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 on the Healthcare Advisory Boards of Imprivata, Inc., Phytel, Inc., and Symphony Corporation.
He has delivered more than 60 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. He served as a Board member (2006–2010), Board Liaison to HIMSS Europe (2006–2009), and Board Chair (2009–2010), and continues his involvement as a Fellow of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS).
Jim Adams has spent most of his career working at the intersection of business, IT and strategy. He currently serves as Managing Director of The Advisory Board’s IT Strategy Council. Prior to that, he was 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 serves on national committees and advisory boards for healthcare organizations, and is a frequent speaker on strategic healthcare and health IT topics, including accountable care, meaningful use, and ICD-10.
Oskar Anderson has been the Director of the Office of Health Informatics since late 2010. In this position he is responsible for the eHealth program (including the Health Information Exchange), the Public Health Information Network (PHIN), Vital Records, and Population Health Analytics.
Oskar was previously the administrator of the State of Wisconsin’s Division of Enterprise Technology (DET) and the state’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) from March 2007 through November 2010. As part of this role he was a member of the WIRED for Health Board and a member of the Standards and Architecture Committee developing a plan for the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange.
Anderson served as CIO for the state Department of Revenue (DOR) from 2001 until joining DET. He was also the administrator of the Systems and Information Services Division and CIO for the Alberta Solicitor General Department for six years early in his career and has worked the remainder of his career in the private sector.
Leroy has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is currently the Interim VP and CIO at the UW Hospital and Clinics, where he is responsible for managing a talented group of experienced professionals who provide information technology design, development, and support for the institutionâs clinical, financial, and administrative systems. Prior to his current position, Leroy held several other positions at the UW Hospital and Clinics. Before joining UWHC, he held positions in several other hospitals and consulting firms.
Leroy has broad experience in project management, system selection, system implementation, analysis of business and technical needs, process improvement, budgeting, policy development, and management training.
Leroy is a Life Member and Fellow of the HIMSS. He has served on the Nominating Committee (1999) and the Board of Directors (2000–2003) and as a Chapter Officer in several chapters over the years. He is also a Senior Member of the Institute Of Industrial Engineers and a Diplomate in the Society for Health Systems. Leroy earned recognition as a CPHIMS in 2002. Leroy graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
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.
Sandy has been with the UW Medical Foundation Information Services since June of 1997. Prior to joining UWMF, she worked in the health care payer community for eleven years.
She previously served as Wisconsin Epic User Group (WIEUG) Board of Directors Chair and was appointed to serve as a member of Governor Doyle’s WIRED for Health Finance and Audit Committee.
Sandy earned her degree in Education and Kinesiology from UW Madison in 1983.
T. (Teo) Forcht Dagi is a partner at HLM Venture Partners, a dedicated Boston-based life sciences fund, and a neurosurgeon. He focuses on biomedical technologies, health care services and health care IT. He has an abiding interest in biomedical innovation and portfolio management in early and mid-stage venture capital companies.
Teo has served as an advisor to many universities and academic institutes, and consulted with a number of sovereign governments on translational medicine. He chaired the International Advisory Panel for Biotechnology for Northern Ireland as part of the Peace Process, and helped found the Israel Life Sciences Association as a delegate to the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission of the Department of Commerce. He has served as a Director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Wharton School. He sits on the steering committees of the Harvard-MIT Program in Biomedical Entrepreneurship, and Mt. Sinai Medical School. He has served as a scientific advisory board member and consultant to companies including Dupont (Chair of the SAB), Lundbeck USA, E. Merck (Darmstadt) and the Royal Bank of Canada, and has served on the boards of many privately and publicly held companies. He is currently a director of Aventura, Teladoc, Axela Biosensors and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and on the advisory board of Innovacorp.
Teo is the Distinguished Scholar and Professor, and Chairman of IAB of the School of Medicine of Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK), and Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. He teaches in the Harvard Business School on health care innovation, the Biomedical Entrepreneurship Program at MIT, and the Venture Capital Institute.
He received an AB from Columbia, an MD/MPH from Johns Hopkins, and an MBA from Wharton. He trained in neurosurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was named the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Fellow at Harvard. Among other distinctions, he is a US Humanitarian Service Medalist and a Fellow of the College of Critical Care Medicine. He received the DMedSc (HC) from Queen’s University Belfast for contributions to medicine and public service. He has been named the Sir Thomas and Edith Dixon Medalist in Ulster for 2012.
Teo is a frequently invited lecturer internationally on innovation, negotiation and organizational development in health care and the life sciences, and health care reform. He has authored or edited eight books and monographs, and over 200 chapters, articles and abstracts and is an editor of Neurosurgery.
Oliver Degnan was named Marshfield Clinic’s Chief Technology Officer in November of 2011. As the clinic’s previous Chief Enterprise Architect, he lead the groundwork and architectural foundation for our next generation Electronic Health Record (EHR) system (CattailsMD). He was fundamental in the creation of the clinic’s Information Systems Roadmap and Strategy, and the adoption of the Rapid-Cycle Development process in an innovative open space area at Information Systems, he named Silicon Fields of Wisconsin.
In his new role as the clinic’s Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for establishing current and long-range direction of technology aimed at keeping Marshfield Clinic at the forefront of change. He develops overall strategy for information needs, systems development, and hardware acquisition and integration, and participates in business planning, bringing a current knowledge and future vision of technology and systems.
Prior to joining Marshfield Clinic, Oliver Degnan worked as the Chief Architect for Intuit in Silicon Valley, CA, responsible for the architectures and technologies of Intuit Quicken Health Expense Tracker commerce application, which is being used today by over 3 million users through health organizations such as United Health Care, Cigna, and Mutual of Ohio. He has over 20 years of experience in business leadership, technology and software architecture, with an emphacy of large scale integrated systems and e-commerce development. Oliver Degnan is a highly accomplished visionary and inventor with a unique combination of technical maturity, big picture business acumen, and entrepreneurial drive.
Jocelyn DeWitt, PhD, joined UW Hospital and Clinics as Vice President, Chief Information Officer on April 30, 2012. She previously served as Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC), which is the inpatient and ambulatory care clinical component of the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). UMHS includes the university’s medical school and three hospitals: University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital with more than 900 beds. Other members of UMHS are 30 primary and specialty community health centers, the A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center and its 120 outpatient clinics. The healthcare system also has affiliations with other hospitals and healthcare networks in southeastern Michigan.
Jocelyn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; her Master of Science degree from Boston University; and her doctorate from the University of Illinois.
Judy 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.
Dr. Richard Ferrans, M.D. is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Accountable Care and Clinical Integration for Presence Health in Chicago, Illinois. Presence Health, formerly known as Provena-Resurrection HealthCare, is the largest Catholic healthcare system in Illinois with 12 hospitals, over 5,000 physicians on the medical staffs, 29 senior care facilities, 6 home health agencies, and a comprehensive behavioral network.
Dr Ferrans was the Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for Memorial Hospital at Gulfport (MHG), the dominant healthsytem on the Mississippi gulfcoast. MHG is a HIMSS Level 5 EMR facility that met Meaningful Use in 2011 for the hospital facility and attested for nearly 100 owned providers in January 2012. Dr. Ferrans is the former Chief of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine at LSU Health Sciences Center and was the Associate Medical Director for Peoples Health Network, a Medicare Advantage Plan with over 40,000 members. Dr. Ferrans served as a staff Member of the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics from 1998–2000 and was the Vice Chair of the Mississippi Health Information Network.He has been involved in starting several medical software and biotech companies including Avreo, Inc. Dr. Ferrans received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and did his residency training in Internal Medicine at George Washington University Hospital. Dr. Ferrans received a Masters Degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University. Dr. Ferrans brings a unique blend of hospital administration, managed care, IT, and public policy experience with a strong passion for innovation in improving quality, patient safety and satisfaction, and cost outcomes.
Kerra Guffey is Meriter’s Chief Information Officer. She joined the organization in 2007 and currently is responsible for Information Systems including software, hardware, networks, voice communication, and Health Information Management (HIM). Prior to joining Meriter, Ms. Guffey served as the Senior Vice President and CIO for Memorial Health System in Springfield, IL and was an IT consultant with Deloitte and Touche in Costa Mesa, CA.
Ms. Guffey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University with a major in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California Irvine with an emphasis in Information Technology Management and Finance. She also holds a certificate in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Science University.
Hector Joseph is a Chief Technology Officer with over 26 years of related experience in many different technology industries such as software development and support, medical technology, telecommunications and healthcare. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Froedtert Health. In this role Hector has responsibility for all aspects of the Froedtert Health information technology platforms, service areas data centers, database management, desktop engineering, networking, IT risk and security as well as clinical application support and integration services.
