Is Minnesota prepared? Learn how HIE can prepare us for disaster response - Minnesota HIMSS Advocacy Event

January 15, 6:00pm, CST - 8:00pm, CST

Our Advocacy event will be on Tuesday Jan 15th at University Of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus. Room name is James B Woulfe Alumni Hall North located in the Anderson Student Center.

Session Description:

Imagine a natural disaster strikes Minnesota soon.  What will be the demands on our health care system and how will we respond?  What key health information will it be available in the time of need? Hear the latest information following an MDH study on health information exchange to move Minnesota in the direction of a connected networks approach.  Understand how these plans will allow Minnesota to be prepared to not only support care delivery and payment reform, but also protect public health. Discuss and learn key actions you can take to ensure Minnesota is as prepared as it can be.


Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Location: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus

Time/agenda: 6:00 pm – 8:00 or 8:30 pm

6:00 pm networking/dinner

6:30 pm – 6:45 start presentation

8:00 or 8:30 pm wrap up




Jennifer Fritz is the 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, Administrative Uniformity, Minnesota’s Health Information Exchange Oversight Program, and activities related to privacy and security, health informatics and data standards.


Liz Robinson is an Emergency Medicine trained physician currently pursuing fellowship training in pre-hospital medicine including EMS, mass gatherings, flight, disaster and tactical medicine at Regions hospital. 


Chad Peterson is CEO of The Koble Group, a Health Information Technology company dedicated to advancing interoperability throughout healthcare. The Koble Group launched a Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Minnesota (Koble-MN) in 2015.  The Koble Group also offers Managed Services, Compliance Services, and Integration Engineering services to clients across the U.S. 

Prior to founding The Koble Group, Peterson helped develop the North Dakota Health Information Network (NDHIN), the statewide HIE in North Dakota, first as a member of the ND Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) and then as the Technology and Operations lead for the Network.  He has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and an A.A.S. in Emergency Management and is a past-president of the North Dakota HIMSS Chapter.


Peter Schuna has over 15 years’ experience in the long-term care setting, Peter understands the daily operations as a health care administrator in multi-facility operations. Peter has been a Pathway employee for the past 10 years serving in various leadership roles. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Pathway Health. Pathway Health is the leader professional management and consulting in Post-Acute Care, since its founding in 1997. Pathway specializes in clinical, regulatory, quality, and reimbursement trends to keep its clients on the path to success. As long-term care administrator, Peter led his facility through 3 straight years of deficiency free surveys and achieved superior financial results, with the facility being recognized by Consumer Reports as one of the top performing facilities in the State of Minnesota. Peter spent the past 10 years serving on state and national long-term care information technology committees helping to bring technology to the forefront of the long-term care industry. He currently serves as the appointed designee to represent Long-Term Care on the MN EHealth Advisory Committee, he is also the Co-Chair of the Health Information Exchange Task Force and serves as the Chair of the Technology Committee for CareProviders of MN.