Prioritizing Healthcare Information Technology for an Unpredictable Tomorrow - Speaker Bios

Christian Aboujaoude, MBA, CBCP

Chief Technology Officer
Keck Medicine of USC

Christian is a self-driven IT professional with over 20 years of experience in data centers management, cloud computing, IT Disaster Recovery and Server Platforms.  Prior to USC, Christian served nearly 17 years in a senior leadership director role over the Enterprise Architecture at Scripps Health, a $3.3 billion integrated health system.

In his career he has achieved 99% success rate on large scale projects due to his experience with process improvement and has increased infrastructure reliability to over 5-9's via resource redundancy with actionable metrics.

In his current role Christian is responsible for Strategy, Architecture, Engineering, and Operations for all compute infrastructure for Keck Medicine of USC, the environment he manages consists of over 3k servers, 10k devices and close to 5 petabytes of storage with resources spread across close to 40 locations in and around the Los Angele Metropolitan areas and neighboring cities.


Marti Arvin, JD, CHC-F, CCEP-F, CHRC, CHPC

Executive Advisor
CynergisTek, Inc.

Marti Arvin is a well-known healthcare compliance professional with extensive experience and expertise. Her current position is Executive Advisor for CynergisTek, Inc. a top-ranked information security, privacy and compliance consulting firm focused on healthcare. She has been a chief compliance and privacy officer at four academic medical centers and a for profit hospital system. She has served as an expert witness for privacy and information security cases.

Her experience and expertise encompass privacy, information security, billing and coding, research and other areas of healthcare compliance. She has spoken at numerous conferences for the American Health Lawyers Association, Healthcare Compliance Association, Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, and the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Ms. Arvin was involved with the Compliance Certification Board for a number of years and sat on the exam committees for the CHC, CHC-F, CCEP, CCEP-F, CHRC and CHPC. She holds the CHC-F, CCEP-F, CHPC and CHRC. She was also the recipient of the 2007 Compliance Professional’s award.


Kathryn Howe

Director, Healthcare, Americas Industry Digital Transformation 
Cisco Systems, Inc. 

Kathryn Howe is a leading strategist focusing on Industry Digital Transformation. With over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, she has experience helping businesses navigate the selection and application of advanced technologies to achieve business transformation.  Kathryn has worked with some of the largest Healthcare companies, to help them create value and new business models using digital technologies, data, analytics, virtual care models and IOT innovation. Currently the Director of Cisco’s Americas healthcare Industry Digital Transformation business, she has built the Digital adoption model for the industry and advises leadership teams in all segments of healthcare as they reinvent their business for the era of digitization.

Prior to joining Cisco Kathryn served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a Silicon Valley analytics technology company. She was named one of Dealerscope’s 2017 Powerful Women in Consumer Technology. Kathryn is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and holds certificates from the Harvard Executive Development program and the Santa Clara Retail Masters Institute. She resides in Burlingame, California with her husband and near her two sons. 


Russ Kino, MD. FACEP, FACEM

Chief Medical Officer, Stasis
Medical Director, Emergency Services, Providence Saint John’s Health Center
CEO, Saint John’s Emergency Medicine Specialists
CMIO, Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Dr. Kino leads the throughput initiative for all 56 Providence hospitals to improve overall hospital efficiency with spectacular results. Total patient volume, ambulance runs and admissions were all increased while slashing ED boarding hours, ambulance closure hours, door to doctor time, and length of stay for admits and discharges. From 1993 – 2017 he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA Medical Center. In 2014 Dr. Kino led the most successful of 35 prior “go-lives.”


Dinesh Seemakurty

Founder and Chief Product Officer
Stasis

Dinesh Seemakurty is the Founder and Chief Product Officer of Stasis. Dinesh holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California with a focus in product development. He has clinical training as an emergency medical technician working in the hospital emergency room and municipal emergency response team. His passion for internet-connected technology drove him to found Stasis in 2015, with the goal of using remote patient monitoring to bridge the gap in proactive patient care. Dinesh served as the CEO of Stasis from 2015 to 2020 where he guided the product development, FDA-clearance, and launched Stasis in the Indian healthcare system covering over 65 hospital partners and delivering over 30,000 patients with care. Now as CPO, Dinesh focuses on new product introduction, global commercialization strategies, and establishing Stasis’s vision in virtual care delivery.


Jennifer Sullivan, MD, MPH

Secretary
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Jennifer Sullivan, MD, MPH, was appointed as Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration by Governor Eric J. Holcomb effective January 9, 2017. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy State Health Commissioner and Director for Health Outcomes at the Indiana State Department of Health. Dr. Sullivan is currently a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. She served as the Division Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and was the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Residency from 2007-2015. Dr. Sullivan continues to work clinically in the Riley Hospital for Children Emergency Department.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston Honors College and her Masters in Public Health at the Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University. She earned her Medical Doctorate at Indiana University School of Medicine and is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Sullivan is dedicated to building effective and efficient delivery of health care and social services to Hoosiers. She takes a public health approach to policy decisions and is committed to strategic alignment across government and the private sector to improve health outcomes and fill unmet social needs. She was recognized in 2019 as the recipient of the APHSA Friedman Health and Human Services Impact Award and is a 2017 Indianapolis Business Journal Woman of Influence.


Matt Sullivan, MD

Associate CMIO
Atrium Health

Dr. Matt Sullivan, the Associate CMIO for Atrium Health, has a long history of commitment to improving patient outcomes and provider satisfaction through effective utilization of Healthcare Information Technology. Matt has been an emergency physician for over 20 years and continues to care for patients in the Emergency Department to stay connected to care processes and the needs of providers, positioning him to partner with teams to achieve optimal solutions.

While at Atrium Health, Dr. Sullivan has done work in Operations, Quality, Implementation, Change Management, and Physician Engagement and thus, is well versed with the inner workings of the organization. His passion for excellent patient care and an improved provider experience fuels his desire to make the user experience and the patient experience top notch. 


Brigadier General Jack Hammond (Ret.)

Executive Director
Home Base, A Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program

Brigadier General Jack Hammond (Ret.) is the Executive Director for the Home Base Program, which is a partnership between the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Red Sox. Home Base has provided mental and brain health care and support for more than 20,000 veterans and military families over the past decade and established the nation’s first private sector center of excellence for the invisible wounds of war.

General Hammond has advised President Obama’s Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization and delivered remarks at the White House Veterans and Military Family Mental Health Conference. Hammond has advised President George W. Bush’s Warrior Wellness Alliance, Secretary Bob McDonald’s My VA Advisory Committee, Governor Mitt Romney’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, and Governor Charlie Baker’s Healthcare Transition Team & Veteran Advisory Council. A proven combat leader General Hammond simultaneously commanded two separate battalions in Iraq, and as a General officer, effectively led a multi-national NATO Task Force in Afghanistan. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals one for combat service, the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritoriously Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medal one for Valor, two Valorous Unit Awards, the Combat Action Badge, the French Medal of National Defense, and the Bulgarian Medal of Mission Support.

General Hammond holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and has completed a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University.