With the support of 50+ regional and national organizations, CommunityHealth IT is a nonprofit entity that addresses barriers that slow the adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and improves the health of local communities through activated Health Information Exchange (HIE)—the sharing of health information efficiently and securely anywhere in the world through an Internet connection. CommunityHealth IT has an FCC-approved consortium that helps healthcare facilities recoup up to 65% of their broadband/telecommunication expenses and is the outreach arm for MyHealthStory.
With its operational HIE and expert team, CommunityHealth IT prepares medical communities for future payment and population health management models that rely on documenting positive health outcomes. It helps communities engage their underserved and rural markets as well as public health sectors. This ensures that rural and safety net providers are sharing patient information to prevent unnecessary readmissions and inappropriate emergency department visits.
CommunityHealth IT and its technological offerings are endorsed by Enterprise Florida—the business development arm of the State of Florida. Its leadership is recognized nationally as a trusted source of HIT/HIE information. In 2013, CommunityHealth IT’s leadership received the ONC Critical Access and Rural Hospital Champion Award from the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
CommunityHealth IT is an affiliate partner of WellFlorida Council.
Kendra Siler-Marsiglio, PhD
As President and CEO of the Florida non-profit CommunityHealth IT at Kennedy Space Center, Kendra Siler-Marsiglio, PhD organizes experts from over 50 regional, state, and national organizations to connect individuals to their patient health information and resources securely and privately. At the Space Center, she also coordinates the Population Health Information Sharing & Analysis Organization (ISAO). This healthcare-specific ISAO falls under Presidential Executive Order 13691 to promote cybersecurity and cyber resilience and is certified by the International Association of Certified ISAOs (www.certifiedisao.org).
She is currently part of a CDC grant to expand a community-based health data exchange and healthcare access system that she helped establish in 2011. Through a Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant (with all of Florida’s major state universities and health systems), Dr. Siler-Marsiglio is appointed to the OneFlorida Consortium to create an enduring infrastructure for patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. For Dr. Siler-Marsiglio’s depth and breadth of work in helping the nation’s rural health systems adopt health information technologies, she was the recipient of the 2013 Office of the National Coordinator Critical Access and Rural Hospital Champion Award. Dr. Siler‐Marsiglio’s work and research focuses on health information technologies, innovative rural healthcare models, patient safety, and healthcare quality issues. Her speciality is community capacity building for complex community health and social issues.
David C. Willis, MD
Dr. David Willis, MD is a practicing Family Medicine physician in Ocala, Florida. He lends his clinical expertise to patient- and community-focused efforts to improve the health of patients and community healthcare ecosystems.
Dr. Willis serves as Chief Medical Information Officer for Munroe Regional Medical Center and Medical Director for the Heart of Florida Federally Qualified Health Center, a NCQA Level-3 Certified Medical Home.
Dr. Willis is also the MyHealthStory Chief Medical Information Officer.
For Dr. Willis’ depth and breath of work in helping the nation’s rural health systems adopt health information technologies, Dr. Willis received the 2013 Critical Access and Rural Hospital Champion Award from the head of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology.
Gwen Garris, the founder and owner of G2 Telecom, is the CommunityHealth IT Consortium Federal Funding Specialist. Gwen supports the financial viability of healthcare facilities and education systems with two federal programs: the Healthcare Connect Fund and E-Rate Programs.
Prior to establishing G2 Telecom, Gwen served as a Wireless Business Solutions Consultant and Account Manager. As an Independent Agent, she represented various wireless carriers: Sprint, Nextel, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Along with wireless services experience, Gwen has represented several software and hardware products as well as business services, ranging from location based services, time-clock integration, payroll, and more recently customized telecom restructuring for businesses.
Gwen attributes her longevity in the industry to establishing rock solid client relationships. She prides herself in being accessible and available to work with clients through detailed and complex funding requests. Gwen builds long-term relationships based on trust and respect by consistently delivering results while minimizing the burden on clients’ staff time.
Gwen enjoys running to stay fit, with an annual goal of 1,000 miles. Gwen ran her first marathon at the age of 50 along with two of her daughters with a strong finish.
Lila Guertin MyHealthStory’s VP of Practice Accounts, combines her experience in healthcare delivery and education in health informatics to assist providers and patients use the MyHealthStory system to its fullest, privately and securely. Through RelayHealth, Lila is a certified MyHealthStory Technology Evolution Specialist. Lila is also a professor at Santa Fe College in the Cardiovascular Program, where she teaches echocardiography, vascular sonography and patient care.
Lila serves as CommunityHealth IT’s Honest Broker for the OneFlorida Data Trust Program. In addition to assisting providers and practices with MyHealthStory implementation, Lila helped develop the Health Information Technology Certified Manager – Physician Practice Certification Program for the national Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM).
Lila’s education includes a Bachelors of Health Sciences degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Masters degree in Health Informatics, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Andy Post serves as MyHealthStory’s Integration Coordinator. Andy began working with CommunityHealth IT in 2011, where he assisted in identifying and securing community partners, establishing budgets for identified projects, coordinating community meetings, and submitting reports to state and federal partners. Andy has a BS degree in Sociology and a MA in Applied Sociology with an emphasis in Health and Human Service.
Charlie Waters, Founder and President of Fluid Training Solutions, LLC, has been recognized as a leader in the area of personal and professional development solutions. He has consulted for a number for public and private organizations including the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Flagler College, the city of Tallahassee and Career Source Florida.
Waters holds a M.S. in Management from Troy University and is a certified trainer in Situational Leadership®, DiSC Personality Profile Assessment, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment. Waters believes in the value of employee development as a means to increase morale and retention in organizations.