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The most powerful women in healthcare IT: Provider/payer executives
Health Data Management is honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. What follow is the list of provider/payer executives. All 75 women will be honored atThe Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference, which will be held May 12, 2016, in Boston. For more information on the event, clickhere.
Victoria Bayless
Title: CEO

Organization: Anne Arundel Medical Center

Years in HIT: 23

Previous Positions: Vice President of Clinical Services and other roles at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Significant Achievements: Working together with Anne Arundel CIO Barbara Baldwin, Bayless has helped to create an organization that places an emphasis on information technology. In 2015, the medical center was named to the Most Wired list for the sixth time. Baldwin cited the collaboration among AAMC’s departments as one of the key reasons for the most recent designation, and Bayless plays a key role in encouraging that culture in the organization.

Impact on HIT: Under Bayless’ direction, AAMC has stepped up its communication with physicians, particularly through emails and alerts. And the organization’s successful portal project also loops patients more directly into their own care.
Mary Brainerd
Title: President and CEO

Organization: HealthPartners

Years in HIT: N/A

Previous Positions: Executive vice president and COO, HealthPartners; Executive vice president of care delivery, HealthPartners; Executive director and COO of MedCenters and contracted care systems, HealthPartners; Senior vice president, chief marketing officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; Senior vice president, Blue Plus; CEO, Blue Plus.

Significant Achievements: Brainerd is the first co-chair of the Minnesota e-health task force, a group charged with policy leadership in the adoption and use of health information technology in the state, which is still active today. She oversaw development of virtuwell, the online service for addressing common patient issues; first launched in 2010 treating 30 conditions, it has grown to more than 50 conditions and is licensed for online care in 11 states. Brainerd was instrumental in championing a system to incorporate touch ID fingerprint recognition for the HeathPartners mobile app, which has added an extra layer of security and convenience for members and patients.

Impact on HIT: In 2012, HealthPartners introduced a tool designed to combat rising costs and make health care more affordable. HealthPartners Total Cost of Care and Resource Use (TCOC) is used to identify factors that drive cost increases, and to improve efficiency and compare providers based on value and quality. The tool has set the standard for how organizations can lower health care costs, and has been adopted by more than 120 organizations in 32 states to provide greater cost transparency and more informed decision-making.
Jan Lee, MD
Title: CEO

Organization: Delaware Health Information Network, Dover, Delaware

Years in HIT: More than 30 years

Previous responsibilities: Vice President, Knowledgebase and Content, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems; Physician Consultant, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems; Chief Information Officer, Air Force Medical Service; Director, Electronic Health Record, Air Force Medical Service; Commander, Medical Operations Squadron, Dover Airforce Base; Director of Medical Education and Chairperson, Malcolm Grow Medical Center.

Significant Achievements: Lee has helped triple the number of organizations sending data through DHIN over a four-year period and has increased the number of electronic health records (EHRs) able to connect to the HIE from two to 25. Under her leadership, DHIN has gone from Stage 5 to Stage 7 (highest) on HIE Maturity Model over a three-year period. The organization is enrolling various types of provider organizations from across the care continuum, including 100 percent of skilled nursing facilities, 87 percent of assisted living facilities, 53 percent of home health agencies, 81 percent of walk-in clinics and 95 percent of imaging centers in Delaware.

Impact on HIT: Under Lee’s guidance, DHIN has transformed from a nascent entity to a national leader in health information exchange. Currently, DHIN delivers more than 14 million clinical results and reports on 2.2 million patients each year. All of the state’s acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, major labs and radiology facilities participate in DHIN, along with nearly all practicing physicians. Prior to DHIN, Jan served as CIO of the Air Force’s Medical Service, managing a $3.2 billion IT portfolio. In her senior leadership role, Jan led the Department of Defense’s EHR implementation throughout the Air Force to 75 facilities of all sizes.
Stephanie Lenzner
Title: VP, Enterprise Performance Management

Organization: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Years in HIT: 18

Previous Positions: Lenzner has held several positions at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, including: Vice President, Information Services; Corporate Director, Information Management and Planning; Director, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing; and Director of Quality Data Management.

Significant Achievements: Lenzner oversees programs aimed at improving the organization’s performance and decision making quality. She created and leads the Analytics Center of Excellence, as well as a team focused on business intelligence and data warehousing, analytics, performance improvement, portfolio and project management, safety, infection prevention and regulatory compliance. She directed the development of a “single pane” view for CHW’s business and clinical analytics data. Lenzner provided leadership for the $136 million iStrategy project, a large-scale initiative that included an EHR deployment, an enterprise data warehouse, and the adoption of advanced analytics to support long-term strategic planning. She also created an analytics Center of Excellence. In 2013, Lenzner was selected as one of The Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, a designation given to up-and-coming leaders who have a significant impact on the community.

Impact on HIT: Lenzner efforts have given CHW executives self-service access to much of the analytics capability that’s been built on top of the data warehouse. She’s also engaged in reducing latency throughout the system and increasing the availability of the data, the performance of analytics, and the speed with which decisions can be made.
Carol Lovin
Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

Organization: Carolinas HealthCare System

Years in HIT: 18

Previous Positions: Executive vice president of planning and communications, Carolinas Healthcare System; President, CHS Management Company, Carolinas Healthcare System; Senior vice president, CHS Management Company, Carolinas Healthcare System; Vice president of strategic planning and market development, NorthEast Medical Center (merged with Carolinas Health System

Significant Achievements: Lovin co-led the creation of the innovation function for CHS Management Company, which evolved into the health system’s Innovation Engine. In addition, she led the development of DA2, the team specializing in performance, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

Impact on HIT: Lovin is one of the strategic architects in the development of the advanced analytics group, which delivers descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. Together with her leadership of the Innovation Engine, these two divisions work closely with IT and Information Systems at Carolinas HealthCare System to implement predictive models for improving readmissions and developing population health interventions that have improved healthcare utilization across the entire healthcare system.
Margaret E. O’Kane
Title: President

Organization: National Committee for Quality Assurance

Years in HIT: 26 years

Previous Positions: President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance; chairman of the Board at Healthwise, Incorporated; associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management; serves on the Advisory Board of the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Significant Achievements : O’Kane was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine in 1999. Other awards she’s received in include the Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention award, the agency’s highest honor; the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership; and the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care.

Impact on HIT: As founder of NCQA, O’Kane put forth the mission and vision that quality of healthcare can and should be measured. In many ways, she was the front-runner of value-based healthcare. Under O’Kane’s leadership, NCQA developed HEDIS as a means of measuring that quality, and it is widely used now to shape federal health IT incentives, including meaningful use and now measures under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The collection of health data using health IT is largely due in part, to her. She has helped move the healthcare industry toward interoperability.
Margaret Pastuszko
Title: Chief Strategy Officer

Organization: Mount Sinai Health System

Years in HIT: N/A

Previous Positions: Vice president for business planning at the Mount Sinai Medical Center; Associate dean of operations for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Divisional administrator and practice manager of internal medicine at Temple University Hospital.

Significant Achievements: Pastuszko introduced the initial versions of analytical measures of performance currently in use at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also developed and implemented the analytical and integrated institution-wide decision support.

The Impact the Leader Has Had on HIT: The analytical and integrated decision support developed by Pastuszko has helped to improve investment decisions and strategic choices. The market intelligence she provides is now integral to strategic decision-making for the institution. Subsequently, she led the effort to create two strategic plans for the institution amid a financial turn-around.
Meredith R. Phillips
Title: Senior Chief Privacy and Information Security Officer

Organization: Henry Ford Health System

Years in HIT: 22

Previous Positions: HIPAA Project Manager, Health Alliance Plan; Project Manager, Children’s Medical Center of Dayton; Project Leader, CMS Information Services; Systems Analyst and Department Based Educator, Medical Center of Central Georgia; Associate Management Consultant and Senior Benchmark Analyst, Johnson & Johnson; Data Manager and Senior Database Processor, The Thomson Corporation;

Significant Achievements: In nearly 14 years at Henry Ford Health System, Phillips has developed the role of the privacy and information security officer, exemplifying what responsibilities and oversights are essential at a large integrated healthcare delivery system. Much of the framework at Henry Ford is a result of her guidance and development.

Impact on HIT: Phillips plays an active role in leading both national and state initiatives. She is vice chairperson of the Michigan Healthcare CyberSecurity Council, and she is president of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance. She also is an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals
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The most powerful women in healthcare IT
Health Data Management is honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. All 75 women will be honored at The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference, which will be held May 12, 2016, in Boston. For more information on the event, click here.
Teresa Rivera
Title: CEO

Organization: Utah Health Information Network

Years in HIT: 13

Previous Positions: President and Chief Operating Officer, Utah Health Information Network; Vice President of Client Relations, HealthCare Insight; Vice President of Benefits Administration, The Regence Group.

Significant Achievements: Rivera brought UHIN IT services in-house and modernized the platform with best of breed applications.
Impact on HIT: Through her efforts over the last nine years, Rivers is bringing health information exchanges into the conversation about interoperability, and she’s offering training programs and developing fellow women as IT leaders.
Betty Jo Rocchio
Title: VP, Perioperative Performance Acceleration

Organization: Mercy Health System

Years in HIT: 12

Previous Positions: Director, Surgical Services, Mount Carmel East Hospital; System Director, Surgical Services, Mount Carmel Health System; Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital.

Significant Achievements: Rocchio oversees the overall perioperative performance of a 38-hospital system with 32-perioperative areas. She designed and implemented a system-wide preference card reorganization and cleanup with an automated, centralized maintenance process that produced savings of $1.2 million. She created a system-wide Perioperative Business Dashboard that uses productivity metrics (first case on-time starts, OR utilization, block utilization, room and physician turnover time) to provide transparency. Utilization of the dashboard has saved $9 million over two years in cost-per-case across the Mercy System. She implemented a system-wide policy development initiative to increase standardization, improve quality outcomes and assist front-line teams with education and ease of implementation. She executed a successful conversion to an EHR in Surgical Services.

Impact on HIT: Throughout her career and at every post, Rocchio has complemented and bolstered her experience as a transformative surgical services executive with the successful management of HIT projects. This unique ability to manage both the business and clinical aspects of using HIT as an enabler has had a profound influence within the hospitals in which she has served. In general, her track record over the years, which includes management of anesthesia, pre-admission testing, pre-operative area, operating room, post anesthesia care unit, sterile processing, and endoscopy at both an individual hospital and system level, lends itself naturally to a vision of HIT-related excellence.
Katherine Schneider, M.D.
Title: President and CEO

Organization: Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization

Years in HIT: 23

Previous Positions: Executive vice president and chief medical officer, Medecision; Senior vice president, health engagement, AtlantiCare; Chief medical officer, Integrated Resources for the Middlesex Area, Middlesex Health System; Director of community medicine and faculty in Family Medicine, Middlesex Health System.

Significant Achievements: Schneider led AtlantiCare’s strategic transformational work toward accountable care and engaging individuals in their own care. With the system’s CIO, she co-led AtlantiCare’s deployment of ACO analytics.

Impact on HIT: Schneider is a strong believer that the value of technology is entirely dependent on its real-world, rapid adoption by a transformed care model. Since her arrival at DVACO in 2014, she has adopted and implemented the use of several “small data” platforms and technologies to make an immediate impact on patient care. Tools such as Patient Ping, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern PA and Wellcentive have offered real-time improvements to help DVACO care providers transition to a value-based care model through the delivery of high-quality, timely, and personalized health care to the Philadelphia region and beyond.
Carol Steltenkamp, M.D.
Title: CMIO

Organizations: University of Kentucky HealthCare; Chair, HIMSS Board of Directors

Years in HIT: 23

Previous/current positions: Professor of pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine;
Director, Kentucky Regional Extension Center; Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Kentucky HealthCare; Chair, HIMSS Board of Directors (Vice Chair HIMSS North America; Chair, Kentucky eHealth Network Board.

Significant Achievements: Steltenkamp is the chairperson of the Kentucky eHealth Network Board, which successfully launched and maintains the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE). She is the primary Investigator of over $10 million in HIT-related grant funding, including the foundational grant from HHS/ONC establishing the Kentucky Regional Extension Center. Steltenkamp led the transition of UK HealthCare (a $1.3 billion academic medical center) to an all-electronic health record across all inpatient and ambulatory sites.

Impact on HIT: As the first CMIO at the University of Kentucky, she began with the early selection and ultimately the implementation of an electronic health record across the clinical enterprise at her organization. Steltenkamp then moved beyond her organization, becoming a leader for HIT in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She was named the chair of the Kentucky eHealth Board, a position that she still holds today. Working with colleagues across the Commonwealth, she has secured millions of dollars in grant funding in support of HIT efforts. Steltenkamp has been an active volunteer member of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for many years.
Robin J. Thomashauer
Title: Executive Director

Organization: CAQH

Years in HIT: NA

Previous Positions: Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Vice President, Strategic Planning, Kaiser Permanente.

Significant Achievements: Since 2001, Robin Thomashauer has served as the founding and current executive director of CAQH, a mission-driven, non-profit alliance that was the first to create cross-industry utilities to streamline the business of healthcare. During the past 15 years, Robin has overseen the strategy, evolution and operations of the organization, a role that requires both an extensive and detailed understanding of the healthcare system and how the many players and entities interact to conduct critical business transactions. She’s provided leadership influencing substantial reduction in administrative burden for providers and payers through thought leadership and HIT solutions.

Impact on HIT: Thomashauer led the original research that detailed provider concerns, and identified ways they might be reduced. She then championed a unique model: health plans collaborating to create efficient methods of sharing information between plans and providers. Her knowledge of the industry and ability to manage large groups brought representatives from these disparate stakeholders to the table. This approach resulted in successful and widespread change in the industry’s use of HIT to address administrative and other business challenges.
Kate Walsh
Title: President and CEO

Organization: Boston Medical Center

Years in HIT: N/A

Previous Positions: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Chief Operating Officer, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research; various executive positions at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Significant Achievements: Walsh has led the well-known 496-bed Boston Medical Center as it builds out its community focus by creating an integrated delivery system, with 4,700 employees , 1,200 physicians and an annual operating budget of $1 billion. The system takes on a growing role in care for the community through its BMC HealthNet Plan, a Medicaid Managed Care Organization with more than 30,000 members, and Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of 14 community health centers throughout Boston.

Impact on HIT: Walsh is well-versed in the use of information technology to enable the efficient delivery of healthcare, through stints at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Massachusetts General Hospital. She’s brought that experience to Boston Medical Center, which in 2013 was recognized by InformationWeek, when it included the facility among its annual ranking of 500 of the country’s most innovative users of technology.
Penny Wheeler
Title: President and CEO

Organization: Allina Health, Minneapolis

Years in HIT: N/A

Previous responsibilities: President and chief clinical officer, Allina Health; Chief clinical officer, Allina Health; Member, Allina Health Board of Directors; President of Abbott Northwestern Hospital medical staff (part of Allina health); Associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Minnesota.

Significant Achievements: Wheeler is responsible for the performance throughout all facilities of Allina Health, and she champions an information-fed approach to clinical care and healthcare administration, including extensive use of a data warehouse to analyze and guide operations. She forged a progressive role for Allina in the use of data aggregation and analytics as the first customer of then-startup IT firm Health Catalyst, and she initiated a $100 million agreement with Health Catalyst creating a model for system wide outcomes improvement.

Impact on HIT: As a physician, Wheeler has championed healthcare information initiatives since she became Allina's chief clinical officer in 2006 with a commitment to improving patient care across the broad array of care sites. Under Wheeler's leadership, the Allina information management team supported the development and operation of Family Health Manager, Live Well® and Healthy Set Go blogs that all encourage information self-sufficiency.
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The most powerful women in healthcare IT
Health Data Management is honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. All 75 women will be honored atThe Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference, which will be held May 12, 2016, in Boston. For more information on the event, clickhere.