Pursuant to the Bylaws of the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA), the Nominating Committee hereby puts forth the following list of seven candidates for election for the seven open positions in the Board of Directors Class of 2022. This ballot is being sent to the primary representative of each NCHICA member organization that is in good standing as of June 30, 2019. Each member organization is entitled to one ballot.
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Your vote must be received by 5:00 pm on August 23, 2019.
If you have any questions regarding the voting process, please contact Jennifer Anderson at 919-558-9258 ext. 305, Jennifer@nchica.org.
Neal Chawla, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer, WakeMed
Neal is a practicing Emergency Physician. Prior to joining WakeMed, he was at Inova Health System, where he served as Associate CMIO and completed a large Epic implementation. He has also been Medical Director for two freestanding emergency departments in Northern Virginia. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Jason Cox, CISSP, CISM
Security Practice Manager, Dynamic Quest
Jason served as Information Security Officer for High Point Regional Health and became part of the UNC Health Care information security team during the period of time HPRH was under UNC ownership. Prior to that, he worked in IT for 11 years for North State, one of the nation’s 15 largest integrated communications companies. He previously served as co-chair of NCHICA’s Privacy and Security Officials Workgroup and now works for Dynamic Quest serving as the contract CISO for a large textile manufacturing organization. He holds both the CISSP and CISM security credentials and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Jean Foster, RHIA, CHPS
Jean has more than 30 years of leadership experience in Health Information Management. She served as the Administrator of Health Information Management Services and in other capacities including Privacy Officer at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC where she worked for thirty-four years. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Health Information Technology at Edgecombe Community College. Jean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Record Administration from East Carolina University and was certified in HealthCare Privacy & Security (CHPS) in April 2016. Jean currently represents NCHIMA on the NCHICA Board of Director’s, serves as Secretary, and is a member of the Privacy & Security Officials Workgroup.
Clyde Hewitt, CISSP, CHS
Vice President of Security Strategy, CynergisTek
Clyde brings more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in cybersecurity to his position with CynergisTek. He retired from the United States Air Force after serving in various senior IT technology positions, later working in the private sector in various information security management roles. Most recently, he was the Vice President & Chief Security Officer for Allscripts. Clyde holds a BA in International Relations from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MS in Engineering from the University of Arkansas, and is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University’s Program Management Course. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. His professional certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Level III Program Manager, and Certified in Healthcare Security.
Christopher Jones, DrPH, MHA
Assistant Professor, Depts. of Geriatrics and Implementation Science, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
His research focus is collaborative learning models for continuing education. Chris is a member of the Leadership Team of the Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC). He founded and leads the AHEC Technology Outreach Center, where he provides vision and oversight for three key AHEC service areas: Information Technology Services, Practice Support Services and Library Services. He has served on the NCHICA Board of Directors since 2014 and is the current Board President. He earned his Doctorate in Public Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2016.
Matt Manning, MD
Interim Chief of Oncology, Cone Health
Board certified in radiation oncology, Matt balances his leadership and clinical responsibilities with clinical interest in prostate, bladder, brain and spine, melanoma and thoracic cancers. He has been an EPIC user for 8 years, having completed Clinician Builder CLN150 and CLN160 without pursuing certification. He has served on the Oncology and Radiation Oncology steering committees with EPIC. His research on high-tech therapies, including stereotactic radiosurgery and brachytherapy, has helped elevate Cone Health’s cutting-edge clinical care at national meetings. In recent years, he has been published in the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics and International Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics. In 2016, he received the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ Innovator Award. In collaboration with the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, he has also co-authored studies to eliminate racial disparity in cancer care.
Heather Thornton, RHIA, MBA
Program Director, Healthcare Informatics, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Heather received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Health Information Management and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has worked in healthcare since 1994 and healthcare information technology since 1996. Heather has had a focus in IT applications with many years of experience in Electronic Health Records. She spent ten years implementing McKesson products before her promotion to Epic Program Director in 2011. She led a large team through the 15-month implementation that was very successful. She is now the IT Enterprise Applications Director and works with all levels in the organization.
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