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Board Member Bios

Martin Ciccocioppo

Martin Ciccocioppo (pronounced Chick-EE-chop) is the vice president, research for The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). Mr. Ciccocioppo is responsible for research and data initiatives in support of HAP's representation and advocacy agenda. He has provided analytical and data support for many of HAP's policy and research initiatives for more than 25 years. He is actively involved in data and policy analyses, as well as advocacy, on issues ranging from medical professional liability, health care finance and utilization, quality reporting, managed care, economic impact, community health improvement, and health care information technology. Mr. Ciccocioppo was instrumental in founding the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative (PAeHI) in 2005 and has represented hospitals on the board of PAeHI since its inception and currently serves as the PAeHI Board chairman. Mr. Ciccocioppo also represents hospitals on the Medical Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC) Health Information Technology Workgroup.

Mr. Ciccocioppo was a catalyst for the creation of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority through legislation in 2012. In October 2013, the Authority stakeholder community elected Mr. Ciccocioppo to represent them on the Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Ciccocioppo participates on the Governance Team of the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) and represents hospitals on the Board of HealthShare Exchange (HSX) of Southeastern PA.

Mr. Ciccocioppo was instrumental in the creation of the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) in 2009, which secured a $100 million Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant to build a 1,600 middle-mile fiber network throughout Pennsylvania, and has represented HAP on the KINBER board. Mr. Ciccocioppo also has represented hospitals on the board of the Pennsylvania Medical Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association since 1996 and currently serves as the JUA Chairman.

Mr. Ciccocioppo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with dual majors in health care management and computer applications), a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Health Administration degree, all from The Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Ciccocioppo is an adjunct professor of health information technology at The Pennsylvania State University, an affiliate of the American College of Health Care Executives, and a registered Pennsylvania lobbyist.

Sharon Dorogy

Sharon Dorogy

Sharon Dorogy is the Chief Information Officer and the HIPAA Security Officer at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. She also oversees the Health Information Management (HIM) department. Ms. Dorogy has been with The Children's Institute for 19 years, previously holding other information technology roles with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Union Switch & Signal and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. She holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an M.Ed. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. With her career spanning 30+ years in information technology (IT), she has focused the last 23 years specifically in the IT healthcare arena. Ms. Dorogy is an active member of the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative (PAeHI), HIMSS and CHIME. She has held several leadership and committee roles with the Western PA Chapter of HIMSS and PAeHI. As a charter member of the PAeHI organization, she has served on its membership committee, was elected to its board of directors in January 2009, and currently has the honor of serving as the Secretary of the PAeHI board of directors. Her interest and experience with information systems, the electronic medical record and HIPAA have enabled her to be called upon to speak at several public forums. In addition to co-chairing the CI Compliance Team, she is also credited with directing the selection and implementation of the facility-wide electronic medical record at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.

Gus Geraci, MD

Gus Geraci

Dr. Gus Geraci has more than 30 years of clinical, administrative and teaching experience in the healthcare world. He works as Consulting Chief Medical Officer for the Pennsylvania Medical Society where he is helping the Pennsylvania Medical Society achieve its goal of positioning physicians to lead and shape health care delivery to assure that the evolving system provides quality and value to patients and the community and as a Medical Director of PMSCO, the consulting subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He also does independent consulting with special interests in IT in Medicine, Physician Leadership, Management and Profiling, and Quality Improvement to assist healthcare organizations achieve superior results in today's complex healthcare world.

Clinically, Dr. Geraci has practiced emergency, occupational, and family medicine including inpatient care and continues to practice part time. Dr. Geraci has garnered many years of medical management experience while serving in roles as diverse as a solo Family Physician in a fully computerized office to a Medical Director in Commercial and Medicaid health plans, to a Chief Medical Officer in a Fortune 15 health care vendor. He continues to practice clinically on a part time basis.

Alix Goss

Alix Goss

Alexandra (Alix) Goss was named the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority in January 2014 after serving as the PA Health Information Technology Coordinator for one year and the program director of the Authority since 2011. In her roles, she has guided Pennsylvania's efforts to improve quality and safety of healthcare by working with stakeholders to create and build a statewide network for electronic health information exchange (eHIE). eHIE is shown to improve efficiency in healthcare, reduce costs and make care more convenient for patients. This shared infrastructure will enable unaffiliated organizations to securely exchange health information, allowing providers and patients to make the best possible health decisions.

Goss has worked on the state's eHIE exchange strategy since 2008, with a focus on technical architecture and privacy and security framework. For 25 years, she has held leadership roles in developing national healthcare standards, implementing federal regulations, systems integration and operations management in the private and public sectors of healthcare. She is currently serving a four-year term as a member of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS).

Anita Somplasky

Anita Somplasky serves as the Director for the Physician Quality Measures Development , as well as for both of Pennsylvania's Regional Extension Centers (RECs). The Measures work is part of a MIDS IDIQ project with CMS to develop quality measures for physicians and non-physicians used for reporting of quality measures through the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Meaningful Use (MU) program. Her experience includes the oversight and development of 11 measures, including the e-prescribing and BMI quality measure,s now used in the Meaningful Use program. In this role, she brings over 30 years of clinical, practice management and quality improvement experience to oversee end to end development, testing and validation of clinical quality measures for use in Value Based Purchasing programs for CMS.

As the Director for Pennsylvania's two RECs, PA REACH East and PA REACH West. These two centers are responsible for providing the technical assistance to implement and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHRs) for 5200 priority primary care providers in Pennsylvania's 67 counties. In this role she brings over 20 years of nursing experience in Quality Improvement, Practice Management and Patient Centered Medical Home training to provide programmatic oversight , management and leadership for all REC deliverables. She is also responsible for networking with local, state, and national agencies for program development, including the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare (DPW) program.

Additionally, Ms. Somplasky served as the Director for outpatient quality improvement projects for Quality Insights of Pennsylvania (QIP), Pennsylvania's Quality Improvement Organization, (QIO). In this role she managed the Doctor's Office Quality for Information Technology (DOQ-IT) project, and was responsible for the oversight of EHR implementation in 235 primary care practices in Pennsylvania. Anita's responsibilities also included oversight for all Medicare-contracted outpatient quality improvement projects including statewide physician office quality improvement, provision of culturally appropriate services to underserved populations, Medicare Part D quality improvement projects, and collaboration with all Medicare Advantage plans in Pennsylvania. She served on the QIO Advisory group for the DOQ-IT project, the Pennsylvania Diabetes Action Project, Philadelphia Diabetes Coalition, Philadelphia Breast Cancer Coalition, and is a member of the Pennsylvania e-Health Initiative. In addition to QIO activities, Anita also served as the Director for a sub-contract that QIP held with McKesson Health Services to oversee the Quality Management program for the ACCESS Plus Medicaid project in Pennsylvania. She has presented on the subject of EHR implementation to PA MGMA, PAFP, and numerous health care systems, and has provided consultative services to primary, specialty, and multi-specialty groups to improve clinical performance.

After obtaining a diploma in nursing from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing, she received specialized training in neonatal and maternal child health, and developed expertise in outpatient practice management through MGMA and IHI programs. In 1998 she was named to the Section On Administration and Practice Management by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2013, Ms. Somplasky received AHIMA certification for Health Information Technology Professionals in clinical consultation and practice workflow.

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