Top Emotional Intelligence Speaker, Happiness Researcher, Bestselling Author of The Happiness Advantage
Clinical Professor, Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC), Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
General Manager & Senior Vice President, Life Sciences Business, Health Catalyst
Systems Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Hospital Sisters Health System
Chief Information Officer, The University of Kansas Health System and University of Kansas Medical Center
Chief Clinical Officer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Quality Analytics, Health Catalyst
Senior Vice President, Value-based Care and Population Health Informatics, Providence
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Financial Transformation Business, Health Catalyst
One of the highest-rated HAS keynote speakers ever, Dr. Penny Wheeler will share data, experiences, and stories of data-driven healthcare that embraces the human side of analytics.
Penny Wheeler, MD, is chief executive officer of Allina Health and has announced plans to transition out of the role on Dec. 31 2021. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as president and chief clinical officer of Allina Health, responsible for leading the organization’s quality and value agenda through alignment of the clinical and operational leadership to optimally benefit those served by Allina Health. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Wheeler served patients at Women’s Health Consultants in Minneapolis, was the president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s medical staff, chaired the Allina Health Quality Committee and served on the Allina Health Board of Directors.
Dr. Wheeler continues to set the overall strategic direction for Allina Health, ensuring the organization delivers exceptional care and supports the health and well-being of all those served.
Under Dr. Wheeler’s leadership, Allina Health has sharpened its focus on serving those who have not always been well-served by a health care system. This includes individuals with disabilities through the creation of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute; those with mental illness and addiction issues through significant investments in Allina Health’s mental health capabilities; and those who face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity through Allina Health’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
Dr. Wheeler serves on a variety of local and national Boards. She is currently Chairing the American Hospital Association’s Health Systems Council; and serves on the Boards for NRC Health and Cedar, an organization that eases the strain of financial billing for those served. Locally, Dr. Wheeler serves on the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Business Partnership, Medical Alley, the University of Minnesota Foundation, St. Thomas University Board of Trustees, and Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care.
Dr. Wheeler was recently recognized as a Luminary by Modern Health Care for her multiple appearances on their top 25 Women Leaders in Health Care list. In addition, she received an award as one of the 100 most influential people in health care and was recognized as one of the 50 most influential clinical executives.
Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Health is important, and improvements in health improve lives. However, we still don’t fundamentally understand what it means to be healthy, and the same patient may receive different treatments across different hospitals or clinicians as new evidence is discovered, or individual illness is interpreted.
Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi explores questions about eradicating bias in healthcare data and models, and understanding what it means to be healthy across different populations.
Marzyeh completed her PhD at MIT where her research focused on machine learning in healthcare, exploring how to predict immediate and long-term patient needs to inform decisions in the intensive care unit and ambulatory care. Her current research interests include clinical risk prediction with semi-supervised learning, optimal treatment discovery using expert demonstrations, and non-invasive patient phenotyping for behavioral conditions. Prior to MIT, she received a B.S. degree in computer science and electrical engineering at New Mexico State University as a Goldwater Scholar and Master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. Marzyeh is on the Board of Women in Machine Learning (WiML), and co-organized both the NIPS 2016/2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Health and MIT’s first Hacking Discrimination event.
Elana Meyers Taylor is a five-time Olympic Medalist and the most decorated athlete of color to ever compete in the Olympic Winter Games. She was elected by Team USA to carry the American flag at both the opening and closing ceremonies, becoming the first athlete in history to be named Flag Bearer for both. She will share a stunning story of resilience through childbirth trauma, caring for her newborn son with special needs, isolating with COVID, all while training and competing for the Olympic Games.
The daughter of a professional football player, Elana was born in Oceanside, California, but grew up in Douglasville, Georgia. A naturally gifted athlete across many sports, she was drawn to softball and by the time she was nine years old, she declared her intention to become an Olympian. She attended George Washington University on a softball scholarship and went on to play professionally for the Mid-Michigan Ice. After what she calls “the worst tryout ever in the history of tryouts” for the US Olympic Softball Team, it appeared her Olympic dreams were over.
It was her parents who saw bobsled on TV and suggested she give it a try. That turned out to be great advice. In the summer of 2007 she made the trip to Lake Placid, NY, home of the US National Bobsled Team. She never left. Elana turned out to be an incredibly powerful brakeman and less than three years later she stood on the podium in Vancouver as an Olympic Bronze Medalist.
