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.
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.
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.
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.
With over 30 years experience in executive positions, significant healthcare policy committee expertise and care provider roles, Ms. Johnson has a comprehensive knowledge of healthcare operations, quality measurement and the role IT and clinical transformation play in enabling the deployment of leading clinical practice.
As Vice President of Applied Clinical Informatics for Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Ms. Johnson’s responsibilities include establishing the strategic vision and operations plan for provision of clinical systems used throughout the 52 hospital provider organization. With her leadership, Tenet is implementing a comprehensive clinical informatics vision and strategy in support of interoperability of data across the continuum of care. Liz is highly regarded for her knowledge and often speaks nationally and internationally. Most recently Ms. Johnson has been appointed to the HIT Standards Committee at the Department of Health & Human Services in Washington, D.C.
Art Papier, MD is an Associate Professor in Dermatology and Medical Informatics at the University of Rochester. Dr. Papier specializes in contact and occupational dermatitis and has a special interest in acute skin rashes and skin presentations of infectious disease. His research focuses on point of care reference systems for physicians and Internet based medical information for patients. He is particularly interested in the topic of diagnostic errors in medical decision making and decision support systems. Dr. Papier was the PI of a NIAMS/NIH contract to develop a comprehensive dermatology lexicon. This work has transitioned to the American Academy of Dermatology as DermLex. Dr. Papier also is Chief Scientific Officer of Logical Images, the developer of VisualDx and an Internet self-paced course in dermatology education.
Michael J. McGill, Ph.D. is responsible for the Health Sciences for Internet2. He has over thirty years of experience in Information Technology and over twelve years in healthcare technology. He has been responsible for system wide operations, development and vision for information systems including the development of clinical repositories, the implementation of clinical and administrative systems, and support architectures that allow secure and reliable access.
Dr. McGill was the Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Henry Ford Health System, an integrated delivery system. Prior to that, he was the Chief Information Officer of the University of Michigan Health System. At the University of Michigan, McGill also headed its telecommunication networks and phone service.. He was Vice president of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), Inc. At Syracuse University, Mike held the positions of Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Research and the Ph.D. Program, School of Information Studies and Associate Professor of the School of Computer and Information Science. He was Program Director for Information Science for the National Science Foundation and a Senior Computer and Information Science Advisor, Office of Toxic Substances, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Gibson attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University. After family practice residency he practiced family medicine, then emergency medicine, for seven years in Washington State. With Board Certification in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, he continues to practice in Portland. He completed a Ph.D. in Medical Informatics at LDS Hospital and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1995. He holds an MBA from Wharton. For 11 years, Dr. Gibson was Chief Medical Information Officer for Providence Health System. From April 2007 to March 2010, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, reporting to the CEO at Legacy Health System in Portland.
Legacy Health System is a group of six hospitals with 1000 beds total, 275 employed physicians in 35 clinics, and a 50 physician Internal Medicine Residency. As Chief Information Officer for Legacy, Dr. Gibson was responsible for planning and implementing business and clinical information systems in both the hospital and office arenas.
Deborah Peel, MD founded Patient Privacy Rights in 2004, now with 10,000 members in every state. She leads the bipartisan Coalition for Patient Privacy, representing 10 million Americans. The Coalition added historic privacy rights to ARRA: a ban on sales of PHI, audit trails, segmentation, breach notice, the right to prevent disclosure of PHI for HCO if payment is out-of-pocket, and encryption. Since 2007, she has been one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Powerful in Healthcare.” Fast Compnay Magazine calls her the “Privacy Warrior.”
Jean Kolowrat serves as the VP of Information Systems with WPS supporting the administraion of Medicare contracts, Tricare (military health plan) contracts, and commercial insurance products. Her responsibilities include systems development, security, information management, and technlology infrastructure. Security and privacy are key areas of concern in the administration of government contracts and healthcare administrative systems. Jean brings over twenty five years of Information Technology and insurance administration to the role.
