New England HIMSS 2021 Annual Spring Conference: Empowering People to Impact Health Through Information and Technology

Virtual Conference


Empowering People to Impact Health Through Information and Technology

New England HIMSS looks forward to hosting you, virtually, this year!

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Keynote Speakers:


Megan Ranney MD

Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health

Dr. Ranney is the Warren Alpert Endowed Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health. Dr. Ranney’s career focus is on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and mental illness. She has had continuous external funding from NIH, PCORI, and foundation grants for a decade, and has over 120 peer-reviewed publications. She serves multiple national leadership roles, including as Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research (, the country’s leading non-profit committed to ending the gun violence epidemic through a non-partisan public health approach, and qs President of the Board of, a start-up non-profit that is delivering donated personal protective equipment to those who need it most. She is an editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship Program, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health, and research, including Rhode Island Woman Physician of the Year and the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Policy Pioneer Award. She is also a frequent media commentator on outlets ranging from CNN to the New York Times regarding the value of a national public health strategy. Dr. Ranney earned her bachelor’s degree in History of Science, graduating summa cum laude, from HarvardUniversity; her medical doctorate, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha, from Columbia University; and her master's in public health from Brown University. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine and a fellowship in Injury Prevention Research at Brown University. She was previously a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two children. She is active on Twitter @meganranney.



Rasu Shrestha MD MBA

Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
Executive Vice President
Atrium Health
Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA, is executive vice president & chief strategy and transformation officer for Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. As a member of the executive leadership team, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for Atrium Health’s enterprise strategy, including planning and tactical direction for the organization’s current strategic roadmap and beyond. In addition, he spearheads a renewed focus on innovation, launching new healthcare inventions, discoveries and ideas to benefit the patients and communities that Atrium Health serves. He also provides executive leadership for corporate communications and marketing, as well as enterprise analytics, showcasing Atrium Health as a meaningful, national brand that leverages the power of data and insights.With a wealth of experience and national expertise in healthcare innovation, analytics and patient-centered care design, Dr. Shrestha joined Atrium Health in February 2019. Previously, he served as chief innovation officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he was responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transformingthe payer-provider organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. In addition to leading innovation at UPMC, Dr. Shrestha also served as executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises, pushing the needle in the pursuit of a unique blend of healthcare intelligence, technological expertise and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive and commercially successful solutions and address complex healthcare challenges.Dr. Shrestha is a respected thought leader and visionary in the field of healthcare information technology and was recently recognized as “Executiveof the Year” by Healthcare Dive and was acknowledged as one of the “Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change” and as a “Top Healthcare Innovator” by InformationWeek. In addition, he serveson the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM),as well as Academy Health, and was the Chairman of the HIMSS Innovation Committee, and Co-chair of Health Datapalooza. Dr Shrestha also serves on the Board of the Blumenthal Performing Arts.

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Speaker Bios



Day 1: Healthcare IT Evolution

Tuesday May 11th 2021

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP

Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health

Yuri Quintana, PhD

Chief Division of Clinical Informatics|Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


David Einstein, MD

Academic Medical Oncologist & Assistant Professor|Harvard Medical School

Dale Sanders

Senior Advisor and Former CTO, Health Catalystand Executive Partner, Ardan Equity|Health Catalyst & Ardan Equity

David Horrocks, MBA, MPH

President & CEO|CRISP


Jennifer Searls, MHA

Executive Director|Health Information Alliance, Inc.

Victoria Veltri, JD, LLM

Executive Director|State of Connecticut Office of Health Strategy

Mike Hale

CTO|Steward Health Care System


Jim Shook, CISSP, CIPP/U

Director, Cybersecurity & Compliance Practice|Dell Technologies

Jeannette Currier

CIO Community Hospitals|Beth Israel Lahey Health

Susan Carman, MS, PMP, CHCIO

VP & CIO|Mohawk Valley Health System


Stephanie McDonell

VP Information Technology, CIO|United Regional Health System

Heather Nelson

CHCIO SVP & CIO| UChicago Medicine

Naomi Lenane

CIO & VP Information Services|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Lynda Rowe

Senior Advisor, Value-based Markets|InterSystems



Day 2: Digital Divide

Wednesday May 12th 2021

Christina Severin

President and CEO

Community Care Cooperative (C3)

Mark Zhang DO, MMSc

Medical Director

Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

Palliative Care Physician


Rebecca Mishuris MD, MS, MPH


Boston Medical Center


Senior Consultant|Nordic Consulting


Renee Broadbent MBA, CCSFP

Vice President IT, SOHO Health

Matt Fisher

General Counsel


Mary Griskewicz MS, FHIMSS

Director Government Affairs, Policy


Trung Do MA, MBA

VP Business Development MGB Innovation| Mass General Brigham

Lee Park MD, MPH

Senior Medical Director Digital Health & Patient Experience|Mass General Brigham

Cheryl Clark, MD, ScD

Associate Physician|Brigham Health

Jorge Rodriguez, MD

Physician General Medicine & Primary Care|Brigham Health

Joe Betancourt MD, MPH

VP & Chief Center for Diversity and Inclusion|Mass General Hospital

Sandy Aronson

Executive Director of Information Technology| Mass General Brigham

Miles Kramer, LCSW, CCHP

VP Amwell Psychiatric Care|Amwell





Day 3 - Clinical Informatics

Thursday May 13, 2021

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and HIIMSS – New England Chapter


Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA

Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Executive Vice President Atrium Health


Principal|StarBridge Advisors

Cait DesRoches

Executive Director of OpenNotes

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dirk Stanley, MD, MPH

CMIO|UConn Health


Teri Young, RN, MS

VP, Clinical Applications & Chief of Clinical Informatics|University of Maryland Medical System

Christine Collins, MBA, RPh

VP & Chief Pharmacy Officer Lifespan|Rhode Island


Christopher Fortier, PharmD, FASHP

Chief Pharmacy Officer|Mass General Hospital

David Rubins, MD

Medical Director, Decision Support|Mass General Brigham

Ronelle Erica Stevens, PharmD

Sr. Clinical Informatics & Decision Support Application Coordinator|Mass General Brigham

Kenrick Cato, PhD, CPHIMSS

Assistant Professor|Columbia University


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and HIMSS – New England Chapter.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Continuing Medical Education


The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Pharmacy Education


Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 6 contact hour(s) (6.00 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. 
(Universal Activity Number - JA4008162-9999-20-2289-H01-P) – new number to be created for this activity


Type of Activity: Knowledge


Continuing Nursing Education
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 6 contact hours. 


Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.


Hardware/Software Requirements 
Include minimum hardware, software, internet connectivity and connection speed requirements for accessing the internet-based activity.


Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality 
Please see final activity for the policy on privacy and confidentiality that relates to this internet activity.   


Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies.  All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy.  The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control educational content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.


Fee Information 
The fee for this event, Day 3 only, is $55 for members and $70 for non-member