Editorial Leadership

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, Editor-in-Chief

info@partnersindigitalhealth.com

 

John D. Halamka, MD, is the chief information officer (CIO) at Beth Israel Deaconess System,  chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), and a practicing emergency physician. He is also the International Healthcare Innovation professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he received a degree in medical microbiology and a degree in public policy with a focus on technology issues. He entered medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and simultaneously pursued graduate work in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley focusing on technology issues in medicine. He completed his residency at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

In his role at BIDMC, Dr. Halamka is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative, and academic information technology, serving 3,000 doctors, 12,000 employees, and 1,000,000 patients. As chairman of NEHEN, Dr. Halamka oversees clinical and administrative data exchange among the payers, providers, and patients in Massachusetts.   As a Harvard professor, he has served the George W. Bush administration, the Obama administration, and national governments throughout the world planning their healthcare IT strategy.

Dr. Halamka has authored five books on technology-related issues, hundreds of articles and thousands of posts on the popular Geekdoctor blog. He runs Unity Farm in Sherborn, MA and serves as caretaker for 150 animals, 30 acres of agricultural production and a cidery/winery.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

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Commercial interests:

  1. Arcadia Healthcare Solutions Advisory Board
  2. New Leaf Venture Partners Advisory Board
  3. Orion Healthcare Board of Directors
  4. Gates Foundation Consultant

 

Douglas Shinsato, Editor Emeritus 

 

 

Editorial Stewards

 

Gil Alterovitz, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Gil Alterovitz is faculty at Harvard Medical School specializing in biomedical informatics and with the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children's Hospital. He is Director of the Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory. He is also affiliated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is co-chair of the HL7 Clinical Genomics workgroup and on the Clinical Workgroup core executive group of the Global Alliance. His research focuses on integrating genomics within healthcare settings as well as international collaborations involving genomics/clinical data integration. His work on integrative methods for “big data” in the biomedical informatics space has been published or presented in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. His lab site web address is:  bcl.med.harvard.edu

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Commercial interests:

I have no commercial interests to declare.

 

Mate Beštek, BSc, National Institute of Public Health, Center for Healthcare Informatics, Republic of Slovenia; Faculty, Computer and Information Dept., University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mate Beštek holds a leadership role at the National Institute of Public Health, Center for Healthcare Informatics, Republic of Slovenia.  His activities include the strategy, design, development, governance and analysis of eHealth databases and services on the national level and cross-border exchange of patient data and information security governance systems for healthcare informatics. Mate was a Secretary of the Slovenian national eHealth Project, Ministry of Health, where he spearheaded custody agreements in the field of applied solutions. Prior to this appointment he consulted on the European Joint Action project – PARENT, an initiative to establish a European patient registry network for exchanging registry data, and the European Commission Large Scale Project – epSOS, a cross-border exchange of patient data and national requirements for the Patient Summary Document.   Mate received his B.Sc. in computer software engineering at the University of Ljubljana. His PhD thesis project focuses on “Architecture of an Interoperable Platform to Support Digital Healthcare.” He is faculty member of the Business IT department, IT University of Copenhagen. 

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Commercial interests:

I have no commercial interests to declare.

 

Kevin A. Clauson, PharmD, Associate Professor, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Dr. Clauson is an associate professor at the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Nashville, TN, USA and adjunct associate professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine – Biomedical Informatics Program at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Clauson previously served as founding director of the first World Health Organization Collaborating Center to prioritize mobile health (mHealth) initiatives in its work plan.

Recently, he helped lead the initiative for Lipscomb University to become the first academic organization to join Hashed Health’s consortium. His previous blockchain efforts include roles at Stanford Blockchain Disrupt, White House Precision Medicine Initiative workshop, and IEEE Blockchain Clinical Trials.

Dr. Clauson’s research appears in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other media and has generated coverage by the New York Times, Forbes.com, and BBC Radio. Dr. Clauson received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, and completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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Commercial interests:

I have served as a consultant through a third party consultancy for blockchain companies focused on healthcare and health care companies exploring blockchain solutions. I have fluid cryptoasset/cryptocurrency holdings including, but not limited to: Augur, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Ether, Litecoin, Neo, and Ripple.

 

Florence D. Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2

Florence Hudson, is Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, at Internet2, a not for profit consortium of 500 research and education organizations in academia, industry and government leveraging a high speed network and trust & identity solutions to accelerate scientific discovery and develop innovations around the Internet. She works with the Research & Education community in the identification and development of new innovations in areas such as the Internet of Things, End-to-End Trust & Security, Distributed Big Data & Analytics, and Smart Campuses & Communities.

Ms. Hudson has presented in 20 countries and is a TEDx speaker. Since joining Internet2 in 2015, she has presented at over 50 university, regional network, National Science Foundation (NSF), and global events, on the Internet of Things, communications technology trends for research and education, connected healthcare, big data, cybersecurity, diversity and inclusion.

She participated in the Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by United States Vice President Joe Biden in 2016, and presented in the Academic Medical Centers (AMC) Security & Privacy Conference Series in 2015 on Security and Privacy Strategies for Expanded Communities, as well as Biomedical Device Security Challenges and Opportunities.

Prior to Internet2, Ms. Hudson was executive Director and Vice President at IBM. Prior roles include work at Hewlett Packard, NASA, and Grumman Aerospace Corporation. As an aerospace engineer, she worked on missions around Jupiter, solar power satellites, and the space shuttle program. She serves on multiple engineering, technology and cybersecurity advisory councils at Princeton University, and was board member of the Society of Women Engineers.

Ms. Hudson a graduate of Princeton University with a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

 

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Commercial interests:

I get a pension from IBM. I am a PI on NSF #1650445 EAGER (Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research): Cybersecurity Transition To Practices (TTP) Acceleration. I have received up to $1000 per diem honoraria to speak at conferences regarding IoT, cybersecurity and other topics. NSF sometimes pays my travel to meetings they ask me to attend, or which are supported by NSF EAGER #1650445, or other awards, in the U.S. and outside the U.S.. Occasionally regional networks, university and industry members of Internet2 (e.g., OSHEAN, Microsoft, Cisco, Stony Brook University), pay for my travel to participate in and speak at their events. The Swiss NSF has paid me to be a subject matter expert on a proposal. but I am editor-in-chief for a Springer Publications book to be published in 2019 in their Women in Engineering and Science Series, provisionally titled “Women in TIPPSS for IoT,” which is Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security for the Internet of Things. Royalties may also result from this initiative. I am on multiple academic boards with no remuneration, such as the NSF awarded CyberService cyber degree program with PIs at Union County College, the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Industry Advisory Board at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, multiple boards and councils at my alma mater Princeton University, including the Princeton University Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, Princeton Technology Advisory Council, the Princeton University Infrastructure Master Plan Technical Advisory Group, and Gift Planning Chair for my Class. I have various stock interests, in funds, or directly and do not believe any are a conflict.

 

George Kolostoumpis, BSc, PhD, External Scientific Expert, ECDC; Technical Expert, EUREKA

Dr. Kolostoumpis serves the health sector in the use of technology facilitating evidence - based initiatives in medicine that promise to substantially improve health care quality. His core scientific research interest is HIT, to assist physicians with systems and tools to improve healthcare. Dr. Kolostoumpis research interests included clinical decision support systems, e-health, m-health, big data analytics in bioinformatics and healthcare systematic reviews in health technology assessments, research quality improvement, service quality, and social implications of health technologies. He is the Scientific Expert for Research & Innovation Projects of EU programs under FP7, Horizon 2020, and numerous additional EU organizations.
His mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.

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Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all board members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared:

Commercial interests:

I have no commercial interests to declare.

 

Jim Nasr, Chief Software Architect at the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, CDC

Jim Nasr is the Chief Software Architect at the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, CDC. Jim leads a number of initiatives around modernization of CDC’s public health systems, with core focus on building forward-looking and interoperable software based on Microservices, modern DevOps, blockchain and open technology frameworks. Jim’s work is leading the CDC towards the vision of providing secure data services to its programs, partners and the public.

Prior to joining the CDC, Jim was the CEO and co-founder of Armedia, a technology firm focused on building enterprise solutions for managing unstructured data. Jim has more than twenty years of experience in the technology industry, with over a decade as an entrepreneur profitably growing Armedia from inception to over 100 employees, and a 5-time Inc. 5000 awardee. Prior to co-founding Armedia, Jim worked as a Senior Technology Architect at Sapient Corp and IBM. Jim has co-authored several technology books and spoken at numerous industry events and conferences.

Jim is the Chair of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Connected Content Society, a mentor for the machine learning accelerator Cyberlaunch, and on advisory for a number of startups and technology firms. He has an MBA from the University of Connecticut, a BS in Computer Science and Statistics from Coventry University and resides in Atlanta, GA.

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Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all board members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared:

Commercial interests:

I have no commercial interests to declare.

 

Tom Savel, MD, Director, Informatics Innovation Unit, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In this role, Dr. Savel collaborates with CDC staff and the broader public health community to develop, test, and evaluate innovative tools and technologies with the potential to improve public health practice.

Dr. Savel received his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received training in General Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston, and Family Medicine at the St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.  He is a graduate of CDC’s Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program.

Dr. Savel is an adjunct professor in the Applied Public Health Office at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and, on his own time, maintains his clinical skills in addiction medicine, treating patients with opioid addiction. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

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Commercial interests:

I hold the following Cryptoasset/Cryptocurrency: Bitcoin, Ripple / XRP , Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Litecoin, OmiseGO, Stratis, Neo, Iconomi, Iota, Pillar, Stellar Lumens, Bitquence, DASH, DENT, iXledger.

 

Peer Reviewers

Debbie Bucci, IT Architect

Debbie Bucci, lead IT Architect in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Ms. Bucci's primary focus is on the privacy and security aspects of Health Information Exchange.

Previously, Ms. Bucci served as the principal program manager for both the NIH Federated Identity Service and the enterprise Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) efforts. In 2008, along with her colleagues, she received the 2008 NIH Director's Award in recognition of her work with NIH Federated Authentication, 2008 InformationWeek 500 top 20 Innovators awards, and the 2011 Kantara IDDY (Identity Deployment of the Year) Award for NIH Itrust.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all board members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared:

Commercial interests:

I have no commercial interests to declare.

 

Bill Buchanan, OBE, Professor, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University; Fellow, BCS and IET

Bill Buchanan is Professor, School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2017 Birthday Honors, for services in cyber security. He has published 28 academic books and over 260 academic papers, and currently focuses on information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics.  He regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.  Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy.

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Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all board members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared:

Commercial interests:

I have no commercial interests to disclose.

 

Cees Hesp, Director mHealth Research Labs, PharmAccess Foundation, and Director, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), United Nations Foundation

Cees Hesp is Director mHealth Research Labs at PharmAccess, a Dutch not-for-profit organization that aims to improve access to quality healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cees has a professional background in IT and technical writing, with over 30 years of experience. He holds an MA in English Linguistics from the Free University of Amsterdam, where he graduated Cum Laude. Cees holds several Advisory Board member positions and sits on the Board of Directors of the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation.

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Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all board members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared:

Commercial interests:

I am employed at PharmAccess, serve on the board of Directors of DIAL, and have an unpaid advisory role at SuretyBlock. SuretyBlock is a blockchain-based online insurance marketplace. I have no other commercial interests to disclose.

