in Collaboration with the Wisconsin Technology Council and Wisconsin Angel Network

June 10, 2013 | Madison, WI | Fluno Center


  • Phil Loftus

    CIO, VP of IS, Aurora Health Care More

    Philip is the VP of IS and CIO at Aurora Health Care, where he is responsible for defining and implementing the IT component of Aurora’s strategic goal of providing an integrated approach to health care delivery. Previously, he was SVP and CIO at Caremark where he implemented the move to a paperless mail order pharmacy system based on electronic documentation and workflow, developed one of the major systems supporting the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, and launched a high performance eBusiness Internet website with several million active users. He has 25 years of IT experience in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and what is now AstraZeneca, working extensively in both Europe and the US.

  • Barry P. Chaiken, MD, FHIMSS More


    Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH, FHIMSS has over 20 years experience in healthcare information technology, patient safety, clinical transformation, and public health. During his career, he worked with the National Institutes of Health, U.K’s. National Health Service, McKesson, and BearingPoint.

    Chaiken is currently Chief Medical Information Officer at Infor where he offers his expertise in strategy development, clinical transformation, and quality improvement. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health as well as Health Care Quality Management.

    He has delivered more than 60 CME lectures, and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Patient Safety and the journal of Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. Chaiken writes a column on technology and quality for the journal Patient Safety and Quality Health Care. He served as a Board member (2006–2010), Board Liaison to HIMSS Europe (2006–2009), and Board Chair (2009–2010), and continues his involvement as a Fellow of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). As an Adjunct Professor at Boston University, Chaiken teaches a graduate level course in Healthcare Information Technology in its School of Management.

  • William Yasnoff, MD, PhD, FACMI

    Managing Director, NHII Advisors More

    William Yasnoff, MD, PhD, a well-known national leader in health informatics, is Managing Partner of National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) Advisors, a consulting firm that helps communities and organizations successfully develop health information infrastructure systems and solutions. He also serves as CEO of the non-profit Health Record Banking Alliance, which promotes community repositories of patient-controlled electronic health information.  He is Adjunct Professor of Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins University, a member of the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

    Dr. Yasnoff has successfully implemented multiple large-scale, first-of-their-kind health information systems and initiatives.  From 2002-4 at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he established the NHII as a widely recognized national goal by initiating and leading the activities resulting in the President’s creation of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Earlier, he implemented the nation’s first successful statewide immunization registry in Oregon, then spent five years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doing pioneering work to establish the field of public health informatics, including organizing the first national conference and co-editing the first textbook in this new domain. Previously, he served as Medical Director of AMA/Net, the American Medical Association’s large-scale, “pre-Internet” electronic information network for physicians, where he initiated the first nationally-available therapeutic decision support systems.  As a graduate student, he developed and validated a novel error measure for scene segmentation algorithms still in use today (now known as the “Yasnoff measure”).  He served as a Board Member of the American Medical Informatics Association from 2003-4, and spent several years as a key advisor to Columbine Venture Partners.

    Dr. Yasnoff has authored over 350 publications and presentations, including the “Health Information Infrastructure” chapter in the upcoming 4th Edition of the widely used textbook Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Healthcare and Medicine, and Personal Health Records: The Essential Missing Element in 21st Century Healthcare.  He earned his Ph.D. in computer science and M.D. in Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education, was awarded an honorary DrPH by the University of Louisville in 2006, and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics in 1989.


  • Dave Lundal

    VP & Regional CIO, SSM Integrated Health Technologies, Dean Health System, WIITTS More

    David E. Lundal came to SSM Integrated Health Technologies in July 2003 as regional IS Director for SSM Health Care of Wisconsin. In September of 2006, he was promoted to V.P and Regional CIO. Then, in March 2011 David added the role of CIO for Dean Clinic. In David’s role, he also leads the Wisconsin Integrated Technology & Telemedicine Systems, LLC (WIIITTS). WIITTS is a joint-venture between Dean Clinic and SSM Health Care of Wisconsin and serves to implement advanced clinical technologies to improve quality and efficiency for the integrated delivery network.

    David came to Wisconsin from South Bend Indiana, where he was the Director of Home Care and Physician System for Saint Joseph’s Regional Health System. David worked at Saint Joseph’s from 1995 to 2003. From 1991 to 1995 David worked at Systems Management, a practice management consulting firm based in South Bend.

    In 2009, David was invited by the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services to join the Wisconsin State Level Health Information Exchange executive steering committee. David has chaired the Standards and Architecture Committee since 2009 for the state and successor the Wisconsin State Health Information Network

    David is a native of Indiana where he earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his MBA from Bethel College. In 2011 David became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

  • Gene Thomas

    CIO, Memorial Hospital Gulfport More

    Gene Thomas has over 29 years of executive level management experience working with technology based companies, ranging from startups to a Fortune 500 public company.

    Mr. Thomas has experience in emerging technologies as well as in startup and development technology companies.  Since 1984, Mr. Thomas has worked in management and executive level positions where he provided strategy, product development, engineering and marketing services for CompuAdd, Micron Electronics, Avreo, Bio-tech companies and healthcare providers.

    Gene began his career with Polaroid Corporation in sales and marketing in the electronic imaging group.  He gained significant experience in hyper-growth companies with seven years at CompuAdd, where he held senior level positions in sales and marketing.  Gene participated in developing and management of CompuAdd, to become one of the largest direct marketing companies in the technology space.  His successes eventually led to his selection to play a key role in European expansion where he held the position of Managing Director of Sales and Marketing in the United Kingdom.

    After CompuAdd, Gene was recruited to lead sales and marketing for Micron Electronics where he had responsibility for all sales, marketing, customer service, technical support and product management.  During his years at Micron, Gene was instrumental in the development of the strategy that launched Micron into the competitive direct marketing PC business.  He navigated the changing environment as Micron grew to a multi-billion dollar company with over 3,500 employees.  In addition, he was key in crafting the strategy resulting in the merger of publicly traded Zeos Computer Corporation into Micron Electronics.  Gene was an officer of Micron Electronics, which eventually became the 9th largest supplier of personal computers, notebooks and servers in the country.  .

    After Micron Electronics while consulting with the LSU School of Medicine, Gene was recruited to be CEO and Chairman of Avreo Inc.  Gene successfully raised millions of dollars needed to initiate the development of Avreo’s concepts and products in the radiology information system market.   In 2002, Gene successfully negotiated a majority sale of the company to one of the largest investors and a key distributor.

    Gene is a co-founded Wirefree Holdings, LLC which further co-founded MFunds LLC., an emerging technology company in development of applications for mobile financial services.

    Gene has been involved as an investor, board member or consultant with start-up companies as well as established operating companies.  He has experience in entity structuring, strategic planning and professional fund raising at the executive and board level.   Gene is a Board member and shareholder of Innosurance, a technology company that patented and trademarked the Driver Safety Rating (DSR™) and sold the intellectual property to Allstate.

    Gene currently holds the office of Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport Mississippi.

  • James Dahl

    CIO, Fort HealthCare More

    James Dahl, CPA, is the Chief Information Officer at Fort HealthCare, where he is responsible for the strategic direction of information systems and is accountable for information services provided by ITWorks.

    Dahl has spent 30 years at Fort HealthCare beginning in an accounting role and taking responsibility for strategic leadership and the drive to use technology to enhance organizational change.  In 2011, Fort HealthCare went live with more than 55 Cerner Millennium solutions. Within five months, Fort HealthCare completed the attestation period for Hospital Meaningful Use. Thirteen months later, Fort HealthCare was recognized with the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

    Dahl received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and was awarded an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. His professional memberships include CHIME and HIMSS. He is a certified public accountant, married with three children and is an avid tennis player.

  • Tim Thompson

    Vendor Relations Specialist, Epic More

    Tim’s nine years at Epic have been focused on applications that integrate and interoperate with third-party products, from the initial point of contact in registration to clinical care and patient education all the way to final bills being paid. This experience,  along with a previous career in product marketing and sales, led him to focus on entrepreneurs, inventors, and service providers that work with Epic’s customers to make sure that they have the best possible outcomes. Tim's experience working with the complexities of integration between a large and diverse customer base and the IT community that supports their broad range of needs has underscored how important being vendor agnostic really is to the work Epic does.


  • Jonathan M. Fritz, J.D., M.S.

    Attorney, AphaTech Counsel S.C. More

    Jonathan Fritz is an attorney at AlphaTech Counsel, S.C. He has experience with information technology, intellectual property, and emerging company business matters. Prior to joining AlphaTech Counsel, Jonathan was a partner in the venture capital, information technology, and intellectual property groups of a large Midwest law firm. Additionally, Jonathan previously worked in-house for a multi-national computer corporation in Minnesota.

  • Dan Blake

    Director, Wisconsin Angel Network More

    Dan Blake most recently worked as a project manager at Epic Systems for an electronic medical records installation at one of Epic’s major clients in California. He was previously a reporter and web producer at the Chicago Tribune, where he was part of a small team that launched the paper’s first internet-news desk and other new media ventures.

    A Madison native, Blake earned degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business, where he completed a master’s in business administration with an emphasis on finance and accounting.

    During his stints in Chicago and Denver, Blake also worked with members of the region’s entrepreneurial and early stage investment communities. In addition to his background with health information technology and new media, Blake has worked on projects involving electronic recycling and the forest products industry.


  • Scott Button

    Managing Director, Venture Investors, LLC More

    Scott is a Managing Director and heads the firm’s technology practice. He focuses on investments in engineering and physical sciences, software, energy technology and medical devices. Scott has over twelve years of venture capital experience and six years of operating experience. He created the Venture Igniter program, an entrepreneur-in-residence strategy designed to create technology start-ups out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Scott serves on the Boards of Directors for Soft Switching Technologies, NeuWave Medical and Silatronix and is an observer for Virent Energy Systems, Pattern Insight and Alfalight. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Virent Energy Systems and was an observer for Intersymbol Technologies (acquired by FNSR), NewMonics (acquired by Aonix) and Corona Optical Systems (acquired by EMKR).

    Before entering the venture capital industry, Scott worked for McDonald’s Corporation as an operations manager and for Rockwell Automation as a field sales engineer in the automotive industry.

    Scott serves on the advisory boards for the Madison Development Corporation and the UW-Madison Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium. He is an occasional guest lecturer for the UW-Madison Engineering and Business Schools and is a frequent judge for the school’s Technology Business Plan Competition and Schoofs Prize for Engineering Creativity.

    Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS–Mechanical Engineering), The University of Chicago (MBA) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

  • Ted Feierstein, Sr.

    Technology I-Banker, LeanStart Up Angel 


    Ted co-founded LeanTech Group, LLC (LTG) to focus on the most disruptive and capital efficient start-ups in ‘fly-over country’ (St Louis-Pittsburgh & Minn/St Paul-Nashville) seeking their first institutional (VC, Corp VC, Super Angel) round following their angel/seed round. LTG has met with many promising startups in cites like Madison, AnnArbor, St Louis, Pittsburgh, Columbus, many more (usually a major university[ies] with a highly regarded computer science and b-school program are part of the picture). What is lacking is adequate Series 'AA' (super angel) and 'A' (VC) coverage. Fitting in prominently is Chicago as a US technology hub and home base for LTG.

    We are ourselves a LeanStart Up. LTG, 50% digital company and 50% advisory, is attempting to disrupt the old friction-filled advisory process by delivering a much better, faster, value to our clients; we source, de-risk, negotiate fair valuation/terms/structure, assemble a value-added syndicate and add value post-transaction. We are pursuing Vinod Khosla’s ontology of ‘The Unhyped New Areas of Internet and Mobile’, but doing so in fly-over country. We are expert in Lean Startup practices (customer development, business model generation, lean start-up) all relevant revenue & business models (b2b, consumer web, SoMoLo) metrics, and deal structures. We are FINRA/SIPC compliant.

    As a 25+ year member of the software industry, Ted’s experiences include technology venture partner in an institutional VC fund, technology i-banker, and operator in VC and angel-backed software companies. Regarding deal making, his agency and principal side exits account for more than $1B in transaction value. Recently he represented founders and Hyde Park Angels, the University of Chicago’s angel syndicate, in their portfolios first liquidity event. On the principal investing side, Fieldglass was recently recapitalized for $221M. As a venture partner he sourced and lead the A round financing and monitored Fieldglass as a board member.

    Specialties:Lean StartUp, business model generation, metrics, technology enabled business services, technology deals, M&A, mergers acquisitions, VC, venture capital, angel investing, capital raise, corporate venture, innovation, entrepreneurship.

  • Seth Foldy MD MPH FAAFP

    Principal, Preventive Health Systems More

    Seth Foldy is a physician and consultant on public health and health informatics.   He recently completed a two-year appointment as Distinguished Consultant at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he was Director of the Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office.  At CDC he supported public health readiness for the widespread adoption of electronic health records and the adoption of national standards for surveillance and laboratory information management.  Previously Dr. Foldy served as Health Commissioner in Milwaukee, WI and State Health Officer and Administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.   He was co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange, and has been medical director of outpatient operations at Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical System and at Milwaukee Healthcare for the Homeless.  Dr. Foldy is board-certified in both Family and Preventive Medicine, and holds appointments at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.    He received the 2002 Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health from the American Public Health Association among other honors.

