CommonWell Provider Advisory Council

Formed in 2016, the CommonWell Health Alliance Provider Advisory Council ensures that the voices of providers, staff and patients are captured throughout all CommonWell efforts. Current members include:

Kenneth Booth, Ascension Representative

Ken Booth, Senior Solution Development Analyst at Ascension Technologies, is responsible for promoting EMR interoperability, as well as developing and implementing various integrations with state and private enterprise HIEs and between Ascension EMRs to meet interoperability needs and requirements.

Ken has more than 40 years of health care experience. He started his health care career as a Medical Technologist in the clinical laboratory, as a specialist in toxicology.  After many years of working in both clinical and forensic toxicology roles, Ken transitioned to Ascension Information Services as a core EMR analyst and eventually to physician liaison for CPOE and Clinical Documentation.

Douglas Rahn, Beebe Healthcare Representative

Douglas Rahn, RN, Project Manager for Beebe Healthcare, coordinates the strategic planning of IT projects for the organization, oversees the Meaningful Use program and serves on several health exchange committees.

With 30 years of experience in health care, Doug serves as the CommonWell Project Manager for both inpatient and ambulatory practices at Beebe Healthcare, routinely works with the CommonWell development teams and is the hospital’s liaison to the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), the first operational statewide health information exchange.

Doug graduated from the Reading Hospital School of Nursing and obtained his Lean Six Sigma Certification in Healthcare from Villanova University.

Candice Levy, Bluestone Physician Services Representative

Candice Levy is the Vice President of Clinical Operations for Bluestone Physician Services, an innovative on-site primary care clinic.

Candice has led Bluestone’s initiatives related to the electronic health record since 2009; including interoperability, provider training programs, program development and compliance. Candice’s primary focus is on the usability of the electronic health record, adoption of interoperability and data-sharing technologies as well as improving the user’s experience with health information management systems.

Arthur Lauretano, Circle Health Representative

Arthur M. Lauretano, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S. is the Chief Medical Officer for Circle Health, based in Lowell, Mass., and the Medical Director of the Lowell General Hospital Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Center.

He is a board-certified otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon, practicing at Massachusetts Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates and operating primarily at Lowell General Hospital. He teaches Otolaryngology at Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

Arthur graduated Boston University’s Six-Year Medical Program, received a MS in Health Informatics and Management from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is board-certified in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is the author of Do the Right Thing: A Surgeon’s Approach to Life.

NyEela Harney, Community Hospital-Fairfax Representative

NyEela Harney, RN, BSN, CLNC, currently serves as the Clinical Informatics Coordinator at Community Hospital-Fairfax in Fairfax, Mo.

NyEela has more than 17 years of experience working in multiple care settings in rural community hospitals and as a nursing clinical instructor in acute care and long-term care settings. In her current role, NyEela ensures the integration and usability of clinical IT applications among physicians, nursing, clinical ancillary departments, and IT, and bridges the clinical applications with the financial needs of the organization. She has additional experience in EHR implementation management, workflow design, EHR provider template design and multidisciplinary education.

In addition to her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, she hold a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant certification. NyEela serves on CPSI’s Client Advisory Council and the CPSI Nursing Council.

Harold Lawrence, Community Hospital-Fairfax Representative

Harold Lawrence, BSPharm, serves as Pharmacy Director and ACO Champion at Community Hospital- Fairfax in Fairfax, Mo. In his current role, Harold leads his organization’s efforts to meet Promoting Interoperability standards, allowing him to work directly with all clinical end-users of its Electronic Health Record.

Harold has spent more than three decades as a pharmacist serving in various hospital leadership roles, including 20 years in community pharmacy. He is passionate about rural healthcare and transformation of the healthcare delivery system.

Harold has a BSPharm from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. He serves on CPSI’s Client Advisory Council, AmerisourceBergen’s Clinical Advisory Council and his local board of education, for which he has served for more than 21 years.

Kristen McGehee, Covenant Care Representative

Kristen H. McGehee, MSW, currently serves as Associate Vice President of Innovation for Covenant Care, a post-acute healthcare organization serving Florida and Alabama with innovative services including Home Health Care, Palliative Care, Hospice Care, Memory Care and Personal Care services.

In her role, Kristen implements and monitors strategic initiatives for the organization. During Kristen’s 15-year tenure with Covenant Care, she also served as Associate Vice President of Hospice Services, Senior Director of Transformation and Business Systems and Director of Education.

Kristen holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  Her undergraduate degree, also in Social Work, was from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.  A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kristen also holds “LEAN” Bronze Certification.  In 2014, she was the recipient of Covenant Care’s inaugural President’s Award.

Inna Yaskin, Elite Medical Center Representative

Inna Yaskin, DO, is a triple board certified physician in internal, geriatric and weight loss medicine and currently serves at the President and Medical Director of Elite Medical Center in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Inna has more than 18 years of experience in direct patient care as well as medical directorship of several palliative, long-term and multiple-skilled nursing facilities.  She previously worked at El Camino Hospital, where she served as medical director of Medicare bundle payment program.

Inna graduated from Cornell University and received her Doctor of Osteopathic medicine (DO) in Internal and Geriatric Medicine from Touro University California.

William Walders, Health First Representative

William Walders is CIO and Senior Vice President of Operations Support at Health First in Rockledge, Fla.

William has more than 20 years of experience in various IT roles, along with a 22-year career in the U.S. Navy. Currently, he oversees all health system integrated corporate initiatives at Health First, focused on delivering the most effective and cost beneficial enterprise-wide operations.

Prior to joining Health First in 2019, William served as the CTO of Federal Health for VMware and spent 22 years in the military health system. In these roles, he helped federal healthcare executives navigate the historic federal digital healthcare transformation.

William received his bachelor’s in Information Systems from the University of Maryland and his master’s in Healthcare and Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Darcie Peacock, Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare Representative

Darcie Peacock, BSW, MS, OTR/L, is CEO of Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare, the largest pediatric home health company in Colorado.

Darcie started her career as a social worker for child protective services and following the completion of her MS, became a home health occupational therapist. She has held a number of management roles, including the Clinical Director of Alliance of Therapy Specialist prior to joining Solace Healthcare.

Solace coordinates with 700+ other providers and collaborating together to eliminate the word Fax from home healthcare is a personal driver for Darcie.

Darcie graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

Deana Simpson, St. John Providence Representative

Deana Simpson, RN, MSN is the Regional Technology Officer – Michigan at Ascension Technologies.

Deana is responsible for innovating and integrating technology into clinical practice and developing strategies and programs for adoption and optimization activities that supports evidence and promotes population health. She collaborates and counsels executive leaders to solve large-scale problems with technology through understanding the market’s real needs, translating and conveying those needs to the technology organization and orchestrating delivery through high standards and positive customer experience. Deana has a keen interest and insight into implementing technologies to connect care across the care community ensuring information exchange is clinically relevant, easy to consume and actionable.

Deana earned her nursing degree from Ferris State University, her bachelor’s degree in business/program development from Oakland University and her master’s degree in Nursing, specializing in Nursing Informatics, from American Sentinel University.

Aaron Miri, UT Health Austin and Dell Medical School Representative

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 as a board member with CommonWell Health Alliance and The Sequoia Project, serves as a global CIO board advisor for Dell Inc., and is an industry advisor for numerous healthcare startups and venture capital corporations.