HealthlinkNY Welcomes Helene Kopal to Its Board of Directors

March 15th, 2016 - Helene Kopal, whose initial work in disease management led her to focus on health information technology to drive change, has been elected to the HealthlinkNY Board of Directors. Ms. Kopal currently is the Senior Director of Integrated Delivery Systems Operations at the Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation (CRHI) at WMCHealth in Hawthorne, New York.  She is responsible for IT and other systems and processes that together will create an integrated delivery system under the New York State DSRIP (Delivery Services Reform Incentive Payment) initiative.

“Helene brings many strengths of our board,” says Christina Galanis, President & CEO of HealthlinkNY. “Helene is a strategic thinker and a health IT expert. In her current role, she is promoting data sharing among DSRIP Provider Payer System network partners, which includes the deployment and use of interoperable medical records and connections to Health Information Exchanges such as HealthlinkNY.”

Prior to joining CRHI in 2014, Ms. Kopal spent a decade leading health IT (HIT)-driven change among safety net health care providers as the Executive Director of Hudson Information Technology for Community Health and Director of Emerging Initiatives at Primary Care Development Corporation. Her HIT experience also includes inpatient and outpatient system implementations, systems testing, and strategic planning as a Consulting Senior at Ernst & Young. Early on in her career, Ms. Kopal worked at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and Oxford Health Plans, where she oversaw disease management and health improvement initiatives leveraging clinical and claims data to identify and manage at-risk health plan members.

Ms. Kopal earned both an MPA in public administration and an MPH in health policy and management from Columbia University. She was graduated with a BA in History from Connecticut College.

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