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The Founding Members of Xcertia

  • Michael Hodgkins, MD
    Michael Hodgkins, MD Chairman of the Board, President, Founding Board Member

    Dr. Hodgkins is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer for the American Medical Association. A physician executive with more than 20 years’ experience in health services, clinical connectivity and e-business solutions, his focus is on strategic planning, business development and the design of solutions that integrate technology with clinical and business operations to promote cost-effective, high quality, services. Dr. Hodgkins currently leads initiatives to create new business opportunities for AMA, is responsible for AMA strategy in the digital health space and informs AMA policy with respect to all aspects of health information technology. Dr. Hodgkins also represents AMA on the boards of the Sequoia Project and Xcertia; a newly formed non-profit founded by AHA, AMA, DHX Group and HIMSS that is developing a comprehensive framework of “best practices” for the mobile health app market.

  • David Vinson
    David Vinson Vice President, Founding Board Member

    As a frequent speaker at industry forums and conferences, David is recognized as a well-respected transformational digital health strategist who provides passionate insights and a unique perspective on the convergence of mobile, social and micro insights to orchestrate consumer digital health experiences.  David brings unique perspectives in helping companies leverage health innovation technologies to help drive and transform population health management programs with a focus on consumer experiences.

    David has over 25 years of experience within the healthcare, telecommunications and travel sectors, where he held senior leadership positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, the University of Michigan Health System – MCARE; and ALLNET Communications.  

    Prior to SocialWellth, David was Senior Vice President at WebMD where he led the Payer division. Before that, he was the Founder and CEO of Optate –  a benefits decision support services company focused on consumer decision support tools and engagement, which was acquired by WebMD.  David was also the Co-Founder of HealthMedia – a health behavioral improvement company which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson.

  • Carla Smith
    Carla Smith Treasurer, Founding Board Member

    Carla Smith is Executive Vice President of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology.  HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using IT.  Smith leads HIMSS’s North American business unit.  In this capacity, Smith leverages her extensive experience in nonprofit management to achieve HIMSS’s mission and maintain its financial health, primarily within the United States and Canada.

    Smith has 30 years of experience in the information technology field, two-thirds of it focused on healthcare. She champions transformational innovations in the health sector, ensuring the right information is available to the right people at the right time to make the right health- and care-related decisions.

    In addition to her responsibilities at HIMSS, Smith holds an appointment to CMS’s Outreach and Education Federal Advisory Committee, Chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Center for Health Innovation, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Stroke Association, serves as an advisor to the University of Michigan’s Health Informatics and Learning Health System programs, and is a publicly-elected official for the Village of Barton Hills, Michigan.

  • Meighan Girgus
    Meighan Girgus Chief Marketing & Programs Officer, American Heart Association

    Meighan is the Chief Marketing & Programs Officer of the American Heart Association (AHA). In this role, she leads the AHA’s marketing and communications strategy, designs and implements key programs and initiatives to ensure their effective implementation and scale in the field and in direct-to- market channels, and oversees efforts in preventive health, science operations, communications, brand content, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, multicultural markets, patients & disease state management, digital healthcare innovation, health quality and advocacy.
    Prior to being named Chief Marketing & Programs Officer, Meighan served for
    seven years as Chief Mission Officer and seven years as Executive Vice
    President of Healthcare Markets. She has almost three decades of experience in
    healthcare marketing and administration, with a clear focus on non-profits and
    non-profit healthcare.
    Meighan has spent much of her career dedicated to helping change the care
    delivery system and has been integrally involved in multiple national panels and
    writing groups dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease several of which were
    the precedent for a radical transformation in stroke care in the United States. As
    a result of this work, she was a recent recipient of the Medical Marketing &
    Media’s 2016 Health Influencer 50 Pros Changing the Healthcare Game.
    Meighan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at
    Austin, her Masters in Business Administration from Southern California
    University, and completed her Graduate Marketing Certification at Southern
    Methodist University.

Newly Appointed Board Members

Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D., senior managing director, health industry at Accenture, said, “As health care consumers further embrace digital health tools, we’re seeing mobile health apps empower patients to take charge of their health and interact with physicians on their own terms. The future of health care depends on the development of digital capabilities that are safe, secure and that enable patients to share data and doctors to deliver care wherever they are, which is why I’m honored to lend my experience toward this initiative.”

Morgan Reed, president of ACT | The App Association, said, “Mobile apps have the potential to revolutionize health care by giving individuals greater access to their health information while improving patient outcomes. It is important to incorporate the voices of doctors, insurers, and mobile health innovators to develop the guidelines and practices necessary to promote effective and safe mobile health apps. We are excited to be part of this endeavor.”

Steve Ommen, M.D., associate dean and medical director of connected care at Mayo Clinic, said, “Mayo Clinic recognizes the unique capabilities that mobile devices offer to patients and health care teams. We approach app development with a focus on meeting patient needs as the priority. Apps need to increase clarity and not add complexity for the patients or the care teams. A major goal is to help providers and care teams connect to patients, extending and enhancing our relationships with patients.”

Joseph Kvedar, M.D., vice president, connected health at Partners HealthCare, said, “Making mobile health apps a trustworthy resource for consumers, and giving clinicians confidence in these digital tools are critical steps in advancing the adoption of safe and effective digital technology. One major concern we will be addressing is data security. There is always some risk sharing personal data, but there are also rewards. In my opinion, we can take steps to minimize the risk and clear the path for the widespread use of digital technologies to positively impact health outcomes, enhance the lifespan of our citizens, and improve the patient-provider relationship.”