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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Charles Safran, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Past Chairman, American Medical Informatics Association
Charles Safran is a primary care internist who has devoted his professional career to improving patient care through the creative use of informatics. He leads a small boutique consulting practice specializing on the strategic use of information technology in healthcare and whose clients have included fortune 100 companies, private equity firms, start-up companies, federal, state and foreign governments. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and on the staff of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the immediate past President and Chairman of American Medical Informatics Association was previously Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Safran is co-Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and on the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation Council. He was recently appointed by the to the Consumer Empowerment workgroup of the American Health Information Community formed by the US Secretary of Health. During his career he has helped develop and deploy large institutional integrated clinical computing systems, ambulatory electronic health records, clinical decision support systems to help clinicians treat patients with HIV/AIDS and most recently personal care support systems for parents with premature infants which he calls collaborative healthware. He founded a company, Clinician Support Technology and as its CEO successfully brought his ideas to a national market. The company's products and technology were acquired by a major public company. He has over 150 publications and speaks to national and international audiences. He has recently testified for the U.S. Congress on Health IT. He graduated cum laude in Mathematics and hold a Masters degree in mathematical logic and a Doctor of Medicine all from Tufts University.
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Donna 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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Mark Dente, MD
Director of Healthcare Solutions, GE Healthcare
Dr. Dente started his informatics career over 15 years ago after graduating Boston University School of Medicine. He has significant experience in healthcare and life science information technology and has provided international corporations, hospitals and large provider organizations, strategic planning and clinical IT development strategies. He has also developed new approaches to increase patient safety, help drive physician adoption of technology, and create new methods to implement evidence-based medicine.

Previously, Dr. Dente served as President of MBS Service Inc, providing executive healthcare management, technology consulting and venture capital services. He also served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Wang Healthcare Information Systems, and led that company’s design of an ambulatory electronic medical record.

As Director of Healthcare Solutions for General Electric Healthcare, his responsibilities include driving GE’s Knowledge Management-Clinical Content strategy including such areas as evidence-based medicine and clinical decision support.


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William Hendee, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
William R. Hendee received the PhD degree in physics from the University of Texas. He joined the University of Colorado, ultimately serving as Professor and Chair of Radiology for several years. In 1985 he moved to Chicago as Vice President of Science and Technology for the American Medical Association. In 1991 he joined the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he serves as Senior Associate Dean and Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. His faculty appointments are Professor and Vice Chair of Radiology, and Professor of Bioethics, Biophysics, and Radiation Oncology. He also is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University. Dr. Hendee has served on many professional and governmental panels concerned with the assessment of medical technologies.
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Peter Strombom
VP & CIO, FCHIME and Former Chair of CHIME, Meriter Hospital
Upon entering healthcare in 1984, Mr. Strombom joined the Daughters of Charity, based in Indiana, and established a computer operations group for the East Central Region. In 1988, he was recruited to Madison, Wisconsin, as Vice President of Information Systems for Meriter Hospital (MH), and CIO for the then recently formed Meriter Health Services (MHS), parent company of MH. Peter's scope of responsibilities also includes oversight of Voice Communications and Medical Records within the Meriter system.

Additionally, Mr. Strombom’s administrative assignments within MH and MHS include serving as a committee member of the MH Administrative Council, and Information Systems, as well as the MHS executive’s Leadership Council.


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David J. Hanson
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich
Dave Hanson is a partner in the Business Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Since joining Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in 1981, Mr. Hanson has been actively engaged in a practice that emphasizes regulated industries, including public utilities, health care and insurance. He has represented health care clients in antitrust, corporate and regulatory issues. Mr. Hanson’s health care practice has involved organizing health maintenance organizations, limited service health organizations, insurance companies, joint ventures, PPOs and IPAs. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hanson was Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin from 1968-1971; Assistant Chancellor, Chief Legal Counsel, University of Wisconsin, 1971-1976 and Deputy Attorney General, State of Wisconsin, 1976-1981.
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Lindsy Strait
Chief Technology Strategy Officer, SeeBeyond Healthcare Vertical, Sun Microsystems
Lindsy Strait, Chief Technology Strategy Officer, Healthcare, is the subject matter expert and thought leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences Systems, securing Sun Microsystems Inc.'s position as the preeminent supplier of leading edge integration and composite application development solutions to the healthcare industry. In this role, Mr. Strait utilizes his 20+ years experience in information technology with specialization in healthcare informatics to develop and execute high-level strategic planning, definition, and assessment of operations and process for the Healthcare division.

