Conference Speakers



Farid Agahi, Senior Business Strategist, VMware

Farid Agahi is a Sr. Business Strategist with VMware Inc., a global leader in cloud computing. Farid has extensive experience in large-scale healthcare IT transformation, clinical computing infrastructure, and EMR platform virtualization.

As Chief Enterprise Engineer for a large integrated healthcare provider, Farid was directly involved in the implementation of an electronic health records program based on Epic’s platform servicing over 150,000 clinicians. He led design and engineering of a 200,000-seat managed end-user desktop service, created the Availability Program Office focused on uptime and stability of mission-critical systems and developed an enterprise-wide technology roadmap planning process.

Farid has over 25 years of experience in systems development and enterprise engineering and operations with companies such as Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo Bank and TRW.

Abha Agrawal, MD, FACP, COO & VP of Medical Affairs, Norwegian American Hospital

Dr. Abha Agrawal currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer / Chief Medical Officer at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, IL. Prior to her moving to Chicago in November, 2012, she served as the Chief Medical Officer of Kings County Hospital Center, a 690-bed tertiary care academic medical center in Brooklyn, NY. Her previous roles have included Chief Medical Information Officer and Associate Medical Director of Kings County Hospital Center and Informatics Coordinator at the VISN1 network of the VA in New England.

In recognition of her role as a rising healthcare leader, she was invited to the White House in 2011 to meet with President Obama’s health and economic policy advisor and to provide testimony at the US Senate.

Her professional focus over the last decade has been on improving quality of care and patient safety in safety net hospitals specially coupled with innovations in health information technology. She has published her quality improvement accomplishments in a number of academic journals and presented in conferences nationally and internationally.

She is the Editor of a book titled “Patient Safety: A Case-based Comprehensive Guide” to be published by Springer by the end of August 2013. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship as a Senior Specialist in Information Technology; her work as a Fulbright Scholar focused on improving patient safety at a tertiary academic center in India.

Dr. Agrawal is a practicing physician trained in Internal Medicine (SUNY Downstate) and Medical Informatics (Yale School of Medicine). Her academic appointments include Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University (current), Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Informatics at SUNY Downstate (2005-2012), and clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School (2001-2004).

She serves on important national and regional organizations including as a Commissioner on the Certification Commission on Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) and a member of the Medical Informatics Committee of the American College of Physicians. She currently serves as a Board Member on the Board of Chicago Physicians for Social Responsibility. Previously, she was on the Board of the New York Clinical Information Exchange (, a prominent RHIO in New York City (2005-2010), served as the President of Medical Informatics New York (, an association of physician leaders in informatics from hospitals, academia and corporations (2007-2010), and was elected Councilor-at-large for the New York chapter of the American College of Physicians (2011-2012).

She has numerous publications and awards in quality / safety and health IT including the 2007 National Association of Public Hospitals Safety Net Award in the patient safety category for her work on electronic medication reconciliation and the 2006 IndUS Business Journal award for innovation in healthcare. She also authored “EndNote 1-2-3” published by Springer (1st edition: 2005; 2nd edition: 2009).

Sajid Ahmed, Chief Information and Innovations Officer Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, iHT² Advisory Board Member

As Former Director of Health Information Technology (HIT) at LA Care Health Plan, Sajid Ahmed was responsible for the coordination, management and integration of health information technology (HIT) initiatives both internally and externally, in line with the mission and strategic plans of L.A. Care. Responsibilities included collaboration and strategy development with internal and external health information technology stakeholders, trading partners, health information technology partners, providers, regulatory and government agencies and others. Sajid is also involved at the State working with California’s Helath and Human Services Agency participating on eHealth and health IT committees and drafting the State’s Health IT Strategic plan as Co-Chair.

At IGP Technologies,, Sajid Ahmed successfully developed and deployed the concept ELICIT™ (emulating logical inferences of cognition and intuition theory) where he was the visionary behind the technology and its product SelfMD™, working with a group of Board Certified Physicians and Specialists; he created a unique medical self-diagnostic system committed to providing consumers’ access to quality healthcare and medical providers the ability to efficiently deliver a reliable diagnosis of diseases and health care information. His expertise focused on efficient delivery of healthcare in a consumer driven context utilizing health information technology.

Sajid Ahmed began his software career at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) at age 16, programming database solutions on the Galileo Project. Recently, he has become an expert specializing in user interfaces, web applications, network solutions and corporate database development. Mr. Ahmed is especially knowledgeable about medical software applications and health information systems. He has worked and consulted with start-ups such as, Dilbeck Realty, and SpotRunner Inc. as well as large organizations such as Time Warner, HomeBoxOffice, Kaiser and the US Military Healthcare system.

