Hosts Broadband Breakfast Club Event ‘Maximizing US Health IT and Broadband Investments’ Tuesday, March 20th, in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, Friday, March 16th, 2012 – The internet policy news and events service will hold its March 2012 Broadband Breakfast Club event “Maximizing US Health IT and Broadband Investments” on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington,

WASHINGTON, Friday, March 16th, 2012 – The internet policy news and events service will hold its March 2012 Broadband Breakfast Club event “Maximizing US Health IT and Broadband Investments” on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am.

American and Continental breakfasts are included. The program begins shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tickets to the event are $45.00 plus a small online fee.

Registration is available at

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by Comcast, Google, ICF International (ICFI), The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and US Telecom.

The Broadband Breakfast Club series meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except for August and December).

The Broadband Breakfast Club schedule can be viewed at

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‘Maximizing US Health IT and Broadband Investments’ Event Description:

Are we getting the promised bang for our buck when spending for healthcare-related broadband? The U.S. is investing big in broadband and IT to improve the delivery of healthcare services (over $3 billion through the ARRA alone). Attend this Broadband Breakfast Club session to get a snapshot of what is happening where the broadband, medical personnel and patients intersect, and what the future holds for this convergence.

This expert panel highlights:

•how medical treatment and healthcare improves as medical professionals capitalize on highspeed broadband access

•the local economic development implications of health IT investments

•how individuals are using Internet access to prevent health problems and manage medical treatment

•what challenges limit broadband adoption in the medical profession and by patients

•how policymakers can craft better policy, make better investments in healthcare technology

Attendees will leave with a progress report on U.S. efforts to improve and advance broadband’s impact on healthcare, an understanding of some of the key future benefits of these investments, and recommendations for policy action that continues to move the ball forward.

Keynote Speaker:

Sharon Gillett, Chief

Wireline Competition Bureau

Federal Communications Commission

Sharon Gillett is Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Gillett served as the Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and previously headed the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable. From 1995-2006, Ms. Gillett was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she engaged in academic research, program management, and teaching focused on Internet and Telecommunications Policy, with a particular focus on broadband. She is a former software engineer and manager at Thinking Machines Corp. and BBN Communications Corp, where she worked on ARPANET computer networking technology.


Eric Brown

President & CEO

California Tele-Health Network

Eric is an experienced manager in the telecommunications industry, a 15 year veteran of the cable television industry with a rare blend of senior level experience in cable network affiliate relations and experience in managing multiple broadband system marketing and operations. Most recently Eric served as Executive Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Herring Broadcasting and for The Africa Channel, served as President of Western Division Operations for Charter Communications and President of the Minnesota Division of Time Warner Cable. He has extensive experience in consumer brand management with a variety of consumer product companies, including The Procter & Gamble Company, H.J. Heinz, and Bumble Bee Seafoods. Brown served as past Chairman of the California Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA) and is a recipient of the prestigious National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award for excellence in cable operations and the cable industry’s CTAM Chairman’s Award for excellence in cable marketing. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Eric is a four time All-American in track and field, and also played football at UCLA. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business Management at the University of Virginia, and has completed post-graduate work including the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and the CTAMU Marketing Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School.

Jonathan Linkous

Chief Executive Officer

American Telemedicine Association

Jon Linkous is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the largest membership-based organization in the world focusing exclusively on providing health and medical care through telecommunications technology. ATA’s annual meeting and trade show are among the fastest growing in the country. The Association advocates for changes in public laws that promote the deployment of telemedicine throughout the world. As the chief staff executive of ATA, Mr. Linkous has spoken and written extensively in the U.S. and in other countries on policy issues, emerging applications and market trends affecting telemedicine. Mr. Linkous has over 20 years experience in the nation’s capital working in corporate and public sectors. He served as a senior consultant with Issue Dynamics Inc. (IDI), a Washington DC consulting firm specializing in telecommunications and technology policy. While at IDI, Mr. Linkous assisted in the early formation of ATA. For five years he was a leader in the aging services community as the Executive Director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. His principle interest in this position was in using telecommunications and adaptive technology to assist older Americans and their caregivers. Mr. Linkous was also involved for many years in regional planning and economic development, serving as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of Regional Councils and at the Appalachian Regional Commission as Director of District Programs. In his early career, he was also active in broadcast and cable television in Ohio. Mr. Linkous holds a Masters of Public Administration from the School of Government and Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio with additional postgraduate work at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.

Michael Sims

Chief Financial Officer

Delaware Health Information Network

Michael Sims has served as the initial Finance Manager of the DHIN since 2009.  Prior to joining DHIN, Michael led financial management efforts for numerous divisions for 18 years at MBNA and Bank of America.  Michael was the CFO for the company’s Business Card, Deposits, and Credit Insurance product lines.  Michael was chosen to lead the financial and analytical efforts of several of the company’s start-up divisions, including Internet and Research and Development.  Michael earned the Financial Award of Excellence for his work in partnering with 12 domestic and international business lines in evaluating the enterprise impact of the Internet.  While in Research and Development, Michael was instrumental in the financial and strategic development of numerous new products and services. Upon joining DHIN, Michael assumed responsibility for establishing financial reporting, policies, and procedures, business intelligence and analytics, EMR vendor contract development, and new business development.  In 2011, DHIN migrated from being housed under the State of Delaware to an independent entity.  Michael led the development of a financial sustainability model, which contributed to DHIN to achieving independence.

Lorelei Stellwag

Director of Technology

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

As the Director of Technology Transformation, Lorelei provides leadership for the transformation of work flow processes and organizational readiness as transition is made to electronic medical records at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Lorelei began her career with MedStar Health in 1999 as a surgical/trauma ICU/neuro nurse. Her work experience brings both a personal experience and working knowledge of the challenges of the direct care nurse. Lorelei received her BS in Chemical Engineering and transitioned to Nursing as a second degree student.  She received her Masters in Nursing Administration from George Mason University. Additionally, Lorelei is a member of the Health Information and Management Systems Society, American Association of Critical Nurses and the Greater Washington Area Council of AACN.

Jessica Zufolo

Deputy Administrator

Rural Utilities Service

Jessica Zufolo was appointed by President Barack Obama as Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 10, 2009. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jessica served for 6 years as the Senior Policy Director for telecommunications, media and technology research for Medley Global Advisors, an independent policy research firm serving institutional investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers both domestic and internationally. Prior to joining MGA, Jessica served for five years as Legislative Director for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In this role, Jessica was responsible for developing and executing legislative strategy and policy for all 50 state public service commissions on Capitol Hill involving telecommunications, technology, consumer protection and water. Prior to joining NARUC, Jessica worked on Capitol Hill for 7 years for the late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York and Rep. Peter A. Defazio of Oregon covering telecommunications, technology and utility policy.

Sharon Gillett, Chief

Wireline Competition Bureau

Federal Communications Commission


Craig Settles, Broadband Strategies Consultant, Author, Radio Host

For over 25 years Craig Settles’ workshops, consulting services and books have helped organizations worldwide use technology to cut costs, improve business operations and increase revenue. Past clients include Kindred Healthcare as well as several medical technology firms. Author of many in-depth analytical reports, Mr. Settles is a prominent thought leader on executing effective broadband business strategies. He currently is the host of Gigabit Nation, a weekly Internet radio talk show, and Co-Director of Communities United for Broadband, a national grass roots effort to assist communities in launching their networks.

Background on is in its fourth year of hosting monthly breakfast forums in Washington on internet policy issues. These events are on the record, open to the public and consider a wide range of viewpoints. Our Broadband Breakfast Club meets on the third tuesday of every month (except for August and December).

Our elected official keynotes have included Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diane Watson (D-CA), Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rick Boucher (D-VA).

Our agency and commission official keynotes have included Senior Internet Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, Ari Schwartz; Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief, Rick Kaplan; Deputy Undersecretary for Agriculture Dallas Tonsager; Nick Sinai, Senior Innovation Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer; Julius Genachowski, Chairman FCC; Jonathan Adelstein, RUS Administrator; Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary NTIA.

Our moderated discussion panels are comprised of leaders from a wide variety of organizations including government, industry, law firms, academia, nonprofit, journalism and many others.

Our audiences are equally diverse.

The keynote speech is followed by a moderated panel discussion in which audience participation is encouraged.

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Sylvia Syracuse

Director of Marketing and Events


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