Education Event: "A View from the Payor Side - IT Challenges and Opportunities of Healthcare Payors"

April 11, 5:00pm, EDT - 8:00pm, EDT

Chatham University East Side Campus
6585 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Free parking is provided behind the building. You must enter the building from the parking lot, under the canopy. Signs will be posted to guide you to event location. Students will also be available to guide you if needed.



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Healthcare Payor IT topics that will be covered include challenges healthcare payors face in the workplace and in their field, skills needed in the healthcare payor IT field, and what is needed to propel healthcare payors into the future.

About the Moderator: A. J. Harper assumed the position of president of the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania in July 2005.

During his 25-year career in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Harper worked in the community and tertiary setting. His operations experience includes serving as administrative director of Medical Operations at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; vice president, Care Management at Marymount Hospital; a member of the Cleveland Clinic Health System; and, administrator for the Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center, a freestanding comprehensive cancer center.

Mr. Harper gained association experience while serving as vice president, Professional Services at the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association.

Mr. Harper earned a bachelor’s of science in Health Information Management, School of Allied Health, College of Medicine at The Ohio State University, and a master’s in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.


About the Panelists:

  • Jim Osborn has joined the PLSG in the role of Investment Manager in charge of grant development. Previously he co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center at Carnegie Mellon University, which created intelligent systems to improve and enhance everyday living for older adults and people with disabilities. He also served as CMU’s Coordinator of University Life Science Initiatives from 2004 to 2015. From 2001 to 2006 he was Executive Director of CMU’s Medical Robotics Technology Center, as well as MERITS of Pittsburgh, a program that fostered collaborations between clinical and technological researchers. Prior to that he founded a regional economic development group, the Pittsburgh Robotics Initiative. From 1985 through 1999, he held research and management positions in Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and led several multi-$M robotics R&D projects sponsored by the US DOE, NASA and industry, including the first robot to explore an active volcano and robots for investigation of the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island nuclear accidents. He has worked as a consultant, advisor or director for local and national organizations including the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Community Living and Support Services, Presbyterian Seniorcare, the Center for Aging Services Technologies and the American Nuclear Society. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Civil and Biomedical Engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon. A native Pittsburgher, he resides in Oakmont.
  • Joshua HousiauxSteward is Manager of Payer Applications at UPMC Health Plan. In that capacity, he is responsible for technology strategic planning, portfolio management, product implementation, and vendor management. Mr. HousiauxSteward has more than 10 years of experience in health care and health care technology fields. Prior to joining UPMC Health Plan in 2012, Mr. HousiauxSteward spent over 4 years with Lenscrafters as an ABO Certified Optician and Lab Manager.