Virtual Event 


Liz Jensen
Clinical Director  – Direct Supply

Liz Jensen, MSN,RN, RN-BC is the Clinical Director with the Direct Supply Innovation & Technology Center @MSOE.  Liz leads the Direct Supply SPARK Collective, bringing together diverse professionals including clinicians, technology developers, engineers, and designers to collaborate, test and pilot innovative technology, products and services towards the aim of translating evidence-based research, regulations, and risk management strategies into practical processes that drive better outcomes, improved customer satisfaction and reduced cost to care. To date, the SPARK Collective has vetted over 500 technologies, products, and ideas and helped successfully launch 45 products and technology applications aimed at improving care and driving operational efficiencies in senior care settings. Liz’s prior experience as a senior care nurse executive, educator, and direct care nurse informs her nursing practice in this unique role.  She is co-founder of the Senior Living Clinical Collaborative, a network of Senior Care CNOs committed to supporting clinical excellence in senior living. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Innovation Platform Advisory Council for AMDA/The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care; is a member of the AHCA Clinical Practice Committee; and is a frequent speaker at national and local conferences on advancing innovation within Senior Care.

Dr. Patricia Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, Center for Health Policy – Columbia School of Nursing
Editor in Chief – American Journal of Infection Control

Dr. Stone is one of the few nurse researchers among other interdisciplinary researchers (economists, hospital epidemiologists, and health services researchers) who deeply understand the complications and rigor of conducting real world comparative and economic evaluations in the context of improving the quality of care and specifically preventing healthcare-associated infections. Dr. Stone has a long history of conducting research in this area and has been the principal investigator on many federal and foundation supported grants. This expertise and her sustained scholarly efforts in this area have been recognized and improved healthcare in a variety of ways.

She has served on a number of important policy making committees (e.g., she co-chaired two National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panels and she served as an expert for the Massachusetts Expert Panel on Healthcare-Associated Infections and California Health Department). Additionally, her work on the cost of healthcare-associated infections have been cited in major publications including important reports written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (guidelines and a burden of illness study) and the Health and Human Services Healthcare-Associated Infections Action Plan.

These activities have contributed to recent changes in health policy (e.g., federal and state legislation mandating that hospitals report both process and outcome data related to healthcare-associated infections) as well as the type of data the hospitals are collecting. Dr. Stone is passionate about conducting policy relevant research and educating the next generation of nurse and interdisciplinary scientists.

Justin Smith
Innovation and Technology Manager – Direct Supply

Justin Smith is an engineer and manager of the Innovation and Technology group at the Direct Supply Innovation & Technology Center @ MSOE.  Justin started his career in product development at GE Healthcare, working in design, usability, and validation of new medical devices. Justin leads the Innovation and Advanced Technologies programs including a focus on emerging healthcare tech, including medical IoT, AI, Computer Vision, and Voice Control applications within the industry. He also works with technology startups across the US and overseas to develop and test their products and move them to alpha and beta pilots with healthcare customers. Justin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University.