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 MedVizerTM Informatics Integrations Platform (MIIP). 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 MIIP 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 board of the 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.
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.
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.
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 which 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.
Allen Izadpanah, founder and CEO of ViTel Net, has been a visionary in merging technology and medicine into integrated telemedicine solutions...Full Biography
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Jay H. Sanders, MD, is CEO of The Global Telemedicine Group, professor of medicine (Adjunct) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a founding board member and president emeritus of the American Telemedicine Association. Known to many as the "Father of Telemedicine," he developed the first statewide telemedicine system, the first Correctional telemedicine program, the first tele-homecare technology (called "The Electronic House Call") and the first telemedicine kiosk.
His consulting activities have included NASA, DOD, HHS, the FCC, state governments, WHO, and multiple academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies. During the Clinton administration he represented the USA to the G8 nations for telemedicine, and was appointed by former HHS Secretary Leavitt to the Chronic Care Workgroup Committee.
He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, magna cum laude, a member of AOA, and did his residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he became chief medical resident. In 1970, he developed and started the first Division of General Medicine in the country at the University of Miami where he was professor of medicine and chief of medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Other academic appointments include being professor of medicine and surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, where he was director of the Telemedicine Institute, and visiting professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and visiting professor at Yale University School of Medicine.
Reed V. Tuckson, MD is currently the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes and value through innovation and integration across the fields of prevention; public health; consumer activation; quality care delivery; the translation of science and technology into value producing interventions; and optimization of big data and analytics.
Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 25 health and wellbeing company, which includes the nation’s largest health insurer and the industry’s most comprehensive health services company. A Section 16 officer of the company, Dr. Tuckson was a member of the Executive Operating Committee and responsible for oversight of the company’s Foundation.
A recognized leader in his field, he is proud to have been featured by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2012 as one of the “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” and noted several times by Modern Healthcare Magazine within its listing of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” in healthcare. A member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH, he is an active member of the Institute of Medicine, serving in a leadership position on the use of data and analytics in healthcare. Dr. Tuckson is President-Elect and a Board Member of the American Telemedicine Association, and a Trustee of the Board at Howard University. He has previous service on The Rockefeller University’s Board of Trustees and has served on several US Government cabinet level health advisory committees concerned with health reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing.
Dr. Tuckson’s corporate experiences includes service as a Board Member of Cell Therapeutics, Inc., a public corporation concerned with the development of cancer pharmaceuticals; Inform Genomics, Inc., a private company focused on developing novel platforms of genomic-based personalized medicine products for cancer supportive care; LifePoint Hospitals, a leading hospital company dedicated to providing high-value care and services to growing regions, rural communities and vibrant small towns across the nation; and Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, and its subsidiary, Acasti Pharma, Canadian-based companies engaged in research and commercialization of marine-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Dr. Tuckson is a special advisor to the CEO of ViTel Net, LLC, a leading innovator in telehealth solutions. Additionally, he consults with several public sector health communications and telehealth companies. Formerly, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Baxter International.
Dr. Tuckson is the author of “The Doctor in the Mirror”, an ongoing book and media project that supports senior engagement to enhance health and medical care outcomes.
Dr. Tuckson has served as the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia; SVP for Professional Standards of the AMA; SVP of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar studying at the Wharton School of Business.
Mr. Casselman joined ViTel Net in 2014 and is primarily responsible for overseeing the company’s legal matters. He brings to ViTel Net over 40 years of experience in the representation of governmental and private clients. He is particularly experienced in government contracts and commercial transactions. His government contracting work has included bid and proposal preparation, contract negotiation and administration, bid protests and contract claims, and international tenders. Mr. Casselman likewise has several decades of experience in commercial contracting, including complex transactions and foreign joint ventures, as well as litigation and federal lobbying.
For over 10 years, Mr. Casselman served in various senior positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of the United States Government. These included Counsel to the President of the United States; Legal Counsel to the Vice President of the United States; General Counsel of the General Services Administration; Deputy Special Assistant to the President for Congressional Relations; and Legislative Assistant to a senior Member of Congress serving on the Judiciary and Government Operations committees.
In addition to his work with ViTel Net, Mr. Casselman maintains a private law practice in Virginia, also serving in separate business advisory capacities to several public and private companies, especially those involved in telephony and IT, including medical networks.
Since leaving government service, Mr. Casselman has been active in numerous other public service capacities as a Founding Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Museum; Board Member, The George Washington Law Association; Board Member, Foundation for International Business Education and Research; Member, Committee on Legal Services, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Counsel and Fellow at the Georgetown University National Center for Export-Import Studies, having also served as a Lecturer on international business at the University’s School of Business. For two years, he was the moderator and host of the "International Trade Talk" segment of "Small Business Digest," a cable television program broadcast in the Washington, D.C. area and other local markets.
Mr. Casselman holds a B.A. in government from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. He is a recipient of GWU’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the University’s highest alumnus honor. Mr. Casselman also attended the Universidad de Madrid. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars and an occasional author and lecturer on business and government contracts law.
Van Hipp is Chairman of American Defense International, Inc. (ADI), a Washington, DC based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations.
From 1986 to 1989, Van Hipp served as the Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. In 1988, Hipp served as a member of the Presidential Electoral College, and as a speaker at the Republican National Convention, he introduced former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.
In 1990, Van Hipp was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Reserve Forces and Mobilization). In this capacity, he served as the Army Secretariat’s “point man” for the successful mobilization, and then demobilization, of the Army’s reserve forces for Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
Following the “Tailhook Scandal,” Hipp was named by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney to be the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy. As the Navy’s number two lawyer, Hipp’s responsibilities involved all aspects of legal interest to the Navy, including government contracts, ethics, environmental and counter-narcotics law. Hipp served in this capacity until January 1993.
Hipp is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served on active duty in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Democracy. He continues to speak on defense issues at public forums across the country, and his articles on defense and international policy have been widely read in the national print media.
Since the September 11th attacks on the United States, Hipp has appeared on the Fox News Channel well over 400 times as an expert commentator on the War on Terror and has been a guest on virtually all of the network’s major news programming including The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity and Colmes. In addition, he has appeared on MSNBC, including HardBall and Scarborough Country, CNN with Paula Zahn and Daybreak, the London-based Sky News Channel, and the CBS Evening News. He has also been named to the President’s Council of the National Safe Skies Alliance. In 2002, Hipp was named by then Governor Jim Hodges (D-SC) as South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development. He is the past Chairman of the Salvation Army Board of Advisors in Alexandria, VA, and currently serves as a member of the National Capital Salvation Army Advisory Board, and as a member of the Board of Visitors of Charleston Southern University.
Hipp received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Wofford College, and is a past President of the National Alumni Association. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. In 1990, Van was the recipient of Wofford College’s National Young Alumnus of the Year Award. Van Hipp is married to the former Jane Grote of Nashville, Tennessee, and they have three children: Trey, Sarah Camille, and Jackson. Van and his family reside in Alexandria, VA.
Craig Sable, MD, is the Director of Echocardiography and Pediatric Cardiology fellowship training and the Acting Executive Director and the Medical Director of telemedicine at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Sable is recognized as a national and international leader in pediatric echocardiography and telemedicine. He has led the Children’s National telemedicine program for over a decade, overseeing a program that has participated in nearly 15,000 medical encounters in over 20 states and five continents. His work has resulted in over 500 children receiving lifesaving treatment and he has helped transform the cardiology program at the Uganda Heart Institute at Mulago Hospital so that open heart surgery can now be safely performed in Uganda. He also directs the Children's National echocardiography laboratory and has integrated telemedicine into his daily practice of cardiology.
Dr. Sable has key leadership roles in the American Board of Pediatric (Medical Editor of Cardiology Subboard), American Heart Association (Past Chair, Council for Cardiovascular Disease in the Young), Joint Council of Congenital Heart Disease (Chair) and World Heart Federation (Rheumatic Heart Disease Working Group and Pediatric Program chair). Dr. Sable also has significant accomplishments in global health issues surrounding cardiovascular disease in children.
He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, given invited talks at numerous national and international meetings, and coauthored six book chapters.
Dr. Sable graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency and cardiology fellowship training at Children’s National. Dr. Sable is board certified in pediatric cardiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
Reed V. Tuckson, MD is currently the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a health and medical care consulting business...Full Biography
Van Hipp is Chairman of American Defense International, Inc. a Washington, DC based consulting firm specializing in government affairs...Full Biography