Before his appointment with Sun Microsystems, Inc. (SeeBeyond), Mr. Strait held managemenet positions with Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, LLP (CGE&Y) and served as chief operating officer and chief technology officer for a turnaround with a funded start-up company providing total Internet based care management and managed care business management thin client systems. He also served as senior vice president of business transformation and senior vice president of New Ventures Groups at HealthNet, Inc.

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Vice President, Information Services, Aurora Health Care
CIO, VP of IS, Aurora Health Care
For over 20 years Judy Murphy has held national prominence as a Health Information Systems executive, leader in the nursing informatics community, and much-sought after speaker for health informatics conferences. Presently she is Vice President, Information Services at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, an integrated delivery network with 14 hospitals, 100 ambulatory centers, home health agencies, and over 25,000 employees. Judy oversees all application software supporting clinical and business operations within the Aurora system. She has extensive experience with both custom program development and purchased vendor products, and is currently responsible for over 150 analyst and programming staff. Judy is project executive for Aurora’s Electronic Health Record initiative, and has published and lectured nationally and internationally on the use of computers in healthcare, clinical system implementation methodologies and automated clinical documentation. She is a member of HIMSS and AMIA, is currently on the AMIA Board of Directors, and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics.
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Seth Foldy, MD, MPH
health.e.volution and Medical College of Wisconsin
Seth Foldy provides consultation on population health strategy, health informatics and health policy as the principal of health.e.volution consulting and at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He helped found Wisconsin Health Information Exchange (a SE Wisconsin RHIO), staffs Governor Doyle’s eHealth Patient Safety and Quality Board, and consults nationally for the eHealth Initiative and other organizations. His innovations in disease surveillance, electronic communications, and multi-jurisdictional and public-private collaboration as Milwaukee’s Commissioner of Health helped earned him the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work among other awards.
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John W. Melski, MD
Clinical Informatics Medical Director, Marshfield Clinic
John Melski, M.D., received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Melski is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Dermatology. Dr. Melski joined Marshfield Clinic - Marshfield Center in 1983 and serves as both a consultative Dermatologist and Medical Director of Clinical Informatics. In January 2007, Marshfield Clinic's ambulatory electronic health record was the first EHR not created by a commercial vendor to be endorsed by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.
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Helene Nelson
Secretary, Department of Health and Family Services
In 2003, Governor Jim Doyle appointed Helene Nelson to lead the Department of Health and Family Services, one of the largest and most diverse state agencies in Wisconsin. Her department helps individuals and families build a healthy, safe and dignified life through an array of public health and mental health services, services for people with disabilities and the elderly, and programs such as Medicaid, FamilyCare and SeniorCare.

Secretary Nelson is a seasoned public sector executive. She has served under five governors in various leadership capacities, including Deputy Secretary of the department she now leads. In addition, she worked for nine years in Dane County government, including four years as Director of Human Services. Secretary Nelson constantly draws on her county experience to foster improved working relationships between the state and local government. She is also a co-founder of the Center for Patient Partnerships at the U.W. Madison, which promotes health care that is more patient centered.


