Involta Healthcare Advisory Board

Involta Healthcare Advisory Board

Involta’s healthcare mission remains constant - to establish itself as a hybrid IT healthcare leader, drive innovation and continue to grow its healthcare market. We believe that Involta’s infrastructure and hybrid technology can be easily adapted and widely used across the healthcare industry. The Involta Healthcare Advisory Board is designed to help realize this vision and further identify IT needs and business innovation in the industry.

About the Board

The Involta Healthcare Advisory Board convenes annually and consists of top healthcare executive board members and honored guests from across the United States who gather to discuss current information technology industry trends. Involta’s healthcare mission and strategy will continue to be strengthened by the insight of the Healthcare Advisory Board.

Involta asks its members and honored guests to act as strategic advisors for key Involta healthcare initiatives and provide insight to the company’s overall direction. Drawing upon the group’s knowledge, expertise, substantial business experience and insight into the ever-changing healthcare industry is critical to Involta’s vision.

Involta looks forward to the continued partnership and camaraderie among our board members and honored guests in years to come.

Top collaborative discussions include the following topics:

  • Current IT Healthcare Industry Trends
  • Healthcare Security Requirements and Cybersecurity
  • Adoption of Cloud Technology and Future Growth
  • New Healthcare Industry Leaders in Innovation and Services
  • Healthcare IT Compliance, Government Requirements and Mandates
  • Healthcare Infrastructure Assessments, Consulting and Business Strategy

Involta Healthcare Advisory Board Members

Rafael Arechaga

Vice President Information Technology, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness

Tucson, Arizona

Rafael Arechaga is the Vice President of Information Technology for CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness in Tucson, Arizona. Over his 17 years at CODAC, he is responsible for the organization’s strategic planning when it comes to the technology surrounding the Electronic Health Record, cyber-security, and IT compliance. He currently serves on the Data Council for Health Current, Arizona’s Health Information Exchange, which is charged with developing and supporting data governance processes for the organizations in its network. He began as a Software Engineer at Electronic Data Systems (EDS, currently HP) in the manufacturing sector where he participated in the development of software systems for customers such as General Motors, IBM, Philips Electronics, Phillips Petroleum, Volkswagen, and BMW. Rafael has directed transformations in automation, integration, business intelligence, and cyber-security throughout his 30-year career.

Tanya Arthur

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC)

Kansas City, MO

Tanya Arthur joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) in 2020 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

As an innovative senior executive and strategist with a track record of collaborating to accelerate transformation, Tanya leads Blue KC’s technology strategies to improve member experience, reduce costs, increase quality and accelerate productivity.

Tanya leads the modernization of Blue KC’s technology infrastructure and is enhancing the use of data and analytics to provide actionable insights. She has extensive experience directing large transformational initiatives, specifically in the areas of population health, care management, and artificial intelligence solutions to optimize care delivery.

Tanya embraces digital transformation as a strategy to drive quality, growth and performance. Her approach to digital integration and virtual health focuses on the intersection of people, process and technology to achieve meaningful outcomes.

Prior to joining Blue KC, Tanya was the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Summa Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery system that operates in the Medicare Advantage, ACA individual exchanges, and commercial group segments.

Prior to Summa, Tanya served in senior leadership roles at Catholic Health Initiatives, the third largest health system in the U.S.

Tanya is passionate about giving back to the community, particularly in the areas of STEM education, mentoring women in technology, and diversity. She currently serves on the Akron Urban League and Involta Advisory Boards. She previously served on the boards of First Tee of Akron, Habitat for Humanity, and Akron Public Schools Tech and Innovation Advisory Board.

Tanya received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Creighton University and Master’s in Computer Information Systems from Bellevue University.

Ruth Poliakine Baruchi

CEO and Co-Founder, MyndYou

Ruth brings over 15 years of experience in leadership entrepreneurial roles, mainly in the fields of digital health. Before MyndYou, she was General Manager at Wellsense—a medical device company for the prevention of pressure ulcers—where she led a team of 30 people, overseeing product development, manufacturing, and customer support. Through the Wellsense experience, Ruth realized her passion and the importance of developing advanced technological solutions for improved senior care, which led to the creation of MyndYou.

Steve Boochever

President, SSB Advisory Services

Estero, Florida

Steve Boochever launched SSB Advisory Services in July 2014 to provide advice to healthcare organizations and emerging technology companies on revenue diversification, growth strategies and strategic investments. Boochever is a strategic advisor to leading health systems, payers and national ancillary service providers. His services focus on mergers and acquisitions, industry partnerships, information technology transactions, innovative investments, and payer/provider contracts and value-based partnership models. Boochever also serves on the Board of Directors of Carebox Healthcare Solutions (clinical trial matching and consumer data aggregation) and Catapult Health (employee wellness). For the previous six years, Boochever served as Executive Vice President of the University of Pittsburg Medical Center’s (UPMC) International and Commercial Services Division. In that role, he had responsibility for UPMC’s business and technology development activities, including formation of new companies, co-development partnerships and strategic investments. Prior to working at UPMC, Boochever was a partner at a number of national law firms, advising payers and providers on a wide range of corporate, business and contractual matters.

Dan Drawbaugh

Chief Executive Officer, Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute

Vail, Colorado

Dan Drawbaugh is Chief Executive Officer of The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. As CEO, Drawbaugh presides over a strong team of talented physicians, researchers, scientists, administrators, board members and partners that compose The Steadman Clinic (TSC) and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI). Under Drawbaugh’s leadership, TSC and SPRI have embarked on a strategic growth initiative. This initiative is leveraging more than two decades of pioneering regenerative sports medicine research at TSC and SPRI to establish a new, state-of-the-art regenerative and translational medicine program in Vail, Colorado. It is operating in partnership with internationally recognized scientists and research institutions. By establishing this new program, SPRI is exponentially expanding the capabilities of its research programs to create valuable and life-changing clinical innovations in sports medicine.

Jodi Eddy

Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer, Boston Scientific Corp.

Marlborough, MA

Jodi Euerle Eddy is Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer for Boston Scientific Corporation, and a member of the Executive Committee. She is responsible for positioning the company for success across multi-disciplinary information technology (IT) needs and overseeing the company’s strategy for digital health, data analytics and cybersecurity capabilities. Eddy leads an IT organization of employees and contractors worldwide focused on continued advancement into complex, integrated IT solutions to address evolving customer and patient data needs. Eddy joined Boston Scientific in 2013 as a Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Intelligence and, leading IT initiatives for the Endoscopy and Neuromodulation divisions. In this role, she reset key strategies around customer relationship management systems, marketing, inventory and big data analytics, and implemented major changes across core IT platforms. Before joining Boston Scientific, Eddy progressed through several roles of increasing leadership responsibility. Eddy has more than 20 years of experience leading global teams and developing large-scale strategies and programs to make IT a competitive advantage. Prior to Boston Scientific, Eddy spent 18 years working for General Electric (GE) where she served as the Commercial CIO for a $20 billion division of GE. Eddy has received an Honorary Doctorate, and holds a B.S in Computer Science from Southern Connecticut State University and has a Master Black Belt Six Sigma Certification.

Phillip Eng

Global Health Industry Digital Strategist, Microsoft

New York, NY

Phil is a Sr. Digital Business Strategist at Microsoft with three decades of product innovation and business technology strategy expertise. Using design thinking and systems thinking to drive business outcomes at an ecosystem scale, he has driven the digital transformation of systems in A&D, telecommunications, real-time information media, global financial markets, life sciences and healthcare industries.  Previous to Microsoft, he was at JPMorgan, Bloomberg, Reuters and NGC. Product innovation, design and manufacturing in both silicon and software.  BSEE - NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Sam Gopal

President, Acumen Physical Solutions

Austin, TX

Sam Gopal is President of Acumen Physician Solutions, a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America that provides software and services to independent physician practices. Sam has over 20 years of experience in management consulting, corporate strategy and product management across multiple industries, including semiconductor and automotive supply chain management, defense logistics, data center colocation and cloud services. Sam’s focus is with leading teams to launch and scale new business lines organically within large enterprise organizations. Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in management from Harvard University Extension School.

Lisa Khorey

Executive Vice President and Chief Client Delivery Officer, Allscripts

Chicago, Illinois

Lisa Khorey is the Executive Vice President and Chief Client Delivery Officer for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ-MDRX) that provides electronic health record technology and other health information technology to over 180,000 physicians, 2,700 hospitals and 13,000 extended care organizations. Khorey leads all aspects of delivering Allscripts’ solutions to its clients, including professional services, managed services, support and hosting. Prior to joining Allscripts, Khorey was an executive director in Ernst & Young’s (EY) Healthcare Advisory Services Practice, specializing in analytics. Serving EY’s largest clients across the United States and Australia, she led teams to deliver client business transformation projects, manage benefits realization and provide analytics as a service. Khorey spent 20 years in a variety of technology leadership roles at UPMC, one of the largest integrated delivery and financing organizations in the United States. Khorey spearheaded and led the University of Pittsburg Medical Center’s (UPMC) enterprise analytics program and was responsible for oversight of enterprise systems. This included data aggregation platforms, business intelligence tools and master data management. She also spent several years as a UPMC hospital chief information officer. Lisa has an M.B.A. from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree in information science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Chris Klitgaard

Chief Executive Officer, CMK, Inc.

Coralville, Iowa

At MediRevv, Chris oversees the strategic, financial ,technical, sales, marketing and operational elements of the organization. For nine years prior to forming MediRevv, Chris led patient access, patient accounting and health information management functions for both the hospital and physician group of a major academic medical center, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). During this time, his knowledge of and passion for revenue cycle management in healthcare grew alongside his determination to approach it differently to drive better results. In 2007, Chris set out to create an A/R management and coding firm that delivers the highest level of customer service to clients and their patients, while maximizing and accelerating cash collections. He’s never looked back. He stays fit by running, biking and swimming, and has a passion for international travel. Chris’s playlist is forever changing, and his four children light up his life.

Ed McCallister

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, UPMC

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With more than 30 years of experience in the technology and information services industry, Mr. McCallister was named senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at UPMC in 2014. A champion for transforming clinical care and customer service through technology and innovation, he leads a team of more than 2,000 professionals in the Information Services Division. He is responsible for the technology strategy and infrastructure that supports UPMC's world-class clinical care, insurance services, international and commercial operations and research.

Mr. McCallister previously served for 15 years as a director and then vice president and CIO of UPMC's rapidly growing Insurance Services Division. He helped to build the systems that support the Health Plan's national reputation for outstanding customer service and led the team that developed the original population health platform used by Evolent Health, a successful joint venture between UPMC Health Plan and the Advisory Board.

Mr. McCallister earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Francis University in 1984. Before joining UPMC, he served as an executive at Highmark and Electronic Data Systems. He serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

Susan E McClernon, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Innovative Healthcare Leadership, LLC

Duluth, Minnesota

Dr. Susan (Sue) McClernon brings extensive experience in health care operations, patient safety, information systems, and medical staff relations. Sue is the president/CEO of Innovative Healthcare Leadership, LLC, a health care consulting firm. She has served in hospital administration for over 30 years. Previous appointments were COO of Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, MN; COO/administrator of Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, TX; and vice president at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL. Brackenridge was named a Top 100 Hospital in 2001 and 2002 during her administrative tenure. Dr. McClernon completed her PhD at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management. Her healthcare research interests focus on patient safety and quality, chronic disease management, innovation and strategic planning in healthcare organizations. She holds a master’s degree in healthcare management from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Sue has presented internationally on bioethics, and authored a chapter on strategic business planning in the textbook Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles, and Practice, 3rd ed.

Harun Rashid

Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer, Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron, Ohio

Harun Rashid, the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Akron Children’s Hospital, has more than 25 years of information services experience. He came to Children’s from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he most recently served as Vice President for Global Health services and Vice President for Tele-Health services. Rashid has held several Chief Information Officer Positions in large scale healthcare integrated delivery networks at Rush Health Systems, Gateway Health Systems and Jefferson Regional Medical Systems. He has also served as the Senior Vice President over Rural and Community division for Phoenix Health Systems hospitals nationwide.

Rashid has been recognized as one of the Top 100 CIOs in the country by CIO Magazine. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in information systems and business management from the University of Alabama, and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas.

John Reynolds

Business Lead, Cognizant Digital Healthcare Operations

A proven, strategic executive business leader with experience working within Fortune 500 and privately held companies. Known as an adept strategist who creates new ideas that drive growth, efficiencies and new markets. Reynolds has over 30 years of banking, healthcare services, benefit consulting and payment technology experience. He is Business Lead for Cognizant Digital Healthcare Operations. Most recently, Reynolds was Senior Vice President at UnitedHealth Group (Optum) and the General Manager of Optum Connect within its OptumInsight Division which is focused on driving growth in health care information technology and related services.

