Leadership

Arthur KapoorPresident and CEO
Anthony N. Akosa, MDChief Medical Officer
Dr. Sanjay SethExecutive Vice President
Sita KapoorChief Information Officer
Philip JacobsChief Financial Officer
Laura Tompkins, RN, BSNDirector, Care Coordination
Charles CarrTechnical Compliance Officer
Karen SchermaVice President, Revenue Cycle
Phil YadonData Scientist

  Arthur Kapoor - President and CEO

Arthur Kapoor is a creative and driven entrepreneur that has spent the last 33 years building financial, clinical and operational platforms to solve the most perplexing challenges across several industries.

Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Rutgers University, Kapoor pioneered technology that helped business executives visualize data in new and different ways, creating market leadership and differentiation for the clients he served. In 1986, he partnered with fellow entrepreneurs to create Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs for the furniture industry, pioneering the concept of visualizing facilities management floor plans with office furniture, which was acquired by a leading furniture manufacturer. In 1991, Kapoor entered the healthcare arena by founding Med-Link Technologies, which became the fastest growing healthcare claims clearinghouse in the US; Med-Link was subsequently acquired by Emdeon.

In 1997, Kapoor founded Infotech Global, Inc. a software development company that uses agile methodologies to build applications for its clients, offering a wide range of services across the entire software application lifecycle. Kapoor returned his focus to healthcare in 2005, after noting the continued challenges faced by providers in accessing and using data to drive informed patient care. Kapoor was an early pioneer in interoperability and health information exchange, providing the infrastructure for the New Jersey Health Information Network. In 2012, HealthEC was formed to enable healthcare organizations to manage their population’s health by aggregating information from all sources and translating that knowledge into action. Building on its expertise in data exchange, analytics and workflow, HealthEC developed a full spectrum of solutions to help organizations deliver on the promise of value-based care – improving the quality of care for a population of patients through prevention, care coordination and chronic care management.

Kapoor is also a passionate philanthropist. He founded Akluyva in 2010, and continues to ensure that almost 400 orphaned Indian children are provided with food, clothing, education and medical care. Kapoor is also a regular speaker and panelist on the lecture circuit of World Economic Forum addressing Third World Technology challenges, and contributes his free time to counsel startup leaders. In 2011, Kapoor was knighted by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta for his charitable work around the world.

Kapoor remains active in academia as well, serving as the Co-Executive Vice Chair, Board of Overseers: Membership, for the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) which provides a leadership role in fundraising, and a critical link between academe and the business community.

  ANTHONY N. AKOSA, MD - Chief Medical Officer

Anthony N. Akosa, MD, MBA, is a board-certified family practice physician that has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. He oversees corporate medical policy, and population health management and practice transformation strategy for HealthEC.

Dr. Akosa completed his Family Practice Residency at the Indiana University Medical Center in 1995 and has served as an attending physician at that facility for 21 years. He is implementing cutting edge technology and support systems to improve patient care, lower costs and improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Akosa also earned his MBA in finance from the Indiana University Kelley Graduate School of Business in 2002.

 Dr. Sanjay Seth - Executive Vice President

Dr. Sanjay Seth brings over 30 years of clinical, administrative and consulting experience to the HealthEC leadership team, where he develops strategies to support providers and organizations participating in care delivery programs borne out of Health Reform and the Accountable Care Act. Dr. Seth also provides consulting services to provider groups and organizations to help them transform their services and optimize the health and wellness of their population, including physician engagement strategies, care coordination programs, population risk management, ACO strategies and payer/provider contract negotiations.

Dr. Seth has supported two physician groups in the formation of Accountable Care Organizations under the MSSP initiative, creating collaborative care coordination agreements and introducing technology and processes to manage ACO operations. He also established a payer supported Virtual Patient Centered Medical Home program for over 15,000 lives with care coordination and technology to comply with quality measures and utilization metrics.

Prior to joining HealthEC, he was a part of the turnaround team for Interfaith Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Hospital Center at Orange and East Orange General Hospital, leading the implementation of complex hospital and physician clinical, financial, contractual and compensation relationships. Dr. Seth has also led numerous physician groups in their formation or re-structuring efforts including modification of billing systems, implementation of EMR’s and development of partnership agreements.

Dr. Seth studied medicine in Bangalore, India and holds a Masters in Health Administration from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

 Sita Kapoor - Chief Information Officer

Sita is a healthcare IT entrepreneur and innovative leader directing HealthEC’s research and development team, applying mathematical and computing models in the custom development of large-scale data integration and analytics solutions that empower physicians and healthcare organizations to identify and engage at-risk patients requiring closer medical attention. She is also actively involved in HIPAA workgroups, charged with defining consent and transaction standards.

