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Prashant Natarajan Iyer

Prashant Natarajan Iyer is Product Director of Healthcare Solutions at Oracle in the Health Sciences Global Business Unit. He has portfolio responsibility for precision medicine, population health, translational research, and convergence products. He is passionate about helping healthcare organizations maximize their technology investments to improve patient care, provider satisfaction, personal wellness, and health policy. Prior to joining Oracle in 2008, Prashant contributed in progressive career roles as product manager, emerging technologies specialist, and consultant at eCredit.com, McKesson, and Siemens.

Prashant received his master’s degree in technical communications and linguistics from Auburn University and his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Mangalore University. He is also a Stanford Certified Project Manager. Prashant is author or contributing author of three books on healthcare informatics, including this one. Others are Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancer (2017) and Implementing BI in your Healthcare Organization (2012).

Prashant is Industry Advisor for Data Science and AI at UCSF/Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease in the San Francisco VA Center. He volunteers on the Board of Advisors for the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, Washington DC, and is currently serving as Co-Chair of HIMSS NorCal’s Innovation Committee. Prashant lives in Livermore, CA, with his wife, Vishnu; daughter, Shivani; and Australian Cattle Dog, Simba.


John Frenzel, MD

John Frenzel, MD, is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at MD Anderson Cancer Center and a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his fellowship training in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

In 2001, he received a Master’s Degree in Informatics from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, School of Information Science. Dr. Frenzel has been active in applied Informatics throughout his career at MD Anderson.

In addition to several clinical leadership roles, in 2010 he was asked to lead the development and installation of MD Anderson’s third-generation Clinical Data Warehouse, which sought to bring together all institutional clinical and genomic data. In 2012, he was asked to help lead the Institution’s effort to install the Epic EHR and integrate clinical data back into the institutional warehouse.

John has published on various topics pertaining to clinical informatics. He is currently focused on the use of Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing (TDABC) to drive hospital revenue process optimization and labor costing efforts in preparation for bundled payments in oncology care. He is Board certified in both Anesthesiology and Informatics. John lives in Houston, Texas.


Detlev Smaltz

Herb Smaltz is the Founder, President, and CEO of CIO Consult, LLC, a strategic IT consulting firm. Prior to founding CIO Consult, Herb founded Health Care DataWorks, a healthcare business intelligence software company that earned the distinction of being a Gartner “Cool Vendor” prior to being acquired in 2015. Prior to his consulting and entrepreneurial career, Herb served as the CIO of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a $1.7B, six-hospital academic medical center comprising more than 1100 beds and over 13,000 FTEs. Herb has over 25 years of experience in healthcare management, with all but four of those years as CIO/CKO at various sized organizations including a 20-bed community hospital, a 300-bed tertiary referral medical center, an 1100-bed tertiary referral medical center, a five-state region, a seven-country international region; and at the corporate headquarters of a $6.2B globally distributed integrated delivery system.

Herb is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (FHIMSS) and has served on the HIMSS Board of Directors from 2002–2005 and as the HIMSS 2004–2005 BOD Vice Chair. In addition, he is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

His recent publications include Information Systems for Healthcare Management, 8th Edition, with Gerald Glandon and Donna Slovensky; The Healthcare Information Technology Planning Fieldbook, with George “Buddy” Hickman; The Executive’s Guide to Electronic Health Records, with Eta S. Berner; and The CEO-CIO Partnership: Harnessing the Value of Information Technology


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