Register Free Today – Humanizing the Virtual World Webinar

Please join the North Carolina HIMSS Chapter in a thought-leadership virtual discussion addressing virtual fatigue and humanizing the virtual world.
Date: October 29
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

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Humanizing the Virtual World Webinar Presenters – October 29, 4–5:30 pm

As the pandemic took hold of the world, most organizations were hit hard by stay-at-home orders. Remote work and virtual meetings became the norm rather than the exception. The abrupt and dramatic shift has left some people feeling dehumanized, reduced to simply another image on the screen. Healthcare was no exception, shifting many patients to online visits with and canceling elective procedures. In this webinar, we’ll explore how to bring the human element back to our new virtual reality with a keynote by Larry English, CEO of Centric Consulting, who has written a book on the topic. After the keynote, stay with us for a lively discussion with an executive panel on humanizing the new virtual world.


Participating Presenters:

Larry English, President, Centric Consulting

Larry worked 100 hours a week out of college for an international consulting firm. Subsequently, he had a midlife crisis at 25 and left consulting for a year. Together, with the other founders of Centric, Larry saw an opportunity for a unique approach to culture, client delivery, and employee experience in a remote consulting organization.




Afshin Abadi, Enterprise Technology Specialist, Intel

Afshin is a technology professional with Intel with over two decades of comprehensive experience in the healthcare, financial services, cloud service, and software markets. In addition to a distinct passion for identifying solutions that resolve complex technological challenges, he attributes his achievements to the genuine value he places on building relationships and successfully communicating across functions and levels. This has served as a foundation to provide clients with exceptional service while achieving successes for Intel. For the last three years, Afshin has served as a technical sales specialist as part of the Intel Unite Application Team, which has been invaluable for healthcare telehealth deployments.



Rick Bryant, National Healthcare Architect, VERITAS

Rick leads initiatives within VERITAS to serve the healthcare information technology industry through technology excellence and process solutions. Rick brings over 20 years of industry experience, with roles spanning from infrastructure management to chief information security officer, where he was responsible for architecting and implementing EMR systems. Prior to joining VERITAS, Rick served as the healthcare practice manager and national healthcare architect for Symantec Corporation. Past positions include chief information security officer at Texas Children’s Hospital and executive manager of infrastructure for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Rick developed and led the first Shared Services Organization for Hearst and managed outsourced services for the global IT service provider, Wipro. In addition, he created and managed all client IT services for First Data Corporation.


Timothy Gray, Health and Life Science Customer Success Director, Microsoft

Tim is a season 23 veteran of healthcare IT wearing many hats across the space. A former health system CIO and CISO, his leadership style follows the Model Coach Care framework. Tim is passionate about the virtual world and helping customers streamline in today’s new normal. In his spare time, Tim serves on the NC HIMSS board of directors.


4:00 – 4:30 pm
4:30 – 5:00 pm
5:00 – 5:30 pm

Keynote: Larry English, Centric CEO
Executive Panel: Moderator Tim Gray, Microsoft
Q&A, Networking, Virtual Happy Hour