Speakers

Holt Anderson, FHIMSS

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.

Gerry Blass

Gerry Blass

Founder, ComplyAssistant

Gerry brings over 35 years of experience in healthcare information technology. He founded ComplyAssistant to provide software and service solutions for HIPAA and IT strategic planning. He currently chairs the NJ HIMSS Privacy, Security and Compliance Committee and participates in national and local chapters. Gerry contributes to healthcare compliance postings in various blogs and publications, including HIPAA 411, a LinkedIn group he co-founded.

Harriett Burns, MD, MPH

Harriett Burns, MD, MPH

Director of Informatics, Piedmont Health Services

Harriett received her medical degree from Duke and completed an MPH in Epidemiology as well as her Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at UNC. She has worked at Piedmont Health Services for the past nine years, which runs ten Federally-Qualified-Health Centers  and two senior-care PACE sites around central North Carolina.

Kathryn Callahan, MD

Kathryn Callahan, MD

Associate Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Callahan is an Associate Professor in the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. Her clinical and scholarly interests focus on incorporating function, cognition, and frailty assessments in care pathways for vulnerable older adults. She is currently supported by the National Institute on Aging K76 Beeson Award for Leadership in Aging.

Mike Chirico

Mike Chirico

Director of Information Security, New Bridge Medical Center

Mike Chirico is an attorney and technology professional specializing in privacy and security strategy. With over 20 years in the industry, his background includes engineering effective strategies to meet the challenges of among other regulations, HIPAA privacy and security. He advises organizations on information security solutions, including unified threat management and last line of defense. He is currently a Board member of the New Jersey chapter of HIMSS, co-chair the Security, Privacy and Compliance Committee and serve on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University Cybersecurity Certification Program.

Georgina Dukes, MHA

Georgina Dukes, MHA

NCCARE360 Community Engagement Manager, Unite Us

Georgina’s career has involved working in academic medical centers, community hospitals, and physician practices leading strategic operations and bridging the gap between hospitals and community health initiatives using population health transitions of care management, information technology, and a design thinking approach. She earned her bachelor’s in Public Health Science from Clemson University and MHA from the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Lisa Fiene, MPH

Lisa Fiene, MPH

Training Manager, FairWarning

Lisa supports customers and internal staff with all training needs. She joined FairWarning after earning her Master’s in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Policy and Management, from the University of South Florida. She is a FairWarning Ready® Certified Professional and Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP, CHPSE). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Tampa.

Charlie Gaddy

Charlie Gaddy

Atrium Health

Charlie is a technologist who drives digital patient engagement strategy and implementation for Atrium Health, with a humanistic approach to software product management. His focus is on the MyAtriumHealth patient portal, native mobile app development, and exploring new ways for patients to connect with their health, most recently through voice and automated chat platforms.

Hugh Harris, JD

Hugh Harris, JD

Outreach & Policy Counsel , Public Protection Section, NC Dept. of Justice

Hugh lectures on consumer protection, elder fraud, cybersecurity, identity theft, and internet safety. In addition, his work at the NC Department of Justice has included litigating cases on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office in the area of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice law. He started his career as an Assistant Public Defender in Asheville and later joined the NC Department of Justice-Workers Compensation Division. He earned his JD from the NC Central University School of Law, and his BA in psychology from UNC-Asheville.

Shadi Hijjawi, MD, MBA

Shadi Hijjawi, MD, MBA

Interim CMIO and Hospitalist, CaroMont Health

Dr Hijjawi is an experienced Physician Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. He earned his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology and completed his Internal Medicine residency at University of Texas Medical Branch. He also holds an MBA with Medical Concentration from Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

David Holtzman, JD, CIPP/G

David Holtzman, JD, CIPP/G

Executive Advisor, CynergisTek

David has nearly two-decades of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating health information privacy and security compliance programs from both government and private sector organizations. He previously served on the health information privacy team at the HHS Office for Civil Rights. He is co-chair of the NCHICA Privacy & Security Officials Workgroup, and serves on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 405d Task Group that advises HHS on development of best practices for the healthcare sector.

