Zachary M. Hodges, CPHIT, CHP
President, HIMSS Idaho Chapter
Mr. Hodges currently works as a Sr. Consultant for Qualis Health, a Quality Innovation Network who’s mission to generate, apply, and disseminate knowledge to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes. As a consultant, Mr. Hodges assists providers with navigating the many challenges of healthcare transformation. From volume to value, implementing of EHRs, navigating meaningful use, optimizing the use of clinical data, workflow redesign, population health and administrative operations, Mr. Hodges is dedicated to assisting the healthcare community in reaching the objectives of the Triple Aim. In his role at Qualis, Mr. Hodges often collaborates with providers, healthcare leadership teams, stakeholders and industry specific associations, to drive adoption of CMS initiatives. Mr. Hodges is a frequent national speaker on healthcare technology, innovation, leadership and EHR best practices. Prior to joining Qualis Health, Mr. Hodges was a HIT strategy consultant for Sage Software/WebMD. For 6 years Mr. Hodges traveled the country working with providers, hospitals, medical groups and senior leadership teams as they integrated health information technology into their daily operations. Mr. Hodges was also previously the Supervisor for a large regional hospital and ambulatory clinic system’s IT department.
Mr. Hodges is a LEAN Practitioner, Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT), and a Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP.
Zach is a member of the Idaho Health IT Workgroup, a founding member of the Idaho TeleHealth taskforce and current President of the Idaho Chapter of HIMSS. Zach volunteers with the Idaho Medical Reserve Corps and has been on the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) for CWI’s (College of Western Idaho) Medical Administration program for over 3 years.
Mr. Hodges attends graduate school at OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University) in Portland, OR, and will graduate with a MBA in Healthcare in 2018.
Zach lives in Boise, ID with his wife Debra and two daughters, Piper and Shiloh. In his spare time (LOL), Zach enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and camping in the back county of Idaho, boating & rafting the many lakes and rivers throughout the region, photography, snowboarding and backyard BBQs.back to top
Marc Chasin, M.D., MMM, CPE, CHCIO
System Vice President, Chief Information Officer, St. Luke’s Health System
President-Elect, HIMSS Idaho Chapter
Marc Chasin, M.D., MMM, CPE, CHCIO is System Vice President and Chief Information Officer of St. Luke’s Health System. In this role, he is responsible for providing vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives to include directing the planning and implementation of the health system’s enterprise IT systems and advanced clinical information systems to advance and promote the transformation of health care by aligning with physicians and other providers to deliver integrated, seamless, and patient-centered quality care across the St. Luke’s Health System. He has extensive experience in the area of change management as well as clinical informatics on an enterprise level.
Dr. Chasin was previously CMO/CMIO at Bon Secours Charity Health System and maintained an active practice in Family Medicine. He is a member of many professional organizations including the Epic Care Everywhere Council, Idaho Telehealth Council, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In addition, he regularly teaches the CHIME CIO and CMIO Boot Camps.back to top
Rhett W. Jackson
Rhett W. Jackson is business and technology visionary with over 15 years of experience leading and directing teams in leveraging technology to: solve organizational problems, improve efficiencies, reduce costs, eliminate waste, and improve working environments. He is an active participant in leading change and leveraging resources by establishing a shared vision and improving collaboration; he also serves on various committees and councils. Originally from Alamosa, Colorado, he moved to Rexburg, Idaho in 2012, where he is currently the Director of Information Systems for Madison Memorial Hospital.
Rhett is an innovative and driven individual with an outstanding record of success. A few of his accomplishments include:
- Developed budgeting methodology which reduced the time for hardware deployment by over 200% and lowered administrative costs by $300K.
- Restructured staffing and centralizing processes, which resulted in a reduction of FTE and reduced the delivery time of physician documentation from hours down to
- Leveraged FCC-funded programs to increasing bandwidth 300% while reducing network expenditures $24K annually.
- Evaluated budgets, technical expenditures and in-house vs. out-sourced services, cutting costs by $70K annually.
- Evaluated and performed time studies on multiple login accounts for end users; implanted technology that provided seamless access to applications while incorporating two-point authentication for increased security, resulting in time savings of 30-50min. / clinical staff / work shift.
Rhett is a graduate of Adams State University; he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business and Computer Administration and is proficient in Spanish. As a dedicated athlete in high school he became a multi-event state champion in track and field. Rhett is now a father of 9 children and strives to help others by serving in his community and church.back to top
EHR Optimization Team Lead
Secretary, HIMSS Idaho Chapter
Angela Byington has worked in healthcare since 1996, starting out in medical transcription and documentation editing, which she did for many years as a contractor for various health systems on the east and west coast. In June 2013, after completing a bachelor’s degree, she accepted a position at St. Luke’s as an Ambulatory Application Analyst. She is currently an EHR Optimization Team Lead and Supervisor, primarily focused on outpatient Epic modules, but involved in other outpatient applications as well. Some areas of specialty are population health, clinical decision support, and reporting.
Angela holds an Associate of Science degree in Health Information Technology (1996), a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in both Healthcare Information System Management and Computer Information Systems (2013), and is currently working on an MBA with a Healthcare Administration emphasis through ISU (expected May 2017). She was previously on the education board for the Idaho Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (2013-2014) and has been a member of HIMSS since 2010.back to top
Julie Dresback, M.C.I.S., C.S.M.
Chair, Program Committee
HIMSS – Idaho Chapter
Julie Dresback the Manager of Strategic Planning at St. Luke’s Health System. Her background is primarily in strategic initiatives as well as relations management in both the higher education and healthcare industries. Julie has a BA in Communication from Whitworth University, a Masters in Communication and Information studies from Rutgers University, and is in the dissertation-writing phase of a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Development from Grand Canyon University. Her focus has been primarily on change management and employee identification within organizations. She began her career with Providence Health and Services in Spokane before moving to work on the Administration at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. She then spent 5 years working on strategy for operations and marketing at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.
Her passion for helping others has helped shape not only her career, but also her personal life. Having spent time overseas working in orphanages across Nepal led to starting a sewing school for low caste women in Kathmandu in 2008. She also serves as is a mentor through the business school at Whitworth and is a member of the Women in Technology collaborative at St. Luke’s. Her and her husband, Nathan, moved to Boise in 2016 with their three young sons.back to top
Vice President, Operations and Registry Services / Idaho Hospital Association
Chair, Membership Committee, HIMSS Idaho Chapter
Stacey Carson started her career at the Idaho Hospital Association (IHA) 26 years ago and has been vice president of operations since 2006. Ms. Carson operationalizes initiatives, provides project management, and supports strategic imperatives that align with IHA’s mission of providing health policy, advocacy and comprehensive member services that strengthen Idaho hospitals ability to best serve their communities. In 2014, Ms. Carson was appointed as chairman of the Idaho Telehealth Council and charged with coordinating and developing a comprehensive set of standards, policies, rules and procedures for the use of telehealth and telemedicine in Idaho. In her role as chair, she has worked with hospitals, physicians, regulators, payers and policymakers in developing telemedicine policies for Idaho. Ms. Carson earned a bachelor degree from the College of Social Science and Public Affairs at Boise State University. She is a member of the American Telemedicine Association.back to top
Security Analyst, IHT Security, St. Luke's Health System
Advocacy Liaison, HIMSS Idaho Chapter
Lorraine Bessmer is seasoned professional with 18 years of IT industry experience including 14 years as a data center and Internet professional. Over the last 7 years she has focused on information security in the healthcare industry where balancing protecting patient data with enabling access to the right users has been the focus. She joined a major health system in Portland Oregon, Legacy Health, and led an information security team. Now she has joined St. Luke’s in Boise in a similar role. Lorraine is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University with a Master’s Certificate in Biomedical Informatics. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Lorraine has served on the Board of Directors for the Health Information Managers Systems Society(HIMSS), Oregon Chapter for 6 years, serving in a variety of roles including; Programs Chair, Treasurer, and Advocacy Chair. She is also active in the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).back to top
Health IT Manager, Idaho Primary Care Association
HIE Liaison, HIMSS Idaho Chapter
Michael is responsible for coordinating the IPCA's information technology efforts. He serves as the coordinator and liaison with the Community Health Centers. He works closely with staff to integrate technology into the various programs and is the primary conduit between the IPCA and the health center organizations in Idaho.back to top
Snior Marketing Coordinator, Idaho Health Data Exchange
Matt is the Senior Marketing Coordinator for the Idaho Health Data Exchange. The Idaho Health Data Exchange is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect statewide healthcare facilities and providers in order to electronically and securely share patient data, improve patient care and help reduce healthcare costs.
