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Stephen Allegretto, BA, CPA, MPH, Vice President, Financial Planning, Yale New Haven Hospital

Stephen Allegretto is the Vice President of Financial Planning, Analysis and Decision Support for the Yale-New Haven Health System. He has been at Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale New Haven Health System for 28 years, serving in a variety of financial and operational roles. Mr. Allegretto also manages all financial relationships between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a certified public accountant with an undergraduate degree in economics and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. He has been an instructor at Yale School of Medicine’s Epidemiology and Public Health Program and at Quinnipiac University. Currently Steve is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching a class on Healthcare Financial/Quality analytic integration.


Mark Allphin, Senior Research Director, KLAS

Mark Allphin is a Senior Research Director for KLAS Research, a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews.

In his role, Mark plans, executes and oversees all KLAS research and projects in areas such as accountable care, patient engagement, and health information exchange.  Mark is the author of several recent KLAS reports regarding Accountable Care Organizations and patient portals.

Mark has been in the health care technology industry for nine years. Prior to joining KLAS in 2008, Mark worked with various organizations including Novell and Infor. Additionally, Mark is an award winning journalist from his time as an editor and on-air radio personality. Mark currently sits on the board of directors for Utah’s local chapter of Health Information Management Systems Society. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and currently resides in Provo, Utah, with his wife Talara and their three children.

Steven Anderman, Chief Operating Officer & SVP, Operations, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

Mr. Steven Anderman is the Chief Operating Officer for Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. Mr. Anderman joined the Hospital's Executive Staff in July of 1998. Prior to his joining the staff of Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center he was a Senior Vice President at another hospital in New York City.

Mr. Anderman had a public service career of over 20 years with the New York State Department of Health. For 18 years Mr. Anderman was involved with the Health Care Financing Program. For 13 years he was the Deputy Director of the Health Care Financing Program for New York State.

He has an M.S. and an M.B.A in Health Administration from Union College in Schenectady, New York and a B.S. from SUNY College at Potsdam, New York.


John Auerbach, Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice, Northeastern University

John Auerbach is a Distinguished Professor of Practice in Health Sciences and the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University. He joined the University in 2012.

From 2007 to 2012 he was the Massachusetts’s Commissioner of Public Health. As Commissioner he oversaw a Department with 3,100 employees and 100 separate programmatic units including those addressing chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, environmental health and emergency preparedness. He initiated the Mass in Motion initiative, a multi-faceted campaign to prevent obesity and promote wellness. He was a member of the team that implemented the state’s groundbreaking health care reform initiative. He was the President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in 2010-2011.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Auerbach had been the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, the City’s health department, for 9 years. Under his leadership, the Commission developed new initiatives on tobacco control, cancer, asthma, obesity, emergency preparedness as well as a broad-based and comprehensive campaign to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. He served as a member of the cabinet of Mayor Thomas Menino.

Mr. Auerbach had previously worked at the State Health Department for a decade, first as the Chief of Staff and later as an Assistant Commissioner overseeing the HIV/AIDS Bureau. He began his career in public health as an administrator in the Uphams Corner Community Health Center and a manager at Boston City Hospital and the Boston University School of Medicine.


Daniel Barchi, SVP & CIO, Yale-New Haven Health System

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.


Jason Bhan, MD, EVP, Chief Medical Officer, Co-founder, Medivo

Jason Bhan, MD, is a Family Physician and serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Medivo. He is regarded as a national expert in the applications of technology to healthcare and medicine, a topic on which he speaks regularly at institutions and conferences, such as Health 2.0, mHealth, New York’s eHealth Collaborative, and Health Datapalooza. He also has done extensive strategy consulting with pharmaceutical companies. From 2007-2010, Dr. Bhan worked with Clinovations and managed several large hospital system EHR implementations, outcomes measurements and data analysis. Dr. Bhan obtained his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine and he is board certified in Family Medicine.


Travis Burnette, Director, Strategic Alliances, Level 3 Communications

Travis Burnette is Director of Strategic Alliances for Level 3 Communications.  He has responsibility for Level 3’s Cloud Connect Alliance Program.  Cloud Connect brings the world’s leading Cloud Service Platforms together with the world’s leading Network provider to assist companies looking to transform their business utilizing the cloud.

Travis joined Level 3 in 2004 and has held key technical and leadership roles including Principal Solutions Architect, Manager of Global Sales Engineering, and Director of Sales, Business Markets.  Prior to joining Level 3 Travis held engineering roles at a number of technology start-up companies including Telverse Communications (acquired by Level 3), TalkingNets, and IMS Inc.

Travis holds a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has earned a variety of industry related certifications from Cisco Systems, Ciena, and The SIP School.


Rob Cryan, Director, Security Operations, Citrix Systems

Rob Cryan is Director of Security Operations for Citrix Systems.  Rob is responsible global security operations including threat, vulnerability, and security controls management.  His current focus is managing connected risk.  Rob brings over 20 years of experience in information technology and security delivering solutions within the context of business-accepted risk.  Previously, Rob was the CISO of Bose Corporation and MAPFRE USA where he led risk management efforts diverse and regulated environments.

Rob holds a BS in Management and an MS in Information Systems Management with an Information Assurance and Security concentration.


John DeGaspari, Managing Editor, Healthcare Informatics

John DeGaspari is a journalist with more than 20 years of experience reporting and writing about business and technology for print and digital publications. He has substantial experience reporting on health topics, including biomedical engineering, telemedicine and medical devices. He is especially interested in exploring how hospitals are meeting the challenges of meaningful use requirements, as well as privacy and data security issues that are emerging as new health information exchanges take shape.


Brian Drozdowicz, Vice President of Population Health, Caradigm

As vice president of population health for Caradigm, Brian Drozdowicz is responsible for defining and delivering the company’s healthcare analytics and population health management solutions for providers and payers.

Prior to joining Caradigm, Mr. Drozdowicz served most recently as vice president of perioperative and critical care solutions for Picis/Optum, where he gained expertise in developing and marketing healthcare software for one of medicine’s most complex domains. He had previously spent six years as director of North American service operations for Picis, where he led numerous successful initiatives to drive efficiency and improve the quality of the company’s implementation and support efforts.

Mr. Drozdowicz holds a BS in business administration focused on management information systems and finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an executive MBA from Northeastern University.


Joel Dudley, PhD, Director of Biomedical Informatics, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Dudley is currently Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Biomedical Informatics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to Mount Sinai, he held positions as Co-founder and Director of Informatics at NuMedii, Inc. and Consulting Professor of Systems Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he participated in leading research to incorporate genome sequencing into clinical practice (published in The Lancet, Cell, and PLoS Genetics). His current research is focused towards solving key problems in genomics and precision medicine through the development and application of translational and biomedical informatics methodologies. His lab publishes in the areas of bioinformatics, genomic medicine, personal and clinical genomics, as well as drug and biomarker discovery. His recent work with co-authors describing a novel systems based approach for computational drug repositioning (published in Science Translational Medicine) was featured in the print edition of the Wall Street Journal, and earned designation as the NHGRI Director's Genome Advance of the Month. He is co-author of the book Exploring Personal Genomics from Oxford University Press. He received a BS in Microbiology from Arizona State University and an MS and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University School of Medicine.


Cletis Earle, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital

Cletis Earle is responsible for the hospital’s IT infrastructure, including security and the integration of Electronic Medical Records. Cletis spent much of his career with Brooklyn Queens Health Care, a multi-hospital, 1,000-bed acute-care system, where he served as Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Privacy Officer. He began there 15 years earlier as a support manager and rose to the position of Director and then Vice President of IT. Over his time there, he created a multi-hospital information infrastructure to ensure patient information could be shared seamlessly between sites. In addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Strayer University, Cletis is also a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Society for Information Management.


Brian Eastwood, Senior Editor,

Brian Eastwood is a senior editor for with 10 years of experience writing, editing and producing content for newspapers and the Web. He is primarily responsible for working with's contributors and columnists, who cover topics such as cloud computing, big data, development and architecture, personal tech, the IT channel, business applications, BYOD, consumerization and business / project management. Brian's specific area of interest and expertise is healthcare IT. Prior to, Brian was an editor at TechTarget and a newspaper reporter in the Boston suburbs. Outside the office, Brian is a history buff with a particular interest in postwar Europe and a runner who recently finished his eighth marathon.


Susan Emro, Manager of Data Analytics, IT Department, New York Hospital Queens

Susan Emro is Manager of Data Analytics in the IT Department at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ), where she is responsible for upgrading and expanding the use of business intelligence and analytics in raising patient care quality.  Susan has over 15 years of Healthcare IT and analytics experience.  Prior to NYHQ, she held various positions at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC where she managed a Decision Support team and became certified in the Six Sigma methodology. At Canon USA, Susan was the Project Manager for a brand new Business Intelligence solution currently being used to drive new sales.

Susan is a graduate of St. John’s University in Queens, NY and has been on the board of her Long Island community theatre group for the last 10 years.


Robert Filaski, Vice President & Managing Director, Healthcare Group Practice, ePlus

Robert Filaski is a founding member of ePlus Healthcare Practice. He has a clinical and financial services background focused on industry solution in most healthcare segments including the “not for profit” and the “for profit” healthcare industry. Robert has served a wide spectrum of healthcare clients, including academic medical centers, acute care and community hospitals, IDNs, network hospital groups, surgical centers, outpatient imaging and therapy centers. He has a particular expertise in IT and clinical equipment deployed in the healthcare setting.

Robert graduated from Allegheny College with degrees in Political Science and Finance.

Industry Matters

Robert has been providing healthcare executives with strategic planning support for over 20 years.  He has an extensive network within the device and medical provider communities. His experience includes all segments and business models serving the healthcare markets. He has counseled clients and vendors in both the domestic and international markets on matters such as project financing, general technology financing, clinical technology financing, IT financing, working capital solutions, business plan development, capital planning, strategic vendor partnership negotiations, risk sharing agreements, equity formation, securitization, tax exempt financing, captive and independent finance company program development.

Robert is versed in all key aspects of inpatient and outpatient healthcare reimbursement models and general regulatory matters affecting the healthcare market.

Other Noteworthy Information

Robert has spent 20 years serving the healthcare market. During that time, he spent nine years building and managing an industry leading medical finance company for Siemens Medical. Robert has developed a particular expertise in structuring clinical equipment and IT life-cycle planning and financing programs to maximize reimbursement returns and avoid clinical obsolescence. He has consulted and built multi-year technology solutions for some of the largest and most prestigious medical organizations serving the U.S. market


Neal Ganguly, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, Vice President & CIO, JFK Health Systems

Indranil (Neal) Ganguly is the VP & CIO of JFK Health System located in Edison, NJ. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that information technology supports of the strategic objectives of the 498 bed medical center and affiliated health system entities. Prior to his tenure at JFK, Neal served at CentraState Healthcare System where he led the development of an IT Strategy which led to the organization being named a “Most Wired” hospital from 2010-2013, as well as attaining Stage 6 designation on the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model scale in 2012 among other honors.

Neal is active in industry organizations including the CHIME where he is a board member and holds the FCHIME and CHCIO designations and is active in public policy matters. He is also a member of HIMSS where he is a Fellow and former board member, as well as past-chair of the Public Policy Committee. Neal received CHIME’s State Advocacy Award in 2011 and was named to the InformationWeek Healthcare CIO 25 list for 2012 and Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know” list for 2013 & 2014. He has also authored numerous articles in industry trade publications, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.


Stu Gardos, Senior Manager, Information Technology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Stu Gardos is the Senior  Manager of a Data Solutions Group  in Information Systems at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center   Stu is a graduate of Rice University and has worked in Information Technology for 22 years, first as a system’s consultant for Price Waterhouse, and then at Memorial Sloan Kettering for the past 18 of those years.  Stu leads a group that is responsible for creating data solutions and enterprise wide data integration strategies for MSK. His team is comprised of Data Scientists, BI Architects and developers, programmers and report writers.

Stu’s team is also responsible for the development and training of web-based applications that empower MSK end users to query and visualize institutional data for themselves.  The backbone for the Data Solutions Group is an award winning data warehouse that began at MSK in 1989.  The warehouse combines clinical, operational and molecular datasets and contains structured and unstructured data, all of which can be identified or fully de-identified.  MSK’s warehouse and data delivery solutions has been recognized with a Best Practices Award from the The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI).


James Gasperino, MD, PhD, MPH, DAB, Hospital Director, Critical Care Services and Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine, New York Hospital, Queens

Dr. James Gasperino, MD, PhD, MPH, DAB, has recently joined New York Hospital, Queens (NYHQ), a member of the New York Presbyterian-Health System, as Hospital Director, Critical Care Services and Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine.  In this new dual role, he will provide leadership in determining the goals, plans and resources needed for all of the hospital’s critical care services; and direct the integration and coordination of critical care services for the purpose of improving clinical and financial performance.       

Dr. Gasperino brings to NYHQ leadership experience gained as Chief, Section of Critical Care and Director of Critical Care Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. There, he was Chairman of Process Improvement Committee for the Department of Medicine, and held faculty appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology, and was an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University School of Public Health. Throughout his career as a full-time intensivist, Dr. Gasperino has directed and worked in medical, neurologic, and surgical, and cardiac intensive care units.       

He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Bellevue Hospital-New York University Medical Center, where he also completed his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine though the clinical investigator pathway. At Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Gasperino was the recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2010, and was nominated for the same award in 2009 and 2011. Dr. Gasperino was also nominated for the Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher: Excellence In Bedside Teaching Award in 2008. The award is meant to honor someone who is a role model of excellence in both the teaching and ethical practice of critical care.

Dr. Gasperino holds multiple active certifications in disciplines related to critical care medicine including internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine, neurologic critical care, hospice and palliative medicine, nutrition support and toxicology. He also has earned several advanced degrees from Columbia University including a PhD in nutritional and metabolic biology, and most recently an MPH in Environmental Toxicology. Dr. Gasperino remains active in hospital–wide quality improvement and comparative effectiveness research.



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.


Joe Heyman, MD, CMIO, Wellport Health Information Exchange, Whittier IPA

Joe Heyman, MD is a former chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, former president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and just finished a three-year stint as Chair of the National Physician Advisory Board of Optum, Inc. He served on the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission and the Board of Directors of Joint Commission Resources/ International. He serves on three subcommittees for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Bryan University Advisory Board and the advisory board of Digital Collaboration Solutions. He is the founder, former president and the chief medical information officer of the Whittier IPA, Inc., a non-profit organization of physicians in the Merrimac Valley that owns and operates the Wellport Health Information Exchange. He practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in both a group and solo practice for 41 years, having retired from clinical practice in March 2014.


Michael Hunt, MD, FACOP, FAAP, MMI, CMO/CMIO, St. Vincent's Health Partners, Inc.

Dr. Hunt graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa and completed his residency in Pediatrics. During his military service, Dr. Hunt’s leadership positions included Chief of Medicine, and Pediatrics. As Chief Medical Information Officer at Mercy, St. Louis, Missouri, the organization implemented ‘Epic’ EMR. He is Board Certified and received a Masters in Medical Informatics.

In April 2013, Dr. Hunt was appointed CMO/CMIO of St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc., a Physician Hospital Organization with more than 350 providers, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Dr. Hunt provides physician leadership and direction for the planning, design and implementation of clinical information systems at St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc. and oversees quality and utilization for its provider network. Under the leadership of Dr. Hunt, St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc. was the first organization in the country to become accredited by URAC as a Clinically Integrated Network and is leading the charge in changing the face of healthcare in CT.


Timothy Ihrig, MD, MA, Board of Governance,Unity Point Health Accountable Care, Medical Director, Palliative Care Services, Trinity Regional Medical Center

Dr. Timothy Ihrig is the Medical Director of Palliative Care at the Unity Point Heath Fort Dodge. Trinity Regional Medical Center is one of two rural Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations in the United States. He also holds positions on the Board of Governance for Unity Point Health Accountable Care Organization and the Trinity Regional Medical Center. In addition, he is the creator of Ihrig MD & Associates who work to develop innovative tools to empower the transformation of health care. As part of his efforts to promote palliative care, he presented at TEDx Des Moines: “Palliative Care: A New Voice in Health Care for People to Find Their Own” ™ which can be found at National Public Radio also featured Dr. Ihrig in a story on the development and transformative nature of palliative care this past December.

Dr. Ihrig’s efforts were seminal in Unity Point Heath being granted the 2013 Circle of Life Award by the American Hospital Association. One of nine institutions across the country to receive this prestigious award, it recognizes innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care. The Unity Point System leads the country in establishing performance markers and gathering metrics for all of their palliative care programs. Dr. Ihrig’s program is among national leaders in integrating palliative care across the healthcare continuum and the development and implementation of innovative mechanisms for managing this most vulnerable population. The Fort Dodge affiliate is the cornerstone of all palliative care deliverables in the region and was a primary focus for the American Hospital Association's evaluation of the Unity Point Health system.

Dr. Ihrig is a native Nebraskan and attained a degree in medicine from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and a Masters degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Iowa, Des Moines. This was followed by a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Ihrig was the Medical Director of Palliative Care for Iowa Health Des Moines encompassing the Methodist, Lutheran and Methodist West hospitals. He also acted as the medical director for the Taylor House Hospice through Iowa Health Homecare in Des Moines, as well as medical director of Older Adult Services through Iowa health Des Moines.

Dr. Ihrig also holds appointments as Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine and acts as Palliative Care clinical instructor for the Iowa Health, Des Moines internal medicine residency program. He sits on the board of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa, as well as its Palliative Care Advisory Committee. He acts as an Expert Source for Palliative Care Development in an Accountable Care Organization in a Rural Community for the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. and was also the sole practicing physician who worked with the Iowa General Assembly advocating for raising the minimum standard requirements for Iowa physicians with respect to end-of-life care and promoting heightened awareness and oversight of use and abuse of prescriptive narcotics. He also acted as an expert clinician in support of the recently passed Iowa Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment bill.

Other interests of Dr. Ihrig include sexuality at the end of life, and Global Health. He is the Chair of the Health Services Committee for Empower Tanzania Incorporated whose mission is the development of sustainable healthcare solutions in sub-Saharan Africa for individuals suffering with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-limited illnesses.


Tesheia Johnson, MBA, MHS, Chief Operating Officer,Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Care, Associate Director, Yale School of Medicine

Tesheia Johnson, MBA, MHS is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation and the Associate Director for Clinical Research for the Yale School of Medicine. Prior to assuming this position, she was the Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In this role, Ms. Johnson provided leadership and direction in the area of clinical trial research, which includes strategic planning and research development. She previously held positions as Director of Clinical Trials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, Administrator for Clinical Research for the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and Assistant Director for Marketing for BIOS, a small biotechnology firm. Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Health Sciences. Ms. Johnson’s career has been focused on the development of clinical research programs and support infrastructure. She has also served as a consultant for several academic centers interested in establishing clinical research programs and has served as a grant reviewer for a NIH study session. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in design and setup of clinical research programs and for her ability to establish strong partnerships with industry. She has been the invited speaker for many national conferences on topics such as: developing and funding for central support for clinical research, staffing models for clinical and translational research, training programs for research professionals, clinical research regulation, contracting and budget negotiation. Ms. Johnson has served as the co-Chair for the National CTSA Consortium Management Group (selected to be one of only 5 across the consortium), Clinical Research Management, Administration, and Regulatory Key Function Committees. She also sits on external scientific advisory boards at the University at Buffalo and for the CTSAs at University of Washington, NYU, and University of Florida.


Sean Kelly, MD, CMO, Imprivata, Emergency Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Sean P. Kelly, M.D. trained at Harvard College, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Vanderbilt University, where he served as resident and Chief Resident. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Kelly currently practices and teaches at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a level one trauma center and academic teaching hospital in Boston, MA. For several years he served in hospital administration as Director of Graduate Medical Education, responsible for over 600 doctors in training, comprising over $65 million in Medicare funding.

He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has published a textbook on emergency medicine and articles on medical education, and won several teaching awards, including the Harvard Affiliated EM Residency Best Teaching Attending and Role Model awards. He is also the Co-founder and Partner of Lifeguard Medical Group in Martha’s Vineyard, a seasonal concierge practice run by emergency physicians. He serves as a visiting professor at the University of Florence in Italy, First Aid physician at Fenway Park, and enjoys doing humanitarian and disaster relief work worldwide.


Irene Koch, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Healthix

Irene M. Koch is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Healthix, Inc., a regional health information organization (RHIO) in New York City, where she is responsible for overseeing legal affairs, including privacy and data governance matters, and is involved in operations and strategic initiatives supporting innovative patient-centered models of care. Ms. Koch served as Executive Director of Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX) from 2007-2013, at which time it merged with Healthix. Ms. Koch was Associate General Counsel at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, from 1996-2006. Previously, she was Assistant Counsel with the New York State Department of Health in the Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct (1994-96) and a litigation associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher (1989-1994). Ms. Koch earned a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. from Cornell University.


Midori Kondo, PharmD, MHA, Vice President, Healthcare Analytics and Informatics, Anthelio Health

Midori Kondo is the Vice President of the Healthcare Analytics and Informatics (HAI) Division for Anthelio Health. Midori will lead the HAI team of analysts, developers and informaticists with a primary focus on driving business and clinically intelligent services and solutions through data mining, and data visualization. Under her direction, the HAI division leverages data and analytics tools to create a value based experience which includes analyzing patient outcomes and quality of care. In addition, HAI has created solutions to evaluate organizational efficiency and effectiveness, billing and collections accuracy, and is creating modules to uncover chronic and emerging health issues.

Prior to joining Anthelio Health, Midori was the Founder and President of Health Matrix IT LLC, where she provided strategic consulting services, and developed analytics tools and software solutions for device vendors and leading health systems.   Her advisory services focused on key clinical, operational and information technology initiatives as well as provided leadership for data governance, operational integration and clinical transformation projects. 

Midori earned her Pharm.D. from Creighton University, completed a residency and fellowship from the University of Washington and a MHA degree from the Department of Health Services in the UW School of Public Health.


Gilad Kuperman, MD, PhD, FACMI, Director, Interoperability Informatics, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Kuperman is the Director for Interoperability Informatics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His role there is to help the hospital realize the benefits of interoperability internally, with its business partners and through participating in regional data interchange efforts. In this capacity, he served as the informatics lead on the Hospital’s /$10 million NY State Department of Health-funded initiative to improve the care of diabetics with depression through workflow redesign, implementation of interoperable EHRs and data feedback. He also serves as the informatics lead on the hospital’s NY State Medicaid Health Home project, an initiative to create a care network for chronically ill patients.

Dr. Kuperman has an extensive research record measuring the impact of health information technology on the quality and efficiency of medical care. He has extensive experience with the design and development of informatics infrastructures, e.g., clinical databases, terminologies, event detection systems, etc., necessary to realize the benefits of clinical decision support.

Dr. Kuperman is Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical School. He has been an author on 90 articles related to medical informatics and lead author on 16 of those. He was Board Chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for 2012-2013 and currently serves on AMIA’s Executive Committee as Past-Chair.

From 2005-2011, Dr. Kuperman was the Board Chair and Executive Director of NYCLIX, a RHIO serving Manhattan and other parts of New York City. NYCLIX included 10 academic medical centers, two large ambulatory care organizations, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation’s largest home care organization. In 2012, NYCLIX merged with a similar organization in a contiguous geographic region to form Healthix, Inc.


Darren Lacey, Chief Information Security Officer and Director of IT Compliance, John Hopkins University, John Hopkins Medicine

Darren Lacey has been serving as Chief Information Security Officer and Director of IT Compliance for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine for the past ten years. He has been working in the technology sector, as a developer, attorney, consultant and executive for twenty years. He serves on several committees related to homeland security, privacy and cyber-security. He was the first Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.


Kevin McDonald, Director, Clinical Information Security, Mayo Clinic

Kevin McDonald has over 35 years of healthcare experience in various roles. He holds degrees in Nursing, Education and Information Systems. His work experience includes direct patient care, management, electronic medical record implementation, and information technology and security. Kevin's current role at Mayo Clinic is Director of Clinical Information Security in the Office of Information Security, with one of his primary responsibilities being the security of medical devices.


Terri Mitchell, MSN, RN, Director, Healthcare Strategy & Clinical Innovation, Nuance Communications

Terri Mitchell, MSN, RN, is Director of Healthcare Strategy & Clinical Innovation for Nuance healthcare solutions where she works closely with executives, product management, R&D, marketing, sales and professional services. As a recognized leader in automating real-time surveillance, clinical decision support and analytics at the point-of-care, Terri is actively engaged in the innovation, evaluation and creation of technology and services.  She has a dedicated focus on clinical informatics solutions that support healthcare organizations in leveraging existing technology investments to capture and translate data into insightful, actionable information to improve outcomes while supporting both clinician and patient experiences. Terri has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical settings spanning the continuum of care and has spent over 15 years in various clinical leadership roles providing consulting, strategy, and product development support for vendors, payers, and healthcare organizations to leverage data and healthcare information technology to improve quality, safety, and cost of care.


Gregory Moore, MD, PhD, Chief Emerging Technology & Informatics Officer Director Institute for Advanced Application, Geisinger Health System

Dr. Gregory Moore serves as Chief Emerging Technology and Informatics Officer (CETIO) for Geisinger Health System and Director of Geisinger's Institute for Advanced Application (IAA). In his role as IAA Director, Dr. Moore oversees the Institute's three Centers (Center for Re-engineering Healthcare, Center for Clinical Innovation, Center for Emerging Technology and Informatics), negotiates external Institute collaborations and partnerships through the Geisinger Informatics and Technology Trials Office, and manages core Institute facilities and personnel. In his role as Geisinger's CETIO, Dr. Moore leads strategic future focused disruptive technology and informatics initiatives to shape and transform the future of healthcare at Geisinger, nationally and globally. In addition to his executive leadership roles, Dr. Moore continues to practice as a Diagnostic Neuroradiologist and maintains an active research program as an Abigail Geisinger Clinician Investigator. Prior to assuming his present positions, Dr. Moore served as Vice Chair of Radiology for Geisinger Health System with responsibilities including Informatics and Research. In that role he led radiology through transformational changes in their informatics systems resulting in significant improvement in performance and quality metrics and contributing to marked growth of the department. Prior to his arrival at Geisinger, Dr. Moore held appointments at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Wayne State University School of Medicine and most recently at Penn State University where he was a tenured Professor in the College of Medicine.

An engineer, magnetic resonance physicist, neuroscientist, and neuroradiologist, Dr. Moore received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and subsequently added his MD at Wayne State University School of Medicine followed by residency training in Diagnostic Radiology and subsequent fellowship training in Neuroradiology, both at Penn State University College of Medicine. Dr. Moore is a prolific author with a substantial track record as a funded research investigator from the NIH and other federal agencies as well as from industry sponsors and private foundations. He is a frequently sought after speaker at national and international scientific and medical meetings, and has served on numerous expert advisory committees, advisory boards and study sections as a subject matter expert in the areas of emerging neuroscience, imaging technology, radiological sciences, informatics, and health/science technology policy. Dr. Moore is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology and has special clinical expertise and interest in pediatric neuroradiology, areas of advanced imaging, informatics, technology and radiological sciences.


David Muntz, CHCIO, FCHIME, LCHIME, FHIMSS, SVP & CIO, GetWellNetwork

David Muntz joined GetWellNetwork in October 2013 as the Senior Vice President and CIO working at the intersection of patient engagement, health information technology, and policy.

From the period 2012 through 2013, David served as the first Principal Deputy National Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. In this role as Chief of Staff, David established the Office of Consumer e-Health and the Office of Chief Medical Officer, and implemented a private sector approach to internal governance and demand management. He was directly responsible for the activities of four offices within ONC: Office of the Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy; Office of the Deputy National Coordinator for Operations; Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling; and the Office of the Chief Scientist.

For the first 18 years of his career, David worked at the Wadley Research Institute and Blood Bank in Dallas, Texas, an organization whose entities included a hospital, outpatient facilities, research institute, computer institute, and the blood bank for Dallas County, starting as a biostatistician and ultimately assuming the role of CEO. He returned to health care information technology (IT) at Texas Health Resources, where he functioned as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for 15 years. He then worked for 5 years as the SVP & CIO at Baylor Health Care System where he had responsibility for more than 700 employees.

David has had vast practical experience writing and implementing electronic health records. His organizations have been recognized nationally for innovation in information technology every year for more than 22 years including his time in the federal government. David was recognized by Information Week 500 where he was on the inaugural list of the "Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare IT." He was also profiled as one of eight "Health IT Leaders to Watch" by Health Data Management.

David received an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and an AB degree in pre-medicine with a concentration in English from Columbia College in New York City.


Gabe Perna, Senior Editor, Healthcare Informatics

Gabriel Perna has been an editor at Healthcare Informatics since 2011, covering healthcare IT leadership and strategy for the renowned, award-winning publication. In particular, he has focused on the daily impact of regulatory measures such as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act on CIOs, CMIOs, and other healthcare leaders. He also has provided in-depth coverage on the patient engagement movement, mobile health (mHealth), healthcare data security, and a number of other topics.