Post Vancouver, Elana decided to take the wheel, or in the case of the bobsled, the ‘D-rings’, and transition to the role of driver. That too turned out to be a great decision. Not long after, she became a regular on medals’ podiums around the world, and eventually drove herself all the way back to the Olympic podium in 2014, this time in Sochi, Russia, and this time for silver. Later that year, she became Elana Meyers Taylor, marrying fellow bobsled athlete, Nic Taylor.
In 2015, Elana made history, becoming the first woman to earn a spot on the US National Team competing with the men, as part of a four-man bobsled pilot. She went on to become the first woman to win a medal in international competition in a men’s event. That same year, she won the World Championships in the two-woman event, the first woman in U.S. history to do so. In 2018, at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Elana battled back and forth with Team Germany over the four heat Olympic competition, missing the gold medal by just .07.
On February 8, 2020, Elana and Nic welcomed their first child, Nico, into the world. Nico was born with Down syndrome and severe hearing loss and spent the first week of his life fighting to survive. The following winter, Nico and his parents began traveling the world in pursuit of another few minutes on the Olympic podium for Elana, for the first time as a mother. After a grueling final year leading into the 2022 Olympics–including a last minute positive Covid test just as the Olympics began–Elana made her way back to the podium not once, but twice, winning silver in the inaugural Mono-bob competition, and bronze in the two-woman competition. In doing so, she once again made history, become the most decorated black athlete in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
The most successive healthcare analytic organizations have discovered the importance of healthy, positive multi-team dynamics.
Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. A decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive at work first actually fuels greater success second. In fact, 75% of our job success is predicted not by intelligence but by your optimism, social support network, and the ability to manage energy and stress positively.
Shawn Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.Shawn has since become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two-hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 11 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.
The most effective analysts have learned that data is more memorable and actionable when wrapped in a story that is personal and impactful. Matthew is one of the most popular speakers in the U.S. today. He works with companies of all sizes to help professionals craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart to build strong brands and business communication.
Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller, instructor, motivational keynote speaker, and story consultant, with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios. Alongside his story work in Hollywood, Matthew works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and other professionals how to craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart to build stronger brands and business communication.Matthew’s most recent clients include Adidas, Target, Coke, Procter and Gamble, Facebook, Warner Brothers, Sony, and Google.
Matthew’s story credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille and other films currently in development.
With over 20 years experience creating and developing dozens of films, TV shows, and video games, at Pixar, The Simpsons, ILM, and other studios, Matthew Luhn knows what it takes to create memorable stories with enduring characters. From filmmaking to business, Matthew’s story talks are beneficial to anybody wanting to improve their story skills, or learn the persuasion of great storytelling. In Matthew’s story seminar, he will share his process for creating new ideas and characters, how to develop great stories and story structure, and how to realize your story ideas from script to storyboards to finished product. and business communication.
Dr. Brent James is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles. Dr. James has been featured in numerous national articles, including in the New York Times, and cited by President Obama.
Brent James is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine), and participated in that organization’s seminal works on quality and patient safety. He is a Clinical Professor at the Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC), Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at several other universities:
He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He is presently a Senior Advisor at Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, UT; Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Boston, MA; and a Senior Advisor at the Leavitt Group, Salt Lake City, UT. He is was formerly Chief Quality Officer, and Executive Director, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Through the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Clinical Practice Improvement (ATP), he has personally trained more than 5,000 senior physician, nursing, and administrative executives, drawn from around the world, in clinical management methods, with proven improvement results (and leading to over 50 “sister” training programs in more than 10 countries). He currently anchors an upgraded version of the ATP, Mastering Clinical Quality / Leading Clinical Change (MCQ), based at Health Catalyst in Salt Lake City, UT.
He has been honored with a series of awards for quality in health care delivery, including (among many):
For 8 of first the 9 years it existed, he was named among Modern Physician’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.” He was named among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” (Modern Healthcare) for over 5 consecutive years, and among Modern Healthcare’s “25 Top Clinical Informaticists.”
Before coming to Utah in 1986, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, providing statistical support for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and Cancer & Leukemia, Group B (CALG); and staffed the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.He holds the following degrees; Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science (Electrical Engineering) and Medical Biology; an M.D. degree (with residency training in general surgery and oncology); and a Master of Statistics degree. He serves on several non-profit boards of trustees dedicated to clinical improvement and patient safety.
