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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.