HIMSS Board of Directors

Board Chairs

KrolopChair: Dr. Sebastian Krolop is the Vice President and Partner of Philips Healthcare Transformation Services EMEA.

Sebastian is focusing on all aspects of Healthcare Transformation Services which encompasses enterprise transformation including performance improvement, experience design, population health, data analytics, and education, as well as information integration, clinical services, integrated solutions, and program management.

As a medical doctor and economist, Sebastian has more than fifteen years of healthcare clinical and consulting experience. He brings a broad range of expertise in healthcare strategy, health economics, digital business models, IT transformation, M&A, pre- and post-merger integration, risk management, change management and finance. Focusing on strategy and implementation, he has worked with national and international payers and providers (both public and private), ministries, med-tech and pharmaceutical companies.

He started his medical career as a physician at the Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital of Heidelberg in Germany, focusing on intensive-care and emergency medicine. In regards to consulting, he has held various leadership positions with Accenture, Admed, and The Boston Consulting Group. Most recently, he was a partner with Accenture, responsible for healthcare strategy consulting for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Sebastian attended Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Southern Illinois University of Springfield, and Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg for medical training, received a master of healthcare management from the University of Mannheim, and holds a PhD from Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, specializing in pediatric surgery.

He lectures on health economics at Fresenius University. He is also an active member of the International Health Economics Association (IHEA), and the German Society of Health Economics (DGGO). He is author and co-author of many books, including the annual ‘Hospital, Rehabilitation, and Nursing Home Rating Report’. While at Accenture he authored the ‘European Hospital Rating Report‘, the ‘Connected Health Study’, and the “Smart Service World, Industry 4.0 Report”.


NashVice Chair: Harold (Hal) F. Wolf III
Director and National Leader of Information and Digital Health Strategy

Harold (Hal) Wolf is a Director with The Chartis Group and National Leader for its Information and Digital Health Strategy practice. With nearly 35 years of experience, Mr. Wolf is respected internationally as a healthcare and informatics executive. He will lead the firm in supporting providers and healthcare organizations in the development of integrated information and digital health strategies.

A key architect in the development of content, research and user interface for video on demand and broadband, Mr. Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining the traditional enterprise strategy with an end-to-end organizational view while keeping the patient as the central focus. Mr. Wolf’s areas of expertise include: integrated care models, mhealth, product development, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation. He has helped health systems and providers across the world with end-to-end operations, commissioning, data and architectural design.

Before joining The Chartis Group, Mr. Wolf was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Federation representing more than 16,000 physicians. There he was responsible for the development and implementation of critical care delivery strategies, data management and governance, population care management environments and the implementation of unique innovations and large scale programs that impacted end-to-end operations. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Mr. Wolf worked as Chief Information Officer for the E-Business, Corporate Systems and Wholesale division of Quest Communications/USWest. Previous endeavors include working internationally in the deployment of interactive television services in operations, content and business development; senior business management positions with Time Warner and MTV Networks; and Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company and ADVI, LLC.

Mr. Wolf is the Vice-Chair Elect of Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) and a Board member of the International Care Delivery Alliance and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He is a visiting professor for Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Instituttet at the University of South Denmark and for the Center for Innovative Medical Technology at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark. He also served as a board member for the Patient@Home European Union initiative that develops new products for home care while supporting the end-to-end acute care continuum.

Mr. Wolf holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Textile Management from North Carolina State University. During his more than 30 years of experience, he has served as an executive and senior adviser for McKinsey & Co, Kaiser Permanente, Qwest Communications, British Interactive Broadcasting, Time Warner and MTV Networks.

Board Members

 Dana Alexander, Divurgent’s Vice President of Clinical Transformation, is a recognized industry thought leader, with concentrated expertise in population health, accountable care, strategic planning, and clinical transformation. She is the immediate past Chair of the HIMSS North America Board of Directors, and extremely active in the healthcare industry. Possessing a strong clinical background in Nursing, Dana brings decades of experience in the clinical environment paired with executive-level experience.

Dana utilizes her industry expertise and clinical experience to work with Divurgent’s clients to implement transformative clinical and business strategies that allow for the collection, measurement, and application of data toward improving the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, and delivery of patient care they provide. Dana’s expertise in population health and analytics, patient engagement, and patient safety, arm Divurgent’s Clinical Transformation Team with the client-focused solutions that improve health outcomes and clinical efficiencies. Divurgent’s Clinical Transformation practice provides our clients with services related to population health management, patient centered medical home, accountable care, transitions of care, Meaningful Use, and other clinical transformation initiatives vital to today’s healthcare providers.

Prior to joining Divurgent, Dana worked with Caradigm (GE Healthcare & Microsoft Joint Venture) as Vice President of Integrated Care Delivery and Chief Nursing Officer, as well as GE Healthcare as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Dana is an active participant in the following organizations: ONC Consumer Engagement Workgroup; HIMSS Board of Directors, Chair; HIMSS Finance Committee; NQF/MAP Population Health Task Force; MAP Hospital WG; NQF Care Coordination Committee; AONE; ANA; ANF Board Member. Additional honors include her achievement of American Academy of Nursing Fellow and HIMSS Fellow. She is also an accomplished speaker and writer.


Hal BakerHal Baker, Senior VP Clinical Improvement and CIO - Wellspan, a regional integrated health system, that serves four counties in central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. In this capacity, Dr. Baker leads quality and safety initiatives as well as the use of information technology as a means to create a reliable patient experience across the health system’s hospitals, physician practices and ambulatory facilities.

Dr. Baker joined WellSpan York Hospital in June 1995 as associate program director of the WellSpan York Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. He has also been the lead physician at Apple Hill Internal Medicine, which is part of the WellSpan Medical Group, since 2001. Dr. Baker came to York after completing a general internal medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a medical degree from Cornell University.


CnossenVice-Chair Elect: Rick A. Cnossen is a global director in the Health & Life Sciences (HLS) Group at Intel. In this capacity, he leads several worldwide innovation centers which are developing the next generation of technology solutions to meet strategic HLS customer needs. Prior to his current role, Cnossen served as the worldwide director for Intel’s Health IT Program Office where he was responsible for Intel’s Health IT strategy and product enabling.

Cnossen joined Intel in 2000 as an Engineering Manager and Director and was a founding member of Intel’s Digital Health Group in 2005, which formed a joint venture called "Care Innovations—An Intel GE Company". Throughout his career, he has been involved in product development in many fields including; Healthcare Big Data and Analytics, Medical Devices, Telco Modular Servers, Tactical Defense data collection / analysis, Hierarchical Data Assimilation and Storage, and High Performance Computing.

Cnossen has a successful track record of launching and leading healthcare industry consortia efforts. He currently serves on the HIMSS Board and has previously served as a board member with the HL7 Advisory and HITSP. He previously served as president & CEO for the Continua Health Alliance and continues to serve on its board. He is a participating member of the ISO/IEEE 11073 Personal Health Data WG, the Health Level Seven (HL7) Structured Document Technical Committee, the USB Personal Health Device WG, the WiFi Alliance Healthcare WG, and the Bluetooth Medical Device WG.

Cnossen is widely recognized as a global leader in healthcare innovation with specific expertise in personal health technologies and services. As an internationally renowned speaker, he has delivered dozens of prominent keynotes on healthcare technology and innovation around the world. He is instructor for a post-graduate class on Health IT at Case Western University and routinely posts blogs and articles on the topic.

Prior to joining Intel, Cnossen worked at McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) for 15 years as a Software Engineering Manager.

Cnossen holds a MSCS degree from the University of Southern California (USC).


John CrawfordJohn Crawford, Healthcare Industry Leader, Europe, is part of IBM’s global Healthcare Industry team, with specific focus on European healthcare systems, and is a member of the IBM Industry Academy.

He advises and contributes to several healthcare IT industry associations, including COCIR, and the Personal Connected Health Alliance. He is President of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), a multi-stakeholder group dedicated to the promotion of eHealth and new models of care in European healthcare systems. He is also an advisor to the Mobile World Capital mHealth Task Force.

John served on the Industry Team for the EU epSOS project on cross-border health services, and he is currently the lead IBM representative for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging (Action Area B3 – Integrated Care).

He is often invited to provide expert commentary about developments in eHealth, and has spoken at many conferences and events including the World of Health IT, the European Health Forum Gastein, the eHealth Forum, the HIMSS CIO Summit, the European Telemedicine Conference, and the NHS Confederation Conference. In 2012 he contributed to the World Economic Forum report on Sustainable Healthcare Systems, as well as editing the chapter on Open Innovation in eHealth for the InnovaHealth report. In 2010 he designed and taught a class on the evolution of eHealth at the J&J European Health Leadership Programme at the INSEAD Business School.

With over 35 years experience in the IT Industry, he is a strong advocate for the transformation of healthcare using information technology, and he regularly provides briefings on IBM’s Healthcare Business and eHealth to the press and analysts.


CuttitaFrank Cutitta is recognized by Folio Magazine as one of the media business' Top 40 Innovators and Influencers. His work in the media sector focuses on transformational issues related to performance based advertising, database development, content asset enrichment, and the "Big Data Media Company of the Future".

He founded The Center for Global Branding in 2005 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the International Advertising Association (IAA), and as a senior international executive at International Data Group (IDG) for over two decades. During his tenure at IDG, Cutitta launched media and advertising operations in over 90 countries including the first Soviet/American media joint venture in 1988.

He is a research fellow and practice leader at Computer Sciences Corporation’s Leading Edge Forum where he authored Weapons of Mass Discussion®: Global Enterprise Social Media Strategies for Competitive Advantage; Growing Out of the Socially Awkward Phase: Leveraging the Co-Evolution of Marketing and IT; and Deploying Social BRM Strategies to Build the “Brand Called IT."

His recent work focuses on how the growth of data science’s influence in the C-suite is changing the organizational centers of gravity of global enterprises and lines of business. His practice is also studying the increasing convergence of HR, Data Science and IT given the rapid growth and importance of Talent and Human Capital Analytics.

Cutitta is a graduate professor and doctoral candidate at Northeastern University in Boston where he teaches Intercultural Communications, The Global Brand Called You, and The Geography Of Narcissism: The Cross Cultural Aspects of Social Media. He also serves as a Research Fellow at Northeastern’s Center for Sport in Society where he focuses on the generational aspects of sport; and the inter-relationship between sport, media and advertising.

In 2012 he was appointed to the worldwide Board of Directors of HIMSS, the largest trade organization related to information technology in the healthcare sector. He also serves on the board of HIMSS Media, publishers of Healthcare IT News.

On the weekends Frank can be found on the mountains of Vermont teaching at his Grays on Trays® program, a snowboarding school tailored to mature beginners. As a passionate foodie and chef , he launched Scary Foodz® where among other products he produces very opinionated gourmet beef jerky.

He attended Indiana University (PA); Rider University (NJ) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is currently completing his doctoral work at Northeastern University in Boston.


Denise HinesDenise Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS is the CEO of eHealth Services Group and also serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN). Dr. Hines has more than two decades of healthcare experience in a variety of settings, including health systems, physician offices, home health, technology vendors, consulting, state government and revenue management. She is renowned for building service and results-oriented organizations and she possesses a passion for the widespread integration of technology and healthcare.

Nationally recognized as an expert in state government in health information exchanges (HIE), Dr. Hines has participated in hundreds of public speaking events locally and nationally, educating providers on the benefits of electronic health record (EHR) systems, health information technology adoption, and the overall national vision for an interconnected health system.

Dr. Hines was responsible for overseeing and managing the marketing and outreach recruitment of more than 5,200 healthcare providers and 56 critical access and rural hospitals, assisting these providers in meeting meaningful use requirements and qualifying for the CMS EHR incentive program. She participated on Georgia’s HIE Strategic and Operational Plan writing team and served as the co-chair of the HIE Governance Committee. She successfully launched Georgia’s first comprehensive health information transparency and HIE website. She served as the first Executive Director for the GA Health Information Technology Advisory Board and created Georgia’s two-, five-, & 10-year strategic plans for health information technology. She also created and implemented the Georgia HIE Grants Awards Program that awarded $1,800,000 in grants in the first and second years.

Dr. Hines holds her doctorate in healthcare administration where she focused her studies on the use of electronic personal health records and the impact on patient health. She also maintains certifications in project management, software development, and healthcare law.

She is the past President of the Georgia Chapter of Health Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and represents Georgia on the National HIMSS Public Policy Committee. Dr. Hines was recognized as the 2012 HIMSS Chapter Leader of the Year and GA HIMSS was recognized as the 2012 Chapter of the Year. She was also an honoree as the 2012 Woman of the Year in Technology.

Dr. Hines is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, and a resident of Fayetteville, Georgia. Her hobbies include watching movies, playing basketball, jogging, cooking, sewing, interior decorating, swimming, and spending time with her family. She is married to Wiley Earl Hines, Jr. and a mother of seven children: Crystal, Candice, Sydney, Quincy, Gabriel, Madison, and Wiley Earl Hines III (Trey). She is a member of Flat Rock AME Church where she serves as the President of the Voices of Inspiration Choir.


Manish KohliManish Kohli MD, MPH, MBA, FHIMSS is the Chief of Medical Informatics for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) where he is responsible for guiding and supporting the strategy, design, development, implementation, training and optimization of clinical information technologies used in a world class, digital, Greenfield hospital.

He has extensive international and regional leadership experience launching new healthcare informatics projects. Prior to joining the CCAD, Dr. Kohli served as Director of Global Programs and Healthcare Informatics with Partners Harvard Medical International (PHMI). In this role he was seconded to the Center for Planning and Quality, Dubai Health Care City. Concurrently, he also served as the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) of the University Hospital, Dubai.

Before relocating to the UAE, Dr. Kohli served as the Medical Director of Clinical Information Systems at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, USA where he led the implementation- five months ahead of schedule- of a full functionality EMR including electronic data migration, lab interfaces, document management, e-prescribing and integrated faxing.

In addition to his UAE and U.S. experience with government, provider groups, public health and academic centers, Dr. Kohli has worked internationally in India, Malaysia and Mexico. Dr. Kohli is passionate about change management and clinical transformation through technology to improve clinical quality, efficiency and patient safety. He is engaged in achieving this through system design, process engineering, information technology and healthcare informatics. He speaks regularly on these topics at regional and international forums.

Dr. Kohli is a board certified family physician who graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfiled, IL USA. He completed residency training in Family Medicine at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL USA where he also served as Chief Resident. Subsequently, he completed Preventive Medicine training along with MPH (Masters of Public Health in International health) and MBA in Medical Services Management at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA. Additionally, Dr. Kohli is fellowship trained in faculty development and was a Tanger Fellow in Patient Safety at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is an active member of Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and HIMSS Middle East (HIMSS ME).


Philippe KohlPhilippe Kolh, MD, PhD, cardio-vascular surgeon, is Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chairman of the Department of Medico-Economic Information at the University Hospital of Liège, Belgium. He is also Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Liège. Pr Kolh is a scientist, university hospital administrator, and physician, with substantial and diverse experience in information technology and accomplishments in biotechnology and bioengineering, and non-profit organizations. His background involves significant experience in funded scientific research, and he has served on several scientific advisory boards, mainly in the life sciences. The author of more than 140 publications in peer reviewed Journals, Pr. Kolh has given more than 200 international lectures.

Philippe Kolh received his medical training at the University of Liège, where he graduated in 1989 as a valedictorian with summa cum laude. Pr. Kolh completed most of his residency training in general, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery at the University Hospital of Liège, Belgium. During the academic year 1993-1994, he was fellow of Heart and Lung Transplantation at Yale University Medical Center, and, during the academic year 1994-1995, fellow in Cardiac Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor and Teaching Assistant in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

He is Senior Editor (2013-2016) of the European Journal of Vascular and EndoVascular Surgery (EJVES), Associate Editor (2013-2016) of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS), and Editorial Board member of the European Heart Journal (EHJ). He serves as Chairman of the Task Force developing the joint ESC/EACTS 2014 guidelines on myocardial revascularisation and as member of the Committee for Practice Guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He has been President of the Belgian Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (2011-2013) and of the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery (2013-2014).


James PeakLieutenant General James Peake (U.S. Army, Retired), M.D., Senior Vice President, CGI Federal, was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on October 30, 2007. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 2007, and served from December 2007 through January 2009. Dr. Peake was the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government and directed the nation’s second largest cabinet department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s veterans and dependents. During his tenure, the VA employed more than 280,000 people at hundreds of medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country. The VA’s budget for fiscal year 2009 was $97.5 billion. A St. Louis, Mo., native, Dr. Peake received his Bachelor of Science degree from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Following service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Dr. Peake entered medical school at Cornell University in New York. He was awarded a medical doctorate in 1972. Dr. Peake began his Army medical career as a general surgery resident at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He retired from the Army in 2004, following service as a general surgeon, cardiac surgeon and commander of several medical organizations culminating in his appointment as U.S. Army Surgeon General from 2000 to 2004. As Army Surgeon General, Dr. Peake commanded 50,000 medical personnel and 187 army medical facilities worldwide. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, one of the largest medical training facilities in the world with 30,000 students annually. After retiring as a Lieutenant General, Dr. Peake served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Project HOPE, a non-profit international health foundation operating in more than 30 countries. Just prior to his nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Peake served as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for QTC, one of the largest private providers of government-outsourced occupational health and disability examination services in the nation. Dr. Peake is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American College of Cardiology. He has been honored with the Order of Military Merit; the “A” Professional Designator; and the Medallion, Surgeon General of the United States.


Henning Schnieder, CIO, UKEHenning Schnieder, CIO, UKEhas been the head of the medical IT department at the UKE since 2008. In February 2012, he took over the role as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

From 2003 to 2008 he succeed as a program manager at Siemens AG Healthcare Sector running complex customer projects to improve healthcare processes by integrating clinical workflows with IT and medical devices. Before this – from 1998 to 2003 – Henning Schneider worked at Siemens Business Services as a senior consultant for e-banking solutions.

Born in Hamburg, Germany in October 1973 he studied Computer Science and Business Administration at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg and the University of Hamburg.

During his work at Siemens he was the winner of the Siemens Top Plus award in Dubai as one of the leading Project Manager worldwide in 2003. In 2005 he invented and established the Imaging Science Institute (www.isi-erlangen.de) which was a joint research centre between Siemens and the University Hospital of Erlangen to improve and develop medical devices, IT-Systems and processes directly in a clinical environment.

In 2011 the HIMSS Association as the first digital hospital in Europe honored the UKE with the EMRAM Stage 7 Award. In 2015 the CIO Magazin and Computerwoche honored Henning Schneider with the „CIO of the year award” (category innovation).

From October 2016 Henning Schneider will take up the role of Group CIO at the healthcare group Asklepios Kliniken GmbH, which is one of the leading private operators of hospitals and healthcare facilities in Germany.


TK RamTK Udairam (Ram), COO, Sheares healthcare, is the Chief Operating Officer of Sheares Healthcare Management whose mandate is to acquire and develop hospitals and health care facilities and operations primarily in Asia, but also in the rest of the world. The mission is to create value by introducing new technology, from information technology to early adoption of new treatment modalities and systems.

He has 39 years of health care experience in Singapore with substantial experience in the operation and management of hospitals (ranging from 2,500 bed psychiatric hospital to 800 bed acute care hospital).

He was involved in developing and implementing the first computerised hospital administration system in Singapore in 1984 and has been Chair of various IT committees in public healthcare (from cluster steering committees to the national telehealth committee). He was also involved in developing and implementing the national medical care savings scheme (Medisave).


Zaroukian Chair Elect: Michael H. Zaroukian, MD, PhD, FACP, FHIMSS is Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at Sparrow Health System. He is also Professor of Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU), where he served as electronic health record (EHR) Medical Director from 2002 to 2004 and CMIO from 2005-2011.

As a practicing primary care physician and clinical informatics executive, Dr. Zaroukian is responsible for providing physician leadership to the implementation and optimization of EHR system capabilities, as well as its use as an enabling technology for care transformation at Sparrow. He previously served as CMIO at MSU as well as medical director for both the Sparrow and MSU enterprise-wide ambulatory EHR implementation projects. He is also past-president of a national EHR user group.

Dr. Zaroukian has conducted numerous regional, national and international presentations and workshops on the use of health information technology (IT) to improve access to and use of health information in patient care, research and administration. He has also been extensively involved in advancing the use of health IT in health professions education as a former residency director, councilor of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), and informatics group participant at the 2002 Institute of Medicine Health Professions Education Summit. In 2012, Dr. Zaroukian was an invited panelist at a White House session that brought senior Obama Administration officials together with leading experts to discuss strategies for advancing the use of health IT to improve healthcare quality and value.

A recipient of the 2010 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award, Dr. Zaroukian has served as a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) Health Information Technology Advisory Group and the HIMSS Enterprise Information Systems Committee. He is also past chair of the HIMSS Ambulatory Information Systems Committee and the American College of Physicians Medical Informatics Committee. He is currently a member of the ONC Meaningful Use Workgroup and the Board of Advisors of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS).