Jose Bellas is a young executive with over two decades in the information technology field. He is currently the Chief Information Officer at University Health Care headquartered in Doral, Florida.
Jose’s focus on innovation has enabled his team to deploy cost effective yet scalable infrastructures. His experience in workflow optimizations and automation ensures infrastructure technology aligns with the overall business objectives. He does his due diligence to ensure that investments in technology or talent will have a positive effect on revenue. His emphasis on the power of technology to improve business has driven the evolution of his department from a support entity into a business driver.
Dr. Bolbjerg founded one of the world’s first patient portals in 2001 in Denmark and remains passionate about creating patient engagement technology that improves provider efficiency, benefits patients, improves outcomes, and serves as a useful tool in healthcare data collection and research.
Pua Cooper is an experienced nurse with 30 years of leadership & clinical experience. She currently serves as Chief Clinical Informatics Officer for Boca Raton Regional Hospital where she is responsible for the operations of the Informatics department for the 400-bed academic facility. She holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialty in Nursing Informatics and is a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). In 2017, she was recognized as a HIMSS Fellow. She currently sits on the South Florida HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors as the Past President. At the national level, she participates in the HIMSS Chapters Task Force. She has spoken various conferences including: HIMSS, SFONE, HMFA, & the Nursing Consortium of South Florida.
Orane Daley has been a Registered Nurse for nine years after transition from a career in aviation. He has worked in a variety of patient care settings including Progressive Care Units, Surgical and Post Anesthesia Care Units. As a Clinical Informaticist currently at Boca Raton Regional Hospital a 400-bed academic facility. He is responsible for EHR optimization, designing clinician workflow, and educating physician and nursing staff. He is also one of HIMSS newest members. When he is not working you can find Orane very active in his local church, or playing in the park with his wife and 2 year old son.
Danny “Elf” Elfenbein is currently Director, Digital + Consumer Solutions at Baptist Health South Florida, responsible for the strategic growth of direct to consumer telehealth and the development of digital health touchpoints beyond the outpatient setting. “Elf” joined Baptist Health in 2014 with a BS in Finance, specialized in Exercise and Sport Sciences from University of Florida – and no healthcare experience.
Prior to jumping into healthcare, Danny established a unique career leading community development and consumer marketing strategies for two South Florida institutions. As the first employee of the Miami Marathon, Danny led PR, Marketing and Sponsorship when the race was an idea through seeing it grow to one of America’s best races. Danny then went on to Zoo Miami to drive growth in membership and corporate partnerships before assuming a role with Baptist Health, managing the wellness focused Community Health department.
Alicia d’Empaire is the Chief Data Officer of Information Technology at Baptist Health South Florida. In her role, Alicia is responsible for data integration needs to aggregate data from multiple applications to be able to provide analytic solutions to all areas of the organization. Alicia has more than 30 years of healthcare IT experience. During her lengthy Information Technology career, she has led many large system implementation initiatives including the Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence Strategy at BHSF. She plays a vital role in BHSF’s big data strategy, evidence based clinical care analytics and data governance.
Alicia holds a Master of Business Administration, a Certificate in Health Administration, and a Bachelors of Science in Systems Analysis from the University of Miami. In 2016, Alicia was selected to join the Board of Healthcare Data Warehouse Association (HDAA) and in 2014, became a member of the South Florida HIMSS board.
Karen K. Fields, M. D., is the Medical Director of Clinical Pathways and Value-Based Cancer Care at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is a Senior Member of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Department at Moffitt Cancer Center and a Professor in the Department of Oncologic Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. In her current role, she works with Moffitt’s medical experts to develop clinical pathways aimed at defining the standards for cancer care at the center. She also works with the Moffitt’s payer strategies group to define and implement alternative payment models.
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.
Ellen Hurst after getting her bachelor of Nursing, has 28 years clinical experience including Telemetry, Emergency, Neuro and Surgical ICU. She currently has a Master of Healthcare Administration and Informatics and has 14 years of experience working in Healthcare Informatics. She served as EHR implementation consultant for 5 years and is currently working in Boca Regional Hospital as a Clinical Informaticist. She is an active member of HIMSS Advocacy Committee.
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.
Prior to joining AHCA, Pamela worked for the Florida Department of Health, in several executive positions, including Chief of the Bureau of Management Services and Executive Director for the Board of Osteopathic Medicine as well as several other regulatory boards.
As director of healthcare information for Dimensional Insight, Nora Lissy, RN, BSN, MBA, works with clients on their healthcare BI journey. She works with them from the start of a project, providing guidance on measures, data governance and overall project implementation. She works side by side with customers through validation and completion as well as providing insight and guidance for future projects. Nora has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare settings with a broad experience in various clinical areas. Prior to joining Dimensional Insight, Nora spent several years in clinical finance and data analysis, both as a consultant and as a director. She has also worked as a clinician in various areas of healthcare that include general medical/surgical care, pediatric, adult and trauma emergency care, neonatal intensive care, home IV infusions and school nursing. Nora received her BSN from The Catholic University of America and her MBA from Saint Leo University.
William Manzie is Administrative Director of Telehealth Strategy for the Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) and a past member of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Telehealth Advisory Council. For Memorial, he blends strategic vision, strong clinical and technical backgrounds, a profound understanding of finance and operations to implement technology that delivers an improved healthcare experience.
Meredith Marsh has dedicated the last 16 years to serving South Florida’s healthcare and nonprofit sectors. She serves as the Quality Improvement Officer for Health Choice Network (HCN) in which she provides oversight and management of the Network’s Quality & Value Based Services. These teams are dedicated to developing strategic initiatives focused on improving the quality, efficiency, and overall value of health care delivered by community health centers.
Mary Mayhew was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis as secretary for the Agency for the Health Care Administration in January 2019. As secretary, she administers Florida’s $28 billion dollar Medicaid program – a program that serves close to 4 million recipients each month and is responsible for paying for over 60 percent of the child births in in the state. Additionally, her oversight extends to the licensure and regulation of over 50,000 health care facilities across the 3rd largest state in the nation, and is charged with promoting the transparency of consumer health care information through the Agency’s Florida Center for Health Information and Transparency.
Previously, Mayhew served in Governor Paul Lepage’s administration as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for the State of Maine. As commissioner, Mayhew implemented innovative reforms in Maine’s Medicaid program focused on improved care coordination and data-informed healthcare decision making. Her agency also invested in primary care and innovative care models designed to improve the management of chronic diseases, integrate behavioral and physical health and reduce inappropriate use of healthcare services.
She was as a candidate for Governor in Maine from June 2017 to June 2018. Most recently, she served as deputy administrator and director of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Aaron Parsons is a Manager with Audacious Inquiry (Ai), where he leads Ai’s outreach efforts in support of the Florida Health Information Exchange Services, manages relationships with potential and existing participants, and helps coordinate Ai’s work with the State of Florida. Prior to joining Ai, Aaron worked at the Agency for Health Care Administration, where he helped to implement a variety of health IT initiatives, including the Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. Aaron has an M.S. in Political Science from Florida State University.
Ganesh Persad is the Manager of Clinical Systems & Interoperability at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS). He 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 MHS population health initiatives and to facilitate the organizations value based care initiatives through the use of technology.
Marc Probst is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President at Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated delivery network (IDN) based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marc is nationally recognized as a CIO and served on the Federal Healthcare Information Technology Policy Committee which assisted in developing HIT Policy for the U.S. Government.
Marc has been involved with Information Technology and Healthcare services for over 30 years. Prior to Intermountain, Marc was a Partner with two large professional service organizations; Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young, serving healthcare provider and payer organizations. Marc has significant interest in the use of information technology to increase patient care quality and lower the costs of care. He is experienced in information technology planning, design, development, deployment and operation, as well as policy development for HIT related issues.
Marc has served as a Board Member of several healthcare related organizations including the University of Utah School of Nursing, College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the Utah Food Bank. He is a frequent speaker on Health Information System strategy, innovation, analytics, standards and policy. Marc has a passion for the power of HIT for public and population health within the United States and for health improvement worldwide.
Bharat Rao, Ph.D., is a Principal in KPMG’s Advisory Services practice and National Leader of
KPMG’s Data and Analytics practice for Healthcare & Life Sciences, where he is leading the
digital transformation of the KPMG HCLS practice. He is a pioneer in the use of artificial
intelligence and machine learning in healthcare, and is an international expert in healthcare
analytics, secure cloud computing, big data and precision medicine. He has 25 years of
experience using analytics for clinical, financial, regulatory and operational improvement for health care and life sciences organizations. He has received multiple innovation awards, including the highest lifetime award in data mining, is a frequent speaker and a highly published author with 60 granted patents, 100+ publications and one book. Prior to joining KPMG, Bharat served in various leadership positions within Siemens, and led the HCLS anti-corruption analytics practice in Deloitte.”
Lisa K Rawlins, Co- Founder, Managing Partner, Maury Rawlins Brown.Recognized as a national leader, Ms. Rawlins has served 25 years in varying leadership capacities, including Population Health, Informatics, Predictive Analytics, Hospital Administration, Health Policy, State Regulation, IT vendor, always with a particular focus in HIT. Most recently served as the former Vice President Population Health for Providence St. Joseph Health, the nation’s 3ed largest Hospital System. As the Vice President of Health Care for SRG technology responsible for helping to develop and execute the technology for Partners Pioneer ACO. She served as the Executive Director for the first state-wide HIE Advisory Board created by Governor Jeb Bush in 2004 in anticipation of the formation of the ONC for HIT, directed Florida’s first consumer transparency initiative which publicly reported hospital outcomes, health plan rating and the retail price of pharmacy drugs in 2005 and co-authored one of the nation first research efforts in 2007 on identifying Potential Preventable Hospital Readmissions. She was instrumental in the national movement to increase the adoption of electronic medical records through her work in drafting an executing the proposal for the SF Regional Extension Center, one of the largest and strongest RECs in the nation. While creating the Florida Office of Health Information Technology under the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis, a division of Florida’s AHCA, Ms. Rawlins was responsible for the State’s health information exchange initiatives, including securing funding, monitoring the grants program aimed to facilitate HIE. Notably, Ms. Rawlins lead Florida’s Health Information Security and Privacy Project (HISPC) aimed at documenting the privacy and security regulations that created barriers to HIE and working with key stakeholders and experts to develop national and state solutions. As Senior Legislative Analyst, she planned, executed and facilitated one of the first and only bicameral Health Policy Summits for the Florida Senate and House of Representatives in collaboration with AHRQ and Academy Health. Served on several State and National committees and Boards including a former member of the CCHIT HIE workgroup, the National Quality Forum’s 2007 Additional Hospital Quality Measurement Workgroup, Chair SFHA Quality and HIT Committee. Board Member, Florida Sterling Council and South Florida HIMSS Board.
Cheryl is a Healthcare Executive with Nutanix focusing on Customer Success. She is a technology executive with 33 years of IT experience including 25 years in leadership. Her previous roles include being the CIO/SVP at a large provider in Chicago, and the CTO at providers in San Diego and Dallas. In addition to healthcare, she spent 15 years in financial services where she founded the IT Innovation Program and led the Applied Research teams for a Fortune 500 company. She works with customers to modernize their data centers, improve their disaster recovery programs, and build their enterprise cloud solutions.
Armando Romero is responsible for the strategic direction of the Telehealth division within the Information Technology department at Baptist Health South Florida. In addition, he is responsible for the technologies related to the clinical ancillary functions, Baptist International Services and Hospitality/Business Relations.
Armando joined Baptist Health South Florida in January 2001 following an accomplished career at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has over 29 years of experience in Healthcare IT with over 13 years in Telehealth. He was responsible for the technology implementation of the electronic ICU at Baptist Health in 2007, which has become a well-distinguished eICU programs across the country, in addition to a multitude of telehealth programs. Armando was also the recipient of the Hospital and Health Network’s Most Innovative Award in 2014 and collaborator for the Most Innovative Finalist Award in 2016. Armando has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Nova Southeastern University and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS).