Houston Chapter Board of Directors - 2019-2020

President

Mark Anderson

CEO
AC Group, Inc. 

Mr. Anderson is the current President of the Houston Chapter of HIMSS as well as the Committee Chair for Business Development and will be the Chairman of the 2020 Texas Regional HIMSS meeting to be held here in Houston.   Mark is one on the 100 Lifetime CPHIMS Fellows out of the 70,000+ HIMSS National Members.  He is also one of the TMCx advisors. Mark was also the Chapter President back in 1983-85 and again in 2001-03.  He also started the Kentucky and Tennessee HIMSS chapters back in the 1990s.

He is one of the nation's premier IT research futurists dedicated to health care.  He has 47 years of Healthcare experience as a CEO, CFO, and the corporate CIO at 4 IDNs and has worked with over 250 hospitals and over 26,000 physicians.  Additionally, since 2010, Mr. Anderson has worked with 28 ACOs regarding moving from FFS to VBR. Finally, Mr. Anderson has served as an Expert Witness on numerous legal cases dealing with Healthcare Technologies, hospital protocols, and numerous malpractice cases. Besides serving at the CEO of AC Group, Mr. Anderson served as the Interim CEO/CFO of Doctors Diagnostic Hospital, interim CIO for the Taconic IPA, VP of healthcare for META Group, Inc., and as the Corporate CIO with West Tennessee Healthcare, SCNHS (now part of CHI), Sisters of Providence, and Denver Health and Hospitals.

 

Past President & President-Elect 2021

Deepak Chaudhry, MSIS, CPHIMS, ITIL

Consulting Director, Technology Advisory
BDO USA, LLP

Deepak Chaudhry is BDO’s National Health IT & HITRUST Leader in the Technology & Business Transformation Services practice, having more than 15 years of experience in technology, security management, and technical operations across a variety of industries including healthcare, legal, non-profit, transportation and warehousing.

Having led large-scale, multi-year projects, Deepak is experienced in managing end-to-end IT operations including risk and compliance engagements, information security optimization, enterprise business continuity planning, vendor management, governance, IT policies/standards development and implementation, IT change management, system adoption and integration, budgeting, and IT support services. He has extensive knowledge of regulatory frameworks and guidelines, including NIST, HIPAA, and HITRUST and has implemented Electronic Medical Record (EMR) platforms (Meditech, ECW), IT enterprise architecture and big data analytics.

Prior to joining BDO, Deepak was the Chief Information (CIO) & Security Officer (CISO) for the Public Health Information Exchange (HIE) of the Houston region, where he oversaw all clinical data integration projects, system, and process security. He has served as the Vice President of IT at Nexus Health Systems where he selected and carried out an EMR implementation and multilevel infrastructure improvements, including BYOD solutions, wireless and network improvements, security appliances and client computing.

 

Secretary

Christopher Gray, MBA, PMP, CISSP

Manager, Information Services
MD Anderson Cancer Center

In 2006, I joined MD Anderson as the manager of server engineering. Currently, I manage the Open Systems Team that supports Linux and UNIX servers and the Radiation Oncology Server Team. For MD Anderson I have managed various teams including windows servers, VMware virtualization, and infrastructure applications. I have helped built server infrastructures for many clinical applications including Centricity, TeraMedica Evercore, Cerner Millennium, Elekta MOSAIQ, and Epic. I have helped with technologies like a large VDI build out for clinical users. I also get to help design MD Anderson’s high performance computing environment.

I have my CPHMIS certification. I recently obtained Senior Member of HIMSS (SHIMSS) recognition and I am working toward HIMSS Fellow (FHIMSS) recognition.  In 1993, I graduated from Louisiana State University completing a bachelor of arts with a major in history. In 2015, I graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas completing a MBA with a concentration in information systems. I have been PMI certified as a PMP since 2013 and recently obtained CISSP status.

I am married and have three children. I am an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts. This summer I will staff the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia as a lifeguard.

 

Anne

Treasurer 

Anne Park, MPH, MSMIS, PMP, CPHQ, FHIMSS

Sr. Business Systems Analyst
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Anne is a goal-driven performer specializing in organizational assessment and initiatives involving members of the executive team, physicians/clinicians, and department directors as a passionate change agent motivating others to improve performance outcomes and overall strategic leadership at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Anne have a strong business and technical acumen with the ability to drive projects to successful completion while building consensus through collaborative partnerships with professionals from all levels of the organization with exceptional analytic skills with an ability to transform the needs of business users and stakeholders into functional/technical requirements.

During the past eight years working at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Anne actively participated in HIMSS at the national level as part of the Clinical and Business Intelligence Committee and the Chapter Task Force, as well as serving as a Conference Reviewer. At the local Houston Chapter level, Anne developed a strategic framework that promotes and maintains a wide range of volunteer opportunities and methods for committee formation since July 2014. Anne also served in a leadership role in the Scholarship Selection Committee to create, promote, judge, and award HIMSS Houston Chapter scholarships by expanding the scholarship program and broadening the eligibility criteria. Anne currently have CPHQ, FHIMSS, as well as Lean and Six Sigma certifications.

Concomitantly, as Chair of the Organization for Multicultural Employees Network at The University of Texas MD Anderson, Anne led initiatives that promoted an inclusive environment that actively values diversity among all our employees. These included specific diversity initiatives in such areas as mentoring, coaching, and education at MD Anderson. Furthermore, Anne volunteered her time at the Asia Society and the Museum of Fine Arts at Houston as a docent, translator, and educator in the past.

 

 

Director, Lunch & Learn Education Committee

Duke Rohe

Sr. Healthcare Systems Improvement Specialist
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

I make it a personal challenge to propagate the field of healthcare improvement with tools and aids that accelerate quality improvement. For the past 15 years I've endeavored to send out a tool a week to a distribution list of 2400 healthcare improvement professionals/ consultants. No one in the healthcare improvement profession shares more than I do. I also enjoy sending out sets of 'popcorn thoughts' (insights to ponder on) to those I call idea people. I love learning from the Lord and sharing what I believe He would want this world to know about His love through a spiritual distribution list. I've learned when you work to change the world, it changes you. Hope you join in to make a difference in your world too.

Duke has served on the Houston HIMSS Board for the past 17 years and help start the Chapter back in 1982.   Duke has been a Chapter President multiple times in the past.

 

Chair, Communications

Luis Oliveira, MBA, PMP

Manager, Applications Development
Houston Methodist Research Institute

My name is Luis Oliveira and am a Manager, Applications Development at Houston Methodist Research Institute.  I have been in the healthcare industry for the past 6 years: 5 1/2 at UT Health Science Center at Houston and 6 months at Houston Methodist. Before that I have experience in hospitality, energy, finance, public safety and government. 

I have been a HIMSS Houston board member for the past three years, serving as Director of Membership for the first two, and as Director of Marketing and Communications for the past year.  I have been serving on the Board of the Houston chapter of SIM (Society of Information Management) for 10+ years.  I am looking forward to continuing to serve on the HIMSS Houston board in the role of Director of Communications.  I intend to use my experience with web development and social media to implement a dynamic communications plan for our chapter, providing continuous interaction with our membership and other healthcare IT professionals in the Houston area.

Served as the Committee Chair for Mobile applications for the 2019 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference and will be in the same role during the 2020 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference to be held in Houston in 2020.

 

Director, Marketing

Mary (Regina) Wysocki, MS, RN-BC

Clinical Data Specialist
Texas Children's Hospital

This year I participated in the planning for the TX Regional HIMSS Conference as the Communications Chair. In this position I configured and maintained the Conference Registration website (www.himssregional.com) and I plan to do the same for next year’s conference that will be held here in Houston.

I enjoy the multidisciplinary focus of HIMSS, and value the knowledge sharing and collaborative spirit amongst the different disciplines. I have experience with other professional organizations as a Board member i.e. the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), where I am currently serving as the President-Elect.

I have over 20 years of experience in Nursing and a Masters in Healthcare Informatics from the UT School of Biomedical Informatics. I am currently working as a Perioperative Clinical Data Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, and also studying for the CPHIMS certification.

 

Chair, Scholarships and Membership

Anwar Mohammad Sirajuddin, MBBS, MS, CPHIMS

Associate Chief Medical Information Officer
Memorial Hermann Health System

My career in healthcare began as a practicing family physician back in 2001 after obtaining my Medical degree from the University of Mysore, India. I quickly recognized that data and technology were not being leveraged in healthcare for streamlining clinical processes to provide the best possible patient care. Since then, I have worked hard to build my medical informatics knowledge and skills by working in clinical data management, obtaining a master’s degree in biomedical informatics from the School of Biomedical Informatics at the UT Health Science Center Houston to pursue a full time career in Informatics. I also obtained my CPHIMS certification in 2010 and with continued education each year, have maintained my certification for the past 9 years.

As the Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the Houston metropolitan area, I continue to apply the principles of informatics everyday while learning from those experiences. In my current role, I manage the informatics operations for the system. I am also adjunct faculty for the School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and truly enjoy mentoring and counseling current students at the school. My personal interests include playing sports, exercising, and carpentry.

I have been on the HIMSS Houston Chapter Board since November of 2018 with responsibility of the Organizational Affiliate program for the chapter. During this time, I have learned all of the benefits of this program and realized by looking at our chapter roster that we have a huge potential in the Houston medical community to expand the membership numbers. Since November, by working within my organization and other healthcare organizations in the community, I have helped to grow the membership by 9%, from 1483 members to 1623 members.

 

Chair, Advocacy Committee

Joseph Kunisch, PhD, RN-BC, CPHQ

Enterprise Director of Clinical Quality Informatics
Memorial Hermann Health System

Joe Kunisch began his career in nursing in 1991 as critical care nurse practicing at the bedside in a number of intensive care units, emergency departments and post-operative care units across the country for over 12 years. It was during this experience that his interest developed in health information systems and technology and how it could be used to support the bedside clinician and improve patient care delivery. This interest was the motivation for Dr. Kunisch to pursue his Master’s Degree in Clinical Informatics and PhD in Health Information Technology at the University of Colorado Denver where he developed a clinical decision support system that assisted the emergency department nursing staff to accurately classify a pediatric patient’s level of care based on the chief complaint. He currently serves in the role of Enterprise Director for Clinical Quality Informatics for Regulatory Performance for Memorial Hermann health care system. Dr. Kunisch has used his current role to integrate the domains of quality and performance improvement with clinical informatics in an effort to advance the success of electronically reporting clinical quality measures directly from the Electronic Health Record.

Dr Kunisch has served in the position of advocacy for the Houston HIMSS chapter for the past year. In this role he was instrumental in coordinating the statewide HIT Advocacy Day at the Austin State Capitol advocating for legislation supporting HIT initiatives. He has also been awarded HIMSS Senior Member status this past year and has been a HIMSS member since 2005. He also serves on the national HIMSS Public Policy Committee and the Patient Safety & Quality Committee.

 

CXO Summit & VBR Summit Chair

Martin Hutton, MBA

Senior Reference Manager - Population Health & Value-Based Care

Cerner

I love life and all that comes with it. I am a goal driven professional with a strong background in competition and ambition to continually raise the bar. As a sports enthusiast and former professional athlete, I firmly believe in the empowerment and life lessons taught through setting and achieving goals. My personal passion is to reach targeted goals, exceed expectations, and compassionately fight to generate value through service.

Life is a gift, so I choose to live each day to constantly strive to become a better person and positively impact those around me. I have spent the last 9 years working in many different areas of Healthcare, primarily in sales, marketing, and consulting. My current role, in our Population Health organization, at Cerner allows for the continuation of my personal mission and I am ecstatic to be able to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities.

 

Chair, Knowledge Library Committee 

Carlos A. Pérez-Aldana, MS

Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Volunteering for the HIMSS Houston chapter during 2018-2019 has been a wonderful experience and truly an honor. During this time, I have had the great opportunity of collaborating with the Board on creating the Chapter’s Knowledge Library, an educational resource for Houston chapter members. I would like to lead this Committee going forward to work on the Knowledge Library’s implementation.

I am currently a doctoral student at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI). As an SBMI student, I have served both as vice-president and president for UTHealth’s Association of Students for Inter-Professional Healthcare (ASIPH) and as treasurer for SBMI’s Student Governance Organization. In addition, I have had the incredible opportunity of volunteering as program (student) assistant for the HIMSS Global Conferences in 2018 and 2019 in Las Vegas and Orlando.

Previous to joining SBMI, I worked as a telemedicine and e-health advisor for Bogota Health Department in Colombia. During this experience, I worked in the strategic planning of Health IT for Bogota’s public healthcare institutions which included large scale telehealth and EHRs projects.

 

Chair, Sponsorship and Education

Chuck Leider

Director Health Infomatics
Houston Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Clinics, L.L.P.

HIMSS Houston Chapter contributions for the 2018-19 year included being a presenter at the ‘Lunch & Learn’ series – Improving Financial Health of your Organization and Experience of Your Patients. Actively recruited and signed Phreesia as a Gold Sponsor for the Houston HIMSS Chapter. Served as the Committee Chairs on Sponsors and Lunch & Learns. Looking forward to serving on the Board again for the upcoming year.

