Board members and speakers

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Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH, FHIMSS
Conference Chair; Associate CMO, BearingPoint
Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH, has over 18 years experience in medical research, epidemiology, continuous quality improvement, utilization management, risk management, health care consulting, and public health. He is a member of the board of directors of HIMSS and associate chief medical officer of BearingPoint. For over six years as its vice president for medical affairs, Chaiken provided clinical information technology thought leadership to the McKesson Corporation. Chaiken is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health as well as Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. Chaiken is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Patient Safety, Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare and the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management.
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Jeff Grossman, MD
President and CEO, UW Medical Foundation; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, UW Medical School
Jeffrey Grossman, MD, provides executive leadership for the UW Medical Foundation. He works closely with the vice chancellor for medical affairs/dean of the UW Medical School and clinical department chairs to provide vision and leadership to the board of directors regarding trends and developments in academic and clinical health care. Grossman earned his medical degree at State University of New York, Syracuse, and completed his residency and a fellowship at UW Hospital and Clinics. Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, Grossman maintains his practice in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
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Dennis Dassenko
CIO, UW Hospital & Clinics
Dennis Dassenko is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics located in Madison, WI. Mr. Dassenko has been in his current position at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics since 1985. His responsibilities include Information Systems, Telecommunications and Medical Records. Prior experience includes Director of Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Manager of Information Systems at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, CA.
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Lisa Risberg
Information Security Officer, UW Hospital & Clinics
Lisa Risberg is responsible for overall information security, but especially the protection of electronic patient information. Her primary focus is HIPAA Security Regulation compliance, including policy development, user and IT staff security training, and coordination of hospital compliance efforts with other partners in the academic medical center. Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. in Health Systems Engineering.
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William A. Yasnoff, MD, PhD, FACMI
Senior Advisor, National Health Information Infrastructure - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Associate Director for Science, Public Health Practice Program Office, since late 1997, Dr. Yasnoff previously served as Director of Oregon’s INPHO (Information Network for Public Health Officials) project and the statewide immunization registry. He is a 1975 graduate of the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University, where he also earned his Ph.D. in computer science in 1980, and is the author of over 120 publications and presentations.
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James Prekop
President and Director TeraMEDICA, Inc.
Mr. Prekop has a proven track-record of leadership driving sales of application software, the enterprise business process, and professional technology services to Fortune 500 and global organizations that spans more than 20 years. Prior to joining TeraMEDICA, he worked as a Vice President and General Manager for Peoplesoft, a global provider of human capital, financial, supply-chain, and CRM enterprise software. During his eight years at Peoplesoft, Mr. Prekop worked directly with executives from accounts representing more than $200 million in annual revenue; managed a staff of 57 in a 12-state regional territory; and led the worldwide product launch of PeopleSoft Analytics. Mr. Prekop earned both his BA in Finance and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
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Kathleen Heuer
Deputy Assistant Secretary Budget, Technology and Finance U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Kathleen Heuer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Assistant Secretary Budget, Technology and Finance at the Department of Health and Human Services. She is responsible for overall support and coordination of the office and works closely with the Assistant Secretary and other deputies to insure the goals and objectives are achieved.

Previously Ms. Heuer was the Controller for the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation. She also served as the Deputy Secretary at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and had responsibility for overall management of the agency, including information technology, human resource and financial operations. Heuer earned a master’s degree in tax from the University of Wisconsin.


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Jorge Gomez
Commissioner Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
Commissioner Gomez has 17 years of experience as an attorney. Prior to this appointment, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of United Government Services LLC. He was a litigation partner at the Michael, Best and Friedrich law firm and a former assistant district attorney in Milwaukee. He has also worked for Legal Action of Wisconsin in Madison representing farm workers in employment and income related issues. Commissioner Gomez is a graduate of Pitzer College and received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
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Robyn Shapiro
Partner & Director Health Care Practice Group, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP Ursula Von der Ruhr Professor of Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin Director, Center for the Study of Bioethics
Robyn Shapiro is a partner and chairs the Health Care practice group. She has significant experience in representing clients with respect to bioethics issues, medical staff matters, health information privacy, informed consent, regulatory and licensing matters and employment and other business issues. Ms. Shapiro’s positions as Ursula Von der Ruhr Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Bioethics Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin complement her wide-ranging experience in health law.
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Rodney C. Dykehouse
VP, Information Technology & CIO, Froedtert & Community Health
Rodney C. Dykehouse is VP of Information Systems and CIO for Froedtert Hospital & Community Health. Previously, Mr. Dykehouse served as Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer at St. John Health System in Detroit, Michigan. He also served at St. John as Associate Administrator, Information Systems and Associate Administrator, Professional and Patient Support. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 from Kalamazoo College and a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in 1983.
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Paul Smith, MD
UW Medical Foundation
Paul D. Smith, MD is an Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1979 and received his MD degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio in 1982. His research interests include implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) and their impact on quality of work life, computer patient interviewing, functional health literacy and practice based research. He is presently one of the physician leaders for the EpicCare EMR implementation at the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, a multi-specialty medical group of over 900 physicians located at 46 sites.
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Pascale Carayon, PhD
Professor Industrial Engineering Director of the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement (CQPI) at the UW-Madison
Pascale Carayon is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and the Director of the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement (CQPI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Engineer diploma from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, France, in 1984 and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Her research areas include systems engineering, human factors and ergonomics, sociotechnical engineering and occupational health and safety.
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Donna K. Sollenberger
President and CEO University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Donna Sollenberger is President and CEO of the UW Hospitals and Clinics. Ms. Sollenberger was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles from 1997-2000, and was the Vice President for Hospital and Clinics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas from 1994-1996.

Ms. Sollenberger received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Illinois in Springfield and is a graduate of the Rice University Executive Leadership Program.


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Carl GM Weigle, MD
Medical Director of IS Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Carl G.M. Weigle, MD is Medical Director of IS at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Critical Care/Pulmonary Medicine Section of the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He received his BS in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his MD from the Albany Medical College in 1976.
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Kim Pemble
Vice President and CIO, SynergyHealth
Kim R. Pemble is Vice President and CIO for SynergyHealth, West Bend, WI. Kim received his master’s degree in health informatics from the University of Minnesota and has been active in healthcare IT for the past 23 years. During his career, he has participated in delivering healthcare focused business process and IT solutions in a variety of settings, including: single hospital, integrated delivery network, community health network, specialty physician office, vendor of a nationally implemented ASP model communication tool and as a member of the faculty at UW-M. He is a member of American Medical Informatics Association and the Health Information Management Systems Society. Kim has spoken and written on a variety of topics in healthcare including applications of IT for patient care, regional data repositories, community networks, public health information management and communication, and spatially enabling the EHR.
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