Steering Committee Biographies
Senior Advisor, Standards and Interoperability, Dept of Veterans Affairs (VHA CIDMO)
Ken Rubin is a Research Associate with the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics, where his focus is on areas of health IT strategy, architecture, systems interoperability, business process management, and standards. He serves as the Executive Director of BPM+ Health and was the Director of Standards and Interoperability for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration. With over 20 years' HIT experience as an enterprise and solution architect in industry both domestically and abroad, his focus has been health IT strategic planning, architecture, open systems, and interoperability of data, knowledge, and processes. Passionate about standards, he has held leadership roles in the Object Management Group and Logica Health and is an HL7 Fellow.
Co-chair, Institutional Adoption Working Group, BPM+ Health; Section Head of IT, Mayo Clinic
Jane Shellum is the administrator for the Knowledge Management and Delivery Program at Mayo Clinic. The program is responsible for the people, processes, and technology used to acquire, catalog, store, and deliver core clinical content, and supports AskMayoExpert, the Clinical Knowledge Asset Catalog, and multiple knowledge delivery solutions. Her prior experience includes 6 years as the administrator of the Education Technology Center in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and 10 years as a Systems Analyst. In that role, Jane helped to implement multiple electronic medical record modules in the inpatient setting, including pharmacy, nurse charting, and orders.
Dr. Theresa Cullen, MD, MS, FAMIA
Co-chair, Institutional Adoption Working Group, BPM+ Health; Health Director of Pima County, Arizona
Dr. Terry Cullen is a family physician who retired from the US Public Health Service as Rear Admiral in 2012 after leading multiple software development and deployment initiatives within the Indian Health Service (IHS). Under her leadership as CIO, RPMS — the health information technology (HIT) system for IHS — became the only certified HIT software suite within the federal government. Between 2012 and 2015, Dr. Cullen worked as the chief medical information officer for the Veterans Health Administration. She worked to develop a new model for field/community involvement in HIT and expand work in multiple domains, including interoperability/data sharing, standards and terminology, and informatics patient safety.
Dr. Cullen has worked to develop population health IT software suites since 2002, including electronic clinical quality measures and expanded population health capabilities at the point of care. Her work at Regenstrief Institute focused on the utilization of appropriate technology to meet identified clinical needs and improve health outcomes in LMIC as well as using standard vocabularies (LOINC) to improve clinical care. Dr. Cullen is now Pima County Health Director in Arizona.
Dr. Jonathan Nebeker
Acting Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah
Dr. Nebeker is Acting Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. His degrees and training took place at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. He practices geriatrics in Salt Lake City.
He has been overall lead of lead of major elements of EHR projects at VA since 2011. He works with other federal agencies and industry associations on standards and best practices to help VHA participate in markets of health IT and content.
His research has three areas of focus: adverse drug events, human interface design, and machine learning. His work concerning the characterization, epidemiology, and prevention of adverse drug events is widely cited. Much of this work concerns how EHRs help or don't help prevent these events. Until recent recently, he focused on translating basic science of cognitive and social psychology to medical informatics and EHR design. Randomized controlled trials of his novel user-interface designs have demonstrated increased accuracy of and decreased time to diagnosis of medical conditions. He is helping incorporate these lessons into the design of decision support products. Previously, he led the establishment of VA's scientific computing center and led architectural work for technologies to support epidemiology and natural language processing. He now focuses on machine learning and artificial intelligence for human and electronic process control in support of a highly reliable, learning health system. These methods are heavily connected to and informed by BPM+