Cambia Grove Innovator Fellowship


About the Innovator Fellowship Program:  

The 2021 Cambia Grove Innovator Fellowship will work with national leaders to showcase the value of data interoperability in health care to accelerate adoption. 

Fellows taking part in this program will collaborate with the Health Level Seven® (HL7®) International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) ACCELERATOR™ Program including the Argonaut Project, CARIN Alliance, CodeXDa Vinci Project, Gravity Project and Vulcan. Fellows will develop, vet and standardize a framework for measuring the value of HL7® FHIR® use case implementation. This framework will drive practical implementation and adoption of HL7 FHIR standards. The intended use of the final deliverable will be to provide insight to organizations considering implementation or needing to determine the value of HL7 FHIR implementation.

On September 1st, our 2021 Fellows joined the National Coordinator for Health IT, Micky Tripathi, and moderator Alix Goss, Vice President and Senior Consultant at Imprado, to discuss next steps for advancing interoperability. 

2021 Innovator Fellowship Finale Presentation 

On October 21st, the 2021 Innovator Fellows presented their learnings and findings that explored the next steps towards advancing an interoperable health care system!

The Value Metrics Framework 

Argonaut Executive Summary: Chris Boyd, Grace Turner and Rachel Gerson, MD

CARIN Alliance Executive Summary: Chris Boyd & Steve Lam

CodeX Executive Summary: Sarah M. Greene, MPH

Da Vinci Executive Summary: Sheri Cutler, Steve Lam & Grace Turner 

Gravity Project Executive Summary: Sarah M. Greene, MPH

Meet our 2021 Fellows! 

Chris Boyd, Washington Health Care Authority (HCA)

Chris Boyd a technical manager at the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), oversees the development of an Enterprise Data Warehouse, along with broader changes to infrastructure and practices which support the data needs of the organization. In his current role he oversees a team of 14 analysts and developers. Chris has spent more than a decade leading health care organizations in the maturation of their data infrastructure. He is keenly interested in the ways that standards-based interfaces, loosely coupled architecture, and data governance can enable data-driven decision making at all levels in health care.
Chris holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a special emphasis on health policy. He learned everything else he knows from talented colleagues, and the internet. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and currently lives in Olympia, Washington, with his family.

Sheri Cutler DNP, RN, Pullman Regional Hospital

Sheri is an active RN with over two decades of clinical informatics, risk management and quality experience. She received her DNP from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences in 2018. Sheri has worked for both large healthcare systems and multiple software vendors with successful clinical system implementations nationally. With a focus and passion on the use of technology that promotes safety, innovation and improved outcomes she is an advocate to challenge development and to adopt new models that can make a positive impact in care delivery. Currently Sheri is the Assistant Director of Clinical Informatics at Pullman Regional Hospital. 

Rachel F. Gerson, MD, NW Radiologists and RFG Radiology PLLC

Dr. Rachel Gerson is a diagnostic radiologist working to create practical healthcare solutions by fostering cross collaboration between industry and clinical medicine. She is medical advisor to Keya Medical developing AI applications in radiology and is a consultant to early-stage companies offering expertise in product development and clinical implementation strategies. Her work aims to harness machine learning, data science, and new technologies to promote systems level improvements that ultimately allow the delivery of accessible, cost effective and appropriate, high quality care. She is active in the American College of Radiology and in the Washington State Radiology Society. Rachel holds an MD from Dartmouth Medical School. She also holds a BA in Humanities and an MA in Education from Stanford University. 

Sarah Greene, MPH, Consultant and Senior Advisor to the National Academy of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente

Sarah Greene, MPH, is a Consultant and Senior Advisor to the National Academy of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, and other organizations. She is an accomplished health services researcher with expertise in creating research networks, patient-centered care, survey methods, real-world data, and learning health systems. 

Ms. Greene is a champion of consumer engagement and serves on several Boards and Advisory Committees including the Washington Health Alliance, Washington Health Benefits Exchange, and three large research institutes. She is also an accomplished writer and speaker with more than 150 publications and presentations. Her extracurricular interests include yoga, dance fitness, ping pong, and volleyball.

Steve Lam, Regence Health Plans

Steve Lam is a Clinical Pharmacist Client Manager for Regence where he supports both clinical pharmacy services and account teams in meeting the needs of various clients and lines of businesses.  Steve is also responsible for developing, communicating, and reporting the outcomes of clinical initiatives impacting cost and quality of care. He is passionate about creating innovative and sustainable health care benefit solutions that promote efficacious, safe, and cost-effective care. He, his wife and newborn son reside in Seattle, Washington where they enjoy exploring hikes and discovering new restaurants in the area. 

Grace Turner, University of Washington

Grace is a software developer by training and trade. She used to work at Epic as the main developer on social determinants of health (SDOH), where she (among other things) transitioned the Epic version of SDOH to be FHIR accessible. Currently, Grace is a graduate student at the University of Washington, studying natural language processing in medical text. The goal is to be able to extract discrete information or “clicks” from text, and hopefully incorporate such tools into research and clinical practice as a documentation reduction tool.


Fellowship Partners: 

Fellowship Timeline:  
Application Period:  April 5 – April 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT
Fellows Notified of Selection: May 20, 2021  
Fellowship Program:  July 1 – September 30, 2021
Final Presentation Event: October 2021 (date TBD) 


Have questions about the fellowship program? Check out our FAQs!

Interoperability Resource Guide

Want to learn more about interoperability and HL7 FHIR, including the federal rules that were approved last Spring? Check out our resource guide!

Learn more about the 2020 Innovator Fellowship and find their projects that cover Payer perspectives and Patient access APIs, advance care planning and more. 

Learn more about the 2019 Innovator Fellowship with partner Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


Background: After extensive feedback from the health care innovation community, Cambia Grove took on data as the first topic for our Solutions Lab. This Solutions Lab systematically breaks down barriers to innovation by convening stakeholders around high-priority health care topics, identifying specific challenges within those topics and then catalyze solutions that support system-wide transformation.