Previously he was President of FIS (Fidelity National Information Services, NYSE:FIS) Healthcare, Government and Biller Solutions. Reynolds was responsible for achieving a market leadership position (#1 or #2 Nationally) in all business lines. He drove all aspects of the businesses including full P&L, operations, technology, sales, marketing and relationship management. John’s divisions incorporated several companies acquired by FIS, as well as other internally developed products and services. In 2012, He led the sale of FIS Benefits Services to Lightyear Capital.

Prior to joining FIS, Reynolds was Senior Vice President and Business Director at Wells Fargo & Co. where he led the Global Trust & Custody business, Wells Fargo Health Benefit Services and additionally was responsible for Bryan, Pendleton, Swats & McAllister, LLC, an employee benefits consulting business (owned by Wells Fargo & Co.) with a national client base. He also managed sales and customer service within the Global Cash Management department of Mellon Bank Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in management and administration and has earned his Ph.D. in Business, Organization and Management. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota where he is a subject matter educator in the Health Services Leadership. Reynolds has also been an Adjunct Professor at St.Catherine’s University where he has taught Healthcare Economics and Policy within their MBA program. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol where he is a certified Nordic and Alpine Patroller. Reynolds is a certified commercial pilot, multi-engine and instrument flight instructor and has been an adjunct instructor of aeronautical science at the University of Minnesota. He has been a frequent speaker at national healthcare and financial services conferences and has published numerous articles on consumer directed healthcare, B2B healthcare payment technology, accountable care organizations (ACO’s), treasury management, electronic commerce, customer loyalty and related topics. Reynolds co-authored the book, “Overdose: Your Health, My Money” which explains the Affordable Care Act and its ramifications for the American public.

Thomas J Strauss

President and Chief Executive Officer, Sisters of Charity Health System

Cleveland, Ohio

Highly regarded in the healthcare industry nationally, Thomas J. Strauss is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Headquartered in Cleveland, the health system includes two Catholic hospitals, two elder care facilities, three grant making foundations, and five outreach organizations in Ohio and South Carolina. Prior to joining the Sisters of Charity Health Systems, Strauss was the President and CEO of Summa Health System. During his 15 year tenure and under his leadership, Summa grew into a leading integrated healthcare system generating a $2.86 billion economic impact, making it the largest employer in all five counties it serves. Strauss’ strategic vision enabled Summa to grow through new ventures, service lines and acquisitions. Prior, he spent ten years in leadership roles at Meridia Cleveland Clinic, where he successfully established new ventures, turned around programs and services and increased market share. In addition, he worked at Baxter Healthcare and was a trendsetter in home therapy. Strauss received his Doctor of Pharmacy and his Bachelor of Science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He has dedicated his time as board chair at the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member at Premier, Austen BioInnovation Institute, United Way of Summit County, Team NEO, BioEnterprise and Akron Tomorrow. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Fundraiser Award, Community Service Award, Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame and was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year in the 2008 Medical Mutual Pillar Awards for Community Service.

Brett Taylor

Chief Technology Officer, UnityPoint Health

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Brett has served a number of roles in his 20+ years in Information Technology most recently as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at UnityPoint Health. Brett is responsible for all aspects of Technology Infrastructure for the IT Enterprise including the areas of technical integration of new affiliates, Cyber Security, financial sustainability for the technology departments, as well the Technical Roadmap and Strategy.

Brett has been with UnityPoint Health for 15 years serving in many roles within the Information Technology department.

Brett is a member of Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives(CHIME), as well as and trained in the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework. 

Chuck Watson

Chief Information Officer, Essentia Health System

Duluth, MN

Chuck joined Essentia in March, 2020 as the Chief Information Officer.  Chuck is a member of the Executive team and is responsible for all aspects of IT including strategy, operations, and digital innovation.

Prior to joining Essentia, Chuck spent the past three and a half years at the Cleveland Clinic as the Associate Chief Information Officer.  Chuck was responsible for all IT Operations including Service Delivery, Infrastructure and Clinical and Non-Clinical Applications as well as playing a key role in IT Strategy and Governance. 

