2013 Speakers

e-patient Dave, enagement, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, healthcare reform, ACA

“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart

Dave deBronkart, known on the internet as e-Patient Dave, is the author of the highly rated Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook. After beating stage IV kidney cancer in 2007, he became a blogger, health policy advisor and international keynote speaker. An accomplished speaker in his professional life before cancer, he is today the best-known spokesman for the patient engagement movement, attending over 200 conferences and policy meetings internationally in the past two years, including testifying in Washington for patient access to the medical record under Meaningful Use.

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Nate Kaufman

Nathan Kaufman

Nathan Kaufman is Managing Director and founder of Kaufman Strategic Advisors, LLC, an established San Diego-based company.  A noted consultant, author and lecturer, Mr. Kaufman has made significant contributions to the body of healthcare literature during his 34 years experience in the healthcare industry.

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Kristin Carman

Kristin Carman

Kristin L. Carman, Director of Health Policy & Research at the American Institutes for Research, leads a team of over 70 health services research professionals conducting research on issues of public importance in health care quality, access, financing, comparative effectiveness research, patient and family engagement, health systems improvement, public deliberation, and health-related communications.

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Stephen Kiernan

Stephen P. Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, and has earned a master of arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. With over four million words in print, he has won more than 40 awards for his work. His books include Last Rights — Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System, and the Nautilus Silver Award winning Authentic Patriotism — Taking Charge Without Taking Sides.

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Sheila Molony

Sheila Molony PhD, RN is a nurse practitioner specializing in the health of older adults. Dr. Molony has over 30 years of nursing experience in community, nursing home and hospital settings with a special interest on prevention, health education and fostering quality of living for older adults. Dr. Molony conducts research on the meaning of “home” to older adults. She has served on the faculty of Yale University School of Nursing and is currently the Director of Quality Improvement at Connecticut Community Care, Inc. (CCCI).

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Thomas Buckley

Thomas Buckley, MPH, RPh, FNAP, received his pharmacy and public health degrees from the University of Connecticut. He his currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, where he coordinates the Public Health & Healthcare Policy curriculum. He is a Clinical Consultant for Khmer Health Advocates, a Cambodian-American healthcare organization in West Hartford, CT, where he is also a preceptor for pharmacy students on public health clinical rotations.

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Mary Griskewicz

Mary Griskewicz

Mary Griskewicz, MA, FHIMSS, is Senior Director of Healthcare Information Systems at HIMSS.  She leads the HIMSS ambulatory, clinical & business intelligence, connected consumer, payer and life sciences initiatives.

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Melissa Tait

 Melissa Tait

Melissa Tait, Vice President of Technology at Primacy, has cultivated innovation initiatives that include in-location positioning, Near Field Communication, gesture and voice recognition, and gamification. During her time at Primacy, she has spearheaded numerous high-profile, tech-driven projects for clients including MassMutual, EmblemHealth, Victorinox Swiss Army,  HSS, The Hartford, Regis University, to name a few.

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Dagmara Scalise

Dagmara Scalise

Dagmara Scalise, AVP Healthcare Practice Lead at Primacy, has over 12 years of experience providing marketing, strategy and account leadership to the healthcare industry. Dagmara serves as the senior account leader for Primacy’s largest healthcare clients including Yale-New Haven Hospital, Atlantic Health System, St Charles Health System and more.

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Nora Duncan

Nora Duncan

Nora Duncan is the State Director of the AARP in Connecticut. She has over fifteen years of public affairs experience in Connecticut’s nonprofit sector and Executive Branch with expertise in grass roots advocacy, government relations, nonprofit management, volunteer engagement and communications.  Since joining AARP in July 2012 as Connecticut State Director, she has led successful campaigns to defeat utility and telecommunications legislation that would have negatively impacted consumers’ wallets and jeopardized consumer protections.

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Ken Sacks

Kenneth Sacks

Kenneth L. Sacks, MD, FACP received his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.  Post graduate training in Internal Medicine was completed at UCLA and Fellowships in Hematology and Oncology were done at the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute and UCLA.  Dr Sacks practiced Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine in Connecticut for 30 years.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

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Robert Noonan

Robert Noonan

Robert D. Noonan is an attorney and founder of Robert Noonan and Associates, LLC.  Prior to joining the firm Bob served as Vice President and Counsel for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.  In that capacity, he was responsible for advising association members of the latest developments in workplace law and HR issues.

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Patrick Carroll

Dr. Patrick Carroll is the Chief Medical Officer of Integrated Care Partners, Hartford HealthCare’s clinical integration organization.  He is also the Medical Director for Hartford HealthCare’s Medicare Shared Savings Program which currently has over ten thousand patients in a Medicare/CMS shared risk pilot program which began 1/1/2013.  He plays a key role in leading the Hartford HealthCare efforts in the transition to value based care in a time of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

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Dr Broffman

Thomas Broffman

Thomas E. Broffman, PhD, LICSW, LCDP, LCDS, CEAP is an assistant professor in the BSW program at Eastern CT State University.  He has a BSW and a MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work and a Ph.D. from Boston College, Graduate School of Social Work.

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Frank King

Frank the Cardiac Comedian

Frank King, the “Cardiac Comedian”, was a quarter-finalist on “Star Search”…he lost to a puppet. He’s also appeared on A&E’s “An Evening at the Improv,” Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network,” and CNN’s “Business Unusual.” In addition to telling jokes he’s been busy selling jokes. He’s written for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, and Dennis Miller.

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