Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Amy Mosser, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Leslie M. Stokes, MBA
Chief Product, Marketing & Sales Officer
AHIMA Foundation Executive Director
The CEO Advisory Council advises the AHIMA CEO on execution strategy to advance the mission and vision of AHIMA.
Michael Ristau, MBA, Senior Vice-President, 3M Health Information Systems Division
Salt Lake City, Utah
Michael (Mike) Ristau serves as Senior Vice-President for Strategy, Marketing, Business Partnerships and International Operations at 3M Health Information Systems Division in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mike has over 30 years’ experience in business strategy, marketing, international business development, Six Sigma and multiple customer facing roles. At 3M HISD Mike has led efforts to develop the strategic portfolio of the enterprise with a lens on customer and industry trends and core capabilities necessary to compete in a rapidly changing global marketplace. He has developed process and teams to build a stronger international presence that includes Market Assessment, Entry strategy, key partnerships and local team and talent development.
On the marketing front, Mike and his team have developed core capabilities in thought leadership and digital demand generation. This work is aligned to how customers consume information in a rapidly changing media marketplace.
Prior to joining 3M HISD, Mike served in multiple roles in his 29 year 3M career serving multiple businesses and market verticals including Transportation Safety, Hospitality, Commercial Branding and Government Affairs.
Mike received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, Bachelors of Arts from the University of New Hampshire. He has a certification in Strategic Management from Columbia University and is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
VP Digital Experience
Texas Health Resources
San is the Chief Digital Officer for Texas Health Resources a health system based in Texas and leads the enterprise Digital Experience and Digital Health strategy for Texas Health and all its payer partnerships, JV’s and subsidiaries.
Kari S. Cornicelli, CPA, FHFMA
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Kari Cornicelli, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Phoenix Children's brings more than 30 years of experience to the organization, with expertise in healthcare finance and value growth. Previously, Cornicelli had a successful 22-year tenure with Sharp Healthcare – most recently as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus where she worked to grow the enterprise into the 1,036-bed, $1.3 billion enterprise it is today. Active in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Cornicelli has served as National Chair of its Board of Directors and is also a past president of the San Diego Chapter. She has contributed to several national task forces and frequently speaks at healthcare finance conferences. Cornicelli previously served on the California Hospital Association Board of Directors and the Neighborhood Healthcare Board of Directors. In 2015, she was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know and Becker’s 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know in 2017, 2016 and 2015. Cornicelli earned a degree in accounting from Weber State University. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, a Healthcare Financial Management Association Fellow, and a graduate of the California Healthcare Leadership Program.
Mary P. Griskewicz, MS, FHIMSS
Director of Federal Policy, Government Affairs
Mary’s thought advisory, management and sales experience spans over 25 years’ with payer, provider, health IT developers and industry trade organizations. Today Mary works to shape Cigna’s Federal policy positions focused on: Digital Health, Privacy and Security, Connected Health, and Data Analytics. She is an author, national speaker, and instructor in health policy, digital health, and medical informatics.
She has worked for; HIMSS, Yale New Haven Health System, GE Health Care, IDX Systems, Tek Systems, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, University of New Haven and Northeastern University.
Mary has received several awards for her work from HIMSS, AMIA, American College of Chest Physicians and InfraGuardCT.
Mary has her B.A. in Political Science, M.S. in Industrial Relations and is pursuing her Ed.D. From Northeastern University. Mary has been recognized as one of HealthTech Magazines Top Thirty Health Technology Influencers.
John Kansky, MBA, MSE, CPHIMS
President & CEO
Indiana Health Information Exchange
John P. Kansky, MSE, MBA, is the President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Prior to joining IHIE, John’s career included experience as a Healthcare IT Consultant, CIO, Clinical Engineer, and a Biomedical Engineering Researcher.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of:
• The Regenstrief Institute
• The Sequoia Project
• eHealth Exchange
• ONC’s HIT Advisory Committee
• Healthcare Innovation Editorial Advisory Board
John has served as the Vice Chair of the HIMSS North America board and is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University in the school of Public Health. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS in Bio-Engineering from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Marla J Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN
Weston Consulting LLC
Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN is an accomplished healthcare executive in both for-profit, non-profit, and government roles with nearly 30 years of experience. Marla recently served as CEO of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise where her leadership in enterprise integration, digital transformation, innovation, and creation of a positive work culture transformed ANA into one of the fastest-growing national associations and resulted in a 40% growth in revenues. With her track record of leading complex change, excellent public speaking and meeting facilitation skills, Marla has subsequently been invited to speak, facilitate, coach, and consult with healthcare leaders, start-up healthcare companies, association boards, and multi-stakeholder groups. She has provided expertise and guidance in leadership and business development, strategic planning, organizational transformation, and preparing for the future transformations in healthcare. Marla’s strength is in assisting leaders to discover and integrate their and their organization’s strengths with best practices to achieve optimal results. Her unique ability is to inspire bold, strategic visioning coupled with skilled operational execution which leads to rapid and transformative growth and innovation. She was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2017 due to her leadership skills, contributions, and mentorship.
