Hans Kastensmith, Executive Director, IHDE
Mr. Kastensmith is the Executive Director of the Idaho Health Data Exchange. As a 5-time CEO with 30 years of experience in healthcare, he has been involved in significant healthcare reform initiatives for the government and private sectors. He has founded, managed, financed, and advised several healthcare technology, diagnostic, and care management companies. Mr. Kastensmith has experience in running both private and public healthcare enterprises. He has successfully helped to shape healthcare policy with the United States Congress as a subject matter expert representing clients on several critical healthcare issues.
He serves as Managing Partner at Capitol Health Associates, a 16-year old healthcare consulting firm involved in several value-based healthcare projects with an established history assisting clients in creating first of their kind healthcare delivery and information technology initiatives. As the Founder and President of I-Trax Medical Solutions (Amex: DMX), he led the I-Trax Care Management Services offering and Medical Enterprise Data System from concept to market. I-Trax consisted of onsite clinics, nurse care management centers, and pharmacies operating large self-insured employers and health insurers care management programs. After going public in 2003, I-Trax was acquired by Walgreen in 2008 for $278 million.
Mr. Kastensmith maintains a global network in the healthcare industry. He serves on Match Point Partners Operating Partners Group, is a Trustee of Medical Missions for Children, Chairman of Accountable Care Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors for Organic Genomics Inc. and moTMan Enterprises.
Gregg Church, President, 4medica
Mr. Church brings to 4medica a rare combination of business acumen, senior leadership, operational, and strategic marketing experience. He began his career with a consumer-facing healthcare provider referral company in Boulder, CO, where he quickly moved up the ranks from managing corporate marketing communications to becoming the company's senior vice president of sales & corporate marketing communications. From there, he led business development and marketing at an electronic data interchange (EDI) company, which was eventually acquired by TriZetto. The consulting giant also recruited Mr. Church, who ran the Colorado Division Operations.
In 2009, Mr. Church joined 4medica, again in a senior marketing executive position. He helped 4medica expand its interoperability customer base, and further defined new product lines in the patient identity matching, clinical data exchange, and revenue cycle management service areas. Today, he is president of the company.
Mr. Church routinely speaks with health I.T. leaders representing the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), PEW Charitable Trusts (PEW), Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), eHealth Initiative and Foundation (eHI), U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and many other government and private sector organizations.
Renee Towne, Director of Quality, KPI Ninja
Experience. Director of Quality Programs, KPI Ninja, April 2019 – Present. Hospital Improvement Innovation Network Program Director, Nebraska Hospital Association, September 2018 – April 2019. Lean Consultant, Bryan Health, November 2015 – September 2018. Education. Doctor of Education, May 2019. Master of Occupational Therapy, May 2011. Bachelor of Rehabilitation Studies, May 2009. Informal: Business Process Management Institute, Lean Enterprise Institute/Catalysis. Publications. Numerous blogs, whitepapers, case studies, research on how health information exchanges can be the solution to enabling value-based care at scale.
Jaffer Tarish, COO, Aunt Bertha
As the COO at Aunt Bertha, Jaffer is focused on helping all people in need through growing nonprofit, partner, and customer impact within their communities. Across government, healthcare, education, corrections, and more, connecting seekers to meaningful programs with strategic investment and technical innovation is Jaffer's passion. Previously, Jaffer led nationwide teams in healthcare consulting, improving patient care through the marriage of advanced clinical and financial operations, and analytics with top-ranked electronic health records. He also worked under the Hearst Health portfolio as Director of Implementation for clinical decision support solutions, where he led innovation and implementation for the US Market. Jaffer spent several years at Epic, where he led enterprise EHR implementations across large nonprofit and academic medical centers in the U.S. Jaffer is driven by improving community wellness with innovative technology, system optimization, and talented teams.
When not immersed in HIT efforts, he enjoys Austin's outdoor activities and is a local coffee-house and soccer enthusiast.
Laura Nixon, Product Manager, IHDE
Ms. Nixon has been in healthcare consulting for the past 12 years. She is currently serving as the Product Manager for the Idaho Health Data Exchange under contract with Briljent, a leading healthcare consulting firm. Laura has extensive experience working with physician practices to achieve success in programs such as Meaningful Use, Quality Payment Program, value-based care contracts, and possesses a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification. Laura is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee Member for the Gravity Project, setting data standards for Social Determinants of Health and holds a national learning collaborative bi-weekly to help advance the subject.
Craig Jones, MD, Medical Director, IHDE
Craig Jones serves as the Medical Director for the Idaho Health Data Exchange. He also works with Deloitte to assist the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation on strategies to use data and health information to support the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative and to enhance payer engagement and alignment in support of the model. Dr. Jones has served in advisory roles to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the National Governors Association, assisting states with Health Information Technology and Data initiatives and on Committees for the National Academy of Medicine. Previously he has served as the Executive Director of the Vermont Blueprint for Health to guide statewide multi-payer healthcare transformation and on the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, where he developed the Breathmobile program, using mobile clinics to bring care to inner-city schools.