Board of Directors

CommonWell Health Alliance is led by a collaborative group of health information technology industry leaders who govern and guide the organization.

Nick Knowlton, Board Chairman & ResMed Representative

Nick Knowlton is VP of Strategic Initiatives for ResMed, a market leader in post-acute health information technology and parent company of Brightree, MatrixCare and CitusHealth, where he leads the company’s initiatives and strategy for health care interoperability.

He has championed many interoperability projects and initiatives across post-acute, ambulatory, acute and other care settings, and has worked for years to help establish a culture in the health care industry supportive of patient-centric interoperability. Nick also represents ResMed on the board of the Home Care Technology Advisory Council (HCTAC), which is an affiliate of NAHC.

Nick has been with the Alliance since day one, as he led strategic initiatives for Greenway Health prior to joining the ResMed team and served on the CommonWell board during that time as well.

Hoda Sayed-Friel, Board Vice Chairman & MEDITECH Representative

Hoda Sayed-Friel, Senior VP at MEDITECH, is responsible for MEDITECH Professional Services, as well as EHR strategy.

Hoda has held many leadership roles throughout her three-decade career at MEDITECH, including overseeing Marketing, Strategy and Client Services. In all aspects of her career, Hoda has been actively involved in discussions with health care providers and consumers to promote care coordination, interoperability and population health, highlighting the importance of using information systems to promote wellness and improve outcomes. At an industry level, she has spearheaded national and local efforts to promote the widespread adoption of EHRs, consulted with national leaders on HIT-related strategies, and served on various workgroups and bipartisan committees.

Prior to joining MEDITECH, Hoda worked at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University.

David Cohen, Board Secretary & Greenway Health Representative

David Cohen is Chief Product and Technology Officer at Greenway Health. In this role, he leads strategy and execution of solutions and services supporting practices in the ambulatory market.

Previously, David worked at Cerner, where he was responsible for artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives. He has more than 20 years of enterprise information technology leadership experience, including the most recent 15 years focused on health care.

David has a bachelor’s degree in integrated science and mathematics from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a certificate in health care leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business, and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Sam Lambson, Board Treasurer & Cerner Representative

Sam Lambson is Vice President of Interoperability at Oracle Cerner, with oversight of Oracle Cerner’s strategy, products and services that connect clients beyond the four walls of their organizations.

Sam rejoined Oracle Cerner in December 2020 from Intermountain Healthcare, where he implemented strategies driving their transition to value-based care. Prior to Intermountain, Sam held a variety of roles across Oracle Cerner, including launching Oracle Cerner’s Ignite APIs (FHIR), CODE program and App Gallery.

Sam holds an MBA from Cornell University as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University.

Anne LeMaistre, Ascension Representative

Joyce Anne LeMaistre, M.D., is Associate VP for Healthcare Policy Innovation at Ascension Technologies with oversight of technology policy and regulatory strategic directions.

Ascension is a faith-based health care organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care—with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. With over 150,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers, Ascension operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 143 hospitals and 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Anne served on the Health and Human Services federal Health Information Technology Standards Committee from 2013-2017. Throughout her two-decade career at Ascension, she has held numerous roles including VP of Enterprise Applications and Platforms, VP for Clinical Informatics, Senior Director for Clinical Information Systems and Chief Medical Information Officer at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining Ascension, Anne worked at University of Illinois Health in Chicago and University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

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Michael Palantoni, athenahealth Representative

Michael is VP of Platform Services at athenahealth. He joined the company in 2012 as Manager of Product Innovation and served in various rolls in innovation, strategy and services. Prior to athenahealth he was a consultant at Deloitte where he provided strategy and operations recommendations to health care, government and technology sector management teams, developing a focus area in health care technology.

He graduated from John Hopkins with a BS in Civil Engineering.


Jody Harbour, CPSI Representative

Jody Harbour currently serves as Senior Vice President of Product Management at CPSI.

Jody has more than 25 years of experience solving critical business problems through effective use of technology with a variety of organizations, including Entergy Corporation and EDS, where he was selected for multiple awards, including the MIT Management exchange. His first foray in the health care sector was in 2007, when he developed one of the first pure SAAS Ambulatory EHR/RCM solutions as well as a behavioral health EHR. He joined CPSI in 2018.

Jody graduated from William Carey College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Tushar Malhotra, eClinicalWorks Representative

Tushar Malhotra, Director for Interoperability Strategy and Business Development at eClinicalWorks, has a decade of experience in the health IT industry and is responsible for defining solutions and services for integrating eClinicalWorks EMR with disparate systems and applications.

In his current role, Tushar is overseeing the deployment of CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality Interoperability Framework for eClinicalWorks customers and works on defining the interoperability roadmap with respect to these nationwide initiatives to improve provider to provider data exchange. Additionally, Tushar is involved in establishing new integration vendor partners for eClinicalWorks Open Interoperability platform utilizing FHIR.

Tushar has a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst and Masters in Business Administration from Bentley University.

Aaron Miri, Board Advisor

Aaron Miri is SVP and Chief Digital & Information Officer for Baptist Health System. Aaron brings more than 20 years of health care and technology experience driving growth and innovation, leading provider and commercial health care delivery enterprises and providing thought leadership and close collaboration with state and federal representatives.

In 2020, The United Stated Senate congressionally re-appointed Aaron for a second term to the Health and Human Services, federal Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC), established under the 21st Century Cures Act. Furthermore, he was elevated to the role of Co-Chairman of the HITAC.

He is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, a distinguished Fellow with the Health Information Management Systems Society (FHIMSS), a distinguished Fellow with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (FCHIME) and he is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute. Aaron received his MBA with distinction from the University of Dallas, and his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington.