HIMSS Middle East Integrated Health Innovations Conference 2014
Mohammed H. Al Hajjy, BSN MSc CPHQ CPHHA F
Clinical Application Specialist
Healthcare Information Technology Affairs - HITA, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Hospital, Riaydh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

MOHAMMED is a clinical application specialist & Benefits Realization Coordinator at KFSH&RC with a background in critical care nursing, quality and patient safety. He has been working for King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center since 2002.  Mohammed has a master’s degree in health management from the university of York and bachelor degree in Nursing from Jordan University of Sciences and Technology. He is a certified professional in health care quality and health administration and has a fellowship from the American institute of health care quality. His unique diverse experiences have enabled him to excel in designing, building, and maintaining electronic clinical and medical information systems.


His interest is primarily focused on studying the benefits and impact of the health informatics solutions on patient care delivery and safety.

His Excellency Engineer Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor
Director General
Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Engineer Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor is the Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the strategic health authority for the Emirate of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a degree appointing HE Eng. 

Al Maidoor as the Director-General of the DHA on the 14th of November, 2012. DHA’s mandate includes oversight of the health sector for the Emirate of Dubai as well as service delivery at DHA facilities. The DHA oversees health policy and strategy, health data, information analysis and standards, health promotion and public health, regulation of healthcare professionals and facilities, medical education and research and healthcare funding. In addition to this, it also ensures delivery of high-quality health services at its hospitals, primary healthcare and specialty centres.
Dr. Mohammed Al Swaini
Consultant & Acting Head of PMR Department
Rashid Hospital, UAE

Dr Mohammed Al Swaini graduated in 2000 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He started his medical career as a resident in the orthopedic traumatology unit in Al Qasimi hospital till 2005. Realizing that there was a gap in the continuum of care provided to orthopedic patients, he pursued his post graduate training in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation with particular interest in early post-acute physical rehabilitation and musculoskeletal conditions and manual medicines.

Dr AlSwaini received his German Board Fellowship (Facharzt) from the Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich Germany in 2011.

Dr. Mohammed R Al Yemeni PhD
former Deputy Minister of Health, Saudi Arabia; an eHealth Subject Matter Expert; an Entrepreneur; and a Professor (Moderator)

Mohammed R. Alyemeni is the former Deputy Minister of Health, Saudi Arabia. He is a Doctor of Public Health, majoring in Health Information Systems and Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

He is an Assistant Professor of Health Information Systems & Hospital Administration in King Saud University. He served as the Vice Dean of the College of Business Administration, King Saud University. He also serves as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Health and Medical Informatics at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.

Dr. Alyemeni has undertaken research and consultancies for major health organizations and government agencies in Saudi Arabia, and he is also a member of various scientific and professional associations. His research interests include developing and evaluating health information resources, applications of information technology to health, health policy development, and health management.

Ammar Al-Badarneh
Assistant Director & Chief Architect –Strategy Management Office Information & Communication Technology
Ministry of Health, KSA

Mr. Al-Badarneh has about 20 years of IT business alignment consulting and strategy execution  experience. He has a Master’s degree in Digital Communication from the University of Maryland (College Park), USA. He has worked on large enterprise transformation  programs/projects at various institutions in the USA and Middle East.

Ammar Al-Badarneh currently advises the Strategy Management Office under the Saudi E-Health Program in areas related to eHealth Governance, eHealth architecture and interoperability standards.  He also a founding member of the Saudi IHE Chapter

Ammar Al-Badarneh advised the Saudi E-Government Program (Yesser) on the architecture and implementation of the Government Service Bus (GSB) project and national interoperability standards. .

His current work and interest has been focused on Enterprise Architecture, Integration and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise IT governance, eHealth architecture and standards.

Hamad Abdulaziz Al-Daig
Chief Executive Officer
A distinguished IT professional served King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a Chief Information Officer and Executive Director for 28 years, with a total career span of over 34 years all in the field of Information Technology in Health Care. 

