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Vice President and General Manager
Jennifer oversees the entire healthcare team. This includes those from the Garden Practice Transformation Network, who improved the health of nearly 14 million patients and drove nearly $180 million in cost savings; those running the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN) on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Health; and the professionals in Healthcare Innovation Solutions (HCIS) — the Healthcare Division’s for-profit subsidiary — who helped thousands of physicians across the country navigate the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Merit-Based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS).
She has more than two decades of experience in the healthcare field, and most recently served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, NJ, where she led cybersecurity, HIPAA security and privacy, Information Services, Clinical Informatics and Telecommunications. Earlier in her career, she held a similar role at Christian Health Care Center, in Wyckoff, NJ.
Jennifer has served on a number of boards, and was an executive committee member of the Association for Executives in Health Information Technology (AEHIT) and board president of the NJ Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (NJHIMSS).
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.
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.
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.
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.