Allen IzadpanahPresident & Chief Executive Officer
Stuart FrankChief Information Officer & President ViTel Net Services
Robert Kolodner M.D., FACMIVice President & Chief Medical Officer
Richard S. Bakalar, M.D., FATAVice President & Chief Strategy Officer
Mark NobleSenior Vice President of Business Development
Julian WerfelChief Technology Officer & Lead Developer
Jon LouthianChief Architect
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 Virginia Telemedicine Network (VTN), 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Richard Bakalar has over 35 years of clinical, Telehealth, medical informatics and healthcare executive leadership experience. Richard has a medical license in Maryland and was board certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He has a prior Radiology faculty appointment from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences – School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD.
In his new position at ViTel Net, Richard will advise the CEO and his leadership team on strategy for solution design and clinical integration. In addition he will be assisting clients in achieving enhanced business value from improved connected care, adopting Telehealth services across healthcare settings enabled by the ViTel Net’s vCareCommand collaboration platform, vCareNet software modules and its multi-specialty medical imaging cloud.
Richard’s prior leadership positions and achievements:
KPMG, LLP – U.S. physician consultant in KPMG’s Global Healthcare Center of Excellence and the Healthcare Advisory practice leader for Virtual Care in the US and internationally. Richard advised clients on connected care program design and evidence-based Telehealth services adopted by medical providers, telecommunication companies, retail health and medical devices companies in the US and internationally based on leading Telehealth practices, market readiness, shared services, innovative data analytics, and consumer engagement solutions.
Microsoft Corporation – Physician Executive, Dr. Bakalar was responsible for provider communications and clinical use case development in the US and Canada. He was a senior clinical advisor in Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group (HSG) which delivered innovative solutions to hospitals and health systems built on its enterprise Amalga and consumer HealthVault clinical intelligence platforms.
IBM Corporation – Chief Medical Officer on IBM’s Healthcare Solution team. Richard was the senior medical advisor to the US and Canadian Healthcare Global Business Services and sales teams which focused on clinical transformation, optimized health IT infrastructure, regional medical imaging archive solutions and Health Analytics strategy within patient-centric networks.
American Telemedicine Association (ATA) – Past President and Chairman of the ATA Standards and Guidelines committee. Richard is an ATA College Fellow and a member of ATA’s Program & Education Committee and the editorial review board for the Telemedicine and eHealth journal.
US Navy – Captain Bakalar, Medical Corps, US Navy (retired) was the Navy Surgeon General’s first Special Assistant for Telemedicine and established the Navy’s operational Global Telemedicine Network supporting digital radiology and twelve medical specialties for 28 Navy ships, three US Navy medical centers and 23 Naval hospitals and clinics worldwide. Richard was also a Naval Flight Surgeon assigned to Marine One, HMX-1 flight squadron supporting President Reagan’s White House.
Mark Noble is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at ViTel Net where he brings over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications, visual collaboration and healthcare spaces. Over the past decade, he has worked closely with healthcare providers, payers and industry partners to address the challenges associated with the shift to accountable care models and the growing gap between the supply of specialty care providers and the expanding population of patients requiring care. His vision and passion is making the highest quality care available to every patient in need at the lowest cost regardless of physical location of provider and patient through telehealth programs that integrate seamlessly with clinical operations.
Prior to joining ViTelNet, Mark set strategy for and lead Vidyo’s healthcare practice as Vice President of Telehealth Business Development. Under his leadership, Vidyo enjoyed significant market penetration and growth with over 300 healthcare systems representing more than 2500 hospitals deploying the solution for synchronous telehealth consultations.
Mark shares his domain expertise in telemedicine solutions to increase clinician knowledge of best practices and has lead training sessions for institutions such as the American College of Surgeons. Mark earned his BSEE from Rutgers College of Engineering and MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.
Mark joined ViTel Net because he believes the vCareCommand platform can uniquely address the challenges he has heard time and again from healthcare systems regarding access to patient data, centralized management of resources and workflow that matches in-person practice for telehealth across the entire continuum of care.
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.
Mr. Louthian has over 20 years of experience in full lifecycle software analysis, design, and development, including more than 15 years as a software architect or lead developer. He has developed solutions using a wide variety of operating systems, programming languages, and databases, and has significant architectural experience with both client/server and web-based solutions.
Mr. Louthian has spent more than 10 years developing solutions related to medical imaging and telemedicine. He assisted in the development of the Department of Veterans Affairs VistA imaging system, including image sharing with the Department of Defense. He also extended VistA to add several new DICOM subsystems, including a modernized DICOM importer and a feature to track and store patient radiation dosage information automatically, by retrieving and processing data from DICOM radiation dosage structured reports. In addition to medical imaging applications, he used his DICOM knowledge to develop a proof of concept system for the TSA implementing the closely related DICOS standard. The solution fully simulated both checked baggage and carry-on baggage workflows.
In his role as the Chief Architect at ViTel Net, he has made significant contributions towards modernizing, enhancing and extending the ViTel Net tools and runtime platform, adding capabilities to make it even easier to share and customize business logic, validations, and UI components. Mr. Louthian has also been involved in further integrating the ViTel Net platform with external systems, using both HL7 and DICOM.