While at UCLA, Mr. Ahmed originally worked at the UCLA Medical School and Biomedical Learning Resources Division, one of the first computer labs for medical students and faculty, teaching medical students how to incorporate technology into their practices. He also worked with leading medical educators developing software heart simulators and various medical software applications. Recently, he was a member of the Business Technology Center (BTC) CEO and Technology Roundtable, an L.A. County project of the Community Development Commission (CDC). Sajid Ahmed recently used his entrepreneurial disposition with his love for the outdoors as an avid backpacker and hiker by starting his own non-profit venture enCOMPASS, Inc. where he does leadership training for inner-city youths throughout California working with the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs. Sajid's enCompass, Inc., uses outdoor experiences and challenges for leadership training development primarily for inner-city youth and other challenged adolescents.

Sajid Ahmed is also an active member of his business community, giving lectures and teaching on the commercialization of information technology and the incubation process of technology-oriented businesses to undergraduate and graduate students at USC, Cal State Los Angeles, and UCLA. He was awarded for his teaching at the USC, Lloyd Greif Center for Entreprenual Studies. He was also awarded the Advanced Business League (ABL) Award on Healthcare as semi-finalist for innovation in healthcare technology against Kaiser Permanente.

Along with Board Certified Physicians making up the IGP’s Medical Advisory Board, Mr. Ahmed has drawn from his practical and academic experiences to invent and develop IGP's diagnostic healthcare product, AD-DOC™ and SelfMD™. This technology was tested and validated by the US Army and by the Army’s TATRC (Telemedicine Advanced Technology Research Center). For IGP, he was instrumental in recruiting former Secretary of Health Tommy Thompson to join the Board of Directors of IGP which helped expand the company’s strategic vision.

Eric Brown, President & CEO, California Telehealth Network

Eric Brown is the President and CEO of the California Telehealth Network (CTN), California’s telehealth 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 the largest FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program in the nation, serving over 500 health care sites. Brown 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.

Blair Butterfield, President, North America, VitalHealth Software

Blair Butterfield is President, North America at VitalHealth Software (, established in 2006 by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation to offer the industry’s leading cloud-based ehealth application development platform with solutions for collaborative care as well as ONC-certified electronic health records for specialty practices.

Blair is a senior health IT executive and ehealth expert with over twenty years of global experience in new market and business development, general management, government initiatives, sales management, and strategic marketing. Prior to joining VitalHealth, Blair served as Vice President, International Development for eHealth at GE Healthcare, an $18 billion division of General Electric. In this role, he led globally distributed teams on strategic initiatives in North America, Europe, the Middle East, China, and the Asia Pacific region. Previously, he was President of Butterfield & Company International, a health IT executive search and consulting firm.

Blair is a frequent invited speaker at international, national and regional ehealth events, and has served on national workgroups on interoperability, consent management, health information exchange (HIE), and electronic health records (EHR). He has served on the executive management team of four health IT companies as well as on the Board of Directors of the eHealth Initiative ( and several health IT trade associations and research institutes.

After graduating from Yale University, Blair spent the first part of his career in advanced applications for medical imaging and image-guided neurosurgery, working with luminary sites to pioneer innovative technologies for minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment. Born in Bermuda, he is a dual US/UK citizen, multi-lingual, who has lived in nine countries.

Mark Caron, CHCIO, FACHE, Senior Vice President & CIO, Capital BlueCross

Mark Caron is senior vice president & CIO at Capital BlueCross. He has more than 30 years of business and technology expertise with more than 25 years in health care traversing both health care delivery systems and health insurers. He has been with the Capital BlueCross since June 2011.

Prior to joining Capital BlueCross, Mr. Caron was CIO at the Collaborative Care division of OptumHealth. His experience includes senior leadership roles as senior vice president & CIO at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, senior vice president & CIO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, chief technology officer at Catholic Health Initiatives (a 78 hospital system), and vice president of Information Systems at Healthsource.

He has a MBA and a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University, a bachelor‘s degree in Computer Science from Franklin Pierce College. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), certified as a Healthcare Chief Information Officer through the College of Healthcare Information Executives, and is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS).

Molly Coye,MD, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health System

Dr. Molly Joel Coye, M.D., M.P.H., is the Chief Innovation Officer of the UCLA Health System at the University of California, Los Angeles and the director of the UCLA Institute for Innovation in Health. She is an internationally recognized leader in health care delivery policy and an expert in the use of information and clinical technology to advance the health of communities.

As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Coye oversees the UCLA Innovates HealthCare Initiative, and is responsible for developing programs and strategies that promote and nurture innovation across the UCLA Health System. She works with the leadership of the Health System and outside partners to develop innovations that can transform the quality, value and delivery of healthcare on a local, national and global level.

Dr. Coye has extensive experience in government, academia and the private sector. She served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, Director of the California Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She founded and served as chief executive officer of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a renowned non-profit education and research organization that became the premier forecasting institution for emerging technologies in health care. She co-founded and served as chief executive officer and chair of the Board of Directors of CalRHIO, California’s first statewide health information exchange organization. She was also a founding member of The California Endowment, the largest private health care philanthropy organization in the state. In her private sector work, she led a large medical group and Independent Physician’s Association, directed product development at an early internet disease management company and advised venture capital investors in health technology.

Dr. Coye currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), one of the largest nonprofit organizations in international health. She also serves as a member of the boards of the American Telemedicine Association and of Aetna, Inc. and is a past member of the boards of the American Hospital Association, the American Public Health Association and the China Medical Board.

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in 1994, Dr. Coye co-authored two landmark reports on healthcare quality, To Err Is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm. She also chaired the IOM’s Committee on Access to Insurance for Children, and co-chaired the Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards. She has received many prestigious honors and awards in recognition of her distinguished professional career. She received the Information Technology Innovator Award from HealthCare Informatics and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Dr. Coye holds a Doctor of Medicine and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and is board certified by the American College of Preventative Medicine. She speaks fluent Spanish and Chinese, has a Master of Arts in Chinese history from Stanford University and has written two books on Chinese history.

Karen Curtis, MHA, MBA, Senior Director Healthcare Practice, Point B

For more than two decades, Karen Curtis has led complex, strategic business initiatives for the healthcare industry. Her expertise includes the planning and creation of new programs and services, understanding and leading development of innovative care delivery models, helping providers adapt to the fast-changing environment of healthcare, and implementing new clinical information systems and processes.

She is known for leading Point B’s clients through new care delivery model development and implementation. She has specific experience creating medical home models and planning for accountable care organization (ACO) development. Karen has worked with large, prestigious hospital systems and physician organizations helping them improve service efficiency and achieve better outcomes.

Karen is an accomplished speaker and published author on healthcare topics. She has been featured in Becker’s Hospital Review and Puget Sound Business Journal and has spoken on a number of leading-edge healthcare topics, including ACOs.

Karen holds a MBA and Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Deborah Dahl, VP, Patient Care Innovation Banner Health

Deborah Dahl is the Vice President, Patient Care Innovation for Banner Health with an overarching aim to explore innovations, garner funding and coordinate implementation of solutions that improve the quality of care delivery throughout the care continuum. Operational responsibilities include iCare, the largest acute care Tele-Health in the U.S. and Banner’s nationally recognized Simulation Medical Center.

She held the Associate Administrator position at Banner Desert Medical Center for five years. Banner Desert is the largest, most comprehensive hospital in metropolitan Phoenix. Located on an 80-acre campus, its 1,500 physicians and 3,000 plus employees are dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.

Prior to her position as Associate Administrator, Ms. Dahl was Vice President of Technology and Materials for Banner Health System. Banner’s Technology Management division, focuses on clinical technologies; coordinating the capital prioritization process, monitoring, assessing and coordinating adoption of technologies as well as providing the traditional Biomedical Engineering services for over 30 facilities in 8 states. With an annual budget of $363 million dollars, Banner’s Materials Management division encompasses the materials contracting, purchasing, and distribution for non-pharmaceutical materials.

She has held various engineering and management positions including Vice President of Operations for ENTECH.

Ms. Dahl has published with various journals including Horizons, Journal Of Healthcare Management, Chest, Critical Care, AHA Hospital Technology Series, and Biomedical Instrumentation Materials Management in Healthcare. She has conducted presentations with AAMI, ASHE, ASHMM, VHA and AHA.

Ms. Dahl holds a Bachelors of Engineering and a MBA from Arizona State University. She began her career with Samaritan Health System (now Banner Health System) in 1976 as a bioengineering intern.

Lisa Dahm, PhD, Director, Clinical & Biomedical Informatics, UC Irvine

Lisa Dahm is the Director of Clinical Informatics at UC Irvine, an academic research institution and medical center with a strong commitment to quality patient care and academic excellence. Lisa oversees the enterprise data warehouse and business intelligence development and implementation strategy and the Clinical Research Informatics support strategy. She is also Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics within the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at UC Irvine. Responsible for the strategy, implementation and support of the enterprise data warehouse and business intelligence platform, Lisa’s team supports the reuse of clinical data for quality improvement, hospital operations, regulatory reporting, and research.

Lisa spent 15 years as a developmental neurobiologist prior to ma! king a career transition into IT and Informatics where she has over 12 years experience providing strategic support for healthcare and scientific informatics implementations. Lisa holds a B.A. in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology, and an M.S. in Computer Science.

Chuck Deckert, Vice President, Health Information Technology Solutions, Sharp Community Medical Group

Chuck is the Vice-President of Health Information Technology Solutions for Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG), an independent practice association of over 700 multi-specialty physicians-one of two Sharp-affiliated medical groups. Chuck's role is to lead SCMG's IS/IT strategy and execution. He has over 15 years' experience in a variety of roles in the realm of Electronic Health Record system implementation--as a vendor and customer--and in both Ambulatory and Acute Care settings.

Elise Dempsey, Vice President, Clinical Informatics, Dignity Health

Elise Dempsey’s healthcare experience spans nearly 31 years as both a clinician and expert in development, management, and outcomes of patient care delivery systems. With a doctorate in Nursing, Dempsey is a nationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of strategic planning of clinical information systems and a variety of critical care topics, including use of outcome data for process improvement in critical care, and physician adoption of clinical information technology. In 1988, Dempsey joined CHW’s Dominican Hospital, previously serving as cardiovascular clinical specialist, Critical Care Services department manager, clinical outcomes manager, cardiovascular service manager and nurse informaticist.

Jim Dhein, Director, Enterprise National Accounts, athenahealth

As Director of Enterprise National Accounts for athenahealth, Jim Dhein develops new business partnerships with the country’s largest regional and national provider organizations. He works in collaboration with the leaders of these organizations during the design and implementation of new solutions, and remains an active member of these incentive-based partnerships well after “go live”.

Jim has spent his entire career in the health care industry, and brings extensive experience in the areas of clinical diagnostics, laboratory management, information technology, revenue cycle, and clinical integration. Prior to joining athenahealth, he held a variety of sales, marketing, and management positions with companies such as Focus Technologies (now Quest Diagnostics), GE Healthcare, Wolters Kluwer, and McKesson.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Portland and attended Executive Education Programs at both the Kellogg and Duke Fuqua Schools of Business.

Guillermo Diaz Jr., MD, CPHIMS, Chief Medical Information Officer, Ambulatory Care Network, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Guillermo Diaz MD attended medical school at the UCLA School of Medicine. After completing his pediatrics residency at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Diaz joined QueensCare Family Clinics, a Federally Qualified Health Center, as their Assistant Chief Medical Officer and soon found his passion as their Chief Medical Information Officer. Dr. Diaz’s special interests include using Health Information Technology as a tool to improve patient care. His favorite project to date has been the successful implementation of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) in all QueensCare Family Clinics sites. He enjoyed it so much so that he has recently moved on to become the Chief Medical Information Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services – Ambulatory Care Network and is helping to guide the implementation of another EHR. Dr. Diaz currently sits as chair for the Los Angeles Regional Extension Center's Physician Advisory Council. Dr. Diaz envisions a healthcare environment where providers have a comprehensive patient record at their fingertips to provide the most efficient and highest quality care possible.

Daniel Frank, Chief Operating Officer, Regal Medical Group & Lakeside Medical Group, Heritage Provider Network

Executive Profile
• Senior executive with 35 years of diversified experience in all areas of health care management ranging from hospital systems, ancillary/alternate site delivery, physician practice management and HMO/PPO/IPA management.

• Held senior executive positions in proprietary, non profit and academic sectors of health care

• MHA/MPA from University of Southern California

• Currently serving as the Executive Director for Regal, Lakeside, and Affiliated Doctors Medical Group. (RLA). RLA manages full risk HMO insurance, PPO insurance and a Pioneer ACO for close to 500K lives in Southern California.

Richard Hutsell, VP & Chief Information Officer, Daughters of Charity Health System

Mr. Hutsell’s professional healthcare and technology career began 30 years ago with the Consulting Division of Arthur Andersen (now Accenture). He was part of the development team of an early budgeting and decision support system, had extensive experience with first generation clinical systems and moving hospitals from shared to in-house technologies.

During the development of the Daughters of Charity Health System, Mr. Hutsell established the initial strategy for Quality Improvement and developed work groups for marketing, nursing, supply chain management, imaging and other ancillary support areas. Currently, he has responsibility for Pharmacy Management in addition to traditional CIO duties.

Mr. Hutsell graduated from the University of Washington where his graduate school emphasis was accounting.

Robert Keehan, MBA, MPH,Regional Sales Director, ICA

Robert spent 15 years in various high-tech companies working in business development, marketing, sales, operations and product development. This took him throughout the world where he has lived and/or worked in England, Finland, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile opening offices and developing strategic partnerships with major international companies.

Robert’s health care experience focuses on bringing innovative technologies to the industry which dramatically improve quality-of-care for the patient and financial performance for the organization. In this capacity, he has worked closely with payers, providers, drug companies, and medical technology companies throughout the US to create new solutions and to ensure optimal technology selection and adoption for their organizations. In addition to holding senior positions with a number of health-related solution providers, he has worked in the non-profit sector building significant partnerships among them and the technology industry. Recently he has leveraged his vast experience in building information networks to ensure the success of Health Information Exchange initiatives around the world, focusing special attention on privacy, security and the rights of the patient. Robert recently brought his knowledge of data management, technology and marketing to social network media.

Carl Kesselman, PhD, Professor, Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Fellow, Information Sciences Institute Viterbi School of Engineering, Professor, Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California

Dr. Carl Kesselman is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Fellow in the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and is also a Professor of Preventive Medline at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and the Director of the Informatics Division at ISI. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Kesselman’s current research interests include health informatics as well as all aspects of Grid computing, including basic infrastructure, security, resource management, high-level services and Grid applications. He is the author of many significant papers in the field. Together with Dr. Ian Foster, he initiated the Globus Project™, one of the leading Grid research projects. The Globus project has developed the Globus Toolkit®, the de facto standard for Grid computing.