The winner of the 2021 Catalyst Flywheel award for the greatest success in data-driven healthcare, Dr. Patrick McGill will share the journey of how Community Health Network has become a data-driven healthcare system, with over $30 million of documented savings.
Patrick McGill serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer. In this capacity, he leads Information Technology,Network Analytics and the Analytics Center of Excellence, Clinical & Nursing Informatics, Transformation Services, Patient Experience analytics, Business Continuity Management and Regulatory Reporting. Most recently, he served as the Chief Analytics Officer developing the Office of Network Analytics. Before serving as the CAO, he was the Senior Vice President for Clinical Strategy, leading the Product Lines in the reduction of clinical variation, strategies for growth, and success in value-based care. Furthermore, Dr. McGill has special interests in digital transformation, population health, value-based care, process automation, advanced clinical analytics, clinical decision support, workflow efficiency, and waste reduction.
Born and raised outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. McGill attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia and completed his Family Medicine Residency at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. Before joining Community Physician Network in 2010, he practiced Family Medicine in Pendleton, Indiana, and has experience in Emergency and Urgent Care medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine and continues clinical medicine at South Indy Family Practice.
Sadiqa Mahmood, DDS, MPH is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Life Sciences business at Health Catalyst and is part of the executive leadership team. Sadiqa’s work focuses on identifying and addressing areas of high unmet need across different disease areas for therapeutic development through application of real-world data and generation of scientific evidence.
She is an advisor to several healthcare and life sciences organizations, and global policy makers. Sadiqa is a dental surgeon and holds a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Passionate about improving access to healthcare and patient outcomes by leveraging data and healthcare ecosystem, Sadiqa has spent her career at the intersection of medicine, policy, technology, and analytics. Previously she led analytics, informatics, quality and safety, value-based contracting, and population health across healthcare organizations, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Partners HealthCare System, and Boston Medical Center. Sadiqa has been an advocate of collaborative learning system in healthcare and has steered cross-industry multi-stakeholder national and global collaborations to drive healthcare innovation.
Sadiqa has lived and worked in Asia and UK in addition to the US. She spends time between Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas. Outside of work, she is a Formula 1 fan and race as a member of a local team.
Jason Jones is passionate about achieving the Quadruple Aim through better and easier use of data in healthcare, including helping organizations to find analytic focus; helping providers feel that the systems they work for have their backs; and helping people to understand and have their goals and preferences respected for the hopefully brief periods during which they are “patients.”
Previously, Jones served as Vice President, Information Support for Care Transformation, at Kaiser Permanente (KP). In that capacity, he brought together and co-led the national Hospital and Healthplan Quality and Finance analytic functions and led development of national quality strategy and care delivery IT investments. Prior to that, he was KP’s Executive Director of Clinical Intelligence and Decision Support and a Research Scientist in KP’s Southern California region. Before joining KP, Jones was a Senior Medical Informaticist for Intermountain Healthcare. He also held analytic and marketing positions at Bayer Healthcare in Wayne, N.J., and Ingenix (now Optum) Pharmaceutical Information Products in Salt Lake City, where he developed a model for converting United Healthcare data into a saleable asset for external customers conducting outcomes research. Throughout his career, Jones has taught graduate courses in statistics to medical informaticists at the University of Southern California and at the University of Utah. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers in medicine, predictive modeling, and outcomes improvement.
We’ll have the world-class national keynotes and analytics content you’ve come to expect at HAS, presenting on a wide variety of educational and inspirational topics. And this year, we’re adding a special new focus: the Human Side of Analytics.
This year, we’re combining the power of the best in data and analytics content with the important human skills to help you significantly raise your data-driven outcomes. The combination of these two elements will catapult you into the rare category of creating data-driven outcomes that truly matter to humans.
