Rising stars: 90 healthcare leaders under 40 – Becker’s Hospital Review


Note: Leaders are presented in alphabetical order and cannot pay for inclusion.

Trey Abshier. CEO of Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Medical Center. Mr. Abshier oversees Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, a 199-bed acute care hospital recognized for its cardiac care. He previously served as CEO of Florida Medical Center, a 459-bed acute care hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Both hospitals are Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare facilities. Under Mr. Abshier’s leadership, FMC received a five-star rating for heart failure by Healthgrades and was the first hospital in Florida to earn three-year accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation. Mr. Abshier previously served as COO of Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla., and COO of Regional Medical Center of San Jose (Calif.).

Diana Arteaga. Vice President of Government Relations at Broward Health (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Ms. Arteaga is an attorney specializing in governmental affairs. In her current role, Ms. Arteaga oversees the legislative efforts of Broward Health, a 1,529-bed nonprofit hospital system. She previously served as the director of government relations for the City of Miami, the largest municipality of Miami-Dade County. The National League of Cities appointed her to the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee to advocate for its interests in Washington, D.C.

Adam Anz, MD. Orthopedic Surgeon at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (Gulf Breeze, Fla.). Dr. Anz is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist and the director of the Andrews Institute Regenerative Medicine Center. He currently leads a U.S. clinical trial using a patient’s own peripheral blood stem cells to improve knee cartilage regeneration. Dr. Anz oversees the ATC Fellowship Program at the Andrews Research & Education Foundation, where he serves as a board member.

Omar Baker, MD. Co-President, Chief Quality and Safety Officer, and Director of Performance Improvement of Riverside Medical Group (N.J.). Dr. Baker is a board-certified pediatrician who leads all education initiatives and oversees Riverside Medical Group’s expansion through strategic acquisitions, de novo locations and specialist recruitment. Under Dr. Baker’s leadership, Riverside launched several new service lines, including ENT, gastroenterology, behavioral and mental health, and allergy/immunology, and was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a patient-centered medical home. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy named Dr. Baker to co-chair his healthcare transition team to help set his healthcare agenda.

Jenni Bendfeldt. Manager at ECG Management Consultants (San Francisco). Throughout her career, Ms. Bendfeldt has been a leader in change management and identifying industry trends. She has spent more than 12 years in the healthcare operations, technology and clinical space. In her current role as manager at ECG Management Consultants, she helps organizations improve using technology. One of her successful projects at ECG was leading a two-year engagement project for a health system to improve care coordination and communication. The project received a grant for the tools and process implementation.

Benedikt Brueckle. CEO of CompuGroup Medical US (Phoenix). Mr. Brueckle leads the U.S. division of CompuGroup Medical, an e-health provider with a customer base of around 385,000 service providers worldwide. He previously served as the general manager of CompuGroup Medical’s Italy market and as senior vice president of southern and western Europe, and was responsible for promoting rapid growth in the company’s global pharmacy software business. Before joining CompuGroup Medical in 2010, Mr. Brueckle served as an international business consultant and auditor for KPMG in Germany and Luxembourg.

Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson. COO of Texas Health Aetna (Arlington). In August 2017, Ms. Caruncho-Simpson joined Texas Health Aetna, a partnership between Texas Health Resources and Aetna and the only joint venture between a national insurer and a provider in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In her current role, Ms. Caruncho-Simpson oversees Texas Health Aetna’s strategic and operational plans, member services and clinical programs, strategic partnerships and initiatives, and outsourced services. Ms. Caruncho-Simpson has over 15 years of experience working with healthcare providers and payers in a variety of domestic and global strategic, operational and consulting roles.

Jeff Cincotta. Vice President of Federal Solutions at HMS (Irving, Texas). In his current role, Mr. Cincotta is responsible for accelerating the revenue growth of HMS, a publicly traded healthcare IT and analytics solutions company. He also works to drive strategic positioning and strengthen relationships with key federal health agencies, including CMS, HHS, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Health Agency. Mr. Cincotta previously served as federal markets leader for HMS, developing benefits coordination and payment integrity solutions for federal healthcare programs.

Paul Coyne, DNP, RN. Senior Director of Clinical Informatics and Advanced Practice Nursing at Hospital for Special Surgery; President and Co-Founder of Inspiren (New York City). Dr. Coyne leads clinical informatics and advanced practice nursing at Hospital for Special Surgery, strengthening the connection between clinical practice and technology for the orthopedic specialty hospital. He previously managed a team of data scientists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital working to develop analytic solutions to improve patient care. Dr. Coyne co-founded Inspiren, a healthcare startup that created the AI patient safety monitoring and staff engagement platform iN. Dr. Coyne worked as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs before transitioning to healthcare. He is a board-certified adult-gerontology nurse practitioner with a subspecialty in palliative care.

Nick Culbertson. CEO and Co-Founder of Protenus (Baltimore). Mr. Culbertson co-founded Protenus, an analytics platform that protects patient data in EHRs. He served eight years as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces and was awarded two bronze stars during his service. Mr. Culbertson worked as a biomedical researcher at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University for four years prior to founding Protenus and currently helps run The 6th Branch, a veteran-led community service organization in East Baltimore.

Cameron D’Alpe. Chief Administrative Officer of Physician Practices and CEO of Packard Children’s Health Alliance (Palo Alto, Calif.). Ms. D’Alpe oversees all aspects of operating Stanford (Calif.) Children’s Health’s ambulatory services, which extend into eight states and reach 100 locations. She led the growth and development of a joint venture between Stanford Children’s Health and San Francisco-based California Pacific Medical Center. She currently participates in the Stanford Leadership Academy, a Stanford University program designed to enhance the leadership capabilities of faculty, staff and healthcare administrators who will guide the university’s future.

Chris DeRienzo, MD. Chief Quality Officer of Mission Health (Asheville, N.C.). Dr. DeRienzo is responsible for quality and patient safety across a $1.7 billion integrated health system. He has held leadership roles in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Medical Society, and has advised Doximity and Google on healthcare quality, health literacy and leveraging technology to improve healthcare communication. Dr. DeRienzo is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Specialists in Asheville.

Anne Dickerson. Chief of Staff of Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice at Mount Sinai Health System (New York City). Ms. Dickerson is responsible for coordinating operational and strategic initiatives and the flow of information for the Faculty Practice. She leads initiatives focused on space, patient access, patient and staff experience, quality, and data management for 2,500 Icahn School of Medicine physicians based on and around seven hospital campuses. Ms. Dickerson oversaw the integration of over 1,000 Member Hospital faculty into the Faculty Practice during Mount Sinai’s integration with Continuum Health Partners and spearheaded Mount Sinai’s expansion of a patient-centered online scheduling approach.

Asja DiMuria. CFO of Abrazo West Campus (Goodyear, Ariz.). Ms. DiMuria oversees financial operations at Abrazo West Campus, a 188-bed acute care hospital with a Level 1 trauma center. In her current role, she educates the clinical staff on the financial side of operating a hospital. Ms. DiMuria previously served as associate CFO of Abrazo West Campus, having joined Abrazo Health in 1998 as a financial counselor at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.

Ayame Dinkler. Chief of Staff of LCMC Health (New Orleans). Ms. Dinkler leads government affairs efforts at the federal, state and local levels for LCMC Health, a five-hospital nonprofit health system. She also collaborates with LCMC Health CEO Greg Feirn to execute key system priorities. Before joining LCMC Health in 2015, Ms. Dinkler served as chief of staff in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS in Washington, D.C.

Michael Ditoro, PharmD. COO of Desert Regional Medical Center (Palm Springs, Calif.). Before joining Desert Regional Medical Center, Dr. Ditoro served as COO and then CEO of Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill. Under Dr. Ditoro’s leadership, Westlake reduced voluntary employee turnover to under 13 percent. Prior to joining Westlake, Dr. Ditoro served as vice president of pharmacy for Tenet Healthcare’s Chicago-area hospitals.

Dan Dodson. President of Fortified Health Security (Franklin, Tenn.). As president of Fortified Health Security, Mr. Dodson has created a culture of collaboration and support throughout the organization. Charged with devising and carrying out strategies to help hospitals of all sizes enhance their cybersecurity structures, Mr. Dodson has also led the company’s efforts to develop Fortified’s Connected Medical Device & IoT Security Program, which helps healthcare organizations close security gaps in their networks by assessing and protecting connected internet-of-things and medical devices. Prior to joining Fortified — which was named the 2018 North American Healthcare IoT Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan — Mr. Dodson served as executive vice president of Santa Rosa Consulting.

Bret D’Vincent. Vice President of Recruitment of Aya Healthcare (San Diego). Mr. D’Vincent leads a team of nearly 200 recruiters and managers as vice president of recruitment at Aya Healthcare. He is responsible for profitable revenue growth for all traveler and per-diem recruitment. He has dedicated more than 13 years to healthcare recruiting and has grown Aya’s recruitment team by 850 percent since joining the company. Under his leadership, the number of clinicians Aya placed increased by 1,900 percent. Through hands-on coaching and individual empowerment, Mr. D’Vincent has created a culture of personal and professional growth at Aya.

Zubin Eapen, MD. CMO of CareMore Health (Cerritos, Calif.). Dr. Eapen is the CMO of CareMore Health, where he leads care delivery, clinical strategy and clinical innovation across the organization. Dr. Eapen led CareMore’s annual flu campaign, which includes more than 400 events at CareMore’s numerous clinics across the U.S. Under his guidance, more patients received the flu vaccine halfway through the campaign than during previous years’ full campaigns. In addition, Dr. Eapen has received numerous awards, including the Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Board Reviewer Scholar, the Robert A. Waugh, MD, Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Education, and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, a prestigious recognition awarded to only 3 percent of applicants.

Brian Elisco. CFO of San Antonio and North Texas Markets of Tenet Healthcare (Dallas). As the CFO of Tenet’s San Antonio and North Texas markets, Mr. Elisco oversees the financial operations at seven hospitals and 15 rehabilitation centers. He joined Tenet’s San Antonio-based North Central Baptist Hospital in 2010 as an administrative resident and helped improve the hospital’s efficiency and financial performance, which led to his promotion in 2014. A member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Mr. Elisco has taken a strong role in driving success of the Tenet Leadership Academy, an internal program to develop leaders at Tenet.

Bobby Floyd. COO of HHS (Austin, Texas). Since 2014, Mr. Floyd has served as the COO of HHS, a privately owned support service company, where he oversees all healthcare operations in the U.S. and parts of South America. He is charged with managing HHS’ culinary segment, environmental services, laundry and linen utilization, patient flow, and integrated facilities management service lines. During his tenure at the agency, Mr. Floyd has helped maintain a 98 percent partner retention rate. He also created HHS University, a management development and training tool that helps HHS managers stay up to date on new policies, training procedures and certifications in required monthly training packets. Before assuming the COO post, Mr. Floyd was the youngest-ever vice president in HHS history.

Christopher Frenz, PhD. Director of IT Infrastructure at Interfaith Medical Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Mr. Frenz has been the director of IT infrastructure at Interfaith Medical Center, a 287-bed hospital with five clinics, since 2012. He is responsible for all IT and telecommunications systems and manages a service team that maintains those systems. Dr. Frenz also develops and implements the organization’s information security program. Before joining Interfaith Medical Center, Dr. Frenz served as an adjunct cybersecurity faculty member at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Eric Frieman. Co-CEO of Strive Health (Georgetown, Texas). At age 25, Mr. Frieman co-founded Strive Health, which operates a network of outpatient addiction and mental health treatment facilities, where he serves as co-CEO. He is responsible for all aspects of the business. Before founding the company in 2016, Mr. Frieman served as director of finance at Elements Behavioral Health, an addiction treatment center based in Long Beach, Calif. He was named on Forbes’ 2018 30 Under 30 List in the healthcare category and has received an invitation to the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only organization of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs 40 and under.

