Prof. Ran Balicer, MD, Ph.D., MPH, serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Clalit, Israel's largest healthcare organization that covers over half of Israel’s population. He also serves as Founding Director of the Clalit Research Institute, a WHO Collaborating Center. In these roles, he is responsible for planning and large-scale implementation of novel AI and data-driven interventions for improving healthcare quality, reducing disparities, and increasing care effectiveness. He serves as Chair of the Israeli Society for Quality in Healthcare since 2013 and as senior advisor to WHO. Prof Balicer is a Full Professor at the Ben-Gurion University School of Public Health, Israel, and authored over 200 scientific publications. Since 2020, Prof. Balicer serves as Chairman of Israel's National Experts Team on COVID-19 Response, advising the Israeli Government. He leads international scientific research groups on COVID-19 risk stratification, vaccine effectiveness, and vaccine safety.
Kelly Summers joined Valleywise Health (FKA the Maricopa Integrated Health System) in February of 2013 as Sr. Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer bringing more than 20 years of transformational healthcare related IT leadership experience and a track record of producing innovative technology solutions and capabilities. As CIO, Kelly Summers leads the definition, creation, and execution of Valleywise Health’s information technology strategies ensuring alignment to the clinical and business strategies of Valleywise Health. Before joining Valleywise Health, Summers was Vice President, Information Technology and CIO for Medicis, a leading publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company.  Prior to that, he was a senior IT executive for St. Jude Medical, a multi-national, multi-billion-dollar medical device company where he was initially the Vice President and CIO of their largest division (> $3 billion in annual revenue).
Gary is a recognized health care executive with more than 41 years of experience in the life sciences, managed care, and specialty healthcare sectors. Mr. Velasquez' areas of broad expertise include strategic innovation, complex systems management, and novel application of new technologies. Previously, Gary served as Chief Executive Officer for one of the country's largest healthcare data management companies - Outcomes Health. He also held the role of Chief Executive Officer for Synarc, a global provider of specialized scientific services for the life sciences industry with specific focus on Alzheimer's, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as other metabolic diseases. Concurrent with his tenure at Synarc, Mr. Velasquez served as an Operating Partner with SV Life Sciences, a leading international life sciences private equity firm. In addition, Gary held senior operating roles with Health Net and its subsidiaries from 1990 to 2002.
Camila is a medical doctor by background, and she specializes in health information systems, with a focus on organizational change . Her objective is to contribute to a safe and efficient environment for both health professionals and patients. She began her career path at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, former Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the Alexander Fleming Institute, one of the main oncology facilities in Argentina. Today she works as Senior Health Informatician in the LifeSciences studio, Globant, being the "focal point" of the study for matters related to Health Informatics and Patient Journey. Camila helps to develop digital health solutions that add value to the different actors of the ecosystem, by fulfilling a role of facilitator between clients, their needs and technical teams. She actively participates in the academic side of the studio.
Craig Ahrens isn’t the typical healthcare executive. His background and vision offer a fresh perspective on a traditional industry. As a healthcare innovation/startup leader, consultant, and digital health transformation executive with more than 20 years of experience in public and private institutions, his expertise in both healthcare startups and digital health investments positions him as a strategic leader. He’s worked with large health systems as well as academic institutions and resource providers to facilitate physician/hospital relations, develop strategy, and transform operations to benefit the overall system, including both the providers and patients. His diverse skill set positions him to evaluate, address, and offer solutions to difficult healthcare industry issues as an advisor to institution leadership and to private equity investors. He bridges the gap between healthcare and investors to help each entity better capitalize on mutually beneficial opportunities.
Dr. Alan M. Weiss joined BayCare Health System as CMIO in August 2018. He has primary responsibilities over all clinical systems and their associated governance. He also provides executive leadership over data and analytics. Prior to BayCare, Dr. Weiss spent 5 years in the Memorial Hermann System in Texas as their first ambulatory CMIO. In that role, he had responsibilities over GE Centricity, Cerner and eClinic Works EHRs. Before Memorial Hermann, Dr. Weiss was the Assoc. Medical Director of Inpatient Systems at Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles. A general internist by training, Dr. Weiss spent 10 years practicing at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Before medical school, Dr. Weiss worked for Eli Lilly as a clinical information analyst. Dr. Weiss earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan with a double major in computer science and philosophy. He has an M.B.A. and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. His M.B.A is in healthcare management and management of information systems.
Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN serves as Chief Nursing Officer and is responsible for working with nursing leadership groups globally to increase their understanding of Vocera solutions, share clinical best practices and to bring their specific requirements to Vocera's product and solutions teams. Prior to joining Vocera, Dr. Collins was VP and Business Manager for Fresenius Kabi, and launched their Intravenous Infusion Pump in the U.S. and led the American Nurse Project, elevating the nurse voice across the country. Through previous experience at Masimo Corporation as VP, Nursing and Baylor University Medical Center as VP, Woman and Children’s Services, Dr. Collins has deep experience maximizing market share and profitability while building on best clinical and business practices. A registered nurse for 28 years, she frequently speaks on the evolving role of nurses, the importance of communication, and using technology to improve clinical workflows and care team collaboration.
Ries Robinson, M.D., is the CEO of Graphite Health, a member-led company intent on transforming digital healthcare to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. Graphite Health is the Civica Rx of digital health tools. Before founding Graphite Health, Dr. Robinson spent four years as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, non-profit, integrated healthcare system in New Mexico and the state’s largest provider of healthcare. His work has resulted in over 50 Intellectual Property positions and the formation of six companies: Medici Technologies, Inlight Solutions, Lumidigm, VeraLight, Luminous Medical and TruTouch Technologies.
“Pat” Flanders is the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Deputy Assistant Director for Information Operations (DAD IO/J-6) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He provides leadership for the continued development of an affordable, innovative, robust, and secure health information technology environment in support of the Combatant Commands, service members, veterans, and their families. Mr. Flanders is a computer scientist and Department of Defense (DoD) certified acquisition professional with 32 years of system automation, personnel, finance, and logistics experience. Prior to joining the DHA, he served as the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Defense Healthcare Management Systems, the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; and the Deputy Director of Investment for the United States Army.
Mrs. Davis has >25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry with emphasis in the conformance testing, implementation, development, and management of information technology solutions and healthcare workflow requirements. She serves as the VP, Informatics, Conformance and Interoperability for the Sequoia Project that is a 501©3 not for profit organization based in Washington, DC. Her expertise includes connecting people, processes and technology to improve health care. She is responsible for driving the interoperability among health IT systems participating within the Carequality framework, the eHealth Exchange network (formerly known as the Nationwide Health Information Network - NwHIN and for the RSNA Image Share Validation programs in partnership with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) managed by Sequoia. She leads a group of experts from a wide range of stakeholders across the US to develop specific and pragmatic implementation guidance on improving data quality.
Sherri Hess, MS-IS, BSN, RN-BC, FHIMSS is a proven healthcare informatics nurse executive with extensive clinical informatics and leadership expertise. She provides strategic and operational leadership in the development, deployment, re-engineering and integration of CIS to support clinicians and patient service. Sherri is an articulate leader with excellent communication skills building rapport with all levels of leadership, clinicians and technical staff. She is a transformational leader with a proven track record utilizing best practices to ensure on-target, high-quality deliverables. As CNIO at Banner Health, she leads the strategic nursing leadership in the development, optimization and integration of technology that supports their patients and clinicians across the continuum of care. Sherri is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver and is a Nightingale Luminary. She served 2 years on the HIMSS Nominating Committee and 9 years on the Colorado HIMSS Chapter.
Dr. Mary Mulcare M.D. serves as Chief Medical Officer and oversees all clinical aspects of Summus Global operations. Mary also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine, and has held several leadership roles at Weill Cornell, including Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Director of the Margaret and Ian Smith Clinical Skills Center. She brings a deep commitment to patient and physician education and continues to make significant academic contributions to the fields of medical education and Geriatric Emergency Medicine. Mary completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University and obtained her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating with honors from the AOA Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Society. She also completed a fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
As Chief Transformation Officer, Jim Whitfill, MD, brings leadership expertise in healthcare, organizational culture, and information technology to promote a customer- centric experience and offer new ways to deliver more complete, coordinated and accessible care. Before joining HonorHealth, Dr. Whitfill served as chief medical officer for Innovation Care Partners, a clinically integrated network in Phoenix. He also serves as a clinical associate professor in the departments of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. Dr. Whitfill previously held or holds advisory board responsibilities at GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, IDX and KLAS. In July 2018, he began his term as board chair of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine and is a regular faculty member for the Radiology Society of North America and the American College of Radiology. He is a founding member of the HIMSS-SIIM community for Enterprise Imaging.
As CEO of Abu Dhabi Health Data Services LLC, Atif Al Braiki has played an instrumental part in the establishment and implementation of Malaffi, the Abu Dhabi health information exchange (HIE). Prior to joining Malaffi, Al Braiki was the director of strategic projects at Injazat. He was responsible for developing and incubating strategic public-private partnership (PPP) projects with key government clients, in addition to defining business models that satisfied client requirements and building relevant business cases, partnerships, and financial models. During this time, he undertook the role of general manager of Hassantuk, a PPP between the Ministry of Interior and Injazat. Previously, Al Braiki held various roles in Zakum Development Company and was applications group manager at C4 Advanced Solutions. Al Braiki holds a master's degree in computer engineering and completed a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and information management and technology from Syracuse University.
Chad Konchak is the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Analytics at NorthShore University Health System in the northern Chicagoland area. NorthShore is an industry leader in informatics and analytics being named as the first health system in the nation to achieve HIMSS stage 7 for ambulatory care. Chad oversees the team responsible for NorthShore’s clinical and operational reporting, analysis and predictive modeling efforts, which focus on leveraging and delivering data that improve the quality of care, patient experience, and efficiency of the healthcare system. Chad also serves as the HIT co-lead for population health where he oversees the development of a comprehensive analytics infrastructure that will support population management in the ambulatory setting. Chad is also Faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives where he teaches a cluster seminar called The Strategic Use of Healthcare Analytics.
Zahid Ali is a HIMSS Future50 Health IT leader, a digital health and innovation thought leader and consultant who works on health innovation strategies focusing on innovation program design and optimization and digital health strategies. Zahid Ali has worked with Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Stanford University School of Medicine, California State University on big data, AI, machine learning-based prediction models. Zahid formerly served as CIO for PKLI and HL7 as the first Executive Director at Pakistan Chapter. He also lead the development and implementations of the EHR and unique innovation on future care delivery model by using data aggregation and Artificial Intelligence. He also serves on the board of Directors for Trioca Ventures and CEO of Tech-Medo, is a member of SDOH, Health Apps Work Group and served on the task force for Job Analysis Chief Digital Health Transformation Strategist with HIMSS and NHS on AI adoption. He is a Siemens Innovation Think Tank Winner.