Workshop on Innovation in Healthcare Intelligence
Steering and Panel Member Bios
Prof. Martin Griss is Associate Dean for Research and Director of Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley (NASA Research Park), which is the Silicon Valley branch of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. His interests and research experience are broad, ranging from computational physics, software engineering, sensor-enabled context-aware mobile computing to software agents. Recently, these skills and interests have been applied to lead research teams in personal assistants, elder care systems, and mobile applications.
He has nearly 40 years of extensive academic and industrial research and management experience, having spent 9 years at the University of Utah (ending as associate professor), 20 years at Hewlett-Packard (as director of a large software research lab and principal scientist), and more recently at UCSC and now 7 years at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley as Director and then Associate Dean for Education, and then Research. He is actively involved in the SmartSpaces project which has constructed a prototype eldercare station. He has written a highly-respected book on software reuse, multiple book chapters, patents and numerous papers. He is a frequently invited speaker, lectures widely, has organized many workshops, led corporate-wide taskforces and has served on multiple conference program and organization committees. He has consulted to many companies on software engineering, and software reuse, and more recently on mobile computing. He received his BSc (Physics, summa cum laude) at the Technion, Haifa, Israel (1967), and his MS and PhD in at the University of Illinois (1969,1971).
Dr. J. Sairamesh (Ramesh) is currently the CEO, Founder and President at 360Fresh Inc, which is a HealthCare Technology and research company focusing on advanced analytics for Patient Quality and Safety. He brings experience in Business Intelligence, Medical informatics and Analytics methods. Previously he was a Manager and Program Leader for Business Solutions and Manufacturing Quality Research at IBM Watson Research, New York, and he served as a functional architect for IBM's e-business and e-Marketplace products. At IBM, from 2001 to 2007, he helped drive the vision and strategy for business solutions on value-chain management, warranty and enterprise quality in manufacturing (automotive) for IBM. He led a team on early warning solutions, services middleware and end-to-end quality technologies, and he helped design, code, and bring these products to market. He has helped incubate and drive three commercial business solutions for IBM’s customers in the areas of Dealer-CRM, Early Warning for Warranty and Supply-Chain Quality, which used early data and text mining technologies to glean information from unstructured information. He has numerous US Patents and over 60 research publications. He has won three outstanding innovation awards and a research division award for his e-Commerce and Business Solutions work at IBM. He received his M.S.(1991), M. Phil.(1992), and Ph.D (1996) from EE and CS at Columbia University, New York.
Mr. Wil Yu joined the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in 2009 as Special Assistant of Innovations and Research, initiating and leading the agency's innovation efforts. He directs several innovation initiatives at ONC/HHS and is also collaborating with several programs and reporting efforts related to the achievement of Meaningful Use and the adoption of health IT. He is the Senior Project Officer for the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) program, which funds research focused on achieving breakthrough advances to address barriers that have long impeded the critical adoption of health IT and accelerating progress towards achieving nationwide meaningful use of health IT. The program seeks to support dramatic improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare, through advanced information technology. Current SHARP priorities include research focused on achieving breakthrough advances to address well-documented problems that have impeded adoption: 1) Security of Health Information Technology; 2) Patient-Centered Cognitive Support; 3) Healthcare Application and Network Platform Architectures; and, 4) Secondary Use of EHR Data. Wil also manages an ONC study on the availability of Open Source Health IT. He helped establish an HHS mHealth collaborative working group and is ONC’s representative on the HHS Innovation Council.
He formerly served as the Director of Research for the Health Technology Center, a research organization and expert network based in San Francisco, where he launched various health technology forecasting initiatives. He worked with HealthTech’s partners – health systems, government agencies, payors, and foundations, and other groups – to provide a rich array of forecast reports, decision tools, webinars and conferences that support planning and deployment of new technology. His research teams examined the impact of disruptive technologies on healthcare stakeholders for over 25 classes of technology related to health IT, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. He previously served as an equity analyst covering the healthcare space, later as an associate on the corporate finance team for a boutique investment bank. Additionally, he was VP of Marketing and Business Development for an ambulatory care EMR vendor and an academic researcher analyzing healthcare markets at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Harold “Skip” Garner is currently the Executive Director of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, and Professor of Biological Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. Garner has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals throughout his career in plasma physics and bioengineering. He sits on several corporate advisory boards and advises government and private agencies. Garner is the founder of several biotechnology companies, including Heliotext , Xanapath, BioAutomation, and Light Biology, which was acquired by Nimblegen (now Roche Nimblegen, Inc.), in 2004. Garner is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Charter member of the Academy of the School of Mines and Metallurgy. Garner is also an advisor to the National Research Council, a reviewer for Genomics, Nature Biotechnology, BioTechniques, Genome Research, and Bioinformatics, an advisor to NASA and Mars Rover Board, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and IEEE Engineering in Biology and Medicine, Scientific Computing.
Mr. Ravi Nemana is currently Vice President at 360Fresh, Inc on strategy. He served as the Executive Director for Services: Science, Management & Engineering (SSME) and Health Care at the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley. CITRIS is a four-campus, California Institute of Science and Innovation that applies fundamental advances in science and technology to societal-scale problems such as health care and services. The CITRIS SSME initiative aims to improve the performance of services through the application of science, engineering and management, and the CITRIS Health Care initiative aims to radically improve health care delivery and health technology through the multidisciplinary application of fundamental advances in science, engineering and medicine. Mr. Nemana also teaches a graduate-level course on Health Information Services in the UC Berkeley School of Information. Mr. Nemana has over 16 years of health information technology experience, and he has pioneered clinical information systems at the University of California, Davis by creating one of the first cardiology-specific clinical information systems in 1992, covering the specialties of emergency medicine, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. He has also architected the UC Davis Telemedicine Program, a nationally recognized and award-winning approach to delivering clinical care using information technology, and served as its technical architect from 1996-2002. Mr. Nemana has also served as an Expert Panelist to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Institute of Medicine, and he has advised policy makers, nonprofit organizations, and governments (state, local, foreign) regarding emerging health technologies. He has helped found the California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to statewide health information exchange, and he currently serves as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Group and as an Advisory Board Member for the California Telehealth Network, a statewide broadband project, funded by the FCC, to improve access to care in rural and underserved areas using information technology. Mr. Nemana's work has been recognized by the California Association of Public Hospitals, featured in a documentary film, and highlighted in mainstream media. He holds degrees from the University of California, Davis (MBA) and the University of Chicago (BA).
Dr. R. Stanley Hum is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University and his interest is in the use of biomedical informatics and biomedical engineering principles and techniques as applied to diseases and treatments in pediatric critical care medicine. In addition, he supervises the implementation and functioning of VPS (VPICUs Performance System) which allows the pediatric critical care unit to apply benchmarks in a risk-adjusted manner to compare Division performance nationally. He also serves as the pediatric critical care medicine 4th year medical student clerkship coordinator. As a co-investigator, he will assist the team with the implementation of the Clinical Decision Support intervention.
Dr. Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir is currently an acting assistant professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. Bjarnadóttir defended her PhD thesis titled Data Driven Health Care from the Operations Research Center at MIT in 2008. Her research focuses on developing and applying operations research methods, data-mining and statistical testing to create analytical systems for surveillance and decision making support. Dr. Bjarnadóttir is an expert of the utilization of large databases for surveillance design. She has three pending publications on real time drug surveillance and recently completed a large study of cross-ownership and lending exposure for the Investigation Commission into the banking crash in Iceland. Her main research focus has been on health care since 2004 and projects include analysis of the effects of health care costs of financial planning in retirement, study of long term effects of drugs and cardiac care for the elderly. In her research she combines data-mining and statistic with traditional operations research methods, such as optimization for example to gain new insights or optimize design.
Dr. Fred Hosea is Program Manager for Clinical Technology at Kaiser Permanente, the largest not-for-profit health plan in the United States, where he is responsible for the management of special projects and initiatves that require cross-functional coordination and support across business divisions and medical areas in Northern California, alignment of inter-regional stakeholders, and liaison with external organizations. He supports the long-term strategic development of clinical technologies working with sixteen Clinical Technology Committees, enterprise technology and process partners, and with capital projects teams to ensure that new technologies are assessed, planned and delivered successfully. He also supports work of Clinical Technology committees as liaison to the Sidney Garfield Healtcare Innovation Center, and works internationally to promote professional collaborations in clinical engineering training and innovative planning methodologies, including the WHO iHTP program.
Dr. Steven Garverick is the Director of Training and Fellowships at the West Wireless Health Institute, Dr. Garverick leads educational and postdoctoral fellowship activities for the Engineering Program. As a distinguished member of the Institute’s technical staff, he also leads research and development efforts related to instrumentation. Dr. Garverick joined the Institute in 2010, having been a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University since 1992, and before that, nine years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and GE Corporate Research and Development. He received B.S., M.S., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published 75 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, supervised 50 graduate theses, authored 20 U.S. patents, and has received Case Western’s most prestigious award for graduate teaching.
Dr. Garverick’s interest in integrated circuit design and technology for analog and mixed-signal applications is now directed specifically toward transducer interface and communication circuits for applications in wireless health. His areas of expertise include mixed-signal integrated circuit design; high-temperature electronics; low-power and wireless sensors/actuators; biomedical instrumentation; and neuromorphic circuits.
Dr. Jane Siegel is a Senior Scientist at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley where she teaches courses about IT-enabled Service Management and participates in research to define meaningful measures of service performance and quality. She also is a founding director of ITSqc, LLC the spin-off company launched from the University to commercialize best practices models for IT-enabled sourcing. From 2000 – 2009 she was the director of the Information Technology Services Qualification Center in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. The Center addressed the emerging need for capability models and qualification methods for organizations involved in the evolving Internet economy and created the eSourcing Capability Models for Service Providers and for Client Organizations with a Consortium that included Accenture, CA, EDS, HP, IBM, itSMF Brazil and US, Mellon Financial Services, Phoenix Health Systems, TPI, university and government organizations and other companies under non-disclosure. At the Center she developed and tested diagnostic methods used for organizational certification and worked to foster adoption of the Models in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and the Asia/Pacific regions.
From 1994 to 2000, she directed several large research and evaluation studies aimed at improving both individual and organization performance in the fields of education and health. She also taught Usability Evaluation techniques to graduate students in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and conducted usability studies of mobile technologies to support collaborative work with the Wearable Computing Group. Dr. Siegel was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) from 1988-1993 where she led the Empirical Methods Group addressing methodological aspects of Software Capability Maturity Model assessments. She also served as Principal Investigator for the National Software Capacity Study. Dr. Siegel received her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988. She also received an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Dr. Ming Tai-Seale is a senior investigator in Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Research Institute and a professor of health economics at Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management. Her research focuses on: (1) the effect of incentives on health care providers’ practice and the subsequent impact on cost, utilization and quality of care; (2) the economics of mental health services in primary care; and (3) experience of patients with multiple co-morbidities. Dr. Tai-Seale has contributed to the understanding of time allocation decision making in primary care practices. Her current research projects include a project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health that focuses on the health and economic outcomes of patient-physician communication on mental health. She has also been funded by AHRQ to examine the transformation of primary care into a Patient-Centered Medical Home at PAMF, and the trajectory of obesity among patients with co-morbid conditions. Dr. Tai-Seale has won the Article-of-the-Year Award from the AcademyHealth. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Health Services Research. In addition to contributing original research to peer-reviewed journals, her research has been discussed in hearings in the U.S. Senate and in the popular press such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, O Magazine, and the Ladies' Home Journal.
dDr. Mark Dente is Chief Medical Informatics Officer. Dr. Dente’s started his informatics career over 18 years ago after graduating Boston University School of Medicine, focusing on new approaches to increase patient safety, drive physician adoption of technology, and create new methods to implement evidence-based medicine. Prior to joining GE Healthcare Dr. Dente served as President of MBS Service Inc, a consulting company providing international executive healthcare management services. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Wang Healthcare Information Systems, and led that company’s design of an ambulatory electronic medical record. As Chief Medical Informatics Officer for GE Healthcare Information Technology, his global responsibilities include: Applying domain expertise in informatics to drive Comparative Effectiveness Research, strategic evaluation of emerging technologies for the healthcare portfolio, as well as developing and delivering GE’s clinical informatics research direction & messaging globally. Additional responsibilities include; clinical liaison for GE’s standards based Interoperability Strategies, Knowledge Management / Evidence Based Medicine, and secondary use of Clinical Data programs. As a physician executive, Dr. Dente continues to maintain close academic, government and industry contacts He is currently serving on the Advisory Council to the Board of Directory of HL7 and is passionate about driving GE’s “Early Health – Personalized Medicine” initiative at the national and international level.
Dr. Keith Argenbright is an Associate Professor in the Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the Medical Director of the Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. At Moncrief, Dr. Argenbright has directed the non-profit, community based cancer support center to integrate research and science from UT Southwestern with the ultimate goal of reducing cancer deaths in North Texas. Under Dr. Argenbright’s leadership, Moncrief Cancer Institute is participating in new cancer research studies, focusing on basic and population science. He has increased efforts to educate the public through early cancer detection and prevention programs, including genetic testing and counseling, as well as providing educational resources and seminars for the area’s physicians. He also holds and academic appointment in the UT Southwestern Department of Clinical Sciences, where he teaches and mentors physicians and scientists who are early in their research careers. Before taking his positions with Moncrief and UT Southwestern, Dr. Argenbright was a Senior Partner with a health services consulting firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. He was also a senior advisor to Health Tech, a technology think tank based in San Francisco, where he led and disseminated cutting edge research. Prior to that, he served as Medical Director for the All Saints Health System hospital-owned physician practice. There, he was honored with the Top Practice Management System award from the VHA in 1999. Dr. Argenbright graduated from Tulane University Medical School in 1984 and was granted a degree of Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University in May, 2009.
Dr. Aaron Brown is a senior product manager at Google, where he is responsible for the Google Health initiative and product strategy. Previously, Dr. Brown was a director at IBM, where he was most recently responsible for IBM's portfolio of information access, search, and text analytic software products and solutions. At IBM, Dr. Brown also held roles in strategic alliance development for IBM Software Group and as a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Brown has authored 4 patents and over 20 peer-reviewed papers. He received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in Computer Science from Harvard College.
Dr. Cynthia Kuo is a Senior Research Scientist at Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto. She is currently focused on creating novel location-based services, with an emphasis on user experience design and usable security / privacy for mobile health applications. She earned a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.