Distinguished Leaders to be Honored for Achievements in Improving Healthcare Through Technology

New York eHealth Collaborative to Recognize Dr. David Blumenthal, James Tallon, Paul Macielak, Patrick Roohan, and Dr. Eugene Heslin for their Extraordinary Accomplishments at Annual Gala & Awards

August 8, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Melissa Mansfield, 518-339-7769, mmansfield@skdknick.com

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Five of the foremost leaders in New York State healthcare will be recognized on November 1st at the New York eHealth Collaborative’s (NYeC) 2017 Gala & Awards. Hosted by NYeC’s Board of Directors, the event serves to recognize and honor the achievements of those leading the mission to improve healthcare through technology.

This year, David Blumenthal, MD, President of The Commonwealth Fund will be receiving the Transformative Leadership Award. Additionally, NYeC is honoring: Eugene Heslin, MD, former President of Bridge Street Medical Arts; Paul Macielak, Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Health Plan Association; Patrick Roohan, former Director of the Office of Quality and Patient Safety at the New York State Department of Health and currently Vice President of Data Management and Analytics Solutions at MVP Health Care; and James Tallon, Jr., outgoing President of the United Hospital Fund.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge this esteemed group of leaders for their tremendous contributions toward improving healthcare for all New Yorkers,” said NYeC Executive Director Valerie Grey. “Their dedicated efforts to support health information exchange brings us closer to fully realizing the Triple Aim of better care, improving patient experience, and lowering costs.”

This year’s honorees represent a broad cross-section of the stakeholders working tirelessly to ensure New York State’s healthcare professionals and their patients benefit from the advances in healthcare information technology. NYeC commends the following individuals:

  • David Blumenthal for his work in advancing high-performing healthcare systems, his distinguished career and public service appointments, and his expertise and leadership in healthcare policy, technology, and information exchange. As president of The Commonwealth Fund, he guides national philanthropy efforts focused on health and social policy issues;
  • Eugene Heslin for his years of dedicated service to the NYeC Board of Directors and his commitment and advocacy for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), creating a way for healthcare professionals to easily and securely share electronic health information;
  • Paul Macielak for his visionary role in uniting the Capitol Region’s healthcare organizations and stakeholders to launch Hixny and his work to improve healthcare for millions of New Yorkers through his leadership of the New York Health Plan Association;
  • Patrick Roohan for his integral role in leading numerous ambitious health information technology initiatives while at the New York State Department of Health including the SHIN-NY, the All Payer Database, and Open Data NY, and for his years of dedicated service to further the state’s Medicaid program with a focus on improving healthcare quality and patient safety; and
  • James Tallon, who is concluding twenty-four years of service as President of United Hospital Fund (UHF), for his remarkable career in the public and private sectors, his critical role in developing the SHIN-NY, and his relentless commitment to building a more effective healthcare system through his leadership of the UHF.

Honorees will receive their awards on November 1, 2017 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. The event will bring together more than 250 C-level thought leaders and policymakers from key health systems, health plans, associations, and government. To learn more about the honorees and the Gala & Awards, visit: https://www.nyehealth.org/gala/.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC):

NYeC is a not-for-profit organization working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare by collaboratively leading, connecting, and integrating health information exchange across the State. On behalf of New Yok State, NYeC leads the advancement of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide, develops policies and standards that support the utilization of health technologies, and assists healthcare providers in adopting and effectively using electronic health records. www.nyehealth.org