As Executive Director for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), Valerie Grey interacts with a diverse group of stakeholders working together to advance care, improve patient outcomes, and lower costs in New York State through health information technology.
In partnership with the New York State Department of Health, NYeC leads the state’s public health information exchange, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). The SHIN-NY is comprised of regional health information organizations (QEs) and a statewide connector — it is one of the largest state health information networks in the country. Under Val’s leadership, in 2017 NYeC developed a strategic plan in conjunction with QE partners and stakeholders from across the state called the SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap. The strategies outlined in the roadmap will further strengthen the network’s ability to support high-quality, value-based care and, ultimately, dramatically transform the healthcare system into one where HIE is universally used as a tool to make lives better.
Val serves on a number of committees aimed at improving healthcare including the ONC’s Federal Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) and numerous related task forces, NYS HIMSS Privacy, Security, and Compliance Committee, FAIR Health New York Healthcare Online Shopping Tool (NY HOST) Project Advisory Committee, Academy Health’s Paradigm Project, among others.
Prior to joining NYeC, Val was the Executive Vice President for Policy for the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). Over the course of an accomplished public service career, Val served in the New York State Governor’s Office as Director of State Operations, First Deputy Secretary to the Governor, and Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, as well as Assistant Commissioner of Governmental Affairs for the New York State Department of Health. In addition to her executive branch experience, Val held key executive leadership posts at the New York State Education Department, the New York State Comptroller’s Office, and the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Val holds a Master’s degree in Economics from SUNY Albany. Val also led New York government affairs and compliance for AmeriChoice (part of UnitedHealth Group), a health insurance company that specialized in government programs. Val holds a Master’s degree in Economics from SUNY Albany.
Chief Information Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President, Policy and Analysis
Nathan Donnelly is the Senior Vice President, Policy and Analysis, at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). In this role, he is responsible for the analytical leadership in developing NYeC and Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) strategy, policy, data analytics, and stakeholder engagement. He also leads strategic initiatives as part of the SHIN-NY 2020 Roadmap, including quality measurement for value-based payment and advisory groups for healthcare providers, health plans, and consumers.
He brings deep knowledge across a broad range of critical healthcare issues, value-based care, delivery system reform, strategic planning, reimbursement methodologies, patient engagement, and health disparities.
Prior to joining NYeC, his work included leading and supporting multidisciplinary teams with analyses at Manatt Health and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). His statistical methodology and model development involved large healthcare data sets, including claims and social determinants of health, to advise on research design, strategy, policy, finance, and business restructuring.
Alison B. Bianchi
General Counsel and Special Advisor
Alison B. Bianchi is General Counsel and Special Advisor at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). She is responsible for all contract administration, and for managing and maintaining an effective compliance program for NYeC regarding all aspects of State and federal laws, regulations, and grant and procurement guidelines, including HIPAA, HITECH and other related areas of healthcare compliance.
Prior to joining NYeC, Alison served as Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs at the New York State Education Department from 2016-2019 and as Deputy Counsel from 2011-2016. As Counsel, Alison provided legal advice and counsel to the New York State Board of Regents, the Commissioner of Education and the Department’s leadership and staff. Her areas of expertise included administrative appeals; elementary and secondary education, including assessments and accountability and student data privacy; federal legislation and programs; and State ethics, Freedom of Information and Open Meetings laws.
She received a J.D. in 1998 from Boston University School of Law, where she served as an editor on the Public Interest Law Journal, and a B.A. from Colgate University in 1995, graduating magna cum laude.
Vice President, SHIN-NY Programs
Elizabeth Amato is Vice President, SHIN-NY Programs at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). She is responsible for overseeing and fulfilling many critical tasks through NYeC’s role as the State Designated Entity (SDE) in New York including the organization’s responsibilities and obligations as the prime contractor to NYS Department of Health and the SHIN-NY performance-based contracts with the Qualified Entities (QEs). Additionally, Elizabeth leads many aspects of the governance, coordination, and administration of the SHIN-NY enterprise as well as the formation, operations, and management of SHIN-NY Programs; many SHIN-NY programs provide funding assistance to providers and other healthcare entities to enable and support health information exchange.
