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HealthTECH Workforce Forum


8:00 am: Registration Opens (Lobby)

8:00 am to 8:45 am: Continental Breakfast and Exhibitors (Exhibit Area)

8:45 am to 9:15 am:   Opening Remarks (Room 114) 

Emcee: Richard Katz, President, HRMS, Inc.

Richard KatzFollowing a corporate HR career with Federated Department Stores and HR Consultant for Ernst and Young, LLP, Richard founded Human Resource Marketing Services, Inc. (HRMS).  In 1983, HRMS created the first use of Video Resumes for employment screening followed by producing a series of half-hour regularly scheduled TV recruitment programs on broadcast television.  For his pioneering TV recruitment programming, Richard won the SHRM Pericles Award in 1988. In 1993, HRMS launched its workforce development division, designing and managing customized job training programs using JTPA and WIA funding.  In 1999, HRMS created Dot.com Job Search, an online and classroom course on Internet job searching.  Since 2001, HRMS has published NetAssets, an electronic newsletter that reaches over 20,000 workforce development professionals. HRMS produces customized conferences brining together government, education and business stakeholders included university sponsored alumni events and Forums focusing on healthcare.  Mr. Katz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UCLA and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. 

Welcome: Patricia Potter, Interim President, National University

Patricia PotterPatricia E. Potter has more than 27 years of combined experience in higher education and has served at National University as Vice President in the areas of Education Services, Advancement and Business Development, and Marketing and Regional Operations. With the development of the System, she was promoted to Vice Chancellor, where she oversaw the System Communications Group, Division of Pre-College Programs and more recently, System Operations. During her tenure with National University and the System, Ms. Potter has consistently served in leadership roles in the WASC and strategic planning processes, chairing President’s and Chancellor’s Commissions and spearheading numerous other System initiatives. She also lead the University’s Baldrige Quality Award efforts, and under her leadership, National University won two Eureka awards (also known as “Baby Baldrige”) from the California Council on Excellence, for its quality initiatives, and numerous awards for marketing and communications.

Welcome: Chuck Flacks,  Director of Research and Policy, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Chuck FlacksChuck Flacks, Director of Research and Policy, began work at the San Diego Workforce Partnership on June 4, 2007.  He oversees the work of a team of six who specialize in bringing labor market information and workforce development strategy to employers, job seekers, community organizations, career counselors and decision makers. In addition he oversees performance measurement of the Workforce Partnership programs.  He also supervises the management of the San Diego Funders Collaborative, a philanthropic approach to workforce development. Chuck received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, and his Master of Public Policy Degree from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government where he specialized in housing and urban economic development policy.

9:15 am to 9:45 am: Keynote Presentation (Room 114): Healthcare Reform and the Transformation of Healthcare Technology…. “It’s about Time!”  

Benjamin R. Williams, Senior Vice President and CIO, Catholic Healthcare West 

Ben WilliamsBen leads the organization’s information technology efforts including strategic development and integration of advanced clinical information systems known as the EHR Alliance.  This comprehensive health record initiative provides electronic patient records and ordering systems for physicians and nurses in both the hospital and ambulatory setting and equips caregivers with best practice guidelines and clinical alerts, proactive care management, clarity of physician orders and collaboration among providers.  Integrating both the acute care and physician office setting information is the CHW “alliance” of health information. Mr. Williams brings more than 25 years of experience in developing strategy, improving operational effectiveness and building high performance teams to CHW.  He is the former Senior Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer at St. Joseph Health System, in Orange, California. Mr. Williams also served in similar positions at Horizon/CMS Healthcare Corporation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at Continental Medical Systems in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He began his career at Ernst & Young as a manager of audit and business services and later served as senior manager of consulting services at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2004, Mr. Williams was selected as the Innovator of the Year by the College of Health Information Executives for demonstrating value to his organization through the creative application of technology in support of key strategic business objectives. Additionally, he was honored with the 2005 CIO Magazine Top 100 Award for his work in creating a high-level IT consulting group, establishing a new governance model, and aggregating multiple service and technology partners in order to create a safer patient care model. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.  He is a retired Certified Public Accountant. 

9:45 am to 10:45 am: Opening Plenary Session (Room 114): Building a Strategic Workforce in the ERA of Electronic Health Records  

The bulk of economic stimulus funds require that hospitals and practitioners achieve meaningful use of certified EHR technologies. This can in turn fuel both economic and employment growth for San Diego. However, achieving EHR meaningful use standards cannot be done alone in “knowledge islands.” It requires connections among the pieces of the puzzle represented by website extensions ending in: .com, .org, edu and .gov. This opening session will lay the framework for learning how to leverage our collective knowledge and come together for enhanced collaboration and economic development growth. 

Moderator: Linda Travis Macomber, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Human Services, National University Center for Technology and Health Sciences

Linda TravisLinda Travis Macomber RN, BSN, MBA is Assistant Professor at National University at the Center for Technology and Health Sciences where she leads the Nursing Informatics Master’s Degree and certificate programs. Professor Macomber also serves on the national Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) as a Clinical Reviewer/Juror for EHR systems. Focusing for over 25 years on health innovation technology, EHRs, clinical/nursing informatics, technology-enabled workflow, and quality improvement, Professor Macomber has assisted heath care delivery organizations, vendors, and educators to improve health care quality/outcomes and reduce costs by effectively adopting innovative information technology into practice. She has coordinated large multi-partner health information technology initiatives from vendor, health care delivery, and national consulting firm perspectives. Clients include: Kaiser Permanente, the Department of Defense, Healthlink/IBM, SAIC, National Institutes of Health, Genentech, Midmark, and Anvita Health.  Professor Macomber has also served as project manager on process and quality improvement programs over-seeing: requirements, specifications, design, development, site/workflow analysis, system selection, regulatory compliance, education, return on investment, and ongoing optimization. Her academic background includes a BSN from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northeastern University. She began her career on the front lines of patient care working as a pediatric ICU nurse and today has numerous local, national, and international presentations and publications to her credit.

Panelist: Speranza Avram, Executive Director, California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO)

Speranza AvramSperanza Avram has been a leader in the field of health information technology and health care management for the past 18 years. She has served for twelve years as Executive Director of Northern Sierra Rural Health Network (NSRHN), one of the most successful rural telehealth networks in California. Most recently, Speranza served as the Associate Director for the Center for Health Leadership at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and provided consulting services to foundations, health care organizations, and others in the area of telehealth, rural health, and health information technology workforce issues. Her most recent project was the publication of Rural Providers and eHealth: The Future is Now for the California State Rural Health Association. Speranza is an expert in the field of broadband connectivity. She authored a publication on telecommunications discount programs published by the California Telemedicine and e-Health Center. She is a founding member of the California Telehealth Network. In 2008, she was awarded the Rural Champion Community Leadership Award by the California State Rural Health Association CSRHA. Speranza has a BA degree in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in Public Administration from University of San Francisco.

Panelist: John Mattison, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Chief Medical Information Officer, Regional Director, Kaiser Permanente 

John MattisonJohn began his medical career at UC San Diego and Scripps Clinic, where he practiced in many clinical settings including primary care, critical care, preventive medicine, hyperbaric medicine, trauma and helicopter medicine, and held several directorships while at Scripps Clinic, including Quality, Utilization, and Critical Care.  He joined Kaiser Permanente in 1989, and was appointed as Assistant Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer in 1992.  John’s interest in systems design began as a marine biologist when he created several software applications to model population behavior.  He wrote his first electronic health record in 1984 and used fully automated medical records in his practice until the time he began a fulltime commitment to healthcare informatics.  He has built, designed, or implemented seven different EHR systems, most recently KP HealthConnect.  His team helped build and deploy the first highly scalable version of this system, which today stands as the largest private sector implementation of an EHR in the US.  John was director of the largest regional deployment, encompassing 5,000 physicians, 140 clinics, 13 hospitals, and 2.3million members, but he is quick to identify his many colleagues within KP who have provided the support, the resources and the skills necessary for such a monumental achievement.  John has co-chaired the National KP IT Infrastructure Governance for the past four years, and he also chaired the Inter-Regional Business Governance Group since its inception.  In addition, he chairs the national governance oversight of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Data Center Strategy.  He continues his active participation on National HIT Strategy, Security Council, Care Delivery, and Risk Management. He has directed the KP team in the National Health Information Network project between KP, the Veterans Administration, and the Department of Defense, which began production exchange of documents in San Diego in late 2009, not coincidentally in the same geography where he and his co-founder Dr. Spinosa initiated the CDA.   He is an active member of the National Health Information Network Coordinating Committee, which governs the use of national health information exchange, and has also joined the team that is drafting legislation for rule-making underway for a permanent NHIN Governance structure.  He has recently joined the advisory board for the $15M Beacon project for Regional Health Information Exchange through UC San Diego.

Panelist: Ted Chan, MD, Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC San Diego Medical Center (Recipient of the Beacon Award)

Dr. Ted Chan is the Medical Director of the UCSD Emergency Departments (Hillcrest & Thornton Hospitals).  He completed both medical school and internship in Internal Medicine at UCSF and residency in Emergency Medicine at UCSD. Prior to that time, Dr. Chan worked in Washington, DC in the Office of the Assistant Surgeon General, and in the state capitol at the California State Senate. Dr. Chan is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSD and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and 3 textbooks.  He is active in health policy initiatives and has worked with a number of community health and law enforcement agencies.  He has received research grants from the NIH, US Dept of Justice, and RWJ Foundation.  He is the Principal Investigator for the San Diego Beacon Collaborative project, one of 15 sites selected by the ONC to lead the nation in advanced health IT adoption to improvement care quality, cost-efficiency and population health.

Panelist: Elizabeth Renfree, Director of Interoperability, Sharp HealthCare

Elizabeth RenfreeAs the Director of Interoperability at Sharp HealthCare, Elizabeth Renfree is responsible for establishing and implementing enterprise interoperability standards as well as the strategic plan for clinical health information interchange.  Through effective  leadership and management, Elizabeth ensures that HITECH and HIPAA requirements are incorporated into all interoperability standards. Elizabeth is also responsible for the planning and implementation of  continued advances in the areas of clinical interoperability and data exchange. Possessing more than 25 years of experience in Healthcare Information Technology, both in IT management positions and consulting, Elizabeth has worked with healthcare organizations to deliver organizational IT assessments and Strategic Plans, incorporating organizational consensus toward practical and achievable systems’ strategies.  Elizabeth holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts and a MBA from National University. 

10:45 am to 11:15 am: Coffee break, Networking (Exhibit Area) 

11:15 am to 12:15 pm: Breakout Session #1, HR Track (Room 150): Strategic Health IT Workforce Planning 

Moderator: Richard Katz, President, HRMS, Inc.

Richard KatzFollowing a corporate HR career with Federated Department Stores and HR Consultant for Ernst and Young, LLP, Richard founded Human Resource Marketing Services, Inc. (HRMS). In 1983, HRMS created the first use of Video Resumes for employment screening followed by producing a series of half-hour regularly scheduled TV recruitment programs on broadcast television. For his pioneering TV recruitment programming, Richard won the SHRM Pericles Award in 1988. In 1993, HRMS launched its workforce development division, designing and managing customized job training programs using JTPA and WIA funding. In 1999, HRMS created Dot.com Job Search, an online and classroom course on Internet job searching. Since 2001, HRMS has published NetAssets, an electronic newsletter that reaches over 20,000 workforce development professionals. HRMS produces customized conferences brining together government, education and business stakeholders included university sponsored alumni events and Forums focusing on healthcare. Mr. Katz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UCLA and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.

Panelist: Richard Holden, West Coast Regional Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Richard HoldenRichard Holden is the Regional Commissioner for the Pacific Region, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Pacific Region is staffed by 150 economists, statisticians, economics assistants, and support staff. The staff collects and analyzes data on employment, consumer and producer prices, wages and compensation, as well as oversees labor market information programs in Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State. Before joining the Bureau of Labor Statistics in July 2004, Holden served for more than nine years as Research Director of the California Employment Development Department and Chief of the Labor Market Information Division at that agency.  Mr. Holden is a former member of and co-chair of the national Workforce Information Council.  Mr. Holden is also a former member of the California Community Colleges’ Economic and Workforce Development Program Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisory Panel to the California Economic Strategy Panel. Mr. Holden has written and spoken frequently on labor market conditions and issues in the California economy.  Mr. Holden has a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of New Mexico.

Panelist: Josh Vinciguerra, Director of Sales, Indeed.com

Josh VinciguerraJosh Vinciguerra is the West Coast Director of Advertising Sales for Indeed.com, the leading search engine for jobs. Josh has over 14 years of industry experience working both as a Strategic Account Executive specializing in recruitment media and a Recruiting Consultant. Prior to Indeed, Josh spent nearly 6 years at Yahoo! HotJobs where he was solely responsible for growing some of Yahoo!’s largest healthcare customers including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, and Catholic Healthcare West. As an expert in digital recruitment media, Josh was successful at helping large healthcare organizations adopt new media strategies to accommodate aggressive growth. Josh began his career as a Recruiting Consultant where he defined best in class recruitment processes and built the infrastructure to achieve substantial growth.

Panelist: Duane J. Roth, CEO and Member of the Board, CONNECT

Duane RothDuane J. Roth is Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of CONNECT. CONNECT is the globally recognized public benefits organization fostering entrepreneurship in the San Diego region by assisting new business formation of technology and life sciences companies. CONNECT has been directly involved with over 2,000 companies since its inception in 1985 and these companies have secured over $10 billion in funding. Prior to joining CONNECT Mr. Roth founded Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp., where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prior to Alliance, he held senior management positions at Johnson & Johnson and Wyeth operating companies. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and executive committees of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) and BIOCOM (past Chair). Mr. Roth was appointed to the oversight board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and was elected Vice Chairman in 2009.

11:15 am to 12:15 pm: Breakout Session #2, Educational Track (Room 117a): Health IT: The Future Of Curriculum Development, Healthcare Enrollment, Student Selection, Training Modalities And Job Placement Expectations. 

Moderator: James L. Comins, Director Regional B. National HIT Consortium, Los Rios Business and Economic Development Center

Jim CominsJim Comins has been named the Director of the ARRA HIT Western Regional Community College Consortium. He brings broad experience in health care, nursing education, grant coordination, and workforce development. Jim began his career with Los Rios Community College District as an instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Sacramento City College in 1978.  In 1986 he moved to the position of Contract Developer/Manager at the Los Rios contract education unit, the Training Source. In 1992 Jim became the Director of the Northern California Regional Health Occupations Resource Center at American River College. He subsequently became the State EWD Health Care Initiative Director in 1999, a position he held until assuming his current role with the ARRA Project.  He also served as CIS Division Chairperson at ARC as well as Associate Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Sacramento City College.

Panelist: Margie Fritch, Dean, School of Health Sciences/Public Service, San Diego Mesa College 

Margie FritchMargie Fritch is the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Public Service at San Diego Mesa College.  She has 16 career technical programs in her instructional school, 6 of them are in the field of allied health.  Prior to her assignment at Mesa College, she served as the Dean of Economic and Workforce Development at the San Diego Community College District.  She has been a community College administrator for 15 years, a college instructor for 4 years, and a corporate training manager for a high tech company in Peoria Illinois.  Margie is currently managing a grant project that develops three HIT pathways for the San Diego region.  Margie has a B.S in Business Administration from San Diego State University, an M.S in Computer Education from United States International University (Alliant), and is a certified Professional Human Resource Specialist.

