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2020 Nursing Innovations: Stories from the Front Line Nov. 12th Event Recording

2020 Nursing Innovations: Stories from the Front Line Event Recording

Date of Event: November 12, 2020
Start Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM

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Event Abstract: 2020 The Year of the Nurse is appropriate for our Nurse Heroes on the front lines of the COVID Pandemic. A Panel of Nurses will provide their stories of innovations used during the pandemic that supported the quality of patient care and has changed the way care is provided, using technology.

Event Speakers:


 Olga Kagan, PhD, RN 

Olga Kagan is a founder of OKHCC, a healthcare consulting firm serving individuals, groups and communities within public and private sectors. She is also a founder and co-leader of Food Allergy Nursing Interest Professional Group (FANI) on LinkedIn. She teaches graduate nursing students at CUNY SPS and Molloy College. Dr. Kagan has been publishing and co-authoring research articles and contributing to textbooks in areas of nursing informatics and innovation, health policy, and food-induced anaphylaxis education. She was recognized for her work with elected officials on legislative initiatives on Capitol Hill and in Nassau County in improving the health and welfare of vulnerable individuals. Dr. Kagan serves as an elected adjunct faculty representative on the CUNY SPS Governing Council; ANA-NY nominations and elections committee, and as an advisory board for Molloy College Center for Research and Evaluation. She is a recipient of several awards for her contributions to research and leadership.


 Kathleen Blaney, MPH, RN

Kathleen Blaney, MPH, RN is the Deputy Director of Trace, New York City’s contact tracing program and the central pillar of Test & Trace Corps. She is also the Director of Disease Control Emergency Preparedness at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Prior to joining the health department, Kathleen worked as a nurse case manager at an HIV clinic in rural Wisconsin and as a clinical research assistant at Rhode Island Hospital. Kathleen holds degrees in nursing and political science from Marquette University and a Master’s in Public Health from Brown University. Kathleen was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has been on the waitlist for Packer season tickets since 1989.

 Robbie Freeman, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Robbie Freeman is the Vice President of Clinical Innovation at the Mount Sinai Health System. He is passionate about leveraging technology to improve quality, patient safety and care delivery. Over the past 9 years, Robbie has held several leadership roles within the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS).  He is Co-Director of the Clinical Data Science Team, tasked with building predictive models that leverage AI to improve patient safety and hospital operations; to-date, the team has deployed predictive models addressing falls, patient deterioration, delirium, discharge planning and malnutrition. Robbie is the administrator for the Mount Sinai Hospital Emergency Department, Express Care, and Respiratory Care Services, and also leads the Hospital of the Future initiative, which is centered on technology to keep patients digitally engaged. Robbie is the recipient of the New York Times Tribute to Nurses award for Technological Innovations and is a 2018 Aspen Institute Spotlight Health Scholar.

 Rebecca Love, MSN, RN

Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, author, TedX Speaker and first nurse featured on, and part of the inaugural nursing panel featured at SXSW 2018.  Rebecca, was the first Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the United States at Northeastern School of Nursing – the founding initiative in the Country designed to empower nurses as innovators and entrepreneurs, where she founded the Nurse Hackathon, the movement has led to transformational change in the Nursing Profession. In early 2019, Rebecca, along with a group of leading nurses in the world, founded and is President of SONSIEL: The Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders, a non-profit that quickly attained recognition by the United Nations as an Affiliate Member to the UN. Rebecca is an experienced Nurse Entrepreneur, founding in 2013 which was acquired in 2018 by Ryalto, LTD UK, where she served as the Managing Director of US Markets, until it’s acquisition in 2019. Currently, Rebecca serves as Vice President of Customer Strategy & Engagement, OptimizeRx.  Rebecca is passionate about empowering nurses and creating communities to help nurses innovate, create and collaborate to start businesses and inventions to transform healthcare.  

 MaryAnn Connor, MSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAMIA

MaryAnn Connor is CNIO/Director of Nursing Informatics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).  As a member of the executive nursing leadership team, she collaborates with clinical, technical and administrative leaders to execute center-wide strategies which leverage innovative technology to advance the efficiency and accuracy of clinician practice.  She leads a team of advanced practice, board certified nurse informaticists and technical specialists responsible to ensure digital transformation aligns with the scope and practice of professional nursing across the care continuum. An established adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), Ms. Connor teaches graduate level nursing informatics students.  She is an active member of HIMSS, serving as co-chair of the NYS HIMSS nursing committee, and AMIA. She received a BSN and MSN from Adelphi University, a post –masters certification in Nursing Informatics from NYU and currently pursues a Ph.D in Nursing. She is board certified in Nursing Informatics, a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS) and recognized as a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA) in 2019.