Program Planning Team

iHealth is the power of interdisciplinary thinking, innovation and implementation in motion.

Healthcare is teeming with smart people with game-changing ideas. But, it really doesn’t matter if the right people aren’t talking to each other.

iHealth is a different kind of applied informatics healthcare conference, AMIA is convening the best minds in operational informatics science and practice to bring iHealth to life.

The iHealth Planning Team is a stellar group of thinkers and doers. Connected, wired, in-charge and they aren’t waiting one more minute for others to lead the way.

Have an idea you want the team to know about? Suggestions for speakers? They’re listening. Send email to Jeff Williamson, M.Ed., Vice President Education and Academic Affairs, Or direct message him via Twitter @jeffwillamson. Call 301.657.1291 ext. 111 to connect.

Host Convener

American Medical Informatics Association



iHealth Organizational Supporters

Alliance for Nursing Informatics
American Nursing Informatics Association

American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems
Council of Medical Specialty Societies
Society for Medical Decision Making

Convening Co-chairpersons

Patricia-ihealth-chairPatricia Dykes, DNSc, RN, FACMI
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Sr. Nurse Scientist, Program Director, Nursing Research, Center for Nursing Excellence

Nurses are uniquely positioned at the center of patient care where they interact with patients, families and the entire healthcare team. iHealth holds potential to strengthen the role of nurses as integrators of care. Nurses working in real world settings are needed to come together to inform tools and systems that are effective in the context of busy patient care workflows. iHealth is that opportunity.

Kevin-ihealth-chair Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS, FACMI
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor & Chair of Biomedical Informatics
Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Johnson is the Executive Producer of No Matter Where—a film about using technology to make a difference in the healthcare system.

The application of biomedical informatics into clinical care is a part of every hour of every day for most clinicians. Some spend 50 percent or more of their time knee-deep in managing I.T. and improving it to improve their practice. We can help educate them about information technology, and help improve its use in practice. Let’s make our investments of time and money really matter for patients. iHealth is the accelerator for changes in health care that really works.

Co-Host Co-Chairpersons

margo-edmunds-headshotMargo Edmunds, PhD
Vice President, Evidence Generation and Knowledge Translation, AcademyHealth

peter-embi-headshotPeter J. Embi, MD, MS, FACMI
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology Biomedical Informatics, Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State

Program Planning Committee


Mary-logan-headshotMary Logan, JD, CAE
President, AAMI


Lisa-simpsonLisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP
President and CEO, AcademyHealth


richard-rydell-headshotRich Rydell


kevin-fickenscherKevin M. Fickenscher, MD, CPE, FACPE, FAAFP
Senior Advisor, AMIA


brenda-kulhanek-headshotBrenda Kulhanek, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Corporate Director of Clinical Informatics, Adventist Health

patricia-sengstack-headshotPatricia Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Bon Secours Health System

Industry / Corporate Members

mark-dente-headshotMark Dente, MD

steve-labkoff-headshotSteve Labkoff, MD, FACP
Head, Strategic Programs, Research & Development Information, AstraZeneca

Den-pelino-headshotDan Pelino, MA
General Manager, Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM Sales & Distribution

roy-simpson-headshotRoy L. Simpson, DNP, RN, FAAN
Vice President Nursing, Cerner Corporation

trenor-williams-headshotTrenor Williams, MD
CEO and Co-Founder, Clinovations

Provider Members

jennifer-daleyJennifer Daley, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center

jennifer-daleySteve C. Glass
Chief Financial Officer, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

tonya-hongsermeier-headshotTonya Hongsermeier, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Information Officer, Lahey Health

Joseph L. Kannry, MD
Lead Technical Informaticist, EMR Clinical Transformation Group, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Associate Professor in Medicine, practicing board certified Internist at Mount Sinai’s IMA (Internal Medicine Associates)

blackford-middleton-headshotBlackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACP, FACMI, FHIMSS
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, CIO of the Informatics Center, and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

marlon-priest-headshotMarlon L. Priest, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Bon Secours Health System

Michael Rowan, MHSA, FACHE
Executive Vice President/COO, Catholic Health Initiatives

richard-tayrien-headshotRichard Tayrien, DO
Chief Health Information Officer, HCA

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