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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John Wade, FCHIME, FHIMSS
Chair-Elect, HIMSS; VP/CIO, Saint Luke's Health System
John Wade is Chair-Elect of HIMSS and the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (VP/CIO) for Saint Luke's Health System (SLHS) of Kansas City, a multi-hospital (11 inpatient facilities) healthcare provider servicing eastern Kansas and western Missouri within 150 miles of Kansas City. John now serves as the Executive Director, Kansas City Regional Electronic Exchange (KC REE) on behalf of SLHS. Saint Luke’s received the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 2003, National Healthcare Quality Award in 2000, and was awarded the Missouri Quality Award 3 times, the only company in MO so recognized.
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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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Martin A. Preizler
President and CEO, Physicians Plus
Marty Preizler brings a comprehensive background of HMO experience and knowledge to his duties as President and CEO of Physicians Plus. He joined the company in 1998, and his experience in budget, policy and management analysis, in addition to his extensive background in the health care industry, make him uniquely qualified for leading Physicians Plus.

Prior to joining Physicians Plus, Mr. Preizler served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PACC Health Plans in Portland, Oregon, 1994–98. In late 1997, PACC merged with QualMed Oregon (a Foundation Health Systems subsidiary), and he was appointed President and CEO of the resulting entity. Mr. Preizler was responsible for all strategic, policy, financial and operational aspects of plan management for the 180,000-member plan.

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Judith Faulkner
Founder and CEO, Epic Systems Corporation
Judith R. Faulkner is CEO and founder of Epic Systems Corporation. With degrees in mathematics and computer science, she taught computer science for several years in the University of Wisconsin system and then worked as a software developer, creating one of the first databases organized around a patient record. She founded Epic in 1979 and guided it from its modest beginnings as a clinical database company to its current place as a leading provider of integrated healthcare software.
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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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Frederick W. Kron, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, UW-Madison
Dr. Fred Kron’s credentials as both a practicing Family Medicine physician and a successful multimedia writer, with writing credits as varied as "Quantum Leap," "The New Outer Limits," and "The Pink Panther," give him a singular perspective on the exciting opportunities for blending new media technologies and medicine education. Fred’s 27-year career in medicine includes training in Radiology, Internal Medicine, Flight Medicine and Family Medicine, and scholarly work in Geriatrics and Physician-Patient communications. He has worked both as a practitioner and medical manager in small clinics, large multispecialty groups, residency programs, academic centers, and in organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and the USAF Medical Corps.
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Philip Loftus, Ph.D.
CIO, VP of IS, Aurora Health Care
Philip is the VP of IS and CIO at Aurora Health Care, where he is responsible for defining and implementing the IT component of Aurora’s strategic goal of providing an integrated approach to health care delivery. Previously, he was SVP and CIO at Caremark where he implemented the move to a paperless mail order pharmacy system based on electronic documentation and workflow, developed one of the major systems supporting the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, and launched a high performance eBusiness Internet website with several million active users. He has 25 years of IT experience in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and what is now AstraZeneca, working extensively in both Europe and the US.
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Louis Wenzlow
Director of Health Information Technology, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
As the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative Director of Health Information Technology, Louis Wenzlow organizes and spearheads collaborative health information technology initiatives for member hospitals. Before taking his position at RWHC, Mr. Wenzlow was the Director of Information Technology at Reedsburg Area Medical Center, where he led a variety of EHR system implementations, including CPOE and bedside medication verification, and chaired the HIPAA Security Taskforce. Mr. Wenzlow currently serves on the Wisconsin Doctors Office Quality—Information Technology (DOQ-IT) Advisory Board, the Wisconsin e-Health Initiative Information Exchange Workgroup, and is co-Chair of the Rural Health Resource Center's Rural Underserved HIT Coalition.
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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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Debra Rislow
CIO and Director of IS, Gundersen Lutheran
Debra Rislow is the CIO and Director of Information Systems at Gunderson Lutheran in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She supervises more than 500 people, including IT, clinical, engineering, operations, health information management, strategic planning, and transcription staff. She is also responsible for the design and implementation of the electronic health record, and for a network connecting more than 45 regional clinics and three states. Debra has completed her MBA at UW Eau Claire.