Kyle Fromm, BSN. Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer of Advanced Pain Management (Milwaukee). Mr. Fromm, chief compliance and privacy officer of Advanced Pain Management — one of the largest pain management groups in the U.S. — began his career in nursing and worked his way up the administrative ladder. He is well versed in HIPAA and oversees compliance, billing and coding auditing, contracts, credentialing, and privileging. Mr. Fromm combines his clinical experience with his work on the payer side to drive efficiencies at his organization.

Shantanu Gaur, MD. Co-Founder and CEO of Allurion Technologies (Natick, Mass.). As CEO of Allurion, a medical device company focused on weight loss products, Dr.Gaur manages the organization’s manufacturing processes, research and development, and intellectual patent issues. In addition to his role at Allurion, Dr. Gaur advises three healthcare startups: Nutrimedy, Astraeus Technologies and Pykus Therapeutics. Dr. Gaur graduated summa cum laude from Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard College, where he was the Paul Revere Frothingham Scholar and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.

Jacob “Ryan” Gebhart. Vice President of Operations for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano (Texas). Mr. Gebhart joined Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano in 2013 as an administrative resident and now serves as its vice president of operations, overseeing service line growth and integration across multiple departments. During his tenure at the hospital, Mr. Gebhart helped establish the new Cancer Health and Wellness Center. In addition to his role at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Plano, Mr. Gebhart serves on the boards of the American Cancer Society of DFW and the Plano Family YMCA.

Eric Golnick. CEO of VFR Healthcare (Manchester, N.H.). As a former Naval officer who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse, Mr. Golnick founded Veteran and First Responder Healthcare to help veterans, first responders and their families access high-quality addiction and mental health treatment. VFR Healthcare currently operates five facilities throughout the Northeast U.S., and Mr. Golnick is responsible for its day-to-day operations and strategy. Its comprehensive approach to treatment combines cognitive behavioral techniques and other skill-building interventions to take a more holistic approach to helping patients with substance abuse issues or PTSD.

Alan Goldsmith. Executive Vice President and CFO of Broward Health (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). As the executive vice president and CFO of Broward Health, Mr. Goldsmith is responsible for overseeing the financial and accounting operations for one of the largest public health systems in the U.S. Mr. Goldsmith helped lead the health system’s annual incentive plan for roughly 300 Broward Health managers to reinvest budget surpluses back into the system. He is also overseeing the financial phase of two major construction expansion projects: a $65 million expansion of Broward Health Coral Springs (Fla.) and a $52 million expansion and renovation of Broward’s Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

Matthew Gonzales, MD. CMIO of Providence St. Joseph Health’s Institute for Human Caring (Torrance, Calif.). Dr. Gonzales began his career as a software engineer before becoming a palliative care physician. He now serves as chief medical information officer at Providence St. Joseph Health’s Institute for Human Caring, where he is tasked with combining medicine and informatics to enhance care quality and delivery. Before joining the hospital, Dr. Gonzales helped create a public database that allows clinicians to tailor treatment for those with HIV, and he was a 2017 Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program awardee.

Veena Goel Jones, MD. Medical Director of Digital Patient Experience at Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.) and Pediatric Hospitalist at Sutter Health’s Palo Alto (Calif.) Medical Foundation. Dr. Jones joined Sutter Health in 2016 and currently serves as medical director of digital patient experience and a pediatric hospitalist at Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Since taking on her current role, she has helped facilitate Sutter’s digital transformation, including spearheading efforts to improve end-user experiences with Sutter’s patient portal, My Health Online. Dr. Jones was named a top 10 Emerging Healthcare Industry Leader by Managed Care Executive Magazine in 2018.

Vanessa Guzman. Associate Vice President of Quality Improvement and Network Management at Montefiore’s Care Management Organization (New York City). An expert in patient and physician engagement strategies, Ms. Guzman is in charge of collaborating with the 5,200-plus employees and independent physicians who are part of Montefiore’s 11 hospitals. She is also tasked with implementing datadriven tools and clinical infrastructures to promote wellness and improve patient outcomes. Since joining the health system, Ms. Guzman has created a program to streamline regulatory and quality requirements, initiated a multiyear patient engagement program and helped Montefiore’s partner hospitals across the Hudson Valley leverage more than $230 million in state funds.

Jason Haider. Founder and CEO of Xenco Medical (San Diego). Since founding Xenco Medical in 2011, Mr. Haider has spearheaded the spine company’s dramatic growth. Xenco introduced the first spinal system with an implant pre-attached to a single-use, composite polymer instrument. Additionally, Mr. Haider was behind the launch of the company’s TraumaGPS, a mobile application that enables hospitals to monitor the real-time location of emergency deliveries of Xenco’s disposable spinal systems. Mr. Haider has been instrumental in developing the company’s outpatient surgical center-focused offering, ASC CerviKit, a sterile, single-use spinal implant system.

April Hansen, RN. Vice President of Clinical Services for Aya Healthcare (San Diego). As the company’s vice president of clinical services, Ms. Hansen is responsible for clinical and quality outcomes of Aya’s 4,000 clinicians. On top of her efforts to improve safety, efficiency and positive patient care, she works with a national hospital accreditation organization to eliminate the barriers of practicing in underserved areas. For her efforts, the Green Bay Press Gazette, part of the USA Today network, recognized Ms. Hansen as a serial entrepreneur. Her entrepreneur status also manifests in her projects to improve management; she created a technology platform to ease the administrative burden of student clinical placement.

Andrew Harding, RN. CNO of MetroWest Medical Center (Framingham, Mass.). Mr. Harding is chief nursing officer at MetroWest Medical Center. Prior to becoming CNO in 2016, Mr. Harding served as associate CNO of New Bedford, Mass.-based Southcoast Health System. His leadership goes beyond the hospital, as he is a fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing, the American Heart Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Harding is dedicated to improving quality and patient safety; he has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles on these topics in addition to covering nurse practice remediation and clinical nursing practice.

Nikki Harper. Vice President of Revenue Cycle for Hospital Sisters Health System (Springfield, Ill.). In addition to her leadership role as vice president of revenue cycle for Hospital Sisters Health System, Ms. Harper is the president for the McMahon Illini Chapter of HFMA and serves on regional and national committees. With a commitment to innovation, Ms. Harper oversees revenue cycle management for HSHS’ 15 hospitals and three medical groups.

Jhaymee Heinlein. Director of Strategy Management and Growth at Atrium Health (Charlotte, N.C.). Ms. Heinlein’s role as Atrium Health’s director of strategy management and growth is impressive due to the considerable size and recent growth of the organization. She is responsible for formulating and executing key strategic initiatives for the 60,000-employee health system. For her great efforts, the American College of Healthcare Executives awarded Ms. Heinlein the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent Award in 2018, and the professional organization recognized her as a 2018 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Scholar. From day-to-day operations to large-scale organizational shifts, Ms. Heinlein has played a dramatic role in the health system’s growth.

Christopher Hermann, PhD. Founder and CEO of Clean Hands – Safe Hands (Atlanta). Dr. Hermann developed Clean Hands after realizing the prevalence and effects of poor hand hygiene among healthcare professionals. Over the last 10 years, he and his team have secured $3.2 million in funding to develop technology that eliminates hospital-acquired infections due to poor hand hygiene. Since developing new hand hygiene processes, Clean Hands – Safe Hands has helped two metro Atlanta hospitals cut infections by 75 percent. Dr. Hermann’s innovations landed him on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2017 40 Under 40 list. The Technology Association of Georgia also recognized Dr. Hermann’s success, naming Clean Hands – Safe Hands a Top 40 Technology Company in 2015.

Jeff Hignite. Senior Manager at ECG Management Consultants (Seattle). Mr. Hignite is a senior manager in the ambulatory surgery practice of ECG Management Consultants, a national healthcare management consulting firm. In this role, he works with ASC and health system clients focusing on surgery strategies including M&A transaction and integration services, value creation through payor contracting as well as service line and specialty expansion. Prior to joining ECG, Mr. Hignite served as director of managed care at Surgical Care Affiliates. He has also previously held roles with UnitedHealthcare and Humana in network management and provider contracting capacities.

Syed Ahmed Hussain, MD. Regional CMO of Trinity Health of New England (Hartford, Conn.). Dr. Hussain took on the role of regional CMO of Trinity Health System of New England in August 2018 after serving as CMO of Detroit Medical Center Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. As the former CMO of Detroit Medical Center Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Dr. Hussain oversaw the medical staff for Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Charter Township, Mich., and Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit, with nearly 570 beds combined. Dr. Hussain is also the medical director for international services at DMC and Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. In his current role, Dr. Hussain guides nearly 1,100 residents and fellows at DMC through its resident engagement program, which aims to improve safety and quality. Tenet took note of his leadership and quality initiatives, offering him the opportunity to spearhead an enterprisewide effort involving 70 acute care hospitals across the nation.

Nicholas Janiga. Partner at HealthCare Appraisers (Denver). Passionate about the healthcare industry, Mr. Janiga has been widely published and is regularly called on to provide expert testimony in depositions and trial settings and to address industry groups and associations. The youngest partner at his firm, he has consulted with organizations across the healthcare and life sciences spectrum including legal and investment entities. He is a member of many industry associations including American Health Lawyers Association, American Society of Appraisers, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and Physician Hospitals Of America.

Trisha Jungels, BSN, RN. CNO of Jamestown (N.D.) Regional Medical Center. Ms. Jungels is CNO and vice president of clinical services at Jamestown Regional Medical Center, which includes around 35 local physicians, as well as a range of visiting specialists. She brings more than 10 years of professional nursing experience to her roles. Since becoming CNO and vice president of clinical services in 2013, Ms. Jungels has led successful efforts at the hospital with her budgeting and staffing abilities. Ms. Jungels’ prior experience is in the home health arena; she has held various positions throughout her career, allowing her to build stronger bonds with patients. Her success helped land the medical center on iVantage’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospital list six years in a row.

Kaustubh Kale. Founder and CEO of Aventusoft (Boca Raton, Fla.). Since creating Aventusoft, a research and development company, in 2013, Mr. Kale has developed two innovative platform technologies for communication disorders and cardiac health patients. His past developments and advances earned him multimillion-dollar federal grants from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Today, Mr. Kale’s portfolio is filled with 13 patents and nine publications. All of his success comes after a 10-year career as a principal staff software engineer at Motorola. There, he was a mobile health team leader and coordinated the design of new protocol for wireless communication.

Peter Kelly. Senior Director of Value-based Programs at CareMount Medical (Chappaqua, N.Y). As senior director of value-based programs at risk-based contract performance company CareMount ACO, Mr. Kelly oversees approximately 525 physicians and advanced practice professionals practicing through CareMount Medical. In his additional role as senior director of value-based programs development, Mr. Kelly spearheads business development for New York’s largest independent multispecialty medical group, which treats more than 550,000 patients at 40-plus locations. Mr. Kelly’s success as a leader positioned him to serve on the ACO’s policy committee. He also participates in the ACO Collaborative, a Washington, D.C.-based consortium that advocates for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act policies.

