Susan Woods, MD, MPH
Susan Woods is a general internist, informaticist, researcher and Associate Professor in Medicine and Medical Informatics at Oregon Health & Science University. She is Principal at HiTecHiTouch, LLC, and Past-President of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Her research focuses on the development and implementation of virtual services, digital therapeutics, and digital inclusion. Previously she served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Northern Light Mercy Hospital, and as Director of Patient Experience for the Veteran Health Administration’s Connected Care Office where she led national deployment of portal and mobile apps, Open Notes, and architecture for patient-generated data. She serves on the boards of Maine’s ConnectME Broadband Authority and Maine Medical Association. She founded MaineHealth’s Center for Tobacco Independence, and practices part-time in an addiction treatment clinic. She received an MD from Oregon Health Sciences University and an MPH from the University of Washington.
Editorial Board Members/Section Editors
Marge Benham-Hutchins, PhD, RN
Marge Benham-Hutchins' research is guided by the principles of complexity science and includes the use of social network analysis to examine nursing unit communication patterns and relationships to patient outcomes. Research projects include a focus on how patient access to medical information during hospitalization, including participation in nursing bedside shift change report and medical rounds, influences chronic disease self-management. Dr. Benham-Hutchins completed her PhD at the University of Arizona with a substantive research focus area of Health Informatics and a minor area of Health Systems. She received her ADN from Tarleton State University and a BSN in Nursing Science and MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She previously served as faculty at Northeastern University, teaching health informatics in the graduate and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, and Texas Woman’s University and taught philosophy, theory, and informatics in the RN to BSN, graduate, and PhD programs. She joined the University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. In addition to research, she taught health systems, quality and safety, biostatistics, informatics, and interprofessional education (IPE) at undergraduate and graduate levels. As an affiliate of the Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education she was active in multiple IPE initiatives with faculty and students from the Steve Hick’s School of Social work, College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and Dell Medical School. She continues as an associate of the Center for Health Communication at the Moody College of Communication. She is active in numerous professional organizations and advocates for the Celiac Disease patient community and is currently on the patient advisory board for Beyond Celiac.
Karen L. Fortuna, PhD, MSW
New Hampshire, USA
Karen L. Fortuna holds a doctorate in Social Welfare and a master’s degree in Social Work. Dr. Fortuna is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Her primary research interest is service delivery strategies for older adults with serious mental illnesses and chronic health conditions. Dr. Fortuna developed the Academic-Peer Support Specialists Model for Community Engagement to develop and implement peer-supported mobile health interventions. Dr. Fortuna was awarded an early career development K01 NIMH award, a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Foundation and the Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Award in Patient Reported Outcomes for her work. She is Co-Investigator on a PCORI pragmatic clinical trial and leads the community engagement. Dr. Fortuna served on the International Standards Advisory Committee to develop the first-ever international accreditation standards for behavioral health care for older adults. Dr. Fortuna’s work can be seen in several book chapters on digital peer support, in peer-reviewed journal publications, and in Forbes and Innovators Magazine.
Danny van Leeuwen, RN, MPH
Danny van Leeuwen is a patient and caregiver activist learning on the journey toward best health, writing, speaking, and advising on what works for people in their health journey: informed decision-making, patient-centered research, communication at transitions of care, and technology supporting solutions created by and for people. Danny, also known as Health Hats, wears many hats in healthcare: patient with Multiple Sclerosis, care partner for several family members’ end-of-life journeys, a nurse for 45 years, an informaticist, a QI leader, a mentor to leaders and advocates, a patient/caregiver activist. A podcaster and weekly blogger for more than seven years at www.health-hats.com, he focuses on health equity, healthcare decision-making, pain management, learning and sharing what works. Danny serves on the Steering Committee of AHRQ’s Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support (PCCDS) Learning Network; he reviews PCORI research funding applications and is a member of the Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement; and is a technical expert for the CMS-funded Supporting Efficiency and Innovation in the Process of Developing CMS Quality Measures. He is participating in the National Academy of Medicine’s Digital Learning Collaborative on Patient Ownership of Data and Data Sharing.
Adam C. Powell, PhD
Adam C. Powell is President of Payer+Provider Syndicate, a management advisory and operational consulting firm focused on the managed care and healthcare delivery industries. A healthcare economist and published author, Dr. Powell's specialty as a consultant is using quantitative techniques to examine issues concerning healthcare technology, quality, and operations. His peer-reviewed research has focused on improving healthcare quality in mHealth (mobile health) and in high-cost areas of medicine, especially those subject to prior authorization. He serves on the Editorial Board of the JMIR Mental Health, on the Scientific Advisory Board of PsyberGuide, and on the Experts Council of the Mary Christie Foundation. He additionally is known for his expertise in global health informatics, and has lectured extensively in Asia. Dr. Powell holds a Doctorate and Master's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Health Care Management and Economics. He also holds Bachelor's degrees in Management Science and Writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Powell is a member of the adjunct faculties of Northeastern University and Thomas Jefferson University, where he teaches Masters courses on healthcare finance, epidemiology, and global health informatics. He additionally serves on the Visiting Faculty of the Indian School of Business, where he teaches a course on health IT management in the post-graduate and executive education programs.
Jay Spitulnik, PhD, EdM
Jay Spitulnik is an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Health Informatics Graduate Program at Northeastern University in Boston. His research has focused on how relationships between physicians and other members of the care team affects patient safety culture and the resulting patient outcomes. His current teaching focuses on project management and on general introduction to the intricacies of the American healthcare system. He has practiced as an internal and external consultant in the areas of organizational and process improvement, organizational development, individual and organizational learning, project management, and quality management and improvement. In addition to his experience in healthcare and higher education, he has worked in industries associated with electric power generation, financial services, manufacturing, and professional services. He has served on local chapter Boards for the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS), the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). He received his PhD from Walden University and his EdM from Boston University.
Jonathan Wald, MD, MPH, FACMI
Jonathan Wald is the data analytics product manager for the InterSystems HealthShare platform, where he leads design and development of population health solutions since 2018. Before that, he directed the Digital Health and Clinical Informatics program at RTI International from 2011 to 2018, focused on the design and use of health information technology (IT) by providers and patients. He has been broadly engaged in health systems improvement through health IT, and specifically at how individuals can actively and proactively self-manage their health, partner in care, and use technology effectively. Between 2000 and 2010, Dr. Wald led the design and enterprise-wide rollout of Patient Gateway, the internet patient portal at Partners HealthCare in Boston, MA, and served as Associate Director for Clinical Informatics Research and Development. Before that he worked at Cerner Corporation as a physician executive, and was formally trained in informatics at Beth Israel Hospital’s Center for Clinical Computing in Boston, MA. Dr. Wald received his BA from Dartmouth College, MD from Brown Medical School, and MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.