Before taking this position, Matt served in marketing management positions with Idaho employers including Hewlett-Packard, Super-Valu/Albertson’s and HJ Heinz/Ore-Ida Foods.
Matt also served as the Chairman of the Hewlett-Packard 2009 Charitable Giving Campaign, as the Hewlett-Packard Marketing Liaison for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, and on the marketing board for Komen Boise for the Cure.
Matt is pursuing his Masters in Public Administration at Boise State University and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a minor in Marketing from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.back to top
Ryan is currently enrolled at Boise State University in the Health Informatics and Information Management program. He is also pursuing minors in both Information Technology Management and Cybersecurity.
Before going back to school, Ryan received his B.A. in Psychology from Walla Walla University. He then spent almost 5 years as a product manager for Medacta, an orthopedic implant device company.
Ryan decided he needed to find a way to merge his passion for technology with his health care experience. He has since gotten his A+, Security+, and Healthcare IT Techician certifications from CompTIA.back to top
Board Member At Large:
Chief Information Officer, Gritman Medical Center
Member-at-Large, HIMSS Idaho Chapter
Kane Francetich has over 30 years of experience working in healthcare, primarily in various management and leadership roles. His clinical background as a respiratory therapist, along with his experience leading different clinical, financial, and operational business units, allows Kane to have a unique perspective on the complex business of healthcare. His leadership in the technology arena has resulted in his hospital being recognized as one of Health Care’s Most Wired organizations multiple times from 2000 to present.
Kane was a founding member of the original Idaho HIMSS chapter in 1994, and served on the Board of Directors for ten years including roles as the President, Treasurer, and Program Chairperson . Kane is a member of, and past Board Member of, the Idaho Health Information Management Association (IdHIMA) and served as the co-chair of the Idaho ICD-10 Task Force. Mr. Francetich is passionate about interoperability in healthcare and has served on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) since 2012, where he represents the interests of Idaho’s Critical Access Hospitals. He is also a member of the Idaho Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Kane has a strong interest in healthcare privacy and was the fourth person in the nation to receive the Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) credential when it was initially offered in 2003. Kane has served as a privacy and security advisor, consultant, and educator to many healthcare organizations and educational institutions.
Kane had his wife, Debbie, have three adult children, all of which graduated from the University of Idaho, located in their home town of Moscow, Idaho. On the weekends, Kane can be found standing over a smoky barbecue as he tries to perfect a slow-cooked brisket.back to top
MOB - At Large
Ken Long is a member of the St. Luke’s Integrated Health Technologies Team since 2012. Mr.
Long is the Director of Clinical Support Systems. As a member of the technology leadership team, he provides technology vision and strategic leadership in the delivery of strategies focused on improved care in the areas of Imaging, Telehealth, Labs, Pharmacy, Oncology, and Surgery.
Mr. Long was first involved in healthcare in 2000 delivering web and print-based health education and telephonic health products delivered through health systems, payers and government programs. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Long has held multiple senior leadership positions in program management, professional services, and international operations.
Mr. Long received his bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and MBA from Washington State University. He is a member of HIMSS, PMI, and Idaho Telehealth Alliance.back to top
Chief Information Officer, St. Mary’s/Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics
Member-at-Large, HIMSS Idaho Chapter
Curtis Fryer is the Chief Information Officer for St. Mary’s/Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics, an affiliate of Essentia Health based out of Duluth, MN. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Lewis Clark State where he quickly was recruited to become the college’s Data Communications Manager six months prior to graduation. After a few years at the college he took the next step in his technology career by helping a start‐up company build into a thriving business. For ten years he devoted his time to bringing technology to the north‐central part of Idaho in arenas such as manufacturing, education, and healthcare. In 2010 he decided to change paths and grab onto the changes in healthcare and has lead the Information Technology department at St. Mary’s/Clearwater Valley. He is currently a board member of the Idaho HIMSS Chapter and a member of the Idaho Telehealth Alliance. He enjoys spending time with his family, snow skiing and playing golf.back to top