Brett Kindle, MD. Sports Medicine Specialists at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (Gulf Breeze, Fla.). At the Andrews Institute, which comprises 30 affiliated physicians, Dr. Kindle leads diagnostic imaging modalities and regenerative medicine efforts. In addition to his work at the Andrews Institute, Dr. Kindle is the medical director for EXOS Florida, a performance training facility. He serves as a team physician for the Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos and works closely with NFL combine athletes. Dr. Kindle’s extensive training includes a fellowship under James Andrews, MD, a renowned sports medicine physician and founder of Andrews Institute.

Burke Kline, PhD. CEO of Greeley County Health Services (Tribune, Kan.). Dr. Kline was named CEO of Greeley County Health Services in October 2016. As CEO of the 18-bed critical access hospital that includes two rural clinics and long-term care services, Dr. Kline has made efforts to remodel the hospital and bring in new physicians, including one during his first year as CEO. Prior to his current role, Dr. Kline spent three years serving as associate administrator of Pawnee County Memorial Hospital, a 17-bed critical access hospital in Pawnee City, Neb.

Rachael Kobb. Government Relations Manager of Orlando (Fla.) Health. As the government relations manager of a nonprofit health system that includes a physician practice network, hospitals and outpatient centers, Ms. Kobb spends time lobbying for healthcare policy and finance issues. For the last five years, she has played an important role in expanding care for her community and currently serves on the Central Florida Young Professionals Advisory Council. Her work developing advocacy efforts for the Florida Hospital Association and Safety Net Hospital Alliance landed her on the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.

Phil Koovakada. CEO of NMC Health Network (Nacogdoches, Texas). Prior to his current role, Mr. Koovakada served as COO at Nacogdoches Medical Center. He played an integral role in improving clinical outcomes, patient and employee satisfaction, and financial success at the hospital before being named CEO in March 2018. Mr. Koovakada has extensive experience in leadership positions. Prior to joining Nacogdoches, he spent time serving as director of cardiovascular services at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif., among other positions.

Brittany Lavis. CFO of Placentia-Linda Hospital (Placentia, Calif.). Ms. Lavis is among the youngest people to ascend to the CFO position of a Tenet Healthcare hospital in her role at Placentia-Linda Hospital. Ms. Lavis was elected to serve as group CFO of Tenet’s Southern California hospitals. Before her current position, Ms. Lavis held various positions escalating in leadership, including assistant CFO at Atlanta Medical Center and controller of operations and finance at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C.

Ryan Lee. COO of West Boca (Fla.) Medical Center. Mr. Lee oversees the day-to-day operations and implements clinical initiatives at West Boca Medical Center, a hospital owned by Tenet Healthcare. Mr. Lee, who is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, previously served as associate administrator at Hardeeville, S.C.-based Coastal Carolina Hospital, where he helped execute several capital projects, including the expansion of the hospital’s women’s pavilion, the addition of an MRI suite and operating room upgrades. He holds a master’s in health administration from Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina.

Dana Levin-Robinson. Chief of Staff of VirtualHealth (New York City). Ms. Levin-Robinson moved to the U.S. from Israel at age 18 to pursue her dream of improving healthcare — and she’s done just that. Ms. Levin-Robinson is now a leader in the healthcare IT industry serving as chief of staff at VirtualHealth, a startup helping providers transition to value-based care by focusing on population health management and care management technologies. In her role, she oversees the company’s operations, business development, staff training and external communications. Ms. Levin-Robinson previously worked at a healthcare advertising agency, Patients and Purpose, where she led multiple national product launches, and digital health media company Outcome Health, where she served as senior marketing manager.

Kate Liebelt. Precision Medicine & Supply Chain Management Consultant at Deloitte Consulting (Chicago). Ms. Liebelt is a precision medicine and healthcare supply chain consultant at Deloitte Consulting with more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical device research and development as well as technology transfer and IP commercialization. She served as chief of staff to three national healthcare practice leaders at Deloitte Consulting from 2012 to 2018, where she supported practice operations, investments and strategic initiatives around innovation and global healthcare. Beyond her work at Deloitte, Ms. Liebelt serves on the Harvard Medical School Task Force on Financing Medical Education, charged with providing HMS with insight and innovative approaches to provide the broadest possible access to the medical school for the next generation.

Daniel Listi. COO of Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen (Texas). Mr. Listi joined Valley Baptist Medical Center, owned by Tenet Healthcare, as chief business development officer in December 2011, and was tasked with growing the hospital’s regional presence. After about four years in that role, Mr. Listi was promoted to COO, a position in which he oversees quality, safety and day-to-day operations at the hospital. He is also the market COO for Tenet’s six El Paso/Rio Grande Valley hospitals. Mr. Listi has a master’s in healthcare administration from College Station-based Texas A&M University.

Robert Lord. President and Co-founder of Protenus (Baltimore). Mr. Lord’s startup is focused on protecting patients and the nation’s healthcare systems through its software that detects and prevents privacy breaches. His path to co-founding Protenus started when he was a medical degree candidate at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he recognized a market need to better protect patient privacy — especially with the rise of the EHR. Protenus became wildly successful, ranking among the 10 best tech startups in Baltimore by Insight Success. One of Mr. Lord’s biggest accomplishments in 2017 was the launch of the Protenus drug diversion analytics platform, which uses artificial intelligence to detect when hospital staff misuses controlled substances.

Ann Lucena. CEO of San Ramon (Calif.) Regional Medical Center. Prior to becoming chief executive of San Ramon in April 2018, Ms. Lucena served as senior director and chief of staff for Tenet Healthcare’s hospital operations team, where she implemented Tenet’s strategy and helped team members execute strategic initiatives. She is very active in the health system, serving on Tenet’s foundation board and on the health system’s fund committee and benefits administration committee. Ms. Lucena holds a master’s in business administration from Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard Business School, where she was president of the Latino Student Organization and a volunteer consultant for the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Tara McCoy. CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center (West Palm Beach, Fla.). In her current role, Ms. McCoy oversees all strategic, operational and clinical activities at the hospital. Prior to her chief executive position, Ms. McCoy spent five years as the service line administrator for Tenet Healthcare’s Florida market, where she developed the heart and vascular network that elevated Tenet as a cardiovascular leader in the region. Before joining Tenet, Ms. McCoy served as administrator of physician practices and outpatient services for Weston-based Cleveland Clinic Florida and director of operations improvement for Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America.

Santosh Mohan. Head of Platform and More Disruption Please Ecosystem at athenahealth (Watertown, Mass.). Mr. Mohan spent time as a digital solutions management fellow at Stanford (Calif.) Health Care and helped the organization achieve EMR Adoption Model Stage 7 inpatient and outpatient validations before taking on his current role as the head of More Disruption Please Labs at athenahealth. A proven leader in the health IT space, Mr. Mohan is a Duke Fuqua Scholar in clinical informatics and received the HIMSS Founders Leadership Award in 2017. Mr. Mohan is also a past chair of the HIMSS Innovation Committee and a current member of the HIMSS User Experience Committee.

Juan Molina. Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at CareCloud (Miami). In his role at CareCloud, an open cloud-based healthcare platform, Mr. Molina drives initiatives that support the organization’s strategy and accelerate the adoption of CareCloud in healthcare. One of Mr. Molina’s notable feats was establishing partnerships with PNC Bank and First Data Corporation to help bring financial technologies to healthcare, including e-commerce, retail and new payment methods that would improve patient outcomes and business growth. Before his chief strategy position, Mr. Molina served as director of sales at CareCloud and was on the founding team of both CareCloud and Avisena, a revenue cycle and practice management solutions company.

Annette Morgan. Vice President of Wellness and Retail Sales at Providence St. Joseph Health (Renton, Wash.). In her current role as vice president of wellness and retail sails at Providence St. Joseph Health, Ms. Morgan serves the nation’s third-largest health system by bed count with 4,062 licensed beds. She oversees the health system’s wellness strategy and business development and guides the organization’s search for new sustainable sources of revenue to invest in. She is responsible for developing retail wellness centers, which bring personalized medical, lifestyle and fitness services to patients outside of the hospital setting. Ms. Morgan has grown this service line, which is focused on population health, from three centers to 11. Before becoming vice president of wellness, Ms. Morgan was executive director of strategic services at Providence St. Joseph Health.

Sophia Morris. Vice President of Account Management at Aya Healthcare (San Diego). Ms. Morris oversees Aya Healthcare’s client services team, facility contracts and business development. In addition, she leads the company’s account managers and account coordinators. In the last several years her team has grown 1,600 percent and in the last year, 75 percent of her team was promoted at least one level. She has been involved in several initiatives at Aya Healthcare, a privately owned travel nurse staffing and workforce solutions provider in the U.S. Some of those initiatives included developing roles and defined promotion paths so that her team could adapt to the rapidly changing environment; establishing a mentorship program for recruiters and account managers; and creating a training program for all employees.

Debraj Mukherjee, MD. Director of Neurosurgical Oncology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital (Baltimore). Dr. Mukherjee is tasked with creating a top-notch neurosurgical oncology program that can treat both intrinsic and metastatic tumors. He builds interdisciplinary teams of surgeons and administrators and puts together the clinical research portfolio to optimize operations, advance research and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Mukherjee received his medical degree from Hanover, N.H.-based Dartmouth Medical School, where he was named a C. Everett Koop Scholar, Rhodes Scholar finalist and a Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society member. He also received the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award, which recognizes a select group of physicians who exemplify the medical profession’s values.

Jacob Myers. CEO and Co-founder of MedPilot (New York City). Mr. Myers’ patient engagement platform streamlines billing and collections to enhance the patient payment experience and improve provider’s bottom lines. In his role, Mr. Myers is responsible for MedPilot’s growth, client relations and fundraising strategy. Under his guidance, the company has grown into a leading platform working with a multitude of large providers, practice management systems and revenue cycle companies to transform the patient financial experience. He previously served as a revenue cycle management consultant at Healthcare MCR.

Dr. Jean Nehme. Co-founder, CEO of Touch Surgery (London, UK & New York City). Dr. Nehme, earned his medical degree in plastic surgery at Imperial College London, where he co-founded Touch Surgery, a mobile platform for surgical training. Dr. Nehme won the London Business School Deloitte Digital Health Award in 2015 and the Founders Forum Singapore Rising Star award for his work in using artificial intelligence to create a virtual reality simulation for physicians-in-training.

Ben Nguyen. Director of Sidebench Health (Culver City, Calif.). Throughout his career, Mr. Nguyen has been an innovator. He started healthcare technology consulting firm Sidebench Health’s healthcare practice and co-created a first-in-kind product with the American Heart Association. He also teamed with Crossfit’s co-founder to launch Manifest, an athletic training program, and serves as a guest lecturer at Los Angeles-based USC Marshall as well as Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Sarah Nunnelly. COO of Princeton Baptist Medical Center (Birmingham, Ala.). Ms. Nunnelly became COO of Princeton Baptist Medical Center in 2014. She is tasked with overseeing clinical and nonclinical areas of the hospital. Under her leadership, the hospital opened a structural heart and valve center to offer patients new treatment for cardio-related diseases. In 2014, Ms. Nunnelly won the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Health’s Young Alumni Achievement Award. She previously served as assistant administrator as well as the director of operations and business development at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

Christina Oh. CEO of Placentia (Calif.) Linda Hospital. Ms. Oh is the CEO of Placentia-Linda Hospital, which is under the Tenet Healthcare umbrella. Ms. Oh joined Tenet in 2008, serving in several physician development roles for Hardeeville, S.C.-based Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head (S.C.) as well as COO for Rock Hill, S.C.-based Piedmont Medical Center, before assuming the CEO role at Placentia-Linda. In her COO role at Tenet’s Piedmont hospital, she helped execute several expansion and upgrade projects, including the construction of the York Imaging Center as well as patient room renovations in the hospital’s main tower. Under her leadership, Placentia-Linda earned top patient safety grades from Leapfrog.

Russell Olsen. Vice President of Innovation and Product Management of WebPT (Phoenix). Mr. Olsen brings extensive experience in healthcare and growth companies to his role at WebPT, a rehabilitation therapy software platform. He is responsible for category design, product management, user experience and product discovery. Since he started at WebPT in 2017, the company has launched two products and acquired two others to enhance patient care. Prior to WebPT, Mr. Olsen worked as an offering leader at IBM Watson Health; vice president of innovation and project management at Phytel; CIO and vice president of product management at MDdatacor and as a senior IT auditor at Ernst & Young.

Jeffrey Patterson. CEO of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus and Abrazo Heart Hospital (Phoenix). Mr. Patterson was CEO of Nacogdoches (Texas) Medical Center and COO of Palm Springs, Calif.-based Desert Regional Medical Center before becoming CEO of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus and Abrazo Heart Hospital, both Tenet facilities. During his tenure at Nacogdoches, the hospital opened a Level 2 NICU and achieved The Joint Commission’s certifications for chest pain, advanced primary stroke and total joint replacement programs.

Dawn Plested. COO of Federal Urban Health Network (St. Paul, Minn.). Ms. Plested is responsible for guiding the Federal Urban Health Network’s mission and leading its strategic, operational and financial goals. She has a track record of success in operations, revenue cycle, marketing and government relations. Before joining FUHN, Ms. Plested was director of operations at Staples, Minn.-based Lakewood Health System and CEO of Plested Healthcare Consulting.

Maulik Purohit, MD. Senior Vice President and CMIO of University Health System (San Antonio). Before joining University Health System, Dr. Purohit was recruited by the U.S. Defense Department to lead the creation of a brain injury center that would seamlessly combine integrative medicine modalities with standard care treatment for brain injuries. He built the program from zero funding to achieve $7 million to $9 million in grant funding over four years and include more than 10 clinical trials. At University Health System, Dr. Purohit implements IT products for the health system and provides strategy on integrating clinical operations, IT and quality departments.

Chat Razdan. Co-founder and CEO of Care+Wear (New York City). Mr. Razdan sets company direction and strategy for Care+Wear, a company founded in 2014 that creates healthwear to improve the patient and caregiver experience. He laid the groundwork for the company’s initial products and is engaged with company fundraising, capital expenditures, major enterprise sales and investor management. He has formed partnerships with the American Cancer Society, Stand Up to Cancer, MLB and the NBA. Before founding Care+Wear, Mr. Razdan was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

Sunitha Reddy, MBA, MPH. Vice President of Operations at Prime Healthcare (Ontario, Calif.). Ms. Reddy drives innovation at Prime Healthcare and directs the 45-hospital system’s operational strategy and initiatives. Throughout her tenure, she has improved the supply chain, revenue cycle, acquisition strategy and corporate processes. Before joining Prime, she was a consultant in strategy and operations for GE Healthcare Camden Group where she led strategic planning engagement for a six-hospital system and promoted physician engagement.

Iyah Romm. Co-founder and CEO of Cityblock Health (New York City). Mr. Romm is founding CEO of Cityblock Health, a spinoff of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs that aims to improve the health of urban communities. The company provides qualified Medicare and Medicaid patients with access to high value, personalized healthcare services in a fully capitated environment. Mr. Romm leads the company’s development of high-growth, scalable tech-enabled services to tackle problems in healthcare. He previously served as chief transformation officer and vice president of clinical operations at Commonwealth Care Alliance, a nonprofit health plan and integrated service delivery system.

Gino Santorio. COO of Broward Health (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Mr. Santorio is responsible for the daily operations of Broward Health, a 1,529-bed organization with 8,430 employees and 1,399 clinicians on the active medical staff. He ensures proper operational controls are in place systemwide and sets comprehensive goals for the health system to maximize performance. Before joining Broward Health, Mr. Santorio was senior vice president and CEO of North Miami Beach, Fla.-based Jackson North Medical Center, a 382-bed acute care facility where he was part of a team that executed projects for $148 million worth of expenses and reductions.

Anand Shah, MD. CMO of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Washington, D.C.). Dr. Shah leads medical and science policy development at the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He focuses on developing consumer-directed care, physician specialty models and prescription drug models as well as strategies to combat the opioid crisis. He is at the forefront of developing value-based care changes to the Medicare program.

Tanya Sharp. President and CEO of Boone County Health Center (Albion, Neb.). Ms. Sharp manages the day-to-day operations of Boone County Health Center and its entities to ensure a sound fiscal operation. She also heads the organization’s leadership team in developing, prioritizing and executing short- and long-term projects, strategic planning and growth objectives. She’s now overseeing the health center’s effort to build a local clinic. Before she was CEO, Ms. Sharp was the system’s CFO for two years.

Abhinav Shashank. CEO of Innovaccer (San Francisco). Mr. Shashank has led Innovaccer, a healthcare data platform company, since its inception in 2012. With more than 25 healthcare organizations as customers, Mr. Shashank presided over tremendous company growth; Innovaccer now has at least 300 million streamlined data points. The company’s year-over-year revenue growth has reached 400 percent, and as a result, Mr. Shashank earned a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list. Economic Times also named Mr. Shashank to its Founders to Look Out For in 2016 list.

David Singer. General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for EmergeOrtho (Durham, N.C.). As the chief compliance officer and general counsel for EmergeOrtho, a large orthopedic group practice, Mr. Singer oversees all aspects of the legal and compliance team. He created and manages the company’s legal department and corporate compliance program. He also provided general counseling to EmergeOrtho through the North Carolina-based company’s statewide merger. Prior to joining EmergeOrtho, Mr. Singer was chief counsel for Maxim Healthcare Services.

Kari Smith. Director of Revenue Cycle Integrity Management at NSN Revenue Resources (Tampa, Fla.). Ms. Smith oversees all operations related to coding and billing at NSN Revenue Resources. She is quick to find trends and identify opportunities to maximize revenue potential. Before assuming her current role, Ms. Smith gained experience as a billing manager, coding and billing specialist and a medical claims biller at Sierra Vista Surgery Center in Reno, Nev.

Kate Sommerfeld. President of the Social Determinants of Health Institute of ProMedica (Toledo, Ohio). Ms. Sommerfeld was executive director of the Wood County United Way in Bowling Green, Ohio, and corporate director of the Social Determinants of Health Institute at ProMedica before being promoted to president of the institute. She is responsible for driving the institute’s mission, financial management, data analytics and policy objectives. She cultivates strategic partnerships locally and nationally and shares best practices for clinical innovation. She has experience securing funds for large projects, including ProMedica’s $50 million commitment to neighborhood revitalization made in 2017.

Brian Sterud. CIO of Faith Regional Health Services (Norfolk, Neb.). Mr. Sterud is the CIO of Faith Regional Health Services, overseeing IT and cybersecurity initiatives for the health system. In 2017, he was named the Nebraska HIMSS visionary of the year after leading his second organization through HIMSS Stage 6 implementation. Before joining Faith Regional, Mr. Sterud was director of IT at Brookings (S.D.) Health System.

John Stewart. Vice President of Millennium Medical Management and Surgery Center of Viera (Melbourne, Fla.). Mr. Stewart is responsible for the operations of Millennium Medical Management, which includes Deuk Spine Institute, Surgery Center of Viera and Viera Health and Wellness. During his tenure, Mr. Stewart has led the company through 285 percent year-over-year revenue growth and 50 percent increase in new patient visits through the practice. The group grew from two physicians to 10 in less than four years and has developed six additional practices.

Nicholas Tejeda. Market CEO of the Hospitals of Providence, Transmountain and Sierra Campuses (El Paso, Texas). In 2016, Tenet charged Mr. Tejeda with overseeing the health system’s first teaching hospital in El Paso, a $200 million project. In his current role as market CEO for the Hospitals of Providence in El Paso, Mr. Tejeda is tasked with capturing market opportunities for improved operational efficiency and effectiveness. He also aims to drive more value for patients. He has previous experience as CEO of Doctors Hospital of Manteca (Calif.), and he is the immediate past president of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives.

Anncy Thomas, MD. CIO of Episcopal Health Services (Far Rockaway, N.Y.). Dr. Thomas leads the information technology and services team at Episcopal Health Services where she is responsible for developing an innovative, scalable and secure environment. She began her tenure as a family medicine resident at EHS, where she developed a commitment to the hospital and its community. She began taking informatics courses during her residency and used her IT knowledge to improve sustainable workflows and the physician experience using the EMR. Before her current role, Dr. Thomas was CMIO of the system.

Ashley Thompson. Government and External Affairs Liaison for UnityPoint Health (West Des Moines, Iowa). Ms. Thompson leads advocacy and public policy engagement efforts for UnityPoint Health as the government and external affairs liaison. She focuses on ensuring Medicaid patients and those with behavioral health, substance abuse disorders and chronic medical needs have access to care and community-based support. She also supports the health system’s five affiliated UnityPoint Health Community Mental Health Centers and 18 affiliated critical access and rural hospitals. Ms. Thompson joined UnityPoint Health in 2012 as the lead communications specialist for UnityPoint Accountable Care, which serves 325,000 patients, and became director of patient and community partner engagement for two of the system’s hospitals before being promoted to her current role.

Nazanin Tondravi. Director of Regulatory Affairs at Memorial Healthcare System (Hollywood, Fla.). Ms. Tondravi is responsible for licensing and accreditation for about 1,800 beds in five hospitals, ASCs, ambulatory programs and a nursing home as director of regulatory affairs at Memorial Healthcare System. She previously worked for The Joint Commission, where she gained expertise in accreditation and compliance. In addition to her responsibilities at Memorial Healthcare, Ms. Tondravi is a board member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Shoshana Ungerleider, MD. Founder of End Well Symposium (San Francisco). Dr. Ungerleider is an advocate for end-of-life care, founding End Well Symposium, an event designed to address end-of-life issues in the multidisciplinary community, and the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund, which supports innovative programs that further palliative care education. In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Dr. Ungerleider serves on the teaching faculty for Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and sits on the foundation board of trustees. The San Francisco Business Times honored Dr. Ungerleider with its local 40 Under 40 Award.

Holly Winters. Senior Director of Client Operations, Midwest Region of NSN Revenue Resources (Tampa, Fla.). Ms. Winters has expertise in revenue cycle management and has increased opportunities for NSN Revenue Resources’ ASC clients as the senior director of client operations. She has a particular knack for excellent customer service for patients and ASCs, and can ensure clean claims in a timely manner. Before her current role, Ms. Winters served as director of client operations, revenue cycle manager and patient collections manager with NSN.

Madison Workman. COO of Coral Gables (Fla.) Hospital. Mr. Workman is an integral part of the management team that oversees the 245-bed acute care hospital. He is responsible for implementing all operational goals and assisting in the hospital’s strategic initiatives. Before joining Coral Gables in 2017, Mr. Workman served as an assistant administrator at North Shore Medical Center, a 337-bed hospital, and was involved in the operations and financial management of the hospital’s lab and radiology services.

