Speaker Bios - Health IT Forum


Forum Topic:  mHealth: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Keynote: Jacob Reider, MD, Acting Principal Deputy National Coordinator, Chief Medical Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
Jacob Reider, MD is a family physician with 20 years of experience in health information technology and special interest in clinical innovation, user experience, and clinical decision support. His background includes leadership roles in nearly all facets of the health IT domain – from small start-up companies to academic facilities, primary care medical groups, and large health IT development organizations. Dr. Reider has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Students Association, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and has served in directorial positions on boards of several innovative health IT companies.


Ravinder "Ravi" J. Singh, President & CE, President, Maryland Chapter of HIMSS, Fides Info Sys, Inc.

Ravi Singh is the founder of Fides Info Sys, Inc. He has extensive health IT management consulting and outsourcing experience. Over the course of his 20+ year career, he has developed extensive healthcare information technology (IT) management and implementation skills and a successful executive leadership style. He has directed numerous large consulting and outsourcing engagements with hospital and major health system organizations in all areas of healthcare information technology including clinical, administrative and financial systems, systems integration and networking.

Ravi has the ability to understand complex issues faced by the C-Suite executives and help them conceive, plan, implement and manage cost-effective solutions. Before forming Fides Info Sys, Ravi was the Senior Vice President with a nationwide health information technology consulting and outsourcing company for over a decade. Ravi provided leadership and highly focused management oversight, including governance, SLAs, reporting and client relationships for several outsourcing and consulting contracts. He was responsible for all operational information technology outsourcing activities, business development and support of consulting interests. Ravi provided the corporate leadership and direction for the successful execution of outsourcing services for major hospitals and integrated delivery system and consulting engagements in all aspects of health care information technology, including project management, system selection, implementation, and strategic planning. Prior to that Ravi has been in various leadership roles at Electronic Industries Alliance, Suburban Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital.


Dwight Raum, Chief Technology Officer, Johns Hopkins Health System

Dwight is the Chief Technology Officer of Johns Hopkins, responsible for technology and infrastructure supporting the tri-part mission of teaching, patient care, and research.  Technologies under his charge span from physical data centers to common core applications such as email and portals.  Dwight has a BS in Management Science (Production Operations Management) from Virginia Tech.  His professional experience is largely technical and previously he led software development projects in the dot-com era.

Dwight began his Hopkins career in 2001, providing software engineering, technical leadership and design in support of the enterprise directory project.  In the intervening years as Dwight's responsibilities have grown he has led large projects in areas including: virtualization, cloud adoption, single sign on, emergency and clinical communications, cyber-security, innovation, web content management, patient engagement, infrastructure consolidation and more.  His diverse experience lends unique perspective to IT leadership, technology and change management.

Ram Sriram - Photo - 2014

Dr. Ram D. Sriram, Chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before joining the Software and Systems Division, Sriram was the leader of the Design and Process group in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, where he conducted research on standards for interoperability of computer-aided design systems. He was also the manager of the Sustainable Manufacturing Program. Prior to joining NIST, he was on the engineering faculty (1986-1994) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was instrumental in setting up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory. Sriram has co-authored or authored more than 250 publications, including several books.   Sriram was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering. In 1989, he was awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. In  2011, Sriram received the ASME Design Automation Award.   Sriram is a Fellow of ASME and AAAS, a member (life) of ACM, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member (life) of AAAI, and a member (life) of the Washington Academy of Sciences. Sriram has a B.Tech. from IIT, Madras, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.







Ramon "Ray" Balut, Chief Information Security Officer, MedStar Health

Ramon “Ray” Balut currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for MedStar Health. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare information systems and security as well as experience with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) development and deployment.

Ray has worked within several national, regional, and local not-for-profit and university environments including Sutter Health in California, Adventist Health in Orlando and the University of VA.

Ray received his BS in Computer and Information Systems from King’s College. He has also received the CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CISSP-ISSMP (Certified Information System Security Professional), NSA IAM (National Security Agency InfoSec Assessment Methodology), and SANS GSEC/GCIH certifications.

Topic: Medical Devices - Growth in the International Market

Ames Gross, President and Founder
Pacific Bridge Medical

Mr. Ames Gross is the President and Founder of Pacific Bridge Medical (www.pacificbridgemedical.com). He is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the Asian medical markets. In 2008, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD&DI) magazine named Mr. Gross one of the top 100 executives in the medical business. Mr. Gross founded PBM in 1988 and has helped hundreds of medical companies with business development and regulatory issues in Asia. Mr. Gross is a frequent contributor of articles on Asian medical issues for Medical Device Daily, MD&DI, RAPS, Pharma Phorum, Pharma Voice, and other medically oriented journals. Mr. Gross has been a featured speaker on the Asian medical markets at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) shows, the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society's annual and regional meetings, and a variety of other medically oriented conferences. Mr. Gross has a BA degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania (1978) and an MBA from Columbia University (1982).


Heather Rosecrans, Vice President, Medical Devices & Combination Products, Greenleaf Health

Heather Rosecrans brings more than 30 years of public health and medical device experience to Greenleaf Health. Rosecrans continues her commitment to public health at Greenleaf where she provides strategic consulting services and works with Greenleaf clients to bring innovative devices to patients.
Prior to joining Greenleaf, Rosecrans served as Director of the 510(k) Pre-Market Notification Staff at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). In this role, Rosecrans was responsible for implementing administrative and regulatory policy for the 510(k) Program, the 513(g) Program, Classification and Reclassification, de novo petitions and other premarket regulatory requirements.
Rosecrans started her FDA career as a biologist in the agency’s Bureau of Medical Devices – prior to the formation of CDRH. In 1980, Rosecrans joined the newly organized CDRH Premarket Application (PMA) Staff. For the next seven years, she coordinated the administrative, scientific and regulatory review of PMAs, product development protocols and associated submissions.
In 1987, Rosecrans joined the 510(k) Section of CDRH’s Program Operations Staff (POS). In this role, Rosecrans served as a Consumer Safety Officer and was a key contact for CDRH and FDA on 510(k) matters. Rosecrans held this position until 1992, at which time she became Director of the 510(k) Staff. Rosecrans’ accomplishments include drafting guidance documents and regulations regarding the 510(k) program, training staff, and assisting in the implementation of the Medical Device User Fee Modernization Act (MDUFMA) and Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA).
Rosecrans’ extensive experience at CDRH, and specifically the 510(k) office, enabled her to become one of the nation’s leading experts on the program. Rosecrans’ tenure also allowed her to play a pivotal role in the program’s development and reform. Since the program’s inception in 1976, more than 120,000 products have been cleared via the 510(k) program.
Rosecrans has represented and spoken on behalf of CDRH in multiple forums, including national conferences, FDA advisory committee meetings, and international symposiums. Her published work includes numerous guidance and regulatory documents. She has also worked collaboratively with CMS and other regulatory agencies.
Rosecrans holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pfeiffer College in Misenhelmer, NC.

Topic: Patient Tools for Better Health


M. Jason Brooke, MSE, JD, CEO & General Counsel, Vasoptic Medical Inc.

M. Jason Brooke is the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel for Vasoptic Medical Inc., an early stage medical device company developing a mobile health solution for early detection of diabetic retinopathy. Mr. Brooke is also the Managing Member of Brooke Consulting, LLC, where he provides legal and regulatory consulting services for medical device and mobile health technology companies.

Mr. Brooke has more than 10 years of experience in design, development, and commercialization of medical device and mobile health technology. Prior to joining Vasoptic Medical, Mr. Brooke was an Associate at Epstein Becker & Green P.C. where he advised medical device companies on legal and regulatory issues throughout the product life cycle—from research and development, and pre- market clearance/approval, to post-market compliance. In addition, he acted as co-counsel to the mHealth Regulatory Coalition and the CDS Coalition, developing policy recommendations on the regulation of mobile health technology and clinical decision support software. Mr. Brooke has authored numerous papers and has received patents and awards for his development and regulatory work in the medical device industry.
Mr. Brooke received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Science in Engineering degree at the Biomedical Engineering Department of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he obtained a Health Law Certificate and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health Care Law & Policy.

