Conference Speakers


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.

Vance Clipson, Senior Principal, Healthcare Solutions, Varolii (now Nuance Outbound)

Vance Clipson is Senior Principal, Healthcare Solutions for Varolii (now the Outbound division of Nuance Communications). He brings more than 20 years of experience translating healthcare industry needs and data into market strategy, products and programs. Prior to joining Varolii, Clipson held marketing and sales positions for companies such as Milliman Care Guidelines and PacifiCare Health Systems. Clipson holds a MBA with Honors from the University of Notre Dame and a BA from the University of Washington.

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.

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.

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

Indranil "Neal" Ganguly is the vice president and CIO of Edison, N.J.-based JFK Health System, which includes 399-bed JFK Medical Center and the 94-bed JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Previously, he served as VP and CIO at Freehold, N.J.-based CentraState Medical Center, a 282-bed hospital. He received a Master of Business Administration from New York Institute Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College, City University of New York. He is a member of several industry professional associations, including CHIME, where he is a member of the policy steering committee vice-chair of the CIO StateNet initiative.

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.

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.

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.

Sean Rogers, MD, Medical Director, Bend Memorial Clinic

M. Sean Rogers, MD attended medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He completed his internship and residency at the University of California San Diego, where he was also Chief Medical Resident. Prior to joining BMC in 2005, Dr. Rogers was in private practice in Vista, CA for 7 years. In addition to practicing Internal Medicine, Dr. Rogers serves as BMC’s Medical Director and Compliance Officer.

In his spare time, Dr. Rogers enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and their dog Riley. In particular, they enjoy running, biking, and skiing together.

Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Barnabas Health

Dr. Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Barnabas Health. He is an internist and a pediatrician who did specialty training in intensive care medicine for both adults and children. He also has a doctorate in health policy and healthcare administration with a research program in healthcare quality and patient safety. He is a Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Community and Public Health at the University of Medicine of New Jersey Medical School.

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

Paul Smith, National Practice Leader - Healthcare Insurance, NetApp

Paul Smith is a 35 year veteran in high technology and healthcare IT sales and business development. Paul has worked with some of the largest accounts in the space including; Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealth and several major Blue Cross plans, including HCSC, Highmark and WellPoint as well as many of the influential ISVs. Paul is a regular participant in the annual meetings of HIMSS, the World Healthcare Congress, AHIP - America’s Healthcare Insurance Plans, and is an active member of Nashville’s Leadership Healthcare Council. Paul joined NetApp in the fall of 2010 and regularly gives talks on the impact of the Affordable Care Act and The Individual Mandate and how each drives new instances of BIG DATA in the healthcare insurance market.

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.