Chairman of the Board and Partner, Locke Lord LLP
David S. Szabo is Co-Chair of the Health Care practice, a Partner in the Corporate and Transactional Department, and a member of the Privacy group. He represents hospitals, integrated delivery systems, physician organizations, home care companies, and other healthcare service providers. He also represents healthcare information technology companies and health plans.
David has extensive experience in healthcare licensing and regulation, reimbursement, fraud and abuse compliance matters, and the structuring of joint ventures. He regularly advises clients on Stark Law and Anti-Kickback compliance matters. His practice also includes the privacy and information security law applicable to healthcare providers, health plans, technology vendors, and other organizations. He advises non-profit organizations on general corporate matters, tax, and governance issues.
Director of Health Information Technology, Massachusetts Medical Society
Leon Barzin is the current Director of Health Information Technology at the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is currently focused on providing information and resources on a wide variety of health Information Technologies to staff and members, creating communities around successful methods of technology implementation and use. Editor of the MMS Guide to Health Information Technology and the ARRA Advisor e-newsletter, he works with the Committee on Information Technology to provide technology leadership with the Society.
Chief Information Officer, Steward Health Care System
Julie Berry is Chief Information Officer of Steward Health Care System. Ms. Berry has over 20 years of experience in delivering technology solutions to support business strategy in the health care industry. Most previously she served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Steward system and prior to that she was on the IT executive team at Partners Health Care System and IT Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Ms. Berry received a B.S. from Suffolk University and has served as a member and advisor on several boards including Massachusetts Health Data Consortium Technical Advisory Board.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
Denny Brennan is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDC).
Mr. Brennan brings more than twenty-five years of experience as a consultant and entrepreneur working with the country’s leading healthcare organizations on strategy, organizational effectiveness, and information and technology management. He brings specialized expertise in assisting organizations in aligning healthcare information and business strategies for success under increased market competition and health reform. His areas of emphasis include strategic and financial planning, organization structure and development, formation and management of Accountable Care Organizations, payment and reimbursement reform, and information technology strategy, including health information governance, security, and exchange.
Mr. Brennan earned his Masters in Education from Harvard University and his Masters in Business Administration from Yale University.
Marcy Carty, MD
Vice President, Network Performance Improvement and Innovation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Dr. Carty is Vice President, Network Performance Improvement and Innovation at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). In this role, she leads the company’s initiatives with Massachusetts based physician groups to measure and improve healthcare quality, safety and efficiency outcomes.
Prior to this role, she co-led a physician consulting team at Evolent Health. While there, Dr. Carty developed value based strategies with health care system executive leadership and engaged physician leadership in starting the change management necessary for a successful system transformation under new payment methodologies. In addition, she led the development and implementation of the Advanced Illness Care (AIC) care management program that aimed to identify patients in their last year of life via predictive stratification modeling and then improve their quality of life.
Dr. Carty previously held the positions of Vice President of Medical Affairs at Good Samaritan Hospital, the largest hospital in the Steward Healthcare network and an original Pioneer ACO, and Director of Clinical Operations Improvement at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Carty graduated from Harvard College and earned her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed an internal medicine residency and palliative care training at Brigham and Women’s / Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She currently practices palliative care and hospice medicine.
Joseph Frassica, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, Philips Healthcare
Joseph Frassica, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at Philips where he is focused on leading a broad-based medical, science and technology team to bring clinically meaningful innovation to the bedside. In addition, Joe serves as Senior Consultant in Pediatric Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to joining Philips, Joe served in leadership roles in academic medicine including: Chief Medical Officer at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida; Chief Medical Information Officer and Executive Medical Director of Aero-Medical Transport for the Jackson Health System; and Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at UMASS/Memorial Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School; Attending Pediatric Intensivist at Massachusetts General Hospital; Attending Anesthesiologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Chief of Anesthesia at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Larry Garber, MD
Medical Director for Informatics, Reliant Medical Group
Dr. Garber is a practicing Internist and the Medical Director for Informatics at Reliant Medical Group (formerly known as Fallon Clinic, and a member of Atrius Health). He has had decades of experience and success in Medical Informatics.
Dr. Garber is Chair of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative’s Executive Committee, a member of the Massachusetts State Health Information Technology Council, and a member of ONC Policy Committee’s Health Information Exchange Workgroup and Privacy & Security Tiger Team. He has been Principal Investigator on $3.5 Million AHRQ and HHS/ONC grants to develop innovative Health Information Exchanges. Dr. Garber also co-chairs the ONC S&I Framework Longitudinal Coordination of Care Workgroup which used an evidence-based approach to update the HL7 Consolidated CDA to better meet the needs of care transitions and care planning.
Dr. Garber is recipient of the 2010 eHealth Initiative eHealth Advocate Award, the 2011 Health Data Management EHR Game Changer Award, an ONC Health IT Vanguard Fellow, and led the HIMSS 2011 Davies Award-winning implementation of Reliant’s HIMSS Stage-7 EHR system.
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Ellen Hafer has served a Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers since 2003. She oversees operations and implementation of strategic initiatives.
She also serves on the Executive Committee of the MA eHealth Collaborative focused on system-wide EMR implementation and interoperability across the state.
Prior to her current role, Ellen served as COO at Neighborhood Health Plan, a health-center based HMO. She also served as Executive Director of Manet Community Health Center for 17 years in Quincy, growing the organization from 2 sites to 5. She has had extensive experience as a board member of several organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Coalition of School Based Health Centers and a community-based counseling agency for the uninsured in Quincy. Ellen previously served on the boards of Brigham and Women's Hospital, three community health centers, the League and NHP. She has received three awards for leadership: the Pat Miller Leadership Award from Simmons Graduate School of Management; the Kathleen Crampton Award from the League; and the John Gilbert Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.
Chief Technology Officer, Tufts Health Plan
Joe Imbimbo has been with Tufts Health Plan (THP) for over 20 years and, as Chief Technology Officer, oversees technology for all THP locations, is responsible for developing and executing THP’s IT strategic plans to support the growth and changing needs of the enterprise, and manages all of day to day operations.
At THP, Joe manages over 300 staff, responsible for the corporation’s technical infrastructure, including the enterprise technical architecture, Security, applications development, systems integration, operations management and IT supplier management. Additionally, he ensures that the reliability of the technology sustains all business operations, and implements technology and staffing solutions for major corporate initiatives, including negotiating multi-million dollar outsourcing agreements.
Overall, Joe is a senior IT executive with over 35 years of experience providing management information systems services and quality customer service satisfying various clients in applying IT solutions to their businesses. He spent over 30 years in the health care industry and has expertise in IT operations management, implementation management, vendor contracting and IT strategic planning. Skilled working with all levels of an organization building successful relationships, deploying technology solutions that meet client expectations and effectively managing the delivery of IT.
Chief Information Officer, MIT Medical Department
Shelagh Joyce is the Chief Information Officer for the Medical Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she manages the information systems and medical record initiatives. For years, she has managed the implementation of clinical and administrative systems, which have resulted in decreased costs and improved efficiencies. She also oversees the department’s strategic system planning efforts.
Before joining MIT, Ms. Joyce was employed at Beacon Partners Inc., a healthcare consulting company. As an engagement manager, she helped several healthcare organizations, including Yale University School of Medicine, Tulane University, St. Louis University, and Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, evaluate, execute, and maintain new technology. She also served as the director of community practices application at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she oversaw the implementation of electronic records in physician offices and health centers. Earlier, as the director of Information and Telecommunication Systems/Surgical Division at New England Deaconess Hospital, she managed all information and telecommunication systems for 30 physician offices.
Principal Business Advisor, Edifecs
John provides strategic consulting to Edifecs customers, specializing in information exchange and applying the principles of supply chain integration to the healthcare delivery lifecycle. John is a nationally recognized health information exchange expert. His wide-ranging experience includes serving as CIO of healthcare network provider NaviNet, director of eBusiness Architecture at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and managing director of his own health IT consulting firm. John also served as the architect and technical lead for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ statewide HIE project, developing a shared infrastructure for the Commonwealth, which supported both the health information and health insurance exchanges.
President, Clark Hill Partners, LLC
Kija Kim is President of Clark Hill Partners, LLC, a privately held investment management company with a portfolio of early stage companies including location technology, renewable energy, information security, social networking, bio-pharma, media and real estate.
