Mitra Ahadpour, Deputy Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Office of Translational Sciences, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration. Mitra Ahadpour is a board-certified addiction medicine physician and the Principle Deputy Director of the Office of Translational Sciences (OTS) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. OTS is comprised of the Office of Biostatistics, Office of Clinical Pharmacology, Office of Computational Science and Office of Study Integrity and Surveillance. In the Immediate Office, Dr. Ahadpour helps oversee translational medicine efforts across the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and leads the areas of health informatics; data mining; science and research; technology transfer; knowledge management; and guidance and policy development.
Dr. Ahadpour previously was the Director of the Division of Pharmacologic Therapies at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She led the accreditation and certification of more than 1,500 opioid treatment programs; and training of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on safe opioid prescribing and medication assisted treatment. In private practice, she contributed to legislation making Maryland smoke-free and, as chair of Montgomery County Medical Society’s Community Service Programs, created and launched a tobacco awareness program in middle schools.
She is the recipient of multiple awards for her novel program development, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America, 2016 HHS Ignite competition for creating and fully implementing the nationwide Rapid Opioid Alert and Response (ROAR) project, and the 2017 Federal Health IT Innovation Award for the Medication Assisted Treatment (MATx) mobile app. Dr. Ahadpour earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed residency at George Washington University Hospital.
Paul Black, Chief Executive Officer, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. Paul Black currently serves as board member and chief executive officer of Allscripts. As CEO, Paul guides company direction to fulfill its global commitment to build Open, connected communities of health. Prior to joining Allscripts in 2012, Paul spent more than 13 years with Cerner Corporation in various executive positions, retiring as Cerner’s chief operating officer in 2007. During his tenure with Cerner, he helped build the company into a market leader in healthcare information technology with more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue. Paul also spent 12 years with IBM Corporation in a variety of leadership positions in sales, product marketing and professional services. Paul has served on several private company and nonprofit boards of directors for companies in healthcare information technology, healthcare services and consumer Internet marketing. He is currently immediate past chairman and an officer of Truman Medical Centers, a 400-bed safety net academic hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
Jason Brooke, Director, Life Sciences Disputes, Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations, Navigant. Jason is a Director in Navigant’s Life Sciences Disputes, Regulatory Compliance, and Investigations (“LS DRCI”) practice. Jason brings a focused expertise in the medical device industry that combines more than 15 years of experience ranging from science and technology design, development, implementation, and testing; to business strategy and operations; to legal and regulatory compliance. He has conducted scientific research (pre-clinical and clinical) and technology development in academic and industry environments as a biomedical engineer, worked within the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) as a program analyst, counseled clients as an attorney and consultant focused on the medical device and connected health space, and served as the chief executive officer and general counsel of a small medical device company. This experience allows Jason to offer a broad perspective on the challenges that face large and small, US and international clients throughout the product lifecycle for commercialization of medical devices, mobile health technologies, and clinical decision support software.
Debbie Bucci, IT Architect, Office of Standards & Interoperability, Department of Health and Human Services., Office of the National Coordinator. Debbie Bucci is an IT Architect in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Her primary focus is on the privacy and security aspects of Health Information Exchange and in particular the security standards that are used to support Open APIs. Debbie tends to keep an eye on emerging standards and technology and has become ONC’s resident subject matter expert on Distributed Ledger Technologies (aka blockchain). She has been previously recognized, both within HHS and nationally, for her work in Federated Identity Management.
Jeffrey R. Coughlin, MPP, Senior Director, Federal & State Affairs, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) North America. Jeff is the Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs at HIMSS. In this position, he leads HIMSS’ efforts to build stronger relationships with federal agencies and facilitates the building of a nationwide network of advocates for state-based initiatives that impact all aspects of health IT. Before joining HIMSS, Jeff was the team leader for corporate accounts at the Marwood Group, and also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services. His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary and a BA in Political Science from Providence College.
