Mentors

Felipe Albertao
I am a software engineer with PayPal, but I am working on a healthcare IoT-related project in my spare time for the past year. I am a passionate developer with several years of Silicon Valley start-up experience.
Over 15 years of international experience in implementing innovative technology solutions from the ground-up to production, with a solid track record of building mission-critical and cost-effective Internet-based systems in dynamic and challenging environments, using Linux, Flex, Java and Open Source frameworks. Strongly committed to excellence in software development, with an emphasis on OO, Agile methodologies, best practices and quality standards, as well as a focus on enabling a team-oriented environment through collaboration.
Ric Hughen
High impact builder & leader of life science business.Start-up, small-cap and fortune 100 experience.Innovative thinker and creative problem solver. Vice President at CSA Medical, Inc. 
Shameet Luhar
Shameet is CEO of Vheda Health, a digital disease management and data analytics company headquarter in Columbia, Maryland. Vheda Health's mission is empowering patients everywhere by delivering easy access to personalized care. Prior to Vheda Health, Shameet spent ten years in the health insurance industry, most recently at a data analytics startup purchased by WellPoint, designing clinical programs focused on improving compliance for chronic disease members. Shameet holds an MSc in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University and BS in Information Systems and Supply Chain Management from University of Maryland - College Park. Vheda Health was named Maryland's Best New Startup in 2014.
Philip Rub
Phillip is CTO of Vheda Health, a digital disease management and data analytics company headquarter in Columbia, Maryland. Vheda Health's mission is empowering patients everywhere by delivering easy access to personalized care. Prior to Vheda Health, Philip was a software engineer for Resolution Health, an analytics startup bought by WellPoint. At WellPoint, his focus was ROI analysis through big data analytics. Philip holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from University of Maryland – College Park and BS in Information Systems from Mount St. Mary’s College. Vheda Health was named Maryland's Best New Startup in 2014.
Kevin Strauss
Currently, I am the co-chair of the CRTC Health Tech Forum, I earned my masters in biomedical engineering along with dozens of patents and publication and currently am the founder/president of FamilyeJournal.com – a website that strengthens family relationships which leads to improved mental health and emotional well-being.
Santosh Venkatesha
Santosh founded Vigilant Medical in 2010 to address the growing digital health needs of improving quality care and coordination via a secure, HIPAA compliant web-based exchange of patient records and imaging data (CT, MRI, X-ray). Today the flagship product, ImageShare, serves many of the top US hospitals and health systems such as Cleveland Clinic and Catholic Health Initiatives. Prior to his current venture, he led the research, development, and commercialization efforts of early stage biomedical technologies in the areas of neurocritical care monitoring, cardiac rhythm nalysis, and GI imaging. This resulted in over $20M in translational research funding from NIH and culminated with regulatory 510(k) approval of the 1st in class web & Bluetooth enabled brain monitoring platform. Santosh received his Biomedical Engineering degree from Duke University and MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He lives with his wife and 2 kids across from Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, MD. 
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Lauren Weissbrod
College Attended: University of Pennsylvania
Graduation Year: 2011
Majors: Hispanic Studies and Urban Studies
Current Job: Senior Business Development Manager for a health IT company.
Nature of Current Work: I work with prospective healthcare clients (primarily MCOs and ACOs) to help them improve their care management and assessment processes by leveraging our care coordination tool built on Force.com. The tool includes workflow automation, task and event alerts, drag-and-drop forms configuration, and other VisualForce pages and proprietary Apex code.
Background: I have a lot of experience working with and mentoring high school students. I led a leadership program for 42 high school students for 2 summers and I coached a soccer team of 14-year-olds for 2 years. I also have +3 years of experience working in health IT.
Roxanne Zaghab
Most recently, Roxanne Ward Zaghab, MSW, DM, CKM, directed the launch, operation, and continuous improvement of the CIPS Knowledge Enterprise learning portal for health professionals. The robust online asynchronous portal (www.pharmacists4knowledge.org) builds on strong partnerships, evidence in knowledge management, and optimizing use of available educational technologies. Zaghab has "innovated" the business model for sustainable university-based online education for health professionals through responsive business models, innovative team processes, and technology-assisted assessment.  Dr. Zaghab's research and scholarship involve: human-technology interactions, implementation studies, practice dissemination, learning theory in resource-constrained practice; open educational resources; technology-assessed evaluation, and practitioner outcomes in interactive online learning.  Since 2011, she has designed curriculum and taught online at the University of Maryland University College in the fields of health care and organizational management.
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Robert  Zimmerman
Robert started his career over 25 years ago with Andersen Consulting as an information technology consultant.  Over that time he has performed every role within the information system development lifecycle.  He has always been interested in finding approaches and methodologies to more efficiently and cost effectively develop, maintain and audit technology for the healthcare and public sectors. To that end, Robert has developed multiple successful technology, business process and audit services around project risk management, quality improvement, internal controls readiness and regulatory compliance. As a Deloitte Partner, he served as regional project risk services and IT audit leader as well as a regional and national diversity leader.  As an entrepreneur and business leader his current focus is on developing innovative and efficient approaches to mitigating and preventing the myriad of risks from the growth and increasing prevalence of Health IT.  Robert has been one of the drivers in the development and launch of the HIPAA HITECH Express security and privacy compliance solution, as well as the QI EXPRESS platform for enhancing and managing healthcare quality and certification (PCMH, OSHA).
Robert speaks and writes regularly on Health IT and HIPAA security and privacy issues. He has a B.S. from University of Maryland and a M.S. from Purdue University.