She is known for keen strategic insight, new product development, market positioning acumen, and public/private company mergers and acquisitions. She is a proven leader with global management experience in companies providing innovative software and information technology solutions.
Kija was co-founder and CEO of Harvard Design & Mapping Company, Inc. (HDM), an innovation-driven location-based technology and mapping software company in Cambridge, MA and Washington, DC, from 1988 to 2009.
In 2006, she led the successful sale of HDM to the First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a FORTUNE 300 title insurance and real estate information company, where she became President of the HDM division and was a senior member of the First American management team through 2009.
Active in her community, Kija serves on numerous boards of public and private corporations and non-profits institutions.
She has participated in several White House conferences and has received numerous awards and recognition, including the U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business Person of the Year for Massachusetts (2006) and the U.S. Federal Transit Administration Women-owned Business Enterprise Award.
Kija was valedictorian at Seoul National University and attended the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in Worcester, MA. She has completed Executive Management Programs at Babson College and the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Eric Linzer, Esq
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Operations, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans
Eric Linzer has nearly 20 years of public affairs and media relations experience. He joined MAHP in 2002 as the Director of Public Affairs before being promoted to Vice President in 2005. In 2009, Eric was promoted to Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Operations, where he oversees media relations and communications, outreach efforts to business groups and brokers, legislative and regulatory issues affecting commercial carriers, administrative simplification efforts with the provider community, and business planning, financial management, and operational activities within the organization.
Prior to joining MAHP, he was an account supervisor in the public relations division of Arnold Worldwide providing crisis communications and strategic counsel for a variety of regional and national clients. Before joining Arnold Worldwide, Eric worked in the public affairs department of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, handling media relations for the health plan. Early in his career, Eric worked at a boutique PR agency on the National Institute of Mental Health’s campaign on the co-occurrence of depression with other major illnesses. He also served as the legislative aide and campaign manager for former State Representative Paul Demakis.
Currently, Eric serves as MAHP’s representative on the board of directors of the MA eHealth Collaborative and the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium and has served on a number of state commissions, most recently the Special Commission on Provider Price Reform. In 2008, Eric received the Leader in Quality – Rx for Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Medical Law Report. He holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School. Eric also received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Suffolk University and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College
President and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
Lynn Nicholas, FACHE, joined the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association as President and CEO in August 2007, bringing more than 35 years of hospital and association experience.
Before her appointment to MHA, Ms. Nicholas led the American Diabetes Association and prior to that, she served as President and CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association, following her tenure as EVP/COO of the New Jersey Hospital Association. This built on her 20 years working in a New Jersey hospital where she progressed from a Medical Technologist to a Senior Vice President.
Named by Women's Business Boston as one of the "Five Women to Watch" in 2008; Lynn is a member of the Massachusetts Women's Forum, a chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an organization comprised of women leaders in Massachusetts and throughout the world. Lynn has been appointed to several key statewide healthcare advisory groups including the Special Commissions on the Healthcare Payment System and Provider Price Reform, and currently serves on the Health Policy Commission Advisory Council. She is a sought after speaker on matters of health policy and leadership in Massachusetts and nationally.
Due to Lynn’s steadfast commitment to health and wellness as a leadership priority, in 2011 MHA was awarded the Boston Business Journal's inaugural Healthiest Employer Award for the small business category, and the association also received the Massachusetts department of Public Health’s Make Smoking History Award for launching a successful statewide voluntary public health initiative to ban all tobacco products from hospital campuses.
Lynn earned her B.S. in medical technology from Tennessee Wesleyan College and subsequently received their J. Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus Award. She earned an M.A. in health management from Central Michigan University and is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives; she served on their national Board from 2003 to 2006 and has received both the Early Careerist and the Senior Level Health Care Executive Regents Award. She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters in Health Services from Salem State University.
Lynn resides in Boston with her husband, Nick.
Chief Technology Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
David Querusio is Chief Technology Officer for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. David is responsible for the IT strategy and technology used at Harvard Pilgrim and oversees a blended team of NTT Data and Harvard Pilgrim resources to deliver complex solutions at scale. David participates on the MHDC CIO Forum, the Boards of NEHEN, MAeHC, and NHHIO, and is the 2015 recipient of the Delores L. Mitchell Investing in Information Award. Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, David was an enterprise architect at BCBSMA, and the Integration Manager for Perot Systems on the Harvard Pilgrim Account where he was responsible for designing and delivering service components of the IT strategy.
David is a graduate of UMass Lowell, and is an AHIP ELP Certified Health Insurance Executive.
Robert W. Sorrenti, MD
Medical Director, Anthem, Inc.
Robert Sorrenti, MD graduated from Harvard College in 1969 and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1973. He trained in pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He served as the Chief of Pediatrics at the former Worcester City Hospital and was in private practice in Worcester.
Currently he is the Staff Vice President and Medical Director for UniCare, a health care company. He served as President of the Worcester District Medical Society from 1993-1995.
Chief Information Officer, Baystate Health
Mr. Joel L. Vengco serves as Chief Information Officer, Information & Technology and Vice President of Baystate Health, Inc. Mr. Vengco is responsible for the information and technology vision, strategy, and operations of the entire health system.
Prior to Baystate, Mr. Vengco was Vice President and General Manager of a global businesses unit within GE Healthcare IT where he developed GE’s next generation healthcare solutions focused on population health management and analytics for the global market. Prior to GE he served as Director of IT and Chief Applications Officer at Boston Medical Center (BMC) where he oversaw various enterprise HIT applications and technologies that included primary point of care applications, such as the electronic medical record (EMR), ancillary applications and associated devices, integration technologies, and diagnostic modalities.
Mr. Vengco is a Senior Fellow at Boston University's Health Policy Institute. He is also a lecturer at Boston University's School of Medicine, Boston University's School of Management, and Harvard University. He holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and has Masters degrees from Harvard University and Boston University School of Medicine. In 2010, Mr. Vengco was recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in the country. That same year, he also received distinction from Information Management magazine as one of the Top 25 Information Managers in the country. He was also a recipient of the eHealth Initiative's Advocate of the Year for Business Process Improvement.
Chief Information Officer, Beacon Health OptionsAnup Vidyarthy serves as the Chief Information Officer at Beacon Health Options, the nation's premier behavioral health management company, serving more than 50 million people among all 50 states and the United Kingdom.
Leading the company’s technology efforts, Anup is known for his requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals, executive acumen, global team-building, and IT solutions development credited with strong ROI and operational improvement. Anup has built a responsive IT organization that consistently delivers results by aligning technology investment with business initiatives, leading to substantial improvement in managed care service delivery, standardization, and business/systems performance.
Prior to joining Beacon Health Options, Anup was the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Beacon Health Strategies from 1997 to 2014. His responsibilities included leading the development, implementation and maintenance of Beacon’s information system platform, business intelligence/reporting systems and web portals. Before Beacon Health Strategies, Anup served as the Director of MIS for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he led the development and implementation of a statewide case management system across 23 agencies.
Anup Vidyarthy a 25-year veteran of the health care industry holds an MBA, Business Administration & Management; MS, Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and a BS, Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India.
Chief Information Officer, Berkshire Health Systems
William Young came to BHS in 2009 from Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY, where he had served as Chief Information Officer. During his tenure at Ellis, Young successfully managed the implementation of a multi-million dollar information systems investment plan and was involved as a senior manager in the merger of three hospitals on disparate systems into one organization and one information system.
At BHS, he has developed an Information Technology strategy that includes a Health Information Exchange throughout the Berkshires, a new state-of-the-art physician practice system for both hospital-employed and community based physicians and has successfully led the Information Technology team to achieve Healthcare’s “Most-Wired” status for BHS. Under Young's direction, BHS continues to be a leader in utilizing Electronic Health Information and is poised to be a “Meaningful” User and achieve the ARRA Stimulus Funding for both BHS’ Hospitals and physician practices.
Young is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a degree in Technical Management and concentration in Information Systems, Economics and Business Law. He has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including serving as chair of the Enterprise Information Systems Steering Committee and the Annual Conference Education Committee for the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), co-chair of Health Information Exchange of NY (HIXNY) - NY Capital District RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization), member of the Board of Trustees of Schenectady Visiting Nurse Services, and Scoutmaster for Troop-65 in Glenville, NY.