Director of Health Information Technology, Massachusetts Medical Society
Leon Barzin is the current Director of Health Information Technology at the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is currently focused on providing information and resources on a wide variety of health Information Technologies to staff and members, creating communities around successful methods of technology implementation and use. Editor of the MMS Guide to Health Information Technology and the ARRA Advisor e-newsletter, he works with the Committee on Information Technology to provide technology leadership with the Society.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, 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. He brings specialized expertise in assisting organizations in aligning healthcare information and business strategies for success under increased market competition and health reform. His areas of emphasis include strategic and financial planning, organization structure and development, formation and management of Accountable Care Organizations, payment and reimbursement reform, and information technology strategy, including health information governance, security, and exchange.
Mr. Brennan earned his Masters in Education from Harvard University and his Masters in Business Administration from Yale University.
Vice President Information Technology, Fallon Health
John Budaj serves as Vice President of Information Technology for Fallon Health. John is responsible for the overall IT vision, strategy, operations, and technology at Fallon Health. John has been with Fallon Health for over 9 years. In addition to his current role, John has led Information Management & Analytics as well as Medical Economics, Data Management & Reporting.
Prior to joining Fallon Health, John spent 16 years at ConnectiCare, Inc. responsible for Data Management and Infrastructure and 7 years at United Healthcare.
John is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and is an AHIP, Managed Healthcare Professional.
Executive Vice President, Operations, Logix Health
Peter Coakley is the Executive Vice President of LogixHealth. LogixHealth is one of the largest medical coding and billing companies nationwide, providing services for both physicians and hospitals in over 40 states. Peter has been in the senior leadership of LogixHealth for almost 20 years, overseeing both revenue cycle management and technology. Previously, he spent seventeen years with the Massachusetts Department of Health and Hospitals in several roles including in the Patient Accounts department for the Long-Term Care Division. Peter has spent his entire career in the administrative aspects of healthcare. He has over 30 years of experience in revenue cycle management where he has successfully integrated continuously evolving technology solutions in to operational processes.
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Steward Health
David Colarusso has over 25 years of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) experience, holding leadership roles for both the HIT vendor industry and large integrated healthcare provider organizations. Mr. Colarusso joined Steward in 2012 and has held numerous leadership roles, most recently serving as Steward’s Deputy Chief Information Officer. He has led Steward’s initiative to standardize the EMR platform, successfully transitioning all Steward’s acute care facilities to one platform in 2020. He has been a leading executive in the acquisitions and onboarding of new hospitals to the Steward system. Prior to joining Steward, Mr. Colarusso spent 17 years on the EMR vendor side implementing, developing, and updating hospital software. He has also served as the CIO Forum Co-Chair for the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium. Mr. Colarusso is an industry thought leader who has been the keynote speaker at many HIT industry and EMR vendor conferences such as HIMSS, Microsoft, and others. Mr. Colarusso holds a B.S. in Biology from Stonehill College.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Diana Erani is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President of Health Informatics at the Mass League. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is the state’s Primary Care Association for 50 community health centers, serving over 1 million state residents. She was previously the COO at Healthcare for the Homeless- Houston, a FQHC affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a MBA from New York University. Prior work experiences include a business improvement analyst at the Government Accountability Office, an adjunct professor at Boston University, an internal consultant at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, and manager of several private medical practices.
Joseph Frassica, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, Philips Healthcare
Joseph Frassica, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at Philips where he is focused on leading a broad-based medical, science and technology team to bring clinically meaningful innovation to the bedside. In addition, Dr. Frassica serves as Senior Consultant in Pediatric Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to joining Philips, Dr. Frassica served in leadership roles in academic medicine including: Chief Medical Officer at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida; Chief Medical Information Officer and Executive Medical Director of Aero-Medical Transport for the Jackson Health System; and Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at UMASS/Memorial Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School; Attending Pediatric Intensivist at Massachusetts General Hospital; Attending Anesthesiologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Chief of Anesthesia at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Chief Medical Information Officer and VP Clinical Informatics, Baystate Health
Dr. Goldberg has over 30 years of informatics experience, having started his career with teams
at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in developing some of the first clinical systems incorporating
networks, relational databases, and multi-windowing clinical workstations. At Baystate Health,
Goldberg oversees clinical systems strategy, data analytics and population health systems,
health information management, and clinical engineering. He is currently Associate Professor
of Medicine at UMass—Baystate.
Prior to Baystate, Goldberg held positions at the Harvard teaching hospitals and in industry. He
was Sr. Corporate Manager for Informatics Infrastructure at Mass General Brigham (formerly
Partners HealthCare System). Prior to Mass General Brigham, Goldberg was VP Product
Development for Clinician Support Technology, a start-up focused on novel patient portal
technology. Prior to Clinical Support Technology, Goldberg served as faculty at the Center for
Clinical Computing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, having been Associate Director for
Informatics at the Deaconess Hospital prior to the merger.
