HIE & Advocacy Event

March 9, 8:00am, EST - 3:30pm, EST

Union Station

2 Washington Square

Worcester, MA 01604




Please join the New England Chapter of HIMSS at Union Station in Worcester MA for this years  HIT Advocacy Event. 

As the barriers to interoperability and electronic health information exchange (HIE) are decreasing, the options available to provider organizations to support their clinical and business needs are increasing. HIE and data aggregation platforms are available from a wider variety of vendors and organizations to support care coordination, accountable care organizations (ACO), and population management. These options draw into question the value proposition for State based HIE organizations, and the challenges of competing with, and collaborating with the vendor marketplace.

Our discussion will look at the environment from the practice perspective, the vendor perspective, and the State based organizations to better understand the value propositions moving forward, and how to navigate the options to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical care and patient safety.


A Full Continental Breakfast will be served from 8am to 9am



Our speakers for this event will be:

Colin Fletcher

Colin joined the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) in 2016 as the Director of Health Information Exchange. Colin works closely with staff, the Department of Health, and provider organizations in the Rhode Island community. His responsibilities include managing all aspects of Health Information Exchange, management of RIQI’s project portfolio, overseeing the Project Management Office, and strategy for the Health Information Exchange.  Prior to joining RIQI, Colin spent 10 years working for two different commercial Health Information Exchange vendors. As the Health Information Exchange product founder he was responsible for managing all aspects of the product lifecycle and customer implementations, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in revenue.  Previously he was the lead technical and functional architect for the implementation of a statewide health information exchange.


Michael Gagnon

Michael is a senior information technology professional with over 30 years of experience in diverse environments including health care, defense and academic settings. As CTO he is responsible for establishing the company’s technical vision and leading all aspects of technology development, according to its strategic direction and growth objectives. Specific duties include leading the strategy for technology platforms, partnerships and external relationships as well as building and managing the technology team. The CTO is also responsible for research and development, security as well as special projects.


Shaun Alfreds

Shaun is Chief Operating Officer at HealthInfoNet and oversees all operational and business activities of the organization including implementation and customer services, programs, grants, finance, and human resources. For over 15 years, Shaun has overseen programs that support consulting, research, and policy development in the areas of health information technology and health information exchange. Shaun holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is a member of the Board of Strategic Advisors of the Health Delivery Institute at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine and is a Certified Professional in Health Information Technology.



Robert Havasy

Robert serves as a subject matter expert in connected health and related topics for HIMSS staff and community. Act as a staff liaison and contact for the Connected Health Committee, facilitating the research and educational activities. Currently focusing on the intersecting needs of patients and providers deploying connected technologies and tackling the pressing problems of data overload, analytics needs, integration of patient-generated data into clinical workflows, and empowering patients to participate more fully in their healthcare.


Eli Fleet

Eli is the Director of Federal Affairs at HIMSS.  In this position, he is a key member of the Government Relations team in helping to build the strongest possible relationship between HIMSS and the various Federal agencies.  This role includes leading the effort in various HIMSS responses to those federal agencies on how IT can assists in the transformation of the healthcare system.  Additionally, he also serves as the Government Relations Liaison to the EHRA.


Dr. Eric Alper

Dr. Alper is Vice President / Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School.

In 2012, he joined Lifespan as IS Medical Director, facilitating the selection of Epic as the future electronic health record for this 4 hospital health system.  He was promoted to Vice President/Chief Medical Informatics Officer and became co-director of the Epic implementation project. In March 2015, Epic went live across all 4 hospitals and all ambulatory areas at Lifespan, rapidly achieving high levels of end user adoption and satisfaction. 

In November, 2015, he rejoined UMass Memorial as Vice President and Chief Clinical Informatics Officer where he is assisting to lead the Epic implementation project and continues to practice clinically as a hospitalist.

Dr. Alper has numerous peer reviewed publications and has lectured around the country on a variety of topics.  He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine since 2005.  He has received numerous teaching awards.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Clinical Informatics, a fellow in the American College of Physicians, a Senior Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine and he is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE).