9th Annual CIO Forum - Speaker Bios

Colin J.H. Brenan, PhD

IEEE Pulse Magazine

Colin J.H. Brenan, Ph.D. is a serial life sciences entrepreneur who is currently Founder and Chief Commercial Officer for HiFiBiO BV (www.hifibio.com) and Founder and CEO of 1CellBio Inc. (www.1cell-bio.com).  Formerly he was a Managing Director of the Monsanto-Atlas Seed Fund Alliance at Atlas Venture (Cambridge, USA) and Director of Strategic Relationships for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology at Partners Health Care (Boston, MA).  Dr. Brenan is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is Editor-in-Chief of IEEE PULSE Magazine.

Brian Clay, MD, SFHM

CMIO, Inpatient and Hospital Affiliations
UC San Diego Health

Dr. Brian Clay is a clinical professor of hospital medicine at UC San Diego Health, and currently serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer for Inpatient and Hospital Affiliations for the organization.  He started in a physician informaticist role at UCSD in 2007, and oversaw the institution’s first CPOE deployment, followed by the organization’s installation of a full electronic health record in the inpatient setting in 2011.  Dr. Clay assumed the role of CMIO in 2012, and continued to lead projects involving EHR implementation, health information exchange, and general optimization of clinical systems.  His current areas of interest involve using clinical informatics tools to further quality improvement and enhance clinical decision support.

Anthony C. Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, MS

Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer
Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Dr. Anthony Chang is currently the Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He accepted a position as attending cardiologist in the cardiovascular intensive care unit of Boston Children’s Hospital and as assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He has been the medical director of several pediatric cardiac intensive care programs (including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Miami Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital). He has also been named a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association.

He is known for several innovations in pediatric cardiac care, including introducing the cardiac drug milrinone and co-designing (with Dr. Michael DeBakey) an axial-type ventricular assist device in children. He has helped to build a successful cardiology practice as a company and was able to complete a deal on Wall Street. He is a committee member of the National Institute of Health pediatric grant review committee. He is also the editor of several textbooks in pediatric cardiology, including Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care, Heart Failure in Children and Young Adults, and Pediatric Cardiology Board Review.

He is the founder of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS) that launched the multi-disciplinary focus on cardiac intensive care for children. He is also the founder of the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society (APPCS), which united pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons from 24 Asian countries and launched a biennial meeting in Asia that now draws over 1,000 attendees.

Eric Cheng, MD

UCLA Health System

Dr. Cheng is the CMIO at UCLA Health. Dr. Cheng earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at Cornell University and his MD at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurology at UCLA. After residency, he obtained a Master’s degree from the Department of Health Services at the School of Public Health at UCLA. Dr. Cheng began his academic career as a health services researcher with an emphasis on the measurement of quality of care for persons with neurological conditions. Dr. Cheng is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Preventive Medicine Subspecialty in Clinical Informatics.

Gora Datta

CAL2CAL Group of Companies

Gora Datta is the founding Chairman and CEO of CAL2CAL group of companies, a multi-national innovative ICT products and solutions organization with subsidiary and offices in Australia, Canada, India, UK & USA. He is an accomplished, creative and visionary executive with 26 years of international professional experience in the field of Computing and Software Engineering. As an eHealth, public health and ICT subject matter expert, Gora has provided consultancy to & collaborated with large governmental organizations (like the County of Los Angeles, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, USA; Ministry of Finance, Government of India) and multi-lateral agencies (like The World Bank, WHO, UNICEF) to name a few. He focuses on mobile technology based, cost effective, standards based open solutions for social protection and healthcare delivery in both developed and developing world.

John D. Halamka, MD, MS

CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network
Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, Professor, Harvard Medical School

John D. Halamka, MD, MS is Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), CEO of MA-SHARE (the Regional Health Information Organization), Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and a practicing Emergency Physician.

Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he received a degree in Medical Microbiology and a degree in Public Policy with a focus on technology issues. While at Stanford he served as research assistant to Dr. Edward Teller, Dr. Milton Friedman, and presidential candidate John B. Anderson. He authored three books on technology related issues and formed a software development firm, Ibis Research Labs, Inc. Additionally, he served as a columnist for Infoworld, technical editor of Computer Language Magazine and technology consultant to several startup companies.

His research includes security / confidentiality issues, scalability issues, and implementation of standards for exchange of administrative and clinical information. As a clinician as well as researcher, Dr. Halamka uses these tools to improve the care of the patients he treats in the Beth Israel Deaconess Emergency Department. He is also an active teacher, lecturing on both medical and technology topics to the students, residents, and faculty of Harvard and MIT.

As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees the administrative data exchange among the payors and providers in Massachusetts. As Chief Exchange Officer of MA-SHARE he oversees the Regional Healthcare Information Organization (RHIO), which develops clinical data exchange efforts in Massachusetts. As Chair of HITSP he coordinates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.

Patrick Hynes

PwC Advisory

Patrick is a Principal in PwC’s Cyber Crime and Breach Response practice. He and his team help clients investigate breaches and system compromise by either external parties (state sponsored; organized crime, etc.) or through insider threat. He also helps clients prepare for breaches by increasing board and executive awareness, evaluating and enhancing detect and respond capabilities, and helping clients assess the current vulnerabilities in their environment that puts them at risk for a successful attack.

Patrick has had significant involvement in the breach response and investigations of many of the highest profile retail, health insurer, entertainment industry and casino breaches of the last 36 months. Patrick has more than 20 years of information security and forensic investigation experience, and is a frequent speaker at industry and professional conferences and events. He developed a proactive APT assessment methodology which has been successful at multiple clients, including identifying command and controlmalware not previously detected by client's existing controls tools.

Patrick also advises leading boards and has conducted education and training for current and future board members on cybersecurity risks, and the specific obligations and responsibilities of boards around cybersecurity. He is a contributing author of the book Responding to Targeted Cyberattacks. He also serves on the advisory board for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering digital forensics and cybersecurity programs as well as serves as a mentor and advisor for up and coming forensic and cybersecurity students. 

John Luo, MD

Interim CMIO
UC Riverside Health

John Luo, M.D. is the Program Director for Psychiatry Residency Training and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. In addition, he serves as the interim Chief Medical Information Officer for UCR Health, directing the implementation of the Epic electronic health record for the clinical enterprise.

Previously, he was a senior physician informaticist in the UCLA Health System, responsible for the development and deployment of the UCLA CareConnect electronic health record based on Epic. At the UCLA School of Medicine, he served as the co-chair for the second-year medical school neuroscience block.  Dr. Luo is an internationally recognized educator and expert on behavioral health informatics.  He has presented at numerous conferences, written books and articles on technology use in mental health, and he has been recognized locally and nationally for excellence in teaching. He is past-president of the Association for Academic Psychiatry, and is currently co-chair of the Information Systems committee for the American Association for Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training.

Dr. Luo completed his medical informatics fellowship at UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, where he implemented an electronic sign-out process using the Palm Pilot.  He was chief resident and resident at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Psychiatry, and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  He is one of the few psychiatrists who are board certified in clinical informatics, a new sub-specialty board certification.

Scott MacDonald, MD

EHR Medical Director
UC Davis Health System

Dr. MacDonald is a board certified internist and clinical informaticist. He practices primary care at UC Davis and is the medical director for the Electronic Health Record there. In that role he is responsible to oversight of the use, content, and optimization of the EHR and related workflows and governance, in partnership with clinical and IT leadership. He has particular interest in using clinical decision support and good user experience design to improve quality and clinician efficiency and professional satisfaction, while integrating the needs of users from all venues of care and diverse academic missions of the health system.

