2017 California State HIT Day - Speaker Bios

Eric Brown, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Eric Brown is the President and CEO of the California Telehealth Network (CTN), one of the largest statewide telehealth networks in the nation. Under Eric’s leadership, CTN was launched in 2010 and has grown to become the largest consortium of safety net clinics and hospitals in California providing broadband and virtual care services to rural and medically underserved communities.  CTN also operates the California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC), which provides federally funded technical and programmatic assistance to California healthcare providers interested in telehealth adoption or expansion.

Mr. Brown came to CTN in 2010 after a distinguished career building and running broadband telecommunications systems in urban and rural communities around the country.   He has served on the Board of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) which administers the $8 billion Universal Service Fund for the FCC that includes eRate broadband subsidies for schools and libraries and the Healthcare Connect Fund for safety net hospitals and clinics.

He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in political science and holds a master's degree in business administration from the Darden School of Business Management at the University of Virginia.

Dan Chavez

Executive Director
San Diego Health Connect




Christopher Clark

Principal Security Engineer Global Solutions

Christopher Clark, a twenty-two year veteran of the Information Technology world, is a Principal Security Engineer at Synopsys Inc.  Chris utilizes his extensive background and experience to help organizations effectively integrate meaningful security practices into their environment.

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc

Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc has dedicated her career to improving the health of all people, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, through direct patient care, medical education, policy and administrative roles, research, and public service. Her commitment to improving the public’s health includes ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, strengthening the public health infrastructure, and leveraging public-private partnerships to address the social determinants of health through environmental, policy, and systems-level change.

Dr. DeSalvo most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a position President Barack Obama nominated her for in May of 2015. In that role, she oversaw 12 core public health offices and 10 regional health offices across the nation, and the development of public health policy recommendations, most notably Public Health 3.0 a blue print for the future of public health that calls for building local public-private partnerships, strengthening of local governmental public health infrastructure, and drawing more attention to the social determinants of health.

Mario Gutierrez

Executive Director
Center for Connected Health Policy

Mario Gutierrez is executive director of the Center for Connected Health Policy. Mr. Gutierrez joined CCHP in May 2010 as a senior policy associate, and brings with him more than thirty years of experience in California’s nonprofit health and health philanthropy sectors.

Mr. Gutierrez served as a program director with The California Endowment for twelve years prior to joining CCHP, where he led several major health care initiatives including the foundation’s ten-year, $20 million investment in telehealth deployment throughout California. He also served as the Endowment’s lead person for Rural and Agricultural Worker Health Programs and Policy.  Previously, he served for six years as a senior program officer with The Sierra Health Foundation. In recognition of his achievements in the field, Mr. Gutierrez received the prestigious 2007 Terrance Keenan National Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.

Mr. Gutierrez currently serves on the board of directors of the California State Rural Health Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that works to improve the health of rural Californians and the quality and accessibility of the health care they receive. He also serves on the board of directors of OCHIN, one of the nation’s largest and most successful non-profit health information networks. OCHIN is nationally recognized for its innovative use of Health IT to improve the integration and delivery of health care services across a wide variety of practices, with an emphasis on safety net clinics and small practices, as well as critical access and rural hospitals. He currently serves as chairman of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Rural Human Services Advisory Panel, which provides agencies of the federal government with policy analysis and recommendations to promote livable rural communities.

Ed Hernandez, OD

State Senator
California Senate Committee on Health (Chair)

Dr. Ed Hernandez had only one goal as a young man – to serve the health care needs of the community he came from. As an optometrist and local businessman, he never dreamed he would one day work in the California State Legislature.  As a health care provider in predominantly low-income communities though, the need to improve access to health care is what drove him to run for office. Dr. Ed was first elected to the Assembly in November of 2006, and re-elected in November of 2008. He won his seat in the California State Senate in November of 2010 and was re-elected once again in 2014.

Senator Hernandez serves as Chair for the Senate Committee on Health and also Chair for the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics. He is also a member of the Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee and the Senate Insurance Committee.

Senator Hernandez is the Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus, made up of 12 Senators and Assemblymembers representing the greater San Gabriel Valley. This position has allowed him to work in cooperation with fellow legislators on issues critical to the San Gabriel Valley, including water and transportation.

Senator Hernandez grew up in La Puente, attended local schools and graduated from Bassett High School. He worked his way through school, attending both Rio Hondo and Mt. San Antonio Community Colleges before going on to get his B.S. degree in Biology from Cal State Fullerton. He received a scholarship to study Optometry at Indiana University, which is also where he met his wife Diane. After returning home, Dr. Ed and his wife setup their first practice in his hometown of La Puente.

Senator Hernandez proudly represents the 22nd Senate District, which encompasses the cities and communities of the San Gabriel Valley, which include: Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South San Gabriel, Rosemead, El Monte, South El Monte, Baldwin Park, Irwindale, Industry, Avocado Heights, La Puente, Valinda, West Covina, Vincent, Azusa, Citrus, Covina, Temple City, Arcadia and surrounding neighborhoods.

Steven Lane, MD

Clinical Informatics Director, Privacy, Information Security & Interoperability
Sutter Health

Steven Lane is a practicing family physician and board certified clinical informaticist who is passionate about health information exchange and it’s potential to improve the care we provide in our organizations, communities, and around the world.

Dr. Lane currently serves as the Sutter Health’s Clinical Informatics Director for Privacy, Health Information Security and Interoperability. He has been a leader in advocating and supporting secure clinical information sharing in California and around the country through lowering barriers to exchange between organizations and optimizing the utility of the data exchanged. In this role he has helped Sutter Health to develop a robust program of information exchange including Direct Secure Messaging, Care Everywhere, eHealth Exchange, and Carequality. Dr. Lane works closely with developers, focusing on improved functionality, workflows, and metrics to monitor the volume of information exchange, to support increased access to and use of external data.

As a result of early adoption of bundled consent policies, trust relationships between organizations, and automated query, Sutter Health patients have benefited from over 30 million patient record exchanges with other organizations since 2010. Due to collaboration with other regional and national organizations, Sutter’s providers have access to over a quarter million external Direct addresses to facilitate referrals and care coordination. 

Steven began his informatics career in 1990, supporting the hospital information system at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He served as an EHR Ambulatory Physician Lead during Sutter Health’s Ambulatory EMR implementation in 1999, their first-in-the-country implementation of an EMR-integrated patient portal (PAMF Online) in 2001, and 29 hospital acute care implementation completed in 2015.

Dr. Lane has served as a co-chair of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) Ambulatory, and Long Term & Post-Acute Care Workgroups, and as a member of the E-Prescribing Workgroup, the California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) Privacy Committee and Patient Consent & Informing Task Group, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC-HIT) HIT Standards Committee’s Transport and Security Standards Workgroup, and the California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CA-HIE) Directory Services and Sensitive Information Workgroups.  He currently serves on the boards of The Sequoia Project and the Santa Cruz Health Information Organization, as Vice Chair of the Carequality Steering Committee, a member of the Epic Care Everywhere Governing Council, and a founding member of the Direct Trust Clinicians Steering Group. 

Steven teaches Clinical Informatics in the Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and Family & Community Medicine at UCSF.

Valerie Rogers

Director, State Government Affairs
HIMSS North America

Valerie Rogers recently joined HIMSS as the new Director of State Government Affairs where she works to engage state officials and HIMSS Chapter Advocacy volunteers in state-level health IT policy development, and facilitate our nationwide network of advocates for legislation/regulations that positively impact all aspects of health IT.  Valerie comes to HIMSS with great experience in public policy and informatics, with a particular focus on local and national public health programs.  Most recently, Valerie was the Senior Director of Integration at the Association of State & Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) where she worked on health system transformation and integration issues.  She also spent nearly two years as the Chief of Staff for the Baltimore City Health Department where she was involved in all facets of the Department, including policy and planning activities.  Prior to her time in Baltimore, Valerie also worked for the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) as the Director of Public Health Informatics where she helped expand and maintain partnerships among clinical care and public health stakeholders to support capacity development, adoption of EHRs, and information exchange among NACCHO members.   Valerie holds a Master of Public Health from Tulane University.

Larry Ozeran, MD

Clinical Informatics, Inc.

Dr. Larry Ozeran has been a software developer and trauma / general surgeon with a longstanding involvement in health policy, each 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 written 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. His decades involved in policy are his response to the Edmund Burke quote "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." 

Will Ross

Project Manager
Redwood MedNet

Mr. Ross is founding Project Manager for Redwood MedNet, a health information exchange (HIE) on the rural north coast of California. Incorporated as a community nonprofit in August 2005, Redwood MedNet began electronic delivery of laboratory test results to safety net providers in Sonoma County in April 2008. Since then Redwood MedNet has expanded its real time clinical data provisioning service to additional data types, additional health care facilities, and additional counties. Facilities currently participating in the service include hospitals, outpatient practices, community clinics, public health agencies, behavioral health agencies, EMS agencies, independent laboratories, and imaging centers. Data types include laboratory test orders and results, imaging orders and narrative reports, summary of care messages, discharge reports, public health registry reporting, and more.

Redwood MedNet participates in the OpenHIE mission-driven community of practice, which is dedicated to improve the health of the  underserved through open and collaborative development and support of large scale health information sharing architectures (https://ohie.org/). Prior to Redwood MedNet, Mr. Ross was CTO at Alliance for Rural Community Health in Ukiah, California, a consortium of rural safety net community clinics. Prior to Alliance he worked in information technology and data supply chain assignments in the manufacturing and retail sectors. Mr. Ross is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), and is the past President of the California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA).

Ian Slade

Managing Partner, I&T Consulting Group, LLC
President-Elect, SoCal HIMSS

Ian Slade RN, MBA, PMP is a Healthcare Innovator & Advocate. He is passionate about finding ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper without compromising patient outcomes. From the patient bedside to the halls of Capitol Hill, he has advocated for the betterment of patients, clinicians and the industry as a whole. He is currently the Managing Partner of I&T Consulting Group LLC, a healthcare focused solutions firm located in Southern California.

Christine Sublett

President and Principal Consultant
Sublett Consulting, LLC

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. 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.

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. 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.