 

Sean T. Manion, PhD, Senior Researcher, American College of Military Public Health; Former Research Activities Chief, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Dr. Manion currently serves as the Vice President of the American College of Military Public Health, a military health research focused non-profit. Formerly, Dr. Manion was Deputy Chief of Staff and Research Activities Chief for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). At DVBIC he oversaw a research network of more than 100 clinical researchers conducting more than 75 studies with dozens of partners at multiple DoD and VA hospital sites across the US and  Europe. In addition, he contributed significantly to the DoD’s work with ‘big data’ as part of the DoD/VA traumatic brain injury (TBI)/psychological health registry group, overseeing the TBI health surveillance efforts, developing the TBI Outcomes Quality Assurance/Process Improvement program across the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) and Intrepid Spirit sites, and contributing to the establishment of the Federally Integrated TBI Research Registry (FITBIR).

Dr. Sean Manion obtained his degree in biochemistry at Temple University and his PhD in Neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). At USU. His passion is to broaden the implementation of blockchain in healthcare and research enterprise. He consults for multiple federal agencies, the private sector, and academia.

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Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all board members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared:

Commercial interests:

I have no commercial interests to disclose.

 

Anh L. Ngo, MD, MBA, Faculty, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel  Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine

Dr. Anh Ngo is an Instructor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine in Boston, MA. Dr. Ngo has also served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Ngo started many nonprofit organizations and has won multiple national awards from the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Dr. Ngo has received the UCI Humanitarian Award, an American Heart Association Research Fellowship, an American Pediatric Society & Society for Pediatric Research Fellowship, and has voluntarily served internationally providing surgical and anesthesia services. He has co-authored an important national study predicting the supply and demand of anesthesiologists in the United States and has been published in various journals and textbooks.

Dr. Ngo received his BS in the Biological Sciences, MBA with an emphasis in Information Technology Management from the Paul Merage School of Business, and MD from the School of Medicine at the University of California Irvine (UCI).

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Commercial interests:

I am the owner of Safety Medical Laboratories (safemedlabs.com).

 

Commerical Advisory Board

Scott Lawler, Chairman, CEO, LP3

Douglas Shinsato, Co-Founder, Anthill Ventures, University of Hawaii Board of Regents

 

 

Publishing and Operations Staff

Tory Cenaj
Founder and Publisher
info@partnersindigitalhealth.com
 

Tory has extensive experience in all facets of healthcare publishing and communications. As Director of Marketing of Advanstar Healthcare and head of Digital Media, she pioneered ground breaking advertising campaigns, introduced new editorial departments, and launched their digital portfolio. Subsequently, she garnered experience in clinical trials management, publication planning, continuing medical education, and events, setting the stage for the launch of her own medical communications company, PharmEd Communications. She has led traditional and digital publishing, integrated marketing, communications, and medical education campaigns, and international licensing in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Her passion is harnessing break though innovations and identifying their role in the health communications and technology landscape. Ms. Cenaj received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and is a certified medical publication professional, ascribed by ISMPP.

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Commercial interests:

I own the journals Blockchain in Healthcare Today and Telehealth and Medicine Today, including activities and initiatives associated with these titles. I volunteer for, and own, SolarCoin.

 
John Russo Jr., PharmD
Managing Editor
jr@medcomres.com
 

Before entering the field of medical communications, Dr. Russo was associate professor of clinical pharmacy and adjunct associate professor of surgery at the University of Utah Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Dr. Russo has written and edited more than 300 articles, symposia proceedings, monographs, and books. He has written more than two-dozen strategic communications and publication plans. In addition, he is experienced in developing and implementing educational and marketing-based programs for print and digital media. Dr. Russo maintains a weblog on complementary and alternative medicine, www.theCAMReport.com.

Dr. Russo is president of The MedCom Resource, and was co-founder, chief-of-operations, and director of continuing medical education at Churchill Communications North America from 1992 to 1999. He is currently a medical education consultant in the health sector.

Dr. Russo is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BS degree in pharmacy. He received a Master of Science degree in institutional pharmacy practice at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all board members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared:

Commercial interests:

I am the owner of The MedCom Resource.