Meet the voices of HealthFlock

Here are the voices of HealthFlock.  We all specialize in healthcare but bring a unique voice.  Read how below.

Bill Custer, Georgia State University

Bill Custer, Georgia State University

William Custer is the Director of the Center for Health Services Research in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.  Dr. Custer’s research has investigated a wide range of topics including the sources of health insurance coverage, employment-based health insurance, health plan cost management initiatives, and health insurance regulation.  Dr. Custer has authored numerous articles and studies on the health care delivery system, heath insurance, retirement income security, and employee benefits.  He has served as a member of the Board of Directors, National Association of Health Data Organizations, and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Bart Foster, SoloHealth

Bart Foster, SoloHealth

Bart Foster is the Founder & CEO of SoloHealth, a self-service consumer healthcare company based in Atlanta, and has more than 15 years of international sales and marketing experience in the consumer products and healthcare industries.  Prior to founding SoloHealth, Foster held leadership positions at CIBA VISION, the Eye Care division of Novartis AG.  He also held sales and marketing roles at Peachtree Network, a successful Internet start-up based in Montreal, Canada, and Kellogg’s in consumer marketing and sales.  Foster holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Florida and an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.

Marcus Gordon, Edelman Public Relations
Marcus Gordon, Edelman Public Relations

Marcus Gordon, MBA, is Vice President of Digital Health at Edelman Public Relations.  He is an industry thought leader in digital, social and mobile healthcare marketing. Marcus is a co-author in several industry resource publications including the “mHIMSS Roadmap” on mobile health and the SHSMD Emerging Media Handbook.  He has a particular expertise of connecting digital and social marketing campaigns to business outcomes in a healthcare specific environment   Marcus is often quoted in healthcare trade journals on the topic of digital patient engagement and speaks frequently at industry events, both domestically and internationally.  Marcus has led marketing communication teams for non-profit and publicly traded healthcare systems.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and his MBA with a concentration in marketing from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

<b>Dominic Mack, Morehouse School of Medicine</b>

Dominic Mack, Morehouse School of Medicine

Dominic Mack serves as the Deputy Director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Director of the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center.  Previously, Dr. Mack practiced at Southside Community Health Center for 11 years where he served as Chief Medical Officer.  He returned to Morehouse School of Medicine in 2001 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. While at Morehouse, he served as the Medical Director for the Family Medicine Department and later became the Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs.  Dr. Mack is also the founder and past president of Mack Medical Consultants, a company dedicated to the improvement of business practices in medical organizations.  Dr. Mack received his Bachelor of Science degree from Paine College, his Medical Doctorate from Meharry Medical School, and his residency in Family Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Michele Madison, Morris Manning & Martin

Michele Madison, Morris Manning & Martin

Michele Madison is a partner in the Healthcare Practice of Morris Manning & Martin, LLP, where she provides general legal advice to health systems in various regulatory and business matters.  Ms. Madison also works with information technology companies and advises clients on compliance with regulations and industry standards.  Ms. Madison has specific experience in negotiating contractual agreements between healthcare providers and service providers, interpreting and advising health systems on regulations applicable to the healthcare industry, and providing regulatory advice with a focus on Stark, Anti-Kickback, and HIPAA.  She has been listed as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and frequently speaks at local and national conferences and seminars.  Ms. Madison received her BBA from Georgia State University and Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Wayne Oliver, Center for Health Transformation

Wayne Oliver, Center for Health Transformation

Wayne Oliver is a Vice President at the Center for Health Transformation, which was founded by former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.  Mr. Oliver leads CHT’s Health Justice, FDA Modernization, Right to Know and the 21st Century Intelligent Pharmacy Projects.  He was formerly the lead lobbyist and chief spokesperson for the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA), a position he has held for 19 years.  Additionally, he served as the Managing Editor of the Georgia Pharmacy Journal and has been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Past Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue recently appointed him to the Georgia Commission on Men’s Health.  Mr. Oliver received undergraduate degrees and a law degree from Mercer University.

Marc Olsen, WellStar Health System

Marc Olsen, WellStar Health System

Marc Olsen is a passionate healthcare executive who seeks to dramatically improve how medical care is delivered to patients.  Currently a Director of Operations at WellStar Health System, Marc is responsible for several primary care practices and works closely with physicians and staff to increase access, improve patient outcomes, and prepare for reform.  Before his role in operations, he served as a leader in Strategy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he led growth for the system and helped reinvent its business model for 17 outpatient clinics.  Prior to being a hospital administrator, Marc was a Director, healthcare consultant, and finance-fanatic for seven years at Taylor Consulting Group, where he advised over 100 companies, whether it meant a 4-billion hospital or healthcare IT startup.  He has an active voice in his community and is a published author in national industry journals.  His passion for improving access extends beyond Georgia, where he founded and still leads a 100-person nonprofit, Kilifi Kids, that is using cell phones to help 80,000 in Kenya.

Elizabeth Richards, healthcare attorney

Elizabeth Richards, healthcare attorney

Elizabeth Richards practices healthcare law in Marietta and represents several large health systems in Georgia in third party reimbursement.  Her practice focuses on assisting her clients in the areas of hospital liens, worker’s compensation, insurance appeals, and Medicare/Medicaid appeals.  She is active in the Georgia Chapter of HFMA, where she is the chair of the Pro-Action Committee.  Ms. Richards received her BBA in Finance and Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Bob Wells, healthcare technology executive

Bob Wells, healthcare technology executive

Robert Wells is an executive with over 25 years of experience in delivering technology and service solutions to healthcare provider organizations either in the acute or ambulatory medical settings nationally and internationally.  He has held senior level positions with industry leading firms such as McKesson and Per-Se Technologies.  Mr. Wells has also held leadership positions in early stage companies that have successfully rewarded its investors in either going public or being acquired by a large industry leading firm.  His background includes industry knowledge in clinical, financial, administrative, document and medical imaging solutions.  Mr. Wells received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Jennifer Dennard

Jennifer Dennard

As Social Marketing Director at Billian, Jennifer Dennard is responsible for the continuing development and implementation of the company’s social media strategies for its three key properties – Billian’s HealthDATA, Porter Research and HITR.com. She is a regular contributor to blogs at EMRandEHR.com and HealthcareITNews.com, and currently manages the Technology Association of Georgia Health Society’s social media channels. You can find her on Twitter @SmyrnaGirl.

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Beth Friedman

May 15th, 2013
9:53 am

Greetings. HealthPort (one of HIT’s top 100 and an Atlanta-based HIT vendor) has an article for submission to HealthFlock. What is the process for submitting our article and having Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, Senior Vice President of HIM and Privacy Officer, HealthPort, to your “voices”. Rita is a former president of AHIMA and VP of HIM at Erlanger Health System. She now works for HealthPort, based in Alpharetta.

Please let me know how we can submit her recent article on HIPAA Omnibus Changes for Business Associates to AJC HealthFlock.

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