Taconic's John Blair speaks at Brooking's Institute: Do EHR Challenges Outweigh the Benefits? 

Executive Leadership

A. John Blair, III, MD, President


A. John Blair, III, MD, is a health care and technology executive with broad experience across the health care industry including clinical practice, hospital planning and governance, revenue cycle management, managed care, public health and health care informatics.


Dr. Blair is the CEO of MedAllies, a health information service provider company established in 2001 and based in Fishkill, NY. MedAllies facilitates physician adoption of health information technology and integrates the health care community to facilitate care coordination, patient-provider communication, public health and quality reporting.


In 2011, MedAllies was selected by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to provide the MedAllies Direct Solution software platform for one of the seven Reference Implementations of Direct.  In 2012, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) chose the MedAllies software platform to run the Direct Network portion of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY.  MedAllies went live as a National Direct Health Information Service Provider in 2013 and is currently in candidate status with EHNAC for Direct Trust Agent Accreditation. Similar to a highly secure email, Direct allows healthcare providers to seamlessly send data from one provider directly to another who is caring for the same patient.


Dr. Blair also serves as president of Taconic IPA (TIPA), a nearly 5,000-member physician group at the forefront of transforming health care delivery in the Hudson Valley through meaningful use of health IT and pay-for-performance incentives.


A recognized industry expert, Dr. Blair serves on the Privacy and Security Workgroup and the NHIN Workgroup of the Policy Committee of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. He also serves as chair on the Board, the Heath Information Technology Standards Committee (HITSC), and the National Committee on Quality Assurance Committee on Performance Measurement.


Dr. Blair is a recipient of the Healthcare Informatics’ Healthcare IT Innovator award.


Speaking engagements include the NYeC Digital Health Conference, the National Medical Home Summit, the HIPAA Colloquium at Harvard, the National WEDI/SNIP Summit, eHealth Initiative’s Annual Conference, National Business Coalition on Health’s Annual Conference, the Quality Colloquium at Harvard, HIMSS and the Emerging Technologies and Healthcare Innovations Congress.


Dr. Blair is a board-certified general surgeon who spent 15 years in academic medicine and private practice before becoming president of TIPA. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago and completed his surgical training at the University of Texas Medical Center in Dallas. He performed a gastrointestinal fellowship at the Middlesex Hospital in London, England.

Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS
Medical Director
Holly Miller, MD is the Medical Director of Taconic where she optimizes strategic implementations of certified EHR systems to improve patient quality and outcomes, supports PCMH transformation and enhances care coordination.  She is the Taconic lead for the NY Region Faculty for the CPC initiative. As Medical Director of Taconic, she supports using the latest developments in health IT and tools in EHRs, that are newly released or in development, to promote healthcare transformation and enhance care coordination and patient care transitions.  Dr. Miller works to expand the medical home to the medical neighborhood - including PCPs, specialists, hospitals, home health, behavioral health, and skilled nursing facilities - in support of patient-centered, seamlessly coordinated care.
Dr. Miller is also the Chief Medical Officer of MedAllies, a company that leverages HIT to facilitate physician office redesign to improve healthcare quality, office practice efficiencies, care coordination, disease management, patient engagement and satisfaction, and reduce healthcare costs. She is the lead for the clinical track for MedAllies National Health Information Services.  At MedAllies, Dr. Miller provides operational, tactical, and strategic collaborative leadership related to all of MedAllies projects. 
Dr. Miller was formerly a VP and the CMIO of University Hospitals and Health Systems, a community-based system with more than 150 locations, seven wholly-owned and four affiliated hospitals throughout Northern Ohio, where she was the senior clinical executive for information systems and technology, responsible for the leadership and vision for the strategic planning, operations, integration and implementation of clinical information systems and services at UH. 
Prior to joining UH, Dr. Miller worked as an HIT Managing Director for the Cleveland Clinic.  She was physician champion for the EHR implementation, led the deployment of the Cleveland Clinic's PHR initiative, and coordinated the development of Clinical Internet Strategy at the Cleveland Clinic.  She also maintained a clinical practice in General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Miller has been active in healthcare informatics research, and has been a co-investigator on multiple grants.
As a member of HIMSS since 1999, Dr. Miller is a past Vice Chair of the HIMSS Board and a past inaugural member of the HIMSS World Wide Board.  She previously chaired the HIMSS Personal Health Record Steering Committee, was a physician leader of the HIMSS/AMDIS Physician Community, and served as the Board Liaison to HIMSS Europe for 4 years.  She is the lead author on a HIMSS book about PHRs, published in 2009 titled, "Personal Health Records, The Essential Missing Element in 21st Century Healthcare".
Dr. Miller is active in a variety of current and previous S&I ONC committees, and other State and Government HIT Committees.

Betty Jessup, RN, BSN
Director, Clinical Transformation

In her role as Director of Clinical Transformation she is responsible for all projects engaging in significant organizational transformation efforts.  These efforts will be instrumental in achieving the Institute of Medicine Triple Aim:  a simultaneous pursuit of improving the patient experience of care, improving population health, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.


Betty recently joined Taconic IPA with many years of nursing and administrative experience in healthcare.  Most recently she comes from Crystal Run Healthcare where she was Director of Quality and Patient Safety.  Her primary responsibility was Director of the Care Management Program and the overall accreditation process for Crystal Run Healthcare.  She was instrumental in achieving and maintaining:  Joint Commission accreditation in Ambulatory Care for Crystal Run Healthcare LLP since 2006; Joint Commission accreditation  with deemed status for the Ambulatory Surgery Center since 2010; NCQA Level 3 recognition since 2009; NCQA ACO accreditation since 2011; and  NCQA Diabetes program recognition for Patient Centered Medical Home sites 2012.


She was participant to The Joint Commission 2010 Expert Panel Primary Care Home Initiative.   Member of The Joint Commission Medical Diagnostic Advisory Council since 2007.  Member American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Quality Directors Leadership Council, Collaborative team member to AMGA ACP Implementation Collaborative.  Participant Best Practices in Managing Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions Leaning Collaborative, and The Joint Commission’s Integrated Delivery System Stakeholder group 2014.  


A member of the Orange Regional Medical Center Discharge Committee where they are studying the effect that Crystal Run Healthcare’s post discharge protocol has on readmission rates.  She is a graduate of Leadership Orange and Leadership Sullivan. Betty is current Board Member and Quality Chair of Independent Home Care.