Summit 2023 Archive


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Charting a Reliable Path for the Future of Integrated Health: USVI eScan 2023 Perspectives by CommHIT
Presented by Drs. Kendra Siler & David Willis

Provider Breakout Presentations

2023 Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors for contributing to our success!


2023 Speakers

CEO of BFT Consulting, LLC

Keynote Speaker
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Biosketch Two Oceans Consulting

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Director, Health Informatics and Interoperability Group

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Federal Project Manager | viNGN

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UVI Research & Technology Park—Entrepreneurship Manager

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Executive Director of the Office of Technology in the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT Dept. of Health and Human Services

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Program Director, Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center

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President and CEO CRISP and CRISP Shared Services

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Senior Director, Leavitt Partners

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Chief Medical Information Officer, CommHIT

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Digital Health Division Director | District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance

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Health Officer, Prince George’s County Health Department

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Territorial Epidemiologist, VI Department of Health

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Medicaid Director U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services

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CIO of Juan F. Luis Hospital, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands

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Head of Affective Biometrics Lab, Howard University

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Commissioner, VI Department of Health

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Gainwell / CMS perspective

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Chief Strategy Officer Innsena

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President and CEO, CommHIT

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Commissioner, VI Department of Human Services

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Deputy Territorial Epidemiologist, VI Department of Health

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Chief Medical Officer, CRISP Shared Services

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Howard University College of Pharmacy

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Senior Clinical Analyst, Zane Networks

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Cybersecurity Advisor Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

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Director/Sr. Partner, The Chartis Group

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Director of Information Technology, Government of the Virgin Islands

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Deputy Director, Office of Technology ONC

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Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer

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COO, Bailey's Medical Equipment

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Managing Director, Hummingbird Health Project

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Executive Director and CEO

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CEO, Schneider Regional Medical Center

2023 Event Schedule


Tuesday, June 13th
12 pm – 3 pm Check-in for Registrants – All Attendees
12:30 pm – 3 pm Exhibitor Floor Open
1:30 pm – 3 pm

Engage and Sip | Subject Matter Expert Meet & Greet

GVI leadership, business leaders, members of the public and press invited for “Afternoon Tea” Meet & Greet with renowned summit speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors. Get introduced with Summit guests and engage in small group discussions with leading subject matter experts. Discuss challenges facing your teams with National leaders who can help craft real solutions.

Take advantage of these experts here in our Territory.  Gain insights, best practices, tools and partnership opportunities for equipping & empowering your teams to effectively tackle current, future, and the digital challenges surrounding transformation, productivity, financial sustainability, interoperability and workforce upskilling.

Summit registration is not required to participate in this event.

6:00 pm Governor’s Welcome Reception (by invitation)
Wednesday, June 14th
7 am – 8:20 am Breakfast and Registration
Exhibit Floor Open
8:30 am- 9:15 am

Opening Remarks

·       Michelle M. Francis, Executive Director | Office of Health Information Technology, Office of the Governor

Welcome Remarks

·       The Honorable Albert Bryan Jr., Governor | US Virgin Islands

Words of Welcome

·       The Honorable Justa Encarnación, Commissioner | Department of Health

State of USVI Medicaid Health

·       Karen Shields, Chief Client Engagement Officer | Gainwell Technologies

·       Gary Smith, Medicaid Director | Department of Human Services

·       The Honorable Kimberley Causey-Gomez, Commissioner | Department of Human Services

9:20 am – 10:10 am

Plenary Address



“Achieving Health Equity through Data-Driven, Total Person Healthcare Utilizing Interoperable, Digital Transformation Tools”

Keynote Speaker:

S. Elizabeth Ford, MD, MBA | CEO of BFT Consulting, LLC and a Board-Certified Pediatrician

Former Special Assistant to the President for Public Health and Science at The White House

10:15 – 11:05 am

Beyond Clinical Data – Bridging Gaps through Digital Transformation



Digital transformation is helping to bridge gaps in healthcare beyond clinical data exchange.

Learn about best practices in bridging gaps across education, food, and housing to help create stronger, healthier communities.