Andrew Zwers. Vice President-Group Operations of PIH Health (Whittier, Calif.). Mr. Zwers oversees the daily operations and sets strategic growth priorities for PIH Health, an integrated healthcare delivery network. The organization includes a large multispecialty medical group with a $160 million operating budget and about 180 providers. Over the last year, Mr. Zwers has decreased operating expenses by 11 percent and implemented a strategic physician recruitment and acquisition plan that increased the number of physicians by 18 percent. He also oversaw the development of the group’s urgent care strategy, which brings in 20,000 new patient visits annually.

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Anthem Expands $500M Deal with IBM with Focus on IT Automation, AI – Healthcare Informatics

Attendance at the annual RSNA Conference held steady this year in relation to the two most recent years, while artificial intelligence/machine learning remained a strong focus

Attendance at the annual RSNA Conference, sponsored by the Oak Brook, Ill.-based Radiological Society of North America, and being held this week at Chicago’s vast McCormick Place Convention Center, held steady this year in relation to the attendance recorded at recent previous RSNA Conferences.

As of Monday, total advance registration for this conference, which brings together professionals connected to radiology from all over the world, was recorded at 48,615, with 22,914 professional registrants. Those figures compare with 48,445 and 48,888 in 2017 and 206, and 23,097 and 23,656 professional registrants in 2017 and 2016. In other words, the figures this ear are almost exactly the same as last year and the year before.

Meanwhile, 693 companies are exhibiting this year, compared to 667 last year, and 691 in 2016.

These advance registration figures represent the number of individuals who had planned to attend. Some attendees this year have been delayed because of an intense snowstorm that hit Chicago in the early morning hours into the mid-morning, and that has caused travel chaos across a large swath of the central United States. On Sunday, more than 800 flights were cancelled at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and about 300 flights were cancelled at Chicago’s Midway Airport; a few hundred additional flights were cancelled at O’Hare Airport on Monday.

Meanwhile, those who were able to make it to Chicago had the opportunity on Sunday to hear a president’s address given by Vijay M. Rao, M.D., the current president of RSNA, one that focused strongly on artificial intelligence and machine learning. “No matter where I travel, I see the hype, the hope and the fear created by the rapid rise of technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, Dr. Rao told the audience in Arie Crown Theater for Sunday’s opening session, according to Monday’s edition of the official Daily Bulletin of RSNA. “I believe more firmly than ever that AI has the potential to enhance our profession and transform the practice of radiology worldwide. It will allow radiologists to spend more time on initiatives that will benefit both patients and physicians.”


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In her president’s address, Dr. Rao peered ahead into the future to imagine how the growth in digital imaging and the overall explosion of data now available in medicine will address some of the current challenges faced in radiology. She called for a rebranding of reading rooms into digital diagnostic data hubs where clinical teams could gather, or even participate virtually, to make patient management decisions as a group. And she suggested that, at these diagnostic data hubs, radiologists could turn to AI to aggregate current imaging findings with those of prior images from other modalities, along with lab results, biopsy findings, and key aspects of the histories and physical exams of patients.

Nor was Dr. Rao speaking in the abstract; as the Daily Bulletin also reported, researchers at Stanford University have developed a model employing machine learning techniques to assess the efficacy of ultrasound surveillance of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in high-risk patients. As Lynn Antonopolous reported, “Long-term, longitudinal data from the study may help validate and improve care recommendations and assess the clinical outcomes of HCC surveillance patients.” And she quoted Hailey Choi, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of clinical radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), who said of the research program, “The development of robust AI natural language processing techniques, and the introduction of structured reporting with the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) ultrasound Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) in recent years, presented an opportunity for us to review our own clinical experience with US screening for HCC on a large scale.”

Dr. Choi and her team assessed the free-text in a selection of 13,860 U.S. screening and surveillance exams from 4,830 subjects performed between 2007 and 2017, prior to the release of U.S. LI-RADS specifications. Then, using 1,744 more recent reports containing U.S. LI-RADS specifications, they applied a scalable, ensemble ML approach to build a model that inferred U.S. LI-RADS categories from neural word embedding analysis of the body text—a process that mathematically represents words and can gauge the relationship between them. “We created a lexicon of key terms used in ultrasound liver imaging to prove a framework for analysis and machine learning algorithms on the report text; we also labeled a subset of the unstructured reports for further training of the model,” she noted in a presentation.

None of the emphasis on AI and machine learning surprises James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer at Innovation Care Partners, a clinically integrated network based in Phoenix. “Certainly, it’s another year where machine learning is absolutely dominating the conversation,” Dr. Whitfill told Healthcare Informatics Monday at McCormick Place. “In radiology, we continue to be aware of how the hype of machine learning is giving way to the reality; that it’s not a wholesale replacement of physicians. Tremendous advances in, for example, interpreting chest x-rays; some of the work that Stanford’s done,” he said, referencing the work of Dr. Choi and fellow researchers at Stanford. “They’ve got algorithms that can diagnose 15 different pathological findings. So there is true material advancement taking place. At the same time,” he cautioned, “people are realizing that coming up with the algorithm is one piece, but that there are surprising complications. So you develop an algorithm on Siemens equipment, but when you to Fuji, the algorithm fails—it no longer reliably identifies pathology, because it turns out you have to train the algorithm not just on examples form just one manufacturer, but from lots of manufacturers.”

Indeed, Dr. Whitfill said, “We continue to find that these algorithms are not as consistent as identifying yourself on Facebook for example. It’s turning out that radiology is way more complex. We take images on lots of different machines. So huge strides are being made. But it’s very clear that human and machine learning together will create the breakthroughs. We talk about physician burnout, and even physicians leaving. I think that machine offers a good chance of removing a lot of the drudgery in healthcare. If we can automate some processes, then it will free up our time for quality judgment, and also to spend time talking to patients, not just staring at the screen.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Whitfill said, “Every booth and product at RSNA this year will talk about machine learning and artificial intelligence, just has been the case with population health at HIMSS in the past couple of years,” referring to the annual HIMSS Conference, sponsored by the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. “But the dirty secret is that everybody’s still struggling with what really works. We haven’t see commercial viability of much. And you have to pay for the machine learning out of your existing capital, and that’s a challenge.”

Why Do the Biggest Companies Keep Getting Bigger? It’s How They Spend on Tech – The Wall Street Journal

Your suspicions are correct: The biggest companies in every field are pulling away from their peers faster than ever, sucking up the lion’s share of revenue, profits and productivity gains.

Economists have proposed many possible explanations: top managers flocking to top firms, automation creating an imbalance in productivity, merger-and-acquisition mania, lack of antitrust regulation and more.


Fortune 500 Leaders Join CTO Forum’s RETHINK STRATEGY to Address Leadership, Strategic Innovation and the … – PR Web (press release)

The CTO Forum, a premier organization for senior technology and business leaders, today announced its featured keynote speakers for the CTO Forum’s ninth annual RETHINK STRATEGY executive education program, which will be held at the Harvard Business School in Boston from July 29 to August 1, 2018.

RETHINK STRATEGY is an elite program offered through partnership of the CTO Forum and Harvard Business School. The mission of this groundbreaking program is to help senior leaders identify, examine, and overcome the industry challenges they face in developing and leading the organization and in sustaining a competitive edge. HBS faculty and Fortune 500 Chairmen, CEOs and Leaders will deliver a series of interactive sessions that fundamentally provide the blueprints, frameworks and war chest for thriving in the digital age. The program provides an excellent opportunity for senior executives to learn how to embrace challenges, see opportunities and frame the big picture. Harvard’s world-class faculty members and the participation of distinguished top-tier executives who will share their vision on the challenges at the intersection of technology, business and society, makes this program a must-attend event.

This year’s featured keynote speakers include an exceptional group of distinguished leaders who will share their thoughts on Leadership, Strategic Innovation and the State of Business, Technology, and Digital Transformation. The CTO Forum is honored to welcome:

Patrick Bass, Chief Executive Officer – thyssenkrupp North America, Inc.

Patrick Bass was named CEO of thyssenkrupp North America, Inc., in October 2014 and began his tenure January 2015. He is responsible for facilitating growth in the United States, Canada and Mexico by spearheading greater coordination and collaboration among thyssenkrupp’s operating companies. As the leader of thyssenkrupp’s largest regional headquarters, Bass provides strategic direction and services for all thyssenkrupp companies in North America and helps identify new markets and growth opportunities in the region. In his role, Bass oversees a region with more than 22,000 employees and €9 billion (approximately $9.6 billion) in sales in fiscal year 2016/2017.

Lance M. Fritz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer – Union Pacific Corporation

Lance M. Fritz is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Pacific. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became President and Chief Executive Officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation’s Board of Directors. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Union Pacific Railroad, a position he had held since February 2014, after serving as Executive Vice President-Operations and Vice President-Labor Relations, respectively. He began his Union Pacific career in July 2000 as Vice President and General Manager-Energy in the company’s Marketing and Sales department.

Tom Hayes, President and Chief Executive Officer – Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tom Hayes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods, Inc. He has led the largest U.S. food company since late 2016, spearheading its transformation to a modern food company and putting sustainability at the center of everything Tyson Foods does. In his role, he leads 122,000 team members and familiar brands including Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tom is focused on creating shared value, addressing societal needs and challenges in a way that benefits company stakeholders. He’s committed to using the company’s unmatched scale to make a positive impact – for instance, making chicken raised with no antibiotics ever widely accessible in the U.S.

Stuart Miller, Executive Chairman – Lennar Corporation

Stuart Miller is the Executive Chairman of Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. He is also a member of Lennar’s Board of Directors. Mr. Miller has worked full time with Lennar for over 35 years, serving in various capacities for the Company’s Homebuilding Division and former Investment and Commercial Properties Division. From 1991 to October 1997, Mr. Miller was the President of both of these business segments and the primary force behind their growth and success during that time. He became CEO of Lennar in April 1997 until he assumed his current role as Executive Chairman in April 2018.

Amrit Ray, Global President, R&D – Pfizer Essential Health

Amrit Ray, MD, MBA, serves as Global President, Research & Development (R&D), Pfizer Essential Health (PEH). PEH produces some of the world’s most trusted medicines that touch hundreds of millions of patients around the world, every year and at every stage of life. As the Global President of PEH R&D, Dr. Ray has responsibility for a R&D organization supporting both a rich R&D pipeline and an unrivaled on market portfolio of over 600 medicines. The end-to-end, global organization comprises all core R&D functions for both small and large molecules, and also houses unique scientific strengths in complex sterile injectables, drug delivery systems, and combination product development that enable us to better meet the needs of patients. R&D thrives on a patient-centric, innovative culture and has built a broad pipeline of compounds that hold the promise of delivering new, life-changing therapies for a wide range of debilitating and chronic diseases including in cardiovascular, pain-management, oncology, men’s/women’s health, and in anti-infectives where Pfizer offers the industry’s largest and most diverse portfolio including more than 80 potentially life-saving medicines.

Stephan Schenk, President and CEO – TD Bank US Holdings LLC

Stephan Schenk is the President and CEO of TD Group US Holdings and member of the TD GUS Board of Directors. Stephan is responsible for management of the risks of the combined U.S. operations, which include TD’s U.S. retail and wholesale businesses. Previously, Mr. Schenk served as the Chief Auditor, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. In this role, he oversaw the independent assessment of the Bank’s key processes and controls and managed the talented group of individuals who conduct internal audits for the Bank. Before this role, Mr. Schenk also served as Head of Operational Risk Management where he was responsible for the Operational Risk program development and implementation across TD Bank.

