2014 Conference Speakers


 

 

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

Sajid Ahmed is the chief information and innovation officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles. He is leading the new hospital’s $70 million health information technology initiative and launching an innovation hub on the 42-acre MLK Medical Center Campus.

Mr. Ahmed is a true innovator and pioneer in healthcare information systems. He has unparalleled experience in all aspects of using computer technology and web-based applications to deliver the best quality of medical care to patients, facilitate collaboration among multiple and diverse medical care providers and systems, and increase the efficiency of healthcare environments. He is also a highly respected consultant on innovation, and frequently lectures about entrepreneurism and information technology for healthcare environments.

Mr. Ahmed was formerly the director of health information technology and innovation for L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public plan serving more than one million Los Angeles County residents through free or low-cost health insurance programs. He was responsible for coordinating, managing and integrating healthcare information technology and eHealth initiatives among multiple users and partners. This includes all medical care providers, community organizations, government agencies, vendors and other health information technologies. One of his most significant contributions to L.A. Care is the creation of HITEC-LA (Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center for Los Angeles County) for electronic health record adoption and implementation. He still serves as vice chair of the organization’s Technical Advisory Committee.

Before leaving L.A. Care, Mr. Ahmed created and launched eConsult in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. eConsult is an innovative telehealth system that allows for virtual consultations and collaboration with specialists. As eConsult expands throughout California and accumulates thousands of end users, it is becoming a national model for the standard for care coordination and access to specialty care in the U.S. 

Prior to eConsult, Mr. Ahmed was the visionary behind SelfMD™; developed the ELICIT™ concept (emulating logical inferences of cognition and intuition theory), and was instrumental in getting the U.S. Military Medical Command to adopt advanced diagnostic technologies and electronic health records systems. He also served on California’s Health and Human Services Agency, helping to draft the state’s $38 million Health Information Technology strategic plan.

Mr. Ahmed is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, and a guest lecturer at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), University of Southern California (USC) and CalState LA. He was honored for his teaching at the USC Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and also was a finalist for the Advanced Business League (ABL) Innovative Leadership Award on Healthcare. Currently he is an advisory board member of the California Health eQuality Initiative based at the University of California, Davis.

Mr. Ahmed began his career at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at age 16. He earned a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering and psychology from UCLA, while also studying computer science there. He and his wife Elizabeth have an 8-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son. They live in Redlands, where he is on the board of the local YMCA.

Anne Barr, Regional CIO, West Bay Area, Sutter Health System

Anne is accountable for leading the strategy and execution of Information Services for the Sutter Health West Bay Region. Her Information Technology team works closely with Sutter’s Shared Information Services organization to deliver solutions that meet local needs while also aligning with the Sutter System’s mission. Currently, she is co-chairing the completion of the Epic eHR roll-out to all West Bay affiliates, as well as implementation of numerous standardization and infrastructure efficiency initiatives.

Anne brings a 30-year track record of information technology delivery in the healthcare, financial services, and energy industries. Prior to Sutter, Barr served as the CIO of Washington Hospital Healthcare System where she initiated their Epic Electronic Medical Record Program. From 2003 to 2010, she was at Kaiser Permanente, where she served as Northern California and Southern California Regional Chief Information Officer. At Kaiser, she was engaged in the deployment of the Electronic Medical Record to Kaiser’s 6.6 million California members, transforming the way they receive healthcare. Barr has held leadership positions at Charles Schwab & Co and Cambridge Technology Partners. Earlier, she held sales, consulting, and marketing positions within Oracle Corporation, Boston Consulting Group, Prime Computer, and General Electric Company.

Anne earned a master’s in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Engineering from Dartmouth College. She and her husband live in Orinda and have 4 children.

Dan Chamberlain, Sr. Manager, North America Enterprise Marketing, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Dan Chamberlain is currently a Sr. Marketing Manager in the Enterprise Marketing group at Motorola Solutions. In this role, He is responsible for marketing Motorola Solutions products and services to the Healthcare market.

Before joining Motorola, Dan was the Marketing Director for the Mid-Market and Venture Capital Practice at KPMG, the Big Four accounting and advisory firm. He has 20 years of business-to-business marketing experience at such companies as Ameritech, Arthur Andersen, Cardinal Health and WW Grainger

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University.

Julie Cherry, RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Services, Intel-GE Care Innovations

Ms. Cherry is an advanced practice nurse with a specialty in gerontology. Her area of expertise is in chronic illness management. She has worked diligently throughout her career to influence the adoption of technology facilitated care models designed to meet the needs of the chronically ill.

Ms. Cherry is currently the director of clinical services for Care Innovations™, an Intel/GE company. She helped pioneer the first home telehealth solution for remote patient monitoring and more recently was instrumental in the design and development of the Intel/GE Care Innovations™ Guide solution. She has published extensively, focusing on the care of the chronically ill and has written several publications and position papers on the impact of technology for remote patient monitoring and chronic illness management. Ms. Cherry holds both a B.S. and an M.S. in Nursing from San Jose State University.

Peter Chingos, Sr. Solutions Architect, SAS Health Analytics Practice, Health & Life Sciences, SAS North America

Mr. Chingos supports the development, implementation and sales of emerging analytic products from SAS health and life sciences. He has 25 years of experience in health care management, consulting and business analytics. Prior to working at SAS, Chingos managed an analytic consulting group at Health Dialog focused on provider opportunities under payment reform. He also managed a business intelligence team at Maine Medical Center responsible for clinical quality measurement. Mr. Chingos has an MBA from Boston University in Health Care Management and a BA from McGill University.

Yan Chow, MD, MBA, Director Innovation & Advanced Technology Group, Kaiser Permanente Information Technology

Dr. Yan Chow is Director of Kaiser Permanente (KP) Information Technology’s Innovation & Advanced Technology Group (IAT). IAT identifies, assesses, and makes internal recommendations on new and emerging clinical information technologies that will impact health care in the next two to five years.

IAT is affiliated with KP’s Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation, an advanced 37,000-sf laboratory for care delivery simulation. The Center houses a full-sized medical/surgical ward, OR, L&D suite, outpatient offices, and a home environment. New space designs, technologies, and workflows are tested in as real a setting as possible without risk to patients or disruption of operations.

Dr. Chow has had a successful clinical practice at KP for several decades. He was also involved in regional IT management, overseeing a number of operational systems for 60,000 providers at 60 sites. He also led experimental projects such as KP’s first PC interface for mainframes and created KP’s first networking forum for physicians.

Dr. Chow has founded and advised a number of startups in the Internet, health care technology, storage, and database spaces. He has 3 U.S. patents and has been an author and invited speaker at industry conferences.

Dr. Chow earned his A.B. with honors from Harvard University and his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego. In 2005 he received his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he graduated as valedictorian.

Founded in 1945, Oakland, California-based Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit integrated health care system with 17,000 physicians, 175,000 employees, 37 medical centers, 611 medical offices, 9 million health plan members in 9 states, and annual revenues of $50 billion. Kaiser Permanente comprises the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the Permanente Medical Groups.


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.

 


Lynne Dunbrack, Research Vice President, IDC Health Insights

Lynne A. Dunbrack is a nationally recognized thought leader in the application of information technology (IT) to the business problems of the health industry. Her understanding of industry needs is grounded in experience over the last 25 years working in a variety of positions in the healthcare field.

As program director for the IDC Health Insights' Connected Health IT Strategies program, Ms. Dunbrack provides research-based advisory and consulting services that enable payer, provider, life science and vendor executives to maximize the business value of their connected health strategies. Specific areas of Ms. Dunbrack's in-depth coverage include telemedicine utilizing video conferencing; telediagnostics; online care on demand; remote patient monitoring; mobile health; aging in place; and enabling technologies such as health information exchange (HIE) and electronic health records.

