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Peoplechart Advisory Board

The combined experience and expertise of Peoplechart's Medical Advisory Team plays an essential role in guiding the design and development of our services and products. As a team, they ensure that Peoplechart delivers useful, high-quality services and products that are relevant and credible to the medical community and to patients alike.

Members of our Advisory Board have strong clinical, scientific, patient care, and consumer advocacy backgrounds, with extensive practical and public policy experience. As they give guidance to Peoplechart's Management Team, they share their experience with delivering quality care, quality information for consumers and organizations, while keeping our focus on patient's health and wellness.

To date, we are pleased to say that our Advisory Board include leaders from 4 national consumer organizations, all based in Washington metro area. Through them, we hope to receive feedback for improving the usefulness of our products to consumers and generate presence in the consumer's mindset for the importance of the Personal Health Record model.

Geof Baker, Chairman of Advisory Board

Geof Baker is a principal at VenAdvisory, a digital health consulting firm that accelerates revenue for early-stage ventures and established technology firms with go-to-market execution in healthcare. Geof brings 25 years of diverse healthcare industry and technology experience as an executive and entrepreneur to Peoplechart. Geof has founded and sold several service and software companies. He enjoys working with clients to catalyze product marketing and sales development efforts, building wider company footprints and finding new paths to market.

Prior to VenAdvisory, Geof worked as interim Chief Marketing Officer to transform marketing functions at a $100M HIT company. At Cognizant Technology Solutions, Geof lead the restructuring of its healthcare division in IT delivery, sales, and marketing and drove healthcare profit from $25M to $130M from addition of several large health plans and state Medicaid accounts. Geof also founded, built, and then sold a healthcare analytics company to IMS Health. As a founder and CEO, Geof recruited the leadership team, raised $15M in capital, led product management, R & D, and sales and operations. Geof is pleased to chair the Peoplechart Advisory Board and help find new ways of marketing and enlarging the Company's footprint, especially in the launch of MedsIncontext™.

Eduardo Ortiz, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Advisor

Nationally recognized leader with over 18 years of clinical and research experience in evidence-based medicine, guideline development, quality/performance measures, informatics, and outcomes research. Previous positions include Senior Medical Officer at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Associate Chief of Staff and Director of Clinical Informatics at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, and Senior Advisor at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Paul Alandt

Paul Alandt recently retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland, a not-for-profit corporation encompassing four community senior centers, 12 supportive housing facilities, and a home-delivery meal program that serves more than 5,000 aging Ohio residents. Since assuming leadership of Golden Age Center in 1983, Mr. Alandt increased the organization’s fundraising revenues tenfold and slashed administrative costs by 35%. He had overseen 100 employees, a $3 million annual budget, and outreach programs to provide Cleveland seniors with a wide range of services including transportation, meals, counseling, social activities, health screening, legal services, and help with Social Security or tax problems.

From 1977 to 1983, Mr. Alandt was Executive Director of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, where he managed more than 100 government-grant contracts and a multi-million dollar service program for elderly residents of five Cleveland-area counties. While there, Mr. Alandt secured an $8 million federal grant to create a pilot program that eventually evolved into Ohio’s statewide PASSPORT program, currently connecting 24,000 low income seniors with long-term care services in community settings instead of more restrictive institutional settings.

Mr. Alandt is very familiar with working with government agencies, with Medicare processing for reimbursements and with technology associated with delivery of care and services to older adults. The Peoplechart team has benefited greatly over the past year from Mr. Alandt’s insight into the healthcare needs of seniors and guidance in making sure that our systems interface and messages appeal to this growing segment of the population.

Alandt's leadership roles have included chairing the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, chairing the United Way Council of Agency Executives, and chairing the Council on Older Persons. Since retiring, Alandt continues his life-long commitment to education in teaching courses Aging & Social Work Practice and Effective Management of Social Service Organizations through a joint appointment to Cleveland State University and The University of Akron.

Mr. Alandt began his career as a priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, where he held positions that included student counselor at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, Professor at Sacred Heart College, and Director of Community Internships at the College. He received a bachelor's degree from Sacred Heart College in Detroit, divinity degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome, and a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He received post-graduate executive training for Senior Executives in State and Local Government supported by a Gund Foundation Scholarship to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ray Bullman

Ray Bullman, M.A.M., joined the staff of the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) in 1985, and has served since January 1995 as Executive Vice President. The NCPIE, a multidisciplinary nonprofit coalition of more than 130 organizations, was founded in 1982 to improve the communication of information to consumers and health-care professionals on the appropriate use of medicines.

