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2015 Conference Speakers

Camilo Barcenas, Founder & CEO, Dabo Health

Camilo Barcenas is the Founder and CEO of Dabo Health, a robust information platform that centralizes quality metrics, makes them more accessible and actionable to hospitals and clinicians, and facilitates collaboration around evidence-based best practices.

Barcenas has spent the last 10 years in hospitals throughout the country, working primarily in the areas of creating and implementing innovative solutions to improve patient care through technology. His experience ranges from implementing the first virtualized storage solution (IBM) in health care at Memorial Health System in Springfield, Ill., to serving as the program manager for Kaiser Permanente's Stage 1 National Meaningful Use Program.


Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer, Institute for Innovation in Health, UCLA Health

Dr. Molly Joel Coye is the Chief Innovation Officer of UCLA Health and director of the Institute for Innovation in Health at UCLA, where she leads the health system in identifying new strategies, technologies, products and services to support the large-scale transformation of healthcare. Dr. Coye also advises technology developers, investors, national health systems and policy makers about disruptive technologies and business models that accelerate transformation and constrain health expenditures. She is frequently listed among the most influential leaders in healthcare.

Dr. Coye was the founder and CEO of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a non-profit education and research organization established in 2000 that became the premier forecasting organization for emerging technologies in health care. Dr. Coye has also served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, Director of the California State Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Coye is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and Chair of the Board of Directors of PATH, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in global health. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Aetna, Inc., the American Telemedicine Association, and the Springboard Life Science Council; she is a past member of the boards of the American Hospital Association, the American Public Health Association, Cholestech, Inc., The California Endowment and the China Medical Board, as well as the advisory boards of venture and private equity firms investing in healthcare information technology and services.  Dr. Coye holds M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Chinese History from Stanford University, and is the author of two books on China.


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.


Dick Gibson, MD, PhD, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health and Science University

Richard Gibson, MD, PhD, MBA most recently was Chief of Healthcare Intelligence at Providence Health & Services, Renton WA. He was responsible for business and clinical analytics for a $10 Billion integrated delivery network with a 400,000 member health plan, 32 hospitals, 6700 beds, and 3200 employed physicians. He is Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University. Previously he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Legacy Health in Portland. Before that he served 11 years as Chief Medical Information Officer at Providence Health System – Oregon Region. He received a BS from Stanford University, MD from Case Western Reserve University, PhD in Medical Informatics in 1995 from the University of Utah with a fellowship at Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, and an MBA from the Wharton School. He is a founding Board Member of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS). Dr. Gibson is a family physician and emergency physician.


Thomas Hill, PhD, Executive Director, Analytics, Dell

Hill received his Vordiplom in psychology from Kiel University in Germany and earned an M.S. in industrial psychology and a Ph.D. in psychology and quantitative methods from the University of Kansas. He was associate professor (and then research professor) at the University of Tulsa from 1984 to 2009, where he taught data analysis and data mining courses. He also has been vice president for Research and Development and then Analytic Solutions at StatSoft Inc., where he has been involved for over 20 years in the development of data analysis, data and text mining algorithms, and the delivery of analytic solutions. Dr. Hill joined Dell through Dell’s acquisition of StatSoft in April 2014, and he is currently the Executive Director for Analytics at Dell’s Information Management Group. Dr. Hill has received numerous academic grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Center for Innovation Management, the Electric Power Research Institute, and other institutions. He has completed diverse consulting projects with companies from practically all industries and has worked with the leading financial services, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retailing, and other companies in the United States and internationally on identifying and refining effective data mining and predictive modeling solutions for diverse applications. Dr. Hill has published widely on innovative applications for data mining and predictive analytics. He is the author (with Paul Lewicki, 2005) of Statistics: Methods and Applications, the Electronic Statistics Textbook (a popular on-line resource on statistics and data mining), a co-author of Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis for Non-Structured Text Data Applications (2012); he is also a contributing author to the popular Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications (2009).


Shadaab Kanwal, MBA, MISM, Executive Director Research and Quality Kaiser Permanente Information Technology, Kaiser Permanente

SHADAAB Kanwal serves as the Executive Director at Kaiser Permanente, leading Research, Health Policy, Diversity, Community Benefit; Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence IT portfolio.

✶ Shadaab brings more than two decades of notable leadership experience in information technology, and healthcare operations, to deliver patient-centered medicine that created sustainable competitive advantage for; UCLA Health System, OhioHealth, MAYO Clinic, UnitedHealth Group and Dignity Health (Catholic Healthcare West).

► Presently, he manages coverage-to-care technology strategy, multifaceted customer engagement and provision of broad-scale technology capabilities for evidence-based care delivery; consumer experience, social mission, and integrated healthcare analytics. These endeavors enable quality focused, value and science driven healthcare; rendering clinical transformation, risk management, performance improvement, business integration and responsible research.

▲ Prior to Kaiser Permanente: he instituted information technology governance and data strategy for multi-entity organizations; executed emerging medical technologies, and built emotionally intelligent teams that grew actionable clinical analytics products. This accomplished the strategic imperatives of growth, knowledge management, clinical innovation & revenue cycle transformation

▲ As a visionary trusted advisor and innovation evangelist: Delivered complex programs of electronic medical record, consumer-directed informatics, information management, connected care, and digital health with Imaging and genomics; each resulted in enhanced patient experience, sustainable growth of membership & personalized affordable healthcare.

An active senior member of ACHE, HIMSS and CHIME: Shadaab speaks on Kaiser Permanente’s expertise in high performance analytics and advanced intelligence for healthcare delivery, performance improvement & global medical research


Howard Landa, MD, CMIO, Alameda Health System

Landa, MD did his surgical internship in 1983 at Bellevue Hospital in New York City where his first experience in medical informatics consisted of creating and maintaining patient lists in Lotus 1-2-3. He trained in Urology at the University of California-San Diego and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Texas Children’s Hospital.

After training, Dr. Landa joined the Loma Linda University to practice pediatric urology and during his first year, he built a document management system to help the practice manage transcribed documents. He became the Director of Medical Informatics for Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1996.

He joined the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group in Honolulu in 2001 as their pediatric urologist and to assist in IT projects. Initially he was involved in the optimization and roll out of “CIS,” their homegrown ambulatory EMR. Two years after the project began, a decision was make to abandoned these efforts and implement a vendor solution. Dr. Landa was one of the physician informatacists and became the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) in 2005. He was the physician lead for both Kaiser’s national downtime project and the operating room software. Under his leadership, Kaiser Hawaii completed the EHR implementation, attaining HIMSS level 6 two months after inpatient go-live and Level 7 in 2012.

In 2009 he became the CMIO of the Alameda County Medical Center. He has been the Program Director and Vice-Chair of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) since 1997, the Chair of the HIMSS/AMDIS Physician Community, and was named one of the top 25 Clinical Informatacists in 2010 and 2011.


Joshua Luke, PhD, FACHE, ‎Interim CEO, Avanti Hospitals, LLC

Dr. Josh Luke is a national thought-leader and international speaker on care coordination, population health management, readmission prevention and developing integrated post acute networks.  He is an experienced hospital CEO, health system Vice President and nursing home administrator. He is regarded as a "futurist" on the Affordable Care Act and how it will shape the continuum of care and has been described as an as an innovator, forward-thinking and a strategist on teaching ACO’s, BPIP’s, acute hospitals and post-acute leaders how to position themselves for revenue growth in a post-ACA model.

Most recently he has served as Interim CEO for Memorial Hospital of Gardena and prior to that as Interim Regional Administrator for SNF Management.  Having uniquely held executive positions in both acute and post-acute settings, Dr. Luke was selected to author the book Readmission Prevention: Solutions Across the Provider Continuum published by the American College of Healthcare Executives in January 2015.

In 2013, Luke was named Vice President of Post Acute Services for Torrance Memorial Health System.  In that role he designed a population management strategy (Total Wellness Torrance), working with the ACO, Bundled Payment & IPA teams. TWT and its Post Acute Network received the 2013 Excellence in Programming award from CAHF.  

His broad range of prior experience with some of the leading companies in healthcare, positioned him well to be an expert on readmission prevention and care coordination.  He served as the CEO of multiple acute hospitals in California, as CEO of HealthSouth Las Vegas (acute rehab hospital), Administrator in the Skilled Nursing Division of Kindred, and had direct oversight of home health and hospice services in his health system Vice president role.

Dr. Luke founded the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative ( in October 2013 to showcase Best Practice integration models and in March 2014 ventured out on his own as President of The Readmission Prevention Group, working with health systems and communities nationwide to develop post acute networks and population health management strategies.

Dr. Luke serves as executive faculty at California State University, Long Beach in the Healthcare Administration Department.  He previously instructed at California State University, Fullerton and the University of Phoenix. Dr. Luke has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, served as a Lean Mentor and Project Chair, is a Fellow with ACHE and is past Chair for the Cal Optima Provider Advisory Committee.

Recent and past board appointments include The California Hospital Association Center for Post Acute Board of Directors, the Hospital Association of Southern California, Healthcare Executives of Southern California, CSULB Healthcare Administration Advisory Board, CareCentrix and Hospice Care of California.   He is also a licensed SNF & RCFE Administrator and preceptor.


Michele O'Connor, Director Sales Operations, Identity & Information Governance, QuadraMed

Michele O’Connor is an international and domestic thought leader, accomplished author and respected public speaker on topics related to technology’s role in healthcare transformation. Michele is a Fellow in the American Health Information Management Associations (AHIMA).  She has also served as President for the New Jersey Health Information Management Association and received their “Distinguished Member” award.   She has published numerous articles and blogs, and presented domestically and internationally on using information technology for the improvement of individual and population health, and creating a single view of a patient to enable seamless linking with their records for healthcare information sharing.

