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Mary Alice Annecharico, RN, MS

Henry Ford Health System

George Conklin

CHRISTUS Health

Julie Creamer

Northwestern Medicine

Darren Dworkin

Cedars-Sinai Health System

Robert Eardley

Houston Methodist

Lois Elia

Advocate Health Care

Thomas J. Giella

Korn/Ferry International

Devin Gross

Emmi Solutions

Todd Hollowell

Impact Advisors

Gilad J. Kuperman, MD, PhD

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Ken Lawonn

Sharp Healthcare

Gerry Lewis

Ascension; Ascension Information Services (AIS)

Randy Lipps

Omnicell, Inc.

Jonathan Manis

Sutter Health

Satish Maripuri

Nuance Healthcare

Mike Neal

Cerner

Deborah O'Dell

Catholic Health Initiatives

Patrick J. O'Hare

Spectrum Health

Rich Pollack

VCU Health System

Jeffrey Rose, MD

Health Catalyst

Dale Sanders

Hearst Health

Marcus B. Shipley

Trinity Health

Brent Snyder

Adventist Health System

Cindy Spurr, RN

Partners HealthCare System, Inc.

Paul Tang, MD

IBM Watson Health

Jim Veline

Avera Health

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Mary Alice Annecharico, RN, MS

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Henry Ford Health System

Mary Alice AnnecharicoMary Alice Annecharico, R.N., M.S. was appointed in December 2011 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Henry Ford Health System, responsible for the strategic planning and delivery and support of its integrated delivery systems including Project Helios revenue cycle, electronic health record, physician and patient portals, as well as IT improvement services across Henry Ford. At the core of these efforts is the imperative to improve efficiency and business alignment, reduce costs, and enhance information integration within the hospital and ambulatory environments.

With an appreciation for the complexities at the organizational level, Mary Alice plays a major role in fostering the organizational capability needed to extract greater value from IT investments. She is widely recognized for her ability to transform information technology services into highly effective, cross-disciplinary teams responsible for using technology resources to improve services and realize the strategic goals of the organization.

Mary Alice is a registered nurse with an extensive nursing leadership background and more than 20 years in transforming clinical and business environments through the uses of technology. In her previous roles as Chief Information Officer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, she collaborated with academic colleagues, peer institutions and industry leaders on the interpretation of privacy and security and clinical research standards for academic organizations.

Mary Alice has been actively engaged in national efforts to create a sustainable, secure, statewide health information exchange (HIE), offering interoperability between regional and national health information networks to provide access to clinical data and improved, measurable health outcomes.

A Fellow in the Health Information Systems Society (HIMSS), she serves as Editor for the peer reviewed Journal of Health Information Management, the digital publication of HIMSS. Mary Alice is a nursing graduate from St Vincent's Hospital, NYC, and holds a BS in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph's College, and an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Updated July 2016


George S. Conklin

Senior Vice President for Information Management at CHRISTUS Health

Joel Shoolin, DO, MBAGeorge S. Conklin is Senior Vice President for Information Management at CHRISTUS Health, one of the nation's largest Catholic healthcare delivery sys-tem. He is responsible for all aspects of the delivery of information management and communications systems services, supporting CHRISTUS Health's delivery network across four states, in two countries and in more than 300 locations. Ad-ditionally, as a member of CHRISTUS Health's senior leadership team, he parti-cipates in setting short and long term strategic and tactical directions for the sys-tem at large. In particular, he has served as a member of the organization's Fu-tures Task Force, an effort that has set long term system directions based on as-sessments of future social, technical, environmental, economic and political fac-tors.

In 2006 all Clinical Engineering services were brought under Mr. Conklin given CHRISTUS' belief that technology must be managed as a core strategic re-source; the convergence of traditional IT and biomedical technologies onto IT platforms; and the growing need to insure that data collected by biomedical sys-tems be integrated into the electronic patient record as quickly as possible.

Mr. Conklin was also awarded the Smithsonian Institution Face of Innovation award in 1997 that recognized applications of computers to medical decision support at Integris Health in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. These achievements have been included in the permanent research collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Additionally, CHRISTUS Health was awarded one of HHN's "Most Wireless" Awards in 2002.

Mr. Conklin writes and lectures frequently in the areas of health care informatics, systems implementation, ROI, clinical quality, and management of complicated information systems, biomedical and operating environments.

Updated November 2011


Julie L. Creamer

Senior Vice President of Administration at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC)

Julie CreamerJulie Creamer is Senior Vice President of Administration at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) and also serves as Chief Transformation Executive for the Northwestern Medical Group (NMG). A senior manager at NMHC since 1996, Julie has played an integral role in developing and implementing the strategic plan for Northwestern Medicine as well as the planning and construction of new facilities of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and in the advancement of revenue cycle, quality, patient safety and information technology improvements.

Ms. Creamer received her BSN from Marquette University and holds a Master's of Science Degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. In addition to her work at NMHC, Julie has published and made a number of national presentations on a variety of topics to organizations such as the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Hospital Association, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Scottsdale Institute.

Updated September 2014


Darren Dworkin

Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Systems
Chief Information Officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System

Darren DworkinDarren Dworkin is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Systems and Chief Information Officer of the Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California. A native of Montreal, Canada, Mr. Dworkin has spent over 20 years in information technology and over 12 years in healthcare.

At Cedars-Sinai he has led the implementation of a comprehensive electronic medical record to help transform care through the use of advanced technology. Day-to-day, Mr. Dworkin leads the strategy and technology operations of both the information and clinical technology teams. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Mr. Dworkin held the position of Chief Technology Officer at Boston Universtiy Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, where he led the developoment of deployment of the infrastructure and application framework to bring technoloy to the point of care.

Mr. Dworkin has been a leader helping major information technology vendors bring solutions to the healthcare vertical enabling improvements in workflow, quality and value.

Updated June 2013


Robert Eardley

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Houston Methodist

Robert EardleyRobert Eardley joined Houston Methodist in July, 2011 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Information Technology Division that includes more than 500 professionals organized into clinical, business and infrastructure teams. The IT Division provides strategy, support, and infrastructure for a $12 billion healthcare system consisting of seven hospitals, five emergency centers, two free-standing imaging centers, and 70 ambulatory/outpatient locations in the greater Houston area.

With his ability to create and communicate a clear vision for the future, and his skill and passion for stakeholder engagement, Eardley has gained unprecedented Houston Methodist Board support for IT. He has earned a position among the thought leaders in the organization's strategic planning, aligning IT goals with the Houston Methodist strategic development and mission.

His natural insight into the human side of IT led him to require his entire management team to become certified in change management to promote project successes. He led business plan development to move to a new integrated electronic health record. His strong belief in IT governance, mobility, collaboration tools and patient engagement has led to major strides in these areas at Houston Methodist, with industry leading plans for the near future.

As CIO, Eardley provides executive leadership for more than $300 million in committed IT projects over the next five years, and the IT portion of $1 billion in major system expansion projects under way.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Houston Methodist in its annual "Best Hospitals" list, naming Houston Methodist Hospital No. 1 in the Houston metro area and No. 1 in Texas. Fortune magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" since 2006 - the only healthcare organization in Texas to make the list. In 2012, Houston Methodist received the "CIO 100 Award" for Mobile or Wireless Security Technology for its deployment of innovative BYOD policies and large-scale encryption technology for all managed desktops, laptops, iPads and smartphones, long before these became common industry practices. Hospitals & Health Networks also has ranked Houston Methodist on its "Most Wired Hospital" list for many years.

Before joining Houston Methodist, Eardley served as Vice President and Associate CIO for University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1997 to 2006, he worked in healthcare consulting with Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Accenture. His additional previous employers include HBO & Company/McKesson Information Systems and Halifax Medical Center.

Eardley holds a MBA with a Health Services Management concentration degree from Duke University and a BA in finance from the University of Florida. He is CPHIMS and ITIL certified.

He is a member of the following professional organizations: College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society.

Updated July 2015


Lois Elia, MBA

VP Physician and Ambulatory Services at Advocate Health Care

Lois EliaLois Elia has been with Advocate Health Care for 21 years in varying leadership roles, including: Advocate Physician Partners, System Clinical Support Services, Advocate's ACO, and Physician and Ambulatory Services. Advocate is the largest integrated health care system in the state of Illinois with more than 250 sites of care, including 12 acute care hospitals, including a children's hospital with two campuses.

Currently, Lois is the VP of Physician and Ambulatory Services leading physician specialty and service line strategies. Prior to this role, Lois was accountable for the building of Advocate's ACO infrastructure where she led the plan, design and execution of the full continuum of population health management strategies and tactics necessary to succeed under value-based care and payment models.

Lois has been involved in overseeing several high profile system initiatives including PHO centralization, Culture of Safety, eICU services, clinical EMR rollout, ACO infrastructure build and development of an integrated behavioral health service line.

Prior to joining Advocate, Lois was a manager in the health care consulting practice of Deloitte & Touche. She has also held clinical positions at Johns Hopkins and Northwestern Memorial hospitals.

Lois earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Lois completed certifications at Northwestern University's Kellogg Leadership Institute for Health Care Executives and Harvard's Executive Project Management Institute.

Lois also serves on the board of Advocate Home Health, Advocate Christ Medical Center PHO, and was recently appointed to the URAC board of directors.

Updated September 2014


Thomas J. Giella

Senior Client Partner, Managing Director, Healthcare Services Market at Korn/Ferry International

Thomas J. GiellaBased in Chicago, Thomas J. Giella is a Senior Client Partner and the Managing Director of Korn/Ferry International's Global Healthcare Services Market.

Mr. Giella has conducted over 400 senior-level assignments in the life sciences industry working with for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare companies in the areas of integrated delivery systems, insurance/managed care companies, academic health centers, community and rural hospitals, PBMs, health associations and other services delivery healthcare companies.

Prior to joining the Firm in 1990, Mr. Giella worked in the general practice in the Chicago office of another international executive search firm.

Before his executive search career, Mr. Giella worked as a corporate bond analyst in New York for Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to this, he taught mathematics and history at Avon Old Farm School in Avon, Connecticut.

Mr. Giella is also a member of Korn/Ferry's Matrix Manager's Committee, which governs and directs the strategy and operations for Korn/Ferry's North American offices. In addition, Mr. Giella is also actively involved in the Center for Healthcare Governance, the Scottsdale Institute, and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership

Mr. Giella holds a master's in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's in American history from Yale University.

Updated November 2011


Devin Gross

Chief Executive Officer at Emmi

Devin GrossDevin Gross has spent the last 20 years advocating for patient-centered care as an industry standard and establishing patient engagement as a solution to improve business outcomes for healthcare organizations. At Emmi, Devin fosters an atmosphere of collaborative innovation with emphasis on providing the highest quality client service and support. He guides the company in its mission to empower people in their health and transform healthcare through technology-based solutions.

Prior to joining Emmi in 2003, Devin held roles as a Hospital Administrator and Healthcare Information Technology Consultant, which provided him a multi-faceted perspective on the healthcare industry. Regularly invited to share his insight, he has presented at events and conferences on topics such as patient empowerment, behavioral economics and leveraging technology to improve outcomes. Devin holds a Bachelor's degree from Lehigh University and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Temple University.

Updated July 2015


Todd Hollowell

Chief Operating Officer at Impact Advisors

Todd HollowellTodd Hollowell is the Chief Operating Officer at Impact Advisors, and he joined as a member of the senior management team in 2007 when the firm was founded. Todd has more than 20 years of healthcare information technology experience, and he has in-depth knowledge and experience with technology infrastructure solutions, both as a consultant and former Chief Technology Officer at a large academic medical center. He currently oversees the business operations at Impact Advisors, but he spends the majority of his time assisting provider organizations, including academic medical centers, community and pediatric hospitals, and integrated delivery networks, with strategic and technology initiatives.

Prior to his role at Impact Advisors, Todd was the Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). In that role, Todd was responsible for ensuring UCMC's Information Services technology and clinical engineering teams appropriately developed and maintained UCMC's technology infrastructure and biomedical solutions. He also was responsible for establishing and communicating UCMC technology standards and identifying new technology solutions for future UCMC needs.

Prior to joining UCMC, Todd served as vice president of consulting services at Doculabs, a technology research and consulting organization. Before Doculabs, Todd spent several years with First Consulting Group as a practice director in the advanced technologies group and delivered technology-related projects for numerous academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, and community hospitals. He started his career at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) engineering technology solutions for clients in various industries including healthcare, financial services and insurance, retail, and manufacturing.

Todd has a master's of science degree in information and communication sciences and a bachelor's of science degree in management from Ball State University. He also attended The Chicago Management Institute at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Todd has written articles in assorted publications and has presented at a number of technology conferences covering a variety of topics.

Updated June 2012


Gilad J. Kuperman, MD, PhD

Board Chair and Executive Director at NYCLIX

Gilad J. Kuperman, MD, PhDDr. Kuperman is the Board Chair and Executive Director of NYCLIX, a RHIO serving Manhattan and other parts of New York City. NYCLIX includes 10 academic medical centers, two large ambulatory care organizations, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation's largest home care organization.

Dr. Kuperman also is the Director for Interoperability Informatics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His role there is to help the hospital realize the benefits of interoperability internally, with its business partners and through participating in regional data interchange efforts.

Dr. Kuperman will be the Board Chair of the American Medical Informatics Association during 2012-2013 and he is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Updated November 2011


Ken Lawonn

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sharp HealthCare

Ken LawonnKen Lawonn is the senior vice president and chief information officer for Sharp HealthCare. In his role he is responsible for continuing to move Sharp forward in the implementation of advanced technologies to support the transformation of healthcare through the Sharp Experience. He joined the Sharp team in February 2014.

Lawonn has over 35 years' experience in healthcare technology leadership. Prior to joining Sharp, Lawonn served as the senior vice president for strategy and technology at Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha, NE. Under his leadership, Alegent was recognized as a leader in the deployment of technology to support integrated clinical care. Lawonn also served as the vice president and chief information officer for Banner Health and Lutheran Health Systems in Fargo, ND.

Lawonn received his bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Nebraska. He is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Updated December 2015


Gerry Lewis

Interim Senior Vice President and CIO, Ascension, and CEO and Chief Data Officer, Ascension Information Services (AIS)

Gerry LewisGerry Lewis serves Ascension's as Interim Senior Vice President and CIO, and CEO and Chief Data Officer for AIS. He also is a member of the AIS Executive Council and Ascension Leadership Community Council.

Prior to his current position, Gerry served as AIS' Vice President of IT Strategy and Business Development, leading efforts focused on aligning and deploying information technology (IT) strategies designed to transform and drive clinical and business initiatives. This work responds to an industry and organizational desire for speed (velocity of implementation/operationalization) and scale (architectural/economic). Teams under Gerry's leadership have developed enterprise data management and analytical, mobility, enterprise architecture and digital media capabilities in support of Ascension initiatives.

Earlier in his Ascension career, Gerry served as Regional Chief Information Officer for the former AIS West region, as Chief Information Officer for the Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas. He also has held various leadership roles at Dell Inc. and Compaq Computer Corp., and served as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Gerry earned a master's degree in business administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He has completed the Ascension Executive Management Formation program.

Gerry lives in St. Louis with his wife, Debra. He has two daughters, who reside in Arizona and Utah. He enjoys trail and marathon running and hiking.

Updated July 2016


Randall A. Lipps

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Omnicell, Inc.

Randall A. LippsRandall A. Lipps is President and CEO of Omnicell Inc., a leading provider of automation and business information solutions enabling hospitals and other healthcare organizations to streamline the medication administration process and manage costly medical supplies for increased operational efficiency and enhanced patient safety. He provides the leadership for the company's growth and has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since its founding in 1992.

Omnicell was born from Lipps' direct personal experience. When his daughter was hospitalized at birth, he observed inefficiencies, redundancies and risks in how care was administered. As an industrial engineer who developed automation for American Airlines, Lipps realized that quite a few improvements could be made through automated technology. In one year, he created automated solutions that safely and effectively shepherded supplies throughout the hospital, leading to Omnicell's creation.

Under Lipps' leadership, Omnicell became a publicly traded company in August 2001. In October 2002, Lipps assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. His accomplishments include bringing in a well-known Silicon Valley management team and focusing the company on growth and technology leadership.

Since 2003, Omnicell has been recognized as one of the top Silicon Valley companies, as measured by market capitalization, by the San Jose Mercury News. In May 2012, Omnicell acquired MTS Medication Technologies Inc., a worldwide provider of medication adherence packaging systems, for $156 million. The combination of Omnicell and MTS will create a comprehensive automated medication management offering across the acute and non-acute continuum of patient care.

Today, the combined companies have more than 1,100 employees and annual revenues were over $315 million in 2011. Omnicell solutions are found in more than 2,600 hospitals worldwide, including 10 of the top 17 "America's Best Hospitals" on the U.S. News and World Report honor roll.

Omnicell's industry-leading innovations have been consistently recognized by the prestigious healthcare research firm, KLAS. Omnicell received the Best in KLAS distinction for automated medication dispensing systems from 2010 through 2012, and has received the top award in this market segment for seven consecutive years from 2006-2012. Omnicell's pharmacy carousel has also received KLAS Category Leader distinction awards from 2010 through 2012 and its medication order management system has received the top KLAS awards from 2009 through 2011.

Lipps' entrepreneurial approach to innovating healthcare automation has been reported by major publications over the years, including Fast Company magazine, Smart Money, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Lipps currently serves on the ASHP Foundation Board of Directors, the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Lipps also serves on the Radisphere Board of Directors, a leading provider of radiology, medical imaging services and diagnostic imaging. In 2009 Lipps joined the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing Board of Overseers. From 1998-2001 he served on the board of the Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation for the Future.

Prior to founding Omnicell, Lipps served in senior leadership roles in the travel industry. He holds bachelor's degrees in both Economics and Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

http://www.omnicell.com/

Updated June 2013


Jonathan L. Manis

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sutter Health Information Services

Jonathan L. ManisJonathan Manis, a former clinician and veteran health care information technology leader, currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Sutter Health of Sacramento, CA. With more than 30 acute care hospitals, hundreds of primary care clinics and sites of care, and annual revenues in excess of $11B, Sutter Health is one of the largest and most respected integrated health care provider organizations in the country.

Manis is a seasoned CIO with more than 25 years of IT leadership experience. He joined Sutter Health in 2006 from Illinois-based Provena Health, where he served as System Vice President of Administrative Services and CIO. Prior to Provena, Manis was Director of Applications for Advocate Healthcare in Chicago and, before Advocate, he was Chief Technology Officer for Sterling Health of Miami, FL.

A native Floridian, Manis grew up on Cocoa Beach with America's space program. After working summers at both NASA's Kennedy Space Center and nearby Disney World, Manis enlisted in the US Navy and was trained as a licensed practical nurse. He served as a Hospital Corpsman on submarines and as a combat medic for the US Marine Corps before being selected to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Parachute and SCUBA qualified, Manis was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and was trained as an artillery officer. Manis served as a Forward Observer and Fire Direction Officer, and participated in combat operations in Panama and Haiti. During Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Manis served as a Tactical Fire Support Coordination Officer for coalition forces. Following graduate school at the US Naval Academy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, Manis was promoted and reassigned to the Pentagon in Washington, DC where he managed information systems for the Bureau of Navy Medicine. Manis accepted an early military retirement offer in 1994.

A decorated combat arms officer, Manis attended the United States Naval Academy and Auburn University. He holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science/ Information Systems Management from the U.S. Naval Academy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and he has completed continuing graduate education coursework at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. Manis is a regularly featured speaker regarding technology and information systems management and he has authored multiple professional articles on the topics of information technology management and support function leadership. He currently serves as a member of Epic's Department of Defense EHR Advisory Council.

Jon Manis and his wife, Bobbi, make their home in Granite Bay, CA. With two school-aged children, they enjoy skiing, scuba diving, sailing, and family travel. He has yet to master the guitar.

Updated July 2015


Satish Maripuri

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Healthcare

Satish MaripuriSatish Maripuri is the executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Healthcare where he oversees the growth and success of the Healthcare division using his passion and strong leadership to drive impactful go-to-market strategies, global channels and operational performance that support client success. Satish joined the company in 2012 as the senior vice president and chief operating officer where he led all aspects of client delivery and operations and grew the division to nearly $1B over four years. Satish has had a distinguished career spanning 30 years at global organizations, including Solera Holdings, Lionbridge, Imprivata, Computervision and Schlumberger Technologies. Satish earned an M.S. in Computer Engineering form Northeastern University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University.

Updated November 2016


Mike Neal

Senior Vice President at Cerner West/Pacific

Mike NealMike Neal, senior vice president, Cerner West/Pacific, is responsible for all client activities, including implementations, support and sales, for several of Cerner Corporation's operating areas. This includes Cerner's largest installed clients in the West, Midwest and Great Lakes regions of the United States. It also includes the global regions of Canada, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America.

Neal's leadership team consists of general managers in each country, with eight geographically-based general managers in the United States, a chief nursing officer and a chief medical officer.

Neal joined Cerner in 1998. For the past six years he has worked closely with Cerner clients in the western region of the United States. Before that, he was responsible for many of Cerner's implementation strategies and consulting operations.

Prior to joining Cerner, Neal was an associate partner with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He spent 11 years at Andersen Consulting, focusing on systems integration and re-engineering efforts for major corporations across a variety of industries.

Updated November 2011


Deborah O'Dell

Vice President for Business Intelligence at Catholic Health Initiatives

Deborah O'DellDeborah O'Dell is vice president for business intelligence at Englewood, Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation's second-largest nonprofit health system, which operates 105 hospitals and hundreds of other care sites in 19 states.

In her role at CHI, O'Dell oversees the Business Intelligence group and directs and manages such key areas as product development, data architecture, data governance and analytics portfolio. Prior to joining CHI nine years ago, O'Dell was associate director of operations at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She received her bachelor's degree in English education from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Updated November 2015


Patrick J. O'Hare

Senior Vice President Facilities and Chief Information Officer, Spectrum Health System

Patrick J. O'HarePatrick J. O'Hare is chief information officer and senior vice president facilities, at Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system based in West Michigan. He is an expert on the implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) and complementary technology across an integrated health system and on the requirements for meaningful use of health information technology. Patrick has extensive experience acquiring and developing appropriate technologies to ensure optimal performance in complex organizations and on the benefits and challenges of regional and statewide health information exchanges.

Patrick is responsible for strategic and operational information technology, as well as health information management for the system's hospitals, health plan, multispecialty physician group and post-acute care programs, including skilled nursing, long-term acute, rehabilitation, home and residential care. He is also responsible for facilities and real estate, which includes construction, development, support services, facility presentation and security.

Background

Patrick joined Spectrum Health in 1997. Before joining Spectrum Health, he was vice president, information and technology management, for Trinity Health, formerly Mercy Health Services, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He also worked as director, information systems, for Battle Creek Health System in Battle Creek, Michigan Patrick earned his bachelor's degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, and a master's degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Under Patrick's direction, Spectrum Health is an anchor member of Michigan Health Connect, a nonprofit corporation and health information exchange (HIE) founded by leading health systems in Michigan. Its purpose is to advance the delivery and coordination of patient-focused health care across the state, as well as to encourage the adoption and meaningful use of electronic medical record (EMR) systems in provider offices

Affiliations

Patrick is a member of the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Board. He belongs to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Patrick is a founding member and treasurer of Great Lakes Health Connect, a founding member and past vice-chair of Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, and a founding member and past-chair of Michigan Health Connect. He also is a member of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Health Information Technology Strategy Committee.

Updated July 2016


Rich Pollack

Vice President and Chief Information Officer at VCU Health System in Richmond, VA

Rich PollackIn December 2005, Rich Pollack became the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for VCU Health System in Richmond. For two years prior to that time he had been the Chief Information Officer (ad interim) for Clarian Health Partners, a two billion-dollar health system in Indianapolis.

At VCUHealth, Rich's responsibilities include setting out the vision for IT, supported by effective strategic and tactical plans that define the best practice use of IT in support of patient care and operational excellence. Rich's 180 person IT shop includes a mature PMO and the uniquely created Office of Clinical Transformation Office. During his tenure, he successfully implemented Lawson ERP, GE revenue cycle, and Cerner EMR across all venues and in great depth. He led the deployment of advanced technology in the 15 story Critical Care Hospital and has dramatically advanced the organizations analytics capabilities and data governance efforts. He has been a key partner in the pursuit of "High Reliability" in healthcare, contributing to the 2015 McKesson Quest for Quality award to VCUHealth Winner of CIO100 award for 2008 (CIO Magazine), Information Management's top 25 in IT. HIMSS Stage 6 CIO.

From 1999 until late 2003, he was the VP & CIO at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDA) in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he oversaw a 500-person I.S. organization with projects totaling more than $100 million. The Division of Information Services at MDA supported all of the clinical, academic, research and administrative functions. He joined MDA in June 1999 as Associate Vice President for Enterprise Applications and became CIO 16 months later.

Rich has more than 40 years of health care management experience with 25 of those years working with clinical systems implementation and support. Prior to moving to Houston, Rich served as Director of Information Systems for Nash Health Care Systems in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina. In 1996 Rich and his Nash team successfully implemented a computer-based patient record system for the 450-bed, multi-hospital organization, which received special commendation as best industry-practice from JCAHO. Rich holds a B.A. in Biology, an M.S. degree in medical biology and certificates in Healthcare Management from the Univ. of Texas and Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Fellow of HIMSS, CPHIMSS certified, a fellow of CHIME, and CHCIO certified.

Rich resides in Chesterfield County, VA. His daughter Deborah, a clinical psychologist, lives with her husband and two boys, Issac (8) and Asher (6) in Syracuse, NY.

Updated December 2016


Jeffrey Rose, MD

Senior Vice President, Clinical Strategy at Hearst Health

John DelanoJeffrey Rose, MD is the senior vice president of clinical strategy for Hearst Health, leading care guidance initiatives that reach across FDB, Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase and Hearst Health International.

The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person's health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 84 percent of discharged patients, 174 million insured individuals, 35 million home health visits, and 4 billion prescriptions. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

Dr. Rose is a nationally recognized informaticist and fellowship-trained physician with extensive experience in the development, implementation and use of health information technology across the industry and in clinical practice. He has extensive experience leading major initiatives ranging from clinical excellence and decision support to payor and provider collaboration in existing and emerging industry markets. He has twice been named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Clinical Informaticists.

Throughout his career, Dr. Rose's passion has centered on systems for the improvement of care quality for patients in every setting where care is delivered. Prior to joining Hearst, Dr. Rose held various leadership roles in clinical informatics, including VP of clinical excellence in informatics at Ascension, Chief Medical Officer of Cerner Corporation, Chief Medical Officer of Health Language Inc., and director of clinical information systems for the Rocky Mountain division of Kaiser Permanente. He most recently served as the Chief Medical Information Officer at TriZetto Corporation, where his focus was on revenue cycle management, payor claims software systems and evolving payment models in the post-reform healthcare world.

His humanitarian work in healthcare includes the African Health and Hospital Foundation, which he and his wife Jill founded in 2007 to provide medical aid and supplies for impoverished communities in East Africa.

Dr. Rose completed his medical doctorate and fellowship training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. He is a board certified interventional radiologist and has 15 years of clinical practice and physician group leadership experience in addition to his informatics work. He is an instructor for the American Association for Physician Leadership (formerly ACPE), an author of multiple pieces, including the book Medicine and the Information Age, and is an assistant professor at the medical schools of the University of Colorado and University of Missouri Kansas City.

ABOUT HEARST HEALTH
FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG and Homecare Homebase comprise the Hearst Health network (www.hearsthealth.com). The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person's health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 84 percent of discharged patients, 174 million insured individuals, 35 million home health visits, and 4 billion prescriptions. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

Media contact for Hearst Health: Rochelle Abbott, 415-625-3105, rabbott@hearst.com

Updated February 2016


Dale Sanders

Senior Vice President, Strategy at Health Catalyst

Dale SandersDale is internationally recognized as one of the most influential leaders in healthcare analytics and data warehousing since his earliest days in the industry, starting at Intermountain Healthcare from 1997-2005, where he was the chief architect for the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and regional director of medical informatics at LDS Hospital. In 2001, he founded the Healthcare Data Warehousing Association. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Strategy at Health Catalyst, a 350-employee company that specializes in healthcare data warehousing, analytics, and outcomes improvement.

From 2005-2009, he was the CIO for Northwestern University's faculty practice plan and the chief architect of the Northwestern Memorial Healthcare EDW. His team also led the implementation and optimization of EpicCare in 39 clinics including integration with Cerner Millennium in the campus hospitals.

From 2009-2012, he served as the CIO for the national health system of the Cayman Islands where he led the optimization of Cerner Millennium and implementation of new care delivery concepts that are now associated with accountable care in the US. He was also involved in the early development of Health City Cayman Islands, a tertiary care medical tourism hospital.

From 1983 through 1997, Dale had a diverse career that included duties as a CIO on Looking Glass airborne command posts in the US Air Force; IT support for the Reagan/Gorbachev summits; nuclear threat assessment for the National Security Agency and START Treaty; chief architect for the Intel Corp's Integrated Logistics Data Warehouse; and co-founder of Information Technology International. In 1988, he hacked into the US nuclear conferencing system (JCSAN) from a public pay phone to prove that it could be done. As a systems engineer at TRW, Dale and his team developed the largest Oracle data warehouse in the world at that time (1995), using an innovative design principle now known as a late binding architecture.

He holds a BS degree in chemistry and minor in biology from Ft. Lewis College, Durango Colorado, and is a graduate of the US Air Force Information Systems Engineering program.

Updated July 2015


Marcus B. Shipley

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at CHE Trinity Health

Marcus B. ShipleyAs Chief Information Officer, Marcus B. Shipley leads Information & Technology Services (ITS), providing direction and oversight for information technology that supports CHE Trinity Health's strategic imperatives for improving quality of care, patient safety and financial performance. He is responsible for developing and implementing information system strategies across CHE Trinity Health, one of the nation's largest Catholic health care systems. Shipley joined CHE Trinity Health, which operates 82 hospitals and 770 clinics in 21 states and has revenues of about $13.3 billion, in April 2012.

Prior to joining CHE Trinity Health, Shipley worked for CIGNA, a health services organization, where he served most recently as Vice President Information Technology, IT Infrastructure and Operations. He joined CIGNA in 2008 as Vice President Information Technology, Architecture, Sourcing and Business Management.

Shipley's career spans 20 years in information technology across multiple industries, including 12 years in executive-level positions leading solution delivery, infrastructure services and enterprise architecture. He has served at Fidelity, where he was Chief Information Officer of its HR Services; Claims Desk Corporation, where he was Chief Technology Officer; and United Services Automobile Association, where he began his career as a programmer/ systems analyst.

Shipley earned both an MBA and a BBA in Information Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Updated July 2013


Brent G. Snyder, Esq.

Chief Information Officer at Adventist Health System

Brent G. Snyder, Esq.Brent Snyder is chief information officer for Adventist Health System. He previously served as chief financial officer of Adventist Health System's Multi-State Division, a position he held from 1997-2002 when he assumed responsibility for Information Services. Snyder, who formerly served as vice president and chief finance officer of Tennessee Christian Medical Center, has 35 years experience with Adventist Health System. He also previously served as chief financial officer of Takoma Adventist Hospital in Greeneville, Tennessee and chief financial officer of Florida Hospital Heartland.

Snyder has an associate's degree in computer science, a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in accounting and management from Southern Adventist University, a master's degree in business from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law. He is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Updated July 2015


Cindy Spurr MBA, RN,C, FHIMSS

Corporate Director, Clinical Systems at Partners Healthcare System (PHS), Boston, Massachusetts.

Cindy SpurrPreceding her career in Information Systems (IS), Cindy was a staff nurse at the BWH practicing on both general surgical units and the surgical intensive care unit.

Cindy has managed and overseen the development and/or implementation and support of the PHS enterprise clinical applications, particularly CPOE, eMAR and ambulatory electronic record applications over the past 21 years.

Over the past five years, Cindy has been leading the efforts towards the implementation of an inpatient electronic documentation solution for the two Partners AMCs (Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital) as well as working as part-time faculty in the Northeastern University Health Informatics Graduate program, teaching Organizational Behavior, Workflow and Change Management.

She is a past board member and chairperson (1997-98) of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a past co-chair of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) Inpatient Functionality Workgroup (2006-2008).

Cindy is currently a Fellow in HIMSS and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the New England Nursing Informatics Consortium (NENIC). She has been certified in Nursing Informatics from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AACN) since 1996.

She has published numerous articles and done many presentations on clinical system implementation.

Updated June 2012


Paul Tang, MD

IBM Watson Health

Paul Tang, MDPaul Tang, MD, MS, is Vice President and Chief Health Transformation Officer at IBM Watson Health, and is Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Tang's professional career has been dedicated to leveraging health information technology (HIT) and public policy to improve the quality of health care and to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) and chaired a NAM patient safety committee which published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System.

He has served as board chair on several HIT professional organizations, including Past-Chair of the Board for the American Medical Informatics Association. He currently serves on the boards of the National Quality Forum and AcademyHealth. Dr. Tang has served on numerous committees of the National Institutes of Health, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and Computer Science and Technology Board. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Dr. Tang has published numerous papers in medical informatics, especially related to electronic health records, personal health records, and health care quality, and has delivered over 330 invited presentations to national and international organizations and associations.

Updated July 2016


Jim Veline

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Avera Health

Jim VelineCurrent Role:
Jim Veline is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D., where he oversees the health systems' IT services. Avera is a regional health network comprised 16,000 employees and 900 employed physicians serving more than 300 locations in 100 communities throughout southeastern South Dakota and areas of four surrounding states. Avera serves a geographical footprint of 72,000 square miles and 86 counties. Avera's IT departments also serve 7 independent operations.

Education:
Jim holds a master degree in business administration, a master degree in the arts both from the University of Nebraska, and a certificate in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota.

Background/Service & Affiliations:
Jim's experience includes 9 years of service at the Nebraska Methodist Health System followed by 13 years of service at the Nebraska Health System, Omaha NE. Jim served on the Most Wired Editorial Board for 8 years, as well as the Verizon Wireless Advisory Board for 4 years and the Technical Advisory Board at Dakota State for 2 years. Jim has been a member of both HIMMS & CHIME for 15 plus years.

Accomplishments:
Jim has been instrumental in the development of Avera's telemedicine program "Avera eCare", which has been nationally recognized for its revolutionary electronic model that is transforming the delivery of health care.

Jim has lead Avera Health to garner 16 Most Wired awards. In 2011 and 2012, Avera Health's telemedicine "eCare" program was recognized with a "Most Wired Innovator Award" from Most Wired. Jim is also recognized by Becker's Hospital Review as one of the top "100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know" in 2014.

Updated July 2015