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Conference Speakers

Doug Allen, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Informatics, Davita HealthCare Partners

Dr. Allen joined Davita HealthCare Partners April 2013 as VP Integration, accountable for integrating DHCP’s national clinical entities. In August 2014, Dr. Allen assumed the role of SVP Clinical Informatics, acting as the lead clinician in the clinical IT infrastructure transformation of this exciting national healthcare organization. In addition to 20 years of management experience, he also has five plus years of clinical practice as a board certified internist. Before joining DHCP, Dr. Allen was 2 ½ years Chief Medical Officer Optum Collaborative Care, a 4.5 Billion dollar division of United and Optum, serving over 2 million patients in 32 states. Collaborative Care partnered with 7 groups in 8 states, employed 1,000 NPs visiting patients at home or in facilities, and owned 22 hospices. Prior to this, Dr. Allen served 3 years as Vice President Clinical Services for CareMore Health Plan, a combined senior health plan and IPA. There he had accountability for UM/QM/Credentialing, Pharmacy, EMR, HCC coding, STAR rating, clinical analytics and program support. Dr. Allen was also past Chief Medical Officer of Greater Newport Physicians IPA, a large IPA in Southern California. In this role, Dr. Allen oversaw all clinical costs and quality associated with this IPA, which was affiliated with Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, and served over 125,000 members. Dr. Allen was also the first national medical director of Prescription Solutions, a pharmacy benefit management company, and was for three years a regional medical director for PacifiCare of California. He has also served as a corporate medical director for other medical groups and IPAs, in addition to a hospital and skilled nursing facility.

Dr. Allen earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Eastern Oregon University. He received his MD degree at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, and completed an internal medicine residency in Fresno, CA. In 1998, Dr. Allen completed a Masters in Medical Management at Tulane School of Public Health.


Jeff Allport, CHCIO, CPHIMS, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Jeffrey Allport, CHCIO, CPHIMS, has been Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Valley Presbyterian Hospital since September 2013.  Engaged in healthcare information technology since 1996, Mr. Allport previously worked as a consultant through his company JLA Insight.  Before that he served as Vice President of IT Solutions Delivery at St. Joseph Health System, Senior Manager in the Healthcare Industry Group of Perot Systems, and CIO of St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

As Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Mr. Allport is responsible for developing, coordinating and facilitating strategic information services projects, as well as improving and maintaining the operation of the hospital’s computing environment.  He holds the CHCIO certification from CHIME as well as CPHIMS from HIMSS.  Mr. Allport is a graduate of Stanford University.


Kathryn Bennett, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Information Officer, John Muir Health

A Board Certified Family Practice Physician, Dr. Bennett has extensive experience in practice management having formed a Family Practice group and subsequently a primary care medical group of 15 providers.  She was instrumental in the creation of the group as well as the setup of the business systems. She also has extensive experience in medical leadership and has served as Chief of Staff at Contra Costa County Medical Center and Mt. Diablo Medical Center.  She also has over 30 years experience in utilization management and quality improvement.

Her IT experience includes implementation of practice management systems.  She was also instrumental in the development of a workers’ compensation reporting system, an electronic claim submission system and an insurance claim payment processing system. For the past six years she has served as Chief Medical Information Officer for John Muir Health where she acts as the liaison between IT and the medical staffs and has been instrumental in organizing and supporting physician involvement in planning, implementation and optimization of a new enterprise electronic health record for the system.  


Susan Biddle, Director, Healthcare Solutions, Citrix Systems

Susan Biddle currently serves as Director, Healthcare Solutions at Citrix Systems.  In her role,  Susan develops the healthcare go-to-market strategy to drive awareness, impact sales growth and expand a loyal customer base.

Prior to Citrix, Susan served as the Enterprise Marketing Director for Healthcare at Juniper Networks.  Her responsibilities included industry pipeline targets, brand perception, content development, customer engagement, lead management, social media, sales relations and communications lead for the Healthcare Customer Advisory Council.

Susan was previously the Director of Enterprise Solutions Marketing – Vertical Markets at VMware, where she was instrumental in developing the corporate marketing strategy, analyst relations and well respected brand in Healthcare.  Her focus also included sales enablement and incubation of new solutions - specifically the design, strategy and launch of vCloud for Healthcare.

Susan also spent more than 6.5 years at Hewlett-Packard and worked in several marketing and operations leadership roles for HP’s Business Solutions Industry Software group and Global Enterprise Business Health & Life Sciences organization.

Based in San Diego, California, Susan received a bachelor of science degree in physiological sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and a healthcare executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of California Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business.  Susan is an avid runner and enjoys spending time on the soccer field with her husband and three children.

