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Medica Research Institute is a non-profit, research organization determined to improve health outcomes for all, especially the most vulnerable through advancing knowledge that informs value-based healthcare and accountable communities for health. We are committed to contributing to evidence through independent, data-driven health services research that is placed in the public domain.
Mark Heaney is the chief strategist and founding partner of Get Real Health, a Rockville, Maryland-based health information technology (IT) company. Heaney has created award-winning software designs, including Get Real Health’s instantPHR product, which is now deployed in health organizations worldwide. Prior to founding Get Real Health, he was the vice president of architecture and development at USWEB. During his career, he has spoken at numerous international forums, and has testified on Capitol Hill on the topic of health IT.
Lee Barrett is the executive director for the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission. Mr Barrett has a 10-year track record of leading healthcare professional service organizations, as well as 20 years of experience in senior management roles in payer organizations. He speaks nationally on a variety of healthcare topics and is involved in a number of industry coalitions promoting the use of administrative and clinical health IT, including EHR systems and health information exchange.
As the chief evangelist and co-founder of Aloha Health, Mandi Bishop is disrupting healthcare by empowering collaborative care delivery. In 2016, she was recognized as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT" by Health Data Management magazine. She was #1 on 2016's #HIT100 list of top healthcare IT industry influencers. In 2015, she was included in Rock Health's "State of Women in Healthcare" report as a "Role Model." She is @MandiBPro on Twitter, curator of HITHappenings.com, founder of WHITS.org, and a contributor to numerous publications.
Dr Alvandi is an enthusiastic honors health science practitioner with extensive experience in teaching and clinical roles in health care. She is a former clinical educator in cardiology, where she provided support and learning experiences to students and new staff. She played a role in educating, supporting, and guiding students from the time they arrived until evaluation and beyond in a clinical setting. She helped students to become proficient at organizing and coordinating work, prioritizing tasks, and multi-tasking. Dr Alvandi has published an article with The American Journal of Accountable Care that explores the role of electronic databases in healthcare environments.
Having an interest in healthcare, Rehm quickly found himself communicating executive-level nursing strategies on patient experience, care continuity, and frontline engagement to chief nursing officers and chief executive officers of some of the nation's leading healthcare systems. Currently, he is the community manager for Nursing@Georgetown, the online Master of Science degree in Nursing program from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.
Halah is the community manager for Nursing@USC, the online Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Southern California. A dedicated storyteller for all things public health and social justice, she writes about health literacy, the social determinants of health and patient advocacy. Halah is an alumna of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As quality program analyst at Continuum Health Alliance, Morris facilitates customer engagement in quality initiatives at the heart of practice transformation. He helps practices navigate and translate the detailed logistics of Meaningful Use, PQRS, and Patient-Centered Medical Home. To build customized strategic planning for engagement with the Quality Payment Program, he has developed training programs for Continuum’s clients to ensure that have timely access to performance data. Morris holds an MBA in healthcare management and is an NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert (PCMH CCE).
Dr Mantravadi’s research interests are in health economics research, outcomes research, modeling, pharmacoeconomics, and economic evaluation. Dr Mantravadi conducts research on the application of econometric techniques. Other research interests include healthcare application of biostatistics, health information technology/GIS, and health administration/ management.
The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, a new initiative of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, was created as a professional home for clinicians, healthcare leaders, social service service providers, researchers, public health officials, data scientists, policy makers, payers, consumer advocates, and others who are working in the emerging field of complex care. We are working toward better-integrated, more efficient care for the relatively small population with complex health and social needs, including necessities often considered “non-medical” such as addiction, housing, hunger, and mental health. The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs is funded by AARP, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and the main cause of this problem is misuse of antibiotics. CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program works to make sure antibiotics are prescribed only when they are needed and used as they should. All healthcare facilities and their administrators and providers have a role to play in antibiotic stewardship, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics and offices, emergency departments and nursing homes.
Jeff Blake, MBA is a healthcare strategy and communications leader with expertise in regulated healthcare marketing, community engagement, public/government relations and strategic partnerships. Over the past decade, he has directed marketing and communications for major integrated healthcare systems, operating at the intersection of strategic planning and corporate communications. His writing often covers topics such as reputation management, strategic growth and patient experience in both provider and payer settings.