Greg Stock joined Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in 1981 as a CEO. Over the next nine years, he was CEO of three different HCA hospitals in the Midwest and West Coast. He gained valuable experience leading the financial turnaround of those facilities during that time. Development of new services, recruitment of key physicians, improved productivity and market share gains were realized in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings. Stock became Chief Executive Officer of Thibodaux Regional Health System in 1990. Thibodaux Regional has experienced significant growth under Stock’s “results-oriented” leadership, and he has brought the medical center to a significantly higher level of performance. Under Stock’s visionary leadership, Thibodaux Regional is known as an Innovative leader in Healthcare:
His collaborative management style, strong physician relations skills, an easy, outgoing manner, sense of humor and ability to challenge his staff to perform at their very best enable him to continue achieving and earning the loyalty and respect of others who also are committed to excellence. In 2021, Stock was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Nicholls State University in recognition of his leadership resulting in the growth of Thibodaux Regional as well as his dedication to the health and well-being of citizens of the Bayou Region.
Megan Romine, DO, MHA, FACP is a physician leader at UnityPoint Health, a large Midwestern integrated health system. She has served as the Medical Director of UnityPoint Accountable Care (UAC) where she championed high quality, high value care for a broad network of patients and providers. Dr. Romine has also served as Medical Director of Population Health for UnityPoint Clinic. She has specific interest and experience in population health, predictive analytics, and translating data and evidence-based practice into functional workflows for patient care teams. From early 2020, she served as a clinical leader in the response of UnityPoint Health and UAC to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this role she led a team of clinicians in developing clinical and operational guidance to keep patients, physicians, and staff safe and healthy. She is currently serving as Interim CEO for UnityPoint Accountable Care. Dr. Romine practices general internal medicine in both the ambulatory and hospital settings in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Raymond A. Gensinger, Jr., MD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS and diplomate of Clinical Informatics is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Hospital Sisters Health System, an integrated delivery network across Illinois and Wisconsin. As CIO, Dr. Gensinger is responsible for HSHS’ information technology transformation strategies. He has previously held roles as the Chief Medical Information Officer at Fairview Health Services and the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He is a general internist and has held appointments as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, as Affiliate Faculty of the School of Nursing, and as Faculty of the Institute for Health Informatics, all at the University of Minnesota.
At HSHS, Dr. Gensinger chairs the Information Technology Steering Committee, as well as provides oversight for all other information acquisitions and decisions made at HSHS.
He is a Past Chair of the Minnesota Epic Users Group, Director for HIE-Bridge, the MN health information exchange and currently serves on the Lincoln Land Health Information Exchange. He is a Past President for the Minnesota Chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and has served as a Director for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2004-07.
Dr. Gensinger has authored or presented on over 50 different healthcare information systems related topics. He recently edited and co-authored the 2014 IT Book of the year, Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction and received a Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award from Modern Healthcare in September 2006.
As an undergraduate at Illinois Wesleyan University, Dr. Gensinger studied biology. He moved to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for his medical school, internship and residency training. During medical school and residency, Dr. Gensinger was involved in medical education and the development of a Problem Based Learning Curriculum. After residency, Dr. Gensinger served as a Chief of Residents in Internal Medicine followed by two years on the clinical faculty. In 1994, part of his time was spent at the Baylor College of Medicine pursuing postdoctoral studies in Medical Informatics.
Julie Watson, MD MPH currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for INTEGRIS Health. Previously, she served as Chief Medical Officer of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center from 2018 – 2020 and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the system from 2019-2020. She began her leadership career at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in 2012, serving as the Department Chair of Pediatrics for six years.
A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Watson completed her undergraduate degree at OU and her Medical Degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and her neonatal-perinatal fellowship at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She also holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois – Chicago with an emphasis in Health Policy. Following training, she returned to Oklahoma City in 2008 to begin her neonatology career in the NICU at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center as a board-certified neonatologist. In 2018, she graduated from the Fundamentals of Value Based Health Care program through Dartmouth Institute.
Dr. Watson is a relationship and results-oriented physician leader who is passionate about co-creating shared purpose and vision, developing effective teams and talents and engaging others in improving outcomes that matter to patients, caregivers and communities.
An accomplished physician and leader, Stephanie Jackson, MD, FHM, focuses on patient safety and quality to ensure the best care is delivered to every patient, every time at HonorHealth. She leads a team of chief medical officers as well as patient safety, infection prevention, process improvement, case management, regulatory and quality professionals, clinical analytics, and the home health division. Dr. Jackson joined HonorHealth in 2015. Her prior leadership experience includes serving as the system patient safety officer at PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit Catholic health system with operations in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. There, she led efforts to eliminate healthcare-associated harm with a focus on quality and process improvement, analytics and infection prevention.