Under my leadership, KFSH&RC had received internationally recognized awards and certifications: HIMSS EMR adoption Stage-6, ISO 27001 for Information Security, and Digital Excellence Award from the Ministry of Communications and Technology. 

I have won Healthcare IT Innovators award from Healthcare Informatics Magazine in September 2006. 

Another significant achievement of mine is the co-founding of the Saudi Association for Health Informatics (SAHI), where I served as founding Vice President. I am also a contributing members of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for the Middle East region. 

I had co-authored the book “Developing Data Warehouse for the Healthcare Enterprise-Lessons from the Trenches”, which was selected as the “Book of the year” for 2008. The second edition of the Book was published in early 2013. I have also published articles in HIMSS journal and presented several papers in various international and regional conferences and symposia.
Hasan AlAttas
General Manager
Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre
Hasan AlAttas is General Manager at Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre, and is responsible for providing leadership in the overall administration, strategic planning and development of the Centre.

Prior to joining Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre, Hasan spent five years at Mubadala Development Company, overseeing operations for a number of its healthcare facilities. In this capacity, Hasan acted as the Head of Operations for Wooridul Spine Centre, and Asset Manager of Abu Dhabi Knee & Sports Medicine Centre. He also contributed to the feasibility, implementation and development of the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Al Ain, the National Reference Laboratory, and the fully integrated, primary care and multi-specialty hospital, Healthpoint.

Al Attas is also a member of Mubadala Healthcare’s Special Projects Team, focused on projects aimed at increasing operational efficiency of Mubadala’s portfolio of healthcare assets.

AlAttas holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Bio-Medical Engineering from the Higher Colleges of Technology, U.A.E. He also holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, and has successfully completed Harvard Business School training programs in developing businesses within established organizations.
Dr. Khalid Alodhaibi, MBA, PhD
Executive Director of Health Informatics and Chief Information Officer
King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

As a CIO of KFMC, Dr. Khalid focuses on innovation and patient centered services while increasing efficiency through technology modernization and business process improvements. Dr. Khalid received his PhD degree in Information Technology in 2011 from George Mason University Fairfax, VA. and his MBA degree with Information System Concentration in 2006 at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California USA. While studying in a full time basis he had 10 years of experience in information technology and engineering in IBM Corporation, Silicon Valley Lab., San Jose, California USA.
Michel Amous
Country Manager, Middle East and India

Michel Amous is Country Manager for the Middle East and India and is based in InterSystems’ offices in Dubai Healthcare City. He ensures that existing customers maximize the value from their investment in InterSystems technology and identifies and builds partnerships with local software providers looking to embed InterSystems technology.

Before joining InterSystems, he was Head of Sales at Cerner Middle East and before that held various regional roles in sales, development and sales force effectiveness at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BSc in biology from the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr
Assistant Director General
The Executive Office, Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is an Assistant Director General of the Executive Office. Part of her role is to lead the Smart Dubai task force team.

Prior to that, Dr. Aisha worked in the Ministry of Labor as an Assistant Undersecretary for support services responsible for developing and implementing strategic management, partnership development and change management policies.  With 20 years  of experience in information, communication and technology (ICT) development in public and government sectors, she possesses  analytical, coordination, communication and advocacy skills relating to ICT, public reform trends and strategies.

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr holds a PHD in Management, Science, Technology and Innovation and Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Policy and Research on Engineering, Science and Technology from Manchester Business School, Bachelor of Science (BS), Applied Science (Business Information Technology) from Higher Colleges of Technology , and a degree in Public Finance Management from Dubai School of Government as well as a graduate of Orchestrating Winning Performance from IMD

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is a graduate of a two-year young leaders program organized by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Centre for Leadership Development (MBRCLD).

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr has received many awards; the latest is Middle East Woman Leader in Corporate Management Excellence (2012). And as well she received award on behalf of Smart Dubai Initiative like the token of appreciation and recognition to your good self for H.H’s admirable future smart city vision and plans from the Swedish Embassy and in collaboration with the Swedish Trade and Invest Council and Ericsson.

