Carrie Paykoc, Director of the Office of eHealth Innovation
As Colorado’s Director of the Office of eHealth Innovation with the Governor’s Office of eHealth Innovation, Carrie provides strategic leadership and coordination of health IT and data sharing efforts across Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Department of Human Services, and Department of Public Health and Environment. Notable recent state projects include leading Colorado’s State Health IT Working Group, partnering with Colorado’s State Innovation Model, implementing standard data sharing agreements between state health agencies and counties, designing and implementing an executive dashboard for Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) Executive Steering Committee, advising state agencies on health IT during legislative session, and planning and implementing Colorado’s Health IT Roadmap, a 3-5 year strategic plan for the State of Colorado.
Prior to this assignment, Carrie served as Colorado's State Health IT Coordinator, serving Colorado as part of the Governor’s Office of eHealth Innovation. Carrie is passionate about leveraging technology to improve health outcomes, while reducing costs and inefficiencies. Carrie has over 15 years of healthcare experience in both not-for-profit and private organizations and in clinical and administrative roles including working as the Executive Director at Global Health Connections, a local 501C-3, and at Donor Alliance, a local organ and tissue donation procurement organizations- coordinating and facilitating aseptic surgical recovery of cadaveric tissue. Carrie holds an MBA-Health Administration, Masters in Managing Organizations with an emphasis in sustainability, and Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Stephanie Bennett, State Health IT Coordinator
As the State Health IT Coordinator for OeHI, Stephanie leads the coordination of state health technology efforts, as well as facilitates opportunities for collaboration within and between state agencies and external partners. She is passionate about leveraging data and technological capabilities to improve individual and public health. Prior to her current role, Stephanie served as an Operations Advisor for the Governor's Office, where she led the training and implementation efforts for the state in Agile methodology. Previously, Stephanie was a Public Health Investigator for the City and County of Denver, where she led inspections and compliance for food safety at temporary events. She holds a Master of Public Health from CSU and a Bachelor of Science in English from Hanover College.
Fun Fact: Stephanie lived in Taiwan for a year and traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand while she was there- five countries total!
Brad Barfield, Program Manager
Brad is the Office of eHealth Innovation's Program Manager and has oversight of OeHI's Project Management Organization and the project leads and project managers executing the exciting and important initiatives outlined in the Colorado Health IT Roadmap. Brad has over 12 years in health care experience and 10 years focused on health IT in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Before joining OeHI, he played project and program management roles in front-end and back-end website development, electronic health record (EHR) implementation and enhancements, data and analytics platforms, clinical quality measurement, and Meaningful Use attestation. He holds an MBA in nonprofit management from George Washington University, and a bachelor's of biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Fun Fact: Brad was a vocal percussionist for an a cappella group in college, and no, he won’t beatbox for you :-)
Natalie Neubert, Executive Assistant
As the Executive Assistant to the Office of eHealth Innovation, Natalie provides support to the OeHI team in accomplishing their goal of advancing health innovation across Colorado through calendar management, scheduling meetings and events, and creating briefing documents and materials. She spends a lot of her time maintaining and updating the OeHI website, preparing other communications materials, and assisting Program Managers with projects as needed. Natalie is passionate about making healthcare accessible and affordable to all and is excited to be a part of a team that is focused on serving the people of Colorado. Previously Natalie worked as a legislative aide for Representative Dylan Roberts (D-Eagle/Routt) and held various scheduling roles for former Governor John Hickenlooper, both on the presidential campaign and in the Governor’s Office.
Fun Fact: Natalie loves to tap dance whenever she can find a good floor!
Michael Weir, PMP, CSM, Sr. Project Manager
As a Sr. Project Manager at OeHI, Mike manages Health IT Roadmap projects as assigned. Currently, Mike is working on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Future-state Blueprint project, 3 Care Coordination projects focused on planning a state-wide Social-HIE solution, and an Identity Verification project between the Mental Health Center of Denver and the myColorado app. In the past, Mike has worked as a Project Manager for over 17 years in the web/IT space leading teams of designers, information architects, copywriters, and developers. Most recently, projects included the redesign of RE/MAX's consumer site and work on Frontier Airlines' consumer site and mobile app redesigns.
Fun Fact: Mike holds a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture and he is happiest with dirt under his fingernails, tending to his vegetable garden.
Cara Bradbury, Project Lead for the Care Coordination Initiative
Cara Bradbury is the OeHI Project Lead for the Care Coordination Initiative. She works with local communities and technology stakeholders across Colorado to increase social-health information exchange practices and infrastructure. Prior to her role with OeHI, Cara was a Program Officer with the ZOMA Foundation and oversaw a portfolio of grants related to maternal mental health and early childhood development. At ZOMA, Cara led the development of a strategy focused on supporting families with young children who are navigating multiple government and nonprofit systems. Cara lives in Denver with her husband and two dogs. They enjoy early morning walks around Sloan's lake and spending time camping with friends.
Andrew Bondi, Sr. Project Manager
Andrew's efforts at OeHI are focused on enabling the effective flow of information from Healthcare Providers, to our Health Information Exchanges, and the State of Colorado. This initiative is being furthered by efforts in the Advancing HIE and the Master Data Management spaces within the Health IT Roadmap.Andrew’s background is a collection of IT & non-IT Project management both in the private and public sectors, supporting everything from the microbrewery industry and political campaigning to metric analysis in healthcare. He holds a Master's of Management Practice, a Master's of Computer Science and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Fun Fact: Andrew was born without tear ducts - this has since been resolved!
Karen Haneke, Sr. Project Manager
Karen manages OeHI Health IT Roadmap initiatives related to Advancing Health Information Exchange (HIE), electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Reporting, and Data Governance. She works with state partners and independent HIEs to harmonize and advance data sharing capabilities and increase the rate of information sharing. Karen has more than 20 years experience in managing complex projects in clinical research and analytics, with specific expertise in healthcare quality metrics and reporting. She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Karen lives in Arvada with her husband and two kids, and enjoys hiking and kayaking, and just getting outdoors.
Fun Fact: Karen rides unicycles.
Sanjai Natesan, Health IT Advisor
Sanjai joined SIM / the Office of eHealth Innovation in 2019 and is responsible for the management and strategic direction for Identity Resolution, integrating health and social services data. As Health IT Technical Advisor, Sanjai helps with technology evaluation and technical advisory for the state health IT roadmap. Sanjai’s passions for innovation, collaboration and public health and social services drive his career and values. Throughout his career he has dedicated his time and talent to expanding access to care, especially for vulnerable populations, and implementing transformational innovations in the health and social services sector to improve community welfare. Sanjai has experience working on all sides of the health and human services system as a project and program manager, evaluator, system designer, technical advisor and business leader.
Earlier in his career, Sanjai was the founder of C4B solutions and worked as a Technology Advisor for Connect for Health Colorado where he worked with the leadership team to design, develop and implement Colorado’s successful health insurance exchange, working on the Plan Finder tool, Health Cost Estimator tool, Formulary Search and Provider Search tools, and the Tax Estimator tool.
Fun Fact: Sanjai enjoys promoting Indian culture, music, languages, and helping the community through nonprofit organization.