New York State is on the forefront of health IT innovation.
The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is a not-for-profit organization, working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide.
The Gala is hosted by the New York eHealth Collaborative Board of Directors:
David H. Klein is a special advisor to the CEO of the University of Rochester (U of R) Medical Center, a professor of public health sciences in the U of R School of Medicine and Dentistry, and an executive professor of health care management in the U of R William E. Simon Graduate School of Business (Simon School).
Mr. Klein was the chief executive officer of The Lifetime Healthcare Companies (TLHC) headquartered in Rochester, NY which includes Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS), Univera Healthcare, Lifetime Health Medical Group, Lifetime Care (home care agency), EBS-RMSCO Benefit Solutions (benefits consulting firm and third party administration), and MedAmerica (long term care insurance company). Mr. Klein had been a senior executive with TLHC and its predecessor companies since 1986, serving as CEO since 2003. He was a director of the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Mr. Klein serves as director of CTG, a NASDAQ traded information technology services and solutions company. He is a member of Cressey & Company Distinguished Executives Council. He is a director of the Francisco Partners start-ups, Landmark Health, a provider group focused on caring for the sickest of the sick and Avalon Healthcare Solutions, a lab benefit management company. He is a director of the Great Point Partners early stage investment, iVantage, a provider performance management information company. He is also a director of the angel funded, privately held Cerebral Assessment Systems, a startup cognitive impairment diagnostics company; Cogito, an early stage behavioral analytics company; and PharmAdva, a startup manufacturer of an automated home medication dispenser. Mr. Klein serves as vice-chair and director of the New York eHealth Collaborative overseeing New York health information technology. He also serves as an advisor to Sutherland Global Services, a business processing outsourcing company in their provision of services to health care providers and payers. Mr. Klein is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business Healthcare Advisory Board.
He has been vice-chair of the Business Council of New York State, chair of United Way of Greater Rochester. He has been president of the local Boy Scout Council and director of the Northeast Region of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a Boy Scouts’ Distinguished Eagle Scout and the recipient of the organization’s Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards.
Mr. Klein received his Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He was raised in Albany, NY and now resides in Pittsford, NY. He is married to the former Dawn Palazzo. He has two sons, Randy and Alexander, a step daughter, Courtney Palazzo, and three grandchildren.
Dr. Herbert Pardes is Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. A noted psychiatrist, Dr. Pardes served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and U.S. Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan administrations. He was also president of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pardes has been appointed to serve on commissions related to health policy by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, including the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry and the Commission on Systemic Interoperability. Dr. Pardes also chaired the Intramural Research Program Planning Committee of the NIH from 1996 to 1997. He is the former chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the New York Association of Medical Schools. He is chairman emeritus of the eHealth Initiative and serves on the board of the Markle Foundation—organizations dedicated to improving quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare with information technologies.
Michael Stocker, MD was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chairman of the Board of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). HHC is the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country, serving 1.3 million New Yorkers annually.
Dr. Stocker has an impressive, wide-ranging career spanning the field of healthcare. Most recently, he served as corporate executive vice president of WellPoint Inc. Before WellPoint absorbed Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shied, he was Empire’s chief executive officer. Prior to joining Empire, Dr. Stocker held the positions of president of Cigna Health Plans and general manager of the New York area of US Healthcare. Before moving to New York, Dr. Stocker was a practicing physician in Chicago, serving as associate chairman of the department of family practice at Cook County Hospital in Chicago (the area’s public hospital) from 1975 to 1980. He also served as medical director of Anchor Organization for Health Maintenance at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago from 1980 to 1985.
Dr. Stocker’s voluntary activities complement his professional career. He is a board member of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. His expertise in healthcare administration has made him a valued member of oversight and good government organizations such as the Citizens Budget Commission of New York and The Partnership for New York City, Inc. He served as a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Health Care Cost Reduction Advisory Committee and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Dr. Stocker was educated at the University of Notre Dame and received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1968. He received his postgraduate training at the Mayo Clinic and the University of California and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Family Practice. Dr. Stocker also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health received from the University of Michigan in 1987. He lives in New York City with his wife, Louise, and his son, Luke.
Eugene Heslin, MD is a board certified family practice physician in Kingston, NY, and president/co-owner of Bridge Street Medical Arts LLC. He is actively involved in several health care organizations in his community and throughout the Catskills and the Hudson Valley as a board member of the Health Alliance Planning Board, Kingston Hospital, and the THINC RHIO, and he has previously served on the boards of other local health care organizations. Gene is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Ulster County Medical Society. He is also an Eagle Scout and actively involved in Boy Scouts of America activities.
Dennis Whalen joined the Healthcare Association of New York State as Executive Vice President for Policy in September 2009, following more than 30 years in New York State government service, and became President in July 2013.
Governor David A. Paterson appointed him as Director of State Operations on July 8, 2008. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing the operation of all 78 executive branch agencies, directing the Governor’s policymaking staff of Deputy Secretaries, and advising the Governor on all state operational matters.
Prior to this appointment, he served both Governor Eliot Spitzer and Governor David Paterson as Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services. In this position, he served both Governors as their chief advisor on healthcare and human services policy. He oversaw the operation of 12 state agencies: Health, Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Aging, Temporary and Disability Assistance, Children and Family Services, Medicaid Inspector General, Welfare Inspector General, Veteran’s Affairs, Commission on Quality Care, and the Council on Children and Families.
For a decade (1996-2006), he served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health (DOH), and had COO responsibilities for the nation’s largest state health agency. He previously served in the DOH as Director of the Office of Health Systems Management, and the Director of the New York State AIDS Institute.
Prior to the DOH, he served in policymaking positions at the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, including as Deputy Commissioner for Program Services. He began his career in state government in 1974 as a public health educator at the Department of Health.
He is a graduate of Marist College and the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at the Kennedy School of Government.
John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP was named president and CEO in July 2008 after serving as chairman of the CDPHP® board since September 2003, vice chairman since 1999, and board member since 1996.
Prior to joining CDPHP, Dr. Bennett served as CEO, Prime Care Physicians, PLLC. During his tenure there, he practiced cardiology with Albany Associates in Cardiology. He also chaired the department of medicine, served as chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital, and was a member of Northeast Health Systems’ board of directors.
Dr. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology. He earned his medical degree at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Science degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Bennett completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Bennett chairs the board of directors for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber and the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (Hixny). He also serves on the boards of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Colonie Senior Service Centers, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Center for Economic Growth, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), and the Palace Theatre.
Richard (Rick) J. Donoghue, senior vice president for strategy, planning, and business development at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), is responsible for the strategic initiatives of NYULMC which includes both NYU Hospitals Center and NYU School of Medicine. He is also responsible for the medical malpractice program and managed care contracting at NYULMC. Since his arrival in 1990, Mr. Donoghue has worked in a variety of positions including chief financial officer, chief information officer, and head of the Merger Office, responsible for the integration of NYU Hospitals Center with Mount Sinai Hospital and the subsequent dissolution of that union. Rick is Chairman of the Board of Healthix, the largest RHIO in the country resulting from the merger of the New York, Brooklyn, and Long Island Health Information Exchanges.
Prior to joining NYU Langone, Mr. Donoghue spent 16 years in consulting and public accounting, including five years as a partner with Ernst & Young. He has an MS and BBA from Adelphi University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP). He served on the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s National Principles & Practices Board, including three years as its chair. For the last 17 years, Mr. Donoghue has served as a technical editor for the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s hfm magazine. He also serves as an instructor in the Baruch Zicklin School of Business where he teaches a graduate course in healthcare finance.
Mr. Golden was appointed vice chairman of The New York Times Company in October 1997. He was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors in 1997.
From 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Golden served as president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company Regional Media Group. Mr. Golden served as publisher of the International Herald Tribune from 2003 to 2008. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Golden served as chief administrative officer for the Company.
Previously, Mr. Golden served as the Company’s vice president for operations development from 1996 to 1997. He was executive vice president and publisher at the Company’s Tennis magazine from 1994 to 1996. Before that, he served as executive vice president and general manager of the Company’s Women’s Publishing Division from 1991 to 1994. The Times Company sold its Women’s Publishing Division in 1994.
Mr. Golden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1971 and a master’s degree in education in 1974 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1977 and an M.B.A. in 1984 from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he achieved membership to the national honorary business fraternity.
Mr. Golden is chairman of the board of directors for International Center for Journalists, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that raises journalism standards through hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges. Additionally, Mr. Golden serves on the boards of The Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America. He also serves on the board of directors of Graham Windham.
Arthur A. Levin is co-founder and the Director of the Center for Medical Consumers, a New York City based non-profit organization committed to informed consumer and patient health care decision-making, patient safety, evidence-based, high quality medicine, and healthcare system transparency. He is recognized nationally and in New York State as a leading expert on quality and patient safety. Mr. Levin serves on the NCQA Committee on Performance Measures that is charged with developing performance measures for health plans and for physician practices, and as the consumer member of the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee (DSaRM). He previously served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, which oversaw development of leading policy reports To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm. He earned his Masters of Public Health degree from Columbia University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Reed College.
