Houston Chapter Board of Directors & Committee Leaders - 2020-2021

President FY 2021

Deepak Chaudhry, MSIS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, ITIL

National Health IT Leader, Technology Advisory
BDO Digital

Deepak Chaudhry is BDO’s National Health IT & Compliance 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.

Deepak Chaudhry has been a Houston HIMSS board member for the past 7 years, including chapter Treasurer and President. Along with his involvement with the Houston HIMSS Chapter, Deepak serves as a strategic advisor to the Texas Medical Center Innovation Center (TMCx), Co-Chair of the Houston Cyber Summit, and a member of the HITRUST Assessor's Council.

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, systems, 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.

President-elect

Regina Wysocki, MS, RN-BC

Senior Clinical Data Specialist
Texas Children's Hospital

Regina Wysocki has been with Texas Children’s Hospital since 2017 and is a Senior Clinical Informatics Specialist. Regina has a background in Nursing and is ANCC Board Certified in Nursing Informatics. She holds a Masters in Healthcare Informatics from the UT Health School of Biomedical Informatics. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the UT Health Cizik School of Nursing and is interested in how clinician learning styles affect EHR usage and satisfaction.

Regina has participated on the planning committee for the TX Regional HIMSS Conference for the past two years and is the Communications Chair responsible for the registration website. She is also a member of the HIMSS National Nursing Informatics Committee.

Past President

Mark Anderson

CEO
AC Group, Inc. 

Mr. Anderson is the Past President of the Houston Chapter of HIMSS as well as the Committee Chair for Business Development and will be the Chairman of the 2020-21 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.  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 48 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.

Director, Finance / Treasurer 

Manish Kumar  

Advance Quality Specialist
Texas Children's Hospital

Manish Kumar has been working as an Advance Quality Specialist in the Texas Children’s Hospital since 2015. He is currently working on surgical quality and outcomes, optimization, and process standardization. He has 25 years of overall experience in healthcare quality improvement/optimization and manufacturing quality/operations globally (China, Taiwan, Mexico, India, and Australia). He wore many hats in managing multiple priorities in a timely manner, always customer/patient-focused, built and maintained robust systems for optimization and better outcomes, effective implementation of standards/quality concepts to achieve accreditation, and performance excellence. He holds a Master of Science in Quantitative Analysis from Linder College of Business, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Bangalore University, India. He is also a certified Quality Management System Lead Auditor. In addition to HIMSS, he is also a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and a member of the Children’s Hospital Association (CSA), and Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC). Manish went through several officer’s leadership training at ASQ and volunteered as Treasurer at the American Society of Quality (ASQ-Cincinnati), Institute of Supply Management (ISM-Cincinnati), and River Oaks Elementary School PTO Houston.

Director, Sponsorship

Christopher Gray, MBA, PMP, CISSP

Manager, Information Services
MD Anderson Cancer Center

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

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

He is married and has three children. He is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts.

Director, Communications

Luis Oliveira, MBA, PMP

Manager, Applications Development
Houston Methodist Academic Institute

Luis Oliveira is Manager, Applications Development at Houston Methodist Research Institute.  He has been in the healthcare industry since 2013, first at UT Health Science Center at Houston and now at Houston Methodist. Before that, he has experience in hospitality, energy, finance, public safety, and government. 

Mr. Oliveira has been a HIMSS Houston board member since 2016, serving as Director of Membership for the first two years, and as Director of Communications after that.  He has been serving on the Board of the Houston chapter of SIM (Society of Information Management) for 10+ years.  He is looking forward to continuing to serve on the HIMSS Houston board and use his experience with web development and social media to implement a dynamic communications plan for the chapter, providing continuous interaction with the membership and other healthcare IT professionals in the Houston area.

He served as the Committee Chair for Mobile applications for the 2019 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference and will be in the same role during the 2021 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference to be held in Houston.

 

Director, Secretary

GP Hyare

Managing Director
ReMedi Health Solutions

GP Hyare serves as Managing Director of ReMedi Health Solutions, a national healthcare IT management and consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. Previously, GP spent eight years working as a Geophysicist before transitioning into the healthcare industry.

Passionate about working with doctors and hospital staff, GP mainly focuses on the implementation of new EHR systems within hospitals. GP has consulted over 25 hospital transitions from legacy EHRs to new EHR systems like Epic and Cerner. His expertise lies in EHR data migration, peer-to-peer training, Go-Live, and optimization. GP works directly with hospital leadership and staff to ensure the successful use of EHR, ultimately creating better clinician work satisfaction results and improved healthcare experiences for patients.

GP graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Geophysics. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, playing and watching sports, and spending time with his friends and family.

 

 

Director, Membership / Organizational Affiliates

Lee Ann Kincaid-Wood, MHA, CPHIMS

Director of Technical Services
Memorial Hermann I/S Dept

Lee Ann Kinkaid-Wood is a leader within the healthcare IT field at Memorial Hermann with a background in Speech Communications. Over the past several years she has had the pleasure of gaining industry knowledge through her career at Cerner and Memorial Hermann. As someone with a passion for Healthcare Information technology, she would like to further that involvement through serving on the board.

Going to HIMSS was a wonderful experience where she 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. She has chosen the membership committee due to her background in communication. Her strength in day to day interactions is her communication with people and she believes that is what she brings to this committee. She would be honored to participate and volunteer her time to assist in growing the membership within the Houston HIMSS Chapter.

Director, Education / Lunch & Learn

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 to navigate through health inequities. In 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.”

 

Director, Advocacy

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 a 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 Ph.D. 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.

Advocacy

Nasim Rezanejad, MD, MS

Physician Engagement Analyst
UT Health Science Center at Houston

Nasim Rezanejad has received her Masters in Health Informatics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston- School of Biomedical Informatics and her medical degree from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, St Lucia.

Dr. Rezanejad is currently working with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as the Physician Engagement Analyst utilizing her medical and technical background as a liaison between the physicians and the Epic group in developing milestones, mapping and delivering information for the Epic implementation in 153 ambulatory clinics and the Harris County Psychiatric Center.  She has worked at the Houston Methodist Hospital, where she worked on Epic Go-Live projects for the ambulatory clinics.    

She has worked with several startup companies as a Clinical Data Analyst consultant in medical informatics, data analysis, data analytics in research, creating clinical data sets for different specialties, and writing protocol.

She has worked as a clinical researcher at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, affiliated with Memorial Herman Hospital and Mischer Neuroscience Institute- Texas Medical Center in Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit with a focus on patient population with brain aneurysms and brain trauma, and quality and infection control of the unit. She has co-authored several publications. 

Dr. Rezanejad has been a member of Houston HIMSS since 2013 and was appointed as an advocacy Co-Chair for the Houston HIMSS Chapter in July 2019.  Her core focus has been creating state health policy roadmaps to support Health Information Technology initiatives and communicating with her colleagues in advocacy to influence state-level legislation and policies. She was chosen as one of “Changemakers- Be Part of What’s Next for Health- HIMSS20.”  She has been selected in a leadership role as a HIMSS Advocacy Vice-Chair for the Southern Region for FY21-FY22.  She will serve as the main point of contact for other advocates and will work nationally on initiatives geared towards her passion for population health, social determinants of health, and fulfilling her vision of ultimately reducing the gap in care. 

She spends her free time with her niece, Leila, and nephew, Javid.  Her hobbies are traveling, Pilates, walking, and reading. 

Chair, Special Events & Volunteers

Danielle Binda

Strategic Account Manager
Proximity

Danielle Binda has been working with Proximity for 5 years. As Strategic Account Manager for Proximity, she handles their largest client HCA, managing all corporate and facility driven construction projects. She helps 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, she works with HCA Corporate on all new construction design projects.

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

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