Happy Hour Round Table Discussion | HIMSS Iowa Chapter

April 8, 2021 | Chapter Event

Join the HIMSS Iowa Chapter on April 8 at 5:00 pm CT for a happy hour round table discussion. Invited speakers Dr. Larra Petersen-Lukenda, Dr. Jaime Bland, and Beth Luke with discuss questions posed by moderator by Holly White. There will also be an opportunity to submit your suggestions for future conferences as well as network with your peers.

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5:00 – 5:10 pm CT | Welcome from Nick Dryer and Sponsor ELLKAY
5:10 – 5:45 pm CT | Round table and open discussion moderated by Holly White, Director, Strategic Accounts, ELLKAY
5:45 – 6:00 pm CT | Polling questions from HIMSS Iowa Chapter Board


Larra Petersen-Lukenda, MA, PhD, Vice-President of Regional Initiatives, CyncHealth
Larra Petersen-Lukenda, MA, PhD, focuses on supporting healthcare information exchange and interoperability in Iowa through building relationships with state decision makers, securing funding for operations to occur in the state, and leading projects which impact state initiatives. In this role, she leads a diverse team of professionals with expertise in health information management and clinical informatics, experience management, population health and value-based care initiatives. As the chief population health officer at the Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative, Dr. Petersen oversees the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program initiatives and clinical quality measures. She also leads the CMS Certified Qualified Clinical Data Registry and the CMS Certified Qualified Entity programs, including measure development. Dr. Petersen works closely with other CyncHealth leadership to facilitate research, quality improvement, and program evaluation with academic partners and community-based organizations towards reduced disease burden for our communities.

Dr. Petersen previously served as the deputy director for Medicaid and Long-Term Care, overseeing statewide managed care entities and federally funded business systems, as well as healthcare informatics and analytics. In this role, she aligned managed care incentives to business and patient experience outcomes. Throughout her career, Dr. Petersen had varied clinical and leadership roles in health systems, an Accountable Care Organization, and the Veterans Health Administration. She has expertise in medical psychology, self-management education, medical decision making, transformational team coaching, population health and risk management and clinical integration. She completed a clinical and research fellowship at Mayo Clinic, her doctorate in counseling psychology and health science at Ball State University, and master's in community counseling at Loyola University.

Jaime Bland DPN, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer, CyncHealth
Since being appointed CEO in 2018, Jaime Bland DPN, RN, has piloted NEHII’s strategic growth beyond the established health information exchange and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to include three new entities -- the NEHII Foundation, Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative and NEHII Shared Services. Prior to NEHII, she has held leadership positions in regional, national and international markets within the public and private sectors. Dr. Bland has extensive experience in establishing and leading care management, population health and clinical quality initiatives. She holds advanced degrees in informatics and a doctor of nursing practice in public health-global health nursing from Creighton University.

Beth C. Luke, R.Ph, C.Ph, MBA, PMP, Manager, IT Ancillary Systems, Lakeland Regional Health
In her current role, Luke serves are the manager of ancillary systems at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, with inpatient and ambulatory clinical applications responsibility for laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, respiratory surgery, scheduling, case management and social work departments. She also supports patient portal and meaningful use support and reporting requirements. Luke serves as one of two clinical employees within the IT department proper.

Luke’s previous roles hold a wealth of operational and technical experiences at such institutions as the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Luke has implemented a variety of technical and robotic projects in the pharmacy, OR, and supply chain settings, resulting in significant cost savings, technical advancement,and improved patient outcomes. She has held a variety of leadership positions, including director of pharmacy, with a 15-year focus on the pediatric population. Luke has project management and lean six sigma certifications and has spear headed projects in pediatric telehealth, digital signage, pediatric research app development, perpetual inventory in the pediatric environment and multiple process improvement projects involving operations and information system optimization.

Luke holds a pharmacy degree and is a registered pharmacist and consultant in the state of Florida. She also holds an MBA with an emphasis in IT. She is a certified green belt, PMP, and is pharmacy leadership academy certified.

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