Minal Patel, MPH, CPHIMS, is a healthcare IT leader with over 19 years of experience in healthcare organizations, management consulting and software start-up arenas within the provider and payer sectors. Minal has a strong focus on strategic and operational innovations to improve the overall health of our community. Minal serves as a Director of Executive Leadership for Bluetree Network. Prior to Bluetree, Minal was responsible for the successful implementation of a new electronic health record system and directed the overall application project portfolio at Centura Health. Minal has also held various roles at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Minal holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Health (focused in Healthcare Management) from Emory University. Minal also serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society as the Communications Chair. In her spare time, Minal enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, biking, running, basically anything outdoors and cooking. Minal holds the role of Board Representative for EMPOWER and in this role is responsible for attending and participating in Board meetings and other Board correspondence and activities. She will not receive monetary compensation for her role to which she is expected to devote 20-30 hours annually.