Anna Brady-Estevez, Ph.D., Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF). Anna Brady-Estevez is Program Director at the National Science Foundation’s Small Business and Innovative Research (SBIR) for the area of blockchain, DAGs and other distributed ledger innovations. NSF’s SBIR, “America’s Seed Fund”, provides over 400 start-ups annually with early stage grants for seed funding- up to $1.5M non-dilutive. Anna has previously worked as an investor, strategist, and inventor: as a Kauffman Fellow in early stage venture capital, the Director of Corporate Strategy for global Fortune 200 corporations, and a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. She earned her PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University and BS from the Johns Hopkins University.
Vice Admiral C. Forrest Faison, III, Surgeon General, Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, United States Navy. Vice Adm. Forrest Faison is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, and received his baccalaureate degree from Wake Forest University. Commissioned in 1980, Faison earned his doctorate degree in medicine and surgery from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1984. He completed post-graduate training in general pediatrics at Naval Hospital San Diego and fellowship training in neurodevelopmental pediatrics at the University of Washington.
Faison served as commander, Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical Center San Diego where he was responsible for medical care and support to over 850,000 eligible beneficiaries by a staff of 16,000 at 10 hospitals and over 30 clinics from the West Coast to the Indian Ocean.
He served as deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, for Current and Future Healthcare Operations; commanding officer Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton; commanding officer, U.S. Expeditionary Medical Facility; and U.S. Medical Task Force, Kuwait. In that role, Faison led a tri-service task force of subordinate commands and was responsible for all healthcare operations in Kuwait, Qatar, and Southern Iraq; including all medical logistics support throughout U.S. Central Command. Faison's other assignments include deputy commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Virginia; Group Surgeon, 3d Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific; director of Department of Defense Telemedicine, Washington, D.C.; chief information officer, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan; Naval Hospital Lemoore; USS Texas (CON 39); and Amphibious Group 3.
Faison is board certified and an associate clinical professor in pediatrics and a distinguished professor of military medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has several publications on neurodevelopmental outcomes of premature infants as well as other publications and book chapters on the topics of the future of Wounded Warrior care and use of telemedicine and health informatics in healthcare. He is a senior member of the American College of Physician Executives.
Faison served as the deputy surgeon general of the Navy and deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from 2013 to 2015 and began serving as the 38th surgeon general of the Navy Dec. 15, 2015.
In addition to numerous unit and campaign awards, Faison’s personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (six awards); Meritorious Service Medal (three awards); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Additionally, for coordinating Navy Medicine’s support response to Operation Tomodachi, Faison was awarded the California Medical Community's Lighthouse Award for visionary leadership and inspiring health innovation, a first for the Department of Defense.
Heather Flannery, Chief Executive Officer, Obesity Prevention, Policy & Management (Obesity PPM). Heather Flannery is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Obesity PPM, an innovative provider of disease management, population health, research administration, and information technology managed services for health systems in the Americas, and an early adopter of distributed ledger technology. Ms. Flannery has driven business model and technology innovation throughout her 24-year career as an entrepreneur and strategist. Due to her personal experience maintaining a 170 pound weight loss and the resolution of eight obesity related diseases, Ms. Flannery is intrinsically motivated to impact population health through non-communicable disease prevention and treatment. She has consulted in the public sector in context of international development, and brings a global health perspective to her initiatives. Ms. Flannery is a member of the Board of Directors for cybersecurity firm Hedron Analytics and the non-profit Virginia Obesity Research Institute, is an active participant in HIMSS and IEEE working groups on blockchain and healthcare, is a Fellow of the EP3 Foundation, and produces the open-access “Blockchain in Healthcare” webinar series. Ms. Flannery builds mission-driven organizations aligned by shared values: making measurable societal contributions, creating economically sustainable interventions, and prioritizing diversity and inclusion.
Greg Godbout, Chief Technical Officer, Techflow and former Chief Technology Officer, Environmental Protection Agency. Greg Godbout is Chief Digital Officer at TechFlow and currently support the NHIT Care Campaign in USVI/PR. Formally the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and U.S. Digital Services Lead at the EPA. Greg was also Executive Director and Co-Founder of 18F, a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow, and a The Federal 100 and Fedscoop 50 award recipient. Greg is an entrepreneur and experienced software architect. As owner of the Arlington Drafthouse, a unique entertainment and restaurant concept, Greg has driven innovation within the entertainment industry and built a thriving community theater with national recognition. He received a degree in Economics with a concentration in Business from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Masters in Management of IT from the University of Virginia.
Steve Huff, Chief Executive Officer, Preventum. Steve Huff is a respected entrepreneur, technologist and thought leader with over a dozen successful technology start-ups to his credit, including Typefi, Mesearchr and Sixty Second Parent. Named one of America’s Most Innovative CEOs by Forbes Radio, he has most recently been working in the digital health space launching Preventum, a digital public health platform in 2017. Preventum is targeted at the prevention of complex public health challenges including the opioid epidemic. In 2018 Preventum is launching a nationawide youth opioid prevention campaign in partnership with the Vans Warped Tour called FEND, Full Energy, No Drugs.
Patrick A. Joy, Head of the Contracting Activity, Acquisition Management Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Program Support Center. Patrick Joy is the Head of Contracting Activity for the Program Support Center. Patrick has overall responsibility for managing the contracting activity and overseeing the processing of over $2 billion in contract awards as part of Acquisition Management Services (AMS) within Program Support Center. PSC is a shared service provider located within the Department of Health and Human Services. AMS supports all parts of HHS and 32 of the Federal departments and agencies. In FY17, AMS awarded $1.6 billion for HHS and over $700 million dollars in assisted acquisitions primarily for DOD customers.
Eliezer (Eli) Kanal, Technical Manager, Cyber Security Foundations, CERT Division, Carnegie Mellon. Eliezer Kanal is a technical manager at CMU’s Software Engineering Institute, focused on applying machine learning techniques to the cybersecurity domain. His team has contributed to many projects, including malware family classifiers and cyber attack forecasting, among others. He has also played a role as one of SEI's experts on blockchain technology. Prior to working at CMU, Eliezer worked at Highmark Inc., one of the largest health insurers in the United States, leading the analytics team for the Health Plan Operations division. Eliezer earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh focusing on neural signal processing.
Sanjay Koyani, Executive Director of Innovation, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Department of Health and Human Services. Sanjay has over 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, program operations, innovation methodologies, IT solutions, and strategic planning. Sanjay currently serves as Executive Director of Innovation in the HHS Immediate Office of the Secretary providing leadership on HHS-wide innovation programs that enable HHS to improve health care outcomes and modernize government operations. Leadership responsibilities include setting program, budget, and evaluation priorities that align with HHS’ mission, and supervising staff.
Prior to this, Sanjay led significant programs in innovative communication and Web strategy, budget and congressional oversight, and established operations and innovative systems for new Offices like FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
I am a successful recent graduate of the HHS Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program and the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society program.
Maia Z. Laing, Senior Business Consultant, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Department of Health and Human Services. Maia Laing is the Senior Business Consultant within the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at HHS. In her role, Maia identifies innovative solutions to complex challenges within HHS. Prior to joining the Office of the CTO, Maia worked for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on an enterprise effort to implement a process improvement mindset across the center. Maia holds a deep passion for improving delivery of care and has worked on projects in both federal government and non-profit settings; including U.S. News and World Report top 10 ranked Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Kevin Larsen, MD, FACP, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), Office of the Administrator, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Kevin L. Larsen, MD, FACP is the director of the Continuous Improvement and Strategic Planning Staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He leads the CMS lean transformation and advises on health IT policy and care transformation. He previously served for 4 years as the Medical Director of Meaningful Use at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Where he lead ONCs work on quality policy, measurement and improvement, including clinical decision support and registries. Prior to working for the federal government he was Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Associate Medical Director at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. His research includes health care financing for people living in poverty, computer systems to support clinical decision making, and health literacy. In Minneapolis he was also the Medical Director for the Center for Urban Health, a hospital, community collaboration to eliminate health disparities.