From 1979 to 1984, Mr. Bullman served as community program development specialist with the National High Blood Pressure Education Program under a contract to Kappa Systems, Inc., from the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institute of Health (NIH). He was also administrator of the Rockville Community Clinic in Rockville, Maryland, from 1972 to 1978. Mr. Bullman received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and his Master's in Association Management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

A longtime Peoplechart adviser, Mr. Bullman has provided a wealth of consumer insights during team discussions, and his expertise in consumer health communications informs the evaluation and refinement of Peoplechart's instructional materials, pamphlets, and presentations.

Linda Golodner

Linda Golodner joined the National Consumers League (NCL) in 1983, and was later appointed Executive Director in 1985 and elected President in 1991. Among the oldest and most recognized consumer organizations in the country, the NCL was founded in 1899 to bring consumer power to bear on marketplace and workplace issues. The NCL's priority programs address food and drug safety; health-care reform; fair labor standards; telecommunications; financial services; environmental issues; and consumer fraud.

Ms. Golodner also chairs the National Council on Patient Information and Education, and serves on the boards of the Patient Safety Institute and the National Patient Safety Foundation as well as the steering committee of the Centers for Education and Research in Therapeutics. In 1997, she was honored with the American Pharmaceutical Association's Hugo H. Schaefer Award and recognized by the United Nations Association for her work in human rights. The American Council on Consumer Interests presented her with its 1999 “Friend of Consumers” Award for her contributions to policies that promote consumers interests nationally and internationally.

Previously, Ms. Golodner was owner and President of a public-affairs firm representing nonprofit institutions and policy organizations. She also worked at the Capitol on the staff of U.S. Congressman James G. O'Hara of Michigan, and served as a commissioner and chair of the Fairfax County Commission for Women. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1975.

Ms. Golodner has provided countless vital suggestions on the strategy and timing of Peoplechart's public-relations and media efforts, and she continues to advise the team on all matters related to project marketing, consumer education, and ease-of-use issues.

Gail Hunt

Gail Hunt is President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, a nonprofit coalition of more than 40 national organizations including the AARP, the American Society on Aging, the National Council on the Aging, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The Alliance works to support the family caregiver through research, outreach, and public awareness programs, such as the first national caregiver survey in 10 years (with the AARP); an outreach program providing librarians and health-care professionals with materials to distribute to caregivers; and three studies on the impact of caregiving in the workplace.

The White House appointed Ms. Hunt to the policy committee of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, an event she previously attended as an official observer in 1995. She served on the U.S steering committee for the 1999 U.N. Year of the Older Person and as an official observer at the 1995 U.N. NGO Forum on Women in Beijing. She was a featured speaker at the European Community's 1993 “Aging of the Population” symposium in Dublin; the 1994 “Working and Caring” symposium in Bonn; the 1995 EU Panel on Caring and Employment in Brussels; the 1996 Second International Conference on Gerontechnology in Helsinki; and the First, Second, and Third International Conferences on Family Care (1998 U.K., 2000 Australia, and 2002 U.S.).

Ms. Hunt's elder-care work has received notice in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Working Woman, American Demographics, The New York Times, Parade Magazine, CNN, and MSNBC, among others. She attended Vassar College, received a degree in English literature from Columbia University, and later attended the International Graduate Institute at Oxford University.

Ms. Hunt counsels the Peoplechart team on industry and government policy trends that affect the aging, particularly PHR's complex research and policy implications for caregivers.

Jack Lewin, MD

President of Cardiovascular Research Foundation (ARO). Chairman, National Coalition on Health Care, Washington DC. Previous positions include Presidents of two of the nation’s most prestigious medical associations: American College of Cardiology and California Medical Association.

Whitney Limm, MD, Clinical Integration

Vice President of Clinical Integration at the Queens Medical Center with over 20 years of experience in General Surgery and Transplant Surgery. Previous positions at Queens include Medical Director of Surgical Services and Chief of General Surgery.

Kathy McDonald, MBA, Healthcare Research Executive

Executive Director of two national research centers at Stanford University: Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. Served in two Institute of Medicine Committees: Measuring What Matters (Pediatric and Adolescent Health); Health Care and Diagnostic Errors in Health Care. Thought leader, author, and contributor to evidence-based quality measures, including Quality and Patient Safety Indicators for the Agency Healthcare Research and Quality; Care Coordination Measures Atlas; Closing the Quality Gap; and Patient Safety Practices.

David Meltzer, MD, PhD

Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine; Director of the Center for Health and Social Services; Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science; Professor in the Department of Medicine and affiliated faculty of the Harris School and the Department of Economics, University of Chicago.