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KONZA delivers unparalleled benefits to the healthcare community.

KONZA National Network builds upon a proven model for the development of the technical infrastructure necessary to enable the sharing of clinical information at the point of care, while supporting transformative value-based payment models, care management, and data analytics. Patients, physicians, healthcare facilities, and other healthcare providers from across the country benefit from KONZA's National Network delivery of unequaled actionable intelligence.

 


 

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Mission

 

KONZA National Network is deeply committed to connecting healthcare providers, patients, health plans, and our technology partners together to organize healthcare data into information that will drive healthcare transformation.

Values

 

  • Dedication to every customer's/user's success

  • Data driven innovation that matters to healthcare providers, patients, and health plans

  • Trust, accountability and integrity in all aspects of our work.

Board of Directors

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Jerry Slaughter
Executive Vice President
Kansas Medical Society

        KMS

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  Chairman                                         

  Vice Chairman                                  

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Chad Austin
President
Kansas Hospital Association

        KHA

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Rachelle Colombo
Executive Director

        KMS

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  Secretary Treasurer                        

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Joe Davison, MD
KHIN Practicing Physician
West Wichita Family Physicians, P.A.

        WWFP

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Todd Fleischer
Executive Director
Kansas Optometric Association

        KOA

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Austin Gillard
Chief Executive Officer
Clay County Medical Center

        CCMC

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Kyle Kessler
Executive Director Assoc. of Community Mental Health
        ACMC

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Krista Postai
CEO Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
        CHC

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Jeff Bergman
Director, Acturial & Risk Management  Blue Cross &Blue Shield of Kansas
        BCBSKS

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KONZA Executives

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Laura McCrary, Ed.D
President & CEO

Dr. Laura McCrary is the President and CEO of the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and KONZA National Network. KHIN/KONZA National Network is a Kansas non-profit organization that supports a cloud based clinical enterprise data warehouse, aggregated data services, quality reporting and predictive analytics for providers across the nation.

Laura completed Post-Doctoral work at Kansas University and a Doctorate of Education from Kansas State University. Laura served as an adjunct professor at Rockhurst University-Helzberg School of Management and taught courses in Health Information Technology and Quality. Laura is the Past-Chair of the National Policy Steering Committee for eHealth Initiative and the Payer Workgroup for the Strategic Health Information Exchange Consortium (SHIEC). Laura served as the Co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Sequoia Project/Carequality and served on the Governance Group for the National Syndromic Surveillance System

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Jody Denson, MPA, PMP
Vice President of Provider Solutions

 

Jody Denson is the Vice President of Provider Solutions of KHIN. She has over eighteen years of experience in the healthcare field with an emphasis in working with safety net providers and community mental health centers. Jody has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master's in Public Administration both from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is a certified Project Management Professional and is a member of the HIMSS Heart of America Chapter. Jody is an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College and teaches courses in Health Information Technology.

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Eric Thompson
Chief Information Officer

 

Eric Thompson, MBA has a decade of experience in turning data into actional information in healthcare industry and is committed to data driven decisions and developing quality decision support and business intelligence to quality of care driven healthcare partners.  He was instrumental in developing the earliest provider reports off of health information exchange data on the Kansas Health Information Network and implemented the first dashboards for a provider user base derived from that network.  Previously he worked on the Population Health team at Cerner and helped build and publish Value-Based Benefit Design to Improve Medication Adherence for Employees with Anxiety or Depression.  Later he worked in health systems using various disparate data sources to consolidate into actional information using Microsoft, REDCap, McKesson and various coding languages to combine clinical data structures.  Working with clinical staff he is dedicated to delivering useful information to drive better health outcomes.

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Jeff Messer
Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer

 

Jeff Messer joined KONZA in 2021, bringing with him extensive knowledge in business development and healthcare IT. Other roles have included leading a SaaS company, ToolWatch, LLC, as CFO and COO, acting as a consultant to WYFI (the Wyoming health information exchange) and serving as VP of Market Development for DispatchHealth, a mobile in-home healthcare provider. Jeff also led outreach, marketing and practice transformation efforts for CORHIO, a Colorado-based health information exchange, as their Chief Development Officer. While at CORHIO, Jeff co-founded and was chairman of the Mid-States Consortium of Regional Health Information Organizations, a collaboration of 23 regional health information organizations in 18 states.

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Brenda Kebert
Privacy and Data Compliance Officer

 

Brenda Kebert joined KHIN in August 2015 and is the Privacy and Data Compliance Officer.  She has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare field with an emphasis in quality control, project management, MIPS reporting, and medical liability.  Brenda has a Bachelors of Science degree in Legal Studies from Washburn University.