Why Attend

Inspiration. Insight. Influence.

Liberation convenes national healthcare visionaries in an intimate setting for two days of inspiring, stimulating discussions from world-class speakers on the most relevant and daunting challenges facing the industry.

As a Liberation attendee, you’ll get the real scoop from your peers in healthcare. You’ll hear from experts in our industry and from far outside of it. And, you’ll enjoy an exclusive, intimate setting, where you and your fellow healthcare leaders will explore and accelerate the topic of healthcare transformation to move the needle to the next level.

If you’re looking to connect with healthcare industry luminaries and leaders, hear from inspirational and provocative speakers, share and discuss challenges and best practices with fellow executives and engage in numerous networking opportunities with disruptors and innovators – don’t miss Liberation 2019!

Networking Opportunities

Take advantage of our always-popular networking activities to engage with like-minded healthcare innovators and forge strong, lasting relationships. Each opportunity, from our reception and breaks to our dinner and Liberation Lounge—an engaging and interactive area highlighting the latest innovations and top solutions in the industry—is designed to provide an informal setting  for dialogue, problem solving and new ideas.

Stay tuned for more details on our inspiring 2019 speakers!

Thank you to our 2018 speakers!

Governor Mike Leavitt

Founder and general partner of Leavitt Partners, Former Governor of Utah and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush

Mike Leavitt is the founder and general partner of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Mike served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.

Mike grew up in Cedar City, Utah, where his upbringing was rooted in the values of the American West, with its emphasis on hard work and common sense. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business while working in the insurance industry. In 1984, he became chief executive of The Leavitt Group, a family business that is now the nation’s second largest, privately held insurance brokerage.

In 1993, Mike was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS, he administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and 67,000 employees.

He led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The task required the design, systematization, and implementation of a plan to provide 43 million seniors with a new prescription drug benefit. By the end of the first year, enrollments exceeded projections, prices were lower than projected, and seniors expressed high levels of satisfaction.

Mike’s strategic ability can be seen in his redesign of the nation’s system of quality and safety standards for imported goods. In the spring of 2006, President Bush assigned him to lead a government-wide response. Within months, he commended a major strategic shift in U.S. policy on import regulation and trade.

A pattern of innovation runs throughout Mike’s career. When he was elected governor, Utah’s major freeway system was dangerously inadequate. Taking what some thought was a significant political and financial risk, Mike instigated a design-build system, creating cost and quality incentives between the state and its contractors. The project was finished in half the originally projected time and well under budget.

Mike is, at heart, an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. WGU now has more than 60,000 students who reside in each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Enrollment is growing at 35 percent a year. In November 2008, TIME magazine named WGU “the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”

Collaborator is a word that comes up repeatedly when one examines Mike’s background. His skill led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. His book—Finding Allies, Building Alliances—was released in September 2013 by Jossey-Bass Publishers and chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration.

Mike is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment, and trade. At the conclusion of his service, the Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award – the first time this award has ever been given to a foreign government official.

Dr. Don Rucker

Dr. Don Rucker is the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he leads is the formulation of the federal health IT strategy and coordinates federal health IT policies, standards, programs, and investments.

Dr. Rucker has three decades of clinical and informatics experience.  He started his informatics career at Datamedic Corporation, where he co-developed the world’s first Microsoft Windows-based electronic medical record. He then spent over a decade serving as Chief Medical Officer at Siemens Healthcare USA.

Dr. Rucker has also practiced emergency medicine for a variety of organizations including at Kaiser in California; at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospitals; and, most recently, at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Rucker is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, with board certifications in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He holds an MS in Medical Computer Science and an MBA, both from Stanford.

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, MA, MHSA

THINK-Health and Health Populi

Jane is a health economist, advisor and trend-weaver to organizations at the intersection of health, technology and people. Jane founded THINK-Health after working with health care consultancies in the US and Europe. Jane’s clients span the health/care ecosystem: technology, pharma and life sciences, providers, plans, retail, financial services and consumer goods. She founded the Health Populi blog in 2007.

Jane advises on strategy via environmental analysis, scenario and strategic planning. She is on the advisory boards of CanSurround, CAQH’s U.S. Health Efficiency Index, the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University, the Health 2.0 Conference, healthBank, Stupid Cancer, and WEGO Health. In her community of Phoenixville, PA, Jane sits on the Board of The Clinic, a free clinic for residents. Jane is a frequent speaker, listed with AHA’s Speakers Express and Executive Speakers Bureau. Jane also contributes to the Huffington Post.

