Speakers and Advisory Board members are as of April 23, 2008 and are subject to change.
Barry P. Chaiken, MD
Conference Chair; DocsNetwork Ltd, CMO
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 a former 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.
Advisory Board Chair; FCHIME & former Chair of CHIME; CIO
Peter has been in information technology in diverse industries for the last 36 years and is acknowledged for his leadership role in the evolution of information technology management in healthcare.
Recognized as a Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), where he was a founding member in 1992, Peter is past Chair of the organization and of the CHIME Foundation. He has also served as Chair of the Information Executive Council of Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) and of numerous industry advisory boards. Peterâ€™s broad experience, keen vision and innovative approaches to issues enabled many accomplishments under his leadership. Peter has presented and effectively participated in a variety of regional and national forums covering the spectrum from advocacy to national security.
Peter has recently retired as Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a horizontally integrated regional healthcare system in the US. He is now focusing on helping accelerate strategic innovation in the field through facilitation of synergistic partnering between industries and with government. Additional initiatives address business continuity and health records interoperability. He is also actively engaged in corporate and individual mentoring.
Vice President and CIO, Partners HealthCare
John Glaser is vice president and chief information officer at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. Previously, he was vice president, information systems at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Glaser was the founding chairman of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and is past president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is a fellow of HIMSS, CHIME and the American College of Medical Informatics. He has been awarded the John Gall award for health care CIO of the year. CHIME has established a scholarship in Dr. Glaser's name. He was a recipient of CIO Magazine's 20/20 Vision Award.
C. Martin Harris, MD
Chief Information Officer - Chairman, Information Technology Division, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
C. Martin Harris, M.D., M.B.A., is the chief information officer and chairman of the Information Technology Division of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, Dr. Harris is executive director of e-Cleveland Clinic, a series of e-health clinical programs offered over the Internet.
Nationally, Dr. Harris serves as the chairman of the National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) Task Force of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the largest information and management systems society in the world. He is a former Chairman of the Foundation Board for the e-Health Initiative, a public policy and advocacy group established to encourage the interoperability of information technology in healthcare; most recently, he was selected as an advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Health's Advisory Committee.
Dr. Harris received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His residency training in general internal medicine was completed at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship in General Internal Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and holds a Masters in Business Administration in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Chicago Medical Center
Yablonka has over twenty years of experience in information systems management. His responsibilities at UCMC include all information technology functions, biomedical engineering and the call center. He has leadership responsibility for the T-2 program whose focus is to transform how UCMC functions in supply chain and administrative management, patient care delivery and patient and physician access. Prior to UCMC, Yablonka was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, CT. He earned an MBA from the advanced management program, Broad School of Management at Michigan State University and a BS in business studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Director, Wisconsin Health Information Exchange (WHIE)
Mr. Pemble is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange (WHIE). Prior to joining WHIE, Kim was the CIO for SynergyHealth, West Bend, WI. He is a member of the College of Health Information Management Executives; the Health Information Management Systems Society; the Advisory Board for the UW-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences, HealthCare Administration and Informatics Program; and the Board of Directors for the HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin. Over the past 25 years, he has worked with hospitals, health systems, physician practices, public health and emergency management in workflow assessment, strategic planning and systems implementation. Kim holds a MS degree in Health Information Systems from the University of MN.
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.
Professor, UW Madison
Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Currently Chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering, Dr. Brennan received a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan held several academic positions. She developed the ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. Dr. Brennan currently directs HeartCare, a WWW-based tailored information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. Dr. Brennan is National Program Director of Project HealthDesign, a RWJ- funded initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Additionally, she leads the WI-TECNE project, a state-wide nursing faculty development effort supported by HRSA that will improve the integration of informatics and telehealth into nursing curricula. A fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing (1991) and the American College of Medical Informatics (1993), Dr. Brennan was elected to the of the Institute of Medicine in 2002.
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.
Donald Holmquest, MD
CEO, California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO)
Donald L. Holmquest, M.D., Ph.D., J.D., is chief executive officer of the California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO), a statewide initiative
to make critical medical information available electronically at the point
of care. A native of Texas, Dr. Holmquest spent much of his career practicing
medicine and law in Houston. At Baylor College of Medicine, his work
included creating an information technology platform to support disease
management. His law practice focused on assisting hospitals and physician
groups with strategic planning and growth. He has both advised and led
start-up health information technology-related companies. In addition, he
has helped hospitals and medical staffs successfully adopt new
Most recently, Dr. Holmquest has been director of physician adoption
for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) at McKesson's information
technology division, San Francisco.
