A. John Blair, III, MD, F.A.C.S

Chief Executive Officer


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Blair is a health care and technology executive with broad experience across the health care industry. MedAllies facilitates physician adoption of health information technology and integrates the health care community to facilitate care coordination, patient-provider communication, public health and quality reporting; it was one of only seven sites selected by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to launch a Direct Project pilot. Blair serves on the Privacy and Security Workgroup and the NHIN Workgroup of the Policy Committee of the ONC.

He is a member of various committees and boards, including the NCQA Committee on Performance Measurement. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of DirectTrust.org. Blair is also president of Taconic IPA, a nearly 5,000-member physician group at the forefront of transforming health care delivery in the Hudson Valley through meaningful use of health IT and pay-for-performance incentives.

Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS

Chief Medical Officer


Miller has well over a decade of health care IT experience. Miller, who joined MedAllies in 2009, is physician liaison for all implementation projects and works closely with the team to design change management programs ensuring optimal utilization of health information technology tools within different healthcare environments. From 2007-2008, she was vice president and chief medical information officer of University Hospitals and Health Systems, where she was the senior clinical executive for information systems and technology responsible for the leadership and vision for the strategic planning, operations, integration and implementation of information systems and services. From 1999-2007, she worked as a health information technology managing director for the Cleveland Clinic, and practicing clinician in general internal medicine. She is a frequent presenter at national meetings on health IT and PHRs and has been active in health care informatics research. A member of HIMSS since 1999, Miller served on the U.S. HIMSS Board from 2008 – 2012 and is a past vice-chair. She was an inaugural member of the HIMSS World Wide Board. She is currently the chair of the DirectTrust Clinical TOC Group, and a member of the Patient and Consumer Participation Group. She also serves on the ONC’s Standards and Interoperability Framework and Transition of Care Initiative workgroups. She earned her MBA at Hautes Etudes Commerciale (HEC) in Paris, and her doctor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City.

Peter Palmer, CISSP, CPHIMS

Chief Security Officer

Palmer has over a decade and a half of experience designing and implementing security and identity management systems in the health care industry. He currently Chairs the Kantara Initiative’s Healthcare Identity Assurance Work Group and Leadership Council. He is active with DirectTrust.org, a new standards and accreditation organization for Health Information Service Providers. He has expertise in the areas of health information technology, information security, audit and compliance, public key infrastructure, health data standards and identity management. He has led organizations to ISO 27001, EHNAC, and Federal Bridge PKI accreditations.


Palmer has previously participated in various HIMSS work groups and task forces in the areas of privacy and security, and served on the local chapter Board for six years. He has written several whitepapers and articles in publications such as Healthcare IT News, Health Management Technology and Business Communications Review.

Dianne Koval, MHSA, RHIA, CPEHR

Senior Vice President of Operations

Koval is responsible for managing the operations of the physician services division. The division provides a strong focus on successful application installations through the use of appropriate change management techniques. She has managed the implementation of two national EMR applications, an e-prescribing application, computerized lab order entry systems, personal health record software and two web portal applications. She is involved in several national organizations and serves on several committees, including the AHIMA Physician Practice Council. Koval is a proposal reviewer for HIMSS and serves as the E-HIM committee chair for New York Health Information Management Association.

Koval's previous professional positions include director of health information management for a small, not-for-profit community hospital and assistant director of health information management for a large, not-for-profit acute care teaching hospital. She holds an MS in health services administration from St. Joseph’s College and a BS in health information management from Ithaca College. She is also a registered health information manager (RHIA) and certified professional in electronic health records.

James L. Fisher, Ph.D., CISSP
Principal Architect

Fisher joined MedAllies as principal architect in June 2013. He brings more than 15 years of experience in identity management, network security and information security technologies and policies, and more than 20 years in system engineering and architecture development. He comes to MedAllies from Noblis in Falls Church, Va., where he most recently worked on projects for the FBI.

Fisher holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering. He has published articles in trade journals on a range of information security and technology topics.

Christopher Llanes

Director of Information Technology


Llanes has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology.  He joined MedAllies in 2009 and oversees the IT Infrastructure, Application Hosting, Software Development, Certificate Authority, Registration Authority, and Operations teams. Llanes has been instrumental in building out the robust IT infrastructure and support framework needed to deploy MedAllies’ Direct product and service offerings.


Under Llanes’ leadership, MedAllies has successfully launched the MedAllies Direct Solutions™ platform (Health Information Services Provider – HISP), the MedAllies Certificate Authority (CA), and MedAllies Registration Authority (RA), of which have received full accreditation by EHNAC.


Llanes’ previous positions include IT manager of a financial software and consulting services organization, IT manager of an international chemical importer/distributor, and operations manager of an office products distributor.


Llanes holds a BA in Computer Science from SUNY Oswego.