Ms. Dunbrack blogs in the IDC Health Insights Community (http://idc-insights-community.com/health).

Before joining IDC Health Insights, Ms. Dunbrack was a Product Manager for MA-SHARE, LLC, one of the nation’s first regional health information organizations (RHIOs). Prior to that, Ms. Dunbrack was Director of Product Management at NaviMedix, Inc. (now NaviNet). She also served as the Director of HIPAA Compliance.

As former Senior Healthcare Analyst and Practice Leader of Gartner's Healthcare practice, Ms. Dunbrack set the research agenda and contributed to specialty areas such as physician market trends, practice management, managed care, enterprise scheduling, contract management, workflow improvement and system selection and implementation. Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Dunbrack held senior positions with IDX Systems Corporation and Tufts Associated Health Plan.

Ms. Dunbrack has been quoted by national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, The New York Times, and San Jose Business Journal. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences.

Ms. Dunbrack holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in healthcare management and an M.S. in Management Information Systems from Boston University's Graduate School of Management.


Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer, FireHost

As chief information security officer (CISO) for FireHost, Kurt Hagerman is responsible for all aspects of security and compliance for both corporate and customer facing products. He is responsible for leading FireHost in attaining ISO, PCI, HIPAA and other certifications, which allows FireHost customers to more easily achieve their own compliance requirements.

Hagerman was most recently the managing director of the southwest region and PCI practice director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company and QSA. During his twenty plus years in the field of information technology he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering, systems engineering, security engineering, and IT auditing and compliance. Hagerman regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces, as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant on the Cloud Security Alliance SME council as well as on the Public Policy Committee of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. Hagerman holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University.


Brett Johnson, Associate Director, Medical and Regulatory Policy, California Medical Association(CMA)

Brett Johnson is an Associate Director for Medical and Regulatory Policy at the California Medical Association (CMA). Johnson primarily works on policy issues regarding the commercial health insurance market and health care reform, specifically the California Health Benefit Exchange. He also is responsible for CMA’s health reform newsletter, Reform Essentials, and regularly presents to physicians across the state of California on various health reform topics.

He joined CMA from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HRSA, he drafted regulations and policy guidance related to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and served as liaison to the Office of Legislation. He has also spent time assisting seniors in health coverage and eligibility disputes for the AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly and representing vaccine injury claimants in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He is a member of the Maryland Bar Association and veteran of the U.S. Army. He holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) and a master’s degree in public health (MPH) from George Washington University and a master of science in bioscience regulatory affairs (MS) from Johns Hopkins University.


John McDaniel,National Practice Leader – US Healthcare Provider Market, US Public Sector Division, NetApp

John McDaniel has more than 35 years of experience as a healthcare CIO, consulting services executive and as an executive with large healthcare companies. John currently works with NetApp and is responsible for managing partnerships with large healthcare GSI’s. As a CIO, John worked with St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center, McLaren Health Care Corporation and The Emory Clinic where he also served as Director Medical Informatics. John was also a member of the Board of Directors for NYC-based HIE: NYCLIX. As a consulting services executive he worked with Dell Services, Deloitte Consulting and EMR Transitions. John worked with Siemens as Project Director and SVP at, McKesson. Additionally John worked closely with Cerner where he led the partnership to develop the first multi-hospital CDR. John is very familiar with Big Data applications and infrastructure requirements. While at McLaren his team was the first healthcare organization to take medical records paperless in a multi-hospital system. He is frequent speaker and National and Regional healthcare conferences.


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

Shadaab Kanwal is a recognized visionary strategist, business advisor and patient focused technology steward; serves as the Executive Director Research & Health Policy; Quality & Care Delivery Excellence and Community Benefits IT portfolio at Kaiser Permanente.

Shadaab brings 18 years of distinguished operations and technology leadership experience that formed strategic intent for innovation and produced competitive advantage for UCLA Health Sciences, OhioHealth, Mayo Clinic, United Healthcare (Fortune 50) and Catholic Healthcare West (CHW).

Prior to Kaiser Permanente, he executed emerging medical technologies, created IT governance and alignment building collaborative alliances, simplified deployment of complex clinical and business softwares and led development of actionable informatics and analytics built by high performance teams; to facilitate strategic imperatives of meaningful use, clinical innovation and revenue cycle transformation.


Nelson Le, MD, HealthShare Senior Advisor, InterSystems

Nelson is the Clinical Advisor for InterSystems. In this role, he is responsible for engaging senior clinical leadership in healthcare organizations around the world and facilitating optimization of technology to improve organizational outcomes for immediate needs as well as long-term strategy.

Prior to joining InterSystems, Nelson was the Vice President of Medical Affairs at McKesson Provider Technologies, where he was awarded the “Employee Engagement Award for Improved Efficiency” for his innovative approach to training and mentoring new executives in the company.

As a clinician, he was a Pediatric Transplant Cardiologist and worked at some of the top children’s hospital in the United States. He earned his medical degree from Boston University’s Accelerated B.A./M.D. Program. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and completed his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is currently completing his Master’s in Biomedical Informatics at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Nelson brings 20+ years of experience in healthcare from clinical, business, and technology perspectives and is focused on improving outcomes, optimizing performance, and delivering value.

 


Ari Lightman, Distinguished Service Professor, Digital Media and Marketing, Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College

Ari is a Distinguished Service Professor, Digital Media and Marketing at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Ari teaches classes focused on assessing and measuring the impact of emerging technologies including Digital Transformation and Measuring Social. This later class is designed as an experiential learning, project-based class where students work closely with company sponsors to develop recommendations and an analysis framework around a social initiative. Companies who have taken part in the class include eBay, Adidas, Comcast, Warner Bros., Thomson Reuters, Verizon, Microsoft, Zynga, Starwood, HP, Bayer Corporation and Progressive Insurance.

Ari is also the Director of the CIO Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. The CIOI is an executive education center focused on providing needed skills for the next generation of IT manager. The center has been in existence for over 10 years and has provided training for several hundred executives. Ari is responsible for strategic execution and growth of the center into different content areas, organizations and international locations.

Ari has 20 years of experience in new technology development and commercialization. Earlier in his career, Ari was a member of several successful entrepreneurial high tech ventures where he was integral in raising venture financing, securing key partnerships and sales, and spearheading several initiatives from product management to business development. Ari began assessing the opportunity for data analytics as a management consultant working with wireless carriers. He has developed web communities and digital media strategies for companies and organizations within healthcare, chemical industry, telecom industry, consumer packaged goods market, and the financial services space. In addition, he has worked with leading research universities to put together strategies and processes for building expert communities to accelerate technology commercialization.

 


Richard Osborne, Healthcare Practice Leader, Point B

For more than 25 years, Richard Osborne has led complex, strategic business initiatives and solved mission-critical business and technology problems in the healthcare industry. His expertise includes clinical process improvement, clinical systems design and implementation, novel care models including ACOs, and re-admission reduction and care optimization.

Osborne has worked with the majority of multi-facility hospital systems and large health plans in the Bay Area, helping them improve service efficiency and achieve better outcomes. He recently helped lead a readmission reduction program for a Bay Area based Health System, which resulted in a nearly 50% reduction in the rate of readmission for the target population. Osborne has also just help guide a patient-centered care optimization program for a California partnership of providers and payors.

Osborne holds an MBA, a Master of Health Services Administration, and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah.


Greg Poulsen, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare

Greg Poulsen is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Intermountain Healthcare. As a member of Intermountain’s four-member Management Committee, he shares responsibility for the breadth of operational and strategic issues of the organization. Mr. Poulsen has had direct responsibility for strategic planning, research and development, marketing, and policy for more than 20 years. He joined Intermountain Healthcare in 1982.

Mr. Poulsen is a Commissioner for the Commonwealth Fund in Washington, DC, a leading health policy think tank. He has been a consultant to the Swedish Health Ministry and has provided counsel on health policy development in several other countries, including Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, and Germany. He is a national faculty member of the Stanford University School of Medicine and a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves on the boards of many community organizations and is the past chair of the Utah Foundation, a nonprofit public policy research organization. As a healthcare policy expert, he has appeared frequently before Congressional committees and participates in many national and international health policy forums.

Based in Salt Lake City, Intermountain Healthcare includes 22 hospitals and associated delivery services in the Intermountain West, a successful physician group practice, and a leading health insurance organization. Intermountain employs 34,000 dedicated associates.


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.


Soheil Saadat, PhD, Founder & CEO, genieMD

Dr. Soheil Saadat, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GenieMD, is responsible for charting the company’s global course. He founded GenieMD in 2012 with more than 25 years of technology and executive management experience. In 2005 he founded Prodiance Corporation a global leader in enterprise Risk Management Solutions. Prodiance was acquired by Microsoft Corporation in 2011. Prior to Prodiance he founded Scientific Software, Inc., (SSI). Under his direction, SSI became a world leader in the chromatography and scientific data management markets, with its products deployed in the top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. SSI was acquired by Agilent Technologies (NASDAQ:A) in 2005. He holds a Ph.D in EE from Stanford University. He is passionate about using technology to solve real life problems.


John Showalter, MD, MSIS, Chief Health Information Officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center

John Showalter, M.D., MSIS is a board certified internal medicine physician and is the chief health information officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and his MD and Masters in Information Systems in Health Care Delivery and Management from Penn State University. He recently helped lead the implementation of 23 Epic applications in five hospitals and ninety-five clinics on June 1st 2012 and he was named top young Health IT executive by HealthData Management in 2012. His interests include quality improvement and intelligent use of technology, and he blogs about innovating health care through clinical knowledge management. In the last year, he has also co-authored two articles “The Effect of a Provider-Enhanced Clinical Decision Support Tool for Guiding Venous Thromboembolism Pharmacoprophylaxis in ‘Low-Risk’ Patients” and “Validity of the Brief Inpatient Screen for intimate partner violence among adult women.”


Jay Srini, Chief Strategist, SCS Ventures, Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, iHT² Advisory Board Member

Ms. Srini is a Board Member at Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), Executive Leadership Team Member at PDAP (PA diabetes action plan), Advisory Board Member at Health Enterprise Partners, L.P, Chief Strategist at SCS Ventures and Commissioner at the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). She was formerly Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan, Vice President of UPMC, Board Member of the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative (PAeHI) and Board Member at HIMSS. She serves on the board of Icache and Medrespond and advisory board of Spectramd VitaClip Lifewire and Symphony Corporation.


Carol Steltenkamp, MD, MBA, FAAP, FHIMSS, CMIO, University of Kentucky HealthCare, Director, Kentucky Regional Extension Center, Associate Professor Pediatrics, UK College of Medicine

Dr. Carol Steltenkamp is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at the University of Kentucky Healthcare. She is instrumental in building a data warehouse with vigorous mining capabilities with a pleasant, highly functional user interface. As the CMIO, she brings many information technology resources to bear. She is the Primary Investigator of the six million dollar award from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for a Regional Extension Center in Kentucky. She is on the frontline of electronic medical record implementation throughout the Commonwealth, as she had previously led a successful, nationally-recognized electronic medical record implementation across multiple sites of an integrated delivery network. She and other colleagues conducted research related to medication error reporting associated with the implementation. Her expertise in clinical informatics augments the talents of her co-directors in their support of the biomedical informatics program. Dr. Steltenkamp serves on the Board of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in Lexington KY.

Dr. Steltenkamp willingly donates her time to various organizations to help those in need. She enjoys UK basketball, walking her three dogs, and traveling.


