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CWAVE | about us

About CWAVE

The CWAVE (Centricity™ Collaboration, Workflow, Archiving, and Visualization across the Enterprise) user group empowers users of the Centricity family of products to maximize the products benefits, thereby enhancing safe, efficient, and effective patient care.

Goals of the group include:

  • Promoting synergistic relationships between users, user entities, and GE Healthcare IT teams that lead to continuous healthcare quality improvement, healthcare workforce vitality, and health profession education.
  • Enhancing communication among users, including health care providers, clinical support staff, and information technology staff to provide a medium for exchange of ideas, information, innovations, and solutions among users.
  • Facilitating establishment of priorities on product enhancements and new developments to enhance the features, functionality, and usability of the Centricity family of products.

Board of Directors

Stefan Kachel, NYP
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Stefan Kachel, NYP

Chair
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Stefan Kachel is one of the Directors of Clinical Information Systems at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Stefan is working for the Departments of Radiology at Columbia University (NYP/CU) and Weill Cornell (NYP/WC). He is in close collaboration with two very dynamic radiology departments serving over 800 end users including physicians, nurses, technologists, and staff encompassing a large scale PACS/RIS/Modality/IT enterprise across multiple locations.His mission is to bridge the gaps between the radiology departments and the different corporate IT departments. He enjoys working with a team of directors whose goal is to make their hospital a better place always putting patients first. The teams belief is that driving a cross functional and cross departmental team is the key for a successful foundation and work environment.Stefan’s passion is for Imaging Informatics. He is focused on the components of imaging IT infrastructure including redundancy, fail safety, and virtual server environments. Stefan envisions the potential for next generation imaging informatics to deliver a more interactive, intelligent, secure, and flexible solution for everyone moving forward. He aims to make NYP’s Radiology department a better place by discovering innovations, such as cloud storage and cloud computing, i.e. server side rendering, that are likely to alter ways we interact with data. Thus, enabling NYP to re-invent the entire practice of Radiology.It means a great deal to Stefan to be able to work in such a dynamic cutting-edge environment like New York Presbyterian where he is presented with new and different challenges every day.
Karen Light, UPMC
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Karen Light, UPMC

Vice Chair
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Karen Light serves as Director of Imaging and Diagnostic Applications at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a fully integrated global health enterprise with more than 20 hospitals, 500 physician offices and outpatient sites, a 2.5 million member health insurance division, and international and commercial services. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences, UPMC routinely invests and invents new models of accountable, cost-efficient, patient-centered care.


Karen is responsible for providing highly available, cutting edge, cost effective IT solutions to the organization, and is currently responsible for over 90 clinical applications utilized throughout the enterprise. Coming from roots deeply planted in direct patient care as a radiologic technologist, a registered nurse, and an IT professional, Karen’s passion is helping clinical care providers optimize the services they provide. Karen firmly believes that improving clinical outcomes is the primary goal in these challenging times, and is thankful to be working in the dynamic environment provided at UPMC.

Luis Colon, Moffitt
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Luis Colon, Moffitt

Treasurer
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Chad Moser, Huron

Secretary
Chad Moser, Huron
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Chad Moser is the PACS Administrator and lead MRI technologist at Huron Regional Medical Center located in Huron, South Dakota. As PACS Administrator, he is responsible for project management, clinical support, developing policies, and integration of PACS. Chad had been in clinical healthcare for 20+ years, with 10 years of experience in imaging informatics. When not at work, he runs a small cattle operation and is also a credentialed Christian minister. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
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Andy Strickland, U Washington

Director
Andy Strickland, U Washington
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Andy Strickland is the Director of Imaging Informatics for the University of Washington Medical Center and affiliated sites of care. Andy directs the IT team that supports IT systems across UW Medicine including RIS and PACS systems. UW Medicine includes 7 hospitals and dozens of outpatient facilities. UW Medicine Diagnostic Imaging performs approximately 1 million exams annually.


Andy is a regular speaker and session facilitator at GE and SIIM conferences. He has contributed articles and webinar content for GE and Imaging Informatics magazine. Andy has been involved in healthcare IT for over 20 years and in radiology for 8. He has a degree from the University of Portland in Business Management.

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Robert Barto, MSU

Director
Robert Barto, MSU
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Robert Barto is the Clinical Informatics Manager at Michigan State University. Robert works for the Health Information Technology Department (HIT), a division of Michigan State University Information Technology. He and his team is responsible for all of the healthcare IT products at MSU (Electronic Medical Record, Lab Information Systems, Pharmacy Information Systems, Patient Portal, eRx, and integration of all healthcare IT products). Prior to taking the role in the larger HIT, Robert spent 13 years in the Radiology Informatics team prior to joining HIT in 2014. His tenure in Radiology included two PACS migrations, multiple upgrades of GE Centricity PACS, Voice Recognition, and our in-house Radiology Information System. Much of his later career in Radiology was focused on integration with enterprise systems including EMR and the local regional health information organization. Only so much integration can be driven from the Radiology department, which lead him to moving into the broader Health Information Technology Department.His mission is to bring Radiology Imaging Informatics into Enterprise Imaging Informatics and allow all specialties to utilize and leverage these capabilities. Over the past two years Robert has realized that there is much to learn from both sides (HIT and Radiology Informatics). Many of the concepts and needs translate from Radiology Informatics to the larger Healthcare Enterprise and Radiology Informatics can learn about other imaging that is occurring within the organization. Collaboration and integration is the future of Enterprise Imaging Informatics.