Dr. Kesselman received the 1997 Global Information Infrastructure Next Generation Internet award, the 2002 R&D 100 award, the 2002 R&D Editors choice award, the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer and the 2002 Ada Lovelace Medal from the British Computing Society for significant contributions to information technology. Along with his colleagues Ian Foster and Steve Tuecke, he was named one of the top 10 innovators of 2002 by InfoWorld Magazine. In 2003, he and Dr. Foster were named by MIT Technology Review as the creators of one of the "10 technologies that will change the world." In 2006 Dr. Kesselman received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. In 2007, he received the Internet2 Idea award, and the ComputerWorld Horizon Award.

Katherine Kim, MPH, MBA, Professor in Residence, San Francisco State University, Health Equity Institute

Katherine Kim is Professor in Residence at San Francisco State University’s Health Equity Institute. Her research focuses on the role of technology in consumer/patient engagement in health and the associated policy issues, particularly in the areas of mobile health, distributed electronic research networks, and health information exchange. She is a member of the Consumer Empowerment Workgroup of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee. And, she is currently PI on two research grants and an advisor to three other research projects in this area.

Ms. Kim has over 20 years of experience with hospitals and medical groups, as an entrepreneur--CEO of a venture-funded startup, leader of a business incubator, and Founder and President of Kim Consultants—and in software product development with Oracle. Ms. Kim received a BA in Biology from Harvard, MPH and MBA from UC Berkeley, and is a PhD candidate at University of California Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Kirk Larson, VP & CIO, Children's Hospital Central California

Kirk Larson joined Children’s Hospital Central California in November 2010 as vice president and chief information officer. Larson came to Children’s from Natividad Medical Center – a county-owned public safety net hospital – in Salinas, Calif., where he served as chief information officer.

With nearly a decade of management experience, Larson brings a wealth of knowledge to Children’s. He 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, in Kansas City, Mo.

Larson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. He especially enjoys mentoring and helping others. He served as a facilitator/trainer for newly promoted managers, team leads and emerging leaders at Cerner Corporation, and received the Sequoia Award for outstanding mentoring from Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he worked as a senior consultant, advanced technology group, in Chicago, Ill. In addition, he volunteered as a counselor for gifted youth students at Purdue University for 16 consecutive summers in West Lafayette, Ind.

Larson earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics magna cum laude from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He 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.

Larson completed his MBA internship as a health business associate at Medco Health Solutions, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager, in Franklin Lakes, N.J. He did his MHSA internship as a hospital administrative resident at NorthShore University HealthSystem, a nationally recognized “Top 100 Hospital” and “Top 15 Teaching Hospital” in Evanston, Ill.

Scott Mace, Senior Technology Editor, HealthLeaders Media

Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media, read in print by 40,000 healthcare executives throughout the United States, and online by more than 200,000 readers. Previously, he wrote and organized Internet-related conferences for Penton Media. Before a stint at Byte Magazine, he was a senior editor at InfoWorld, ran the networking test center team, served as Washington D.C. bureau chief, covered database management and education beats, and wrote the first weekly column on computer games. He also wrote features for NurseWeek, as well as columns for Boardwatch, Personal Computing, and inCider. He lives in Alameda, California, where he also writes the Scott Mace on Healthcare and Calendar Swamp weblogs and serves on the board of directors of CalConnect, the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium.

Josh Mast, Engagement Lead, Regulatory Compliance Practice, Cerner Corporation

Joshua Mast, Sr. Team Lead, Regulatory Compliance Practice, is part of the team that consults healthcare provider organizations in developing strategies that position their organizations to proactively respond to the current and future healthcare economy. This includes education and comprehensive strategies for surviving and thriving post American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Josh has developed and provides Meaningful Use program collateral and guidance to Cerner clientele.

Prior to joining Cerner, Josh earned his Bachelors of General Studies from the University of Kansas with a major in psychology and a concentration in applied behavioral sciences. Josh subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Kansas School Of Law and passed the Kansas and Missouri bar. After graduation Josh worked as a private practice attorney at a law firm in Leavenworth, Kansas of Crow, Clothier and Associates. As an associate attorney, Josh argued and won several cases, while also settling several before trial. In this position, Josh was able to assist clients and develop a keen sense of legal authority and argument.

After a year of private legal practice, Josh moved into the public domain working for the Kansas Health Policy Authority as the Third Party Liability Manager for Kansas Medicaid. His job description at the state grew quickly and soon Josh was the Contracts and Program Compliance Manager. In this position, Josh oversaw the provider enrollment, SURS, program integrity and Third Party Liability units of Kansas Medicaid. Before leaving the State of Kansas, Josh wrote and implemented the Request for Proposal for the Kansas Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) as well as assisted in implementing the EHR incentive program for Kansas Medicaid.

John Mattison, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente

John began his medical career at UC San Diego and Scripps Clinic, where he practiced in many clinical settings including primary care, critical care, preventive medicine, hyperbaric medicine, trauma and helicopter medicine, and held several directorships while at Scripps Clinic, including Quality, Utilization, and Critical Care. He joined Kaiser Permanente in 1989, and was appointed as Assistant Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer in 1992.

John’s interest in systems design began as a marine biologist when he created several software applications to model population behavior. He wrote his first electronic health record in 1984 and used fully automated medical records in his practice until the time he began a fulltime commitment to healthcare informatics. He has built, designed, or implemented seven different EHR systems, most recently KP HealthConnect. His team helped build and deploy the first highly scalable version of this system, which today stands as the largest private sector implementation of an EHR in the US. John was director of the largest regional deployment, encompassing 5,000 physicians, 140 clinics, 13 hospitals, and 2.3million members, but he is quick to identify his many colleagues within KP who have provided the support, the resources and the skills necessary for such a monumental achievement.

He has actively shaped a culture of extremely rapid issue escalation and resolution that became the single most critical success factor for this large scale and pioneering project. He was also one of the founding members of the IMIA Workgroup on Organizational Aspects of Informatics, which focuses on the cultural change management required to successfully transform cultures with new technology. His team included many world class project managers who completed the project more than a year ahead of schedule and nearly $100million under budget. KP has been recognized as the uncontested leader for both outpatient and inpatient systems, leading the country for hospitals awarded with the top HIMSS level 7 designation. In 2011, 6 of the hospitals in SCAL region, and 12 KP hospitals nationally were recognized among the top 118 “Most Connected Hospitals” by US News and World Report. KPHC also includes the largest and most active use of Personal Health Records (PHRs) in the nation. With over 60% of our eligible members using the PHR portal, we exchange over 25,000 secure emails daily with our patients. Whether it’s US News & World Report, JD Powers, or National Council on Quality Assurance, Kaiser Permanente tops nearly every third party assessment for quality of care.

John has co-chaired the National KP IT Infrastructure Governance for the past four years, and he also chaired the Inter-Regional Business Governance Group since its inception. In addition, he chairs the national governance oversight of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Data Center Strategy. He continues his active participation on National HIT Strategy, Security Council, Care Delivery, and Risk Management.

John has been intimately engaged in the development and deployment of international interoperability standards. He founded an independent Standards Development Organization (SDO) to introduce XML into Healthcare, and later brought that SDO and that work into HL7. He chaired the XML committee at HL7 for the first three years, and that group has generated the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) and the Continuity of Care Document (CCD). Hundreds of extremely talented individuals have continued that work since he initiated it within HL7, and it is now recognized as the international standard for exchanging medical records between different EHR and PHR systems.

He has directed the KP team in the National Health Information Network project between KP, the Veterans Administration, and the Department of Defense, which began production exchange of documents in San Diego in late 2009, not coincidentally in the same geography where he and his co-founder Dr. Spinosa initiated the CDA. He is an active member of the National Health Information Network Coordinating Committee (NW-HIN CC), which governs the use of national health information exchange, and has also joined the team that is drafting legislation for rule-making underway for a permanent NW-HIN Governance structure. He has recently joined the advisory board for the $15M Beacon project for Regional Health Information Exchange through UC San Diego.

John also was the first clinician to join the SNOMED International Board and helped guide that medical international medical terminology standard for six years.

He has a strong commitment to ensuring that security policies and practices effectively protect patient privacy and has been an active participant in various state and national initiatives in this arena. Most recently, he has been appointed to both the Policy Task Force for Cal eConnect, and the Privacy Steering Committee for the California State efforts to build a statewide health information exchange.

He is a founding member of the KP Innovation Fund and Board of Directors, and reviews every innovation proposal for the national program. He has sponsored numerous innovation projects including direct text messaging to patients, Smartphone applications for healthcare consumers, Natural Language Processing for data mining, medication management tools using smartphones, and advanced decision support, among others.

He has published numerous papers in medical informatics and has delivered national and international presentations on various topics on Innovation in Healthcare, Consumer-directed Healthcare, Mobile Healthcare, Clinical Ontologies and Medical Informatics. His most recent grant participation includes the establishment of a cross-institutional mechanism for research (SCANNER) that respects the local privacy policies at each institution. Recent speaker engagements include keynote addresses at 2nd mHealth Networking Conference, 2010 San Diego, the CIO Conference 2010 in Scottsdale, HealthTech 2011 in San Francisco, CIO Forum at HIMSS 2011 in Orlando, Canadian Health Information Exchange Summit 2011, Toronto, and others.

John and his team have hosted dozens of delegations from around the world who are interested in how they have automated every aspect of care, throughout every clinic and hospital in the Southern California region. He presented at a 3 day course on Care Delivery Strategies given entirely in Spanish to a delegation from Catalonia. He has consulted internationally on Health Information Technology, Integrated Systems Deployment, Interoperability Standards and Strategies for Transformational Change in the UK, Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands.

He has lectured at UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford, and currently contributes to graduate courses in Healthcare Leadership at UCSD, and Clinical Informatics Courses at UCSD and CSUSM. He most recently presented to the Telecom Council at Stanford Research Institute, exploring the relationships between mobile applications, social networking, gaming, avatars, and behavioral tools in computers (captology) and health and wellness.

