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2015 Conference Speakers

2015 Keynote Speakers:

2015 Co-Chairs:

Wes Valdes, DO
Medical Director, Healthcare Transformation Lab and Telehealth Services
Intermountain Healthcare

David Lansky, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Business Group on Health

Molly Coye, MD, MPH
Chief Innovation Officer
UCLA Health


Howard M. Landa, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
Alameda Health System

Shadaab Kanwal, MBA, MISM
Executive Director
Research & Quality
Kaiser Permanente
iHT² Advisory Board Member

2015 Featured Speakers:


JFK Health System

Michael Aratow, MD, FACEP
Chief Medical Information Officer
San Mateo County Health System

Mark Hagland
Healthcare Informatics
Mark Zirkelbach
Chief Information Officer
Loma Linda University Medical Center

Camilo Barcenas
Dabo Health


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

Julie Scherer
Chief Data Scientist
Motive Medical Intelligence
 Patrick Wilson
CISO and Director of Clinical Applications
Contra Costa County Health Services
Davin Lundquist, MD
VP/CMIO, Physician Integration
Dignity Health
Jonathan Palma, MD, MS
Medical Director of IS Analytics
Stanford Children’s Health
David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, FACP
MetroHealth System
William Feaster, MD, MBA, FAAP
Chief Medical Information Officer
Children's Hospital of Orange County


Tony Evans
Chief Information Officer
Enloe Medical Center
Kent Hoyos
Chief Information Officer
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Patricia Salber, MD, MBA
Founder and Host
The Doctor Weighs In
Michael Boyd
Chief Information Security Officer
Providence Health & Services


Thomas Hill, PhD
Executive Director, Analytics

Faye Sahai
Former VP, Innovation & Adv Tech, Digital Technology & Operations
Kaiser Permanente
Gnanagurudasan Prakasam, MD, MRCP, MHA
Medical Director, Pediatric Endocrine and Diabetes
Sutter Medical Center
Kirk Larson
Regional Chief Information Officer


Steve Shihadeh
Senior VP, North America Sales & Customer Operations
Deanne Primozic Kasim
Director of Research
IDC Health Insights
Eric Henley, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
LifeLong Medical Care
Michele O'Connor
Director Sales Operations, Identity & Information Governance

Arien Malec
VP, Strategy and Product Marketing
Relay Health
Ken Kaufman
Solutions Consultant - Healthcare Information Security
Jonathan Fuchs
Healthcare Consultant
SRG Technology

Todd Bennett
Director, Health Care Market Planning



Josh Kephart
Director of IT



Michael Aratow, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Information Officer, San Mateo Medical Center

Michael Aratow is Chief Medical Information Officer of San Mateo Medical Center, an integrated delivery network and part of the nation’s Safety Net institutions. Besides working for ICD10 readiness, Meaningful Use and management of three different Electronic Medical Records, he is currently helping to direct the business intelligence strategy for San Mateo County Health System and promotes clinical innovation through piloting solutions from early stage companies.  He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics and continues to practice.  Michael received his MD degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and his Emergency Medicine training at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.  He performed a research fellowship at UCSD School of Medicine in Orthopedics and was a research consultant at NASA/Ames Research Center in basic physiology and virtual environment projects.  Michael sits on the Board of a standards body that advocates and creates 3D graphic standards for the World Wide Web.


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.


Todd Bennett, Director, Health Care Market Planning, LexisNexis 

Todd Bennett is the Director of Market Planning at LexisNexis Risk Solutions where he is responsible for identity and analytics solutions used to improve data quality, provide insight, and facilitate high trust interactions between patients, providers, and provider communities.

Todd’s health care experience spans 14 years of operational, product management, and strategic leadership including developing new products to improve transparency and care coordination and working with care delivery teams to improve operational efficiency as a lean six sigma black belt. 

Todd started his career as a Field Artillery officer in the United States Army after graduating from the United States Military Academy with a BS in Engineering Management and later earned his MBA from Georgia Southern University.


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

Molly Coye is the Chief Innovation Officer of UCLA Health, heading the Institute for Innovation in Health and the Global Lab for Innovation, where she leads the health system in identifying new strategies, technologies, products and services to support the large-­‐scale transformation of healthcare. The Global Lab for Innovation advances the exchange of health delivery innovations that enable dramatic improvements in access and affordability for health services. Dr. Coye was previously 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 healthcare. Dr. Coye is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and of the board of directors for Aetna, Inc., Prosetta Biosciences, Inc., Big White Wall, and ACCESS Health International. She previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors for PATH, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in global health, and on the boards of the American Hospital Association, the American Telemedicine Association, the American Public Health Association, and the China Medical Board. Dr. Coye holds MD and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Asian History from Stanford University, and has authored 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.


Tony Evans, CIO, Enloe Medical Center

Tony Evans has been at Enloe Medical Center for almost 4 ½ years where he has served as the Chief Information Officer since January 2014.  He has over 20 years of IT experience with the majority of this time working in Healthcare IT at 4 hospitals from Florida to California.  He has a diverse background in all facets of Healthcare IT, including both clinical and non-clinical IT systems, workflows and processes.  At Enloe, he oversees the Information Services department as well as sets IT direction and coordinates infrastructure and service delivery across the hospital and multiple outpatient clinics. He is responsible for service delivery teams which support enterprise applications, enterprise data, clinical and business informatics, user support, infrastructure, communications, and information security. As CIO, he led the effort to achieve meaningful use II attestation, established an IT Governance model for improved IT outcomes and built an IT project management structure to support the organization’s strategic initiatives.  During his time at Enloe he has overseen a complete IT reorganization, established a culture of service based on Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practice methodologies and improved interoperability between disparate computer systems.


Jonathan Fuchs, FACHE, Healthcare Consultant, SRG Technology

Mr. Fuchs is a veteran health care executive with significant experience in health care management and serves as a HealthCare Consultant to SRG Technology, a population health and analytics software solution.  His consulting activities are focused on health information technology, population health and data analytics, data governance and data liquidity, QIO/REC operations, insurance and managed health plan operations as well as  organizational development, and hospital and facility management.  He has worked in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, health plans, educational and community institutions, and as an independent consultant. His past positions include serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and as the executive responsible for HITArkansas, the Regional Extension Center for Arkansas; CEO of the University MSO, an affiliate of the New York University Hospital Center, and as an executive in a number of HMO and PPO organizations. Mr. Fuchs is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has Masters degrees in college and university administration and health services administration. Mr. Fuchs serves on the Advisory Management Board of Noloki Healthcare IT and Compliance organization


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


Deanne Primozic Kasim, Research Director, IDC Health Insights

Deanne Primozic Kasim is Research Director for IDC Health Insights responsible for research on Payer IT Strategies. Deanne’s core research coverage includes; the evolving policy, cost, regulatory, and delivery issues of today’s U.S. health care system, including the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance exchange practices and payer organization contract terms, patient safety and outcome measurement tools and programs, and the operations of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In addition to Deanne’s expertise in the health care industry, she also has extensive knowledge on IT applications supporting various health care topics.

Previously, Deanne co-founded and served as a managing partner at Santesys Solutions, a consulting organization that helps private- and public-sector, and non-profit organizations navigate the market, economic, regulatory, and IT waves of change throughout the health care delivery system. Santesy’s clients included: ViPS/GDIT, The Academy for Managed Care Pharmacy, Unisys State Health Care, and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prior to Santesys, Deanne was the Director of Marketing at the Academy for Healthcare Management (affiliated with America’s Health Insurance Plans, AHIP), where she also managed the development of the health IT curriculum for the new professional designation program. Before being promoted to Director of Marketing at the Academy for Healthcare Management, Deanne served as Senior Program Manager in the education department at AHIP.


Ken Kaufman, Solutions Consultant - Healthcare Information Security, Dell

Ken Kaufman serves as the information security subject matter expert within Dell’s Healthcare Technology Consulting group.  He is responsible for guiding solutions that support the security and privacy of the Electronic Health Record within systems and practices.

Ken has more than 25 years of IT experience and 15 years of Information Security experience, mostly in the healthcare delivery environment, and possesses extensive experience in governance leadership and modeling, information security project management, policy and procedure execution, breach management, and technical security operations. Ken has spoken at HIMSS conferences and ISSA sessions, and has healthcare privacy and security consulting experience in academic medical settings, healthcare insurance exchanges, and multistate healthcare operations.

Ken is a CISM, earned the CISSP information security certification in 2002, graduated from California State Fullerton in 1992, and served as an active duty United States Marine. He was born, raised, and still resides in the Southern California area.


Josh Kephart, Director, IT, CenClear

Josh Kephart is the Director of IT for CenClear in Philipsburg, PA. He received his associates degree from South Hills School of Business & Technology in Philipsburg, PA and eventually was hired as IT Director for MD-Office Solutions, LLC in State College, PA where he managed day-to-day network activities while also supporting over 20+ Doctors & their staff on a server managed EHR system. After 2 years at MD-Office Solutions, he decided to make a change and take my career in a different path. Josh was hired by CenClear in March of 2013. He manages the network infrastructure of all centers and support all 600+ employees with a diverse amount of machines ranging from large Desktops to small iPads.


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.


David Lansky, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH)

David Lansky, PhD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) and directs its efforts to improve the affordability and availability of high quality health care. Since 2008, David Lansky has led the coalition of 50 large employers and health care purchasers representing over three million Californians, including CalPERS, Wells Fargo, Intel, Safeway, Chevron, and the University of California. PBGH also collaborates with diverse stakeholders on national health care policy issues through the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance.

A nationally-recognized expert in accountability, quality measurement and health IT, Lansky has served as a board member or advisor to numerous health care programs, including the National Quality Forum, National Priorities Partnership, the Joint Commission, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Leapfrog Group, the Medicare Beneficiary Education Advisory Panel, and the American Health Information Community (AHIC). He is now the purchaser representative on the federal HIT Policy Committee, serves on its Meaningful Use Workgroup and chairs its Quality Measures and Information Exchange Workgroups. He is also co-chair of Cal eConnect, California’s state designated entity for governance of health information exchange.

Previously, he served as Senior Director of the Health Program at the Markle Foundation (NY) from 2004 to 2008. His work there focused on accelerating the adoption of interoperable health information technology throughout U.S. health care, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that patients and consumers have access to and control over their information and can participate fully in the redesign of the health care system.

From 1995 to 2004, Lansky was the founding President of the Foundation for Accountability (FACCT), a public-private venture developing quality measures and web-based tools to help consumers and purchasers assess the value of health care services and providers.

Before establishing FACCT, Lansky was a senior policy analyst for the Jackson Hole Group during the national health care reform debate of 1993-94. He led the Center for Outcomes Research and Education at Oregon-based Providence Health System from 1988 to 1993.

He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed papers on outcomes research and quality measurement and holds a PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


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.



Danielle Micciantuono, MSN, RN, Clinical Application Analyst, InterSystems

Danielle Micciantuono, a Clinical Application Analyst, is a member of InterSystems clinical executive group.  She contributes clinical perspective in the pursuit of improving client satisfaction as well as enhancing nurse, physician, and client technology adoption.

When she joined InterSystems in 2012, Danielle had 15 years of nursing experience at some of the top healthcare institutions in the U.S., including Massachusetts General Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, University of California Medical Center at Los Angeles, and Jefferson University Hospital at Philadelphia.  Her rich and varied professional career has included medical, surgical and trauma ICU, endoscopy, home care, clinical research and clinical faculty.  She is a member of the Massachusetts Nursing Association.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Northeastern University at Boston, and Master of Science degree in nursing education from Salem State University.


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, Former 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.

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA, Founder and Host, The Doctor Weighs In

Dr. Salber is founder and CEO of Health Tech Hatch, a company dedicated to helping healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs tell their stories to the world. The Hatch team produces high quality video interviews that are used by funders, accelerators, and others to learn about health tech innovation and innovators. In addition, Dr. Salber hosts a variety of media outlets under the brand, The Doctor Weighs In, including a popular, widely read health blog, a weekly internet radio show, and creative media/social media services for healthcare companies and conferences.  She is a frequent guest commentator on various radio and TV shows. She also provides consultation to CMS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

Dr. Salber is currently an Advisor to both for-profit and NPF organizations including:

·CliniOps (innovative data capture platform for clinical trials)
·mHealth Solutions (CareSmarts is their text messaging program for diabetic adherence)
·DoctorBase (a mobile engagement platform for doctors)
·MedShare (repurposes medical equipment and supplies)
·Care for Peace (building Mini-Medical Centers in Myanmar)

She is an experienced physician executive who has held many different leadership roles in a variety of areas of health care including Chief Medical Officer of a Medicare Advantage plan as well as the Center for Practical Health Reform.  She served as the first Physician Director of National Accounts for Kaiser Permanente and spent six years on loan from Kaiser to General Motors to help shape their health plan strategy.  Other positions include Senior Medical Director at Blue Shield of California and Founder and CEO of Acelacare (“Minute Clinics” for chronic illness)

Prior to moving into administration, Dr. Salber practiced front line emergency medicine at Kaiser Permanente in both San Francisco and South San Francisco.

She went to UC Berkeley for undergraduate and master’s level graduate school.  Then she attended medical school and trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed a Pew Fellowship in Health Policy at the same institution. She has an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

She was the first woman to serve as President of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and she went on to serve on the board of the national organization. She was also on the Board and served in several officer positions of the San Francisco Medical Society, Chaired the Legislative Committee of the California Medical Association and was a board member of the California Medical Association Foundation. 

She founded Physicians for a Violence-Free Society while working full-time as an Emergency Physician and served as its President for more than ten years. Pat has been honored with many awards over the years including being featured on the cover of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan’s 1997 Annual Report for outstanding contributions to the Program. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals and as a peer-reviewer for many others. She is a frequent speaker and author of a book (The Physicians Guide to Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse), numerous textbook chapters and well as journal articles.

Julie Scherer, PhD, Chief Data Scientist, Motive Medical Intelligence

Julie leads the informatics design strategy for all of Motive’s clinical information products and services, and she oversees all the activities of the clinical informatics team. Julie currently serves as a member of the Clinical Quality Framework initiative of the ONC’s S&L Framework; previously, she participated in the ONC’s Health eDecisions Initiative which established the HeD interoperability standard. Prior to joining Motive, Julie served as the chief solution architect for Cengage Learning and DigitalThink. Julie received her doctorate in bioinformatics and data analytics from the University of Michigan.


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.