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Interoperability and Telehealth-Clinical, Tech and Policy Perspectives for 2019

June 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-7

HIMSS NorCal Sacramento MeetUp Group & HEALTH2.0 invites you to a Panel Discussion on Interoperability and Telehealth-Clinical, Technology and Policy Perspectives for 2019!

Join 50+ of your colleagues — clinicians, innovators, technologists and vendors — for a panel discussion on real-world use cases, policies and perspectives on Telehealth and Interoperability in the healthcare setting.

DATE: JUNE 20, 2019, 6 – 8 PM (networking at 5:30pm)
Shriners Hospital for Children
2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817
1st Floor Auditorium (Parking in the lot directly next to the lobby.)

Karen Boruff, Managing Consultant, Health IT Policy with Intrepid Ascent
Mei Kwong, Executive Director, Center for Connected Health Policy
Mark Velimir Avdalovic, MD, UC Davis Health
Michael Marchant, HIE and Integration Director, UC Davis Health
Elvar Olafsson, CTO, Healthcare Consultant


Karen Boruff, MBA, PMP, is Managing Consultant, Health IT Policy at Intrepid Ascent. Karen serves clients in health IT policy and public programs, providing guidance on state and federal regulations, data governance policies and processes, and stakeholder engagement. She leads the development and analysis of data governance structures for engagements with the Marin Health Gateway HIE and Whole Person Care pilots in Sacramento and Alameda, Marin, San Joaquin, and Santa Cruz Counties. She also advises the CA Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) on data governance in planning for a statewide Healthcare Cost Transparency Database. With over 18 years healthcare industry experience, including 11 years consulting for a variety of public and private orgs, her expertise lies in the integration of healthcare policies, procedures, and information systems.

Mei Wa Kwong, JD has over two decades of experience in state and federal policy work. She is the Executive Director for the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. She has written numerous policy briefs, crafted state legislation and led several coalition efforts on a variety of issues. Mei has published articles on telehealth policy, is recognized as an expert in her field and has been consulted by state and federal lawmakers on telehealth legislation and policy. Mei is a graduate of the GW University Law School.

Michael Marchant is Director of HIE and System Integration for UC Davis Health where he solves interoperability challenges for a leading healthcare org advancing educational, clinical and research missions. Michael is actively working to leverage tech to connect patients and their health information through his work at UC Davis Health to integrate genomic data, connect new devices for IoT, capture patient generated data for Apple Healthkit and continually evolve organizational solutions to better connect and utilize the information found in UC Davis Health’s application ecosystem.

Elvar Olafsson is CTO at LifeMed ID and is a Healthcare IT Strategist and Leader of IT initiatives for Maranatha Volunteers International, strategizing, developing, and supporting IT infrastructure in 22 countries for global humanitarian purposes. He specializes in implementing tech to serve aged care facilities, advancing them to full automation via eMAR, ADL, full e-prescribe medication management, nurse-call, wander-guard, and other physical and mental wellness improvement programs. He has led large scale healthcare systems partnerships with Catholic Healthcare West, Mercy Medical Group, and Dignity Health to transition to electronic systems. His expertise is in strategy, delivery and integration of complex IT solutions for significant positive gain on quality of care, patient safety satisfaction, and improved efficiency within full corporate verticals.


June 20, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-7
Event Category:


Northern CA HIMSS


Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California
2425 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817 us
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