MintHealth is a global, decentralized health platform that aligns healthcare stakeholders around the shared goal of patient empowerment and improved clinical outcomes, at lower costs
Founders & Board of Directors
Dr. Samir Damani
Dr. Samir Damani is CEO and co-founder of MintHealth, a global, decentralized health platform that aligns healthcare stakeholders around the shared goal of patient empowerment and improved clinical outcomes, at lower costs. Dr. Damani has extensive experience as both a clinician and technology entrepreneur. Prior to MintHealth, Damani was the founding CEO of MD Revolution (MDR) which has become the gold standard technology-enabled service platform for Medicare’s chronic care management (CCM) program.
Under his leadership, the company raised over $43 million and now serves thousands of patients and providers across the U.S. MDR’s platform integrates patient generated data, electronic health records, and physician workflow for the purpose of optimizing population health management; and has demonstrated an over 5x ROI by reducing inpatient hospitalization claims in patients with multiple chronic conditions.
Dr. Damani remains active as an MDR Board Member and provides executive oversight of MDR’s corporate strategy and clinical functions. In addition, Dr. Damani is on clinical faculty at the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine for the UC San Diego Medical School, and is a board-certified practicing cardiologist at Scripps Clinic. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Damani has a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Clinical Investigation from the Scripps Research Institute.
Dr. Vishal Verma
Dr. Verma, a serial entrepreneur, is the CEO of NucleusHealth, an active leader in cloud medical data management and interpretation of complex medical images to speed diagnosis, and treatment planning. Under the leadership of Dr. Verma, NucleusHealth has grown nearly 5X since 2010 and now currently provides service to over 400 facilities for teleradiology and over 2400 facilities for cloud medical image management. Dr. Verma’s focus has been empowering patients with greater access and control of their healthcare journey by leveraging novel technologies like blockchain.
Dr. Verma’s extensive background in radiology combined with a passion for better workflows and solutions to improve patient care while lowering costs all started with a medical degree from the University of Miami. Dr. Verma served as a Chief Resident at the University of Chicago and then completed an MRI fellowship at the University of California San Diego. He is currently licensed to practice in all 50 states. Dr. Verma has a strong track record of entrepreneurship and enjoys the challenge of bringing new ideas to market.
Wyche T. Green, III (“Tee”)
Tee is the Executive Chairman and former CEO of Greenway Health™, where he has served in leadership roles since its founding in 1998. Greenway Health’s solutions are deployed at nearly 10,000 medical groups, clinics and enterprises across the U.S., where they’re used by more than 75,000 clinical professionals to improve patient care and to manage their financial and administrative processes more efficiently. A knowledgeable authority on healthcare reform, Green has been a contributing author on multiple scholarly articles in addition to authoring a chapter of the 2010 sequel to the award-winning book, Paper Kills. During his tenure at Greenway, Green has been involved in a total of six separate rounds of capital-raising activities, including to two separate private equity partners, raising a total of $87.5 million. In February 2012, Greenway completed an initial public offering, raising proceeds of $77 million. Mr. Green has recently led Greenway through a go private transaction with Vista Equity Partners with an all cash transaction of $644 million. A serial entrepreneur, Green has started several companies prior to Greenway Health across a wide array of business areas including transportation, hotel development, venture investing, agriculture/farming, music and entertainment. And, of course, active participation in several software companies.
Executive Management & Team
Dr. Jean Balgrosky
Chief Information Officer
Dr. Balgrosky is a former CIO of large, complex healthcare organizations, including Scripps Health and Holy Cross Health System (now Trinity Health System). With a PhD in Health Policy and Management, Jean serves on the faculty at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is founder of Bootstrap Incubation, LLC, a firm established to invest, mentor and grow life science and information technology start-ups.
Chief Financial Officer
Patrick is an entrepreneurial executive with greater than 5 years of start-up experience serving as a CFO and COO. With over 18 years with Deloitte and Ernst & Young’s accounting, tax and management consulting firms, he has successfully led teams in key operational areas involving finance, ERP implementations, IT infrastructure, strategic business planning, debt and equity financing and e-commerce.
Jeremy “Jerry” V. Gross
Chief Strategy Officer
As MintHealth’s Chief Strategy Officer, Jerry provides executive oversight for creating, communicating, and executing MintHealth’s strategic initiatives, including its business and operating models, product development, and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining MintHealth, Jerry held senior technology and product software development leadership roles at Amgen, McKesson, Bank of America, JP Morgan and Intuit. Throughout his career, he has achieved industry recognition in spearheading “first of a kind” Digital Health, Wellness, Financial Services, and Internet Services through Technology Strategy, Digital Vision, Software Development, Digital Marketing, Strategic Alliances and Digital Operations. Over the last couple of years, his teams have globally launched digital products solving serious unmet patient needs, including, identifying over 300,000 patients suffering from previously undiagnosed illnesses.
Jerry is a graduate of the David Syme School of Business at Monash University in Melbourne Australia and is a recipient of the Moxie Award for the Best Digital Innovation as well as the Network World User Excellence Award.
Director of Communications and Corporate Alliances
Courtney brings an extensive background in media and corporate finance to her role. Prior to MintHealth, Courtney was an investment banker working in leverage debt capital markets at Deutsche Bank. She also worked in business development for Viacom in their marketing division, Scratch. She and her sisters co-founded and operated GolferGirl Magazine which had a national circulation of over 10,000 with subscribers in 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico. Courtney enjoys sports and was a nationally ranked Junior and D-1 collegiate golfer winning four consecutive conference championships.
Collaboration Partners & Technology Team
Co-founder & Managing Partner, Genesis Block
Raleigh Harbour is a seasoned technology executive with nearly 20 years of experience in SaaS software, online media, digital advertising, eCommerce, and business services. Raleigh currently serves as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Genesis Block, a venture production studio focused on developing decentralized protocols, infrastructure, and applications leveraging blockchain technology. Through in-house innovation, vertical partnerships and strategic investments, Genesis Block accelerates the disruptive potential of blockchain and fosters its growth and adoption across every aspect of our lives.
Blockchain Architect, Blockaire
Tanuj Nigam is a serial entrepreneur and technology/product co-founder of multiple start-ups. He is a senior architect and has developed multiple blockchain DApps for large commercial enterprises, government organizations, and startups across a wide variety of sectors. Tanuj has +20 years of experience developing enterprise software for clients such as Bank of America, Experian, and Allianz Insurance.
Blockchain Strategy, Blockaire
Umesh Lalwani founded and managed Assigncorp, a technology consulting firm with over $130 million in revenue and +20 years of experience building scalable solutions for large enterprise companies and startups. He is leveraging the blockchain paradigm to define next-generation solutions to the systemic challenges in healthcare and public policy. Umesh draws on many years of working in the healthcare, fintech, and entertainment sectors to define solutions for a client’s mission critical goals. Umesh has a passion for creative business models and loves to find synergy between business goals and collective human psychology.
Healthcare Architect, Adroitsoft
Rafique Khan is a founder of Adroitsoft Inc., an entrepreneur and a senior healthcare IT consultant. Rafique leverages his +17 years of healthcare experience working with large enterprises such as Kaiser Permanente to develop leading edge solutions that improve safety and quality of patient care, reduce costs, and maximizing return on investment for client organizations.
WW Health Chief Information Security Officer, Microsoft
Hector Rodriguez is Microsoft’s Worldwide Health Chief Information Security Officer. He leads Microsoft’s work in health cloud compliance, health standards, cybersecurity and privacy, and blockchain in health. Hector works to ensure that healthcare security, privacy and compliance are foundational to Microsoft’s healthcare digital transformation strategy. His work is aligned with a covered entity’s “Triple/Quadruple Aim” objectives to improve the patient and caregiver experience, improve population health and reduce costs.
Hector works extensively with industry and academic groups including WEDI-SNIP, HL/7, AHIP, HIMSS, HITRUST, and CAQH. He is currently a board advisor of the Samueli Institute for health research, a founding member of the HITRUST Business Associate Council. He is also a health industry and cybersecurity curriculum advisor for University of Connecticut and Seton Hall University. Hector is a notable speaker for Microsoft’s executive briefing center, partner conferences, and HIMSS on “Cybersecurity and the Trusted Healthcare Cloud” and “Healthcare Digital Transformation”. Hector began his career in 1982 as a software engineer at Bell Research Laboratories and has been in the IT business for over 30 years.
Hector has an M.B.A. in Management Finance and Entrepreneurship and a B.A. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.
Ken G. Brook III
Co-founder & CEO, MetaX
Ken Brook is a serial entrepreneur and he has built technology companies from the ground up since 2010. His most recent accomplishment is co-founding and serving as CEO of MetaX, the first platform to unlock the blockchain for online advertising – adChain. Most recently, Ken founded and currently still serves as CEO of VidRoll, a video technology and monetization partner for premium content publishers. Previously, Ken started StreamRoll Media, a cross-screen adtech company, in 2013, and earlier in his career held positions in both traditional and digital media. MetaX is a blockchain-based protocol and token factory.
CTO, Nucleus Health
Chris Hafey, Chief Technology Officer NucleusHealth, holds multiple patents in medical informatics and imaging. He is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in both medical imaging and blockchain applications in healthcare. Chris is the primary architect behind NucleusHealth’s patented streaming technology for viewing medical images at lightning speed using any modern web browser. Chris led a team that placed second at the 2017 ONC Blockchain in Healthcare Code-a-thon after developing a prototype for sharing of medical imaging using blockchain. Prior to NucleusHealth, Chris served as CTO for OnPoint Medical Diagnostics, Chief Architect at Vital Images, Director of Engineering at Stentor and other leadership roles for many breakthrough technology firms. He has an engineering degree from California State University, Chico.
Co-founder and CEO, Guardian Circle
Mark Jeffrey is a serial entrepreneur and author. He has co-founded five internet companies (three exits) and written eight books, including the Max Quick series (Harper Collins). Three times, he has conceptualized and built consumer products that generated millions of registered users in the first year.
