11th Annual CIO Forum - Speaker Bios

Daniel Barchi


Daniel Barchi is SVP and CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the largest healthcare providers in the US and the university hospital of Columbia and Cornell.  He leads 2,000 technology, pharmacy, informatics, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine specialists who deliver the tools, data, and medicine that physicians and nurses use to deliver acute care and manage population health. 

Daniel previously led healthcare technology as CIO at Yale and earlier as CIO of the Carilion Health System.  He was President of the Carilion Biomedical Institute and Director of Technology for MCI WorldCom.  Daniel graduated from Annapolis, began his career as a U.S. Naval officer at sea, and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for leadership and the Southeast Asia Service Medal for Iraq operations in the Red Sea.

Rick Bryant

National Healthcare Architect
Healthcare Practice Manager
VERITAS Corporation

Bryant is the National Healthcare Architect for VERITAS. In this role, he leads initiatives within VERITAS to serve the healthcare information technology industry through technology excellence and process solutions. Rick brings over 20 years of industry experience, with roles spanning from Infrastructure Management to Chief Information Security Officer, where he was responsible for architecting and implementing EMR systems.

Prior to joining VERITAS, Rick served as the Healthcare Practice Manager and National Healthcare Architect for Symantec Corporation. Past positions include Chief Information Security Officer at Texas Children’s Hospital and Executive Manager of Infrastructure for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Rick developed and led the first Shared Services Organization for Hearst and Managed outsourced services for the global IT service provider, WiPro. In addition, he created and managed all client IT services for First Data Corporation.

Rick holds a degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified in both Six Sigma Black Belt and ITIL.

Andy Crowder

Corporate SVP & Chief Information Officer
Scripps Health

Andy currently serves as the Corporate SVP & Chief Information Officer for Scripps Health. In his role, he has accountability for the deployment of Epic Inpatient and Ambulatory applications for the health system. 

Prior to joining Scripps Health, Crowder served as the SVP and CIO for Maine Health, orchestrating an eleven hospital Epic Implementation and IS Transformation initiative. 

Formerly, Crowder served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Florida Hospital, one of America’s largest hospitals. With more than 2,100 beds, the seven-hospital system admits more patients annually than any other hospital in the U.S. and is the largest provider of Medicare services. In addition to overseeing Information Technology, Crowder oversaw Performance Improvement and Shared Services functions including biomedical, facilities, construction, environmental and nutritional services. Before serving as the SVP & CIO, Crowder also held the position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for several years.

In addition to his wide-ranging experience within Healthcare, he served as the Chief Information Officer for Central Florida Investment and Westgate Resorts from 1998-2003. He also served in various engineering roles with IBM from 1987-1994 ranging from classified DOD projects, product support and presales technical engineering.

Darren Dworkin

Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Systems & Chief Information Officer
Cedars-Sinai Health System

Darren Dworkin is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Systems and Chief Information Officer of the Cedars-­‐Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, Mr. Dworkin is the co-­‐founder of Stanson Health (www.stansonhealth.com), the managing director of Summation Health Ventures (www.shv.io) and the founder of the Cedars-­‐Sinai Accelerator in partnership with Techstars. Mr. Dworkin has spent over 25 years in information technology and over 15 in healthcare. 

At Cedars-­‐Sinai he has led the implementation of a comprehensive electronic medical record to help transform care through the use of advanced technology. Day to day Mr. Dworkin leads the strategy and technology operations of both the information and clinical technology teams. The Cedars-­‐Sinai technology team has been recognized for the past 6 years as one of Computerworld’s best places to work in IT, recognized as one of the 100 most wired hospitals in the country, and a holder of the prestigious HIMSS level 7 award.

At Stanson Health he has helped to create a software solution to deliver real-­‐time clinical decision support at the point of care. Stanson aims to reduce low-­‐value and unnecessary care by leveraging real-­‐time alerts and relevant analytics to guide and influence physician’s decisions.

At Summation Health Ventures, Mr. Dworkin leads select investments and portfolio companies aligned with Summation Health Venture’s goals of providing strategic funding to privately held companies  offering  innovative  products, services and technologies which help health care systems significantly improve performance and outcomes.

At the Cedars-­‐Sinai Accelerator in partnership with Techstars, Mr. Dworkin has helped to create an innovative program to help attract the best early stage startups to work closely with mentors from Cedars-­‐Sinai, Techstars and the community to grow great companies and solve problems within the healthcare space. 

Prior to joining Cedars-­‐Sinai, Mr. Dworkin held the position of Chief Technology Officer at Boston University Medical Center in Boston, MA. Where he led the development and deployment of the infrastructure and application framework to bring technology to the point of care.

Mr. Dworkin has been a leader helping major information technology vendors bring solutions to the healthcare vertical enabling improvements in workflow, quality and value.

Mr. Dworkin has joined the boards of numerous technology companies and is an active member of many leading healthcare groups.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Mr. Dworkin lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.  

Scott C. Groom

Senior Vice President
Huntington Memorial Hospital

We are pleased to share that Mr. Scott C. Groom has accepted the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Huntington Memorial Hospital.  Starting by March 2018, Mr. Groom will provide vision and leadership for the strategic development and management of information resources and technology to support Huntington’s strategic goals and program priorities.  He will lead clinical and technical operations including the integration of information technology and planning into all aspects of patient care and business ventures to optimize the use of financial resources and ensure efficient support of clinical and administrative functions.

Scott brings to this vital role over 20 years’ experience in advanced technology, clinical integration, management of physician and outpatient operations, strategic planning/marketing, business development and consulting across multiple healthcare and Fortune 500 environments.  He will serve on industry, hospital board and management committees and is the previous Chair of Audit/Security for the Healthcare Information Exchange of NY, Excellus BCBS Joint Venture Executive Committee, and Strategic Planning for the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce.  He’s also served on the Board of Directors for At Home Care of NY, the American Red Cross, YMCA, and is past President of the George Washington/DC chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Mr. Groom was most recently Network Vice President & CIO for NY-based Bassett Healthcare, a top 50 integrated delivery network, home to Columbia Medical School joint academic programs, with 500 employed providers serving nearly 6,000 square miles of New York comprised of 6 hospitals, 60 outpatient, long-term care and specialty centers.  At Bassett, Scott’s responsibility included Information Services, Healthcare Information Management, the Center for Innovation & Program Management, the Privacy & Security Office and Regional Network Operational Integration.  He also served as a dyad partner for oversight of Health Plan & Population Health Management programs. 

As Network VP for Bassett, Scott helped launched the first use of Operational Performance Excellence efforts utilizing Lean Six Sigma, PMO, and Relationship-Based Care methodologies.  He led long-range strategic planning process and rapid cycle implementations of EMR, Revenue Cycle, ERP and Data Analytics solutions resulting in top 5 adoption metrics in the US, 100% achievement of quality measures, and over $30M in ROI.  Mr. Groom was central to the development of new strategies for Care Coordination/Population Management Programs including startup efforts for CMS ACO, BPCI, and $8B NYS Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Programs securing >$100M in incentives, serving as a charter/steering member for new commercial insurance product ventures.

Prior to Bassett, Mr. Groom’s leadership roles included oversight of IT, Analytics, Strategic Planning, Business & Product Development, Marketing, Board Relations and Physician/Management Services as:

  • VP & CIO of WV-based Cabell Hospital-Marshall University Medical Center Campus,
  • VP of Risk Adjustment/Population Health for Annapolis-based Inovalon, a Disease Management and Managed Care Analytics firm serving 80% of Health Plans,
  • VP in the Corporate Division for Baptist Health Systems of MS/TN/AK,
  • VP of Nashville-based Santa Rosa Consulting & InfoPartners with partnered-executive and consulting services at over 40 health systems, and
  • Practice Partner/Executive for Cerner Corporation, a $3.5B software and consulting firm.

Groom earned his Master of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University’s School of Business.  He completed a post-graduate residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center and received a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Jerry Harrison

Co-Founder and Chairman
Red Crow Inc.

