February 23, 2018

Keynote Speakers


David R. Hunt, MD, FACS

Dr. Hunt is Chief Medical Officer and Acting Director in the Office of Health IT Adoption for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the Department of Health and Human Services. At ONC he merges years as a practicing surgeon and leader in surgical quality and patient safety with hands-on experience at all levels of information technology. Working at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2002 through 2007, Dr. Hunt led the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System (MPSMS) as well as the Surgical Care Improvement Partnership (SCIP).  Practicing surgery in both private and academic settings, Dr. Hunt served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Howard University, as well as chair of surgical peer review at various hospitals in the Washington metropolitan area.

Kevin L. Larsen, MD

Dr. Larsen the is Medical Director of Meaningful Use at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. He is responsible for coordinating the clinical quality measures for Meaningful Use Certification and oversees the development of the Population Health Tool.

Prior to working for the federal government he was Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Associate Medical Director at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His research includes health care financing for people living in poverty, computer systems to support clinical decision making, and health literacy. He has served on a number of state and national committees in informatics, data standards and health IT.

Joy Pritts

Joy Pritts joined the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health & Human Services in February 2010 as its first Chief Privacy Officer.  Ms. Pritts provides critical advice to the Secretary and the National Coordinator in developing and implementing ONC’s privacy and security programs under HITECH. She works closely with the Office for Civil Rights and other operating divisions of HHS, as well as with other government agencies to help ensure a coordinated approach to key privacy and security issues.

Prior to joining ONC, Ms. Pritts held a joint appointment as a Senior Scholar with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and as a Research Associate Professor with the Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University. She has an extensive background confidentiality laws including the HIPAA Privacy Rule, federal alcohol and substance abuse treatment confidentiality laws, the Common Rule governing federally funded research, and state health information privacy laws.

Michael W. Painter, JD, MD

Michael W. Painter joined The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Senior Program Officer in 2005. Previously he served as a health policy advisor at the office of Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D. Dr. Painter is a board certified family physician who previously served as the chief of medical staff at the Seattle Indian Health Board. As a senior member of the Foundation’ s Quality and Disparities teams, Painter focuses on the delivery of quality health care services and the reduction of racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He is an advocate at the national, state, and local levels involving issues such as quality innovation, coverage solutions, health disparities, and health care issues affecting urban American Indians and Alaska Natives. Additionally, he has a special interest in chronic disease management and prevention.

Neil Calman, MD, ABFP, FAAFP

Neil Calman, MD, is a board-certified family physician who has practiced in the Bronx and Manhattan for more than 30 years. He is president and a co-founder of the Institute for Family Health. Since 1983, Dr. Calman has led the Institute in developing family health centers in the Bronx, Manhattan, and the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York State. Dr. Calman leads the Institute in a variety of cutting edge programs: in 2002, the Institute became one of the first community health center networks in the country to implement a fully integrated electronic medical record system, improving both preventive and chronic care treatment throughout its centers. In April 2009, Dr. Calman was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the national Health Information Technology Policy Panel, which makes recommendations on the development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure.

Ceci Connolly

Ceci Connolly is the Managing Director of the Health Research Institute at PwC, a research organization dedicated to objective analysis on the issues, policies and trends important to healthcare organizations and policymakers. In her role at the Health Research Institute, Ceci oversees a team of independent analysts and writers who track major developments across the healthcare spectrum.

Ceci is a veteran journalist, author and commentator who spent 25 years in the news business, reporting on national politics, healthcare, Latin America and natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. As the national health correspondent for the Washington Post, she chronicled enactment of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and was co-author of Landmark: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All.

Prior to joining PwC, Ceci was a senior adviser at the McKinsey Center for Health Reform, where she led the firm’s healthcare publishing and advised clients on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.