Dr. Jackson has more than 20 years of clinical experience, including serving as the lead hospitalist for the Oregon Medical Group, a multi-specialty, physician-owned group with more than 100 providers and 13 locations in Eugene, Oregon. Before becoming a hospitalist, Dr. Jackson was an internist with a focus on diabetes care in Billings, Montana. Dr. Jackson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cell biology/biochemistry from Cornell University and earned her MD from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Jackson completed the American Hospital Association and National Patient Safety Foundation Fellowship in Patient Safety Leadership in 2008. She is board certified in internal medicine.
Over 20 years of business and technology experience
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Paul joined Baptist Health Care in 2019 as a Quality Consultant. Over the past 3 years, Paul has worked to develop a program to meet and exceed MIPS reporting requirements for the Physician Enterprise and has served as a resource and mentor for his team in technical skills and role modeled ownership and excellence. Paul previously served as the Web and Digital Marketing Leader at Huron Consulting/Studer Group and has been an Adjunct Professor of Database Systems at the University of West Florida. Paul was recently promoted to Quality Analytics Manager where he leads a talented and dedicated team of Quality professionals.
Michael has been with INTEGRIS Health sinceNovember 2018as the VP of Finance Operations with responsibility for Revenue Cycle, Payer Strategy, Supply Chain, Accounts Payable and Hospital and Medical GroupFinance and FP&A. Prior to joining INTEGRIS, he was with Intermountain Healthcare for over 22 years working in both hospital and physician finance leadership roles. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Downing is a board certified Internist and Geriatrician. She serves as the System Clinical Officer for population health, home care services, and health equity for Allina Health. Dr Downing graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed residency in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is passionate about population health, care of seniors, care transitions, end of life care, and delivering care in the home whenever possible. She has developed new models of care in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and in the home including home-based primary care and hospital at home. She serves on the board of directors for Genevive, a Joint venture company between Allina Health and Presbyterian Homes that specializes in valued-base care for frail seniors.
Peter Marks, PhD, joined WakeMed in 2017 as the VP and CIO. He retired from the US Army after serving for 21 years on active duty. As part of the US Military, he developed a passion for helping the underserved and deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of Southwest Asia to support healthcare operations for those in need.
Pete joined the WakeMed team because of the focus on service to the community and servant leadership to the people in and around Wake County, North Carolina. He is honored to be part of the WakeMed team as everyone in the organization is focused on everything they can do to help and support patients and families.
He believes that all organizations should focus on securely sharing health information so patients can receive the best possible care regardless of physical location. He is also focused on the use of population health information to assist in keeping people healthy by understanding the root causes of poor health outcomes that come from environmental factors.
Pete married his high school sweetheart, Tracy, and they have four grown children together.
Since Dr. Randhawa joined MemorialCare Health System in 2018, he has worked with clinicians and the data science team to develop and implement a population level risk stratification algorithm. The algorithm is based on the overall disease burden of the patient, which categorize patients into high risk, rising risk, and low risk. Dr. Randhawa led the implementation of this algorithm into a CDS that was implemented systemwide in MemorialCare’s Epic EHR system. Since the implementation of this algorithm, multiple interventions have been developed and evaluated for efficacy based on the risk category of the patient. This experience highlights Dr. Randhawa’s knowledge and skills in developing systemwide, population level risk stratification, implementing a systemwide CDS in an existing EHR system, developing interventions based on the outcomes, and evaluating the interventions for efficacy.
Dr. Manjit Randhawa is a healthcare analytics and data scientist with a background in medicine, public health, and population health. His main research interest focuses on improving public health systems with integration of predictive models to address the gaps between public health and healthcare data sharing. Currently, Dr. Randhawa is the Program Director with the NEHA, overseeing the three-year $40 million NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program, which is the organization’s largest grant from the FDA. Previous to this project, Dr. Randhawa managed the $6 million Hurricane Supplemental cooperative agreement with the CDC and ATSDR.
He also serves as the Physician Data Scientist for MemorialCare Health System in Southern California. During his tenure with Loma Linda University (LLU) as the Program Director for the Population Medicine MPH program and Director of Applied and Translational Research, he developed and implemented the strategic priority agenda for both programs. In addition, Dr. Randhawa ran multiple applied and translational research projects in collaboration with internal and external partners. He has also had the opportunity to be a PI, Co-PI, Co-Investigator, and Program Director on several internally and externally (e.g., FDA, CDC, ATSDR, NACCHO, and HRSA) funded grants.