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr represent Smart Dubai Initiative in many communities and conferences such as City Protocol Society.

Dr. Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH
Chief Innovation Officer
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

Dr. Molly Joel Coye, M.D., M.P.H., is the Chief Innovation Officer of UCLA Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is an internationally recognized leader in health care delivery policy and an expert in the use of information and clinical technology to advance the health of communities. 

As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Coye oversees the UCLA Innovates HealthCare Initiative, and is responsible for developing programs and strategies that promote and nurture innovation across the UCLA Health System. She works with the leadership of the Health System and outside partners to develop innovations that can transform the quality, value and delivery of healthcare on a local, national and global level. 

Dr. Coye has extensive experience in government, academia and the private sector. She served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, Director of the California Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She founded and served as chief executive officer of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a renowned non-profit education and research organization that became the premier forecasting institution for emerging technologies in health care. 

She co-founded and served as chief executive officer and chair of the Board of Directors of CalRHIO, California’s first statewide health information exchange organization. She was also a founding member of The California Endowment, the largest private health care philanthropy organization in the state. In her private sector work, she led a large medical group and Independent Physician’s Association, directed product development at an early internet disease management company and advised venture capital investors in health technology. 

Dr. Coye currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), one of the largest nonprofit organizations in international health. She also serves as a member of the boards of the American Telemedicine Association and of Aetna, Inc. and is a past member of the boards of the American Hospital Association, the American Public Health Association and the China Medical Board. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in 1994, Dr. Coye co-authored two landmark reports on healthcare quality, To Err Is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm. She also chaired the IOM’s Committee on Access to Insurance for Children, and co-chaired the Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards. She has received many prestigious honors and awards in recognition of her distinguished professional career. She received the Information Technology Innovator Award from HealthCare Informatics and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. 

Dr. Coye holds a Doctor of Medicine and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and is board certified by the American College of Preventative Medicine. She speaks fluent Spanish and Chinese, has a Master of Arts in Chinese history from Stanford University and has written two books on Chinese history.
Dr. Frédéric Ehrler, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Division of Medical Information Sciences
University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Frederic Ehrler obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Geneva, Switzerland for his work related to medical informatics, biomedical text mining and data processing. After completing his thesis, Dr. Frederic spent a few years working as analyst in a multi-disciplinary team in charge of developing and deploying the clinical information system in the largest hospital consortium of Switzerland.

Since 2010, Dr. Frederic has joined the team of Pr Christian Lovis at the division of medical information sciences of the University hospital of Geneva. Since 4 years, he has been developing a strong experience in advanced human-machine interfaces, such as contactless interfaces, 3D systems, augmented and virtual reality. This includes wearable sensors and bio-captors, complex pervasive environments, context-driven data processing, as well as usability and evaluation of human-computer interactions.
Dr. Osama El-Hassan
Head of eHealth
Dubai Health Authority
Dr. Osama El Hassan is the head of eHealth section within Health Data and Information Analysis Department at Dubai Health Authority and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the e-School of Health and Environmental Studies at Hamdan Bin Mohammad Smart University. He obtained a PhD in software Engineering from University of Leicester and an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College in UK. Prior to and during his doctoral work he spent 10 years serving multiple teaching and research positions in the Middle East and UK universities. He developed an interest in Healthcare Information Systems during his PhD work which allowed him to play key roles in several healthcare authorities within Dubai after completing his research work. Dr. Osama joined Dubai Health Authority in Oct. 2012 to take the responsibility of devising and executing DHA’s e-Health vision and to further develop Dubai’s Health Data Standardization initiatives. Before joining DHA, he worked for 3 years as a Senior Technical consult in TECOM Investments where he was supervising IT operations within Dubai Healthcare City.
Tomaž Gornik
Chief Executive Officer
Marand, Slovenia

Tomaz Gornik is co-founder and CEO of Marand and an experienced manager of teams building world-class software products for more than 20 years. He has a proven track record delivering innovative turn-key solutions for large clients in telecommunications, finance and healthcare. He is always challenging teams to build better software using state-of-the-art technology, architectures and processes and has a good understanding of software platforms, architecture, deployment and business models
0Clare Green
Senior Product & Business Development Manager, Clinical Solutions
Elsevier (EMEALA)
An experienced healthcare professional with a strong background in programme & IT product management as well as being clinically qualified. 

Major achievements:

Led the sucessful commissioning & activation of the 111 Programme throughout five boroughs in London

Owner of a specialist training & consultancy company over a six year period working throughout the EU including Poland, Belgium & Denmark

Led the sucessful national roll out of Immediate Life Support to key centres in Poland

Head of Training & Development for the InterQual suite of products - managed integrated care implementations & the scoping out of offshore products for the UK market

Rapid sucessful implementation of a DoH action plan for one of the busiest UK Trusts 

Sucessfully commissioned and rolled out a specialist resuscitation & emergency care provision for a multi site Trust
Professor William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FACP
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE)
Oregon Health & Science University, USA
William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FACP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. 

Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research. In education, he developed and serves as Director of all of OHSU’s graduate biomedical informatics education programs, including the Master of Science, the Master of Biomedical 
Informatics, the Graduate Certificate, and the Doctor of Philosophy. 

Dr. Hersh also spearheaded OHSU’s efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which are available up to the master’s degree level. He also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10x10 (“ten by ten”) program, which aims to educate 10,000 health care professionals and others in biomedical 
informatics. Dr. Hersh also serves as Director of OHSU's Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics, mainly funded by a training grant from the National Library of Medicine, which was recently renewed through 2017. 

He also directs an Informatics Training for Global Health grant from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center in collaboration with Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Hersh is also involved in other global efforts to expand informatics capacity through education in Singapore and elsewhere. Dr. Hersh has won numerous awards for his educational innovations. These include the OHSU Faculty Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for outstanding teaching in 2007, the 2008 AMIA Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics, and being named among the Modern Healthcare Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in 2010, 2011, and 2012. 

Dr. Hersh has also made many contributions in research. His most recent work has focused on the quantity and characteristics of the workforce needed to implement health information technology, especially in clinical settings. Dr. Hersh is also active in clinical and translational research informatics. He serves as Director of the Biomedical Informatics Program of the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) and was Chair of the National Informatics Steering Committee of the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Institutes of Health from 2006-2008. His research originally focused in the area of information retrieval, where he has authored over 100 scientific papers as well as the book, Information Retrieval: A Health and Biomedical Perspective (Springer, 2009), now in its third edition and which has an associated Web site. 
Executive Vice President
HIMSS Analytics, USA

John P. Hoyt is Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the largest U.S. not-for-profit healthcare caused-based organization focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology. HIMSS represents approximately 55,000 individual members, more than 660 corporate members and nearly 30 not-for-profit organizations that share its mission. Mr. Hoyt is responsible for providing executive leadership and direction to HIMSS Analytics worldwide where he also provides direction for all Stage 6 and Stage 7 validations and derivative research.

 Throughout his healthcare career, Hoyt has been instrumental in defining business and IT strategy as well as selecting, implementing and integrating mission-critical healthcare information systems across the enterprise.  Before joining HIMSS, Hoyt served as a hospital Chief Operating Officer and twice as a Chief Information Officer with various healthcare organizations accumulating in over 22 years of hospital executive committee leadership experience. Mr. Hoyt served in consultancy practices, including: IBM Healthlink Services and First Data Health Systems Group. 

 Hoyt holds a BSBA in Economics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and an MHA from St. Louis University in Missouri. He is a HIMSS Fellow and a Fellow and active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Mr. Ahmad Mohammad Jaradat
Nurse Educator (Informatics Nurse Specialist), Nursing In-Service Education Unit
Dubai Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Mr Ahmad Mohammad Jaradat is a Registered nurse who graduated in 2009 BSc. in Nursing from Jordan University of Science and Technology.He is  a Diploma holder in Hematology Nursing Training (Accredited by Ministry of Health and American institute of Healthcare and Hospitals management.

He is currently enrolled in Diploma in Health informatics (online) accredited by UKCHIP and he works in Dubai Hospital in Nursing In-service Education Unit as Nurse Educator (Informatics Nurse Specialist).

Prior to this he worked at:

  • King Hussein Cancer Center for about two years in the Bone Marrow and Stem Cells Transplantation Unit as a staff nurse and also in the capacity of the Unit's IT Nurse Liaison.
  • Alruweished Hospital, Jordan Ministry's, Emergency Department as a Staff Nurse
Dr. Manish Kohli
Chief, Medical Informatics
Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Manish Kohli is the Director of Healthcare Informatics for the Center for Planning and Quality (CPQ) and Director of Information Systems, DHCC and the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), University Hospital. He has been appointed to CPQ and DHCC by Partners Harvard Medical International. Prior to joining DHCC, Dr. Kohli served as Medical Director of Clinical Information Systems at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, USA. In that role Dr. Kohli, championed the implementation of a full functionality electronic medical record (EMR) for 140 physicians in 23 clinics. Concurrently, he maintained a part-time clinical practice in Family Medicine. 

Dr. Kohli received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL USA and completed his Family Medicine residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA. In addition, he has completed the Tanger Fellowship in Patient Safety at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA as well as a Faculty Development Fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, USA. Dr. Kohli has a MPH in International Health and a MBA in Medical Services Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Kohli’s interests include healthcare informatics; clinical practice improvement, health systems development, design and re-engineering; quality improvement and patient safety; and medical practice
Dr. Miroslav Koncar
Director, Healthcare and Education Industry

Miroslav Koncar PhD, is the Business Development Director for Healthcare and Education industry segments in Oracle. His responsibilities include Oracle Healthcare and Education IT Industry Solutions business development, strategic sales support and thought leadership across ECEMEA (East and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Next to Oracle, Miroslav also holds the honorary associate professor position at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb, Croatia, where he teaches Biomedical Informatics for 5th year undergraduate masters studies. He is Chair of HL7 Croatia and certified HL7 expert, the most significant not-for-profit standardization body in the field of health informatics.

Miroslav is recognized as thought leader and key experts in area of healthcare IT in particular. He is representing Oracle in various think tanks and flagship initiatives, such as European Commission Large Scale Pilots, EU 2020 Strategy and Digital Agenda for Europe public consultations and leadership forums, and similar. Finally, as recognition by Oracle industry strategy team, Miroslav is acting as Oracle Healthcare Industry Board member in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Miroslav is based in Zagreb, Croatia. He is married and a proud father of two children.

Dr. Amit Kumar
Specialist Vascular Surgeon
BR Medical Suites Dubai, UAE

Dr. Amit has immense experience in his field after performing more than 1100 vascular & endovascular procedures over the last 5 years in the Middle East. These include, the first successful atherectomy in the Middle East as well the first use of a drug eluting peripheral stent.

He was the Principal Investigator of the first vascular study in the Middle East, The ABC in PVD study, a multi-institutional study across the Emirates. Previously he has received a grant for Robotic Surgery, which he pursued at East Carolina University, North Carolina, USA. His research interests involve design and innovation. He designed the “Deep Driver,” for use in deep abdominal surgery.

In his efforts to promote vascular awareness he has given more than 70 talks both locally as well as at international conferences on the topic of vascular disease in the Middle East. In addition he has organized several vascular conferences in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Amit Kumar founded the Center for Vascular and Endovascular surgery at BR Medical Suites.

His most recent publication “Handbook of Endovascular Interventions” has recently been published in the US.

He has always been appointed as the Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

Umang Nahata
Chief Executive Officer
Evolutionary System Pvt Ltd.
Hakan Nordgren
Senior Medical Advisor
My assignment is in the Swedish National eHealth initiative was charing the Architectural board and working with governance issues. I am also practicing medicine as a consultant peadiatrician.

In earlier roles I worked as Chief Medical Officer / Medical Director with responsibilities as official spokesperson, risk mitigation programs, business development, research projects, simulation models, lobbying and contacts with authorities.

I have worked as Management Consultant with customers among Pharmaceutical companies, ICT companies and the health care sector. I worked with Lean HealthCare in the early 90-ties. 

I introduced BioInformatics in the Karolinska Institue in the early 80-ties.
I have done research in Molecular Biology, Clinical Physiology, Allergology and in Health Economics.

During my work in the hospital sector I was involved in several projects including the introduction of DRG, development and building of Astrid Lindgrens Childrens Centre and many more. I have had leading roles in the procurement, development, implementation of several electronic health information systems (EHR). 
I had the position as Chief Development Officer in Huddinge University Hospital working with the digitalization of the hospital and also the introduction of process follow up systems.

Specialties:Change Management and implementation. 
Patient Safety Issues and Quality. 
Security and Integrity Issues. 
Regulatory Issues. 
Health Care. 
Health Economy. 
Communication, Lobbying and PR. 
eHealth and e-trials. 
Lean Management i.e. Lean Hospital. 
Incentive systems for health care. 
Governance and risk mitigation programs.
Futures analysis and competitive analysis.
Strategy development.
Michael B. O'Neil Jr.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
GetWellNetwork, USA

Michael O’Neil was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 28. After four cycles of chemotherapy, he started GetWellNetwork® to help hospitals improve performance and outcomes through patient engagement.

Today, GetWellNetwork is working with over 200 health care organizations incorporating its Interactive Patient Care model across the continuum of care. GetWellNetwork is exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association and is recognized by KLAS® as the market leader in Interactive Patient Systems. 

Michael is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and Mindshare, a group of high-tech CEOs fostering entrepreneurship and growth in the Washington, DC area. Michael also serves on the board of directors of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the DAISY Foundation, a global organization dedicated to honoring nurses.  

Michael holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D./MBA from Georgetown University.

Desmond O’Loan
eHealth Strategy, Design & Programme Control Manager
Health & Social Care Board, Northern Ireland
Desmond has over 30 years of ICT and general management experience both in the private and public sector and currently works for the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland. 

He has responsibility for providing advice, guidance and decision making across the Northern Ireland (N.I.) Health Service in relation to strategic ICT investments. He initiated and led the strategic project that delivered the highly successful Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR) for every citizen in N.I., which has attracted over 18,000 clinical users in its first 15 months of live operation. 

He is also the lead for the design, procurement and delivery of the N.I. Electronic Prescribing & Medicines Management solution as well as leading on strategic solutions including, mobilising the Healthcare workforce, Interoperability, Master Data Management, Regional Data Quality, innovating with the Private sector, modernising the infrastructure, among many others. 

He works closely with senior clinical staff in Acute Trusts, Primary Care, the Community sector and the Voluntary sectors to create a joined up, truly person centred, Health Information Service.
Marc Perlman
Global Vice President, Oracle Healthcare, Oracle Life Sciences, Oracle Education and Research
Oracle Industry Solutions Group

Marc Perlman is Global Vice President for the healthcare, life sciences, and education and research industries at Oracle, where he is responsible companywide for strategy, enablement and industry solutions in support of customer organizations throughout the world. With more than 33 years in the healthcare industry, he brings deep experience in working with payers, providers, health and device manufacturers, consumers and the federal government to improve operational performance, clinical quality, patient safety and revenue cycle performance.

Mr. Perlman joined Oracle in 2006 from McKesson Corporation, where over his 13-year tenure he progressed through operational and sales leadership roles in the company’s provider technology solutions, health solutions and medication safety/automation businesses. Prior to McKesson, he held executive roles with various healthcare organizations focused on analytics, services and innovative disease management programs.