Most recently, Mark founded Guardian Circle, an app that lets friends, family and neighbors protect one another (GuardianCircle.com). He is also an early pioneer of crypto-currencies, having published two of the first books on Bitcoin: BITCOIN EXPLAINED SIMPLY (2012) andTHE CASE FOR BITCOIN (2015).
His previous companies include The Palace (backed by Time Warner, Intel and SoftBank; sold toCommunities.com in 1998 with 10 million users), ZeroDegrees (a business social network sold to InterActiveCorp / IAC in 2004 with 1 million users) and ThisWeekIn (co-founded with Kevin Pollak and Jason Calacanis). He was also the founding CTO of Mahalo / Inside.com (backed by Elon Musk, Sequoia, Mark Cuban and others). Mark also consulted for several years directly for Travis Kalanick, now CEO of Uber, on his first company Red Swoosh.
Mark’s first book, MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT, was published in hardcover and ebook by HarperCollins in May, 2011. It was initially podcast as a series of episodic mp3’s and received over 2.5 million downloads.
Mark Jeffrey holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire. He is a TEDx speaker and was a featured speaker at the very first Harvard Conference on the Internet and Society.
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
VP, Partners Connected Health
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President–Partners Connected Health, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He is the author of The Internet of Healthy Things, describing how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to ultimately change behavior to improve our health. Under Dr. Kvedar’s two decades of leadership, Partners Connected Health has launched a number of innovative mobile health programs, virtual care initiatives and clinical research programs for the more than 1.5 million patients served at Partners HealthCare-affiliated hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Partners connected health programs are helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.
Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Information Technologies, UCSD
Larry Smarr the Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Information Technologies, joined the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) faculty in 2000 and became the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology in December 2000. Prior to UCSD, he was the founder and 15-year director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the National Computational Science Alliance, both based at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (UIUC). Professor Smarr is a widely-quoted authority on the future of information technology and telecommunications. He is a pioneer in prototyping a national information infrastructure to support academic research, governmental functions, and industrial competitiveness, and played a pivotal role in the development of the Internet and high-performance computing.
VP, Head of Digital Business Development & Licensing, Novartis
Jeremy Sohn joined Novartis, in November 2015, as VP, Head of Digital Business Development & Licensing supporting Novartis’ Digital Medicines program cross-divisionally. In 2016, Jeremy also served as Global Head of Digital Development within Novartis, Global Drug Development. Jeremy is a serial software entrepreneur with more than 17 years of experience founding, managing and advising both healthcare and technology companies. Prior to Novartis, Jeremy was Managing Director & Operating Partner at MPM Capital where he led the firm’s digital health investment strategy and partnership with Novartis. At MPM, Jeremy founded two companies, CentrosHealth (a mobile, patient-engagement platform designed to improve the patient experience during clinical trials, acquired by Clinical Ink) and TriNetX (a federated network of clinical data warehouses that optimizes clinical trial protocol design and patient recruitment).
Chief Legal Officer, block.one and ii5
Wendy is a senior corporate lawyer with over 15 years of private practice and in-house counsel experience. She has extensive experience working with technology companies including start-ups having worked at Cooley LLP in the Silicon Valley, California previously, and has particular expertise providing legal advice in relation to distributed ledger technology projects (including the development of the EOS.IO software) and blockchain tokens.
Wendy’s broad corporate/commercial law experience includes corporate restructurings, VC/private equity transactions, setting up investment funds, joint venture transactions, complex M&A and advising with respect to insurance/reinsurance transactions. She was formerly Assistant General Counsel for the large NYSE-listed reinsurance company, Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings, which was recently acquired by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. for US$4.9 billion.
In addition to California, Wendy has practiced law in Ontario, Canada, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda and is an offshore law specialist. Wendy has been recommended as a leading lawyer in Legal 500 Caribbean and has been included on Citywealth’s IFC Power Women Top 200 list.
Co-Founder, SALT Lending
Mr. Cohen is a co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at SALT Lending. Working for Signet Partners for the last seven years, Mr. Cohen has worked extensively in emerging markets and in reviewing and producing contracts. He has an extensive and accomplished background in complex contractual negotiations and transactional deal-making, specializing in real estate, networking, and capital formation.
Sia is a variant on the Bitcoin protocol that enables decentralized file storage via cryptography contracts. These contracts can be used to enforce storage agreements between clients and hosts. After agreeing to store a file, a host must regularly submit storage proofs to the network. The host will automatically be compensated for storing the file regardless of the behavior of the client.
Dr. Mike Klieger
Radiologist – Modesto Radiological Medical Group
Dr. Klieger is a serial entrepreneur with healthcare expertise. His medical career spans neuroradiology at NYU Medical Center and private practice. He believes in precision medicine with advancements that grow the patient-physician partnership. Dr. Klieger’s medical and technological expertise has coalesced within several start-ups. He brings his healthcare entrepreneurial expertise and blockchain experience to Minthealth.