Speakers

Richard Bakalar, MD

Richard Bakalar, MD

Advisory Practice Leader for Virtual Care, KPMG

Richard has over 30 years of clinical, health informatics and executive leadership experience. He has a medical license in Maryland and was board certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He is also a U.S. physician consultant in KPMG’s Global Healthcare Center of Excellence.

Sophia Batallas, RN, MSN

Sophia Batallas, RN, MSN

Associate Director, Encore, A Quintiles Company

Sophia has over 20 years of experience in nursing leadership, strategic planning, clinical informatics and CMS regulatory measures. She has expert knowledge in nursing/physician processes, clinical workflow/process redesign, clinical process transformation, clinical advisory consulting, and project management.  She earned her MSN in Nursing Administration from Seton Hall University.

Adam Buchanan, MS, MPH, CGC

Adam Buchanan, MS, MPH, CGC

Clinical Investigator 1, Genomic Medicine Institute, Geisinger Health System

Adam is a board-certified cancer genetic counselor with a decade of research experience in assessing cancer risk management behaviors. His primary research interests are in genomic medicine, access to care and clinical outcomes of genetic counseling. He earned his MS from UNC Greensboro and MPH from UNC Gillings School of Public Health.

Donna Crenshaw, PhD MHA

Donna Crenshaw, PhD MHA

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine

Donna is responsible for developing, growing, and managing relationships that further the interests of the Center and for identifying opportunities to commercialize inventions developed by the Center’s investigators. She also serves as the Executive Director for MEDx, an innovative Duke initiative to increase collaboration between the Schools of Engineering and Medicine. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University Medical Center and MHA from UNC-Chapel Hill

Erin Drucker, MSPH, MA

Erin Drucker, MSPH, MA

Data Scientist, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions

Erin has almost ten years of experience in health research. She holds an MSPH in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina and MA in History/Medical Anthropology from Michigan State University.

Paula Edwards, PhD

Paula Edwards, PhD

Director of Analytics, Himformatics

Paula has twenty years of experience in design and implementation of analytics and information management solutions. She has worked with numerous healthcare provider organization on analytics strategy and program management, solution design and implementation, and design and implementation of data governance programs. She earned her PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tommy Ellis, MD

Tommy Ellis, MD

Chief Medical Informatics Officer, East Carolina University Physicians (ECUP)

Tommy also serves as Medical Director for the ECUP Firetower Clinic. He is Assistant Clinical Professor at the Brody School of Medicine, where he also earned his medical degree. He is Board certified in Family Medicine and is certified as an Epic EHR Physician Builder.

Jake Fochetta

Senior Consultant, ECG Management Consultants

Jake focuses on managing the implementation and optimization EHR and PM applications in complex organizations across a spectrum of clinical and revenue cycle platforms. He recently assisted Cone Health in planning and managing the implementation of e-Visits and live video visits. He earned his degree in Managerial Economics from Bentley University.

Dana Gibson

Dana Gibson

Executive Director, Information Office, Mission Health System

During her tenure at Mission, Dana has led significant change efforts in the IT Project Management Office, the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification program, the system’s Health Information Exchange, and the Patient Portal. She has overseen the implementation of ITSM and the redesign of a the current HIM department.

Leslie Greenwald, PhD

Leslie Greenwald, PhD

Chief Scientist & VP, RTI International

Leslie is a nationally known expert in health care payment policy.  She has conducted a range of projects focusing on pay-for-performance, accountable care, care coordination, Medicare payment issues and health care reform. Before joining RTI, she was a division director at CMS. She earned her PhD in Government/Economics from the University of Virginia.

Michelle Hager

Michelle Hager

Managing Partner, Blue Cirrus Consulting

Michelle has over 20 years of experience in healthcare IT.  For the past six years, she has dedicated her efforts to the development of telehealth strategies for healthcare organizations, including Inter Mountain Healthcare, Adventist Health, Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health.

Ed Hammond, PhD

Ed Hammond, PhD

Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics

Ed also serves as Director of Applied Informatics Research at Duke Health Technology Solutions. 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.

Clyde Hewitt, MS

Clyde Hewitt, MS

Vice President of Security Strategy, CynergisTek

Clyde has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in cybersecurity. His responsibilities at CynergisTek include serving as senior security advisor and developer of strategic direction for information and cybersecurity services. He earned his MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. He is a Past President of NCHICA and serves on the Board of Directors.

Ray Hillen

Ray Hillen

Managing Director of Cybersecurity Consulting, Agio

Ray has over 16 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, focused on providing firms with a realistic and comprehensive security strategy. He has worked with a vast spectrum of organizations, including state and federal government and Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he is Health Information Trust Alliance certified and has led the effort on security risk analysis projects for large area hospitals and other covered entities. He also holds CISSP and PCI QSA certifications.

David Holtzman, JD

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. 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

Yvonne Hughes, MPA

CEO, Coastal Connect HIE

Yvonne brings over 16 years of healthcare experience to Coastal Connect, which includes project management, team facilitation, strategic planning, grant writing and change management. She earned her MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from UNC-Wilmington.

John Jenkins, MD

John Jenkins, MD

VP of Telehealth, Cone Health

John is a practicing primary care provider and serves as Executive Medical Director of the Primary Care Collaborative—a think tank for innovation in delivery, access, and sustainability for primary care. He has led the development of e-visits through MyChart and a regional telehealth platform. He earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Chuck Kesler, MBA

Chuck Kesler, MBA

Chief Information Security Officer, Duke Health

Chuck is responsible for establishing the enterprise-level strategy and coordinating operational efforts for information security across all Duke Medicine entities, including three major hospitals, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and associated organizations. He has over 22 years of IT industry experience, and earned his MBA from NC State University.

Blair Kraft

Blair Kraft

Director of IT, Coastal Connect HIE

Blair has 22 years of experience in technology in both the private and non-profit sectors.  Most recently, he spent 13 years as Director of IT for a behavioral health clinic in Washington, DC, where he led the migration from paper records to a full-function behavioral EHR product. He holds certifications from numerous IT companies, including Microsoft, Novell and Citrix.

Tonya LaLande, MS

Tonya LaLande, MS

Team Lead, Information & Analytics Services, Carolinas HealthCare System

Tonya is responsible for Health Information Exchange, Project and Resource Management, System Implementations, and Application Support. She previously worked as a Systems Analyst for Bon Secours Richmond. She earned her MS in Health Informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Michael Levy, MBA

Michael Levy, MBA

CEO & Co-founder, Bluedoor

Michael is also the current Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC Health Care’s Center for Health Innovation. Prior to co-founding Bluedoor, he was Co-founder and COO of Digital Therapy, a cognitive computing platform powered by IBM Watson in the behavioral health space. He earned his BSc in Neuroscience from Tulane University and MBA from Elon University.

Kim Lewis, RN

Kim Lewis, RN

Global Clinical Solutions Manager, Lenovo Health

Kim spent 11 years as a bedside nurse, where she saw first-hand the need for care transformation. She then sought to apply her clinical knowledge and skills to influence health system strategy and operations by joining KPMG, where she was involved with telemedicine, patient quality, and regulatory compliance. She earned her nursing degree from Western Carolina University.

Brent Matthewson, MBA

Brent Matthewson, MBA

Director of Data Science & Business Analytics, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Brent developed the company’s “Analytics Roadmap” and executes on the goals and actions for improving analytical maturity. He previously worked for USAA and Bank of America. He earned his MBA from St. John Fisher College.

Elycia Morris, MBA

Elycia Morris, MBA

Healthcare Business Development Executive, Apple

Elycia is working to expand Apple Healthcare’s US enterprise mobility solutions bringing mHealth and the IoT together on a secure world-class platform in iOS, to disrupt care delivery.  Prior to joining Apple, Elycia held various positions with GE for 12 years . She earned her BS from the Air Force Academy and an MBA from George Washington University.

David Olaleye, PhD

Senior Manager, HLS, SAS

David has spent the last 15 years at SAS working on statistical software development of products that cover the broad spectrum of clinical trial design, pharmacovigilance/drug safety, healthcare claims and episode-of-care analytics, and health outcomes statistical analysis. He obtained his PhD degree in Demography and MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Bobby Park, MD

Bobby Park, MD

Co-founder and Director of Virtual Health, RelyMD

Bobby received his medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and is board certified in emergency medicine. He has been practicing at WakeMed Health and Hospitals since 2003. Prior to this, he was a core faculty member at Duke University Medical Center, where he was an attending emergency medicine physician.

Richard Pro, MBA, MS

Richard Pro, MBA, MS

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Cone Health

Richard has 30 years of experience in the health insurance, healthcare provider, and management consulting spaces. He is responsible for leading Cone’s continued development as a knowledge-driven organization. He earned his MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and MS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.

Mike Rhoades, MBA

Mike Rhoades, MBA

CEO, Blaze Advisors

Mike has served in a variety of executive and advisory roles, including COO of a multi-state IDN and CEO of an ambulatory multi-specialty network. He also has experience in policy development, rate setting, and investigative support in matters relative to OIG, CMS and others. He earned his MBA from UNC-Wilmington.

Blix Rice, MBA

Blix Rice, MBA

VP for Innovation & Transformation, Greenville Health System

Blix provides administrative leadership for population health management for the Care Coordination Institute.  He also serves as Administrator of Integrated Health Services, where he oversees multiple clinical integration initiatives, including the development of telehealth and senior care capabilities, and the coordination of GHS EMS support operations. He has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  He earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Liz Richard, MBA, MHS

Liz Richard, MBA, MHS

Managing Director, Encore, A Quintiles Company

Liz has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has educated organizations and helped them to prepare for MACRA, eMeasures and Meaningful Use.  She spent 14 years at Tampa General Hospital, most recently as Director of Decision Support and Process Engineering.  She earned her MBA and MHS from the University of Florida.

Kimberly Robasky, PhD

Kimberly Robasky, PhD

Translational Research Scientist, RENCI

Kimberly has over 15 years of business and software architectural experience. Prior to joining RENCI, she worked as a consulting software architect and ran a web-hosting business for several years before receiving her doctorate and accepting an Associate Directorship with Quintiles as a scientific thought-leader for biomedical product development. She earned her PhD in Bioinformatics from Boston University.

Shelley Rusincovitch

Shelley Rusincovitch

Informatics Architect, Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Shelley specializes in data modeling, solutions architecture, research applications of healthcare data, and predictive analytics. Her experience includes health system data warehousing, clinical trials, and outcomes registries. She is currently working on her MMCi degree from Duke University.

Jonathan Sherman

Jonathan Sherman

Director, Information & Analytics Services, Carolinas HealthCare System

Jonathan focuses on HIE, Integration Support, System Selection & Contract Negotiation, Lab & Pathology IS System Management, and Project Management  Prior to this, he spent 17 years as a healthcare consultant. He earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Reginald Silver, DPH, MBA

Reginald Silver, DPH, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Belk College of Business, UNC-Charlotte

Reginald teaches courses in management information systems, statistics, and business computing.  His research interests include human and systems integration, healthcare information technology, business analytics, and big data. Prior to joining Belk College, he had over 18 years of experience in healthcare operations and finance.

Antonis Stylianou, PhD, MBA

Antonis Stylianou, PhD, MBA

Chair, Dept. of Business Information Systems & Operations Mgmt, UNC-Charlotte

Antonis also serves as professor of Management Information Systems and Data Science and Business Analytics. In addition to consulting with several Fortune 1000 companies and non-profit organizations, his industry experience includes an appointment in the Information Management department at Duke Energy. He currently serves as a senior editor for the Database for Advances in Information Systems journal.

Chandrasekar Subramaniam, PhD, MBA

Chandrasekar Subramaniam, PhD, MBA

Associate Profesor of Managment Information Systems, UNC Charlotte

Chandra’s research projects have been funded by corporations such as Caterpillar, Motorola, State Farm Insurance, and the Center for e-Business and IT Management at the University of Illinois. He has published in several leading journals in information systems and contributed chapters for two books on electronic commerce.

Mary Thompson, RHIA, MHA

Director of Health Information Systems/Services, ECU Physicians

Mary has over 30 years of experience in both acute and ambulatory healthcare settings. She currently serves on the NCHICA Board of Directors and is also a member of NCHIMA and AHIMA. She earned her MHA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Marya Upchurch, MHA

Marya Upchurch, MHA

Senior VP, Blaze Advisors

Marya has over 25 years of experience in providing technical solutions, analytics, client relations, business development, population health, clinical, financial and operational improvement solutions. She previously worked for CCNC, NC HIE and Carolinas HealthCare System. She earned her MHA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Vivian West, PhD, MBA

Vivian West, PhD, MBA

Associate Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics

Vivian is also a clinical associate at the Duke University School of Nursing. She previously served as the NLM Project Evaluation/Research Director at East Carolina University. She earned her MBA from Bryant University and PhD in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Yang Xiao, PhD

Research Statistician Developer, SAS

Yang has developed analytical solutions using both electronic health record and healthcare claims data. Her current interest is predictive modeling for episode analytics and Real World Evidence (RWE) studies. She received PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati.

There is no other place that you can hear the critical issues happening in the North Carolina healthcare and technology world like NCHICA’s annual conference. The quality of the programming is matched only by the quality of the conversations you can have with other attendees.

— 2013 Conference Attendee

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