Holt Anderson, FHIMSS
Principal, Learning Health System
Holt serves as Chair of the Governance and Policy Framework Initiative for the Learning Health Community. He was Executive Director of NCHICA for 19 years currently serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors. He is a HIMSS Fellow and also served on the HIMSS Board.
Melissa Baker, MA
Senior Healthcare Consultant, Burwood Group
Melissa has over 20 years of progressive experience. She helps clients implement Burwood’s Integrated Caregiver Experience technology training solutions and has served as director of operations, managing consultant, and PMO for various enterprise healthcare clients. She earned her Master’s in Education, Instructional Design from Southern Illinois University.
Heidi Banks, MSM, PMP
Senior Business Intelligence Developer, PORT, Duke Health
Heidi has over 16 years of BI development experience, including Business Objects universe design, WebIntelligence report development, Tableau dashboard development, Oracle database object creation, and Oracle SQL query performance tuning. She received a MS in Management degree from NC State University and holds PMP credentials.
Pam Barth, MRP
Data Modeler, PORT, Duke Health
Pam’s primary work is with PORT, using EHR data to support Duke’s Private Diagnostic Clinic in its operational interests. She has over 15 years of Oracle database developer experience, particularly with PL/SQL, and is certified in Epic’s ASAP data model. She previously was a member of the Duke Translational Research Institute’s Applied Informatics team, and worked as a Data Warehouse Developer in the DHTS Analytics Center of Excellence. She received a Master of Regional Planning degree from UNC Chapel Hill.
Application & Data Specialist, Coastal Connect HIE
Cory has been with Coastal Connect HIE since 2012, during which time he has been in charge of projects ranging from installation of HIE technology to community outreach and education on HIE products. Currently he has turned to a more technical behind-the-scenes role for all HIE technology, most notably working as a beta tester for Notify. He received his BA in Business Administration with a concentration on Management Information Systems from UNC Wilmington.
Bonne Britton, RN
Executive Director, Reconnect4Health
Bonnie is a Telehealth pioneer and expert, having dedicated the past 21 years of her career to advancing the adoption and implementation of Telehealth both nationally and internationally. She is a past Board member and committee chair for the American Telemedicine Association, and was inducted to its College of Fellows in 2010. She currently serves as a Board Advisor and Consultant for the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. She earned her nursing degree from Eastern Carolina University.
Analytics Manager, NC Health Information Exchange Authority
Prior to joining the NC HIE Authority in July, Jason served as Senior VP of Informatics for The Health Collaborative. He earned his BA in Business Administration from Queens University of Charlotte.
HCS-Applications Developer, UNC Health Care
Bradley has over ten years of health care experience ranging from analysis, design, and development of application solutions, along with a vast range of programming skills and knowledge of health care business and innovation. He has technical expertise with health care messaging standards and interfaces such as HL7, DICOM, XDS and FHIR. He earned his BS in Computer Engineering from Eastern Michigan University.
Stephanie leads program and solution development, knowledge management, and customer success for Immersive. She has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, including working for WebMD, CTG Health Solutions and CynergisTek. She serves on AHIMA’s Data Analytics Practice Council, and serves as the scholarship chair of the Central and North Florida chapter of HIMSS.
Noah Dermer, JD
Security Officer, InstaMed
Prior to joining InstaMed, Noah was Epic’s Chief Privacy and Security Officer, managing Epic’s security R&D team. He has also been a network administrator and worked for a large financial technology services company and a technology consulting firm. Noah publishes a monthly Security Corner blog on the InstaMed website. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Bruce Eckert, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Bruce’s areas of specialty are healthcare IT strategy, regulatory impact on IT, and IT cost optimization. Before becoming a consultant 13 years ago, he was a healthcare CIO: first with a hospital-based integrated delivery network and then with a large behavioral health organization. He is a member of the American Economic Association and earned his MBA from Michigan State University.
J. Scot Eibel, JD, CCEP, CHC
Vice President, Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer, U.S. Renal Care
Scot has over 15 years of legal and business experience creating/implementing efficient work systems coupled with policies and procedures to meet legal requirements, and assessing/developing corporate compliance programs. He earned his law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.
Robert Furberg, PhD, MBA
Senior Clinical Informaticist, RTI International
Robert conducts future-oriented research on technology-enabled behavior change. He has conducted numerous studies on digital health interventions for AHRQ, CDC, NIH and NSF. His current work focuses on how sensor-based biometric data and emerging health technologies can be used to better support individualized prevention, disease management, and informed decision-making. He earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix and PhD in Medical Education from UNC Chapel Hill.
Co-Founder and CTO, Vivor
Benjamin is a professional software developer/architect with over 11 years of experience programming and leading development teams across a wide variety of programming languages and business domains. He is responsible for the management of Vivor’s software development teams and maintenance of Vivor’s software assets. He earned his BS in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.
Patti Gorgone, RN, MAS
Business Analyst, PORT, Duke University Health System
Patti has worked in the Informatics field for 20 years in various roles including Critical Care Nurse, Nurse Manager, Operations Director of Admission Services, and Coordinator for Clinical Informatics. She earned her BSN from Felician University, MAS from Fairleigh Dickerson University, is certified as an Informatics Nurse from the ANCC, and holds numerous Epic certifications.
Katie Hadley, MPP
Katie has been a member of Atrium’s Information Security team for two years. In this role, she focuses on cybersecurity risk management and HIPAA compliance with a specialty in data loss prevention and cloud security. She has earned a CompTIA Security + certification and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from George Mason University.
Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA, FHL7
Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics
Ed also serves as Director of Applied Informatics Research at Duke Health Technology Solutions and Director of Academic Affairs for MMCi. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1967 and has served on the Duke faculty since then. He is Chair Emeritus of HL7 and serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors.
Saira Haque, PhD, MHSA
Senior Health Informaticist, RTI International
Saira has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of research, consulting, project management, and operations positions for research organizations, providers, and payers. She has overseen development of environmental scans, evidence-based tool development, and qualitative and quantitative evaluation and analysis. She earned her MHSA from the University of Michigan and PhD from Syracuse University.
David Holtzman, JD
VP, Privacy & Security Compliance Services, CynergisTek
David has over ten years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating health information privacy and security compliance programs from both government and private sector positions. Prior to joining CynergisTek, he served on the health information privacy team at the Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights. He currently serves as co-chair of the NCHICA Privacy & Security Officials Workgroup. He earned his law degree at the Western New England College of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York and Illinois.
Yvonne Hughes, MPA
CEO, Coastal Connect Health Alliance & CCHIE
Yvonne has been with Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance for over 22 years, serving as Executive Director for over 20 of those years. She earned her MPA in Nonprofit Management from UNC Wilmington, and served on the NCHICA Board of Directors.
Iltifat Husain, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Iltifat is also a co-founder of IMPATHIQ. He and a team at Wake Forest took an evidence-based algorithm that was created at Wake Forest and turned it into an EHR-integrated SMART FHIR application. He earned his MD from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and MPH from UNC Chapel Hill.
Mustafa Karakus, PhD
VP, Truven Health Analytics, IBM Watson Health
Mustafa is a health economist and has extensive experience in mental health policy, evidence-based behavioral health services, healthcare financing, and behavioral health outcomes research. He serves as an internal subject matter expert providing technical assistance and analytic support on projects involving analysis of financing reform and innovations, opioid use disorders, medication assisted treatment, and people with serious mental illness. He earned his PhD in Health Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Robert co-founded Protenus along with another medical school student to protect patient privacy in electronic health records. He is an expert in the fields of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, healthcare analytics and data privacy. Before co-founding Protenus, he was an MD candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Aaron McKethan, PhD
Chief Data Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Aaron also serves as Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, as Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, and as Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Previously, he directed the Beacon Communities program at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and served as Research Director in health policy at the Brookings Institution. He earned his PhD in Public Policy Analysis from UNC Chapel Hill.
Carrie Nixon, JD
Managing Member, Nixon Law Group
Carrie is also CEO of Nixon HealthNexus, a healthcare reform and innovation consultancy. She is an expert in law and policy issues relating to value-based delivery/reimbursement, including Accountable Care Organizations, Alternative Payment Models, MACRA and MIPS reporting, and mHealth/telemedicine. She represents health systems, physician groups, post-acute providers, and early stage healthcare companies. She earned her law degree from University of Virginia School of Law.
Nancia Odom, MS, RN
Manager, Patient Placement, Duke University Health System
Nancia has 15 years of nursing informatics and project management experience in a corporate healthcare environment. She also has over four years of healthcare management, patient flow and hospital operations experience. She earned her BSN from NC Central University and MS in Nursing Informatics from UNC Chapel Hill.
Dennis Puls, MBA, CPHIMS
Manager, KPMG Advisory Healthcare Solutions
Dennis provides IT assessment and strategic planning services for healthcare organizations across the country, from hospitals/health systems to ambulatory clinics and vendors. He was instrumental in starting Maine’s HealthInfoNet, one of the more successful HIEs. He earned his MBA from National University.
Hector Rodriguez, MBA
Worldwide Health Chief Information Security Officer, Microsoft
Hector leads Microsoft’s work in health cloud compliance, health standards and cybersecurity. He works to ensure that healthcare security, privacy and compliance are foundational to Microsoft’s healthcare digital transformation strategy. He is a founding member of the HITRUST Business Associate Council and earned his MBA from Rutgers University.
Gerard Scheitlin, MS
Founder & President, RISQ Management LLC
Gerard has a 30-year background in multiple industries including Health Care and Information Technology for organizations including Orion Health, Healthways and Dell. He is passionate about risk remediation and process improvement. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and earned his MS in Engineering Management from the University of Alabama.
Miji Sofela, MBA, MMCi
IT Analyst, Duke Health Technology Solutions
Miji works in the Analytics Center for Excellence on projects of varying sizes and impact from clinical research to quality improvement. He earned his Master of Management in Clinical Informatics from Duke University School of Medicine, and MBA from Hult International Business School.
Jon Sternstein, GPEN, CISSP, CEH
Founder and Principal Consultant, Stern Security
Jon is the author of the Cisco Press course on Security Penetration Testing (The Art of Hacking Series). He co-chairs the NCHICA Privacy and Security Officials Workgroup and has been a featured cybersecurity expert on ABC News, WRAL News, and Business North Carolina Magazine.
Business Intelligence Developer, PORT, Duke Health
Andrew builds Tableau-based analytical solutions for providers across the Private Diagnostic Clinic at Duke. Prior to joining Duke, he spent more than 12 years analyzing and producing dashboard solutions for the retail, energy utility, and franchise industries. He has a passion for taking large datasets and leveraging the power of BI tools like Tableau to deliver insightful, actionable dashboards to clients. He received his BA in Political Science from Emory University.
Director, Technical Product Management, Nuvolo
Andrew has diverse technology and business leadership experience bringing innovative and disruptive Healthcare, Analytics, Security, and Cloud/SaaS solutions to market. Prior to joining Nuvolo, he worked for BlueCat Networks, Quest Software and Fair Isaac Corporation. He earned his BS in Interactive Media Design from the Art Institutes International Minnesota.
Director, EMR Technical Services & Interoperability, Sentara Healthcare
Tom has been with Sentara for the past 21 years. He is responsible for Clinical Application Technical Services for the Epic EMR, including Cache database, interfaces, Patient Data Abstractor, software updates, and BioMed Device Integration using Capsule and Philips. He is skilled in Epic, clinical systems, OnBase, databases, management, interfaces, interoperability, telehealth, and healthcare. He earned his BS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University.
Director, Data and Analytics, Burwood Group
Mike has 25 years of health IT experience, as a consultant to health systems in analytics development and governance, and in leadership roles with pioneering vendors such as Bridge Medical (Cerner), Pyxis (BD CareFusion) and Nellcor Puritan Bennett (Covidien).
Angela Yochem, MS
Executive VP and Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Novant Health
Angela leads the implementation of digital solutions across the Novant system including experimentation, design, development, operations, support, and partnerships. Prior to joining Novant, she served as Executive VP and CIO at Rent-A-Center, CIO for BDP International, Global CTO for AstraZeneca, and Divisional CIO at Dell. She earned her MS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee and holds three U.S. patents.
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