Public Health Information Network (PHIN) 2009 Conference


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Plenary Sessions

Monday August 31st, 2009
8:30 AM10:00 AM

Opening Session:
People, Technology, and Informatics: What is the Return on Investment?

Welcome and Introductions

Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, Assistant Surgeon General (Ret.), USPHS , Acting Director, National Center for Public Health Informatics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, is Acting Director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI). Prior to joining NCPHI, Dr. Thacker was the director of CDC's Office of Workforce and Career Development (OWCD). Since 1989, Dr. Thacker has been responsible for programs that train employees and fellows in epidemiology, statistics, prevention effectiveness, informatics, applied public health, and scientific communications. He first joined CDC in 1976 and has worked in the public health areas of chronic disease, birth defects and developmental disabilities, injury prevention, toxic substances, and environmental health.

Dr. Thacker received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Princeton University in 1969 and his master's degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1973. He completed residency training in family medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine in 1976 and was certified by the American Board of Family Practice in 1977. From July 1976 to June 1978, Dr. Thacker served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer and was stationed at the Washington, D.C. Department of Health. In 1984, he was awarded an master of science degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and received certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He holds appointments at both Emory University School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Thacker has published materials representing multiple areas of public health, including epidemiology, public health surveillance, meta-analysis, infectious diseases, environmental public health, injury prevention, alcohol abuse, health-care delivery, and technology assessment. He also holds the grade of Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral, Upper Half) and is a retired Commissioned Corps officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS).

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Invited Speaker)

Dr. Frieden became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in June 2009. Previously, he served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since January 2002. One of the world′s oldest and largest public health agencies, the department has an annual budget of $1.7 billion and more than 6,000 staff. During his tenure, the number of smokers declined by 350,000, teen smoking decreased by half, and New York City became the first place in the United States to eliminate trans-fats from restaurants, rigorously monitor the diabetes epidemic, and require certain restaurants to post calorie information prominently. Under Dr. Frieden′s leadership, the department established the largest community electronic health records project in the country. Dr. Frieden also chairs the New York City Board of Health.

A physician with training in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health, and epidemiology, Dr. Frieden is especially known for his expertise in tuberculosis control. Dr. Frieden worked for CDC from 1990 until 2002. He began his career at CDC as an Epidemiologic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the New York City Health Department. In that role, he led a program that rapidly reduced tuberculosis, including reducing cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, by 80 percent. He then worked in India for five years where he assisted with national tuberculosis control efforts. The program in India has now treated more than 10 million patients and has saved more than one million lives. Dr. Frieden also served as Director of the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control and Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Health Department from 1992 to 1996.

Dr. Frieden speaks Spanish and graduated from Oberlin College. He received both his medical degree and master′s of public health degree from Columbia University and completed infectious disease training at Yale University. He has received numerous awards and honors and has published about 200 scientific articles.

David Ross, ScD, Director, Public Health Informatics Institute

Dr. David Ross is Director of the Public Health Informatics Institute. He became the Director of All Kids Count, a program of the Institute supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in 2000, and subsequently began the Institute, also with funding from RWJF.

His experience spans the private healthcare and public health sectors. Before joining the Task Force, Dr. Ross was an executive with a private health information systems firm, a Public Health Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and an executive in a private health system.

Dr. Ross holds a doctoral degree in Operations Research from The Johns Hopkins University (1980) where he was involved in health services research. After serving as Director of the Health Service Research Center, Baltimore USPHS Hospital, he became Vice President for Administration with the Wyman Park Health System. In 1983, he joined the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. During his career at CDC, he worked in environmental health, CDC’s executive administration, and public health practice. Dr. Ross was founding director of the Information Network for Public Health Officials (INPHO), CDC’s national initiative to improve the information infrastructure of public health. His research and programmatic interests reflect those of the Institute: the strategic application of information technologies to improve public health practice.

