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 & Brightree Representatives

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

He has championed dozens of interoperability projects across post-acute, ambulatory and acute care settings, and has worked for years to help establish a culture in the industry supportive of patient-centric interoperability. Nick also represents Brightree on the boards of the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) and the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA), which are both affiliates of NAHC.

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

Hoda Sayed-Friel, Board Vice Chairman & MEDITECH Representative

Hoda Sayed-Friel, Executive Vice President 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 healthcare 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.

Justin Seger, Board Secretary & athenahealth Representative

Justin Seger currently serves as Vice President for Clinicals Engineering at athenahealth.

He has been with athenahealth for more than 12 years with most of that time spent in a variety of engineering and product roles supporting the athenaClinicals product. During that time, he led the engineering team that built out early interoperability capabilities including athena’s initial connection to CommonWell and was one of the original members of the CommonWell Standards, Technology and Implementation Group (STIG). Prior to athena, Justin spent more than 7 years in healthcare both working and volunteering as an EMT and Paramedic.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Sam Lambson, Board Treasurer & Cerner Representative

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

Sam rejoined 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 Cerner, including launching 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 the Vice President Enterprise Apps and Platforms responsible for standardized implementation and optimization of enterprise clinical platforms.

As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

Previously, Anne was the Senior Director for Clinical Information Systems at Ascension Information Services. From 2013-2017, Anne served on the federal Health Information Technology Standards Committee. From 2002-2012, she was the Chief Medical Information Officer at Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, TX.

Scott Schneider, CPSI Representative

Scott Schneider currently serves as Executive Vice President at CPSI (Evident and American HealthTech).

He has been with CPSI for more than 35 years, holding executive positions including Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, Vice President of Sales, and Marketing and Sales Director. Prior to his career with CPSI, he was employed by NCR Corporation in its Computer Services division as a Marketing Manager in the Medical, Education and Government sector.

Scott attended the University of South Alabama where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

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.

David Cohen, Greenway Health Representative

David Cohen is Senior Vice President of Product Management 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 healthcare.

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 healthcare 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.

Julia Adler-Milstein, Board Advisor

Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR) at UCSF. She is recognized as the nation’s top researcher in health IT policy, with a specific focus on electronic health records and interoperability.

Julia has published more than 100 influential papers; is a member of the National Academy of Medicine; testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; been named one of the top 10 influential women in health IT; and won numerous awards.

Julia holds a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard and spent the past six years on the faculty at University of Michigan prior to joining UCSF as an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and the inaugural director of CLIIR.

Aaron Miri, Board Advisor

Aaron Miri is the Chief Information Officer for The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin.  Aaron brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience driving growth and innovation, leading both provider and commercial healthcare 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 serves on the CommonWell Provider Advisor Council, on The Sequoia Project board, as a global CIO board advisor for Dell Inc., and is an industry advisor for numerous healthcare startups and venture capital corporations.

Faisal Mushtaq, Board Advisor

Faisal Mushtaq is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Clinical Networks for Change Healthcare, an independent healthcare technology company focused on accelerating the U.S. healthcare system through the power of the Change Healthcare Platform. He leads business lines focused on enabling clinical connectivity for Change Healthcare clients across various care settings.

Faisal has been in the healthcare IT industry since 2000, previously holding positions as President/CEO of Truveris Inc. and as SVP/GM for the Allscripts Payer & Life Sciences business. He has extensive entrepreneurial business experience, spanning many organizational areas including Portfolio Strategy, Sales, Business Development, Technology, Operations and Software Development.

Faisal earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.