Annual Healthcare IT Conference - Speaker Bios

Robert Bart, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
LA Department of Health Services

Dr. Rob Bart has an extensive clinical and IT background. He also has recognized leadership skills that allow him to bring seemingly disparate stakeholders and ideas together to help healthcare organizations evolve, compete, and be successful with complex healthcare information systems.

While being on the faculty of USC and CHLA, he is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the second largest public health system in the U.S. In this role, he oversaw the installation of a countywide EHR, known as the Online Real-time Centralized Health Information Database, or ORCHID. The system is a health information exchange model for both private and public providers across the country. After the system was installed, he helped augment its capabilities by overseeing a population health management platform for the LACDHS health system.

Dr. Bart’s past positions include a pediatric residency and clinical care fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, working as a Chief Medical Officer for Cerner Corporation, and serving as a physician and IT functional informatics expert at CHLA. He has a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii and continues to be at the cutting-edge of change and progress at all care levels.

Clare Benson

Director of Clinical Informatics
Torrance Memorial

Clare Benson is a results-oriented informatics nurse with over 20 years of informatics experience. Beyond a pure technology focus, she has a proven track record in integrating technology into workflows and ensuring widespread user adoption.

She is currently the Director of Clinical Informatics at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. In this role, she optimizes medical workflows along with EHR, CPOE and other technologies. Using her technical expertise and an in-depth knowledge of various care environments, she has helped the award-winning health system streamline informatics and improve service delivery and data management.

Her past positions include working as a healthcare executive for Cerner Corporation, a clinical customer advocate for Cardinal Health, a clinical analyst for Sharp HealthCare and a clinical informaticist for Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Throughout her career, she has developed the ability to match informatics and workflow solutions to the specific needs of different providers.


Area CIO, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
Past President, HIMSS Southern California

James is the Area Chief Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente Orange County, where he oversees all the information systems for the 262-bed Anaheim and 150-bed Irvine Medical Centers, 23 medical offices, 960 physicians, 8,000 employees, and over 550,000 health plan members. Prior to coming to Kaiser Permanente, he was the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Technical Services at Hawaii Health Systems Corporation in Honolulu, Hawaii, the state's fifth largest employer and the nation's fourth largest community hospital system, with more than 1,270 beds, 4,000 employees, 1,000 physicians, and 14 facilities. At Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, James led the technology and infrastructure transformation, including deploying the Siemens Electronic Health Record system.  Before working in Hawaii, he directed the $60M data center consolidation and migration program, and deployed the Epic Electronic Health Record system as an Enterprise Information Services Systems Manager at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, CA.  James has earned two Masters Degrees, a PhD in Information Systems and Information Security, and 19 technical and professional certifications.  He recently co-authored the HIMSS CPHIMS certification study guide, the Essentials of Health Information Systems textbook, and has been featured in many healthcare news articles and webinars, as well as industry and academic conferences and publications.  James recently was the President and an Executive Board member for the HIMSS Southern California Chapter, is a certified HIMSS CPHIMS and CAHIMS instructor, and was recently awarded the 2015 HIMSS Distinguished Fellows Service Award, the 2015 Los Angeles Business Journal CIO of the Year Award, and was named to the 2017 Becker’s Top CIOs to Know list.  James also holds an adjunct faculty role in the School of Health and Human Services at National University, lectures at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health, and is a workgroup member of the UC Irvine Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute. He is married with three children, enjoys jogging, tennis, and inline speed skating, and lives in Laguna Nigel, CA.

Steven Chen, PharmD

Dr. Steven Chen is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the USC School of Pharmacy and the William A. Heeres and Josephine A. Heeres Endowed Chair in Community Pharmacy. He received his Pharm.D. from USC and completed a USC-affiliated residency in 1990.  Dr. Chen was a quality assurance pharmacist and clinical pharmacy coordinator at the Department of Veterans Affairs before joining the faculty at USC in 1998. 

Dr. Chen has received honorary fellowships from the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the National Association of Practitioners.  He is a member of research and practice teams have been awarded the Best Practices Award from ASHP twice (2002 and 2008), the American Pharmacists Association Pinnacle Award (2007), and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Inaugural Community Transformative Award (2009).  He received the USC School of Pharmacy Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award and the American Pharmacists Association Pinnacle Award for individual career achievement in 2013.  In 2014 Dr. Chen received the Exemplar Innovator Award from the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care and Center for Care Innovation, in 2015 he received the American Heart Association Multicultural Initiatives Award and the Schweitzer Fellowship Leadership Award and the California Society of Health System Pharmacists Innovator Award.  In 2016 Dr. Chen and his colleagues were among 23 innovations in the State of California to be featured at the Department of Health and Human Services Let’s Get Healthy event.  In 2017 Dr. Chen received a 3rd Pinnacle Award through his partnership with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Dr. Chen has received multiple teaching awards from USC students and residents and is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow of the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Chen is part of a team of USC faculty directing over $15 million in grant-funded research focusing on the integration of comprehensive clinical pharmacy services into medical homes and the impact on healthcare quality, safety, and cost. He is Co-Investigator and the clinical manager of a $12 million CMMI grant that partners USC with AltaMed Health Services, evaluating the impact of 10 clinical pharmacy teams, each consisting of a clinical pharmacist, a pharmacy resident, and a clinical pharmacy technician compared to usual medical care.  He is Co-Chair Emeritus of the HRSA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, which has promoted the spread of clinical pharmacy service integration in medical homes across the nation since 2007.

Paul Conocenti

Chief Technology Officer
Verity Health System 

Paul Conocenti is an experienced healthcare CIO. He has worked as a CIO in complex academic medical centers, integrated healthcare systems, public statewide health information exchange networks, and in NCI-Designated Cancer Centers and Research Institutes. 

At T2 Tech Group™, Paul holds the title of partner and is responsible for delivering IT strategy, oversight, architecture direction and solutions to top clients. With T2 Tech Group, he is currently serving as the interim CTO at Verity Health System. In this role, he is orchestrating a challenging IT infrastructure transformation, which involves consolidating data centers for six hospitals into two colocation facilities. 

Prior to joining T2 Tech, Paul held many prominent positions. As SVP and CIO at City of Hope, Paul provided IT leadership and strategic direction for the organization’s medical center and Beckman Research Institute. Paul also helped streamline human resource and financial operations, including transforming supply change management processes by leading an enterprise resource planning system implementation. Before working at City of Hope, Paul served as SVP, Vice Dean and CIO at NYU Langone Medical Center; and as VP and Chief Information Architect for Mount Sinai NYU Health System. He also has significant experience with health information exchanges, serving as Chair of the Technical Committee for the New York Clinical Information Exchange and Chief Architect for the New York eHealth Collaborative. 

Paul holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Business from the State University of New York at Albany.

Steve Garske, PhD

Children's Hospital, Los Angeles

Dr. Steve Garske is a results-driven healthcare technology leader with over 10 years of CIO experience and over 20 years of technical experience. He is an expert in IT team building, major healthcare IT project implementations, EHR implementations, financial turnaround success, IT security, and new hospital building implementation.

Recently, Steve rejoined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to serve as Senior Vice President and CIO for a second time. In this position, Steve leads a team of over 250 technical associates, physicians, and nurses and is responsible for managing all IT operational services for the system. Among their accomplishments, Steve and his current team have restructured IT management and suppliers, producing an annual savings of over $2M. They have also created a strategic 3-year roadmap for all IT departments.  In his past engagements with CHLA, Steve and his team insourced all infrastructure services in 2007, saving the hospital over $86M over five years while improving IT satisfaction rates by 38%. Steve and the IS team also successfully initiated and managed a new $636M hospital tower IT implementation.

Prior to his current work, Steve’s experience includes serving as a CIO for Verity Health System, a CIO for Kootenai Health, a COO for Perot Systems Corporation at St. Joseph’s Health System and an Account Executive for Computer Sciences Corporation. At Verity Health System, he helped create a 3-year IT strategic plan and was instrumental in launching initiatives to replace the entire network, consolidate data centers and servers, and provide a new WAN/LAN.

