Washington State Vaccination Distribution (Safe, Secure & Equitable) Webinar

May 19, 2021 | Chapter Event

Save the date for the HIMSS Washington Chapter webinar on May 19 at 5:30 pm PT as an expert panel discusses the experiences their organizations have faced in distributing the vaccines to their community.


Todd Burstain, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Washington
Throughout his career, Todd Burstain has had one hand in the practice of medicine and one hand in the world of technology. Burstain was the CMIO at Ochsner Health Systems from 2016-2020, and under his watch 11 of Ochsner’s hospitals received a HIMSS stage 7 rating, the highest measure of EHR adoption and utilization. In September 2020, Burstain became CMIO at UW Medicine where he collaborates with others to identify how technology can serve UW Medicine better and champions all major clinical information projects. Burstain serves as the primary physician champion to help with overall IT strategy planning and provides leadership and coordination for the physicians with IT roles.

Kathleen McGrow, DNP, MS, RN, PMP, Chief Nursing Information Officer, Microsoft
Kathleen McGrow serves as CNIO for the Microsoft Health and Life Science Industry Team. In this role, McGrow advises organizations on how the innovative use of technology can support their digital transformation imperatives of consumer engagement, provider enablement, analytics for population health and cognitive computing to support a learning health system. Her expertise in data, analytics and artificial intelligence is used to educate organizations on how to enhance clinical, operational and financial performance, maximize capacity and patient experience and transform to new care models and paradigms.

McGrow has led, planned, and directed programs and strategic initiatives for organizations including implementation of an evidence framework for best practices. She most recently has published two articles about artificial intelligence (AI). Artificial Intelligence: Essentials for Nursing and Transforming Clinical Data into Wisdom: Artificial Intelligence Implications for Nurse Leaders. Both written to engage strategic thinking about current and future use of AI for clinical use cases and improve patient outcomes.

McGrow’s experience includes engaging with a variety of C-Suite executives, providers (clinicians) and care managers as well as a geographically dispersed team of clinical and technical experts. Prior to working at Microsoft, she held positions at GE Healthcare, Caradigm (a Microsoft and GE Company) and Philips. Her clinical background spans many years, with most of that time spent in trauma and critical care settings. McGrow has worked at some of the premier medical centers in the United States, including Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Braden Hirasawa, MHA, Interim Director of Clinic Operations, International Community Health Services
International Community Health Services is a community health center located in Seattle, Washington. Braden Hirasawa is responsible for clinic operations, process improvement, financial performance and patient experience. Hirasawa received his master’s in health administration from the University of Washington and is a certified Kaiser Improvement Advisor. His mission is to improve healthcare delivery and develop future leaders in community health.

Libby Page, Immunization Program Director, Public Health – Seattle and King County
Libby Page oversees a population-based immunization promotion program that includes leading the strategic development and implementation of the health department’s COVID-19 vaccine response, assessment of local immunization coverage levels and implementation of tailored, evidence-based strategies to increase immunization rates.

Libby began her career at Public Health – Seattle and King County in 2001 working in the HIV/AIDS program on HIV incidence and drug resistance surveillance projects. In 2008, she received a master’s in public health from the University of Washington and transitioned to work in the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Program.

Claire Bonaci, Sr. Director, Pharma, US Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft
Claire Bonaci currently serves as senior director of the pharma subvertical of the U.S. Health and Life Sciences Department at Microsoft. She works in partnership with U.S. life science companies, pharma and health organizations to create innovative Microsoft solutions specific to the company’s issues affecting their patients and their business.

Bonaci brings with her an expertise in the clinical trial and pharmaceutical industry, having been a global study lead on oncology clinical trials at a large pharmaceutical company prior to joining Microsoft. She has deep understanding of the clinical trial value chain and the complex nuances that biotechnology and life science companies experience. Bonaci is passionate about the many services and innovations Microsoft has to offer to reduce time to market for new drugs and provide better outcomes to patients and is also the producer and host of the Confessions of Health Geeks podcast, an industry focused podcast on the biggest trends and pain points in health and life sciences. She recently hosted and spoke at the HBA Seattle Digital Health Panel and is very involved in local mentorship programs for girls in STEM.

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