November 28, 2018

The Conference Center at Waltham Woods

860 Winter Street

Waltham, MA 02451




Welcome and Introduction

2018 marks MHDC’s 40th year! Julie Berry and Denny Brennan will kick-off this Annual Meeting highlighting the innovative collaborations - past and present - that advance health quality, access, and cost effectiveness.

  • Julie Berry, CIO, Steward Healthcare, Chairwoman, MHDC
  • Denny Brennan, Executive Director, MHDC

Remembering Elliot M. Stone

Elliot M. Stone, the founding Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, died April 4, 2005.

Elliot's technical foresight and collaborative ideals helped transform healthcare in Massachusetts and beyond.

This panel will bring together some who have known, and been impacted by, Elliot's life and work, including:

  • Nancy Achin Audesse, former Lowell State Senator and Executive Director, Bureau of Registration in Medicine
  • Lou Freedman, consultant and former Member of the Board of Directors, MHDC
  • Dolores Mitchell, former Executive Director, Group Insurance Commission
  • Neel Shah, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and inaugural recipient of the Elliot Stone Fellowship from MHDC
  • David Smith, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (retired) and former Member of the Board of Directors, MHDC
  • David Szabo, Partner, Locke Lord, and Chairman Emeritus, MHDC

Advancing Collaborative Innovation

MHDC has spearheaded collaborative innovations in administrative simplification (NEHEN), clinical information-sharing (MA-SHARE) and regulatory compliance (HIPAA and ICD-10).

This panel will bring together leaders from these, and other, collaborations to share their perspectives on where health industry collaboration is needed most and how to make it happen.

  • Greg DeBor, former CSC Partner to NEHEN and Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • Larry Garber, MD, Medical Director for Informatics, Reliant Medical Group, and former Member of the Board of Directors
  • John Glaser, PhD, Senior Vice President for Population Health, Cerner and former Member, CIO Forum
  • John Kelly, Principal Business Advisor for Edifecs and Member, MHDC Board of Directors
  • Joseph Miller, Management Consultant and former Member, CIO Forum
12:00 Lunch

The Commonwealth as Innovator

Massachusetts leads the country in health care quality and access. It legislated near-universal coverage in 2006. Its Health Policy Committee steers the Commonwealth’s health cost containment regulations, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) collects and analyzes hospital and health plan data and the Connector is the state’s Health Insurance Exchange. The Mass HiWay provides information exchange services to an increasing number of participants across the state. The Commonwealth’s MassHealth ACO program is a national leader in bringing value-based care to Medicaid enrollees, payers and providers. 

This panel will discuss how health policy, particularly with respect to health data, might advance in the Commonwealth in years to come.

  • Stuart Altman, PhD, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University and Chair, Health Policy Commission
  • Ray Campbell, Executive Director, Center for Health Information and Analysis, former Executive Director, MHDC
  • Louis Gutierrez, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority
  • David Whitham, Assistant CIO for Health and Eligibility at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Member, CIO Forum

Emerging Health Innovations

Massachusetts health care - public, private, not-for-profit - is a global leader in digital health. What innovations in data science, patient care, consumer engagement, risk contracting, and health policy are coming down the road for Massachusetts, New England and nationwide?

  • John Halamka, MD, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and former Co-Chair, CIO Forum
  • Jacob Luria, Managing Partner, Algorex Healthcare Technologies
  • Lauren Peters, Undersecretary for Health Policy at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Dana Gelb Safran, Sc.D, Senior Vice President, Chief Performance Measurement and Improvement Office at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Frank Stearns, Executive Vice President, HBI Solutions, Inc.
  • Denny Brennan, Executive Director, MHDC


Speakers and Panelists


Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, is an economist with five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia.

Dr. Altman acted as advisor to five U.S. presidential administrations. He also served as Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee for the Evaluation of the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action in the 2015. In January 2016 Governor Charles Baker re-appointed Dr. Altman to chair the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission as part of the states’ attempt to moderate the growth in healthcare spending.


A four-time cancer survivor, former Lowell state senator and Executive Director of the Board of Registration in Medicine, Nancy Achin Audesse has crafted a legacy of reform including her efforts to make Massachusetts the first state in the country to compile physician profiles. She is a tireless advocate for patients' rights in Massachusetts and throughout the country.

As a teenager, she overcame a battle with Hodgkin's Disease a lymphatic cancer, to graduate from Harvard University. Ms. Audesse dedicates her work to her beloved aunt, Elaine Pyne, and her younger sister, Elizabeth Achin. They died within three days of each other in 1996 after long battles with cancer.


Julie Berry is Chief Information Officer of Steward Health Care System. Ms. Berry has over 20 years of experience in delivering technology solutions to support business strategy in the health care industry. Most previously she served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Steward system and prior to that she was on the IT executive team at Partners Health Care System and IT Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Ms. Berry received a B.S. from Suffolk University and has served as a member and advisor on several boards including the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium.


Denny Brennan is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDC).

Mr. Brennan brings more than twenty-five years of experience as a consultant and entrepreneur working with the country’s leading healthcare organizations on strategy, organizational effectiveness, and information and technology management.

