Allen Izadpanah
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Allen Izadpanah, founder and CEO of ViTel Net, has been a visionary in merging technology and medicine into integrated telemedicine solutions. Under his leadership, ViTel Net is well recognized throughout the industry because of its innovative telemedicine/telehealth technology initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare across the continuum of care in both commercial and governmental markets. With a master’s degree in science and a passion for computers and technology, Mr. Izadpanah is a true entrepreneur.

Following graduate work at George Washington University where he had a graduate teaching fellowship, Mr. Izadpanah completed postgraduate work at Case Western Reserve University.

Driven by his interest in computer technology, he attended computer programming at the Control Data Institute and became a certified computer programmer. In early 1980, Mr. Izadpanah served as director of training at Clinton Computer and director of training and technical support for Terminal Unlimited, but when the company shut down, the U.S. Army offered the existing computer programming training contracts to Izadpanah. He started Aidant, a government services contractor providing systems integration in 1985.

In 1989, Mr. Izadpanah acquired Deerfield System, Inc., a company that had the beginning concept of components that could enable the customization of applications without writing codes, which he transformed into the MedVizer Development Platform.


 
 

He then merged his two companies to create Visual Telecommunication Network – the start of a telemedicine company now known as ViTel Net.

Mr. Izadpanah launched the company into a position of relevance in the global telemedicine technology arena by enhancing the company’s MedVizer Development Platform components to create telemedicine products for healthcare markets. The company completed its first telemedicine implementation in 1992 at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC on its way to becoming a highly successful telemedicine/telehealth company providing solutions to customers in both commercial and public sector markets around the world.

Because of its unique technologies, ViTel Net was awarded a four-year research grant from the U.S. Congress to create remote monitoring applications across the entire continuum of care and integrate them with the Department of Defense’s AHLTA Electronic Health Record and with HealtheForces at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. That research provided the foundation for ViTel Net’s unique ability to provide telemedicine/telehealth solutions across the continuum of care.

In addition, Mr. Izadpanah has served on the boards of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC), American Telemedicine Association (ATA), and as chairman of the Industry Council, an ATA committee that works to educate industry on telehealth advancements for healthcare providers. Mr. Izadpanah won the prestigious ATA Industry Council award for Telemedicine in 2007.


Robert Kolodner M.D., FACMI
VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Dr. Kolodner joined ViTel Net in 2012, bringing a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience that ensures the company remains a leader in the telemedicine industry. He is a visionary leader in health informatics who has been at the forefront of advances in health information technology (IT) for more than two decades. An advocate of “positive disruption,” Dr. Kolodner promotes solutions that are better, cheaper and more convenient for users and customers.

As national coordinator for Health IT in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), he promoted the adoption and use of electronic health records, and advanced the policies and collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors to develop a nationwide, interoperable health IT infrastructure. His work laid the foundation for the acceleration of national health IT initiatives.


 
 

Before his work at HHS, Dr. Kolodner was the national informatics leader for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) broad range of health IT activities. He was the clinical champion for VistA, VA’s award winning electronic health record system, and oversaw the launch of My HealtheVet, VA’s personal health record for veterans. In the mid‐nineties, he coordinated emerging telemedicine activities at local VA medical centers prior to the creation of VA’s national Telemedicine Office.

Dr. Kolodner received his A.B. from Harvard, his M.D. from Yale, and completed his psychiatric residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Kolodner is board certified in psychiatry, a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Lifetime Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.


Stuart Frank
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER & PRESIDENT VITEL NET SERVICES

In his 25 years of experience with the VA VistA hospital information system, Mr. Frank worked as a VA VistA systems manager, a telecommunications specialist and as a senior member of the VistA Imaging development team.

He has worked on the VistA Imaging development team almost since its inception and is responsible for much of the overall product architecture. In addition to his work with the VA, Mr. Frank has supported many VistA and all VistA Imaging implementations outside the VA and continues to develop and support RPMS and VistA Imaging in IHS.


 
 

In 2009, Mr. Frank established ISI Group, a partnership that developed a complete VistA-compatible imaging solution for private and public healthcare organizations that use VistA-based EHRs. Under Mr. Frank’s leadership, ISI Group implemented image management systems in hospitals for the Department of Health and Human Services; the Indian Health Service; American Samoa, Oroville, CA; Hawaii; Kurdistan; and the Kingdom of Jordan.

In 2014, Mr. Frank joined ViTel Net to lead its new Services division.


Julian Werfel
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Mr. Werfel brings years of engineering, networking, full lifecycle software development, database, and management experience to ViTel Net’s technical team. An advocate of innovative yet pragmatic business solutions, he has spent most of his career as a consultant, helping his commercial and government customers achieve success within constraints.


 
 

Recently Mr. Werfel has been specializing in the fields of medical imaging and telemedicine. He assisted in creating the solution that allowed the Department of Veterans Affairs VistA Imaging system to seamlessly share medical images between hospitals in the enterprise and cross enterprise within the Department of Defense. He was part of the team that integrated this technology into a commercially available PACS based on the VistA Imaging software.