CEO & Founder
Dan Wilson is the Founder and CEO of Moxe. Realizing that secure and efficient exchange of health data is essential to provide the best outcomes for patients he started Moxe. He appreciates the ways abrasion between payers and providers adds cost and complexity to our system. Since 2012, Dan has been building a team dedicated to connecting payer and provider organizations around use case specific, minimum necessary information exchange. Prior to Moxe, Dan worked at Epic implementing EMRs for industry leading institutions around the US. He got his start in healthcare as a claims administrator.
He completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics and German from the University of Michigan. In Madison, WI, Dan serves as an advisor to the United Way, partners with the school district on experiential learning opportunities, and is a founder and board member of the Chamber of Commerce HealthTech Capitol initiative.
Atif Al Braiki, Masters of Science (MS) in Computer Engineering – Syracuse University
Chief Executive Officer
Abu Dhabi Health Data Services LLC (Malaffi)
Prior to joining Malaffi, Mr. Al Braiki was the Director of Strategic Projects at Injazat Data Systems, where he was responsible for developing and incubating strategic Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects with key government clients, in addition to defining business models that satisfy client requirements and building relevant business cases, partnerships, and financial models.
Previously, Mr. Al Braiki held various roles in Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) and Applications Group Manager at C4 Advanced Solutions (C4AS), where he led software development delivery capabilities for one of C4AS’s main managed services accounts, in addition to overseeing and ensuring the successful delivery of various software development projects.
Mr. Al Braiki holds a M.Sc. in Computer Engineering and a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering and Information Management & Technology from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA. He is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) under the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Certified Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation v3 practitioner.
Shawna Butler, RN MBA
Nurse Economist. Tech Enthusiast.
As the creator of the EntrepreNURSE-in-Residence role at Radboud University Medical Center (Netherlands) and part of the Exponential Medicine team at Singularity University (US), Shawna works with the pioneers in the thick of integrating robotics, 3D printing, drones, AI, blended reality, voice recognition, digital humans, big data and sensors into our health solutions and lifestyles. Her various roles have taken her across the world and given her an unusually broad understanding of systemic health, care, and social challenges, and the impact technology and policy have on people, professionals, and populations. She is the energy behind the global EntrepreNURSE movement and host of See You Now (a podcast project of Johnson & Johnson and the American Nurses Association) dedicated to activating nurses in health transformation agendas as discovery engines, inventors, collaborators, scale agents, and policy shapers and makers.
International Digital Health Coordinator
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports
Herko Coomans is a digital health policy coordinator who builds international alliances and partnerships at the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in The Hague. He is an advocate of less talk and more action, challenging himself and those around him to go outside their comfort-zone. He spent 2013-2017 creating and enabling the National Health Information Council, the ‘whole system in the room’, public-private governance council setting the course for patient access, interoperability and health information exchange in The Netherlands. He has 15 years' experience with e-government development, but has found his heart is in digital health and innovation.
Claus Duedal Pedersen, Master of Economics
Director of Sentinel Unit, Sundhed.dk
Mr. Pedersen graduated from the University of Southern Denmark with a master’s degree in Economics in 1995.
He is currently Chief Consultant at the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology at OUH Odense University Hospital. OUH is the largest hospital in Denmark with 1.300 beds and more than 900.000 out-patient consultations every year. At the hospital, he is in charge of CIMT (Centre for Innovative Medical Technology), a joint research centre between OUH and the University of Southern Denmark.
In this position, Claus Duedal Pedersen is in charge of development, testing and implementation of telemedicine and eHealth solutions in a wide range of areas within the hospital. Over the last 4 – 5 years, various telemedicine solutions have moved from pilot phase to daily practice. The solutions have primarily focused on improving the cooperation between the hospital, the primary care sector and the patients.
Examples of solutions deployed in this period are home-hospitalisation of COPD patients; videoconference based language interpretation and a shared care system for diabetic foot ulcer patients between homecare and hospital experts. Many of the solutions have been developed within EU projects and have been evaluated at large scale and in RCTs as part of the EU project RENEWING HEALTH.
Claus was Project Manager of the Methotelemed project that developed the MAST evaluation model for telemedicine solutions. Previously, Claus worked in MedCom - the national Danish organisation for implementation of electronic communication in the health and social care sector. From 2000 to 2003 he was in charge of establishing the national Danish IP-based healthcare network. Then, from 2003 to 2008, he headed MedCom’s International Department as well as being a Project Manager of a number of EU projects. He was the Coordinator of the MasterMind CIP Pilot A project, and is currently coordinating the ImpleMentAll Horizon2020 project.
Osama Elhassan, PhD., Msc.
Specialist, Health Informatics & Smart Health Dept.
Dubai Health Authority
Dr. Osama Elhassan is a co-founder and the vice-chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society. He serves as a Health Informatics Specialist at Dubai Health Authority to strategize and develop the digital health regulatory framework of Dubai. Dr Elhassan is also the co-founder and the coordinator of the GCC Taskforce on Workforce Development in Digital Healthcare, which aims at empowering young local talents to enact eHealth roles through continuous training and rewarding career paths. He also contributes to academia through his adjunct lecturer role at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.
Dr Elhassan obtained a PhD in Software Engineering from University of Leicester and an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College in UK. Throughout his 15 years journey within the healthcare domain, Dr Elhassan gained substantial experience in eHealth workforce development, Health Information Exchange models, Health Information Governance and Tele-Health.
David Elvira-Martinez, MSc in Economics
Health Economist and Health Policy Advisor
I am an experienced health economist with a strong institutional background as a top healthcare policymaker with in depth knowledge of market access and public affairs activities in the pharmaceutical sector, and with an extensive international consultancy experience related to healthcare system policies, pharmaceutical business, healthcare reimbursement systems and economic evaluation methods. My main responsibilities included carrying out top management duties in several public healthcare organizations and regional ministries in Spain as well as lobbying entities. Moreover, I have been in charge of advising at regional (Catalonia), national (Spain) and international (World Health Organization) levels for healthcare policy planning and financing. I have 13 years teaching experience as an Adjunct Faculty Professor in several universities in Spain with over 20 scientific publications as well as experience as a visiting researcher overseas.
Fenna Heyning, MD, PhD
Director STZ association of top clinical hospitals | Internist-Hematologist
More quality, less waste. It is my ambition to translate Michael Porter's ideas into concrete improvements in hospital care. As an internist hematologist, I first focused on helping the patient, but now I focus on improving the system. Innovation, both medical-technological and organizational and social, is crucial. Empathy and medical leadership are key words.
For me, art is also an important source of inspiration. Through the foundation medicine art, we also bring innovative and interactive art to patients and their loved ones, see www.genees-kunst.com
Sabu Karakka Mandapam, M.App.Sc, PhD
Professor of HIM & Associate Dean
Manipal College of Health Professions (MCHP),
Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), India.
Prof. Sabu holds a Master of Applied Science degree in Medical Documentation and a Doctorate degree in Health Information Management. He is the current and founder president of Health Informatics and Health Information Management Association, Kerala state (HIIM), India and also serves as a member of the International Task Force for TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform), an initiative of HIMSS International.
He has more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience and served in different academic and administrative positions in the Health Professional sector. He is involved in many HIM professional activities in India and also contributed to several global HIM professional and academic initiatives, including the Global Health Workforce Council of AHIMA Foundation. He has significantly contributed to the standardization of HIM curriculum as an expert member in the National Curriculum Review Task force for HIM, an initiative of the Ministry of Health & Family welfare, Government of India.
He is one among the pioneers in establishing HIM education in India and was instrumental in streamlining and enhancing Health Professions programs at MAHE (a deemed to be university and an Institute of Eminence). He has immensely contributed to the overall growth of MCHP through establishing new programs and International collaborations. Prof. Sabu has several publications in National and International peer reviewed journals to his credit and has contributed as a speaker and chair in many global scientific events.
Dr. Ayham Refaat
Founder & CEO
Dr Refaat has a unique combination of medical background as an Oral surgeon with business education through two MSc in Business Administration and in Healthcare Management. This is also enforced with more than 20 years of experience working on both sides of the Healthcare sector starting with clinical practice then moving to the payer side where he held different executive positions in International insurance companies such as Metlife Alico and Interglobal Aetna.
In 2010; Dr Refaat founded ACCUMED as the first, and currently largest, specialized firm in Revenue Cycle Management solutions, thus establishing the RCM industry in the MENA region. In 2018, ACCUMED partnered with the largest private equity in the Middle East to expand its service offerings to 9 different regional and international markets, and was restructured under the Pulse Holdings Group along with two other sister companies that operates in the Education and Technology spaces.
He is a public speaker and an advisor to the government on matters related to healthcare policy making and funding challenges that is derived from his deep understanding and exposure to the running and funding of many regional and international healthcare systems.
Hans Vandewyngaerde (Belgian) joined Agfa HealthCare in 2004 and held several management roles in Europe and Growth Markets. Hans today also leads the Business Development efforts in Integrated Care as well as the EMR division. Prior to joining Agfa, Hans held management positions in medical devices and telecom.
Siniša Varga, Doctor of Medical Dentistry
Member of Croatian Parliament
Master’s degree in Health Resources Management, Quality Systems Manager and Auditor, Doctor of Medical Dentistry, Prosthodontics Specialist, senior consultant.
Over 26 years of relevant professional work experience as provider of health services and senior manager in tertiary care hospital; payer of health services as Director of National Health Insurance Fund; policy maker as Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Health; and international consultant for health care reforms in close communication with international organizations, government institutions and non-governmental organizations.
Over 13 years of work experience in health care restructuring activities including designing and executing the National Plan for the Development of Clinical Hospital Centers, Clinical Hospitals, Clinics and General Hospitals in the Republic of Croatia from 2014 to 2016 (Health Care Network Optimization Plan - Masterplan); Reform of health organization payment systems; Realigning role of family medicine centers; Emergency Medicine reforms; Health institution financial rehabilitation.
He has extensive knowledge and experience as a consultant involved in reforms for numerous projects in Western Europe, Central or Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans countries: Croatia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Latvia, North Macedonia and Georgia.
English and Croatian are spoken as a first language.