Neal Chawla, MD is the Chief Medical Information Officer for WakeMed for the past 5 years. He oversees clinical IS strategy, oversees the data/analytics team and co-leads Clinical Transformation. Prior to WakeMed, he was the Assoc. CMIO at Inova Health System where he served as a lead to implement Epic in 5 hospitals and 300 clinics. He is board-certified in Clinical Informatics and did an Informatics Fellowship at Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and did his residency at the University of Michigan. He still practices clinically. His personal mission is to deliberately and measurably improve patient lives.
Holly Rimmasch serves as the Chief Clinical Officer and SVP & GM, Clinical Quality Business Unit at Health Catalyst. She brings more than three decades of healthcare experience to her role, ranging from direct patient care to clinical and operational healthcare strategy and management. Key areas of accountability include clinical improvement, patient safety, quality, and population health.
Prior to joining Health Catalyst, she had many roles including the role of the Assistant VP at Intermountain Healthcare responsible for Clinical Services and the system Clinical Operations Director for Cardiovascular and Intensive Medicine. At Intermountain and Health Catalyst, Holly has held leadership roles enabling her to affect change at a system level. Holly also co-founded and was a Principal in HMS, Inc, a healthcare strategic consulting firm focusing on population health.
She has spent the last 25 years dedicated to identifying opportunities through data and analytics, implementing best practices, supporting adoption, and improving clinical, operational and financial outcomes. Holly holds a Master of Science in Adult Physiology from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Brigham Young University.
Heather Monackey serves at the Executive Director of Patient Access & Engagement for WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C. Monackey began this role, which was new to the system, in January 2020 and focuses exclusively on helping patients access the system’s outpatient services. Monackey joined WakeMed in 2005 and held roles of increasing responsibility in the Marketing & Communications department, concentrating on media relations, senior level communications and digital properties.She holds a Batchelor of Arts in Communication from North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Change Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on her daughter and son, exercising and solving the daily Wordle.
Bryan Hinton joined Health Catalyst in 2012 and currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer. He has been instrumental in the development and integration of the Health Catalyst Data Operating System (DOS™)—Health Catalyst’s primary technology platform. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Bryan spent 4 years with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and 7 years with Intel. While at the LDS Church, he led the .NET Development Center of Excellence and was responsible for setting the architectural guidance of all .NET projects across the company. As a senior software engineer at Intel, he was responsible for the development and implementation of Intel’s factory data warehouse product that was installed at Intel factories worldwide.
Bryan carries a deep technical experience and understanding across all facets of software engineering with an emphasis on adopting software engineering practices as part of the data engineering process. He is passionate about building software and creating healthy engineering environments and teams. He believes deeply that curiosity and continuous learning are necessary skills to be fostered and encouraged for a successful team, and is an advocate for a healthy work-life balance.
Bryan graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT with a BS in Computer Science.
Rhiannon Harms is the Chief Data & Analytics Officer at UnityPoint Health, a $4B, multi-state, integrated delivery system located in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Her work focuses on partnering with clinical and business leadership to solve today’s healthcare challenges. As a nationally recognized outcomes improvement leader, Harms and her team have received multiple awards including the Creative Tech Solution of the Year from the Technology Association of Iowa, the Innovator Award from Healthcare Informatics, the Catalyst Award for Population Health, and as a finalist for the ANNY Award from the International Institute for Analytics.
Deepak Sadagopan serves as senior vice president of value-based care and population health informatics at Providence, where he leads the system-wide transformation from fee-for-service to value-based payment models. In addition, he serves as the CEO of Health Connect Partners, LLC, the Providence ACO serving more than 120,000 assigned members as part of CMS’ MSSP program.Deepak has more than 22 years of experience in health care, serving in leadership roles at Siemens, Quest Diagnostics, McKesson, and Edifecs. Over the past eight years, he has focused on working closely with payers and providers on the use of technology to drive business decisions making the transition from volume to value-based delivery models.
