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ICW Strategic Advisory Board

ICW Strengthens Foothold in U.S. HIT Market, Appoints Nationally Regarded Healthcare Experts to Strategic Advisory Board
We are convinced that an effective Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) can be a crucial success factor and are very pleased to have established an SAB that actively works alongside the Chief Executive Management team in supporting our strategic journey. We are delighted to announce the appointment of five Health IT Leaders to our Strategic Advisory Board who join ICW as HIT luminaries under the Chairmanship of Blackford Middleton, MD, who also currently is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

SAB Members:

Blackford Middleton

Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACP, FACMI, FHIMSS (Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board)

Blackford Middleton is Chairman of the Intercomponentware Strategic Advisory Board, and has been a consultant to the company for many years. Dr. Middleton’s work focuses on clinical informatics – the applied science surrounding strategy, design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems in complex environments. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) from 2014-2015, Chairman of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Board of Directors 2005-6, and Chairman of the Compter-based Patient Record Institute 2000-1. Currently he is an Instructor in the TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health and was a Professor of Biomedical Informatics, and or of Medicine, at Stanford, Harvard, and Vanderbilt Universities, in addition to holding administrative roles. During his time as CIO at Vanderbilt he implemented a comprehensive organizational and process redesign to better achieve world-class software development at scale. Previously, he was Corporate Director of Clinical Informatics Research & Development (CIRD), and Chairman of the Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL) at Partners Healthcare System, Boston, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His work at Partners focused on building an advanced informatics infrastructure to support translational research, and the development and implementation of knowledge-based tools for cloud-based clinical decision support, knowledge engineering, population management, and providing support for technology assessment and comparative effectiveness research. Previously, he was SVP/CMO at MedicaLogic/Medscape, and he started his career as the Medical Director of Information Management and Technology at Stanford.

Dr. Middleton studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received a Masters in Public Health degree from the Yale University School of Public Health with a dual concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration. He received an MD from SUNY Buffalo, and was a resident in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center. He completed an AHCPR Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Stanford University, where he received his Master of Science degree in Health Services Research, focusing on clinical informatics.

Bryan Bushick

Bryan Bushick, MD

Dr. Bryan Bushick is the founder of Falcon Health Solutions, LLC, a boutique consultancy providing part-time or interim executive assistance to innovative provider organizations, payers or companies that supply them with population health management, telemedicine, patient engagement and decision support solutions. His diverse experiences as an operator, consultant, investment banker and clinician reflect a unique combination of skills than span team leadership, execution, business development and planning. Bryan has help various leadership roles with past employers including Towers Perrin, UnitedHealthcare, Allina Health System, CareScience, Covisint and Ansley Capital Group. In addition to ICW, clients have included Geisinger Health System, Emmi Solutions, Prominence Health Plan / Universal Health Services, DocSite, Mercy Virtual and ECRI Institute. 

Following his appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Bryan serves on the Board of Overseers of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, a world-renowned public-private partnershipthat helps organizations of all sizes achieve and sustain best-in-class performance. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate business degree from the Wharton School following undergraduate studies at Dickinson College.

Paul Sheils

Paul T. Sheils, JD

Paul T. Sheils is the Chief Executive Officer of P&R Dental Strategies, LLC, the premier services, data and analytics company serving the dental industry. Mr. Sheils has a distinguished 30-year career spanning the legal, business and financial information and healthcare markets. In the healthcare sector, Mr. Sheils was the Chief Executive Officer of several leading digital health and health information technology companies, including Medscape.com, MayClinic.com, Aetna Health Information Solutions, InterCure, Inc. and DocSite. He has also served as a healthcare investment banker at The Ansley Capital Group and a healthcare management consultant with Silverado Health Partners, LLC. Prior to his entry into the healthcare market, Mr. Sheils was a highly successful executive in the digital business and financial information market, including Vice President of Dow Jones Interactive Publishing where he led the team that in 1996 launched The Wall Street Journal Online, which is among the most successful subscription-based publications on the Web.

Mr. Sheils started his career as a corporate attorney with Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, a leading New York City law firm, and later as General Counsel of Dow Jones Information Services. Mr. Sheils holds a BA from Williams College and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Paul Tang

Paul Tang, MD

Paul Tang, M.D., M.S., is Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and is Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Tang directs the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation. The Druker Center applies disruptive innovation strategies to achieve breakthrough advances in enhancing the health and wellbeing of communities.

Dr. Tang is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and has served on numerous committees of the National Institutes of Health, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and Computer Science and Technology Board. He is a Past-Chair of the Board for the American Medical Informatics Association. Currently, he is Vice Chair of the federal Health Information Technology Policy committee (HITPC), and Chair of its Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use workgroup. He is on the board of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the board and executive committee of AcademyHealth. He chairs the NQF Health Information Technology Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Quality Alliance Steering Committee's Measurement Implementation Strategy subcommittee. Dr. Tang received the 2009 AMIA Don E. Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics.

He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University and is a Board-certified practicing Internist.

Micky Tripathi

Micky Tripathi, PhD

Micky Tripathi is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit collaboration of leading Massachusetts provider, payer, and purchaser organizations. He is also Chair of the Information Exchange Working Group and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team (both of the federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee), a Director of the New England Health Exchange Network (NEHEN), a regional health information exchange based in Waltham, Massachusetts, and a Director and past Board Chair of the eHealth Initiative, a national health information technology education and advocacy organization.

Prior to joining MAeHC, Mr. Tripathi was a manager in the Boston office of the Boston Consulting Group, a leading strategy and management consulting firm. While at BCG, he served as the founding President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, an Indianapolis-based non-profit company partnered with the Regenstrief Institute to create a state-wide health information infrastructure in the state of Indiana. As a manager in BCG’s health care practice, Mr. Tripathi also served a variety of US and international clients in the non-profit sector as well as in the bioinformatics, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and an AB in political science from Vassar College. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he was a senior operations research analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC, for which he received the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.


Internally, our advisors are powerful assets providing guidance and leadership when it comes to crucial strategic decisions. For example, we consult our advisors about product development, positioning, potential applications, and the viability of different target markets and challenges that arise with specific clients or projects.

“We are thrilled to have such HIT luminaries in both the public and private healthcare sector leading our Strategic Advisory Board,” said Peter Kirschbauer, ICW Chairman & CEO.

At ICW, we believe in appointing high-value advisors to provide guidance and expertise on both internal decision making and external facing strategic initiatives.

We look forward to advancing the ICW mission with the support of these proven leaders – to deliver high-value health IT solutions that support a truly integrated care delivery system to Healthcare Organizations.