Jane holds an MA (Economics) and MHSA (Health Policy) from University of Michigan. While Jane loves her work, she is even more passionate about family and home, Slow Food and her local CSA, and living a full and balanced life. Follow Jane along with 25,000 other tweeters on Twitter @HealthyThinker. See more on Jane at www.healthpopuli.com and www.janesarasohnkahn.com

J. Andrew Chacko, MD, MSE (PD), FAPA

Founder and Principal

Dr. J. Andrew Chacko is an internationally recognized leader in Healthcare Innovation, and a highly sought after public-speaker and consultant on a broad array of topics from Design Thinking, Leadership, Healthcare, Education, Digital Health, Mental Health and Wellness. As the only practicing clinician to have graduated from the Stanford program that developed Design Thinking, he expertly synthesizes years of expertise in Medicine as a Psychiatrist, work as a Designer and Innovator, and focus on Leadership and Teamwork as a Naval Officer.

His unique perspective has allowed him to truly grasp the fundamental problems facing the healthcare industry. Dr. Chacko passionately shares that ability with others through his advising and consultation work, and happily cultivates that awareness in clinicians, engineers, designers and entrepreneurs through his courses and lectures on implementing Design Thinking and Leadership in Healthcare.

He founded ChackoMD, a company that drives Healthcare Innovation by helping institutions and people understand and create the future of healthcare. As its principal, he has taught at universities and conferences and institutions around the world: such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Tokyo University, for the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, to pharmaceutical companies, associations of medical education professionals and Google. He has also advised design consultancies and numerous healthcare technology start-ups, and is faculty at Project Zygote ( a Health 2.0 accelerator), and a Fellow at Jump Associates.

He is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist for the VA, having worked as a Medical Director, and an attending Psychiatrist for Stanford and UCSF. He completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, where he was honored as the only civilian to date selected for a military psychiatry residency, gaining special expertise in PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

He earned his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, and served 12 years in the Navy, developing his leadership acumen, before completing his post-baccalaureate studies through Harvard. He earned his graduate degree at Stanford, studying both Mechanical Engineering and Art in the Joint Program in Design, taking an extra year for an in-depth study of Robotics, while working as a designer, both independently and at IDEO.

His lectures, notes, and sources of inspiration can be found on his website: www.ChackoMD.com.

He actively cultivates his creative and athletic side as well. He is an accomplished artist in multiple media, and enjoys making things from robots to furniture. His artwork has been galleried and sold. He also loves dancing, has won dance competitions and is a licensed Zumba Instructor. He is a certified military parachutist, rescue swimmer and rescue diver. He loves travel and has spoken ten languages over the course of his life. His biggest passions, however, are teaching (which he has done in some capacity since high school) and drawing out human potential. His audiences have called him inspiring to life-changing. One of his favorite compliments came from a security guard at a lecture he gave on the Difficulties of Innovating in Healthcare, who later told him that he “loved it so much [he] took notes the whole time!”

Tan Le

Founder and CEO of EMOTIV

Tan Le is an innovator, inventor & entrepreneur, and is the Founder and CEO of EMOTIV. Born in South Vietnam, Le migrated to Australia as a refugee with her family in 1981. Le began university studies at the age of 16 and went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in law (honors) and commerce (honors) in 1998 at Monash University. In 1998, Le was named Young Australian of the Year and voted one of Australia’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30. Le’s story was featured in the ‘Hope’ section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia. Le has been featured in “Who’s Who in Australia” List since 1999, Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes’ 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011.

Le has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009. Le was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2013. She currently serves on the Board of Stewards on Shaping the Future of Information & Entertainment of the World Economic Forum and the Global Future Council on the Future of Neurotechnologies & Brain Science of the World Economic Forum.

Kristen Daley

Group Director, Value-Based Programs

Kristen Daley is the Director of Value Based Programs for Centura Health’s South Denver Operating Group where she leads the regulatory and commercial bundled payment programs.  Ms. Daley joined Centura Health in 2014 as the Director of Orthopedics at Porter Adventist Hospital.  Kristen is recognized as an internal and external expert in clinical variation reduction and pay for performance programs. She is passionate about progressive solutions that disrupt the fee for service reimbursement model and promote the triple aim.  With over 20 years in healthcare advisory services, Kristen has worked nationally with physicians, clinical teams and administrators on strategies to reduce variation, improve outcomes and lower the cost of care.  Recently, Kristen has presented at a variety of conferences on redesigning care for total joint replacement patients in a value driven bundled payment program.  Prior to her roles at Centura Health, Kristen served as a consultant to hospitals nationwide with HealthGrades and The Chartis Group.  Ms. Daley earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Dartmouth College.

Clarissa Azcueta-Cox RN BSN MBA

Vice President of Population Health

Clarissa leads Network Health’s clinical program operations and strategy. She is responsible for overseeing the plan’s integrated health management operations and clinical program development and design. Clarissa is also responsible for quality excellence, clinical integration, utilization management, case and disease management for both medical and behavioral health.

Clarissa’s experience ranges from working in managed care, third party administration and provider systems focusing her work on strategic and operational leadership in the development of clinical programs and strategies. She brings more than 15 years of experience in health care as Director of Medical Management with Humana and most recently Vice President of Clinical Integration at Ascension Wisconsin. Clarissa received her bachelor of science in nursing from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI, and her MBA from Marquette University.

Christian Lagier

Christian Lagier is co-founder and Managing Director of TechSpring, the Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center. The core goal of TechSpring is to accelerate innovation in healthcare technology by facilitating projects that prove the clinical and business value of new solutions. The work is funded through sponsorships from strategic innovation clients such as Cerner, NTT Data, BD, Medecision, Intersystems, Zebra, and Imprivata.

Christian Lagier has a background in entrepreneurship, business operations, and strategic business development having worked for start-ups and high growth companies in San Francisco, Paris and Copenhagen. Christian is a Danish and French national and holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.

TechSpring provides standardized process, program management and access to Baystate Health as a ‘living lab’ for healthcare innovation: a $2.5B model health system in Western Massachusetts presenting all the advantages of a top-tier integrated delivery health network in an environment that closely mirrors the broader US healthcare market. The network includes 5 hospitals, 90 medical practices, the region’s largest health insurance company, several ACOs and a flagship academic medical center.

Lynne A. Dunbrack

Research Vice President, IDC Health Insights

Lynne Dunbrack is Research Vice President for IDC Health Insights responsible for the research operations for IDC Health Insights. She manages a group of analysts who provide research-based advisory and consulting services for payers, providers, accountable care organizations, IT service providers, and the IT suppliers that serve those markets.  Lynne also leads the IDC Health Insights’ Connected Health IT Strategies program. Specific areas of Lynne’s in-depth coverage include mobile, constituency engagement, interoperability, health information exchange, Internet of Things (IoT), telehealth and virtual care, cybersecurity, privacy and security.

Lynne has been quoted by national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, Forbes, and San Jose Business Journal. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences.

Jeanne Cohen

Founder and CEO of Motive Medical Intelligence

Jeanne Cohen is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Motive Medical Intelligence. Her vision of a dynamic, adaptive information context for care delivery has built Motive into a leading innovative force, as demonstrated by its relevant, effective, highly specific workflows that power new models of care—in the hospital, outside of the hospital, in the home—with patients supported by a fully integrated care team enabled by intelligent technology.

Jeanne is a founding member of the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center, an organization whose goal is to create a health system that is driven by innovation and consumer needs, creating value for companies and the public alike. She serves on numerous boards and advisory groups in health care and higher education and is a sought-after speaker and consultant to CEOs on strategy and innovation.

Momba Chia, MHA

Director of Public Health, John R Oishei Children’s Hospital, Oishei Healthy Kids, Kaleida Health

Momba is a healthcare executive leader who navigates organizations through healthcare changes while maintaining the highest quality healthcare services. At Kaleida Health, Momba is responsible for setting strategic direction, providing leadership and driving successful business models for growth and top quality primary care and community health services, such as Pediatric Health Home, School-Based Health Services and DSRIP.  Prior to Kaleida Health, Momba served as Chief Operations Officer at Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network. His professional experience also includes Vice President of MSO Operations at Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, President, CEO and Founder of Western New York Healthcare Collaborative Council, and Assistant Practice Manager of Kimbo Chia M.D., PC.

