Manager of Specialty Applications/Patient Care Systems
Vice President of Informatics and Technology for The Leapfrog Group
Ralph Johnson currently serves as the Vice President of Informatics and Technology for The Leapfrog Group. Ralph’s career prior to joining the Leapfrog Group was as a hospital Chief Information Officer for 35 years. As a hospital CIO Ralph led many hospital and physician practice EMR implementations. He has also led major initiatives to improve patient safety and is recognized as a Fellow of the Health Information Management Systems Society (FHIMSS). Ralph has a BS in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University. His career also includes past responsibilities for hospital quality programs, health information management, and risk management. He has served in various positions on the board of the New England HIMSS chapter, including the chapter President role in 2013-2014. Following his term as President and Past President Ralph stayed involved by developing and leading the chapter’s first mentorship program which is still going strong today.
Adoption Management Leader, InterSystems
Mr. Fener has contributed information system vision and leadership to healthcare delivery organizations around the world. In 2009, he completed a two year engagement at Dubai Healthcare City as CIO where he led several health information system initiatives under the aegis of Harvard Medical School, including the implementation of a campus-wide HIE to share patient data between independent and competing facilities. Fener also served on the organizing committee for HIMSS Middle East, presented at the inaugural conference in 2009 and was a
At InterSystems, he is an advocate for strategic interoperability with small and large healthcare organizations. Prior to InterSystems, much of his career was with Partners Healthcare System (now Mass General Brigham) where he was responsible for the enterprise-wide clinical applications platform, desktop product management and data integration services.
Assistant Vice President IT Applications, UConn Health
Laura is a transformational leader committed to bringing out the best in people by tapping into their strengths. She believes when organizations recognize their most valuable asset, their employees, then leaders can change the culture to be rich, inviting, and inspiring. Laura has worked her way up from the bottom, performing each job along the way, which has broadened her perspective and strengthened her appreciation for what people do day in and day out. Laura’s background begins as a Biochemist and Medical Assistant who was medical school bound. When she was rejected, she knew she wasn't done learning and pursued a Masters in Healthcare Administration. It was there she learned about clinical informatics and the electronic health record (EHR), and was awarded an opportunity to become an EHR build analyst. Tapping into her leadership skills, she began leading teams of analysts and worked her way up to lead an IT department. Laura is now the Assistant Vice President over IT Applications at UConn Health. This has given her a rewarding opportunity to apply all she has learned throughout her journey, and to put ideas into action to positively affect change.
Director Government Affairs, Federal Policy
Mary is an award winning executive with proven experience in health care policy, focused on Federal and Congressional issues. She is an author, national speaker, and instructor in health policy and digital health.
Mary currently serves as the Director of Federal Policy for Cigna focused on Digital Health, Health IT, Consumer Engagement, Health Equity, Innovation, Data and Privacy and Security. She is a member of the New England HIMSS Board, Vice- Chair for the HIMSS National Public Policy Committee and serves on AHIMA’s CEO Advisory Council.
Mary’s policy, management and sales experience spans over 30 years’ in health care, and health IT. She managed teams for HIMSS National, Yale New Haven Health System (St. Raphael’s), GE Health Care, IDX Systems, Tek Systems, Aetna and Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Mary served as a research legislative assistant for Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, (Retired, Ct.). Her expertise on health information technology and digital health policy experience brought her to provide testimony to U.S. Congress and served as a former chair of HIMSS Public Policy Committee.
She authored many articles and blogs and has served as an associate editor of Participatory Healthcare: A Person-Centered Approach to Healthcare Transformation, published by CRC Press, August, 2016. Ghost editor of Engage! Transforming Healthcare through Digital Patient Engagement, published by HIMSS in March, 2013. Winner of "book of the year" in 2014.
Everyone Needs a Mentor
Come join us for an educational evening where you can learn from experienced Mentors about career advancement, finding opportunities and resources, how others handle challenges, and how to tackle a changing environment. This will be an opportunity to learn from experienced healthcare IT leaders regarding various healthcare IT topics.