Mr. Brennan earned his Masters in Education from Harvard University and his Masters in Business Administration from Yale University.


Ray Campbell is the Executive Director for the Center for Health Information and Analysis. Mr. Campbell was formally a Commissioner of the GIC and has held a number of senior positions in the public and non-profit sectors. For seven years, Mr. Campbell was the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, a non-profit organization that promoted the use of health IT and data to improve the healthcare system.

Prior, he served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications. He also worked in state government as the General Counsel for the Information Technology Division and as the Director of Special Projects for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance.

He has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from Suffolk University, and a B.A. from Bates College.


Greg DeBor brings 35 years in management, sales, operations and consulting experience to advising and consulting with clients in business and operations, strategic and project planning, policy development and compliance, and information technology.

Greg brings deep expertise in all segments of healthcare -- regionally, nationally and internationally -- especially in health delivery, state and federal agencies and related to population health management.


Louis Freedman developed the concept of a consortium to be a neutral holder of hospital case mix data in support of comprehensive health planning in Massachusetts. He and Elliot StoneConsortium's first Executive Director, operationalized this idea in a first in the nation public resource. Thirty years later he served as interim executive director after Elliot's untimely passing.            

Lou worked for twenty years in various management positions and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and eleven years as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission and the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy.  He currently is a consultant at the Center for Information and Analysis. He has served on the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium Board of Directors and is past president of the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) 


Dr. Garber is a practicing Internist and the Medical Director for Informatics at Reliant Medical Group (formerly known as the Fallon Clinic). He has had decades of experience and success in Medical Informatics.

Dr. Garber is Acting Chair of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative’s Executive Committee, a member of the Massachusetts State Health Information Technology Council, and a member of ONC Policy Committee’s Health Information Exchange Workgroup. He has been Principal Investigator on $3.5 Million AHRQ and HHS/ONC grants to develop innovative Health Information Exchanges. Dr. Garber also co-chairs the ONC S&I Framework Longitudinal Coordination of Care Workgroup which is using an evidence-based approach to update the HL7 Consolidated CDA to meet the needs of care transitions and care planning.

Dr. Garber is recipient of the 2010 eHealth Initiative eHealth Advocate Award, the 2011 Health Data Management EHR Game Changer Award, an ONC Health IT Vanguard Fellow, and led the HIMSS 2011 Davies Award-winning implementation of Reliant’s EHR system.


As the senior vice president of Cerner’s Population Health, John Glaser Ph.D. is focused on strategic relationships with Cerner clients and advancing Cerner’s population health solutions and services. John joined Cerner in 2015 as a part of the Siemens Health Services acquisition, where he was chief executive officer. Prior to Siemens, John was vice president and chief information officer at Partners HealthCare; he also previously served as vice president of information systems at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

John was the founding chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the past-president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He has served on numerous boards including; eHealth Initiative, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He is a fellow of CHIME, HIMSS and the American College of Medical Informatics. He is a former senior advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

John received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has written over 200 articles and three books on the strategic application of IT in health care, including the most widely used textbook on the topic, “Healthcare Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Care.” John is on the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Medical University of South Carolina, the School of Biomedical Informatics at the Texas Health Science Center and the Harvard School of Public Health.


Louis Gutierrez is the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority. Prior to this role, he spent seven years as a principal in the Massachusetts-based IT consulting firm Exeter Group. Until this appointment, he served on the boards of directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the New England Health Exchange Network. He is returning after previous roles in Massachusetts state government and information technology, including Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth in the Romney, Weld, and Celluci administrations where he was also an Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance. Gutierrez also served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Officer (CIO/CTO) at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care during its 1999-2002 corporate turnaround, and was a 2002 recipient of Computerworld’s Premier 100 award for distinguished CIOs.


John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee and a practicing Emergency Physician.

As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 14000 employees and two million patients. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Eastern Massachusetts. As co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee he facilitates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide. As co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee, he engages the stakeholders of the Commonwealth to guide the development of a statewide health information exchange.


John Kelly is a nationally recognized health information exchange expert. Kelly’s focus is on information exchange and applying the principles of supply chain integration to the healthcare delivery lifecycle. His wide-ranging experience includes serving as CIO of healthcare network provider NaviNet, director of eBusiness Architecture at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and managing director of his own health IT consulting firm.

John also served as the architect and technical lead for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ statewide HIE project, developing a shared infrastructure for the Commonwealth, which supported both the health information and health insurance exchanges.


With over 12 years experience in value-based care, Jacob focuses on using technology to drive margin and scale for health systems and plans – most notably with attributed populations under advance payment models.

An experienced management consultant who has designed and operationalized accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks for over 16,000 providers, Jacob brings solutions into practice at scale.

As Algorex Health’s Managing Partner, he ensures all products and solutions directly contribute to financial margin, patient well-being, or provider satisfaction.


Dolores Mitchell was, for 29 years, the Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission, the agency that provides life, health, disability and dental and vision services to the Commonwealth’s employees, retirees and their dependents; many of these benefits are also provided to a number of authorities, municipalities, and other entities. More than 420,000 people are covered by the GIC. Mrs. Mitchell served as executive director from 1987 - 2016, serving in the administrations of Governors Dukakis, Weld, Cellucci, Swift, Romney, Patrick and Baker. Mrs. Mitchell has had a long association with former Governor Dukakis, having served as his cabinet coordinator in his first administration.

Mrs. Mitchell also served as a member of a number of professional and community organizations, including the governing board of the Massachusetts Health Care Connector Authority, the Massachusetts Statewide Quality Advisory Committee (SQAC), and as a board member and former chair of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). She was also a board member of the National Quality Forum (NQF).

Mrs. Mitchell is a frequent speaker on health care, politics, women's career issues, and related subjects. She was appointed as a Senior Fellow to UMASS Boston’s Program for Women in Politics and Policy and has recently been elected to the national board of the Leapfrog patient safety organization.


Mr. Miller’s professional career consists of over 45 years of management, consulting, and research in the healthcare industry.  He has worked for a wide range of organizations that have been involved with major movements transforming the industry.  The focus of his work has been on strategic innovation, often involving the use of technology. He has extensive experience in tracking and incorporating best business practices, program design and implementation, and organizational change management.  Mr. Miller has a BS from Cornell University and a MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


Lauren Peters is the Undersecretary for Health Policy at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), the largest secretariat in the Commonwealth. Peters is responsible for overseeing key programs and policies for the Department of Public Health; the Department of Mental Health; and MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program that provides health coverage to 1.9 million low income or disabled residents. Peters also chairs the Health Information Technology (HIT) Council, the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Workforce Council, and works closely with other EOHHS boards and commissions including the Massachusetts Health Connector and the Center for Health Information and Analysis Oversight Council.

Prior to joining EOHHS, Peters served as the Associate General Counsel and Health Policy Director at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) where she served as an advisor on healthcare finance, policy, and legal matters. Peters’ state service also includes prior roles at the Health Policy Commission and the House of Representatives.

Peters is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School where she concentrated in Health and Biomedical Law; and holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from William Smith College.


Dr. Safran is Senior Vice President, Chief Performance Measurement and Improvement Office at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). In this role, she leads the company’s initiatives to measure and improve healthcare quality, safety and outcomes. Dr. Safran was among the lead developers of the BCBSMA Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), a provider contract model launched in 2009 with the twin goals of improving quality and outcomes while significantly slowing spending growth. Dr. Safran also retains an active academic practice, as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. She is widely recognized as having contributed to the empirical basis for our nation’s push toward a more patient-centered health care system – and for developing measures of patient care experiences that are now used nationwide, accepted as a national standard for this area of measurement, and used by the Medical Boards as part of their recertification process for physicians.

Dr. Safran’s advisory roles on national and local quality measurement include work with the the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Quality Forum (NQF), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and the Massachusetts State Quality Advisory Council (SQAC).  She serves on the Boards of Directors for a number of charitable and academic organizations. Dr. Safran earned her Master and Doctor of Science degrees in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. 


Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs.

As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Shah cares for patients at critical life moments that range from childbirth to primary care to surgery. As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognized expert in designing, testing, and spreading solutions that improve healthcare.

Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Shah founded Costs of Care, a global NGO that curates insights from clinicians to help delivery systems provide better care. In 2017, Dr. Shah co-founded the March for Moms Association, a coalition of 20 leading organizations, to increase public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers.


David P. Smith retired from the Massachusetts Hospital Association in 2017 having served as MHDC’s longest standing Board Member, having begun in 1988. During his career, David was responsible for analytical, technical, and research support for MHA’s public policy advocacy regarding health care performance measurement, clinical and health data, health economics, and health information technology. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts e-Health Collaborative.


Frank Stearns joined HBI Solutions in 2012 as its leader of Business Development and Services.

Previously, he served in senior executive positions in healthcare technology and consulting companies including Allscripts/Eclipsys, Cerner, CSC, MediQual Systems, and Nuance Communications. His prior duties included running the operations of large-scale healthcare professional services, support and consulting organizations with direct responsibility ranging from $100 million to $500 million in annual revenues. He also led the creation and growth of a clinical benchmarking and business intelligence product line for a national healthcare management consulting organization.

Frank holds a Master of Health Care Administration (MHA) from Clark University and a BA degree in Zoology from the University of Maine.


David S. Szabo is Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Health Care practice, a Partner in the Corporate and Transactional Department, and a member of the Privacy group. He represents hospitals, integrated delivery systems, physician organizations, home care companies, and other healthcare service providers. He also represents healthcare information technology companies and health plans.

David started his legal career in a boutique law firm specializing in health care reimbursement and regulation. He subsequently developed his health law practice at a national law firm and a regional firm in Boston. He has served on the board of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and as the Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium.


David serves as the Assistant CIO for Health and Eligibility at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). In this role, David works with the Massachusetts Medicaid agency (MassHealth) overseeing the MMIS, Data Warehouse and the Medicaid Enterprise systems as well as such projects as the Health Insurance Exchange (HIX), MITA III Self-Assessment project, and the Massachusetts statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).

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