  • Kristine McCoy, MD, MPH | Practicing Family Physician & Consultant on Intersection Between Medical Care and Social Services
  • Mary Awuonda, PhD | Director of Center for Excellence & Co-Director of Underrepresented Minority Pipeline Programs – Howard University
  • Damon House | Consultant, Strategic Visionary Driving Innovation & Accelerating Economic Transformation in Underserved Communities


  • Boyd Mark, Program Director | Southeastern Resource Telehealth Center
  • Michelle Zancan, Clinical Analyst | Zane Networks
  • Lisa Ekpo, DrPH, Deputy Territorial Epidemiologist | Department of Health
    11:10 am–12:10 pm

    Interoperability and Digital Transformation: Critical Imperatives for Stakeholder Data Exchange
    The lack of interoperability across the U.S. health care system is concerning, despite regulations designed to incentivize greater adoption. Learn how stakeholders are implementing TEFCA and using emerging technologies to digitally connect the health care ecosystem, deliver optimum outcomes and create new opportunities far beyond the regulatory requirements.


    EXPERT PANEL Moderated by: Lee Barrett, Commission Executive Director | DirectTrust


    • Mariann Yeager, CEO | The Sequoia Project
    • Tim Pletcher, Executive Director | MiHiN
    • Avinash Shanbhag, Executive Director | Office of Technology, Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), DOH and DHS
    • Scott Stuewe, CEO | DirectTrust
    • David Lee, Senior Director | Leavitt Partners (CARIN)
    12:15  – 1:10 pm


    1:10 pm – 1:55 pm

    USDCI+, Interoperability and Data Modernization: Best Practices in Data Quality and Implementation for Robust, Secure and Connected Care


    This session will highlight developments made by Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and its partners across HHS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid – CMS) in integrating data across and between systems.  Learn about national efforts to share data amongst federal and local agencies utilizing standards such as USCDI Plus.

    Discussion will focus on ways to align stakeholder needs in organizations small and large with an emphasis on balancing local needs and prioritizing patient needs.


    • Ryan Argentieri, Deputy Director | Office of Technology at ONC
    • Alexandra Mugge | Chief Health Informatics Officer | Burden Reduction & Health Informatics, CMS Office
    1:55 pm – 2:45 pm

    USVI Provider Panel | Q & A with Local Public and Private Leaders:


    Challenges in Achieving Modernization and Transformation

    Learn about pressing issues and challenges local institutions are facing when seeking to upgrade systems to meet fiscal and strategic goals, federal regulations etc.

    Moderated by Conrad Clyburn | Founder and CEO, MedForeSight


    • Brandon Richardson, Vice President of Information Systems | Schneider Regional Medical Center
    • Gregory Bryant, Chief Information Officer | Juan F. Luis Hospital
    • The Honorable Rupert Ross | Director, Bureau of Information Technology
    • Sean Wideberg, Chief Operating Officer | Bailey’s Medical
    • Alexandra Francis Smith, Federal Project Manager | viNGN
    • Brandon Lewis, Medicaid Director | West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
    • Brian Bacot, MD, CEO & Surgeon | Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global
    2:50 pm – 2:55 pm VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Bailey’s Medical
    2:55 pm – 3:25 pm

    Department of Human Service Medicaid Spotlight & Panel


    Moderated by Nicole Becnel, Principal, PMP | BerryDunn


    • The Honorable Kimberley Causey-Gomez, Commissioner | Department of Human Services
    • Gary Smith, Medicaid Director | Department of Human Services
    • Karen Shields, Chief Client Engagement Officer | Gainwell Technologies
    • Brandon Lewis, Medicaid Director | West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm


    Engage & Sip – Exhibitor Floor Open. Grab a café beverage and visit an exhibitor booth or arrange time with speakers or engage with attendees. Engage in one-on-one meetings with exhibitors.

    Thursday, June 15th
    7:30 am – 8:15 am Breakfast / Exhibit Hall
    8:20 am – 8:30 am Welcome / Housekeeping Announcements
    8:30 am – 9:20 am

    The USVI Health Information Exchange (HIE)


    Our Journey: Health Information Exchanges, Health Data Utilities, interoperability, use cases, whole person – data driven care and relevant applications. Discussion of the benefits of a shared services model and ability to move faster, more sustainably and with the support structure to succeed.

    What is it? What will it do? When do we launch?  Roles and responsibilities, governance and more!  From use cases to success.


