Featured Speakers

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, a member of the Massachusetts State HIT Council and a practicing Emergency Physician.

As CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3,000 doctors, 14,000 employees and 2 million patients. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees administrative data exchange in eastern Massachusetts. As Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, he facilitates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.

Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of HL7 and is the organization’s global ambassador, fostering relationships with key industry stakeholders. A 37-year veteran of the healthcare IT industry, Dr. Jaffe was previously 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. Previously, he was President of InforMed, an informatics consultancy for research informatics. Over the course of his career, Dr. Jaffe has been 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 was 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 contributing editor for several journals and has published on a range of subjects, including clinical management, informatics deployment and health care policy.

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.

Craig E. Samitt, MD, MBA serves as president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and its parent company, Stella. He is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the state’s first and largest health plan, serving nearly three million members. Dr. Samitt has more than 20 years of experience building, growing and leading large health plan organizations. Prior to joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in July 2018, he held senior leadership positions at Anthem, Inc., HealthCare Partners, and Dean Health System Inc. Dr. Samitt holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, a medical degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Michelle Schreiber, MD is the Director for the Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group. She oversees and leads the quality and value-based purchasing programs across care settings for the group. Dr. Schreiber is a general internal medicine physician with over 25 years of health care experience. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of the Malcom Baldrige award winning Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, Michigan. Prior roles at HFHS included the SVP of Clinical Transformation and IT Integration, where she was the clinical lead of the system Epic implementation, the associate chief medical officer of Henry Ford Hospital for quality and utilization management, and the Division Head of General Internal Medicine.

Micky Tripathi, PhD, MPP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit collaboration of leading Massachusetts provider, payer and purchaser organizations. He is also Chair of the Information Exchange Working Group and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team (both of the federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee), a Director of the New England Health Exchange Network (NEHEN), a regional health information exchange based in Waltham, Massachusetts, and a Director and past Board Chair of the eHealth Initiative, a national health information technology education and advocacy organization. Prior to joining MAeHC, Mr. Tripathi was a manager in the Boston office of the Boston Consulting Group. He holds a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and an AB in political science from Vassar College. Prior to receiving his PhD, he was a senior operations research analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC, for which he received the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.


Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, MACP is a board-certified internist and executive vice president for the Quality Measurement & Research Group at NCQA. His portfolio at NCQA includes performance measurement development; research; managing NCQA’s contracts and grants portfolio; and contributing to strategic initiatives, public policy and educational programs. Prior to joining NCQA in 2014, Barr was senior vice president, Division of Medical Practice for the American College of Physicians, where he was responsible for promoting patient-centered care through development of programs, services and quality improvement initiatives for internists and other health care professionals. Barr has a BS in forest biology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He attended New York University School of Medicine through the U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program, completed his residency in internal medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and earned an MBA from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.

John D’Amore is the Founder, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Diameter Health. Previously, John was Vice President at Eclipsys (now Allscripts) overseeing enterprise performance management solutions. John also worked at Memorial Hermann, the largest health system in Texas overseeing clinical informatics, decision support and business intelligence. John has published on population health and presented at national forums on how information technology improves medical outcomes. He is an advisor to the National Committee for Quality Assurance and an editor of HL7’s standard for care summaries. He holds a biochemistry degree from Harvard University and a graduate degree in clinical informatics from the University of Texas.


Dana Gelb Safran is the Head of Measurement for Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase health care venture. She brings more than two decades of experience applying measurement to quantify and solve some of health care’s most challenging problems. Dana was previously Chief Performance Measurement & Improvement Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  She is widely recognized as having contributed to our national push toward value-based payment. Prior to joining BCBSMA, Dana led a research institute at Tufts University School of Medicine dedicated to developing patient-reported measures of health and health care quality. Dana serves as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and is on the Council of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She earned her Master and Doctor of Science degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health. She and her husband have three children and live in Newton, MA.


John Glaser, PhD is Senior Vice President at Cerner. He is focused on advancing Cerner’s strategies and thought leadership position in the industry. John joined Cerner from Siemens Heath Services, where he was chief executive officer. Prior to Siemens, John was vice president and chief information officer at Partners HealthCare. John was the founding chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the past-president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). John is currently a member of the boards of InTouch Health, Press Ganey, PatientPing and NCQA. John received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.


Kenneth Mandl, MD, whose clinical training and experience is in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine, is Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP). He was a founding member of the Center for Biomedical Informatics where he has been the PI or Co-PI of several grant funded projects, including the transformative SMART Platforms initiative to design the “app store for health” and the Accessible Research Commons for Health (ARCH) across Boston hospitals and nationally. He serves as the Population Health Track Director as well as teaching in the “Big Data Innovation in Population Health Informatics” course for the DBMI Master’s Program. Mandl received his MD from Harvard Medical School, his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and his clinical training from BCH, where he also did back-to-back fellowships in Clinical Effectiveness and Medical Informatics.

Leia Maves, MBA has been a Certified HEDIS Compliance Auditor since 2011.  She has served as Practice Leader and participated in NCQA’s Audit Methodology Panel for over three years as well as serving on the Digital Measure Collaborative for over two years.  She has a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Healthcare Management and a Master certificate in Population Health Leadership.



Gini McGlothin, MPA, CPHIMS, is a Senior Quality Management Analyst at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. As a part of the HEDIS team, she is responsible for executing quality and data improvement activities as well as oversight of the Hybrid medical record review project. Gini works to utilize inbound and outbound clinical data in support of performance measurement and risk adjustment. She is a leader in several Da Vinci use cases, including Data Exchange for Quality Measurement and Gaps in Care. An avid college football fan (Roll Tide!), Gini and her husband live in Birmingham and have three children.

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