Conference Speakers



Elizabeth Bigham, VP, Health IT Strategy, WellPoint

Elizabeth Bigham has recently been named as the Vice President of Health IT Strategy for WellPoint. She is leading the development of a strategy to leverage the vast amounts of clinical and administrative patient data available in the healthcare ecosystem to create new insights that drive better health care outcomes for the members of WellPoint’s affiliated health plans. Elizabeth is driving solutions to advance WellPoint’s provider relationships and enhance member experience. Elizabeth’s team is also supporting multiple enterprise-wide, multi-year strategic initiatives such as the implementation of a new clinical integration platform and the ICD-10 implementation.

Prior to this role, Elizabeth served WellPoint as Vice President Care Management Integrated Solutions where she led shared services for more than 5,500 clinical and non-clinical operations associates. In addition to leading strategic planning, she managed the prioritization and delivery of numerous complex initiatives. Her teams provide production support for four medical management systems and are responsible for Utilization Management regulatory compliance and correspondence. Elizabeth led the strategy and delivery of care management outsourcing, including design and launch of a WellPoint subsidiary to sell and deliver outsourcing services for the external market.

Elizabeth joins WellPoint after a fifteen year tenure with the global consulting firm Accenture where she worked extensively in care management designing and building integrated care management systems, re-designing care management processes, and implementing new products and services in the United States, England and Canada.

David Chou, Chief Information Officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center

David is a visionary, resourceful healthcare executive with specialty expertise in the healthcare provider (hospital) sector settings. He has a proven successful track record of innovating state- of-the-art solutions on time and under budget. David is a respected leader of diverse, cross- functional teams and highly regarded as a key resource, critical thinker, and out-of-the-box problem solver by his peers. Strong understanding of the relationship between technology and strategic business interests with a P&L mindset proven to drive multimillion-dollar savings. David is an unique blend of executive competencies which guarantee strategic IT planning in alignment with operational requirements and feasibility for greater efficiency and profit growth.

David is currently the CIO at the University Of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) where he is responsible for all technology related to the three missions: education, research and patient care. UMMC is the state's only academic health science center. UMMC encompasses six health science schools: medicine, nursing, dentistry, health related professions, graduate studies and pharmacy. (The School of Pharmacy is headquartered on the Oxford campus.) UMMC is Mississippi’s only Level 1 trauma hospital and children's hospital. On the Jackson campus there is also a women and infants' hospital and a critical care hospital. With a total of 722 beds, it is the largest diagnostic, treatment and referral care system in the state. Prior to joining UMMC David was with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi where he led technology on a joint venture greenfield hospital project between Cleveland Clinic and the government of Abu Dhabi.

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.

Judy Hanover, Research Director, IDC Health Insights

Judy Hanover provides research, market analysis and consulting on healthcare information technology, strategy and best practices for both the inpatient and ambulatory healthcare settings at IDC Health Insights. Her understanding of healthcare information technology is based on her experience working in the healthcare provider and payer vendor community, as well as her experience with healthcare IT end users. Ms. Hanover blogs in the IDC Health Insights Community ( Her Twitter handle is judyhanover.

Ms. Hanover serves as research director for IDC Health Insights' Healthcare Provider IT Strategies practice and also contributes to the Healthcare IT Spending Guide. She has a background in healthcare informatics, and experience working with managed care, provider and clinical applications. The technologies she covers include applications, hardware, infrastructure and services in both the inpatient and ambulatory provider settings. The application areas covered include electronic health and medical records (EMR and EHR), hospital information systems (HIS), business and clinical analytics, practice management systems, revenue cycle management systems,computerized physician order entry (CPOE), picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), clinical decision support (CDS), disease and care management, and administrative andbilling systems. Services, hardware and infrastructure that support these application areas are also covered in the Provider IT strategies practice, as well as consulting offerings.

Ms. Hanover previously served as a research manager for the provider IT strategies practice, and as senior research analyst for IDC Health Insights' life science practice. In the role with the IDC Health Insights' life science practice, she developed significant subject matter expertise in research areas including regulatory compliance, clinical trial IT infrastructure, drug development performance management, pharmacovigilance and drug safety technology. She continues to collaborate on coverage of technologies at the intersection of clinical trials/drug development, drug safety and healthcare IT in her current role with the provider IT strategies practice at IDC Health Insights.

Ms. Hanover has held positions in strategic planning, product marketing, product management and market research in both the healthcare and life science industries, at 3M Health Information Systems, Ingenix Inc., McKesson Corporation and Phase Forward, Inc.

Ms. Hanover holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard University, as well as an M.B.A., with concentration in Marketing, and an M.S. in Information Systems, from Boston University.

Sam Ho, MD, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare

Sam Ho, M.D., is chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealth Group's health benefits division, and as president of Clinical Shared Services, he is responsible for the clinical advancement of 38 million members throughout the U.S., including enrollees in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health plans.

He is the clinical executive specifically responsible for the execution of the quality improvement, medical management, care delivery transformation, performance measurement, transparency and health care affordability programs throughout UnitedHealthcare and is also active in helping lead the value-based benefits and value-based provider payment programs.

John McDaniel, National Practice Leader – US Healthcare Provider Market, US Public Sector Division, NetApp

John McDaniel has more than 35 years of experience as a healthcare CIO, consulting services executive and as an executive with large healthcare companies. John currently works with NetApp and is responsible for managing partnerships with large healthcare GSI’s. As a CIO, John worked with St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center, McLaren Health Care Corporation and The Emory Clinic where he also served as Director Medical Informatics. John was also a member of the Board of Directors for NYC-based HIE: NYCLIX. As a consulting services executive he worked with Dell Services, Deloitte Consulting and EMR Transitions. John worked with Siemens as Project Director and SVP at, McKesson. Additionally John worked closely with Cerner where he led the partnership to develop the first multi-hospital CDR. John is very familiar with Big Data applications and infrastructure requirements. While at McLaren his team was the first healthcare organization to take medical records paperless in a multi-hospital system. He is frequent speaker and National and Regional healthcare conferences.

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. l

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.