LCF Research and NMHIC Executive Leadership

Thomas East, PhD, CEO/CIO
Thomas D. East, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for NMHIC/ LCF Research.  LCF Research operates the New Mexico Health Information Collaborative which is the NM state designated health information exchange.   Dr. East has over 30 years of experience in health information technology.  17 of these in executive information technology leadership in four healthcare systems in Utah, Alaska, Illinois and New York with a strong background in pulmonary medicine and critical care, strategic planning, program/project management, resource management, adoption of best practices, and innovative technology to support rural healthcare.

Robert Abrams, MBA, CFO
Robert Abrams is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for NMHIC/LCF Research. He started his career as an Accountant working for CPA firms in New York and New Mexico, where he earned his CPA designation. Mr. Abrams worked in Health Maintenance Organizations for over 15 years in New Mexico, Arizona, California and Connecticut in various executive level positions in finance, operations, business development sales and marketing. He had been an independent consultant to Manage Care Organizations for 10 years working for multiple clients all across the country before joining NMHIC/LCF Research in 2015. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University. 

Dale Alverson, MD, CMIO
Dr. Alverson is Professor Emeritus and Regents’ Professor at the University of New Mexico where he is the Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico, nationally and internationally. He is also the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at LCF Research assisting in their efforts to address the development and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association and involved in collaborative international Telehealth projects to advance Telemedicine and eHealth globally.