About HIMSS North America

HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information and technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 70,000 individual members, 630 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work through HIMSS to leverage the potential of digital health to improve both the health status of populations, as well as the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Global Innovation & Conference Center, HIMSS Interoperability ShowcasesTM, HIMSS Value Suite, ConCert by HIMSSTM, HIMSS Professional Communities, and HIMSS Chapters.


HNA Board Officers

Susan Heichert, RN, MA, FHIMSS

Board Chair

Susan Heichert, RN, MA, FHIMSS
The Cedar Isles Organization

Susan Heichert is the former Chief Information Officer of 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.

Susan joined Allina Health in 2004, where she was part of the team that implemented Epic. Allina earned the Davies Organizational Award for that initiative in 2007. Susan served in other interim leadership roles including VP for Care Management and SVP HR/CHRO prior to assuming the CIO role in 2008. Susan has been active with the Minnesota 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.


Joseph (J. Marc) Overhage, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI

Board Vice Chair

Joseph (J. Marc) Overhage, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI
Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Dr. Overhage is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Cerner (previously Siemens). Prior to joining Siemens, he was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Health Information Exchange and was Director of Medical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., and a Sam Regenstrief Professor of Medical Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

He has spent over 25 years developing and implementing clinical and scientific systems and evaluating their value. Working at the Regenstrief Institute, he created a community wide electronic medical record (called the Indiana Network for Patient Care) containing data from many sources including laboratories, pharmacies and hospitals in central Indiana. Over 104 acute care hospitals and over 22,000 physicians participate in the system, which includes inpatient and outpatient encounter data, laboratory results, immunization data and other selected data. In order to create a sustainable financial model, he helped create the Indiana Health Information Exchange, a not-for-profit corporation.

In addition, Dr. Overhage has developed and evaluated clinical decision support including inpatient and outpatient computerized physician order entry and the underlying knowledge bases to support them. He practiced general internal medicine for over 20 years including the ambulatory, inpatient and emergency care settings. Over the last decade, Dr. Overhage has played a significant regional and national leadership role in advancing the policy, standards, financing and implementation of health information exchange. He serves on the HIT Standards Committee, Board of Directors of the National Quality Form, served on the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics and being engaged in a number of national healthcare initiatives. He previously served on the boards of the eHealth Initiative and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Dr. Overhage earned his MD and a doctorate in Biophysics from the Indiana University School of Medicine where he completed residency in Internal Medicine, served as Chief Resident in Medicine and completed a fellowship in Medical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.


HNA Board Directors

Board Chair Elect
CNIO and ACNO, Professional Services
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center

Mark Sugrue, RN-BC, FHIMSS, CPHIMS offers over twenty-five years of health care experience in the provider, payer and vendor communities. Mark is recognized nationally for his expertise in Patient safety, Clinical Systems, HIPAA, ARRA/ HITECH and the Revenue Cycle. Mark has a keen sense of the healthcare industry and emerging market trends and effectively applies his expertise to a wide range of healthcare industry issues and settings.

His past Big X Management Consulting experience (Andersen, BearingPoint, PwC) includes a wide range of strategic, operational and financial management consulting engagements.

Mark holds a number of local and national Nursing leadership positions. He is a past Chair of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee where he led over 6,000 nursing members. He is also the co-chair of the Informatics Committee of Massachusetts/Rhode Island Organization of Nurse Leaders and is a founder and past president of the New England Nursing Informatics Consortium. Additionally, Mark has served as a board member to TIGER (Technology, Informatics Guiding Education Reform) effort and he currently serves as a Governing Director with the Alliance for Nursing Informatics. Mark is an author and a frequent speaker at trade shows and professional conventions and serves as faculty for a healthcare information technology course he developed as part of a doctorate in nursing practice curriculum.


Rene Cabral-Daniels, JD, MPH

Rene Cabral-Daniels, JD, MPH
Vice Chair Elect

Community Care Network of Virginia

Rene Cabral-Daniels is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Care Network of Virginia, Inc. (CCNV). CCNV’s shareholders are all 26 federally qualified health centers located in Virginia. The health centers, with over 112 sites, served over 300,000 patients in 2015, the majority of whom are members of medically underserved populations. CCNV leads IT services on behalf of Virginia’s FQHCs. CCNV is currently preparing to elevate its role by engaging in efforts to programmatically assist shareholders with value based payment efforts. In addition to serving CCNV shareholders, CCNV also uses automated systems to perform credentialing and other services to clients in 23 states.

Prior to her work at CCNV, Rene was an attorney for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). There she was the lead attorney for outpatient prospective system payments, CMS communication activities, and all payment systems disproportionately affecting rural areas. She drafted policy shaping CMS’ efforts to comply with the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which had the greatest number of changes to the Medicare program before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Rene also served as the Executive Advisor to the Health Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she led agency-wide programs, including one to improve Information Technology systems for its 36 local health districts. While employed at the Virginia Department of Health, she directed the Office of Health Policy and Planning (OHPP), which included the Offices of Rural Health, Minority Health and Primary Care. The Office of Primary Care administered Virginia’s FLEX program, which includes all Critical Access Hospitals in the Commonwealth. The OHPP was also responsible for educating the Virginia legislature on telemedicine payment issues and was successful in securing Medicaid payment for providers.


Emma Cartmell

Emma Cartmell, FHIMSS
Cartmell Venture Capital

Emma is the currently the CEO of Cartmell Venture Capital. She was also founder and partner at Exsede Health Consulting, which helps innovative technology and services companies enter the healthcare market and grow. She advises international investment banks on the Digital Health market.

Emma founded the Austin HIMSS chapter in 2004, which was named "Chapter of the Year” in 2015 and she currently serves on the board. Emma also serves as an advisor to Minister George Freeman on UK Trade and Investment in the US for Digital Health and Life Sciences.

Emma’s experience includes serving as the COO of NantHealth, a portfolio of technology and healthcare companies, where she oversaw acquisitions and investments as well as strategy and operations for more than 35 companies. Prior to this role, Emma was the COO of Personalized Medicine at Abraxis BioScience where she prepared the company for sale. Abraxis BioScience was a leading publicly traded oncology biotechnology company that was sold to Celgene in 2010 for $2.9 billion. Before Abraxis, Emma served as the Vice President of Healthcare Advanced Programs & Director of Health Business Development and Strategy at SAIC where she was accountable for a $500M healthcare portfolio.

Throughout her career, she has been mission-driven to leverage technology to improve healthcare and wellness. This began with her first company, Live4Life, in which she created the first electronic wellness behavior change program and showed measurable improvement for clients, including Rolls Royce and Morgan Stanley.


Linda Fischetti, RN

Linda Fischetti, RN
Technical Director

Linda Fischetti MS RN is the Technical Director for the Health Technical Center. The Health Technical Center contains MITRE Health, Healthcare, Policy, Technology and Clinical capabilities that work in interdisciplinary teams across many Federal health and healthcare environments. Her team, with just over 200 team members, works across the federal government, bringing conflict-free support to the complexities of the health and healthcare ecosystem. Ms. Fischetti and her team use innovative thinking from their diverse domains of medicine, technology, law, engineering and the life sciences to move from statute through regulation into effective health program creation.

Previously Ms. Fischetti was Vice President of Care Delivery within the Accountable Care Solutions division of Aetna where she designed and delivered high value clinical solutions for Accountable Care providers. In 2011, she left government where she was the Chief Health Informatics Officer for the Veterans Health Administration within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In that role she worked across many Federal Executive Branch Departments during the formative years of the government’s activities in Health Information Technology and Informatics. She has also served on the board of directors for Health Level 7 for six years, the National eHealth Collaborative and on the US. Federal Advisory Committee, The Health Information Technology Standards Committee. Ms. Fischetti is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University in the Executive Master’s Program in Health Systems Administration within the School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is the faculty for Health Informatics with an emphasis on the impact healthcare transformation will have on Health Information Technology. In Spring of 2016 Ms. Fischetti led the students to Singapore, using the techniques applied domestically for Accountable Care Organizations, she and the students assessed the Singapore Healthcare System.


Michael Green

Michael Green
President and CEP
Canada Health Infoway

Michael Green, President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, is a strong leader and a creative, strategic thinker who has an international reputation and a proven track record of transforming health care through the use of digital health. He has leveraged international research and innovation to advance the digital health agenda, create jobs and stimulate economic growth in Canada. Michael has been President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway since August 2014.

Michael has long been a visionary for the way digital health solutions can make public health systems more sustainable and improve the patient experience. He has played senior executive roles with health technology companies spanning major global markets.

He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contribution to the Canadian Health IT industry.


Aashima Gupta

Aashima Gupta
Global Head of Health Solutions

Aashima Gupta spearheads Healthcare solutions for Google Cloud. In this role she has a dedicated focus on engaging with Healthcare community and industry at large. She sets direction for transformative Healthcare solutions and leads engagement with key executives in transforming their business strategies that define new models for care, revenue generation and improved patient experiences.

Aashima founded and led the Healthcare vertical and interoperability efforts at Google/Apigee. She is a passionate advocate for Open Data and the use of APIs to overcome Healthcare data Silos. She drove the launch of Health APIx solution as an industry accelerator in its journey towards value-based payments, interoperability and API-first approaches to offer health organizations the ability to put patients at the center of data exchange with the ease of Internet-scale technologies, including the emerging FHIR API standard that will fuel patient and provider-designated apps.

She is a passionate visionary and an evangelist in serving as a catalyst for transforming the Healthcare organizations into more patient-centered opportunities in the digital era.


Melissa Kotrys, MPH

Melissa Kotrys, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Health Current, Phoenix, AZ

Ms. Kotrys has more than 15 years’ experience in healthcare. She has led price and quality transparency studies at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, and supported federal agency IT systems through Deloitte. Over the last 10 years, Ms. Kotrys’ expertise includes:

  • Statewide HIE & Interoperability: challenges, policy, strategy, and value.
  • E-Prescribing (including controlled substances & medication fill history): supported prescriber education/training, passing EPCS legislation, implementing EPCS adoption incentives, and leading a statewide committee for roll-out.
  • Value-Based Purchasing: With AZ’s Medicaid agency, developed, finalized and implemented value-based payment incentives for hospitals submitting data to AZ’s HIE. Developed HIT and HIE requirements for $300M support of Medicaid providers with practice transformation and integrated physical and behavioral health care delivery.
  • Integrated Physical & Behavioral Health Information: Led development of a statewide HIE strategy, including protected substance abuse treatment information. Connecting the top 80 behavioral health providers to the HIE for bidirectional exchange. 
  • Long-term/Post-acute Care: Supported providers in IT adoption. Working with 50+ LTPAC facilities on implementing, and successfully using, statewide HIE services.
  • Privacy & Security: Developed a framework appropriate for a statewide HIE. Includes participating in assessments and audits of privacy and security policies, leading passage of state legislation regarding patient rights regarding HIE.

Lydia Lee

Partner & National Lead, Digital Health Practice
Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Lee brings to the HNA Board of Directors more than 20 years in progressively senior roles in both the US and Canada; all of which focused on harnessing the value of information to support better care delivery, patient safety and the patient experience. In the US, Ms. Lee worked in public sector, helping hospitals optimize Medicaid payments, and creating payer/provider packaged price offerings for specific populations. Since moving to Canada in 1996 Ms. Lee has focused on regional/provincial eHealth programs, multi-organizational change initiatives leveraging strategic alliances and shared services constructs, enterprise level IMIT strategy and operations, and a very strong national and international network of public and private sector peers to bring global best practices to health organizations.

Up until her current role at KPMG as Partner and National Lead for Digital Health Practice in Canada, she described her University Hospital Network role as being two jobs: CIO for Toronto’s hospitals, and eHealth service delivery partner for the Ontario government.

Being in the public sector, Ms. Lee has a deep working knowledge of privacy legislation, procurement directives and Freedom of Information legislation. She led the implementation of the largest HIE in Canada, the largest regional diagnostic imaging repository, and a regional eReferral program that has improved the transitions in care between acute, rehabilitation care, home care and long-term care.


Sumit Nagpal

Sumit Nagpal, FHIMSS
CareFully, Inc.

Sumit Nagpal is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on disruptive digital health innovation. He has co-founded and grown five companies that have tacked the challenges facing our healthcare economies.

Prior to his work as CEO of CareFully, Inc., Sumit was the CEO of LumiraDx, which represents the fifth generation of his work, which began while working with Steve Jobs and NeXT, Inc. in the early 1990s. From there, he led his 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, Sumit joined forces with a top fortune company Alere, Inc. to bring to life Alere's vision of enabling patients to participate actively in their care in collaboration with their care team.

Sumit proactively seeks opportunities to make possible a reality where care delivery and affordability is available to every inhabitant in the World and practices are without boundaries in scope and delivery.


David Smith

Rasu Shrestha, MD
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
Atrium Health

Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA, is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not - for - profit healthcare systems in the nation. As a member of the executive leadership team, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for Atrium Health’s enterprise strategy, including planning and tactical direction for the organization’s current strategic roadmap and beyond. In addition, he spearheads a renewed focus on innovation, launching new healthcare inventions, discoveries and ideas to benefit our patients and the communities Atrium Health serves. He also provides executive leadership for corporate communications and marketing, showcasing Atrium Health as a meaningful, national brand.

With a wealth of experience and national expertise in healthcare innovation, analytics and patient - centered care design, Dr. Shrestha joined Atrium Health in February 2019. Previously, he served as Chief Innovation Officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he was responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the payer - provider organization into a more patient - focused and economically sustainable system. In addition to leading innovation at UPMC, Dr. Shrestha also served as Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, pushing the needle in the pursuit of a unique blend of healthcare intelligence, technological expertise and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive and commercially successful solutions to address complex healthcare challenges.

Dr. Shrestha is a respected thought leader and visionary in the field of healthcare information technology and was recently recognized as “Executive of the Year” by Healthcare Dive and was acknowledged as one of the “Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change” and as a “Top Healthcare Innovator” by InformationWeek. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is the Chairman of the HIMSS Innovation Committee, and Co - chair of Health Datapalooza.


David Smith

David Smith, MS
Third Horizon Strategies

David Smith has significant expertise in changing payment models, behavioral health, and other IT related policy. Intensely focused on studying the pace of change in America's payment and delivery models, as wrought by public and private forces, and the ancillary impact on peripheral clinical and service enterprises.

David studied the nature of current programs, modeled forecasts, conducted peer-reviewed research, and assisted organizations to construct value-based arrangements within their communities. He has worked closely with a group of IT experts among Leavitt Partner’s hospital, drug, and device community to advance a holistic model for assessing cybersecurity readiness, conducted extensive work in public health, social determinants and, most recently, developed a gold standard payment and delivery model for addiction treatment and recovery services financed through a bundle. David has helped to shape competencies and criteria related to interoperability, in addition to working closely with ONC on related issues.

David has engaged in various boards over the course of his career. His most formative experience was a gubernatorial appointment to serve on the Utah Board of Regents, with stewardship over the state's higher education institutions. Since then, he has participated on various boards including the Health Board of Chicago in advisory or director capacity.


Walter Suarez, MD, MPH

Walter Suarez, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Health IT Strategy and Policy
Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Suarez has more than 30 years of professional and leadership experience in the areas of clinical care, public health and health IT as a physician, public health professional, and health IT professional. 

Walter also has significant experience in health policy development and implementation in the areas of access, cost, quality, safety, privacy and security, and standards for public health.

Dr. Suarez has served on public and private boards and committees. He has deep governance experience including strategy and fiscal and fiduciary responsibility policies and practices.