Partner, Mason Wells
Trevor D'Souza is a partner at Mason Wells, the largest private equity firm in Wisconsin, with buyout and venture capital funds under management. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of Mason Wells Portfolio companies including Dedicated Computing, TeraMedica, Zystor Therapeutics, OpGen and Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Mason Wells in 2000, he had many years of experience in consulting and management in the software and life science industries. He was previously the CEO of a start-up company developing software products and services for the life science industry. Prior to that he was a Senior Manager with Booz·Allen & Hamilton, Inc., an international technology and strategy consulting firm, where he was responsible for leading a supplier side of Healthcare IT practice. Prior to that, he was the Director of Information Systems for McKesson BioServices Corporation, a professional services firm providing specialized support for bio-medical research and development.
Region Manager, Management Engineering at Intermountain Health Care
John Hansmann, CPHIMS, FHIMSS is currently the Urban South Region Manager of Management Engineering for Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah. He has over 20 years of healthcare experience in operations, strategic and IT analysis. His current focus is facilitating the development of standardized nursing care models and staffing practices, optimizing patient throughput, and leading the workflow analysis supporting Intermountain’s development of a state of the art clinical information system in partnership with GE Healthcare.
Mr. Hansmann is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS.) He is the board liaison to both the Advocacy and Public Policy Steering Committee and the CPHIMS Technical Committee. Mr. Hansmann has been an active member of HIMSS, serving on numerous committees such as CPHIMS committee (chair), Health Leadership Alliance Expert Panel, Annual Conference Education Committee, and elected member of the Nominating Committee. He has been an annual conference paper reviewer/coach and presenter numerous times. Mr. Hansmann was the author of two chapters in the HIMSS Guidebook Series: Management Engineering. In 2002, he received the prestigious HIMSS Leadership award. Mr. Hansmann is also a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and Diplomate within the Society for Health Systems (SHS), a society within IIE. He has served in many different roles in IIE and SHS, culminating with being the national President for SHS in 1999/2000.
Mr. Hansmann currently serves on the Advisory Board for the school of Industrial Engineering at North Dakota State University, chairing the curriculum and healthcare subcommittees. He is a frequent speaker at student chapter events, guest lecturer in the classroom and recently was the keynote speaker at the senior Capstone Banquet. Mr. Hansmann also is the chair of the Logistics Committee for the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure event in Salt Lake City.
Mr. Hansmann received his BSIE and MSIE from North Dakota State University
Robert Carlson, MD
Director Applied Sciences, Marshfield Clinic
Robert A. Carlson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School where he also completed a pathology residency. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology. Dr. Carlson has been with Marshfield Clinic since 1987. He has served in a number of positions at Marshfield Clinic, including Chairman of the Department of Pathology, Section Head of Clinical Chemistry, Section Head of the Reference Laboratory and Director of the Division of Laboratory Medicine.
Dr. Carlson has had oversight not only of clinical laboratory services, but also has been responsible for the coordination of Molecular Diagnostic Services and for DNA storage in the Personalized Medicine Research Project and Medical Director of Marshfield Clinic’s Corporate Communications department. Currently he is Director of Applied Sciences at Marshfield Clinic and is committee chair of Marshfield Clinic’s Technology Transfer Committee.
In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Carlson currently serves as President of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, Inc. (WSRC); Executive Board Member of Wisconsin Technology Council, Inc. (WTC); and Board Member of Wisconsin Biotechnology & Medical Device Association (WBMA).
VP and CIO, HIMSS
Reed Eichner is Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of health care information and management systems. He works closely with executives and stakeholders from all functional disciplines at HIMSS to help create strategic, business-driven solutions for both internal and external customers of the organization. Prior to joining HIMSS in September, 2006, he was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for over six years at the Cancer Therapy & Treatment Center, a free-standing, NCI designated cancer research and treatment center, based in San Antonio, Texas. Reed attended Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a B.A. degree in psychology in 1982. He has been pursuing a Master of Science degree in Information Systems, while continuing a twenty-one year professional career in the field. Raised in Kansas City, Kansas, he now lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, and commutes to San Antonio, Texas, where his wife and daughter reside.
Executive Managing Director, Mason Wells
Mr. Byrnes is Executive Managing Director of the Mason Wells Funds where he is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the firm. Mr. Byrnes is also involved in initiating investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, working with portfolio company management teams and arranging the disposition of investments. In his capacity he serves as the Managing Member of the General Partner for every Fund under management at Mason Wells.
Mr. Byrnes has over 25 years of private equity investing experience. Mr. Byrnes organized the private equity arm of the Marshall & Ilsley Corporation in 1983 where for 15 years he managed four successful investment funds, making private equity and venture capital investments throughout the Midwest. In 1998 Mr. Byrnes managed the spin-out of M&I's private equity team into Mason Wells, leading the fundraising for its first $175 million buyout fund. In 2005 the firm raised the $300 million Mason Wells Buyout Fund II, which is currently being invested.
Mr. Byrnes is active in numerous public and civic organizations in Wisconsin and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Institute, which is dedicated to innovation and economic development through collaborative research. Mr. Byrnes has previously served on the Wisconsin Governor's Economic Growth Council and on the Wisconsin Technology Council where he was responsible for shaping the many of the regulatory strategies that are now helping to propel the biotech industry in Wisconsin.
Executive Director, IBM Center for Healthcare Management
Mr. Adams has spent most of his career working at the intersection of business, IT and strategy. He currently serves as Executive Director of IBM’s Center for Healthcare Management, focused on global thought leadership for healthcare. Prior to IBM’s acquisition of Healthlink, he served as Executive Vice President for Healthlink’s Advisory Services group and contributed to strategic client engagements. Prior to Healthlink, he led Gartner’s industry-specific research groups (including healthcare) and the GartnerG2 global business unit, which provided strategic advice to business executives for nine different industries. Additionally, Mr. Adams has served as CEO, CFO and CIO and worked in multiple industries.
Mr. Adams served as co-chair of the Technology Leadership Committee of National Alliance for Health Information Technology (the Alliance), participates on a national committee commissioned by HHS’s ONC to define key terms such as EHR and RHIO, serves on national advisory boards for healthcare organizations, and is a frequent speaker on the future of healthcare and related topics.
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.
eHealth Program Manager, Dept. of Health and Family Services Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget
Denise B. Webb is the eHealth Program Manager in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget (OPIB). She is currently responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of major policy and program initiatives in the area of eHealth Care Quality and Patient Safety, including Wisconsin’s eHealth 5-year Action Plan. Denise manages and oversees critical business and information technology eHealth-related initiatives. She also develops and coordinates quality improvement strategies using health information technology to transform the Department's Medicaid program. Prior to taking this position, she was the Department's Chief Information Officer and a Deputy Administrator for the Division of Care and Treatment Facilities. Denise started working for the State of Wisconsin in June 2000 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for just over 20 years. She retired from the Air Force in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Louisiana State University, a Master of Arts degree in Information Resources Management with honors from Webster University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies with honors from the Naval War College, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a civilian commercially rated single- and multi-engine pilot with over 1,200 hours.
Vice President, Information Services, 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.
CIO, Evolvent Technologies, Inc.
John is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Evolvent Technologies, Inc., an information technology services consulting firm. He is a retired Air Force officer having served last as Chair of the Air Force Medical Information Services working group and CIO of the USAF Academy Hospital, the first and only Air Force hospital named on the 25 Most Wired Small and Rural list by Hospital & Health Networks (2005 and 2006) and recognized as a Most Wired Supply Chain Innovator Award finalist (2006). He previously served as Vice President of IT Operations at the Harris County Hospital District in Houston, Texas, and has held CIO positions for several military healthcare organizations including DoD’s former Health Services Region 5. John is a fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and serves on the HIMSS Board of Directors and the Colorado HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors. He was a member of the HIMSS National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) task force and was chair of the HIMSS Air Force CIO Special Interest Group. He also served as President of Fisher/Nightingale Houses, Inc., a charitable non-profit organization in Dayton, Ohio. He is a recipient of the Modern Healthcare/Witt-Kieffer Up & Comer Award (2001) and ACHE Regent’s Award (2003).
Managing Director, Healthcare Growth Advisors
William Mortimore is Managing Director of Healthcare Growth Advisors. 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.
CIO/Information Services Director, Group Health Cooperative
Galen Metz serves as Information Services Director and CIO for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, joining the Madison-based healthcare organization over one year ago from PacifiCare in Cypress, California. His responsibilities include clinical information systems, insurance information systems, business intelligence, and technology infrastructure. Galen brings over twenty years of healthcare and IT management experience to the role.
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.
Vice President/Chief Technology Officer, PDS
Austin Park is Vice President/Chief Technology Officer 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.
Healthcare and Life Science Global Provider Solutions Manager, Healthlink (an IBM company)
Ms. Knecht is one of the original members of Insource Management Group (IMG), which merged with Healthlink Inc. to form Healthlink which was acquired by IBM in 2005. She brings 26 years of clinical and technology experience. As the Healthcare and Life Science Global Provider Solutions Manager, she is responsible for solutions that will drive benefits from information technology investments for healthcare provider organizations, world wide. Her particular focus is on how clinical computing technologies can deliver healthcare providers the critical information required to provide a safer, more effective patient care environment. She has provided these services for major medical centers across the United States including large academic medical centers as well as for organizations like the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. She has also delivered these services globally including the National Health Services in the United Kingdom and SingHealth in Singapore.