Michele has in-depth knowledge about healthcare analytics, data exchange and data quality from a healthcare organizational and jurisdictional perspective.  Additionally, she has expertise in patient and provider identification related to patient-centric services, patient safety, electronic health records and customer satisfaction.  Michele previously worked as Worldwide MDM Sales at IBM where she served as healthcare Subject Matter Expert and Sales Consultant to its domestic and global strategic clients as well as the Chief Privacy Officer for the Initiate product line. At IBM, she was a principal liaison with international and US professional and industry agencies and IBM clients.   She also served as the Director of Health Information, Social Services, Case Management, In-Patient Billing and Patient Registration for large healthcare integrated delivery networks.

Michele joined QuadraMed from IBM to leverage her experience and QuadraMed’s healthcare focus for the US market.


Gnanagurudasan Prakasam, MD, MRCP, MHA, Medical Director, Pediatric Endocrine and Diabetes, Sutter Medical Center

Dr. Prakasam is a pediatric endocrinologist ,  ehealth expert, entrepreneur and self proclaimed standup comedian.

Dr. Prakasam holds several positions, including Medical Director for the Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Healthy Life Style program for children at the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, CA and is the President of Center of Excellence in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Sacramento, CA. He is currently a board member and immediate past president of the Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Northern California and also serves as a national committee member for ADA.

Center of Excellence in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Sacramento is one of the biggest private pediatric endocrine practices in the USA and operates in Northern California with multiple satellite offices taking care of more than 7500 children and young adults with over 1000 of them with diabetes. The practice has one of the biggest pediatric insulin pump program and a growth disorder program in the United States and is involved in several clinical trials in the field of diabetes and growth.

Additionally, he has organized several comprehensive pediatric endocrine CME programs in the US and is an active participant of CME programs around the world. He also serves an advisor, speaker and marketing consultant for several pharmaceutical companies, while running a unique patient support online program for children with diabetes, lifestyle issues and growth hormone deficiencies.

He is involved in several different roles in health care related startups.

His areas of interest are social entrepreneurship, e-health, medical social networking, globalization of diabetes care and family centered care. He has authored and co-authored multiple papers and abstracts and was a member of the working committee involved in the first guideline, published in November 2011, about transitioning children with diabetes from pediatrics to adults.

He has been happily married for 24 years to a pediatrician. Together, they have two beautiful children.

Faye Sahai, VP, Innovation & Adv Tech, Digital Technology & Operations, Kaiser Permanente

Faye Sahai has over 20 years of experience in leading large scale change and performance improvement initiatives across multiple companies such as Blue Shield, Deloitte, Charles Schwab, Disney, HP, Kaiser Permanente and Toyota.  In her roles she has managed teams working on large scale system implementation, IT governance and decision making bodies, as well as $80 million dollar IT programs & portfolios.

Faye Sahai is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Advanced Technology for Kaiser Permanente (KP) where she leads the charge to identify and assess new and emerging technology and trends in the delivery of health care.  In her role she oversees the Board of Kaiser Permanente’s Internal Innovation Fund for Technology which provides funding for innovative technology projects within KP. She is the IT partner to the Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation, a 37,000-square-foot simulated care delivery environment and laboratory for testing new technology, designs, and ideas to keep Kaiser Permanente on the cutting edge of health care.  Her Innovation and Advanced Technology team includes physicians, nurses, national innovation hunter network, and innovation and mobility laboratory teams.

Faye also serves as Executive Sponsor of Kaiser Permanente’s Women in Technology, Steering Committee for Garfield Innovation Center Governance and Kaiser Permanente Women Embracing Life and Leadership, and Board of Directors for Berger Research Institute and Alumni Board for Claremont McKenna College.

She holds a BA degree from Claremont McKenna College. MBA degree from UCLA and has completed the Certified Advanced Program Manager program at Stanford University. She has been recognized for various achievements including: Floyd Honn Award for Exemplary Board Service, Time Achievement Nomination, Journalism, Leadership. Faye serves on board of the Berger Research Institute and Alumni Association Board at Claremont McKenna College and in past board chair for California Association of Student Councils.  Faye also volunteers with the Watts Foundation Community Trust, Pathways to Peace, Red Cross, Corporation of National Service, Center of Ethics and Economics, and WorldLink.

Steve Shihadeh, Senior VP, North America Sales & Customer Operations, Caradigm

Steve Shihadeh is the Senior VP, North America Sales & Customer Operations for Caradigm.

Mr. Shihadeh was previously vice president of sales and field operations for Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group, where he was responsible for relationships and business with providers, life sciences companies and other health organizations globally.

Prior to joining the Health Solutions Group, Mr. Shihadeh was general manager of Microsoft’s US Health Industry Vertical Group, where he led his team to recognition as the company’s top industry subsidiary. Before joining Microsoft in 2003, Mr. Shihadeh led North American sales and services while senior vice president of sales at Siemens Medical Solutions.

Prior executive-level healthcare industry appointments include vice president of customer operations for SMS, and general manager of Healthcare Data Exchange, an innovative electronic information exchange services company.

Mr. Shihadeh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Shippensburg University. He is Chairman-Emeritus and Board member of the United Way of Chester County.