CMIO Survival Guide: A Crash Course -The Evolving Role of the CMIO: 1.0, 2.0 and beyond - HIMSS 2018

Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Some Speakers Include:

Howard Landa, MD

Howard Landa, MD did two years of surgical residency 1983-85 at NYU and Bellevue. He trained in Urology at the University of California-San Diego and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Texas Children’s Hospital.

After training Dr. Landa joined the Loma Linda University to practice pediatric urology and during his first year, he built a document management system to help the practice manage transcribed documents and became the Director of Medical Informatics for Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1996. He joined Kaiser Hawaii in 2001 to practice pediatric urology and as one of their physician IT champions, and became their Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) in 2005. He was the physician lead for both Kaiser’s national downtime project and the operating room software; and under his leadership Kaiser Hawaii completed the EHR implementation, attaining HIMSS level 6 two months after inpatient go-live, and Level 7 in 2012.

In 2009 he became the CMIO of the Alameda County Medical Center. He has been the Program Director and Vice-Chair of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) since 1997; the Chair of the HIMSS Physician Community 2011-13, and was named one of the top 25 Clinical Informaticists in 2010-12.

Luke Webster, MD

Luke Webster, MD specializes in health informatics and physician leadership, clinician adoption and change leadership, clinical transformation, evidence-based medicine, clinical analytics and process improvement. 


Prior to his current role as CMO, Dr. Webster served as the Chief Medical Information Officer for CHRISTUS Health. During his tenure, he led the creation and staffing of a Health Informatics department for a complex Integrated Delivery Network consisting of 22 US-based hospitals and multiple LTACHs, physician practices and long term care facilities, 9 hospitals in Mexico and 2 hospitals in Santiago, Chile including a large prestigious academic medical center. Under his leadership, CHRISTUS Health progressed to a fully-implemented Electronic Health Record with high physician adoption and successful Meaningful Use attestation.  In addition, he brought evidence-based medicine programs, tele-medicine and remote patient monitoring capacity to the organization as well as the foundation of what will become an advanced clinical intelligence/health analytics platform that has the potential to revolutionize care delivery. 

Before working at CHRISTUS Health, he was a full-time Clinical Informatics consultant with Dearborn Advisors. He has worked as a senior physician with The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta where he served as the Physician Lead for Epic MyChart implementation and was an integral leader for the EpicCare Ambulatory EMR implementation.  He practiced adult Psychiatry and was also the Medical Director for Behavioral Health Quality and Resource Management.  

Pam Arlotto

Pam Arlotto, President and CEO of Maestro Strategies, has blazed new trails in healthcare for over 30 years.  Under her leadership, Maestro Strategies was one of the first consulting firms to align healthcare business and clinical strategy with information technology strategy.  By combining extensive experience in strategic planning, organization design, and process transformation with information technology expertise, Ms. Arlotto works with CEOs and the C-Suite to address the challenges of today’s volatile healthcare space.

Ms. Arlotto currently serves on the Boards of the Georgia Tech Foundation and The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University School of Medicine.  She is a former faculty member in the Healthcare Informatics program at University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Well known for the award-winning book series, Rethinking Return on Investment: The Challenge of Accountable Meaningful Use, Ms. Arlotto is a frequent contributor to a variety of healthcare publications and blogs.  She has also been featured on National Public Radio and in The Wall Street Journal.  Her background includes executive positions with Ernst & Young and Sun Health (Premier). 

Patricia Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS, COL (USA ret’d)

Patricia B. Wise is Vice President of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).  HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

Specifically, she leads the Health Information Systems (HIS) content development team whose committees, communities, and product lines include, Cybersecurity, Innovation, Health IT User Experience, Post-Acute Care, Connected Health, Quality, Patient Safety, Accountable Care, the Value of HIT Suite, Value Score, and the Davies Award Program. She joined HIMSS in 2002 as the Director of HIMSS EHR Initiatives and member of the HIMSS Industry Affairs Department and was promoted to her current position in 2005.

Before joining HIMSS, Wise was the Executive Director of Computer-based Patient Record Institute and Healthcare Open Systems and Trials (CPRI-HOST), a consortium of businesses and industries that promoted electronic medical records prior to merging with HIMSS.