Jerry Harrison is the Co-Founder and Chairman of RedCrow™ Inc. a direct investment platform presenting professionally vetted investment opportunities in innovative healthcare startups to an accredited crowd of investors. Jerry is also a Co-Founder of Orphirex, Inc. a pioneer in the treatment of snakebites. Prior to RedCrow, Jerry was a Co-Founder of Garage Band, a record label which was a pioneer in using crowd-sourcing and the internet in general to identify promising artists to be signed and then released. Garageband became iLike and was sold to Myspace in 2009. Jerry has served on the Board of Directors for a number of other companies including MicroUnity, IODA and Carbon Gold.

Admired for his work as a musician, Jerry performed as the keyboard player for The Modern Lovers. Their album recorded in 1972 but released in 1976 was an inspiration to the burgeoning punk rock movement. Also In 1976, while a student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Jerry met David Byrne, Chris Franz, and Tina Weymouth and left school to join the Talking Heads in January 1977, with whom he remained until the band’s break up in 1991. In 2002, The Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jerry has also released several solo albums as well as worked as an active music producer for some of rock and roll’s best-known bands including Live, The Fine Young Cannibals, Violent Femmes, Bodeans, Crash Test Dummies, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Verve Pipe and the Von Bondies. A father of three children, he resides in Marin County, California with his wife of 29 years.

Robert Herjavec

Founder & CEO
Herjavec Group

A dynamic entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec has built and sold several IT companies. In 2003 Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is a global leader in information security, operating across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada; specializing in managed security services, advisory services, identity and incident response for enterprise level organizations. Robert’s ability to interpret industry trends and understand enterprise business security demands has helped him achieve the profile of a global cybersecurity expert. He has served as a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Government of Canada, participated in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Task Force for Cybersecurity. His views on the threat landscape, on emerging technologies and on the need for a proactive security framework are regularly profiled across print, digital and television mediums. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank.

Fred Holston

Former CTO & Executive Director – Healthcare Transformation Lab
Intermountain Healthcare

Frederick Holston’s history in technology started in the mid ’80s with early mainframe and PC technologies. His background includes work in the financial, federal government, military and manufacturing sectors.

Most recently, Mr. Holston spent 19 years with Intermountain Healthcare, a globally respected leader in high-quality and low-cost healthcare based in Salt Lake City. At Intermountain, Mr. Holston was chief technology officer and executive director of their Healthcare Transformation Lab. He has experience delivering healthcare-related technologies ranging from data center technologies and EMRs to medical device integration.

Prior to Intermountain, Mr. Holston worked for Oracle, where he was a principle consultant primarily for the military and a federal agency. He has been quoted in a number of healthcare and healthcare-technology articles, and was featured in the February 2013 issue of Health Leaders.

Mr. Holston holds a degree in electronics engineering technology. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). He is a corporate member of CHIME and a voting member of the IEEE Standards Association.

Scott Joslyn

Senior Vice President and CIO
MemorialCare Health System

Scott Joslyn is the Senior Vice President and CIO of MemorialCare, a $2.2 billion integrated health care delivery system with over 220 sites of care.  MemorialCare’s operations include 5 hospitals, 10 freestanding imaging centers, 9 freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, 13 dialysis centers, a medical group, an IPA, and a health plan serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Beyond his IT responsibility, Scott oversees MemorialCare’s research function with some 350 active studies representing 39 service lines and 28 specialties.  Scott is also a board member of Summation Health Ventures, a venture capital fund and joint venture with Cedars Sinai Medical Center that invests in and oversees promising start-up and young companies that develop products and services in various healthcare market segments.  In that capacity, Scott’s service includes membership on company boards and advisory committees.

Scott holds a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of the Pacific, and a Master of Business Administration from UCLA.  He has taught health care information technology at California State University, Long Beach, and the University of Southern California.  He is an active and long-standing member of CHIME, HIMSS, and other industry groups.

Ryan Kelly, PhD, MBA

General Manager
Innovation Lab

Ryan oversees innovation programming and technology commercialization activities of Innovation Lab, including Lab’s strategic alliance with Cleveland Clinic. Previously, Ryan worked as Executive Director of IP & Licensing at Innovation Lab. Before joining the Lab team, he worked as Senior Commercialization Officer with Cleveland Clinic Innovations, where he provided intellectual property and commercialization support to Innovation Lab and helping to build out Lab’s technology commercialization infrastructure. He has also worked as Senior Manager in City of Hope’s Office of Technology Licensing, responsible for commercializing a portfolio of therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device and healthcare IT innovations developed by City of Hope’s clinicians and researchers, with a particular interest in strategic partnerships and start-up ventures.  He was responsible for evaluating emerging technologies, directing patent prosecution, marketing the portfolio and negotiating license, collaboration and sponsored research agreements, working closely with inventors to throughout the entire process.  He also led external business development efforts to establish relationships with academic/industry partners and managed City of Hope’s marketing and licensing internship program. Ryan also worked in The Scripps Research Institute’s Office of Technology Development while training as a postdoctoral fellow in immunology.  At Scripps, he was performed diligence and market assessments for select technologies in the portfolio. He earned his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Minnesota, his B.S. in biochemistry from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is will be completing an Executive MBA from USC Marshall School of Business. Ryan actively participates in a number of national and regional industry groups as an invited speaker and mentor. He enjoys the work of shepherding medical innovation from concept to commercialization in an effort to maximize delivery of high quality healthcare for all. 

Michael A. Pfeffer, MD, FACP

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer
UCLA Health Sciences

Michael Pfeffer, MD, FACP serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer for the UCLA Health Sciences, which is comprised of the UCLA Hospital System, the UCLA Faculty Practice Group, the David Geffen School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, the School of Nursing, and the School of Public Health. Michael is responsible for the development and operations of the information systems, the overall health IT strategic plan, and the implementation of transformative and innovative technologies to further UCLA’s mission of healing humankind one patient at a time. With UCLA’s initial "Big-Bang" go-live in March 2013, Michael was the lead physician for UCLA's electronic health record encompassing over 26,000 users.

Michael also serves as a core faculty member for the internal medicine residency program, focusing on information technology solutions for educating residents and improving transitions of care. In addition, he continues to practice as an academic hospitalist, working with residents and medical students in the care of patients. 

Michael graduated from Brown University with a degree in chemical engineering. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School and completed is residency and chief residency in internal medicine at UCLA.

Charles Podesta

Chief Information Officer
UC Irvine Health

Charles Podesta has over thirty years of experience in Information Technology for Healthcare, over twenty of which he has spent as a Chief Information Officer. Mr. Podesta has worked for Academic Medical Centers, Health Systems and Community Hospitals. He is currently the CIO for University of California Irvine Health. Previous to this engagement Mr. Podesta was SVP & CIO of Fletcher Allen Healthcare, a large academic medical center and health 
system in Burlington, VT.

Other positions included SVP & CIO at Caritas Christi Health Care, now Steward Health in eastern MA, CIO at Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, MA, Director of IS and Interim CIO for Baystate Health Systems in Springfield, MA. And prior to that, leadership positions at St Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA; UMASS/Memorial, Worcester, MA and MageeWomen’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

Over the years Mr. Podesta has made numerous presentations at national conferences and is quoted widely in healthcare publications on a variety of IT topics including Epic’s Community Connect Program

Dale Shim

Managing Director of Health Innovation
Kaiser Permanente

Dale Shim is Managing Director of Health Innovation for Kaiser Permanente. He oversees the Health Innovation team, which is comprised of physicians, data scientists, engineers, designers, and consultants and tasked with transforming healthcare delivery through advancements in virtual care and artificial intelligence. Dale is responsible for setting the strategic roadmap, overseeing execution and working with the larger organization to bring innovation to scale.

Dale has over 17 years of varied experience in healthcare, strategy and consulting. Prior to Kaiser, he led strategy for CHOICE Administrators, the largest small-group private exchange platform in California. Dale also spent many years at Optum, where he led large change initiatives during a time of accelerated growth. As a key leader in the Optum PMO, he provided oversight to the entire portfolio of Optum IT investments.

