Today's healthcare ecosystem requires initiative, strategic thinking and most of all, innovation.
Join us to learn how to be more competitive in the health IT industry as we present a full-day conference with healthcare technology executives from Colorado and across the country – including the CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Todd Park!
First, we take a look at what makes Colorado so innovative as a state in the HIT industry. Next, we will hear from a panel of experts from the public and private sector on federal and local trends for 2011. In addition, you will hear new perspectives from both hospital CIOs and insurance companies.
Come learn how innovative thinking is changing the healthcare industry and how your company can catch some of the action. Our framework will cover technology companies, providers and plans, insurers/business and consumers.
7:30am – 8:00am - Registration and Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am - Opening Remarks
8:15am – 9:00am - Morning Keynote – A Look at the Colorado HIT Ecosystem
9:00am – 11:00am - Federal and Local Trends and Issues in 2011 and Beyond
11:00pm – 1:00pm - Lunch & Health Innovation Highlights
1:00pm – 2:00pm - CIO/Hospital Perspectives
2:15pm – 3:15pm - Closing Keynote –Encouraging Innovation, Todd Park, CTO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
3:15pm – 5:00pm - Networking Reception
Scheduling update - Due to an unforeseen travel conflict, Kaiser is not able to speak this year. However, our thanks to Kaiser for their willingness to participate.
8744 Lucent Boulevard
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Blue Mesa Room
Please provide a picture ID for security check-in.
Morning Keynote – A Look at the Colorado HIT
We’ll kick off the day with a review of the critical issues facing the U.S. that require sustained and systematic efforts to improve the health, quality of care and bending of the cost curve and how these issues play out in Colorado. We’ll discuss what it will take to get to a "tipping point” that will significantly impact health, cost and quality, including a discussion of the opportunities for innovation to reach that tipping point. We’ll also cover how CIVHC emerged as an important player and how their efforts fit in with many other players working on healthcare reform in the state, nationally and how this all ties to federal reform (Affordable Care Act).
Federal and Local Trends and Issues in 2011 and Beyond - Parts 1 & 2
Members of this panel represent a wide spectrum of insight and information, from public to private, to non-profit. From this interactive discussion, you will gain a perspective and appreciation for: the current trends worth following; major changes they have seen implemented successfully and changes still needed; why health care is so far behind other industries; the many barriers to adoption and what is needed for adoption to be successful– requirements, training, workflow, tools, etc.Part 1
- Carrie Mast, CIO, CORHIO
- Lauren Plunkett, State HIT Program Director & Coordinator, Governor’s Office of Information Technology
- Mike Huotari, Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, Rocky Mountain Health Plans
- Toria Thompson, Technology Consultant, Colorado Telehealth Network
- Moderator - Jay Savaiano, Healthcare Business Development Manager, CommVault
Health Innovation Highlights
What would a Colorado Technology Association event be without live demos? We’ve lined up three Colorado companies to demonstrate their cool new healthcare technologies.
Being a CIO is guaranteed to bring challenges, and in HIT, this is extremely true. Learn what these key players see as trends or needs in the future; what can companies do to be competitive here in Colorado; what are the biggest challenges they are facing; and what are the major advancements that have been made thus far?
Closing Keynote - Encouraging Innovation - Todd Park, CTO, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Andrew Barbash, Medical Director, Stroke Program and Neurosciences, Holy Cross Hospital - Maryland
- Joe Bajek, Director IT, University of Colorado Hospital
- Judy McCarthy, Chief Technology Director, National Jewish Health
- Jeff Pelot, CTO, Denver Health Hospital
- Pamela Fowler, Senior Director, CA Technologies
Todd will reveal how the power of open data and innovation can improve health. "There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur–an innovator at the intersection of healthcare and IT,” said Park. "Todd Park will explode any stereotypes you might carry regarding stodgy, inside the beltway bureaucrats who feel that all the answers emanate from DC. The first time I saw him, his energy, vision and unconventional thinking captivated and challenged a roomful of healthcare policy makers and executives. He’s a breath of fresh air and shouldn’t be missed.” – Philip B. Kalin, President & CEO, Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC)
Todd Park joined HHS as Chief Technology Officer in August 2009. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth in 1997 and co-led its development over the following decade into one of the most innovative, socially-oriented, and successful health information technology companies in the industry. Prior to Athenahealth, he served as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, focusing on health care strategy, technology, and operations. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics.
Phil was appointed the Director of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) in September, 2009. He also serves as one of the deputy directors in the Department.
Phil has over 25 years of senior leadership experience in non-profit and for-profit health care, senior living and education organizations. He has successfully led organizations ranging from start-ups and turnarounds to those with over $150 million in revenues.
Phil’s health care background includes senior executive roles at Henry Ford Healthcare System in Detroit, Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland and as the President and CEO of Rose Medical Center in Denver. Following Rose, Phil co-founded and was CEO of CustomMed Solutions, a health care technology company that developed clinical decision software and technology utilized by insurance companies and physicians to improve the accuracy and timeliness of medical authorization and referrals.
After the sale of CustomMed, Phil followed a life-long passion for education and for six years served as the first President/CEO of The Denver Campus for Jewish Education. In this capacity he merged two existing schools, built a new campus and received national recognition for implementing a series of "best practice” initiatives to re-vamp the school’s programs and curriculum. Most recently, Phil served as the leader of a real estate development company’s senior living division during which time the company opened two Continuing Care Communities as well as two freestanding Assisted Living properties across Colorado’s Front Range.
Phil has wide-ranging experience in health care, senior living and education include deep involvement with inpatient and ambulatory care, medical group management, homecare, long-term care, clinical outcome guidelines, electronic medical record systems, managed care, and health care policy development. He participated in one of the country’s first regional efforts to bring down the cost of health care – the Cleveland Health Quality Choice initiative.
Phil earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan. In addition to his business activities, Phil has served on multiple boards and is very active in the Denver community. He resides in central Denver.
Speakers and Panelists:
Joe Bajek has served as the Director of Information Technology & Chief Technology Officer for the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver Colorado since 1999. Prior to that he was the Manager of Data Networks for the U.S. Surgical Corporation (Now part of the Tyco Healthcare Group) and a Lead Senior Network Engineer with G.E. Capital. Joe holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Mathematics from the State University of New York Maritime College. He is a graduate of the G.E. Information Systems Management Program, holds a CPHIMS certification (Certified Professional in Health Information Systems – from HIMSS the Health Information Management Systems Society), a licensed Third Officer in the United States Merchant Marines and an honorably discharged Lieutenant from the United States Naval Reserve. He currently serves on the Board for the Colorado chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society. Joe has also served as the Healthcare Sector Chief in the Denver chapter of InfraGard and as a founding board member of the Denver FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni.
Andrew Barbash, Medical Director, Stroke Program and Neurosciences, Holy Cross Hospital - Maryland
Andrew Barbash, MD is a neurologist in active practice as the medical director of the Stroke Program and Neurosciences at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. He went to medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, and did his neurology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He was with Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic area for 12 years as both a member of the neurology department and as the Vice President of Clinical Information Systems for the medical group, overseeing the deployment of the electronic medical record until 2001. Dr Barbash has been an active speaker in the areas of eHealth, mobile health and telehealth, and is the first clinical director for virtual care services at Holy Cross, a new division created in the medical staff office. Since 2005 he has provided consulting services related to communications and workflow, as a co-founder of Apractis Solutions. He is also one of the founders of NowDox (www.nowdox.com) , a community devoted to the support of virtual care.
Wayne Guerra, M.D.,MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Healthagen
As one of the co-founders, Wayne Guerra, M.D., MBA serves as Chief Medical Officer for Healthagen. Dr. Guerra has more than 20 years of excellence in clinical and academic emergency medicine and 15 years experience in the following: emergency practice management, hospital-based emergency department management, third-payer contracting, hospital and physician professional service contracting, quality assurance, and risk management. Over the last 10 years he has directed a risk management board with Colorado’s largest medical professional liability insurer overseeing half a million emergency department visits a year. His practice experience includes tertiary care, academic centers, community hospitals and the Kaiser Permanente system in Northern California. He earned his medical and undergraduate degrees from UCLA and his MBA from University of Denver. Dr. Guerra is also a past oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is currently a practicing emergency physician in Denver, Colorado.
Emilie Hersh has led the InterKnowlogy team since 2006, bringing a solid background of consulting, sales, operational and project management expertise to the company. Having led multi-million dollar engagements for global companies, built out cross-functional teams with a focus on exceptional delivery and exceeding customer expectations, and creating successful sales teams based on her own accomplishments in business development, the addition to the InterKnowlogy team has been wildly beneficial. Responsible for all aspects of InterKnowlogy’s operations, she also heads up strategic alliances, both within the partner community and the greater business environment. Emilie has an MBA from the University of San Diego, with a dual emphasis in Project Management and Supply Chain Systems, and is currently a member of the the Alumni Council, where she has successfully increased participation, professional event offerings and the USD network. Emilie also serves on the steering committee for the Technical Affinity Group for Athena, an organization dedicated to women in technology and the life sciences, currently serving more than 500 members locally. Passionate about the leading-edge technologies and solutions that are possible based upon InterKnowlogy’s mastery of the .Net stack, the ability to work with customers to help them realize their business goals via the incorporation of highly innovative concepts is one of her favorite portions of her role at InterKnowlogy. Committed to the development of her own team, Emilie supports and mentors all of her team members to ensure that they are aware of and pursuing the professional opportunities in which they are most interested by creating innovative programs within the company, and encouraging others to do the same.
Mike Huotari serves as the Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs for Rocky Mountain Health Plans. Mr. Huotari is a nationally recognized attorney, with nearly 30 years experience in health care business and law. Previous to his position with Rocky Mountain Health Plans, he served as Executive Director for the Colorado Association of Health Plans. Prior to that, he held the positions of Vice President and General Counsel for DMCare, Inc., a disease management company and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans and affiliated companies in Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. Additionally, he was in private practice of law in Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Huotari’s public service in Colorado included two years as Chairman of the Colorado Hospital Commission. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the Colorado Department of Health. Mr. Huotari has served as a member of the board of directors of several health care companies and civic and charitable organizations. Mr. Huotari received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Dr. Marion K. Jenkins, founder and CEO, has held many strategic C-level positions in technology, communications and operations, including Chief Operating Officer of NAREX, which provides artificial intelligence-based software for financial service companies, Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer at FirstWorld Communications, a DSL, Internet services, hosting and data center provider, VP of Sales Operations at Qwest Communications, through their acquisition and integration of LCI International, Chief Information Officer at USLD Communications, an integrated telecommunications provider, VP of Sales and Marketing at American Telco, Inc., a telecommunications company, and Senior Research Engineer with Exxon Production Research. Jenkins received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University and his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He is a contributing author to the book, Business Driven Information Technology, which was developed through the University of Colorado-Denver Graduate School of Business, and was published by Stanford Press. All proceeds for the book, which is being used widely in MBA programs around the country, go to CU Denver Graduate School of Business.
James M. Leaming MD, FACEP, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director, InterKnowlogy
Dr. James M. Leaming, MD is the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director at InterKnowlogy. He is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician and Director of Research for Penn State Hershey Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine. He is an also an active faculty in the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS) working to promote understanding and problem solving in areas of healthcare access and quality of healthcare through focus on discovering, applying and improving existing healthcare models through industry collaboration in healthcare technologies such as telemedicine, system dynamics, and patient-centered workflow. During his career Dr. Leaming has worked in a variety of positions including attending physician, residency-training program director, director of observation medicine, and department vice-chairman. As an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and researcher, he has been recognized as 1 of 20 physician scientists at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He has written multiple articles with numerous national and international speaking engagements and has served on several advisory boards. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he attended the Wright State University, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and SUNY Upstate. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in emergency medicine and is a diplomat of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2010, he stepped-down as Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center to focus full-time in HLS at InterKnowlogy.
Carrie Mast is the Chief Information Officer for CORHIO, the state designated organization for enabling interoperable healthcare systems for Colorado. In this role, she is responsible for the technical infrastructure for both CORHIO’s internal organizational operations, as well as the state-wide HIE implementation, coordinating all administrative and HIE technology, telecommunications, networking, desktop support, IT security, and disaster recovery planning.
Over the last ten years, she has managed and implemented technology solutions in positions with increasing responsibility for project management, vendor selection, contract negotiation and strategic planning in healthcare IT. Prior to her CIO position at CORHIO, she led the technical implementation of CORHIO’s Point of Care services, implementing a federated architecture with standard healthcare messaging among four large organizations, each with a different enterprise electronic medical record system.
She participates in the Colorado TeleHealth Network IT Council, serves as the RHIO Liaison for the CHIMSS board, and staffs CORHIO’s Technical Committee and CSIA’s Vendor Advisory Committee. Carrie is a certified Project Management Professional and has a B.B.A. in Business Management with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Mesa State College.
