Advisory Board
Sherman Uchill MBA

Sherman Uchill is a serial entrepreneur who started,
built and sold various computer enterprises
including a software development company, a
computer time sharing company, a chain of retail
computer stores and a private label personal
computer company.  Mr. Uchill was also a
management consultant regarding
Steven J. Davidson MD, MBA,

Steven J. Davidson MD serves as Chief Medical
Informatics Officer at Maimonides Medical Center in
Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of Temple University
School of Medicine and the Wharton School of The
University of the 1997 implementation of hospital
Andrew Barbash MD

Andrew Barbash is both a practicing Hospital based
Neurologist and a nationally recognized resource in
personal health records, mobile healthcare and
communications. He is the Medical Director for the
Stroke Program at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland
and the CEO of Apractis,  Collaboration Partners.
Michael J. Rice PhD, ARNP BC

Dr Rice is a Professor at the Washington State
University College of Nursing, Spokane
Washington where he teaches in the Psychiatric
Nurse Practitioner Program.  He received his
Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the
College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska
Medical Center, Omaha Nebraska in 1976.
William Scott Erdley DNS, RN

Scott Erdley, DNS, RN, is Clinical Assistant
Professor, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo,
State University of New York. He has been involved
with nursing and health informatics for more than 12
years.   Dr. Erdley’s activities include the current
owner of nrsing-l (the first exclusive listserv focused
on nursing informatics) as well as serving on
Dr. Barbash trained at Northwestern University Medical School and
completed his Neurology Residence at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Dr.
Barbash led the development and deployment of the electronic medical
record for Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic States for 7 years before
leaving to form Apractis. He served as the Vice President for Clinical
Information Systems for the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
during that time and was a member of their Board of Directors. He helped
bring the first mobile e-prescribing and web-based e-messaging to the
region as well as overseeing the re-engineering of the specialty referral
and communication process through the EMR.

He worked as an advisor to the Medical Records Institute in 2003-4 on
Mobile Healthcare and has participated in many national and regional
initiatives on privacy, mobile health, communications, consumer
empowerment. Since 2004 he has been the Project Lead on the SOSRx
outpatient medication safety initiative on the Personal Medication Record.
As CEO of Apractis he has developed a core team of experts to leverage
existing Web-centered communications and collaboration tools to help
advance a support model for Personal Health Records and pragmatic
clinical communications.
planning boards for nursing informatics and patient safety conferences.
His research interests include patient safety, healthcare and nursing
informatics, patient simulation in nursing education as well as mobile
computing in nursing. Dr. Erdley is currently involved with collaborative
research investigating patient safety in long-term settings as well as
grass-roots efforts towards regional health information organizations.  Dr
Erdley was recently appointed as a co-director of the Advanced Studies
Certificate program in Medical/Health Informatics at the School of
Informatics, University at Buffalo.
wide PACS and led the 2002 implementation of a full Emergency
Department (ED) EHR, the first in NYC. These and other efforts brought
the hospital and MIS team the 1998 Computerworld-Smithsonian Award
and the 2002 HIMSS Davies Award and brought him the 2001 Physician
Executive Award of Excellence from Modern Physician and the American
College of Physician Executives. He has published extensively on quality
improvement and physician leadership development in hospital-based
disciplines. He sees patients with emergency medicine residents in the
ED at Maimonides
Spyglass Consulting Group
Market Intelligence for Competitive Advantage
the strategic use of technology for competitive advantage, working with
Fortune 500 firms, startups, and early stage ventures. His nonprofit
Fortune 500 firms, startups, and early stage ventures. His nonprofit
experience includes service on the boards of trustees of the Goddard
House Nursing Home and Assisted Living, Ten Acre Country Day School,
Wellesley Community Children's Center Daycare, The Minuteman
Foundation and the Alumni Committees at both Harvard and MIT.  He has
a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard
Business School.  
He received his PH.D in Clinical Nursing Research from the University of
individual predoctoral instrumentation fellow. He also has a small private
practice at the Suncrest Wellness Center which is located in Steven's
County Washington, a federally designated medically underserved rural
community. He holds a National Board Certification in Psychiatric Mental
Health and is licensed as a Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in
Washington.   He is the P.I of  34 funded studies with funding sources
ranging from NIH to private Foundations totaling over one million dollars
and has 67 refereed publications, He has directed distance education
projects on videoconferencing for clinical supervision, Web casts for rural
mental health care education, Video streaming of nursing courses to
rural communities, and is presently directing a project funded by Suffolk
Community College\Symbol Technologies on the use of PDA's to
enhance rural health care education in medially underserved areas.  He
has and continues to serve as a consultant to numerous national and
international technology projects.  He is a recipient of multiple national
research awards ranging from: Outstanding Paper presented by a
graduate student from the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, Delta Chi :Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Research,
Outstanding Clinical Research and Honorable mention Clinical Research
for the Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nurses in 2001 &
2002, Grand Rounds Research Poster from the American Nurses
Association and Winner of the 2002 EDUCAUSE Award for Excellence in
Technology and the award for the Best Paper in Industrial and Corporate
Training at the ). Education and information Systems Technologies and
Applications (EISTA): International Institute of Informatics in 2003.  
John Luo MD

John Luo, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical
Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for
Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Department of
Psychiatry, where he is the Director of
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychiatric
Emergency Services.  Dr. Luo is nationally  
recognized as an expert on mobile technology in medicine, and he
presents yearly at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.  
His courses on how to use a personal digital assistant have been a staple
of the APA scientific program for over ten years.  He has been the
past-president of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry,
and now serves as its Gores Chair of Informatics Advocacy.  He currently
serves as the Use of Technology in Education work group chair for the
column called 'Tech Advisor' for Primary Psychiatry, and serves on the
editorial advisory board of 'Medicine on the Net'.  He has worked as a
editorial advisory board of 'Medicine on the Net'.  He has worked as a
consultant for several healthcare technology firms, and he has been
consultant for several healthcare technology firms, and he has been
interviewed by numerous publications on his use of various technologies
in medicine.

Dr. Luo completed his medical informatics fellowship at UC Davis
Department of Psychiatry, where he implemented an electronic sign-out
process using the Palm PDA.  He was chief resident and resident at the
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Psychiatry, and received his medical
degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  During
his residency, he was a recipient of fellowships including the Laughlin
Fellowship of The American College of Psychiatrists and the APA/Center
for Mental Health Services Minority Fellowship for his pioneering use of
technology in medicine.
Brenda Hage PhD, CRNP

Dr. Brenda Hage is a tenured, Associate Professor
of Nursing and Director of Graduate Nursing
Programs at Misericordia University. She developed
and directed the Health Care Informatics Program at
Misericordia University from 2004-2008. She is also
an adjunct faculty member at the Virginia
Commonwealth University, School of Allied Health, Ph.D. program where
she teaches Health Informatics.  Dr. Hage received her Ph.D. in Health
Related Sciences with a concentration in Gerontology from Virginia
Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia campus. Dr. Hage
is a nurse practitioner and is board certified in family practice, adult
health, and nursing informatics. She completed a Biomedical Informatics
course fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory sponsored by the
National Library of Medicine and serves on the editorial advisory board of
Telehealth World Magazine. Her research interests include health
literacy, health communication and health care informatics with a focus
on aging in place.  She is published in the areas of health care
informatics, rehabilitation, and health literacy.
Cheryl D Parker RN, MSN, PhD

Dr. Parker has over 30 years experience in the
healthcare industry including clinical nursing,
management, nursing informatics, and education
both corporate and academic.  Among her many
hats, she teaches at Walden University in the MSN
program (Nursing Informatics Track) and is a
workgroup leader for the Technology Informatics Guiding Education
Reform (TIGER) Initiative. She has worked in clinical system selection
and implementation from both a facility and vendor perspective.  She
works at all levels of the nursing within a facility to ensure successful
outcomes for the clinician and the organization.  

She is a member of the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA),
CARING, Sigma Theta Tau, and Healthcare Informatics Systems Society
(HIMSS) where she serves on the Nursing Informatics Taskforce and the
forthcoming Clinical Informatics Newsletter.

She has been a contributor to the growing body of healthcare knowledge
as a presenter and author.  She received Associate, Bachelor’s and
Master’s degrees in Nursing, completed a post-master’s certificate in
Nursing Informatics, and completed her PhD in Education with a
specialization in Training and Performance Improvement.
Benjamin Kanter MD FCCP

Benjamin Kanter MD FCCP is the Chief Medical
Information Officer (CMIO) for Palomar Pomerado
Health (PPH) in San Diego, as well as a partner with
Escondido Pulmonary Medical Group.   Dr. Kanter is
Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary
Disease, and received special
certification in Critical Care.  Dr. Kanter graduated from the University of
degree and Internal Medicine training at Northwestern University in
Chicago.  He completed his post-doctoral studies in both Pulmonary
Disease and Critical Care Medicine at the U.C.S.D. Medical center.  

Dr. Kanter has chaired the departments of Medicine at Palomar Medical
Center and Pomerado Hospital and is the past-Chief of Staff at Pomerado
Hospital.  He became the CMIO for PPH in 2006 and is a member of the
executive management team.  In this role, he is responsible for the
development of clinical information systems.  He remains clinically active,
caring for patients in the critical care unit.

Current interests include: the development of a novel clinical workstation
for the inpatient environment (Cerner Corp.), asynchronous
communication strategies in healthcare (as CMO for Conversepoint Inc.),
developing the use of mobile devices for healthcare (Android platform),
and implementing noninvasive monitoring strategies in the inpatient
environment.   Recent presentations include: “CPOE Governance”
(Cerner Health Conference 2010), “Computing environment and clinical
workflow in the ICU” (Cerner Health Conference 2010),  “Information
Management and the EHR” (co-keynote speaker, AHIMA National Summit
on the Legal EHR 2010), and “A Novel Android Platform for Mobile Health
Exchange” (Cisco Community for Connected Health Summit, HIMSS,
Ron Ribitzky, MD

Ron is a Physician with C-level global experience in
healthcare IT and life sciences informatics. He is the
Founder/CEO of R&D Ribitzky, a boutique
healthcare IT & life science informatics consulting
and creative solutions firm. His engagements
included all regions of the US, and 23 developed
and emerging-economy countries.  Ron published, presented, and led
workshops around the world in industry, public sector, and academia.
Prior to making the transition to IT, Ron was a Flight Surgeon, Primary
Care Physician in solo private practice, and Senior Resident in Pediatrics.
to Director of Applications at Boston Children’s Hospital; CIO at UMass
Medical Center; Senior Director, Medical Sales Support, VP Prototype
Development, and VP Advanced Research at Eclipsys; Senior Healthcare
Strategist, and World Wide Marketing Campaign Manager - Mobile Point
of Care at Intel. He holds a US patent on component-based object-
relational database infrastructure and user interface. Ron’s academic
appointments included IBM Science Center, Weizmann Institute – Applied
Mathematics, Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts
Medical School, Emory University School of Public Health, Rockefeller
Center for eHealth at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST),
and Kigali Health Institute (KHI) in Rwanda. Ron earned his MD degree
from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Curtis N. Dikes, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC,

Curtis Dikes is the former Chief Nursing Officer and
also Senior Advisor, Healthcare Transformation at
Cisco Systems. He was the recognized clinical
leader for nursing and other healthcare focused
areas at Cisco.
Curtis assists clients, through his clinical technology perspective, with the
strategic identification, analysis, and selection of optimal technologies of
benefit for each individual client, including collaboration tools, unified
communication solutions, telehealth strategies, clinical technology and
device integration and innovation of clinical care technologies that foster
clinician efficiency, promote quality care and patient safety, support
clinical improvement goals, and overall transformation of healthcare care

He is an innovator in technology design and integration engendering
optimal healthcare design and delivery, using his background as a
clinician with expertise in technology and informatics, advanced practice
nursing, operations and biomedical ethics. He has diverse experience as
a clinician, operations manager and administrator in academic,
non-profit, for-profit health care and vendor organizations. He has
contributed to the development of technologically enhanced replicable
hospital designs, a key health care technology innovation center, and
strategic clinical technology and communications solutions and product
designs in his many engagements.

Curtis has a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and Minor in
Biomedical Ethics from University of Southern California, Los Angeles; a
Masters of Science degree in Nursing as an Acute-Tertiary Care Nurse
Practitioner (specializing in Vascular, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery) from
University of Pennsylvania, and a Post-Masters in Nursing and
Healthcare Informatics from Duke University.
Melissa Barthold, DNP, RN-BC,

Melissa Barthold is the Senior Clinical Solutions
Strategist at the University of Mississippi Medical
Center, in Jackson, MS.  She has more than 25
years of nursing practice, with more than  15 years
practice as a nursing informaticist.  
She has served on the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Taskforce and
Committee, as the Chair of both the HIMSS Annual Conference Education
Committee (2010) and the Distance Education Committee (2011).  She
has chaired the NI Taskforce's Standard Practices Forum for the last
several years.  

Melissa has served as adjunct faculty at Loyola University of Chicago and
Barry University, Miami Shores, FL, as a faculty facilitator at Excelsior
College and was appointed as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern
University School of Nursing.  She holds certifications from HIMSS
(CPHIMS) and Board Certification from the American Nursing
Credentialing Center, where she is serving her second term on the
Content Expert Panel: Nursing Informatics.