William Lazarus is an IT executive leader with extensive experience in healthcare solutions. He is currently the principal of the newly established Techniverse Consulting, focused on supplying consultative expertise and services for healthcare providers.
Previously, he spent over 13 years at St. Joseph Health System, Orange, California, and most recently served Vice President of Technology & Architecture. He was responsible for the strategic direction for enterprise technology architecture and solutions, leadership for infrastructure operations and service delivery, and sponsorship of major projects.
During his tenure at SJHS, Mr. Lazarus successfully led many major initiatives, including deployment of two enterprise data centers, system-wide PACS digital imaging automation for radiology and cardiology, and the HIPAA Security compliance program (as the Information Security Officer, guiding policy implementation and enforcement).
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. Then, in March 2011 David added the role of CIO for Dean Clinic. In David’s role, he also leads the Wisconsin Integrated Technology & Telemedicine Systems, LLC (WIIITTS). WIITTS is a joint-venture between Dean Clinic and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin and serves to implement advanced clinical technologies to improve quality and efficiency for the 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. In 2011 David became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Barry Mason currently serves as Vice President for the payer segment of IBM‘s Healthcare and Life Sciences industry where he is responsible for market understanding, solution development, technology offerings, and collaborative partnerships to support IBM‘s health plan clients. He also oversees IBM‘s solution portfolio for the healthcare industry. Barry has deep expertise in the health plan segment and brings to his view of healthcare a rich background from 30 years in the I/T industry, including work in retail and banking industries.
Barry has held multiple IBM executive positions where he was responsible for driving transformational business solutions and leading IBM‘s strategic relationships as Managing Director for top retail and healthcare clients and Principal, IBM Business Consulting with he specialized in advanced data analytics and customer relationship management. He is also IBM‘s Senior Location Executive for the Twin Cities.
Bruce Quade earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Bruce brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise in his field when he joined GHC-SCW in late 2011 as the Chief Information Officer. He has an extensive 20-year career in the Information Technology (IT) management field, working for CUNA Mutual Group, Compuware Corporation, and most recently, Dean Health Plan in Madison, Wisconsin where he served as Director of Technical Services. As an IT leader, Bruce continues to expand his knowledge via the American Management Association and Frontline Skills.
Bruce is a native Madison-area resident. He has two children and enjoys traveling to different sporting and dance events with his son and daughter. He also spends his free time building musical instruments and singing in local choirs.
Guy Ringle is the Senior Vice President and CIO of WPS Health Insurance. Guy has 30+ years of experience in the insurance and financial service industries. He has expertise in technology, product development, business development and operations.
As the CIO for WPS, Guy is responsible for all technology functions for WPS’ Commercial, TRICARE, Medicare and EPIC Life business lines. WPS is an insurance and financial services company providing health and benefit plan administration to private and government customers. WPS employs over 4,500 employees with annual revenues exceeding $938 million. WPS annually processes in excess of 200 million claims with benefit payments of $54 billion.
Prior to joining WPS, Guy served as Senior Vice President of Metavante’s Payment Services Division where he managed eleven data processing centers throughout the United States.
Guy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin. Guy serves on the CIO Executive Summit Advisory Board and the University of Wisconsin-Madison eBusiness Consortium Advisory Board.
Jim Riordan, President and CEO of WPS Health Insurance, is responsible for all corporate functions. Jim has over 35 years of medical field experience. His health insurance experience, all with WPS, includes extensive management and field work in developing provider relations, directing actuarial services, and as senior vice president of administration in charge of actuarial, accounting, business services and general administration. He has a Bachelor of Science-Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining WPS, Jim spent eight years as a practicing pharmacist.
Jim is a member of various Boards including the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Madison College Foundation Board, and Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Board. He has served in many capacities for the United Way of Dane County and just finished his term as Chairman of their Board of Directors.
Jamey is the director of social media and digital communication for Aurora Health Care, an integrated health system with 15 hospitals, 90 clinics and over 30,000 employees that serves the health care needs of Eastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. In this role, he provides strategic direction on the use of social media and digital communication tools to facilitate patient access to health care information. Jamey has over 15 years experience including digital marketing for Fortune 500 brands and an international non-profit. Jamey also serves as an instructor with University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Continuing Education for their Online Social Media Certificate Program.
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