Dr. Richard Bakalar is IBM‘s Chief Medical Officer and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. Captain Bakalar (US Navy, retired) was the Navy’s Surgeon General Executive Assistant for Telemedicine initiatives beginning in 1995. He is a recent Past President of the American Telemedicine Association and completed 26 years in the US Navy as a physician and program manager prior to joining IBM in March 2003.
Dr. Bakalar is the senior medical consultant for IBM‘s information based medicine healthcare solutions including its eHealth/Telemedicine remote monitoring solutions and for enterprise or regional (multi-center, multi-specialty) medical imaging PACS archives. Dr. Bakalar is a clinical advisor to several national boards and Federal agencies.
Thomas J. Handler, M.D., is a research director in Gartner Research. Dr. Handler focuses on clinical applications, specifically computer-based patient record (CPR) systems, electronic medical record (EMR) systems, their supporting functionality and implementation issues, and picture archiving and storage systems (PACS).
Dr. Handler has more than 25 years of healthcare experience. Prior to joining Gartner, he was on staff at the Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he participated in healthcare systems selection and software implementation.
Dr. Handler was a physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He received his undergraduate and medical degree from Yale University and also did his residency training, nuclear medicine fellowship and medical informatics fellowship at Yale University.
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. Peter’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.
Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH, FHIMSS has over 20 years experience in healthcare information technology, patient safety, clinical transformation, and public health. During his career, he worked with the National Institutes of Health, U.K’s. National Health Service, McKesson, and BearingPoint.
Over the past 15 years Chaiken provided expertise in quality and patient safety to provider and payor organizations helping them utilize information technology to improve clinical and administrative activities. He has served as guest lecturer and consultant on topics including patient safety, clinician adoption of information technology, quality improvement and managed care. Chaiken also assisted hospitals and technology firms in the creation of medical software products and authoring of marketing communication materials.
Chaiken is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health as well as Health Care Quality Management. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at DocsNetwork, Ltd. where he provides thought leadership and offers clients his expertise in clinical transformation and quality improvement. Chaiken serves as Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Symphony Corporation and on the Healthcare Advisory Board of Evolvent Technologies, Inc. He has delivered more than 50 CME lectures, and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Patient Safety and the journal of Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. Chaiken writes a column on technology and quality for the journal Patient Safety and Quality Health Care.
Chaiken received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NYC, his masters in public health degree in health services administration from the Harvard School of Public Health and his bachelors of arts degree in psychology from the University at Albany. He acquired his specialty training from the Centers for Disease Control as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and from the New Jersey State Department of Health as a preventive medicine resident. He is also a Board member, Board Liaison to HIMSS Europe, 2009–2010 Board Chair and a Fellow of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). Chaiken holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Charles D. Kennedy, MD is the Vice President of Health Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc. Dr. Kennedy is responsible for building technical solutions which leverage health plan data sets and are applied in clinical settings. Dr. Kennedy has led WellPoint’s initiatives to improve patient care through technology in a variety of ways including strategic acquisitions and investments such as HealthCore; WellPoint’s entry into clinical and outcomes research and Resolution Health Inc.; an advanced informatics company with an expertise in quality assessment. He has also developed commercial relationships with companies such as RelayHealth, a company enabling web based patient visits, RxHub, an intermediary enabling E-prescribing, and various electronic health record companies such as AllScripts, Medplus, CentriHealth and others. Dr. Kennedy has also led projects to deploy advanced health I.T. tools at WellPoint including a claims based electronic health record known as the Member Medical History system and several E-prescribing pilots. Dr. Kennedy is a recognized expert in Health I.T. and has served on multiple boards such as the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, a founding commissioner of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology. Dr. Kennedy is quoted frequently and has consulted with Congressional and State representatives developing Health I.T. legislation. Dr. Kennedy was recently appointed to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, a new advisory body established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He is the Representative of Health Plans or Other Third-Party Payers for a three-year term. The committee will make recommendations on creating a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information.
