iHealth 2016 Keynotes

Opening Session Speaker

Thursday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Christopher Ross, MBA
Chief Information Officer, Mayo Clinic

Christopher Ross is Chief Information Officer for Mayo Clinic, joining in 2012. He has 29 years prior experience in healthcare, technology, and government.  Mr. Ross was formerly the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Clinical Interoperability at Surescripts, which operates the e-prescribing network for the U.S. Previously he served as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President for Products and Services for MinuteClinic. Prior to joining MinuteClinic, he was CIO for Optum Behavioral Health, a division of UnitedHealth Group. 

He is chairman of the Board of the eHealth Initiative, on the Boards of Directors of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Zipnosis, and was a member of the Health IT Standards Committee for the U.S. Department of Human Services from 2009-2016.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and MBA degree from the Yale School of Management.

Closing Session Speakers

Friday, May 6, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

S19: The Future is Not (Today’s) EHR

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association

Dr. Pamela Cipriano is the 35th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation's largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses.

A distinguished nursing leader, Dr. Cipriano has held executive positions in health care systems, academia and national professional organizations in her career. In 2015, she was named one of the "Top 100 People in Healthcare" and one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare," both by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was senior director for health care management consulting at Galloway Advisory by iVantage. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000, and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing. 

Dr. Cipriano is known nationally as a strong advocate for health care quality, and has served on a number of boards and committees for high-profile organizations, including the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission. Dr. Cipriano was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine.

A longtime member, Dr. Cipriano has been active in ANA at the national and state levels. In addition to serving two terms on the ANA Board of Directors, she was the recipient of the association’s 2008 Distinguished Membership Award for her outstanding contributions to ANA.  She was the inaugural editor-in-chief of American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, from 2006-14. Dr. Cipriano is a member of the Virginia Nurses Association.

Dr. Cipriano holds a PhD in executive nursing administration from the University of Utah College of Nursing, a master of nursing degree in physiological nursing from the University of Washington, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from American University. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow in 1991.

Michael Hodgkins, MD, M.P.H.
Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer, American Medical Association

Dr. Hodgkins is a seasoned physician executive with more than 25 years’ experience in health services, clinical connectivity and e-business solutions. In his current role, he provides leadership and expertise in developing new products and services, AMA’s strategy for digital health and medicine and EHR policy. In addition, he represents the AMA on the Sequoia Project board of directors and chairs the Carequality Steering Committee.

Prior to joining AMA, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of NaviNet, Inc., (formerly NaviMedix) the nations' leading healthcare communications network and technology company. Before that, he was SVP and Chief Medical Officer for Kinetra, Inc., a health information network services joint venture of Eli Lily and EDS.

Dr. Hodgkins completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco where he was previously Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology. He has a background in health planning and policy analysis and his ongoing interests include the design, development and implementation of technology-based solutions and services to meet the needs of the evolving health care market. He has been an invited speaker at national and regional conferences and is often interviewed on background as a key opinion leader and subject matter expert.