Panelist: Leslie K. Bruce, Director, Healthcare Leadership and Community Outreach UC San Diego Extension

Leslie BruceLeslie K. Bruce, JD is a seasoned professional with a career in communications, advocacy and community relations that spans more than 25 years.  She currently serves as Director of Healthcare Leadership and Community Outreach for UC San Diego Extension where she directs the Healthcare Information Technology program among others.  She teaches Introduction to U.S. Healthcare online every quarter and takes Politics and Public Policy classes to Sacramento and Washington, DC annually.  She lectures in the master’s programs in Healthcare Leadership and Health Law at UC San Diego and at nonprofit for profit organizations and companies.  Prior to working at UC San Diego Extension, Bruce served as Director of Government and Community Relations for the Health Sciences at UC San Diego and as Director of Corporate Community Affairs for Sharp HealthCare. She began her career working for a member of the California Legislature.

Panelist: Dr. Michael Lacourse, Dean, The School of Health and Human Services, National University

Dr Michael LacourseDr. Michael Lacourse is currently Dean of the National University School of Health and Human Services and Co-Director of the National University Center for Technology and Health Sciences.  Previously he was Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach, where he was a professor for 17 years. Dr. Lacourse is an expert in biomedical statistics and neuromotor control and is formerly Chief of the Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, where he directed a research program aimed at evaluating functional brain reorganization subsequent to spinal cord injury and testing therapeutic interventions targeted at stimulating brain plasticity for motor recovery.  Dr. Lacourse has over 40 peer-reviewed published articles and abstracts and over 50 presentations at scholarly meetings. For the past three years, he has led the development of more than a dozen new academic degree programs and the expansion of the School of Health and Human Services at National University.  Dr. Lacourse earned his BS degree from Springfield College (MA) and his MS and PhD from Indiana University (Bloomington).

11:15 am to 12:15 pm Breakout Session #3, CIO/IT Track (Room 115):  Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Case Studies of Successful Health IT and EHR Implementation Programs 

Moderator: Cassi L. Birnbaum, Director of Health Information and Privacy Officer, Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego

Cassi BirmbaumCassi Birnbaum, RHIA, CPHQ is presently the Director of Health Information and Privacy Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California (RCHSD), a position she has held since 1997.  Rady Children’s has had an electronic legal record since 2002 and last year implemented an EHR across its integrated delivery system. Prior to this position, she held Health Information and Quality Management positions spanning her 30 year career. Concurrent with these positions she is an adjunct faculty member and has taught the Health Care Quality Management course at Mesa College since 1993 and is presently working with the Dean of Health Sciences on the HIT Workforce Certificate program.  Cassi is a first year Board of Director for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and is the Past President for California Health Information Association (CHIA), and recently received its prestigious Distinguished Member Award.  She served as the Co-Chair of the (AHIMA) (EHR) Practice Council from 2008 – 2009. Cassi was appointed as Co-Chair of the California Privacy and Security Board’s (CalPSAB), Privacy Committee from 2007 – 2009.  She also served as the Co-Chair of the CCHIT Privacy and Security Workgroup from 2007 – 2009, and she is presently serving as the Co-Chair of the California Healthcare Association (CHA)’s Health Care Informatics and Information Technology Group since 2008. Cassi is an active speaker addressing numerous conferences on topics including privacy, EHR best practices, and data content standards. 

Panelist: Robert W. Cass, President, CEO, Perminova Inc. 

Robert Cass is the co-founder and CEO of Perminova Inc. as well as the principal architect for its online cardiovascular and surgical information systems. His responsibilities include the strategic vision, growth, planning, business development and achieving the long-term goals of Perminova. With over seventeen years of healthcare experience in clinical, operations and information technology, Robert has an intimate knowledge of revenue and reimbursement management, process improvement and a thorough understanding of how healthcare provider organizations can leverage technology to optimize both their clinical and business processes.  Robert has built information systems for a 350 bed rehabilitation facility, for the management of the Tuberculosis Control Program of San Diego County, and for the University of California San Diego Medical Center.Prior to forming Perminova, Robert consulted with companies to help improve their competitive position through the use of technology. These included clients in some of the most complex and challenging healthcare segments such as mobile and transitional health facilities. In addition to consulting, Robert worked as a registered nurse for 7 years in the various Critical Care Units, Cardiac Cath and Electrophysiology Labs, Burn Unit and Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Robert has also held IT and management positions at Saint Vincent de Paul Village, San Diego County Department of Health Services, and University of California San Diego Medical Center. In each case, his responsibilities focused on the areas of process improvement, workflow management, IT management, process engineering and clinical excellence. In 2002 Robert received a National Public Health Service Award along with his co-authors of a novel Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored study. He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Diego State University in 2001.

Panelist: Michael Marchant, Director, Independent Practice Services, Sutter Physician Services

Michael MarchantMichael Marchant has more than 15 years experience working with both software vendors and health systems in the implementation and integration Electronic Medical Record and other ancillary departmental software systems.  Over the past 10 years, Michael has lead the integration and deployment of multiple EMR, ancillary and technology systems within a complex Information Technology environment at Sutter Health.  In December of 2006, Michael was asked to lead a project that would clinically integrate independent practices.  These practices would be using a single deployment of GE’s Centricity EMR software.   This would provide multiple practices with access to a single integrated chart while also connecting multiple ancillary systems for the electronic delivery of Lab, Radiology, Pathology and Hospital based reports.  Michael’s team is responsible for the practice technology and workflow assessments, application customization, system training, implementation and post implementation support.  Thirty-eight independent practices are currently part of this program.

Panelist: Ted Steuer, Executive Director, VIP Health Connect

Ted SteuerTed Steuer is the Executive Director of VIP Health Connect, a physician-driven, patient-centered connectivity platform. Ted also is responsible for the Scripps Mercy Physician Partners,  a physician business organization created to improve patient access and strengthen the viability of independent physician practices. More than 600 physicians representing all medical specialties with offices throughout San Diego County are active members of Physician Partners and able to utilize VIP Health Connect., Ted earned his Masters in Health Administration – Washington University Medical School  Graduate Program in Health and his Bachelors of Science from Indiana University School of Business.

12:15 pm to 1:00 pm:  Lunch (Exhibit Area)

Advance purchase recommended at time of online registration. You may also purchase lunch tickets at registration desk subject to availability. Lunch served in the exhibit area.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:  Keynote Presentation (Room 114):  Healthcare Reform’s Impact on Workforce Development: 

Presenter: Barbara Halsey, Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board

Barbara HalseyAs the Executive Director, Ms. Halsey is responsible for overseeing the development of a collaborative process that will design and implement a workforce investment system including all partners, both State and local.  Her role also consults and advises the State Board, in its deliberative role, in making recommendations to the Governor on the development of California’s five-year Workforce Development Strategy and the initiatives embedded in that strategy. The mission of the State Board is to foster partnerships between business, government, education and economic development to meet the workforce needs of local businesses. Governor Schwarzenegger, placed the California Workforce Investment Board in charge of developing a comprehensive strategy to prepare California’s workforce to meet the needs of businesses supporting the economy and ensure that efforts aimed at improving worker’s skills are coordinated and effective. She is a graduate of Orange City, Iowa’s, Northwestern College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work.

Presenter: W. Gary Hlady, MD, US Public Health Service, Regional Medical Consultant, National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs 

Dr Gary HladyDr. Hlady is the San Francisco Regional Supervisor for the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, and regional lead for the National Health Service Corps.  He is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and is a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service. Dr. Hlady was medical director of a rural health clinic in Tennessee for six years before beginning his career in public health 25 years ago with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has extensive domestic and overseas experience in public health, with over 50 scientific publications in the fields of infectious disease epidemiology, maternal and child health, and disaster response. His current focus is on health workforce development.

HealthTECH Career Advancement Event 

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm:

Each career advancement workshop will be presented at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

Workshop #1, For Active Job Seekers  (Room 150)

Sunny Saran, Chief Executive Officer, e2o Health will lead a workshop that will assist the active job seeker seeking a Health IT position. Sunny  will provide answers to the following questions:

1)  What type of organizations will be likely to hire Health IT specialists?

2)  What Health IT occupations will be in demand to support Health IT?

3)  Where do you get additional training to gain certification and increase your employment opportunities?

4)  What job openings are currently available at E20 and how do you apply?

Sunny SaranSunny is a serial entrepreneur and founder of e2o Health a leading Electronic Health Records Solutions company in the state of California. Prior to founding e2o Health Sunny founded IT Resources International, Inc an IT Services and staffing company.  Sunny has a strong Health IT background and has led electronic medical records implementations at several Multi Specialty Clinics. Some of the organizations Sunny has assisted include UCLA Medical Center, All Care Medical Group Huntington Park etc. In addition he has several years of experience working with large health insurance companies like WellPoint, BlueShield of California, Kaiser, Healthnet, and Calchoice. Sunny has helped the State Sponsored Businesses of these insurance companies develop provider patient communication mechanisms to comply with Medicare and Medicaid funding requirements. Sunny has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management where he specialized in entrepreneurship in Healthcare and is a Nextgen Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records and Electronic Practice Management System.

Workshop #2, For Experienced Employees with Transferable Skills (Room 117a):

Dr. Kella B. Price, SPHR, CPLP, CEO of Price Consulting Group will provide employed and unemployed workers, with IT and other, well-established transferable skills with strategic and tactical steps as to how to train and enter the field of Health IT.  

Kella PriceDr. Kella B. Price, SPHR, CPLP has 13 years of experience in training and development, and talent management functions. As CEO of Price Consulting Group, she is a professional speaker, trainer, and facilitator.  Kella has published research previously on diversity; expatriates; and stress, job satisfaction, and employee turnover.  In addition, she has designed numerous training and development tools.  She has served in leadership capacities for the American Business Womens’ Association (ABWA), American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).  She is currently a National Advisor for chapters for ASTD. Dr. Price teaches business and human resources classes at several institutions, including Campbell University and The University of Phoenix.  Previously, she was a thesis advisor and faculty for the Healthcare Management degree at Mount Olive College. Kella earned her BA in French, Spanish, and Business from the University of Pittsburgh.  She also has an M.B.A. and D.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University with specialties in business and human resources management.  She has studied and lived in France, including Paris, Nantes, and Angers, and is in the process of completing an MA in French.

Workshop #3, For Incumbent Healthcare Workers (Room 131):

Provide incumbent healthcare workers with an understanding of how electronic medical records adoption will change healthcare job responsibilities, skill requirements and create new career advancement opportunities. 

Mike Feyder, Executive Search Consultant with Quest International, will take you on a journey through the five life stages of professional career advancement. 

Mike FeyderWith 30+ years of successful management and executive search assignments,  Mike will reveal successful patterns of job search, interviewing and career progression behavior observed by his most accomplished executives.






2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Employment Opportunities (Exhibit Area) 

Meet healthcare employers and learn about current and future employment opportunities. 

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Training Opportunities (Exhibit Area) 

Meet healthcare educators and learn about HealthTECH education and training programs.  

9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Individual Coaching Opportunities (Arrive at coaching check-in table 10 minutes prior to start of your coaching session to meet your coach. Pre-registration advised.)

Private career coaching sessions by appointment only; 50-Minutes; Additional fee required. Register Here



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