  • Mark Dahlby

    Attorney, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. More

    Mark Dahlby's legal practice centers on the regulatory, commercial and strategic issues impacting health care industry entities, including: medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech companies; information technology developers; health care providers; pharmacies and clinical laboratories. Mark is especially passionate about assisting those developing innovative health products for veterans and those driving the personalization of health care delivery through regenerative medicine and health care IT.

    In his FDA-related work, Mark places specific emphasis on regulatory approvals / clearances of new products, clinical trials, advertising and labeling, reimbursement, good manufacturing practices, post-approval safety requirements, recalls, market withdrawals, inspections and warning letters, and regulator enforcement actions such as consent decrees. In his "compliance" work, Mark health care providers and life sciences companies with audits, development of policies and procedures, government investigations and structuring of other transactions relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, anti-money laundering laws, industry codes of ethics and "Sunshine" laws.

    Mark has served in leadership positions with many legal and health care industry associations, including BioForward (Wisconsin's bio, pharma and medtech association), the Food and Drug Law Institute's Medical Device Committee, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance, AdvaMed and the Drug Information Association. Mark is also active in the American Telemedicine Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. He is certified in U.S. FDA regulatory affairs by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

  • Tom Still

    President, Wisconsin Technology Council More

    Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council and its membership subsidiary, the Wisconsin Innovation Network, which has chapters in Madison, Milwaukee, Northeast Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley and the Lake Superior region. The Tech Council is the independent, non-profit science and technology advisor to the governor and the Legislature. Its work centers on policy formation, economic development and network creation.

    Still is a member of the Governor’s Economic Growth Council, the Industrial Advisory Board to the UW-Madison College of Engineering, the Board of Visitors of the UW Extension, the Madison Economic Development Commission, the Dane County Economic Strategies Group and other civic and business groups. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison and continues to write a weekly column, “Inside Wisconsin.”

  • Jim Prekop

    President and CEO, TeraMedica More

    Mr. Prekop has a proven track-record of leadership. He has driven sales of application software, the enterprise business process, and professional technology services to Fortune 500 and global organizations spanning more than 20 years. Prior to joining TeraMedica, he worked as a Vice President and General Manager for PeopleSoft, a global provider of human capital, financial, supply-chain, and CRM enterprise software. During his eight years at PeopleSoft, Mr. Prekop worked directly with executives from accounts representing more than $200 million in annual revenue; managed a staff of 57 in a 12-state regional territory; and led the worldwide product launch of PeopleSoft Analytics. During a 14-year stint at Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, Mr. Prekop was fast-tracked through a series of promotions resulting from consistent top sales performance. Mr. Prekop earned both his BA in Finance and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  • Trevor D'Souza

    Managing Director, Great Lakes Venture LLC More

    Managing Director of Keane D'Souza Venture Capital, investing in growth stage software, technology, and technology-enabled services.

    Managing Director of Great Lakes Ventures, an investor in and provider of strategic advisory, consulting, and transaction services to high growth technology companies. Manages legacy venture capital portfolio.

    Former Managing Director of the Mason Wells Venture Fund responsible for managing the venture investment activities of the firm, including raising early-stage VC funds, initiating investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, serving on the Board of Directors of the portfolio companies, working with portfolio company management teams to create shareholder value, and arranging for the orderly disposition of investments at a profit to the fund. Also supported the buyout activities of the firm - initiating investment opportunities, creating investment analyses, performing market research and due diligence, negotiating debt financings, serving on the Board of Directors and monitoring portfolio companies. Mason Wells is one of the largest private equity firms in the midwest.

    Prior to becoming a venture capitalist had extensive experience in general management, sales, consulting, technology, product development and operations. Special knowledge of regulated industries, lifescience, healthcare and information technology.

    Previously was President & CEO of a start-up software company providing IT products and services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device communities worldwide. Prior to that was a Program Manager with Booz·Allen & Hamilton, Inc., responsible for leading the supplier side of Healthcare IT practice. Prior to that, was the Director of Information Systems at McKesson BioServices Corporation, a professional services firm providing specialized support for bio-medical research and development.


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