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Maximizing U.S. Health IT and Broadband Investments

Are we getting the promised bang for our buck when spending on healthcare-related broadband? The U.S. is investing big in broadband and IT to improve delivery of healthcare services (over $ 3 billion through ARRA alone). Attend this Broadband Breakfast Club session to get a snapshot of what's happening where broadband, medical staff and patients intersect, and what the future holds for this convergence.
This expert panel highlights:
• how healthcare and healthcare improve as medical professionals capitalize on highspeed broadband access
• the local economic development implications of health IT investments
• how individuals use Internet access to prevent health problems and manage medical treatment
• What challenges the broadband adoption in the medical profession and by patients
• how policymakers can craft better policy, make better investments in healthcare technology
Attendees will leave a progress report on U.S. efforts to improve and advance broadband's impact on healthcare, an understanding of some of the key future benefits of these investments, and recommendations for policy action that continues to move the ball forward.
Telecommunications advocates, policy makers, journalists, top officials and the general public, all seeking to trade insights on these important issues, are invited to attend this event of the Broadband Breakfast Club, which includes full American and Continental breakfasts, for as little as $ 45.00 plus a modest registration fee.
This event is on record and open to the public.
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Event Details
Title: Maximizing U.S. Health IT and Broadband Investments
Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 8 a.m. – 10 am
Where: Clyde's Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
The breakfast starts at 8 am, followed by a discussion, beginning shortly after 8:30 am. and ending by 10 a.m.
Sharon Gilett
Wireline Competition Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
Sharon Gillett is Chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Gillett served as the Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and previously headed the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable. From 1995-2006, Ms. Gillett was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was involved in academic research, program management and teaching focused on Internet and Telecommunications Policy, with a particular focus on broadband. She is a former software engineer and manager at Thinking Machines Corp. and BBN Communications Corp, where she worked on ARPANET computer networking technology.

Eric Brown
President & CEO
California Tele-Health Network
Eric is an experienced manager in the telecommunication industry and a 15 year veteran of the cable television industry with a rare blend of senior level experience in cable network affiliate relations and experience in managing multiple broadband system marketing and operations. Most recently, Eric served as Executive Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Herring Broadcasting and for the African Channel, serving as President of Western Division Operations for Charter Communications and President of the Minnesota Division of Time Warner Cable. He has extensive experience in consumer brand management with a variety of consumer product companies, including The Procter & Gamble Company, H.J. Heinz, and Bumble Bee Seafoods. Brown served as a former chair of the California Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA) and is the recipient of the prestigious National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award for Excellence in Cable Operations and the Cable Industry's CTAM Chair's Award for Excellence in Cable Marketing. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Eric is a four-time All American in track and field and also played football at UCLA. He earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business Management at the University of Virginia and has completed post-graduate work including the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. CTAMU Marketing Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School.
Jonathan Linkous
Chief Executive Officer
American Telemedicine Association
Jon Linkous is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the largest membership-based organization in the world focusing exclusively on providing health and medical care through telecommunications technology. ATA's annual meeting and trade show are among the fastest growing in the country. The Association advocates changes to public laws that promote the deployment of telemedicine throughout the world. As the chief executive of ATA, Mr. Linkous has spoken and written extensively in the U.S. and in other countries on policy issues, emerging applications and market trends affecting telemedicine. Mr. Linkous has over 20 years of experience in the nation's capital working in corporate and public sectors. He served as a senior consultant with Issue Dynamics Inc. (IDI), and Washington DC consulting firm specializing in telecommunications and technology policy. While at IDI, Mr. Linkous assisted in early formation of ATA. For five years he has been a leader in the aging services community as the Executive Director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. His main interest in this position was in using telecommunications and adaptive technology to assist older Americans and their caregivers. Mr. Linkous has also been involved for many years in regional planning and economic development, serving as Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of Regional Councils and at the Appalachian Regional Commission as Director of District Programs. In his early career he was also active in broadcast and cable television in Ohio. Mr. Linkous holds a Masters of Public Administration from the School of Government and Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio with additional postgraduate work at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.
Michael Sims
Chief Financial Officer
Delaware Health Information Network
Michael Sims has served as the initial Finance Manager of DHIN since 2009. Prior to joining DHIN, Michael has been leading financial management efforts for many divisions for 18 years at MBNA and Bank of America. Michael was the CFO for the company's Business Card, Deposits, and Credit Insurance product lines. Michael was chosen to lead the financial and analytical efforts of several of the company's start-up divisions, including Internet and Research and Development. Michael earned the Financial Award of Excellence for his work in partnership with 12 domestic and international business lines in assessing the business impact of the Internet. While in Research and Development, Michael has been instrumental in the financial and strategic development of many new products and services. Upon joining DHIN, Michael assumed responsibility for providing financial reporting, policies and procedures, business intelligence and analytics, EMR vendor contract development, and new business development. In 2011, DHIN migrated from the state of Delaware to an independent entity. Michael led the development of a financial sustainability model that contributed to DHIN to achieving independence.
Lorelei Stellwag
Director of Technology
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
As the Director of Technology Transformation, Lorelei provides leadership for the transformation of workflow processes and organizational readiness as a transition to electronic medical records at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Lorelei began her career with MedStar Health in 1999 as a surgical / traumatic ICU / neuro nurse. Her work experience brings both personal experience and working knowledge of the challenges of direct care nurse. Lorelei received her BS in Chemical Engineering and transferred to Nursing as a second degree student. She received her Masters in Nursing Administration from George Mason University. Additionally, Lorelei is a member of the Health Information and Management Systems Society, the American Association of Critical Nurses and the Greater Washington Area Council of AACN.
Jessica Zufolo
Deputy Administrator
Rural Utilities Service
Jessica Zufolo was appointed by President Barack Obama as Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 10, 2009. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jessica served for 6 years as the Senior Policy Director for Telecommunications, Media and Technology Research for Medley Global Advisors, an independent policy research firm serving institutional investment banks , hedge funds and asset managers both domestically and internationally. Before joining MGA, Jessica served for five years as Legislative Director for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In this role, Jessica was responsible for the development and implementation of legislative strategy and policy for all 50 state public service commissions on Capitol Hill involving telecommunications, technology, consumer protection and water. Before joining NARUC, Jessica worked on Capitol Hill for 7 years for the late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York and Rep. Peter A. Defazio of Oregon covering telecommunications, technology and utility policy.
Sharon Gilett
Wireline Competition Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
Craig Settles, Broadband Strategies Consultant, Author, Radio Host
For over 25 years Craig Settles' workshops, consulting services and books have helped organizations worldwide use technology to reduce costs, improve business operations and increase revenue. Past clients include Kindred Healthcare as well as several medical technology firms. Author of many in-depth analytical reports, Mr. Settles is a prominent think-leader on executing effective broadband business strategies. He is currently the host of the Gigabit Nation, a weekly Internet radio talk show, and a Co-Director of Communities for Broadband, a national grassroots effort to help communities launch their networks.
The Broadband Breakfast Club is a "widely attended event" under House of Representatives Rule 25, clause 5 (a) (4) (A).
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