Perspectives on Innovations in Healthcare Technology


Jim Treleaven

Jim Treleaven


We all know by now that health-care accounts for more than 17% of the United States GDP and that healthcare costs have grown at a rate substantially higher than inflation. Technology both contributes to and attenuates this cost spiral. Technology most certainly has contributed both to significantly improved healthcare outcomes and to an improved patient experience. Telemedicine allows physicians to discharge patients more quickly and to monitor their medical status remotely. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) allow instant access and portability of vital patient health information. Mobile devices give healthcare providers unprecedented flexibility and access to information. The collection and dissemination of large amounts of clinical data facilitates new avenues of research and significantly improved patient outcomes. And, all of this can help in very real ways to reduce the growth in healthcare costs. Today we’ll discuss some of these innovations and what they portend for the future delivery of healthcare.



Michael Kurgan
Chief Executive Officer, Service Wing Healthcare

Michael Kurgan is a technology visionary and serial entrepreneur with two decades of experience pioneering disruptive software ventures. Widely regarded for his strategic leadership and innovation around internet centric strategies and his proven ability to interpret enterprise work-flows in order to create efficient distribution solutions.

Prior to founding Service Wing, Michael built a software solution company focused on small parcel transportation management that transformed the industry by providing a strategic product. As a result of seamless data sharing this multinational product increased efficiency, customer satisfaction and provided a significant cost reduction. ShipNow developed a robust distribution channel through both OEM and reseller agreements with such companies as Manugistics, Catalyst International, Optum Software and EXE, all publicly traded companies at time of contract. As a result ShipNow created strategic partnerships with blue chip customers such as Anixter, CDW, Fidelity Investments (FMR LLC), Limited Brands, Loews Home Improvement, Neiman Marcus, Office Max, and Williams-Sonoma enabling a successful exit in 2004 to Kewill, a publicly traded company in the UK.

Michael is a graduate from Lake Forest Academy and author of numerous articles on supply chain management efficiencies, data value and workflow processes. He possesses a Commercial Multi Engine Instrument Rated Pilot License and he and his wife currently reside in Del Mar California.

Amir Jafri
President, Service Wing Healthcare

Amir has over 25+ years of experience in healthcare technology leading businesses and innovation. Amir has worked as a senior executive at Fortune 500 companies and various startups serving all aspects of the healthcare industry. He has managed global operations and business units with over $750M in annual revenue and has been responsible for leading innovation and managing projects with hundreds of employees in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Most recently he was COO of West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) where he led the establishment of the Institute through a $100M grant and was responsible for establishing innovation based business concepts. Prior to WWHI Amir was with Cardinal Health ($90B in annual revenues NYSE: CAH) for 7 years in their clinical technology businesses which included medical devices, clinical software, and research based initiatives. At Cardinal Amir held various titles ranging from VP Innovation, Office of CTO, VP/GM of Clinical & Health Technology Solutions, VP of R&D. Similar to WWHI, Amir also led the Innovation effort at Cardinal in the areas of next generation healthcare devices and clinical solutions with new business model concepts.

Rick Tanler
CEO, dhRevolution

Richard (Rick) Tanler has more than 30 years of software industry experience. He is a recognized expert on business intelligence, demand chain management and data warehousing. Rick Tanler, was founder of Information Advantage, a company he established in 1990, took public in 1998; and sold to Sterling Software, later acquired by Computer Associates in 2000. Tanler wrote the first book predicting the impact of Internet technologies on data warehousing (The Intranet Data Warehouse, Published in 1997. Wiley & Sons).

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