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Bevan K. Baker, CHE
Commissioner of Health, City of Milwaukee
Bevan Baker has been Commissioner of Health of the City of Milwaukee since August 6, 2004. He is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the agency's departments in their collective efforts to promote the health and well-being of the people of Milwaukee. Before this appointment, Baker served as the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Milwaukee Health Department from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Baker has also held progressive positions of responsibility as Chief Operating Officer with the Health Choice Network, Inc. in Miami Florida and the Associate Director of Administration for the Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, Mr. Baker serves as Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and adjunct faculty at Marquette University. In February of 2005, Mr. Baker was appointed to serve as the Milwaukee County Emergency Public Health Preparedness Director. And in November of 2004, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle appointed Mr. Baker to serve on the Governor's Public Health Council. Mr. Baker received his Masters degree in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia and his Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from Winston-Salem State University.
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Mike Sauk
Interim CIO, UW Hospital and Clinics
Mike Sauk began his healthcare career in 1981 at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit where he installed one of the first Clinical Information Systems, (BHIS). When the seven medical centers that are part of the Detroit Medical Center merged, Mike was appointed the Director of Client Services for the five larger hospitals of that Center. He was recruited to be the CIO in 1991 at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California. At UCI, he re-installed SMS Invision from Malvern to an in-house operation and completed a major upgrade to the Eclipsys TDS CIS. Most recently, Mike was the Senior VP/CIO at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. It was a position he held from 1998 to 2006. At City of Hope he successfully completed the installation and re-installation of more than 45 systems for Y2K compliance. Mike resides with his wife, Debby, in Irvine, California and has three children and six grandchildren. Currently, Mike is the "interim" CIO at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Sandy Butschli
Vice President of Information Services, ACL Laboratories
Sandy Butschli, Vice President of Information Services for ACL Laboratories, has 18 years of experience in healthcare information technology. Responsible for the business applications and technology infrastructure supporting the laboratory operations of 2 high volume reference laboratories, 23 hospitals, 130 ambulatory centers, and more than 6000 independent physicians and clients. Sandy is responsible for providing business direction and establishing the technology strategy for a regional laboratory providing service throughout eastern Wisconsin and the greater Chicago area. She is currently leading initiatives focused in the areas of Business Intelligence, data integration, and physician connectivity.
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Paul Benson
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Benson is the chair of the Litigation Practice Group of Michael Best & Friedrich, with responsibility for overseeing the Milwaukee and Waukesha offices. He is the co-chair of the firm's Product Liability and Tort Liability Litigation Focus Group, chair of the firm's Life, Health and Disability Litigation Focus Group, and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Special Practice Group. Since joining the firm, Mr. Benson has been involved in product liability and personal injury litigation, general commercial litigation, toxic tort litigation, intellectual property litigation and insurance litigation. Mr. Benson was named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer in the area of Litigation in the November 2005 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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John Thomure, Jr.
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich
John Thomure, Jr. is a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich focusing his practice on white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations and compliance counseling. Matters involve misappropriation of trade secrets, economic espionage, securities fraud, accounting irregularities, mail and wire fraud, theft of honest services, false statements, health care fraud and RICO. He also concentrates on bankruptcy litigation and commercial transactions (including financings, workouts and liquidations).
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Lorna J. Granger
Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, ProHealth Care
Lorna J. Granger is the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for ProHealth Care, a health care system based in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. She joined ProHealth Care in November of 2005, after serving as General Counsel for Cobalt Corporation, parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin. Before that, she spent 25 years in the private practice of health care law.

Ms. Granger received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Bachelor of Arts degree for Carroll College. Ms. Granger is currently a Director of the Wisconsin Foundation for Indpendent Colleges. She is a former President and Director of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation-Milwaukee Affiliate. She has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Carroll College and on several hospital ethics committees.