Michael L. Tipsord, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer – State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Michael L. Tipsord is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. State Farm® and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States. More than 19,000 agents and 70,000 employees live the State Farm mission to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. Alongside the State Farm senior executive leadership team, Michael is driving State Farm to demonstrate unsurpassed value to customers and grow the business in an expanding, evolving and increasingly complex marketplace. Michael was named Chief Executive Officer in Sept. 2015 and President earlier the same year. He was elected Chairman of the Board of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in June 2016.

Steven C. Voorhees, Chief Executive Officer – WestRock Company

Steve Voorhees is Chief Executive Officer of WestRock Company. Previously he was CEO of RockTenn. Prior to that, Steve served in various executive leadership roles, including president and chief operating officer; executive vice president and chief financial officer; and chief administrative officer. Before joining RockTenn, Steve was in operations and executive roles at Sonat Inc., a diversified energy company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jeremy King, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer – Walmart

Jeremy King is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for all Walmart U.S. stores and eCommerce. His organization, Walmart Labs, consists of U.S. retail technology, U.S. eCommerce technology and Jet technology – including a global presence in infrastructure, cloud and data platforms. Their charter is to create a seamless shopping experience so customers can save money and live better – anytime and anywhere. Jeremy has been on the forefront of cloud computing and brings more than 20 years of experience building highly available and scalable technology platforms to support global commerce operations. He is an expert on engineering methodology and productivity, developing software as a service (SaaS) technology platforms and presentation layer frameworks.

Deepak Krishnamurthy, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Deepak Krishnamurthy is responsible for shaping SAP’s global strategy and identifying the short- and long-term growth drivers for SAP. Deepak has architected SAP’s transition to the cloud, including driving several large cloud M&A transactions. Deepak drives SAP’s innovation strategy around new business models, including its focus around AI/ML, IoT and Blockchain. Deepak also oversees SAP’s Customer and Market Insights, which is responsible for competitive positioning and sales enablement leveraging big data analytics. Deepak also leads SAP.iO, an open innovation initiative made up of a unique combination of early stage venture investments and startup acceleration across San Francisco, New York City, Berlin, Paris and Tel Aviv.

Raji Arasu SVP, Platform and Core Services, CTO-Dev – Intuit, Inc.

Raji Arasu is Senior Vice President of Platform and Services at Intuit, Inc. In this role she leads the development of the company’s platforms and core services to enable Intuit’s product development teams to build innovative products and services. Prior to Intuit, she served as Chief Technology Officer for eBay subsidiary StubHub, after holding a variety of leadership roles at eBay.

Scott Crowder, SVP & Chief Information Officer – BMC Software

Scott Crowder is Chief Information Officer for BMC Software, Inc. He is responsible for the company’s Information Services and Technology group, which provides business applications, end user support, production and R&D cloud infrastructure, unified communications, information security and service governance. Scott has more than 30 years of experience in product development, service delivery and assurance for information technology organizations. Prior to BMC, he was Vice President of Data Center Operations at Blackbaud where he was responsible for delivering managed services, SaaS CRM, CMS and eCommerce services for approximately 12,000 customers.

Allegra Driscoll, Managing Director, Head of Global Markets Client & Content Technology – Credit Suisse

Allegra Driscoll is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets division based in New York. She is the Global Head of Client & Content Technology, which is responsible for the development of client facing applications and internal client management tools. She has previously worked on the business side at Credit Suisse with responsibility for designing and optimizing the Investment Bank’s client service functions and related technology. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Allegra spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs in a variety of roles including Vice President in the Securities Division Sales Management team, Associate on the Futures, Clearing, and Execution Franchise Management Team, and a developer on the risk technology team.

Ryan Kean, VP Technical Strategy and Architecture – The Kroger Company

Ryan Kean is Vice President of Technical Strategy and Architecture for The Kroger Company. He has responsibility for the strategic vision and delivery of enterprise operations, engineering and architecture for mainframe, open systems, midrange systems, enterprise storage, backup and recovery, and virtualization technologies. His current focus and initiatives include the infrastructure responsibility for enterprise application and master data management project, development of a private cloud architecture, identification and realization of infrastructure cost optimization opportunities, process and efficiency enhancement, and championing associate engagement career growth opportunities.

Sarah Riley, IT Director of Technical Platforms – Monsanto Company

Sarah Riley serves as IT Director of Technical Platforms for Monsanto. She has over 20 years experience in Information Technology in both hands-on technical and leadership roles. A St. Louis area native, Sarah has worked at TALX (now Equifax Workforce Solutions) and Express Scripts and is currently the IT Director of Technical Platforms in the Products & Engineering team at Monsanto. She has also served as Adjunct Professor in Computer Information Systems at Lewis and Clark Community College in IL.

Fidelma Russo, Chief Technology Officer, Iron Mountain

In her role as CTO of Iron Mountain, Fidelma Russo provides the leadership, vision and roadmap for how technology can further strengthen the company’s current and future product offerings, service delivery and overall business. Fidelma leads the Global Technology Organization, a customer-centric global team that includes product engineering, product management, innovation, advanced development and internal technology infrastructure. Leveraging her extensive high tech background, Fidelma drives a shortlist of priorities for Iron Mountain led by digital transformation; cloud enablement; globalization and an unrelenting focus on quality. She is deeply committed to raising the profile of women in technology and is a frequent speaker on the topic at industry and educational events and forums.

Jason Strle, EVP & Group CIO Payments, Virtual Solutions, Innovation and Community Banking – Wells Fargo & Co.

Jason Strle is head of Payments, Virtual Solutions, and Innovation (PVSI) & Community Banking Technology (CBT) for Wells Fargo & Company. He is responsible for providing strategic technology solutions to both the PVSI and Community Banking lines of business, including application design, development, and support. Jason works closely with his business and enterprise technology partners to create a competitive advantage and positive customer impact through innovation, simplification and an obsession with the customer experience. Jason has significant experience reengineering and transforming banking platforms leveraging digital banking, agile delivery, and payments. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Jason worked at JPMorgan Chase where he was CIO for Consumer Banking, Small Business, and Auto Finance Businesses and Enterprise Core Banking Platforms.

Radhika Venkatraman, Head of Technology, Data and Infrastructure for Global Markets and Credit Suisse Holdings (USA) – Credit Suisse

Radhika Venkatraman is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets Division, based in New York. She is Head of Technology, Data and Infrastructure for Global Markets (GM) and Credit Suisse Holdings (USA) Inc. and is a member of the Global Markets Management Committee, the IHC Operating Committee and the Group CIO Management Committee. Radhika joined Credit Suisse in 2017. Previously, Radhika was the Chief Information Officer of Network and Technology at Verizon where she worked for 20 years.

Ajay Waghray, EVP & Chief Technology Officer – Assurant, Inc.

Ajay Waghray is Chief Technology Officer of Assurant, Inc, and a member of the Company’s Management Committee. Based in Atlanta, he is responsible for driving technology strategy and aligning IT with business objectives across Assurant’s global enterprise. Prior to joining Assurant in May 2016, Mr. Waghray served as Chief Information Officer of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which provides products and services to a global customer base that includes 98 percent of the Fortune 500. He stepped into the role in 2012, leading the global information technology strategy, systems portfolio development and operations for the then newly created organization. Prior to this, Mr. Waghray served as CIO for Verizon Wireless, where he was instrumental in the company’s 4G/LTE launch and the integration of the Alltel acquisition.

Brett Wingo, SVP, Software, Systems & Operations Cisco Systems, Inc.

Brett Wingo is the Senior Vice President of the Software, Systems and Operations group for the Cisco Services organization within Cisco Systems, Inc. He is responsible for global operations, as well as for the automation, analytics, systems, and infrastructure that optimize and enhance Cisco’s services business. His team’s mission centers on providing great experiences for customers, partners, and service delivery professionals to increase customer satisfaction and Cisco’s profitable growth. Since joining Cisco in 2009, Wingo has served as the Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s service provider infrastructure businesses, including the Routing, Cable, and Optical business units; the Cable Access business unit; and Cisco’s Home Networking group, where he held end-to-end P&L responsibility for all aspects of the Linksys business.

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This Former British Spy Exposed the Russian Hackers – The Weekly Standard

On Friday, July 13, the Justice Department charged 12 Russian military intelligence officials with hacking Democratic National Committee (DNC) email servers as well as leaking stolen documents to outlets such as WikiLeaks, in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. Among those least surprised by the charges was former British spy Matt Tait.

I first met Tait in the fall of 2017, when he was in Washington, D.C., to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The cheerful, lanky 29-year-old does not look or act like someone who is being carefully watched by both U.S. and Russian intelligence communities, nor like someone who has traveled the world as a consultant for technology companies and spent four years working at the U.K.’s top digital intelligence agency.

Despite his modest demeanor, Tait was a key player in deciphering Russian election interference. On June 15, 2016, when the first trove of stolen documents from the DNC was leaked online under the pseudonym Guccifer 2.0; before the FBI launched an investigation into election interference; and before the U.S. intelligence community attributed the cyberattacks to the Russian government, Tait used publicly available information to compile incriminating evidence of metadata and technical slip-ups against the Russian intelligence agency GRU, concluding that the attack bore the hallmarks of a classic Russian influence campaign.

The previous day, the Washington Postreported that the cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike claimed the hacks were carried out over several months by two Russian intelligence groups labeled Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear. Tait tells me the concept of a foreign adversary hacking the DNC at first appeared to be routine intelligence gathering. “They want to know who the next president of the United States might be and who’s around her and what her policies are going to be. That’s just ordinary espionage.”

But the dynamic shifted dramatically within a few hours when the Russians, posing as a Romanian hacker, began dumping the stolen documents online. “That was the point where it conspicuously changed from being, ‘This might be about espionage,’ to being ‘This is clearly an influence campaign,’” Tait says.

Using his Twitter account, @pwnallthethings, Tait worked alongside a small group of experts to closely examine the dump and shed light on the motives of its perpetrators. One expert involved, Thomas Rid, then a professor of war studies at King’s College, London, wrote an article for Esquire detailing how the ragtag group collaborated to piece together identifying information about the Russian hackers.

“As soon as Guccifer [2.0]’s files hit the open Internet, an army of investigators—including old-school hackers, former spooks, security consultants, and journalists—descended on the hastily leaked data,” Rid wrote. “The result was an unprecedented open-source counterintelligence operation: Never in history was intelligence analysis done so fast, so publicly, and by so many.” Rid noted that Tait’s work on the issue was “particularly prolific,” pointing specifically to Tait’s astute observations that the username found in the metadata of one document referenced the founder of the Soviet secret police, and that the files had been edited on a computer with Russian language settings.

Tait had also tweeted that the hackers had conducted the attack in support of Trump, adding that the apparent influence operation marked “another data point in Russian [signals intelligence] strategically leaking data to push a particular narrative.”

Rid tells me that many in the intelligence community came to the same conclusions Tait reached, but the former hacker was one of only a few people in a position to share the facts with the general public. “We had still one foot in the InfoSec community, but we could also talk publicly without causing any trouble for ourselves with our employers,” Rid says. U.S. officials, by contrast, were tight-lipped, waiting until October 2017 to share the intelligence community’s assessment that the Russian GRU had been behind the cyberattacks.

Tait recalls being surprised that the hackers didn’t simply call it quits, given how quickly they were exposed. “We kind of expected they would just go away,” says Tait. “Like, they would say, ‘We screwed up. We got caught. This is dreadful. We’ll just pretend that this didn’t happen and go away back into the night.’ ”

Instead, the Russians doubled down and started to release more documents, only this time they manipulated the metadata in ways specifically designed to discredit Tait’s observations. “They intentionally started editing these documents in multiple languages of Microsoft Word,” says Tait. Suddenly, files cropped up pointing to countries like China and Cuba instead of Russia. “It was very interesting, because what that showed was they were, in real time, responding to people doing analysis.”

Tait’s efforts earned him special attention from the Russian government. First, the Guccifer 2.0 account followed him on Twitter. Then, it became clear they were keeping tabs on what he wrote.

“You could see the changes to the documents that they were doing were not generic changes, but specifically targeted at my personal analysis,” he says. At one point, he came to the realization that “they’re actually reading the stuff that I’m writing, and they’re interested in discrediting it.”

Russian spies weren’t the only ones who started following Tait. His Twitter account, previously popular only among a niche audience, took off. He made new connections with people in the cybersecurity field, like Rid, who says the two met for coffee when they realized they were both living in London. “He’s very funny and extremely quick on his feet,” Rid says. “Intimidatingly smart. It’s just good fun to hang out with him, because he’s the best kind of a nerd you can find.”

Tait grew up in the English city of Chester. After graduating in 2008 from Imperial College, London, where he studied computer science and math, Tait joined the U.K.’s top digital intelligence agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). He worked in the Computer Network Exploitation division, which was tasked with hacking operations. His team was only about six people, but it was responsible for a large part of the agency’s portfolio.

Tait recalls working extraordinarily long hours on operations that were “just completely insane … You can’t even imagine the level of planning and precision and sheer mad schemes that they were putting together. And some of them wouldn’t work, but some of them would, and it was amazing to see them come to fruition.”

What kinds of operations? “All operations,” Tait answers, sidestepping the question. “Most days I was developing software exploits, breaking into computers.”

Asked which computers he targeted, Tait smiles wryly. “Foreign ones.”

He spent four years at the agency before moving to the private sector, where he worked at Google Project Zero and as a consultant for companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. In 2013, Tait started a Twitter account to counter false information during the fierce online privacy debate sparked by the leak of top secret documents stolen from the National Security Agency by former contractor Edward Snowden. At the time, Tait was frustrated by reports that made sensationalist claims contrary to what some of the leaked documents showed.

“It was very upsetting to see people I had worked with both in government, but also technology companies, being accused of things that they couldn’t respond to,” Tait says. His quickly became essentially “the one Twitter account on the entire Internet daring to take the government’s side.”

He kept the account anonymous. “My view was that in the event that I put my name on it, I would get hounded out of my job in Silicon Valley,” Tait says.

Today, he has nearly 130,000 followers and uses his platform to offer intelligence community insights, humorous comments and observations about the news of the day, and in-depth legal commentary; his passion for sharing interesting tidbits from official documents also remains. When Tait first opened the account, he shared quirky Freedom of Information Act requests, such as Central Intelligence Agency cafeteria complaints, and he combed through the many emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server, offering his followers glimpses into how she ran the State Department.

In the spring of 2016, Tait started contributing to Lawfare, an online national security publication founded by Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution and law professors Jack Goldsmith of Harvard and Robert Chesney of the University of Texas at Austin. As a contributing editor, Tait often writes about the intersection of technology and law enforcement, the DNC hack, and election interference.

In June 2017, he published a bombshell account, “The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians,” detailing his interactions with Republican activist Peter Smith, who wanted Tait to verify allegedly deleted emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server that he had learned about on “the Dark Web.” Tait believed that Smith, who touted his relationship with former national security advisor Michael Flynn, was coordinating with the Trump campaign. “In my conversations with Smith and his colleague, I tried to stress this point: If this dark web contact is a front for the Russian government, you really don’t want to play this game,” wrote Tait. “But they were not discouraged.”

Tait’s story sparked intense media attention. “My inbox basically blew up,” he says, and he was invited to appear on nearly every cable news show (requests that he declined). “People tried to meet with my accountant. People tried to contact my family,” Tait tells me. Several reporters even showed up at his house in London.

Tait’s account also caught the attention of Robert Mueller. According to Business Insider, Mueller’s team interviewed Tait during the fall of 2017 about his dealings with Smith, and records show he answered questions from the House Intelligence Committee in October. During our interview, Tait declines to discuss details of the ongoing investigation.

Today, Tait is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center for International Security and Law, where he teaches a graduate course, “Cybersecurity Foundations: Introduction to the Relevant Technology for Law and Policy.”

He describes the class as “a technical course for students who are not technical” that tackles questions including why cybersecurity vulnerabilities exist, why developers create vulnerabilities, how software can be defended, and how to clean up after someone has broken into a system. Tait notes that his material does not make moral judgments—“It’s not saying hackers are good and defenders are bad, because of course, depending on the context, it might be the other way ’round.”

The objective is for students to become better prepared if and when they encounter cybersecurity issues in the professional world.

“Matt Tait is almost unique in his ability to speak to all of these audiences very intelligently,” says Chesney, who also serves as director of the Strauss Center. “Maybe it’s his wonderful accent, maybe it’s the personal charm. He’s a very friendly, funny, and positive person, and those are qualities that make for great teaching on any subject.” Chesney argues there is a need for students to gain a firm grasp of the fundamentals of cybersecurity. “They need literacy, not fluency. Fluency is great, but we just need lawyers and policymakers to be literate,” he says.

Chesney discovered Tait the same way everyone else did: online. “He was becoming somebody you would see as a commentator. It was clear he has a good grasp not just on the technology but on the relevant legal and policy aspects.” He thought Tait would be a natural teacher, and invited him to join the faculty in 2016.

Nina Guidice, a technology policy student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, took Tait’s seminar course in the spring of 2018. She says Tait “taught everything with a sense of humor” and was accessible to students. Another one of Tait’s former students, Justin Laden, a JD candidate, enjoyed learning key interdisciplinary skills from someone with real-world experience in cybersecurity. Tait is “extremely well-versed in the law,” despite not having earned a law degree, he notes.

Asked whether Tait’s students were aware of their professor’s Twitter fame and involvement in the Russia investigation, Chesney laughs. “A few knew, and some others figured it out along the way, but not everyone really did,” he says. “A few were keenly aware what a unique opportunity it is. But especially since he’s not ‘Professor Pwn All the Things,’ he’s just plain ol’ Professor Tait, it’s easy to miss.”

Tait, content to remain in obscurity, says that’s probably for the best.

U of T alumni build app to crowdsource issues with bike parking in Toronto – News@UofT

Finding somewhere to park a bike on busy Toronto streets can be challenging – with some cyclists forced to walk for blocks or lock their bikes to trees and signposts.

The creators of a new app are hoping to find a solution to the city’s bike parking problem by crowdsourcing data on parking issues.

BikeSpace is a web-based app, funded in part by the City of Toronto, which encourages cyclists to report parking issues at their location, from a lack of parking spots to an abandoned bicycle taking up space.

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“The app is meant to be a very streamlined, quick experience where, in that moment of frustration with bike parking which everyone experiences, you can pull out your phone and in approximately 30 seconds you can state the problem, the location, and provide a contextual photo or comment,” says Jake Miller, BikeSpace’s product manager. “By making these personal anecdotes something we’re capturing, we can tell a broader story about what’s happening to cyclists with regards to bike parking.”

Last year, Miller graduated from the University of Toronto’s with a Master of Information from the Faculty of Information. During his time at U of T, he became interested in information policy, user experience design (UX) and databases.

“It was actually the perfect preparation for this job,” he says.

Miller leads a team of volunteers in developing the app, including two U of T alumna – Pearl Sequeira and Kate Skipton.

BikeSpace is a web-based app because, “we wanted anyone to be able to use it,” says Miller. “Even someone who doesn’t have a smartphone or doesn’t have access to the internet besides going to the library” (photo by Romi Levine)

BikeSpace began as a challenge brought forth by the City of Toronto to Civic Tech, a group of tech-savvy Torontonians looking to address urban issues using technology through regular “hacknights.”

“I’m not aware of any project in Canada in which a Civic Tech group of volunteers has been given the finances to actually build something with any level of government,” says Miller. “They’re doing something really innovative at city hall with this.”

All of the data collected by the app, which is available now, will be mapped out and put online.

“I think it allows people to get creative and it builds accountability or, at the very least, it opens the dialogue a lot more than has currently been the case,” says Miller.

This data will provide proof points for city planners when deciding where to install more bicycle parking, and for developers who may identify a need for bike parking around their properties, he says.

Miller hopes to see this model of civic engagement catch on for other urban issues.

“That’s actually a very powerful model because it allows smaller communities to magnify their voice.”

Online classes help Eastern Michigan, WCC students earn degrees from home – MLive.com

YPSILANTI, MI – MaggiAnn Monroe is the kind of “non-traditional” student that colleges and universities are trying to attract to their online degree programs.

Monroe, 36, graduated as a licensed practical nurse eight years ago before earning an associate degree in nursing from Kellogg Community College in 2015.

Today, she works as a registered nurse at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson. After completing her first shift work and driving home, she makes dinner for her children before putting them to bed.

When the day is “done,” she gets back to work earning her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Eastern Michigan University. She does her work online.

“I set aside time when I get home from work, but primarily, I’ll work on it during the weekends, because I have all day to work on it,” said Monroe, whose job at Henry Ford requires she earn a BSN degree within five years of being on the job.

Students like Monroe have become a major focus in the marketing efforts of colleges, universities and community colleges, as the number of in-state high school graduates pursuing a college education continues to drop.

An estimated 61 percent of public-school students in Michigan’s Class of 2017 enrolled in a post-secondary school within six months of graduating high school, according to data collected by the state – the lowest percentage since the state began to closely track the data in 2010.

At EMU, the number of students pursuing degrees online has increased during a time when the university has seen a substantial drop in overall credit hours. Since 2013, EMU has seen its student credit hours fall 16.3 percent.

The increase in online credit hours, however, is a bright spot in the university’s budget. Online credit hours have risen 20 percent from 59,000 in 2014, when EMU began to pivot toward offering entire degree programs entirely online, to 74,000 in 2018.

“What we’ve tried to do over the last three or four years is make that pivot and put up full degree programs that can be completed totally online in order to attract some students that never would have considered Eastern Michigan in the first place,” EMU Vice President for Enrollment Management Kevin Kucera said.

A new clientele

Kucera said the rise of online-only degree programs is a response to making higher education – like almost every other industry – more convenient for its potential customers, or students.

The targeted demographic might be adults who started a degree years ago, but never completed it. Like Monroe, they might be required to continue their education by their employer.

With demands like a full-time job and children, traveling to campus and taking a three-hour class in the evening simply isn’t an attractive option anymore for students like Monroe, when they can complete their degree at their leisure in the comfort of their own home, Kucera said.

Eastern Michigan University has seen its online credit hours grow while its enrollment and overall credit hours have dropped over the past five years.

“The days of the 1990s and early 2000s when you were working your 9 to 5 job and then you would go to a college campus or a regional satellite office and do a class on a Wednesday night or a Saturday morning on campus, those are not popular, as they once were,” Kucera said. “They’ve been replaced by that working adult whose schedule is so busy that they want to have that flexibility of doing a full degree program online.”

EMU touts its Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, one of 15 online degree programs it offers, as the shining example of what non-traditional students are seeking in an online program – convenient, affordable and user-friendly.

Before the program launched online, the program attracted around 50 students per year, EMU Spokesman Geoff Larcom said. After it went online, the university enrolled 228 students during the 2016-17 academic year.

The following year, after EMU signed on with Academic Partnerships, which specialized in marketing online-only degree programs, that number increased to 586 students for 2017-18. Academic Partnerships, which receives 50 percent of tuition and fees from the online degree programs it markets, has been met with resistance by some EMU faculty.

Eastern Michigan faculty worry about new online-only degrees

Members of the EMU-AAUP argue the online-only programs could result in lower quality instruction overall. Union members have filed grievances against the university, accusing EMU administrators of violating their labor contract by entering into a contract with Academic Partnerships without prior consultation with the faculty, but an independent arbitrator ruled in favor of the university.

Students in the RN to BSN program take part in a 10-course curriculum on a path to earning 30 credits, with each class taking seven-and-a-half weeks to complete. The entire program costs $9,840, or $328 per credit hour – considerably less than the ground-based version of that program would be approximately $516 per credit hour.

Monroe said she was drawn to EMU’s program over other online-only degrees because it was more cost-effective, and its closer proximity would allow her to eventually participate in commencement after she earns her degree next month.

The courses consist of watching videos, looking over power points and engaging in discussion via email and in online forums. One of the advantages of the online format, she said, is students can take as many courses as they want at one time, so they can learn at their own pace.

“I actually went into it kind of skeptical,” Monroe said. “But it forces you to be a little more proactive and you have more autonomy in your learning. It’s rewarding to investigate into things to the best of your knowledge. I’ve definitely learned a lot, and I think it’s just as effective as in-classroom training.”

An evolving approach

Peter Baccile recalls how dramatically different Washtenaw Community College’s approach to online courses was when it began offering what was referred to as a “course in the box” back in 2004.

Lectures were taped, put onto a DVD and mailed to students along with textbooks for the courses. About 10 years later, WCC began to ramp up its efforts in making entire degree programs available online, as well as building courses that fit within the Michigan Transfer Agreement, which facilitates the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another.

WCC’s online credit hours have increased 68.6 percent between the 2013-14 academic years and 2016-17, from 30,832 to 52,012. Online credit hours are up once again in 2017-18 to 58,514, without yet accounting for the spring and summer terms.

WCCcredithours.jpgWashtenaw Community College has seen online credit hours spike 68 percent since 2013-14.

That has helped WCC counteract gradual decreases in overall credit hours, despite seeing modest increases in enrollment.

“The college worked holistically with the faculty and administration, the deans the IT department, marketing – across the board – just taking a different approach between offering courses to offering programs,” said Baccile, WCC’s executive director of online learning. “We strategically started looking at what programs we could start offering online. We would look market-wise at where we would have the best fit. Since then, we’ve been focused on certificate and degree completion, as far as which courses we’re building as well as which ones would meet the need for our Michigan transfer agreements, which is where we get a lot of our liberal arts enrollment, too.”

WCC offers 18 online degree programs ranging from business to information technology and hundreds of online courses. Tuition rates start at $108 per credit hour for students in-district up to $119 for out-of-state students. For on-campus courses, credit hours are just $95 for students in-district, but are $161 out-of-district and $220 for out-of-state students.

Eastern Michigan wins ruling in online course marketing dispute

Baccile said WCC has worked to make sure its students’ online learning experience goes as smoothly as possible with a 24/7 “help desk” if they are experiencing technological issues. It also offers a “blended” course option that combines video lectures and online assignment submissions with a once-a-week meeting with an instructor and classmates.

Overall, WCC has seen its online credit hours increase by 78 percent since 2013-14, with blended classes taken into account, prior to the spring and summer semesters of 2018.

Baccile said the blended option is another form of innovation allowing students to experience the “best of both worlds” in classes ranging from business management and communication to dental assisting and psychology.

“By going with the blended model, (students) can still have autonomy to do the majority of the work if (you’re) working full-time and can only afford to take a few hours off a week,” he said. “Then you can get on campus for that set of hands-on activities you need to be able to see an instructor and talk to them about.”

There’s No Productivity Miracle Hiding in the Data – Wall Street Journal

Why hasn’t the technology revolution lifted the U.S.’s miserable productivity growth rate? Silicon Valley evangelists have a ready answer: The growth is there, we’re just not measuring it.

Popular though the stealth productivity boom is, it is a myth. A new study finds that official statistics do tend to understate productivity, but by less than two decades ago. So even if all the benefits of social networks, online shopping and less invasive surgery were being measured, it probably wouldn’t change the overall picture: Productivity…

U Penn offers online degree in computer science – Axios

The details:

  • The program claims applicants don’t need a background in computer science or a graduate record examination for the program.
  • The total cost of the online program is $26,300. That’s, roughly, less than half what the equivalent degree requirements would cost a student in a traditional on-campus program. Tuition for a master’s degree at U Penn varies by department.
  • Master’s degrees for computer and information sciences have grown about 22% in the past year, per the Department of Education.

One diversity thing: Some of the more competitive schools in the U.S. have enrolled more students from families at the top 1% of the income scale than from the entire bottom half of income-earners, per research from the Equality of Opportunity Project cited in the Boston Globe.

Correction: The description of the program’s cost has been changed to note that the $26,300 amount is not an annual fee but the total price.

Penn announces online master’s degree on Coursera platform – Inside Higher Ed

Coursera is expanding its push into online degree partnerships with traditional universities, this time with the MOOC provider’s first Ivy League degree.

The new master’s degree in computer and information technology from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be the engineering school’s first fully online degree. The program is aimed at working adults who are unable or unwilling to enroll in Penn’s established, on-campus version of the master’s, and who want to work in software development or high-demand fields like bioinformatics, medicine, finance and telecommunications.

“This is a meaningful expansion of what we can do,” said Wendell Pritchett, the university’s provost. He said the new online degree is designed to appeal to nontraditional students “who are talented but can’t get to us on campus.”

The new master’s degree’s total tuition and fees will be $26,300, which is about one-third of the campus version’s price tag of roughly $75,000. Officials at Penn said the degree’s relative affordability is due to the online delivery method with Coursera.

The company got plenty of buzz after its founding six years ago. But the MOOC craze faded in subsequent years, as predictions about free online courses replacing degrees fizzled quickly while Coursera and Udacity scrambled to find business models that worked.

The two companies and edX, the nonprofit MOOC provider founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, experimented with their offerings, including more of a focus on corporate training.

A major development came in 2013, when Udacity teamed up with the Georgia Institute of Technology to create a fully online master’s degree in computer science. Thanks in part to a $2 million donation from AT&T, total tuition for the degree is roughly $7,000. The program is widely viewed as a success. It enrolled 6,365 students last spring, making the degree program the largest computer science master’s in the country and, likely, the world.

A next iteration for MOOC providers, largely led by edX, was the launch of bundled courses as short-term credentials that can lead to credits from university partners. The so-called MicroMasters from edX are expanding, while Udacity and Coursera created similar offerings — dubbed nanodegrees and specializations, respectively.

Coursera and edX also now offer degrees with their university partners, serving as a form of online program management (OPM) provider, albeit charging a smaller cut of tuition revenue than the 60 percent or more some OPMs take in. (Coursera has not provided revenue-share numbers.) The company’s platform now features 10 master’s degrees and one bachelor’s from the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Arizona State University and others. Georgia Tech and edX offer a master’s in analytics, with a dozen or so other degree programs from edX in the works — although not necessarily with Georgia Tech.

Penn was an early partner with and investor in Coursera. Its Wharton School of Business features several Coursera specialization course bundles. And while the university currently offers three online degrees, including a master’s in health-care innovation, Pritchett predicted that the new computer science degree will become Penn’s largest online program.

Some faculty members and others at the university were skeptical about online education during the early MOOC days, Pritchett acknowledged. But those doubts have faded. “There’s excitement about online education,” he said, calling the shift on campus a “sea change.”

On-Ramp for Nontraditional Students

Penn’s partnership with Coursera is an important part of how the university hopes to reach more working adults who can’t afford to come to Philadelphia to earn a master’s.

The new online degree, like its campus-based counterpart, includes no computer science prerequisites. That allows students from a broad range of academic backgrounds to pursue a career in technology. A spokesperson for Coursera said the master’s degree is “specifically designed for people who are making a career pivot.”

At the same time, Penn said the curriculum of six courses and four electives would be as rigorous as the campus-based version, and also feature highly selective admissions. After graduating, online students will be official Penn alums, with access to career services and networking opportunities.

While they’re enrolled, however, the university said online students will benefit from flexibility that is built into the Coursera platform.

The online degree will include elements of self-pacing, such as allowing students to access lectures at night or on mobile devices. The platform also allows professors to create programming assignments that combine automated and peer grading, as well as grading by on-campus teaching assistants and faculty members. But students will be able to participate in regular live video office hours with professors who teach on campus.

“This degree represents the democratization of computer science,” Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera’s CEO, said in a written statement. “It brings a world-class, Ivy League degree within reach of people of all backgrounds, from anywhere in the world.”

A big part of Coursera’s allure is the marketing boost the platform and its 34 million users can give to a degree program. The company’s MOOCs and specializations give potential students a low-stakes introduction to the type of course work they would need to pursue a degree. The university also can benefit from those first impressions.

“That allows them to get a sense of what we do, and us to get a better sense of their skills,” said Pritchett.

Illinois offers three master’s degrees through the Coursera platform. Its master’s of computer science and business administration have the largest enrollments of any graduate program at the university.

Potential students can take two open online courses on Coursera as an introduction to the degree programs, said John C. Hart, a professor of computer science at Illinois and director of online and professional programs in computer science.

“They’re teaching the same material at the same level,” Hart said.

If the MOOC students successfully complete those courses and are admitted to the master’s program, they can resubmit material from the two courses while also taking a final to earn four credits toward the degree.

The total price of tuition and fees for the Illinois master’s of computer science is $21,000, less than half of what on-campus students pay at the university. Students have the flexibility to move through the degree program quickly or by taking one course per semester. And if they take a semester off, online students do not have to pay tuition or fees.

“Being a full-time student is a privilege,” said Hart. “Many of our students don’t have that privilege.”

More than half of potential students who apply to degree programs on Coursera first enroll in open MOOCs, the company said. That helps partner degree programs charge less, because they mine for students from the MOOCs, which can cut into expensive marketing and student acquisition costs.

Both Hart and Pritchett said their universities were committed to preserving rigor and selectivity while opening up access to more nontraditional students.

“People come to this degree for the Illinois brand,” Hart said. “We’re making sure this meets campus standards.”

Officials at Penn predicted that the online version of the computer information and technology master’s might attract a higher percentage of domestic students than the on-campus counterpart, in part because it will appeal to people with full-time jobs. Students will be eligible for institutional grant aid, according to the university.

And Pritchett said he was confident that the online degree will be valuable in the job market. For example, he said graduates should appeal to local employers in telecom and Penn’s own health system — one of the biggest employers in the region.

“I’m not sure there’s an area where these skills aren’t needed,” he said.

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