James Brady, PhD, MEd, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CHP, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Area CIO, Kaiser Permanente Orange County

James is the Area CIO at Kaiser Permanente Orange County, where he oversees all the information systems for the 262-bed Anaheim and 150-bed Irvine Medical Centers, 22 medical offices, 960 physicians, 6,400 employees, and over 468,000 health plan members. Prior to coming to Kaiser Permanente, he was the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Technical Services at Hawaii Health Systems Corporation in Honolulu, Hawaii, the state's fifth largest employer and the nation's fourth largest community hospital system, with more than 1,270 beds, 4,000 employees, 1,000 physicians, and 14 facilities. At Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, James led the technology and infrastructure transformation, including deploying the Siemens Electronic Health Record system. Before working in Hawaii, he directed the $60M data center consolidation and migration program, and deployed the Epic Electronic Health Record system as an Enterprise Information Services Systems Manager at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, CA. James has earned two Masters Degrees, a PhD in Information Systems and Information Security, and 19 technical and professional certifications. He recently co-authored the HIMSS CPHIMS certification study guide, and has been featured in healthcare news articles and webinars, as well as industry and academic conferences and publications. James is currently the President-Elect for the HIMSS Southern California Chapter and is a member of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee. James also holds an adjunct faculty role in the School of Health and Human Services at National University. He is married with three children, enjoys jogging, tennis, and inline speed skating, and lives in Laguna Nigel, CA.

Eric Brown, President and CEO, California Telehealth Network (CTN)

Eric Brown is the President and CEO of the California Telehealth Network (CTN). CTN is the State of California’s broadband network dedicated to health care designed to utilize broadband and advanced health IT technology to improve health care access focusing on rural and medically underserved communities. Under his leadership, CTN was launched in late 2010 and has grown to become one of the largest FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program in the nation, serving over 700 health care sites. He also initiated the consolidation of the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (CTEC) into CTN in 2011 where it now operates as the California Telehealth Resource Center, providing technical and programmatic telehealth assistance and training to health care providers statewide.

A 15 year veteran of the cable television industry, Eric served as President of Western Division Operations for Charter Communications where he was responsible for operations, serving over 1.2 million households in six states with annual revenues exceeding $1.2 billion. During his tenure at Charter, Eric’s team launched the first all digital cable system in the United States in Long Beach, CA in 2004.

In addition to his cable industry experience, Brown has extensive experience in consumer brand management with multiple consumer product companies, including The Procter & Gamble Company, H.J. Heinz, and Bumble Bee Seafoods.

Brown was appointed to the Board of the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Administrative Corporation (USAC) in April 2013. He serves on the Board of Bend Broadband a cable television and broadband services company serving Central Oregon and is also a past Chairman of the California Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA). He is a recipient of the prestigious National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award for excellence in broadband operations and the cable industry’s CTAM Chairman’s Award for excellence in broadband marketing.

A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Brown earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business Management at the University of Virginia.

Scott Christman, Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Scott Christman recently returned to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), assuming the role of Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director for IT Services. Scott has served in a number of health IT positions prior to his current appointment, both in the public and private sectors, including:  Public Health Informatics Chief at the California Department of Public Health; Director of the California Health eQuality (CHeQ) Program at UC Davis Health System; Assistant Director for the California Office of Health Information Integrity; Director of Health Information Exchange and Meaningful Use at Adventist Health; and Senior Account Executive at Esri, a software manufacturer. He previously served at OSHPD in a number of IT positions between 2001 and 2007 with responsibilities including data management, business intelligence, and a geographic information systems (GIS) program.  Scott also administered GIS programs for the Employment Development Department and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

Scott holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Sacramento State University, a Master of Planning and Development Studies (MPDS) degree from the University of Southern California, and recently completed coursework in the Health Informatics Graduate Program at UC Davis.


Gino Conconi, Executive Director of Clinical Excellence, St. Joseph Health System

Gino Conconi has over 20 years of experience in healthcare management.   He has managed integrated quality departments which include quality, safety, risk management, infection prevention, case management, medical staff services, health information management, and registration.  He also has experience in the managed care setting where he had similar responsibilities and directed outpatient clinics and health education programs.  He is currently the Executive Director of Clinical Excellence at St. Joseph Health System.   Previously, he was the Associate Vice President of Medical Management at Desert Oasis Healthcare in Palm Springs and prior to that the Director of Quality/Performance Improvement, Patient Safety and Medical Staff Services at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Beverly Hills.  In addition, he has held a number of leadership positions in professional organizations and is the Past President of the California Association of Healthcare Quality (CAHQ).  Gino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. 


