Education Session- Barriers of Interoperability, My Role As An Advocate

April 21, 3:00pm, CDT - 5:00pm, CDT

Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Dr.
Grapevine, TX 76051

(Convention Center, enter from back of building)


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Join our panel session at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine as we focus on the challenges of achieving Interoperability. What can you do to support your organization's journey towards optimizing interoperability. Be sure to stick around for one of our popular HIMSS socials following the event (from 5 pm - 7 pm).


Sharon Davis, PMP, CPHIMS, SA

Senior Project Manager

Sharon D. Davis, PMP, CPHIMS, SA is a Sr. Project Manager for Vizient, the healthcare industry’s leading clinical, operational and supply chain performance vendor. She has over 17 years of experience in implementing HCIT applications and technologies for health care providers and vendors. In her current position, she manages mid-to large scale Clinical, Business Intelligence, Data Management and Supply Chain related projects.

Sharon’s HIMSS journey started as the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter president from 2008-2009.  While working with HIMSS, she found her talent for leading people and grew in leadership roles. Facilitating thought-leadership committees where she was able to create a productive and collaborative atmosphere for moving healthcare IT forward proved to be a natural strength of hers. A highlight of her tenure with HIMSS occurred when she came up with the idea that if healthcare technology was to move forward in Texas, HIMSS chapters needed to start building relationships with the Texas Legislature.  Sharon worked with the other Texas HIMSS chapters to create the first Texas Healthcare Information Technology Day in Austin, Texas, in 2009. The team met with legislators to discuss healthcare IT, which included a half-day seminar on healthcare IT issues affecting the state of Texas. Her work with the Texas Legislature continued with follow- ups, distributing newsletters, executing research requests from staff, and coordinating seminar participants’ presentations in legislative briefings. She has continued HIT day activities with the Texas HIMSS chapters ever since. In 2015, the team met with over 100 legislators and their staff members to discuss issues such as healthcare information exchanges (HIE), meaningful use, and telehealth. Sharon has continued working in the Advocacy track for HIMSS, becoming the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Chair from 2012-2014.  She currently serves on the Public Policy Committee, a HIMSS Board-nominated post, working with HIMSS staff, state and Federal legislators and their staff on healthcare IT related issues. She has also recently presented to the HIMSS Project Management special interest group (SIG) on the emerging role of project management in big data.  In addition, she has also recently written blogs for the HIE SIG on using HIEs to identify vulnerable populations.

Billy W. Hensley

System Director for Interoperability
Baylor Scott & White

With over 20 years of healthcare experience, Billy is a veteran in healthcare informatics developing and implementing products supporting the EHR concept.  This includes the area of clinical data repositories, personal health records and kiosks where he gained significant experience in the processes and values surrounding care quality. Accomplishments include the development and implementation of CDR\EHR’s, one in conjunction with Ameritech Health Connections and a personal health record ( while at Spacelabs Medical.  Billy provides leadership and strategy in the creation of an HIE and technology to support Baylor’s Accountable Care Organization activities.

Billy has a strong technical background and holds multiple software patents. Billy has held management positions with a large healthcare system and has led multi-disciplinary teams to design and develop innovative solutions including Portals, EMRs and patient self-service applications. He has extensive experience bridging the gap between healthcare and technology and understands the challenges that face healthcare systems today to achieve clinical transformation through interoperability and knowledge driven health.

Billy is currently a System Director responsible for Interoperability and the technology the Baylor Scott & White Accountable Care Organization uses.

Billy has been active in HIMSS for over 20 years and completed CHIME Boot Camp in 2011. Billy also proudly served in the U.S. Army. 


Chief Informatics Officer, Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics

Liz Johnson provides information technology and applied clinical informatics executive leadership for Tenet’s portfolio of strategic initiatives, technology and workflows across clinical care delivery, patient management operations, imaging approaches, productivity management and enterprise resource management systems for Tenet’s acute care hospitals while continuing to lead Tenet’s transformational IMPACT (Improving Patient Care through Technology) Program. In December of 2015, Ms. Johnson was named as one of the “50 Top Healthcare IT Experts” and named as one of the “20 People to Watch in Healthcare IT in 2016” by Health Data Management.  Ms. Johnson provides leadership at the federal level by serving as a member of HHS’s HIT Standards Committee, under the auspices of the ONC for HIT and is a member of the Board of Directors for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HL7 International.


Lola Rust

Texas Health Resources


Kathryn Flores