At Kootenai Health, Steve and his team boosted the provider’s annual IT revenue from $5,211 to over $5M annually. His team at Kootenai Health also won multiple awards, including the IT Most Wired Innovators Award (2013), being rated as the IT Healthcare News 2nd Best IT Department in the U.S. (2014), and being designated an H&HN Most Wired Hospital (2015). At St. Joseph's Health System, he managed several high-profile clinical system implementations and was responsible for more than 300 IT professionals in 14 hospitals across several western states.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, Scientific Programming; a Master’s of Science Degree in Business IT, and a PhD in Applied Management Decision Sciences, Information Systems Management.

Jeremiah Hargrave

Director, Quality and Patient Safety
Torrance Memorial

Jeremiah is currently the Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and has over 18 years experience in quality in both the healthcare and automotive industries. He began his career with Toyota Motor Sales where he gained extensive knowledge of Lean and quality management and was responsible for quality improvement throughout the North American supply chain. He moved to the healthcare industry to introduce a Lean Management System at Torrance Memorial and create a systematic approach to assessing and improving the quality of care provided.

David Sayen

Senior Vice President, Client Services
Gorman Health

David Sayen is Senior Vice President of Client Relations at Gorman Health Group (GHG). In this role, David guides GHG clients in developing strategies to respond to rapidly changing federal program opportunities. David recently joined GHG after a distinguished career at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), most recently as the Administrator of the San Francisco Regional Office. He is continuing his focus on the western states, especially California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada, using his extensive network of relationships in the industry there.

David's extensive and in-depth knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act Marketplace regulatory requirements are an asset to GHG clients, and he has a particular passion around new payment models like Accountable Care, Value-Based Purchasing, and Comprehensive Primary Care.

David earned his MBA in Health Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

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.

Scott Raymond

Executive Director, Strategic Innovation and Information Technology
MemorialCare Health System

Seasoned IT executive with over 17 years of healthcare experience in managing and implementing complex clinical, business, and technical initiatives, including strategic IT planning. Experience in clinical, ancillary, financial, and remote access system implementations. Operational support for health information systems operations and improvements, hospital business operations, consolidations, department openings, mergers and closings. Expertise in directing enterprise innovation projects, and conducting key clinical systems contract negotiations. Responsible for building, developing, and leading highly-effective teams, in both IT and clinical environments. ITIL, Lean Leader, and Facilitative Leadership Certified.

Ken Rutkowski

Founder/President/Host, KenRadio Broadcasting 
Founder, METal
Biotechnology Disruptor

Ken Rutkowski is a business leader, entrepreneur and influencer with one super power: perfect precision for knowing which executives need to be connected and when! Ken is a master of understanding people at their deepest levels and being the invisible string that connects them to those they need most to succeed. He’s been a part of the tech scene before it was a ‘scene,’ founding one of the very first podcasts EVER. He’s also the founder of METal International, an 1600 elite member networking group of Media, Entertainment, Technology Alpha Leaders, created to bring true camaraderie and collaboration building back into the corporate networking process. Members of this elite group are top CEO’s, VC’s and entrepreneurs around the world who are keen to work with the up-and-coming game-changers to help their endeavors become successful.

Rutkowski speaks at business conferences around the world and is a board member of TEDx. He has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, Wired, and BusinessWeek. He has also been a guest and correspondent on FOX, NPR, ABC, and was the technology host on CNET.

Alan S. Young, MD, MBA, PMP

Regional Director
Sagacious Consultants

Dr. Alan Young is a physician leader with a strong clinical, research and business background. After completing a dual MD/MBA degree program at USC's Keck School of Medicine and Marshall School of Business, he obtained his medical license during his Orthopedic Surgery residency. Combining his passion for business and medicine, he served as a subject matter expert and specialist as a national healthcare Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting  while providing surgical physician services at Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. At USC Care Medical Group Inc. 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.

Dr. Young is the current Regional Director of Client Relations for Sagacious Consultants / Accenture in Southern California as well as Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Hawaii and currently practices medicine in Los Angeles.