Registration is Sold Out
Following overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year's event, we will continue to offer a morning track designed specifically for chapter members that are vendors. Each of the CIOs will have an opportunity to speak to you about their key initiatives and speak frankly about how best to engage their organizations. If you are a vendor, you don't want to miss the "Vendor Track" portion of this event! We have a limited number of seats so sign up early so you don't miss out on a great opportunity!
Following the Vendor Track portion of our program, the traditional CIO Roundtable luncheon will proceed. As always, all registered chapter members and non-members are invited to attend.
VENDORS: If you sign up for the Vendor Track, you are automatically registered for both the morning Vendor Track and the afternoon CIO Roundtable luncheon event.
PROVIDERS: Please only register for the afternoon CIO Roundtable luncheon.
Melinda Y. Costin
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
JPS Health Network
With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Melinda Yates Costin is a pioneer in healthcare informatics developing and implementing products supporting the EMR/EHR concept. This includes the area of clinical decision support where she gained significant experience in the processes and value surrounding care quality. Accomplishments of note over the course of Ms. Costin’s career include the development and implementations of EHR’s, including one in conjunction with Intermountain Health Care, a recognized leader in the usage of clinical rules to promote patient safety. Melinda has provided leadership to three different healthcare systems, two healthcare software vendors, and a healthcare consulting company prior to joining JPS Health Network. In all of these organizations, she has been in high level management positions and has concentrated on the process and change management required for effective implementation in both the private and government sectors. In addition to her past implementation activities, her strategic initiatives have included ARRA Meaningful Use, Enterprise Data Management, ICD-10 implementation, creation of a Heath Information Exchange (HIE) with a Personal Health Record (PHR), and technology support for Accountable Care Organization activities.
Melinda has been active in HIMSS for over 20 years and active in CHIME, as both a Foundation member, and now as a CHIME member for over 10 years. She has received her CHCIO certification, her FCHIME, and is a past member of the CHIME Board, as well as becoming a Fellow of HIMSS (FHIMSS) and receiving her CPHIMS. She is an active industry speaker and has lectured at many well-known healthcare IT events including Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), Towards An Electronic Patient Record (TEPR), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI) as well as international events in Frankfurt, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She previously held the position of Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Chief Information Officer
Walnut Hill Medical Center
Aaron Miri is currently the Chief Information Officer for Walnut Hill Medical Center and has held leadership roles in Health IT for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Services Management from the University of Dallas. He is also a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), a distinguished Fellow with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and he holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). As Chief Information Officer at Walnut Hill Medical Center, Aaron’s biggest responsibility is leading a high-performing team in a world-class, technological cutting edge health care organization. He is responsible for directing all efforts of the Information Services in the organization, including the Electronic Medical record and interfaced ancillary systems, all supporting technology, and support for those systems. Walnut Hill Medical Center opened in 2014 as a state of the art acute-care hospital serving Dallas County and was heralded by Forbes Magazine as the “Hospital that Steve Jobs Would Have Built.” In 2015, Walnut Hill Medical Center was awarded HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 Certification and recognized as a Best Hospital IT Department by HealthITNews.
Aaron has successfully led organizations that achieved the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award, HIMSS Level 6 and HIMSS Level 7 EMRAM status, HITRUST CSF designation, and led the first organization to receive the SECURETexas Health Information Privacy and Security certification awarded through the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). He is a regular speaker on the health IT security front, has spoken at HIMSS and CHIME national and local forums, and currently serves on CHIME’s Cyber Security workgroup. Aaron is the current Chair of the HIMSS National Public Policy Committee and has been asked to serve as an expert advisor to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and to other congressional panels engaged in numerous Health IT policy topics. He also served as a member of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) HIT Standards Transport and Security Subcommittee and with the ONC Patient ID Matching group as a member hospital. He is also a member of the AT&T Healthcare Executive Board, the Imprivata Healthcare Advisory Board, and is a mentor in the North Texas American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) chapter.
Chief Information Officer
Baylor Scott & White Health
Matthew has been Chief Information Officer of Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, since our organization was formed from the merger of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare in 2013. He is responsible for designing and deploying the next generation clinical architecture to enable BSWH to meet the triple aim of increased access, lower per-capita costs and improved population health. Prior to the merger, he was the CIO of Scott & White Healthcare and led the implementation of the fully integrated enterprise electronic medical record system, achieving HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 at five hospitals and 23 clinics at a nationally recognized rapid pace. He also guided the organization during the launch of its first online patient portal called MyChart. During his tenure, his organization has been recognized as Most Wired - Most Improved by Hospital & Health Networks and 5 Best Hospital IT Departments by Healthcare IT News.
Matthew focuses his efforts on leading strategic initiatives to transform the technology department to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to customer needs, while optimizing IT operations and identifying cost efficiencies. As CIO of Baylor Scott & White Health, he has led the organization in further progress towards creating a connected network of providers through the utilization of a health information exchange (HIE). The HIE will be available in clinics and hospitals across Baylor Scott & White, including providers in our accountable care organization—Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance. By providing access to patient data from multiple electronic medical record systems and other sources, providers will be able to reach patient clinical information in a timely and secured manner. The HIE is expected to improve accuracy and reduce duplicate testing, medication errors and readmissions.
Prior to joining Baylor Scott & White, Matthew held leadership positions at KPMG, BearingPoint and James Martin & Co. Throughout his career, he led large-scale business and technology transformation projects with a focus on M&A, post-transaction IT transformation, IT Strategy and Governance architecture.
Chambers earned a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas in 1993. He is a Certified Healthcare CIO from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and certified as a Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Chief Information Officer
M. D. Anderson
Chris joined The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as VP and Chief Information Officer in 2013 after serving in a similar role with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA for 7 years. Chris has over 30 years healthcare IT experience from various positions in IT leadership, sales and consulting with Siemens, Healthlink and IBM. Chris led several Health Systems through major systems transformation projects that included implementing an EMR, big data, enterprise analytics, numerous departmental and revenue cycle systems.
MD Anderson is going through a multi-year program to integrate Epic as the EMR with clinical, operations, financial and administrative systems. Building big data as an asset along with improving the user experience are his primary focus.
Joey Sudomir, M.S. CHCIO
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Texas Health Resources
Joey Sudomir, is senior vice president and chief information officer for Texas Health Resources. As CIO, Sudomir oversees information technology activities for the entire system.
Sudomir joined Texas Health as vice president, IT operations, in 2013, and was named deputy CIO in 2014. He joined Texas Health Partners in 2008 as vice president of IT, leading IT-related clinical transformation efforts for Texas Health’s joint ventures. Under his leadership, all of Texas Health’s joint-venture hospitals achieved “meaningful use,” a measure used by the federal government to categorize implementation of IT capabilities in health systems.
Before joining Texas Health, Sudomir managed operational ownership for information technology at more than 60 hospitals for a nationally known company that operates hospitals across the country. In this role, he led efforts to standardize procedures and electronic health record implementation.
Sudomir earned a Master of Science in information technology at the University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Healthcare CIO by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Chief Information Officer
HCA North Texas Division
As Chief Information Officer and Healthcare Executive for Nashville, Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, Leah Miller delivers a wide array of competitive advantage, technology-enabled, patient-centric business, clinical and facility solutions to North Texas Division's physicians, caregivers, hospitals plus surgery, oncology, imaging and free-standing surgery centers spanning Dallas Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Prior to accepting a pivotal HCA executive role in healthcare, Ms. Miller garnered a breadth of experience in and recognition for her distinguished leadership, organizational transformations and solution delivery accomplishments in large-scale healthcare, retail software, government and automotive manufacturing sectors while serving in Director and Program Manager capacities. Within HCA, Leah maintains a razor sharp focus on attaining aggressive goals, catalyzing change, fostering key relationships and advancing sustainability through a combination of visionary roadmaps and gap mitigation strategies. Deconstructing and solving the most complex organizational challenges, assigning stretch performance targets, instilling customer-centric practices, forging collaborative cultures and driving to delivery have become Ms. Miller's hallmarks.
Ms. Miller earned her Masters of Finance and Accounting degree from DeVry University plus her Bachelor of Science degree (Computer Science with Software Engineering concentration) from Weber State University. Leah has additionally secured CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) Training, PMP (Project Management Professional), HCA Emerging Leader and C3 Consulting's Facilitator Training certifications.