2018-2019 Board of Directors
Rob is passionate about the healthcare industry and dedicates his time professionally and personally to improve care through technology. He has a proven track record of building and executing complex initiatives from the ground up.
Rob provides leadership and expertise in the development of new joint solutions and cloud services offerings that strengthen new and existing partnerships and produce high growth sales results, with strategic marketing and business plans to exceed goals.
Rob has 16 years of experience in the healthcare information technology sector. After working at McKesson and Microsoft (Health and Life Sciences) in increasing roles of responsibility. Rob has been an active member of the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS for 10 years - including former President of the Chapter and Annual Conference Chair. Rob has a BBA in International Business from the University of Georgia and a MA in Political Economy from the University of Munich (Ludwig Maximilian University) in Munich, Germany.
Member At Large
Gwinnett Health System
Sr. Vice President and CIO
Patty, Sr. Vice President and CIO for Gwinnett Health System is a leader in healthcare information technology with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. She has served as Chief Information Officer for several regional health systems in Georgia and as an interim in New Jersey, developing each organization’s IT strategy and implementing operational improvements and technology-related regulatory compliance policies. She has maintained memberships and industry involvement in national organizations, such as VHA, HIMSS, ACHE and CHIME. Patty holds an MBA from Florida State University, is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a CHIME Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer. She currently sits on the Board for the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS and the Advisory Board for Gwinnett Tech’s HIT Program.
Annual Conference Co-Chair
HIT Consultancy, LLC
Dee Cantrell is a Chief Information Officer most recently with Georgia Health Information Network in a consulting role. Dee retired from Emory Healthcare after 21 years. Three weeks into retirement, Dee decided to start her own consulting business and HIT Consultancy, LLC was born.
Ms. Cantrell earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Capella University and her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Brenau University. She worked as a Registered Nurse in multiple capacities before becoming involved in healthcare information technology and traveled extensively for a national consulting firm as a clinical informatics expert helping to lead numerous HIT initiatives. Ms. Cantrell has been instrumental in expanding the role and the influence technology plays in healthcare at every level – patient care, research and education. Examples of key initiatives she has led includes - development and implementation of EMRs, development and implementation of an enterprise-wide, extensible clinical data warehouse, development and implementation of an enterprise-wide Global Patient Registration System, implementation of various clinical and business systems and the extensive list goes on. She led several hospitals and clinics in the achievement of Meaningful Use and ICD10 compliance. Collectively the initiatives led by Ms. Cantrell have changed and will continue to change the face of healthcare to the patients, to the providers while also offering new potential for research and discovery.
Ms. Cantrell is very active professionally; she serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS. She is a member of Georgia Health Information Network Board of Directors, the Institute of Medicine Committee for HIT and Patient Safety, National Health Information Management Systems Society and is the Technology Committee Chair for the Georgia Health Information Network, one of the leading health exchanges in the country. She has also received numerous international and national recognitions and awards such as the 2011 HIMSS CIO Innovator of the Year Award, an International Technology Innovation Award for Emory Healthcare’s leading edge virtualization, Information Week’s “Most Wired”, HIMSS Analytics EMR adoption, Computer World Search for Honors Award for technology innovation and Society of Hospital Medicine’s Award for Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement, to name just a few.
In addition, Ms. Cantrell has been recognized as one of the key leaders in technology by Women in Technology (WIT), an affiliate of The Technology Association of Georgia and was awarded the 2009 and 2010 Georgia CIO of the year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA). She was identified by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 50 leaders in health IT in 2015 and as one of the top 10 Women in HIT leadership. In 2016, she was accepted in the World Wide Association of Women Executives for her accomplished leadership career.
Sepi Browning, MHA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, PMP, CHTS-IM
Brighthour - HIT Consulting
Emory Healthcare, Inc. (Johns Creek)
Information Technology - Operational & Project Leader
Sepi is a Healthcare Management Professional with 26 years of successful leadership in a variety of roles. In-depth experience in operational/project management and change management within healthcare Information Technology, Revenue Cycle and Clinical Support Services, including Electronic Medical Record (EMR), ICD-10, American Recover and Reinvestment (ARRA) gap analysis, and associated project portfolio creation for meaningful use in a hospital and physician practice environment.
Demonstrated expertise in implementing numerous health delivery projects focused on clinical, revenue, and technical arenas, involving system selection, procurement, workflow analysis, workflow documentation and workflow process improvement, configuration and development, testing, reporting, training, activation, launch and production support, and creation of policy and procedures for daily operations.
Core team facilitator and member of established clinical and revenue cycle governance with mission to effectively prioritize all Information Technology needs and create and maintain an operational roadmap. Certified Project Management Professional and International Project Management Professional.
Adept at leading clinical and revenue cycle staff while also accomplishing technical duties, practicing continuous communication, collaboration, and documentation to ensure both Human Resources needs and Technical needs were successfully met. A confident and hardworking professional focused on employee, customer and patient satisfaction.
Stuart has been in healthcare informatics since 1992 with extended roles at McKesson and Microsoft. Stuart is presently at Q-nomy as their Sales Director. Stuart earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Florida State University. He also earned an MBA with a concentration in Hospital Administration from the University of South Carolina. His passion is improving business and clinical operations through the implementation of different applications, services and technology. Stuart earned an MBA because he found the business of healthcare to be more engaging than the administration of Medicine. Taking on complex challenges for his customers, and finding a way to solve those challenges and improve patient outcomes keeps him dedicated to continuing a career in health informatics. Stuart loves what he does because he knows that he is making a positive impact by improving quality and clinical outcomes. Stuart grew up on the east coast of Florida and presently lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children. His interest include boating tennis and hiking.
Strategic Aalytics Advisor
Seasoned professional working within executive boards and the c level to develop and execute organizational strategies. Highly motivated leader with a proven track record of performance. Specialties: Visionary leadership, complex and competitive new business sales, account management, negotiating, problem solving, process optimization, communication, detailed data analysis and interpretation.
Golf Tournament & Gala Chair
Healthcare Strategic Advisor
Karl is a consultant at Himformatics, a healthcare strategic advisory firm based in Atlanta. He serves in a variety of roles to include client relationship management, project management, and subject matter expertise where it concerns patient access and the revenue cycle. He also assists clients in their vendor relationships, to include system evaluations, system selections, contract negotiations and implementation planning. Finally, he assist with the on-boarding of new clients and provides general industry marketing support for the firm. He has been in consulting for the last 5 years. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for HIS companies, primarily Gerber Alley, Shared Medical, Siemens Healthcare and Razor Insights until 2014.
Annual Conference Chair
Floyd Medical Center
VP / CIO
Vice President/Chief Information Officer – Jeff Buda joined Floyd Medical Center in July, 2012. As CIO, Mr. Buda leads the Information Technology strategy and service delivery for Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and all other Floyd affiliates to include Project Management, Network/Telecommunications, IT Operations and Information Security. Prior to 2012 he served as Executive Director of Business Applications for the WellStar Health System in Marietta and Vice President of System Initiatives and Chief Information Officer for Mercy Health System/Catholic Health East in Conshohocken, Penn. He has also held roles with a major consulting firm and an information technology software vendor. Mr. Buda earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Member At Large
WellStar Health System
VP, Information Technology Applications
Sandra Lucius, RN, MSN is an experienced leader with a unique blend of clinical, operational, consulting, project management, and information technology expertise. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing in Acute Care Administration from the University of Alabama and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Clemson University. In her current role as Vice President of IT Applications; she leads the Clinical Informatics; EPIC (Clinical and Revenue Cycle); Enterprise Data Management and Operational and Department Application teams for WellStar Health System an 11 Hospital system in Georgia. Prior to her VP role; Sandra was the Assistant Vice President of Nursing Operations at Kennestone Hospital and was appointed as EPIC Nurse Champion and System Operational Readiness for the WellStar Connect Project. Previous experience includes: Executive Director of IT Clinical and Business Technologies where her team supported 400+ applications and facilitated IT strategic planning, application roadmaps and strategic project oversight for all applications that support the clinical and business environments of WellStar. Prior to WellStar, Sandra had experience in healthcare applications and EMR product management. Sandra was the featured Cover Article in Pulse for Health Care Professionals - Nursing Informatics - Where Caring Meets Technology, published in March 2013. In June 2012 she published an article in the Nurse Leader Magazine: Nurse Informatics Executive - Reshaping the Patient Experience through Technology.
Gretchen Tegethoff, FCHIME, CHCIO, FHIMSS, CPHIMS
CHIME Technologies, Inc.
Tegethoff has been nationally recognized with several industry awards and honors of recognition. In 2013, she was named as one of the “20 Health IT Leaders Who Are Driving Change” by InformationWeek and Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know.” In 2011, she was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of twelve national leaders in the publication’s “Up and Comers” report.
Tegethoff earned her Master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University School of Business and her undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Connection Inc., Enterprise Division
Healthcare IT Solutions Consultant
Diane Fredrikson has 20+ years of IT and business experience and is currently a Healthcare IT Solutions Consultant with Connection Enterprise. She joined Connection is 2014 and helps providers integrate technical, clinical and operational solutions to enhance workflows and patient care. In addition to careers working in health care and education IT, Diane brings a background in marketing and advertising to help foster enhanced communication for health system employees, clinicians, patients and their families. As a board member for GA HIMSS, she is excited about growing the chapter through developing educational programs and networking opportunities that improve health care in Georgia with information technology.
Diane received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from The Florida State University and enjoys boating, hiking and great friends.
Chapter Presence National Conference Chair
IO Tech Consulting
Executive Healthcare IT Strategist
Christopher is a senior level healthcare information technology executive and strategist. He is called upon by his clients to provide guidance and thought leadership specific to emerging healthcare technology offerings, compliance related issues and technology adoption. His recent roles include serving as Director of Emerging Healthcare Technology for AT&T, Vice President & COO for HealthInovation and Vice President and CIO for Piedmont Healthcare. currently serves as Managing Partner and IT Strategist of IOTECH CONSULTING a network of seasoned IT and business leaders with the passion to educate and lead industry transformation efforts. He also serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at The Combine a technology accelerator and advisory firm.
Christopher has served as instructor-at-large for Emory University Healthcare IT Certification Program and is industry advisor to Minority Business Development Agency Business Center-Atlanta & Georgia Institute Of Technologies - HIT Cluster Program, ITT Technical Institute, Georgia State University and DeVry University – Atlanta. He also serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce HIT Public Policy and Bioscience Taskforce and Health IT Leadership Council. was also selected as a reviewer for 2014 CMS Innovation Awards and served as an advisor Georgia Hospital Association ICD-10 Transition Forum and is currently advisor, industry thought leader for the Georgia Hospital Association Healthcare IT Executive Leader Forum, Village Capital Health Technology and “The Combine” Technology Business Accelerators. He is also a member of Governor Deal’s High Demand Career Initiative - IT Task Force.
Regional Programs Chair
Tim has over a decade of experience in healthcare information technology working with providers to solve challenges around interoperability, patient engagement, and physician alignment, secure clinical workflow, EHR strategy, selection, implementation and go-live. Tim is currently with emids+encore, a Nashville-based global provider of healthcare technology expertise and consulting services and solutions that serve both payer and provider organizations. As Vice President of Sales, Tim is responsible for building lasting customer relationships that help organizations maximize quality and decrease the cost of care. To that end, Tim helps organizations align strategy, implement systems, apply analytics and maximize the value of clinical data from within core applications. Tim has coordinated multiple complex client engagements that entail large numbers of consulting resources along with many deliverable-based consulting projects. Tim has been actively involved in GA HIMSS for over 5 years in various capacities and is thrilled to chair the Outreach Committee.
Barry Herrin, FAHIMA, FACHE, ESQ.
Herrin Health Law, P.C.
Barry Herrin is the Founder of Herrin Health Law, P.C., a boutique law practice dedicated to the needs of health care providers. He regularly represents health care providers in all segments of the industry and advises on a wide variety of regulatory and operational issues, including hospital and health care operations and compliance, medical information privacy and confidentiality, cybersecurity and data breach response, and the formation of provider collaborations for population health and managed care contracting. He is admitted to the bars of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Mr. Herrin is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. He also holds a Certificate in Cyber Security from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Herrin received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, graduating each time with honors. He has served as a faculty member for numerous state and national meetings and symposia across the country and has authored or co-authored numerous articles on health law compliance for regional and national publications.
Mr. Herrin is an Eagle Scout and volunteers his time to the Boy Scouts of America, in which he serves as chair of the Religious Relationships Committee of the Northeast Georgia Council, and to The United Methodist Church, for which he acts as Coordinator of Scouting Ministries throughout the Southeastern Jurisdictional Area. He recently retired at the rank of colonel from the United States Air Force Auxiliary, in which he served as the Staff Judge Advocate for both the Southeast and Great Lakes Regions and as the Chief Judge Advocate for 6 years.
Member At Large
Geoff Brown, FCHIME
Chief Information Officer
Geoff Brown is VP & CIO at Piedmont Healthcare. He has over 35 consecutive years of progressive experience in Information Technology (IT), management, consulting and strategic planning. Geoff is in the unique position of having work experience as CIO in public, for profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations, and is known for delivering real results through improved utilization of technology and people.
In 2013, Brown earned the State Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). In 2011 he was appointed by Governor, Robert McDonnell as technology chair, for the Virginia Health Reform Initiative. In 2009 Brown was appointed by Governor, Timothy Kaine to serve on the Virginia, Health Information Technology Standards Advisory Committee.
Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was awarded an American Management Association Certification from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Secretary & Professional Development Chair
John Milner, MSN, RN, CPHIMS
Georgia State University
As a nurse, I have extensive experience in Critical Care. As an Informatics Nurse Specialist, I have CPHIMS certification and have worked in both the US and Canada providing Consulting services and Informatics expertise in the clinical arena. I have contracted to multiple organizations both large and small, providing leadership and consulting services to assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Health Information Systems and Electronic Health Records. I am an expert in HIPAA, Meaningful Use and the HITECH act for Healthcare Information Systems, and currently work as the Program Coordinator for the Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Innovations Master’s Degree track at Georgia State University. I am attending Augusta University to obtain my PhD in Nursing with an Informatics focus.
Member At Large
Justin Barnes Advisors
Justin is a corporate, board and public policy advisor. In addition, Mr. Barnes is Chairman Emeritus of the HIMSS EHR Association as well as Co-Chairman of the Accountable Care Community of Practice where he assists these organizations with growth strategy and leadership. Mr. Barnes is also the host of the weekly syndicated radio show “This Just In” on Healthcare Radio and Business Radio X as well as the voice of HIMSS Radio.
He has formally addressed and/or testified before Congress as well as the last three Presidential Administrations on more than twenty occasions with statements relating to alternative payment & care delivery models, MACRA, value-based medicine, interoperability, EHR meaningful use, consumerism and much more.
Chapter Administrative Assistant
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
Certificant Services Manager