2024 AEHADA Board Elections – VOTING IS NOW CLOSED.
Below is the candidate slate for the 2024 AEHADA Advisory Board ballot. Board members play an important role in guiding the overall direction of our organization. As a member, you have the opportunity to vote for the candidates that will best provide the governance care needed to lead AEHADA into the future. Please take some time to review the platform statements of the candidates and place your vote.
You’re limited to one submission as a Member or Foundation Firm organization. For each submission, please select ONLY 3 provider candidates and 1 foundation firm candidate.
Voting runs through Friday, December 8.
Vice President Information Technology, Liberty Hospital
Gretchen Britt is a Registered Nurse with over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare spending most of her career at Liberty Hospital. Throughout her career, she has not only provided exceptional patient care but has also emerged as an IT leader. Gretchen’s commitment to patient-centered best practices has been the driving force behind her goal to keep the focus on the patient while eliminating friction for end users. Gretchen’s dedication to fostering partnerships within the healthcare community has proven instrumental in developing collaborative strategies for effective care delivery.
LACIE HIE board 7/1/2022 to present – Director
The Liberty Hospital Foundation 7/1/2023 to present – Regional Advisory Council
Baxter Medication Advisory Board – 3/1/2023 to present – Advisor
I have been a member of CHIME and AEHADA for just over a year but have been working in healthcare for over twenty-five years. I began my journey in healthcare right out of high school as a Certified Nurses Aid, a Surgical Technician and then a Registered Nurse. At the bedside I found myself inserting myself into our electronic health record in any way possible to improve patient care and the workflow of my peers. In 2017 I began my journey in Informatics. Healthcare is rapidly evolving, and we need to drive healthcare with data to improve safety, reduce burnout and improve efficiency. We knew the shortage of nursing was in our future, but we didn’t anticipate the pandemic and the effects it would have on our total workforce that escalated the increased need for efficiency, safety, and reduction of burnout. CHIME has been where I learn and grow, and I would love the opportunity to serve and give back.
If chosen to be a candidate for the board, I would work to ensure we make an impact on our members by providing education, opportunity, and meaningful content to assist in our data driven care journey. I believe that through networking and collaboration that we can learn from each other in order to advance us all.
Chief Information Officer, TriState Health
My name is Deb Carpenter. I am currently the CIO at TriState Health and have over 30 years of Healthcare IT experience. I have worked for large organizations such as Ascension and LifePoint, as well as a small community owned critical access hospital. I have a masters degree in Data Analytics and a masters in Organizational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership.
I am married and have 3 grown children. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and going to the gym in my spare time.
As part of the IT leadership team, I have participated in hospital board meetings for the past 10 years. Currently, I am serving on the Lewis Clark State College (LCSC) Technical Advisory Council. Our purpose is to help guide the local college with their program development, as well as building a strong relationship between the area high schools and the IT programs at LCSC.
I have previously served on the local Salvation Army Advisory Council, and on a church board where I served as the Mission and Community Involvement chair.
As AI and data analytics becomes more prevalent in healthcare, it is important to understand the logic behind the data that is generated from those platforms in order to discern where and how to best use the technology. I have an open-minded, yet cautious approach to using AI in healthcare, as machine learning is only as good as the data it is fed. Similarly, the science of data analytics is very powerful. Accuracy is dependent upon clean data and usefulness is confirmed by producing actionable data.
As a member of the AEHADA board, I would focus on researching how data is being used, discovering new approaches to AI and analytics in healthcare and consult with vendors on where they heading with new technology. I am also passionate about educating my peers about new regulations, concepts and potential discoveries. Conversely, I love learning from my peers and enhancing my knowledge base from what others have experienced.
Chief Data Officer, UT Southwestern Medical Center
I am currently the Chief Data Officer at UT Southwestern Medical Center. I am responsible for Enterprise data services, strategy, and data governance.
I manage a team of 40 Enterprise data services professionals, a data warehouse, and data management across the institution. I graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. I am pursuing a Doctorate in Health Sciences from A. T. Still University.
I have extensive experience developing complex enterprise analytics using various tools in the retail, public,
technology, and healthcare sectors. My primary focus is aligning business initiatives with business intelligence
and moving toward a modern data enterprise with active governance and business enablement.
I believe our role is to create value from data and to enable both our teams and our key stakeholders the space and runway to be successful.