Edwin Lomotan, MD, FAAP, Chief of Clinical Informatics, Health IT Division, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Edwin Lomotan, MD, FAAP is a Medical Officer and Chief of Clinical Informatics for the Health IT Division in AHRQ’s Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement. He currently leads AHRQ’s clinical decision support (CDS) initiative, which aims to advance evidence into practice through CDS and to make CDS more shareable, standards-based, and publicly-available. Dr. Lomotan is board-certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics, received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed his pediatrics residency and informatics fellowship at Yale University. He also spent several years in community pediatric practice in Connecticut before joining Federal service in 2010.
Sean Manion Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Science Distributed. Dr. Manion is a former DoD brain scientist and healthcare research administrator. He is now CEO of Science Distributed, a new platform for putting scientists together and bringing blockchain to health research for better science, cheaper research, and faster miracles. He speaks and consults with government, academia, and industry on how to apply blockchain to healthcare and research. He publishes a widely read weekly executive briefing, Blockchain Healthcare Situation Report. He is also Vice President of the American College of Military Public Health, a military health research focused non-profit.
Natassja Manzanero, Telehealth Program Coordinator, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Natassja Manzanero is a Public Health Analyst at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT). She serves as the Program Coordinator for the Telehealth Resource Center Program and also serves as the Rural Health Information Technology (IT) Policy Lead. She first joined HRSA in November 2010 as a project officer in the Bureau of Primary Health Care for the Health Center Controlled Network Grant Program, and in 2011 she joined the Office of Health IT & Quality as a health IT subject matter expert, before joining FORHP in 2013. Prior to working at HRSA, Natassja was a Health Insurance Specialist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 5 years as an account manager for the Medicare Part D Program. Natassja received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Management from Towson University, and Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration Informatics from the University of Maryland. Natassja is a member and student mentor for the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and college instructor at Bellevue College in Washington for the “Introduction to Electronic Health Records” course.
John Milberg, Health Scientist, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Division of Policy and Data, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Mr. Milberg is a health scientist in HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau, Division of Policy & Data. He has worked in HIV as an epidemiologist since the early 1980s in the New York City Health Dept. Since joining HRSA, he has worked to improve the data collection and analytic capacity of its funded providers in the Ryan White Program, and initiated development of a health information system called CAREWare that is used widely throughout the US to monitor and report on HIV care and treatment.
Jigar Patel, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Cerner. Dr. Jigar S. Patel is responsible for providing strategic services and physician leadership to Cerner’s US client base along with his team of 30+ Physician Executives. Jigar is also Cerner’s Chief Medical Officer responsible for Cerner Government Services clients including the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Jigar is an advocate for advancing technologies that decrease error and variance in health care while ensuring physicians remain productive. He has assisted health care organizations and providers in understanding the value of clinical informatics while incorporating the discipline into their strategic planning and execution.
Leadership Experience Prior to joining Cerner, Jigar was an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Associate Medical Director of the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. Jigar has had the opportunity to lead in and alongside many aspects of Cerner’s business throughout his tenure.
Working with organizations in the US, Canada and Middle East, Jigar has a passion for using the electronic health record (EHR) to benchmark and improve outcomes across all medical specialties and venues of care. Jigar and his team represent Cerner’s client physicians on multiple internal and external committees to influence and ensure that today’s solutions are meeting the needs of physicians during this period of rapid change in healthcare and fostering innovation to meet the needs of the future healthcare environment. Jigar and his team lead and have developed a number of Physician Programs to serve Cerner’s Physician Community with ongoing Cerner, Informatics, and Healthcare education.
Jigar is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. He completed an internship in general surgery and residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He also completed a fellowship with Cleveland Citywide Transfusion Medicine.
Sherilyn Pruitt, Director, Office of Programs and Engagement, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Sherilyn works within the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) where she is in charge of Innovation and Infrastructure for Standards Coordination. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Office of Programs and Engagement where she was responsible for implementing health information technology grant programs. Before joining ONC, Sherilyn was employed within DHHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration where she worked on grant programs focusing on telehealth, rural health, and community health center programs, including urban, homeless, and public housing primary care programs.
Matthew Quinn, Senior Advisor for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Matt Quinn serves as Senior Advisor, Health Technology at the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He was previously the East Coast Managing Director for Intel’s Healthcare and Life Sciences business and Director of Healthcare Initiatives for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior, he led efforts at NIST and AHRQ to improve the usability and accessibility of health IT and to realize the value of health IT in emerging models of care delivery. In addition, Matt served as program management lead for the National Resource Center for Health IT, as lead staff for the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), and as Co-Chair of the Assistive Technology Subcommittee of the Interagency Committee for Disability Research (ICDR). Before joining government, Mr. Quinn was the Healthcare Industry Program Manager for Teradata, responsible for healthcare strategy and partnerships. Prior, he led marketing for Quantros, a patient safety and clinical outcomes improvement software company, managed GE Healthcare's "Six Sigma for Healthcare" consulting services and data analytic products, helped build an early Personal Health Record (PHR) company, and served as an Army Engineer Officer. Matt earned an engineering degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Colorado State University.
John Roach, Director of Growth and Innovation, KSM Consulting. John Roach is the Director of the Data Analytics Practice at KSM Consulting, an Indiana-based data and technology consulting firm. John leads the team in serving both the public and private sectors, providing insight by transforming data and technology into strategic assets to better serve citizens, make data-driven decisions, and access actionable information in real time. His guidance has led the team to become Indiana’s premier provider of strategic and technical data services, tackling challenges like the opioid epidemic, infant mortality, criminal recidivism reduction, and other complex, multi-faceted challenges for the State of Indiana.
Prior to joining KSM Consulting, John worked for Rolls-Royce Corporation, one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, working during his tenure in various program management, high-performance computing, numerical methods and design roles. In addition, John’s background includes serving as an analyst at an Indiana-based venture capital fund, Elevate Ventures.
John Roach earned his Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish from Oklahoma State University. He also holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He completed Design Thinking training at Stanford University’s d.school. John has been instrumental in integrating Design Thinking into KSM Consulting and continues to train clients and the community in the Design Thinking methodology.
Aftin Ross, Senior Project Manager, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration. Aftin Ross is a senior project manager in the Emergency Preparedness/Operations and Medical Countermeasures program at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Specifically, she has been a lead in CDRH’s medical device cybersecurity efforts spearheading the execution of two FDA public workshops, serving on various interagency cybersecurity work groups, managing CDRH’s MITRE cybersecurity contract, and engaging in policy development as a member of the CDRH cybersecurity workgroup. Aftin earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a master’s as well as a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Tom Savel, MD, Director, Informatics Innovation Unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Savel collaborates with CDC staff and the broader public health community to develop, test, and evaluate innovative tools and technologies with the potential to improve public health practice.
Dr. Savel received his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received training in General Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston, and Family Medicine at the St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of CDC’s Public Health Informatics fellowship program.
Dr. Savel is an adjunct professor in the Applied Public Health Office at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and, on his own time, maintains his clinical skills in addiction medicine, treating patients with opioid addiction. He is on the editorial board of the open access, peer reviewed journal, Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY). He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Mari Savickis, Vice President, Federal Affairs, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Mari is a seasoned health care policy expert with nearly two decades of experience derived from working both within and outside the federal government. She joined the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in 2015 as their Vice President of Federal Affairs. In this capacity, she oversees all advocacy and interaction with federal agencies and the White House. She manages a wide swath of health IT policy priorities including the Meaningful Use program (MU), cybersecurity, quality measurement, patient safety, The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), interoperability policies, and patient identification. She is a subject matter expert on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) and has extensive knowledge of the Medicare program.
Prior to joining CHIME, she served as Assistant Director of Federal Affairs at the American Medical Association (AMA) for almost a decade leading their health IT and HIPAA advocacy. She formerly served in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) initially entering the federal government after being selected for the highly competitive Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. She also served as staff to the Delaware General Assembly.
Mari graduated from the University of Delaware with a Master’s in Public Administration and dual bachelor degrees in political science and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Alan Sim, Ph.D., Interim Chief, Data Discovery and Research Branch, Enterprise Intelligence & Data Solutions (EIDS) PMO, Defense Health Agency. Dr. Alan Sim is a contractor with VISTA Defense Technologies (VDT) and serves as the chief of the Data Discovery and Research (DDR) branch within the Defense Health Agency (DHA) in the Department of Defense (DoD). His background is in epidemiology, data science, and population health informatics. He is involved with the development and maintenance of clinical quality measures and population health registries. His branch provides "translational" data science, health statistics, and research services to DoD and external customers. Dr. Sim, in collaboration with stakeholders, spearheaded the early development of the Military Health System (MHS) opioid registry and recently received a two-year DoD/VA Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) award to expand the use of the opioid registry in partnership with the VA.
Edwin Simcox, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Department of Health and Human Services. Ed Simcox is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the Deputy CTO at HHS, Ed provides leadership and direction to ensure that HHS effectively leverages data, technology and innovation to improve the lives of the American people and the performance of the operating divisions across the Department. Simcox has been working at the intersection of healthcare and technology for 18 years.
Prior to joining HHS, Simcox served as the Healthcare Practice Leader at Logicalis, an international IT service provider and consultancy with over 300 healthcare clients in the United States. In this role, Simcox led the strategy, solution development, and sales enablement for the healthcare sector. He engaged with healthcare providers across the US in a consulting capacity and advocated for the liberation of healthcare data and telehealth adoption.
Prior to joining Logicalis, Ed was the director of US healthcare strategy and product development for AT&T.
Before joining AT&T, Ed served in multiple roles at Indiana University Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation with 19 hospitals, 50 physician groups and revenue of over $6 billion in 2016. Simcox served as the Chief Technology Officer, and prior to that, the Director of Business Innovations. Simcox was awarded ComputerWorld's Laureate medal for achieving $5 million in savings through the design and implementation of innovative IT solutions. During Simcox’s time as CTO, Indiana University Health received Hospitals and Health Networks' "Most Wired Hospital" award based in part on Simcox’s work with emerging technologies.
Todd Simpson, Chief Product Officer/Executive Director, Application Development Division, Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Simpson serves as the newly appointed Chief Product Officer (CPO)/ Executive Director for the Office of Enterprise Application Development (OEAD) within the Office of the CIO in the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). He was previously the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Washington, DC. In this role, Mr. Simpson provided information technology services and support to approximately 20,000 federal personnel and contractors that comprise the FDA community throughout the continental United States and internationally.
Mr. Simpson has more than 27 years of information technology (IT) leadership and management experience from the private sector and in the federal government. He has managed at the executive level in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development and operational efficiency. Mr. Simpson is experienced in improving business processes, and managing complex, multi-disciplinary and time sensitive projects while achieving cost savings.
Mr. Simpson began his career in the United States Air Force serving 3 years active duty and 3 years active reserve.
Mr. Simpson worked in the IT field as a systems analyst, Senior Technical Advisor, IT Manager and CIO in the private sector for 18 years.
In 2010, Mr. Simpson began his federal government career as the CIO for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. As the CIO, he led the Information Technology and Litigation Support units which supported over 2,000 investigators. Under Mr. Simpson’s leadership, he reduced the annual IT and litigation support budgets by more than 50%, achieved a net annual savings of more than $3 million dollars from data center and server consolidation, and implemented a disaster recovery and continuity of operations solution which increased network and application availability by 22% and realized an annual cost savings of $3 million dollars.
In 2014, Mr. Simpson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Associate Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation. His responsibilities included leading the IT Shared Services organization that supported 72,000 users, providing the vision, leadership and oversight in the development of the strategic direction of Transportation’s Common Operating Environment and Enterprise Architecture as well as IT policy and procedure planning, formulation and direction.
Mr. Simpson earned his Master of Science in Information Systems from Drexel University in Pennsylvania, and his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Resource Management from Ohio State University.
Brad Thompson, Esq, Medical Device, Digital Health and Combination Product Regulatory Attorney, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Bradley Merrill Thompson is a shareholder in the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. There he counsels software, medical device, and drug companies on a wide range of FDA regulatory issues. At the firm, Mr. Thompson leads the Medical Device Regulatory and the Digital Health Practices.
