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Doug Fridsma MD PhD FACP FACMI
President and CEO

Daniel Barchi
Yale School of Medicine
Yale New Haven Health

Bob Wachter

Robert Wachter, MD
Professor and Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age

Raymond Lowe
Senior Director, Information Technology
Dignity Health

Sajid Ahmed

Sajid Ahmed
Chief Information & Innovation Officer (CIIO)
Martin Luther King Jr. Healthcare Corporation

Featured Speakers

Michael Corby

Michael Corby, CISSP, CCP, CBCP, PMP
Executive Consultant
CGI Group, Inc.

Mark Hagland

Mark Hagland
Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Informatics

Katrina Miller

Katrina Miller, M.D.
Medical Director of Informatics, Health Outcomes and Analysis, L.A. Care Health Plan


Michael Pfeffer

Michael A. Pfeffer, MD, FACP
Chief Information Officer and the Chief Medical Informatics Officer
UCLA Health Sciences

Sandy Summers

Sandy Summers
Director of Meaningful Use
Dignity Health

Dr. Whitfill

Dr. Jim Whitfill
Chief Medical Officer Scottsdale Health Partners

Chris Ingersoll

Chris Ingersoll
Vice President, Solution Architecture

Laura Young

Laura Young
Executive Director Behavioral Health Information Network of Arizona

Jean Balgrosky

Jean Balgrosky
MD Revolution


Todd Plesko

Todd Plesko
Chief Executive Officer, Extension Healthcare

Curtis Dikes

Curtis N. Dikes, RN, SN, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC
Director Clinical/Business Systems & Innovation, Kaiser Permanente


David Salazar

David Salazar
VP Enterprise Sales, Awarepoint

Mark Webb

Mark H. Webb
Chief Executive Officer
for Pediatrics
University Health System

Paul Jones

Paul A. Jones
Customer Solution Architect
Cisco Systems Inc.

Charles Boicey

Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS
American Nursing Informatics Association

Chris Apgar

Chris Apgar, CISSP
CEO & President
Apgar and Associates

James Dzierzanowski

James Dzierzanowski
Information Security CHOC Children's

David Hazel

David Hazel
COO, Co-Founder

Ian Kelly

Ian Kelly
Head of Sales Engineering, Healthcare and Government
Google for Work

Rachel Weissberg

Rachel Weissberg
Managing Director, National Healthcare Practice

Craig Parker

Craig Parker, MD
Medical Informaticist, Open Services Platform Initiatives Intermountain Healthcare


Kirk Larson

Kirk Larson
Regional Chief Information Officer
NetApp Healthcare



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Chris Apgar

Chris Apgar, CISSP, CEO & President, Apgar and Associates

Chris Apgar, CISSP, CEO and President of Apgar & Associates, LLC, is a nationally recognized information security, privacy and electronic health information exchange expert.  He has over 16 years of experience assisting health care organizations comply with HIPAA, HITECH and other privacy and security laws.  Mr. Apgar has assisted healthcare, utilities and financial organizations implement privacy and security safeguards to protect against organizational harm and harm to consumers.  

Mr. Apgar served as a member of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Board of Directors for eight years.  He currently is a member of the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Commission.  Mr. Apgar has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional since 2002 and is a senior member of the Information Systems Security Association.  


Jean Balgrosky

Jean Balgrosky, CIO, MD Revolution

Jean Balgrosky’s career in health information technology includes more than 25 years as a chief information officer (CIO) for large health systems such as Scripps Health and Holy Cross Health System (now Trinity Health System), and now as CIO for MD Revolution, a new company providing a personalized digital health platform for chronic care management and other applications. Dr. Balgrosky is also Founder of Bootstrap Incubation, a company that supports, invests in, and mentors information technology start-up companies in the health care and life science spaces.

In August 2014, she published a textbook entitled Essentials of Health Information Systems and Technology (Jones & Bartlett Learning). With years of experience leading and implementing systems initiatives, Dr. Balgrosky strives in her career to improve public health and health care through innovation using health IT, and takes particular interest in using IT to advance  the vision, strategies, and performance of healthcare organizations, while engaging  people in managing their health. She is devoted to teaching up-and-coming healthcare and public health professionals about health information technology, sharing knowledge and lessons learned over the years. She received her PhD and MPH at the UCLA Fielding School of Public. Her dissertation is entitled “Adoption of Electronic Health Records by Physicians for Use in their Practices”. Dr. Balgrosky has also been accredited through the American Health Information Management Association as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) since 1975.