|Atul Kanvinde, MSIE, MBA, CHCIO, CDH-E
Director, Clinical Technology and Applications, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
In the dynamic realm of healthcare technology, the interplay between application selection, design, outcomes, data and analytics is pivotal. As an Industrial Engineer by training and practice before I transitioned into Technology and Healthcare, I am a dedicated advocate for efficient, sustainable, human-centered design and believe that we should place the patient experience and usability of healthcare applications at the forefront of our decision-making process. By prioritizing people and conducting comprehensive usability studies, we ensure that technology is not just functional but also intuitive, ultimately enabling healthcare professionals to provide what they do and should focus on – deliver exceptional patient care. This approach is intricately connected to my unwavering commitment to proactive change adoption planning. It should never be an after-thought and it never is just about providing training. Acknowledging the constant state of transformation within the healthcare industry, our ability to embrace and adapt to change is paramount. By integrating human-centered design and usability studies from the outset, we not only enhance the experiences of patients and clinicians but also facilitate the seamless adoption of new technologies. One of the highlights of my career has been leading Children’s to a successful HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 Certification in less than 18 months, underscoring my dedication to excellence and driving positive transformation in healthcare IT. It was a huge effort involving new technologies, and massive change in how care was being provided. The success is attributed to holistic approach that was employed, and it is that approach I bring to the table as a candidate for the AEHADA board. Your vote for me signifies your endorsement of a leader dedicated to designing healthcare technology with the end-users in mind, fostering smooth change adoption, and ultimately delivering an enhanced patient experience.
My career has taken me through care settings across the care continuum, exposed to various facets of healthcare technologies, and had oversight over large portfolio of applications, including Epic and Cerner. A significant achievement in my career has been the development and execution of a multi-year, multi-technology roadmap, encompassing Epic, clinical communications, medical devices, patient engagement, integrations, and more. In addition, I have worked closely with data and analytics teams to provide input on and develop strategies for data acquisition, data literacy, and data presentation, recognizing the pivotal role of data in healthcare decision-making and innovation. The intricate relationship between application selection and design, outcomes, data, and analytics in healthcare cannot be overstated. The applications we choose profoundly influence the design of healthcare systems, impacting not only the patient experience but also clinical and administrative processes. Meticulous application selection can streamline workflows, enhance user experiences, and improve patient care outcomes. Furthermore, these chosen applications generate a wealth of data, providing valuable insights into patient health and operational efficiencies. Consequently, it is imperative to emphasize that analytics should not be an afterthought; instead, it should be integral to the design phase. This proactive approach ensures that the data generated is not only collected but leveraged effectively for decision-making. Integrating analytics into the design phase empowers healthcare organizations to anticipate and address data needs upfront, enabling data-informed decisions, trend identification, and proactive issue resolution. In essence, judicious application choices, coupled with early consideration of analytics, have a cascading impact across the healthcare ecosystem, from design to outcomes, facilitating continuous improvement and innovation in the delivery of high-quality patient care.
In conclusion, I am dedicated to driving meaningful transformation in health IT, with a focus on applications, data, and analytics, which are at the heart of AEHADA’s mission. I bring the experience, dedication, and a proven track record necessary to lead the way toward responsible, human-centered development in this critical field. Your vote for me is a vote for progress, innovation, and a brighter future for healthcare IT. I humbly request your support and vote for the AEHADA board position. Together, we can shape a better future for healthcare technology and patient care.
I am currently a board member of a non-profit called “PAWS Atlanta” that shelters and saves animals. I serve as the chair of the Service Council of the Board
With a background that reflects my commitment to driving meaningful transformation, I would like to express my enthusiastic interest and submit by self-nomination for the AEHADA board.
My career journey has been defined by my ability to lead change initiatives, guiding organizations through pivotal transitions. I understand that change can be challenging, but I firmly believe that it is through these transformations that organizations uncover their true potential.
I am passionate about return on value (ROV) and recognize its importance in every aspect of business. It is not just the return on the financial investment but also adoption and user experience and delight from that investment that improves the chances of long-term sustainability and ongoing improvements. Human-centered solution development is at the core of that, and also of my professional ethos. I firmly believe that solutions should not only meet business objectives but also enhance the lives of individuals they serve. Through empathy-driven design and a deep understanding of user needs, delivered solutions improve user experiences and create lasting value.
Chief Analytics Officer, UNC Health
As Chief Analytics Officer at UNC Health, Rachini champions healthcare data and analytics enablement within her organization and across the industry. With continuous education and networking as her 2023 personal goal, Rachini delivered 1 plenary, spoke on 4 panels, and presented at 5 educational breakout sessions at conferences across the nation and attended the Chief Data & Analytics track of two others. All the while, Rachini has co-led a successful campaign across UNC Health to foster Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) partnerships and adoption.
Some in-flight and recent accomplishments include:
As a Data & Analytics (D&A) leader, I am passionate about transforming healthcare through trusted insights. My depth of healthcare experience gives me a unique perspective in leading these D&A initiatives. It allows me to translate the technical capabilities to business and clinical enhancement.
I also believe in investing in people. If healthcare is going to transform, we have to grow the analytical expertise of everyone. To engage the more technical audience, I have given over 10 public presentations / panels this year alone to share what my team and I have learned about Data, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). To grow individuals, I served on the Health Data & Analytics Association committee to develop a mentoring program. To support “everyone”, I worked with my Community Analytics Manager and her team to ensure that we are reaching and teaching everyone at UNC Health about AI, data, and analytics insights. To develop myself, I attended the Carnegie Mellon University CDataO program in 2023 to ensure that I was gaining the broader D&A leadership skills to guide my team and organization.