Since its inception in 2005, the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) has led efforts to promote the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health benefit designs balancing cost and quality. A multidisciplinary team of faculty, including A. Mark Fendrick, MD and Michael E. Chernew, PhD, who first published and named the VBID concept, have guided this approach from early principles to widespread adoption in the private and public sectors. The Center has played a key role in the inclusion of VBID in national healthcare reform legislation, as well as in numerous state initiatives. The basic VBID premise is to align patients’ out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments, with the value obtained from health services and providers.
Brenda is the Founder & CEO of Solera Health, a technology-enabled managed services organization that supports accountable care communities through a national network of community-based and digital providers of evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs as an adjunct to primary care. Follow Brenda on twitter @solerahealth
Debra Madden is a 2-time cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a young adult and breast cancer nearly 20 years later, which was thought to be secondary to the radiation she had received for her original cancer treatment. Debra became an active Cancer Research Advocate following her second cancer diagnosis at the age of 42 years. She is currently a member of the ECOG/ACRIN Cancer Research Group and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Advisory Panel on the Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options. She also serves on multiple grant review panels, including the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Breast Cancer Research Program. Debra blogs at “Musings of a Cancer Research Advocate,” (https://draemadden.wordpress.com/) and you can follow her on Twitter at @AdvocateDebM.
Noah Dermer, JD, is InstaMed’s security officer. Prior to joining InstaMed, Dermer was Epic’s chief privacy and security officer. Dermer also managed Epic’s security research and development team, which develops software that helps hospital organizations ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of healthcare data. Prior to his work on the security team, Dermer worked at Epic on clinical applications where he designed, coded, and maintained computerized physician order entry software. He has also been a network administrator and worked for a large financial technology services company and a technology consulting firm.
Greg Fulton is Philips Wellcentive's Industry & Public Policy Lead. He has extensive health IT experience in government relations at Congressional, Health & Human Services, state and industry organizational levels. He is a current member of the CommonWell Health Alliance Government Affairs Advisory Council and the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable.
Ms Jacobs is the chief operating officer for PCG Software and has more than 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, encompassing both administrative and clinical arenas. Prior to joining PCG, Ms Jacobs was the administrative director, medical management for VertiHealth Administrators. Previously, she was an independent consultant in ambulatory care and practice management, where her clients have included hospitals, physician groups, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Susan Kreimer is passionate about good health—a person’s most precious asset. Without it, she believes little else matters. She has spent most of her 20-year career as a journalist reporting on healthcare and informing consumers, physicians, hospital executives, and other stakeholders about issues that resonate with them. Her articles have appeared in many major newspapers, magazines, and trade publications. She has written on an array of topics that delved into numerous clinical aspects of medicine and the costs of delivering quality care. Raised in the Chicago area, Susan earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and now lives in New York City.
Travis Broome leads rapid and detailed analysis of new regulations pertaining to Medicare and affecting Aledade ACOs. Before joining Aledade, Travis most recently served as a Regional Manager at CMS. In this role he oversaw Medicare Parts A and B, EHR, and ACO operations across 5 states. Prior to this, he was team lead for the group responsible for policy and oversight in the Health IT Group at CMS. Travis received his MPH and MBA in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Al Lewis wears multiple hats, both professionally and also to cover his bald spot. As founder of Quizzify, he has married his extensive background in trivia with his 30 years experience in healthcare to create an engaging, educational, fully guaranteed and validated, question-and-answer game to teach employees how to spend their money and your money wisely. As an author, his critically acclaimed category-bestselling Why Nobody Believes the Numbers, exposing the innumeracy of the wellness field, was named healthcare book of the year in Forbes. As a consultant, he is widely acclaimed for his expertise in population health outcomes, and is credited by search engines with inventing disease management. As a validator of outcomes, he consults to the Validation Institute, part of an Intel-GE joint venture.
Julia Adler-Milstein is an associate professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health (Health Management and Policy). Her research focuses on policy and management issues related to the use of information technology in healthcare delivery. Her expertise is in health information exchange and she has conducted 5 national surveys of health information organizations.
Julie Potyraj is the community manager for MHA@GW and MPH@GW, both offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. For several years, she served as a community development specialist in Zambia coordinating youth empowerment programs and reproductive health education. She is currently an MPH@GW student focusing on global health and health communications.
R. Scott Oswald is managing principal of The Employment Law Group, P.C., a law firm based in Washington, DC. He represents healthcare whistleblowers and others who stand up to wrongdoing by their employers. An accomplished trial lawyer who has brought nearly 50 trials to verdict, Oswald has recovered more than $90 million in judgments and settlements for his clients. He is a graduate of The Trial Lawyers College and a past president of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
Aiden Spencer is a health IT researcher and writer at CureMD who focuses on various engaging and informative topics related to the health IT industry. He loves to research and write about topics such as Affordable Care Act, electronic health records, revenue cycle management, privacy, and security of patient health data. You can get in touch with him on Twitter @AidenSpencer15
Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM, is the medical director for Population Health Management for the RightOpt private exchange offering for Buck Consultants, A Xerox Company, and he is the consulting medical director for Employers Health Coalition, Inc. Previously he served as consulting corporate medical director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Whirlpool Corporation, and The Goodyear Tire
Kelly Price is vice president and chief of healthcare data analytics at DataGen. She has worked in healthcare finance for over 20 years, starting with the NYS Department of Health where she developed managed care rates for the Medicaid program. For the last 18 years, Kelly has helped members of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) understand changes in Medicare’s reimbursement systems. In her current position at DataGen, a subsidiary of HANYS, she works with hospital associations in 47 states and 5 multi-state systems on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues.
Sophia Bernazzani is a health care journalist. She has a background in healthcare and previously worked in health marketing and advocacy. She's passionate about nutrition and sustainability and studied global public health at the George Washington University.
Katy B. Kozhimannil, PHD, MPA, is an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Director of Research at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. Her research applies health policy and health services research to the field of women’s health, with a focus on maternal and child health. Dr Kozhimannil conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts reproductive-age women and their families. Twitter @katybkoz. E-mail kbk@umn.edu
JT Ripton is a freelance healthcare, technology, and business writer out of Tampa, Florida. He loves to write to inform, educate, and provoke minds. Follow him on twitter @JTRipton.
Marc M. Boutin, JD, is the chief executive officer of the National Health Council. He has been a leading voice for greater patient involvement at every stage of the healthcare continuum. Currently he serves as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Patient Engagement Advisory Panel, FasterCures Benefit-Risk Advisory Council, and MDIC Patient-Centered Benefit-Risk Steering Committee. He is a founding member of the international Patient-Focused Medicine Development consortium and has served on the Governing Board of the International Alliance of Patients' Organizations as a member and treasurer.
Dr Fry is executive vice-president of Clinical Outcomes Management for MPA Healthcare Solutions of Chicago, and adjunct professor of surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a career academic surgeon and former Chair of Surgery at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He has a career interest in surgical infections and is editor-in-chief of the journal Surgical Infections. Current research interests are measurement of outcomes of care and healthcare payment redesign.
Samantha Eisenstein Watson, MBA, is the chief executive officer and founder of The Samfund. Sam is a 2-time young adult cancer survivor. After completing her treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma and secondary myelodysplastic syndrome, she co-founded The Samfund in 2003 after recognizing a void in programs and services tailored specifically for young adult cancer survivors. She is an active member of the cancer community and an advocate for young adult survivors throughout the country. Sam holds a BA and an MBA from Brandeis University.
Thomas Morrow, MD, is the chief medical officer for Next IT. His current position is the culmination of his passion to improve clinical outcomes for people with chronic disease through the use advanced natural language processing and artificial intelligence. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, practiced family medicine for 14 years, and held a variety of positions including a faculty position at a residency and medical school, staff physician at a staff model health maintenance organization, and numerous medical director positions at multiple health plans.
Robert Chapman, MD is director of the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. He also leads the hematology and medical oncology division at Henry Ford Hospital, where he has been a staff physician since 1981. Dr Chapman is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and did an oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His professional interests include cancer clinical trials, management of lung cancer, and clinical program management. Dr Chapman is also a board director of 340B Health.
Neeraj Sood, PhD, is director of research at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, vice dean for research at the Price School for Public Policy, and associate professor at the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy at the University of Southern California. His prior work has focused on the economics of innovation, HIV/AIDS, health care financing, and global health. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and books, including leading journals in economics, medicine, and health policy. Dr Sood is on the editorial boards of Health Services Research and Forum for Health Economics and Policy. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and standing member of the Health Services Organization and Delivery study section at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining USC, Dr Sood was a senior economist at RAND and Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Dr Kaufman is a senior medical director at Quest Diagnostics. He was the lead author of the 2015 study in Diabetes Care, which found a 23% increase in new diabetes cases among Medicaid patients in states that expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act
Leigh Purvis is the director of Health Services Research in AARP’s Public Policy Institute. She leads a team of policy analysts and researchers who work on healthcare issues that are relevant to the 50 population. In addition, Ms Purvis heads the Institute’s work on prescription drug and mental health issues. Her primary areas of expertise are prescription drug pricing, biologic drugs, and prescription drug coverage.
Inmaculada Hernandez, PharmD, is involved in doctoral studies in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work is focused on the use of claims data to study the effectiveness and safety of new drugs in real-world clinical practice, particularly novel oral anticoagulants. She is also interested in evaluating patterns of diffusion and adoption of new drugs and in value-based insurance design.
Dr. Ide brings her diverse experiences in medicine, science, venture capital, and technology in leading Rimidi, a software company focused on improving the lives of individuals living with chronic diseases. Motivated by the belief that we can do much better in managing health as individuals, industry and society, Dr. Ide left clinical medicine to join the ranks of healthcare entrepreneurs who are trying to revolutionize the healthcare industry. She founded Rimidi Diabetes in 2012, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and their four boys. She enjoys sports and travel in her free time.
Howard Chen is a radiology chief resident at University of Pennsylvania in the Healthcare Quality and Leadership pathway. Howard graduated from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School and was the recipient of the 2014 Imaging Informatics Open-Source Leadership Award from the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine. His peer-reviewed papers investigate the role of data science in patient care, radiology education, and computational genomics. Howard writes about creating value for patient care through informatics and innovation. He tweets under @howardpchen.
Dr Petricoin is co-director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine at George Mason University, and co-founder of Perthera Inc, a personalized medicine firm in McLean, Virginia, where he also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board. Formerly, Dr Petricoin was co-director of the FDA-NCI Clinical Proteomics Program and a senior investigator within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA.
Ana Progovac is trained in Neuroscience (BS, 2010) and Health Services Research and Policy (PhD, 2015). She will be completing an NIMH Mental Health Policy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School during 2015-2017. Her dissertation examined the role of psychological attitudes in womens’ health. She has also worked in primary care – mental health integration at the VA and at the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative. Her interests include integrated care, implementation science, and health disparities. https://www.linkedin.com/in/anaprogovac
Dr. Brull is a family medicine physician in solo practice in Plainville, Kansas, at the Prairie Star Family Practice. 2015 marks her fourteenth year of private practice in a rural area, where she precepts medical and physician assistant students on a regular basis. She served 2 years (2013-2014) as a Health Information Technology Fellow for the Office of the National Coordinator, and was recently recognized as a Hypertension Control Challenge Champion by the CDC. Dr. Brull is a physician leader in quality improvement, electronic record adoption, change management, and health information exchanges. Special interests include integrating promotion of health behaviors into office visits and the use of social media in medicine. Dr. Brull also serves as a physician delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
John Rother is the president and chief executive officer of the National Coalition on Health Care and the leader of the Campaign for Sustainable Prescription Drug Pricing. The Coalition is the largest, oldest, and most broadly based coalition of major stakeholders promoting a affordable, sustainable, and fair health system for all Americans, whether covered by private insurance or public programs.
Ms Berry is the chief executive officer for the Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA), and has more than 35 years’ experience in the healthcare and software industries. She has held a variety of executive positions in self funding, managed care, managed behavioral health, and group medical insurance, including principal of Lockhurst Consulting, director of account services for Coastal TPA, and senior vice president of HealthLogic Systems Corporation.
Oluwatobi (Tobi) Ogbechie's interest in healthcare delivery grew from the fascination with the interplay of the socioeconomic and medical implications of disease. She has co-authored articles in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals and managed health education programs for the underserved. She completed a joint degree in medicine and business administration in 2015 at Harvard Medical and Business Schools respectively. She will complete a residency in Dermatology and continue to use her academic and management foundations to foster her interest in innovative and entrepreneurial models for healthcare delivery.
Jim is the executive vice president of Advera Health Analytics (previously AdverseEvents Inc). He brings over 12 years of experience in commercial strategy, global sales management and execution, business development, and product development. He has over 9 years of specific domain expertise in biopharma market research, intelligence, and data. Prior to joining Advera Health Analytics, Jim served as the Global Head of Sales for the BioPharm Solutions Suite at Infinata, Inc. (A part of The Mergermarket Group, a Financial Times Group company and a division of Pearson, Plc.)
David Schleifer is a senior research associate at Public Agenda, a nonprofit organization that helps leaders and communities navigate complex issues through nonpartisan research and engagement. David conducts public opinion and stakeholder research through surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews on topics including healthcare, K-12 education, higher education, and participatory budgeting. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in sociology from New York University. You can follow him on Twitter @david_schleifer
Daniel J. Klein is the president and chief executive officer at the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation. Mr Klein came to the PAN Foundation from the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, where he was senior vice president for Patient Access Programs and, prior to that, senior vice president for the CF Services specialty pharmacy. Mr Klein has had numerous leadership roles in the health and information technology (IT) sectors, including as chairman and CEO of Panurgy Corporation, a leading mid-market IT services company, as well as a consultant on health planning and health promotion for the World Health Organization and HHS, respectively.
Michele Brown is a former pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing and advertising executive. She launched several blockbuster drugs and managed the marketing for several large hospital systems. Currently, Michele works for a nonprofit organization, helps direct a diabetes summer camp for kids, writes an inspirational blog for diabetics at Totally Diabetic (www.totallydiabetic.wordpress.com), and tweets frequently @totallydiabetic. During her free time, Michele likes to run marathons, coach field hockey, go on adventures with her family, and play with her two yellow lab dogs. Michele received her BS in psychology from the George Washington University and her MS in rehabilitation counseling from Georgia State University.
Amy Holm is the operations coordinator at Triple Aim Development group. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has worked in the insurance, hospital, university, physician office, accountable care organization (ACO), and consulting arenas.Hymin Zucker, MD, is chief medical officer at Triple Aim Development Group. Dr Zucker, a practicing internal medicine physician for more than 20 years, is one of the nation's leading authorities and innovators on physician protocols and providing quality experiences to patient care while reducing unnecessary costs.
A practicing oncologist, board certified in Hematology, Oncology, Internal Medicine, and Holistic and Integrative medicine, Dr Patel is currently the president of the South Carolina Oncology Society and also serves on the board of the Community Oncology Alliance. He has been a practicing oncologist in 3 different continents and different healthcare delivery models, including the National Health Service in the UK and Scotland. His primary areas of interest and expertise include end-of-life and palliative care, primary and secondary prevention of cancer with lifestyle modification, and healthcare policy. He is a certified physician educator and trainer for end-of-life and palliative care.
Balavignesh (Bala) Thirumalainambi is the meaningful use director for the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) leading the department that educates, trains, and analyzes meaningful use statewide. His team will assist 5000 primary care providers in New Jersey achieve meaningful use in accordance with federal requirements. Prior to NJ-HITEC, Mr. Thirumalainambi was the coordinator/project manager of Health e-cITi-NJ, a federally funded health information exchange in New Jersey.
Brian is the co-founder and president of Advera Health Analytics (previously AdverseEvents Inc). He brings more than 15 years of experience building and managing companies in the data, research and investment industries. Previously, Brian co-founded Sagient Research Systems, Inc, where he served as the company's president and CEO from 1999 to 2009 and as the chairman of the board from 2010 until the company's acquisition by Informa plc in May 2012. While at Sagient Research, Brian was responsible for the development, production, and sale of the Company's proprietary research products to global enterprises including pharmaceutical companies, investment banks, mutual and hedge funds, academic institutions, and government agencies.
Keith is the vice president of scientific affairs at Advera Health Analytics (previously AdverseEvents Inc). He has 17 years of science, business, and intellectual property development experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods industries. Prior to Advera Health Analytics, he was the chief business officer of Antigen Discovery, chief operation officer (COO) of ChemoTherapeutics, COO of LALO Tactical, COO of Thuris Corporation, and Head of Scientific Affairs at Ancile Pharmaceuticals. Keith has a PhD in Neuropharmacology from the laboratory of Gary Lynch and an undergraduate degree in biology, both from UC Irvine.
Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE is professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy and director of the Office for Clinical Practice Innovation at George Washington University. He is a Visiting Scholar at Brookings Institution. He has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 3 books on emergency care, diagnostic testing, and quality. He has contributed to Slate, TIME, Wall Street Journal, and Emergency Physicians Monthly, and interviews for two podcasts: Urgent Matters and Clinical Practice Innovations.
Dave Stukus, MD is a pediatric allergist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. His clinical practice focuses on treating children with various allergic conditions and he specializes in caring for patients with difficult to control asthma. Dr Stukus also serves as an official spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and is on the Board of Directors for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. You can follow him on Twitter @AllergyKidsDoc.
Dr Druz is a nationally recognized expert in cardiology, with a focus on prevention and cardiac imaging. She has a long-standing interest in functional medicine, and has developed comprehensive programs utilizing genomic and metabolic approaches for treatment and prevention of cardiac disease. Dr Druz is a passionate believer in creating web-based and mobile tools for patient engagement. In 2013, Dr Druz launched a start-up company, iVisitMD, Inc, which connects patients seeking evaluation for urgent symptoms with healthcare professionals for walk-in, phone or video visits.
Ryan Cotten is a fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota who is passionate about making an impact in the evolving healthcare landscape by creating unique solutions for managing limited healthcare resources. Following his second year of pharmacy school, Mr Cotten interned at a ClearScript. In his third year, Mr Cotten served as his school's AMCP chapter president. Follow him on twitter @medicalmomentum
The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for community oncology practices and, most importantly, the patients they serve. COA is the only organization dedicated solely to community oncology where the majority of Americans with cancer are treated. For nearly 15 years, COA has built a national grassroots network of community oncology practices to advocate for public policies that benefit patients. Individuals from all levels of the cancer care delivery team—oncologists, hematologists, pharmacists, mid-level providers, oncology nurses, patients and survivors—volunteer their time on a regular basis to lead COA and serve on its committees. By offering innovative solutions to Congress and policymakers, empowering patients, and working closely with other healthcare stakeholders, COA is helping shape a future where all Americans have access to quality, affordable cancer care. Learn more at https://www.communityoncology.org/.
AHIMA is committed to increasing awareness about information governance (IG) in healthcare. As a super discipline, it is important for healthcare professionals to understand the true value of a successful IG program. AHIMA is working to advance IG in the healthcare industry to ensure integrity of all types of information necessary to support safe, quality, cost-effective care and the improvement of individual and population health.
Patrick Dougherty is an entrepreneur with more than 18 years of experience in revenue cycle management. After founding and later selling a medical billing company, he joined M-Scribe as the general manager and vice president of business development.
Jessica L. Johnson, MEd. serves as the director of Health Transformation, the clinical and business innovation division of Population Health Management at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She brings cross-industry experience in defense contracting and homeland security, corporate business, non-profit development, health information technology, health policy, and hospitality to inform human-centered solutions in healthcare. She is dedicated to advancing clinical operations and community-based solutions. She is engaged in system-level leadership to enhance existing business models, while developing readiness for future requirements via new models that are convincing at scale. She is also participating in state and federal level initiatives through the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program and HHS-sanctioned groups.
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