Chair: Cris Ross is Chief Information Officer of Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the Health IT Standards Committee; a board member with HIMSS North America, eHealth Initiative and Zipnosis; an advisor to HL7 and Project Argonaut, and has participated in work groups for the American Medical Association on EHR usability and the American Hospital Association on Interoperability. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic he held technical and business leadership roles with Surescripts, CVS/MinuteClinic, and UnitedHealth Group, prior to which he was an entrepreneur and also served in various roles in federal and state government. He has an MBA from Yale School of Management and a B.S. in economics from the University of Minnesota.
Vice-Chair: Henning Schneider, CIO, Asklepios has 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 succeeded 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 UKE was honored with the HIMSS Analytics 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.
R. Hal Baker, MD, FACP, is Senior VP Clinical Improvement and CIO at WellSpan, a regionally 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.
Under Dr. Baker’s leadership, WellSpan developed a patient-centered approach to leveraging technology for clinical benefit. WellSpan’s EHR journey has been distinguished by innovations in several areas such as an internally developed patient portal that offers patients same-day access to patient notes, imaging results and laboratory values as well as online self-scheduling. WellSpan was also the pioneer development partner in the first-ever implementation of closed loop IV pump integration with an EHR.
As a practicing internal medicine physician, Dr. Baker continues to provide primary care services to the York community in the same practice he has served in for over two decades. Dr. Baker joined WellSpan York Hospital in June 1995 as Associate Program Director of the WellSpan York Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. 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.
Georgia Galanoudis, Executive Strategy Director, Rauxa is currently applying her accumulated knowledge at Rauxa, the largest independent women-owned advertising agency, leading strategic assignments and nurturing a team of 20+ strategist as they fuel bold creative to drive results.
Georgia started her career in consumer marketing and moved quickly into the discipline of custom publishing building a boutique custom solutions team within Time Inc and then going on to run a similar division within Meredith for 8 years. In 2012, she took her direct marketing, publishing and client service acumen into more traditional content and brand agency environments. Throughout her a broad agency experience—driving business development at MXM (now part of Accenture), running the New York office of Pace and contributing to the then start-up, Imprint—she’s led the strategy and execution for a diverse set of integrated engagement programs. She’s supported clients as Proctor & Gamble, Verizon, JPMC, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Bank of America. She’s also led enterprise content strategy and communications transformation initiatives for clients such as Vans, S&P Global and BlueShield of CA.
Georgia’s business approach is grounded in the need to evolve in order to thrive. She helps brands, organizations and humans persistently move forward in order to stay relevant and compete. Through transformation grounded in data-driven audience insights, she drives innovative ways to engage and foster positive consumer experiences that drive business results. She defines optimal ways to collaborate and operationalize transformation and inspires teams to capitalize on their individual and collective strengths.
Georgia currently serves as the Chief Communications Officer for New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) and is the Research Committee Chair for The Content Council, the definitive resource for content marketing insights and thought leadership, an organization she’s been associated with for over 15 years. She also donates her time to the National WIC Association, where she can bring commercial knowledge to inform their efforts to engage and educated young mothers.
Susan Heichert, RN, MA, FHIMSS is the former Chief Information Officer at Allina Health. She began her professional career in pediatric/NICU nursing, practicing in Texas and Minnesota, after earning a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Previous positions include work in the vendor space and consulting as well as a role at Children’s Minnesota with their Cerner implementation.
Susan joined Allina Health in 2004, where she was part of the team that implemented Epic. Allina was honored to earn the Davies Organizational Award for that initiative in 2007. In 2008, Susan assumed the CIO role and has served in other interim leadership roles including VP for Care Management and SVP HR/CHRO. Susan has been active with the MN Chapter of HIMSS as well as the national HIMSS organization since the ‘90s, serving in a variety of positions and on numerous committees as well as contributing to HIMSS publications. Additionally, she is a member of CHIME and has served on various CHIME committees. She was appointed to the MN State e-Health committee and served until 2016. She also serves on the board of Senior Community Services and the technology committee for Feed My Starving Children.
Larry Leisure is a Co Founder and Managing Partner of Chicago Pacific Founders that is a Chicago and San Francisco private equity fund focused on senior living and provider services. He serves as a board member of several SPF and non CPF companies including BioIntelliSense, Element3 Health, iN2l, P3, Recovery Ways and Sage Centers.
He continues as the Chairman Emeritus and Co Founder of ADVI, a Washington, DC based advisory and policy firm which serves life sciences, provider & payer services and digital health organizations.
He has had a distinguished career in healthcare serving in venture capital, private equity, management consulting and industry operating roles. Organizations where he has held senior leadership positions include Kleiner Perkins where he was an Operating Partner within their Life Sciences group, Accenture where he was the Global Managing Partner for the Health Vertical, Price Waterhouse where he led their Employer and Managed Care Practice, Towers Perrin where he led their Group Benefits and Managed Care practices, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans where he oversaw national sales & account management and UnitedHealth Group where oversaw the Payer Segment for Ingenix Consulting (now Optum Health).
Larry has played an important role in accelerating innovation in healthcare over his career. While at Accenture he oversaw the launch of their global innovation centers. Later, he co-founded Healthspottr focused on the acceleration of innovation across the healthcare ecosystem. He subsequently cofounded the Employer Health Innovation Roundtable (EHIR) which brings together the benefits leaders of many of the largest global organizations to help identify and adopt new innovations to achieve the triple aim (improving affordability, outcomes, and patient experience).
He received his AB in Economics from Stanford University and his MBA in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He resides in Atherton, California with his wife Bren.
Robert B. McCray is President & CEO of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, which he co-founded in 2005. Mr. McCray also serves as Chairman of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, the largest dedicated health charity headquartered in the San Diego region; Member of the Board of Directors of Midmark Corporation, a medical products and services company; and Member of the Board of Managers of the Personal Connected Health Alliance, a HIMSS innovation company.
Previously, Mr. McCray served as Managing Partner of Triple Tree, LLC, a merchant bank focused on the healthcare sector; Chairman, President and CEO of HealthCap, Inc., a successful venture capital-backed physician practice management company; as President, COO and early investor in Digital On-Demand, Inc., a technology company operating the ReDotNet music distribution system in major retail chains; as Managing Director of Caremark Physician Resources, a division of Baxter; and co-founder and Chairman of OnCall Medicine, Inc., a medical house calls company. Prior to his business career, Rob practiced healthcare regulatory and transactional law for 15 years and created a focused inter-disciplinary healthcare law firm and consultancy with a national client base.
Some previous appointments include: Chairman of the Sacramento (County) Environmental Commission; Chairman of the Sacramento City Toxic Substances Commission; President of the Environmental Council of Sacramento; board member of the American Lung Association – Sacramento Emigrant Trails
Mr. McCray holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctor degree from the UC Davis School of Law.
Rebecca Messing Haigler, Verily Life Sciences (an Alphabet Company) Health Economics, Value & Access Lead is responsible for Health Economics, Value Based Care Models and Market Access of clinical platforms at Verily Life Sciences. She has over sixteen years of experience working with healthcare payors, providers and suppliers to navigate the complex delivery system landscape towards population health management and generate strategic value.
Rebecca previously directed Northern CA Accountable Care Organizations at Blue Shield of California managing more than 55,000 covered lives. Partnering with key strategic providers she designed innovative ACO expansion models in new product lines, regions and care delivery programs.
In addition, Rebecca was responsible for leading the Strategy Practice at the Chartis Group, a consulting advisory firm dedicated to health systems, provider groups and payors. She was also formerly a Director of Analytics at Sg2 Healthcare Intelligence.
Rebecca earned dual graduate degrees from UC Berkeley, an MBA and an MPH in Health Policy Management. She received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan. Rebecca lives in San Francisco and enjoys spending time with her family in the Bay Area.
Sumit Nagpal, Chief Architect, LumiraDx USA.
LumiraDx represents the fifth generation of my work, which began while working with Steve Jobs and NeXT, Inc. in the early 1990s. From there, I led my first company, Wellogic, to create one of the first longitudinal medical records across major departmental systems in a best-of-breed hospital in Boston, a never before accomplished feat.
In 2011, faced with tremendous opportunity and growth as the US Affordable Care Act was well under implementation, I joined hands with a top fortune company Alere, Inc. to bring Alere's vision of enabling patients to participate actively in the own care in collaboration with their care team to life. Today, I have taken my vision private once again, with the strength and backing of a trio of industry leaders, and I am now helping to drive practical interoperability and standards adoption in the European and US markets as well as globally.
While humble in description, my current work will be the game changer to finally get the delivery and affordability of healthcare to each and every inhabitant in the World and where best practices will be boundarless in scope and delivery. Good compassionate healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and every inhabitant in the World needs the same access and quality. My current work supports this effort. This vision is also supported by my collaboration with Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Inc. one of LumiraDx's clients among many others. Our shared vision is to change the way people are treated for healthcare and its delivery regardless of their socio-economic situation.
I believe in the mission of HIMSS. I am extremely impressed with the HIMSS North America leadership having watched the leadership transform HIMSS North America nothing short of phenomenal to further greatness helping the masses. I want to use my diverse national and international skill sets acquired through my career thus far (in industry and working with various governmental agencies here and in the World), to help HIMSS North America provide support for all healthcare stakeholders.
TK 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 healthcare 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).