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Kim Pemble
VP/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 25 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, and as a vendor of a nationally implemented ASP model communication tool. He has also served as a member of the faculty at UW-M College of Health Sciences. He is a member of American Medical Informatics Association, the Health Information Management Systems Society and the College of Health Information Management Executives
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Peter Christman
Executive Vice President, UW Medical Foundation
Peter Christman is the Executive Vice President of the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF), the physician faculty group practice of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He manages all aspects of the Foundation’s business and clinical operations including strategic planning, finance, legal issues, information systems, and community relations. He directs the Foundation’s executive staff and works closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to support the clinical, educational, research and public service missions of UW Health. Mr. Christman also represents the Foundation in discussions with UW Health system partners, affiliated providers and HMOs. Prior to joining UWMF in 2001, he was Regional Vice President of Finance for SSM Health Care, St. Louis, Missouri. Before that, he served as Chief Financial Officer at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Christman holds a BBA degree in business and a MS in health care fiscal management from UW-Madison.
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Joel Buchanan, MD
Medical Director of Information Systems, UW Hospital and Clinics
Dr. Buchanan is Medical Director of Information Technology Services for the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics. He is board certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine and currently has an active internal medicine practice.. He has worked with electronic health records for 16 years and co-led the implementation of the heavily used Siemens computerized repository at UWHC. He currently co-chairs the management committee for the UW Health implementation of the Epic EHR.
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Mike Sauk
VP & 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. 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. 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 is currently the Vice Presidient/CIO at UW Hospital and Clinics where the entire suite of EPIC applications are in process for install.
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William Mortimore
Managing Director, Healthcare Growth Partners LLC
William Mortimore is Managing Director of Healthcare Growth Partners, LLC. He has over 30 years experience in healthcare imaging, informatics and services and as the founder of Merge Healthcare / Merge Technologies, Inc.,a leading vendor of software for medical imaging. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several other organizations including, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, MRI Devices, ARI Network Services, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. He has been co-founder and a senior manager of several businesses in the fields of information communications technology, healthcare services and real estate and has been responsible for securing public and private financing for these organizations.
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Mary Krueger
President & COO, Saint Clare's Hospital
Mary joined Saint Clare's Hospital in December, 2003. Prior to that, she spent 26 years at Marshfield Clinic, most recently as Division Administrator. She also previously served as Director of Performance Improvement, Assistant Director of Marshfield Operations, Manager of Marshfield Cancer Center, Oncology Nurse Clinician of the Chemotherapy Unit, and Staff Nurse. Mary earned an Associate Degree in nursing from North Central Technical Institute (now North Central Technical College), and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Mount Scenario College in Ladysmith. She also earned a Masters degree in administrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. "I've seen and experienced every side of the management of health care – from the perspective of a nurse, manager, director and administrator," said Mary. "Saint Clare's offers a set of exciting challenges – the creation of a new hospital, a new environment, a new facility of caring."
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Lorna Granger
Chief Legal Officer & 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 from Carroll College. Ms. Granger is a Director of the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges and of the Milwaukee Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Carroll College and on several hospital ethics committees.
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Mike Rosencrance
VP Information Services, UW Medical Foundation
Mike Rosencrance serves as Vice President of Information Services where he is responsible for developing overall information technology and telecommunications strategy as well as for implementing technology to improve UWMF’s competitive position regionally. Mr. Rosencrance joined UWMF in 1998 as Director of Information Services where he immediately managed the information technology merger of UWMF and Physicians Plus Medical Group. He was promoted to Vice President in 2001. Prior to UWMF, he held various management, sales and implementation positions with CyCare Systems, Inc (now McKesson HBOC) and Epic Systems Corp. His prior experience also includes management positions with the American Heart Association as well as creation and management of the IT department for the Aspen Medical Group in Minneapolis, MN. Mike is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Health Education and holds his MBA in Management from the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, MN.
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Craig Schiefelbein
CEO and Co-founder, Paragon Development Systems
Craig has directed aspects of PDS from innovation to market delivery. One of Craig’s biggest “pride points” is that PDS has been recognized three times for building one of the “Best Places to Work” in Wisconsin. Craig is also the co-founder and chairman of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation. He serves as director for First bank Financial Center, College of Business and Economics; Innovation and Entrepreneurship UW Whitewater Advisory, Froedtert Hospitals President’s Advisory Council, and various civic organizations. Craig has been recognized as “Citizen of the Year” for his philanthropy and community service by the Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized as a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year twice by Ernst and Young. He and his wife, Mary, are the proud parents of three children, Hans, Klaus and Greta.
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Tanya Townsend
Director of IT, Saint Clare's Hospital
As Director of Information Technology at Saint Clare’s Hospital, a Ministry Health Care hospital, Tanya Townsend’s efforts have been instrumental in earning Saint Clare’s the designation of “Most Wired Hospital” by Hospital and Health Networks Magazine. As Wisconsin’s first all digital hospital, Saint Clare’s has pioneered the use of an integrated electronic medical record across multiple healthcare provider entities. Ms Townsend was recently named one of the most innovative Healthcare IT leaders of 2006 by Healthcare Informatics and has been featured in several publications about her experience in building an all digital hospital. Ms. Townsend holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Information Administration and a Masters Degree in Medical Informatics.
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Gary Wendt, MD, MBA
Vice-Chair of Informatics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gary J. Wendt, MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Radiology and Vice-chair of Informatics at the University of Wisconsin -Madison has more than 20 years experience in electrical and computer engineering, business, internal medicine and radiology. Dr. Wendt began his career as a computer scientist where he wrote several copyrighted applications for large commercial institutions. He has given more than 50 presentations and lectures, authored over 30 articles, written several book chapters and received a United States patent, His medical specialty training includes diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology.
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Gregory A. Smith
SVP and CIO, Wheaton Franciscan
Gregory A. Smith is senior vice president and chief information officer for Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. Smith joined the organization 20 years ago. Since that time, he has served in various leadership roles throughout the Covenant Healthcare System in Milwaukee including director of marketing, vice president of marketing and senior vice president of corporate services. Eventually Smith assumed the role of executive vice president for Covenant. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and a master's degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Smith also serves on the McKesson Provider Technology Strategic Advisory Council.
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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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Jessica Bartell, MD, MS
Internal Medicine physician and Director of Clinical and Service Quality, Group Health Cooperative
Dr. Bartell is an Internal Medicine physician and Director of Clinical and Service Quality at Group Health Cooperative in Madison, Wisconsin. She received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. She completed internship in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and returned to the University of Wisconsin to complete Internal Medicine residency and a fellowship in Women’s Health Research. She has a Masters degree in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin. Her research interests have included health care quality, access and physician behavior.
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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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Thomas P. Lathrop, MD
Medical Director - Information Systems, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Dr. Lathrop has been with Gundersen Lutheran since 1975 in the Internal Medicine Department and associated with Information Systems since 1990. He was named Medical Director for Information Systems in August of 1998. Prior to this position Dr. Lathrop has been a general internist, served as the Program Director for the Transitional Residency Program from 1975 through 2000. He was the Chief of the General Medicine Section from 1980 through 1998. Dr. Lathrop received his M.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center from 1970 to 1973. He served as a major in the medical corps from 1973 through 1975, before returning to Gundersen Lutheran. Since 1998 he has worked with Deb Rislow on the design and implementation of the clinical workstation and electronic medical record at Gundersen Lutheran. He is a member of the AMA, ACP, AMDIS, and AMIA.
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Erik Phelps
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP
Erik Phelps is a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP in Madison, where he provides strategic business counsel to clients on legal, transactional, and technology issues on a wide variety of IT and Internet related matters, including those related to online marketing and brand protection. Erik returned to Michael Best (where he's previously worked) after nearly six years as the Associate General Counsel at international clothing retailer Lands' End, Inc., where he dealt with nearly all of the company's Internet, information systems and other technology related matters, including all aspects of online marketing. He was instrumental in the company's efforts to address online brand-related issues, including investigation and litigation related to online fraud. Erik also worked in the Media and Information Technology group at Dow, Lohnes in Washington, D.C., and before becoming a lawyer, he was the information systems manager at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington, DC. and a technology consultant to members of Congress with House Information Systems. Erik is an honors graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the law review and President of the Trial Court Board. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Management from Beloit College.
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Austin Park
VP Infrastructure Services, PDS
Austin Park is Vice President of IT Infrastructure Services for PDS, a leading IT infrastructure solution company with a primary focus on the needs of the healthcare vertical. PDS is headquartered in Oconomowoc, WI with offices in Madison, Brookfield, and Wausau and serves clients in 14 states throughout the Midwest. Austin joined PDS in 2004 with the responsibility for shaping and leading the advanced technology solution groups at PDS which ranged from collaborative infrastructure to data center strategy. A thought leader in the IT Industry, Austin has advised many enterprise organizations on some of the most pressing IT issues today ranging from business continuity and disaster recovery to grid computing. Austin also serves on several technology related advisory boards including the executive storage advisory board at Hewlett Packard.
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John C. Thomure, Jr.
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
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, and health care fraud.
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Carrie Norbin Killoran
Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Carrie Norbin Killoran is a partner in Michael Best’s Healthcare Practice Group and focuses her practice on health law, with particular emphasis on transactional, regulatory and traditional health law matters including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse and the Stark Law, medical staff issues, informed consent, EMTALA, research compliance and patient confidentiality.
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