Prior to HealthEC, Sita was co-founder and CIO of IGI Health, a provider of IT solutions and BPO services. There, she built the Med-Link clearinghouse that allowed provider organizations working with any billing system to capture and convert data into discrete data formats for claims adjudication. Sita further designed the foundation for custom and packaged healthcare portal solutions, including the payer-provider portal, clinical exchange and the personal health record. She has also provided consulting services for numerous multi-national healthcare companies including United Healthcare, Siemens Medical Systems and Johnson & Johnson healthcare.

Sita began her data scientist career in the aeronautics sector in the mid-1980s. She was part of an engineering team that programmed the navigational backup system for the U.S. Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. She also converted raw satellite telemetry data that was fed to the first UNIX database for satellite monitoring via Microsoft tools. For a NASA project, she interpreted encrypted satellite data to prevent spacecraft communication failure.

She holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, and a Master of Computer Science degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.

 Philip Jacobs - Chief Financial Officer

Philip Jacobs is a financial executive with over 20 years of experience at public multinational corporations and successful private start-ups. Throughout his career, Philip has provided overarching financial management including IPO’s, raising private capital, and mergers and acquisitions. He has also served as an officer on several corporate boards.

Prior to joining HealthEC, Philip was the SVP of Finance at Sandlot Solutions. He also previously served as the global finance director of CSC’s half-billion dollar global business unit; the VP of finance at First Consulting Group, and the CFO of Paragon Solutions. Earlier in his career, Philip was the Finance Director for Peachtree Software and IMNET Systems, where he led initial and secondary public offerings. He specializes in business strategy, financial planning and analysis, restructuring and optimization, SEC reporting, and SOX/internal controls.

He holds an MBA from Emory University, Atlanta, GA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering/Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

 Laura Tompkins, RN, BSN - Director, Care Coordination

Laura Tompkins serves as the Director of Care Coordination for HealthEC. She brings to her role past experience as a Project Coordinator for a large pharmaceutical company where she worked in the clinical research oncology department.

She is an RN with clinical experience in multiple fields such as medical surgical, stroke, orthopedic, PACU, pre-op, as well as experience as the lead embedded RN Care Manager for a large ACO in the Mercer County, NJ area working with several primary care physician offices prior to joining HealthEC.

While working in her role as lead Care Manager, Laura developed care management tools, was responsible for training, helped to streamline care-flow processes and to institute practice transformation within the ACO. She received her BSN from The College of New Jersey where she was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau Academic Achievement Award upon graduation.

 Charles Carr - Technical Compliance Officer

Charles Carr is the Technical Compliance Officer for HealthEC, formerly known as IGI Health, where his primary responsibilities include compliance, operations management, and program management of a New Jersey based HIE. He has implemented quality control and process improvement to increase overall quality and effectiveness.

Prior to joining HealthEC, Charles worked as a CTO for a multi-hospital healthcare system where he assisted in the architecture and development of one of New Jersey’s first RHIO/HIE programs and deployed ambulatory information systems to physician offices including work flow and amalgamation of patient information at the point of care to deliver a higher quality of patient care. He also implemented best practices in security, operations management, process improvement, and project management.

Throughout his more than 20 years in healthcare information technology, Charles has designed, project managed, built and optimized IT systems and processes in both hospital and ambulatory settings. Charles holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters degree in Business Administration, and is a member of HIMSS.

 Karen Scherma - Vice President, Revenue Cycle

Karen Scherma, with over 30 years experience in healthcare, is an expert in EDI transactions, especially as it relates to the healthcare revenue cycle. Her major work includes workflow/data analysis and documentation, business modelling and business process re-engineering, project planning, design and development of system specifications, internal and user procedures, forms and manuals, X12 Syntax Training, and HIPAA Transaction Set mapping.

Prior to joining HealthEC, Karen was an executive at CareInsite where she was a technical liaison for Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, GHI and HIP (now both known as Emblem Health) and Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield; and a Director of EDI Transaction Development at NEIC, the largest healthcare claims clearinghouse prior to its being sold to a competing company.

Karen was a co-creator of the original National Standard Format – a precursor to the HIPAA 837 and 835 Transaction Sets; she is also a former voting member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI X12), where she played a critical role in the creation of the HIPAA healthcare transaction sets enacted into law. She has authored white papers used as input to the HIPAA process, is a former member of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), and a former participant in the Strategic National Implementation Process (SNIP).

 Phil Yadon - Data Scientist

Philip Yadon, with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serves as the Data Scientist for HealthEC. His expertise is in developing actionable analytics that clearly identify opportunities for improved patient outcomes and impacting the cost curve. Previously he managed a National Third Party Administrator in Colorado Springs and managed a Regional Underwriting office for Symetra Financial in Indianapolis.

As a Healthcare Informatics Professional Philip led a team of analysts at a regional health plan in developing cutting-edge PHM analytic tools. His experience gives him a unique combination of healthcare claims expertise and healthcare information technology knowledge. He holds certifications from ICA, HIIA, LOMA and Microsoft, as well as a Bachelor in Theology from Jackson College of Ministries.

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