For trade associations, Mr. Thompson has served as counsel to AdvaMed and the Continua Health Alliance, as General Counsel to the Combination Products Coalition, mHealth Regulatory Coalition and the CDS Coalition.
Mr. Thompson also serves as Chairman of the Board of EBG Advisors, Inc. Affiliated with the law firm, EBG Advisors is a Washington, DC, based consultancy that takes a multidisciplinary approach to helping health care and life sciences companies navigate the obstacles they face.
He served as a member of a workgroup established under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) to identify key considerations to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology, including mobile medical applications, co-chairing the Regulations Subcommittee.
Mr. Thompson has taught food & drug law at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and Columbia Law School. He also has served as Co-Chair of the Food & Drug Law Committee in the American Bar Association and of the Medical Device Committee of FDLI.
He received his B.A. cum laude, and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School.
Brad Wintermute, Vice President, TSPi. Over a two-decade career Brad has built a reputation as a solutions-oriented leader focused on building strong client relationships and delivering impactful results. He’s held his current position since December 2017 and provides executive oversight and direction for the company’s public sector, financial, and healthcare business solutions.
From 2012 – 2017, Brad worked at the US Food and Drug Administration. He held the role of Deputy CIO from 2014-2017. In that role he led the delivery of Information Technology which enabled the 22,000 FDA staff to meet the mission of the FDA to protect and promote the public health for the United States. Prior to being appointed to the Deputy CIO position, Brad held other positions within the FDA including the Director of the Division of Infrastructure Operations, Director of the Division of Application Services, and Sr. Technical Advisor to the Chief Information Security Officer.
From 2010-2012, Brad worked as a Sr. Program Manager for Chickasaw Nations Industries, a Native American owned company that provides a wide variety of expertise to the government via various contract agreements. In this role he supported the FDA and implemented several key IT security programs including the Homeland Security Presidential Directive – 12 (HSPD-12) mandate for using 2 factor authentication to control access to the FDA network and applications.
From 2008 – 20010, Brad was employed at the MITRE Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) which provides expert consultation and analytical support to the US Federal Government. In his role at MITRE as a Sr. Project Manager, Brad lead a team of people to enable the FDA to modernize their Datacenter environment and migrate nearly 300 applications to take advantage of the more secure and robust capability.
Prior to joining MITRE Brad owned and operated Granite Transformations of Northern Virginia which was a company that specialized in providing engineered granite and recycled glass surfaces to residential and commercial clients. The company was successful in realizing over $6 Million in sales with more than 2,000 customers maintaining a customer satisfaction rate of over 95%.
From 1991 – 2004 Brad was employed at Electronic Data Systems, a company that provided Information Technology services to thousands of commercial and government clients world-wide. He held various roles within EDS starting out as a Financial Analyst and transforming into a technically competent Delivery Manager supporting the Federal Reserve with a team of more than 150 people with over $50 Million in annual revenue.
Brad earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Missouri State University in 1990.
Charles Worthington, Chief Technology Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs. Charles Worthington is a software developer and product designer who has been helping the government adopt modern digital service delivery best practices since 2013. He is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he is working to improve the experience Veterans have when interacting with VA online. Since joining VA in May 2017, he has guided VA’s Digital Modernization initiative. His efforts include the development of the agency’s Digital Strategy, supporting VA’s adoption of commercial cloud infrastructure, and supporting the development Vets.gov – VA’s modern customer-facing platform.
Prior to joining VA in May 2017, Charles helped create the U.S. Digital Service, a team of world-class developers, designers and product experts serving tours of duty in the Federal government to use design and technology to deliver better services to the American people. Charles is the co-author of the Digital Services Playbook (https://playbook.cio.gov) and has executed digital service engagements at USCIS, SBA, DOT, and Interior. Before his Federal government service, Charles built products for private sector clients and was a strategy consultant in the tech & telecom sectors. Charles holds a B.A. from Harvard University.