Edward W. Marx

EVP, The Advisory Board/Clinovations
New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation

Edward W. Marx, is an executive vice president of the Advisory Board (Clinovations) on loan to New York City Health & Hospital where he serves as an information technology leader. His responsibilities include leadership of the electronic health record implementation as well as developing leaders and leveraging technologies to enable superior business and clinical outcomes. Additionally, Edward is the governor-appointed chairman of the Texas Health Services Authority, providing leadership over health information exchange. He has served in this position since 2010. Concurrent with his healthcare career, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a combat medic and then as a combat engineer officer.

Edward earned his B.S. in psychology and a M.S. in design (interior and apparel), merchandising and consumer sciences from Colorado State University.

Edward began his career serving in the OR prior to physician services at Poudre Valley Health System. Recruited to Parkview Episcopal Medical Center, he served as CIO for its management services organization and director over physician systems. In 1997, he joined HCA as chief technologist for its physician services organization. In 1999, Edward moved to University Hospitals, a multi-hospital academic health system. In 2003, he became CIO and served five years before being recruited by Texas Health. Ed served as the Senior Vice President/CIO of Texas Health for almost 8 years. As an organizaiton, his team went on to win every major healthcare award for technology to include the Davies Award and CIO of the Year.

Edward is active with professional organizations, advisory boards and higher education. He is a Fellow of both the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is on the CHIME Faculty for the CIO Boot Camp, training aspiring health care technology professionals. He served as president of the Ohio and Tennessee Chapters of HIMSS and chaired the Membership Services Committee. Edward served on the CIO advisory boards for HP, Cisco, AT&T, KLAS and Microsoft. Today he serves on boards for Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Dallas, and Southern Methodist University.

Mac McMillan

Chief Executive Officer

Mac McMillan is CEO of CynergisTek, Inc., a top-ranked healthcare IT information security and privacy consulting firm. He is recognized as a HIMSS Fellow and former Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force. McMillan brings nearly 40 years of combined intelligence, information security and consulting experience and has worked in the healthcare industry since his retirement from the federal government in 2000. McMillan is considered a thought leader in compliance, security and privacy issues in healthcare, and has been recognized as a top health information security influencer.

Margaret O'Brien

Nursing Informatics Director
UC Irvine Health System

Jack Po, PhD, MD

Product Manager
Google Health

Jack Po is a product manager at Google working on medical brain and health cloud. Previously, he has also spent time in Google’s search unit working on health related queries. Prior to Google, Jack spent a decade working in medical devices and healthcare policy both domestically and internationally.

Ellen Pollack

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
UCLA Health System

Ellen has worked at UCLA Health for over 20 years and developed the Nursing Informatics program over 16 years ago.  She has significant experience implementing clinical systems.  Ellen served as the Deployment Director for our Epic program which was implemented across the health system in March of 2013.   Her areas of responsibility included organizational readiness, training of 18,000 users, developing & implementing a super user program, dress rehearsals, and command center planning.

Ellen is currently the CNIO at UCLA Health and is responsible for the EHR clinical optimization program, IT engagement & adoption, the information technology training team, and our mHealth program.  UCLA Health has a strong focus on patient engagement and in 2015 Ellen formed a Patient Focused Technology Council in order to get patient input into our technology initiatives. 

Hector Rodriguez, MBA

National Director, US Health & Life Sciences

Hector Rodriguez is the National Solution Sales Director for Microsoft’s Health & Life Sciences Technology Unit. His team works with healthcare customers and partners to drive healthcare's digital transformation, IT modernization, and privacy and security to enable cost reduction while improving patient experiences and the quality of care.

Scott Rudkin, MD

UC Irvine Health System




Susan K. Wynn, RN, BSN

Chief Nursing Information Officer
UC San Diego Health

Susan has been with UC San Diego Health for 36 years, 20 of that in Nursing Informatics.  With a clinical background in Critical Care and Trauma, her early experience in IS was as the System Administrator for a Critical Care health record.  She was a member of the project team that selected and brought inpatient live with the current EHR.  As the current Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, she leads team of analysts that support many clinical applications at that organization.