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Conference Speakers



Doug Fridsma MD PhD FACP FACMI
President and CEO

Daniel Barchi
Yale School of Medicine
Yale New Haven Health

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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.


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, 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.

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”. 

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.

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. 


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.