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Health Tech Equity Working Group

Mission: Harness the collective power in federal government to highlight evolving health equity frameworks and address how IT modernization efforts like interoperability, data management, telehealth and more can close gaps and improve health outcomes.

About: The Health Tech Equity Working Group is a group of approximately 25 leaders from across the federal government and industry. These Health Tech Equity leaders will work with GovCIO Media & Research to tackle important conversations around how to bridge the digital divide with data interoperability, data standards, artificial intelligence and more.

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Ryan Dempsey Argentieri serves as the deputy director of the Office of Technology at ONC.  In this position, she supports ONC’s Certification & Testing, Standards, and Technical Strategy & Analysis portfolios. She also leads the coordination of cross-functional programs promoting interoperability and standards harmonization for high priority areas such as public health data modernization and social determinants of health.

Before joining ONC, Ryan was Principal of Silver Mountain Solutions, a global advisory firm focused on the launch of new products and initiatives in cleantech, infrastructure and health information technology, as well as public-private partnerships, focused on environmental preparedness and economic resiliency.  Ryan has worked as a founder, co-founder and advisor to more than a dozen start-ups and has a specialization in building public private partnerships in health care and within the built environment.  She started her career at United Technologies corporation (now Raytheon Technologies) where she managed both the U.S. and international government relations across the commercial and aerospace/defense portfolio before moving on to lead the company’s integrated building and district level energy solutions work in emerging markets.

Ryan holds a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business, a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution, International Relations and Human Rights from the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics with a specialization in Leadership Studies from the University of Maryland.  Ryan also earned a Certificate in Conflict Management and Multi-Track Diplomacy from the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) and is pursuing a Certificate in Public Health Informatics from Johns Hopkins University.

Deputy Director, Office of Technology, ONC

Mr. Danny Dickerson is the Director, Division of Inclusion and Diversity, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is primarily responsible for overseeing the administration of the Affirmative Employment Programs and managing a robust Diversity and Inclusion Portfolio. Mr. Dickerson has also served as the EDI Senior Policy Advisor, as well as a Reasonable Accommodations consultant.

Mr. Dickerson is also a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) training cadre, where he is responsible for conducting training in the areas of Anti-Bullying, Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance, Civil Treatment, and LGBTI training (Safezone).

Previously Mr. Dickerson was a Senior Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist (EEO) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Mr. Dickerson retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of service. He is married to his high school sweetheart and the father of two wonderful children.

Director, Diversity & Inclusion, NIH

Heather Dimeris serves as the Director for the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a Captain (CAPT) in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). 

The Office promotes telehealth as a way to deliver health care, and supports the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) telehealth efforts to expand access and improve health outcomes. 

Throughout her career, CAPT Dimeris has been committed to expanding health care access to advance the public’s health, particularly in the area of telehealth. Her work included the creation of multiple telehealth grant programs including the Substance Abuse Telehealth Network Grant Program, the Tele-Behavioral Health Network Grant Program, the Telehealth Broadband Pilot Program, the Telehealth Center of Excellence Grant Program, and the Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program. 

In response to the unprecedented Public Health Emergency, CAPT Dimeris led the rapid creation of the HHS Telehealth Website in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Immediate Office of the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response. The HHS Telehealth Website, receiving over one million page views in its first year, serves as a resource for patients and providers to obtain or deliver health care services via telehealth. 

CAPT Dimeris also created and leads the HRSA Telehealth Workgroup that serves as a resource for rural and underserved communities and provides telehealth-related recommendations to federal and state governments. CAPT Dimeris led the HRSA Telehealth Strategic Plan that allowed HRSA to be an agency-wide leader in the field of telehealth, resulting in over 1,300 HRSA grants that include telehealth. In 2021, CAPT Dimeris received the HHS Award for Distinguished Service for exemplary leadership and innovation in expanding telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, HRSA

Dr. Kruchinin is a Small Business Program Coordinator at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) NIH. In her current position, Dr. Kruchinin serves as the Program Director of the NIAID Small Business Center and a senior program leader and advisor to the director of Office of Research Training and Special Programs (ORTSP) and to the Director of the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) and provide leadership, coordination, and oversight of a broad range of scientific and managerial activities and processes within the NIAID. Prior to NIAID Dr. Kruchinin served as a Program Director with the SBIR Development Center at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. There, she assisted hundreds of small businesses in the Cancer Diagnostics & Therapeutics field in securing government funding for innovative research and development projects with high commercial potential.    

Dr. Kruchinin has formal training and work experience in several cross-cutting science areas. Her research experience covers university, biotechnology industry, and government settings. Before joining NIAID and NCI, she held positions as a manager of the Molecular Diagnostics Application lab at QIAGEN Inc., senior scientist at Motorola Life Sciences and research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN.   

Dr. Kruchinin holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. 

SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator, Program Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Amanda is the Director of Data and Analytics Innovation with the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL).  She has a primary focus of increasing meaningful use of information to increase access to care, improve equitable outcomes, and improve quality of life.   

She has a passion for empowerment, equity, and engagement. She has training and experience in individual and systems change, prevention and holistic care, and health communication.  Dr. Lienau has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University. 

Director of Data and Analytics Innovation, VA

Alexandra Mugge is the Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where her team leads the interoperability and health IT efforts for CMS. She has been with CMS since 2010 and during that time she has maintained a focus on health IT policy. Before joining the Office of the Administrator in her current role, Alex served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Health IT, where she and her team lead the overhaul of the Meaningful Use Programs to create the Promoting Interoperability initiatives.

Alex earned her Masters of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where she specialized in Public Health Policy.

Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer, CMS
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Jessie Posilkin
Acting Co-Executive Director, US Technology Modernization Fund, GSA

Elisabeth has over 25 years of Consulting Services experience, serving both Federal and State/Local Government clients as well as private sector companies. She has led the sales, growth and program delivery of innovative, comprehensive solutions, including data analytics, cloud services and other emerging technologies, and is laser focused on achieving her clients' missions, expected business outcomes, and ultimately the resulting impact to her clients' constituents and customers they serve.

Elisabeth has specialized in complex program management and delivery across the spectrum of systems integration, application maintenance and outsourcing, business process outsourcing, and business transformation programs. She has been recognized for her business operations management capability and delivery of continuous performance improvement results through proactive analytic measurement and reporting. Elisabeth is also known for her commitment to team member career growth and skills development, consistently creating a collaborative, productive work environment to maximize performance and delivery.

Elisabeth is very passionate about supporting charitable organizations including the American Cancer Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The American Heart Association, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), for which she was part of a team that ran the first NIKE Women’s Half Marathon in DC and raised over $100,000 for continued LLS research.

Elisabeth has two children (ages 23 and 19) and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Mr. Thomson serves as the Chief Information Officer of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He works to provide the information technology support needed by researchers on the NIH campus as well as NHLBI funded researchers around the world. He also serves as the co-lead of the NHLBI DataSTAGE program – a cloud based data commons that provides storage and computational resources to the heart, lung, blood and sleep research community. DataSTAGE currently stores 3.2PB of genomic and clinical data for the TOPMed program along with millions of imaging. Prior to this role he serves as the NHLBI’s Chief Information Security Officer and spent most of his career in the commercial world consulting to pharma, insurance, finance and logistics. He has also spent time working in broadcast television, computer animation and has directed an Applied Research Center at a university. He trained at the University of Otago in Dunedin New Zealand and holds a BSc(Hons) in Psychology and a DipGrad in Computer Science.

Chief Information Officer, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

Ryan Vega, MD, MSHA, currently serves as the Chief Officer of the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning in the VHA Office of Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks where he oversees the management of both grassroot and strategic innovation initiatives across VHA. Dr. Vega is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System where served as Chief Medicine Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine as well as the VA Chief Resident for Quality and Safety. He also gained additional training in clinical quality through the Advanced Training Program at Intermountain Health Care under the tutelage of Dr. Brett James and received his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University where he was an A.D. Williams Scholar.

Chief Officer, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning, VHA Innovation Ecosystem

Katie Webb is the IBM Principal Technology Sales Leader for Veterans Affairs and Defense Healthcare managing strategic client engagements across all of IBM’s portfolio of offerings.  Katie is focuses on leveraging IBM’s strengths in the areas of Hybrid Cloud, Data Fabric, AIOps, Zero Trust, and Business Automation to help federal customers solve complex problems in benefits management, cyber security, supply chain, and data integration.

Prior to joining IBM, Katie worked for Northrop Grumman supporting an array of clients, including:  the Japanese Ministry of Defense, Navy, DISA, and US Medical Commands and Department of Veterans Affairs.  Her experience also includes the work she did for Global Professional Solutions, Nortel, and Federal Resources Corporation.    She received her Bachelor of Science from Winthrop University in South Carolina, and an MBA from Virginia Tech where she completed international studies in both Dublin, Ireland and Istanbul, Turkey.  Katie has been an active volunteer with both PSI Council and AFCEA.  She has been highlighted in Signal Magazine for her hard work and has received multiple past awards, including the “Future Leaders Award.”  
When she’s not at work, Katie enjoys spending time with her 3 kids and her husband Bryan.  She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, volunteering in the community, and serving at church.  

Principal Technology Sales Leader for Veterans Affairs and Defense Healthcare, IBM

Upcoming Meetings

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January 19 2023 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am
The Line Hotel DC

Breakfast and two-hour structured working meeting with discussion topics.

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May 17 2023 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Breakfast and two-hour structured working meeting with discussion topics.

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October 19 2023 | 5:00 pm - 7 pm

Networking opportunity to meet people within our Health IT community in a relaxed atmosphere.


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