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Health 2.0 STAT - Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Aquilent is pleased to announce the list of speakers for the upcoming Health 2.0 STAT event on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at The Barking Dog in Bethesda. Registration is now open!

Plan to join us the evening of October 25th to hear a rapid-fire series of short presentations from five Health 2.0 leaders. The presentations will be followed by a panel style Q&A session, led by a moderator, who will facilitate and explore a range of topics. The presentations will highlight results associated with the innovative implementation and use of Web 2.0 based solutions in the healthcare market, at government agencies, and from a patient and user perspective.

Topics and Speaker Bios:

1) was launched in March 2011 at the White House Council on Bullying Prevention, as the result of a high-level administration initiative involving both the President and First Lady. A partnership between HHS and the Department of Education, it was originally conceived as a one-stop-shop for information about bullying in schools and communities. After feedback to the launch showed a desire for more practical information, it was re-launched in April 2012 with a more practical, how-to-handle-bullying focus. In September it gained a blog and an upgraded kids section featuring games and videos. The site receives about 250,000 visits per month. Its Facebook page has been liked over 40,000 times and its Twitter feed has over 17,000 followers.

Craig Stoltz is the Content Team Leader for the Web Communications Division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this position, he leads the team of content managers that produce such sites as,,,,, and Each of these sites combines resources from across HHS and in some cases across the federal government, creating communication and coordination challenges among traditionally siloed organizations. He also leads the Division’s plain language efforts.

Craig joined federal service in 2009 and came to HHS in 2010 to help launch Before that he ran his own business as a digital consultant, with clients including the AMA, the Corporate Executive Board, PBS, USA Today, and many others. In a moment of weakness, declared his blog, Web 2.0h. . .Really?, among the Top 25 in the nation. Prior to that he had a long career at The Washington Post.

2) Avatar Based Security Training Game (Co-Speaker Presentation)

Will Phelps, MS, is the IT Security Specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and currently works in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) where he leads several projects on mobile device security and risk management and mitigation for physician practices. He has more than 11 years of extensive experience in leading major tasks and programs for the federal government, and commercial clients. His background includes experience in leading the design, development and implementation of high-performance technology solutions. He has created and managed corporate and government-wide information technology, security, compliance, assurance and risk management programs as well as has implemented these initiatives across private and government organizations. His information security experience encompasses HIPAA, NIST, DITSCAP, FISMA, FISCAM, OMB and other federal guidance requirements for information security.

Laura Rosas serves as a Privacy and Security Professional at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO). She has broad and deep experience in healthcare, especially public health, privacy and security, health information technology, Meaningful Use, EHRs, HIE, health policy, management and patient safety. In her role with OCPO, she provides expertise on the privacy and security issues related to EHR implementation. She serves as a subject matter expert and ONC lead on the REC Community of Practice. She also leads on strategy for provider outreach, education and training on privacy and security. She has been instrumental in co-leading the development of security-focused, interactive video training games to engage healthcare practitioners and educate them on security awareness.

3) NCATS in the Cloud

Jim Blagaich has been the CIO at the National Center for Advancing Translation Sciences (NCATS) since Dec. 2011. He provides the technology vision and leadership in the development and governance of the NCATS information technology (IT) program. He has 20 years of experience in Federal information technology operations and planning. Prior to the establishment of the NCATS, he was the CIO at the National Center for Research Resources since April, 2008. He held a position at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), where he led the Planning, Policy, and Budgeting efforts. Before joining the CSR, he was a Defense Information Manager, Access to Care, ASD (HA) TRICARE, where he managed enrollment, care authorization, health survey, and patient appointment-related software applications for 150+ hospitals. In addition, he has 7 years' experience in implementing hospital information systems and telemedicine applications. He holds s an MBA from Frostburg University (2006).

4) Facebook Hospital Patient Support Groups

Michelle Murray will discuss the University of Maryland Medical Center’s (UMMC) Facebook Patient Support groups which were launched in March 2011. She’ll discuss what they offer to UMMC patients – a chance to interact with each other and offer support in a private group environment – how these groups have grown considerably since the launch date, and how the groups are managed.

Michelle Murray serves as the Assistant Web Site Editor for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s award-winning site. In addition to managing and developing content for the site, Michelle also manages the Medical Center’s Facebook page, which has added more than 18,000 fans under her leadership. In addition, Michelle also manages two Facebook pages for the Songwriter’s Association of Washington and hosts and produces “The Open Stage,” an online radio show on BlogTalk Radio.

5) Think Global, Act Mobile: How mobile technologies are helping to change the face of global public health

There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the potential of mobile communications to drastically improve healthcare services, even in some of the most remote and poverty-stricken locations worldwide. In many parts of the world, epidemics, natural disasters, and a shortage of healthcare workers continue to present challenges; however, over the last decade, the explosive growth of mobile communications offers a new hope for the promotion of quality healthcare. This presentation will focus on how mobile technologies have helped impact health awareness, outcomes, and behavior change in the developing world.

Alison Pilsner, MPH, CPH, CHES is a Health Strategist at Infield Health ( with a diverse background of experiences using emerging technologies, social media, and mobile solutions as a way to improve reach and engagement of public health interventions and campaigns. A recent Boulder, CO, transplant from Washington, DC, Alison is primarily responsible for matching Infield products to the needs of health institutions. Alison was inspired to pursue a career in public health with a goal of developing products and better models of prevention to empower everyone to take control of their health. Her recent experience includes serving as the eHealth Ambassador for the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) ( suite of projects where she consulted on the use of emerging technologies and mobile solutions. Fluent in Spanish, Alison serves as an affiliate faculty member for the Misión de Amistad global healthcare mission in Central/South America several times a year. In addition, Alison sits on the Advisory Board for My Bridge 4 Life™. ( Alison completed a Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship at the NCI in Health communication and Informatics and a LEND Fellowship in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the University of Pittsburgh. Alison holds both an MPH and BS from the University of Pittsburgh, is CHES certified, and was a member of the charter class to receive the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential in 2008.

Event Logistics

6:00pm - 6:30pm Registration and Networking
6:30pm - 7:15pm Presentation
7:15pm - 7:30pm Q&A
7:30pm - Additional Networking

As always, we want to make sure to give thanks to our sponsors, Aquilent, Palladian Partners, Adobe, and Amazon Web Services. Because of their support, we have been able to continue creating some really informative events, as well as, offer some great appetizers and beverages for all that attend the meetup.

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