About Us

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 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 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.




Our Staff



Raven David, MPH, CHTS-PW is the Project Manager for HI-FIVE, based in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University.  She has over 10 years of experience in healthcare administration, research, data management, and quality improvement. Raven previously worked at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Baltimore City Health Department, and New York State Psychiatric Institute. Raven studied public health, urban studies, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and received her MPH in healthcare management and a certificate in health informatics from Columbia University. When not working, Raven enjoys interior design, watching history documentaries, and spending time with her English bulldog, Hudson.


Jennifer Ringler, MHA is an Assistant Project Manager at HI-FIVE, supporting program operations and strategic planning. She recently completed her Masters degree in Health Administration from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to joining the HI-FIVE team, Jennifer managed a Type 1 diabetes and pancreatic cancer laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco and studied Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, Jennifer loves baking, running (to counteract the baking), and playing the flute.


Daniela Lopez, MPH is the Engagement Manager at HI-FIVE, where she manages all social media relations. She received her MPH from the department of Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Public Health Informatics at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her experience is as a public servant in both local and school governments, particularly in the field of health policy. Before she joined HI-FIVE, she volunteered at the Bronx High School of Science and with the NYC Department of Education where she served as a mentor to high school students. When Daniela is not at HI-FIVE, she runs by the Hudson River or searches for restaurants to explore in NYC – Korean BBQ always being her top choice!


Matthew Zhou, MPH is the Data Manager for HI-FIVE, coordinating database pipelines and creating automation tools. He received his MPH at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where he studied data science and health policy. Matthew is a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied statistics and anthropology and spent time working in international development M&E programs for GlobeMed, a non-profit consulting network.



Lexie Xinyi Deng is the Manager of Course and Instructional Design at HI-FIVE and oversees course management and improvement. She is a Master’s Candidate at Columbia University Teachers College majoring in Instructional Technology and Media. She has academic backgrounds both in instructional design and digital media technology and has a special understanding of utilizing technology in course design and classroom management. As a lover of music and digital media, Lexie enjoys creating musical scores and making them into real music.


Yao Chen is the Manager of Course and Instructional Design at HI-FIVE. She is a first-year graduate student in Instructional Technology and Media program at Columbia University Teachers College. Currently, she focuses on gamification to enhance the learner experience. In addition to instructional design, Yao specializes in web development and android development.




Arun Kalyanasundaram is a Business Consultant to the HI-FIVE team and an Executive MBA candidate at the Columbia Business School. Arun received his Bachelor’s degree in information technology from Anna University and currently provides consulting advisory service within contracting and pricing in the pharmaceutical industry. Arun has over 12 years of experience working in pharmacovigilance, sales and marketing, and technology projects for global implementation. Arun likes running, ice skating and movies. In addition to school, Arun is excited to work in machine learning and ideas for startups.


Solomon Ravich is a Strategy Consultant to the HI-FIVE team and an MBA Candidate at the Columbia Business School. Solomon has been involved in strategy and consulting for the past five years with large and innovative fortune 100 companies. His focus has been on strategic planning, data analytics, product development and technology design. He has experience with end to end business development, leading projects from strategy through execution. Solomon received a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.