Nashville, Tenn. — Governor Phil Bredesen has announced the appointments to the Governor’s eHealth Advisory Council. The Council was created by Executive Order 35 in order to coordinate among ehealth initiatives across the state with a common goal, the successful development and implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs).
“Ultimately, it is about coming together to improve the quality of health care available for Tennesseans,” said Bredesen. “This is an exceptionally strong group of technology and industry leaders who are in a position to share valuable expertise. Realistically, there are technological challenges when you attempt to integrate the wide variety of systems involved in the delivery of care, but the advice of this Council will generate significant positive momentum.”
By design, the Council includes sixteen members representing Tennessee’s provider community, employers, regional health care information organizations, payers and consumers. The executive order calls for this Council to create a plan to promote the use of electronic medical records by health care stakeholders across Tennessee and to identify obstacles to the implementation of effective health information infrastructure. The Council will be called upon to advise state government on how to more effectively promote the successful adoption of EMRs. One of the Governor’s primary goals for this Council is to offer constructive paths to minimize and eliminate duplicative efforts while leveraging innovation.
“I am extremely pleased at the level of talent and expertise represented within this Council,” said Council Chair Antoine Agassi, appointed earlier this year. “We will be tackling a variety of emerging developments related to health information technology. The Council will play a key role in advising policymakers on complex and far reaching issues related to the development and implementation of electronic medical records.”
Antoine Agassi, Nashville, Tenn.
State of Tennessee, Director and Chair of the Governor’s eHealth Advisory Council
Mr. Agassi has over twenty years of experience in Healthcare transaction processing. A proven executive, he has led a team in building, acquiring and managing large scale successful and profitable operations. Most recently, Mr. Agassi served as the Chief Technology Officer and the Chief Operating Officer of Spheris Corporation, a leading healthcare transcription and technology organization. Prior to that Mr. Agassi served as the Executive Vice President and Corporate CIO of WebMD. Previously he was the Senior Vice President and CIO of ENVOY Corporation, a leading healthcare EDI transactions company. Mr. Agassi was also the Vice President of Information Systems at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utica-Watertown in New York. Currently he serves on the board of the Mid-South eHealth Alliance and on the National RHIO Consensus Panel under the auspices of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Peter Dudley Greaves, Lebanon, Tenn.
HCA Healthcare, Senior Enterprise Architect
Mr. Greaves has over 20 years of IT experience, 12 of them running an IT consulting firm. He is extremely active in work surrounding the National Healthcare Information Network (NHIN) and works with a number of organizations on behalf of HCA including the Federation of American Hospitals, the Center for Healthcare Transformation and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology. He is involved in work around RHIOs in a number of states, including Tennessee where he lives, and is a member of the Governor’s Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Board for the State of Florida. Greaves has chaired or participated in a variety of workgroups responding to healthcare issues. He currently chairs the Florida Health Information Network (FHIN) Network & Security and Minimal Clinical Subset of Data Workgroups. Greaves has worked in a number of technical domains, and in addition to his healthcare experience has consulted in IT in other areas including secondary and tertiary education, mining, manufacturing, legal, forestry and publishing.
Denise D. Wood, Collierville, Tenn.
FedEx Corporation, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
Ms. Wood is responsible for global information security and business continuity strategies across all FedEx operating companies. Her key initiatives include identity and risk management, application security, enterprise desktop and server management, corporate compliance, disaster recovery, and enterprise education and awareness. Before leading Information Security, Ms. Wood was vice president of Worldwide Revenue Systems. Her responsibilities included managing the systems that billed, recorded and reported monthly revenue. Prior to that, Ms. Wood spent five years managing teams that developed fedex.com applications and a host of automation tools. In 1995, Ms. Wood became the first chief information officer for FedEx Asia Pacific. She spent three years creating the information infrastructure to support the fast-growing region, and was responsible for all information technology and billing functions. Ms. Wood joined FedEx in 1984 as a senior engineer in Network Engineering. Before joining FedEx, Ms. Wood worked for Bell South, AT&T, and U.S. West in sales and marketing.
David H. Sensibaugh, Kingsport, Tenn.
Eastman Chemical Company, Director of Integrated Health
Mr. Sensibaugh has spent his entire career working in the human resources field including assignments in personnel services, compensation, and employee benefits. He has held managerial positions in the areas of Compensation, Payroll, HR Information Technology, Employee Service Center, and Global Benefits. Currently, Mr. Sensibaugh is responsible for advancing the integrated health strategy for Eastman Chemical Company, specifically by integrating all health-related services to improve the health and productivity of employees, as well as the health of covered dependents and alumni. Eastman Chemical Company is a multinational corporation with sales in excess of $7B.
Marlin Clifford Chapman, Smyrna, Tenn.
Nissan North America, Director of Human Resources, Compensation and Benefits
Marlin Chapman is director of Human Resources for Nissan North America, Inc. Chapman joined Nissan in 1989 as a vehicle remarketing coordinator with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation, which provides financing and leasing services for Nissan products. He joined Nissan Smyrna’s management team in 1994 as section manager of the plant’s lease vehicle administration group and was promoted to department manager in Human Resources in 1998. He was promoted to his current role as Director of Human Resources at Nissan’s Smyrna and Decherd manufacturing facilities in May 2000 where he is responsible for compensation and benefits, vehicle administration, safety and medical, and human resources information systems. Prior to joining Nissan, Chapman worked for Ford Credit and for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Chapman is a commissioner with the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission. He is a board member of the HC21 Health Care Coalition.
Linda Eskind Rebrovick, Nashville, Tenn.
Dell, Vice President Health Care
Ms. Rebrovick is responsible for sales, marketing, customer service and support for Dell’s health care division in the United States. According to IDC, Dell is one of the top five IT providers to the health care industry in the U.S. Previously, Rebrovick held a number of positions at BearingPoint, Inc, including executive vice president of health care consulting, where she led the development of customer management, supply chain, care delivery and finance solutions for the provider, payer and life sciences industries. Most recently, Rebrovick served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the company, where she drove the launch of the BearingPoint brand – a spin-off from KPMG Consulting – in 2001. Prior to KPMG, she spent 15 years at IBM in a variety of sales, marketing, consulting and management positions, ultimately becoming a business unit executive with the Tennessee consulting practice. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Nashville Technology Council and is a member of Board of Directors for HealthStream.
Dr. William R. Stead, Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs & Chief Information Officer
Dr. Stead has led two prominent academic health centers, Duke in the 1980s, and Vanderbilt in the 1990s, through planning and implementation phases of large-scale, Integrated Advanced Information Management System (IAIMS) projects. At Vanderbilt, his team has been successful in creating informatics techniques for linking information into clinical workflow, in overcoming the barriers to technology adoption, and in reducing the cost and time required to implement enterprise-wide information technology infrastructure. Dr. Stead is McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine. He is a Founding Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Engineering in Biology and Medicine, and an elected member of both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He was the first recipient of the American Medical Informatics Association’s Donald AB Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and served as President of the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics and the American College of Medical Informatics. He serves on the Computer Science and Telecommunication Board of the National Research Council. He served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, and as a Presidential appointee to the Commission on Systemic Interoperability.
David C. Guth, Nashville, Tenn.
Centerstone, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder
Mr. Guth is responsible for the development of the future vision for Centerstone, Tennessee’s largest and the nation’s ninth largest behavioral healthcare provider. A private not-for-profit corporation with annual revenues in excess of $60 million, Centerstone’s 1,000 staff provides treatment services for mental illness, emotional disorders, and substance abuse to people of all ages. These services are provided through a broad continuum of outpatient, community based, and residential programs located across the Middle Tennessee region. There are 65 Centerstone facilities (in 21 counties) and over 140 additional partnership locations (schools, neighborhood centers, and other agencies). Centerstone was created with the merger of Dede Wallace Center, Luton Mental Health Services, Elam Mental Health Clinic, Harriett Cohn Center, Columbia Area Mental Health Center, and Highland Rim Mental Health Center.
Dr. David R. Reagan, Mountain Home, Tenn.
Carespark Regional Health Information Organization, Chairman of the Board
James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Chief of Staff
Dr. Reagan completed residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt and fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa. He moved to Johnson City in 1990 as Assistant Professor of Medicine with the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Quillen College of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center (VAMC). He practiced in Infectious Diseases at Johnson City Medical Center, the VA, and Bristol Regional Medical Center as well as overseeing hospital epidemiology at the VAMC. He served as principal clinical advocate for implementation of the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) at the VAMC, and on the VA national CPRS Clinical Workgroup. He currently serves as Chief of Staff at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at ETSU. He also serves on several advisory committees with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the MidSouth Network and VA Central Office, in areas of ambulatory care, patient education, electronic health records, and process improvement.
Alan Leon Hill, Knoxville, Tenn.
Innovation Valley Health Information Network, Executive Director
ClearPath Group, President & CEO
Mr. Hill has been involved for 24 years in the Information Technology/Telecommunications field with various positions in consulting, direct sales, technical sales support and sales management including 20 years at BellSouth. He started ClearPath Group in April of 2002, a Technology Alliance of six technology firms. Mr. Hill has had experience with telemedicine, videoconferencing, distance learning networks and various other healthcare projects over his career. As Executive Director of the Innovation Valley Health Information Network (IVhin) Mr. Hill is in charge of building the new organization’s board of directors, building stakeholder involvement, communicating the value of IVhin, and serving as liaison with partners and new members to make this network a reality for the region. Hill has been active in community and technology circles by serving on the Nine Counties, One Vision Technology Committee, Technology 2020 Board, United Way campaign for BellSouth, Promise Keepers Leadership Teams, and Leadership Team with the East Tennessee Technology Council, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Knoxville.
Robert Steven Gordon, Collierville, Tenn.
Mid-South eHealth Alliance, Former Chairman of the Board
Baptist Memorial Health Care, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Mr. Gordon has served as executive vice president of Baptist Memorial Health Care since 1994 and was named chief administrative officer in 1998. He is responsible for overseeing critical support areas, such as information systems, human resources, strategic planning, corporate communications and the legal department. Gordon created Baptist Health Services Group, a provider-owned network that has grown to include more than 2,900 physicians, 49 hospitals and 160 affiliated outpatient facilities that serve the Mid-South. Gordon has served two consecutive terms as chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association. In 2001, he received THA’s Distinguished Service Award.
Jana Lynn Skewes, Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Shared Health, President & CEO
Ms. Skewes has more than 20 years experience in health care financing and delivery. Previously, she served as senior vice president of marketing and government programs for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in Rochester, NY. While there, Skewes launched a series of consumer-driven health care products, introduced programs targeting the uninsured, created a multi-million-dollar initiative to reduce obesity, developed and launched a series of Medicare Advantage products, and created a state-wide Medicaid Managed Care program.
Bradley Steven Karro, Nashville, Tenn.
Caremark Rx, Inc., Executive Vice President
Mr. Karro is an Executive Vice President of Caremark Rx. In this capacity, he is responsible for all technology functions in the company, as well as Medicare Part D activities. Mr. Karro sits on a number of Boards, including RxHub, an organization connecting physicians to share drug history, pharmacy benefit, and prescription information, and Vidalink, a Brazilian pharmacy benefit management company. Mr. Karro is also a Trustee at Cheekwood, and a Board Member of the Nashville Predators Foundation.
Vicky Gregg, Chattanooga, Tenn.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, President & CEO
Mrs. Gregg is President and Chief Executive Officer of Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) – the largest health care provider in the state, with more than $15 billion in claims paid annually. Prior to becoming CEO, she occupied several senior leadership positions in the company, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer State Health Plan, the company’s Medicaid HMO. Before joining BCBST, Mrs. Gregg worked for 10 years for Humana Health Plans, where, as Vice President, she oversaw operations, strategic development, acquisition, and health plan service area expansion. A nurse by education, Mrs. Gregg has over 25 years of experience in diverse health care environments including clinical care, hospital administration, long term care, and healthcare benefits and financing. In 2004, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) appointed Mrs. Gregg to the United States National Institutes of Health Commission on Systemic Interoperability, which was tasked with developing a strategy for building a nationwide electronic health records network. Mrs. Gregg also currently serves on several national boards, including the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQHC), the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, the BlueCross BlueShield Association, and the Tennessee Healthcare Consortium for Nursing.
Dr. Andrea D. Gelzer, Hartford, Conn.
CIGNA HealthCare, Senior Vice President Clinical Public Affairs
Dr. Gelzer is charged with strategic guidance and the development of public policy for Clinical Public Affairs at CIGNA, a leading provider of health care and related benefits serving more than 9 million members nationally with over 500,000 members in the state of TN. In this role, Dr. Gelzer serves as the principal liaison to medical professional societies, trade organizations, legislative bodies, and advocacy groups. She articulates the company’s initiatives to improve health outcomes, assure patient safety, and provide integrated patient-centered health benefits. Additionally, Dr. Gelzer currently serves on the March of Dimes’ national Public Policy Advisory Council and is a liaison member of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. She is also a member of the state of Connecticut’s Quality in Health Care Advisory Committee, America’s Health Insurance Plans’ Chief Medical Officer Leadership and Policy Committees, and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Health Care Sector Advisory Council.
Dr. Winnie Ruth Toler, Franklin, Tenn.
State of Tennessee, Bureau of TennCare, Chief Network Officer
Dr. Toler joined the Bureau in November 2004 to oversee the Bureau’s managed care networks. She has more than 20 years health care management experience and has served in upper management positions for a variety of private and public managed care groups.
Elisa D. Parker, Franklin, Tenn.
Pilkenton Real Estate Co., Affiliated Real Estate Broker
As a realtor and small business person, a wife and mother, and an actively engaged citizen, Ms. Parker has garnered a combination of experience that makes her a perfect representative of the consumer community. With a background in political science and policy development (MA from American University in Washington, DC), professional expertise in running a small business and an awareness of the health care system borne of the adventures of three boys she brings a variety of consumer perspectives to this endeavor that will constantly challenge implementation of informatics solutions to meet the real needs of the companies and families that the technology is ultimately intended to serve.