Speaker Session Speakers
Founder, Agate Consulting
As founder of Agate Consulting, and a former member of both McKinsey & Company’s Payer/Provider Practice and Arthur Andersen’s Healthcare Practice, Kevin Agatstein brings clients more than 15 years of US and overseas healthcare consulting experience. With these firms, Kevin has served leading providers, payers, healthcare IT companies, life sciences organizations, and healthcare venture capital and private equity firms. His areas of expertise include clinical analytics, telehealth, population health, a payer-provider collaboration.
Before founding Agate, Kevin designed a consumer-oriented mobile pharmacy management platform now marketed as emWellics® by the company RxEOB®. Prior to that Kevin lead operations, corporate development, and marketing for CareKey, Inc., a market leading medical management application suite employed today by some of the largest payers in the US. CareKey was sold to its long-time channel partner The TriZetto Group in December of 2005 for $100M.
Kevin holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and was a researcher and project manager at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Additionally, Kevin completed McKinsey & Company’s mini-MBA program, and is a published author in strategy, marketing, and organizational design.
Karen Appelbaum, MHA
Director, Patient Engagement Center Strategy & Operations Providence St. Joseph Health
Karen brings over 12 years of experience in patient/consumer access and financial performance of health systems, in both her current role as a healthcare system Director and previously as an external consultant. At Providence St. Joseph Health, Karen leads the strategy and operations for the Patient Engagement Center and Digital Access Center, developing innovative programs and technology solutions to simplify and improve the way both patients and physicians navigate the vast clinicians and telehealth services available across Providence.
Afua Branoah Banful, MD
Managing Director of Corporate Strategy, The Advisory Board Company
Afua is an expert in growth strategies for hospitals and health systems amid rapidly changing forces such as healthcare consumerism and value-based care. Her telehealth work has focused on facilitating telehealth adoption in health system service delivery. She has had the benefit of interacting with nearly three dozen of the largest health system telehealth early-adopters and heard first-hand the goals and practical challenges these early adopters encountered. She has also researched telehealth vendors across the direct-to-consumer, fixed site and remote patient monitoring spaces.
Afua was previously a consultant with McKinsey and Company, a global consulting company, where she served hospital clients on optimizing front line operations and US government clients on large scale performance transformation and change management. She was also a post-doctoral fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC, leading research on political governance and food insecurity in emerging economies. She is presently Managing Director of Corporate Strategy at the Advisory Board Company.
Afua graduated top of her undergraduate class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she double-majored in Materials Science and Engineering and Economics and held several records on the Women’s Indoor and Outdoor track and field teams. She also has a PhD in Economics from The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Currently, she lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.
Senior Policy Advisor, The Kennedy Forum
Garry Carneal is a leading expert in health care. He has researched, written and published extensively on quality, medical management, information technology, and regulatory trends. He has an established track record in helping trade associations, accreditation agencies, and businesses develop national policy positions and expand their operations. During his career, Carneal has brought to market over 20 health care accreditation programs.
Carneal currently heads up Schooner Strategies. Founded in 2007, the consulting firm promotes enhanced business development strategies for its clients by leveraging technology, identifying new workflow solutions, using marketing and social media tools, engaging in research and education initiatives, and other dynamic services.
Carneal helps oversee several organizations, including ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) and RadSite. Both organizations offer accreditation programs. Most recently, CHQI launched the Telemedicine Accreditation Program, in conjunction with the American Telemedicine Association.
In addition, Carneal actively works with The Kennedy Forum, which is promoting a better health care system through mental health parity and other key initiatives. As Senior Policy Advisor, Mr. Carneal is assisting in the development of the Forum’s policy positions, drafting compliance toolkits, and coordinating leadership focus groups.
In 2014, Mr. Carneal founded RegQuest, a research-based organization exploring ways to improve the medical management system and the corporate practice of medicine through regulatory reporting solutions, evidence-based medicine and technology applications (e.g., www.regquest.com; www.parityregistry.org). His hope is to launch a disruptive technology that could revolutionize how the health insurance appeals system functions in the United States.
Mr. Carneal also served as URAC’s President & CEO. During his nine-year tenure, he diversified URAC’s quality-based mission from a single, specialty accreditation agency for utilization management to one of the premier accreditation agencies in the United States covering 18 accreditation programs.
Mr. Carneal also served as President of InforMed Medical Management Services, LLC (IMMS), a private sector accountable care organization. IMMS (now Conifer Health Solutions) offers a full range of medical management solutions including predictive modeling, utilization management, case management and disease management.
Previously, Mr. Carneal also has served as the:
- Vice President of Legal and State Affairs at the American Association of Health Plans (now AHIP);
- Legislative Counsel for Health Policy for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners;
- Associate General Counsel at the Group Health Association of America; and
- Attorney at Epstein, Becker and Green, P.C.
Currently, Carneal services on several boards including, The American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks, ClearHealth Quality Institute, National Alliance for Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, Population Health Impact Institute, RadSite, and Trajectory HealthCare Services, He also serves on the Policy Committee for the Case Management Society of America.
During his career, Mr. Carneal has written and edited hundreds of articles, issue briefs, and manuals addressing care management, legal, managed care, quality and other health care issues.
Mr. Carneal received his college degree from Washington & Lee University; a Master’s degree from Yale University; and a law degree from the University of Virginia.
Chief Operating Officer, Texas Health Aetna
Genevieve D. Caruncho-Simpson joined Texas Health Aetna as chief operating officer in April 2017. In this role, Caruncho-Simpson provides overall management and oversight of strategic and operational plans, member services and clinical programs, strategic partnerships and initiatives, as well as outsourced services.
Caruncho-Simpson joins Texas Health Aetna with more than 15 years’ experience working with health care providers and payer/insurance organizations where she held a variety of domestic and global strategic, operational and consulting roles.
Previously, Caruncho-Simpson was the national strategy leader for Value-Based Care for Ascension Health. Additionally, she held leadership roles at Humana, PwC, New York Presbyterian Hospital and University of Washington Medicine.
She is currently Adjunct Faculty at St. Louis University’s Department of Health Management and Policy.
Caruncho-Simpson received her Master’s in Health Policy and Management from New York University, as well as Bachelor degrees with Honors in Health Information Management and Clinical Social Work from University of Washington. She was also a Bill and Melinda Gates Leadership Scholar and received multiple awards for her work with clients, employers and communities.
Wellesley Chapman, MD
Medical Director, Innovation & Business Development, Kaiser Permanente of Washington
Wellesley Chapman is Medical Director of Innovation & Business Development at Kaiser Permanente of Washington (KPWA). He joined KPWA (then Group Health) in 2008, serving as a Primary Care physician, Medical Center Chief, and Lean consultant prior to founding the Innovation team in 2013 with business partner, Elizabeth Fleming, MBA. Wellesley has a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont and an MD from the University of Washington. Prior to his work in health care, Wellesley was a theater actor in Chicago (including a Joseph Jefferson Citation, actor in a lead role, Equus), a financial analyst in New York and Paris, and a Kerouac-wannabe-expat-bartender-lay-about.
KPWA Innovation is an intrapreneurial team using human-centered design and Lean Startup methodologies to build new delivery models within the KPWA care delivery system, scaling with technology whenever possible. Projects have included retail care (CareClinic) in partnership with Bartell Drugs, telemedicine (eVisits, chat), bundled care services (joint replacement, obstetrics), and vulnerable population care. Innovation team goals are always to improve patient experience, lead time, cost, and outcomes through disciplined design.
Vice President of Information Protection & Security and Chief Information Security Officer, HCA Healthcare
Paul Connelly is Vice President of Information Protection & Security and Chief Information Security Officer for HCA Healthcare, the largest private healthcare provider in the United States. HCA owns and operates 179 hospitals and more than a thousand urgent care centers, physician practices, and other facilities across the US and in the UK. Paul leads the program and teams responsible for Cybersecurity, Physical Security, Privacy, and Information Lifecycle Management for all HCA business units and facilities.
Paul started in this field as an information security analyst at the National Security Agency in 1984; then spent nine years as the Chief Information Security Officer at the White House Communications Agency; and six years as a partner leading a Washington, DC-based information security consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He joined HCA and has led HCA’s program since 2002.
Highlights of Paul’s career include:
- The first Chief Information Security Officer at the White House, serving under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton
- The first civilian Presidential Communications Officer, leading communications and emergency support for the President during travel throughout the world.
- Inducted into the White House Communications Agency Hall of Fame, 1998
- Winner of the top award for achievement in the Information Security field in the federal government (the Frank B. Rowlett Trophy), 1992
- Winner of the Information Security Executive of the Year Award for North America, 2009
- Contributing author, “There’s a New Sheriff in Town- IT Security Leadership Handbook,” published 2010
- 18 individuals from Paul’s teams have been selected as Chief Information Security Officers at other organizations
- 2018 Leadership Nashville program Participant
Paul has obtained the Certified Information Systems Security Professional and the National Security Agency’s Information Systems Security Professional certifications. He completed the Naval War College National Security Studies program. Paul has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Resource Economics from the University of Florida.
Patrick Courneya, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Patrick T. Courneya, MD, is the executive vice president and chief medical officer for National Health Plan and Hospitals Quality at Kaiser Permanente. In this role, Dr. Courneya oversees Kaiser Permanente’s national quality agenda, helps ensure the organization’s members and communities receive the best quality and service Kaiser Permanente offers, and advocates for the advancement of evidence-based medicine and proven innovation for the industry.
Dr. Courneya previously served 10 years as medical director and associate medical director for HealthPartners Health Plan. Additionally, he has played a significant role in advancing health care quality and innovation on a national level. He is board certified in Family Practice and was a family practice physician for 25 years. Professional activities include chairing the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Council at America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Medical Directors Council at the Alliance of Community Health Plans. Dr. Courneya was also recently appointed to the California board of directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Dr. Courneya received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed his Family Practice Residency at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in 1988, and remains board certified in that specialty. He has served as medical leader in various roles at medical group, hospital and health plan levels.
Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Dr. Courneya in 2016 and 2017 as one of 100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know.
Jason Dinger, Ph.D.
Chief Incubation Officer, Ascension
Jason is a social entrepreneur committed to building sustainable enterprises that address global social challenges. Whether delivering internet technologies to isolated communities, sustainable health care solutions in low-income countries, or access to prescription medications for uninsured individuals, Jason’s wide-eyed curiosity around what’s possible and pragmatic leveraging of market forces continues to bring new innovations to underserved communities near and far.
Jason Dinger currently serves as the Chief Incubation Officer for Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. Jason provides leadership in designing, guiding and operationalizing new solutions and transformative innovations across Ascension, with emphasis on those that require incubational and entrepreneurial direction. Jason helps commercialize appropriate products and services nationally and internationally, coordinating with leaders across Ascension to test, pilot and introduce new solutions.
Prior to serving as Ascension’s Chief Incubation Officer, Jason served as the chief executive officer of MissionPoint Health Partners, was the chief strategy officer for Saint Thomas Health, and served as chief executive officer of the Dispensary of Hope.
Jason received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and his PhD in Leadership, Policy and Organizations from Vanderbilt University. His academic interests are broad but largely focused on behavioral economics in low-income countries and how purpose-driven organizations can serve as sustaining cultures of innovation.
LTC Francisco Dominicci
Chief Information Officer & Director Health IT, Colorado Springs Military Health System
LTC Dominicci’s latest assignment is Chief Nursing Information Officer at the Office of the Surgeon General, OCMIO and has served in numerous other assignments. He holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing; a Masters of Arts, Management and Leadership; and a Masters of Science in Healthcare Informatics. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems, Board Certified Informaticist and an Associate Professor with the College of Health Sciences and Information Technology at Colorado Technical University.
Tollie B. Elliott, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Mary’s Center
Dr. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Howard University and a Post Baccalaureate degree from Fisk University. He attended Howard University College of Medicine and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2000. He completed his residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University in 2004 and was named Outstanding Senior Resident by the physician leads in Obstetrics and in Gynecology. Dr. Elliott received his board certification in 2008. He is committed to community development, having taught in the Prince George’s County Public Schools and served as director of a mentoring program for at-risk youth early in his career. Dr. Elliott enjoys family life, music and travel. Prior to joining Mary’s Center, Dr. Elliott worked at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, where he was a Staff Physician, Director of Ob/Gyn Peer Review, a member of the Surgical Case Review Committee, Medical Staff Member-At-Large to the Medical Executive Committee, and Co-Chair of the Ob/Gyn Department in 2014. He also served as an Associate Professor at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Elliott was recognized as a Washingtonian Top Doctor in 2016.
LT Col Antonio Eppolito
Chief USAF Telehealth, Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA)
Dr. Eppolito is a family physician with 24 years of clinical experience while serving on active duty. He has performed clinical duties in the outpatient, inpatient and deployed arenas. He currently serves in the capacity of USAF Chief of Telehealth. In this position he has expanded the program to 33 projects across 13 specialty areas. His telehealth program’s reach now ranges from deploying teleconsultation services to virtual patient encounters to leveraging mobile technologies. In particular, under his direction, the Air Force has made use of telehealth in the store and forward technology arena of enterprise imaging which includes teleradiology, telecardiology, telepathology and teleendoscopy. Additionally he governs the use of digital healthcare delivery in the form of synchronous eConsultation and live virtual video visits in support of tele-mental health, tele-medical nutritional therapy and tele-genetics.
William England, PhD, JD
Director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
William England is director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA. Bill joined OAT in 2016. He started work in telehealth at CMS/Medicare, followed by 15 years as Director and Vice President of the FCC/USAC Rural Health Care Program. He is a Fellow and former Director of the American Telemedicine Association. Prior to telehealth, Bill was an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Robert Wood Johnson Healthcare Financing Fellow and a biomedical engineer at Indiana University Health (Regenstrief Institute) in Indianapolis. He has a BS and MS in Electrical and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue and a law degree from the University of Maryland.
Ellen Evans, MHSA, BSN, RN, BA
Clinical Director of Telemedicine, Mary’s Center
Ms. Evans is a seasoned healthcare professional who attained her BSN after over 22 years of health policy and healthcare business development experience. Ms. Evans worked for a variety of healthcare-related professional societies and trade associations early in her career, providing legislative and regulatory advocacy for diverse constituencies. After completing her Masters of Health Services Administration she changed her focus to healthcare operations and joined the Advisory Board Company – a healthcare thinktank/consulting/health information technology firm – where she held progressively challenging roles on both the research/education and sales/revenue side of the company. She also spent several years as a Business Development Executive with the medical device manufacturer Covidien (now Medtronic) consulting with surgeons and hospitals on service line volume and revenue growth. Reaching a career crossroads, Ms. Evans decided it was time for a dramatically different view of healthcare and she pursued an accelerated BSN. She learned of Mary’s Center at a career fair when she was still a nursing student and immediately knew that she wanted to serve this community-focused organization. After a year of inpatient experience at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC as a med/surg/oncology nurse, she joined Mary’s Center in 2016 and assumed the role of Clinical Director of Telemedicine in 2017, where she is thrilled to marry her newer, clinical skills with her previous management/consulting experience. Ms. Evans received her BSN from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; her MHSA from George Washington University; and her BA from the University of Virginia.
Gregory T. Garcia
Executive Director for Cybersecurity, Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council
Gregory T. Garcia is Executive Director for Cybersecurity of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC). The healthcare and public health sector is one of 16 critical industry sectors identified under Presidential Policy Directive 21. The HSCC brings together the many subsectors of the healthcare industry in collaboration with the government – principally the Departments of Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security – to develop and implement evolving ways to strengthen the sector’s security and resiliency against cyber and physical threats.
Greg was appointed by President George W. Bush as the nation’s first Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2006-2009, where he led the National Cyber Security Division, the National Communications System and the Office of Emergency Communications. Under Greg’s leadership, DHS was a key driver in developing the Bush Administration’s Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative (HSPD 23), the National Emergency Communications Plan, and the precursor to what is now the National Cyber and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).
After DHS, Garcia went on to create and lead Bank of America’s external partnership strategy for cyber security and identity management until December 2011. He then expanded his footprint to head the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), an official industry-wide partner to the government, developing policy and operational strategy for the security and resiliency of the financial system against cyber-attacks and other threats.
Greg most recently was executive vice president of SIGNAL Group, a Washington, DC-based public policy advocacy and strategic communications consulting firm.
Earlier in his career, Greg served as professional staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, where he shepherded enactment of the Cyber Security Research & Development Act of 2002. He also led advocacy for the Information Technology Association of America, American Electronics Association, and 3Com Corporation, a Silicon Valley computer and communications networking company.
He is a member of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, a federal advisory committee; CompTIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board; was a guest lecturer at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA; and has occupied numerous advisory board positions with high technology startups.
Jason Goldwater, MA, MPA
Vice President, Telemedicine Solutions, Ontario Telemedicine Network
Jason C. Goldwater is currently a Senior Director at CedarBridge Group, LLC, where he leads the company in areas such as quality measurement, telehealth, electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM), health equity and health innovation. Mr. Goldwater has been involved in the field of telehealth for the past ten years, having initially evaluated telehealth services across large urban and rural health networks as part of a peer-review panel for the Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) sponsored by the Health Care Resources and Services Administration. Mr. Goldwater also served as a Principal Investigator for a grant funded by the California HealthCare Foundation on the use of telehealth modalities for chronic disease care and care coordination. He also served as a Principal Investigator for a Commonwealth Fund grant exploring the various ways different health care entities, including payers, hospitals, long-term care networks and others used technology-driven solutions, such as health care, to drive value-based care and chronic disease management. Mr. Goldwater has written extensively in the area of telehealth, and how it can impact populations such as the homeless and the chronically ill. He also serves as a peer reviewer for article on telehealth for journals such as Health Affairs and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. While at the National Quality Forum, he served as the Project Director for the development of a measurement framework that provides a foundation for the development of objective measures to assess the value of telehealth and its impact on clinical care. Mr. Goldwater has both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Emerson College and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Suffolk University.
Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-BC,FAEN
Vice President for Virtual Care & Innovation, Ascension-Texas Ministry
A healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience as an innovator, health advocate, educator, researcher and clinician. She is the VP for Virtual Care & Innovation for Ascension-Texas Ministry and Clinical Professor of Population Health at the Dell Medical School at UT-Austin. Prior to this role, she served a long career at The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), where she was the Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer. In that role, she led the development of a statewide telehealth program recognized as a national model.
Henderson focuses on the design & development of innovative healthcare delivery models but also on the policy and regulations necessary to advance Telehealth. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on “Advancing Telehealth through Connectivity,” as well as the Subcommittee on Rural Health and the White House Domestic Policy Council. She has made numerous presentations across the country, including TEDx and SXSW, to advance telehealth policy and share innovative new models of care.
A few of her other leadership roles include service as a board member for the American Telemedicine Association; and the appointment to the Texas HHS eHealth Advisory Committee and the NQF Telehealth Multistakeholder Committee. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Emergency Nurses Association.
Henderson received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; her master’s degree in nursing from the Mississippi University for Women; and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.
CDR Marc D. Herwitz
Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Following twelve years in private practice optometry, Commander Herwitz received his commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Navy in May 2001. Commander Herwitz reported for duty, August 2001, to Naval Hospital Great Lakes where he provided eyecare services for Navy recruits, active duty, family members and retirees, and served as the Department Head of Optometry.
In July 2004, Commander Herwitz transferred to Naval Hospital Lemoore, California where he served as Director of Clinical Support Services having contributed to the hospital’s successful Joint Commission, College of American Pathologists (CAP), AABB Laboratory reaccreditation and FDA recertification for the blood bank and mammography programs.
In August 2007, Commander Herwitz was assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic Brunswick, Maine where he served as the clinic’s Officer-in-Charge, directing healthcare services until closing the healthcare entity in March 2010 in accord with the Congressional Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) of 2005.
Commander Herwitz reported for duty in July 2011 to the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL., whereas the Branch Clinic Head of the USS Red Rover, Branch Health Clinic 1523, he directed medical in-processing for approximately 40,000 new Navy recruits annually at Recruit Training Center Great Lakes. Additionally, he contributed as a member of the Organizational Performance Improvement’s Lean Six Sigma Team by facilitating numerous Lean projects impacting all six of the hospital’s campuses.
In September 2014 he reported to Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA), Yorktown, VA., as the Executive Officer (Chief Operating Officer) and Training Officer of the Tri-Service Optician School (TOPS). As Executive Officer he was instrumental in updating the organization’s production of high quality, cost contained eyewear through improving fabrication processes and upgrading advanced ophthalmic production capability. He promoted eye safety throughout the Department of Defense through transitioning the lens material of choice to impact resistant polycarbonate lenses for all eyewear manufactured. In September 2016, Commander Herwitz reported for duty to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Falls Church, VA., as Chief Ancillary Informatics Officer and Deputy Director of Clinical Informatics/M36.
Commander Herwitz is a 1988 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. He completed a Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in 2009 at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, graduating valedictorian. In 2011 he graduated from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA., with a Master in Military Studies (MMS). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal as well as other service medals. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Managing Director of Lemhi Ventures
Jodi Hubler is the Managing Director of Lemhi Ventures, a health care services venture capital fund with $335M under management. For over a decade, Lemhi has invested in companies that transform and disrupt health care. Jodi is known as insightful and direct, whether as a strategic advisor or mentor to entrepreneurs and CEOs or as an investor and board member. She focuses on leadership, culture change, business strategy alignment, governance, and operational excellence in Lemhi and its portfolio companies.
Over her 20-plus-year career, she has held executive positions in a variety of public and private companies, including a lead role in global human resource re-engineering efforts for Cargill; driving systems to support lean manufacturing and process change for a $2B division of Alcoa; and start-up experience with venture-backed Definity Health, where she served as chief people officer. Definity Health was ultimately acquired by United Health Group for more than $300M.
Jodi is a graduate of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, with a B.A. in Administration and a M.A. in Industrial Relations. Jodi currently serves on the boards of Digital Reasoning, PokitDok, and PlanSource and serves as Chair of Bind and Recondo Technology. Jodi previously served on the boards of Carol, DNA Direct, Destination Rx, Liazon, OneHealth Solutions (Chair), RetraceHealth (Chair) and ShareableInk. She is a frequent panelist at venture capital conferences and is a member of the Healthcare Executives Leadership Network.
Vice President of Provider Engagement Strategy, Anthem, Inc.
John F. Jesser serves as the vice president of Provider Engagement Strategy for Anthem, Inc., the nation’s largest health benefits company. In this capacity, Mr. Jesser manages a company-wide process that looks at healthcare-related functions to improve the affordability of health care; the consumer experience and access to care. He leads the company’s telehealth strategy as the president of LiveHealth Online, an online care solution for consumers and providers being offered to Anthem’s customers. Mr. Jesser focuses on solutions and digital tools that improve the connection between doctors, hospitals, consumers and health plans. Previously, he served for more than 24 years in various management positions within the healthcare field.
Mr. Jesser earned his B.S. in mass communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an MBA from Cleveland State University. He serves as chairman of the board of managers for Availity, LLC, a company that provides connectivity between healthcare payers and providers; and is chairman of the board of National TeleHealth Network (NTN), a telehealth physician management company founded as a joint venture between American Well and Anthem. He is also member of the board of Pursuant Health, a consumer health information and technology company. He serves as the youth director at Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church in Fairlawn, Ohio. Currently, Mr. Jesser lives in Brecksville, Ohio, with his wife, Erin, and five children.
Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH
Senior Director, Partners Connected Health Innovation; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
As the Senior Director of Connected Health Innovation (CHI), Kamal Jethwani is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team to identify and solve challenges in healthcare delivery using innovative technology-based solutions. CHI embraces value-based reimbursement across all care settings, and its solutions enable improved outcomes by making care delivery a continuous function of patients’ lives. His team is engaged in needs assessments across the system, product development and evaluations, and rigorous research to prove the value and outcomes of using connected health solutions. Their innovations are routinely scaled within clinical practices at Partners, and made part of the usual care provided to Partners’ patients. Kamal is also actively engaged in working with industry partners to scale innovations outside of Partners through strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities.
The core focus of his research is in enabling better care delivery through connected health programs, by enabling better patient engagement, patient-provider communication, and patient satisfaction with care. His research so far has shown that programs that are personalized to each patient’s unique psychology and needs forge higher engagement, and in turn better outcomes. Kamal continues to develop analytic and programmatic modalities to improve the understanding of personalization concepts to connected health. He has worked extensively with sensor technology, wearables, and mobile as well as social media to deliver care to patients. The ability to personalize care and understand behavioral motivations that dictate health choices remains central to all his work at Partners CHI.
Ann Mond Johnson
CEO, American Telemedicine Association
Ann Mond Johnson was named Chief Executive Officer of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) in February 2018. With 25 years of healthcare leadership and entrepreneurial experience, Ann’s background includes launching, building and leading companies that have been innovators in using health care technology and data to improve consumer experience and maximize consumer benefit.
Prior to her appointment as CEO of ATA, Ann served as CEO of Zest Health, a technology-enabled service that enables consumers to optimize their benefits by combining a mobile first solution with access to live support. Under her leadership, Zest solidified its value proposition and doubled its base business in one year. Prior to joining Zest, she served as Board Chair and Advisor to ConnectedHealth, a leading provider of private insurance exchanges. Working closely with the co-founders, she was responsible for strategy and business development as well as evangelizing consumerism and the benefits of exchanges in the media and through industry events.
In 2000, Ann co-founded and served as CEO of Subimo, a pioneer in healthcare cost and quality transparency tools for consumers. Under her leadership, Subimo’s reach extended to major national and regional health plans (including a majority of the Blues plans) as well as Fortune 500 companies. Ann raised start-up funds, led the management team through significant growth and positioned the company as a market leader. Subimo was acquired by WebMD in 2006.
Previously, Ann was Senior Vice President at Sachs Group (now part of IBM Watson/Truven Health), the leading provider of healthcare information for health organizations. She led the product development and operations for the company, providing data and applications for hospital systems, payers and medical device companies. Ann drove the expansion of the company into new markets (including carriers) and the transition from a desktop software company to a data information company.
Ann’s ability to inspire and lead diverse teams has helped build both profitable organizations and innovation in the industry. Widely acknowledged as a thought leader, she presents at a range of professional meetings and conferences. Ann maintains an active professional network and affiliations, including membership in the Healthcare Executive Leadership Network and Women Business Leaders of US Healthcare. She serves on the Healthcare Services Strategic Advisory Council for UMB and advised several start-up companies. She has been an active member of the board of Round Earth Media, a non-profit organization that focuses on sustainable business models for journalism. In 2016 she was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.
Ann graduated from Carleton College and received both her Masters in Business Administration and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.
B. Tilman Jolly, MD, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer, SOC Telemed
Dr. Jolly is a board-certified emergency physician who serves as Chief Medical Officer of SOC Telemed, the largest national provider of specialty telemedicine services. In that capacity, he oversees medical staff administration, clinical quality, and clinical service delivery across a multistate and multispecialty physician practice. He has practiced emergency medicine in the Washington, DC area for 25 years and continues to practice at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and retains an appointment as Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University. He has extensive experience in academic medicine, private industry, and government. Prior to joining SOC, he served for five years in senior leadership positions in the US Department of Homeland Security, and also previously lead medical preparedness planning for eleven Super Bowls. Dr. Jolly is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the combined Georgetown/George Washington University Residency Program.
Mark S. Kestner, MD, MBA
Chief Medical & Innovation Officer, Community Regional Medical Center
Dr. Mark Kestner serves as the Chief Medical and Innovation Officer for Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno California, an academic affiliated medical center with UCSF. In this role he is responsible for all clinical operations and the development of new models of care to improve operational efficiency, improve resource utilization while improving the overall health of the population in California’s Central Valley. He has implemented Health Care Efficiency and Logistics Platform (“Air Traffic Control Center for Health Systems”) and TEAM CARE model of patient care.
Dr. Mark Kestner received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, completed a general surgery residency and began his surgical career in the U.S. Army during which he completed a critical-care and trauma surgery fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami. After nine years of service, he became Chief of Trauma at Texas Tech University and subsequently at the University of New Mexico. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Kestner was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer for Lovelace Health Systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2001, he joined Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon as the Chief of Surgery, Medical Director of Quality and Associate Chief Medical Officer. In 2007, he joined Alegent Health as the Chief Quality Officer and subsequent Chief Medical Officer. During this time Alegent received national recognition in quality and patient satisfaction. Dr Kestner joined Vanguard Health in April 2010 as Chief Medical Officer in the Phoenix market. There he led Horizontal Clinical Integration as physician engagement strategy for clinical standardization and regional governance.He completed his MA in Executive Leadership through Gallup University and his MBA through University of Nebraska.
Dr. Kestner has spoken in many national and international forums on these topics related to innovation in healthcare to include Center for Healthcare Transformation, National Press Club, and before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
National Leader, Strategy Practice Area, Integrated Delivery Network Segment
Thomas Kiesau is a Director with The Chartis Group and leads the firm’s Strategy Practice Area, with 20 years of consulting experience in the healthcare industry. He has served as an advisor to dozens of provider organizations including leading academic health centers, children’s hospitals, faculty practice groups, integrated health systems and multi-specialty physician groups. Mr. Kiesau’s areas of expertise include: enterprise strategic planning, digital strategy, strategic partnership development, information technology innovation, commercialization ventures, capital/financial planning, economic alignment and service line planning. Mr. Kiesau has also participated in the creation of corporate strategy and product development strategy for multiple integrated service and technology firms that serve the healthcare industry.
Prior to joining The Chartis Group, Mr. Kiesau was the Vice President Business Development and New Project Implementation with Alta Resources, a leading customer relationship management and business process technology solutions firm, serving numerous recognized global brands, including United Healthcare, Eli Lilly, Disney, Novartis, FedEx, Wellpoint, Pfizer, Revlon, Apria Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that, Mr. Kiesau worked at a leading consulting firm for healthcare revenue cycle management where he served as an Engagement Manager and Methodology Service Line Leader for the Patient Access solutions.
Mr. Kiesau graduated with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a Master of Business Administration concentrating in Finance, Economics and Strategy. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems and Operations Management from the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated with distinction.
James P. Marcin, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine; Director, Pediatric Telemedicine; UC Davis Center for Health & Technology
AARP has long been recognized for the value of its services, information and advocacy on behalf of people age 50 and over. But since joining the organization in 2010 and heading it since 2014, Jo Ann Jenkins has sponsored groundbreaking work to transform AARP into a leader in social change, dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. A fearless champion for innovation and impact, Jenkins is often lauded for her ability to create business opportunity and competitive differentiation. She has been described as a visionary and thought leader, a catalyst for breakthrough results, accelerating progress and contribution while fostering positive relationships inside and outside the organization.
Jenkins offers deep knowledge and experience derived from her work with some of the nation’s most iconic brands – the U.S. Government and Library of Congress as well as AARP and AARP Foundation – with an understanding of the interplay and nuance of business, politics and social change.
Under her leadership AARP’s vision was reimagined and redefined, challenging outdated beliefs and sparking new insights that allow people to adapt to today’s realities of aging – with relevant solutions to everyday issues such as healthcare costs, financial security, digital and social connectivity, and career continuation. She also established a new strategic direction and operating structure for AARP Foundation, focusing on change in four critical areas – hunger, income, housing, and isolation. She created Drive to End Hunger, a multi-year, nationwide campaign which has donated over 36 million meals and provides support to over 100 anti-hunger organizations across the country.
Jenkins began her career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, later moving to the US. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Agriculture in a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibility. Interlaced with her public service, she served in several private consulting firms, advising major corporations in their development and implementation of diversity and organizational strategy. In 1994 she was asked to join the Library of Congress as Chief of Staff, becoming its Chief Operating Officer in 2007. She led the development and launch of innovative initiatives that transformed the Library’s workforce into “knowledge navigators,” created the Library of Congress Experience, an interactive pathway offering access to the Library’s incomparable collections, and built strong, mutually-supportive relationships with private sector sponsors. Today, Jenkins leads the world’s largest non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization, harnessing the power and passion of almost 2,000 staff members, 60,000 volunteers and numerous strategic partners.
Jo Ann Jenkins has held a variety of board and advisory positions including AARP Services, AARP Funds, Congressional Hunger Center, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Stanford Medicine Board of Fellows, U.S. Small Business Administration Council on Underserved Communities, Living Cities, and Caring for Military Families. With expertise in talent and leadership development, organizational restructure, public affairs, philanthropy and marketing, she has been recognized as Black Enterprise Magazine Most Powerful Women in business (2017), Power 100 – Washington’s Most Influential People Washington Life magazine (2015, 2016, & 2017), “Non-Profit Influencer of the Year” (2015), “Non-Profit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50” (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), Peace Corps Director’s Award (2014) and Malcolm Baldrige Fellow (2013), Actors Fund Medal of Honor (2017), International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2017 Presidential Award. Most recently she is the best-selling author of the book, “Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age.”
After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, she graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program. Jenkins also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from both Spring Hill College and Washington College.
Antonio Marttos, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery; Director of Global e-Health/Trauma Telemedicine;
Co-Director, William Lehman Injury Research Center
Dr. Antonio Marttos’ current academic rank is Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Global e-Health/Trauma Telemedicine, Co-Director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center, Ryder Trauma Center- Jackson Memorial Hospital -University of Miami.