Judy McCarthy is Chief Technology Director for National Jewish Health Judy McCarthy is Chief Technology Director for National Jewish Health. Mrs. McCarthy is responsible for the overall design, implementation, operations and support activities for the comprehensive computing infrastructure of National Jewish Health. She has management responsibilities for the technology teams within IST and coordinates IS technology strategic planning, actively seeking ways to leverage the integration of business processes with emerging technologies to streamline operations. Mrs. McCarthy has over 20 years of IT healthcare experience. She joined National Jewish Health in June, 2010. Prior to this she was Director of Business Technology and Integration for Exempla Healthcare, where she held various IST management positions since June of 2001. Prior to Exempla Healthcare, she held positions in IST at Centura Health as well as working as an RN at Porter Hospital in ICU/CCU and PACU. Mrs. McCarthy is the Treasurer Elect for the 2010-2011 board year for the Colorado Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (CHIMSS) and was President of the organization in 2007-2008. She holds a Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems from Regis University, Denver, Colorado and a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Ball State University, Muncie, Indian.
Jeff Pelot is the Chief Technology Officer for Denver Health Hospital and Medical Center, Denver’s community hospital. Denver Health has been recognized as a leader in healthcare technology implementations. Jeff provides the leadership, vision, and direction for the use of technology at Denver Health to ensure support of the company's business objectives. He has over 25 years of managerial experience including extensive program management experience in the areas of technology and systems deployment, implementation of business processes and process improvement for technical infrastructure systems. Jeff possesses a Masters degree from the Regis University in Computing Systems Management
Mark Phillips began his tenure at SLI as VP of Compliance Solutions in March, 2008 and now serves as the company President. He is responsible for growing SLI as a trusted partner for commercial software testing, independent verification and validation, and ONC certification testing for electronic health records systems. Mark has been leading complex information technology delivery organizations for over 25 years. One of the first Certified Human Factors Professionals in the US, he developed the original methods and techniques used by the FAA to build advanced air traffic control systems. As a technology business leader, he grew and led organizations for top US IT consulting companies to over $70M in annual revenue. His international experience includes developing a unified product delivery life cycle used to manage and globally deliver IT projects valued at over $160M, and the testing and certification for the Republic of the Philippines national elections in 2010.
As the State’s Health Information Technology (HIT) Program Director and Coordinator, Lauren is responsible for leading, identifying, and coordinating programs across the State’s health and human service enterprise for improved health care outcomes to citizens and to ultimately establish a tangible and viable strategy for effective HIT coordination in Colorado. She is committed to establishing a sustainable, long-term vision and operational plan to guide Health IT policy, funding and implementation decisions across the state’s many government agencies while ensuring close collaboration with the State Designated Entity for health information exchange, CORHIO, and other stakeholders across the state to ensure active engagement and participation and to develop buy-in for an interoperable and sustainable State Health IT Program model.
Prior to her role as the State HIT Program Director, Lauren served as a Program Management Specialist in the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). She partnered with multi-stakeholder groups for the State of Colorado’s coordinated efforts to obtain federal funding for both the State-level Health Information Technology Program and Broadband Data and Development Program. Those efforts resulted in multiple successful American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant requests, including $9.175M for Health Information Exchange (HIE), $12.475M for Regional Extension Center Program (REC), and $2.1M for Broadband Mapping.
Lauren also managed the successful completion of Colorado’s first-ever geographically-based map of broadband availability and spent the past three-plus years as the OIT HIT Program Manager for state Health IT-related projects and initiatives, including co-facilitation of a legislatively required Health IT Advisory Committee tasked with conducting research and developing a long-range plan for Statewide Health IT that was published and delivered to the Governor in April 2009.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed three study abroad trips to Japan.
Annette Quintana is the CEO of Istonish Holding Company, a privately held, Colorado-based professional services company that provides outsourcing, information technology solutions and staffing. As the founder and primary owner of Istonish Holding Company, Annette is involved in managing and directing customer care outsourcing operations, via subsidiary Istonish, Inc. and information technology projects and staffing via subsidiary TeamExcel Technology Solutions.
Istonish Holding Company employs more than 400 people in the United States and Canada, delivers IT services in over 10 states and operates call centers in Denver, Colorado, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Branch offices for supporting the sales and delivery of Information Technology Services are located in Denver, Colorado; Dallas, Texas and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Outsourcing services include Tier 1 and 2 technical support, customer service, inbound sales and customized interactive voice recognition solutions. Information Technology solutions include data warehousing, web portal development, software quality assurance and testing, and strategic planning and assessments of IT initiatives.
Annette’s current and previous involvement includes 2008 Chairman of the Board and Director for the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau; Young Presidents Organization; John Hickenlooper Mayoral Transition Team, Information Technology Committee; Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board Member; Community First Bankshares Board Member; Appointed by Governor William Owens to the Board of Advisors for The State of Colorado Minority Business Office; Appointed by former Governor Roy Romer to the State of Colorado Assistance Commission; Board of Directors for the Denver Hispanic Chamber; and Board of Directors for the Latin American Education Foundation.
Toria is a healthcare consultant for Colorado Telehealth Network. CTN is a statewide information and communications platform designed to enable patients, providers and payers to improve the quality of care, reduce costs and increase access for health care services. The network is another demonstration of how the Colorado medical community rolled up its sleeves and turned the ideas of health reform into reality. CTN began as collaboration between two FCC awards, allowing physical and mental medicine to integrate using high broadband deployment over a virtual private medical network.
Toria Thompson is owner and founder of Organizational Patterns, a consultancy committed to bringing about rapid, strategic, organizational change. Combining her organizational, health care and technology experience, she currently leads initiatives that help clients take advantage of emerging opportunities in the health care market space. Prior to founding Organizational Patterns, Toria served as CIO for a non-profit health care organization for 6 years. In addition to her strategic work Toria brings over 20 years’ experience in building high performing teams, facilitating diverse groups toward common goals and developing software. Her current passion is to use practices from Agile Software Development to bring work back to being created on a human scale and as an emergent part of the organizational system. Among her current clients, Toria is working with the Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN) to create a strategic plan for enhancing the benefits of CTN's private, health care specific, broadband network. The network will play an instrumental role in promoting the adoption and availability of Telehealth services, which use audio, video and medical technologies to connect patients with physicians who are separated by hundreds of miles.
Pamela Fowler serves as the North American Director, Healthcare at CA Technologies. She joined the company in 2009 and managed alliance marketing for system integrators including Accenture, Deloitte, PwC and Unisys. In her current industry position, Fowler shapes CA’s strategic direction for the vertical by providing leadership in sales, business development and product management that support the company’s community of global payers, providers and pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Fowler’s career spans over 25 years including more than 18 years in Health IT. Her career has included executive leadership positions in sales, marketing and delivery at EDS/HP, PwC and MedicaLogic/GE Healthcare. She was Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Adaptis, a payer application and outsourcing company and later she assumed responsibilities as Chief Operations Officer of the Washington Technology Industry Association.
Her global reach includes a 2 year expatriate assignment with EDS’ joint venture with Lucky Goldstar in the Republic of Korea and an assignment with a New Zealand-based mobile medical records and wellness vendor serving the home health market. She also has managed marketing and community relations at Valley Medical Center, the largest public district hospital in Washington State.
She has an extensive background in outsourcing, systems integration, electronic medical record systems, connected health and payer claims/capitation. Ms. Fowler earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is enrolled at the Center for Continuing Professional Education at Harvard School of Public Health. Fowler is a board member of the Health Information Management System Society (HIMSS) Washington State and board member at UW Medicine Health System/Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.
Jay Savaiano, Healthcare Business Development Manager, CommVault
Jay Savaiano heads up the Healthcare Business Development activity in North America for CommVault. Those efforts are focused on expanding CommVault's OEM and reseller relationships that are Healthcare focused, as well as a major focus towards working directly with independent software vendors within the PACS and clinical application space. Jay's focus within the Healthcare vertical is expanding CommVault's presence in Backup Modernization, Data Management, Data Reduction and eDiscovery initiative in support of physical, virtual and cloud based offerings within both clinical and operational environments. He has been establishing solutions to support Healthcare organization for over ten years and has been in the information technology space for over twenty. Previously Jay worked with EMC and prior to EMC worked at Cerner Corporation.
Jana Stoyanoff, Director of TeleHealth/TeleMedicine/TeleStroke and Education, Vidyo
Jana has over 15 years of technology experience and has been instrumental in implementing Vidyo technology inside of healthcare organizations impacting clinician workflow. The Vidyo communication and collaboration platform is software-based, highly flexible and can be easily customized for hospitals, healthcare systems, and universities, with the ability to quickly leverage the latest hardware innovations. The VidyoRouter leverages the company’s patented Adaptive Video Layering™ architecture and H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC), eliminates the MCU and offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency and rate matching enabling natural, affordable, HD video to work over the Internet, LTE, 3G and 4G networks. Vidyo has been active driving H.264 SVC and SIP videoconferencing interoperability in various standards bodies since 2005. Vidyo is FDA approved and HIPAA compliant to allow for secure patient/family/doctor/clinician interaction.