Who We Are
The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of HIMSS (WPAHIMSS) is one of over fifty affiliated chapters of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the largest health care information systems professional organization in the nation. As an affiliated Chapter, we provide a local forum to discuss new issues and developments, learn about new methods and tools, and network with others with similar experiences. Western Pennsylvania HIMSS membership is made up of over 800 individuals from universities, vendors, payers and providers.
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President: Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown is a Healthcare Enterprise Architect with Philips where he is responsible for supporting Connected Care solutions across the northeast. He is responsible for providing consultative assistance to C-Level and key IT leaders to identify solution needs and clinical data integrations into the hospital EMR. Ryan has served on the Western PA HIMSS board for the past 5 years in roles that include business development and student’s and young professionals. Over the past 12 years, he has focused on healthcare technology solutions that include patient monitoring, voice recognition, patient engagement with the goal of improving efficiency and the quality of care in hospitals. Ryan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.
President-Elect: Mitch Kwiatkowski
Mitch Kwiatkowski is currently the Vice President, Enterprise Data Hub at Highmark Health in Pittsburgh where he is responsible for the enterprise’s big data analytics platform and the enterprise data governance program. Over the last two decades, he has participated in a variety of healthcare IT and informatics efforts in support of ambulatory, inpatient, post-acute and payer settings. His experience includes electronic health record implementations, data and analytic architecture strategies, healthcare interoperability initiatives, and data governance programs. His “true north” is to focus on person-centric data solutions that support advancements in clinical outcomes, improvements in patient-member experience, the elimination of social disparities in healthcare, and the reduction of healthcare costs. Mitch received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Robert Morris University and is currently working on an M.S. in Data Science at the University of Wisconsin. He maintains active memberships with DAMA and AMIA and was a member of the HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence Committee from 2017-2019
Immediate Past President: Jenny Sabol
Jenny Sabol, MS, is currently a Senior Program Manager at the Oncology Nursing Society, managing the team of project managers and business analysts in the Information Services department. She’d previously worked for almost 5 years as a Program and Project Manager at Highmark and AHN, and prior to that as a Health IT consultant. Jenny graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College with her Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management and from the University of Pittsburgh with her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science. She is also passionate about health and wellness and works part-time as a cycling and aerobics instructor. This is Jenny’s 8th year on the WPHIMSS Board of Directors.
Secretary: Dorinne Kinnunen
Dorinne Kinnunen is an Informatic Nurse at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Her role extends across numerous Ambulatory Services and includes design development, end user education and support. She is a graduate of Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing. She obtained a BSN from LaRoche College, has her ANCC Certification as an Informatic Nurse, WOCN Certification from Emory University and School Nurse Certification from Carlow College.
Dorinne began her career in Informatics in 2007. Her informatics experience includes implementation of the electronic health record in Ambulatory Services including CPOE, nursing documentation and physician documentation. She participated as a member of the ANCC Standards Setting Committees for Nursing Informatics. She is active in the local HIMMS and ANIA chapters. Dorinne has presented at national conferences regarding the implementation of the electronic health record in Ambulatory Services. She has worked at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as a staff nurse, Assistant Head Nurse, Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse, Quality Assurance Coordinator for Nursing, Coordinator of the Spina Bifida Program and as an Informatic Nurse. Dorinne enjoys the challenge of designing the electronic health record with a focus on promoting patient safety and physician satisfaction with usability. She also enjoyed the elbow-to-elbow support of end users.
Marketing & Communications: Jim "Oz" Osborn
Jim “Oz” Osborn is a Senior Analytics Strategy Advisor with Highmark Health, one of the nation’s largest integrated financing and delivery systems. Previously he was the architect of the “Health IT Pittsburgh” initiative, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse’s program to grow companies and jobs in health information technology in Western Pennsylvania. As a consultant to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, he led development of its “Virtual Senior Academy,” a program to connect older adults to each other through online group learning experiences. Prior to that he was a senior member of the technical staff of The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center which created intelligent systems to improve and enhance everyday living for older adults and people with disabilities. He also served as CMU’s Coordinator of University Life Science Initiatives from 2004 to 2015. From 2001 to 2006 he was Executive Director of CMU’s Medical Robotics Technology Center, as well as MERITS of Pittsburgh, a program that fostered collaborations between clinical and technological researchers. Prior to that he founded a regional economic development group, the Pittsburgh Robotics Initiative. He led several multi-$M robotics R&D projects sponsored by the US DOE, NASA and industry, including the first robot to explore an active volcano and robots for investigation of the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island nuclear accidents.
He has worked as a consultant, advisor or director for local and national organizations including the Western PA HIMSS Chapter, Community Living and Support Services, Presbyterian Seniorcare, the Center for Aging Services Technologies and the American Nuclear Society. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Civil and Biomedical Engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon. A native Pittsburgher, he resides in Oakmont.
Advocacy: John Ritter
John Ritter, MS, has an Expert Appointment to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. John began focusing his computer experience towards the field of health information (HIT) technology about fifteen years ago and has further refined that focus towards HIT standards for about the past eight years. As such, John has been involved with Health Level Seven, International (HL7) and ISO Technical Committee 215 – creating standards for Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems. He serves as co-chair of the HL7 EHR Work Group, PHR WG, and EHR Usability WG, and is a founding mentor of the Mobile Health Work Group. He also co-founded and continues to lead the HL7 International Mentoring Committee, whose charge is to support the creation and nurturing of HL7 Affiliate chapters worldwide. John is also actively involved in the Education WG, Marketing WG, and a Technical Steering Committee subgroup. HL7 recognized John’s service to the organization with a Volunteer of the Year award in 2009. John served on the Office of the National Coordinators’ (FACA) HIT Standard Committee’s Consumer Technology Work Group. John holds degrees in Health Education (B.S.) from Slippery Rock University, Computer Science (B.A.) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Computer Science Applications (M.S.) from Virginia Tech.
Entrepreneurship: Diana Cugliari
Diana Cugliari serves as Vice President of Finance for the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) and Director of the Accelerator Fund, LLC, overseeing the complete financial operation of the organization.
Her experience in guiding portfolio companies, coupled with her sharp business acumen, has served her well during her time at the PLSG. Since joining in 2012, Ms. Cugliari has filled many crucial roles within the business, having assisted in grant proposal writing, branding and marketing, incubator management, IT network management, and controller duties, among other tasks.
Prior to assuming the post of VP of Finance for PLSG overall, Ms. Cugliari had served as Associate Director of the Accelerator Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on high impact investments in the life sciences and health care sectors. Ms. Cugliari’s most recent prior position was Senior Investment Manager, responsible for providing strategic and tactical guidance during a company’s crucial formative stages while also assisting in the fundamental business strategy for PLSG’s growing portfolio company roster. In addition, she identified funding strategies and sources of potential capital.
Prior to her time at the PLSG, Ms. Cugliari ran The Money Tree Financial Corporation, a startup providing mortgage banking products and solutions. She expanded the company footprint from a one-state licensed mortgage broker to a 10-state mortgage banking operation, generating annual sales in excess of $170 million.
Ms. Cugliari earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Business Administration degree from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.
Programs: Lauren Richards
Lauren Richards is a Senior IT Infrastructure Analyst at HM Health Solutions doing most of her work with Allegheny Health Network (AHN). She supports the AHN Telehealth program from an IT perspective, but has been involved in every aspect of setting up telemedicine service lines. Lauren has been in this role for over 2.5 years. Prior to this, she worked at UPMC in a similar role for over 3.5 years. Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State New Kensington in 2012. In 2015, she earned her MBA at Chatham University. Outside of work, Lauren loves getting involved in new things and developing her leadership skills. She has been a Toastmaster for 2 years in various leadership roles and is slated to earn her Distinguished Toastmaster award in Spring 2019. Lauren also volunteers with Venture Outdoors which helps people get outside. In order to unwind, she enjoys riding her bicycle on different trails around Pittsburgh and practicing yoga.
Business Development: Melanie Miller
Melanie Miller, BSN, MBA is the Executive Director, Center for Innovation with the Oncology Nursing Society, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Melanie is a nurse graduate of Jameson Hospital School of Nursing and Slippery Rock University. She is also a graduate of Carlow University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and completed a training curriculm in Global Sales Leadership.
After graduation, she began her career in nursing working with inpatient medical oncology patients. For twelve years she worked clinically and continued to explore other areas of nursing while spending time in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and ICU. As her nursing career evolved, she completed certifications as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC). She worked in legal nurse consulting and was part of a legal team assigned to Merck in defense of their product Vioxx.
With a transition into the pharmaceutical industry in 2006, she worked in the disease space of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and addiction medicine. Working in a commercial leadership role, she developed and led a sales team focused on product and disease state education and promotion in states hit hard during the surge of the opioid crisis. She also developed and deployed a global women’s leadership program within the organziation focusing on gender parity and gender leadership diversity.
Executing on a diverse background in nursing, business, and leadership, she joined ONS in 2018 which provided an opportuntiy to leverage all skill sets. As the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation, she implements the vision for innovation at ONS. She is focused on new resources and new product development to support oncology nursing practice and quality cancer care. She provides oversight and strategic guidance of future-thinking engagement activities at ONS headquarters and with ONS membership nationally and internationaly. She is a part of the Executive Leadership team and leads the Center for Innovation team as they develop and foster a culture of innovation at ONS.
Students & Young Professionals: Jama Wise
Jama Wise is a senior Health Management Systems student with a concentration in Information Systems at Duquesne University. She is also the Vice President of the Health Management System Student Society (HMS3) on campus. HMS3 is a student-led organization that was created to help students realize the growing opportunities in the healthcare and information management systems profession. Additionally, she is currently an intern at Highmark Health working in the Enterprise Analytics department and a future associate at Highmark Health Solutions in the Emerging Leaders Program