2016-2017 Kickoff ♦ Committees

Getting to Know Our HIMSS Committees – This Quarter, Advocacy!

By Ian Slade, President-Elect for HIMSS Southern California Chapter

With over 50 HIMSS Chapters across the United States, HIMSS helps connect members with local, state and national decision-makers on key health IT issues. For the Golden State of California, the Northern and Southern Chapters have come together to create a unified voice to better address State-wide issues. 

This year, the Advocacy Committee is happy to introduce its new line-up!

Please join us in welcoming our team:

John Conklin

John Conklin is an experienced health IT professional with 20 years combined leadership in product management, R&D and client interaction for regulated healthcare and medical technology solutions. Throughout his career, John has had the great fortune to work and partner with numerous providers across the US, including internationally-based solution vendors to provide market-leading products and services that enhanced clinical operations for improved patient care. His broad experience includes formal roles and responsibilities within product management, technical development and sales units, while rotating proverbial hats to fill gaps in operations, project management, regulatory and marketing.

John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). With interests in Precision Medicine and IoT/connected technologies that can bring greater good to others, John welcomes the opportunity to work with public officials and entities to help shape and convey well-defined programs and policies that facilitate improved quality of life and health of individuals through the use of technology.

Dr. Larry Ozeran              

Dr. Larry Ozeran has been a software developer and trauma/general surgeon with a long-standing involvement in health policy for more than two decades. Dr. Ozeran was recognized by the State of California for his assistance in the State's response to ARRA that secured $38 million for health information exchange (HIE). He formerly advised Cal eConnect and CalHIPSO, and has moderated the annual Redwood MedNet HIE conference. He has published book chapters for HIMSS on privacy and for AMIA on HIT process failures, as well as writing HIMSS blogs. 

Dr. Ozeran has responded to federal NPRMs (with AMIA and HIMSS, and independently), written to many elected officials, and testified before committees of the State Senate and Assembly.  Dr. Ozeran relates his decades involved in policy as a response to the Edmund Burke quote - "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".   The next step for was for Dr. Ozeran to join the HIMSS Advocacy committee, “because I can”.

Ian Slade                

Ian Slade RN, MBA, PMP is a healthcare innovator and advocate. From the patients’ bedside, to the halls of Capitol Hill, Ian has spent the past 17 years supporting and advocating for patients and healthcare providers in various settings. He is the Managing Partner for I&T Consulting Group LLC and the President-Elect for HIMSS Southern California Chapter.


Geri Pavia

Geri Pavia is a Strategic Healthcare Consultant, spending the last twelve years of her career in healthcare with a primary focus on assisting Healthcare Acute Centers implement and execute EMR initiatives. She is a results-oriented individual who understands clinical projects from budgeting and project timeline execution perspectives. As an Enterprise Software Sales Consultant, Business Development, and Strategist, her career has been spent building and leading top-producing partnerships and revenue-generating initiatives within Healthcare. 

Geri has an acute ability to combine her creative skills in strategic clinical planning, client relations, problem research, team leadership and mentoring within direct and indirect technology-based healthcare environments. She has built a solid network of relationships in the direct hospital networks, healthcare, healthcare provider, biosciences, public sector, state and local government, and healthcare education (SLED) markets. She has a personal pursuit within the healthcare communities in supporting charities that support children with lifelong illnesses. This year, she is the Chair of Southern California Chapter’s 2nd Annual HIMSS Charity Golf Event, supporting Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Shanti Wilson

Shanti Wilson is a HIMSS Board Member at Large and the Health IT Advocacy Chair for Northern California. Shanti has worked for over a decade in healthcare, supporting state, federal, and private health care organizations meet their goals. Working as a consultant at Freed Associates, she has focused most recently on helping large integrated health organizations achieve their value based and population health management goals. She believes advocacy provides the information legislators need to do the right thing and make a difference in our lives.

Mike McAlpen

Mike McAlpen is the CISO and Head of International Data Security, Regulatory Law Compliance and related Corporate Risk 8x8, Inc. (the largest International Hosted Enterprise UC VoIP). In this role, he is responsible for U.S. SOX IT, PCI-DSS, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA/FIPS/NIST 800-53) E.U./EEA and HM’s U.K. Government’s Authority to Operate (ATO), ISO 27001, U.K. Cyber Essentials Plus and EU/EEA International Data Protection and Data Sovereignty regulatory laws. 

Prior to this Mike was an Executive in HP Professional Services Information Security, CIO, CISO Advisory and Enterprise Architecture practices for the Americas. Mike’s team trained many customer CIOs and CISOs, and helped many U.S. companies meet their regulatory law obligation.  He and his team, on behalf of HRM’s U.K. Government wrote two of the ITIL books. 
Mike has met the U.S. FBI’s security clearance criteria and is a board member of the FBI’s InfraGard Cyber Def. initiative.  He is also active in the joint DARPA, Dept. of Homeland Security/Stanford Research Group International Cyber Defense ITTC Initiative. 

