Speakers

Chad Parker

Deputy Administrator, Community Facilities Programs

Rural Development Department of Agriculture

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Chad Parker

Deputy Administrator, Community Facilities Programs

Rural Development Department of Agriculture

Chad Parker started work at USDA in 1991. He has worked with USDA Rural Development for 29 years and serves as the Deputy Administrator, Community Facilities Programs. He is presently responsible for the CF Direct Loan, Guaranteed Loan, and Grants; CF Technical Assistance and Training Grants, the Economic Impact Initiative Grants, Tribal College Grants, and the Rural Community Development Initiative.

Chad Parker has previously administered USDA Rural Development’s Telecommunication Programs; Cooperative Programs; Business Programs; and Single-Family Housing Programs.

Chad has also worked as pig farmer, bag boy, bell hop, printer’s assistant, welder, assistant mechanic, tree trimmer, and gravel pit water truck driver.

Chad holds a M.B.A. and a B.S. from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.

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Representative Robin Kelly

(D-IL)

United States House of Representatives

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Representative Robin Kelly

(D-IL)

United States House of Representatives

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families.  Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence.

Congresswoman Kelly is a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (the main policy-writing body of the House) and serves on the Health, Energy, and Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittees. Her Energy and Commerce work is focused on expanding access to healthcare, consumer protection for American families and economic development.

Additionally, she is a Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves on the national security and civil rights and civil liberties subcommittees. She is also represents the Midwest (Region IV) on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus, and serves as a member of the House Democracy Parternship.

A staunch champion of common sense gun reforms and responsible community policing, Representative Kelly is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce and is the author of The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the crisis.

Committed to improving the health and wellness of vulnerable communities across the country, the Congresswoman serves as the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and Co-Chairs the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. She also Co-Chairs the House Democratic Policy Group and House Tech Accountability Caucus.

Prior to her election to Congress, Kelly was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, served as Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County (the second largest county in the United States) and was Chief of Staff to Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias – becoming the first African American woman to serve as Chief of Staff to an elected constitutional statewide officeholder.

The daughter of a small business owner and postal worker, Congresswoman Kelly moved to Illinois to attend Bradley University in Peoria, where she earned her B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in counseling. She later received a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.  She lives in Matteson with her husband, Dr. Nathaniel Horn, and has two adult children, Kelly and Ryan.

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Bakul Patel

Director of Digital Health Division, The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)

Food and Drug Administration

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Bakul Patel

Director of Digital Health Division, The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)

Food and Drug Administration

Bakul Patel is the Director of Digital Health Division, at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mr. Patel is responsible for providing leadership, development, implementing, execution, management and setting strategic direction and regulatory policy and coordinate scientific efforts for digital health, software and emerging technologies.

This includes responsibilities in leading the development on policies for mobile health, health information technology, cyber security, medical device interoperability, and medical device software.

Mr. Patel, in 2013, created the term “software as a medical device” (SaMD) and under his leadership the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) established the globally harmonized definition of SaMD. Mr. Patel subsequently led global regulators at IMDRF to create and author the globally harmonized regulatory framework for SaMD documents. The concepts, principles and vocabulary created in harmonized regulatory framework has been used as a foundation and adopted by medical device regulatory bodies in the European union, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Australia and in the USA by US-FDA.

Mr. Patel is the FDA liaison between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).

Mr. Patel is currently leading the effort for the agency in developing an innovative software precertification program in collaboration with all stakeholders to reimagine a regulatory approach for Digital health that that aims for patients and providers to have timely access to safe and effective digital health products.

Prior to joining FDA, Mr. Patel held key leadership positions in the telecommunications industry, semiconductor capital equipment industry, wireless industry and information technology industry. His experience includes Lean Six Sigma, creating long and short-term strategy, influencing organizational change, modernizing government systems, and delivering high technology products and services in fast-paced, technology-intensive organizations. Mr. Patel earned an MS in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, Canada, and an MBA in International Business from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Avinash Shanbhag

Acting Executive Director of the Office of Technology

Office of National Coordinator for Health IT

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Avinash Shanbhag

Acting Executive Director of the Office of Technology

Office of National Coordinator for Health IT

Avinash Shanbhag currently serves as Acting Executive Director of the Office of Technology, in the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT. Avinash Shanbhag joined ONC in 2011, and has served previously in various roles, including serving as the deputy director of the Office of Technology from 2015 till 2019.

In his current role, Avinash leads ONC’s activities in the advancement of health IT standards for interoperability. This includes engaging with various Standards Development Organizations, and leading ONC’s efforts in adoption and use of the standards nationwide. He also leads ONC’s Health IT Certification Program, including the Certified Health IT Product List, and the certification testing tools. 

Prior to joining ONC, Avinash worked as the Director of Core Infrastructure at the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, at National Cancer Institute.  

Prior to his government service, Avinash worked as a software developer and manager in the private sector. 

He has over 25 years of experience in developing enterprise software systems and managing large scale distributed software systems for healthcare industry.

Nicholas Uehlecke

Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary Department

Health and Human Services

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Nicholas Uehlecke

Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary Department

Health and Human Services

Nicholas Uehlecke is currently a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. In his role, issues that he works on include Medicare, Medicaid, commercial and general insurance issues, health care reform and a range of other issues under the jurisdiction of CMS and HRSA. Nick also spends time working on issues related to regulatory burden relief, drug pricing, health care data, and efforts to make health care more value-based in America. He is also currently the HHS staff-lead on the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative. Prior to this work, he was at the Committee on Ways and Means at the House of Representatives Committee Staff for 8 years, working on issues ranging from Medicare’s Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage and Part D, and commercial insurance and ACA reforms. Before Nick’s time on Capitol Hill he spent nearly three years as an analyst for the Marwood group, working on health care as well as financial services, education, and energy policy. While having lived in many places Nick calls Texas home, and is a graduate of the University of Richmond.

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

Brandi Vincent

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

Walter Maikish

Civilian Operations Director

Cisco

Allison Norfleet

Global Healthcare Lead, Industry Solutions Group

Cisco

Kirk Smith

Regional Manager, Healthcare

Cisco

Anna Pettyjohn

Vice President and General Manager of Events

Government Executive Media Group