LA HIMSS Board of Directors

Chad Cothern, RN, BSN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

President

Mr. Cothern is the President and CEO of Healthcare Informatics Resource Exchange, an independent consultancy specializing in clinical workflow optimization, EHR implementation and adoption, data analytics, clinical decision support and IT project management. He is a graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans and has been a registered nurse for 20 years. Cothern has over 16 years of experience in improving healthcare through information technology for both large and small organizations across the country. Cothern is the current President of the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS and has previously served as the HIE Liaison, Programs Chair and as President in 2011. He was recently selected to serve on the HIMSS National Committee on Nursing Informatics. He also serves on the Louisiana Tech University Health Informatics Advisory Board and previously served on the Louisiana ICD 10 Readiness Task Force. Cothern is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and has previously served on the HIMSS Chapter Task Force.  Cothern is also a veteran who served for nine years as a medic in the Louisiana Army National Guard. 

Claudia Miller, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, MBA, PMP

Secretary

Ms. Miller has directed healthcare IT projects for almost 20 years. She has a deep appreciation for population health management, working with clients, such as The Mayo Clinic, and became an expert in Project Management, serving as CIO of a multi-specialty 90+ physician group, Director of Physician Information Services for a major hospital and PMO Director of a large health system before landing at The Chartis Group. She spoke about the ambulatory EMR at HIMSS14 and at the Clinical & Business Intelligence Symposium prior to HIMSS15. Her articles have been featured in JHIM, HIStalk, H&HN, CHIME and HIMSS C&BI. She is a PMP, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a Certified Professional with HIMSS, certified as a Scaled Agile Framework Practitioner, a Founding LAHIMSS board member and a member of the HIMSS C&BI Population Health Task Force. She earned a BS in Computer Science and an MBA at Louisiana State University.

Alan Thriffiley

Treasurer

Mr. Thriffiley is a Project Manager for LSU Health Care Services Division’s Center for Healthcare Effectiveness and brings over 15 years of healthcare IT and medical informatics expertise to HITAC. Experience includes management of program development, technical infrastructure, implementation, support and maintenance of EHRs, ancillary clinical and financial information systems, analytics and telemedicine systems, and the administration and operations of Disease Management, Wellness and Population Health programs. Contributions to the CMS eCQM National Testing Collaborative (NTC) and the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) allow Thriffiley to bring improved healthcare outcomes and interoperability solutions at a national level. Thriffiley is a HIMSS Fellow and has previously served as President of the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS, the Louisiana Tech University Health Informatics Advisory Board, and is a member of the HIMSS National Chapters Task Force.

Hank Fanberg

Past President and Advocacy Chair

Mr. Fanberg is a member of the Office of the CIO and Director, Technology Advocacy for CHRISTUS Health, one of the nation’s largest faith based Catholic Health Care Systems with facilities in seven states and three countries. He supports CHRISTUS’ system wide strategy for health information technology, focusing on legislative/regulatory policy and its impact to the health system and HIT’s role in enabling efficient, convenient, safe, person-centric and cost effective care. He helped found and was the Executive Director for the Health Information Network of South Texas (ONC HIE) and is the associate project coordinator for the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program in Texas. He is the immediate past president of the Louisiana HIMSS chapter and is a member of National HIMSS’ Professional Development Committee. He chairs the Louisiana Department of Health’s Health IT Advisory Committee

Mr. Fanberg is active in a number of associations including the American Telemedicine Association, AcademyHealth (where he is vice chair of its Health IT interest group), The American Hospital Association’s Health IT work group, and the Personal Connected Health Alliance. Mr. Fanberg received his M.B.A. from The University of New Orleans where he is currently a Ph.D. student in urban affairs. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College; he graduated from Loyola (New Orleans) University’s Institute of Politics and has guest lectured at Johns Hopkins University’s M.B.A. for physicians. He is adjunct faculty at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi’s School of Nursing  and The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  

Errol Labat, MBA, CISA

President Elect

Mr. Labat is currently serving as Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Audit Consulting for BlueCross and BlueShield of Louisiana. Professional experience is primarily in Information Technology, 25 years, and management, 30 years, including 10 years in senior management as a CIO. Additional experience includes Director of Corporate Project Management Office (CPMO), Director of IT Audit, and Sr. Director of Data Center Services. Industry sector experience includes, banking, healthcare provider/delivery services, I/T outsourcing services, health insurance, and state government. Labat is a founding board member of the LA Chapter of HIMSS and has served as president and treasurer during his 15 years of service on the board. Labat has a BS degree in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and MBA from University of Southeastern Louisiana.

Nadine Robin

Member At Large

Ms. Robin serves as Health IT Program Director for the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum. She is responsible for integrating the needs of the health IT program’s goals and objectives with state and federal agencies as well as with partnering organizations, groups and associations. Her role also involves strategic and tactical planning of behalf of the program and ensuring that all state and federal deliverables are met within established timelines. During her time with the Quality Forum, Robin has developed extensive experience in Meaningful Use, EHR adoption/implementation, patient engagement and HIE advancement and spoken at regional, state and national levels about issues related to these topics. In addition, Robin plans and implements services related to the Louisiana Health Information Technology (LHIT) Resource Center and the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE). She oversees daily operations, staffing and resource requirements; establishes quality standards and evaluation procedures; and ensures value for LHIT Resource Center clients and LaHIE participants. 

Robin is the Past-president of the Louisiana Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and has served on that organization’s Board of Directors since 2013. She is also a Committee Member for the Advisory Board of the Masters in Health Informatics Program at Louisiana Tech.  Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.  

Brittany Royal

Membership Chair

Ms. Royal is a devoted servant leader who is dedicated in building long term business relationships with key decision making principals in the healthcare industry. Ms. Royal is an experienced and successful technology professional and sales leader that has cultivated partnerships with Fortune 500 companies on a national level. In each case Ms. Royal has established lasting relationships at the executive level which embodies her commitment to her chosen profession and effective networking skills. 

Ms. Royal started her career in sales with the AT&T Performing Arts Center a Non-for-Profit organization that brought cutting edge performing arts to Dallas, Texas. In that role she developed executive relationships that resulted in corporate sponsorships for the AT&T Performing Arts Center. She is currently a Client Services Executive focusing on the Southeast Region with Modis HealthIT. Ms. Royal believes in having a personal hands-on understanding of what Healthcare IT is and the nuances that are important in providing the up most value to her client’s strategy.

Mark Schroeder

Sponsorship Chair

Mr. Schroeder is married and living in New Orleans, LA. He received his BA from Tulane University, and MS from the University of New Orleans. Currently, Mark works for LSU Healthcare Services Division department of Healthcare Effectiveness as a Project Coordinator and Software Developer. Mark has over 12 years of experience developing, deploying, and supporting a wide variety of Health IT applications.

Robert Moerland

Communications Chair

As a proven senior-level executive, Mr. Moerland brings over 20 years of honed business and technical leadership working with organizations of varying size and complexity. His strengths are creating and executing strategies that align technology for a competitive advantage, specializing in transition management to bring value and solutions from technology innovations.  Moerland recently joined the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), located in New Orleans, LA, as the Chief Information Officer. LPHI is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that serves as a partner and convener to improve population-level health outcomes. As the CIO, Moerland oversees the effective use of technology supporting over 30 programs that span across 7 portfolios of specialty public health initiatives in the areas of health systems development and community health improvement, including the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange (GNOHIE).  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Grand Valley State University and attended Ferris State University to earn a Master’s in Information Systems Management.

Michelle Martin, MBA

Professional Development Chair

Ms. Martin is an Associate Professor at Louisiana Tech University in the Health Informatics and Information Management Department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration from Louisiana Tech University in 1994. Since that time Martin obtained two Masters degrees both from Louisiana Tech University. She obtained a Masters in Business Administration in 1998 and a Masters in Education with a Business Concentration in 2005. Prior to coming to Louisiana Tech as a Associate Professor in 1998 she was Director of Health Information and Medical Staff Coordinator at a rural hospital in North Louisiana. She is an AHIMA ICD-10 Trainer and Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. 

Jan Fuller, MBA, RHIA, CPHIMS, FAHIMA

Professional Development Co-Chair, Academic Liaison

Ms. Fuller is an associate professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management at Louisiana Tech University.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from Louisiana Tech University and a Certificate in Health Informatics from the College of St. Scholastica.   For more than 20 years, she has taught courses in clinical classification and terminology systems, health data structure and standards.  During this time she has also served as a trainer in ICD-10 coding for multiple health care facilities in Louisiana as well as many other regions in the U.S.   As a member of the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS, she assists with communication issues related to the association.  She is a former president of the Louisiana Health Information Management Association and presently is a member of the American Health Information Management Association Consumer Engagement Task Force.  

Ayame Dinkler

Advocacy Co-Chair

Ms. Dinkler serves as Chief of Staff for LCMC Health, the parent health system which operates and manages Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Touro Infirmary, University Medical Center New Orleans, New Orleans East Hospital, and West Jefferson Medical Center. In this role, she works closely with the Chief Executive Officer to achieve strategic priorities for the system. She also leads system-wide efforts related to government affairs, policy and regulatory strategy, and other external strategic partnerships.  Dinkler joined LCMC Health in 2015 with more than a decade of public service experience at the federal and local government levels. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, DC, where she worked closely with stakeholders in the public and private sectors on a range of cross-cutting public health, health information technology and health care initiatives.  Prior to joining HHS in 2014, Dinkler worked for the City of New Orleans where she served as Chief of Staff to Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo. In this position, she developed expertise in health policy, health care access and finance, emergency management, external and intergovernmental affairs, and public health. She also spent a year in New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu’s communications office. 

Dinkler is originally from Los Angeles, California, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She moved to New Orleans in 2010 from Washington, DC, where she spent six years working on appropriations and legislative issues on Capitol Hill for Congressman Michael M. Honda, a northern California representative. She worked on the 2004 and 2008 Presidential campaigns, as well as numerous Congressional campaigns across the country.  She also is currently serving as a member of the Louisiana Hospital Association’s Legislative, Regulatory and Policy Council. 

Paul Douglas, CISA, CCSFP

Programs Chair

Mr. Douglas is an Associate Director in P&N’s Consulting services division. His primary focus is within the Healthcare Industry specializing in IT Risk Management, Cybersecurity, and IT Compliance. Douglas has worked with over 25 Health Systems, Hospitals, and Insurance Providers across the Gulf Coast region. He has extensive experience assisting covered entities with compliance and risk management associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule, HITECH Act, PCI DSS, and various other cybersecurity frameworks. Aside from the Healthcare Industry, Douglas works with a wide variety of clients including academic and financial institutions and not for profit organizations. He volunteers and serves as a committee chair for the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA).