Closing Panel

Ignition Closing Keynote Panel

Ignite with this iHealth 2014 plenary panel session with a group of the most accomplished nurse executives in the United States. Each panelist will give a ten minute iTalk speaking about how they are transforming patient care in their organizations by overcoming significant challenges on the front-line of health information technology (HIT).

These talented leaders from Kaiser Permanente, Hospital Corporation of America, Ascension and Catholic Health Initiatives will assume the bully pulpit speaking their minds about what needs to change in healthcare delivery systems in order to achieve nationwide efforts to implement and use HIT for electronic exchange of health information.

Closing iTalks will be followed by a fireside chat moderated by one of the highest ranking nurses in federal healthcare and a noted expert in health information technology. This is not your typical closing session—you will not want to miss it!

judy-murphyJudy Murphy, RN
Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services

Prior to the ONC, Judy had 25 years of experience at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, an integrated delivery network with 15 hospitals, 120 ambulatory centers, home health agencies and over 30,000 employees. She led the EHR program since 1995, when Aurora was one of the early adopters of health IT. Most recently she was Vice President-EHR Applications, and managed the organization’s successful achievement of Stage 1 EHR Meaningful, with incentive payments beginning in September 2011.

Her informatics interests lie in system implementation methodologies, health IT project management, automated clinical documentation, and the use of technology to support evidence-based practice; she has published and lectured nationally and internationally on these topics. She has a long-standing reputation of patient advocacy and maintaining a “patient-centric” point of view, and approaches her work with unyielding energy as well as dedication, passion, and commitment to the healthcare transformation enabled by technology.

Marilyn-ChowMarilyn P. Chow, RN, PhD, FAAN
Vice President of National Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Marilyn Chow is the vice president of National Patient Care Services at Kaiser Permanente, where she works with nursing leaders and senior executives across all regions and collaborates with internal and external partners to enable the delivery of the highest quality and most safe patient-centered care.

She has made significant contributions to nursing through her scholarship, leadership, and political and civic involvement. She is recognized for her expertise in innovation, regulation of nursing practice, and workforce policy. Her career has focused on promoting the role of nurses in primary care, advanced practice, and hospital-based care.

Dr. Chow is committed to incorporating innovation and technology to reduce waste and improve workflows within the health care industry. She was the driving force in conceptualizing and creating the Sidney R Garfield Health Care Innovation Center, Kaiser Permanente’s living laboratory, where ideas are tested and solutions are developed in a hands-on, simulated clinical environment. She was the inaugural Program Director for the RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program and is currently chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing, where she explores issues related to research on credentialing of nurses and organizations, including short- and long-term strategic planning.

Jane-EnglebrightJane Englebright, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN
Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Safety Officer, and Vice President, Clinical Services Group, Hospital Corporation of America

Jane D. Englebright, PhD, RN, is a proven leader, teacher, and unfailing advocate for patient safety. Dr. Englebright currently serves as Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Safety Officer, and Vice President, in the Clinical Services Group at the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), where she has led their Patient Safety programs since their inception in 2000. Her program accomplishments include implementation of bar code medication administration (BCMA) and transfusion administration technology across 162 hospitals, creation of a shared event learning data base, and implementation of a robust program for reducing hospital associated infections, including influenza.

HCA’s patient safety efforts have been recognized with the WayPaver Award from the unSUMMIT in 2006 for pioneering work in BCMA, the Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in 2006 for BCMA and again in 2011 for Tubing and Line Safety, and by the Joint Commission in 2011 for reaching 90% or greater seasonal flu vaccination rate among employees. She is a member of the Board of Governors at the National Patient Safety Foundation.

Ann-HendrichAnn Hendrich, RN, PhD, FAAN
Senior Vice President, Quality and Safety, PSO Executive Director, Ascension Health

Dr. Hendrich is the Senior Vice President of Quality and Safety and Executive Director of the Ascension Health Patient Safety Organization (PSO) at Ascension Health’s system office where she also serves as the Chief Nursing Officer, while guiding the implementation of clinical excellence and patient safety initiatives in partnership with executives, board members, and clinical officer leadership.

Her current health services research focuses on the relationship of the acute-care work environment of caregivers and patient outcomes, serious safety event reduction, and numerous quality initiatives. Her national multi-site study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is known simply as the Time and Motion study, measured the relationship between the complex hospital milieu and available caregiver time for direct patient care. Time and Motion II, is applying these research findings in a hospital demonstration site to test a Closed Loop Medication Delivery System.

She serves as the System Principal Investigator for a $3 million grant from The Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS’s) 2010 – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Healing Without Harm: A 3 Year Multi Site Demonstration Project for Perinatal Safety and Medical Liability, and serves as the Executive Director of the Ascension Health Hospital Engagement Network contract, part of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Partnership for Patients program, a three year multi-million dollar initiative.

Kathleen-SanfordKathleen D. Sanford, DBA, RN, CENP, FACHE
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Catholic Health Initiatives

Kathleen Sanford is the senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. She has over 36 years of experience in healthcare, including staff nursing, middle management, chief nurse executive, hospital administrator, strategy executive, and operations executive working with employed physician practices.

She currently serves on the Centura Health Corporation Board Quality and Safety Committee, writes a regular column for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and is the Editor-in-Chief for Nursing Administration Quarterly (NAQ).

A former Army Nurse, she retired as chief nurse of the Washington Army National Guard. She served as the 2006 President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and in that role also participated in the Tri-Council for Nursing. Past healthcare leadership roles included the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board, the Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) Council, the Washington Organization of Nurse Executives (WONE) Board (as President), the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) Board and the AHA Regional Policy Board for the west coast.

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