2017-2018 Board of Directors
Project Manager, UC Health, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ajay Sharma has 25 years of experience working with organizations globally on their IT initiatives. He has worked for several large healthcare providers including as an Ambulatory Project Manager at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, an IT Program Manager and a Project Manager at Palomar Health, Mercy Health & UC Health in Cincinnati where he now works. He was, in addition, a Senior Manager in the National Healthcare Advisory Practice at Sogeti, USA LLC.
He has been with the CSOHIMSS Board for a decade since early 2007 and has been the PR Chair, Program Chair from 2009 to 2011 and Treasurer, President-Elect from 2011-2012, Past President FY 2012-2013 and Program Chair since 2014. He has successfully managed the coordination of the CSOHIMSS conferences for the board around the Central 7 Southern Ohio region. Ajay has been on the national mHIMSS task force and as a Vice Chair on the HIMSS Chapters Task Force. Ajay has a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Bangalore University, an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ and has completed his certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt in 2011. He also serves on board of the IT Circuit in Cincinnati and is a member of the South West Ohio Project Management Institute. His focus is on increasing the awareness and education of healthcare information technology through a collaborative process and writes a blog on Healthcare Interoperability through Wordpress. In 2012, Ajay was awarded a HIMSS Fellow (FHIMSS) given to him for his contribution and focus on advocating and promoting Healthcare IT in the community.
Jeff Haas - Past President
Director, IT Clinical Systems, Premier Health, Dayton, Ohio
Jeff is responsible for all inpatient Epic Clinical Applications for Premier Heath, which include Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital South, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, and Upper Valley Medical Center. He is responsible for the applications that support Emergency Departments, Surgery/Anesthesia, Laboratory, Medical Imaging/Radiology, Pharmacy, and all Inpatient Clinical Documentation and Orders. Jeff oversees a team of 60 clinical application members, ranging from Team Leaders, Project Managers and Programmer Analysts.
Prior to this role, Jeff was responsible for establishing the implementation and support teams to execute Premier Health's ambulatory “Community Connect” outreach solution to employed and affiliated physicians in the South West Ohio market. Implementations included Primary Care as well as a wide range of specialists. Partnering closely with Business Development, over 140 implementations were completed between 2010 and 2013.
Additionally, Jeff’s responsibilities at Premier Health have included the management of both the Inpatient and Ambulatory Revenue Cycle environments in the following areas of focus: Ambulatory (EpicCare Ambulatory), ADT (Prelude), Health Information Management (HIM), Hospital Billing (Resolute Hospital Billing), and Professional Billing (Resolute Professional Billing).
Prior to this, Jeff served as a Medical Imaging consultant, PACS Administrator and Project Manager with both outpatient and inpatient areas of focus. Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development and Change from Kent State University.
Scott Mash has worked in a variety of Information Technology positions over the past 22 years. He started his career in IT in the higher-ed sector at Ohio University in 1995. Scott’s career at Ohio University progressed to the Director of IT for the Division of Finance and Administration in 2003, then to the Director of Regional and Distributed IT for Office of Information Technology in 2007.
In 2008, Scott transitioned to the healthcare sector as the Manager of Computer Applications at Holzer Clinic, then to Manager of Clinical & Ancillary Applications for Holzer Health System following the merger of the two Holzer entities. While at Holzer, Scott led the ambulatory Meaningful Use initiative resulting in financial incentives totaling $2.6 million from 2011 to mid-2012.
In 2012, Scott left the Holzer organization for the position of CIO at O’Bleness Health System. Scott primarily focused his tenure at O’Bleness on the successful implementation of McKesson Paragon and building the required technical infrastructure.
Scott became the Director of Consulting Operations & HIE Outreach at the Ohio Health Information Partnership in early 2014. In this position Scott splits his time as an HIT regulatory consultant focusing on assisting organizations meet the requirements of MACRA/MIPS and the management of various HIE processes.
Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Ohio University in 1994, and his Master of Science in Leadership and Information Technology from Duquesne University in 2012. Scott received his CPHIMS certification in 2014. In 2015, the HIMSS Fellow (FHIMSS) designation was awarded Scott for his contribution and focus on advocating and promoting Healthcare IT and the HIMSS mission.
Scott serves as a member the HIMSS Interoperability and HIE Committee and is a member of the HIMSS Chapter Leader Task Force.
Some of his areas of expertise include MACRA/MIPS, PQRS, Meaningful Use, ACO, HIPAA, Ohio Board of Pharmacy requirements, EHR/EMR & ancillary clinical systems, enterprise system implementations, and business process re-engineering.
Scott resides in Groveport, Ohio with his wife and has three adult children.
Caitlin Graham - Marketing Chair
Director, Provider Engagement
Caitlin leads the provider account management, implementation and analytics teams for CoverMyMeds. In the past six years she has advised some of the top health systems in the U.S., launched CoverMyMeds’ first EHR partnerships and helped grow the CoverMyMeds platform to over 700,000 users.
Caitlin is an active member of HIMSS, a wellness advocate and passionate supporter of CoverMyMeds' mission to get patients the medication they need to live healthy lives.
Director of HIM, Madison County Hospital, London, Ohio
Russ Hessler has been involved in healthcare in both ambulatory and inpatient facilities for over 20 years. Currently he manages the Medical Records and Utilization Review departments at Madison County Hospital in London Ohio. He has served on the CSOHIMSS board in various capacities in the past, including as President and Past President of the Board and Membership Chair. Russ seeks continued involvement in HIMSS on both the local and national level.
Jodie Penrod - Communication Chair
Senior Director, Technology
Jodie started her career as a systems engineer in the aerospace & defense industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Master of Science in Systems Engineering. In 2008, Jodie made the decision to move back to her hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio. For the past 13 years, Jodie has been working in various leadership roles in Information Technology. Most recently, she served as the IT Project Manager and Director of Applications for Holzer Health System. As the Director of Applications, Jodie was directly accountable for the 24/7 support for two Electronic Health Record systems, a Practice Management system, a document management system, over 30 ancillary systems, and two interface engines. She also spearheaded the Meaningful Use program totaling over $2.5 million in financial incentives. In December 2016, Jodie accepted the role of Senior Director of Technology at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in which she oversees all technology operations for the College and Clinical Campus network. Jodie is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Systems (CPHIMS). Jodie resides in Gallipolis with her husband, Alex and their daughter, Jemma.
Director of Talent Development, The Chartis Group Chicago, IL
Lisa has over twenty years in healthcare, healthcare IT and service organizations’ business operations. As a project manager that transitioned into operations based role, she brought her consulting field expertise with her as she supported an over 250 person organization for overall talent management. Originally a licensed RN, Lisa has a solid healthcare industry understanding which enables her to understand the demand for resources in the healthcare provider market exceptionally well. She holds her certification as a Human Capital Strategist, through the Human Capital Institute. Lisa commands a strong understanding of the global workforce, dealing in the virtual world of staffing service consultants from a worldwide pool of resources.
Lisa has served the board in past Secretary and Programming chair positions. She welcomes the opportunity to work closely with the membership to ensure their needs are met! Lisa also was recently elected tot eh HIMSS Professional Development committee for a two year term.
Senior Consultant, CSG Government Solutions
Richard Moore, DME Consulting Services consults on healthcare information technology (HIT) projects working with many public and private organizations on a wide range of HIT topics. He has been engaged in multiple Medicaid projects for the states of Washington, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. These projects range from the creation of new Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS), Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) State Self-Assessment (SS-A), Eligibility Determination System analysis and currently project management with DXC for the Ohio Medicaid MITS system. He has consulted on HIT projects for payer systems and worked for Anthem Health for many years helping to implement managed care systems for Anthem entities across the United States. He also has consulted on Health Information Exchange (HIE) projects, Electronic Health Record (EHR) projects, Provider Revenue Cycle projects, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) projects, HIPAA training and implementation projects, ACA projects and Healthcare.gov projects. LinkedIn
He is the current Central and Southern Ohio HIMSS (CSOHIMSS) Advocacy Chairman and Eastern Regional Chair for the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable. He received the HIMSS Chapter Advocate of the Year Award in 2016. He is a Past President of CSOHIMSS (2010), VP/Treasurer, past HIMSS HIE Liaison for the State of Ohio, past HIMSS National Chair for the RHIO Roundtable (2008-2009) and advisor to the HIMSS HIE Steering Committee. He started the Ohio HIMSS Advocacy Day in 2008 which continues today as the Ohio Healthcare Information Technology (OHIT) Day at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium on April 5, 2017. Come join us in Ohio for a great HIT advocacy event.
He is the current president of eHealth Ohio, Inc. @ehealthohio, a non-profit regional affiliate of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI); a Standards Development Organization for the Secretary of HHS. He is a founding member and past co-chair of the Kantara Initiative Healthcare Identity Assurance Workgroup that is working to establish Identity assurance standards for healthcare. This workgroup began as an extension of his participation on the HIMSS/GSA National e-Authentication Project & Whitepaper 2006-2007.
Victor Simha - Sponsorship Chair
Director of Business Intelligence, Pomeroy
Victor Simha has 20 years of experience working in Data Analytics. Victor is the Director of Business Intelligence at The Christ Hospital, the number one hospital in Cincinnati. Prior to working at The Christ Hospital, Victor was in the Data Management group at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Victor also has health care experience in the commercial market from his years at Ethicon Endo Surgery where he was the manager of marketing analytics. Victor has certificates in Epic Ambulatory, Project Management, ITILv3 and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Donna Evans - Scholarship Chair
Senior Lecturer, Chief Departmental Advisor - Computer and Information Technology Miami University, Hamilton, Ohio
Donna has over twenty years’ experience in Information Technology, Insurance and Higher Education. Donna’s interests include all aspects of Health Information Technology and particularly how it relates to culture and ethics. Donna teaches courses in Ethics and Technology, Global and Strategic Issues in Information Technology and Health Information Technology in the Miami University Health Information Technology degree program. She holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in MIS from Miami University, as well as a Bachelor of Science with majors in Marketing and Finance. Donna is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster and is a Senior Member of HIMSS and holds the CPHIMS certification.
Kim Stults - Member at Large (Voting)
IT Director of The Bellevue Hospital.
Kim began her career 31 years ago as a registered nurse at TBH, after graduating from Providence Hospital School of Nursing with her diploma in nursing. Her experience at TBH, includes staff nurse in the Med/Surg, ICU, Surgery and Recovery Room. Kim also has 17 years of management experience as Med/Surg Manager, Education Director, and currently the IT Director. Kim's interest in Information Systems began when she returned for her BSN from BGSU in 1997 and realized “this computer stuff might be here to stay”. She began to take Microsoft classes and was in the pilot BGSU online nursing class. This interest continued as Kim completed her MSN from the University of Phoenix. She was the champion for electronic nursing documentation at TBH. As IT Director since 2009, Kim has created a strategic vision for the department which includes an overall upgrade to TBH’s IT infrastructure and project managing the transition and implementation of McKesson Paragon EMR.
Simon Lin - Advisor (Voting)
Chief Research Information Officer, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Simon Lin, MD, MBA, is a national expert on data-driven healthcare innovations. He is Chief Research Information Officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics and biomedical informatics at the Ohio State University. Dr. Lin leads a team of 75 Health IT professionals to improve pediatric care safety, quality, and effectiveness. Under his leadership, Nationwide Children’s Hospital received the 2017 Innovation award by the American Hospital Association. He authored over 100 publications and edited five books. He has trained more than 40 students and postdocs in his tenure at Duke University, Northwestern University, Marshfield Clinic, and the Ohio State University.
Deputy CIO of Applications, The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Tom Bentley is the Deputy Chief Information Officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC). In this role, he is responsible for the successful implementation of the electronic medical records (EMR), the integration of information technology systems and services, improving efficiency and business alignment, reducing costs and enhancing information integration within the OSUWMC environments.
Tom has been a Buckeye and part of OSUWMC for more than 20 years. During this time he has facilitated the cultural transformation into an environment that maximizes information technology for the institution’s 18,000 users and 2,200 attendings and residents. Tom was integral to OSUWMC’s achieving HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 for all hospitals in 2012 and all ambulatory sites in 2014. His professional interests include EMR optimization, organizational technology strategy and leveraging new technologies.
Tom earned his Masters of Science degree from The Ohio State University where he also received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree along with a minor in Computer Science. He is a Registered Nurse in the state of Ohio.
Part of one of the most comprehensive health sciences campuses in the country, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center includes the College of Medicine and its School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; the Office of Health Sciences; various research centers, programs and institutes; OSU Physicians, Inc.; the OSU Faculty Group Practice; The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute; and the OSU Health System, which includes University Hospital, University Hospital East, Ohio State’s Harding Hospital, the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, Ohio State University Rehabilitation Services at Dodd Hall, the OSU Primary Care Network, CarePoint multispecialty outpatient facilities and the FastCare walk-in healthcare clinics.
In 2013, U.S.News & World Report recognized 10 specialties at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center among “America’s Best”: cancer care; ear, nose and throat; neurology and neurosurgery; kidney disease; respiratory disorders; diabetes and endocrinology; urology; heart; rehabilitation; and geriatrics. This is the 21st consecutive year Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center has been on the list. In addition, the College of Medicine ranked 39th overall, and is in the top 15 among public medical schools in the 2013 edition of “America’s Best” graduate schools, according to U.S. News.
Scott Gaines - Advisor (Non-Voting)
SVP & General Manager - Provider Solutions for CoverMyMeds
Scott has extensive business development, consulting and implementation experience in healthcare information technology. He currently leads the provider solutions business for Columbus-based CoverMyMeds, the nation’s largest electronic prior authorization platform. In this role, Scott is responsible for the overall strategy, growth and performance of solutions leveraged by over 500,000 physicians and their staff.
Prior to CoverMyMeds, Scott spent nearly 10 years with Cleveland-based Hyland, the creator of OnBase, where he most recently led an expansion into international markets. In this role, Scott had the opportunity to advise world-renown healthcare organizations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Scott serves BioOhio as a board trustee and is an active member of HIMSS and the CHIME Foundation. Scott holds numerous industry credentials, including a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) certification, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Miami University.