2019 Annual Healthcare IT Conference - Speaker Bios

Zia Agha, MD

Chief Medical Officer and EVP, Clinical Research, Medical Informatics & Telehealth
West Health

In his role as chief medical officer and executive vice president of clinical research, medical informatics, and telehealth, Dr. Zia Agha advances West Health’s mission to lower healthcare costs to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.

Dr. Agha serves as physician leader for West Health, which includes the West Health Institute, Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center and Gary and Mary West Foundation, ensuring its research portfolio and initiatives are translated into clinical practice, policy reform and scalable innovations that will allow seniors to successfully age in place. Dr. Agha leads the development and execution of clinical research activities and brings a comprehensive understanding of the evolving field of clinical informatics such as clinical information systems, telehealth and data science.

Dr. Agha joined the West Health Institute in 2014 and leads the organization’s clinical research and medical informatics initiatives, focused on creating and advancing senior-appropriate acute and chronic care models, and improving access to long-term services and supports.

Prior to joining West Health, Dr. Agha was director for the Health Services Research and Development (HSRD) division at VA San Diego Healthcare System and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego where he currently holds an appointment as a part-time professor.

A practicing physician, Dr. Agha received his MD degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and a MS degree in Clinical Epidemiology and General Internal Medicine fellowship in Health Services Research from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Regina Atim-Araluce, PharmD, MBA

Associate Clinical Professor at University of San Diego
Clinical Placement Coordinator at University of San Diego
HIMSS SoCal Co-Chair of Programs

Regina is currently the Co-Chair of Programs for the HIMSS SoCal Chapter. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and her Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University.

She has extensive experience in a variety of healthcare settings including: medical device development, community health centers management, EHR implementation, regulatory compliance and quality management. She has worked with organizations such as FDA, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, Cerner, and The Delmarva Foundation, to name a few.  

Regina is a strategic leader, collaborative business partner, polished speaker and subject matter expert adept at leveraging existing relationships and developing new accounts. She is the owner and principal at Clinicians Touch Healthcare Solutions, which provides regulatory, EHR, and quality support to clients.

Regina recently began teaching at University of San Diego where she is an associate professor of clinical informatics and clinical placement coordinator. She enjoys teaching and leveraging her experiences to provide guidance to healthcare’s future leaders.

John Baackes

Chief Executive Officer
L.A. Care Health Plan

John Baackes is Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan serving over two million members. L.A. Care is dedicated to providing access to quality and affordable health care for Los Angeles County residents through a variety of health coverage programs, including Medicaid, L.A. Care Covered™ (California Health Benefit Exchange), L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan (duals demonstration pilot), and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan.   

Mr. Baackes works collaboratively with the Board of Governors to set the organization’s strategic vision and ensure its successful implementation. He also oversees the day-to-day operations, while guiding L.A. Care through the ever-evolving health care landscape. Additionally, he is responsible for maintaining the integrity, quality and accountability of the health services L.A. Care provides to its members. 

Mr. Baackes brings more than 40 years of health care experience. Before joining L.A. Care, he served as president of Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Caritas VIP Plans where he oversaw the Medicare Advantage business unit. Prior to that position, Mr. Baackes was CEO of Senior Whole Health in Cambridge, MA, a voluntary health care plan for more than 10,000 low-income seniors in Massachusetts and New York.

He currently serves on the boards of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA), California Association of Health Plans (CAHP), and Local Health Plans of California (LHPC), Project Angel Food, and serves as Chair of the SNP Alliance.

Throughout his career, Mr. Baackes has served in a number of executive leadership roles across the health care industry, including Senior Vice President for Group Health Incorporated in Albany, NY; President of Kaiser Permanente’s Northeast Division in Latham, NY; and CEO of Community Health Plan, also in Latham. He is also a trustee at Southern Vermont College.

Mr. Baackes holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and is a native of Evanston, IL.


Chief Information Officer
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

James is the Chief Information Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), the second largest municipal health system in the nation with an integrated system of 19 health centers and four hospitals. DHS annually cares for about 600,000 unique patients, employs over 26,000 staff, and has an annual operating budget of $4.3 billion. James was previously the CIO at Kaiser Permanente Orange County, and the CTO and CISO at Hawaii Health Systems. James holds seven security certifications, and a PhD from the Nova Southeastern University Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences.

David Chou

Health & Life Science Advisor, Constellation Research
Formerly, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Children's Mercy Hospital

David Chou is vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, covering the intersection of the healthcare systems’ stringent processes and regulations and the transformational power of technology. With nearly 20 years of experience as a senior IT executive across various health systems, David brings a CIO’s practicality to his advisory practice on emerging technologies and disruptive innovation. He offers guidance to healthcare institutions and practitioners navigating digital mega trends and how to strategically apply them to hospital operations to maximize their technology investments

Prior David was the Vice President / Chief Information & Digital Officer for Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Prior to Children’s Mercy David held the CIO position at University of Mississippi Medical Center, the state’s only academic health science center. David also served as senior director of IT operations at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and CIO at AHMC Healthcare in California. His work has been recognized by several publications, and he has been interviewed by a number of media outlets. David is also one of the most mentioned CIOs on social media, and is an active member of both CHIME and HIMSS.

Alex Fair

Managing Member
MedStartr Ventures




David T. Ford

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of CalHIPSO, David T. Ford directs the largest federally-designated Regional Extension Center (REC) for Health Information Technology in the nation. As such, he oversees CalHIPSO’s work to assist safety net providers – small practice physicians, community health centers, and public hospitals – to implement and utilize technology to improve their practices. First formed in 2009, CalHIPSO has helped more than 15,000 unique providers in all parts of the state through various government and private programs.

David’s work in health IT began with helping providers to implement EHRs and achieve Meaningful Use. His efforts have now expanded to include MACRA/MIPS, data aggregation and reporting, payment reform, and data exchange. Since 2015, David has been a board member of the California Association of HIE (CAHIE), the nonprofit association for HIEs in the state. David is currently the Vice Chair of the CAHIE Board, a position he has held since the Summer of 2017.

This year, David brought together the California Medical Association, Manifest Medex, and others to successfully secure a $5 million allocation in the State Budget that will be used to draw down $45 million federal to help providers onboard to health information exchanges. The funding will also help HIEs to connect to the CURES database, bringing a technologic solution to the opioid crisis.

David was formerly the Associate Director, Center for Medical and Regulatory Policy for the California Medical Association, where he served as the principal analyst for the state’s implementation of the ACA. Prior to his work at CMA, he was Chief of Staff to then-Assembly Member and now US Representative Ted Lieu, and previously served on the staff of former Assembly Member George Nakano.

David lives in Sacramento, California with his wife Linda and their two children, Thomas and Carolyn. He is an avid cyclist and a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

Stanley Frencher, Jr. MD, MPH

Assistant Professor in Residence, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Medical Director of Surgical Outcomes and Quality, Chief of Urology, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital 
Chief Medical Officer, Wise Healthcare
Chief Executive Officer, HubMD

Stanley Frencher Jr., the son of a primary care physician and nurse practitioner, likes to say he “was born to practice medicine.”

Dr. Frencher attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, where he was awarded the first annual Jean L. Cook, MD Memorial Award for Medical Excellence. He went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree in health management and policy at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He conducted research with the Center for Health and Urban Minorities to identify health disparities across racial groups. He also worked with the office of Senator Charles Schumer where he gained a firsthand insight into the politics of healthcare policy. Dr. Frencher completed his surgical residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. He interrupted his training to become a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Frencher is currently an Assistant Professor in Residence the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Medical Director of Surgical Outcomes and Quality at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, and the Chief of Urology at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center. Moreover, he is Chief Medical Officer of Wise Healthcare, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of HubMD. An enthusiastic teacher, he is a frequent presenter to academic and community organizations. When not working or lecturing, he competes in powerlifting, enjoys standup paddleboard, and is active in his church. He is married and the father of three children.

Anil Goud, MD

Director, Clinical Informatics & Analytics, Enterprise Information Systems
Cedars-Sinai Health System

Dr. Goud is board certified in Clinical Informatics, Internal Medicine and formerly Hospitalist Medicine. He practiced clinical medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings for over 15 years in Arizona before joining Cedars-Sinai Health System in 2015. He is currently the Director of Clinical Informatics and Analytics where he leads analytics and EHR workflow efforts in areas such as Population Health, Sepsis, and Opioid. He is also involved with the Research Informatics and Scientific Computing Core supporting the research community at Cedars. He is an investigator in a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) grant to develop a Trust Framework for a healthcare federated identity ecosystem. As the parent of a son with Autism, he has an interest in bridging the gaps between patient care and the healthcare industry through healthcare IT.

Karen Grimley, PhD, RN

Chief Nurse Executive, UCLA Health
Assistant Dean, UCLA School of Nursing

Karen A. Grimley, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE is the Chief Nurse Executive for UCLA Health. She is a member of UCLA Health and School of Nursing senior leadership teams and is responsible for nursing practice and care delivery across UCLA Health’s four hospitals, and ambulatory care. With UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital designated as Magnet® hospitals, she and her leadership team work to maintain the highest level of nursing excellence as a standard throughout UCLA Health. She also serves as assistant dean for the UCLA School of Nursing.

Dr. Grimley completed her PhD at the Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton, FL; a Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College Paxton, MA and a Bachelor of Science in nursing, from Saint Anselm College School of Nursing, Manchester, NH. Dr. Grimley is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International, the American Nurses Association, the California Association of Nurse Leaders, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Piyush Gupta, MD

Regional Medical Officer
CareMore Health

Dr. Piyush Gupta is Regional Medical Officer at CareMore Health, an innovative healthcare delivery system that serves the nation’s most high-risk, high-need populations. He is passionate about value-based care and data-driven quality improvement.

As Regional Medical Officer, Dr. Gupta is responsible for delivering high-quality care and service to patients. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians to address the complex medical, physical and social needs that his patients face.

Before joining CareMore Health, Dr. Gupta was an attending physician at Kaiser Permanente where he completed a fellowship in patient safety and quality improvement and developed improvement processes and curriculum.

In 2009, Dr. Gupta was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to create an inpatient pediatric program to improve patient transition back to school after hospital stays.

Dr. Gupta has worked with teaching and mentoring programs including Yale Summerbridge Program for low-income students, Child Relief and YOU teaching children in rural India, and Medical Mentors, increasing diversity in the medical profession.

Dr. Gupta trained in internal medicine at Brown University received his MD from the University of Vermont and graduated with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Gupta also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine.

Charles Huang

Founder, Linchpin Technologies
Steering Committee Member, ScaleLA

Charles is the founder/CEO of Lynchpin Technologies and founder/Managing Partner of Lynchpin Capital who has spent his career focused on health care innovation. Previously Charles was a VP at Blackstone in their Global Portfolio Operations group, on the Equity Healthcare team. Before Blackstone he was a VC at Spark Capital focused on health/technology startups and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Highland Capital Partners. He also has worked in the Strategic Financial Planning department of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and spent time as a consultant at Towers Perrin.

He is an advisor/investor in companies and organizations dedicated to health innovation such as Blueprint Health, Startup Health, TEDMED, and Luminary Labs and an angel investor/advisor to companies such as CredSimple, Artemis Health, Sonavex, Greatist, Health Connections, and Imperative. He also has co-authored several Harvard Business School cases and notes on health care technology, innovation, and policy.

Charles received his BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Barrington (Barry) Hunt, MPA

Faculty, Graduate Healthcare Management Program
Management, Accounting and Public Health Departments
California State University, Los Angeles

Professor Barry Hunt teaches Health Care Finance, Accounting, Public Health and Nursing Administration at California State University, Los Angeles (and previously at CSU Dominguez Hills).  He has had an extensive executive career throughout the Los Angeles County Departments of Health Services, Public Health and the Chief Administrative Office while serving as Administrator, Chief Financial Officer and Strategic Planner for many County medical centers, public health and mental health facilities and professional organizations.

Professor Hunt has published and presented at international conferences and is active in many professional organizations. He coaches award-winning teams of Cal State LA graduate students in the annual Western States College Bowl case study competitions with 12 other universities for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Healthcare Executives of Southern California (HCE).

Professor Hunt, Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Awardee, has received numerous awards from the Provost and the Deans for outstanding mentorship and commitment to students engaged in research, scholarship and creative activity.  He is a polyglot (French, Spanish and German) and he travels the world to research international healthcare management, informatics. public health, finance and accounting.