Prior to HCI, he wrote articles and blogs for The International Business Times, Exec Digital, Business Review USA, Student Advisor, Blast Magazine and others. He is originally from the Boston area and holds a degree in Journalism from Marist College.


Barb Regan, RN, Product Manager, Siemens MobileMD

Barb has over 30 years of nursing experience, with 14 of those years dedicated to health information exchange. Prior to her position as Product Manager with the MobileMD HIE team at Siemens, Barb worked for HealthBridge, a non-profit regional HIE servicing northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio. While there she was instrumental in creating strategic roadmaps and charters, an Emergency Department Admission Alert system, and an exchange-wide disease registry. The disease registry project included the standardization of data from more than 20 physician practices and 16 hospitals, identified gaps in care, and measured progress for patients with Adult Diabetes and Pediatric Asthma. At Siemens, Barb is currently helping ACOs, Patient Centered Medical Home practices, and healthcare communities design and build new workflows to improve care coordination regardless of their level of EHR adoption.

Barb currently lives in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband.


Barry Stein, MD FSIR, FACR, RPVI, Imaging Informatics Officer, Hartford Heatlhcare, CMIO, Jefferson Radiology

Barry Stein, MD FSIR, FACR, RPVI is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, is the Vice Chair of Radiology at Hartford Hospital, the Chief of the Vascular Laboratory & Cardiovascular MRI & CT, Director of the Advanced Imaging and Quantitative Analysis Core Laboratory, a member of the division of Vascular & Interventional Radiology, and is the Chief Imaging Informatics Officer for Hartford HealthCare. Dr. Stein trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he did his Radiology residency, served as Chief Resident and completed fellowships in MRI and Vascular & Interventional Radiology. Dr. Stein received his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa and completed an internship at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. Thereafter he practiced as a Family Physician in Canada. He then completed a research fellowship in Endocrinology and Bone Mineral Metabolism, winning the “Young Investigator Award” at an international scientific meeting, for his work at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.
Dr. Stein is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology with an added qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Radiology Society of North America, The American College of Radiology (Fellow Status), The Society of Interventional Radiology (Fellow Status), The American Society of Phlebology, North American Society of Cardiovascular Imaging, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.

Dr. Stein is active in clinical research having authored or co-authored many peer reviewed articles and medical book chapters. He has given over 200 invited lectures around the world, and has moderated and chaired many scientific courses and symposia. He serves as
a board examiner for the American Board of Radiology, scientific manuscript reviewer for the major medical journals in his field, served on the Accreditation & Standards committees for the American College of Radiology (ACR), currently serves on the Information Technology & Informatics committee for the ACR, served as a member of the research programs advisory committee for the American College of Phlebology and participates as a member of medical editorial and advisory boards.
His main focus however, remains delivery of superior integrated clinical patient care including exploring novel intersects and applications of Information Technology in the healthcare domain.

Unity Stoakes, President, StartUp Health

Unity Stoakes is on a mission to transform healthcare by leveraging the power of innovation, technology, data, design, and community. He believes that the best way to improve care is to provide health and wellness innovators with inspiration, education, and access to customers, capital, and other critical resources so that Healthcare Transformers can innovate more quickly.

Unity is the President and co-founder of StartUp Health, a global startup platform to accelerate health and wellness innovation. StartUp Health is creating a new model for helping startups grow and scale in the health sector. The company provides health and wellness innovators ("Healthcare Transformers") with a structured curriculum, access to customers, and peer support designed to help navigate the unique challenges of building a sustainable growth business.

Unity, and his business partner of nearly 20 years, Steven Krein, previously co-founded, an expert-driven platform for health and wellness and built and, which went public on Nasdaq in 1999.

Unity is a founding member of the Society of Participatory Medicine and a mentor at Blueprint Health, an accelerator for health and wellness startups. Unity is on the AARP Innovation @50+ Advisory Board, on the SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board and the Care Innovations Advisory Board. He received his bachelor's degrees in Communications and Political Science from Boston University. Unity resides in New York City. Contact him on Twitter @unitystoakes or


Lisa Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP, Vice President, Associate CIO,Yale New Haven Health

Lisa is currently Vice President and Associate Chief Information Officer at Yale New Haven Health System where she is responsible business strategy and directs a 250-member applications and integration team responsible for all of the clinical, financial and business applications. From 2010 to 2014, she led the implementation of Epic™ EMR and Revenue Cycle applications for the Yale New Haven Health System Hospitals, Northeast Medical Group practices, Yale University faculty practices and Health Plan, and affiliated community practices. Lisa is an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, teaching in the Healthcare Informatics graduate degree program. Lisa is a licensed pharmacist, and before becoming a leader in healthcare information technology, held a series of management and leadership positions in hospital pharmacy practice, including Director of Pharmacy Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Lisa is a 1991 graduate of the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy and in 1993 graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters degree in Hospital Pharmacy Administration where she also completed a 2-year pharmacy residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, the co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of several awards for leadership and quality in healthcare. She resides in Southington, CT with her husband and three children.


Paul Tang, MD, MS, Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Paul Tang, M.D., M.S., is a board-certified, practicing Internist and Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and is Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Tang directs the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation and also oversees PAMF’s electronic health record system and its integrated personal health record system, MyHealthOnline. Today, 77% of PAMF’s adult primary care patients are actively using MyHealthOnline. Dr. Tang is Vice Chair of the federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee, and Chair of its Meaningful Use workgroup, which has been advising HHS on the meaningful use incentive program. He is a Past-Chair of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Tang is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. He was named one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in 2009 and 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare in 2011. He has delivered over 300 invited presentations to national and international organizations and associations. Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.


Luis Taveras, PhD, SVP & CIO, Barnabas Health

Dr. Luis E. Taveras is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Barnabas Health. Barnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest integrated health care delivery system, providing treatment and services to more than two million patients each year. Dr. Taveras was most recently in the same capacity at Hartford HealthCare, the largest health care network in Connecticut. From 2003-2009, Dr. Taveras was a Partner with Accenture. Before joining Accenture, Dr. Taveras was the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, Prior to that, he was a Senior Partner and Vice President responsible for Computer Sciences Corporation’s East Coast Health Care Practice and a member of KPMG Consulting’s Health Care Technology Practice. Dr. Taveras also spent nearly two decades in a number of leadership positions with IBM’s Health Care and Higher Education Practices. Dr. Taveras earned his Ph.D. at the University of Sarasota, his MBA from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science from Wesleyan University.


Jim Walton, DO, President & CEO, Genesis Physicians Group

Dr. Jim Walton is president and CEO of Genesis Physicians Group, an independent physicians association in Dallas. A former practicing internist, Dr. Walton served as Vice President of Network Performance/Baylor Quality Alliance at Baylor Health Care System before joining Genesis this March.

Throughout his career, Dr. Walton has focused on quality improvement strategies to eliminate health disparities and brings his knowledge of quality improvement and the challenges facing today’s independent physicians. He served as Dallas County Medical Society’s Medical Director for Project Access Dallas, a network of more than 2,000 physicians and 15 hospitals providing comprehensive healthcare access to uninsured people in Dallas County.

Dr. Walton received an MBA from University of Michigan, a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.



David Wellons, Senior Executive, Care Innovations

David’s 25 year background in healthcare is focused in the sales, marketing and operations activities of IT and communications companies that serve the healthcare industry, and in policy processes. He has understanding of and a passion for the healthcare industry and the software and underlying communications structure required to support improved patient care and satisfaction, and lowered costs.

David has extensive experience in both the provider and payer markets. Provider market experience includes EMR/EHR and PHR, Practice Management and Billing, Quality and Utilization Management, Case and Disease Management, and bio-banking and data collection systems for hospitals, doctor offices, clinics and researchers.

Payer market experience is focused on Health Information Exchange (HIE), Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Case and Disease Management, and Remote Care Management (RCM) solutions that bring medical data to the point of service while improving patient care and reducing costs. His healthcare IT experience was gained in both large and small companies, including Baxter, Landacorp, BCA and MEDecision.

Through his 10-year leadership as Director of Healthcare Solutions for BellSouth, David participated in the national design of specifications and legislation for the development of the RHIO/NHIN network concepts, and how to apply telecommunications services to the improvement of healthcare. Representing BellSouth, he participated with Newt Gingrich and the Center for Health Transformation, and led the teams that drafted two position papers on CCHIT certification of EMR systems and on healthcare policy.

He has been awarded seven US Patents for communications-based healthcare networks. He was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina as a Board Member of NCHICA, the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, a position he held for 9 years.

David is a native of Tampa, Florida and has resided in Marietta (Atlanta), Georgia with his wife Jane and two daughters for the past 24 years.




Ken Zimmerman, Principal, Chateaux Software

Ken Zimmerman is a Principal at Chateaux Software, and holds the title of Senior Business Intelligence Architect. Chateaux provides enterprise consulting services and software for healthcare and life sciences companies, specializing in Business Intelligence, Application Development and Application Integration.

In his position at Chateaux, and with over 20 years of experience with analytic, big data and cloud technologies, including SAP Business Objects, Oracle, Microsoft Azure, and Decisyon, Ken provides professional services related to Enterprise Architecture, Data Architecture, Application Design and End User Training.

As a leader in the collaborative business intelligence space, Ken leads teams large and small in the implementation of solutions that enable organizations to gather, transform, produce, and collaborate on actionable information.

A graduate of Duke University and recipient of the ARCO fellowship at the University of Southern California, Ken began his technology career in 1985 working with material management solutions for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. He is also a noted author, having co-authored Oracle Unleashed (Oracle Press) and Electronic Marketing (Dryden Press).

Ken is an avid squash player, having played competitively at Deerfield Academy and Duke, and enjoys sailing, snowboarding and golf.