About Us


Our Mission

Our mission is to train the healthcare workforce to provide better care through the areas of Healthcare Data Analytics, Population Health, Care Coordination and Interoperability, Value-Based Care and Patient-Centered Care and to provide the tools to effectively navigate the changing healthcare industry.


Our Vision

Our vision is to be the premier training program for updating incumbent and aspiring healthcare professionals’ knowledge of health information technology and essential topics in the dynamic field of healthcare delivery.


The Team

The HI-FIVE (Health Informatics For Innovation, Value & Enrichment) training program from Columbia University is led by Rita Kukafka, DrPH, MA, FACMI and managed by Raven David, MPH, CHTS-PW at Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.  This training program was developed with federal funding from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).  For ONC’s press release about its Workforce Training Program, click here.


Our Subject Matter Experts


bruce_rBruce Forman, MD is Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical Center where he is Associate Program Director of New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH)/Columbia’s Clinical Informatics graduate medical education fellowship and a Director in the NYPH Information Services Department where he manages the technology aspects of meeting Meaningful Use for the Hospital.



Rita Headshot_BWRita Kukafka, DrPH, MA, FACMI
is Associate Professor at Columbia’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and has been teaching DBMI’s Public Health IT (PHIT) course for the last 15 years, which requires students to think critically about the development and deployment of informatics innovation to problem-solve and reengineer strategies to advance population health management. Dr. Kukafka served as Principal Investigator of the ONC-funded Curriculum Development Center and subsequently the ONC Workforce Training Program. A major focus of her grant portfolio is development and evaluation of informatics interventions to support patient-centered care and influence medical decision-making.



Gilad Kuperman, MD, PhD, FACMI is the Director for Interoperability Informatics in the Information Systems Department at NYPH and is Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. He is also the Information Systems lead on the Hospital’s five-year, $100 million Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) that aims to reduce preventable admissions and emergency department visits by 25% over the course of the program.




Virginia Lorenzi, MS, CPHIMS, FHL7 is the Manager of Health IT Standards and Collaborations at NYPH, is an Associate in Columbia’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, has significant interoperability-related implementation experience, and serves as subject matter expert for NYPH’s Meaningful Use projects. Ms. Lorenzi is the program director of the DBMI Graduate Certification of Professional Achievement in Health IT program.



Victoria Tiase, MSN, RN-BC is Director of Informatics Strategy at NYPH. She is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing a range of clinical information technology projects related to electronic health record adoption and meaningful use, clinical workflows, patient engagement, and care coordination. She conducts research on the use of mobile technologies with a focus on nurse readiness for patient engagement using health IT tools.





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