Will Ross
Redwood Mednet

Mr Ross divides his time between three projects. He currently works on Redwood MedNet,  a nonprofit community based health information exchange (HIE) launched in July 2004.   Mr. Ross is the founding Project Manager for the HIE.   Redwood MedNet participated in the NHIN Prototype Architecture contract with the Office of the National Coordinator from 2005 to 2007.   Redwood MedNet became operational in April 2008 with the delivery of laboratory results to safety net providers in Sonoma County, a service which has since expanded to private practices and to Mendocino County.   In November 2008 Mr. Ross co-authored a laboratory result delivery implementation guide forthe ELINCS standard.   As of February 2009 Redwood MedNet is delivering 4,500 lab messages per month to local healthcare providers, and is fully funded to develop interfaces with 5 more hospitals in the Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma region.   Redwood MedNet is the pilot site for the development of the Mirth family of open source HIE software. Redwood MedNet is a member of the eHealth Initiative.

Mr. Ross is also involved in the Redwood Health Information Collaborative. The Collaborative, launched in January 2006, hosts a free monthly webinar open to the public on the subject of public health and health information exchange.   Mr. Ross participates in the “Information Links” Community of Practice sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In addition to his work in Mendocino, Mr. Ross serves on the steering committee of the CAeHC, a statewide collaborative offering all health information technology projects in California the opportunity to hold an open and public discussions on the best options for health IT in the state. Previously Mr. Ross was Chief Technology Officer at the Alliance for Rural Community Health in Ukiah, California, a consortium of rural safety net community clinics.   Prior to his work at the Alliance, Mr. Ross worked in information technology for two decades.

Mr. Ross is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Dave Minch
John Muir Health

Mr. Minch is the HIPAA/HIE Project Manager at John Muir Health, an IDN in the SF East Bay, and is responsible for technical leadership of all HIPAA/HITECH and HIE projects and the JMH Security Risk Team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine, and entered the health care industry with Amherst Associates after spending seven years in insurance data processing; and has now accumulated over thirty years of health care computing and strategic planning experience.

In addition to his JMH responsibilities, Mr. Minch co-chairs the Security Committee of the California Privacy and Security Advisory Board, is a co-founder of the California e-Health Collaborative, and is assisting the State in its technical planning and coordination of HIE services and development of California e-Connect to oversee HIE rollout in CA. He has also been a major contributor to the WEDI-SNIP Business Issues/Identification & Routing workgroup, and participates in several HIMSS national committees and workgroups and helped in the formation and was an initial member of the HIMSS HIE Steering Committee.

Robert M. Cothren

Dr. Robert M. Cothren is Chief Technology Officer of Cognosante, where he leads the critical assessment of emerging health technologies, applying novel approaches to interoperability that enable clinical analytics, population health applications, collaboration with payers, and decision support to transform clinical practice, public health, and health plan operations. Dr. Cothren participates in establishing national standards for interoperability as a member of the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, HL7, X12, and Object Management Group standards organizations. Dr. Cothren has participated in national interoperability through in all three phases of the Nationwide Health Information Network, as a member of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel, and as enterprise architect within the Office of the National Coordinator, helping produce open-source NHIN gateway, advising on business, technical, and governance strategy for widespread interoperability, and aiding federal agencies in establishing health exchange initiatives. He continues his involvement in national initiatives by supporting planning and implementing statewide health information exchange, and has advised on technical and operation strategy for a number of health information organizations ranging from medium-sized regional not-for-profits to state Medicaid departments.

Dr. Cothren has over 20 years of professional experience in health, medical, and biological research in academic, public, and private industries, and has lead development efforts in medical devices, diagnostic software systems, and clinical and public health IT solutions. Dr. Cothren received his PhD in Medical Engineering from the Harvard / MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, and previously served as CTO for the Health Practice at Northrop Grumman, as a member of the professional research staff at The Cleveland Clinic, and a member of the faculty of The Ohio State University’s Biomedical Engineering Center.

Laura Landry
Executive Director, Western Health Information Network

Ms. Landry is a founder and Executive Director of Western Health Information Network (WHIN), the health information exchange initiative formerly known as Long Beach Network for Health. She has 20 years experience in bringing innovative technology solutions to government and healthcare. Her areas of expertise include community collaboration, strategic planning, enterprise-wide solution development, data architecture, and application development. Ms. Landry is a leader in the application of technology to solve public health and community issues. Ms. Landry pioneered the development of a fully integrated public health information system, which includes clinical, environmental, occupational, behavioral health, and social services coordination. Ms. Landry regularly reaches out to provide strategic planning assistance and “lessons learned” to other public health agencies and health information exchange initiatives. She believes that coordinating the direct care and public health missions of health care is critical, and works to improve the body of knowledge for public health and health information exchange policy and processes.

Before coming to WHIN, Ms. Landry was the Technology Coordinator for Long Beach Department of Human and Health Services (LBDHHS). Her qualifications as a Project Leader are evidenced through her experience leading IT operations, subject matter experts, and management teams through the design, development, and delivery of advanced technologies to meet business, financial, and customer demands. Her diverse background includes extensive knowledge of database management systems, e-Government start-up and expansion, and seamless integration of emerging technologies in a large user community. Ms. Landry is currently a member of the Cal eConnect Board of Directors and has also served as the Communications Chair of Health Information and Management Systems Society Southern California, on the Leadership Committee of Health-e-LA, and the City of Long Beach Innovation Team.

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