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Chuck spent 17 years at UPMC as the Vice President of Corporate IT and Enterprise Business Services.  In this role, Chuck was a key member of the IT Executive team and was directly responsible for the IT support of all Corporate Services including Human Resources, Finance, Revenue Cycle, Supply Chain and Facilities. Chuck also created an IT Governance strategy which focused on Demand Planning, Time Management, and Application Portfolio Management to manage over 1500 IT resources and a $500M budget. 

Over his career, Chuck has established the reputation as an innovative and high performance leader whose style motivates and energizes teams to succeed.   He has extensive experience in successfully leading and delivering on Strategic Initiatives at large complex organizations including ERP Implementations, establishing Shared Service Organizations, multiple Hospital Integrations and Transformation projects.  He has served as an agent of change, streamlined operations, redesigned business processes, improved quality and built strategic competitive advantage.

Chuck holds a BS in Business Administration from Robert Morris College.

Involta Healthcare Advisory Board - Previous Members and Honored Guests

Geoffrey Boyce

Chief Executive Officer, InSight + Regroup

Geoffrey Boyce is the CEO of InSight + Regroup, the leading telepsychiatry service provider in the United States with a mission to transform access to quality behavioral health care. Boyce is a leader in telemedicine advocacy, education and reform initiatives.  He serves as a national voice promoting telemedicine and telepsychiatry and regularly interacts with state and local healthcare regulators and administrators. In 2018, he was appointed to the New Jersey Telehealth Review Commission. Boyce also serves on the advisory board of directors for the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC). Boyce is very active with the American Telemedicine Association and in 2017, he received their Industry Leader Award. He holds an MBA from Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a focus on entrepreneurship and business planning.

Jeff Fusco

Former Executive Vice President of Computer Solutions, GBS Corporation

North Canton, Ohio

Jeff Fusco was the Executive Vice President of GBS’ i-Tech Solutions, headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio. This division of the company specializes in providing maximum organizational efficiency and optimal success for a diverse client base by integrating and automating all phases of clinical, financial and administrative operations. While leading key initiatives to structure and implement highly effective and customized solutions, Fusco was ultimately responsible for the sales, support and financial management of i-Tech’s three verticals: Healthcare Solutions, Information Technology Services and Document Imaging Solutions. As an integral member of the GBS team since 1984, he focused on providing existing and potential clients with anticipated and measurable value as a prime function. As a result of his efforts, Fusco has been instrumental in establishing the foundations for strategic account management procedures, client accountability, sales team structures and strategies and operational effectiveness. He served in numerous roles during his tenure at GBS, including Customer Service Representative, Implementation Specialist, Support Manager, Sales Assistant and Vice President of the Healthcare Physician Information Systems vertical, prior to the merging of our Ambulatory and Acute Care teams. Fusco graduated from A.T.E.S. Technical Institute with a Computer Science degree.

Bryan O’Shaughnessy

Chief Information Officer Surgical Hospital, Southwoods

Boardman, Ohio

Bryan O’Shaughnessy has over 26 years of experience in healthcare and the technology and information industry. Currently O’Shaughnessy is the CIO of Surgical Hospital at Southwoods for last six years along with several other Ohio businesses owned by The Muransky Companies such as Rise Pies, Lake Club Ohio and Chestnut Land Company. Prior to the Surgical Hospital of Southwoods and The Muransky Companies, O’Shaughnessy held the position of IT Director at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital for seven years and CIO at Ellwood City Hospital for 13 years. O’Shaughnessy is a graduate of Youngstown State University and Cardinal Mooney and is a Youngstown native. He enjoys spending time with his wife Michele who is a nurse and his two daughters Erin, who is an Interventional Specialists and Meghan, who is currently attending Ohio State Dental School.

Jeremiah Stone

Former Chief Technology Officer, OnTrak

Los Angeles, California

Jeremiah was responsible for the strategic direction and evolution of Ontrak’s technology operations, including the predictive analytics and digital technology behind the Ontrak program. He joined Ontrak, formerly Catasys, in 2018 and has extensive digital innovation and operations experience across multiple industries and domain areas.

Mike Witting

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Updox

Dublin, Ohio

Mike Witting brings to Updox his extensive experience in creating highly scalable, easy-to-use business application architectures for companies needing to transact with customers thousands of times a day. Witting plays a key role in helping Updox deliver quick, effective results to a large network of practitioners, their patients and their work partners on essential tasks that occur frequently and depend upon good communication and collaboration. Before joining Updox, Witting served as lead architect for CheckFree, BestTransport and Verexis.

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