Dr. Marttos completed his Medical (1993) and Surgical Residency training in Brazil in 1997. He was professor of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Surgeon at ABC Foundation Medical School in Brazil and Chief of Surgery at Santa Marina Hospital in Brazil. In 2004 he joined Jackson Memorial Hospital for Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Fellowship. At the end of his appointment, in 2006 he joined the University of Miami faculty in the division of Trauma and Critical Care.
Dr. Marttos, a pioneer in Trauma Telemedicine has been involved in numerous studies and clinical activities for the Defense Department, the U.S. Department of State, and the Florida Department of Health. He created a statewide Trauma Telemedicine Network and received the health department’s Outstanding Leadership Award and also the First Annual State Surgeon General Health Innovation, Prevention, and Management Award for these efforts. He is also deeply involved in developing telemedicine solutions to provide expert support in multiple trauma environments, including the Resuscitation and Intensive Care units, the operating room, pre-hospital and mass casualty.
He led the Telemedicine Education and Advice for Military Medicine (TEAMM) project, which linked the Ryder Trauma Center with the U.S. Air Force, and has explored the use of telemedicine in mass casualty exercises with the U.S. Army Forward Surgical Teams, as well as in exercises conducted at multiple hospitals across Florida.
Most recently, Dr. Marttos has created an unparalleled Global Telemedicine program funded by the Department of State to provide trauma telemedicine support services in Iraq. The program has received national attention and is now considered the gold standard for such programs.
Dr. Marttos was a finalist for the 2011 Community Health Promotion Award, International Health Promotion Awards and is involved in the creation of multiple networks like the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games.
In 2011, Dr. Marttos was named the Brazilian Olympic Committee Team Physician for the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as the 2015 Toronto PanAmerican Games. In 2015, Dr. Marttos was named the Emergency Services and Disaster Manager for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
S. David McSwain, MD, MPH, FAAP
Medical Director for Telehealth Optimization and an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, MUSC Children’s Hospital
David McSwain is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and the Medical Director of Telehealth Optimization at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Telehealth Care in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), chair of the ATA Pediatric Special Interest Group Section on Best Practices and Guidelines, and co-founder of the SPROUT (Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth) national pediatric telehealth research collaborative. He chairs the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) national workgroup that created the ATA Pediatric Telehealth Operating Procedures, which have been endorsed by the AAP, American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), and the National Nurse Practitioners Association (NAPNAP). At MUSC, Dr. McSwain has developed and implemented numerous telehealth programs across a wide spectrum of adult and pediatric specialty services, including teleconsultation programs for pediatric critical care, adult neurology, EEG, pediatric burn management, and neonatology. He led the design the MUSC Telehealth Simulation Center and the telehealth infrastructure for MUSC’s Special Medical Unit for highly infectious diseases, and is currently leading the development of the MUSC Center for Telehealth Provider Learning Commons and Training Center. He played a central role in the establishment of the MUSC Center for Telehealth and is the primary investigator for a $1 million grant to expand MUSC’s critical care telehealth services to other Children’s Hospitals in South Carolina.
Consulting Director, Virtual Health, SG2
As a leader on Sg2’s technology and innovation team, Chris provides guidance on the implications and relevance of virtual care in the health industry. He also interprets the impact of emerging technologies on the health care landscape and advises US and international organizations on how best to leverage these offerings within their broader enterprise strategy. Additionally, Chris delivers on-site presentations on virtual health and collaborates with Sg2 Consulting to bring an innovation perspective to projects.
Prior to joining Sg2, Chris was a key member of Northwestern Medicine’s Innovation team, leading the development and execution of pilots and projects focused on integrating technologies into clinical service lines in inpatient and outpatient settings. These far-reaching initiatives impacted important strategic areas, including patient experience, access to care, clinician experience, care coordination, and chronic and complex care management.
Previously, he worked with the Cleveland Clinic/Notre Dame Alliance program to lead a team developing the comprehensive business plan for a predictive analytics software tool. This solution will allow organizations to more accurately allocate resources to patient populations in need, as well as provide preventive care to patients at risk.
Chris received his MBA from the Mendoza College of Management at the University of Notre Dame and his BS from the University of Massachusetts.
Senior Manager, Global Innovation, Deloitte
Alexandra is a technology strategist and digital health expert improving and transforming healthcare at the intersection of operations, research and delivery of clinical care. She brings an entrepreneurial and strategic approach to developing
ideas and designing solutions for large organizations. She has extensive experience aligning stakeholders to engage them in the vision and create approaches to implement solutions. She has consulted across top-tier health provider and research organizations and federal and state government agencies on technology and strategy to improve the U.S healthcare system. Formerly, serving as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, she leads a team for the Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot initiative at the National Cancer Institute. She also advised and collaborated with the White House team focused on healthcare priorities like the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Currently, she is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Global Innovation to broaden her lens on the use of technology to transform organizations across geographies and industries. She is passionate about building talented teams to create the best solutions that deliver a positive impact for people and organizations.
Telehealth Services, Department of Veterans Affairs Office
John Peters is the Deputy Director for Telehealth Services within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Connected Care. John has been with VA’s Telehealth Services for the last 18 years, and has helped VA telehealth grow to current levels that served over 727,000 Veterans last fiscal year, which is about 12% of Veterans seeking VA quality health care. From VA’s central office John collaborates with clinical, technical, and administrative leaders to create national VA guidelines, policies, and equipment contracts to help enhance and expand telehealth services across VA’s network of 150 medical centers and 700 clinics, as well as VA telehealth services into non-VA sites including Veterans’ own homes. John received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1987, and continued his studies at the graduate level in biomedical engineering at Georgetown University, where he received his Master of Science degree in 1992.
Vice President, Telemedicine Solutions, Ontario Telemedicine Network
Laurie is the Vice President, Telemedicine Solutions at the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). A strong advocate for the use of information, communications and technology in health care, Laurie has worked in the telehealth field for more than 12 years, providing leadership and oversight for a number of innovative telehealth programs in Canada. Currently, she is leading a variety of projects aimed at expanding OTN’s service offering, including telehomecare, store forward, teleopthalmology, emergency and PC-based videoconferencing.
Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration, Laurie is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST). A well-regarded speaker, Laurie has presented at a number of national and international conferences and workshops.
Executive Vice President, Wunderman Health
Lindsay is recognized leader in healthcare and insurance. His focus includes strategic counsel, consumer marketing, business development and competitive insight. His expertise spans the healthcare payer, provider and technology landscape.
Lindsay has held senior executive roles at Weber Shandwick’s ReviveHealth, Wunderman Health, Gorman Health Group, Healthmarket, and Celtic Life Insurance. Early in his career Lindsay’s experience included Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Lindsay is a Mentor at Healthbox and on the Board of HMS Federal. He has a Masters in Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a frequent speaker, blogger and author on topics in healthcare, insurance, marketing and sales.
Originally from New York, Lindsay is now a deep-rooted Chicagoan.
Lipi Roy, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, NYC Addiction Treatment Center
Dr. Lipi Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine as well as clinical assistant professor at the NYU Department of Population Health. She is currently the Medical Director of the Kingsboro Addiction Treatment Center in New York City, operated by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. In her prior role as the Chief of Addiction Medicine for NYC jails including Rikers Island, Dr. Roy oversaw substance use treatment and recovery services for the nation’s second-largest jail. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston’s vulnerable homeless population, among whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. She also served as an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Roy completed her medical and masters in public health degrees at Tulane University, followed by internal medicine training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Roy is a strong advocate for public service. In addition to caring for incarcerated and homeless men and women, she has served the underserved in Nicaragua and India, as well as New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Roy has also provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, and volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon. She currently volunteers with the New York City Medical Reserve Corps.
Dr. Roy is a sought-after speaker whose mission is to educate and empower the public to make healthy decisions through nutrition, mindfulness and addiction training. She is currently a Forbes contributor and has appeared on CNN and Charlie Rose; she has also published in the Huffington Post and STATNewsand has been featured in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and Oprah.com. Dr. Roy shares her expertise about healthy living through her website, Spices for Life MD, and her YouTube Channel. She can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Health Practice, Accenture
Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D. is the senior managing director for Accenture’s global healthcare business. Dr. Safavi is responsible for developing and driving a growth strategy that differentiates Accenture’s offerings for providers, health insurers and public and private health systems across the globe.
Dr. Safavi joined Accenture from Cisco, in 2011, where he led the global healthcare practice. Prior to that, he was Thompson Reuter’s chief medical officer of its Health Businesses and United Healthcare’s vice president of medical affairs. He also has served in leadership roles at HealthSpring and Humana. As a seasoned executive, Dr. Safavi brings more than three decades of leadership experience to Accenture Health including such accomplishments as establishing one of the Midwest’s first electronic health record-enabled primary care practices. He has published numerous papers and is quoted on healthcare issues in various media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, BBC, New York Times, US News and World Report, Harvard Business Review and the Economist.
Dr. Safavi serves as a member of the board of directors for Xcertia, an organization that supports industry guidelines for safe and effective mobile health apps. He’s also serves on the advisory committee of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
Dr. Safavi has earned the distinction of both medical and law degrees, an M.D. from Loyola University School of Medicine and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. He is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Safavi is a lifelong Chicagoan. Follow Kaveh Safavi at @DrKavehSafavi.
Research Director, KLAS
Bret works closely with healthcare providers to help stakeholders make technology decisions that optimally support the efficient delivery of quality care for all. In his research, he and his team at KLAS actively track diverse implementations of all leading telehealth solutions to fully understand results achieved and lessons learned.
Bret’s extensive experience in the software industry gives him a unique perspective on clinical efficacy, deployment and lifecycle TCO issues, and compliance and security considerations. He leads KLAS research in the Telehealth ecosystem and will be publishing a co-sponsored report with the ATA on Home Remote Patient Monitoring this Fall.
Founder of Third Horizons Strategies
David is the founder of Third Horizon Strategies, an organization that supports health care companies in
strategic planning responsive to current and expected policy and market environmental conditions.
Prior to organizing Third Horizon, David was the Chief Client Strategies Officer and a Partner with Leavitt
Partners. His expertise lies in the areas of managed care, alternative payment models, and public health. He has
organized several coalitions focused on these efforts, most notably in the areas of opioid use disorder
recovery, individual market stabilization, and consumer-engagement platforms. He is also the cofounder
of the Health Care Council of a Chicago, a group of Chicago-based health care businesses
focused on economic development, system transformation, and social disparities.
David serves on the board of the Sinai Hospital System, begins a board appointment with HIMSS North
America in the summer of 2018, and is on the Founder’s Council of United States of Care, a new nonpartisan
initiative focused on expanding health care access. David lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
Rosalyn Carr Stephens, RN, MSN, CCM
Interim Director, Integrated Health Care Management for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia
She is responsible for oversight of Integrated Health Care Management Department which includes Complex Case Management, Bright Start Maternity Care Management and Early Intervention Services. She also serves as Liaison to District of Columbia agencies for several programs which impact Medicaid enrollees.
Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Stephens served as Independent Health Care Consultant with multiple Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care Organizations in the District of Columbia, Maryland and New York. Additionally, Ms. Stephens has served as Senior Director of Medical Management at Chartered Health Plan and Associate Vice President at Amerigroup District of Columbia. Prior to her experience with Medicaid and Medicare managed care programs, Stephens worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in pediatric rehabilitation hospitals in the state of Maryland. Her nursing career has spanned utilization management, case management, home care, research, home care, NICU, and FQHC-based case management.
Ms. Stephens earned a Master of Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track from The Catholic University of America, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barry University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Leo University. She is also a Certified Case Manager.
She is member of the Case Management Society of America, Chesapeake Chapter. She volunteers in the DC community with the SHARE Food Network and supports a family transitional housing unit by hosting back-to-school and holiday gift drives.
Kim Swafford, MHA
Group Vice President Telehealth, Providence St. Joseph Health
Kim is the GVP of Telehealth and Health Technology Strategy at Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH). PSJH telehealth program is one of the largest in the country spanning close to 90 facilities and over 50 regional programs. An integral focus has been on focusing on how both patients and providers access clinical programs and services – by developing Patient & Provider Engagement centers that are powered by a Consumer Engagement Platform (CEP), that creates a high-value healthcare experience for consumers.
Prior to her telehealth role, Kim was the COO for Clinical Program Services at PSJH. In this role, she developed a framework for scaling best practices and developing system-wide Clinical Institutes. She has also held service line roles at Swedish Health System in Seattle, WA and has telehealth experience from Phillips (VISICU).
Kim received Modern Healthcare’s “Up and Comer Award.” She also was chosen as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology – from Colorado State University and a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA) and Certificate in Bio-Informatics from University of Washington.
Her passion is focused on creating innovative solutions to simplify the health care experience for consumers.
Chief Operations Officer, Mary’s Center
David Tatro has more than 20 years of administrative experience in the health care field. As COO, David ensures that Mary’s Center has the proper operational controls, procedures, personnel, and systems in place to allow continued growth and compliance with all regulatory agencies. In addition, he oversees the Center’s day-to-day operating activities, including revenue from patient care billing, program expenses, cost and margin control, and monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.
Prior to joining Mary’s Center, David served as the COO for the National Healthcare Group, an organization providing outpatient care in Virginia. He also has executive experience with the Fauquier Health System and with Inova Health System. David served in the U.S. Naval Submarine Service and Naval Reserves. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.B.A. from River College in Nashua, New Hampshire. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. David was named one of the Trending 40 Innovators for 2016 by Bisnow, an award recognizing leaders who are “driving technology solutions, revenue and fundraising initiatives, new events and programs, and other innovations that are advancing the missions of their great organizations.
Robert Wah, MD
Global Chief Medical Officer, DXC Technology
Robert M. Wah, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist and ob-gyn in McLean, Va., was president of the American Medical Association from June 2014 to June 2015. A nationally recognized expert in health information technology, Dr. Wah is global chief medical officer at DXC Technology. He is regularly ranked in Modern Healthcare magazine’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives.” Dr. Wah previously served as associate chief information officer for the Military Health System in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served as the first deputy national coordinator in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He practices and teaches at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the National Institutes of Health. He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, University of California, San Diego, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Marcia M. Ward, PhD
Director, Rural Telehealth Research Center
Dr. Ward is a Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research in the Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Iowa. Her 35 years of research experience focus on health services research, rural healthcare delivery, and health outcomes. Dr. Ward has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which are highly cited. She has been funded on more than 70 grants and contracts during her research career and has extensive experience directing research teams and conducting evaluations of healthcare implementation and quality improvement projects. She has been involved in telehealth research for nine years. Dr. Ward has two policy briefs and 10 peer-reviewed publications specifically related to telehealth.
Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS
Division of Colorectal Surgery, Vice President, UPMC, Medical Director of Telemedicine
Dr. Andrew Watson is a fourth-generation surgeon and the eighth surgeon in his family. He earned his Master’s degree at the University of Oxford studying 17th Century Baroque Architecture and attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
He did his surgical training and fellowship at UPMC. He is an actively practicing colorectal surgeon specializing in minimally invasive inflammatory bowel diseases and complex reoperative abdominal surgery. He is the primary surgeon in the IBD medical home at UPMC. He actively uses and helps to develop telemedicine at UPMC with a focus on remote patient monitoring, he has personally done over 500 virtual consults including pre-operative, post-operative, tele-rounding, intra-operative, and remote patient monitoring.
He blends his career working for UPMC International, Insurance Services and Health Services Divisions to practice and help envision the transformation of healthcare, with a focus on remote patient monitoring. He is the President-Elect of the American Telemedicine Association.
Executive Director, Advocates for Opioid Recovery
As Executive Director of Advocates for Opioid Recovery, Anne works with the AOR team to break down barriers to long term addiction recovery. Launched in 2016 with advisors former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, and #Cut50 founder and CNN commentator, Van Jones, AOR has four strategic pillars: educating on evidence-based recovery options; enforcing mental health parity; criminal justice reform; provider capacity building. A 24-year D.C. veteran, she is a recognized healthcare strategist having worked for companies, organizations and political leaders to design and execute multifaceted communication campaigns that incite transformational change. Anne also co-owns a bipartisan strategic healthcare communications agency, CURA Strategies, based in Arlington, VA. Anne began her career working with former Speaker Gingrich, with whom she co-authored the book “Saving Lives & Saving Money: Transforming Health and Healthcare”. She was also on the founding team of the Center for Health Transformation, a diverse coalition group dedicated to advancing health reform that was market-based, information-rich and patient-centered.
Kevin Yeskey, M.D.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Preparedness, Health and Human Services
Kevin Yeskey, M.D. currently serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He previously served in ASPR as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and directed the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations. Most recently, Dr. Yeskey served as the Senior Advisor for Emergency Public Health with MDB, Inc. He is the former director of the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine in the School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Yeskey received his medical degree from USUHS and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. While on active duty in the US Public Health Service, he served in a variety of disaster-response positions, including duty as senior medical policy advisor in the Response Division of FEMA, as director of the HHS Office of Emergency Response, and as director of the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has appeared before Congress as an expert witness in the field of disaster and bioterrorism preparedness and is the author of several textbook chapters and journal articles.
MAJ Daniel Yourk
Deputy Director of Clinical Operations, Army Virtual Medical Center, US Army – Army Virtual Medical Center
Current Assignment: Deputy Director of Clinical Operations, BAMC Virtual Medical Center Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), Ft. Sam Houston, TX
MAJ Daniel Yourk is a Distinguished Honor graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, the University of Phoenix with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and Baylor University with a Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration.
MAJ Yourk began his active duty career as an enlisted Soldier, received a Green-to-Gold Scholarship and successively received a ROTC commission in 2004. Upon commissioning as a Nurse Corps officer, he completed the AMEDD Officer Basic Course in 2005 and was assigned to Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, NC as a medical/surgical nurse. MAJ Yourk deployed to Afghanistan with the 14th Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Benning, GA as an emergency room nurse in support of the 10th Mountain Division and Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from deployment, he was assigned to the Womack Emergency Department as an Emergency Room nurse. After earning his Master of Science in Nursing he was assigned to the Womack Hospital Education department as a Clinical Instructor and nursing orientation program director. He was then assigned as a Nurse Case Manager with Alpha Company, Ft. Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion, Ft. Bragg, NC. Following this assignment MAJ Yourk moved to Germany and served as the Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge of the US Army Health Clinic – Kaiserslautern and was subsequently selected to serve as the Commander, Medical Transient Detachment, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany. He was then selected for long-term health education training and attended the U.S. Army –Baylor Healthcare Administration Program in San Antonio, TX. MAJ Yourk completed his Baylor administrative residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. After earning his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree, MAJ Yourk was assigned to the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY where he served as the MEDDAC Executive Officer, the Virtual Health Program Director, the Nurse Methods Analyst and the Regional Health Command – Atlantic Operational Virtual Health Consultant. MAJ Yourk currently serves as the Deputy Director of Clinical Operations for the BAMC Virtual MEDCEN, the Army’s first virtual medical center.
MAJ Yourk’s military education includes Advanced Individual Training (92A), Airborne School, Basic Mountaineering Course, AMEDD Officer Basic Course, Medical Management of Chemical/Biological Causalities Course, Head Nurse Course and the AMEDD Officer Advanced Course,
His awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Starts, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Army Parachute Badge, Venezuelan Parachute Badge and the German Sports Badge (Bronze). He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
David R. Zook
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting
Dave Zook is an advisor to private and public sector clients on federal budgetary, legislative and regulatory matters. His practice focuses on public policy and regulatory initiatives in the health, higher education and research arenas. Dave leads the firm’s health and FDA group and serves as head of the Washington, D.C. office.
Dave has a nearly three-decade record of achieving results with Congress and the Executive Branch on complex federal issues. Recent accomplishments include health and science policy legislation, several patient-focused drug development projects, and an array of competitive funding results. Several projects involved building nationwide coalitions such as the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies.
Dave’s background includes serving as associate counsel to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee where he focused on energy research and nuclear defense matters across the National Labs. Dave also worked in legislative and communications positions for two members of Congress. Later, he served as a senior executive of a national health organization to establish its policy and medical affairs division.