Mr. Perlman is a board member of the USA Healthcare Alliance (USAHA) and the HIMSS Center for Patient and Family-Centered Care. He writes and speaks frequently on healthcare topics and issues.

Jacob Plummer
Vice President, Global Business Development
Allscripts International
Allscripts International provides governments and health systems with software that improves the safety, quality, and affordability of patient care.

Responsible for global operations, I work with the managing directors of Canada, United Kingdom/Europe, Middle East/Africa, and AsiaPacific, to ensure that current customers receive a world-class experience and that prospective customers are able to learn about the unique attributes of Allscripts' open-architecture and population health programs.

Responsible for strategy and business development, I report to the President of Allscripts, International to present global opportunities for strategic investments, partnerships, and/or acquisitions. In this role, there is a special focus on supporting start-up companies whose offerings complement Allscripts' focus on building a connected community of health.
Mike Pomerance
Vice President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa

Mike Pomerance serves as Vice-President and Managing Director of Cerner Middle East where he is responsible for supporting Cerner's clients in Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, from the company's Dubai office.

Pomerance has shown a high level of diligence in his attainment of business goals and increased satisfaction of his clients since joining Cerner in 2002. During his tenure at Cerner, he has built a strong, cross-functional reputation through his roles. Previously, he has held roles as a national sales manager for radiology, a client services executive for the North Atlantic region, an operations executive with Solution Works, and a client results executive.

In 2004, Pomerance's unit was recognized as the Best in Cerner for Organizational Excellence.

Before joining Cerner, Mike was General Manager for radiology business unit of Dynamic Healthcare Technologies. Prior to working in health care, Mike developed two successful start-up companies where he held positions as founder and CEO.

Pomerance received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brian Raggett
Practice Manager
Cerner Middle East, Dubai, UAE
Leading and managing a diverse team of 30+ physicians, nurses, pharmacists and consultants driving and implementing strategic organizational clinical initiatives and EMR implementations across Cerner's Middle East client base.
Dr. Mohammad Al Redha
Health Data & Information Analysis Department, Dubai Health Authority, UAE / President of Emirates Health Informatics Society, UAE

Dr. Mohammad Al Redha is the Director of the Health Data and Information Analysis Department at the Dubai Health Authority. His main responsibility is to develop the necessary standards for implementing and managing the health information systems in the Emirate of Dubai.

Before joining the Health Policy & Strategy Sector, Dr. Mohammad was a Research Fellow in Clinical Informatics at the Division of Clinical Informatics, Harvard Medical School in Boston (2008-2009). His main focus was redefining the standards of healthcare to meet international standards while creating a very patient-focused, research-enriched environment. Prior to joining the field of informatics, Dr. Mohammad was the Assistant Chief Operating Officer at Rashid Hospital – a 600 bed trauma facility serving Dubai since 1973.

Dr. Al Redha is a graduate and postgraduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and holds a Masters Degree (MSc) in Healthcare Management. He is also a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development Programme and a Fellow at the Dubai School of Government.

Craig Rhodes
EMEA Principal Architect
Oracle Health Sciences Global Business Unit

For the last 15 years I have been understanding, designing, developing and delivering solutions for Healthcare organisations around the world.


Current Role

Oracle Health Sciences Master Healthcare Consultant

•Working with public healthcare organisations, Ministries of Health and private health organisations in identifying their requirements for E-health and Enterprise Healthcare Analytic programs, bringing together Oracle solutions and partners to meet their healthcare and IT needs
•Our team has won a number of key wins in Health Information Exchange (Norway, Australia, Singapore, MSD Saudi Arabia), Enterprise Health Analytics & Personalised Medicine (UPMC, Moffitt, MD Anderson, Cancer UK, Oxford Cancer Network)


•Northgate Public Services – Principal Health Solutions Architect; Working with Healthcare customers to understand their requirements and then design, develop and implement healthcare solutions.
•NHS Choices Innovation Lead – working with the Department of Health and external organizations on the strategic direction of NHS Choices determining the future content and experience for the website.
•Map of Medicine – Innovation, Development and Support Manager – Managing the strategic direction, user experience, design, development and support of the Map of Medicine around the world.

Other Roles

Draeger Medical (Germany) – Education and Training Research and Development Manager – designing and developing training tools for doctors and nurses enabling them to use the full functionality of Draeger’s Medical Devices Iracambi Conservation Research (Brazil) – IT Manager design and developing their websites and maintaining their IT infrastructure in the Atlantic Rain Forrest

Tertio LTD (UK) – Software consultant – designing and implementing knowledge management systems for blue chips companies

Santa Cruz Operation – E-commerce Program Manager

0Haakon S. Rist
Assistant Marketing Manager
Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre
Dr. Robert Schumacher, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, User Experience

Dr. Robert Schumacher is the Executive Vice President for User Experience at GfK.
Dr. Schumacher spent many years in the telecom industry in human factors, new product development and project management, ending up as Vice President of Universal Access. 

Dr. Schumacher's research interests include user performance in high-volume transaction environments such as call centers, forms, and POS systems. He was one of the driving forces behind the formation of the User Experience Alliance (UXa). 
Dr. Schumacher speaks frequently on user experience at national and international events, holds several patents, and has written dozens of professional and academic papers. He is working on a book on global user research. 

Dr. Schumacher received PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Experimental Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Deirdre Stewart RGN, RPN, PG Dip HCI
Chief Nursing Officer, Director
Cerner Middle East
Deirdre Stewart. RGN, PRN, PGDip HCI. Deirdre has 30 years of nursing and informatics experience, with over 2 decades of those in healthcare in the Middle East. Deirdre's experience prior to her position as Chief Nursing Officer for Cerner in the Middle East, included Community Health Nursing, Infection Control, Quality Management, ISO and Occupational Health. Breadth and depth of experience in nursing and clinical information systems, allows her to help drive strategy in the areas of health care automation within care and wellness environments.
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Clinical Architect
Dr. Nick van Terheyden
Chief Medical Information Officer
Nuance Communications, USA

Dr. Nick van Terheyden is currently Chief Medical Information Officer for Nuance Communications. 

He brings a distinctive blend of medical practitioner and business strategist, to the realm of healthcare technology. 

Dr. van Terheyden is a pioneering creator in the evolution of healthcare technology and has worked as a business leader in one of the first speech recognition Internet companies.

Dorothy Whittick
Global Leader for the Healthcare Center of Competency
IBM, Canada
Dorothy Is the Leader and Certified Executive Consultant in the IBM Global Centre of Competence for Health Care and Life Sciences.  Dorothy has many years of eHealth Strategy and Business transformation consulting experience with healthcare organizations around the world.  

She has managed complex eHealth engagements, and has developed innovative strategies to transform health systems.  Dorothy has led national and jurisdictional Transformation initiatives such as Preventive Oncology Information Systems,  eHealth Strategy, Digital Hospital, Governance Models, Customer Relationship Management, Integration of Health and Wellness Services, Change Management, the Interoperable Electronic Health Record, Identity Management, Client Registry, Privacy Impact and Clinical Interoperability Acceleration.  

These projects typically involve engaging hundreds of clinical, executive, informatics and technology stakeholders, working towards a common patient centric vision and strategy.  Dorothy is based in Canada and has worked with health care leaders, at national, regional and facility levels across the globe.
Ahmad Yahya
Chief Information Officer
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Mr. Ahmad Yahya is the CIO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), where is responsible for managing all technology infrastructure and applications for the hospital's 3,600+ employees. He is a recognized technology leader known for crafting strategic roadmaps that achieve business goals, and is credited with generating strong operational improvements across SKMC. Mr. Ahmad has built a responsive IT team that consistently delivers results by aligning technology initiatives with institutional goals, resulting in substantial improvements to service delivery and business/systems performance.