we do and how we feel affects who we are. “You can’t manage, what you don’t measure” is something Pereau is fond of saying and for that, you need a scoring system. From there, Pereau founded one of the most influential boutique consulting firms in healthcare. He serves on the advisory boards of LifeData and HealthSaaS and speaks at healthcare conferences where he also moderates panel discussions.

Pereau is probably one of the most connected people in healthcare. He has consulted to variety of digital health companies ranging from population health & tele-health solutions, marketplace and consumer transparency tools to predictive analytics engines. He likes to describe the industry as being on the cusp of the most exciting time ever; a world of connected health where sick-care, meets healthcare and data can be shared with any stakeholder in our healthcare value chain.

Steven Posnack, MS, MHS

Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

Steven Posnack serves as the Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In this role, he advises the national coordinator, leads the execution of ONC’s mission, and represents ONC’s interests at a national and international level. In conjunction with the national coordinator, Steve oversees ONC’s federal coordination, regulatory policy, public-private initiatives, and the overall implementation of statutory authorities and requirements, such as those from the 21st Century Cures Act and HITECH Act. Throughout his over 15-year career with ONC, Steve has led and created initiatives in a variety of technology and policy positions, including serving as the Executive Director of the Office of Technology, Director of the Office of Standards and Technology, Director of the Federal Policy Division, and Senior Policy Analyst.

Mr. Posnack earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s degree in security informatics from Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, and a Master’s degree in health policy from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also maintains a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certificate.

Christian Reich, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator, Observational Health Data Science and Informatics Collaborative (OHDSI)

At IQVIA, Christian is responsible for building open OHDSI study networks for RWE generation as a service, including the building of enabling technology solutions. Christian is also Principal Investigator of OHDSI, and also served as Program Manager and Principal Investigator at OMOP. He responsible for the design and construction of the OMOP Standardized Vocabularies and leads the Common Data Model Working Group.

Christian has more than 15 years of experience in life science research and medicine. He was a practicing physician in Berlin and Ulm, Germany before moving to the European Bioinformatics Institute to work on the Human Genome Project. He then joined the biotech industry in 1998, where he worked in various positions on typical challenges in drug research and development, such as gene sequence and expression analysis, clinical trial design and analysis, systems biology, and outcome research, applying computational methods to large scale biological data. He received his bachelor’s degree in preclinical training from Humboldt University in Berlin and holds his M.D. and doctorate from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany where he focused his research on T-cell activation and regulation.

Michelle Schreiber, MD

Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Dr. Schreiber is the Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Group Director for the Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group.  In this capacity, she is responsible for executing the quality strategies of CMS including quality measurement, and value based incentive programs to encourage the transition to value based care.

Dr. Schreiber is a general internal medicine physician with over 25 years of health care experience.  Prior to her current work with CMS/CCSQ, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Schreiber’s roles at HFHS included the Division Head of General Internal Medicine, and the SVP of Clinical Transformation and IT Integration, where she was the clinical lead of the system-wide Epic implementation. The Epic implementation and use earned HFHS a Davies Award in 2018.  She has also held senior leadership roles at the Detroit Medical Center where she was the Chief Quality Officer.  Dr. Schreiber also worked at Trinity Health System where she was the national system Chief Medical Officer, and acting interim Chief Medical Information Officer.

In addition to her health system roles, Dr. Schreiber has served on numerous quality committees including the Board of Directors for the MHA Keystone Center & the Patient Safety Organization, the Board of Directors of MPRO (Michigan Peer Review Organization – the Michigan QIO), & the National Quality Forum Patient Safety Metrics Committee.  She has worked with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI.)  Dr. Schreiber has also served as a member of the Epic Safety Forum.

Dr. Schreiber’s interests are quality improvement, quality measures, and the intersection of quality and health information technology to advance quality and quality measures.

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