Connected Patient Committee

Committee Purpose

The Connected Patient Committee will equip the sector with the tools needed to make informed decisions of when and how to connect with patients. Its scope includes providers, public health, payers, and life sciences, and the Committee will support the development of tools and resources needed to equip them with materials they need to get credible information to patients.

We will accomplish this through the development of:

  • Educational opportunities
  • The tools and resources needed to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness, safety and access to healthcare through patient-facing health IT
  • Member and non-member opportunities for involvement in and education on the importance of, and processes for, e-engagement with patients

Areas of focus in FY14 will be to:

  • Develop thought leadership on e-connecting providers and provider organizations with patients and families.
  • Develop best practices and lessons learned on social media, personal health record (PHR) and portal adoption and use.
  • Address best practices for privacy and security policies, procedures and practices for data holders.
  • Monitor and reporting on emerging and disruptive technologies in connecting providers to patients.
  • Develop use cases on the ROI of health technology implementations.
  • Develop use cases on how HIEs can enable and support e-connecting with patients.
  • Monitor and report on the role of standards development in supporting health technology solutions to integrate EHR and Personal Health Information.
  • Monitor and engage government agencies and industry associations related to e-connecting providers and patients.

Connected Patient FY14 Committee 

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Kate Christensen

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David Rowe
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development
Kryptiq Corporation

Committee Members
Mark Branning, BS, MBA, CPHIMS
MDB Healthcare IT Solutions

Mark Johnson, RN-BC, MHA, CPHIMS
Account Executive, Global HIS South
Iatric Systems, Inc.

Jan Oldenburg, FHIMSS

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, MA (Econ.), MHSA
Health Economist & Blogger
THINK-Health, Health Populi blog

Brad Sitler
Principle Health Analytics Consultant
SAS Institute

Sanjeev Tandon, MD, MS
Health Scientist
CDC & Prevention CDC

Brad Tritle, CIPP
Director of Business Development
Vitaphone USA

Daniel Van Leeuwen, RN, MPH, CPHQ
Vice President, Quality Management
Advocates, Inc.

Jonathan S. Wald, MD, MPH, FACMI
Director, Patient-Centered Technologies | Center for the Advancement of Health IT
RTI International

Deborah Wells, RN, MS, CPHIMS
Strategic Consultant
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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HIMSS Connected Patient Community and Task Forces

Connected Patient Community and Task Forces meet via WebEx on a monthly basis.  Membership is open to all current HIMSS members.  Please contact John Sharp, Senior Manager, Consumer Health IT, for more information.

Connected Patient Community

Join providers, payers, decision makers and other thought leaders for monthly presentations on how clinicians can e-engage with patients! Click here to register.


Mark Branning, BS, MBA, CPHIMS
MDB Healthcare IT Solutions

Jan Oldenburg, FHIMSS
Jan Oldenburg Consulting

Brad Tritle, CIPP
Director of Business Development
Vitaphone USA


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Task Forces

Patient Engagement Technologies

Do you always have the latest gadgets and apps? Do you know the difference a telehome and telehealth? Join us as we help providers learn how to leverage emerging patient engagement technologies to improve the health and overall wellbeing of their patients.

Chair: Judy Derman
Senior Practice Leader
Kaiser Permanente

Ileana Balcu

Project Manager
Dulcian, Inc.

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The Value of Provider-Patient Engagement through Health IT

Bring your passion for improving patient health and strengthening the partnership between providers and their patients to this new HIMSS task force. Help build tools, resources and provide industry leadership while focusing on the four "pillars" of successful patient engagement:

  • Wellness & Prevention
  • Behavioral & Social Health
  • Home Health
  • Financial Health

Eric Manley

Project Manager II
Mayo Clinic

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Social Media Task Force

Be heard! Write blogs, participate in online discussions and social media events through the Social Media Task Force. Work with your peers to develop strategies to help inform and encourage providers to e-engage with patients and caregivers through social media platforms.

Brad Tritle, CPHIT

Director of Business Development
Vitaphone USA

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To learn more about the Connected Patient Committee, contact Mary Griskewicz, Senior Director of Health Information Systems,