Mirza Baig has over 18 years of overall experience, including 13 plus years of management and business development experience, refined in extremely demanding and high profile environments. Mirza was a Branch Chief at The White House during President George W. Bush’s first term. He has strong global experience and extensive knowledge of the global marketplace in technology, security and healthcare. Mirza was the CEO of a healthcare startup acquired by Envision Healthcare, where he leads the Software Development Organization at Envision Physician Services.
Todd Ellis is a KPMG Principal with 18 years’ experience in the payor and provider sectors. Certified in several managed care and clinical applications, his strengths include large scale IT system transformation, population health management, implementing EHR platforms, Medicaid IT transformation, specializing in Enterprise Transformation, Process Excellence and Process Automation. He is a thought leader in Transformation and Process Automation (RPA/Intelligent Automation) and has led numerous initiatives at large IDNs and government agencies. Todd leads the Health Care Services (HCS) practice for process automation and specializes in the enterprise selection, design, and implementation of automation technologies including workflow (BPM), robotics (RPA) and cognitive technologies. In addition to his practice responsibilities, Todd is responsible for KPMG’s HCS innovation transformation solutions, including the development of methods, accelerators and delivery platforms. Todd is a regular presenter at conferences, and guest lecturer at universities.
Leslee Gross, Assistant Vice President of Operations, has spent her entire career at Baptist Health South Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University and a Masters degree from University of Saint Francis. Leslee’s career started in 1981 and her 30 plus years experience ranges from Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager of Baptist Hospital Emergency Department, and Director of BHSF Transfer Center to her current position as Assistant Vice President of Operations for BHSF. In 2009 Leslee was asked to start a Transfer Center for Baptist Health, which year to date has done over 250,000 transfers. As Assistant Vice President, Leslee oversees Telehealth, eICU Operations, The Transfer Center and Home Health for Baptist Health South Florida. In 2002, Leslee received Nurse of the Year award. In addition, she has spoken at the 2010 HIMSS Heath IT Conference; 2011 presented at ACHE Annual Conference; 2011 presented at American Hospital Association; 2013 started the Telestroke program for BHSF; 2014 testified at Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services. Leslee’s ePharmacy program was recognized for one of the most innovative programs of the year. In 2017 Leslee was appointed to Florida’s first Telehealth Advisory Council, this council will formulate recommendations in a report to be submitted to the Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Most recently in 2018 Leslee spoke at South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association on moving telehealth past implementation.
Rep. Harrell has been a Committee Member on the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Chair of the Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee (within the Health & Human Services Committee), for the past 8 years in the Florida State Legislature. On a National Level, she has been a member of the HIT Policy committee in a policy making and advisory position. She has applied for the next phase of implementation, but, has not yet been appointed.
Jennifer Goldman, DO is a Board Certified Family Physician and the Medical Director of Memorial Healthcare System’s Primary Care program known as South Broward Community Health Services (SBCHS). SBCHS has multiple primary care practices across South Broward County, all of which are NCQA Level 3 Certified Patient Centered Medical Homes. Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) is one of the largest public healthcare systems in the country and a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction.
Dr. Goldman has worked in community medicine for over a decade. She is passionate about providing equal access to healthcare for all patients, regardless of ability to pay, and has been working to improve care coordination and decrease unnecessary ED visits and hospitalizations for all primary care patients. Dr. Goldman’s primary care team manages over 25,000 lives and is part of the Broward Guardian ACO as well as the Memorial Health Network’s Clinically Integrated Network.Dr. Goldman is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish, and Creole) and earned her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. Her internship and residency in family medicine were completed in South Florida in affiliation with Nova Southeastern University.
Tina Jacomino, Administrator of Baptist Home Care since 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Miami and a Master’s degree in nursing leadership from Walden University. Tina is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and a certified Chronic Care Professional trained in motivational interviewing and transitions of care. Tina’s nursing career started in 2006 as a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse at the pediatric ED at Baptist Hospital and later moved on to Home Care where she found her love for community nursing. She started as a field nurse and was soon promoted to nurse manager and then Director of nursing affording her to become well versed within the industry. In 2013, Tina accepted and had the pleasure of returning to BHSF as the Administrator of Baptist Health Home Care. As the administrator, Tina oversees over 75 employees which cover the entire Miami-Dade and lower Monroe county area. Tina has launched various Telehealth pilot programs and a Tele Pharmacy program that have been very successful in reducing hospital readmissions and providing patient education to better manage their disease.
Pamela King, MBA, CPM, PMP is the Health Information Technology (HIT) Outreach Coordinator with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Pam has over 20 years of experience in areas of health care administration and health information exchange. Her current focus is predominantly on strategic planning and adoption of technology within healthcare. She is responsible for educating healthcare providers and administrators on the benefits of using Health Information Technology (Health IT) to improve patient care, including the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR), Florida HIE Services, ePrescribing, and Telehealth. Her main area of focus is on Florida HIE Services, which facilitate an environment for all health care stakeholders to participate in Health IT across the health care industry moving stakeholders toward more efficient and effective care.