Prior to joining NYeC, she was Director of Health IT with a consulting firm where she helped physician practices, FQHCs, Health Homes, and other stakeholders implement EHRs and leverage HIE to reach Meaningful Use and improve their ability to coordinate care and improve health outcomes. Prior to consulting, Elizabeth was part of an administrative team in a large private practice where she gained first-hand experience in the importance of health information technology, physician access to clinical information and data, vendor relationships, and the quadruple aim.
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Education and a Master of Science in Health Administration.
Vice President, Innovation
Gamble Heffernan is the Vice President, Innovation at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). In this role, she is responsible for the development of statewide innovation strategy to leverage emerging technology and improve and increase interoperability across the broader healthcare ecosystem. Gamble serves on NYeC’s senior leadership team as a healthcare innovation thought leader and facilitates the organization’s Innovation Advisory Group and Digital Health Innovation Lab initiatives. She provides subject matter expertise to the SHIN-NY and its key stakeholders.
Gamble’s career in healthcare technology spans across clinical, diagnostics, medication management, and patient engagement solutions – from device to EHRs and interoperability. Her roles were focused on the leadership of product management and strategy in organizations such as GE Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Alaris/Cardinal, Misys/Allscripts, and Healthgrades. Prior to NYeC, she was the Chief Transformation Officer for Dude Solution’s, a leading SaaS solution for asset and facility management in the education, healthcare, and government markets.
Vice President of Healthcare Advisory Professional Services (HAPS)
Ed McGill is the Vice President of Healthcare Advisory Professional Services (HAPS) at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). In this role, he leads a team that assists both large and small practices in implementing technologies and processes to improve healthcare delivery in New York State. This work entails helping providers to navigate the complex landscape of provider assistance programs, practice transformation, vendor selection, promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use), and the move toward Value-Based Purchasing.
He brings deep knowledge across a range of critical healthcare issues including value-based care, healthcare reimbursement, delivery system reform, and strategic planning.
Prior to joining NYeC, he served as the Executive Director of the Westchester Medical Center Health Performing Provider System (PPS) Project Management Office (PMO), where he led a team in implementing projects across 8 counties in the Hudson Valley as part of New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. His New York State healthcare background includes experience with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), a healthcare consulting firm, a managed care orgnization, as well as the the New York State Department of Health. He has participated on several Medicare and Medicaid initiatives pertaining to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT), and has assisted providers in the implementation of Medicaid Health Homes, Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), and new reimbursement methodologies.
Alex Fitz Blais
Chief of Staff
Alexandra Fitz Blais is the Chief of Staff at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). In this role, she oversees NYeC’s overall organizational performance, efficiency and success across our portfolio of critical strategic objectives and commitments. Alex is also responsible for leading NYeC’s advocacy initiatives and working closely with the external affairs team including marketing and communications —ensuring those successes, in particular the value and increasing functionality of the SHIN-NY and HIE, are effectively communicated to our broad stakeholder network. Additionally, she provides direct support to NYeC’s Executive Director with governance and other organizational priorities.
Prior to joining NYeC, she was Director of Public Policy at the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) where one of her areas of policy and advocacy focus included support for HIT/HIE enablement among long term care providers. Alex has a background in public health and policy, holding previous roles addressing physical and behavioral health and community based services for various high-risk target populations.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree, both from the University at Albany.
Chief of Operations
Brittany Waser is the Chief of Operations at the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). In this role, she is responsible for overseeing internal organizational operations and NYeC’s human resources function to take care of our most valuable asset – our people. Brittany ensures alignment and prioritization of operational goals and objectives. Brittany brings a focus on operational excellence and company-wide efficiencies, and oversees operations of both office locations. In the human resources function she focuses on organizational development, employee engagement, talent attraction, total rewards including benefits and payroll, and best-in-class overall human resources experience.
Prior to joining NYeC, she was a Human Resources Business Partner at Public Health Solutions, one of New York City’s largest non-profits.
Brittany possesses a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Bucknell University and a Master of Science in Social Work with a focus in the world of work from Columbia University. She is designated a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute).