A quintessential Internet entrepreneur, Dave Chase has launched several new businesses over his career, initially from within Microsoft. These include leading Microsoft’s entry into the enterprise software business and founding Microsoft’s Healthcare business, both of which began from virtually nothing and are now industry-leading, multi-billion dollar enterprises. He also gained deep experience in the healthcare industry as a senior consultant for Accenture’s Healthcare practice, working with more than two dozen healthcare providers and systems.
Dave has spent the last several years working as an acting executive, founder, or consultant for a variety of startups, including market-leading companies such as LiveRez.com, MarketLeader, iMedia Communications, and WhatCounts.
Dave’s entrepreneurial roots go back to building up a lawn mowing business in junior high to help pay his way through college and leading ski trips to Whistler. Dave also owns a local media property in Idaho (SunValleyOnline.com) that became one of the country’s first local websites to be profitable. He regularly writes for the Huffington Post, Sandhill.com, iMediaConnection, Hearst’s Seattle PI, TechCrunch, and the Online Journalism Review. Dave can be found at @chasedave
Bassam Saliba is an experienced entrepreneur with over 22 years in the computer industry, founding and running technology startups and leading the design and development of large-scale, complex, mission-critical software systems. Bassam is also the Chairman of Equiom, a software consultancy and incubation firm he co-founded. Prior to Equiom, he was the VP of Engineering for Scalix Corporation, a developer of enterprise-based messaging software. Before Scalix, Bassam was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Fidesic, where he pioneered an electronic invoice presentment and payments (EIPP) platform. Bassam also spent 10 years at Microsoft in various roles, including the Group Manager for TransPoint, a technology venture between Microsoft, Citibank, and First Data Corporation (sold to CheckFree for $1 Billion. Bassam serves as an advisor to several startups in the Northwest, and sits on the boards of several startups.
Bassam has 19 patents filed (9 issued), and he brings extensive experience in business and technology, including strategy, architecture, design, development, and project management. Bassam holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.S. in Software Engineering from Seattle University; he has also completed the EPGC (Executive Program for Growing Companies) program at Stanford University.
Eve M. Stern has been building and growing national companies dedicated to consumer empowerment for more than three decades. As a serial entrepreneur, she has been involved in designing, implementing and distributing multiple healthcare solutions for physicians, hospitals, insurance companies and other provider organizations that leverage technology to get the right information to the right people at the right time for improved outcomes.
In January, 2013, she joined Avado as SVP of Business Development. Eve’s most recent accomplishments have focused on development of leading national databases to support consumers and their professional advocates committed to more effective transitions of care. In 2012, as CEO of SNAPforSeniors (SNAP), she sold the largest national database of local community resources in the U.S to CareLike, an affiliate of HealthLink Dimensions. Prior to starting SNAP, Eve was SVP of NexCura, a suite of online decision support tools which were adopted by American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association as their primary consumer resources for chronic illness treatment options. She also founded EthoSolutions, the first online healthcare recruitment company sold to J. Walter Thomson in 1996.
Eve’s attraction to start-up companies began with the first HMO in eastern Long Island with Community Health Plan of Suffolk followed by the build- out of Sound Health, the first provider owned PPO in WA State in 1983 which sold to the Sisters of Providence. Her track record also included a successful turnaround as Executive Director of Children’s Hospital Home Health and an IPO with OptionCare as VP of Business Development in 1991.
Blending her training as a registered nurse with a health care business management degree, she has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to streamline processes with enhanced lower cost technology and service solutions that deliver value to both consumers and clinicians. She has served on multiple non-profit Boards, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and authored numerous articles. Eve has a nursing degree from Columbia University, NY and a Masters in Health Care Administration from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook.
Mary Kate Salley joined Avado as VP of Client Services in February 2013. She has more than 25 years of experience working in the health care field. Prior to joining Avado, she served as EVP at Alere Wellbeing (formerly Free & Clear, a Seattle-based start-up) overseeing both Service Delivery and Client Services. She and her team of Client Services Managers were responsible for the retention, growth and satisfaction of their health system, health plan, employer and government clients. Nearly 500 service delivery personnel reported directly into her as she oversaw the delivery of behavioral health coaching. Ms. Salley is an expert in health care and service operations. Possessing a combination of technical knowledge, creative problem-solving skills and high-energy enables her to motivate colleagues and staff to optimize performance for all clients. Her expertise is derived from first-hand experience serving as VP and Principal of DOCTORS, Inc., a national health care call enter service agency in Seattle. Her company provided call center functions to health systems, hospitals and large insurance groups. She sold the company in 1999 to American Medical Response. She also serves as a senior consultant to Health and Human Services in the area of tobacco treatment and prevention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Washington State University.
Julie Braman joined Avado as Managing Director of Life Sciences Innovation in February 2012. With a rich background in healthcare and biopharmaceuticals, Ms. Braman has come to our team with a unique perspective on the changing landscape of care delivery. With a diverse blend of business development, marketing, product development, Health IT and patient care experiences, she understand the needs of individuals receiving care, as well as those of the practices and potential partners wanting to provide services and solutions to these individuals.
Ms. Braman’s current focus is on patient engagement innovation and product development. As a past practicing pharmacist specializing in primary care, she is an expert in all aspects of prescriptive patient care. She was instrumental in pioneering the forays of pharmacists at Group Health into the role as valuable members of the primary care team. With a combination of technical knowledge, creative problem-solving skills, and high-energy, her work with health practitioners and our development team helps us to evolve our product to provide innovative ways of communicating with and engaging patients in managing and tracking their health.
Before Avado, Ms. Braman played leadership roles in launching new businesses within Microsoft. Having founded Microsoft’s Life Sciences business, she had global marketing and general management responsibilities. She set corporate vision and global marketing strategy and successfully developed key partnerships within the industry to build pharmaceutical solutions based on the Microsoft platform of products.
Ms. Braman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Washington State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
John Yii spent over 10 years at Microsoft where he managed projects for Windows Live Onecare, Windows XP SP2, MSN Money Central, Microsoft Passport, and the MSN Data warehouse and advertising engines. John also served as the Director of Operations and Group Program Manager for Fidesic Corporation. There he led the design, development, and deployment of the company’s flagship electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP) service for businesses. John holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Laila Taji is responsible for Industry Relations at Avado. She has been involved with Avado from the early days, bringing her extensive experience in clinical practice to the company. Prior to joining Avado, Laila was a practicing nurse working predominantly in pediatrics in both inpatient and ambulatory settings at several organizations including Harborview Medical Center, Stanford Children’s Hospital, and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Laila brings to the team expertise in patient relations and care coordination. Laila holds a Master in Public Health from the University of Washington with focus on health IT, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from John Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science from Smith College.
At a personal level, she is a mother, wife and caregiver responsible for the health of her family and an elderly parent. The blend of her clinical, public health and family responsibilities is particularly helpful since the core of Avado is creating a collaborative care tool that is beneficial not only to professionals but also individuals and caregivers.
Pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, MBE, FAAP, author of Seattle Children’s Hospital Seattle Mama Doc Blog, is working to revolutionize health communications by using social media to bridge the gap between parents and doctors. As one of the first pediatricians to blog for a leading children’s hospital, she leverages social media platforms to provide relevant, practical and timely guidance to parents focused on raising healthy children. Fostering candid conversations between doctors, patients and parents in an online setting is a new approach to medicine but one that may have a positive effect on the traditional patient-doctor relationship. This new communication can morph the relationship into one that is more interactive, informed, and in some cases, more valuable. Tackling issues from vaccines to work life balance, Dr. Swanson provides a voice of reason, not only as a pediatrician but also as a parent, and is focused on helping parents gain clarity and eliminate fear when making decisions for their children.
Dr. Swanson is an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Parents magazine and is on the board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. Dr. Swanson graduated with Honors in Psychology from Kenyon College. After college, she taught bilingual middle school science for two years through Teach for America in Oakland, CA. She earned an MD and MBE (Master’s in Bioethics) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then completed her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition to her blog, she can be found on Twitter at <a href=”http://twitter.com/SeattleMamaDoc” target=”blank”>@SeattleMamaDoc</a>
Dr. Swanson speaks nationally on physician use of social media and it’s role in advocacy. Recent presentations include:
- Cerner Health Conference 2011 – Keynote Speaker
- Ragan Mayo Clinic Social Media Summit 2011 – Keynote Speaker
- American Academy of Pediatrics District Leadership Conference 2011
Dr. Luks is a practicing, Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with offices in Westchester and Dutchess Counties. At New York Medical College he is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery where he is entrusted with the training of the next generation of Orthopedic Surgeons. At University Orthopedics, PC and Westchester Medical Center Dr. Luks serves as the Chief of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy.
Dr. Luks is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. He has had a deep digital presence for nearly 4 years and now nearly 20% of his practice’s new patients come through a google search or social media related referral. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as solo practitioners on their online endeavors. Inbound marketing techniques can prove equally effective regardless of the size or complexity of your organization.
Ted Epperly, M.D., FAAFP, a family physician in Boise, Idaho is Program Director and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
Ted is the past board chair and president of the American Academy of Family Physicians where he advocated on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system. He has been a member of the AAFP since 1980 and joined the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians when he retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2001. He was a residency assistance program consultant before becoming a member of the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for family medicine, and serves as a commissioner of the Central District Board of Health for the four-county area surrounding Boise
Ted is a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Family Medicine; the advisory board of Men’s Health Magazine; and a reviewer for the Annals of Family Medicine and American Family Physician. Ted has been published in more than 45 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, and given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally. He has testified before Congress regarding critical issues such as family medicine, primary care, healthcare workforce, access to care, medical home, and health system transformation. Ted has ranked by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and is the author of Staring into the Soul of America – Why We Struggle With Healthcare For All.
Ted holds an MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. He completed a family medicine faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics. He is also an AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.