5th EU-US eHealth Business Marketplace and Conference


Abi Barrow

Dr. Abigail Barrow, Founding Director, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC)

Abigail is the Founding Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) which is housed in CVIP at the UMass president’s office.  In this role she supports start-up formation and other systemwide entrepreneurship activities at UMass. She is also responsible for the overall management of the MTTC and the development of its programs. Prior to joining the MTTC, she served as managing director of William J. von Liebig Center at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). The von Liebig Center was created in 2001 to support the commercialization of research being performed in the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.

Abigail worked in a variety of roles at UCSD CONNECT from 1990 to 2001. At CONNECT, she developed and expanded many of its programs to support early-stage company formation and technology commercialization. The CONNECT program is internationally recognized and has been successfully replicated in many other regions around the world.

Abigail is on the board of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) and on the scientific advisory board of Norway’s Simula Research Laboratory.  She received her Ph.D. from the Science Studies Unit and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

Ain Aaviksoo

Ain Aaviksoo, MD MPH Healthcare Innovator / Entrepreneur, Chairman of National E-Health Task Force - Sate Chancellors Office Estonia

Ain Aaviksoo, MD MPH is a health care innovator and entrepreneur combining the best from medicine and informatics to make intelligent healthcare for people a reality. He is competent in visioning, designing, strategy building and executing complex eHealth based health service and system innovation tasks.

Dr Aaviksoo is currently the Chairman of National E-Health Task Force at the State Chancellors Office of Estonia as well as an advisor in several healthcare IT and personalized medicine projects through an healthcare innovation company HealthIN Ltd, which he founded in 2010. Dr Aaviksoo is also consulting national governments in Moldova and Ukraine in their national eHealth strategy development; he has earlier consulting experience for Costa Rica, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Armenia.

Ain Aaviksoo obtained his medical degree from the University of Tartu, Estonia (1999) and graduated as Master of Public Health in quantitative methods and decision analysis from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA (2005). He is a PhD candidate in Tallinn University of Technology focusing on information management in healthcare. Dr Aaviksoo is lecturing on health informatics and innovation in several universities in the context of medical, information technology and business administration programmes.

Dr Aaviksoo strong skill-set is based on combining the rich working experience as a physician, top national level civil servant, researcher, service design consultant and entrepreneur. He has high-level experience in health policy development in Estonia as well in European Union.

Alex Berler 

Alexander Berler, Director Consulting Services, at Gnomon Informatics

Dr. Alexander Berler has an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Medical Informatics. He was affiliated with the Electrical Engineering Department, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, as a Postgraduate Student and Research Associate in the areas of healthcare information systems interoperability, medical informatics and telemedicine since 1996. He has worked at Information Society SA, the official governmental information technology project office, as a project director responsible for the large healthcare informatics projects of the Greek government until 2006.

He is currently employed as the Director of consulting services department at Gnomon Informatics with an expertise in international projects related to e-health, e-procurement and e-government. On behalf of Gnomon Informatics, he was a member of the epSOS Industry Team Steering Committee and participates in the development of the openNCP software components. He has also designed the interoperability framework of the Greek ePrescription system. He is currently a member of several societies’ institutes and organizations (IEEE, ACM, etc), a member of several IHE Europe Committees, an external tutor to the National School of Public Health and the Chair of HL7 Hellas, the Greek HL7 Affiliate.

Alison Gowdy 

Alison Gowdy, Head of Sector & Cluster Development, Invest Northern Ireland

Alison has primary responsibility to drive the growth of Connected Health, Life & Health Sciences and Renewable Energy sectors within Northern Ireland. In addition Alison is responsible for the development of core sectors in Northern Ireland through Invest NI’s international networks.

Alison has extensive experience of working with a variety of stakeholders in promoting Northern Ireland in international markets and more recently led a major transformational programme within Invest NI. Prior to working in economic development Alison held senior marketing and business development roles within the private sector.

Educated at the University of Ulster Jordanstown, Alison is married with one teenage daughter.

Ana Estelrich 

Ana Estelrich, International Standardization Manager, Phast

Ana oversees the bidirectional communication between Phast’s national activities and the international standardization communities.  Phast is a national healthcare professional association specializing in standardization activities concerning the attributes describing the medication and medical devices, covering 85% of the hospitals pharmacies in France.  Ana has been very active in the international standards community, holding the co-chair position for the IHE Quality, Research and Public Health Domain from 2007 to 2010.   She is also CDA-certified and the author of several IHE profile in the IHE Patient Care Coordination (PCC) and Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI).   Ana also has an extensive experience concerning the interoperability of electronic health records as she was at the inception of the specifications of the DMP (Dossier Médical Personnel, the national electronic health record in France). 

Ana’s involvement in semantic interoperability consolidated with her authoring the IHE Sharing Value Set profile.  The semantic interoperability expertise extended to various areas, including the challenging aspect of designing specifications for ePrescription and eDispensation in the epSOS project.  Here Ana was brought to design special extensions to the CDA schema in order to adapt it to the European needs, such as expressing the active ingredient and packaging and also making provisions for taking into account medication substitution.  Ana continues her work in the EU-funded projects Trillium and EXPAND, where she is in charge of assembling the interoperability assets in the pan-European space.  Ana had also acted as a reviewer for the European Commission in various eHealth projects. 

Bárbara Vallespin

Bárbara Vallespín, mHealth Manager, Mobile World Capital mHealth Competence Center, Barcelona

Bárbara holds a Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) (Barcelona, 2002) and MBA from Esade Business School (2007).

She has a wide experience in the health care sector, especially in hospital environment. She worked for eight years in the Clinic Hospital in Barcelona, one of the leading institutions on translational biomedicine related research in Spain, and with a long tradition collaborating in health innovation programs. She was involved in the management of a long list of national and international projects focused on the telemedicine area.

Bárbara then became the Business Development Officer in the Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. On September 2012 she started working at IESE Business School as project director of several international projects related to the health sector. Since August 2013 she works at the Mobile World Capital within the mHealth Competence Center as mHealth Manager.

Bleddyn Rees

Bleddyn Rees, Head of Healthcare, Wragge, Lawrence, Graham & Co, London

Bleddyn is a vastly experienced commercial lawyer with 25 years advising on outsourcings, privatisations, complex contracts and projects.

Bleddyn leads the Healthcare practice at International law firm Wragge, Lawrence, Graham & Co and has unique experience for private sector lawyer having spent 3 and a half years on secondment as the General Counsel of the Commercial Directorate of the UK Department of Health.

Bleddyn has advised Health Ministers, the Secretary of State for Health, the Prime Minister and Special Health Advisors during his time on secondment. He has spoken at International Health conferences and visited International Health facilities and systems on behalf of the NHS.

He provides extensive advice on healthcare regulations, commissioning and contracting for healthcare services, partnerships, collaborations and public private partnerships in the health sector. His Clients include the UK Department of Health, Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Hospitals & Commissioners as well as private healthcare providers, healthcare supplier, technology businesses, banks and private equity funders. Also, he advises a number of Countries in the Middle East on the development of their healthcare systems. He has a special interest in International telemedicine, e-health and m-health.

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Brian O’Connor, Chair, European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)

Brian is Chair of the ECHAlliance, a membership (not-for-profit) organisation focused on 'Delivering leadership for the development of Connected and MHealth markets and practice across Europe and beyond'.  

Brian developed his career as a consultant, manager and/or investor in both private and public companies. He has worked in the UK, the US and lived in Hong Kong for eleven years. He has gained vast experience as a company director in a variety of industries and professions, and has raised significant sums for companies through both private equity structures and stock exchange listings.  Through his long established consultancy company, Corporate Direction Ltd, he is currently providing strategic advice to Governments, International organisations and companies on the challenges facing healthcare in general and specifically on the Connected Health opportunity.  

Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. During his time in Hong Kong he founded what has become the largest private healthcare group there. 

Bryan Jamele 

Bryan W. Jamele, Executive Vice President, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership

Bryan Jamele is the Executive Vice President at the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (“MACP”), a non-profit, non-partisan, public policy group comprised of chief executive officers of the Commonwealth’s largest businesses. Together, MACP member companies employ 130,000 employees in Massachusetts and over 700,000 employees worldwide. MACP member companies represent over $180 Billion (USD) in market capitalization. Mr. Jamele oversees the operations and leads the legislative and policy work of MACP focusing on five areas aimed at promoting job growth and competitiveness in Massachusetts: (1) education and workforce development; (2) cost of energy; (3) business-to-business engagement; (4) international trade and marketing; and (5) cost of government.

Mr. Jamele brings a wide range of state and federal legislative, regulatory and policy experience to the role, having held several positions – both in the private and public sector – interacting with state and federal legislators, regulators and other policy officials on a variety of economic development, workforce development, and consumer matters. Mr. Jamele has spent a decade working in state government affairs, working first in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and then as a Government Relations Associate for a boutique government relations firm before his return to state government as the Legislative Director/Legal Services Administrator for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. He then took on increasingly important roles, first as a Policy Advisor for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, where he focused on the governor’s broadband expansion plan, casino gaming legislation and policy, and reworking the state’s economic development tax incentive programs. Mr. Jamele then took on the role of Director of Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, where he covered a host of labor and workforce development issues and particularly focused on policies aimed at closing the middle-skills gap in the Commonwealth.

Bryce Youngren 

Bryce Youngren, Managing Partner, Polaris Partners

Bryce joined Polaris in 2002. He focuses primarily on growth equity investments in the software and Internet markets. 

Bryce's investments have included Cushcraft (sold to Laird Group), Alimera Sciences (public: ALIM), National Electronic Attachment (sold to Accel-KKR), Liaison International (sold to Warburg Pincus), Digicert (sold to TA Associates), Strata Health, Cardlytics, Research Now, and Xpressdocs. 

Prior to joining Polaris, Bryce was a senior associate at Great Hill Partners, where he sourced and executed investments in SmartMail Services (sold to Deutsche Post) and ManagedStorage International (sold to Incentra Solutions) and served as a director on the boards of both companies. Previously Bryce served as an analyst for Willis Stein & Partners in Chicago and for Bear Stearns & Co.'s technology investment banking group in New York. 

Bryce holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Catherine Chronaki  

Catherine E. Chronaki, Secretary General, HL7 International Foundation

Catherine has engaged in eHealth projects since the early 90’s. She is an avid promoter of interoperability standards and is deeply convinced that eHealth IT standards can drive innovation, quality and patient safety.

She has served as Affiliate Director on the Board of HL7 International (2008-2012), and represents HL7 on the eHealth Governance Initiative, Antilope, and the eHealth Stakeholders group established by European Commission.

Charles Beyrouthy 

Charles P. Beyrouthy, Chief Executive Officer, LabCloud Inc

Charles trained as a former scientist, he is currently responsible for bringing previously inaccessible innovative solutions to the small and medium sized laboratories.  Previous experience includes research at the Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research,  The Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth and Abbott Laboratories, which helped define his view of the scientific sphere and allow him to build a product that is intuitive and resonant to the demands of the research industry. 

Charles holds a dual Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with Honors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Cheryl Bartlett

Cheryl Bartlett RN, Commissioner Massachusetts Department of Public Health 

Cheryl was named Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in June 2013. As Commissioner Ms. Bartlett chairs the newly appointed Prevention and Wellness Advisory Board, which oversees a $60 million Prevention Trust Fund – the first of its kind in the nation. Ms. Bartlett leads the Department’s implementation of the health care cost containment legislation, Chapter 224, and spearheaded a number of other health care quality improvement initiatives. Most recently she was responsible for development and implementation of regulations to support the use of medical marijuana. Ms. Bartlett is chair of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Advisory Committee and is a member of the Governor’s Food Policy Council. In her role as a leader in cancer prevention and control Ms. Bartlett has supported the efforts of the Pat Cronin Foundation promoting ovarian cancer awareness and education for women across the Commonwealth.

In previous roles, Ms. Bartlett was the Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention where she provided strategic direction and oversight for Mass in Motion – the groundbreaking Patrick administration initiative to help Massachusetts residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work and play. She also served as the Massachusetts Chronic Disease Director for DPH at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ms. Bartlett has extensive experience as a registered nurse and hospital administrator implementing health system changes through quality assessment and improvement practices. She received national certification in four nursing specialties; cardiovascular, epidemiology, surveillance and infection control, dialysis and HIV/AIDS. She previously served on the Boards of the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition, Lung Cancer Alliance of MA, and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.  

Colin Reid 

Colin Reid, CEO of TotalMobile

Colin has worked in the Software Industry for the past 30 years in a variety of senior positions. In that time he has been involved in starting and growing three software businesses. Currently, he is CEO of TotalMobile, the leading provider of mobile workforce and workflow software to the healthcare and government markets internationally.

TotalMobile is based in Belfast but has customers throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and the US. The Company is growing fast and currently employs 150 staff and has a number of leading companies reselling the TotalMobile software, e.g. Capita, Vodafone, BT and Fujitsu.

He has also mentored a number of start ups under schemes such as Business in the Community and has participated in Northern Ireland Science Park events aimed at helping start ups. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has served on a number of their committees and sub-committees.

Colin has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Ulster, MSc in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster and is also a Chartered Director.

Most importantly, he is a very serious Man United fan and a very un-serious golfer. 

Doug Banks 

E. Douglas Banks, Economic Development, University of Massachusetts President's Office

Doug Banks is associate vice president for economic development for the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, responsible for promoting and developing strategic partnerships among the campuses and between state and federal government, business and industry, and other public and private institutions of higher education. Focus areas include life sciences, medical devices, defense technologies, clean energy, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

He manages the President’s Science & Technology Initiatives Fund, an inter-campus grant program to strengthen the university’s R&D base industry collaboration. He co-chairs a national working group of the Association for Public and Land-Grant Universities Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) that awards a designation to universities committed to a program of innovation & economic engagement.

Previous positions include roles as publisher and editor of Mass High Tech; and writer and editor at the Boston Business Journal and at Fast Company magazine; adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Boston University, Endicott College and the University of Pittsburgh; guest lecturer at Tufts University and Boston College.

Doug Fridsma

Dr. Douglas B. Fridsma, Director of the Office of Science and Technology of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)  

Dr. Fridsma is the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Office of Science and Technology in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Prior to arriving at ONC, Dr. Fridsma was on the teaching staff in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University and, as a practicing internal medicine physician, had a clinical practice at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.

