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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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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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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Mari Robinson, JD

Mari Robinson recently joined University of Texas Medical Branch as the Director of Telehealth. In that role, she is assisting with the roll out of the Virtual Health Network, a project to link all UT systems medical campuses to allow for the shared provision of telemedicine throughout the state. Prior to joining UTMB, she was Executive Director for the Texas Medical Board, a role in which she oversaw the agency in general, as well as in particular the legal and administrative issues within the agency, to include a staff over 200, and a budget of over 22 million dollars. Before that, she worked for a short time in private practice in the area of civil litigation as well as for the Attorney General’s Office. She has a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and has previously served as an adjunct instructor in the school’s advocacy program.

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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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