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Marion J. Ball, Ed.D.

Dr. Ball is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and serves on the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  She also serves on a variety of boards in the area of health information technology, including serving as president of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), and has served as a board member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and co-chaired the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board. 



William F. Bria II, M.D.

Dr. Bria is president of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS). Bria also serves as an advisor to the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health, and to the Elsevier medical informatics advisory board.


Tina Buop

Tina Buop is an innovative leader committed to advancing patient care by connecting the gap between physician and organizational needs with clinical informatics and regulatory requirements. Her significant contributions have led to the first private HIE in Northern California with over 23 specialties, and 34 privately owned entities in more than three counties. Buop is a member of the CalOhii PoST team, CHIME, ACHE, HIMSS, PMI, and frequently presents on the role of informatics across multiple healthcare domains.


Bobbie Byrne, M.D.

Dr. Byrne is the system vice president and CIO at Edward Elmhurst Healthcare. Byrne also serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), and previously served as the clinical director of certification development.  She has also served as the co-chair for the Child Health Work Group, and volunteers on the Enterprise Information Systems Steering Committee for HIMSS.


W. Reece Hirsch,  M.D.

W. Reece Hirsch is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Healthcare Practice.  Hirsch focuses his practice on healthcare law regulatory and transactional matters. He counsels and represents hospitals, health plans and insurers, physician organizations, healthcare information technology companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and other healthcare organizations on transactional and regulatory matters, including privacy, fraud and abuse, and self-referral issues.



Christopher Longhurst, M.D.

Dr. Christopher Longhurst is a board-certified hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Stanford University. Longhurst also has a graduate degree in Medical Informatics and holds an administrative appointment as the CMIO at Packard Children’s. In this role, he has helped lead the hospital’s transition to electronic medical records and developed that system as a diverse tool to enhance patient safety, efficiency, and quality of care.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@calonghurst

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrislonghurst


Brian D. Patty, M.D.

Dr. Patty has 20 years of informatics experience, having overseen six hospital-wide CPOE implementations. He led successful meaningful use attestation at all three HealthEast short-term acute care hospitals. Patty heads the informatics department at HealthEast, which is responsible for oversight and deployment of HealthEast's HER. He was awarded the AMDIS Award in 2005 and again in 2011.


Chuck Podesta

Chuck Podesta has more than 30 years experience in information technology for healthcare, spending the last five years as senior vice president and CIO of Fletcher Allen Health Care and Fletcher Allen Partners in Burlington, VT.  At Fletcher Allen, Podesta is responsible for all aspects of IT strategic planning, implementations and operations.  Beginning in 2007, Fletcher Allen embarked on a five-year, $88 million dollar IT plan implementing an EHR strategy utilizing Epic, which was successfully completed in 2010.


Benjamin M.W. Rooks

Ben Rooks is the founder of ST Advisors, a consultancy which works with healthcare companies and their financial sponsors on issues regarding strategy, financing and outcomes, and exit planning. Rooks spent six years as an investment banker where he closed healthcare and medical technology transactions valued from $40 to $365 million. Rooks earned his MBA in healthcare management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his BA in psychology from Brandeis University.


Rick Schooler

Rick Schooler joined Orlando Health in October, 2001 as vice president/CIO.  His current areas of responsibility include information technology, telecommunications, clinical informatics, enterprise analytics and quality reporting, biomedical engineering, supply chain, retail pharmacy, and a group purchasing organization. Schooler is a member of the following professional organizations:  American College of Healthcare Executives (Fellow), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (Lifetime Member, Fellow and former Board Member) and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (Fellow and Board Member.)  He is also a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO.)


Patricia Skarulis

Patricia Castel Skarulis is the vice president and CIO at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she oversees all computing and communications for the clinical, educational, and research enterprise. Skarulis is very active in the healthcare community, and was named the 2008 CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year. She is a charter member of CHIME, has served as its chair and she is an active member of HIMSS.


Fran Turisco

Fran Turisco has a diverse background that includes consulting, research and IT line management—all in healthcare.  Her area of expertise is relating emerging technologies to industry trends to identify opportunities where IT can be used to improve healthcare.  Fran has an engineering background and an MBA.  



Ferdinand Velasco, M.D.

As Texas Health Resource’s chief health information officer, Dr. Ferdinand Velasco has responsibility for the system’s clinical decision support, medical and nursing informatics, business intelligence, and data analytics functions across the continuum of care. He also leads the system-wide optimization of the electronic health record.  A Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Velasco serves as chair of the society’s Quality, Cost, Safety Committee.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ftvelasco