Monica Horvath, PhD

Monica Horvath, PhD

Senior Reporting Solution Manager, UNC Health Care

Monica is a health intelligence and health services research thought leader with well over two decades of experience in healthcare, research methodology, informatics and analytics. She holds a PhD in Molecular Biophysics, Computational Biology Track from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and held a postdoctoral position at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Jiaqi Huang, MS

Jiaqi Huang, MS

Sr. Analytics Consultant, Lumeris

Jiaqi’s work includes designing and implementing models and analyses for both internal and external clients to inform strategic decision-making, and developing scalable and automatized analytic solutions to streamline business processes. She obtained her MS from the University of Washington in Industrial & Systems Engineering with a focus on Operations Research in Healthcare, and her BS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Industrial Engineering & Management.

Elizabeth Hunt, JD

Elizabeth Hunt, JD

Chief Compliance Officer, Southeastern Health

Elizabeth previously served as Government Affairs Policy Specialist for Southeastern Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UNC-Pembroke and law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.

Sara Imhof

Sara Imhof

Senior Director, Precision Health, NC Biotechnology Center

Sara works with cross-disciplinary experts statewide to advance transformative, data-driven precision health through innovation and partnership. She has more than 20 years of experience as an action-oriented public policy leader and cultivating and sustaining diverse strategic partnerships, facilitating discourse to achieve consensus-based policy recommendations, managing media and community relations, and serving as a catalyst for change and progress.

Michael Kirby, MS

Michael Kirby, MS

Managing Director, Healthcare Advisory, KPMG

Michael has 21 years of healthcare experience delivering information technology solutions to academic hospitals, integrated delivery networks (IDNs), community hospitals, physician group practices and retail clinics. He previously worked for Dell, Beacon Partners and MEDITECH. He earned his BS in Marketing and MS in Business from Husson University.

Peter Leese

Peter Leese

Data Scientist & Engineer, UNC Health Care

Peter works in the Information Services Division and the UNC-School of Medicine Center for Innovation. Before moving to applied work, he was a researcher working in health economics and clinical epidemiology. His work now focuses on EMR analytic methods to support patient care and research.

Joseph Lucas, PhD

Joseph Lucas, PhD

Lumeris

Dr. Lucas leads the Data Science team at Lumeris. His projects in the value-based care space include risk modeling, comparative effectiveness studies, development of novel performance indicators, and “return on investment” simulations. His work in the analysis of high dimensional data has resulted in over 60 peer reviewed publications in both medical and statistical journals. He received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD in Statistics from Duke University. 

Laura Zink Marx

Laura Zink Marx

President & CEO, United Way of North Carolina

Laura is working with local United Way leaders across the state to development strategic partnerships and relationships that promote United Way impact work and the NC 2-1-1 system. Laura has 25 years of experience in various United Way and non-profit resource development and strategic planning capacities as a staff member and consultant. Prior to coming to NC, Laura served as Executive Director of the New Jersey 2-1-1 Partnership.

Mark Massing, MD, PhD, MPH

Mark Massing, MD, PhD, MPH

Analytic Data Scientist, NC Community Health Center Association

Dr. Massing is assigned to the Health Center Controlled Network, where he develops and leads activities related to healthcare data reporting and advanced analytics. He also explores opportunities to leverage data resources for innovative research, funding, and publications supporting informatics and healthcare quality. He has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare analytics, quality improvement, and health services research. He earned his MD from Duke University and an MPH/PhD in Epidemiology from UNC Chapel Hill.

Chris Moore

Co-owner, White Hawk Advocacy

Chris is a 14-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a Purple Heart recipient with three combat deployments. He has seen first-hand how failing to operate as a team is detrimental to the lives of those with disabilities. He uses the valuable lessons he learned on active duty to teach groups how to build successful teams and help children reach their fullest potential.

Mary Beth Moore

Mary Beth Moore

Co-owner, White Hawk Advocacy

Mary Beth served in the United States Marine Corps and spent several years as an intelligence analyst and senior instructor in the US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, primarily supporting expeditionary units and special operations. Drawing on lessons learned from her time in the intelligence community, she speaks often about leveraging technology to find the important data and creating accountability to make it actionable.

Greg Nelson, MMCi, CPHIMS

Greg Nelson, MMCi, CPHIMS

VP for Analytics & Strategy, Vidant Health

Greg is a global healthcare and business intelligence executive with over two decades of experience and leadership in the field. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Masters of Management in Clinical Informatics, Healthcare Analytics and Performance Management from Duke University, and has conducted doctoral level work in Social Psychology and Quantitative methods at the University of Georgia.

Von Nguyen, MD, MPH

VP for Clinical Operations & Innovations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC

Dr. Nguyen develops new collaborations with providers in support of value-based care. Prior to joining BCBSNC, he held senior roles at the CDC and CMS focused on driving quality improvement and decreasing costs. He has experience as a management consultant, medical underwriter, and medical director for Doctors Without Borders. He is a primary care provider and received his MD and MPH from the University of Texas. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC.

Nicholas Pajewski

Nicholas Pajewski

Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Data Science, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Pajewski also serves as the Director of Statistical Analytics for the Center for Health Care Innovation. His research interests include the conduct of randomized clinical trials and the utilization of data derived from the Electronic Health Record to inform clinical care for older adults.

Amy Partilla

Amy Partilla

Internet Consultant, Atrium Health

Amy oversees the digital consumer experience for Atrium Health, focusing on its public websites. She is responsible for developing, managing and executing on strategy to make it easier for consumers to understand and engage with healthcare online. She has worked on websites for 20 years, specializing in healthcare for 12 years and counting.

Lee Pierce, MIS

Lee Pierce, MIS

Chief Data Officer, Sirius Healthcare

A 22-year healthcare industry veteran, Lee specializes in leading enterprise efforts to leverage data as an enterprise asset with data and analytics strategies and competencies. Over the years, he has contributed to the industry by providing guidance to other healthcare organizations on data and analytics. He is a founding member and former chairman of the Healthcare Data and Analytics Association. Prior to joining Sirius, he was the Chief Data Officer at Intermountain Health.

Gerhard Pilcher

Gerhard Pilcher

President & CEO, Elder Research, Inc.

Gerhard enjoys predictive analytics and data mining, especially related to the areas of Health Care, Fraud Detection, and Financial Risk Management, working with people, leading change, and timely management of complex projects. His work experience spans both private and government sectors including international experience. He is coauthor of the popular book Mining Your Own Business.

Cheryl Rodenfels

Cheryl Rodenfels

Customer Success Executive, Nutanix

Cheryl is a technology executive with 33 years of IT experience including 16 years in healthcare leadership. Her previous roles include serving as CIO and SVP of Presence Health in Chicago, VP of IT at Scripps Health, and VP of IT Operations at Methodist Health. She has implemented, upgraded and improved various EHR systems including Epic, Allscripts, GE Centricity and MEDITECH.

Sy Saeed, MD

Sy Saeed, MD

Professor & Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, ECU Brody School of Medicine

Dr. Saeed also serves as Director of the North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program (NC-STeP). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Administration and Management, a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has published in the areas of evidence-based practices, telepsychiatry, and psychiatric administration and leadership.

Angie Santiago

Angie Santiago

Senior Security Consultant, tw-Security

Angie began her healthcare information security and disaster careers in 1992. She designed and implemented information security programs for SC Medicaid, Duke Medicine, Community Care of NC, and NC DHHS. As a longtime member of NCHICA, Angie contributed to many of NCHICA’s projects such as the landmark HIPAA Early View Security tool, the Health Information Security Privacy Collaboration, NC HIE Task Force, and the Privacy and Security Officials Workgroup.

Shawn Sutherland, MBA

Shawn Sutherland, MBA

Manager, Patient & Member Outcomes, Information Builders

Shawn brings 20+ years of practical experience and an understanding of the latest data technology to help organizations strategically achieve modern, value-based healthcare. He previously worked for UT Southwestern Medical Center, Baylor Health Care System and Texas Health Resources. Prior to that, he served for six years in the US Marine Corps. He earned his MBA from Texas Wesleyan University.

Anne Thomas, MPA

Anne Thomas, MPA

President & CEO, Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation

Anne has more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining FHLI, she was a founding member of consulting firm Praxis Partners for Health. She also served as Public Health Director for Dare County, NC for 18 years. She is a registered nurse and holds a BSN from Boston University School of Nursing and MPA from New York University.

Umit Topaloglu PhD, FAMIA

Umit Topaloglu PhD, FAMIA

Associate Director of Informatics, Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center and Wake Forest Center for Biomedical Informatics

Dr. Topaloglu has been promoting clinical research informatics solutions and their EHR integrations across the translational research spectrum with semantic interoperability and standard capabilities. He has served in informatics leadership positions on several large scale/multi institutional efforts including National Children’s Study, the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, and the Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. He served as Associate Leader for the Clinical and Translational Science Award Informatics Program, and is an Associate Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

NCHICA continues to provide an outstanding educational event with timely topics and presentations from national experts. The excellent networking opportunities with peers and business partners increased the value of the event.

— 2016 Conference Attendee

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