Mental Health finally fits into the NYS IT Puzzle

February 12, 2020
5:30 PM EST - 8:30 PM EST
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Marriott Albany
189 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205
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Mental Health finally fits into the NYS IT Puzzle

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Albany Marriott, please register for an evening of networking & educational discussions on emerging trends in mental health and information technology.


  • 5:30 pm - Registration desk opens 
  • 5:45 pm - Networking and refreshments 
  • 6:45 pm - Panel discussion begins 
  • 7:45 pm - Cocktail hour

Our panel discussion will focus on: 

  • The gap in non-acute mental health (including substance abuse);
  • The lack of solutions to identify and track patients; 
  • The need for interoperability into the existing HIN framework; 
  • The lack of proper funding;



Nick Christiano Jr., HIMSS New York State Chapter President, and CEO at Aris Radiology 

An accomplished healthcare Chief Executive Officer, CIO, and operations / IT strategist who champions cultural change and the introduction of state-of-the-art technologies to maximize organizational performance. Recognized as a driven leader tireless in the pursuit of optimum patient care, productivity, efficiencies, and cost management. Proven ability to analyze operations, organizational challenges, and growth opportunities, then develop and implement strategic and tactical solutions that drive the enterprise to the next level of success. Utilizes exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to work closely with physician leadership in creating collaborative high-performance opportunities, especially in the community health arena, through instituting cutting-edge health IT initiatives. Develops excellent rapport with physicians by aligning clinical quality with financial incentives. Extensive CEO and Board-level reporting background. MBA. 



Eric Weiskopf, Health Information Technology/Health Information Exchange Senior Manager, New York State Office of Mental Health 

He is currently managing a 3 prong project to connect the twenty-three (23) New York State Operated Psychiatric Center (Hospitals) to the State Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY). The 3 prongs include:

  1. A) Share OMH data with the SHIN-NY
    B) Enable State Psychiatric Center staff to connect to their local QE via a portal or Single Sign-On access
    C) Enhance the Master Data Management Software to improve data quality.

Before this, Eric managed the NYS Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) program which provided HIT funding and assistance to well over 200 Behavioral Health – Adult Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) provider agencies.

From 2012-2015, Eric served as the coordinator of HIT for all 33 Health Homes serving every county throughout New York State. From 1994-2012, Eric worked with the New York State Department of Health serving in the NYS Cancer Registry as a field representative working with cancer treatment centers at every hospital in New York State, the NYS Bureau of Cancer Epidemiology and Surveillance working on a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma project, and at the New York State Diabetes Prevention and Control Program working as a Contract Manager overseeing 12 diabetes programs throughout Upstate New York.

Tom Hallisey, - Director, Health Information Technology Strategy at Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

As HANYS’ director of healthcare information technology strategy, Tom Hallisey formulates and executes HANYS’ educational plans, collaborative work and state and federal HIT regulatory and legislative advocacy agendas. This includes working with health system members, technology vendors, government agencies, lawmakers and other organizations to advance HANYS’ HIT agenda on behalf of New York’s hospitals and health systems.

Tom’s career includes extensive HIT work in the hospital setting, beginning at EMR vendor Meditech, and then working at several hospitals in Connecticut, New York and Washington, D.C.. He served as director of information services at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca and Chief Information Officer at Cortland Regional Medical Center in Cortland and United Medical Center in Washington. He has also helped guide a startup company, as chief technology officer. Most recently, he was an executive IT adviser and CIO at Hartman Executive advisers, an IT consulting firm where he acted as part-time CIO for many smaller healthcare organizations.

Tom received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, has an ITIL v.3 Foundation Certification and is an Affiliate of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society.

Natacha Fernandez - Independent Consultant

Natacha Fernandez is an Independent Consultant advising health provider organizations on data strategy and data management. For large health systems in New York State and their provider partners, Natacha has led the successful implementation and adoption of solutions to support population health efforts, the design of workforce training efforts and underlying workflow transformation impacting thousands of employees. Built on her 25 years of experience, Natacha brings deep expertise in the development, negotiation, and implementation of cost-effective, population health-focused interoperability strategies and framework solutions that support the value-based payment objectives of clinically integrated networks, accountable care organizations, and independent practice associations, while ensuring applicable laws and regulations are incorporated into existing policy and procedures as it relates to data exchange. Natacha also worked as a director of informatics, innovation and interoperability with a record of accomplishments in the health IT environment both in the hospital and FQHC/primary care setting.  Before joining Gevity, Natacha worked in various technical and leadership roles at the William F. Ryan Community Health Center, Public Health Solutions and New York City Health and Hospitals.

For hotel room accommodations, please contact the Albany Marriott Hotel at (518)458-8444 for a discounted rate. Please request the "HIMSS discounted rate" when making your reservation.


We look forward to seeing you in Albany! 


$50.00 HIMSS Member, provider ticket

$60.00 HIMSS Member, non-provider ticket

$75.00 Guest ticket

$25.00 Student ticket