Chief Architect, IT & Operations Division at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Lee Green is Chief Architect for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the largest insurer in Massachusetts with approximately 2.8 million members and policyholders. Mr. Green is also an active member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield National Network of Architects and Innovation.
Prior to his move to Boston and joining Blue Cross of MA in 2016, Mr. Green led Architecture and Information Management for NASCO, an organization providing core Back Office Payer platforms and capabilities to multiple BCBS plans. Mr. Green also spent over a decade consulting for both Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in areas of Data and Technology.
Mr. Green holds a degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1997). With a background focused on Enterprise Information Management and Enterprise Architecture, Mr. Green has a passion for the power of information, insights and their combined ability to influence consumer-centered actions and their capacity to transform the healthcare and payer industry.
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Boston Medical
Center Health System
Arthur Harvey, M.S., is the CIO at Boston Medical Center (BMC). In his position, he helps come up with a road map to implement technologies and makes sure the health IT group is aligned with the rest of the academic medical center.
A graduate of Boston College and Brandeis University, Harvey is considered a “lifer” in healthcare. Prior to joining BMC, he served as program chair of health and medical informatics at Brandeis University.
Principal Business Advisor, Edifecs
John Kelly provides strategic consulting to Edifecs customers, specializing in information exchange and applying the principles of supply chain integration to the healthcare delivery lifecycle. Mr. Kelly is a nationally recognized health information exchange expert. 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. He also served as the architect and technical lead for the development of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ statewide HIE project.
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Atrius Health
Craig Monsen is a primary care doctor and clinical informaticist on a mission to leverage health information systems to enable the joyful practice of reliable, high quality care. Craig currently serves as Atrius Health’s CMIO and Center Director for the Academic Institute’s Center for Informatics.
Craig began his journey into informatics studying biomedical engineering and computer science as an undergraduate at Harvard. During medical school at Johns Hopkins, Craig co-founded his first startup, a data-driven symptom checker called Symcat that was regarded in a BMJ study as the most accurate symptom checker. He completed his combined internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Atrius Health primary care and went on to complete a clinical informatics fellowship at the University of Washington. During this training, Craig co-founded a second startup connecting streams of FHIR-enabled patient data to clinical care workflows that he later successfully sold. Craig’s research has included generating predictive models to promote population health, measuring the impact of electronic health records on provider work, and developing cost transparency tools that help nudge providers towards high value care.
He writes and has been an invited, national speaker on topics of consumer engagement, applied predictive analytics, health information interoperability, and value-based care.
Vice President, Patient Financial Services, Boston Children's Hospital
I often say I “professionally grew up in healthcare.” With best intentions, I pursued an undergrad in Psychology to land a career as an MD. Struggling to decide whether to be a Psychiatrist or Neurologist my path led me to co-op experiences for both, delivering hands-on care to disabled adults, as well as working as an administrative assistant for the Director of Patient Access. It didn’t take me too long to realize while I have deep respect for MDs, a career in health care management allowed me to impact with slightly different credentials. My early jobs included registration and bed placement, system analysis, and revenue cycle training. Driven to influence healthcare at the intersection of clinical, financial, and technical pillars, my path to various Revenue Cycle roles is a web that involves streamlining front-to-back revenue cycle models, implementing various revenue cycle systems from registration to bed management to billing and about everything in between.
Having spent years in academic medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare, at entity and corporate roles, I spent recent years working for CVS Health, overseeing strategic planning and revenue cycle for close to 1100 Minute Clinics, and creating digital strategy for functions such as registration, coding, enrollment and credentialing. Having augmented my leadership skills at a Fortune 7 for-profit company, my passion for academic medicine has led me to Boston Children’s Hospital. I am truly inspired by the opportunity to bring administrative excellence to Boston Children’s Hospital. With an aspirational slogan of “until every child is well,” currently leading Financial Clearance and Hospital AR, overseeing risk of approximately $1.8B between the Hospital and Professionals and collecting over $1.2B in cash for the Hospital. My colleagues and team wake up every day working for the #1 children’s hospital in the United States focused on administrative excellence.
Having obtained my undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and my master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, I did not move far. I currently live on the South Shore of Boston with my wife and two sons.
Senior Director of Health Care Finance and Research, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association
Anu Puri is the Senior Director of Health Care Finance and Research at the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA).