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Paul Verberne
Associate Counsel, HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, N.A.
Paul joined HSA Bank as Associate Counsel in 2004 where, among his various duties, he provides advice to the various bank departments regarding numerous issues of HSA administration, including GLBA and HIPAA. Paul is directly involved in development of single-sign on initiatives and data protocols between the bank and third parties such as health plans and third-party administrators. Prior to Webster, Paul was employed with CNA Financial Services, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, where he was primarily responsible for drafting and administration of agreements relating to loss-sensitive risk programs, and management of over $1 Billion in collateral instruments. Before CNA, Paul was a litigator for 6 years with Allstate Insurance Company in Houston and Austin, Texas, where he tried 45+ cases to juries. He holds his JD from the University of Houston Law Center and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas.
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Steven M. Biskupic
United States Attorney
Steven M. Biskupic was appointed by President Bush to be the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in May, 2002. Since March of 1989, he has been employed as a criminal prosecutor by the United States Department of Justice. Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, he served for two years as a judicial law clerk to the late Robert W. Warren, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Mr. Biskupic received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marquette University in 1983 and was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University in 1987.
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Gary Wendt, MD, MBA
Enterprise Director of Medical Imaging & Vice-Chair of Informatics, UW-Madison
Gary Wendt is the enterprise director of medical imaging and vice-char of informatics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In that position and as an associate professor of radiology, he focuses on topics such as picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), informatics, enterprise imaging, and workflow improvement. He holds an MD and and MBA, both from UW-Madison.
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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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John Traxler, MD, MBA, MSMI
Program Co-Director, Master of Science in Medical Informatics Program, Medical College of Wisconsin / Milwaukee School of Engineering
John Traxler is the Co-Director of the joint MCW/MSOE Master of Science in Medical Informatics program. He has an MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin, an MBA from UW-Milwaukee and an MS in Medical Informatics from the program which he has now co-directed since 2001. He also teaches courses in healthcare and informatics administration, change management, data analysis and pharmacology (for the MSOE School of Nursing). He has worked with the Biomedical Technology Alliance to produce Medical Informatics educational programming. He is closely involved with the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange (WHIE) – a regional health information organization (RHIO).
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Edward N. Barthell, MD
Executive VP of Strategy & Clinical Affairs, Infinity Healthcare
• Former President, Preferred Emergency Physicians, SC • Past Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee, WI • Former Medical Director, National Information Infrastructure- Health Information Network (NII-HIN)Project • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin • Originator and Past Chair, National Section on Computers in Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians • Past President, Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians
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Beth DeLair
Director of Compliance, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Beth DeLair is currently the Director of Compliance for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (“UWHC”) and has been responsible for HIPAA compliance at UWHC for over 6 years. Prior to Working at UWHC, Ms. DeLair was Compliance Manger at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Ms. DeLair received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in 1991 and her JD form DePaul University St. Luke’s Medical Center in 2000.
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Alfonso E. Gutiérrez
Director - UW RFID Lab
Alfonso leads the University of Wisconsin RFID Lab research. He also directs UW E-Business Consoritum industry-sponsored or member research projects related to their strategic e-business initiatives. He is responsible for the design, development and management of UWEBC's applied research and education initiatives for the Consortium.

Prior to joining UWEBC, Mr. Gutierrez was an Associate Partner at Accenture, and his experience includes more than twenty years of domestic and international consulting across a wide range of industries. Alfonso holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Quantitative Analysis from the UW – Madison School of Business and Systems Engineering, and from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia).


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Sarah Coyne
Quarles & Brady LLP Health Law Group
Sarah E. Coyne is a member of Quarles & Brady LLP's health law group. Sarah represents and advises a variety of health care providers (entities and individuals) and health plans on a variety of issues including risk management, confidentiality, privacy, staff issues, contract negotiations, and regulatory compliance. Sara serves on the Board of the HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin, co-authors the health law chapter of the Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law, and also authors many updates for her clients on legal developments in the health law arena.
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James W. Hermann
Vice President Asset Management - RF Technologies
James is the Vice President of Asset Management for RF Technologies where he is responsible for the strategy, technology and product development of the company's healthcare RFID solutions. He has significant experience in wireless applications for the healthcare market and is a published author and industry speaker in the areas of wireless infrastructure, patient safety and asset management technology. Prior to joining RFT he led the formation of the Wireless Business Unit of Johnson Controls, Inc. where he focused on wireless systems integration for the healthcare enterprise. James holds both an MBA and BSEE degrees from Marquette University.
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