Dr. Fridsma completed his medical training at the University of Michigan in 1990, and his PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University in 2003.  In his role at ONC, Dr. Fridsma is responsible for all programs that are focused on providing a foundation for interoperable health information exchange.

He served on the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Board of Directors from 2005-2008, as well as the Health IT Standards Committee from 2009-2010. Dr. Fridsma currently serves as a board member of HL7 and the National e-Health Collaborative.

Elaine Blechman 

Elaine A. Blechman, Ph.D. Founder & President Prosocial Applications and Professor Emerita of Psychology, U. of Colorado

Dr. Blechman's early research on behavioral medicine, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, resulted in seven books and over ninety peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Her more recent interest in the role of health information technology in patient and provider behavior led to her service as first co-chair of the consumer empowerment technical committee, ANSI/HIMSS Health Information Technology Standards Panel, board member of the Public Health Data Standards Consortium, and participant in the Trillium Bridge, US-EU Health Information Exchange initiative.

Dr. Blechman created Prosocial's family of cloud-hosted, patient-centered SmartPlatforms, SmartPHR®, SmartEHR®, and SmartHIE®,. Her most recent innovation is the SmartPHR® Health Aware mobile app for people coping with arthritis, cancer, CP, diabetes, heart disease, MS, pain, stroke and other challenges.

Frank Cunningham

Frank Cunningham, Health and Well-being Unit, European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT)

Frank is responsible for the international co-operation and policy aspects of eHealth/ICT for Health research, deployment and innovation activities, including the USA and Mediterranean Neighbourhood countries.

Previously was responsible for evaluation of the effectiveness of EU Information Society policy, research, and deployment and their impact on innovation systems at European and regional levels. He is also responsible for the co-ordination and follow-up of ethical issues associated with ICT research in the European Union's Framework Programme 7.

He represents DG CONNECT on President Barosso's N. Ireland Task Force, promoting the Digital Agenda for Europe with local politicians, high level officials, industry and universities.

Before joining the European Commission, Frank worked in research, development and advanced manufacturing within the international ICT industry in Ireland, the USA  and the UK.

He obtained his honours degree in physics from The Queen's University of Belfast and his masters in Digital Techniques from  Heriot-WattUniversity, Edinburgh. 

Frank Ingari

Frank Ingari, Chief Executive Officer, NaviNet

Frank Ingari brings more than 30 years of executive experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer at NaviNet. Most recently, he was CEO of Essence Healthcare Inc. (EHI), one of the highest-rated Medicare Advantage plans in the United States. Under Ingari’s leadership, EHI pioneered an innovative accountable care solution with its sister company Lumeris Corp. to deliver world-class population management tools, clinical informatics, and information delivery systems to its members and contracted physicians.

Ingari grew EHI from $70 million to more than $400 million in revenues while improving the company’s government-issued Star rating from 3.5 to 4.5 (out of a possible 5). The Star rating holds insurers accountable for administrative efficiency, the quality of care delivered, and the satisfaction of consumers served.

Ingari is a veteran technology entrepreneur with extensive experience in database, network applications, and end-user adoption. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shiva Corp., a pioneer in the remote access market, taking the company public with Goldman Sachs in 1994. He served previously as Vice President and General Manager of the spreadsheet division at Lotus Development Corp. and as Vice President Worldwide Marketing during the launch of Lotus Notes. He was a founding board member at Powersoft Corp. and served on the boards of Sybase and Microstrategy.

Ingari has contributed to industry standards and collaboration in several ways, serving as an original advisor to the Object Management Group (CORBA and web services specifications), President of the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council, and Chairman of the PricewaterhouseCoopers National Survey of Software Industry Operating Practices.  Ingari graduated from Cornell University, concentrating in American Literature and American Foreign Relations, graduating summa cum laude. He is a member of the Accountable Delivery System Institute’s faculty and serves on the Presidential Advisory Board of the Berklee College of Music.


Fritz Bittenbender, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs at BIO

Through proactive public policy, BIO supports the growth of companies involved in research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, and industrial and environmental biotechnology products. In his leadership role at BIO, Fritz, has oversight of fully integrated Public Affairs Department that includes federal and state government relations, communications, alliance development and membership services. Fritz and his team act as BIO’s liaison to patient advocacy organizations, physician and payer groups, state and national business organizations, and federal, state and local elected officials across the country. Fritz also serves as Executive Director of the Council of State Bioscience Associations, which coordinates the efforts of 50 autonomous biotechnology organizations, located across the continental United States and Puerto Rico. Fritz has significant biopharmaceutical industry experience, most recently having served as Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Cephalon and President of the CephalonCares Foundation.

Before joining Cephalon in 2005, Fritz served as President of Pennsylvania Bio, the statewide trade association for the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to his tenure at Pennsylvania Bio, Fritz was Secretary of Administration, the chief operating officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Fritz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

Geoffrey Bock 

Geoffrey Bock, Senior Business Line Leader, TUV Rheinland of North America

Geoffrey has been with TUV Rheinland since May of 2001 and is currently involved in developing business for Environmental Services including RoHS, REACH, WEEE and certification to provide a full range of  environmental Services to our clients. He recently joined the NSF 426 Environmental Leadership Standard for Servers and is the Task Group Leader for “Substances of Concern.” 

Geoffrey provides training and seminars for clients who require compliance to standards and regulations around the globe.

Geoffrey started out as an Industrial Machinery Engineer for TUV Rheinland North America in May of 2001. In 2004 he joined the ASTM F40 (Declarable Substances in Materials) Committee and was a subcommittee officer for 8 years.  Since 2001, Geoffrey has held such positions as Industrial Machinery Engineer, Regional Sales Manager, Project Manager RoHS & WEEE, Business Field Manager Softlines & Hardlines and currently Senior Business Development Manager.

Prior to working for TUV Rheinland of North America, Geoffrey worked for Procter & Gamble in Germany as an Industrial Hygiene & Safety Leader for 10 years.

Gregory Bialecki

Gregory Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, MA

Secretary Bialecki has served as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since his appointment in 2009.  As Governor Patrick’s chief housing and economic development advisor and cabinet member, Secretary Bialecki has oversight of 14 state agencies that carry out on the Administration’s top priorities in business development, housing and community development, consumer affairs, and business regulation.  The focus of his Secretariat is the creation of homes and jobs in the Commonwealth.   To that end, he has aligned the state’s housing and economic development priorities to coordinate policies and programs that ensure Massachusetts maintains its global competitive edge.

Secretary Bialecki has been the architect of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Growth Districts Initiative, oversaw the implementation of the Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation & Expansion (MORE) Jobs capital program, worked with the Governor and Legislature to reform the Economic Development Incentive Program, and is the driving force behind the state’s 10,000 unit-per-year housing goal.  He also served as the Commonwealth’s first Permitting Ombudsman.

Working in collaboration with 34 members of the private and public sector, Secretary Bialecki led the development and implementation of the Commonwealth’s Economic Development Plan, entitled “Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century.”  The plan identified five areas of focus and 55 action items to improve economic development and job creation in the state.  Through the execution of this plan, Massachusetts was able to recover from the recession faster and stronger than the rest of the nation and is poised to remain a national and global economic leader. To learn more, please visit www.Mass.gov/compete.

Jamie Ferguson 

Jamie Ferguson, Fellow, Institute for Health Policy, Vice President, Health Information Technology Strategy and Policy, Kaiser Permanente

Jamie has been at Kaiser Permanente since 2002.  Before this assignment, Jamie was responsible for the development and operations of Kaiser Permanente’s clinical and administrative data systems, information modeling, and health IT standards.

Jamie actively participates in multiple national and international health IT organizations to help more people to gain the benefits of interoperability. In addition to working on research projects and collaborative efforts he is active on the US Health IT Standards Committee and the Boards of IHTSDO, HL7, Healtheway, and the Care Connectivity Consortium.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Jamie was employed as a research investigator at Yale University School of Medicine; an economist in the US Federal Reserve System; a chief information officer at Bank of America; and as an independent consultant.  He studied Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John Polanowicz

John Polanowicz, Secretary of Health and Human Services

John Polanowicz was appointed by Governor Patrick as Secretary of Health and Human Services in January 2013. An experienced health care leader, Secretary Polanowicz oversees 15 state agencies that provide critical services to children, families, veterans and some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations.

Prior to his appointment, Polanowicz served as president of Steward/St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton and President & CEO of UMass Memorial/Marlborough Hospital. He is a graduate of West Point and a former U.S. Army Blackhawk Assault Helicopter company commander. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and resides in Northborough with his wife Kathleen.


Kimberly Greco, Director of Research & Development Policy, Amgen

Kimberly Greco, Director of Research and Development Policy, leads Amgen’s Biosimilar Policy Team. She joined Amgen in 2004 and has worked on global regulatory and legislative policy during her tenure.

Prior to Amgen, Kim was an attorney with the Health and Drug practice groups at Hogan and Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Ms. Greco’s health policy experience includes serving as a health staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives during the Clinton Administration’s health reform initiative. She also worked in the Ohio state legislature and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kim is a graduate of the Boston College Law School and Miami University in Ohio. She lives in Washington, DC.

Kofi Jones

Kofi Jones, Vice President Public Affairs, American Well

Kofi Jones is the Vice President of Public Affairs for American Well – a national mobile and web based telehealth solution provider based in Boston. Jones focuses most of her efforts on collaborating with federal, state, and congressional leaders to ensure the proliferation of modernized and safe telehealth policies.

Prior to joining American Well, Kofi spent 4.5 years working for the Deval Patrick Administration - first as a Public Affairs Director and spokeswoman for the Governor’s Economic Development Secretary, and then as the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Marketing Office.

She has also spent several years as a communications and media expert, including a decade in television news as a producer, reporter, and anchor.   

Margaret Wagner Dahl 

Margaret Wagner Dahl, Associate VP Health IT, Georgia Institute of Technology

Margaret Wagner Dahl is Associate Vice President for Health IT with the Enterprise Innovation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is responsible for coalescing Georgia Tech’s Health IT capabilities combining both the extension and research enterprises to provide a unique system of expertise available to employers, start up companies, and providers. The goal is to assist the healthcare industry particularly with the challenges of interoperability and integration with a particular focus on the roles of disruptive technology and business models.

Previously she held positions at the University of Georgia as the Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Director of the Georgia BioBusiness Center in Athens, Georgia. Prior to coming to UGA, she was director of operations at the Austin Technology Incubator, a program of the University of Texas at Austin.  She also worked as Corporate Technology Advisor at Baker and Botts, a premier Texas law firm. Previously, she was the Director of Licensing of the University of Washington’s Office of Technology Transfer in Seattle. Her career began with private sector experience in the technology industry, including positions with multi-national companies Pharmacia and OrganonTeknika. She also co-founded two successful startup companies, Video Electronics Ltd. and MediScope (Ireland) Ltd.

Her degrees are in geography and sociology with honors from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth University. She is a recipient of the Biomedical Community Award from Georgia BIO, a finalist for the TAG Women in Technology award, the 2011 Athena International “Athena Leadership Award” and has served previously on the Georgia BIO, Technology Association of Georgia’s Boards as well as the Georgia Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association Council on Governance and the Athens Regional Medical Center boards.

Mark Coderre

Mark Coderre, National Practice Director, OpenSky

Mark is an Information Security Executive with over 25 years of experience protecting information in Healthcare and Insurance. During his career with Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut he was promoted from a network analyst to an Engineering Manager to “Director of Security Architecture” to “Executive Director of Security Strategy and Risk Management”.  Mark has experience building teams and relationships with IT and functions running the gamut of business analysis, architecture, planning, reporting, program management, portfolio management, project and technology assessments, research & development, infrastructure, development and business continuity. Notable in his career are single sign-on, consumer-minded identity and access management and the organization’s governance, risk and compliance program

Mark’s approach to information security is seasoned through a balance of engineering and architecture experience. Mark interfaces with officers representing compliance, risk, privacy and physical security. Mark has recently directed the fusion of best practices from the financial sector into a healthcare oriented security program.

Mark’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that directly align with organizational strategy. Mark is sought after as a mentor and invests time in identifying and growing talent. Mark’s leadership supports the company brand. Aetna was named a winner of the inaugural CSO40 Awards in 2013 for its international governance, risk and compliance program, Aetna was also named the top leader in Operational Risk Management during the 2014 EMC/RSA Archer summit. In 2008 Aetna earned an Identity Deployment of the Year award from the Liberty Alliance and was featured in Healthcare IT News.  Mark was a finalist for Information Security Executive of the year in 2009 sponsored by Technology Executive Networks. Mark subsequently served as a judge for event in both 2010 and 2012. 

Martin Walsh 

Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts USA

Mayor Walsh, an accomplished advocate for working people and a proud product of the city of Boston, was sworn in as the City’s 54th Mayor on January 6, 2014.

In 1997, Mayor Walsh won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 13th Suffolk District in Boston. During his 16 years in the House, Mayor Walsh established himself as a leader on job creation and economic development. He authored landmark public construction law reforms, helped pass “smart growth district” legislation, and was a strong supporter of infrastructure and zoning improvements.

A co-founder and former board member of the Neighborhood House Public Charter School, Mayor Walsh has long been an aggressive advocate for strong public schools.  A champion for civil rights, Mayor Walsh was a vocal early advocate for marriage equality and he compiled a strong record in support of communities of color, immigrants, and seniors.  He also became known as the State House leader on substance abuse and recovery issues.

From 2011 to 2013, Mayor Walsh served as head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District. In partnership with the Boston Housing Authority, he created Building Pathways, a pre-apprentice program connecting building trades jobs and opportunities with those traditionally underrepresented in the industry, mainly women and people of color. After attending St. Margaret’s School in Dorchester and Newman Prep High School, Mayor Walsh followed in his father’s footsteps to become a union laborer, working his first job at the age of 18 at Commonwealth Pier (now known as the World Trade Center) on the South Boston waterfront. Mayor Walsh lives on Tuttle Street in Dorchester and is a graduate of Boston College. He shares his life with his longtime partner, Lorrie Higgins, and her daughter, Lauren.