When not spreading the good news about Health IT, you can find her working to prevent homelessness through a community not-for-profit, Wisdom’s Wellsprings; clothing those in need at McKenzie’s Clothing Closet; and playing with her family – mainly her two beautiful grandchildren.
Dr Paul Lewis is currently Director, Evidenced Based Medicine & Continuing Medical Education at Baycare Health Systems in Clearwater, Florida. A Family Physician by training he has been involved in Clinical Informatics for the past 10 years. Most recently he has been engaged in the expansion of Cerner Information Systems across all sites of care in the Baycare network as well as in its quest to becoming a Truven top performing health system. This goal requires coordination between Data analytics, Quality and Clinical Informatics Departments.
Dr. Lewis is Board Certified in Clinical Informatics and is also teaching faculty at the University of South Florida- Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency. His residency clinical site has been certified as a NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home twice, both in 2011 & 2014. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the USFCOM Department of Family Medicine and was past Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency.
In addition to informatics , his clinical interests include geriatrics, inpatient medicine, and dermatology. In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, camping & watersports.
After a successful career with several multi-billion dollar organizations, Sam Nimah, CPA, MBA became the CEO and owner of Special Care Providers of America, LLC in March of 2014. Nimah has remained an active member in the community, having served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Central Florida, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Young Presidents Organizations Palm Beach, Broward Health Foundation and Lakeland Economic Development Council. Nimah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
As CEO of Special Care Providers, Nimah has rededicated the Company to maintaining exceptional quality of care and remarkable patient outcomes, while fostering a healthy and motivating work environment for his employees. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Special Care Providers manages acute hospital-based Special Care Units and is renowned for its ventilator weaning rates that far exceed the national average. Since 1991, Special Care Providers has served the community throughout South Florida. Current expansion plans are underway nationally. Nimah is an innovator and empowers employees through technology, positive leadership, constructive management, and placing emphasis on the importance of culture in the work place.
Ganesh Persad is the Supervisor of Clinical Systems & Interoperability at Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida. Ganesh serves as the technical architect who manages various health information exchange platforms such as, Epic’s Care Everywhere, Carequality, eHealth Exchange, Florida Health Information Exchange and various interfaces with a focus on delivering clinically relevant data at the point of care to align with Memorial Healthcare Systems population health initiatives and to facilitate the organizations value based care initiatives through the use of technology. Prior to Ganesh’s current role he was the Sr. Epic Ambulatory Systems Analyst responsible for project managing all of Memorial Healthcare System’s Internal Medicine and Behavioral Health specialty as well as Employee Health and Global Health departments.
Early on in Ganesh’s professional career he was involved in healthcare as a Certified Pharmacy Technician not knowing healthcare is his passion. He worked both in retail and hospital pharmacy settings for almost 8 years, at this juncture is where he realized his passion for technology and automation technology as he was tasked to lead the implementation of the hospital’s Pyxis and Talyst Carousel implementation. This eventually led him to Hackensack University Medical Center’s IT department as an Epic Ambulatory Clinical Systems Analyst and eventually promoted to Epic Ambulatory Clinical Systems Analyst II. In the year 2015 Ganesh relocated with his family and happily accepted the role as a Sr. Systems Analyst at Memorial Healthcare system.
Ganesh received his Bachelor’s in Health Information Management degree from Rutgers University. Ganesh recently completed his Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics from Nova Southeastern University and graduated with High Honors and received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for the Biomedical Informatics program, for demonstrating the characteristics of scholarship, leadership, integrity, humanity, and loyalty to the profession.
Ganesh takes a holistic approach as a health IT evangelist, driving consensus building among teams and acts as a transformational leader to his organization focusing on collaboration, innovation optimization and adhering to industry best practices.
Keith Pinter is the Chief of Staff for Envision Physician Services, the Fortune 500 healthcare services provider based in Plantation, Florida. With 25 years of C-suite leadership in rapid growth situations, roll-ups/M&A, and turnaround challenges for organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 organizations, the hallmark of Keith’s success is delivering unprecedented returns on equity via creative leveraging of strategic assets through the alignment of clinical, operational, financial and technology objectives.
A seasoned entrepreneur who has been involved in several tech startups, Edwin brings a unique blend of consumerism and consumer engagement experience to his role as LifeWallet’s corporate evangelist.
This unique blend of consumerism and customer engagement has helped shape Edwin’s strategy-driven approach and has led to his companies’ successful collaboration on projects with high profile retailers and brands including Walmart, Marvel and Disney Consumer Products.
One of Edwin’s tech startups included Reality-Boost, a leader in the emerging tech segment of augmented reality. Sold in 2014, Reality-Boost was among the first to commercialize augmented reality in North America. With his philosophy of balancing the benefits of technology with the practical day-to-day applications for consumer interaction, Edwin delivers realistic strategies for current and future applications of LifeWallet’s wide range of offerings.
A combat veteran, Edwin served in the United States Marine Corps during Desert Storm.
Elizabeth Rockowitz is a Healthcare Executive that brings 20 years of healthcare IT experience in providing comprehensive information technology knowledge for innovative solutions that meet business, research, teaching and clinical objectives. She is accomplished in system project development, instructional design, revenue cycle optimization, performance improvement processes, application system development and leading multi-discipline teams. Prior to joining FIU, Liz worked for large academic medical centers to develop their healthcare academic and information technology solutions. Liz has served on several professional organizations’ executive boards and has been a frequent speaker at numerous local and national conferences. Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Instructional Design. Ms. Rockowitz has earned numerous awards: CIO Magazine, 2007, “The Team Builder Stand Out Award Winner ” CIO Magazine, 2007, “Ones to Watch Award” Computerworld, 2007, ” The Computerworld Honors Program” – Healthcare Laureate.
Paul Salmon joined Envision Physician Services/Sheridan Healthcare in 2015 as the Vice President of IT Project Management Office and was accountable for successful management and oversight of all strategic programs and projects creating value for Sheridan’s physicians, operators and stakeholders. He has moved over to assume the role of Vice President of Quality Analytics. In this role he is accountable for clinical quality analytics and reporting covering regulatory, contractual and physician incentive based reporting. Paul is responsible for creating the Physician Quality Registry (PQR) a CMS authorized and approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). His team is responsible for all MIPS/MACRA CMS Reporting and supporting the Envision Health Patient Safety Organization and Clinical Research areas.
Mr. Salmon has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry serving in senior management roles for one of the largest hospital operators, physician driven medical groups, national health plans, and top tear consulting firms. He led phase 1 and phase 2 of the Meaningful Use program for a large hospital system covering over 70 hospitals, certification of internally built EHR, deployment of certified modules across the network, and successful CMS incentive reporting. Paul has been instrumental in advancing systems integration, managed care population health analytics, strategic innovation and clinical process improvement in healthcare throughout his career. He has served as a board member of three HIMSS chapters and continues to be very involved in innovation and advocacy. He is Six Sigma / Lean certified holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and studied at the University of La Verne in the Masters of Health Administration Program.
Margaret Prinzavalli Sotham has spent more than 25 years as a marketing, communications and community relations professional, working primarily with non-profit and health care organizations. A creative thinker and entrepreneurial strategist, she serves currently as the director of Community Health Strategy for West Kendall Baptist Hospital and as the director of Healthy West Kendall, a grassroots effort to create the healthiest community in Florida. Margaret spearheads organizational development, policy initiatives, program implementation and grant writing and led the interdisciplinary project team that developed Sugar Smart for Life, a technology-based diabetes prevention program designated a promising practice in 2018 by California-based Healthy Communities Institute.
Previously Margaret served as the executive director of the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, where she implemented programs to reduce alcohol and drug use among youth. Working as press secretary and later director of development for a national advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., Margaret helped develop the communications strategy for patients’ rights legislation in Congress. An accomplished presenter, Margaret has spoken extensively to local community groups and at national conferences, and has been featured in local media such as the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Community Newspapers and Miami Today and on local television and radio programs.
Steve Smith is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Steve manages the company’s IT project management functions and the Business Process Improvement Center (BPIC).
Steve joined VITAS in 2011 as vice president of IT governance and was promoted to his current role in 2015. Prior to joining VITAS, Steven served as director of information systems for Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked for 17 years. Before that, he was an operations analyst for Joseph E. Seagram & Sons in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Steven earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jean Wright, MD, MBA, is responsible for leading the advancement of innovation initiatives throughout Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C., as the Chief Innovation Officer. Her focus is on working with teams to raise the bar for patient care and population health through human-centered design, business development, and novel medical technologies.
Dr. Wright practiced as a pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist. She held positions as a physician executive at Emory, chair of pediatrics for Mercer, and executive director for Memorial Health’s Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Savannah, and was Chief Medical Officer for Carolinas Medical Center – NorthEast.
She is a health services researcher, has served on federal advisory committees, and given testimony in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. She holds a BS degree from the University of Michigan, an MD degree from Wayne State University, and an MBA degree from Emory’s Goizueta School of Business.
Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. The System’s diverse network of more than 900 care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, healthcare pavilions, physician practices, destination centers, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes, and hospice and palliative care. Carolinas HealthCare System works to improve and enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and a variety of collaborative partnerships and initiatives.