Sandra S. Garrett, PhD, President and CEO, Global Record Systems, LLC

Dr. Sandra Garrett is the President and CEO of Global Records Systems LLC and the Chairman of the Global Companies which also includes Global Research Services LLC, an international Clinical Research Organization (CRO).  Global Record Systems supports a proprietary Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) platform (Global TrakRite) used by practicing physicians and other health care providers across the United States. In addition, the company is preparing to roll-out, in 16 emerging markets, a proprietary EMR platform specifically designed for clinical research with biologics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. This EMR platform supports a unique Portal used in the collection of adverse events and other outcome data as part of the Company’s National Medication Surveillance Program (NMSP). The NMSP developed in part under a Research Collaboration  Agreement (RCA) with the US FDA and in collaboration with payers, providers, pharmacies and patients is projected to build the largest data base of its kind archiving outcomes data, EMRs and data collected via global clinical trials.

Dr. Garrett was the founder of Medifacts International and served as its President and CEO from 1985 to 2006. Dr. Garrett also served as the co principal investigator with the Division of Cardio-Renal Drug Products of the US FDA, under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). Dr Garrett served on the Board of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO). ACRO advances clinical outsourcing to improve the quality, efficiency and safety of biomedical research. She was also a 2005 finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the area of Life Sciences, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Women in Bio (WIB) honoree for notable women entrepreneurs in life sciences, and selected by SmartCEO as one of the 2009 top business women in Washington, DC. Dr. Garrett holds a PhD in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling from the University of Massachusetts and a MBA from the University of Dallas. She is the author of multiple publications related to clinical research.

Harsha K. Rajasimha, PhD., Senior Director, Genomics Services (Strand USA)

Dr. Harsha Rajasimha leads the genomics and Bioinformatics services business at Strand USA. Prior to joining Strand, Dr. Rajasimha ran a Genomics and Bioinformatics services company and co-founded the non-profit organization for rare diseases India. He is affiliate faculty at the school of systems biology at George Mason University and occasionally teaches Next-Generation Sequencing applications to graduate students. He has over a decade of hands-on experience working in multidisciplinary projects involving genomics data infrastructure, analysis, interpretation and publications covering academia, government and industry. His career has spanned Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, National Cancer Institute, National Eye Institute, Food and Drug Administration, Genome International Corporation and has provided consulting services to various organizations. 

Harsha’s research work has focused on the modeling and simulation of mitochondrial heteroplasmy, OMIC data integration and integrative systems biology of diseases including Cancer, Infectious diseases, Neuro-Muscular diseases, and retinal degenerative diseases. Harsha earned his baccalaureate in computer science and engineering (Bangalore University, 2000), M.S. in Computer Science (Virginia Tech, 2004) and Ph.D. in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Virginia Tech, 2007). 

Peter Thorp, General Partner, B7 Inc.

As a Vision Capitalist, Peter invests both time and money in innovative companies, recognizing that great opportunities do exists right here in the Baltimore-Dulles Alley. B7 provides market intelligence, assist in a capital raise with east coast west coast VC’s, recruits and hires talent for local companies and provides business intelligence to companies that are both inside and outside the alley. It is B7’s intent to channel 50% of our resources in region.

B7 provides market information and insights that help our clients make more effective decisions in early stage development while untapping value in embedded investments. B7 mission is to find, vet, build and market emerging technologies that are primarily in the region.



Steven A. Silverman, Director, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development

Steven A. Silverman was appointed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett as Director of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development in April 2009.

Just prior to his appointment, Silverman served as Director for Aging, Healthcare and Special Projects in the Office of Maryland Attorney General. From January 2007 through July 2008, he also served in the Office of Maryland Attorney General as Staff Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division before being named Chief, Consumer Protection Division in April 2007.