Patty Resnik, MJ, MBA, FACHE, CHC, CPHQ, RRT

Ms. Resnik is the vice president of Care Management for Christiana Care Health System, an 1100-bed major teaching facility that is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women’s health services. She is also the Vice President of Carelink CareNow, a wholly owned care management subsidiary of Christiana Care. Ms. Resnik leads a number of programs at Christiana Care & Carelink CareNow in order to enhance the delivery of health care services, including programs in care management, utilization management, clinical documentation improvement, and population health management.

Ms. Resnik is certified in healthcare quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), and co-lead the development of the NAHQ “Essential Competencies: Regulatory and Accreditation” publication released in the spring of 2016. She is currently the vice-chair of the Delaware Local Program Committee for the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (HLNDV).

Ms. Resnik has career experience as both an administrator and a respiratory care practitioner. She has served on the board of the Delaware Society for Respiratory Care, and she is licensed to practice Respiratory Care in the state of Delaware and the state of Maryland.

In 2011, Ms. Resnik was invited by U.S. Senator Tom Carper to Capitol Hill to testify before the Joint Subcommittee hearing on Air Quality & Children’s Health.

Ms. Resnik earned a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from the Widener University Delaware Law School;  a bachelor of science degree and her MBA from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a past recipient of that college’s Early Career Healthcare Executive award.

Morie Mehyou

Mr. Mehyou holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, Arkansas and an Executive MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also is a CPA (inactive) .  He has over 30 years of Accounting and finance experience in Government and Healthcare.  Currently he is the Executive Director of the newly formed Baptist Health UAMS Accountable Care Alliance (CMS MSSP Track 1+ ACO), a partnership between the two largest provider of healthcare in Arkansas, Baptist Health and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  Prior to joining the ACO, he worked at Jefferson Regional Medical Center for 18 years with the last 8 years focusing on optimization of revenue and collections as an assistant Vice President of Revenue Cycle.  Mr. Mehyou has been recognized as an innovative leader in the use of empirical data to drive change and increase value in the delivery of healthcare as well as revenue optimization.

Lyn Hedstrom

SVP Medicaid – Population Health Solutions

Lyn’s current focus is to drive clinical models and services for Medicaid populations being served by United Health Care Community and State Managed Care plans and for Optum Case Management programs in the Fee for Service Medicaid Markets

Lyn is responsible for directing a team of health care professionals who design clinical programs and develop population-specific interventions, strategies and innovations to meet regulatory and business requirements.

Since joining United Health Group in 2005 – Lyn has served in a variety of roles that involve care delivery and services to a variety of special needs populations for Medicare and Medicaid. She served as Chief Nursing Officer for UHC Medicare and Retirement from 2009-2011 until she joined Optum’s Clinical Performance and Management team.

As a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Lyn has a deep background and passion for serving the needs of individuals and families dealing with chronic conditions—and a focus on the health systems  that impact their care.

Melissa DeGoede

Melissa DeGoede is the Director of Population Health for Security Health Plan in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Security Health Plan, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, is a not-for-profit health plan serving 230,000 commercial, Medicare and Medicaid members in Wisconsin. Melissa leads Security Health Plan’s integrated health services operations and partners with care delivery leaders on system-wide population health initiatives.  Melissa brings more than 30 years of experience in health care, including 20 years in the payer industry with a focus on clinical operations, strategy and program design. Prior to her role with Security Health Plan she served as Vice President of Population Health for Network Health Plan and Clinical Operations Director for Optum. Ms. DeGoede earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, Wisonsin, and her Masters of Business Administration from Lakeland College.

Jamie Farrell

Director, Health Plan Performance Management

In her role as director, health plan performance management with Nova Healthcare Administrators, an affiliate of Independent Health, Jamie Farrell oversees the strategic direction of the Health Plan Performance Management department including proactive market research, data analytics for health plan and provider performance, and product and strategy development designed to mitigate client cost trends.

Farrell is responsible for the research, development and implementation of client-specific initiatives driving the direction of operational business units with the goal of improving client’s financial performance and improving health outcomes for their members.

In addition, she develops, launches, monitors and grows both products and strategies while balancing membership and financial performance of both Nova and its clients. She also manages relationships and priorities with external vendors and business partners including client service, operations, functional experts and shared services such as marketing and technology.

Farrell has held various positions within Nova since joining the organization in 2010. As manager, medical products, she developed and maintained innovative programs and value-add services including wellness engagement, care management, chronic condition management, physician network strategy, web presence and clinical reporting. She also served as sales communications coordinator. Prior to joining Nova, Farrell was with Meritain Health having spent four years focused on marketing.

Farrell holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, as well as minors in journalism and writing, from Ithaca College.

Bart Bracken

Chief Operating Officer
HMC HealthWorks

Bart Bracken is the Chief Operating Officer of HMC HealthWorks.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and disability industries serving in senior leadership positions with large managed care organizations and specialty entrepreneurial companies. Bart has extensive experience in product development, management, and evaluation. His experience includes consulting with large employers, unions, and health care carriers on designing and implementing new and innovative managed care programs. Before joining HMC, he has worked as the COO of a national healthcare data analytics company. He has a Master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics from St. Lawrence University.

Paul Pluschkell

Co-Founder, Innostreams

Paul Pluschkell is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and transformative leader in the collaborative digital transformation space. Paul is a catalyst for building disruptive and innovative companies and products by fostering cultures that encourage creativity through imaginative experimentation and cutting-edge technical experimentation. Paul has expertise in SaaS, PaaS, go to market strategies, entrepreneurship, and capital and customer acquisition. Paul recently founded and sold Kandy.io a communications platform as a service company, to Ribbon Communications – RBBN NYSE. Prior to kandy.io, Paul was the CEO and founder of Spigit, an enterprise social software provider. Spigit quickly became the world leader in Innovation Management. Paul sold Spigit to Mindjet in 2014.  His success as an entrepreneur began in 1997 when he merged his first company MXNet, a financial market platform, and took it public. In between starting new companies Paul has served as CTO of Reuters and was President of Broadband for a global telecommunications provider. Paul has 4 children and has managed back to back National Championship Baseball Teams.

Joel Friedman

Chief Technology Officer

Joel Friedman is the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace where he is responsible for product engineering, setting the long-term technical strategy and driving technological innovation around the company’s portfolio.

Prior to his current role, Joel served as Chief Technology and Security Officer at Datapipe, a leading IT service provider, which Rackspace acquired in November 2017.

Joel has been a technology professional for nearly two decades including 14 years in the hosting industry, specializing in information security and in recent years cloud technologies. Under his leadership, Datapipe built one of the most comprehensive security offerings for multi-platform hybrid IT solutions in the managed service industry. Joel also spearheaded efforts that led to cutting-edge security and product solutions, including the award-winning Datapipe Access and Audit Control for the Cloud.

In 2015, Joel was named CSO of the Year by The New Jersey Technology Council, due in part to his innovation and creativity in planning and deploying enterprise systems, future IT goals, management philosophy and service to the industry and community.

Prior to Datapipe, Joel helped pioneer a voice over IP company. He holds industry certifications with many of the leading groups including ISC, ISACA, PCI SSC, AWS, EC Council and the Cloud Security Alliance.

David E. Longnecker, MD

David E. Longnecker, M.D. is the Chief Clinical Innovations Officer of C-TAC (the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, (www.theCTAC.org), an organization dedicated to the ideal that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.  His career spans a spectrum of commitment to healthcare improvement as a physician-scientist, clinician and educator at the University of Missouri, the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Robert D. Dripps Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Vice Dean for Professional Services, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He also served as a Director at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), where he founded the Chief Medical Officers Group and co-founded its Integrating Quality initiative to enhance quality, safety and cost-effective care delivery in academic medical centers.   He is the author of over 110 scientific articles and chapters and the editor of nine medical textbooks, including the 1800-page Longnecker’s Anesthesiology and its associated website, Access Anesthesiology (www.accessanesthesiology.com). Dr. Longnecker is a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK) and member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  He also serves on the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Committee and chairs its Research Advisory Committee, which advises NASA on preparation for advanced exploration, including deep space and Mars.

Deborah M. Gage

President & Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Gage is a proven business transformer. She has built her career as an entrepreneur founding and leading technology companies to the next stage of growth. Deb joined the Medecision team after observing the investments the company had made to expand its broad platform of applications, the breadth and depth of the company’s talent, and its sizeable, growing and increasingly diverse customer base—she knew Medecision could be a major player in the transformation of healthcare. Deb oversees our mission to transform healthcare one big app at a time, while directing the company’s continued growth and innovation. She is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations, including continued platform development, solution deployment and operational effectiveness. Deb lands in the “leader,” “innovator” or “visionary” categories in every personality test she’s ever taken. At Medecision Deb is the “instigator.” She excels at assembling an A-team to help turn her strategic vision into reality. With relentless dedication to her team and clients, Deb brings to Medecision her success as an entrepreneurial senior executive in the healthcare technology sector, including operational and leadership experience in start-up and growth businesses in the analytics, financial and clinical sectors of healthcare IT.

Deb was an early team members at Truven Healthcare (then MEDSTAT), and then became CEO of several venture-backed healthcare IT firms including SolutionPoint®, Inc., a provider of database management and decision support software products for hospitals and integrated delivery systems; GTESS Corporation, a SaaS provider of payment technology applications for healthcare payers; and RosettaMed (acquired by Kryptiq), a developer of an electronic medical record patient intake application. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Deb earned both a BA degree in Economics and an MBA from the Ross School of Business where she served as chair of the University’s Women’s Leadership Council for a decade and is a past member of the Alumni Board, the Corporate Advisory Board, and a member of the Ross Visiting Committee.

Ellen Donahue-Dalton

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

Ellen Donahue-Dalton is a global company and start-up growth driver who thrives on creating actual solutions to challenging market dynamics. She always seems to be in the middle of the action. In a room full of clinicians, technologists, marketers and
salespeople, she inspires discussion, bringing ideas together to drive the business forward. And that’s just one of her talents. Ellen leads Medecision’s solution development and strategic marketing initiatives, including product marketing, industry marketing, lead generation and brand experience. A veteran business and marketing executive, Ellen has partnered with global, national and emerging healthcare service and technology organizations to help define, segment and penetrate markets, as well as build and deploy leading products. Her clients have included Magellan Health, Ceridian, Group and Pension Administrators, Inc., Bloodhound Technologies and GTESS Corporation.

Prior to joining Medecision, Ellen served as a consultant and coach to high-growth organizations while leading Dalton Marketing Group (DMG), a firm she founded in 1998 that provides strategy and marketing program definition and execution. DMG partners with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations nationally to drive growth and market success in verticals including healthcare, government, insurance, professional services, technology and entertainment. Ellen previously served as vice president, worldwide marketing and divisional president of GTECH Corporation, a $1B+ (revenue) global systems, software and services provider, where she helped drive double-digit annual growth as part of that company’s founding management team. A passionate supporter of innovation through entrepreneurialism, Ellen has participated in Springboard Ventures, Entrepreneur LaunchPad and served on the board of Social Venture Partners—RI, a state affiliate of an international organization that helps non-profits grow revenue- and job-producing businesses. She continues to coach social entrepreneurs who are building world-changing businesses. Ellen holds a BS from Dickinson College, an MS from Boston University and has done post-graduate work at Wharton.

Duane White

Duane White is a thought-provoking change leader.

Duane White is an expert in driving change. Sometimes quiet, never hesitant and always thinking, Duane loves cracking the thorniest of strategic issues. He partners with client leaders in designing and executing customer experience and innovation performance strategies.

Before joining Aveus as a principal in 2011 and becoming a co-owner and partner in 2013, Duane held senior leadership positions at UnitedHealth Group, Marquette Financial, Arcadia Financial and U.S. Bank. He has developed, grown, acquired, restructured and repositioned businesses for profitable growth – giving him two of the most precious required skills for an Aveusian: empathy for and foresight about the decisions our clients are about to make.

Duane began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co., and since then has come full circle, consulting for the past ten years. He holds a master’s of Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and a bachelor’s of Business Administration in Business Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Duane currently serves on the Board of Directors of Heartland Financial USA and Minnesota Bank & Trust. He is a former Director of FICO and the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation.

In his free time you’ll find Duane on a golf course, or relaxing in Hawaii, on a golf course—or on vacation, on a golf course…

Paul B. Handel, MD

Medecision Board Member

Dr. Handel developed, managed and directed HCSC’s medical strategies and policies. He also lead HCSC’s comprehensive wellness efforts and works to improve the company’s health care management capabilities. In his previous role as vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Dr. Handel supervised the office of physician advocacy and the division’s medical policies and an overall commitment to quality. He also enhanced medical care management and helped strengthen BCBSTX’s relationships with physicians and providers. Dr. Handel has run a successful medical practice in Houston and has gained national recognition for his long, distinguished career. He is a board certified urologist, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, former member of HCSC’s Texas Affiliate Board and a former clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in Houston. In addition, Dr. Handel is a past president of the Harris County Medical Society, past member of the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA) Board of Trustees and has served in numerous other capacities within the TMA and the Harris County Medical Society.

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