Jim 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 joining IBM, Mr. Adams was a senior leader at both Healthlink and Gartner and has served as CEO, CFO and CIO, working in multiple industries. Mr. Adams currently serves as co-chair of the Technology Leadership Committee of National Alliance for Health Information Technology (the Alliance), serves on national advisory boards for healthcare organizations, and is a frequent speaker on the future of healthcare and related topics.
Serves as the Director on Clinical Information Systems in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical System. He is the primary designer, and domain expert behind the validated single source electronic health record and electronic capture system, MindLinc, electronic medical decision support software Clinical Coordinator and the patient survey system. His technical background includes 15 years of experience in medical information systems including the creation of multiple software applications at the University of Washington Medical School, the NLM at the NIH and at Duke University Medical Center. Before becoming a physician Dr. Gersing worked in the software business including Microsoft, and Watts/Silverstein a software and audio/visual production house. Dr Gersing is assistant professor of psychiatry Duke University Medical Center with primary concentrations of in geriatric depression, mild cognitive impairment and dementia.
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.
Mark S. Kirschbaum joined UW Hospital and Clinics in 2006 as vice president for quality and satisfaction. His previous experience in management, education and clinical positions included four years as director of care improvement at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and two years as executive director of quality measurement and analysis at Allina Hospitals and Clinics, both in Minnesota.
Kirschbaum began his career as a pediatric intensive care nurse and subsequently held positions with progressive leadership positions for nearly twenty years for Children’s Health Care in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Kirschbaum is a summa cum laude graduate of the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a BA in nursing. He later earned a MS in nursing sciences, pediatric nursing, from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Minnesota. He has held teaching posts at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and the University of St. Thomas Center for Health and Medical Affairs, and has numerous professional presentations and publications to his credit.
Kirschbaum has been involved in local improvement as a Baldrige examiner with Wisconsin Forward and Minnesota Council for Quality.
Denise B. Webb is the eHealth Program Manager in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) 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.
Kevin R. Hayden is President of WellPoint’s State Sponsored Business. Appointed to this role in April, 2008, Mr. Hayden’s responsibilities include the development, implementation, management and expansion of health coverage for the underserved through government programs such as Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Programs, and other publicly funded programs for the uninsured and underserved populations. states.
Mr. Hayden has over 23 years of experience in health care administration. He served as Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Services for the State of Wisconsin and was responsible for leading all public health and care delivery services to over 900,000 residents. He was a key architect in creating Badgercare Plus, an innovative program expanding coverage to all children in Wisconsin.
Mr. Hayden also served nearly 10 years as President and Chief Administrative Officer at Dean Health Systems, Inc., a billion dollar multi-specialty integrated healthcare delivery system with a physician group practice of more than 500 physicians and 3,400 employees in Madison, Wisconsin.
He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the 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.
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.
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.
Carl Christensen has played a leadership role in the Clinic’s pioneering electronic medical record and many other state-of-the-art initiatives. A native of Marshfield, Wisconsin, Christensen earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, computer science and statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of science degree in computer science from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. He was systems programming manager for Clinic Information Systems from 1988–94, and then joined the Center for Medical Genetics, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation. In 1997, Christensen was named the Clinic’s corporate technical planning manager and in 1999 he was promoted to CIO. A key initiative under his leadership is the Clinic’s conversion to tablet PCs, beginning in 2003. Tablet PCs will lead to a chartless medical environment by 2006, giving providers access to electronic medical records including radiology reports and images; and allowing dictation, order entry and writing prescriptions electronically.
Rodney C. Dykehouse is currently VP of Information Services and CIO of ProHealth Care, a two hospital community health system including a large group practice, 16 medical centers, nursing homes and hospice, all located in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Most recently Rod served as CIO of UCLA Medical Sciences, including the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Medical Group, UCLA Medical Center, UCLA – Santa Monica Hospital, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.The UCLA Medical Sciences has approx 950 beds and net revenues of $2 billion.Rod led the IT Transition into the $1 billion Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and and the development of a Information System strategy for the UCLA Enterprise.
Until May of 2006, Rod was CIO at Froedtert & Community Health (F&CH), a two hospital academic and community Health System in metropolitan Milwaukee with approximately $760 million in net revenue in 2005.In this role, Rod was a member of the senior management team and responsible for telecommunication and information systems.Froedtert is the primary teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin.As CIO, Rod was instrumental in developing strategies and implementation plans that effectively built the IT infrastructure across the recently consolidated health system.
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.
Galen Metz serves as Information Services Director and CIO for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, joining the Madison-based healthcare organization over two years 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.
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.
David E. Lundal came to SSM Integrated Health Technologies in July 2003 as regional IS director for SSM Health Care of Wisconsin. In September of 2006, he was promoted to V.P and Regional CIO.
In David’s role, he also co-leads the Wisconsin Integrated Technology & Telemedicine Systems, LLC (WIIITTS). WIITTS is a joint-venture between Dean Health System and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin. The primary purpose of WIITTS is to implement advanced clinical systems, like Epic, in the Dean/SSMW integrated delivery network. David co-leads with the Dean VP of IS, Jerry Roberts.
David came to Wisconsin from South Bend Indiana, where he was the Director of Home Care and Physician System for Saint Joseph’s Regional Health System. David worked at Saint Joseph’s from 1995 to 2003. From 1991 to 1995 David worked at Systems Management, a practice management consulting firm based in South Bend.
David is a native of Indiana where he earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his MBA from Bethel College.
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.
Kim 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.
Tom Koulopoulos is founder and CEO of Delphi Group, a Boston-based thought leadership firm providing advice to Global 200 organizations and governments for the last 15 years. Koulopoulos was named one of the industry’s six most influential information management consultants by InformationWeek magazine. He is recognized as an authority on the implications of information technology on global organizations, with articles appearing frequently in national and international print and broadcast media including BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNBC, CNN and NPR.
Koulopoulos is an author of six books, adjunct professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Management, and guest lecturer at Boston University School of Management and Harvard University. He is one of the industry’s most prolific thought leaders. His insights provide a beyond-the-edge view of the turbulence created by the collision of technology and business. Tom Peters has called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.”
His insights have received wide praised highly by luminaries such as Peter Drucker, Dee Hock (founder of Visa International), and Jim Champy (co-author of Reengineering the Corporation). According to Peter Drucker, “Tom’s writing makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.” His current book, Smartsourcing the Enterprise: How to Drive Innovation, Jobs, and Growth in the age of Globalization, looks at the core drivers and and broad implications of outsourcing and globalization.
Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS is the principle of Miller Health Information Technology Solutions. Formerly Vice President and the Chief Medical Information Officer of University Hospitals and Health Systems, a community-based system with more than 150 locations, seven wholly-owned and four affiliated hospitals throughout Northern Ohio, where she was the senior clinical executive for information systems and technology responsible for the leadership and vision for the strategic planning, operations, integration and implementation of information systems and services at UH, regionally, and nationally. Prior to joining UH, she worked as a health information technology Managing Director for the Cleveland Clinic where she managed the operations of the e-Cleveland Clinic MyChart, MyMonitoring, and Virtual Visit projects throughout the Cleveland Clinic Health System. She was responsible for coordinating the development of the Cleveland Clinic clinical Internet strategy and supported the development of e-health initiatives, exploring strategic partnerships and e-business opportunities including the development of the business cases and business plans for e-Cleveland Clinic, the e-business organization of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She maintained a part time clinical practice in General Internal Medicine.
Mark Garsombke is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., where he is the Chair of the firm’s Technology and Telecommunications practice group, HIPAA practice group, and a member of the Corporate Transactions practice group. Mark serves as corporate counsel to a variety of Fortune 500 and technology-based companies, health care providers and plans, and other businesses on information technology, telecommunications, HIPAA security and privacy, and related legal matters. He also frequently speaks on information technology and privacy related matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mark was in house counsel to a $45 billion mutual fund company.
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.