NMHIMSS Board of Directors
NM-HIMSS Board of Directors (2018-2019)
President - Kevin P. Carey, MBA/MHSA, CPHIMS, FACHE
Kevin Carey is a senior healthcare management and business development leader, whose career has spanned multiple settings; clinical care-giver and U.S. Navy veteran, hospital administrator with multiple not-for-profit health systems, and managed care consultant for payors such as Aon and BCBS plans. During the past 15 years Kevin devoted his career to promoting and delivering all aspects of healthcare information technologies to Payors, Providers, and Government Contractors.
Kevin has been serving as CEO, Holy Cross Physician Hospital Organization in Taos, since 2016, and is responsible for Payor Relations and Contracting as well as strategically positioning the local health system and a panel of 100+ practitioners for Value Based Care/Reimbursement and Population Health Management. He also is Partner/Owner in a national consulting firm focused on optimizing performance in risk, value-based arrangements.
Kevin holds an MBA and MHSA from the University of Kansas, is board certified in healthcare management since 1997 and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1999. Kevin is a CPHIMSS in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and is looking forward to participating in, giving voice to and positioning NMHIMSS as an engaged, active and visionary chapter of HIMSS.
Outside the office Kevin enjoys skiing, hiking with his wolf-dog Kaia of 11 years, enduro motorcycle riding, and is a PADI SCUBA Certified Dive Instructor.
Treasurer - Bindu Purushothaman
Bindu Purushothaman is a Healthcare IT executive with 20+ years of experience in technology. She is very passionate about Healthcare and believes that technology has a crucial role in transforming today’s health care delivery model, meeting the demands of today’s tech savvy consumers while improving the quality of care and effectively controlling the cost. She believes transforming healthcare requires us to accelerate value and innovation through the tremendous data set we have, we must strengthen our muscles in this area and it is up to us as leaders in our community to lead that transformation. Bindu is currently serving as the Market Chief Information Officer of DaVita Medical Group in New Mexico. Bindu has a Masters in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering.
President Elect - Vinnie Cardona
Vinnie Cardona is the Director of IT for Ernest Health, a post-acute care organization consisting of over 25 hospitals across the U.S. who collaborates with senior executive management in bringing value to the executive table by delivering the right IT solutions to business needs. Mr. Cardona has been in the IT industry for 19 years, 12 of which have been within healthcare IT. Mr. Cardona knows what it takes to build the right IT department to enable the organization to move to the next level.
Mr. Cardona is a member of the AEHIT Public Policy Committee providing his input to help define and shape the association’s commentary and action on legislation and regulation in Washington. He has also been an active member of HIMSS, CHIME, AEHIS, and AEHIA groups.
Mr. Cardona holds a Ken Blanchard Executive MBA from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University and Associates in Applied Science in Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He holds several IT professional certifications as well as having completed CHIME’s Healthcare CIO Boot Camp.
Mr. Cardona is taking a lean-forward attitude and is looking forward to serving our New Mexico Health IT community through the efforts of NMHIMSS.
NM-HIMSS Committee Chairs (2018-2019)
Programming – Michael Herrick
Michael Herrick is the founder of HIPAA.host, an Albuquerque based risk-management firm. He assists clients on issues of security, compliance, and process integration.
Communications – Jim Ward
With 15 years of experience in the medical device industry and now with Allscripts as a Regional Sales Executive in the ambulatory physician market. Jim graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree from Easter New Mexico University.
Member at Large – Tanya Chavez
Tanya Chavez is a Healthcare IT leader with 20+ years of experience in technology whose career has spanned in Healthcare, Government and Private Industry. Tanya currently is serving as a Senior IT Business Consultant reporting to the CIO of Presbyterian Health Services. Tanya believes technology is an enabler that can transform the business by identifying and pursuing focused areas for process improvements. She is a native New Mexican and is passionate about serving the community she lives in.
Past-President and Advocacy Chair.- Curt Schatz
Curt Schatz is an accomplished executive with 20+ years of management experience at the senior levels of IT with the 10+ devoted to healthcare. Mr. Schatz currently serves as Chief Information Officer - UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Mexico. Curt has a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Information Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. Curt is also a Fellow (FHIMSS) of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the New Mexico Health Information Collaborative, (the New Mexico Health Information Exchange), and is the Board Chair for the New Mexico Technology Council.
Curt is the Advocacy Chair for the New Mexico Chapter as well.