Dale is completing an Executive MBA from UPenn’s Wharton School. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA.

Larry Stofko

Executive Vice President
The Innovation Institute

Larry Stofko is Executive Vice President at The Innovation Institute where he leads the activities of the Innovation Lab, including ideation, prototyping, piloting, and commercialization of new products, technologies, and companies.

Larry has over 30 years of experience in healthcare information technology, strategy, and innovation. He was most recently recognized as one of Newport Beach Magazine’s Most Influential People for 2015. He was previously honored with CIO Magazine’s inaugural Ones to Watch award as an up-and-coming IT executive. He has been recognized as one of the 2012 Top 25 Healthcare CIOs in InformationWeek. Larry has a true passion for technology and innovation, speaking nationally on a regular basis. He has a strong reputation for leading change and gaining support for innovative solutions and change.

Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for St. Joseph Health (SJH) where he held corporate-wide responsibility for the development of information technology strategy and the delivery of information services. SJH ranked in the top 100 companies by Information Week through Mr. Stofko’s leadership in performance improvement and adoption of innovative clinical and business technologies.

Larry’s previous experience includes fulfilling the role of Director of Healthcare Consulting for Perot Systems Corporation, a provider of IT services. While at Perot, he led a team of managers and business consultants that provided business strategy, information technology strategy, process redesign and change management for the company’s health industry clients. He also served as a Senior Systems Analyst for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia.

He received a Master of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration from Trinity University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from Georgia College & State University.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Builders, an innovative non-profit program that walks young people out of poverty through job training, leading them to a self-reliant future. He also serves on the Board of The Briner Institute, a network of like-minded individuals in business, media, music and entertainment, dedicated to improving culture.

Kevin Torres

V.P. Information Technology
MemorialCare Health System

Kevin Torres graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Public Administration with a healthcare concentration. He began his career in at Santa Marta Hospital (Carondelet Health) as a Data Systems Operator and later accepted a position as an Information Systems Coordinator at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, and was later promoted to Information Systems Manager. As a result of a merger with Little Company of Mary Health Services (Providence Health System) in 1993, Mr. Torres was promoted to Corporate Director of Information Systems. He was responsible for implementing an information system to support the vertical integration strategy of the health delivery network. In June of 1998, Kevin became Executive Director of Information Services for Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and is a key member of the senior executive management team.

In 2005, Kevin was promoted to V.P. Information Technology for MemorialCare with responsibilities for all entities within the MemorialCare Health System. He was on the faculty (as an Adjunct Professor) at California State University, Long Beach (2002-2012) in the HealthCare Administration program and has created many internship opportunities. He has published several Information Technology articles and co-authored an article in the International Journal of Public Administration. Kevin is on the Advisory Board for The Children’s Clinic of Long Beach and is an active fund raiser for the March of Dimes and was designated Orange County “top walker/fundraiser” three years in a row. In 2016, Kevin was featured in Cisco’s case study for Hyper-converged technology:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VshvTXyhC0U

Jim Zalar

General Manager, Business Solutions
Cleveland Clinic Innovations

Jim is General Manager, Business Solutions at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Jim works with outside organizations to help with commercialization, operation, and business development needs. He partners with Innovations staff members to provide customized solutions for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established companies. Service offerings include business diagnostics, market segmentation, introduction to the healthcare financial ecosystem, key opinion leader and subject matter expertise introduction and other services needed by early stage organizations. Additionally, he works with investors and funds looking for due diligence or pre-investment services, as well as companies looking to understand market entry barriers and solutions. Jim has over 20 years of experience in healthcare operations and consulting services. Prior to joining CCI, he was the Institute Administrator for the Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Innovation’s Enterprise Solutions team. His work centered on monetizing workflows, trade secrets and non-IP protectable solutions. Jim has also worked at finding solutions and introducing partners centered around healthcare solutions.

Jim received his BSBA in Finance from John Carroll University. He has an MBA from Cleveland State University and has his Series 6 and 63 securities licenses.