    • Kat McDavitt, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer | Innsena
    • Deniz Soyer, Digital Health Division Director | District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance
    • Craig Behm, President & CEO | CRISP Shared Services (CSS)
    • Marc Rabner, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer | CSS
    • Ryan Bramble, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer | CSS
    9:25 am – 10:15 am

    Funding and Cost Transformation


    Modernizing, upgrading and transforming are all great and necessary, but how do we pay for it? …sustain it? …charge for it? How can we rethink new, cost-effective, productive models for providing care?
    This session is one you do not want your administrative, financial or clinical teams to miss!
    Hear from national leaders on:

    • Demonstrating ROI and progress made using turnkey approaches to implementation and financing of new initiatives
    •  8 strategies for performance reporting to funders
    • Federal support and reporting best practices
    • Alternative models to care (Disease specific and disease agnostic – Clinical models to reduce costs)
    • Available USVI Grant funding for Sustainability


    • Adam Luecking, CEO | Clear Impact (Moderator)
    • Alexandra Francis Smith, Federal Project Manager | viNGN
    • Pravith Nambiar, Director | Chartis
    • Karen Shields, Chief Client Engagement Officer | Gainwell Technologies
    10:20 am – 11:10 am

    Department Of Health Spotlight 


    • What’s Ahead – The Honorable Justa Encarnación, Commissioner | Department of Health
    • 2022 Epidemiology Division Annual Report – Esther Ellis, PhD, Territorial Epidemiologist | Department of Health
    • Data Modernization at DOH – Sudha Megan, MD, Managing Director | Hummingbird Health Project
     11:15 am – 11:40

    Presentation of breakbeatcode by Google


    One of the strategic objectives within the Office of Health Information Technology’s Strategic Plan is workforce development and includes awareness and access to resources that can attract VI youth to careers in health and technology. breakbeatcode, an employee volunteer program housed within Google, teaches coding to underrepresented young people through beat making.  Learn about this engaging program that has now launched in the USVI!

    breakbeatcode USVI Boys and Girls Club Event

    Presenter: Calvin Pinney, MBA, Select Strategic Accounts Executive/Global Partner Lead/Coding Coach | Google

    11:45 am – 12:35 pm

    Partnerships to Power the Local WorkforceHoward University PHIT Program + USVI Workforce


    Learn about the innovative, ONC funded University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and Howard University (HU) program that recruits participants in the DC area (and now USVI – with a special emphasis on underrepresented communities of color) over a four-year period. This program provides students with specialized within-degree training, certification training, or short-term fellowship training in Public Health Informatics Technology (PHIT) across multiple pathways (AA/AS, Bachelors, MPH, Pharmacy/Health Professional, and Post-graduate fellowships) along the education continuum.

    Learn how your practice staff, department staff, clinic staff can benefit from this FREE upskilling opportunity now being offered in the USVI!

    Panel Presenters:

    • Dr. Mary Awonda 
    • Luigi LeBlanc

    Commentary by Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford 

    12:35 pm – 1:25pm


    1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

    Demystifying and Regulating – The Power of Data + AI and Machine Learning Defined


    What is AI? What is Machine Learning? How does it impact and will it impact healthcare, healthcare delivery, daily life?
    Our data is collected and mined every day. What is it being used for? How as a Territory, do we safely ride the wave of data and technology trends?

    Learn from the experts shaping this world and the regulations.  How to be proactive vs. reactive. How and when to create a regulatory body for data exchange and use, for technology innovations and increasing use of AI and Machine Learning in all aspects of the Public Sector


    • Dr. Gloria Washington
    • Damon House
    • N’Gai Oliveras

    Moderator:  Conrad Clyborn | Founder and CEO, MedForeSight

    2:25 pm – 3:10 pm

    Q & A Panel Discussion – The risks of riding the technology transformation wave.


    Elon Musk was quoted as saying that “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization.” Hear responses from an expert panel including leadership of CRISP Shared Services, Government leaders, Local Physicians, Subject Matter Experts.

    What are the guardrails the USVI should be considering? What role should citizens and the general public play?

    Moderated by Dr. Ernest Carter – Keynote speaker 2022

    3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

    Defending Against Today’s Threats – Building Secure and Resilient Infrastructure – Cybersecurity 101 
    Presenter: N’gai Oliveras – CISA


    Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency   CISA is the operational lead for federal cybersecurity and the national coordinator for critical infrastructure security and resilience. CISA states that it is designed for collaboration and partnership to support the mission to reduce risk to the nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure.

    This session will provide an awareness of the federal guidance, tools and steps necessary to secure and protect USVI critical infrastructure. Our Bureau of Information Technology and our Middle Mile Provider, VINGN will answer questions about how they are tasked, ready and engaged in our Territorial cybersecurity efforts.

    4:05 pm – 5:15 pm

    Closing and Wrap up: Spotlight USVI – Collaborations and New Opportunities

    • Schneider Regional Medical Center + Howard University Collaboration Spotlight
    • USVI Medicaid partnership with West Virginia

    • The Honorable Tregenza A. Roach, Esq., Lieutenant Governor of the US Virgin Islands
    5:15 pm

    Exhibitor Floor Open

    Deeper Dive with Subject Matter Experts
    Answers to Your Pressing Questions – Resources, Expertise, Tools Q & A

    Opportunity for deeper dive with Subject Matter Experts at Exhibit booths and breakout areas

    Friday, June 16th


    8:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast / Exhibitor Hall Open

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    9:15 am – 10:00 am















    10:00 am -10:55 am


    BREAKOUTS (Concurrent Sessions)
    Block One:
    11am – 11:35am




    Block Two: 
    11:50am – 12:30pm




    Provider Focus: Critical Conversations


    From Concept to Reality – A broad discussion intended to help create a roadmap to embracing digital advancements to extend high quality care while reducing employee toil AND reducing costs.

    Learn about technologies, tools and advancements in medicine.  Hear about practical back-end staffing, support and staff training tools from the experts and developers of these tools. Glean resources and information for new revenue capture and productivity tracking in Health IT.

    Featuring: ExpandMD, CommHIT, Gainwell, digiiMED, SETRC, Damon House, Medical Revenue Cycle Specialists, Zane Networks


    CommunityHealth IT – Charting a Reliable Path for the Future of Integrated Health: USVI eScan 2023 Perspectives


    • Kendra Siler, PhD | President & CEO, CommunityHealth IT

    David Willis, MD | Chief Medical Information Officer, CommunityHealth IT


    Break Out Sessions

    Block One:

    • Ground Floor: Medicaid MMIS Provider Portal: Claims submission, Payments, Processes

    Deep-dive with Gainwell Technologies (1 hour session; 11am – noon)

    • 2nd Floor: Telehealth Transformations in Patient Care & Pharmacy (35 minutes)
      • Tina Commissiong, Esq. | Schneider Regional Medical Center
      • Mary Awuonda, PhD | Howard University
    • 3rd Floor: Cybersecurity for Your Private Practice (35 minutes)
      • N’gai Oliveras | Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
    • Summit Room: Driving to Results: RPM and CCM Programs in the USVI (35 minutes)
      • Mara Echevarría | digiiMED
    • Exhibitor Space: Data-Informed People Driven Decision Making (35 minutes)
      • Reuben Molloy, Monife Stoute, Lyna Fredericks, Esther Ellis, PhD | VI Department of Health


    Block Two:

    • 2nd Floor: Free Upskilling For our Practice / Clinic Staff (35 minutes)
      • Mary Awuonda, PhD | Howard University
    • 3rd Floor: Financial Sustainability for Hospitals and Clinics – Managed Care? Other Models to Explore? (35 minutes)
      • Pravith Nambiar | Chartis
    • Summit Room: Billing and Revenue Cycle for Telehealth Using SDOH Z Codes and Telemedicine to Increase Revenue (35 minutes)
      • Boyd Mark | Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center
      • Kem Tolliver | Medical Revenue Cycle Specialists
    • Exhibitor Space: Public Health Unwinding: How it will Impact the Territory and how Clinics, Hospitals and Private Practices should prepare? Led by Gainwell Technologies (35 minutes)
      • Gary Smith Department | VI Medicaid
    12:35 pm – 1:30 pm

    CLOSING: USVI Health Information Exchange Launch and Plans 
    WORKING LUNCH Presentation and Discussion