HIMSS Minnesota Advocacy Event
2000 Summer Street
Title: What’s The State of Healthcare Legislation in the State of Minnesota?
Presenters: Jennifer Fritz and Diane Rydrych, Minnesota Department of Health
Mary Krinkie, Minnesota Hospital Association
Jennifer Fritz is the Deputy Director from the Office of Health Information Technology at the Minnesota Department of Health. Jennifer is responsible for the direction of Minnesota e-Health programs, including the Minnesota e-Health Initiative, Minnesota’s Health Information Exchange Oversight Program, Minnesota’s e-health activities related to the State Innovation Model program, and activities related to privacy and security, health informatics and data standards. Prior to serving as Deputy Director, Jennifer was a project manager on the state’s health information exchange activities with responsibilities for developing and implementing Minnesota’s strategic plan for health information exchange. Jennifer has also worked on a variety of public health informatics projects aiming to improve the development and use of public health information systems.
Diane Rydrych is the Director of the Health Policy Division at the Minnesota Department of Health. Ms. Rydrych oversees programs that develop and implement effective policy solutions for issues ranging from HIT adoption and effective use, patient safety and quality, health insurance access and affordability, cost of care, rural healthcare infrastructure, healthcare workforce preparation, and health disparities/health equity, and implement many of Minnesota’s state health reform activities. She also leads MDH’s State Innovation Model (SIM) grant efforts, in partnership with the Department of Human Services. Diane holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Mary Krinkie makes politics and the formation of public policy her vocation and her avocation. Since 2001, she has been the vice president of government relations at the Minnesota Hospital Association, directing MHA’s policy and advocacy efforts. Mary is the MHA staff person Minnesota’s government officials see at the state capitol and is recognized as a persuasive voice for the hospital community. She is a frequent presenter at many of the MHA education and trustee programs.
Prior to joining MHA, Mary worked as a lobbyist with the law firm of Lockridge, Grindal and Nauen, one of the state’s leading government relations firms. She served on the Metropolitan Council as an appointee of former governor Tim Pawlenty and is a former employee of the Republican National Committee doing political field work.