This interview is part of our HIMSS18 coverage. We’ll be talking with thought leaders and vendors all week at the annual Health Information Management Society conference in Las Vegas.

On this episode, we’re talking with Kelly Thompson, CEO of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) and Dan Chavez, Executive Director at San Diego Health Connect.

About the Strategic Health Information Collaborative (SHIEC)

SHIEC is a national collaborative representing health information exchanges (HIEs). The organization already represents 60 HIEs, and these HIEs collectively cover more than 200 million people across the U.S., well over half of the American population.


About Kelly Thompson

As SHIEC CEO, Kelly Hoover Thompson is responsible for working collaboratively with SHIEC’s members and board of directors to develop and actively advance an organizational strategy that ensures SHIEC’s success. Her goal is to elevate the awareness, stature, and perception of HIEs on the national healthcare landscape.

Before joining SHIEC, Thompson was Deputy Secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. While there, she created a new long-term care partnership in care delivery and oversight. Under her leadership, the eHealth Partnership achieved statewide connectivity, offering electronic health information exchange in every county of the Commonwealth. She also co-founded and led the Commonwealth’s Privacy and Security Practice Group.

Prior to this, Thompson was a senior advocate of policy and regulatory matters for the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania. In that role, she advised providers on health policy, regulatory and legislative matters. She established the Annual Organ & Tissue Donation Hospital Campaign and was a primary drafter of the Commonwealth’s deemed status legislation, aimed at ensuring timely standards for health care facility oversight.

Thompson serves on the board of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg. She holds an appointment to the Lower Swatara Township Civil Service Commission.

About San Diego Health Connect

San Diego Health Connect securely connects hospitals, health systems, patients, private health information exchanges (HIEs) and other healthcare stakeholders—so that they can share important health information. As a not-for-profit organization, our sole purpose is to serve every member of the community and improve healthcare for everyone.

About Dan Chavez

Daniel J. Chavez joined San Diego Beacon HIE as Executive Director in March 2013 with more than 30 years of health care information technology experience. He has an extensive track record of cultivating startups, business development and product marketing. Previously, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Independa, a San Diego-based innovator that provides solutions to help the elderly remain independent. In his previous positions, Chavez was Executive Vice President at Payformance Corporation, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the medical division of Immersion Corporation, and Senior Vice President at Availity. His prior experience includes IBM, GTE, SAIC, Stellcom Technologies and CSC. He holds a BA from San Jose State University and an MBA from Stanford University.

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