Gregory J. Strowig, COO and CTO, TeraMedica

Mr. Strowig has over 25 years of professional services, software development, and implementation experience, primarily in the health payer and provider markets. He has been with TeraMedica since its inception in 2001 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the company. In this role, he is responsible for most of the company's global operations. Prior to becoming COO, Mr. Strowig was the Vice President of Client Services for TeraMedica, where he led the efforts to implement and support the company's products and services. Before joining TeraMedica, he was a Partner with the global professional services firm, marchFIRST, and a Senior Manager with the global consultancy, Accenture.


Betsy Thompson, MD, DrPH, Chief Medical Officer, Region IX, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Dr. Thompson is the Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office in San Francisco and a Captain in the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Thompson serves as the chief CMS clinician for Region IX and as the principal liaison with professional organizations in the region with respect to quality improvement and health reform.

Dr. Thompson has considerable experience in multiple facets of the health field. Dr. Thompson spent 10 years with CDC where she helped develop agency relationships with health plans and employers and worked with these new partners to improve the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care. Dr. Thompson came to CMS after serving as Chief Medical Director of a non-profit health plan in rural Colorado. In that position, she worked closely with network physicians and facilities to foster quality improvement efforts. In 2009, Dr. Thompson was instrumental in getting Colorado state legislation passed to provide first dollar coverage for the most cost-effective preventive services. Throughout her career, Dr. Thompson has been an active member of many state, regional, and national initiatives focused on improving the quality of health care. Dr. Thompson is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. She also holds a doctorate in Health Policy from the University of Michigan.




Ronald Weinstein, MD, Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program

Dr. Ronald S. Weinstein was born in Schenectady, New York, and received his B.S. Degree from Union College (Schenectady, New York) in 1960. He attended Albany Medical College from 1960 to 1962 and received his M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1965. He became interested in basic research in medical school and developed an independent research program while a medical student. After his second year, he was awarded a research fellowship under Dr. Stanley Bullivant at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Weinstein completed his internship and residency (under Dr. Benjamin Castleman) at the MGH and was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Medical School. At the conclusion of his internship year, in 1966, he successfully competed for his first of many NIH grants, and was named Director of the Mixter Laboratory (at age 27), a position he held throughout his residency. Thus, he had dual roles as a pathology resident and a laboratory director. At the time, he was the youngest M.D.- NIH funded researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His laboratory did pioneering research on the localization of Band 3 protein, the anion transporter, in red cell membranes and on the molecular structure of gap junctions and on their role in cancer.

Dr. Weinstein spent two years as a Major in the U.S. Air Force assigned to the Aerospace Research Laboratories at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He carried out research in environmental toxicology and studied Heinz body anemias and oxidative injury in the liver. Following three years as Associate Professor at Tufts, he was named Harriet Blair Borland Chairman and Professor of Pathology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, in 1975 and held that position for 15 years. He was named Head of Pathology at the University of Arizona in 1990 and stepped down last June, completing 32 years as an academic department head.

Dr. Weinstein has made significant contributions in research, service, and education. In the research arena, Dr. Weinstein made contributions in the fields of experimental pathology and human bladder cancer and, more recently, in the fields of telemedicine and telepathology. While at Rush Medical College, in Chicago, Dr. Weinstein served as Director of the Central Pathology Laboratory of the NIH-funded National Bladder Cancer Group, the largest clinical trail group in the field. He organized the National Urinary Bladder Flow Cytometry Network in 1985 and played a central role in bringing flow cytometry into routine clinical practice. He was recognized for these accomplishments when he was elected President of the International Society for Urological Pathology and received that organization’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Weinstein is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of telepathology and has created major academic programs in this emerging area. Dr. Weinstein is often cited as the "father of telepathology". He authored the first paper on telepathology, in 1986, and invented robotic telepathology, for which he was awarded several US Patents. Dr. Weinstein established a vision physiology laboratory in Chicago in 1985 and carried out what are now considered classic studies on pathology diagnostic accuracy using video imaging. His early work is the intellectual underpinning of the telepathology field. Dr. Weinstein carried out the first successful test-of-concept demonstrations of robotic telepathology and collaborated on important clinical validation studies. Since the mid-1980’s, Dr. Weinstein and his colleagues have produced a steady stream of basic and clinical research papers on telepathology and studied many aspects of diagnostic imaging ranging from studies on human factors in imaging to practice models for telehealthcare services delivery. He also has co-authored three books in the telepathology and medical informatics field.

Dr. Weinstein’s work in telepathology forms the basis for telepathology programs in over 35 countries. These programs provide diagnostic services for tens of thousand of patients world-wide. Dr. Weinstein frequently lectures on the topic. For example, he has given invited lectures at international symposia in seven countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Weinstein has worked on developing international standards and platforms for telepathology and has been a consultant to the European Union, the World Health Organization, and the Japanese and Panamanian Governments. He also promoted international telepathology for third world nations as President of the International Council of the Societies of Pathology, a World Health Organization-sponsored Council that coordinates the activities of pathology societies in 46 countries. More recently, Dr. Weinstein co-invented the array microscope which serves as the digital imaging engine for the first ultra-rapid virtual slide scanner and has been awarded fundamental patents for this invention. Dr. Weinstein is the first of five co-inventors listed on the fundamental patent for the array microscope. The invention has been recognized as a break through technology by the Wall Street Journal. Recently, his clinical research group developed a new model for breast care, based in part on the array microscope, successfully bundling teleradiology, telepathology and teleoncology services into a single day expedited breast service (IBM Systems Journal 46: 69-84, 2007). Over 6,000 women in rural Arizona have benefited from same day breast mammography diagnostic services, which is revolutionary in women’s health care.




Charlotte Wray MSN, RN-C, MBA, NE-BC, Chief Clinical and Information Officer, Vice President, Clinical Operations and Information Systems, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Charlotte Wray is the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Information Systems/Chief Clinical and Information Officer for EMH Healthcare in Elyria, Ohio.

Charlotte received an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Lorain County Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Akron and a Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Phoenix.

Charlotte is accountable for development and achievement of system strategy and objectives. She has executive oversight of information systems, clinical informatics, biomedical engineering, cardiovascular services, surgery services, and imaging and laboratory services at all campuses.

She has been highly focused on the realignment of the healthcare systems’ strategic plan to better leverage technology and talent and drive progression of key HIT initiatives including demonstration of HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 6, demonstration of meaningful use for eligible hospitals and providers, development and deployment of virtualization, disaster recovery, ambulatory EMR and health information exchange and portal strategies for the healthcare system.

EMH Healthcare was founded in 1908 and is a 387 licensed-bed hospital system with three main campuses in Elyria, Amherst and Avon; along with multiple medical office locations. For more than a century, EMH has been committed to improving the health of the community through safe, high-quality and cost-effective care in Lorain County and western Cuyahoga County.

EMH Elyria Medical Center has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an 11-time "100 Top Hospital", for the second consecutive year as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and by the Employers' Resource Council as a 13-time "North Coast 99 Top Employer."




Scott Young, MD, Executive Director and Senior Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute, Associate Executive Director for Clinical Care and Innovation, The Permanente Federation

Scott Young, MD, serves as executive director and senior medical director of Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute and associate executive director for Clinical Care and Innovation at The Permanente Federation. He leads a nationwide team that is integral to Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improve the care and wellness of its 9 million members. His work includes commissioning the discovery, development and spread of programs and best practices focused on care delivery, education and member experience.

Dr. Young is former director for Health IT at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Prior to joining that agency, he served as a senior clinical advisor at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Young’s policy experience also includes service as a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow in the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.

He is former executive vice president of the Utah HealthCare Institute, a not-for-profit organization providing clinical care, outreach programs, medical education, research, informatics and health policy services. Dr. Young is a founding member of Intermountain Health Care’s Utah Valley Family Practice Residency. Dr. Young received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 and completed his training at the Fairfax Family Practice Residency. He is board certified in family medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.