In 2010, I joined Houston ENT & Allergy as a project manager. Currently I am the Director of RCM & Health Informatics at Houston ENT & Allergy. Extensive RCM experience at eliminating revenue leaks, driving HIM efforts and supporting change-management initiatives. Develop a long-term strategy for meeting clinical quality reporting measures, clinical data management analytics and reporting that include resource requirements and implementation timeline for all clinics. Focus on system wide performance and improvement. This includes MACRA Act of 2015, MIPS and APM incentives. Extensive experience with QRUR (Quality and Resource User Reporting) as well. Documented results and comprehensive knowledge in HIM management. Planned for and executed future system replacement, development, expansion, and complete migration from traditional client server environment to cloud based AWS platform for entire enterprise. Chairman of the EHR committee for past seven years and advise Executive Committee on HIM strategic plan.

 

Chair, Volunteer Committee

Lee Ann Kincaid-Wood, MHA, CPHIMS

Director of Technical Services
Memorial Hermann I/S Dept

As a leader within the healthcare IT field at Memorial Hermann with a background in Speech Communications, I feel I bring the most value to the Volunteer committee. Over the past several years I have had the pleasure of gaining industry knowledge through my career at Cerner and Memorial Hermann. As someone with a passion for Healthcare Information technology I would like to further that involvement through serving on a committee.

Going to HIMSS last year was a wonderful experience where I was able to further establish relationships and identify that this is an organization that not only needs to be supported but is a great supporter of developing people within the industry. I have chosen the volunteer committee due to my background in communication. My strength in my day to day interactions is my communication with people and I believe that is what I bring to this committee. I would be honored to participate and volunteer my time to assist in growing the volunteer efforts within the Houston HIMSS Chapter.

 

Volunteer Committee

Kalia Aparicio

Project Manager
Houston Methodist

Kalia Aparicio is a Panama City, Panama native that graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and a Certificate in International Cultural Competency and Spanish, a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University, and is currently pursuing a Certification in Public Health from Georgia Southern University. While at Texas A&M, she received the prestigious Texas A&M Buck Weirus Spirit Award.

Kalia enjoys leading by using emotional intelligence and by prioritizing patient experiences. She is involved with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association (HBA), and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Additionally, she served as the youth coordinator for the Red Cross Gulf Coast Region where she mentored high school students for 3 years. She is currently a Project Manager at Houston Methodist and previously held leadership roles in behavioral health and public health.

Kalia is an avid adventurer that loves appreciating new cultures and traveling. She finds fulfillment in giving back through youth leadership and healthcare services that assist communities navigate through health inequities. On her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors with her Labradoodle, Misty. Her mission is to impact the world with kindness, she lives by her favorite quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

 

Chair, Membership and Organizational Affiliates

Danielle Binda

Strategic Account Manager
Proximity

I have been working with Proximity for 5 years. As Strategic Account Manager for Proximity I handle our largest client HCA, managing all corporate and facility driven construction projects. I help facilities select a cabinet to support their IT equipment to place at the patient’s bedside and throughout the facility to assist with clinician’s workflow and improving HCAPS scores. Proximity is also considered and HCA Corporate standard, I work with HCA Corporate on all new construction design projects.

With my enthusiastic sales approach and continual customer assessment, I am able to build and retain clients by knowing who they are, what they need, and what products will best serve them. I have built a reputation for my authentic customer service and as a result have gained many referral clients. Throughout my career in sales, I have continuously proven myself by surpassing challenges, securing and maintaining accounts, and driving corporate growth through exceptional product promotion. With constant enthusiasm, discipline, and initiative to learn, I have been successful at managing multiple roles through my management and sales experiences. At this point in my career, I am ready to bring my abilities to the HIMSS Houston Chapter Board. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Committee Member

Angie Massey, MBA/HOM, FACHE

Population Health Analytics
Cerner

Angie is a population health analytics strategy expert with Cerner Corporation. She is currently working with the federal team at Cerner as they partner with Leidos, the DoD and the VA. Previous to her joining Cerner she was at Memorial Hermann Health system in Houston, TX. She was responsible for directing the development of strategic plans, policies, and procedures for utilization, quality and cost containment information for the premier accountable care organization (ACO) in the country, MHMD ACO. Angie led the analysis, preparation, and presentation of outcomes using healthcare claims data, electronic medical records, system databases, and contract metrics for greater than 500,000 covered lives.

Prior to her time with the ACO, she spent 12 years in operations at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann TMC Hospital. Angie received her Master’s in Business Administration with a certificate in Health Organization Management from Texas Tech University and Universidad Anahuac (Mexico City). She resides in Richmond, Texas with her husband and three toddlers.

 

 

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