South Dakota Learning Session 2018

South Dakota – Compass PTN Partner Learning Community

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Join us at this free informative session.

Hilton Garden Inn
5300 S Grand Circle,
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Dan Friedrich is the Director of the Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology (CAHIT) at Dakota State University. Dan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with more than 35 years of experience in information assurance and adult technical instruction. Prior positions include Director of Technology Support Services at DSU, Data Network Administrator for the College of Engineering at SDSU, and Data Systems Instructor for the US Navy. Dan regularly speaks at Dakota State University offerings as well as at conferences as a privacy/security expert. Dan is based in Madison, SD and is widely regarded as an expert in network privacy and security issues.




Tara Leonard, MSAS, CHSP is based in Yankton, SD and has a BA in Communications and an MA in Healthcare Administration with a specialization in long-term care. She worked 13 years at the South Dakota Human Services Center in many areas including admissions, volunteers services and staff development. She provided training for staff in nonviolence crisis intervention and dementia education. In 2010 she started her position as Clinical IT Specialist Lead for HealthPOINT and providing assistance to clinics and hospitals with electronic health record implementation, Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, and HIPAA security risk analysis and remediation. In 2016 she was promoted as HealthPOINT Project Manager for the Compass PTN Project. She develops quality project plans and provides guidance with workflow redesign, data collecting and reporting, and change management for practices to be successful with the Quality Payment Program.


Kady Reese, MPH, CPHQ serves as the program lead for statewide strategies with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. In this role, Reese helms statewide strategic operations aimed at development of cross-collaborative and multi-disciplinary standards for population health to address priority health issues and disease states. She offers an array of experience across the healthcare continuum, including home health, primary and urgent care practice, healthcare administration and quality reporting. She holds a master’s degree in public health from Benedictine University, as well as certificates in health management and policy and health education and promotion. She is a national champion for Person and Family Engagement with CMS as part of the Partnership for Patients and the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiatives.  Ms. Reese is an ardent advocate for public and population health.


Kevin DeWald currently serves as the Executive Director for South Dakota Health Link and has been leading efforts of Health IT and Exchange in the state for 12 years.  The mission of South Dakota Health Link is to drive improvement in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare in South Dakota though information sharing.  Kevin also serves on the South Dakota eHealth Advisory Council and as a member of the Informatics Directors Peer Network for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.  Kevin also previously served as the state leader for the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration, task force member on the National Governor’s Association State Alliance for eHealth, and subject matter expert for the State Health Policy Consortium.



Douglas W. Patten, MD, FACS currently serves as the Associate Dean, Southwest Campus of the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University.

His clinical background is general surgery, practicing in rural South Georgia, based in Cordele. He has been a physician leader at the state level with Georgia Hospital Association, at the regional level with Phoebe Putney Health System, and at the local level as a hospital board member for Crisp Regional Hospital. He currently serves on multiple Boards including Healthcare Georgia Foundation and Albany Area Primary Health Care. Doug completed medical school at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, and his general surgery training at University of South Florida in Tampa. His current interests include cultivation of leaders for the health systems of the future, health related workforce development, and creation of community strategies to improve the overall health status of Georgia. Along with his two partners, he is also a co-founder of CCI, a startup technology platform designed to improve patient care through enhanced facilitation of patient transfers to the most appropriate site of care.