Galen Metz serves as Information Services Director and CIO for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, joining the Madison-based healthcare organization over three 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.
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.
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 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 and Teramedica, in the Dean/SSMW integrated delivery network.
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.
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.
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.
For 25 years Judy Murphy has held national prominence as a Health IT executive, leader in the nursing informatics community, and much-sought after speaker for health informatics conferences. She is Vice President — IT Applications at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, an integrated delivery network with 14 hospitals, 120 ambulatory centers, home health agencies, and 28,000 employees. Ms. Murphy oversees all application software supporting clinical and business operations at Aurora’s acute care facilities and is project executive for Aurora’s Electronic Health Record initiative. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on system implementation methodologies, automated clinical documentation, and the use of technology to support evidence-based practice. Ms. Murphy served on the AMIA Board of Directors and is currently elected to the HIMSS Board of Directors. She is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics and HIMSS. She received the 2006 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, and was named one of the “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” in 2007 by HealthLeaders magazine. She was appointed to the Health IT Standards Committee, a federal advisory body to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Seth Foldy MD, MPH became State Health Officer and Administrator of the Division of Public Health for the State of Wisconsin in January, 2009.
Dr. Foldy practiced and taught urban community-oriented family practice for fifteen years in Worcester, MA and Cleveland OH. From 1996 to 2004 he served as Medical Director and then Commissioner of the Milwaukee Health Department as it pioneered electronic disease surveillance, led the eradication of the Western Hemisphere’s first monkeypox outbreak, and improved rates of childhood lead poisoning, vaccination, health insurance, tobacco use and infant mortality.
Dr. Foldy later served as Medical Director of Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee and co-founded the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange (WHIE). He provided consultation and authored numerous publications in health informatics, emergency preparedness, and public health systems in association with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Argonne National Laboratory, the Center for International Health and health.e.volution consulting. He earned Presidential Volunteer Awards for participation in a joint Navy-civilian tsunami-relief operation in Indonesia and training health professionals in the Republic of Georgia.
Dr. Foldy holds degrees from Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University and the Medical College of Wisconsin; faculty appointments at both Wisconsin medical schools and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and board certifications in Family and Preventive Medicine. He is President of the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine and member of a National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committee on bioterrorism surveillance. He was awarded APHA‘s 2002 Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work among other honors.
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.
Kent L. Gale, KLAS Founder and Chairman of the Board. Kent founded KLAS in 1996 when it was obvious that unbiased reporting of client satisfaction was missing from the HIT industry. Kent has been deeply involved in healthcare IT for 35 years serving healthcare providers (Intermountain Healthcare), software vendors (Medlab, Sunquest, 3M, GTE, Compucare) and research/consulting organizations both nationally and internationally.
Kent is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and has lived in Brazil, Germany and the Philippines. He has traveled worldwide exploring the use of HIT and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He is a former member of the CHIME Board of Trustees and recipient of CHIME‘s 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently a member of CHIME and HIMSS, Kent has also presented at HIMSS National Meetings and HIMSS Regional Seminars. He was formerly a member of HISSG and SCAMC, and has been affiliated with ECHO an IBM Health Industry Professional Association. He is currently serving on the CHIME Education Foundation Board.
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, health information technology and related topics.
Bruno Nardone leads the IBM Global Business Services, State and Local Government Healthcare practice, where he directs high performance teams in the development and execution of strategic healthcare solutions. With more than seventeen years of senior management experience, Mr. Nardone spent over six years as a hospital administrator with direct responsibility for operations, strategy and business development. As a consultant, he has led business and technical engagements for government agencies, health networks, leading hospitals and healthcare insurers, receiving special recognition for business strategy development. Most recently Mr. Nardone has been a leader for IBM‘s efforts in developing Government Transformation and Reform Solutions for Health and Human Services Agencies. As such he has been integral to the related product and solution development efforts with IBM and partner organizations addressing HIE and electronic health records.
Mr. Nardone is a Certified Healthcare Executive and Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and holds a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Cornell University.
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.