Ms. Puri has over fifteen years of experience in the health care finance and policy arena including in legislative, regulatory, financial and policy analysis. Her areas of specialization include payment and delivery system reform; healthcare cost and performance trends; impact modeling of reimbursement policy and Medicare quality based payment reform initiatives. She assists MHA and its members in strategy development on a variety of health policy issues.
Ms. Puri earned her M.D. from King George’s Medical College in Lucknow, India and her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.
President and CEO of the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP)Barbra Rabson is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP). Under Barbra’s leadership since 1998, MHQP has become one of the most trusted names in performance measurement and public reporting of health care information in Massachusetts and in the nation. She has led MHQP to issue three first in the nation statewide public releases of hospital and physician performance information, including the first in the nation collaboration with Consumer Reports to jointly release performance results on MA primary care physicians on a statewide patient experience survey.
Barbra is a member of the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services Quality Measure Alignment Task Force and Quality Subcommittee. She is also a founding member and past Board Chair of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national network of regional health improvement collaboratives.
Barbra received her Masters in Public Health from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She enjoys sculling on the Charles River and playing her cello in her free time.
Chairman of the Board, Chief Technology Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
David Querusio is Chief Technology Officer for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. He is responsible for the IT strategy and technology used at Harvard Pilgrim and oversees a blended team of NTT Data and Harvard Pilgrim resources to deliver complex solutions at scale. Mr. Querusio participates on the MHDC CIO Forum, the Boards of NEHEN, MAeHC, and NHHIO, and is the 2015 recipient of the Dolores L. Mitchell Investing in Information Award. Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, Mr. Querusio was an enterprise architect at BCBSMA, and the Integration Manager for Perot Systems on the Harvard Pilgrim Account where he was responsible for designing and delivering service components of the IT strategy.
Mr. Querusio is a graduate of UMass Lowell, and is an AHIP ELP Certified Health Insurance Executive.
Vice President, Finance and Administrative Systems, Mass General BrighamSeasoned Information Technology Leader with a proven record of defining strategic direction and extensive experience implementing complex systems and process improvement. Outstanding project management, negotiation skills and decision-making abilities.
Partner, Locke Lord LLP
David S. Szabo is Co-Chair of the 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.
Mr. Szabo has extensive experience in healthcare licensing and regulation, reimbursement, fraud and abuse compliance matters, and the structuring of joint ventures. He regularly advises clients on Stark Law and Anti-Kickback compliance matters. His practice also includes the privacy and information security law applicable to healthcare providers, health plans, technology vendors, and other organizations. He advises non-profit organizations on general corporate matters, tax, and governance issues.
Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Lahey HealthAs Chief Information Officer for Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH), Manu provides strategic and operational leadership to guide the future direction and integration of the information technology enterprise for the BILH system and enable high-quality service to clinical and business operations. He also leads BILH's Health Technology Exploration Center
Assistant CIO for Health and Eligibility for Massachusetts Medicaid, MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services
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 (Mass Health) overseeing the Medicaid Enterprise Systems including the Massachusetts MMIS. David has also led such efforts as the Massachusetts statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Health Insurance Exchange (HIX). He has partnered with both federal, state, and private entities to advance the process of enabling healthcare data exchange in a manner that is meaningful and efficient to all participants.
Prior to his service with the Commonwealth David spent over 15 years leading Technology teams for a Federally Qualified Health Center and a Community Behavioral Health Center. These engagements focused on assisting the agencies in adopting digital technology throughout their enterprise. David provided leadership for both Information Technology as well as Patient Accounts Receivable and the implementation of electronic medical records systems.
Chief Information Officer, Berkshire Health Systems
William Young came to BHS in 2009 from Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY, where he had served as Chief Information Officer. During his tenure at Ellis, Young successfully managed the implementation of a multi-million dollar information systems investment plan and was involved as a senior manager in the merger of three hospitals on disparate systems into one organization and one information system.
At BHS, Mr. Young has developed an Information Technology strategy that includes a Health Information Exchange throughout the Berkshires, a new state-of-the-art physician practice system for both hospital-employed and community based physicians and has successfully led the Information Technology team to achieve Healthcare’s “Most-Wired” status for BHS. Under Young's direction, BHS continues to be a leader in utilizing Electronic Health Information and is poised to be a “Meaningful” User and achieve the ARRA Stimulus Funding for both BHS’ Hospitals and physician practices.
Mr. Young is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a degree in Technical Management and concentration in Information Systems, Economics and Business Law. He has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including serving as chair of the Enterprise Information Systems Steering Committee and the Annual Conference Education Committee for the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), co-chair of Health Information Exchange of NY (HIXNY) - NY Capital District RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization), member of the Board of Trustees of Schenectady Visiting Nurse Services, and Scoutmaster for Troop-65 in Glenville, NY.