My network of D&A leaders across healthcare and other industries has grown significantly over the last year. And those connections allow me to learn and grow continuously. In addition to our Generative AI and Cloud Migration journey this year, my team has been working on Data Fabric architecture and principles, modernizing our enterprise data warehouse, data products spanning data to dashboards, driving value for business outcomes, and so much more.
If chosen for the AEHADA Board, I would bring this passion to the group. At UNC Health, we live our values of #LeadingtheWay and #OneGreatTeam. I would love to contribute that to AEHADA’s mission.
Virtual Care Technical Manager, UC San Diego Health
Leading the technical architecture and informatics implementations of UC San Diego’s Virtual Care Portfolio, Brittany Partridge is actively shaping the transformation of healthcare through innovative applications. Brittany is the chair of the Virtual Care Standards Committee for UCSD and sits on their AI governance committee, bringing her technical expertise to the governance of the application portfolio. Brittany regularly shares her implementation experiences with the greater health tech community through papers, book chapters, and presentations at conferences, authoring 12+ Chapters across 4 books in mobile medicine and innovation. She also serves as the Director of Chapter Managers for the Trustworthy Technology and Innovation in Healthcare Book Series, aligning coauthors on the mission, vision and prioritization of the series. Brittany is on the Public Policy Committee for AMIA, where she works to influence national policy that supports the use of innovative technology in healthcare. Brittany is passionate about using technology to improve the lives of patients and is constantly looking for new ways to make healthcare more accessible and efficient, which relays into her volunteer work with Team Rubicon and Remote Area Medical bringing healthcare to the underserved. Brittany Partridge hopes to join the AEHADA board to collaborate with other health tech leaders in educating and advocating more broadly on the architecture and governance of innovative applications.
Brittany Partridge has an accomplished career grounded in Clinical Informatics combining the academic and theoretical aspects of informatics with the practical and technical knowledge to positively impact clinical workflows and processes resulting in successful implementation of innovative technology that also increases patient access to quality care. She also has been involved in Public Policy work, influencing national policies impacting HIT and Informatics. Lastly, she has authored over 7 chapters in 3 different books and has given guest lectures and participated in panel presentations on topics such as mobile medicine implementation & innovation, mobile device management implementation, and technology governance.
Given her career accomplishments and expertise to date, she would be a valuable addition to AEHADA and help with the continued future growth and direction of AEHADA in aligning alongside AEHIS and AEHIT.
Maribeth Ashley, CAHIMS, is an accomplished and versatile healthcare industry professional bringing expertise in recruiting, coaching, vendor management, employee relations, contract negotiation, and strategic planning. Throughout her two-decade career, she has closely collaborated with hospitals, clinicians, and IT leaders to support efforts that enhance patient care and champion innovation.
In her current role as an Account Executive at iMethods, Maribeth utilizes her talents to develop meaningful relationships and serve as a strategic partner to help clients achieve their clinical and business initiatives. Her greatest passion is serving others and connecting healthcare professionals in an impactful way.
Within the last year, she has pioneered the iMethods Thought Leadership Group, a group that has grown to 18 Director and C-Suite level members spanning 12 different health systems. This exclusive group of female leaders in the HIT community focuses on unique ways of building meaningful relationships and creating purposeful dialogue through networking, professional development, education, and mentorship. Using shared work experiences, lessons learned, and collaborative strategy, Maribeth hopes to work alongside new colleagues on the AEHADA Advisory Board to continue finding creative and impactful growth opportunities.
When Maribeth is not at work, she enjoys spending quality time with her two boys, attending sports events, walking their dog, and having movie nights. She is also active in her community, volunteering at the Sulzbacher Center and serving on several committees at Riverside Presbyterian Church and The Bolles School.
Daring Leadership is ultimately about serving other people, not ourselves.”
~ Brene Brown in Dare to Lead
My personal vision is to live a life that allows me to do meaningful work that produces real change for both clients and communities, to serve others by helping them achieve their goals, and to be doing the work alongside people I like and respect.
My approach to achieving professional excellence is rooted in a deep-seated commitment to the success and well-being of my clients. I firmly believe that the true measure of success is any field lies in the impact we have on others. How I achieve success is by helping my clients achieve theirs first.
The Thought Leadership Group, a creation close to my heart, exemplifies my dedication to this principle. This platform brings together female healthcare IT leaders, offering them the resources, mentorship, and network needed to thrive in their careers. It brings me joy to be part of such an incredible community of women.
As an industry expert in workforce development and IT solutions, my mission is clear: to be a problem solver for those who entrust me with their most complex challenges. By offering strategic guidance and connecting them with the right resources, I can help them navigate their unique obstacles and achieve transformational outcomes.
Cast Your Vote Here: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED.
You’re limited to one submission as a member or Foundation Firm organization. For each submission, please select ONLY 3 provider candidates and 1 foundation firm candidate.
Should you have any questions about the AEHADA Board Election process, please reach out to the AEHADA team at [email protected].