ConCert by HIMSS™ Advisory Committee

HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers

We are seeking innovators and trailblazers to serve on HIMSS Committees, with a two-year commitment leading and executing HIMSS's mission of transforming health through information and technology. The call for applications closes on May 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

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Advisory Committee members will provide program oversight, make recommendations on future direction and scope, set priorities, determine program policy, serve as champions for the program, and contribute thought leadership. The Advisory Committee will ensure credibility of the program to clinicians, healthcare provider and vendor organizations, health information exchanges, health information services providers, and the broader health IT industry, bringing greater value to both industry and the Society.

Advisory Committee Members

Patricia Hale

Patricia Hale MD, MPH, MBA, FHIMSS
Associate Medical Director for Informatics
Albany Medical Center
HIMSS North America Board of Directors


Retired, formerly Associate Medical Director for Informatics at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Hale has over 20 years of clinical experience in Internal Medicine as well as clinical application of medical informatics.  She is board certified in Internal medicine and board certified in Clinical Informatics as a subspecialty. She has lead EMR implementation projects in the ambulatory and inpatient setting including e-prescribing, clinical record exchange, inpatient physician order entry and clinical decision support.

Robert Cothren

Robert Cothren, PhD
Executive Director
CAHIE (California Association of Health Information Exchanges)


Robert Cothren represents California stakeholders in advancing safe and secure health information exchange across the US and throughout California, by creating a framework for trusted exchange based on consensus policies and national standards in California, and by advancing the state of the art in health information access nationwide. He has been involved as a Health technology professional for over 20 years in creating solutions to clinical and public health problems. He is an accomplished speaker with over 100 publications.

Brian Ahier

Brian Ahier
Digital Health Evangelist
Medicity, a Aetna Business

Brian Ahier is a national expert on health information technology with a focus on health data exchange. Brian is Director of Standards and Government Affairs at Medicity and also serves on the Interoperability & HIE Workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee.


Valerie Grey
Executive Director
NYeC New York eHealth Collaborative

Valerie Grey is a recognized expert on healthcare policy with deep knowledge from her wide-ranging experience in both the public and private sectors. As Executive Director for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), Valerie interacts with a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders, including government agencies and policymakers, private industry organizations, providers, patients, industry associations, and health plans. Our vision is a dramatically transformed healthcare system where health information exchange is universally used as a tool to make lives better.

Michael Nusbaum

Michael Nusbaum BASc, MHSA, FHIMSS
M.H. Nusbaum & Associates Ltd.

Vice Chair-Elect HIMSS North America Board of Directors

Board Representative to ConCert Committee

Michael Nusbaum is a senior strategist, advisor and thought leader, with more than 35 years of experience devoted exclusively to healthcare. With a background in health services administration and industrial engineering, Michael has provided a unique blend of management consulting services to health authorities, governments, hospitals, vendors and professional associations in Canada, the US and around the world.


Mousumi Sengupta, MA, BS
Project Manager – Ontology Department
Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer Foundation

Bio coming soon.


Mowe Simpson, RHIA
HIM Systems Specialist
Childrens Medical Center

Bio coming soon.

Amit Trivedi

Amit Trivedi
Program Manager - Healthcare

My focus is on improving healthcare delivery through secure, interoperable health information technology systems. I manage the healthcare vertical at ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon. I have developed and launched testing and certification programs that support the nation's healthcare providers, hospitals, health IT vendors and system developers in meeting regulatory requirements efficiently and effectively, while continuing to drive the innovation necessary to transform our healthcare system for the better.

Timothy Tyndall

Timothy Tyndall
Executive Director
RAIN Live Oak HIE and Telemedicine Network

Interests include: Health IT, Telemedicine, Distance Learning, Network management, Policy and Project development in areas of Rural Economic Development, Technology applications for rural and underserved Urban areas, Video production, Permaculture and Ag. Technology.

Matt Zurad

Matt Zurad
Business Advisor
Change Healthcare

Matt has over 20 years of experience in information technology and improvement science. He has developed a true 360-degree perspective of our nation's healthcare system through consulting work for clinicians, commercial payors, and government payors. Matt has a proven track record for solving today's complex healthcare problems with simple and elegant solutions.