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21st Century Cures Act Final Rule Overview: Health Data Interoperability and Applicability

Event Date: February 26

Time: 12-1pm


This panel will describe and discuss how implementation of various provisions will further achieve compliance and overcome major hurdles anticipated in meeting certain criteria provided by the 21st Century Cures Act while simultaneously delivering quality healthcare best practices.  Example roadmaps will be discussed from a CIO, HIT developer and provider organization perspective.

  1. Discuss practical considerations for information blocking and challenges faced from each perspective
  2. Discuss and describe APIs and vendor readiness
  3. Achieving compliance: identify data, data mapping, assess and educate, create a timeline



Helen Figge, NYS HIMSS Board, Chief Strategy Officer, MedicaSoft:  Helen has served with the NYS HIMSS Chapter in various capacities since 2007.  She currently sits on numerous committees for the NYS HIMSS Chapter and Board Member at Large for the Chapter. She is an experienced and passionate healthcare innovator and futurist.  She has served in three Fortune companies, accelerated growth in several start up organizations and worked for non-profit organizations.   Helen has been nationally recognized and rewarded for her various leadership attributes and commitments to healthcare IT.   Helen is a career coach, mentor and passionate about supporting the healthcare industry. She volunteers for several philanthropic organizations.   


Azmat Z. Ahmad, NYS HIMSS Board, Vice-President (Clinical Systems), Albany Medical Center:  Azmat is an experienced executive and clinical systems subject matter expert with over 20 years of global experience in healthcare information technology, consulting, and strategic transformation.  In her twelve-year tenure at Albany Med, she has successfully led transformation efforts across the continuum of care from inpatient care to population health. Her prior experience includes strategic clinical and workflow projects at Tata Consultancy Services, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center of the Riyadh Military Hospital, Cerner Corporation and at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Azmat has served as Experiential Faculty at the Albany College of Pharmacy since 2016 and is a member of the MS - Industry Advisory Board at the Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Azmat holds a BS in Computer Science from New Mexico Tech and an MBA from RPI.

Jennifer Buyce, Data Exchange Practice Manager, Albany Medical Center:  Jennifer has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare workflows. She currently leads the Quality and Regulatory projects in collaboration with technology and clinical leadership in the Acute and Ambulatory space. She has successfully implemented enterprise-wide solutions to help transform and improve healthcare delivery at Albany Med including its patient portal and telehealth platforms. In her current role, Jenn actively manages value-based care improvements within the organization and serves as a liaison to the community to assure alignment of information exchange across the continuum of care. Jenn holds a BS in Health Sciences Management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Healthcare Informatics and Analytics from George Washington University.


Chuck Fennell, Regional CIO Trinity Health:  Chuck Fennell has more than 28 years’ experience in information technology serving the health care community.  He is currently the regional chief information officer for New York State with Trinity Health serving St Peter’s Health Partners in Albany, NY and St Joseph’s Health in Syracuse, NY.  Working in partnership with clinical and operational leadership, Chuck has supported organizations through the successful implementations of several enterprise information systems and IT innovations.  Prior to his role at Trinity Health, Chuck held executive level IT positions in provider and vendor organizations focused on improving clinical outcomes, patient safety and finance performance.    Connecting his experience to community involvement, Chuck serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations in New York and has served as adjunct professor at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

Mike O’Neill, Chair Technology Health 2.0 & CEO, MedicaSoft:  Mike is an IT industry leader with global entrepreneurial leadership embodied in decades of successful products and programs that are now the cornerstone of healthcare technology practice. Mike CEO MedicaSoft, overseeing solutions for both government and commercial healthcare clients.  He has an extensive background with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Previously was senior leader in private and public technology companies such as IBM introducing new products while invigorating legacy product lines.  Mike holds a BS, MS in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech.

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