Charles Boicey

Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, President, American Nursing Informatics Association

Charles is the Chief Innovation Officer for Clearsense. In his role he is developing the analytics infrastructure to serve the clinical, operational, quality and research needs of healthcare organizations. His work for the past six years has centered on bringing the “Big Data” technologies that power Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to healthcare. He was a founding member of the team that developed the Health and Human Services award winning application “NowTrending" and at the University of California, Irvine he developed “Saritor” a novel Healthcare Data Platform for advanced healthcare analytics.

Charles holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and is the President of the American Nursing Informatics Association. He is board certified as an Informatics Nurse and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). He is a member of the HIMSS Veterans Career Services Advisory Council and former member of the HIMSS National Nursing Informatics Committee.


Daniel Barchi, SVP and CIO, Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Health

Daniel Barchi is Chief Information Officer of the $3.0 B, 2,100 bed, 19,000 employee Yale School of Medicine and the Yale-New Haven Health System. He leads a team of 500 informatics and technology specialists and has implemented a $300 M Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project.  Before joining Yale, he was Senior Vice President and CIO of the $1.4 B Carilion Health System and led the integration of Carilion’s seven hospitals and 140 physician practices though implementation of a $98 M electronic medical record. He was also responsible for technology at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. 

Daniel was previously President of the Carilion Biomedical Institute and Director of Technology and Engineering for MCI WorldCom. In both roles was appointed as CEO, COO, and Chief Restructuring Officer of privately held and venture-backed companies in the healthcare and technology industries. Earlier, Daniel was MCI's Director of Global Project Management responsible for product deployment in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Daniel began his career as a U.S. Naval officer and served at sea in cruisers. During his service, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the Southeast Asia Service Medal for service in the Red Sea, and the NATO Service Medal for operations in the Balkans.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Annapolis, the U.S. Naval Academy, and a Master of Engineering Management degree from Old Dominion University. He is active on several corporate and community service boards and he is a marathon runner.


Michael Corby

Michael Corby, CISSP, CCP, CBCP, PMP,  Executive Consultant, CGI Group, Inc.

Mr. Corby has been successfully leading Corporate IT strategies in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and health administrative services for over 40 years, specializing in IT governance, operations, development and security.  He has created and managed large IT projects, developed flexible infrastructures and sound security organizations for hundreds of the world’s most successful organizations.  He is also a founder of (ISC)², Inc. the organization that established the CISSP security professional credential. In 1992, Mike was named the first recipient of the Computer Security Institute’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”.  A frequent global speaker and author, prior to joining CGI in 2012, he held executive positions with several global consulting organizations including Netigy Corporation, QinetiQ, Gartner Group and Marsh & McLennan prior to his role at CGI.  Among his many clients are several hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, payment processors and state health exchanges.  He was formerly CIO for the Riley Stoker division of Ashland Oil and for Bain & Company and held the office of the President of QinetiQ Trusted Information Management in the US.  A community supporter through the Chamber of Commerce and many professional groups, Mike has established a reputation for creativity and excellence in technology and its application to business needs.  He holds a BS EE degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; holds the PMP distinction from Project Management Institute; is a Certified Computer Professional (CCP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP).


Curtis Dikes

Curtis N. Dikes, RN, SN, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC, CISSP,  Director Clinical/Business Systems & Innovation, Kaiser Permanente

Curtis Dikes is the Director, Clinical/Business Systems and Innovation at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles medical center. As a key administration member, he leads strategy and technology innovation leveraging existing business models while discovering, capturing and integrating innovative technologies and processes into enhanced care delivery. Curtis has accountability and oversight of clinical projects with clinical, business, technology and engineering departments and frequently leads key clinical and technology pilots for the regional and corporate offices allowing the ability to explore new technologies and processes in a live environment for the benefit of the overall organization.

As the former Chief Nursing [Informatics] Officer and also Senior Advisor, Healthcare Transformation at Cisco Systems, Curtis was the recognized clinical leader for nursing and other healthcare focused areas at Cisco. Curtis assisted clients, through his clinical technology perspective, with the strategic identification, analysis, and selection of optimal technologies of benefit for each individual client, including collaboration tools, unified communication solutions, telehealth strategies, clinical technology and device integration and innovation of clinical care technologies that foster clinician efficiency, promote quality care and patient safety, support clinical improvement goals, and overall transformation of healthcare care delivery. His experiences in healthcare and other industries across the US and globe have enhanced his talents and abilities to lead and innovate upon his return to Kaiser Permanente.

He is an innovator in technology design and integration engendering optimal healthcare design and delivery, using his background as a clinician with expertise in technology and informatics, advanced practice nursing, operations and biomedical ethics. He has diverse experience as a clinician, operations manager and administrator and healthcare informaticist in academic, non-profit, for-profit health care and vendor organizations. He has contributed to the development of technologically enhanced replicable hospital designs, a key health care technology innovation center, and strategic clinical technology and communications solutions and product designs in his many engagements.

An active member of advisory boards, including the American Hospital Association (AHA) Solutions, Inc., Curtis is Past-President of the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), Scientific Advisory Board member of Medical, and was appointed the first clinician and non-engineer board member to the US Board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering Certification, Healthcare Technology Foundation. Curtis is a past governing director and steering committee member of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), served on the Association of Nurse Executives’ (AONE) technology committee, and has been a member of Cisco’s Global Health Care Innovation Council.

Curtis has been an invited speaker, advisory panelist, and/or thought partner to national and international organizations including the American Health Congress, American Academy of Nursing (AAN), Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), American College of Clinical Engineers (ACCE), American Nursing Informatics Association, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Association of Nurse Executives (AONE), Carnegie-Mellon University, Cisco Systems Inc., Dell, Duke University, 8th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, Epic Systems Inc., General Electric, Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2), Masimo Corporation, National e-Health Collaborative (NeHC), UCLA, University of Maryland and Vocera Communications Inc.

Curtis has a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and Minor in Biomedical Ethics from University of Southern California, Los Angeles; a Masters of Science degree in Nursing as an Acute-Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner (specializing in Vascular, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery) from University of Pennsylvania, and a Post-Masters in Nursing and Healthcare Informatics from Duke University.


James Dzierzanowski

James Dzierzanowski, Information Security, CHOC Children's

As leader of the IT Enterprise Security team, Dr. Dzierzanowski is responsible for enterprise security standards, audit, HIPAA/HITECH/HITRUST Security Controls, Risk Management (GRC), C-SIRT Incident Management, Security Engineering and Operations, Identity Management, Mobile, and PCI.

James advises business leaders on technical security issues, cryptography, security trends, and managing risk with financial and health care institutions.  He holds the ability to identify advanced and leading technologies while promoting business value.  He is a strong proponent of leveraging people, processes, and technology to jointly solve problems, facilitate change, move businesses forward to meet business’ technical needs.

Dr. Dzierzanowski offers specialized expertise in privacy, risk management, M&A, cryptography, and holds Physical, InfoSec and Management Security Certifications.  James holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and attended Harvard and MIT as a post-doctoral fellow. He is also a published author of several finance-related articles.


Rosemarie Francis

Rosemarie Francis, CEO, Etelu

Rosemarie is a 20 year industry veteran of integrated marketing, sales, business management and technical application. She started her career as a CPA and quickly pivoted into selling Workflow Management and Accounting software focusing on improving efficiencies and business management metrics. Over the years she has worked very closely with Microsoft when the need to train and support Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers was first emerging and has since held a number of senior level positions including Owner/General Manager of a food manufacturing business which eventually sold to a Fortune 500 company of which she then took on the role of VP of Sales. Here experience in manufacturing efficiencies and processes has given her the unique ability to apply these skills to the HealthCare industry.  Throughout the years Rosemarie has had a strong interest in Health Care and has served on a number of boards including the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board and Governance Committee.  Rosemarie founded Etelu when she saw an opportunity to improve Work Flow Strategy and Management as well a growing need to focus on the Patient Experience. Rosemarie was able to take her experience with Business Intelligence and Optimization from the manufacturing sector and apply that to the HealthCare sector.  Rosemarie is also an Angel Investor in a variety of Health Care companies as well as a published author and speaker.


Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMIA

Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA, a membership society representing 5000 professional and student informaticians and their interests and activities in academe, industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Fridsma is an expert in informatics, interoperability, standards, and health IT (including meaningful use). His understanding of the science and application of informatics and experience as practitioner and policymaker give him a depth of knowledge well-suited to the critical challenge of transforming health and health care.

Prior to joining AMIA, Dr. Fridsma was the Chief Science Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, responsible for the portfolio of technical resources needed to support the meaningful use program and health information technology interoperability.  While at ONC, he developed the standards and interoperability framework to accelerate the development of technical specifications for interoperability, and in collaboration with the NIH and other federal agencies, was instrumental in establishing the key priorities in the PCOR Trust fund. Prior to ONC, Dr. Fridsma held academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Mayo Clinic, and had a part-time clinical practice at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.  He has served as a board member of HL7 and the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) where he was instrumental in developing standards that bridge clinical care and clinical research.

Mark Hagland

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.



David Hazel

David Hazel, COO, Co-Founder, KenSci

David is COO and co-founder of KenSci, a spinout from the University of Washington which uses advanced analytics and machine learning to fight chronic conditions.  At KenSci, David helps customers leverage their clinical, claims and psychosocial data to appropriately risk stratify members and patients, allowing them to identify actions and appropriate interventions to reduce their risk. Prior to KenSci, David served as Managing Director of the Center for Data Science at the University of Washington, which focuses on leveraging machine learning and data science for positive societal impact.  David holds a MS in Computing and Software Systems from the University of Washington and a BS in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems from George Mason University.



Chris Ingersollfa

Chris Ingersoll, Vice President, Solution Architecture, RelayHealth

Chris Ingersoll has 25 years of experience in interoperability and Internet based solutions, providing leadership across multiple software disciplines of engineering, product management, professional services, and business development.  He has 12 years experience in health care, focused on population management, health information exchange (HIE), analytics, patient engagement, and care coordination.

In his 12 years at RelayHealth, he’s held leadership positions in engineering, product management and business development focused on interoperability.  He led the architectural development of RelayHealth’s Health Information Exchange platform focusing on electronic health record (EHR) connectivity, patient identity, clinical terminology, and patient consent.  Chris currently leads a team responsible for representing McKesson’s HIE and Analytics technologies in business development to assess alignment with customer strategic objectives. 

Prior to joining RelayHealth, Chris was an engineering director for six years at Commerce One, a pioneer in the Internet business-to-business market.  Commerce One developed procurement and supply chain management solutions and created many early XML and web services technologies.  He is an early innovator in the field of XML-based interoperability and is lead inventor of two XML patents in transformation and version management.

He started his career at Gnossos Software, a Washington DC based software company that developed  Political Action Committee and Lobbying information solutions.  He held lead positions in product development and professional services.

Chris earned his bachelor’s in Computer Science from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two children.


Paul Jones

Paul A. Jones, Customer Solution Architect, Cisco Systems Inc.

Paul Jones has been leading the creation of technical solutions and architectures at Cisco for 17 years.  He spent 8 years as a Systems Engineer with US Federal and Enterprise customers before moving to Cisco Corporate Marketing for 4 years as an Industry Solution Architect specializing in Retail, Financial Services and Healthcare Solutions. In that role, he collaborated with a global team of Cisco and technology partner experts to create some award winning solutions centered around Payment Card Industry Compliance, Unified Communications, Lean Retail Architectures, and Retail Banking.

In 2009, Paul began a 100% focus on Healthcare customers as a Customer Solution Architect designing solutions and architectures for Kaiser Permanente.  That account more than tripled product and services bookings over 4 years to become one of Cisco’s largest US Enterprise accounts at more than $100M per year during Paul’s tenure on the account.  Paul expanded his impact joining Cisco’s Connected Health Services team as a Global Healthcare Architect developing healthcare solutions, leading the creation and delivery of new assessment and architecture strategy services and evangelized Cisco’s Medical Grade Network Architecture.   Paul is currently a Healthcare Practice Architect on Cisco’s Business Transformation team.

Prior to joining Cisco Systems, Mr. Jones spent 12 years in IT engineering and operations management at Novell and Space Systems/Loral.  

Mr. Jones has published a number of papers on Industry solutions and architectures and lead the creation of multiple Cisco Validated Designs including the Medical Grade Network Architecture, PCI Solutions for Retail and Healthcare, Lean Retail Architecture and Remote Expert. Paul has represented Cisco as a technology expert, speaker and panelist at various Industry events, trade shows, and conferences including HIMSS, IMN HealthImpact, National Retail Federation Trade Show, Cisco Live and at Cisco’s Enterprise Technical Advisory Board.   
Mr. Jones is a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS), has a B.S. in Business Administration, a B.A. in Management, a certificate in Advanced Program Management from Stanford, and has earned multiple technical certifications from Novell, Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

Outside of Cisco, Paul enjoys family time with his 3 kids in the SF Bay Area and the Sierra mountains. On the weekends, he also enjoys performing on stages across the US in his tribute band, Fleetwood Mask.


Kirk Larson

Kirk Larson, Regional Chief Information Officer, NetApp Healthcare

Kirk Larson is a Regional Chief Information Officer for NetApp Healthcare.  In this role, Kirk consults with healthcare CIOs, provides industry thought leadership, and educates a broad range of healthcare leaders.  He came to NetApp from Valley Children’s Healthcare in Madera, Calif., one of the ten largest pediatric health systems in the country, where he served as vice president & chief information officer.  Prior to that, Kirk served as chief information officer at Natividad Medical Center, a county-owned public safety-net hospital in Salinas, Calif.

With over a decade of leadership experience, Kirk brings a wealth of knowledge to NetApp.  He held a variety of senior leadership positions for Cerner Corporation, a leader in the healthcare information systems industry and the largest healthcare consultancy in the world, in Kansas City, Mo.  Kirk was also a senior consultant with Arthur Andersen, LLP in Chicago, Ill.

Kirk received dual degrees in master of health services administration (MHSA), health management and policy, and master of business administration (MBA), finance and corporate strategy, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.  He earned his bachelor of science (BS) degree in mathematics magna cum laude from North Central College in Naperville, Ill.  As a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), he is board-certified in healthcare management.


Raymond Lowe, Senior Director, Information Technology, Dignity Health

Ray is a highly accomplished, results-oriented healthcare IT executive with proven track record for complex system delivery, technical implementation and operations.   He 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.


Ian Kelly

Ian Kelly, Head of Sales Engineering, Healthcare and Government, Google for Work

Ian is a graduate of Amherst College with a double major in Computer Science and Economics. His career has wandered from consulting to project management, and from start-up companies to Google. He has run large technical teams, guest lectured to post-graduate classes and generally has a hard time explaining a "typical day" in his life.  But, if given a few minutes Ian will doubtless start talking about some aspect of big data, mobility, security or, more likely, how they all intersect and overlap.


Katrina Miller

Katrina Miller, MD, Medical Director of Informatics, Health Outcomes and Analysis, L.A. Care Health Plan

Katrina Miller, M.D. is a Family Physician who currently serves as Medical Director for Informatics for L.A. Care Health Plan in Los Angeles, California and Secretary/Treasurer of the Los Angeles Academy of Family Physicians.  Previously, she was Clinical Information Systems Medical Director for Adventist Health, West.  In that position she facilitated creation of over 600 inpatient and outpatient order sets, multiple EMR-based Lean workflows and education and communication processes focused on provider user experience. She trained in Quality Management through ACPE, is a GE Change Agent Plus and has chaired multiple inpatient and ambulatory quality and peer review committees. She is Diplomate of both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine – Clinical Informatics Specialty.  She was an 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.  In 2011 Dr. Miller was honored to receive the Glendale, CA “Women in Business Award for Science and Technology”. 

Craig Parker

Craig Parker, MD, Medical Informaticist, Open Services Platform Initiatives, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Craig Parker serves as the Medical Informaticist for Open Services Platform Initiatives at Intermountain Healthcare. His responsibilities include promoting the use of standards based services within Intermountain and with industry and standards groups such as Health Level Seven (HL7) and the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium. He has been a member of HL7 for over 13 years having served as a co-chair for both the Modeling and Methodology Working Group and the Clinical Decision Support Working Group.

Michael Pfeffer

Michael A. Pfeffer, MD, FACP, Chief Information Officer and the Chief Medical Informatics Officer, UCLA Health Sciences

Michael Pfeffer, MD, FACP serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) for the UCLA Health Sciences, which is comprised of the UCLA Hospital System, the UCLA Faculty Practice Group, and the David Geffen School of Medicine. Michael is responsible for the development and operations of the information systems, the overall health IT strategic plan, and the implementation of transformative and innovative technologies to further UCLA’s mission of healing humankind one patient at a time. With UCLA’s initial "Big-Bang" go-live in March 2013, Michael is the lead physician for UCLA's electronic health record encompassing over 26,000 users.

Michael also serves as a core faculty member for the internal medicine residency program, focusing on information technology solutions for educating residents and improving transitions of care. In addition, he continues to practice as an academic hospitalist, working with residents and medical students in the care of patients.

Michael graduated from Brown University with a degree in chemical engineering. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School and completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at UCLA.

Todd Plesko

Todd Plesko, Chief Executive Officer, Extension Healthcare

Todd Plesko is co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Extension Healthcare – the leading provider of clinical alarm management and event response solutions. In his current position Todd plays a vital role in strategic planning including product and regulatory strategy, branding, capital planning, business development, and strategic partnerships. Through continuing education, speaking engagements, and participation in a bevy of professional associations and boards, Todd is highly active in the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) community. A technically-oriented executive, his areas of subject matter expertise include communication challenges and workflows in both ambulatory and acute care settings, regulatory matters relating to mobile healthcare (mHealth), VoIP, wireless, and messaging technologies, and business transformation. Prior to Extension Healthcare, Todd served as CIO for a large provider network and led two other successful startups focused on ambulatory care practice management systems, ambulatory care EHR’s, hosting, and clinical workflow solutions and infrastructure.

David Salazar

David Salazar, VP Enterprise Sales, Awarepoint

David has a 30+ year successful track record of results performance in various healthcare software and technology companies from start-up ventures to Fortune 100 companies, in private and public organizations both domestic and international.  David has had great success throughout his career in sales, sales management, business development, channel sales and operational management.  He has worked in high growth health care technology organizations as well as start-up and early stage companies.  David has held management roles at MSA, SMS (Siemens), Purkinje Systems, Gerber Alley (McKesson), Knowledge Data Systems (Ameritech Health), Eclipsys Corporation (Allscripts), Awarepoint as well as consulting with many healthcare startup organizations.   David has introduced several innovative solutions that are now the staple of our industry. He has managed sales teams both regionally, nationally and international.  He has negotiated and built the overall strategy in several companies and has closed hundreds of hospitals both domestically and internationally. He has an MBA from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Business.

Sandy Summers

Sandy Summers, Director of Meaningful Use, Dignity Health

Sandy has over 30 years of Information Technology and Healthcare expertise working at IBM, GE Healthcare, Perot Systems and is currently at Dignity Health as their Director of Meaningful Use. As Meaningful Use Director, Sandy manages a team of consultants and clinicians responsible for oversight to ensure all 30 hospitals at Dignity Health successfully achieve Meaningful Use for Stage 1 and Stage 2.  Working together with the Clinical Informatics team, they successfully manage and implement all requirements for Meaningful Use in a multi-vendor (EMR) environment. Integration and communication skills are utilized to work with other key stakeholders within the organization, including physicians, nursing, healthcare information management, patient portal team, HIE, vendors, and legal, among others. Responsibilities also include audit defense, legal requirements for a multi-state and county region along with regulatory and compliance tracking and changes. Sandy has experience with Figliozzi and OIG audit requests and submissions.

Bob Wachter

Robert Wachter, MD, Professor and Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the 60-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, he coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government’s two leading websites on safety and has written two books on the subject, including Internal Bleeding and Understanding Patient Safety, the leading safety primer. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. In 2015, Modern Healthcare magazine ranked him as the most influential physician-executive in the U.S., his eighth consecutive year in the top 50. He has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His blog,, is one of the nation’s most popular healthcare blogs. His new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, is a New York Times bestseller. 


Mark Webb

Mark H. Webb, Chief Executive Officer for Pediatrics, University Health System

University Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Webb has been named Chief Executive Officer for Pediatrics.

Mark Webb was named Senior Vice President of Facilities Administration in 2012, serving previously as Vice President of Facilities Development and Project Management since 2008. He was responsible for University Health System’s $899-million Capital Improvement program which included the design and construction of a 420 patient bed hospital tower, a 3,300 space parking garage, 260,000 square-foot clinical services building, and extensive renovation of existing facilities to include University Hospital, as well as 14 primary/ specialty/preventive health centers and four dialysis centers.

In 2010, University Health System became South Texas’ first and only Magnet® healthcare organization, a status designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and earned by about six percent of U.S. hospitals. University Health System also includes a non-profit HMO, Community First Health Plans, a non- profit multi-specialty physician practice, Community Medicine Associates, and joint ownership of San Antonio AirLIFE. As one of the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems in the nation, University Health System ranks in the top one percent of U.S. health organizations for achieving a high level of information technology integration.

Prior to joining University Health System, Mr. Webb served with the City of San Antonio as Director of the Aviation Department at San Antonio International Airport and Stinson Municipal Airport. During that time he was responsible for the $600+ million capital improvement program that included construction of a new terminal, 2,800 space parking garage, and air field improvements.

During his 14-year tenure with the City, he also worked in various management and executive team roles. While at the City, he worked on the several high profile development projects including the convention center expansion, developed and implemented consistent contract policies and procedures, assisted in the transition of Brooks Air Force Base to Brooks City Base, and provided property management and real estate services.

M.S., Urban Administration, Trinity University, 1995
B.S., Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 1986


Dr. Whitfill

Dr. Jim Whitfill, Chief Medical Officer, Scottsdale Health Partners

Dr Whitfill  is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Scottsdale Health Partners, a Clinically Integrated Network in Phoenix Arizona.   Dr Whitfill received his AB from Princeton University, and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania.   He did his Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and completed a fellowship in Medical Informatics in the University Of Pennsylvania Department Of Medicine.   At Scottsdale Health Partners, he has been a key part of the team which has delivered cost savings across multiple payer sources including commercial, Medicare ACO, direct to employer and Medicare Advantage plans.   He currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.  He is also a frequent lecturer at the Biomedical Informatics Graduate and Undergraduate programs at Arizona State University.   He enjoys running, skiing and camping with his wife and three children. 


Laura Young

Laura Young, Executive Director, Behavioral Health Information Network of Arizona

Laura Young is an information technology expert with over 25 years working within the IT industry with a focus on government, non-profit, education and healthcare.  She has degrees in Information Technology and Health Services Management.  Laura has been a leader in the healthcare IT sector for over 9 years with a specific focus on Clinical IT and HIE systems.   Laura previously worked as an IT Director at Banner Health where she managed their private HIE and their ambulatory EHR. She joined Behavioral Health Network of Arizona in January 2013 as the Executive Director.  She currently serves nationally as the Vice Chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Committee, as well as the eHealth Initiatives Connecting Communities Workgroup.  She also serves on the board of the Arizona HIMSS Chapter.


Rachel Weissberg

Rachel Weissberg, Managing Director, National Healthcare Practice, Coresite

Rachel has spent the last 15 years supporting the advancement of technology in Healthcare. She has held leadership roles at Iron Mountain and AT&T Wireless and currently runs the North American Healthcare Practice at CoreSite. At CoreSite Rachel is responsible for aligning products and services to best support the needs of the Healthcare Community. In addition she has oversight to all sales activities across the healthcare vertical including building and leveraging strategic target partners and enabling the existing salesforce to deliver successful sales results.

With a strong background in technology, a passion to improve the quality of care and enhance the patient experience, Rachel has become a trusted advisor within the Healthcare Community. Rachel also finds the time to give back and is active with organizations such as Girls Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Rachel earned her Bachelor’s from Scripps College in Claremont California. She  currently lives in Long Beach California and enjoys spending time her free traveling the world, or just spending time at home on the beach or in the water.