He served as a member of the Montgomery County Council for two consecutive terms between 1998 and 2006, serving as its president twice and as Chair, Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee and Member, Health and Human Services Committee.
Silverman received a B.A. from the American University (School of Government and Politics) and a J.D. from George Washington School of Law. He served as a co-chair of the Silver Spring Redevelopment Steering Committee (1998) which was instrumental in the revitalization of Downtown Silver Spring. Silverman also served as chairman of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and as Attorney and Partner, Silverman and Schild from 1981 through 1999.
He has served on the Board of Directors of several area organizations, including American ORT, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Non-Profit Village and Washington Area Housing Trust Fund. He has also been recognized for his professional and community service by numerous professional and community based organizations, including Family Learning Solutions, League of Korean Americans of Maryland, Mobile Medical Care, Montgomery Coalition for the Homeless, Rebuilding Together and Washington Council of Agencies.
Silverman lives in Silver Spring with his wife Sheila and three children, Sage, Kaden and Lane. His son Jordy attends the University of Maryland.


Improving Health Care through the use of Big Data - November 14, 2013


Jennifer S. Geetter, Partner, McDermott Will & Emory LLP

Jennifer S. Geetter is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in Firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She has been ranked by Chambers USA as a leader in her field. Jennifer is a frequent speaker and author on areas within her practice, including life sciences and biomedical innovation, financial relationships and aggregate spend, data sharing strategies and data privacy and security. 
Life Sciences & Biomedical Innovation 
Jennifer routinely advises global life sciences and health care clients on legal issues attendant to biomedical innovation. Her clients include a broad range of pharmaceutical, device, health plan, institutional health care provider, and others. Her work on behalf of these clients focuses her practice on emerging biotechnology and safety issues, research design and compliance, research program structure and operational and compliance infrastructure, personalized medicine, formulary compliance, scientific review and research misconduct proceedings, and emerging issues in the future, unspecified use of biospecimens and data. 
Financial Relationships & Aggregate Spend 
Jennifer advises life sciences companies on best practices in financial relationship management, including advice on state and federal Sunshine Law initiatives. She works with institutional health care providers in the development of comprehensive, enterprise-wide individual and institutional conflict of interest management programs and policies, and has been involved in the development of innovative IT solutions to financial interest reporting and management. 
Data Sharing Strategies 
Jennifer is a leader in the Firm’s data sharing practice. Jennifer works regularly with global clients on development and implementing data sharing strategies and platforms to achieve business objectives, particularly in connection with biomedical innovation, health care reform, electronic health record implementation, and quality assurance requirements. She actively advises clients on data sharing architecture, data and biospecimen collection and repositories, data sharing collaborations and partnerships, the creation of health information exchanges, data license and health information technology agreements, and other strategic health information and health information technology transactions. 
Data Privacy and Security 
Jennifer advises companies on global privacy and data security laws. She regularly advises health care companies regarding compliance with HIPAA, the Privacy Act of 1974, and other federal and state health information privacy laws. She prepares enterprise-wide privacy and data security programs and policies for multinational businesses, including businesses with portfolio companies spanning multi-regulatory environments, and regularly 
Brian Krantz, Sr. Principal - Health Data and Informatics, IMS Healthcare Solutions
Brian and his team leverage IMS Health’s industry-leading healthcare data and informatics capabilities to assist Government decision makers in healthcare policy, research, and operations missions. He has successfully led complex, data-centric programs for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 
Brian’s evidence-based management consulting experience includes leading teams to assess current commercial and regulated markets and technology practices for leading pharmaceutical and medical device clients. 
Prior to joining IMSGS in 2005, Brian worked as a management consultant for several Fortune 500 companies. Brian is a 1985 graduate of Penn State University. 
Jane L. Snowdon, Director and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Federal
Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is Director and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM U. S. Federal Government, in Washington DC. She is responsible for developing and driving innovation strategy and defining offerings that combine client mission requirements with IBM products, services, and IBM Research's technology investments. Jane is the leader of the new IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington DC. She co-chairs the Cyber Security Education and Workforce Development Working Group with the Department of Homeland Security and is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Council on Technology and Innovation.
Prior to this role, Jane was a Senior Manager in the Department of Strategy and Worldwide Technical Operations at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. She was responsible for jointly leading the direction of IBM’s overall Research strategy across twelve global labs and the 2013 Global Technology Outlook.
Dr. Snowdon has also developed strategies and driven research efforts worldwide to create innovative solutions that identify energy and cost savings for smarter buildings. Jane was IBM’s Principal Investigator for the Energy Innovation Hub proposal led by the Pennsylvania State University for Energy Efficient Buildings, which was selected from among 40 proposals by the U. S. Department of Energy and awarded up to $129M over 5 years. Jane was instrumental in defining a partnership announced by Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Economic Development Corporation with Columbia, CUNY, and NYU for research collaboration to help address New York City’s energy challenges. Jane initiated and successfully launched two projects on energy analytics for large portfolios of buildings for over 1,000 K-12 public schools in a major city and a university campus of 60 buildings covering a combined 150 million square feet.
  • Managed the Emerging Systems Design Department at IBM Research where she led work in the design of new high performance computing servers and next generation technologies to simplify the personal computer life cycle process. Jane has conducted research in schedule planning optimization, journey management, crew pairing, and recovery from irregular operations for domestic and international airlines. She also has deep expertise in business process modeling and business process simulation for manufacturing and transportation domains.
  • Received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Certificate in Manufacturing Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. degree with distinction in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2006 and the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech in 2008.
  • Selected as the General Chair for the 2002 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), Technical Program Chair and Council Member for the 2000 and 2001 AGIFORS (Airline Group of the International Federation of Operations Research Societies) Symposiums, Advisory Council Member of the 2001 INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Practice Meeting.
  • Chair of the Advisory Board for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board at Georgia Tech. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development, and is a former Advisory Board member for Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology Medical Division at Stony Brook University and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Penn State. She is a Senior Member of the IIE and IEEE, and a Member of AFCEA, CASE, INFORMS, NYAS, Philosophical Society of Washington, WIT, and WITI.
  • Honored at the Girls Inc. of Westchester 2012 “Power of the Purse” gala as a prominent professional woman and role model who is investing in giving the next generation of Westchester women leaders the skills they need to grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Jane is a past co-chair for the Watson Women’s Network (WWN) and past WWN representative to the Watson Diversity Council. She mentors researchers in the United States and China, and is part of IBM’s Makocha Minds initiative for mentoring African university students.



Analytics in Healthcare: Leveraging Data for Organizational Wide Improvements - May 21, 2013


Protima Advani, Vice President Health Care Networks, Avalere Health LLC

Protima Advani, Vice President Health Care Networks, provides clients with strategic guidance on the business impacts of payment and delivery system reform and health information technology policy and supports clients interested in pursuing new strategies and business opportunities resultant from policy-driven evolving market dynamics.

Prior to joining Avalere, Protima was the Research Director for the HIT practice at the Advisory Board Company (ABC), providing best practices and strategic guidance on HIT issues to providers and the healthcare vendor community. She also launched their Meaningful Use Navigator business focused on assessing provider readiness. Protima plays an active role in HIT policy discussions and has written extensively on the IT implications of various policies, including the Medicare Shared Saving Program. In her 10 years at ABC, Protima led research and consulted healthcare executives on a variety of strategic and operational issues facing providers – from capital prioritization to performance and risk management.

Prior to her work at ABC, Protima was an independent consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Veterans Health Administration.  Protima has a masters in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and has a B.S. in mathematics, economics, and finance from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Lee Deneault, Director of Manufacturing, Nuvon, Inc.

Lee Deneault is Director of Manufacturing at Nuvon. Lee holds a Master’s Degree in Bioengineering from Carnegie Mellon University and brings over 25 years experience in the design and development of medical devices. 
Mr. Deneault is the author and co-author of over 100 scientific, peer-reviewed publications. He has also worked with 5 start-up medical device companies where he was responsible for FDA-related projects, operations, and product development.

Jeffrey T. Harvey, Managing Partner, Hickory Ridge Capital

Mr. Harvey is Managing Partner of Hickory Ridge Capital (www.hickoryridgecapital.com), an investment fund focused on early stage, technology-enabled, healthcare services companies. He is also Principal of Harvey Partners, an advisory firm to emerging healthcare companies that are seeking strategic advice on capital raise and consultation on marketing to health systems, hospitals and the Veterans Administration. He serves on the board of directors of Ingenios Health, Inc. (www.ingenioshealth.com), a health risk assessment company in Jacksonville, FL. Mr. Harvey began his career in technology at IBM and spent 10 years with Fortune 50 telecommunications firms MCI Communications and Lucent Technologies. He has worked with private equity and venture firms for more than 15 years on technology and healthcare investments and diligence. He was part of the turnaround of a radiology management firm that was ultimately sold to Wellpoint for 20x its original value.

His unique blend of technology and healthcare industry experience combined with his depth in the early to mid stage investments and operations, has led to the formation of Hickory Ridge Capital. The fund was launched in 2011 by Harvey and John McDaniel, former CEO of MedStar Health. The fund has made 4 investments beginning in September 2012.

Mr. Harvey is Chairman of the Board of The Tewaaraton Foundation (www.tewaaraton.com), a non-profit that provides scholarships to Native American youth and recognizes the top college lacrosse players annually. Mr. Harvey has served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University since 2009. Mr. Harvey received his BS from Boston College and MBA from the University of Michigan.

Jason Silva, Chief Executive Officer, Sidus Group, LLC

Jason Silva has over 15 years experience in Data Center Management and Information Technology. His experience includes the management and implementation of web, ecommerce, content management and intranet systems in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, government, and technology sectors. As Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Sidus Group Mr. Silva has played a pivotal role in achieving the qualification of the Sidus Data Center and forming Sidus BioData. Sidus BioData is now actively engaged in hosting both GxP applications and HIPAA/HITECH data. Mr. Silva has spoken extensively on the application of Cloud Computing, and servers on the boards of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council and the Fort Meade Alliance.


John R. Zaleski, PhD, CPHIMS, Chief Informatics Officer & EVP, Nuvon, Inc.

John Zaleski, Ph.D., CPHIMS is Vice President of Clinical Informatics at Nuvon. A renowned leader in the biomedical informatics and health care technology industries, Dr. Zaleski brings more than 27 years of experience in researching and bringing to market devices and products to improve health care. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his dissertation described a novel approach for the modeling and prediction of post-operative respiratory behavior in post-surgical cardiac patients. Dr. Zaleski has a particular expertise in designing, developing, and implementing clinical and non-clinical point of care applications for hospital enterprises. Dr. Zaleski is the named inventor or co-inventor on 7 issued patents related to medical device interoperability, as well as more than 50 patent disclosures applied for and/or pending. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on clinical use of medical device data, information technology and medical devices, and wrote two seminal books on integrating medical device data into electronic health records and the use of medical device data for clinical decision-making.

Mobile devices and Healthcare: Securing Information, Protecting Privacy - February 28, 2013

Adnan Ahmed, Co-founder and President, CNSI

Adnan Ahmed is co-founder and President of CNSI. He is responsible for the overall health of the company and leads CNSI’s management with an emphasis on identifying new strategic markets and leveraging relationships with customers and partners. Under Ahmed's direction, CNSI has experienced extensive growth in the healthcare and federal markets.  Ahmed is credited for CNSI's expansion into several new verticals, including the State Medicaid and CMS Medicare markets.  

Ahmed brings vast experience in federal government and strategic growth areas. Prior to founding CNSI, Ahmed started the federal product sales division for INET Inc., a government systems integrator, growing it to $30 million in three years.

Adnan Ahmed is a board member of the Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), The Organization of Pakistani American Entrepreneurs of North America and is an active supporter of The Citizens Foundation, USA (TCF-USA). He lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and two daughters, is an avid cricket fan and lives by the motto persistence, perseverance, and passion.



Eric Ashman, Vice President of Engineering, KoolSpan, Inc.

Vice President of Engineering Eric Ashman has over 18 years of experience in mobile software development, software-as-a-service, cloud infrastructure, telecommunications and systems engineering. He leads the team developing secure mobile communications software for use with KoolSpan’s TrustChip. Prior to joining KoolSpan in 2012, Eric served as Director of Engineering for Mobile Advertising in the Location and Commerce division of Nokia. Ashman was responsible for post-click content delivery for the Location Point Advertising platform, which served location-aware ads to users of maps, apps, and mobile web sites. Ashman also previously worked at Acuity Mobile, Proteus, Mars Music and USWeb/CKS. He has been a frequent speaker at trade shows, including COMDEX and NetExpo, and was an Adjunct Professor at American University. Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Audio Technology and his Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from American University.


Dr. Anand K. Iyer, President and Chief Operating Officer, WellDoc, Inc.

Anand K. Iyer, Ph.D., serves as president and chief operating officer of WellDoc, Inc., where he oversees the deployment of the company’s cell phone- and web- based diabetes management platform, and leads efforts to integrate WellDoc’s solution internationally into mainstream chronic disease management programs.

Iyer has more than 20 years of consulting experience. Previously, he served as a director (partner) at PRTM Management Consultants in the firm’s communications industry group and led its wireless solutions practice. During his 14-year tenure with PRTM, Iyer helped companies in commercial and government sectors capitalize on the convergence of three trends – internet ubiquity, emerging wireless technologies and innovation business models – to unlock new business and customer value.

Iyer is also the founder and president of the In-Building Wireless Alliance, a global, cross-industry, not-for-profit focused on accelerating the adoption of in-building wireless technologies to improve public safety response, energy consumption and real estate value for buildings.

Prior to PRTM, Iyer was a member of the scientific staff at Bell Northern Research, which is now part of Nortel Networks, based in Ottawa. Iyer received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa. He earned a master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master of business administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Iyer is a frequent speaker on wireless technology and its ongoing integration into the healthcare industry. Most recently, he was a keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference 2008 discussing “Leveraging Emerging Wireless Technologies in Healthcare”. In addition, he will be a keynote speaker at the 2008 Institute for Defense and Business on the topic, “Wireless Disruptions in the Military Health Care Supply Chain.”   Iyer is a member of IEEE, Society for Photo-Optic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and Sigma Xi. In 2007, he was voted by Jim Young, CEO of Realcomm, as one of the “Top 35” to watch in the realm of wireless technology.



Dr. Manish Jain, Adult Medicine Assistant Chief DC/SM, Chief of Technology DC SM, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.

Dr. Manish Jain is a practicing primary care physician and an assistant chief for adult medicine for the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (MAPMG), which provides award-winning, high quality medical care to nearly 500,000 Kaiser Permanente (KP) members. His oversight for MAPMG covers the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland (DCSM) area.

Dr. Jain is a native Washingtonian and has lived his entire life in the DC Metro area. He received his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Washington Hospital Center (WHC) where he served as chief resident. He spent 1 year doing critical care and emergency triage as well as running the Intermediate Care Unit (IMC) at WHC.

Dr. Jain has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2005. In addition to seeing patients and serving as assistant department chief, he is the designated Chief of Technology for DCSM. In this role, he has helped to launch innovative projects such as TeleDermatology, TeleOrthopedics, and TeleSpine. In 2012, he started the Innovation Consultants group with the goal of working together across all specialties to use existing technology to fast track innovative ideas into mainstream workflows with minimal use of resources.

Dr. Jain has also served on the Quality Committee, the Scripts and Protocols Oversight Committee (SPOC), and the "Live Well, Be Well" employee health and wellness program.

Dr. Jain is happily married and his wife, Shailini, is also an internist for KP at the Gaithersburg medical office. He has a young son and daughter and enjoys spending time with his family and traveling in his spare time.


Alice Leiter, Policy Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology

Ms. Leiter earned her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2007, and while in law school spent a summer working in the general counsel’s office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She spent three years as an associate in the Health and Privacy & Information Management practice groups at the law firm Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan and Hartson) before joining the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she was the director of health information technology policy.

In this capacity she served as a consumer representative on the Privacy and Security Tiger Team, a subgroup of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee, a federal advisory committee established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. She also chaired the Operations Workgroup of Query Health, an initiative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework.

Ms. Leiter earned a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University in 2002.


Health IT in the Cloud- January 17, 2013

David Muntz, MBA, Principal Deputy National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

David Muntz serves as the Principal Deputy National Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. In this role, David works directly with the National Coordinator, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, and oversees the activities of the four offices within ONC: Office of the Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy; Office of the Deputy National Coordinator for Operations; Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling; and the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Prior to joining ONC, David was the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Baylor Health Care System, and was responsible for more than 730 information services employees who cared for a delivery system with more than 280 points of entry. For the first 18 years of his career, David worked at the Wadley Research Institute and Blood Bank in Dallas, Texas, an organization whose entities included a hospital, outpatient facilities, research institute, computer institute, and the blood bank for Dallas County, starting as a biostatistician and ultimately assuming the role of CEO. He returned to health care information technology (IT) at Texas Health Resources, where he functioned as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for 15 years.

David has had vast practical experience with electronic health records and strong leadership skills. He was recognized nationally for innovation in information technology every year for more than 20 years. His most recent national recognition was by Information Week 500 in 2011, where he was on the inaugural list of the "Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare IT." He was also profiled as one of eight "Health IT Leaders to Watch" by Health Data Management in 2011.

David received an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and an AB degree in pre-medicine with a concentration in English from Columbia College in New York City.


Michael P. Binko is President/CEO and a member of the Board of Directors for kloudtrack® 
Michael P. Binko is President/CEO and a member of the Board of Directors for kloudtrack® — a leading provider of cloud-based GRC data and process management technologies and solution services.

Prior to joining kloudtrack, Binko was founder and currently still serves as Managing General Partner of Gemini Venture Partners LLP, an early-stage private equity and venture capital firm concentrating on technology companies in the software, SaaS|Cloud, computing, communications, internet, social networking, enterprise data management, new media and other information technology sectors.

Prior to founding Gemini, Binko was with XRiver Technologies (NASDAQ: XYBR) where he served as Vice President of Corporate and Business Development. Concentrating on the markets of mobile computing and communications, XRiver is a leading intellectual property, technology and solution services company focused on wireless and mobile computing in numerous industry sectors.

Binko earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees (with honors) in both Business Communications and English from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Binko is a graduate of the Innovation Management program offered jointly by the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Binko is host of The UpStart Show a distributed content TV program that highlights the innovation ecosystem of early-stage entrepreneurs and investors.

Binko is also a Board Member of the SIIA Software Division.

Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010. He is also an active member of the Military Open Source working group, the SIIA Software Division Board, the Board of Directors for the Public Sector Innovation Group, the Freedom 2 Connect Technical Council, New America’s California Civic Innovation Project Advisory Council, and the CivicCommons Board of Advisors. He is especially interested in cross-domain security, edge innovation, and interagency collaboration through the open source model.

Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a number of Internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State’s electrical utilities through the Jodie Lane Project.

Chuck Kramer, Vice President of Health Systems, GlobalNet Services, Inc.
After almost 25 years as an IT leader and Chief Technology Officer for a federal contractor, Chuck Kramer joined GlobalNet Services in 2010 as head of the company’s Health Systems practice.  Chuck has designed and implemented leading edge technology solutions for clients in the public and private sectors for over 30 years. His experience includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Executive Office of the President, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), NIH, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and numerous other federal offices and private-sector clients. He has been a frequent speaker at technology events on topic such as social media, security, disaster recovery, enterprise search, and business continuity and featured in technology publications such as CIO, CIO Decisions, and CompterWorld. Chuck is active in the community and works closely with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Technology Council of Maryland, and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Family Services, Inc., a local non-profit that has provided a range of early childhood, community, and behavioral health services for over 100 years. He holds both a B.A. and M.B.A. in Business Administration.


Charles H. Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST
Charles Romine is Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). ITL is one of six research Laboratories within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with an annual budget of $120 million, more than 350 employees, and about 160 guest researchers from industry, universities, and foreign laboratories.

Romine oversees a research program designed to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by developing and disseminating standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems, including cybersecurity standards and guidelines for Federal agencies and U.S. industry, supporting these and measurement science at NIST through fundamental and applied research in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Through its efforts, ITL supports NIST’s mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

Within NIST's traditional role as the overseer of the National Measurement System, ITL is conducting research addressing measurement challenges in information technology as well as issues of information and software quality, integrity, and usability. ITL is also charged with leading the nation in using existing and emerging IT to help meet national priorities, including developing cybersecurity standards, guidelines, and associated methods and techniques, cloud computing, electronic voting, smart grid, homeland security applications, and health information technology