Seth Foldy, MD, MPH Director of Milwaukee Health Department

Dr. Foldy joined the Milwaukee Health Department as medical director and then Commissioner of Health after a decade in family medicine. He encouraged innovation including multi-jurisdictional disease surveillance networks, real-time syndromic and health utilization surveillance, regional emergency medicine internet, mobile computing for inspectors, pocket risk-assessment tools for physicians, and the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange which went live in 2008. Subsequently, he founded health.e.volution consulting and supported development of eHealth roadmaps and business models in several states, as well as national public health informatics strategic planning and workforce development initiatives. He supports emergency response programs, information fusion, and modeling projects at Argonne National Laboratory, and international teaching and program development with the Center for International Health. Dr. Foldy is chief medical officer of the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange, and medical director of Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee. He holds degrees from Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as faculty appointments at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and board certification in family and preventive medicine. Dr. Foldy received the Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work from the American Public Health Association and has served on CDC’s Information Council and eHealth Initiative board of directors.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel Plenary Session:
Institutions Investing in Public Health Informatics
Ties Boerma, MD, PhD, World Health Organization, Director of Measurement and Health Information Measurement, International Representative

Ties Boerma, MD, PhD, is the WHO's Director of Measurement and Health Information System. He has 20 years of experience working in public health and research programmes in developing countries, including 10 years at national and districts levels in Africa. He has worked for different United Nations organizations, bilateral donors, national governments and research institutions and has published extensively on AIDS, maternal and child health in epidemiological, demographic, and public health journals. A national of the Netherlands, Dr Boerma received his degree in medicine from the University of Groningen, and a PhD in bio-demography from the University of Amsterdam.

William Hacker, MD, Public Health Commissioner, Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce

William D. Hacker, MD, FAAP, CPE, a native of Manchester (Clay County), Kentucky received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Kentucky. Following a 3-year residency in pediatrics at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, he founded Corbin Pediatric Associates in Corbin, Kentucky in 1975. Dr. Hacker continued in private practice in Corbin until 1993 when he accepted the position of vice president for health services at Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) and moved to the corporate headquarters in Lexington. He left ARH in 1999 to serve as the medical director of Kentucky Health Select, a managed Medicaid program, within the CHA Health organization. In 2001, Dr. Hacker joined the Kentucky Department for Public Health as a physician consultant in the Division of Adult and Child Health. Following the terrorism events in the fall of 2001, Dr. Hacker transferred to the Division of Epidemiology as branch manager of the newly formed Public Health Preparedness Branch. In September 2003, he was appointed as the acting director of the Division of Laboratory Services and served in that capacity until April 2005. He was appointed acting commissioner of the Department for Public Health in July 2004. Following a national search, Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Dr. Hacker commissioner of the Department for Public Health on November 30, 2004. In addition to his duties as commissioner, he was appointed acting undersecretary for health for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on April 6, 2006. Dr. Hacker is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and is a member of the American College of Physician Executives. He holds an appointment at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics and associate clinical professor in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

David Hunt, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief Medical Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Dr. Hunt is Chief Medical Officer in the Office of Health IT Adoption for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the Department of Health and Human Services.

At ONC he merges years as a practicing surgeon and leader in surgical quality and patient safety with hands-on experience at all levels of information technology from programmer to systems analyst and software developer. Working at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2002 through 2007 Dr. Hunt led the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System (MPSMS) as well as the Surgical Care Improvement Partnership (SCIP)—two national programs advancing quality improvement and patient safety.

Dr. Hunt, who is licensed to practice medicine in the District of Columbia, is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1993. Practicing surgery in both private and academic settings, Dr. Hunt served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Howard University, as well as chair of surgical peer review at various hospitals in the Washington metropolitan area.

Poki Namkung, MD, County Health Officer, Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce

Poki Namkung is the Health Officer of Santa Cruz County, California and represents NACCHO, the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Santa Cruz County is considered the only fully functioning RHIO in California, having exchanged health information between private providers, hospitals, safety net clinics and the health department through a robust clinical email messaging system since 1997. In addition, in 2006-07, the health department’s primary care clinics implemented electronic health records, as did two of the three local hospital and clinic systems. Santa Cruz County was an InformationLinks grantee and is a Common Ground grantee. Poki Namkung is a principle in both grants and through these opportunities she has expanded the role of public health opportunities with community based organizations and the private healthcare sector. Poki Namkung is a first generation immigrant who came to medicine late in life after many years of political activism. After medical school at UC, Davis, she trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology for one year, also at UC, Davis and then took a hiatus from career to raise a family. During this period, she maintained her commitment to women’s health by working for reproductive choice as well as involving herself in the life of her community by serving on many Boards and Commissions, including chairing the PTA and the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Berkeley. Her volunteer activities reflect her long-standing and abiding interest in the health of her community with a particular interest in the well being of women and children. In 1993, Dr. Namkung returned to training, first receiving an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley. She completed a Preventive Medicine Residency at UCB in 1995 and went on to become the Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the City of Berkeley Public Health Department. She is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health Administration. In 1996, she was selected as a State Scholar for the Public Health Leadership Institute. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Health Officers’ Association of California in 1997 and to the Board of the California Conference of Local Health Officers in 1998. In November of 2001, Poki Namkung was elected as President of the California Conference of Local Health Officers and re-elected for another term in November of 2002. The California Public Health Association-North honored her in 2003 with their Public Health Leadership Award. In July 2006, Poki Namkung was elected President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Closing Session:
Public Health Informatics’ Investment in Innovation

HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence–Public Health

Presenter: Tom Leary, FHIMSS, MALA Senior Director of Federal Affairs, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Tom Leary is Senior Director of Federal Affairs for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the country’s largest healthcare association focused on information technology. He directs all the Society’s public policy activities with federal agencies, including analysis and response to federal regulatory requirements and leveraging HIMSS member subject matter expertise in healthcare IT public policy development. Leary is also staff liaison to the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable, in which association members meet monthly to promote healthcare improvements through IT adoption and investments. Through the roundtable, he works with Diamond Corporate Members, the highest level of membership for the association. Leary has spent a good portion of his career in Washington on federal healthcare policy and regulation development. His experience includes work both inside and outside of government. Prior to his arrival at HIMSS, Leary was a Division Manager for Science Applications International Corporation’s TRICARE Division, where he was engaged in the coordination of healthcare administrative outsourcing solutions for the Military Health System. Leary began his career in 1992as a staff assistant to Rep. Les Aspin (D-WI). He moved to the Pentagon with the Aspin team, where he served as a Clinton Administration political appointee at the Defense Department in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Legislative Affairs office as staff assistant, then as Special Assistant for Health Care Policy. In 1997, he expanded his focus on federal healthcare policy as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, serving on the Assistant Secretary’s senior management team that addressed medical readiness and peacetime healthcare delivery for the Military Health System. Leary obtained his bachelor’s degree in History/Political Science from Rutgers University and his master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.

PHIN Poster Awards

Closing Speakers

Stephen Dale, BSc (Hons), Managing Director, Semantix (UK) Ltd

Stephen is a passionate advocate of the premise that organizations and enterprises can become smarter, faster, more agile and more innovative by recognizing the latent creativity and energy locked up in their most precious and valuable resource – their people. This can only be achieved by creating an environment of trust, where conversations can flow and where ideas are encouraged and nurtured without being stifled by process. Stephen’s
26 years + experience as an information and knowledge management professional has enabled him to blend technology solutions with a detailed understanding of behavioral characteristics that encourage people to self-organize, collaborate and co-create. In particular the development and nurture of communities of practice for knowledge sharing, learning and innovation as part of a sustainable ‘knowledge ecosystem’.

He is both an evangelist and practitioner in the use of Web 2.0 technologies and Social Media applications to support personal learning and knowledge sharing. He was the business lead and information architect for the community of practice platform currently deployed across the UK local government sector, the largest network of its type, and continues to play a key role in the support of virtual communities of practice for value creation in public services. Stephen’s current and previous clients include Creative Partnerships, 3i plc, Reuters Ltd, Papillon Technology, the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP), the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR, now BIS), the Central Office of Information (COI), the Office for National Statistics (ONS), The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS, now BIS), the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), London Deanery, and East Lindsey District Council. Publications: Utilizing Web 2.0 Technologies in Local Government, published in IT Adviser Autumn 2008 Case Study: Communities of Practice in Local Government, published February 2008

W. Thomas Green, Jr., BA, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Greenway Medical Technologies

Tommy Green is the founder of Greenway Medical Technologies and has served as Greenway's CEO and Chairman since the company's inception in 1998. Leveraging experience from several successful business ventures, Mr. Green was directly responsible for organizing interest in and action from a group of healthcare professionals to create Greenway Medical. Mr. Green led this group in development of ambulatory solutions that improve the delivery of healthcare for the consumer, the provider and the payer. Mr. Green has owned, operated and sold several companies, including an automotive parts retailer and Greenway Corporation, Inc., a financial software firm. Greenway Corporation was sold in 1998 to The BISYS Group, Inc. (NYSE: BSG). Mr. Green holds several corporate and community leadership positions. He is the chairman of First National Bank of Georgia and WGNB Corporation in Carrollton, Georgia. He is past chairman of the Tanner Medical Foundation. Mr. Green serves as a board member and executive committee member of the State University of West Georgia Foundation. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.

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