Advisory Committee

Nora Belcher

Nora Belcher

Nora Belcher is the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that she started in 2009 to give health information technology stakeholders a voice in public policy. The Texas e-Health Alliance serves as the state's leading advocate, from local communities to the national level, for the use of information technology to improve the health care system for patients. Prior to starting the Alliance, Ms. Belcher worked in the private sector as a consultant advising health information technology companies on how to do business with government. She also served in Governor Perry's office for five years as deputy director in the Governor’s Office of Budget, Planning and Policy, where she was responsible for managing the policy and budget issues for the Texas health and human services system.

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Deborah Bishop

Deborah has been involved with patient care via Telehealth for eight years. Currently, Deborah is the Facility Telehealth Manager for the Thomas E. Creek VA Healthcare System in Amarillo, TX. Deborah oversees three modalities of Telehealth at the VA – Home Telehealth, Clinical Video Telehealth, and Store and Forward Telehealth. Previously Deborah was employed by Texas Panhandle Centers (MHMR) as the Telemedicine nurse for rural patients in a 26 county catchment area. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from West Texas A&M University

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James A. Cooley

James Cooley

James A. Cooley works in the Healthcare Quality Analytics, Research and Coordination Support (HQARCS) group, located within the Health Policy & Clinical Services Division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. James previously served as the HHSC Office of Medical Technology prior to joining the HQARCS group. Prior to this, he served as a policy analyst - and later the chief of staff - for the Hon. Dianne White Delisi, Chairman of the House Committee on Public Health (79th and 80th Sessions) and the Select Committee on State Health Care Expenditures (78th Session). He worked on numerous pieces of legislation to further health information technology, to include a bill authored by Chairman Delisi to establish the Texas Health.

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Kim Dunn, MD

Kim Dunn

Dr. Dunn is recognized by her peers as a visionary leader for healthcare reform using quality, information systems and telemedicine. She is a practicing general internist who serves as Adjunct Faculty at the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI). She founded Your Doctor Program, L.P. (YDP) to support a model for accountability in healthcare using standards of practice for information management for quality management while incorporating comprehensive framework for telemedicine into care. Prior to joining the SBMI faculty, she was Vice Chair of Internal Medicine at UTMB and played a leading role in developing the telemedicine program and outcomes management program for the Texas Prison System. She established the first national center for quality and outcomes research in correctional healthcare. While at SBMI, she lead the development of the Applied Informatics Program with a focus on telemedicine and quality using information systems. She lead the establishment of the Regional Extension Center program at SBMI to incorporate electronic medical records into 1800 practices in 2 years.

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Julie Hall-Barrow, EdD

Dr. Hall-Barrow is the Vice President, Virtual Health and Innovation for Children’s Health, Dallas, TX. Children’s Health is one of the leading pediatric health systems in the country and is utilizing technology to reach children wherever they may be located. Since 1997, Dr. Hall-Barrow has provided leadership in healthcare transformation which has included corporate health, chronic diseases management and telemedicine. She has served as a national and international expert in the field of telemedicine including but not limited to pediatrics, neurology, emergent delivery methods and healthcare mobility. Dr. Hall-Barrow is the immediate Past Chair of the American Telemedicine Association Pediatric Special Interest Group. In this role, she continues to provide leadership to both new and existing telehealth programs through education, research and service. She has provided guidance on legislation, outreach and collaboration with national organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics. She led the first state-wide tele-stroke program for Arkansas and initiated the first state-wide image repository and currently oversees the largest school telemedicine program in the country. Dr. Hall-Barrow has published her research in peer reviewed journals, presented nationally and internationally and most recently named one of the Most Powerful Women in Health Care IT by Health Data Management. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration, Master’s in Kinesiology and Bachelors in Health Education.

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Brian Henry, MHA

Brian is currently the Director of Telehealth at The University of Texas Medical Branch based in Galveston, Texas. He has 25 years of healthcare experience and holds a Masters of Health Administration from Texas State University. Brian is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves as the Past President for the Central Texas chapter.
He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and serves as an advisory board member for the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center at Texas Tech University, a federally funded program designed to provide guidance and resources to developing telehealth programs throughout Texas and Louisiana.. Brian is also the President of the HaleyCurls for Hope Foundation, which provides non-medical, financial assistance to families with critically and chronically ill children. In five years of existance, the foundation has raised and given over $150,000 to families in need at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. His work is his passion and his focus is on the responsible delivery of evidenced-based, patient-centered care, leveraging technology and innovation to improve outcomes for patients in crisis. In his spare time he enjoys traveling with his wife, working on his ’65 Ford Falcon, and improving his golf game through trial and error.

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Donald Hines, MD

Dr. Donald Hines is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange. He was a family practitioner in a rural community in central Louisiana for many years. He served in the Louisiana Senate for 15 years and was President of the Senate 2004-2008 before being term limited. He was elected to the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 2007. Dr. Hines presently serves as Executive Director of the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange which provides telemedicine consultations for rural citizens at 25 rural sites. He also set up telemedicine at a mission orphanage in the mountains of Guatemala. Over 400 children now receive regular medical care through telemedicine. He is married to the former Jackie Ewing and they have six children, twenty grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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Cindy Munn, MHA

Cindy Munn has more than 25 years of experience in health care leadership and operations management. As Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, she oversees development of the strategic roadmap for the organization that supports an integrated approach to transforming health care in Louisiana. She has oversight responsibility for initiatives that include health information technology (IT), medical home development, quality measurement/analytics, clinical quality improvement, end-of-life care planning and education/outreach. With regard to health IT, she directs the state’s regional extension center and health information exchange. Munn serves on the board of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center and is a representative for the ARHQ/Chartered Value Exchange Network. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Il.

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Raman Singh, MD

Raman Singh, M.D. is the Chief Medical/Mental Health Director for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. He is responsible for the efficient healthcare operations of Louisiana’s 9 state correctional facilities, housing approximately 18,000 offenders, to include physical health, mental health, and substance use treatment. He is also responsible for the non-primary healthcare management of 36,000 offenders housed throughout all of Louisiana’s 104 local parish jails and work release facilities. Prior to taking the position of Medical/ Mental Health Director in 2007, Dr. Singh was the Medical Director for Louisiana’s largest prison, Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, housing approximately 5,100 maximum security offenders.
Prior to his service in the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Dr. Singh received his medical degree in 1992 in his home country of India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and subsequently served as Chief Resident of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Jersey Medical Center in New Jersey.
Dr. Singh currently sits as a chairperson of the Louisiana Commission on AIDS and Hepatitis C, as well as serves as a member of the Standards Committee of the American Correctional Association, the Louisiana Task Force on Telehealth Access, and the Louisiana Governor’s Drug Policy Board.

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Jenny M. Smith, MSIS, PMP

Jenny currently serves as Corporate Director, eHealth, for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of a system-wide e-health and e-business strategy. Jenny is also the immediate past Chair for the Louisiana Taskforce on Telehealth Access. Jenny received her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Decision Sciences from Louisiana State University, and her Masters degree in Information Systems with a secondary in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.

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