Mary Cleary

Mary Cleary, Deputy CEO, Irish Computer Society Skills, Ireland

Mary is Deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society/ICS Skills, overseeing certification programmes and digital inclusion policy and initiatives for more than 10 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and has extensive experience of professional programme design and implementation. She has worked on several national education initiatives, promoting ICT as a teaching and learning tool and is an active member of ECDL Foundation Expert Working Group.

For the ICS, Mary manages education and skills initiatives, marketing and business development, as well as the professional and advocacy activities of HISI (Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland), its membership and Annual Conference, overseeing the HISI academic and industry fora, which endeavour to integrate current HI research, government policy and the introduction of new healthcare technologies.

Mary is a member of the Chambers Ireland Digital Policy Council and of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills, and represents the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) on the CEN TC 428 Project Committee. She contributes to the EU – US Standards and Interoperability Health IT Skills Workgroup. Mary is also a member of and expert advisor to the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) Global Health Workforce Council. 

Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi

Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Executive Director, DuBiotech and EnPark

Marwan is the Executive Director of TECOM Investments’ Science Cluster. The cluster comprises of DuBiotech, a purpose built business park designed to drive the success of the life science industry, and EnPark, a free zone dedicated to fostering the growth of the alternative energy and environmental industries. The science cluster provides unrivalled access to peer companies and regulators, significant industry knowledge and a state of the art real estate a platform for life science of sustainability businesses looking to trade in the Middle East.

Marwan’s objective is to foster the growth of DuBiotech and EnPark in the UAE by bridging the gap between the private sector industry, government, and academia. As such, he has built a strong network of Government relationships with entities such as the Ministry of Health, and the Dubai Municipality to facilitate the growth of the life science sector in UAE.

Marwan is also responsible for building the portfolio of companies licensed under EnPark, providing access to the MENA region with a view to helping diversify Dubai’s economy. He also plays a key role in developing closer partnership and dialogue between business and Government and as part of this, he is a key figure in the Government’s ‘Green Economic Partnership’ a committee assembled in line with the ‘Green Economy For Sustainable development’ initiative, announced last year by Shaikh Mohammed. 

Matthew hein 

Matthew A. Hein, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

Matthew  is an International Trade Specialist in the Office of Health and Information Technologies (OHIT), part of the Industry and Analysis division of the International Trade Administration (ITA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Since September 2005, he has followed medical device issues in Southeast Asian countries (excluding China and Japan), and also tracked domestic and international developments in the Health Information Technology (Health IT) sector.  In October 2010, he completed an 18-month set of courses and work assignments to graduate from the Commerce Department’s Executive Leadership Development Program.

Prior to joining ITA, Mr. Hein worked as a statistician/economist for two trade associations, the Beer Institute (1994-2004) and the National Automobile Dealers Association (2004-2005).  Mr. Hein received his MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1988.

Mike Malecki 

Michael Malecki, PhD - Director, Research & Development Policy, AMGEN

Michael is a Director in Amgen R&D Policy team, which shares Amgen’s scientific experience as a biosimilar developer and innovator of over 30 years to help inform policies that will promote biosimilars. 

Dr. Malecki joined Amgen in 2011 from Decision Resources, a syndicated market research and consulting firm, where he led their biosimilars and payor research teams and was responsible for business development of those portfolios.

Michael earned his PhD in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology from Harvard Medical School while working in Steve Blacklow’s lab, and his BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry from University of California San Diego.

Michael Rogers 

Michael Rogers, Market Access and Compliance Attaché, U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium  

One of his primary tasks is to help U.S. exporters overcome barriers to trade within the EU and its member states. Michael is also responsible for monitoring a number of work streams within the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) including e-health.  

Michael joined the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2000 and prior to arriving in Brussels in June 2013, he was the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Property Rights Office at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. 

Michael has also served as the Department of Commerce desk for a number of EU member states including Poland and the Czech Republic.  A native of Toledo, Ohio in the United States, he has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, an M.A. in International Affairs from American University also in Washington, DC, and a B.A. in Political Science from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. 

Michael Wong 

Michael Wong, Senior Medical Director, Infectious Diseases at Sarepta Therapeutics

Michael is responsible for cross-matrix strategic development of the anti-infective portfolio and target development for Sarepta Therapeutics. Sarepta utilizes phosphorodiamodate morpholino oligomer technology for the development of 10-22 oligomers for the treatment of rare genetic diseases such as Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy, and the treatment of lethal infectious diseases. The technology works through exon skipping, as in the case of DMD, and translation inhibition as in the case of the anti-infective agents.

As Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Michael supervises clinical infectious diseases services for the solid organ and bone marrow transplant programs; established the immunocompromised host didactic education program for staff and trainees; established a second year clinical fellowship in transplant infectious diseases in our certified ID training program; routinely update the policies and procedures regarding donor and recipient selection, opportunistic infection prophylaxis, empiric and directed antimicrobial therapies, and increased risk donor and HIV+ recipient transplants using evidence based and internal QA. He serves as the principle investigator and program director for our kidney and liver transplant in HIV+ recipients, and for autologous hematopoeitic stem cell transplantation. Michael has extensive experience with HCV in the KT and OLTx recipient, as well as treatment pre- and post- transplantation.

Michelle Dougherty

Michelle L. Dougherty, MA, RHIA, CHP, Sr. Director of Research and Development, AHIMA Foundation

Michelle is the Senior Director of Research and Development with the AHIMA Foundation where she advances a national strategy in the areas of workforce development, evidence-based health information research, and healthcare policy in the US and globally.

With over twenty-five years of healthcare expertise, she is a leader in health information practice, innovation and advocacy including appointments to national advisory committees, testifying to policy-makers, and convening key stakeholders to shape national HIT policies for long-term and post acute care.

Currently, Michelle is serving an appointment on the ONC HIT Policy Committee Workgroup on Implementation, Usability and Safety.  In addition, she has been active in health IT standards organizations and led a standards workgroup developing critical EHR standards to support data quality and integrity. 

Michelle is a frequent speaker and an award-winning author. 

 Naomi Fried

Naomi Fried, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital’s first Chief Innovation Officer

She leads the Innovation Acceleration Program, focused on enhancing the innovation culture by supporting strategic innovation initiatives, resourcing grass roots innovation, and identifying unmet innovation opportunities. Naomi oversees the Innovestment Seed Grant program and FastTrack Innovation in Technology Program. She lead the development of BCH’s telehealth strategy.

Previously, she was the Vice President of Innovation and Advanced Technology at Kaiser Permanente (KP) where she led an effort to identify and assess new and emerging health care technology and was involved in the start-up and governance of KP’s Innovation laboratory, the Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation. Prior to this position, she was Managing Director of KP’s Archimedes Project.

Before KP, Naomi advised two venture capital firms on life science and health care information technology investments; served as the General Manager and Vice President for Business Development of 1747, Inc., which conducts online clinical trials for new drugs; and was instrumental in the formation of the medical informatics internet start-up company (e-SKOLAR, formerly SHINE) spun out of Stanford School of Medicine, serving as interim President for its first year.

Naomi received her Ph.D. in Materials Science from MIT and her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.  Naomi is on the Advisory Board for HealthCare Business Women's Association, Digital Collaboration Solutions, the Journal of Clinical Innovation and Technology  and is on the board of Directors for the American Telemedicine Association.  She is a member of the Governor of Massachusetts’ Innovation Council. Her awards include being named one of WEST’s “Notable Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology” in 2013 and one of Healthcare IT News’ “2013 Health Information Technology (HIT) Men and Women of the Year Award, Innovators.”  Naomi was named “The Emerging Executive of the Year” in 2014 by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

Nichola Mallon 

Nichola Mallon, Belfast Lord Mayor

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon took up office on 2 June 2014, and is only the third female Lord Mayor ever appointed in the city.  

She was first co-opted onto Belfast City Council representing the Oldpark district in January 2010, and was voted back onto Council at the recent Local Government Elections.

As part of her term in office Councillor Mallon has a number of initiatives that she wants to focus on. Specifically raising awareness of Belfast’s forgotten citizens or disadvantaged groups and giving proper recognition to the city’s unsung heroes.

She has also opened up the grounds of City Hall to all of the citizens of Belfast by hosting a number of sporting and family friendly events.

Nicjola married last year and lists reading, exercise (in moderation!) and spending time with family and friends as her leisure time interests. 

Omar Amirana

Omar Amirana MD, a Senior Vice President for Allied Minds

Omar previously served as a Partner at Oxford Bioscience Partners, a Boston-based venture capital firm with ~$1B under management. He sourced and led the Series A investment in nFocus Neuromedical which commercialized a catheter-based aneurysm therapy and was recently sold to Covidien for ~$100M.

He has served on the boards of Flowmedica (renal therapy; sold to AngioDynamics), SmartPill (GI capsule technology; sold to Given Imaging), Coherex (catheter closure of LAA and PFO), Mitralign (percutaneous heart valve repair), and Cambridge Endoscopic Devices (articulating laparoscopic surgical tools). He was the co-founder of Cardima (AF ablation; IPO) and Resolution Medical (cardiac mapping) based in Silicon Valley. He was also the VP of Marketing of MedicaLogic/Medscape, (EMR/HCIT), and served as VP of Business Development at St. Jude Medical (STJ, $5.2B in revenue). He has developed and launched products worldwide.

He is currently on the board of Cardiofocus (AF catheter ablation) as well as the Oversight Committee for the Coulter Translational Research Partnership at Columbia University. As a co-founder of Propel Careers, he is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs in life sciences. Omar earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

pamela goldberg

Pamela Goldberg - CEO, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative - USA

Pamela Goldberg is CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, an economic development organization focused on catalyzing technology innovation throughout the state. The Mass Tech Collaborative brings together leaders from industry, government, and academia to advance solutions to improve healthcare IT, expand broadband access, strengthen regional economies, and enhance the state’s global competitiveness.

An experienced leader, Goldberg has an extensive background in entrepreneurship, innovation and finance, and is the first woman to lead the Mass Tech Collaborative in its 30 year history. Goldberg works closely with leading public officials and senior executives in Massachusetts to support critical economic development initiatives that unlock private investment and create jobs for state residents.

Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, Goldberg most recently served as the Director of The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Tufts University, a program she launched to drive innovation for the university. Her background includes 25 years of experience in the worlds of start-up ventures, academia, finance and strategic planning.

Pamela received her BA from Tufts University and MBA from Stanford University.


Pat A. Cerundolo, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, Boston

Pat's highly diverse administrative law, regulatory and government affairs practice involves representing both private and public sector clients in a variety of local, state and federal regulatory concerns. Pat’s main focus is in the area of state regulation of the biotechnology and health care industries, with a particular focus on advising biotechnology and insurance companies in government strategies matters related to legislative, regulatory and general policy initiatives on the state level both in Massachusetts and nationwide.  Most recently, Pat advised biotechnology clients with respect to the enactment of legislation in Massachusetts authorizing pharmacy substitution of biosimilar products, as well as the impact of health care cost reform on innovative medical technologies and therapies. 

Aside from his work in the life sciences and health care, Pat represents both private and public entity clients in zoning matters, banking regulations, retail licensing, eminent domain, land use and development and related litigation. He has a particular expertise in state and local procurement matters, and has assisted both private and public sector clients in the administration of procurement proceedings and bringing and defending administrative appeals and litigation related to bid disputes.  

Pat’s strengths at public policy advocacy reflect three years of experience as the Assistant to the General Counsel at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he focused on general regulatory matters overseen by that agency, with a particular emphasis on the regulation of state procurement procedures and related investigations.

Peter Covitz 

Peter Covitz, Senior Director, Information Strategy & Analytics, Pfizer

Peter is an innovation leader in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and biomedical informatics.  He is Senior Director, Information Strategy & Analytics at Pfizer, where he leads an internal consulting group that provides informatics strategy and delivery services to research teams. 

Peter was previously an independent management consultant, and served as Senior Vice President, Innovation at Nordion, where he led discovery and clinical programs in oncology, cardiology and nuclear medicine. Prior to Nordion Peter was an executive at the National Cancer Institute and at several commercial genomics and bioinformatics companies. 

Peter did his graduate training in microbiology and genetics at Columbia University, and post-doctoral work in genomics and bioinformatics at Stanford University.

Rachelle Blake

Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA, Founder, CEO and President of Omni Micro and Omni Med Solutions

Rachelle is a Global Senior Strategic Healthcare Information Technology Advisor and Meaningful Use and Healthcare Reform Subject Matter Expert.  She is Founder, CEO and President of Omni Micro and Omni Med Solutions, a full-scale health information consulting and technology development firm.  She has served in clinical, consulting, operations and administrative roles in healthcare information technology for 30 years, including working as a Physician Assistant.  Since implementation of the US HITECH Act, she has been a leader in integrating meaningful use into, and helping organizations realize benefits from, Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). 

She currently performs subcontracting duties for several transatlantic cooperative healthcare information technology initiatives in the public and private sectors.

She regularly participates in public participation initiatives for two ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) committees.  She is a committed member of the Standards and Interoperability Federal Advisory Committee, and is part of the EU-US eHealth Cooperative workforce development and interoperability workgroup core teams.

Ms. Blake has been a contractor with HIMSS Europe Analytics located in Leipzig, Germany, where she has performed client management services and data analytics mining.  She performs global advisory services throughout Europe and the US. She currently resides in Hamburg, Germany.  

Aneja Rajni

Dr. Rajni Aneja MD, MBA, CPE, Strategic Executive, Clinical Transformation Leader at Humana

Most recently Dr. Aneja, served as Executive Vice President of Joslin Diabetes Center, now serving as strategic advisor to Joslin, she worked in all areas of Joslin to address Joslin’s numerous local, national, and global initiatives.  Further, she was actively involved with Joslin’s partners and collaborators to create and deliver cost-effective and impactful diabetes solutions within today’s healthcare economic environment.

Prior to joining Joslin, Dr. Aneja was Chief Medical Officer for WebMD Health Services and in the past has held roles as the National Medical Director for Disease Management, Quality, and Standards for OptumHealth, a UnitedHealth Group company. She has been extensively involved in industry efforts to address the fundamental drivers of utilization and the quality of healthcare service delivery. She is an active contributing member of the Care Continuum Alliance (formerly the Disease Management Association of America) as well as the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Aneja is a certified physician executive with specialty training in family practice. She earned her medical degree from Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and her physician executive M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. She is a speaker faculty for Tufts MD/MBA program in addition to serving on advisory boards for many health services and solution delivery organizations, focusing on technology and patient engagement/care coordination initiatives. 

Ralph J. Zottola

Ralph J. Zottola, Ph.D. CTO, Research Computing, University of Massachusetts Office of the President

Ralph received his doctorate in Biochemistry in 1995 from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he remained to develop academic, informatics and research computing infrastructure and services. He is currently serving as the CTO for Research Computing at the University of Massachusetts Office of the President, tasked with growing research IT services across the five campus UMass system and facilitating industry partnerships. Dr. Zottola has a faculty appointment in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he teaches Biomedical Informatics in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing. He has 19 years of progressive senior IT management experience. His work at the medical school focused on the development of systems, architectures, processes and policies to support research, bridging basic and clinical research. He also served a key role in UMassMed’s CTSA efforts, leading both the strategy and implementation of systems to support translational research. Ralph serves on the Educause Center for Applied Research Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group and co-chairs the Association of American Medical Colleges Research Technology Workgroup.

Ralph provided leadership for the University of Massachusetts to develop the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The MGHPCC is more than a data center dedicated to supporting the growing research computing needs of five of the most research-intensive universities in Massachusetts: Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. MGHPCC is a multi-dimensional transformational project traversing a wide spectrum of disciplines and challenges.   Efficiently leveraging information technology, research, private, public sector and government partnerships, economic development and green, sustainable energy as a nexus may be unique in totality to MGHPCC; however, taken in isolation there are riches of lessons that can be applied to an entire universe of projects.

Robert A DeLeo

Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

Robert has represented the 19th Suffolk District, including the Town of the Winthrop and a portion of the City of Revere, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1991.  A graduate of the Boston Latin School, Speaker DeLeo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. He became Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in January, 2009.

Since becoming Speaker, DeLeo has spearheaded two economic development packages which focus on improving the Massachusetts economy through comprehensive strategies. He has been lauded for his effective and creative approach to job creation which leverages the strengths of diverse sectors to bolster the Commonwealth’s economy in its entirety and address regional inequalities. A February 2014 Boston Globe article praised Speaker DeLeo as “one of the biggest champions of our innovation economy” and described him as “knowledgeable and fluent in getting things done, what the innovation economy needs.” These efforts underscore the Speaker’s work on the transportation finance bill which addresses long-standing issues through

Previously, Speaker DeLeo brought nationally-heralded legislation that cut health care costs for cities and towns in Massachusetts. The same session, he initiated far-reaching judiciary reorganization legislation in concert with the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.  Speaker DeLeo’s priorities continue to include job creation, strong fiscal management and improving the safety of Massachusetts’ residents and communities. 


Stathis Konstantinidis, Research Scientist, Norut – Northern Research Institute, Norway

Dr. Stathis Konstantinidis is a research scientist at Norut. He holds a PhD in Medical Education Informatics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. He received his bachelor Degree in Computer Science from University of Crete, Greece, in 2004 and his MSc in Medical Informatics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2007.

He has over 7 years experience on 14 EU, National (Greek and Norwegian) and interregional funded projects. He has published 1 book, 8 book chapters, 7 journal papers and over 30 peer reviewed conference papers.

From 2006 until 2011 he was teaching at Technological Educational Institute of West Macedonia, Kozani, Greece. He is the project Co-ordinator of CAMEI (FP7 CSA) and recently appointed as OKFN Ambassador in Norway. He was managing the Interregional project “Collaboration for the common confrontation of problems of health in the cross border region of Greece-FYROM” (INTERREG IIIA/Greece-FYROM) and led the technical part of multiple projects like mEducator (EU eContentPlus Programme), “Smoking Cessation Network” (Greek Thoracic Sociaty), etc. His research includes among other collaborative e-learning, content sharing and repurposing, educational standards, medical education informatics, virtual patients, serious games, linked open data, semantic web and web-based health records

Shawn N. Murphy

Shawn N. Murphy MD, Ph.D. Director, Research Information Systems and Computing, Partners HealthCare System, Inc.

Dr. Murphy is the Director of Research Information Systems and Computing at Partners HealthCare and is Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.  He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Chicago.  He completed his medical school training at the University of Chicago in 1991, and his residency in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1995.  He completed a fellowship in Medical Informatics at the Massachusetts General Hospital Laboratory of Computer Science, where he currently serves as the Associate Director. 

Dr. Murphy developed and currently directs the Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) for Partners HealthCare.  The RPDR is a large data warehouse with 6 million patients and 2 billion rows of clinical data, serving as a central clinical data registry for inpatient and outpatient encounters in order to support clinical research.  The RPDR brings clinical information to the fingertips of over 2600 active researchers.  Dr. Murphy is also the chief architect and software development manager for the NIH Sponsored Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2), an open source project that integrates data from the hospital medical record and the bioinformatics community into a common software platform, with over 100 operating installations worldwide.

Stan Rosenberg 

Stan Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader, Massachusetts Senate

Stan was elected State Senator in September 1991. Prior to serving in the Senate, he represented the communities of Amherst, Pelham, Granby, and Belchertown in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Throughout his career, Stan has been a champion for: education at all levels; fair and progressive taxation to support the public services we all need and want; environmental protection with an emphasis on recycling, conservation, and alternative energy; economic development for our region; and social justice for all. 

In 2013, Stan was appointed to the prestigious leadership position of Majority Leader of the Massachusetts State Senate. This appointment came after his distinguished service as President Pro Tempore, Assistant Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. Currently, Stan is Dean of the State Senate, an honorary title recognizing his tenure as the longest serving member of the Upper Chamber.

In 2001 and 2011, Stan had the privilege of serving as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting. His breadth of institutional knowledge, undisputed integrity, and commitment to public service, were instrumental in the success of both redistricting processes. His handling of the sensitive subject of legislative redistricting is viewed as the model for inclusivity and transparency in government.

Stephen McCarthy 

Stephen McCarthy, Director, Mass Medical Device Development Center (M2D2)

Professor McCarthy joined the faculty of the Plastics Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1984 and is currently a Distinguished University Professor.

He founded and is director of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2).

M2D2 is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts.

He is the Director of the BioPlastics and Medical Plastics Research Center where he is conducting research into Biodegradable Polymers and Blends. He also serves as Co-Director of the UMass Lowell Center for Irish Partnership.  He is currently the Editor for the Journal of Polymers and the Environment.

He received his B.S. from Southeastern Massachusetts University, a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked as an Advanced Engineer in R&D for Owens Corning Fiberglas in Granville, Ohio.   

Steven Rakitin

Steven R. Rakitin, President, Software Quality Consulting,  USA   

Steve has 40 years’ experience as a software engineer and software quality manager. He has worked in the medical device industry for 25 years. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to medical device software at conferences worldwide.

Steve has published several papers on the subject of medical device software and a written a book titled Software Verification & Validation for Practitioners and Managers.

As a medical device software consultant, he helps medical device companies interpret and comply with FDA regulations, guidance documents, and standards.

Steve Strassmann 

Steve Strassmann, CTO, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Steve is currently the CTO at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has held senior engineering roles at Apple, Orange/France Telecom, VMware,

and TripAdvisor. As an entrepreneur Steve has started two venture-backed software companies.

He received a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, and holds four patents.

Susan WB

Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, USA

Susan was appointed in 2008 as the first president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The Center is a quasi-public entity created by the Legislature in 2006 to promote life sciences in Massachusetts. The Center is making strategic investments in our life sciences workforce and to cultivate innovation at institutions whose research, development and commercialization of therapies, products and cures hold great promise for improving and saving lives.

Susan is a former managing vice president of the Commercial Strategy Group for Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions Inc. where she managed a research-based consulting business that provides services to firms in the life sciences -- health care delivery, pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, devices and healthcare information technology. She is co-author of Competitive Strategy for Health Care Organizations and Medicaid and Other Experiments in State Health Policy. She has written several articles on competition in today’s health care marketplace.

Therese Muray

Senate President Therese Murray

Therese was elected Senator of the Plymouth and Barnstable District in 1992 and became the first woman President of the Massachusetts Senate in March 2007. Prior, Senator Murray served as Chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, where her main responsibility was crafting the $27 to $34 billion annual state budget.

Throughout her career, Senator Murray has been a driving force behind health care reform efforts in Massachusetts and helped pass the landmark Health Care Reform Act of 2006. In the years following, Senator Murray oversaw legislation to increase access to primary care doctors, reduce waste and modernize the health system and authored legislation to reduce small business health care costs. Most recently, Senator Murray passed a bill to reduce the cost of care by setting a goal for reducing health care cost increases and ensuring continued access and improved quality outcomes.

A leading advocate for children and families, Senator Murray passed legislation to expand the scope of the Mental Health Parity law, requiring health insurers to treat mental illness and substance abuse the same as physical ailments, and sponsored children’s legislation to improve early identification of children with mental illness. In 2014, Senator Murray led the charge to increase opportunities for long-term substance abuse recovery by passing comprehensive legislation that supports a continuum of care and removes barriers that stand in the way of effective treatment.  In an effort to create a pathway to economic independence for all residents, Senator Murray introduced and passed legislation in 2013 to improve the state’s welfare system and raise the minimum wage to $11 by 2016. Senator Murray also successfully led welfare reform efforts for the Senate in 1995.

In 2010, Senator Murray reorganized the way the Commonwealth does business through the streamlining of agencies and implementing a system of one stop shopping for businesses looking to open in Massachusetts and passed additional economic development bills in 2012 and 2014.  As a founding member of NIMAC, Senator Murray has worked to build mutually beneficial relationships between academic, research, government and business in the emerging life science and health care technology sectors. These connections have led to collaborative partnerships between Massachusetts and Europe including the recent expansion of the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s successful medical device incubator, M2D2, to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland and the Clinical Transitional Research and Innovation Centre in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Senator Murray attended the University of Massachusetts Boston and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy; an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from New England School of Law; an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Westfield State University; an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Suffolk University Law School; and, and Honorary Doctorate of Health from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. Senator Murray has also received a number of awards in recognition for her excellence in public service, including the Saint Olga Medal in honor of her humanitarian missions to city and region of Pskov, Russia to help develop healthcare, economic, trade and tourism partnerships. Senator Murray also received the Peace Islands Institute’s first Humanitarian Award and was honored with the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award in Donegal, Ireland in 2014.

Senator Murray is a long-time resident of Plymouth and the mother of one daughter.

Stephan H Schug  

Dr Stephan H Schug MD MPH, Chief Medical Officer, EHTEL 

Stephan acts as Chief Medical Officer of EHTEL and has a long track record in European eHealth and telemedicine with a focus on innovation, interoperability and integrated care. Since 1999, he supports the strategic development of EHTEL as a multi-stakeholder platform by acting as Editor-in-Chief, supporting a network of the national eHealth competence centres and organising the programme of the yearly EHTEL symposium. Recently - as nominated representative to the EC eHealth Stakeholder Group - he has been responsible for the eHSG telemedicine report in support of Digital Agenda Key Action 13/2. Stephan is or has been involved into strategic European projects in the eHealth interoperability domain like CALLIOPE, eHealth Governance initiative (eHGI), SUSTAINS and Antilope as well in the telemedicine domain like RENEWING HeALTH, United4Health and the MOMENTUM telemedicine network.

In 2013, Stephan has joined the EU-US eHealth Cooperation Initiative and has become an active member of its "Interoperability of EHR Work Group". Via eHGI, he has also provided support to the EU eHealth Network, particularly for the interoperability of ePrescriptions and the preparation of the inclusion of eHealth related Digital Service Infrastructures into the Connection for Europe Facility (CEF).

For SUSTAINS - a joint undertaking of 11 EU regions to implement Digital Agenda Action 75 (online access to EHR) he leads “WP17 Liaison with other synergic initiatives and sharing of best practices”. Just recently, he has been the coordinator for the SUSTAINS Final Workshop at the Open DAYS 2014 in Brussels.  

 Yuri Quintana

Yuri Quintana, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School

Yuri is focused on developing innovative technologies that empower communities of professionals and consumers to collaborate on a worldwide basis. He is currently Director for Global Health Informatics in the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

Previously he was at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where he developed of international education and informatics programs in pediatric oncology. He led the development of www.Cure4Kids.org  an online pediatric cancer education and collaboration Website used by over thousands of health professionals worldwide; online systems used for international clinical trials; and Cure4Kids for Kids, a community outreach education program to educate children and communities about cancer and healthy living.

Before coming to St. Jude, Quintana was a principal investigator in the Canadian HealNet Research Network, focusing on consumer health informatics.  Formerly a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario, Quintana also served as director of the New Media Research Lab developing innovations in interactive media and online education. He has held high-tech positions at IBM Canada Limited and Watcom, as well as academic appointments at the University of Waterloo and the University of Victoria. He has been the chair of five international conferences on medical informatics.  Quintana obtained his master's and doctoral degrees in systems design engineering after earning an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science, all from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, American Medical Informatics Association and the American Association for Cancer Education.


Zachary Gillen, MIS – Director, Health Information Exchange, Information Services – Kaiser Permanente IT

 Zachary has over fourteen years of experience in Health Information Technology and began his career as a developer of clinical and financial applications for San Francisco General Hospital.  In this position, he developed end-to-end web applications which included the Referral Management, Tumor Registry and Chronic Disease Registry.  He has extensive experience with the development lifecycle and best approaches for maximizing efficiencies and success rates for incorporating into clinical delivery systems.

In 2009, Zachary joined Kaiser Permanente and led a variety of health information exchange initiatives including the first pilot exchange of clinical information between KP Southern California, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense on the Nationwide Health Information Network (now the eHealth Network).  This was the first production demonstration of clinical document exchange for treatment purposes using these national standards.  Today, Zachary continues to lead the design, development and delivery of the Enterprise Health Information Exchange platform at Kaiser Permanente.  This platform supports secure, trusted exchange for over nine million KP members and sixteen thousand physicians to our national, regional and local exchange partners.  Zachary is an advocate for furthering national and international exchange and content standards which improve the safety and quality of care delivery.

Zachary holds a Masters of Information Systems from the University of California, Berkeley where he was the Chen award recipient for final project excellence and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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