Mr. Liss currently serves as Vice President for External Relations at BioReference Laboratories in Elmwood Park, NJ, where he is responsible for all aspects of external communications. Before that, he was Vice President of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was responsible for the grants office as well as government affairs. Prior to New York-Presbyterian, he was the director of the Center for Advanced Technology, a state-funded program in technology transfer based at Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. Mr. Liss began his career in government and communications almost three decades ago as a speechwriter during the administration of New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
Recognizing the potential for HIT to transform healthcare, Mr. Liss has worked for policies that support HIT and HIE, including the bill that created the precursor of the HIT Policy Committee: the Commission on Systemic Interoperability (CSI). He has served on the boards of or as an advisor to major policy organizations working on HIT, including: the CSI; the Bipartisan Policy Center; Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health; the eHealth Initiative; and the National Alliance for Health IT. He has also served on the Executive Committee of Healthix, the nation’s largest Regional Health Information Organization that serves downstate New York. Mr. Liss was instrumental in Columbia and New York-Presbyterian receiving almost $80 million in federal and NYS awards for HIT/HIE between 1998 and 2013.
Mr. Liss has a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Brooklyn College.
Ann F. Monroe is President of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, an endowed foundation with assets exceeding $130 million. From 1998 to 2003, she was the Director of the Quality Initiative at the California HealthCare Foundation. She has over 35 years experience in health and human services, including more than 10 years as a Senior Vice President with Blue Cross of California. She holds a BA in political science and an MA in human development from the University of Illinois. She is a Board member of Grantmakers in Aging and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Illness Care. She serves on the Consensus Standards Committee of the National Quality Forum, and is a former Board Member of Grantmakers in Health and The Leapfrog Group. She was a founding board member of CaliforniaKids, provider of health insurance coverage to undocumented children, and the California Breast Cancer Treatment Fund, provider of financial support for uninsured California women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Amanda Parsons, MD, MBA is the Vice President of Community & Population Health at Montefiore Health System, headquartered in the Bronx. In addition to working on the DSRIP initiatives, she oversees patient education, employee wellness, and community interventions aimed at improving health and wellness. Prior to that, she was Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) where she oversaw the Primary Care Information Project, Correctional Health Services, Primary Care Access and Planning, as well as IT, Finance, Admin, and Legal bureaus. Dr. Parsons previously worked for McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager serving healthcare clients. She earned her MD and MBA from Columbia University. Dr. Parsons is passionate about improving health and healthcare quality, correctional health, and reducing disparities for vulnerable populations.
Dr. Parsons serves on the Board of the Directors of the Vera Institute of Justice, VIP Community Services, and the New York eHealth Collaborative, and is on the Chairman’s Council of the New York Restoration Project. She was recently selected as one of Crains’ 40 Under 40.
Daniel E. Porreca is Executive Director of HEALTHeLINK, the clinical information exchange and HEALTHeNET the administrative data exchange for Western New York (WNY).
HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative effort among the WNY region’s leading healthcare providers and health plans to share clinical information in efficient and meaningful ways to improve the delivery of care, enhance clinical outcomes, and help control healthcare costs. Porreca has been leading HEALTHeLINK since 2007 and under his leadership, HEALTHeLINK has become one of the leading clinical exchange networks in the United States. HEALTHeLINK and Western New York was recognized as one of 17 Beacon Communities by Health and Human Services – Office of National Coordinator.
Mr. Porreca serves on the Board of Directors for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and on the Governing Board of the Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center as well as on the National eHealth Collaborative Health Information Exchange Learning Network Leadership Council and National HIE Governance Forum.
With more than 25 years of experience in the health care and technology industry, Mr. Porreca has a wealth of knowledge and a strategic understanding of healthcare technology and its application in the clinical setting. Prior to joining HEALTHeLINK, he served as President and Chief Sales Officer for a healthcare software company which he co-founded that provided software and other technology and support services.
Mr. Porreca is a graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science.
Carol Raphael served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) from 1989 to 2011. VNSNY is the largest nonprofit home health agency in the United States, has been a pioneer in HIT clinical applications for home health, and is participating in a variety of health information exchange projects across the NYC region. Ms. Raphael is Chair of the Long-Term Quality Alliance, a member of the National Quality Forum Coordinating Committee where she chairs its Post/Acute, Long-Term Care and Hospice Workgroup and is helping to spearhead a Commonwealth Fund project to spur the development of high-performing integrated health plans for dual eligibles.
Ms. Raphael served on numerous commissions including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and several Institute of Medicine committees. Recently, she was appointed by President Obama to the bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care. She has an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, was a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in the United Kingdom, and was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.
Lonny Reisman, M.D., was Aetna’s chief medical officer. Appointed to this role in 2008, he was responsible for the company’s clinical strategy to improve the health of Aetna’s members and to help build a better health care system supported by evidence-based accountability by every participant. He led healthcare system change through Aetna’s clinical thought leadership, Innovation Labs, clinical policy, and integrated system design.
Dr. Reisman is a recognized leader in health information technology, patient safety, and evidence-based medicine, and he has published numerous clinical, peer-reviewed articles. He has spent his career confronting the challenges in healthcare and emphasizes that issues related to cost and quality must be addressed by supporting greater adherence to evidence-based standards of care. By replacing traditional information silos, Dr. Reisman has focused on new ways for information to be easily used and easily shared throughout the healthcare system. Drawing on expertise from across the healthcare and technology industries, Dr. Reisman helps align Aetna’s capabilities in clinical research, payment reform, health information technology, health information exchange, and patient and provider collaboration to drive innovations that lead to better health outcomes and lower costs.
Prior to his CMO position, Dr. Reisman was Chief Executive Officer of ActiveHealth Management. He co-founded ActiveHealth Management, now an Aetna subsidiary, following nearly 20 years of experience as a physician and consultant to large employers concerned about healthcare quality and costs. Dr. Reisman led the development of the ActiveHealth CareEngine® System, a clinical decision support technology platform that received a U.S. Patent in 2004.
Dr. Reisman is a member of the Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Committee; the New York eHealth Collaborative Board of Directors; the RCHN Community Health Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors; and the East Coast CMO Executive Summit Committee.
From 1991 to 1998, Dr. Reisman was a principal in the Managed Care Group of William M. Mercer where he led numerous consulting engagements with Fortune 500 corporations, health care providers, suppliers, and payers that focused on managing the demand for healthcare resources.
Dr. Reisman was an attending physician at New York Hospital and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center between 1987 and 1999, and was a cardiology fellow at the University of Chicago from 1985 to 1987. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his medical degree from Tel Aviv University.
James R. Tallon, Jr., is president of the United Hospital Fund of New York. He is chair of The Commonwealth Fund, and he chairs the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. He serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform, and also serves on the boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the New York eHealth Collaborative. He is a member of the advisory board for the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.
Mr. Tallon is also a member of the New York State Board of Regents.
Prior to joining United Hospital Fund, Mr. Tallon was majority leader of the New York State Assembly, where he served for 19 years.
Salvatore Volpe, MD, FAAP, FACP, CHCQM has over 25 years of primary care practice experience. He is one of the few physicians in the country to have successfully become board certified in Pediatrics, Internal medicine, Geriatrics, and Quality Assurance.
Dr. Volpe is a national lecturer on such diverse topics as Consumer Health software, e-Prescribing, Electronic Health Records, Patient Centered Medical Home, Physician-Patient Communication, and Smartphones.
He currently serves on the medical editorial board of Medical Economics Magazine, as a member of the AMA Health Information Technology Advisory Panel, as Chairman of the NYS Medical Society HIT committee, 2009-2011 President of the New York Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and Co-Chairman of the Richmond County Medical Society HIT Committee. Dr. Volpe has served as a member of the NYC Primary Care Information Project as a Physician Liaison and Clinical Champion.
Dr. Volpe is the recipient of the 2007 IPRO Quality Award. The award was presented in recognition of his commitment to improving care for Medicare beneficiaries, as reflected in the work he has done to create a patient-focused environment within his practice, and his work as a physician champion in promoting the use of electronic health records and health information technology for quality improvement.
In 2009, Dr. Volpe’s practice became the first solo practice in the state of NY to achieve Level 3 NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Certification. The Patient Centered Medical Home is a healthcare setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange, and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
In 2010, HIMSS recognized Dr. Volpe as the Chapter Leader of the Year. The Chapter Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, extraordinary contributions to HIMSS Chapters, the Society, and a commitment to the HIT industry.
In 2011, Dr. Volpe received the Geriatrician of the Year Award from SUNY DOWNSTATE Medical Center.
In 2012, Dr. Volpe received the Medical Excellence Award for promoting Health Information Technology from the Staten Island Heart Society, and his practice became the first solo practice in the United States to achieve NCQA PCMH Level 3 2011 recognition.
In 2015, Dr. Volpe became the Chief Medical Officer of the Staten Island Performing Provider System.
Susan C. Waltman, Esq., is the Executive Vice President for Legal, Regulatory, and Professional Affairs, and General Counsel for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), which represents the interests of over 250 not-for-profit and public hospitals and continuing care facilities in the New York City metropolitan area as well as throughout New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Ms. Waltman is responsible for all legal, regulatory, and professional affairs matters involving GNYHA and its affiliated corporations as well as oversees GNYHA’s emergency preparedness and response activities on behalf of its members. Ms. Waltman has taught health law courses at New York University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. Prior to joining GNYHA in January 1987, Ms. Waltman had been General Counsel at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and had worked at the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker, Biddle and Reath. Ms. Waltman earned her J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School and holds A.B. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Georgia.