Pat Cooke, Chief Information Officer, CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories

Pat serves as Chief Information Officer for CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories.  He designed and led the implementation of their unique specimen tracking system, web portal, case allocation system and many other lab related applications which were recently acquired by Sunquest as part of an innovative 5-year development partnership. Current CellNetix initiatives include Next Generation Sequencing data management & workflows, synoptic reporting, voice recognition, document management upgrades and an extensive CRM/Lab Operations implementation. Prior to joining CellNetix as CIO in 2007, Pat Cooke owned a successful Seattle-based IT consulting company,  In 2012 Pat was recognized as Best CIO of a private company by the Puget Sound Business Journal. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Science from Trinity College Dublin.


Tariq Dastagir, MD, Medical Director, Certify Data Systems

Dr. Tariq Dastagir, a Medical Director with Certify Data Systems, is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and clinical informatics. He also practices as a hospitalist part-time. 

After Dr. Dastagir completed his residency in internal medicine, he served as a hospitalist and developed a strong interest in the optimization of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for clinicians and the study of their attitudes towards health information technology. Dr. Dastagir’s research interests included change management pertaining to EHR implementation and clinician training for EHR utilization to assist physicians with improving the quality of care and enhancing productivity.

Dr. Dastagir’s current work includes the development of clinical predictive models based on machine learning, advanced statistical techniques and data visualization to enable physicians and organizations to improve population health.

Dr. Dastagir completed his medical training with Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan and his Medical Informatics fellowship with Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, OR.

Lynne Dunbrack, Research Vice President, IDC Health Insights

Lynne A. Dunbrack is a nationally recognized thought leader in the application of information technology (IT) to the business problems of the health industry. Her understanding of industry needs is grounded in experience over the last 25 years working in a variety of positions in the healthcare field.

As program director for the IDC Health Insights' Connected Health IT Strategies program, Ms. Dunbrack provides research-based advisory and consulting services that enable payer, provider, life science and vendor executives to maximize the business value of their connected health strategies. Specific areas of Ms. Dunbrack's in-depth coverage include telemedicine utilizing video conferencing; telediagnostics; online care on demand; remote patient monitoring; mobile health; aging in place; and enabling technologies such as health information exchange (HIE) and electronic health records.

Ms. Dunbrack blogs in the IDC Health Insights Community (

Before joining IDC Health Insights, Ms. Dunbrack was a Product Manager for MA-SHARE, LLC, one of the nation’s first regional health information organizations (RHIOs). Prior to that, Ms. Dunbrack was Director of Product Management at NaviMedix, Inc. (now NaviNet). She also served as the Director of HIPAA Compliance.

As former Senior Healthcare Analyst and Practice Leader of Gartner's Healthcare practice, Ms. Dunbrack set the research agenda and contributed to specialty areas such as physician market trends, practice management, managed care, enterprise scheduling, contract management, workflow improvement and system selection and implementation. Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Dunbrack held senior positions with IDX Systems Corporation and Tufts Associated Health Plan.

Ms. Dunbrack has been quoted by national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, The New York Times, and San Jose Business Journal. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences.

Ms. Dunbrack holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in healthcare management and an M.S. in Management Information Systems from Boston University's Graduate School of Management.


Darren Dworkin, SVP of Enterprise IS and Chief Information Officer, Cedars-Sinai Health System

Darren Dworkin is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Systems and Chief Information Officer of the Cedars-­‐Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, Mr. Dworkin is the co-­‐founder of Stanson Health ( and a managing director of Summation Health Ventures ( Mr. Dworkin has spent over 20 years in information technology and over 12 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. The Cedars-­‐Sinai technology team has been recognized for the past 6 years as one of Computerworld’s best places to work in IT, recognized as one of the 100 most wired hospitals in the country, and a holder of the prestigious HIMSS level 7 award.

At Stanson Health he has helped to create a software solution to deliver real-­‐time clinical decision support at the point of care. Stanson aims to reduce low-­‐value and unnecessary care by leveraging real-­‐time alerts and relevant analytics to guide and influence physician’s decisions.

At Summation Health Ventures, Mr. Dworkin leads select investments and portfolio companies aligned with Summation Health Venture’s goals of providing strategic funding to privately held companies offering innovative products, services and technologies which help health care systems significantly improve performance and outcomes.

Prior to joining Cedars-­‐Sinai, Mr. Dworkin held the position of Chief Technology Officer at Boston University Medical Center in Boston, MA. Where he led the development and deployment of the infrastructure and application framework to bring technology 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.

Mr. Dworkin is presently on the advisory boards of Dell, AT&T, Philips, Avia, Next Wave Health, Health Care Dataworks, and The Scottsdale Institute.

Mr. Dworkin is a member of HIMSS, CHIME, The Wall Street Journal CIO Network, and IEEE.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Mr. Dworkin lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Lawrence Friedman, MD, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, UC San Diego Health Sciences, Founder, UC San Diego Telemedicine Learning Center and Telemedicine Clinical Programs, Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health System International Clinical Programs

Lawrence Friedman, MD, is Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs; in this role he is responsible for the management oversight of ambulatory quality,
safety and primary care (QSPC), managed care, occupational medicine and telemedicine; he also serves as the CEO of International Clinical
Programs. Dr. Friedman is a critical member of the leadership team and plays an integral role in the growth of the Health System as it expands its footprint regionally, nationally and internationally. He is working on strategies to develop the primary and specialty care clinical workforces, as well as
supporting the clinical integration between Health System and community practices.

Since he began with the Health System in 1994, Dr. Friedman founded the UC San Diego Telemedicine Learning Center and Telemedicine Clinical programs which provide specialty consultation globally. He also co-chaired the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Ambulatory Care Steering Committee; served as a member of the Pay for Performance Implementation Advisory Task Force at the National Quality Forum; and is currently a member of the Agency for Health Care Research Study Section on Health Care Technology and Decision Science.

Before assuming full-time administrative responsibilities at UC San Diego Health System, Dr. Friedman was the division chief for General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Prior to UC San Diego Health System, he was the acting division chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston and an assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Friedman completed his residency and internship training at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston, followed by a general medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

He earned his medical degree at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Dr. Friedman has authored more than fifty publications including original research, book chapters and review articles, and is currently a reviewer for several
peer-reviewed medical journals.


Mike Gentile, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Security, Auxilio

Mike Gentile, Executive Vice President of Innovation & Security at Auxilio, is on a mission to change the status quo in Information Security as we know it. His goal is to translate the discipline from one that is often misunderstood, inefficiently applied, and painful to one that is a seamless, collaborative, and repeatable in organizations across the globe.

Mike’s core focus over the past 15 years has been developing enterprise security programs for countless leading public, private, and government organizations with expertise in Healthcare.

As a researcher, Mike has contributed numerous publications within the Information technology, project management, and security communities. He is a co-author of The CISO Handbook and CISO Soft Skills. The CISO Handbook is used as course material for numerous advanced education and Master’s programs on security leadership around the world. Mr. Gentile serves on multiple advisory boards of many leading technology companies.


Gregory Grant, MD, Chairman of Surgery, Phoenix St. Luke’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dr. Gregory Grant is a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric fracture care. A graduate of the University of Cambridge (Gonville & Caius College) and Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Maricopa Medical Center. He is currently Chairman of Orthopaedics & Medical Director of Orthopaedic Emergency Services at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea and Chairman of Surgery at Phoenix St. Luke’s Hospital & Medical Center.


Harry Greenspun, MD, Senior Advisor, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte

Harry Greenspun, M.D., is the Senior Advisor at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (DCHS), part of Deloitte LLP. He has held a diverse range of clinical and executive roles, and is now responsible for helping Deloitte’s health care, life sciences, and government clients address key health information technology (IT) and clinical transformation issues.

Prior to joining Deloitte, he served as Chief Medical Officer for Dell Inc., after serving as Chief Medical Officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Distinguished co-author of “Reengineering Health Care: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery,” Dr. Greenspun is recognized as a leader in the health care industry and has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Digital Health, WellPoint External Advisory Council on Health Inequities, and the advisory boards for Georgetown University, the Global Medical Microtechnology Association (GMMA), and Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WSLA). He has served on advisory boards for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Tufts University, George Mason University, and Bloomberg/BNA. As the Chairman of the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable and as co-chair of the HIMSS task force responsible for creating the white paper entitled, “Enabling Healthcare Reform Using Information Technology,” Dr. Greenspun has made recommendations to the Obama Administration and U.S. Congress on the importance of health care IT investment to the nation.

Dr. Greenspun received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his medical degree from the University of Maryland, and completed his residency and fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, serving as chief resident. As a cardiac anesthesiologist, he has practiced in major academic medical centers, as well as community hospitals.

Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Informatics

Mark Hagland has been Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Informatics ( since January 2010. Prior to that, he was Contributing Editor and then Senior Contributing Editor to the magazine, for over ten years. He has spent a quarter century in the health care publishing field, as a writer, editor, public speaker, and author. He has won numerous national and regional journalism awards, and is the author of two books on healthcare quality and efficiency: Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care (2008, with Jeffrey C. Bauer, Ph.D.) and Transformative Quality: The Emerging Revolution in Health Care Performance (2009). He holds a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Jim Hauenstein, Interim Executive Director, SacValley MedShare (SVMS)

Jim’s career spans over 49 + years in the Manufacturing and Healthcare Information Systems/Technology Industries.  His career started in Manufacturing Information Technology, where he spent 18 years in Manufacturing.  Jim was given an opportunity to change his career in 1983 to Healthcare information Technology and for the last 31 years, Healthcare Information Technology has been his focus.   Jim’s success over the years has been due to building trusted relationships.  He has always considers himself a visionary and over the last 31 years his focus has been on creating the bridge between Care Providers throughout Healthcare.  

His latest adventure in Healthcare was in August of 2013 with the creation of SacValley MedShare Health Information Organization (HIO).  His current focus is to enhance the quality of patient care at the time treatment is being delivered.  Jim believes that today is the most exciting time to be in healthcare because real changes are occurring and it is driven by enhancing the quality of care being delivered to the patient.  

Quoting him: “Remember we all will be a patient someday and we will want quality care delivered to us and that means our latest patient record being shared with the care provider that is delivering the care.”

Jim started his career in 1964 with Eastman Kodak converting their manual timekeeping system to an automated system.  This was the start of his career in Information Technology.  From there he moved to Champion Product both companies were in Rochester New York, then on to McDonald Douglas Long Beach California. 

In 1983 Jim started his career in Healthcare at Long Beach Memorial Long Beach California as Director of Information Systems.  Other Healthcare Organizations he has worked for over the years are Renown Healthcare System Reno Nevada, California Healthcare System/Sutter Health San Francisco California, McKesson Corporation Atlanta Georgia, Mount Sinai Medical Center Miami Beach Florida, Enloe Medical Center in Chico California and now SacValley MedShare HIO in Chico.



Mark Headland, VP, CIO, Children's Hospital of Orange County

Mark Headland is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CHOC Children’s Hospital Orange as well as CHOC Children’s at Mission. His responsibilities include executive oversight for Information Systems, Health Information Management and Telecommunications operations, as well as strategic plan development and execution of technology related initiatives, including EHR, Analytics, ERP and Population Health Management.

Previous positions include regional executive oversight for Perot Consulting and Outsourcing for the Southern Region of St. Joseph Health System (IT operations), as well as a variety of other IT related leadership roles for St. Joseph Hospital and St. Jude Medical Center.

Prior to his migration to information technology in 1991, Mark served in healthcare administrative roles at St. Joseph Hospital for four clinical ancillary departments. He also served in an administrative capacity for a community based primary care clinic. Mark received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1984 and has a healthcare career that spans 38 years.

Brian Hess, MD, FACEP, Facility Medical Director, Emergency Department, Phoenix Baptist Medical Center

Dr Hess is currently the Facility Medical Director of the Phoenix Baptist Medical Center Emergency Department since August 2014. He has over six years experience as Medical Director of the emergency department at Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Phoenix and Tempe Campus with a combined annual volume of 55,000 patient visits per year. He received his BS from St. Louis University, his MD from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been active as a member of the hospital medical staff serving as Saint Luke's Medical Center Department of Medicine Chairman and a strong supporter of emergency medical systems honored by an Arizona Emergency Medical Systems "Aces of Hearts" Award in 2011 as a Base Station Medical Director for PMT ambulance. He has shown a strong commitment to both medical student education and advanced practice clinician education serving as preceptor for both Midwestern University and A.T. Still University during his tenure. Dr. Hess emphasizes the importance of shared decision-making amongst healthcare stakeholders and patient focused process improvement, honored for his efforts by the Hospital Physician Partners "Operational Excellence" Award in 2013 for his leadership in the emergency department.


Christine Kerkeslager, Director of Health IT Strategy, WellPoint

Christine Kerkeslager is the Director of Health IT Strategy for WellPoint.  She leads the enterprise-wide initiative developing our IBM Watson-enabled Utilization Management solution. The objective is to improve the quality of care for our members, through increased adherence to evidence based medicine, as well as advance WellPoint’s provider relationships by leveraging the vast amounts of clinical and administrative patient data available. This will help to create new insights that drive better health care outcomes for the members of WellPoint’s affiliated health plans. 

Christine has been in the health insurance industry for over 24 years and has a proven track record of successful project implementations and business re-engineering. She has led many teams across WellPoint in Operations, Administrative Services, Product Development, Enterprise Discovery, Organizational Development and Process Improvement.

Based in Richmond, Virginia, Christine received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Longwood University. She is a PMP, a trained 6 Sigma Black Belt and is completing her MBA.


Kirk Larson, Regional Chief Information Officer, NetApp

Kirk Larson serves as Regional Chief Information Officer of NetApp Healthcare. In this role, Kirk focuses on establishing strategic partnerships with both clients and potential clients by leveraging his subject matter expertise as a former hospital chief information officer. He regularly speaks at regional and national events and has written numerous articles.

Kirk was previously vice president and chief information officer of Children’s Hospital Central California, one of the 10 largest pediatric hospitals in the country. He came to Children’s from Natividad Medical Center, where he served as chief information officer. As the CIO of two MEDITECH hospitals, Kirk works closely with this install base.

Kirk has held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including senior managing consultant, healthcare consulting, and senior manager, service and support, for Cerner Corporation, a leader in the healthcare information systems industry and the largest healthcare consultancy in the world. Previously, he was with Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he worked as a senior consultant, advanced technology group.

Kirk received dual degrees in master of health services administration (MHSA), and master of business administration (MBA), from the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics magna cum laude from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Bill Lazarus, Chief Technology Officer, UCLA Health

WILLIAM LAZARUS is an IT executive leader with extensive experience in healthcare solutions and from other verticals. In 2013, he joined UCLA Health as Chief Technology Officer, focusing on establishing a new multi-year technology roadmap and continuously enabling delivery of on-demand solutions and access for a high-caliber 24/7 clinical services organization. Previously he served in a leadership role at Cebula IT Consulting LLC, supplying expertise and services for healthcare providers. This tenure included a significant engagement with Stanford Children’s Health.

William also served as Vice President of Technology & Architecture at St. Joseph Health System for many years, and in other leadership and technical roles in healthcare provider systems, as well as within government and financial services. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Health Associates Federal Credit Union (HAFCU) since 2001, and has a degree in Business Administration.


Raymond Lowe, Senior Director, Information Technology, Dignity Health

Ray currently serves the Dignity Health Enterprise IT Technology and Infrastructure team leading Strategic planning and delivery for the Technology and Infrastructure Team.  Areas of focus include Cloud Computing, Unified Communications and Enterprise Data Center Transformation.  Previously, he led the EHR Alliance turn around program and in a 14 month period his teams successfully implemented Cerner into 7 hospitals in Calf and Nevada, achieving CPOE rates in excess of 85% and Meaningful Use Stage 1 attestation within 90 days of implementation. 

At Providence Health and Services, Ray was the Regional Director of IS Operation   He developed and deployed a Clinical integration strategy including EMR offering, Physician Subsidy, EMPI management, and BI Data mining.  He was recognized and awarded “Most Innovative Use of RFID in 2012” by RFID Journal for the Providence Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank. 

At Kaiser Permanente, Ray was regional CIO for Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Metro Service Area for five years and was accountable for strategy, investment and operations in his service area.  He also served five years at the Kaiser National level as the architecture/design manager for Clinical Information Systems.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BSEE and an MSEMT.


Kevin Mackey, Practice Director, Business Technology Services, Point B

For more than 15 years, Kevin has helped clients turn their strategies into reality by leveraging data as a strategic asset. Kevin is Point B’s primary executive for the Business Technology Services Practice. He is a recognized expert in business intelligence, analytics and enterprise information management strategy, design, implementation and operations.

His clients include prominent healthcare providers and health plans, as well as clients in other industries. Kevin is on the leading edge of business intelligence, analytics, and big data and he has been a speaker in the US and Europe on these topics. Kevin has a B.A. in Economics from Pacific Lutheran University and was recently recognized as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”

Katrina D Miller, MD, CIS Medical Director, Adventist Health

Katrina Miller, M.D. is a Family Physician who currently serves as Clinical Information Systems Medical Director for Adventist Health, West. In this position she has facilitated creation of more than 600 Order sets, multiple EMR-based Lean workflows and education and communication processes. She trained in Quality Management through ACPE, and has chaired multiple inpatient and ambulatory quality and peer review committees. She is Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor through USC’s Keck School of Medicine, having served as faculty in Residency programs, Medical and Physician Assistant Schools. She is Fellow of the National Institute for Program Director’s Development (NIPDD) and Pre-Doctoral Director’s Institute (PDDI). Her BA is from Reed College in Portland, OR, MD from EVMS in Norfolk, Virginia and residency was at UCLA-Westwood.

Sean Murphy, CISSP, ISSMP, HCISPP, FACHE, CPHIMS, CIPP / IT, Vice President, Health Information Privacy and Security Officer, Leidos Health

Sean Murphy, CISSP, ISSMP, HCISPP, FACHE, CPHIMS, CIPP / IT is currently a vice president in Leidos Health Solutions Group and serves as the organization’s health information privacy and security officer. He is a healthcare information security expert, with nearly twenty years of experience in the field, serving at all levels of health care from the hospital to an international integrated delivery system. Before joining Leidos, he was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps. He has served as CIO and CISO, but his proudest professional accomplishment was his service as senior mentor to the Afghan National Police Surgeon General’s Office in 2008–2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has a master’s degree in business administration (advanced IT concentration) from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland. He’s also an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University, a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, board certified by the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and holds three certifications from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. He is a past chairman of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee and currently serves on the Excelsior College Industry Advisory Councils for Information Technology and General Technology.

Bette Jane (“BJ”) Reese, RN, MHA, Product Manager, Siemens Healthcare

BJ currently serves as the CareXcell Product Manager for Siemens Healthcare Services.  BJ has over 35 years of nursing experience; 20 years of which include multi-faceted experience in care management from both a provider and payer perspective.  She spent 12 at United Health Group developing various types of care management and disease management programs for national implementation within all of United Healthcare’s health plans. After United, BJ served as VP of account management for a Care Level Management, a physician home visit organization dedicated to the care of very high risk populations. prior to coming to Siemens, BJ worked for several years as an independent healthcare consultant where she supported a variety of healthcare management clients and products. Her most recent experience included serving as contract COO for Aligned Healthcare Group which provided care management infrastructure support for WellPoint’s network providers in risk sharing contracts.

Linette Scott, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Information Officer, California Department of Healthcare Services

Linette Scott, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Information Officer and the Deputy Director of the Information Management Division in the California Department of Health Care Services. In this role she works across the Department and with stakeholders to ensure that reliable data and information are available, and used to drive improvements in population health and clinical outcomes through the Department’s programs and policies. Dr. Scott is a Board Certified Physician in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She has a Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from University of California, Davis, and a Bachelors of Arts in Physics from University of California, Santa Cruz. Highlights from her career include serving as a General Medical Officer with the United States Navy, first as squadron physician with the Regional Support Group and later as the military physician for an Active Duty clinic; as a Public Health Medical Officer with the California Department of Health Services; as the California State Registrar and Deputy Director of Health Information and Strategic Planning in the California Department of Public Health, and as the Interim Deputy Secretary for Health Information Technology at the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Larry Stofko, Executive Vice President, The Innovation Institute

Larry Stofko is Executive Vice President at The Innovation Institute. The Innovation Institute is a recently formed, for-profit LLC structured to respond agilely to the long and short-term needs of the healthcare industry. It is composed of three distinct elements—an innovation laboratory, an investment fund, and an enterprise development group. Larry leads the Innovation Lab which includes ideation, prototyping, piloting, and commercialization of new products, technologies, and companies.

Mr. Stofko has nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare information technology and was previously honored with CIO Magazine’s inaugural “Ones to Watch” award as an up-and-coming IT executive. He has been recognized as one of the 2012 Top 25 Healthcare CIOs in InformationWeek Healthcare’s second annual compilation of IT executives which highlights the exceptional thinkers and doers, the visionaries and the innovators who are moving patient care forward. Larry has a true passion for technology and innovation, speaking nationally on a regular basis. He has a strong reputation for leading change and gaining support for innovative solutions and change.

Most recently he has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for the St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), a $4.3 billion integrated Catholic healthcare delivery system based in Orange County with 24,000 employees, 14 hospitals and 6,000 physicians. In this capacity, he held corporate-wide responsibility for the development of information technology strategy and the delivery of information services at SJHS. SJHS ranked in the top 100 companies by Information Week 500 through Mr. Stofko’s leadership in performance improvement and adoption of innovative clinical and business technologies.

Larry’s previous experience includes fulfilling the role of Director of Healthcare Consulting for Perot Systems Corporation, a provider of IT services. While at Perot, he led a team of managers and business consultants that provided business strategy, information technology strategy, process redesign and change management for the company’s health industry clients. He also served as a Senior Systems Analyst for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia.

Mr. Stofko received a Master of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University (2010), a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration from Trinity University (1994), and an undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems from Georgia College & State University (1987). He serves on the Board of Directors for both The Wooden Floor, a non-profit organization serving low-income youth and families, and for Taller San Jose, an innovative non-profit program that walks young people out of poverty through job training, leading them to a self-reliant future.

Harris Stutman, MD, Executive Director, Clinical Informatics (CMIO), MemorialCare Health System

Dr. Stutman is the chief medical informatics officer at MemorialCare, a 6 hospital system in Los Angeles and Orange counties, where he has also served as the executive director for Research Administration and the Department of Epidemiology. He also served as Chief of Staff at Miller Children’s Hospital and Chair of Quality Improvement and Epidemiology at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He is a board-certified pediatrician, trained as a pediatric infectious disease physician at the Children's Hospitals of Pittsburgh and Oklahoma and has held full-time academic appointments at those institutions and the University of California-Irvine. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, books chapters and books in those fields.

His career in medical informatics spans 25 years and includes senior leadership positions with the Medical Information Systems Physician Society and the Computer-based Patient Record Institute (now part of the Health Information Management Systems Society). He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association and HIMSS as well as a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America. In addition to his current and previous CMIO positions, he has also served as a Vice-President for product management and clinical system design for several HIT software vendors and as a consultant on physician adoption, engagement and governance strategies. He is a frequent speaker and has published numerous papers and book chapters in this field.

In addition to leading the Epic EHR implementation and optimization for physicians, his major responsibilities at MemorialCare deal with clinical decision support, clinical vocabularies and data analysis and reporting strategies, as well as leading meaningful use initiatives.



Mark Wagar, President, Heritage Medical Systems

Mark L. Wagar, is President of Heritage Medical Systems, an affiliate of the Heritage Provider Network serving over 1 million patient/members in integrated, population based health quality payment programs through medical groups and independent practice associations (IPA’s) in California, New York, and Arizona. He is an Operating Partner with Enhanced Equity Funds which invests exclusively in healthcare services organizations, and previously served as the President and CEO of Empire BlueCross BlueShield based in New York City.

Heritage Provider Network (HPN), founded by Dr. Richard Merkin in 1979, is one of the nation’s leading physician-led healthcare solutions organizations.  HPN manages one of the largest and most successful Pioneer ACO’s in the United States. 

Mr. Wagar’s focus in today’s rapidly changing market is on helping healthcare providers -- including physicians, healthplans and hospitals -- navigate the complex challenges and shared responsibilities impacting healthcare quality, service, and cost.  His extensive experience with payers, physicians, hospitals, and healthcare service organizations includes a decade of work in community rated, guaranteed issue health coverage markets, where collaboration is essential to delivering sustainable quality and cost improvement.

At Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Mr. Wagar led New York’s largest health insurer covering nearly 6 million people, and was a Senior Vice President in WellPoint, Inc. He had an active leadership role in public policy, provider collaboration, and community engagement.  During his tenure, Empire achieved net growth of over 1 million medical members, market leading member satisfaction results, and the introduction of the first major medical home network in metropolitan New York.

Prior to Empire, Mr. Wagar held leadership positions at Caremark, CIGNA HealthCare, and provider owned managed care organizations, as well as in hospital management, physician practice management, and diagnostic services in market leading organizations based in Ohio, California, Texas, and New York.

An experienced officer and director in public and private corporations, Mr. Wagar currently serves on the Boards of The New York Academy of Medicine, WhiteGlove, Inc, TurningPoint, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and the Tannenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of The Ohio State University, and a recipient of the Dr. Jonas Salk Memorial Mentor in Medicine Award, as well as an honoree helping fund numerous charitable causes supporting healthy communities and diversity. In 1971 he was a member of the Big Ten Champion basketball team of The Ohio State University.


Randy Walter, Regional VP Sales – iConnect, Merge

Randy began his career in healthcare as an Air Force Medic working in the E.R. He eventually transitioned to the mainstream hospital/medical and surgical arena while attending ASU. He worked at Southwestern Eye Center for the next 14 years as a photographer, surgical tech and Tech Supervisor before becoming Director of Sales at Ophthalmic Imaging Systems. Today Randy is Regional Vice President of Sales for Merge focusing on Diabetic Retina Screening in the Telehealth arena. Randy brings a wealth of knowledge with 30 years of experience in the medical field.


Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, SVP, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Cedar-Sinai Health System

Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, is senior vice president and chief clinical transformation officer at Cedars-Sinai.

Board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Weingarten has published approximately 100 articles and editorials on healthcare quality improvement and related topics, and has authored numerous chapters on improving the quality of patient care in some of the leading internal medicine textbooks. He has given more than 300 presentations on clinical decision support and related topics throughout the United States and internationally.

Dr. Weingarten has held positions on myriad national committees dedicated to improving patient outcomes, including those of the Institute for Medical Quality, the American Heart Association’s "Get With The Guidelines" program, and the quality improvement committee of the board of directors of St. Joseph's Health System. He served as a member of the Disease Management Advisory Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and was part of the Certification Process Advisory Group for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

At Cedars-Sinai, he has been awarded both the President’s Award and the Golden Apple Teaching Award, and was Alumnus of the Year for 2009. Additionally, he is a clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Weingarten was the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Zynx Health, which is now the market share leader for order sets and care plans. He is a co-inventor of three software patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office After graduating from UCLA’s medical school, Dr. Weingarten completed his internship, residency and fellowship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai. He later participated in a National Center for Health Services Research Fellowship at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study. During the fellowship, he also earned a master’s of Public Health degree at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Dr. Weingarten has also worked as a primary care physician at Kaiser Permanente and was awarded partnership status at Southern California Permanente Medical Group.