Wise is a former military officer, who retired in 1998 with the rank of Colonel after serving in a variety of positions worldwide. At the time of her retirement, she served as Deputy Commander of Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon, GA, as well as Chief Nurse Executive for the medical center and the Army’s Southeast Region. While in the Army, Wise received an appointment to the staff of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

A graduate of the U. S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn., Wise obtained her BSN from Villanova University and an MSN from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Cynthia K. Davis, RN, FACHE

Cynthia has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare information technology and health care operational management.  She is a strategic problem solver who can execute across the enterprise.

Cynthia serves as CHIO for Methodist Le Bohenur Healthcare, providing direction and oversight for application and informactics initiatives across the enterprise including a clinically integrated network of care with 150,000 lives.  Under her leadership, MLH made the HealthCare’s Most Wired list in 2017, HIMSS Analysics Adoption Model Stage Six in 2015, and Top Healthcare Large IT Shop to work in 2016 and 2017.

Cynthia has conducted successful turnarounds for underperforming IT organizations, partnered with senior leaders to integrate IT planning and goverance into corporate strategic plans.   She is grateful for her opporuntity to serve and support outstanding teams and the growth of three new CIOs and one CISO.

She is also a trained performance improvement leader with experience implementing LEAN Daily Management in large healthcare organizations, as well as using LEAN Six Sigma to improve clinical, business, and IT operations and putting millions of dollars on the bottom line.

Cynthia served as VP of Clinical Transformation at BayCare Health Systems.  Her previous experience included seven years as CIO in Georiga and leading the start up up a successful national health care consulting firm.   She started her career at the bedside as a Regusterd Nurse in the acute care setting. Her experience includes integrated health systems, academic medical centers, community hospital, physician practices and post-acute care. 

Cynthia has served on advisory boards for Most Wired, two major health care vendors, MidSouth EHealth Alliance and many others.  An active member of HIMSS and CHIME, she is a regular speaker and writer on transformation, informatics, analytics,  health care technology and is author of the HIMSS book A Guide to EHR Adoption: Implementation Through Organizational Transformation.  She holds an MBHSA degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Michael H. Zaroukian, MD, PhD, FACP, FHIMSS

Dr. Zaroukian is Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU) and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) and Vice President at Sparrow Health System. Dr. Zaroukian is responsible for leading the advancement of MSU’s electronic health record (EHR) system capabilities, EHR-related research, and community EHR outreach. He also serves Sparrow Health System as EHR Project Medical Director and Director of Clinical Informatics & Care Transformation. He also served as principal investigator for a tri-county Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) planning grant in mid-Michigan. 

Dr. Zaroukian directed MSU’s enterprise-wide EHR implementation project and is past president of a large, national EHR user group. He has conducted numerous regional, national and international presentations and workshops on the use of EHR systems to improve access to and use of health information in patient care, health professions education and healthcare administration. He served as director of the MSU Internal Medicine Residency Program, councilor of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), and as a member of the informatics group at the 2002 Institute of Medicine Health Professions Education Summit. Dr. Zaroukian is a member of the American College of Physicians Medical Informatics Subcommittee, the AMA Health Information Technology Advisory Group, and the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Information Systems Steering Committee.

George Pappas
George Pappas, Chief Operating Officer, brings more than 20 years of IT experience across diverse industries to DrFirst, where he oversees the company’s operational functions, sales, and customer support efforts. Prior to joining DrFirst, Mr. Pappas served as the chief operating officer for Motionsoft, Inc., where he successfully re-built and realigned key business models and activities to drive revenue growth. Mr. Pappas previously held several C-Suite level positions in industries including:, higher education services, internet security, software, and financial services. He earned a B.S. in CS/MIS/International Management from Boston University.

Linda Fischer

Linda Fischer, Vice President Product Strategy, joined DrFirst after having served 21 years as a VP and CIO for Huntington where she played a key role in the implementation of an EMR and successful attestations through MU Stage 2.  Ms. Fischer is a long-time member of HIMSS, CHIME, and GNYHA, and is a founding member of the CHIME Opioid Task Force and DrFirst Opioid Task Force.  In 2009, she received the CPEHR Certification from CCHIT as well as a “Friend of Nursing” MAGNET award.  Ms. Fischer served on the original Board of Directors in the creation and implementation of the Long Island HIE, known now as HealthEx.


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