Mike is a board member of the Northern California Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), specializing in coaching/mentoring Health Care leadership in cyber defense.  Mike is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Information Security and International Data Privacy Law Committees. He is also a CISSP certified member of ISC2, a CISM certified member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, a board advisor to the International Systems Security Association. He also is a member of the Secure World Silicon Valley CISO Advisory Board, one of the original members of the Cloud Security Alliance, and is an active member of the International Communications Fraud Control Association. 

Mike has been a major event InfoSec/Compliance speaker for 20 years. 
•    http://www.rsaconference.com/speakers/michael_mcalpen 
•    http://www.cio.com/article/2988280/fitbit-is-now-hipaa-compliantis-your-business 
•    http://www.cio.com/article/2948912/compliance/7-steps-to-get-your-boss-to-take-security-and-compliance- 
•    seriously.html 
•    http://www.cio.com/article/2980690/4-call-center-compliance-trapsand-what-to-do-about-them 
•    (FBI)-Board Member Federal Bureau of Investigation InfraGard Cyber Defense Initiative 
•    (USSS)-U.S. Secret Service Cyber Crime Task Force 
•    (ITTC) DARPA/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Dept. Homeland Sec./Stanford Research Institute 
•    Cyber Defense Transition Initiative 
•    (NCRIC) Joint FBI/DHS/State Regional Cyber Defense and Security Intelligence Center 
•    (AMA) American Bar Association, Sci-Tech Law Information Security and Forensic Investigation Law Committees 
•    (ISSA)-Board Advisor International Systems Security Association Silicon Valley 
•    (HIMSS)- Board Member Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, NorCal 
•    (ISACA) Information Systems Audit and Control Association 
•    (CFCA)-Communications Fraud Control Association 
•    CISO Advisory Board Secureworld Silicon Valley Leadership Council 
•    (CSA)-Cloud Security Alliance 

Danica Ramos       

Danica Ramos is a Business Analyst Intern at Kaiser Permanente Orange County. Danica received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Health from California State University Long Beach and her Masters of Science Degree in Health Informatics from National University. Her passion for community health and healthcare innovation has led her to pursue a career as a Health IT Professional. Danica serves as a Speaker Coordinator for the Southern California HIMSS Chapter. In addition, she was the 2016 Southern California HIMSS Chapter Scholarship Recipient. Danica’s future endeavors include obtaining certifications in CAHIMS, PMP, and CSM; and a position as a Senior Business Consultant.

Christine Sublett

Christine is a security, privacy and information protection professional with over 25 years in the healthcare technology industry. Proficient in providing technical consultancy and advisory services to healthcare startup organizations, Christine delivers comprehensive advice on the implementation and development of security and information protection programs and initiatives, and works with Boards and Executive teams to define cost efficient and practical security and privacy strategy. 

As President and Principal Consultant at Sublett Consulting, Christine is responsible for providing advisory and consultant services to healthcare organizations to review their operating environment business policies and processes, assess risks, and develop security and privacy strategies. Christine has executed security and data privacy due diligence on acquisitions for both equity firms and their portfolio companies, working with those companies through the acquisition process to mitigate identified risks. Her specialty is taking a bare bones or nonexistent security and privacy strategy and building one from the ground up to meet the strict standards of data protection of regulated data and intellectual property.

Selected in 2016 to participate on the HHS Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force to provide recommendations to Congress on healthcare cybersecurity and privacy initiatives, Christine also participates on a number of Boards, including the El Camino Hospital Board of Director’s Security, Privacy, Compliance and Audit Committee, and advises multiple health technology startups. She is a member of InfraGard, ISSA, ISACA, IAPP and HIMSS.
Christine joined the Advocacy committee to influence government and represent the critical interests of our members.

Martha Dameron

Martha Dameron is the Director of Clinical Information Services Department at St. Helen Hospital, St. Helena, CA.  Prior to joining St. Helena Hospital she was a consultant focusing on Clinical Systems selection, strategic planning and end user adoption.  Martha has held various roles in Healthcare Information Technology.  In the Vendor world as a Product Manager, she was responsible for the development of functionality and on end user workflow and adoption.  As a clinician, Martha worked as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse before holding administrative positions as a Maternal Child Director for high risk mothers and babies in both University teaching hospitals and private hospitals.  
Martha holds a BSN from the Lurleen B. Wallace School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Pediatrics and in Nursing Administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.  
Martha is past Public Policy Chair, CAR Chair, N Cal Advocacy Chair and currently advisor on the Northern California Chapter Board.  

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