One of his key ultimate goals is the translational bioinformatics opportunities for exploiting a large linked database of genomic, proteomic and metabolomic information and phenotypic findings among the millions of patients within the databases under management. This opportunity is perhaps the most revolutionary opportunity that will come from our investment in clinical information systems and will allow for vastly greater precision and personalization in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all diseases, and in the maintenance of health. It also creates an opportunity and an imperative for what John refers to as “meta-diagnosis”. Specifically, the vast databases created by the ubiquitous sequencing will help refine clinicians diagnostic approach to many problems. While a genomic sequencing will soon be so inexpensive that it will become part of most health records (with appropriate consent and security), the metabolomic and proteomic probes will likely be subject to patents, profiteering, and additional expense to the healthcare enterprise. John envisions how advanced decision support systems must provide the meta-diagnostics to focus the clinician on opportunities to use expensive probes only when the genomic datasets suggest their value.

John also leads a team that is building the infrastructure and applications for consumer directed healthcare using advanced decision support, mobile platforms, social networking, and computer-managed behavioral models of affecting change (captologies). He keynoted two national conferences on consumer/mobile healthcare in September of last year, and continues to keynote various conferences on healthcare information technology on a frequent basis. John has an intense interest in how to exploit information technology to create new ways to support how consumers interact with their health and wellness coaches, but also how they interact with the ever-escalating avalanche of communication created by the internet revolution, through the use of mass-customized avatars and personal digital health coaches.

John’s passion is to reduce the cycle time from the discovery of new information to universal deployment of that new knowledge through effective decision support systems. Improving the health of the entire population is the critical organizing force behind the efforts of his entire team. He is also committed to transforming the incentive system around healthcare delivery to one that directly rewards objective improvements in health outcomes while reducing costs. He is convinced that HIT is not only table stakes for achieving that goal, but also represents the critical underpinning to a mature incentive system that focuses on meaningful outcomes (rather than widgets of work or proxies for health in most current incentive models). He focuses on the next transformational shifts required to achieve those goals, and is especially interested in systems that directly incentivize consumers and their social networks to improve their own health through the use of mobile applications, gamification, health coach avatars, and pervasive sensors.

In January 2011, John was named as one of the first six to receive the Health Data Management recognition as a “Game Changer” in Health IT for his many contributions to this field.

In his spare time John enjoys scuba diving, underwater photography, surfing, tennis, growing tomatoes, and most of all time with his family.

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

Darrin Montalvo, President, Integrated Service, St. Joseph Health

Darrin Montalvo, President, Integrated Service, St. Joseph Health. St. Joseph Health is a $5 billion integrated Catholic health care delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry that provides a full range of care facilities including: acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics and physician organizations throughout California, Texas and New Mexico. Mr. Montalvo is the senior executive responsible for Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Information Technology, Medical Informatics, Human Resources, Network Development & Contracting, Treasury, and Supply Chain. In addition, he oversees the operations of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (a medical practice foundation with net revenues of $500 million), and St. Joseph Home Health. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President for the Southern California Region of St. Joseph Health. During his tenure as the regional executive, a regional operating and governance structure was developed and the region grew significantly through acquisition and affiliation.

Mr. Montalvo has served the organization as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006, and has been affiliated at the Health System since 2000. He was the Vice President of Finance and concurrently held the position of Chief Financial Officer of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, prior to his appointment as Health System CFO. Before joining the Health System office, Mr. Montalvo worked at St. Jude Medical Center, as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Montalvo also serves as a member on the advisory board of Santé Health Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on health care opportunities, and on the Boards of American Unity, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, St. Jude Medical Center and First Care Health Plan. He served on the Board of Directors for Jamboree Housing Corporation, a non-profit low income housing development company and Housing with Heart, a non-profit dedicated to residential services. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics/Business from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987, and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1996.

Michael Pan, Founder and CEO, nephosity

Michael Pan is the founder and CEO of nephosity, which builds the platform for anywhere, anytime medical image viewing, sharing, and collaboration, optimizing the medical imaging workflow for physicians and other healthcare providers, which lowers costs, engages patients, and improves care. Previously Michael worked at DreamWorks Animation, where he was the lead for the studio renderfarm workflow system, which was nominated for the 2010 Academy SciTech Award. He is credited on films such as Shrek the Third, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon. Michael has led the workflow computing group at the Laboratory for NeuroImaging (formerly also the NIH Center of Computational Biology), and worked at JPL and HP Labs on other distributed and web¬scale computing projects. Michael has degrees from UCLA and University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Pizzi, Editorial Director, HIMSS Media

Richard Pizzi is the Editorial Director at HIMSS Media, an integrated media company based in New Gloucester, Maine. HIMSS Media brands include Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Payer News, Government Health IT, mHealth News and Medical Practice Insider. Pizzi was the Editor of Healthcare Finance News when he assumed the role of Editorial Director. Before that, he was Associate Editor of Healthcare IT News. Prior to joining HIMSS Media, Pizzi was Senior Editor at Clinical Laboratory News, where he covered hospital pathology, laboratory medicine and the in vitro diagnostics industry. He has written and spoken on myriad healthcare, scientific and business topics.

Derek Plansky, VP, Product Management, Sandlot Solutions

Derek Plansky brings more than 15 years of technology and business experience to Sandlot Solutions, including extensive know-how in Information exchange, Data Analytics, as well as SaaS technologies and business models. Prior to joining Sandlot Derek worked at MedPlus, a Quest Diagnostics company where he was responsible for architecting all customer-facing Interoperability solutions including the Health Information Exchange (HIE) offering and connectivity solutions for Care360 EHR. Derek has served on a number of State HIE technology boards including New York, Michigan, Texas and California. Prior to that, he was with LexisNexis, where he was the lead architect for the federal solutions group. He also has worked for IBM, Space Systems/Loral and a number of startups including Seisint and iBeam Broadcasting.

Mr. Plansky is an alumnus of M.I.T., where he received an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he earned his B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science.

Adrian Rawlinson, MD, Director of Medical Informatics, Brown & Toland Medical Group

Adrian J. Rawlinson, M.D., hails from Manchester, England and earned his medical degree from the University of Leeds, England in 1983. He is trained in both Primary Care and Emergency Medicine, and completed his Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of London in 1992. Adrian specializes in the assessment and management of non-surgical musculoskeletal and sports medicine related problems, is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist, and curently practices at California Pacific Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine while also serving as the Director of Medical informatics at Brown & Toland, a Pioneer ACO. Previously, Adrian was the Team Physician for University of California at Berkeley in the Sports Medicine Department. In 2001 he was Team Physician for the Great Britain Squad at the World University Games in Beijing, China. In July 2002 he attended the Commonwealth Games in the UK as Team Physician for 'Team England'

William Russell, CIO, St. Joseph Health

Bill Russell brings twenty years of experience in the rapidly evolving information technology sector to his current position as Chief Information Officer for Saint Joseph Health. Prior to be named SJH’s CIO he had been serving as the system’s interim CIO for several months and prior to that he had work extensively in a consultative capacity assessing a broad range of SJH information systems, from infrastructure to clinical applications. Throughout his career, Bill has demonstrated an ability to blend high-tech expertise with sensitivity to the high-touch requirements of complex organizations like those in healthcare that depend on highly-trained, highly-skilled professionals.

During his tenure at SJH, Bill has placed a high priority on matching the most promising new IT strategies and approaches with SJH’s own need for improving organizational collaboration, sharing medical information more easily and boosting IT system performance overall. Moving forward, Bill is working to increase SJH’s information sophistication—a key dimension of performance for the system—by focusing on ways to master our vast stores of healthcare data, to better analyze this information and to accelerate its use to improve patient health.

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and has completed executive education courses and health care IT leadership training at the Harvard School of Public Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Teddy Shah, M.S., MBA, CPHIMS, PMP, 6s,, Global Epic Practice Leader, Dell

Teddy Shah has over two decades of experience in process improvement, system implementation and management of provider focused clinical and revenue cycle operations. He brings in-depth understanding of the successful integration of health care processes and technology. He has directed multi-disciplinary teams, managed complex programs and issues, and assisted numerous organizations in developing strategies and solutions to achieve business objectives and operational excellence.

Teddy has been with Dell over two years and is responsible for overall strategy and delivery of Epic Solutions within the Global Healthcare Consulting practice. Prior to joining Dell, Teddy led the West Region Program Office for McKesson’s Horizon solutions. He previously led and successfully executed large initiatives at several leading healthcare institutions with E&Y Consulting and IBM Global Services.

Teddy has a Master’s of Science in Engineering (MS) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) along with certifications including PMI, CPHIMS and a Green Belt in Six Sigma (6s).

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.

Wesley Valdes, DO, Medical Director for Telehealth Services, Intermountain Healthcare

Current Responsibilities:
Wesley N. Valdes, D.O. is the medical director for TeleHealth Services for Intermountain Healthcare. He is responsible for overseeing the system-wide TeleHealth strategy and defining how TeleHealth technology will support the shared accountability initiative at Intermountain. Dr. Valdes is actively involved in the healthcare transformation lab which produced the eVisit online patient service and is exploring integration for TeleHealth technologies into the clinical workflow.

Prior Experience:
He is an internal medicine physician who completed the world’s first clinical fellowship in wound care which he practiced for several years in Chicago. He has worked with the Advocate Sisters of St. Francis and University of Illinois Hospital Systems supporting various clinical integration, quality improvement and supply chain initiatives. Prior to coming to Intermountain, Dr. Valdes was the medical director for TeleHealth Services at the University of Illinois in Chicago and chaired the NIH CTSA TSIG for TeleHealth, Telemedicine and mHealth which is a group that he co-founded.