At Providence, Deepak has overseen the successful implementation of MACRA, Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), and other Medicare and commercial value-based care initiatives. Under his leadership the MSSP program has been ranked within the top 15 of such programs in the country. His team is developing an advanced data and analytics platform to support value-based care programs across the system. The team develops capabilities and processes that drive data-driven operational decisions. Deepak is a leading voice in ensuring value-based care, and Health IT policy initiatives enable equitable access to health care. He serves on the Department of Health and Human Services’ ONC FAST National Steering Committee to accelerate interoperability data standards. Additionally, he is a sought-after thought leader, frequently writing for peer-reviewed publications, being interviewed by business media, and speaking at health care forums.
Deepak earned his master’s degree in engineering and data science from the University of Connecticut and completed an executive management program with the MIT Sloan School of Management. In January of this year, he also completed a master’s in health care delivery science from Dartmouth College.
Sara has been with Baptist Healthcare for over eight years and serves the Baptist Physician Enterprise to drive results and achieve strategic initiatives. She is a dedicated and accomplished change management professional focused on business process engineering, operational excellence, patient experience and data science to drive health outcomes. Sara graduated from The University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English, The University of West Florida with a bachelor’s of Science degree in Healthcare Administration, and Chadron State College with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Dan Unger joined Health Catalyst in April 2014 and serves as the SVP and General Manager of Financial Transformation Business. He came to Health Catalyst after working at R1 RCM where he managed a consulting team that worked with large health systems to improve revenue cycle processes and reduce costs through analytics and operational improvements. Prior to R1, Dan worked as a consultant at Equation Consulting, a physician economics consulting firm, and as a pricing and profitability analyst at JP Morgan Chase. He graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship and received his MBA in International Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Adam Smith is the Vice President, Decision Support & Financial Planning for Froedtert Health. Froedtert Health combines with the Medical College of Wisconsin to form eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center and associated regional health care network. The network’s flagship hospital, Froedtert Hospital, is the primary adult teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The health care network includes five hospitals, a community-based medical group and more than 40 clinics and health centers. The network’s hospitals account for just under 53,000 admissions and over 1.3 million outpatient visits. Adam has responsibility for financial planning (long-range, operating and capital), strategic finance, financial analytics, cost accounting, and corporate and acute site finance. He also is part of the administrative team for the F&MCW Clinically Integrated Network.
Prior to joining Froedtert Health in 2018, Adam served in several leadership roles at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis; Administrator, Department of Dermatology/Director of Strategic Operations for Medical College Physicians; Manager, Strategic Financial Planning. Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration from UW-Milwaukee, and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. He is actively involved in Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Nirmal Keshava is the Vice President of Data Science and Innovation at Cerevel Therapeutics, where he leads efforts introducing novel data-centric approaches and technologies into all parts of the drug discovery and development continuum. Previously he was the Head of Artificial Intelligence at BioXcel Therapeutics and a Senior Principal Informatics Scientist at AstraZeneca. Preceding his career in the pharmaceutical industry, he spent 15 years leading government and industry-sponsored research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. Before that he worked as a telecommunications system engineer at Bell Communications Research. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering, respectively, from UCLA and Carnegie Mellon University. He has been recognized by IEEE, NSF, and NAE.
Charles Bissette serves at the Director of Optimization and Integration for WakeMed Physician Practices in Raleigh, N.C. In this role, Bissette is responsible for creating and implementing performance improvement initiatives and standard operating processes across 80+ practice locations. Bissette joined WakeMed in 2004 as an emergency communications operator and then served as practice manager for several different specialties during which time he became a leader for the system’s Wake Way 2 Excellence lean process improvement initiative.He holds a Batchelor of Science in Business Administration from Barton College and Masters of Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University. In his free time, he enjoys everything Disney.
Cindy Poiencot is the Director of Quality Improvement at Thibodaux Regional Health System. Cindy joined Thibodaux Regional in 1991 and graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1995. During her tenure at Thibodaux Regional, Cindy has also worked in Critical Care as a frontline manager and has led the Quality Resource Management Department. As the Director of Quality Resource Management Cindy led the Case Management, Infection Prevention, Risk Management, and Quality Reporting departments. In this role, she assisted in the implementation of the Care Coordination program aimed at preventing readmissions of the Medicaid patient population. This included assisting the health system with the implementation of care coordination software.
She has served on the Hand Hygiene Team and the Hospital Acquired Infection Care Transformation Teams, Revenue Cycle, Managed Care, and various process improvement teams. Cindy is an active member of the Infection Prevention Committee, The Patient Safety Committee, and Service Excellence Teams. She served as a Thibodaux Regional Project Leader for the implementation of Change Healthcare’s InterQual Review Manager and MCG’s Indicia clinical review software, and as a core team leader for the implementation of the Case Management and Quality Applications of Meditech’s Expanse EHR. In 2021 Cindy became the Director of Quality Improvement.
She is trained in Lean, Change Acceleration Process, and Project Management Discipline. As a trained Lean facilitator, she has participated in and led various process improvement projects. Most recently she has worked with the health system’s clinics on improving patient access and with the Cancer Institute of Thibodaux Regional on improving patient flow. She has assisted the health system with the implementation of care management ambulatory analytics applications. She also leads clinical care transformation teams focused on the Triple Aim of improving the quality of care, reducing the cost of providing care, and creating a great patient experience.
Robert has been with Baptist Health Care since January of 2010 and serves as the Director of Quality Analytics at Baptist Health Care, a 3-hospital not for profit health system in Pensacola, FL. His areas of focus support the governmental and regulatory reporting needs for the system, including both hospital-based and physician practice measures. He is a registered nurse by background and graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Classical Languages (Latin and Ancient Greek) and German language and from University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Yuchen Zhang attended Nankai University in China where she majored and developed interests in Industrial Engineering (IE) and process operations. She then pursued higher education in the same area and obtained her master’s degree of science from University of Pennsylvania in US. After graduation, Yuchen started her career in healthcare industry at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as a research assistant at Center for Autism Research. After that, to expose to more data analytics and management domain as well as hospital operations, she moved on as a data analyst supporting Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) frontier program and High Value Pharmacy program, where she contributed on various of process improvement projects, one of which won the 2017 Pediatric Quality Award Waste Reduction category from the Children’s Hospital Association. Yuchen currently is a Senior Business Intelligence Developer at Christiana Care, continuing her journey and enthusiasm in data and healthcare. In her spare time, Yuchen also loves to write songs and attempts to seal pieces of memories in songs
Angela Cromlich, MSN, RN-BC is a Clinical Analyst at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. She has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical nurse and has worked in both Canada and the United States. Her areas of expertise include pediatric and neonatal care with specialization in oncology, cardiac, ECMO, and intensive care. She is currently member of IU Health’s Interoperability Team; helping to build, maintain and support solutions that enhance the patient experience and promote clinical outcomes. Angela has a passion for acquiring and sharing knowledge in the field of health information technology to improve the quality of care to patients and populations. She has been invited to speak to clients both nationally and internationally to support the implementation of systems she has become an expert in. Her goals include continuing to provide the best care for each patient by enhancing health information technology through innovation.
Dr. Wei Liu is a data scientist at ChristianaCare, Delaware. She is leading the enterprise advance analytic initiatives with a focus on developing machine learning based predictive models and advanced analytics solutions for clinical decision support with a wide range of applications in health equity quantification and management, patient risk stratification, clinical risk prediction, population health management, and staffing prediction. Prior to joining Christiana Care, Wei worked as a Senior Data Analyst at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she conducted advanced data analytics to support decision making of hospital operation and patient flow, and as an Industrial Engineer at MD Anderson Cancer Center focus on process optimization and quality improvement. Wei holds Master of Science in Health Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009 and Ph.D in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 2017.
Yoshi Williams is a Data Warehouse Manager/Principal Architect at MultiCare Health Systems, Tacoma, Washington. MultiCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a strong commitment and mission to “Partnering for healing and a healthy future. Yoshi oversees data architects, developers, and the technical infrastructure of Enterprise Data Warehouse and analytics functions of Performance Analytics department. She has been with MultiCare Health Systems since 2010. Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the data analytics and reporting, Yoshi and her team has made significant contributions with the process improvement of large volume of data requests, increased operational efficiencies and improved customer satisfaction significantly in the past 5 years.
Over 30 years of IT experience including development, systems analysis, system implementation, project management, solution and data architecture, and leadership, Yoshi has 11 years in healthcare, 13 years in manufacturing, 4 years in energy, and 5 years experience in the public sector. Yoshi received her B.A.in Management Information Systems and MBA in Technology Management. She presented the best practices in system integration/implementation & process improvement at multiple SAP Financial international conferences and a Request Intake process improvement best practice at a Health Data Analytics Association national conference.