2017 Summit Speakers

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Shahid Shah

Shahid Shah

Chairman and Co-founder, Citus Health

Shahid Shah
Chairman and Co-founder, Citus Health

Shahid N. Shah is an internationally recognized and influential healthcare IT thought leader who is known as “The Healthcare IT Guy” across the Internet. He is a technology strategy consultant to many federal agencies and winner of Federal Computer Week’s coveted “Fed 100″ award given to IT experts that have made a big impact in the government. Shahid has architected and built multiple clinical solutions over his almost 22-year career. He helped design and deploy the American Red Cross’s electronic health record solution across thousands of sites; he’s built several web-based EMRs now in use by hundreds of physicians; he’s designed large groupware and collaboration sites in use by thousands; and, as an ex-CTO for a billion dollar division of CardinalHealth he helped design advanced clinical interfaces for medical devices and hospitals. Shahid also serves as a senior technology strategy advisor to NIH’s and TATRC’s SBIR/STTR program helping small businesses commercialize their healthcare applications.

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Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, CDC

Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, CDC

Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services

Chesley Richards, MD, MPH
Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services, CDC

Chesley Richards, MD, MPH is the Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services at CDC, as well as the Director of the Office of Public Health Scientific Services. In these two roles, Dr. Richards is a key advisor to the CDC Director and oversees the National Center for Health Statistics, the MMWR and Vital Signs publications, the Epidemic Intelligence Service and other scientific training programs, the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and a broad range of cross cutting epidemiology, public health surveillance, and laboratory services.  OPHSS has approximately 1,000 staff and campuses in Atlanta, Hyattsville, and Research Triangle Park. Dr. Richards represents CDC at the National Quality Forum (NQF), National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), and IOM’s Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care.

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FFS to Value Based Care: Measuring the Impact

The shift from the Fee for Service (FFS) to Value-Based Care payment model has turned the traditional healthcare reimbursement framework upside down, forcing providers to change the way they bill – and deliver – care. How are innovative providers redesigning healthcare to achieve success? How does health IT figure into this strategy? Panelists will explore what is working – and what isn’t. They will also examine what might evolve as payment reforms move to the commercial marketplace, and what technology innovators and consultants can do to help providers navigate this future.

Moderated by Jody Amodeo

Moderated by Jody Amodeo

Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

Jody Amodeo
Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

At Willis Towers Watson, Jody serves as a Senior Consultant working closely with two specialty practices: Health Analytics and Health Systems. She focuses on the evaluation, design and execution of effective human capital programs inclusive of strategic assessment and design of value based relationships. Her previous experience includes serving as Vice President of Practice Leadership for Truven Health Analytics, Corporate Vice President of Bloodhound, Inc., and Director Team Leader of Pfizer. She has a BSN in Science and Nursing from Adelphi University.

Yared Alemu, PhD

Yared Alemu, PhD

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TQIntelligence, Inc.

Dr. Yared Alemu
Founder and CEO, TQIntelligence, Inc.

Yared Alemu, Ph.D., is Founder and CEO of TQIntelligence, Inc., an early stage health technology startup focused on augmenting the current infrastructure and personnel challenges of the publicly funded behavioral healthcare sector. TQI’s Population Health Management Platform will be deployed a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to improve treatment outcomes and to reduce the costs for services in this practice ecosystem. TQIntelligence’s propriety algorithms are intended to determine the severity of mental illness early and provide Point-of-Care Decision Support for healthcare providers and tracks treatment outcomes.

Dr. Alemu is also the Founder and Director of Northlake Psychology and Consulting, a firm advising behavioral health organizations, state agencies and managed care organizations on transitioning to the new healthcare marketplace. Prior to that he worked with ProActive Institute, where he served as Clinical Director and VP, Operations and Clinical Services.

Dr. Alemu earned his Ph.D. from Auburn University and BA from Georgetown University. He completed his doctoral clinical practicum at Emory University School of Medicine, a Clinical Psychology Fellowship at the Durham VA Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia Student Health Center.

John A. Brennan, MD, MPH

John A. Brennan, MD, MPH

Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Integration Officer, WellStar Health System

John A. Brennan, M.D., MPH
Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Integration Officer, WellStar Health System

Dr. John A. Brennan is executive vice president and chief clinical integration officer at WellStar Health System. He oversees clinical integration for WellStar, which includes: safety and quality, service lines, population health, Mayo Clinic Care Network, Center for Health Transformation (CHT) and other related functions. Dr. Brennan joined WellStar from Barnabas Health in New Jersey, where he served as executive vice president and president & CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. He has held numerous roles at Barnabas Health. In addition, Dr. Brennan has 20 years of experience practicing emergency medicine in the military, community health systems and two academic medical centers. He received an MPH from Columbia University, M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine and a B.S. in biology from LeMoyne College. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California LAC and is a board certified emergency medicine physician.

S. Patrick Hammond

S. Patrick Hammond

Chief Executive Officer, Emory Healthcare Network

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Patrick Hammond
Chief Executive Officer, Emory Healthcare Network
Chief Market Services Officer, Emory Healthcare, Inc.

Patrick Hammond joined Emory Healthcare in 1991 as an Administrative Resident. He is now a member of the Emory Healthcare Executive Leadership Team. As Chief Executive Officer of the Emory Healthcare Network, he has leadership responsibility for Emory’s Clinically Integrated Network. As Chief Market Services Officer, he is responsible for managed care; market development, marketing and outreach strategies; credentialing, enrollment and medical staff support; data analytics and market research. Mr. Hammond is a graduate of Emory University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1991 he received a Master of Health Administration from Duke University.

Michael Koriwchak, MD

Michael Koriwchak, MD

ENT of Georgia

Michael J. Koriwchak, MD
ENT of Georgia

Dr. Michael J. Koriwchak received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1988. He completed both his Internship in General Surgery and Residency in Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Dr. Koriwchak continued at Vanderbilt for a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice.

After training Dr. Koriwchak moved to Atlanta in 1995 to become one of the original physicians in Ear, Nose and Throat of Georgia.  A singer himself, many of his patients depend on their voice for their careers.  Some are well-known entertainers.

Dr. Koriwchak has been working with information technology since 1977. In the 1990s he adapted generic forms software to create one the first electronic prescription applications. In 2003 he became the director for ENT of Georgia’s EMR implementation project. In 2008 the EMR implementation earned the e-Technology award from the Medical Association of Georgia. He has been writing about health information technology since 2010 and has published on Townhall.com.  He is one of the few physicians who writes his own computer code for his EMR.

In addition to his medical practice and health IT work he is also the Compliance Officer for his practice and the Vice President of the Docs4PatientCare Foundation.  He is a co-host of the chat radio talk show,   “The Doctor’s Lounge.”

HIT Workforce in the 21st Century – Perspectives from Industry and Academia

Technology is becoming more pervasive in the practice and delivery of healthcare in the 21st century. Hence we are looking at an increasing  need of workforce that has a robust understanding of the interplay between healthcare, technology and analytics. How are the leaders in the healthcare industry utilizing technology and what is their vision for growth? How are academic institutions partnering with the industry to develop programs that develop the most needed skill sets in the workforce? Where is the industry moving and what can be done to support and sustain the growth?

Moderated by Jen Martin Hall

Moderated by Jen Martin Hall

VP Communications, Sharecare

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Jen Martin Hall
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Jen Martin Hall is senior vice president of corporate communications at Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place. Based at the company’s global headquarters in Atlanta, Jen leads the company’s strategic communications efforts, including media relations, internal communications, community relations and reputation management, and plays a key role in brand strategy and product marketing.

Previously, Jen worked in corporate communications for Apple, where she focused on publicity for iPad, iOS and iCloud, and oversaw broadcast press relations at the company’s launch events and Worldwide Developers Conferences. Prior to Apple, Jen worked for CNN Worldwide, where she led publicity for the network’s digital platforms, and the communications strategy for the company’s movement into new media, virtual worlds, social networking and user-generated content.

Earlier in her career, Jen served as the principal adviser for a number of technology-driven start-ups, government organizations and universities. Over the years, Jen’s accomplishments have gained her recognition by PRWeek as a Top 40 Under 40 honoree; Women in Cable Telecommunications as one of the top 40 rising leaders in the industry; and PRNews with a Platinum Award for Social Media Campaign of the Year. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she also is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Women In Technology (WIT); the Advisory Board for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper; the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Awareness Task Force as well as the Board of Directors for TAG’s Health society.

Bill Kanich, MD, JD

Bill Kanich, MD, JD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, MagMutual Patient Safety Institute

 

 Bill Kanich, M.D., J.D.
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, MagMutual Patient Safety Institute

Dr. Kanich is the Chief Medical Officer for the MagMutual Patient Safety Institute (MMPSI) and is responsible for leading all clinical risk management initiatives, including all educational speaking programs. He also serves as the medical director for the editorial committee, 3Rs Program, and 24/7 physician hotline.

Dr. Kanich is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and was practicing in Charleston, South Carolina prior to accepting the CMO position in January 2017. While practicing medicine, Dr. Kanich also served on MagMutual’s South Carolina Claims Committee for eight years. Dr. Kanich received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, his law degree from the University of North Carolina, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia.

Patty Lavely

Patty Lavely

CIO, Gwinnett Health System

Patty Lavely
Sr Vice President and CIO, Gwinnett Health System

Patty Lavely, Sr. Vice President and CIO for Gwinnett Health System is a leader in healthcare information technology with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. She has served as Chief Information Officer for several regional health systems in Georgia and as an interim in New Jersey, developing each organization’s IT strategy and implementing operational improvements and technology-related regulatory compliance policies. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, developing IT governance, implementing EMRs, relocating data centers, major system selections and implementations and long-range planning.

Patty has participated in the planning and development of both statewide and local health information exchanges, serving as Chair of both the Georgia Health Information Technology and Transparency Advisory Board and the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council’s IT Consortium. She has maintained memberships and industry involvement in national organizations, such as VHA, HIMSS, ACHE and CHIME. Patty holds an MBA from Florida State University, is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a CHIME Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer.

Kathy Schwaig, PhD

Kathy Schwaig, PhD

Dean of College of Business, Kennesaw State University

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Kathy Schwaig, PhD
Michael J. Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

Kathy Schwaig is Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and Professor of Information Systems in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Schwaig joined the faculty at KSU in 2002 bringing over 20 years of teaching and professional experience to the classroom. Dr. Schwaig has served in several administrative roles at the department and college levels. An authority on the topic of information privacy and policy formulation, her research has been published in some of the leading journals in the information systems field including Information Systems Research, Communications of the ACM and Journal of Management Information Systems.

A native of central Texas, Dr. Schwaig earned a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Information Systems from Baylor University and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Schwaig is the recipient of the Oscar Burnett Award for Distinguished Achievement in Business from the Morris Brown College Foundation, the Cobb Executive Women’s Glass Ceiling Award and Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark Award.

Marsha Suber

Marsha Suber

Assistant Vice President of Oncology Patient Care Services, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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Marsha Suber
Assistant Vice President of Oncology Patient Care Services

As Assistant Vice President of Oncology Patient Care Services, Marsha Suber oversees clinic operations at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern), including Medical Oncology, Specialty Oncology, Port Room, Genetic Counseling, Centers for Advanced Oncology, Scheduling and the Hematology Clinic. Mrs. Suber joined CTCA® at Southeastern in 2012 prior to the opening of the hospital.

Prior to her current role, Mrs. Suber served as Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services and Director of Quality and Risk, where she oversaw patient safety, occupational health, infection prevention, education and the medical staff office. In this position, she led the hospital through a successful Joint Commission Accreditation Survey in early 2016.

Prior to joining CTCA, Mrs. Suber served in leadership nursing roles at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Upson Regional and Piedmont Fayette Hospital. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix (Phoenix, Az.). She also holds an Associate of Science in Nursing from DeKalb College in Clarkston, Ga.

Consumer Digital Health, Today’s Patient Driven Technology

This session will explore without boundaries how healthcare delivery continues to broaden digitally on a consumer level.  The discussions will tackle some of healthcare’s biggest challenges from an open forum perspective where we remove all constraints.  Let’s break down the barriers of social norms, regulations and politeness to explore how healthcare providers and IT companies can come together to solve healthcare challenges. This is an exercise in exploring the solutions that will offer the extreme value for the common good.  Evaluating the individual consumer needs in each of  our society communities, towns and cities, panelists will explore local and national collaboration to innovate access to care.

Moderated by Richard Makerson

Moderated by Richard Makerson

 

Richard Makerson
Partner, BlueFletch

As the co-founder of BlueFletch, Richard is a Technical Manager with skills in Mobile, Microsoft .NET, and J2EE Application Development. Richard has also trained, deployed, and supported multiple application tiers across complex production environments. He has extensive technical experience in native, cross-platform and web-based mobile application development. Richard holds a BS in Computer Science from Morehouse College.

Melissa Bader

Melissa Bader

Global Program Manager, Google

Melissa K. Bader 

Master’s Computer Science, 20 years in IT in a variety of roles: sys admin, network engineer, technical lead, enterprise architect, developer, consulting practice lead, faculty teaching grad/undergrad IT classes, project manager, and program mgr.

PMP certified, CCNP (Cisco), MCSE + Security, Lean Six Sigma Yellow

PgM for HWOps Training, [email protected] Centers global lead, Data Center Careers PgM,

Made with Code tech lead, CS-First presenter, Jr. Achievement (12 years), Career Coach, passionate advocate of IT diversity

Chassydi Butts

Chassydi Butts

Health Sciences SME

Chassydi Butts, MPA, MBA
Administrative and Operations Lead for the Zika Transition Unit at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chassydi Butts, MPA, MBA, is the Administrative and Operations Lead for the Zika Transition Unit at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She joined the CDC in May 2015 and has served as the Deputy of Operations for Zika, Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force and the Management and Operations Specialist for the Ebola Vaccine Trial Task Force. Prior to joining the CDC she served as a Senior Research Analyst and Senior Program Analyst, Center for Tobacco Products, for the Food and Drug Administration. Her experience also includes serving as the Chief Administrative Operations Officer of Howard University. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

 

Meghan Conroy

Meghan Conroy

CEO and Founder, CAPTUREPROOF

Meghan Conroy
CEO, CAPTUREPROOF

Meghan Conroy has questioned for years why, in the most connected era in history, access to healthcare is still one of our biggest challenges. In 2012, she embarked on a journey to answer that challenge with CAPTUREPROOF. CAPTUREPROOF is the HIPAA-compliant app to capture, compare and share medical photos and video asynchronously to enable doctor-to-doctor and doctor-to-patient visual communication.

Meghan’s journey to bring CAPTUREPROOF from concept to vision was a passion project, fusing her love of photography and her desire to help improve patients’ health. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physiology, Meghan started her career as a pharmaceutical rep at Abbott Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson. She launched 14 products into the medical market, always ranking within the top of the company’s sales force. After many successful years in pharma, Meghan moved to Paris to pursue a graduate degree in photography. She managed photography for clinical trials across Europe, where the need for CAPTUREPROOF became obvious, and a new dream – and CAPTUREPROOF Inc. – was born.

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones

CEO, Florence Healthcare

 

Ryan Jones
CEO, Florence Healthcare

Ryan is CEO of Florence Healthcare. Florence advances clinical research through software. The Florence eBinder Suite replaces paper investigator site files, trial master files and source binders with a shared platform between trial sites and sponsors.

Before joining Florence, Ryan was president of Pubget (acquired by the Copyright Clearance Center), a research platform serving clinicians at over 600 hospitals and research institutions worldwide. Ryan joined Pubget from Microsoft’s SharePoint group, where he helped the web’s largest enterprises make information understandable and accessible with document management technology. Before Microsoft, Ryan analyzed enterprise software investments at Commonwealth Capital Ventures and built technology market strategies at the Yankee Group. A frequent speaker, he has been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business School Press.

Ryan has an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from UC Berkeley, where he was a Price Fellow.

Mike Nolte

Mike Nolte

CEO, Influence Health

Mike Nolte
CEO, Influence Health

Mike joined Influence Health in early 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Mike focuses on providing oversight across the organization to ensure timely and efficient execution of strategic initiatives and operations. Mike is a seasoned operational leader whose career spans the healthcare, technology and financial services industries.

Mike joined Influence Health after serving as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of the public company MedAssets (MDAS). Prior to that he spent seven years at General Electric (GE) where he held roles including Vice President and General Manager of Americas Services for GE’s Healthcare IT business. In this role, he led more than 1,700 teammates focused on GE’s $900 million healthcare software portfolio, VP and GM of GE’s $230 million enterprise revenue cycle software business and VP and GM of marketing and product management for GE Healthcare IT’s ambulatory segment. He also spent five years with McKinsey & Company and started his career as a U.S. Army Officer, finishing up as a Captain and Company Commander for an airborne, rapid deployment, medical supply chain and maintenance organization.

Mike holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Developing a Culture of CyberSecurity in our Healthcare Communities

We are increasingly discovering that only a small part of cyber security in healthcare is technology-driven; the human element is crucial.  And it’s not just about privacy or money—cyber security can directly affect patient safety.  So how should healthcare providers and their tech service providers develop enterprise-wide cultures of cyber security, address both technological & human obstacles, and ensure their business associates (and their employees) treat cyber security as importantly as they should?

Moderated by Barry S. Herrin

Moderated by Barry S. Herrin

FAHIMA, FACHE, Esq., Founder, Herrin Health Law, P.C.

Barry Herrin, FAHIMA, FACHE, Esq.
Founder, Herrin Health Law, P.C.

Barry Herrin is the Founder of Herrin Health Law, P.C., a boutique law practice dedicated to the needs of health care providers.  He regularly represents health care providers in all segments of the industry and advises on a wide variety of regulatory and operational issues. He is admitted to the bars of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Mr. Herrin is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. He also holds a certificate in cybersecurity from Georgia Tech.

Mr. Herrin received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, graduating each time with honors.  He has served as a faculty member for numerous state and national meetings and symposia across the country and has authored or co-authored numerous articles on health law compliance for regional and national publications.

For his community service and good works, he was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 2012. He recently retired from the United States Air Force Auxiliary, in which he served as the Chief Judge Advocate for 6 years, at the rank of colonel.

Lauret Howard

Lauret Howard

Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, NASCO

Lauret Howard Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, NASCO NASCO is owned by and exclusively serves Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans and provides a suite of IT solutions including membership and claims processing services.  As Chief Risk Officer, Lauret develops and leads NASCO’s ERM program focusing on the risks to NASCO’s strategy and operations. In 2015, NASCO achieved SOC2 certification across four Trust Principles and will achieve HITRUST certification in early 2018, providing assurance to NASCO’s Blue Plan customers that the PHI of their 23 million members is protected and creating a competitive advantage for NASCO in the health payer market. Lauret plays an instrumental role in creating a security and risk-aware culture at NASCO – educating NASCO associates on risk management, security and compliance requirements and how these requirements impact their role. In her role, Lauret also has direct oversight for corporate governance, business continuity, compliance, audit and legal. Lauret is President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning and is a certified Strategy Management Professional. Lauret graduated from the University of Georgia and has a MBA degree and a Business of Healthcare certificate from the Goizeuta Business School, where she is still active as an alumnus, mentor and coach.
Paige Joyner, PhD

Paige Joyner, PhD

CIPP/US, HCISPP, Director, Compliance +, LLC

Paige Joyner, PhD, CIPP/US, HCISPP
CEO, Compliance+, LLC

Currently, Ms. Joyner is the CEO of Compliance +, LLC, a healthcare product and services firm that provides organizations with cost effective solutions for compliance as well as niche products and services that enhance healthcare practices and facilities. Since 2001, Ms. Joyner has trained several thousand people while working with hundreds of “covered entities” and business associates. Ms. Joyner has also served as Compliance Officer for several companies including medical device startups, medical applications developers, healthcare entities and healthcare service providers.

In 2010, Paige Joyner co-founded the Healthcare Solutions Resource Forum (HSRF) which is a flagship program designed to bring together prominent thinkers from various disciplines with healthcare executives in order to identify the impact of legislative changes in the areas of technology, operations and finance.

Previously, Ms Joyner was the Manager of the HIPAA Program Management Office at Medical College of Georgia Health Systems Inc. (MCG), Ms. Joyner was responsible for the implementation of HIPAA security across the three- entity healthcare organization in Augusta, GA. While at MCG, Dr. Joyner completed the DDI Healthcare Leadership Training Program. In 2013, Dr. Joyner obtained the CIPP/US designation form the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She attended the American College of Switzerland in Leysin, Switzerland and returned to the states to complete her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Emory University.  In 2001, she completed her graduate studies with the ACMT having earned her PhD in Theology. Ms. Joyner completed the DDI Healthcare Leadership Training Program while at MCG. In 2013, the CIPP/US designation was obtained.

Buffy Lamb

Buffy Lamb

Administrator, Vascular Surgical Associates

Buffy Lamb
Practice Administrator, Vascular Surgical Associates

Ms. Lamb currently serves as the practice administrator of Vascular Surgical Associates, a 10-location Vascular Surgical specialty practice with their main office in Marietta. Throughout her career, Ms. Lamb has been recognized by her success and expertise in the difficult job of balancing all the aspects of running a busy healthcare practice. From Revenue Cycle Management and compliance to patient care, Ms. Lamb juggles the complexities of the practice to ensure success.  She is often asked to share insights and experience to aide colleagues and companies such as IBM, Clearwave, and United Healthcare in their planning efforts and in addressing emerging technologies. Ms. Lamb currently sits on the United Healthcare Administrative Advisory Board.

 

Mark Ray

Mark Ray

Managing Director, Cyber Investigations, Nardello & Co.

Mark Ray
Managing Director, Cyber Investigations, Nardello & Co.

Mark Ray is a seasoned cybercrime investigator and information security professional with over 20 years of law enforcement and technology industry experience. Mark helps organizations prepare for, respond to, and recover from major cyber incidents and fraud events.

Prior to reentering the private sector last year, Mark had a distinguished career as a Special Agent with the FBI’s Cyber Division, where he conceived, built, and led some of the FBI’s most preeminent criminal and national security cyber investigations.  These transnational investigations resulted in the dismantlement of several major international cybercrime and money laundering organizations, including the SpyEye and Citadel malware crime rings, as well as the remediation of several high-profile data breaches across various industries. His investigations received distinguished recognition within the U.S. Government and the international cybersecurity community.  Mark also served overseas as the FBI’s cyber liaison officer to the Netherlands and Bulgaria.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mark worked at several technology companies, including IBM, where he led the development and delivery of various enterprise software implementations and network security solutions for clients around the world. Mark has a BS in Management Information Systems from Purdue University, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Workforce Module: Connecting Talent with Opportunity (a.k.a Intern Module)

Leveraging internships to attract more students to the Health IT industry and establish pipelines for continued recruitment can make sourcing talent in a high-demand industry like Health IT more effective. This session will discuss the best practices for internship programs, followed by a networking event, connecting companies with students from area colleges and universities interested in a career in Health IT.

Moderated by M. Cole Jones

Moderated by M. Cole Jones

Co-Founder, Covello

M. Cole Jones
Managing Partner of RIISE Ventures

As Managing Partner of RIISE Ventures, M. Cole Jones is leading the charge to develop an innovation district within the Westside of Atlanta focused on industries related to sports and entertainment with the goal of inspiring entrepreneurship, increasing employment, and promoting the economy of the region.

Louise Cherry Barber

Louise Cherry Barber

Vice President, Culture and Experience, PatientCo

 

Louise Cherry Barber
VP, Culture and Experience

Louise is focused on culture and career development as an integral part of our strategic success at Patientco. As we grow, the components of our culture that got us here need to change and evolve so she spends her time balancing the wellbeing of our current team and adding new members to the team to keep the momentum going.

Before Patientco, Louise was the Sr. Director of Talent Management at Earthlink, where she held several roles in the Talent and Human Resources field.

She holds a BS Business Administration from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Kevin Cantwell, PhD

Kevin Cantwell, PhD

Dean, Graduate Studies, Middle Georgia State University

Kevin Cantwell, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate Studies

Dr. Kevin Cantwell is Dean, Graduate Studies at Middle Georgia State University and Professor of English.  His professional experience at the University includes serving as Interim Provost in 2016, Interim Dean in 2015 and Chair, Media, Culture, and the Arts from 2012-2015. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah and a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgia State University.

Amy Lancaster

Amy Lancaster

Director of Workforce Development, MACOC

 

Amy Lancaster Director, Workforce Development Amy Lancaster is Director of Workforce Development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. She is a native Atlantan who is passionate about increasing student, jobseeker and employer outcomes in the region and working closely with employer, education and workforce systems partners to grow Atlanta’s globally competitive talent pool. She has been with MAC for since 2008 and serves on various education and workforce related boards in the region and state.
Luke Scanlon

Luke Scanlon

Recruitment Specialist, Kaiser

Luke Scanlon
University Relations Talent Adviser, Kaiser Permanente

Luke has been with Kaiser Permanente for 14 years – began as a Talent Adviser and moved to University Relations Talent Adviser 5 years ago. Prior to Kaiser, Luke held numerous roles in HR for the last 19 years including full life cycle recruiting, high volume recruiting, internet searches, project management, technical and early career hiring.