Speakers - Boston
Distinguished Service Professor of Digital Media and Marketing, Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University
Managing Director, Independence Strategic Innovation Portfolio and Director of Corporate Development and Innovation, Independence Blue Cross
Associate Dean of Medical Sciences and Services , Former Chief Medical Officer, Rush University Medical Center
Executive Director, Continua Health Alliance, Vice President, Personal Connected Health Alliance
PhD, MPH, Clinical Director of Population Informatics, Massachusetts General Hospital
Vice President, Performance Measurement, Data Analytics & Quality Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Co-Founder and Lead Faculty Advisor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hacking Medicine
Drexel DeFord, Founder and Independent Consultant, drexio digital health
Most recently the founder of drexio solutions network, Drex has a history of innovation and leadership at top health-systems across the country. As an independent consultant, he now shares his experience in the form of advice, guidance and support to health systems, payers, associations, trusted vendor partners and investors.
Prior to launching his own firm, Drex was co-founder and CEO of NextWave Connect, a healthcare social collaboration solution. He’s also been the CIO at Steward Healthcare (Boston), Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, and Scripps Health (San Diego). He has also served as an officer in various CIO and CTO roles with the United States Air Force during a highly decorated 20-year career.
Drex has led the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as Board of Trustees Chair, and has been a Healthcare and Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Board Member. He is currently a fellow in CHIME, HIMSS, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
His mantra: Ask me. I can get it done, or connect you to somebody who can.
Dr. Catherine Dimou serves as the Associate Dean of Medical Sciences and Services at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC). She is responsible for the coordination of quality, safety and operational efficiency across RUMC medical services departments.
Christopher Henkenius began his career in healthcare technology in 1996, and has since worked on most major healthcare technology initiatives including HIPAA, HITECH, HIE, APMs, and healthcare technology innovation projects. His experience crosses physical health, behavioral health, hospital quality, and payer operations. Key projects include implementing and operating NeHII, the statewide HIE in Nebraska, and managing the implementation of a behavioral health analytics and interoperability project for the State of Nebraska. A project manager by trade, Chris is PMP certified, and holds an MBA from the Heider College of Business at Creighton University.
Dr. Stanley Hochberg is the Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Technology and Chief Quality Officer at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Hochberg is a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and a lecturer at Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business.
Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor, Healthcare Informatics
Prior to co-founding Protenus and his time at medical school, Robert worked at the world’s largest and most successful hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, where he designed and managed systems to analyze global markets. Bringing this quantitative and systems-based background to tackle the problem of health data security was a natural transition. Robert is an advocate for the improvement of Maryland’s business ecosystem, a published clinical researcher, and a teacher at Johns Hopkins.Robert holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in Social Studies.
Previously, as VP of WW Marketing for IBM's Information Management division, Tracey was instrumental in developing the company’s stance on big data and analytics. Prior to IBM, Tracey served as Vivisimo's (acquired by IBM) CMO and led all of Vivisimo's marketing and product management functions, including go-to-market strategy, public relations and lead generation. Before Vivisimo, Tracey held senior marketing and product management positions at TraceSecurity, Secure Software (acquired by Fortify Software), McAfee and Business Evolution (acquired by Kana). She also founded and operated her own strategic marketing consultancy that specialized in high-growth companies.
Tracey is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College, and graduated as one of ten Wesleyan Scholars.
He previously he held the roles of Chief Security Architect at ING, Head of Enterprise Information Integration at ING Insurance, and Head of Information Security & Risk Management for ING Commercial America.
Josephine Porter, MPH, serves as the Director for the Institute for Health Policy and Practice. Jo joined the Institute in December 2007. She is responsible for overall management of a number of health analytic projects within IHPP’s Center for Health Analytics. She also co-chairs the All-Payer Claims Database Council (APCD Council: www.apcdcouncil.org). Jo also oversees operational functions across IHPP.
Jo brings several years of health care-related project management and program development experience to IHPP. She was most recently the manager of clinical programs at Health Dialog, Inc., a care management firm with offices in Manchester, NH. She also previously served as the Associate Director of the New Hampshire Health Information Center at UNH, and was the NH BRFSS state coordinator for the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
Her research interests are in health data collection and dissemination, and using data to effectively improve health care quality.
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Health Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire
Master of Public Health in Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Social and Behavioral Health, Boston University
Mr. Stevens currently serves as President-Elect on the board of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Central Pennsylvania Chapter, which he co-founded. Mr. Stevens is a past recipient of the Spirit of HIMSS award, and in January of 2016 was named Contributing Editor for Health IT Leaders & News. Mr. Stevens also also an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and serves on its Innovation Conference Committee board. His prior professional experience includes a decade each in public sector management and executive search. Mr. Stevens is active in his community, and serves on the Board of Directors of both the historic Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center and the Brandywine Valley Business Council.
Mr. Stevens is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts and Boston University for public affairs and business administration, respectively. Mr. Stevens lives with his wife, son and two daughters in West Chester, PA.