Aisha Iqbal, MSHIM

Director of Health Information Technology
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

Aisha Iqbal has ten years of expertise in the Health Information Technology field. She has been the Director of Health Information Technology at the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) for six years. When starting her role, CCALAC’s 65 member health centers were all on paper charts, transitioning to electronic health records, to now joining health information exchanges with the goal of interoperability. Aisha is very passionate about the importance of achieving interoperability between health centers, hospitals, and specialty care. Her passion drives her to work closely with health information exchanges (HIE) and data analytic efforts in Los Angeles County, such as the Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES) and national HIEs, such as Carequality and CommonWell. At CCALAC, Aisha oversees a HRSA funded Health Center Controlled Network Program (HCCN) comprised of 41 health centers, making it the second largest of 50 HCCNs in the nation. She also oversees CCALAC’s NextGen and eClinicalWorks User Groups and the Health Information Technology Roundtable. Prior to working at CCALAC, Aisha worked at L.A. Care Health Plan where she lead  65 health centers on the training, adoption and implementation of eConsult, a web-based system that allows PCPs and specialists to securely share health information and discuss patient care. Aisha started her career as a Healthcare Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). At PwC, she worked on a number of projects, including a Cerner Go-Live in Chicago’s Cook County Hospital. Aisha received her Master’s in Health Information Management (MHIM) from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). While at CGU, Aisha worked with a team on the design, development, research, and implementation of HealthATM, a system that allows patients in underserved communities to log on to a user friendly touch screen kiosk to perform a number of actions, such as schedule doctor visits, email their doctor, or set up electronic reminders for health promotion activities.

William Jih, MD, MBA

Medical Director, Population Health & Strategy
Loma Linda University Medical Center

William Jih is a family medicine physician who has been practicing in the Inland Empire area since early 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University. His residency in family medicine was completed at Loma Linda Medical Center where he also served as chief resident. Throughout his career, he has served as a medical informatics liaison officer, the vice chair to the department of family medicine, medical director, and more, all at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Additionally, he served as chief medical officer of a large private multi-specialty medical group in the Inland Empire.

His experience is vast, with numerous awards to validate his medical excellence, starting with the resident teaching award and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Best Practice Recognition award for diabetes as well as the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition award. He was awarded the Loma Linda Medical Center Physician Leader in Quality Prize in 2009. As a scholar he has presented on numerous topics including sexual violence, preventive care quality improvement, and systematic approach to medication reconciliation, all of which will help in his work with WISE Healthcare.

Board certified in Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics, Dr. Jih is also a member of the Medical Group Management Association, American Medical Group Association, the American Academy of Family Practice, American Medical Association, and more. He is a California native and enjoys sports and photography

Richard Koffler

Heal Clinics

30+ years of nurturing and growing emerging-growth ventures in healthcare IT; digital health; medicaldevices; healthcare services; and enterprise software including machine learning, AI and naturallanguage processing.

Midori Kondo, PharmD, MHA

Senior Vice President, Head of Clinical Products
Genus Inc.

Midori earned her Pharm.D. from Creighton University, completed a Residency and Fellowship from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and a Master of Health Administration from the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

She is an innovative healthcare professional with a background in strategy, program development, and technology planning, working with leading organizations such as IBM, Henry Ford Health System, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and UW Medicine Seattle to name a few.

A recognized expert in clinical, operational, and patient/caregiver workflow analysis, Midori has extensive experience transforming patient care organizations to deliver high-quality, cost-effective services via improved technology utilization and patient engagement. 

Midori recently opened Community Cancer Institute in California’s Central Valley to bring comprehensive cancer care services and cutting-edge technologies into one location and now is the SVP and Head of Clinical Products for Genus Inc, where she is using her healthcare, technology and AI experience to design and guide product development, creating next-generation, data-driven medicine solutions and interactive patient engagement tools.

Ali Modaressi

Executive Director
LANES Health Information Exchange

Ali Modaressi is the Executive Director of LANES Health Information Exchange. In this role, Modaressi works collaboratively with the Board of Directors developing strategic plans and ensure its successful implementation. He is responsible for developing services and initiatives that make patients health information available safely and securely to health care providers. He also oversees the day-to-day operations, while guiding LANES through the ever-evolving health care landscape.

Modaressi comes to LANES from L.A. Care Health Plan, where he served as the Senior Director of Health IT overseeing strategic projects at the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan. In this capacity he was responsible for leading and managing technology innovation projects aimed at improving care coordination and population health. Modaressi played a lead role in the adoption and implementation of EHRs for 4,000 providers in L.A. County. Additionally he managed the eConnect initiative to electronically connect 45 hospitals with the payer to improve care coordination.

Modaressi brings 25 years of experience in health information technology. Throughout his career, he has served in a number of leadership roles including Director of Technical Services at Sage Healthcare Software, Technical Support Manager at WebMD, and Principal at Intelligent Concepts, a health care consulting company acquired by WebMD.

Modaressi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computers and a Master’s in Management Science and Operations Research from University of Warwick in England. 

Geri Pavia

Vice President, Programs

Geri has extensive experience Advancing Strategies in Population Health by partnering with Payers, ACOs, Clinically Integrated Networks(CIN's), Provider Healthcare Systems, large IDNs, Academic Medical Centers, Community Hospitals, IPAs, Large Physician Groups, Ambulatory, Pharma & Life Sciences organizations.

Emphasis on building strong relationships with Senior Administration, Clinical & Financial Leadership
Specialties: Payers, ACOs, Population Health Management, Care Management, Care Coordination, Triple Aim, Analytics, BI, Health Information Technology (HIT); Health Information Systems (HIS) - Clinical & Financial software; Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Ambulatory solutions; She is advancing Clinical Research & Genomics energetic, organized business development executive with experience in multiple vertical markets in healthcare. Her primary focus has been in application development, infrastructure management, and business critical computing with an emphasis in high level business process solutions.

Michael Pfeffer, MD

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, and the David Geffen School of Medicine. 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 his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at UCLA.

Danica Ramos-Lio, MS, CAHIMS

Senior IT Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Danica is an IT Consultant for the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City and Woodland Hills Medical Centers. As an IT Consultant, Danica provides strategic solutions to ensure care delivery applications at the Medical Centers are "up and running". Danica also coordinates and collaborates with medical facility leaders on their technology needs. Danica holds a Master Degree in Health Informatics from National University and is an active member of HIMSS SoCal Chapter where she served as a Speaker Liaison. In 2016, Danica had the opportunity to attend the HIMSS Conference as a Program Assistant and was the recipient of the HIMSS SoCal Chapter Scholarship Award.

Mary Anne Schultz, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN

Professor of Nursing
California State University, San Bernardino

Dr. Schultz is a veteran Registered Nurse (44 years!) and Professor of Nursing (the California State University) who has been employed in all aspects of adult hospital care as well as in various aspects of nursing education as teacher, consultant and administrator. She was the Department Chair of Nursing, CSUSB, remaining there as Full Professor. Her doctoral degree (nursing economics & health systems) is from UCLA, her MBA from the Peter Drucker Management Center of the Claremont College and her MSN from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

In her “teaching life” she is known for innovation in simulation and other forms of technology in the didactic and clinical classrooms. With over two dozen peer-reviewed publications, numerous peer-reviewed abstracts for national and international meetings as well as management book chapters, Dr. Schultz recently earned a Health Informatics certificate from UC Davis. She has held elected and appointed office in many health care organizations, including the American Nurses Association and now focuses her professional volunteer time within HIMSS--Health Information Management Systems Society--including as a recent volunteer attendee at the national meeting in Orlando.

Her department of nursing at Cal State San Bernardino is a recent recipient of a prestigious grant she wrote “So, This is Precision Medicine”. It resulted in a guest speaker from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing who addressed this emergent phenomenon from the NIH to students, faculty and staff. CSU San Bernardino was one of only nine U. S. schools to receive such an honor.

She is a 33-year resident of Upland, California, a transplant from her native Ohio (Youngstown). When time permits, her hobbies include genealogy and citizen journalism.

Omid Toloui

Vice President, Digital Health

Omid leads CareMore Health System’s (subsidiary of Anthem, Inc.) digital health strategy and is responsible for identifying and implementing innovative technologies that address the needs of the health system, its clinicians and patients. Previously, Omid was a founding member of Altegra Health where he served as its Senior Director of Product Management. At Altegra, Omid led cross functional teams responsible for the development, marketing and growth of six products that combined data aggregation and analytics with unique member engagement and reporting capabilities to achieve actionable insights and improved management for value-based healthcare. Altegra Health was acquired by Emdeon in July 2015. Prior to joining Altegra, Omid founded and led Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting’s Strategic Analytics practice. As a consultant he specialized in complex projects spanning multiple disciplines requiring a thorough understanding of the healthcare marketplace, strategy and the challenges facing patients, providers, payers and investors. Omid earned his Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health in Health Services Management, Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology and Minor in Italian degrees from UCLA.

Claudia Williams

Chief Executive Officer
Manifest MedEx

Claudia brings over 20 years’ experience catalyzing and scaling improvements in healthcare to her role as the chief executive officer of Manifest MedEx. Previously the senior advisor for health technology and innovation at the White House, Claudia helped lead President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. She has collaborated with private and public partners that are leveraging health information technology, new payment models, and open data to remake the digital landscape in healthcare.

Before joining the White House, Claudia was director of health information exchange at HHS, and was director of health policy and public affairs at the Markle Foundation. She holds a master’s in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor’s from Duke University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana.

Jonathan Won, MPH, PMP

Instructor, Technical Management Program
UCLA Extension

Jonathan Won has over 20 years of experience in information technology including areas involving outpatient and inpatient health care settings, manufacturing, business operations, business development and strategy, and project governance.  He worked tirelessly to deploy and expand the use and adoption of the California Immunization Registry in the Los Angeles County and Orange County region.  He is also published in the internationally respected Neuroscience journal and regional career magazine Working World.  From the dot-com start-ups of the 1990s to the California Coverage Initiative and eventually the Affordable Care Act, Jonathan has seen the health care and technology landscape evolve greatly over the years.  

Jonathan holds an MPH in Health Services Management from UCLA, a Masters Certificate in IT Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Wee Ling Wong, PhD

Director, International Programs & USC TeleCARE
Keck Medicine of USC

Wee Ling Wong is the Director for International Programs & USC TeleCARE at Keck Medicine of USC, the health enterprise at the University of Southern California.  Its internationally renowned physicians and scientists provide world-class patient care at Keck Hospital of USC, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and more than 40 ambulatory clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare, and Ventura counties. 

Wee Ling is responsible for the smooth intake of international patients seeking T/Q care; developing global and domestic relationships to enhance patient referrals, technology innovation projects, and healthcare consulting engagements; and education and training programs for international physicians, nurses, and healthcare administrators.  She has been instrumental in establishing a system-wide governance, clinical and business unit stakeholders internal process to accept and review new telemedicine service-line applications within Keck Medicine of USC.  She serves on USCIPP’s education subcommittee and is a member of the International Patient Experience Survey working group.

Wee Ling was formerly a research assistant professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC with research publications and competitive funding support from non-profit and technology companies.  Wee Ling also has a technology patent credited to her.  She enjoys playing the piano, cooking, and family time with her life partner, two children, and golden retriever.

Alan S. Young, MD, MBA, PMP

Chair, CMIO Committee

Dr. Alan Young is a physician leader with diverse clinical, corporate and entrepreneurial accomplishments. He is the Chief Medical Officer for GYANT, an artificial intelligence healthcare company building solutions to augment patient engagement and provider efficiency. After completing a dual MD/MBA degree program at USC's Keck School of Medicine & Marshall School of Business, he obtained his medical license during his Orthopedic Surgery residency. Combining his passion for business & medicine, he served as a national healthcare subject matter expert Specialist Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP while providing surgical physician services at Southern California Kaiser Permanente. At USC Care Medical Group he was the Director of Operations Strategy and Special Projects, leading ambulatory quality improvement initiatives and electronic health record optimization efforts to improve both patient and physician engagement. He served as Regional Director of Client Relations with Sagacious Consultants, Senior Manager with Accenture to drive business development and as the Client Service Leader for Slalom Consulting in LA. He currently practices medicine in the greater Los Angeles area and he also serves as the So Cal HIMSS CMIO Committee Chair, SoPE LA Chapter Leader, AIMed Ambassador and a ScaleLA Healthcare Committee member.