Eytan Dallal is a senior healthcare IT executive with over 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors, helping organizations think beyond simply using technology as a tool, and leading implementations of technology as a strategic business driver. As a former CIO at the State of Illinois' Health and Human Services Division and currently as the CIO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Medicaid State Plan, Eytan understands the complex nature of managing and security healthcare data across business silos and the challenges from a legal, compliance, security, privacy, and interoperability perspective. He holds a Master's in Health Informatics from the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Bachelor’s in Business Management from NEIU, and several industry certifications including HCISPP and HIPAA. Dallal has previously developed and led technology courses for Touro College and University.

Imran Khan currently serves as the Director and Head of Digital Health Innovation & Capabilities at AbbVie Biopharmaceuticals, where he is responsible for spearheading the strategy, development, and deployment of the digital technologies and capabilities needed to deliver on the vision for Digital Health of our clinical trials globally. Imran has served in different leadership roles at AbbVie for launching new drugs in the Virology, Oncology, and Neuroscience therapeutic areas, and developing strategic capabilities in the Commercial and R&D organizations. He has a successful track record of developing innovative technology solutions to enable healthcare providers and patients manage advanced medication therapies for some of the world’s most complex diseases.
Prior to joining biopharma, Imran worked for Advocate Health Care, a large Integrated Delivery Network health system in the state of Illinois, where he led Electronic Health Records implementations, Health Information Exchanges, Patient Portals, several Interoperability projects, clinical quality improvement initiatives such as Clinical Integration, Meaningful Use, PQRS, Accountable Care Organizations, and Patient-Centered Medical Home for the largest community of hospital-affiliated physicians in the United States. In other roles, Imran worked for GE Healthcare and Walgreens, where he developed and supported several clinical and pharmaceutical applications.
Imran served on the Greater Chicago Chapter HIMSS Board of Directors for several years and continues to work with student communities and healthcare IT professionals in their professional development. Imran earned his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, MS in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has over 10 years of teaching experience in the Northwestern University Health Informatics program.

William T. Mickelson is an applied statistician with more than 25 years of statistical consulting, measurement, evaluation and survey research experience in both academia and industry. Mickelson was on the faculties of the University of Idaho, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He has also worked with the RAND Corporation as a policy analyst and with Chamberlain Research Consultants of Madison, Wisconsin, as a senior consultant and division director. Mickelson has taught across the entire spectrum of research and statistical topics, including applied statistics, probability, modern robust and nonparametric methods, multivariate methods, regression, experimental design and ANOVA and mathematical and statistical modeling. His current research interests include the robustness of commonly used statistical tests and predictive models, the use of modern resampling and nonparametric statistical methods and the teaching and learning of statistical reasoning, thinking and literacy. Mickelson received his PhD in educational psychology in quantitative methods from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree in statistics from Michigan State University.

Danny Sama is the Vice President, Analytics & Chief Data Executive for Northwestern Medicine and leads the integrated academic health system’s reporting and analytics teams in support of the strategic plan and organizational goals. He has over 15 years of experience in healthcare analytics in a variety of areas, including clinical/market research, hospital quality & safety, and health system strategy & planning. He earned his undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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