Summit '16 Agenda

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Day 1 - Wednesday, October 5
Registration - Sheraton Burlington Conference Center Lobby 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Session Description:

Interoperability is a key element of Vermont's health IT infrastructure, including systems that contribute data to the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) and systems that receive data from the VHIE. This session will talk about the technical and policy aspects of interoperability.


Elliot Sloane PhD, FHIMSS, FACCE - Dr. Elliot Sloane is president of the nonprofit Center for Healthcare Information Research and Policy. He is a HIMSS Fellow, and co-chairs the Central and Northern Florida HIMSS Program Committee. He is co-chair of IHE International, is the formal sponsor of all IEEE 11073 medical device semantics standards, and serves on the board of IHE USA. Dr. Sloane provides subject matter expert consulting on patient safety, medical device and EMR interoperability, HIPAA compliance, and conformity assessment testing and certification to industry groups like HIMSS, RSNA, and AAMI, and to federal agencies like FCC, FDA, NIST, NSF, and ONC. He is a research professor in Villanova University's Center for Enterprise Excellence in Technology, and teaches graduate eHealth courses in Villanova's Computing Sciences Department.

Richard Elmore - Rich Elmore is senior vice president, Corporate Development and Strategy for Allscripts, a leading Health Information Technology company. He is on the board of directors of VITL and the CommonWell Health Alliance. Rich also serves on the Health Information Technology Standards Committee, a federal advisory committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Steven P. Cummings - Steve Cummings is the chief implementation officer at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH).  Steve joined BMH in April 2015 to lead the selection and implementation of an EMR that will serve the needs of all clinical environments. Mr. Cummings started his career in health care with a BSN from Boston University and practiced nursing in a variety of acute care settings for six years. He left the bedside to pursue an MBA from Babson College. Since that time, Mr. Cummings has worked in health care IT in several Boston area teaching hospitals. He worked as a consultant focusing on physician adoption and lead various system implementations at ambulatory and acute care organizations across the country. He also has experience as a vice president of operations at a community hospital focusing on improving workflows and efficiency across multiple departments.

Liora Alschuler - Liora Alschuler is a developer of XML-based standards for the exchange of electronic healthcare information and a consultant in their application to providers and system vendors. In 1997 she led the project that produced the design of the first XML-based exchange specification for healthcare, called the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA). Liora is the chief executive officer at Lantana, currently designing and implementing standards-based solutions for the nation's largest providers and public health agencies. Liora also helped launch the Health Story Project (CDA for Common Document Types), which established the nation's first set of data standards for the exchange of clinical documents. The standards, now available as "HL7 Consolidated CDA," offer guidance for integrating millions of clinical documents into the electronic health record. Use of Consolidated CDA supports requirements for Stage 2 Meaningful Use of EHRs in the U.S.

Session Description: North Country Hospital is rolling out a community-wide integrated medical record, by integrating disparate systems from different vendors. It is improving care at hospitals and at hospital-owned practices across the North Country. This has placed unique requirements on connectivity to the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE), and provides the first example of the VHIE delivering results to an federated (vs. a single vendor) system.


Kate Pierce, MSMIIT, CHCIO - Kate Pierce is executive director of information services at North Country Hospital in Newport, VT. In recognition of its innovative use of information technology to improve patient care, North Country Hospital was named a 2016 “Most Wired™” organization by the American Hospital Association, and recognized for its implementation of IT initiatives in the areas of infrastructure, quality, safety, and clinical integration. NCH was one of four Vermont hospitals awarded as a result of the 18th annual Healthcare’s Most Wired survey released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. Earlier in the year, the hospital achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 6. Nationally, only 4 percent of hospitals have achieved higher than stage 6. A Stage 6 designation by HIMSS Analytics indicates that a facility has almost fully automated/paperless medical records that are available across most of the outpatient care settings. Among other qualifications, the facility must have achieved significant advancement in its IT capabilities, and is either starting to evaluate its data for care delivery process improvements or has already documented significant improvements in this area.

Jed Batchelder, BA - Jed Batchelder is a health care IT advisor with over 15 years’ experience providing consulting services to health systems, ACOs and health care IT vendors. In addition to leading HIE and EHR implementations, Jed has provided industry expertise to health care IT startups, and served as an IT strategic advisor to health care delivery organizations around the country. In addition to co-authoring "The Electronic Physician", Jed has been a contributor and author of numerous online health care IT publications. Jed holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Vermont.


Umair Malik MD, PhD - Dr. Malik is a primary care physician at North Country Primary Care in Newport, Vermont. He is licensed by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Malik received his medical doctorate from St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from Case Western and is a Lean/Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

Session Description: Providers at the University of Vermont Medical Center will present their work to create actionable quality reports from data collected in the medical center's electronic health record system. They will present case studies on how data is being used in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis and Down's Syndrome, as well as improving surgical outcomes. Understanding how data can be used to improve outcomes is important to all providers in Vermont.


Douglas A Gentile MD, MBA - Dr. Gentile is the chief medical information officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In that role, he is responsible for all clinical application, business intelligence, and project portfolio management. Dr. Gentile did his undergraduate training at Duke University and received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following residency training at the University of Rochester, he joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Emergency Medicine. In 1991, he was awarded a Hartford Foundation Fellowship to study health policy, and received a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. In 1995, Dr. Gentile joined Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, where he was the chief medical officer leading clinical product strategy until 2013. Dr. Gentile continues to practice emergency medicine at the UVM Medical Center.

Stephen M. Leffler MD - Stephen Leffler, M.D., is the chief medical officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center and a professor of surgery at the UVM College of Medicine. Appointed in 2011, he is responsible for medical staff affairs, the Jeffords Institute for Quality, technology management and ethics and also participates in strategic planning and leads continued development of a regional integrated system of care, drawing upon his experience working with other hospitals and physicians in the area. Dr. Leffler served as medical director of the emergency department at the University of Vermont Medical Center, until October 2011 and served as president of the medical staff at University of Vermont Medical Center from 2010 to 2011. He has served on numerous clinical committees during his more than two decades as an emergency medicine physician, and has been a key collaborator on significant organizational initiatives, including UVM Medical Center’s regional STEMI project, an innovative program to ensure heart attack victims receive life-saving care as rapidly as possible. A past president of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Leffler received his medical degree from the UVM College of Medicine and completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of New Mexico before joining the UVM/Fletcher Allen faculty in 1993. Dr. Leffler completed his master's degree in health care delivery science at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2016.

Toby Sadkin MD - Dr. Toby Sadkin practices family medicine at St. Albans Primary Care, and has been in practice in St. Albans, VT for the past 24 years. Dr. Sadkin is the chair of Primary Care Health Partners, the largest independent primary care group in VT. She currently sits on the OneCare Vermont Board of Managers, as a representative of independent physicians. In 2014, Dr. Sadkin was honored as the MGMA Physician Executive of the Year.

Greg Robinson PhD - Greg Robinson earned his PhD in health services and policy analysis from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a Prince 2 Certification in Project Management. He most recently served as vice president, accountable care services and vice president, finance and informatics at the University of Vermont Medical Center and One Care Vermont. Prior to that, he held a number of leadership positions related to population health management, informatics, and quality performance improvement.

Leah Fullem - Leah Fullem is the director of informatics for the OneCare Vermont Accountable Care Organization. She has 16 years of experience in health care analytics and implementing innovative value-based models that seek to improve quality, outcomes, cost growth and population health for Vermonters. Prior to the formation of OneCare Vermont, she served as the director of analytics for the Vermont Managed Care PHO. Leah and her team are responsible for providing comprehensive analysis and reporting capabilities, including required databases and systems, for population-centered care delivery programs at the University of Vermont Health Network and the OneCare Vermont Accountable Care Organization. Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Michael’s College and a master’s degree in health care delivery science from Dartmouth College.

Networking Reception & Exhibitors - Exhibition Hall 5:00 - 7:30 PM

Day 2 - Thursday, October 6
Registration - Sheraton Burlington Conference Center Lobby 7:30 - 8:30 AM


John K. Evans MHA, FACE - John was appointed VITL's president and CEO in November 2012. Previously, he was president of Strategic Alliance Advisors, Inc. (d/b/a s2a), a health information exchange consulting firm. John has extensive experience in developing and implementing health information exchanges around the country, having provided leadership for statewide HIE initiatives in Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, and New Hampshire, as well as regional HIE projects in New York and northern Michigan. His firm’s work included assisting both rural and urban HIEs with project management, technical architecture development, vendor selection, sustainability planning, and developing security and privacy policies. Before starting his consulting firm in 2006, John was deeply involved in Vermont’s efforts to develop a statewide health information exchange, as senior vice president and chief technology officer at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He also served as the first chair of VITL’s board of directors, when the public-private partnership became an independent non-profit in 2005. Prior to Fletcher Allen Health Care, John served as chief operating officer at hospitals and health systems in Connecticut, where he led several successful turnaround efforts, often leveraging the use of information technology and clinical technology to improve clinical and financial performance. He also served as vice president for Strategic Solutions, a division of Siemens Healthcare in Malvern, Pa., a global leader in health care technology, as well as president and CEO of NovaMed, a technology and diversified health services company, located in Bridgeport, CT. John earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, and his master’s degree in health administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of UVM’s Vermont Regional Board, and is a retired Army officer.

Charles D. Kennedy MD - Charles D. Kennedy, MD, is vice president and chief medical officer for clinical integration at Aetna. Previously, Dr. Kennedy was chief population health officer at Healthagen where he was responsible for leading population health and care management strategies, and working with health systems and provider organizations to design and implement population health management programs. Dr. Kennedy is a recognized expert in health care and health information technology. He was a founding commissioner of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), the first organization recognized by the federal government to certify EMRs. He recently concluded a two term commitment as the health insurance industry representative on the HIT Policy Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee that is guiding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policies to allocate $40 billion in federal funding for HIT deployment. Dr. Kennedy serves on the AHIP Foundation Board of Directors and on the advisory board for the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Healthcare and Life Science Innovation Lab.

Break, Networking and Exhibits - Exhibition Hall 10:30 - 11:15 AM
Concurrent Sessions 1 11:15 - 12:15 PM

Session Description: The All-Payer Waiver (APW) is a cornerstone of Vermont's continued health care reform efforts. The APW will have lasting impacts on providers in Vermont. This session will give attendees the most up to date perspectives  on the APW.


Al Gobeille - As chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, Al Gobeille is tasked with directing the board’s charge of curbing health care cost growth and reforming the way health care is provided to Vermonters. In addition, he owns and operates Gobeille Hospitality, a Burlington-based restaurant and hospitality business that includes three popular restaurants and catering businesses: Shanty on the Shore, Burlington Bay Market and Café, and Breakwater Café and Grill. Gobeille Hospitality employs 230 people.

Session Description: Learn how the Vermont Blueprint for Health and Vermont’s accountable care organizations are using community collaboratives in each health service area. These collaboratives are exchanging clinical data to better coordinate care among social, medical, and behavioral health providers, which improves outcomes for Vermont’s most at-risk populations.


Jenney Samuelson - Jenney Samuelson leads the Vermont Blueprint for Health Expansion and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP), which consists of a team of 13 highly trained practice facilitators who assist over 100 adult, family, and pediatric primary care practices to implement continuous quality improvement. In addition, Ms. Samuelson oversees the statewide implementation of the Blueprint community-based self-management programs, including six evidence based programs: the Stanford Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, and Diabetes Self-management Programs; the Vermont Tobacco Quit in Person Tobacco Program; Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP); and the YMCAs Diabetes Prevention Program.  Before joining the Blueprint, Ms. Samuelson administered diverse community and statewide public health programs including leading a four county health careers workforce development program, quality improvement with health systems to support tobacco cessation in primary care practices and directing the State of Vermont’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.


Miriam Sheehey - Miriam Sheehey has been a nurse for over three decades, with much of her professional experience in outpatient pediatric primary care and with the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program and now at OneCare Vermont. Miriam’s focus is on helping teams learn quality measures and how to improve them.


Jill Lord, RN, MS- As director of community health, Jill Lord, serves as the executive team member responsible for community health needs assessment and subsequent improvement plans to address gaps in services and programs based on community need. She is also responsible for oversite of the disease prevention and health promotion programs for the Windsor Health Service Area. She holds an Master of Science in Human Services Administration from New Hampshire College in Manchester, New Hampshire. She received in BSN from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont and has been a nurse for over 40 years. In September 2011, Jill was appointed to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Nursing and in 2014, Jill was named the Vermont Medical Society Citizen of the Year. In 1998, Jill Lord was instrumental in creating the Vermont Nursing Internship Program and now serves as president of the board. Jill served as director of patient care services/chief nursing officer for 24 years.  As a nurse leader, Ms. Lord has a strong community health influence through Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, the Windsor HSA Coordinated Care Committee, the Windsor Area Community Partnership, the Blueprint for Health, the Windsor Area Drug Task Force, and the PATCH Network, in addition to a myriad of other community health initiatives. Jill works to foster high quality patient-centered care through administrative supervision and support for the Community Heath Team and a network of community partner agencies. Additionally, she leads the Multi-facility Ethics Committee and is administratively responsible for the Windsor Community Health Clinic, School Nurse program, Volunteers in Action and the Complementary Alternative Medicine Program.


Jeremiah Eckhaus MD - Dr. Eckhaus received his MD from the MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Holistic Medicine. Dr. Eckhaus brings a special interest in holistic and integrative medicine. Dr. Eckhaus’ patient-centered approach to medicine focuses on all aspects of the human experience, taking into account the biological, psychospiritual, relational, and cultural health of individuals. He uses a combination of Western medicine, nutritional counseling, herbs, vitamins, supplements, guided imagery, acupuncture, and mindfulness-based therapies to optimize the health of his patients

Session Description: Providers in Vermont must understand the regulatory environment imposed on them by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the data reporting requirements of those programs. This session will provide an overview of payment reform initiatives and the role of data will play in those reporting requirements.


Kate McIntosh MD, FAAP - Kate McIntosh MD, FAAP, is the medical director for VITL. She is also a board certified pediatrician and is the president of Rainbow Pediatrics in Middlebury, VT. She earned her BA from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and her MD from the University of Colorado, and completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Kate has worked as a hospitalist and as a primary care pediatrician, and was chief of the medical staff at Paul Oliver Hospital in Frankfort, MI. Currently she is the head of the Department of Pediatrics at Porter Hospital and sits on the board of Porter Hospital. Her practice is currently a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home and has qualified for Meaningful Use each year since 2011. Kate has implemented and been a super user for A4, Meditech, and Allscripts Professional.

Session Description: Privacy and security of Protected Health Information (PHI) is important to health care providers, consumers, and health IT experts. The session presenters will discuss the latest efforts within Vermont's largest health care network to improve the privacy and security of PHI.


Heather Roszkowski - Heather Roszkowski is chief information security officer of The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, a 562 bed academic medical center affiliated with the University of Vermont. Heather brings 11 years of experience in communications and computer information security to her position from the US Army. She has worked in health care since leaving active duty in 2011. While on active duty, Heather served as a communications platoon leader, a communications company commander, the first Division Information Assurance Officer for the 25th Infantry Division and as a brigade signal officer. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Security from Norwich University. Heather is currently a doctoral student at Capitol Technology University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Lunch and Speaker 12:15 - 1:35 PM
Lunch and Exhibits 12:15 - 12:40 PM

Dana Lewis - Dana M. Lewis is the director of MDigitalLife for W20 Group, working at the intersection of all things health and digital to help organizations understand, engage, and activate the online health ecosystem. Dana is well known in the health care social media space, first and foremost from founding & leading the #hcsm Twitter chat community since 2009. Additionally, before joining W2O Group, she spent years in a digital leadership role supporting a nonprofit health system and other health organizations in connecting patients with health information and services online. Dana is also known as a leading ePatient, frequently speaking worldwide and publishing on topics related to patient engagement and the DIY and #WeAreNotWaiting movement. She has worked directly with healthcare device manufacturers to help them solve problems from the patient's perspective. Having first developed her own "Do It Yourself" Artificial Pancreas System (known as #DIYPS), she also leads the #OpenAPS open source movement and community to make safe and effective basic artificial pancreas technology available (sooner) for people with diabetes.

Concurrent Session 2 1:45 - 2:45 PM

Session Description: This panel of experts from across the health care continuum will discuss the impact of payment reform on individual providers and provider organizations across the state.


Norman Ward MD, CMO - Dr. Norman Ward is chief medical officer for OneCare Vermont accountable care organization and executive medical director for Accountable Care Services at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He is a graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, completed his family medicine residency in Rochester, NY at the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Family Medicine Program, and served a two-year National Health Service Corps obligation in Georgia. Dr. Ward has been an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Vermont College Of Medicine since 1987. He continues to see patients at South Burlington family practice. He was formerly the medical director of the Vermont Managed Care PHO, vice president of medical affairs at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and medical director of case management. In his current role at OneCare he is focused on effectively integrating community continuum of care providers with the traditional medical community, and increasing patient and family engagement. He is past president of the Vermont Medical Society (2012-2013) and the Fletcher Allen Medical staff in (2001), serves on the Vermont Medicaid Clinical Utilization Review Board, and the Brown Medical Alumni Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Ward completed the Dartmouth Masters of Health Care Delivery Science program in 2015.

Sharon Winn - Sharon M. Winn, Esq., MPH, is Bi-State Primary Care Association’s policy director for Vermont. In that position, Sharon advocates to expand access to affordable, high quality health care for all Vermonters. Sharon works closely with Bi-State’s Vermont members, including the twelve federally qualified health centers providing care to Vermonters at nearly sixty sites. Sharon graduated with both a Doctor in Law and a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University, and she holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Vermont. Prior to joining Bi-State, Sharon was director of quality improvement at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, where she oversaw the BCBSVT corporate project that earned NCQA Excellent Accreditation for BCBSVT’s products and placed BCBSVT on U.S. News and World Report’s list of the nation’s top health plans. Earlier, Sharon served as health policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in Washington, D.C. under the chairmanship of Senator James Jeffords.

Lynn Guillette - Lynn M. Guillette, CPA, MBA, FHFMA, is the vice president, payment innovation for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. In this role, she provides leadership for all activities relating to the design, negotiation, and administration of a mixed portfolio of health reimbursement modes that improve quality, lower cost, and support the financial sustainability of D-HH. Lynn also served as the director of finance for OneCare Vermont ACO, LLC during the ACO’s development and start-up period. She currently serves on the finance committees of Benevera Health, LLC and OneCare Vermont ACO, LLC. For two years prior to joining Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1998, Lynn was the controller and interim chief financial officer for West Central Behavioral Health Services. She spent the first 10 years of her professional career working for a public accounting firm specializing in audits of financial institutions. Lynn earned her MBA in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University and is a degree candidate in the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She has been licensed as a certified public accountant since 1990, and is a member of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2014. Lynn is also past president of the NH-VT Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and holds a HFMA Fellow certification with a specialty in managed care. She is also an active member of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (formerly the Brookings Institute ACO Learning Network), and is a member of the newly created ACLC Financial Readiness and Governance Structure Committees.

Session Description: This session will describe the challenges in deploying a telehealth system, and the improvements in patient care that are provided as a result. Access to shared patient information, including information available in the Vermont Health Information Exchange, is an important component of effective telemedicine.

Jillian Zambon, MBA - Jill Zambon is the business operations manager for the Connected Care Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Jill graduated with an M.B.A. in project management from Norwich University and earned her PMP certification in 2011, following five years in the United States Navy. Jill also graduated from Norwich University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with a focus in financial economics. Jill has a background in project management, ranging from construction, IT, and health care fields and has been with Dartmouth-Hitchcock for three years. Within the past year, Jill has transitioned into telehealth as a business operations manager, expanding her focus from project management to contracts management, grants management, invoice management, and helping to implement a customer relationship management (CRM) platform.

Session Description: The Vermont Blueprint for Health patient-centered medical home program and community health system program use two databases to guide its efforts in health care reform: the state’s all-payer claims database (APCD) and a statewide clinical registry of data collected at primary care practices. This session will focus on how the data in the clinical registry is combined with claims data to produce actionable reports back to providers.


Amy Kinner - Amy Kinner is a health services researcher at Onpoint Health Data, where she uses all payer claims databases to support the analytic needs of state programs and health care providers. With expertise in program evaluation, health care cost analyses, and HEDIS quality measures, Amy leads Onpoint’s efforts in linking clinical and claims databases for Vermont’s Accountable Care Organization reporting. Prior to joining Onpoint, Amy was an epidemiologist for the University of New England’s Center for Health Policy, Planning, and Research and a policy analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. Amy received a bachelor’s in chemistry from Middlebury College and a master’s in environmental health from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.


MaryKate Mohlman, PhD, MS - In her role as health services researcher for the Blueprint for Health, Mary Kate leads the analytics team using clinical and claims data to evaluate the impact of patient-centered medical homes and community health teams on the health outcomes and expenditures of Vermonters. She also evaluates programmatic initiatives such as opioid addiction treatment and women’s health, and the data use in a statewide health data infrastructure. Before joining the Blueprint, Mary Kate worked at the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on modeling the effects of tobacco control policies on smoking-related morbidity and mortality rates.  She holds a Ph.D. in Global Infectious Disease and a Master of Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston College. Prior to her career in the health sciences, Mary Kate worked for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy as a member of his judiciary committee staff.

Session Description: The presentation will focus on ThinkMD's development of a mobile application to treat common ailments in third world countries, and the challenges to overcome in launching a health IT startup.


Nick Donowitz, MBA - Nick Donowitz is the chief operating officer of THINKMD, a global health care innovation company committed to expanding access to quality health care worldwide. Nick is an entrepreneur with almost fifteen years of international business experience in clean technology and life sciences. He’s held leadership roles in privately held and venture-backed companies. Prior to THINKMD, Nick spent five years as a member of the executive leadership team of Heliae Technology Holdings, Inc., an early-stage algae biotechnology company founded by members of the Mars family. Prior to Heliae, he worked for a division of Mars, Inc. called Symbioscience where his work focused on strategic supply chain projects in raw feedstock-sourcing regions in Sulawesi, Indonesia. As part of his role in Indonesia, Nick worked with Halosource (LSE: HALO), a water innovation firm developing low‐cost water purification technology to prevent diarrheal disease in low income agricultural communities. Nick began his career in economic and international development, spending two years living on the windward island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas working for the Cape Eleuthera Institute Island School. Nick earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Davidson College.

Break, Networking and Exhibits 2:45 - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Session 3 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Session Description: Interoperability of health IT systems means more than technical and policy issues. Most importantly, interoperability affects patient care. During this session, we will explore interoperability and health information exchange, as a mandate for improved patient care.


Matthew Fisher, Esq. - Matt is the chair of Mirick O'Connell's Health Law Group and a member of the firm's business group. Matt focuses his practice on health law and all areas of corporate transactions. Matt's health law practice includes advising clients with regulatory, fraud, abuse, and compliance issues. With regard to regulatory matters, Matt advises clients to ensure that contracts, affiliations and coordination agreements and other business arrangements meet both federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements. Matt's regulatory advice focuses on complying with requirements of the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, fraud and abuse regulations, licensing requirements and HIPAA. Matt also advises clients on compliance policies to develop appropriate monitoring and oversight of operations. Matt is the chair of American Bar Association Health Law Section’s Business & Transactions Interest Group, and a vice-chair on the EMI Planning Committee. Matt was a social media ambassador for HIMSS16 Annual Conference.

Session Description: VITLAccess, the secure provider portal to the Vermont Health Information Exchange, gives providers—with patient consent—access to information from other providers around the state. Clinicians who are currently using VITLAccess will discuss how it improves health outcomes for their patients.


Judith A. Franz - Judith Franz is Vermont Information Technology Leaders’ vice president of client services and a member of VITL’s executive management team. She is responsible for bringing VITL’s technology solutions and services to VITL’s client base in support of their strategic goals. Judith manages VITL's client services team of eHealth specialists (HIT consultants) and solution specialist who assist client health care organizations in adopting and utilizing health information technology, and in understanding and meeting MU objectives. Additionally, Judith manages the VITL support services team who provide client support for VITL’s solutions and services and internal support to VITL staff. Judith came to Vermont Information Technology Leaders from athenahealth, where she served as a strategic enterprise client account executive working with large, national healthcare organizations and health systems to develop custom electronic health record and other health information technology solutions. Judith has also held management positions with IDX Systems Corporation/GE Healthcare, Competitive Marketing Systems, and Macro International, Inc./ICF International. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Marketing from the University of Vermont.


Lauri Snetsinger - Lauri is a nurse manager and has worked at The Health Center in Plainfield, Vermont for 22 years. She is also a member of their QI/QA team which oversees the data collection and reporting for MU, UDS, PCMH and ACO measures. Lauri grew up in Montpelier and received her nursing degree from Norwich University. She also has a degree in dairy farm management from Vermont Technical College.


Coleen Kohaut - Coleen Kohaut has been a licensed nursing home administrator for over fifteen years. She owns and operates Franklin County Rehab Center, The Villa Rehab Center and Holiday House Residential Care in St. Albans. Coleen is involved with various organizations such as Vermont Health Care Association, The  ACO Regional Clinical Advisory Board for Franklin County, Franklin County Industrial Development Board and sits on the Advisory Board for Union Bank.

Session Description: This session will present research being conducted by VITL that demonstrates the positive impacts to the Vermont health care delivery system from the data and services associated with the VHIE.


Sandy McDowell - Samuel (Sandy) McDowell is an executive with a proven track record in operational improvement, expense control and change management. He has a Ph.D. in operations research, and working experience with technology and quality initiatives in health care, medical diagnostics, finance and supply chain management. Sandy’s employment experience spans public and large private organizations. He publishes and speaks on a variety of business and technical topics. Sandy has taught business and strategic management at Champlain College, operations management and quantitative methods in the UVM MBA program, and executive decision making in the UVMMC Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. Sandy is a graduate of Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is active in the community, serving on a number of non-profit boards.

Robert A Gibson, CAHIMS - Rob is the vice president of marketing and business development at VITL. He is responsible for the promotion of VITL’s health information exchange services and client services to health care organizations, and the development of new business opportunities. Rob is a Certified Associate in Health Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) and holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University.

Session Description: Compliance with HIPAA privacy and security requirements are foundational principles for health information exchange. A panel of experts will help health care organizations better understand and comply with HIPAA in their own systems that manage and exchange health data.


Anne Cramer - Anne Cramer is a lawyer with Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer, PC. In the 30 years that Anne has been practicing health law, she has dealt with virtually all legal and compliance issues. Her practice areas include antitrust, trade regulation, employment law, taxation, and government relations, in addition to being an effective advisor to a broad spectrum of health care providers.

Jim Sheldon-Dean - Jim Sheldon-Dean is the founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, a management systems consulting firm, specializing in providing services in health care information privacy and security regulatory compliance. He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to HIPAA compliance at national and local health care conventions and meetings, for Lewis Creek Systems’ clients’ staff education, and for a number of commercial providers of in-person and web-based seminars.

Joel Benware, CPHIMS, CHCIO, CHC - Joel serves as the vice president of information systems and compliance at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, VT. Prior to this role he was the chief information officer at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, NY, and the chief technology officer at the Albany College of Pharmacy. Joel holds two Master’s degrees; Master of Arts in Instructional Technologies from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Champlain College. He is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) and most recently achieved Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO). Northwestern Medical Center earned the rank of HIMSS Stage 6 in the fall of 2014 and is charting a course to achieve Stage 7 within the next 24 months.

Summit Concludes 4:00 PM