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Tomas Gregorio

 Senior Executive Director

Tomas Gregorio is the Senior Executive Director of the Healthcare Division at the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) in Newark NJ. He has overall responsibility for the success and operation of several innovation programs helping the government and healthcare industry tackle the day to day problems faced Physicians, Health Systems and Payers. NJII Healthcare collaborates with external organizations to disrupt the industry with innovation taking place at NJII and around the country. Tom’s healthcare division has developed the expertise in creating commercialized healthcare products and services after execution of federal and state funded experiments and CMMI models. Tom brings a rich and diverse background to the job having served in various roles as senior hospital executive and CEO, consultant with a big 4 firm and population health software executive for over 25 years. 

NJII is currently contracted with the state of New Jersey Department of Health to manage the state wide health Information Network (NJHIN) responsible for creating 9.5 million unique person identifiers and connecting the various trusted data sharing organizations (hospitals, health systems, physician groups and 5 health information exchanges) across the state.  In addition, Tom is Primary Investigator of a 50 million dollar grant from CMMI to transform 10,000 physicians from fee for service to fee for value.  The 4 year practice transformation grant is in its 3rd year and has already reported 141 million dollars in savings of the 155 million dollars in total cost of care savings required by CMMI.

Prior to joining NJII, Tom was Sr. Vice President & COO for a leading provider of best-in-class data connectivity and software solutions focused on the population management segment of the healthcare industry. Prior to that he served as President and CEO of a medium sized community hospital and before that, was the Vice President Administration and Vice President & CIO of a large quaternary care facility in an underserved community in Newark, NJ.

Shelby Klein

Senior Director, Program Development

Shelby’s role in the Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab includes leading the process of identifying and responding to funding opportunities. Shelby also conducts background research and organizes strategy sessions to explore opportunities for program development. She works closely with all the departments within the Healthcare iLab to guide strategy as well.

Shelby has over 20 years of experience working in non-profit corporations, with nearly all being healthcare related. Prior to joining the NJII team, she served as the CEO of a small non-profit, and prior to that, spent over 15 years in leadership positions of a community behavioral health center. In addition, she actively serves on the Board of Directors for three health related non-profits, including a medical center and accountable care organization.

Bala Thiru

Director, Government Affairs, Finance, and Meaningful Use

Bala oversees Government Affairs and Finance for NJII. Bala is certified both as a Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems and as a Healthcare Technology Specialist, and has assisted more than 7,000 primary care providers and several hospitals and physician groups in N.J. to achieve Meaningful Use (MU) in accordance with federal requirements.

Currently overseeing government affairs and financial operations within NJII’s Healthcare Delivery Systems, he previously served as MU Director for the NJ Health Information Technology Extension Center. He is currently leading the NJ Medicaid Provider Program and assists in writing various proposals to the state and the federal government for NJII.

Van Ly

Senior Director, Business Development & PTN Program

Van comes to NJII from NJ-HITEC, a health IT Regional Extension Center, where he served as workflow manager and headed the Members Portal Division and Health Information Exchange (HIE). His skills and years of project-management experience proved integral to the creation and implementation of health IT connectivity for the thousands of NJ-HITEC provider members. He also was involved in the development and subsequent management of numerous physician-practice projects, including marketing and outreach campaigns, Clinical Quality Measures Reporting, Meaningful Use implementation, and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment and Accountable Care Organizations programs.

Sarah Balzano

Program Director, PTN

Sarah is the Program Director of the Garden Practice Transformation Network (GPTN) that includes more than 9,500 physicians from New Jersey, Maryland, and Puerto Rico, who are improving the health of more than 500,000 patients. This effort is the largest attempt by the Federal government to improve health and increase accessibility to care for citizens across the nation.

She’s responsible for the management of a team of 40 coaches, analysts and IT professionals who work with network providers to develop opportunities for practices to operate more efficiently and incorporate evidence-based best practices to forward advancements in population health.

Through these efforts, the GPTN has now achieved more than $135 million in healthcare savings. The results put the network more than 12 months ahead of schedule and on pace to far exceed the $155 million in cost savings that Garden PTN had promised CMS when the program started in early 2016.