9th Annual Clinical Informatics Summit - Speaker Bios

Charles Boicey

Chief Innovation Officer

Charles is the Chief Innovation Officer for Clearsense, a healthcare data organization specializing in bringing “Big Data” technologies to healthcare. Prior to Clearsense Charles was the Enterprise Analytics Architect for Stony Brook Medicine. In his role he developed the analytics infrastructure to serve the clinical, operational, quality and research needs of the organization. He was a founding member of the team that developed the Health and Human Services award winning application "NowTrending" to assist in the early detection of disease outbreaks utilizing social media feeds. Charles holds a MS in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, is the Immediate Past President of the American Nursing Informatics Association and an Associate Clinical Professor at Stony Brook University.

Jeff Coughlin

Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs
HIMSS North America

Jeff is the Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs at HIMSS.  In this position, he leads HIMSS’ efforts to build stronger relationships with federal agencies and facilitates the building of a nationwide network of advocates for state-based initiatives that impact all aspects of health IT.  

Before joining HIMSS, Jeff was the team leader for corporate accounts at the Marwood Group, where he worked with non-profit health systems, health IT vendors, professional societies, and trade associations, analyzing where they could most effectively influence legislative and regulatory processes and focus their advocacy efforts.  

His career also included several years in the health care non-profit advocacy world, where he led efforts in policy development, directed outreach to Congress and Executive Branch agencies, built advocacy coalitions with like-minded organizations, and created robust grassroots networks.  He also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was part of the team responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Government Performance and Results Act within the Department.
His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary and a BA in Political Science from Providence College. 

Lisa Dahm, PhD

Director of Clinical Informatics
Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics
UC Irvine Health




David P. Hodges

VP of Operations & CIO
San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corp.

Mr. Hodges is VP and CIO with San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation in San Carlos, Arizona. This is a new corporation created by the Apache community to replace the federal facility. The new hospital is fully accredited by Joint Commission and was officially opened in July 2015. 

Prior to this position David had positions with Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and CHS. He brought with him over 30 years of CIO and management experience improving IT operations, developing ITIL strategies, building relationships with other operating units, implementing EMR's, and reducing operational costs.

David has implemented the latest EMR and HIE technologies for the past 20 years. Collaborating with organizations such as Siemens, NextGen, and Cerner, David has implemented systems that meet the clinical and reimbursement needs for several healthcare organizations. Most recently, David has been a CIO for organizations in American Indian territory that are transitioning from IHS to a 638 program.

Prior to joining Dimensions Healthcare System, David was CIO of NSHC, an Alaska healthcare system that built a new hospital in the region. New technology designs and implementation were critical in a shortened time span.

David has held CIO and senior leadership positions with Dimensions Healthcare, Springfield Service, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp., and APAC Teleservices. David started his technology path with AT&T Bell Laboratories & AT&T Information Systems. 

Fred Holston

Director Healthcare
Sirius Computer Solutions

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.

Brenda Hopkins, RN

CEO, Publisher & Editor in Chief
Healthcare Disruptors

I am the founder of Healthcare Disruptors, a global growth consulting and media firm. With over 25 years of healthcare operations and consulting experience from startup to Fortune 50 global organizations, I have developed a passion for exploring the disruptive forces in the healthcare sector. I’ve held senior leadership roles at companies like GE Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and athenahealth. I started this journey as an RN, learning from the ground up.

I also focus on looking at innovation, EMR, healthcare IT, clinical support, patient experience design, issues of convergence and new business models. Much of my work here is identifying the disruptors, transformers and growth drivers in the healthcare ecosystem and working to address the implications of this for stakeholders. I spend my free time with my kids, skiing, biking and learning from the many amazing people that I meet in this industry . I am working on developing a nonprofit executive coaching organization to guide women into senior leadership roles in healthcare.

Diego Loinaz

Founder & Partner
Loinaz Martin, PSC

Mr. Loinaz has a BA from the Interamerican University, where he continued and concluded his JD in 1996. After a few years in Insurance Defense Litigation, he proceeded to obtain a Master’s degree in Health Law from the Institute of Health Law of Loyola University in Chicago. Upon his return to the Island, Mr. Loinaz joined Triple-S, Inc. as Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer of their Medicaid business. Triple –S was the largest Medicaid MCO at the time. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Loinaz joined a turnaround team who took a small insurer to the second largest locally.

As VP of Corporate Affairs at MCS, he founded the Corporate Integrity Office and Legal Department and also was accountable for Human Resources and the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Medicaid subsidiary in joint venture with Wellpoint. In 2003, Mr. Loinaz also spearheaded major initiatives such as the operational implementation of the Administrative Simplification sections of the Health Insurance and Portability Act and chaired the feasibility and implementation of the Medicare Advantage initiative in 2004. Soon thereafter, Mr. Loinaz proceeded to launch our law firm, focused primarily in corporate, insurance and health law.

Mr. Loinaz also has entrepreneurial and business experience. He founded a non-emergency transportation company and an insurance brokerage firm which are now operated under the auspice of other executives. Mr. Loinaz served as Senior Healthcare Advisor for the governor of Puerto Rico. In doing so, Mr. Loinaz provided advice on federal and local health care public policy and administrative matters of all agencies concerning health services to citizens. Upon his return to private life, Mr. Loinaz retook the leadership of the firm and has since been dedicated to expanding practice areas and markets while improving on the quality and urgency needed to advice healthcare clients.

Si Luo

Chief Executive Officer
PatientSafe Solutions

Si is the visionary lead behind PatientSafe’s strategy, market development, and customer success efforts. He has been part of our founding team since April 2009.

Prior to becoming President of PatientSafe Solutions, Si played a significant role in building vision, raising capital, and defining strategy in a rapidly evolving mobile and digital health landscape. In the years leading up to his current role as President of the company, he served in a variety of leadership roles across sales, business development, product strategy, and customer operations.

Prior to joining PatientSafe, Si served in strategy and operations roles across a wide range of industries, spanning private equity (Macquarie), biotechnology (NASDAQ:ILMN), enterprise software (KMS Solutions), and venture consulting.

Prior to his professional pursuits, he was a double major in Bioengineering and Management Science at University of California, San Diego, with a focus on computational modeling of metabolic networks.

Adam Plotts, RN

Director of Provider Enablement

Adam Plotts is a Registered Nurse with a background in cardiovascular surgery and interventional cardiology. He led a team of Clinical Consultants at Allscripts implementing TouchWorks EHR. He was Product Manager at Allscripts supporting regulatory reporting (MU, PQRS, CPCI, etc), and currently serves as the Director for Provider Enablement at Anthem supporting the development and implementation of Population Health Technology into physician practices. 

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.

Ernesto Santana

Vice President & CIO

Ernesto Santana is the Vice President/CIO and co-founder of Intricare, a healthcare technology and consulting firm specialized in delivering innovative next-generation solutions. He's also the co-host of HealthInMotion, an upcoming web series aimed at improving health and wellness. He began his career as a technology consultant with RSM and later served as an adviser to Fortune 100 clients in IT regulatory matters such as Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, and ISO27001. He holds a degree in Computer Science from The George Washington University.

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.

William C Wilson, MD

Chief Medical Officer (Interim)
UC Irvine Health

William C. Wilson, MD, MA is the Interim Chief Medical Officer at UC Irvine Health. He also continues as Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Surgery. Prior to this position, Dr. Wilson served  as Director of Critical Care Services for UC Irvine Health. Here, Dr. Wilson oversaw all of the adult intensive care units (ICUs) at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital, and spearheaded >25 separate evidence-based protocols and clinical pathways. In addition, he has overseen multiple Lean 6 Sigma projects, and spearheaded the utilization of LifeImage® software allowing our UCI physicians to view medical imaging at outside hospitals prior to patient transfer. Dr. Wilson has been instrumental in driving UC Irvine Health toward achievement of our Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score “A” for the third consecutive year, and for achieving exemplary review by the Joint Commission earlier this year.

Dr. Wilson is an internationally recognized a clinician-scientist, teacher, author, and leader in critical care. Dr. Wilson has served as Editor in Chief of four major textbooks. In addition, he has authored or edited hundreds of chapters, review articles and scientific papers. He continues to be invited to speak on numerous critical care related topics around the world. Dr. Wilson earned his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, trained in surgery and critical care at UCSF, and trained in Anesthesiology at UCSD.

An innovative thinker and champion of multidisciplinary collaboration, Dr. Wilson serves as the UC Irvine Telehealth Physician Champion. In this regard, along with Dr. Federoff and senior leadership, Dr. Wilson is developing ideas for including technological enhancements to our population management program envisioned to cover the entire spectrum of care from hospital to home. In the realm of critical care management, Dr. Wilson has developed a strategy for telemedicine inclusion, utilizing the e-ICU concept, a system combining early warning, prompt corrective management, and maintenance of best practice protocols, for population management of the critically ill. Dr. Wilson is also actively assisting other departments in the utilization of telemedicine in their realms of patient care throughout the hospital and our ambulatory network.

Prior to recruitment to UC Irvine, 4 years ago, Dr. Wilson was at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as vice chairman of Anesthesiology, and chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care. During his 20-year tenure there, he served as co-director of the Trauma/SICU, and provided the leadership and inspiration to develop four separate new critical care services which all became highly proficient operational successes including Neurocritical care at Hillcrest Hospital, Cardiothoracic critical care at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Anesthesiology Critical Care at the Thornton Med-Surg Unit, and medical-surgical critical care at the San Diego VA Hospital.