Board of Directors

The Center for Improving Medication Management

Kate Berry | Kim Caldwell | Donald C. Huonker | William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE
Allan M. Korn, M.D., FACP | Patricia Perry | Rick Ratliff | Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S.

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Kate Berry, Senior Vice President of Business Development
Surescripts
Executive Director of The Center for Improving Medication Management

As Senior Vice President of Business Development and Alliances, Ms. Berry is responsible for managing the national roll out of Surescripts community adoption and utilization programs, a uniquely collaborative methodology of working closely with a wide range of stakeholders in each community to build awareness and support for improving the prescribing process and adopting electronic prescribing. Ms. Berry is also responsible for managing the relationships with physician technology companies that are connected to Surescripts to accelerate the adoption and optimal use of electronic prescribing including understanding change management, workflow integration, physician deployments, physician-pharmacy communications, and connectivity best practices. In addition, Ms. Berry is responsible for Surescripts strategies for working with personal health record companies, hospitals and regional health information organizations, and pharmaceutical benefits management companies and payers to develop new business opportunities around new services that Surescripts is offering in the marketplace.

Ms. Berry joined Surescripts after a career in healthcare management consulting and as a non-profit executive. As a healthcare consultant, Ms. Berry worked with hospitals, health systems, medical groups, medical associations, pharmaceutical companies and others in the industry on strategic and business planning, partnerships and affiliations, governance and management restructuring, clinical service line plans, and growth strategies. At the American Red Cross, Ms. Berry served as Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Chief of Staff. As such, she was responsible for corporate strategy, communications and marketing, government relations, integrated growth and development, international policy and relations, and global safety and security and played a key role in developing a new strategic plan for the biomedical services enterprise.

Ms. Berry holds a Masters degree in public policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and English from Goucher College.

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Kim A. Caldwell, RPh
Director, Competitive Health Analytics
Humana, Inc.

Kim Caldwell is employed by Humana Inc. as Director, Competitive Health Analytics (CHA), the outcomes research group powered by Humana Pharmacy Solutions (HPS). Additionally, he is the HPS business owner for pharmacy related health information technology projects including electronic prescribing. During 2004-2005, Kim served the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as Division Director - Clinical and Economic Performance in the Center for Beneficiary Choices (CBC). As one of two outside, non-government directors asked to join the Medicare Drug Benefit Group, Mr. Caldwell helped lead the development and implementation of Part D - the Medicare prescription drug benefit that began on January 1, 2006. Among other duties, his division was responsible for the first level oversight for much of the drug benefit including performance measures, utilization management and measures, quality, safety, medication therapy management, drug trend analysis, cost trend analysis, Part D electronic prescribing, complaints, grievances, and coverage determinations including exceptions and appeals. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of the CMS data warehouse and analytics strategy that will lead to future post-marketing studies and determinations.

His career has included positions such as Privacy Officer and Vice President for one of the early e-Prescribing companies, Vice President – Clinical Operations for a national pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), Pharmacy Director for national managed care organizations (MCO), Manager of Pharmacy Services in a regional hospital system, owner/pharmacist of an independent pharmacy, lengthy service in long-term care consulting, and chain pharmacy operations. Kim has worked in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in both a corporate government affairs role as well as a national managed care customer sales position.

Kim’s professional service has included consultation for a community based seniors’ program and two terms on the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Kim is serving his second six-year term with Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Kim recently served as a member of the Texas Health Care System Integrity Partnership, and he has served on the Policy Committee for the National Alliance for Health Information Technology. His professional memberships include the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, Association of Health System Pharmacists, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Texas Association of Health System Pharmacists, and Texas Pharmacy Association. Kim graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He and wife Cynthia live in Texas.

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Donald C. Huonker
Senior Vice President – Healthcare Innovation
Walgreens
Surescripts Appointee to the Board of Directors

Don Huonker is senior vice president of healthcare innovation for Walgreens, headquartered in Deerfield, IL.

He began his Walgreen career in 1995 as a management trainee in St. Louis. He became a store manager in 1996 and a district manager in Houston in 1998. From 2001 to 2002 he was on special assignment at the corporate office working with Store Systems IT and on the SIMS Plus computer system.

He became a director of store operations in 2002, where he was instrumental in helping coordinate development of systems for drug store operations.

He was named a vice president of store operations in 2003. In 2005, he was named vice president of pharmacy services and, among other duties, was responsible for all third party billing systems and all of the pharmacy systems that support the more than 6,000 stores and 1.5 million scripts per day.

He was promoted to corporate vice president of pharmacy services in 2006 and to his current position in 2007. As senior vice president of healthcare innovation, Huonker is responsible for all pharmacy technology and developing new Health Information Technology, with emphasis on electronic prescribing, personal health records and integration of technology across the different business units. Prior to joining Walgreens Huonker was employed by United Parcel Services for 16 years.

