2021 Speakers

Featured Speakers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Christian Reich, MD, PhD

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

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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