He received his B.S. degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1984 and an M.B.A. degree from St. Louis Webster University in 1999. He is a member of SureScripts Chain Pharmacy Executive Advisory Council and is a member of eHealth Initiative Leadership Council.

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William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Medical Group Management Association

William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the nation’s leading voice for group medical practice, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

He holds academic appointments at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Jessee is Board Chair of Exempla Health System (Denver), Board Secretary of National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), and Board Chair of Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

He received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his medical degree at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

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Allan M. Korn, M.D., FACP
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President ? Clinical Affairs
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Allan Korn, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 39 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 98 million ? nearly one-in-three of all Americans.

Dr. Korn serves as Medical Director for BCBSA and oversees the Technology Evaluation Center (TEC), an independent, applied health service research organization that uses an evidence-based methodology for the assessment of clinical technologies. He also represents BCBSA with governmental agencies, regulatory bodies and accrediting entities, and oversees the National Council of Physician Executives made up of senior BCBS company physicians that advise the Association.

Before joining BCBSA, Dr. Korn served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. From 1994 until 1996, Dr. Korn was Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs for Premier Health Alliance, where he provided strategic direction and product development for risk adjusted IP and OP clinical data systems. Earlier, he served as a Principal for William M. Mercer, Inc. and as Vice President, Medical Affairs for Healthcare Compare/Affordable Healthcare Network. From 1976 until 1986, he was an internist at St. Mary?s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Dr. Korn received a Bachelor of Science and Medical Degrees from Tufts University. He completed his internship and internal medicine residency at Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital and at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Korn is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the American Medical Association. He a member of the Board of Directors of e-Health Initiative, Bridges to Excellence, is a member of the Hospital Quality Alliance and Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance and sits on the Steering Committees of Prometheus and Connecting for Health. He has served on several Institute of Medicine Roundtables.

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Patricia N. Perry
Vice President, Digital Health Group
INTEL CORPORATION

Patricia N. Perry is vice president of the Digital Health Group, Director of Product Delivery at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for customer and in-home patient deployment of purpose-built telehealth solutions, including regulated medical devices. In addition, she is chartered with product distribution, supply chain management and manufacturing of Intel?s Digital Health products and solutions. Prior to Director of Product Delivery, Perry was General Manager of Healthcare Information Technology. Perry joined Intel in 1983.

Previously, Perry has served in a variety of management positions in marketing, eBusiness and business planning. Perry also held several positions in the Sales and Marking Group, including director of Customer Business Solutions, manager of Internet Marketing and eCommerce applications, manager of worldwide training and field productivity and corporate accounts manager.

Prior to joining Intel, Perry was a product marketing engineer in the Linear Integrated Circuits division at Fairchild Semiconductor.

Perry received her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1974. She received her master's degree from Santa Clara University in 1981.

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Rick Ratliff
Group Executive & EVP, Customers & Markets
Surescripts

Mr. Ratliff is responsible for customer and vendor relationships; market development; business development; marketing and customer support at Surescripts.

Mr. Ratliff's 25 years of leadership experience in technology includes management positions at IBM, VHA and Healthvision. For most of his career, Mr. Ratliff has been a leader in the strategic use of information technology in various healthcare environments with a particular focus on the electronic exchange of health information between a patient's care providers.

Since November of 2002, when Mr. Ratliff joined Surescripts as the chief operating officer, he has led the effort to establish the national network for electronic prescribing. Mr. Ratliff led community pharmacy's efforts to transition from paper-based to paperless prescribing as a means of improving the quality, safety and efficiency of the prescribing process.

Prior to joining Surescripts, Mr. Ratliff was co-founder and senior vice president of Healthvision where he led sales, marketing and business development for the company's clinical information exchange business. Previously, Mr. Ratliff served as vice president, healthcare information technologies, for VHA where he managed the development and rollout of VHAseCURE.net, a nationwide private network designed as a Web-based health information utility for the VHA healthcare organizations across the United States. He began his career two decades ago as a systems engineer at IBM Corporation and advanced through a succession of management positions with increasing responsibility.

Mr. Ratliff graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He also holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa.

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Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S.
Director
Center for Health Information Technology
American Academy of Family Physicians

Steven E. Waldren, M.D., is director of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Center for Health Information Technology. Waldren joined the AAFP in May 2004 because of his knowledge of design and management of health information systems, computer science, and medical informatics. Prior to joining the AAFP, Dr. Waldren was a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Fellow at the Univ. of Missouri, Columbia.  Dr. Waldren is also a residency trained and board-certified family physician.  Besides his role as director of the Center for Health-IT, he also participates in many health care informatics initiatives including co-chair of the ASTM International E31.25 Health Information Standards Subcommittee; co-chair of the Ambulatory Functionality Working Group of the Certification Commission for Health-IT; and co-chair of the AQA Alliance’s Data Aggregation and HIT Subcommittee.  Dr. Waldren combines his strong technical informatics knowledge and his clinical knowledge to further the adoption of standards-based health-IT by physicians and consumers to improve the quality and safety of health care.

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