HealthTech Solutions has worked in or alongside many federal departments including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the White House. Team members have also worked with or for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in all 56 states and territories. Here are some of our team members:
JoAnne has over a decade of experience in EHR implementation and use. Most recently, she spent seven years with the Indian Health Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helping implement the Health IT for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act program requirements, which included the EHR incentive program. Also, as a certified Scrum Master, JoAnne is experienced in agile development methods.
JoAnne enjoys the variety of projects she is offered at HealthTech Solutions and likes watching states grow their programs. She is a mother of two, and her remote work arrangement allows her to support her daughters traveling for a competitive dance program. For her, the professional growth support as well as the work/life balance offered by working from home communicates that HealthTech Solutions cares about her personal and professional happiness and success.
Mackenzie Brown, MBA
Mackenzie Brown began working for HealthTech Solutions in 2015 after her tenure as a special assistant to the first lady of Kentucky. She tackled office administration and oversight until her recent move to managing human resources for our fast-growing company. She loves working at HealthTech Solutions because when she tries to learn new things, someone is always there to help her figure it out.
In addition to taking her career in new directions with learning about human resources, the work/life balance afforded as part of the company ethos allowed her to pursue her MBA in a part-time program. “I love that this company lets people with less experience find their own way through mentorship and supporting projects. Everyone just jumps in and helps where needed.”
HealthTech Solutions was Ashley’s first job out of college, where she studied mathematics. She now has over five years experience in health IT and is able to apply her math training on a number of different analysis projects. She enjoys learning new topic areas and the opportunity to take on new responsibilities with each project. “Friends who work at other companies complain about not feeling supported on projects and not getting to try new things, so I love that I get both of these things at HealthTech Solutions.” She has contributed for multiple years to a large analysis project for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is now the lead on these quarterly and annual reports. Ashley’s experience also includes auditing for CMS’s Promoting Interoperability Program.
When Ashley needed to move to Seattle, HealthTech Solutions allowed her to work from a home office – a flexibility she enjoys while still learning and contributing to large-scale projects.
Dawn Gallagher, JD
Dawn is an accomplished organizational leader holding positions at the federal and state agency level, including executive, academic, and consulting-based roles. In Maine, Dawn served as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Conservation, and Director of several departments in the Maine Medicaid program (MaineCare). She also served as the Maine Director of the Office of the State Coordinator for Health Information Technology, where she directed the State’s healthcare technology systems and Maine’s EHR incentive payment program. She led Maine’s collaborative strategic planning efforts for three cabinet level agencies, including the State’s Medicaid five-year health IT strategic plan. Dawn is an attorney and adjunct professor and provides pro bono legal services to veterans and others. Her passion outside work is driving vintage race cars.
Vibhas Chandrachood, PMP, ITIL
Vibhas Chandrachood is an engineer by training, which lets him understand large systems, programs, and IT implementation across all projects. He has over 30 years of experience in delivering IT solutions for private and government services – both from inside government and as a support contractor. Vibhas has held a number of leadership and managerial roles in the state government and with private vendors. In addition to the Enterprise Project Management Office, he leads our work for a state Department of Transportation where he trains project management leaders in best practices. Vibhas is a certified Project Management Professional and ITIL.
Zeda has nearly a decade of experience working in health IT and health information exchange program and policy development in multiple states. She had a six-year career working as a social services caseworker, where she developed frontline human services experience. She enjoys working on multiple projects and continues to grow professionally. Additionally, the remote work arrangement lets her live closer to her aging parents, for whom she provides care. “I love my job, but I need to balance home and work. This is the happiest I’ve been in my career.”
Nicole has nearly a decade of experience working on healthcare and health IT. Prior to joining us, Nicole was a financial manager at a multi-specialty provider practice and she now uses that important background to support program compliance for the federal EHR incentive program, known as the Promoting Interoperability Program. Nicole is also a certified dental hygienist, bringing critical clinical practice experience to her work. She lives with her son in San Diego.
Kim’s career in health and human services programs has spanned more than 35 years. During her tenure with the Alabama Medicaid Agency, Kim had the opportunity to serve in various capacities including Director of Medical Services, Director of Transformational Initiatives, and State Health IT Coordinator. With HealthTech Solutions, Kim has expanded her skills and experiences while working with a variety of states. Kim’s areas of expertise include Health IT, outreach and education, and project management. While Kim enjoys work-related travel and working with people across states, she also likes to come back to Alabama to spend time with family.
Aparna Anil Kumar
Aparna has over 10 years of experience in application design, development, and implementation. Her experience includes working with major systems including the critical functions of coding, testing, and implementation of systems within the related technical environments. Aparna has taken a lead role for a number of major projects at HealthTech Solutions, including the development of State Level Registries in several states. Aparna is proficient in System Development Life Cycle methodologies as well as requirements gathering, analysis, prototyping/proof of concept, testing, configuration, and implementation.
Elizabeth Linville, PMP
Looking to apply her degree in health services administration, Elizabeth joined HealthTech Solutions with strong research and service delivery competencies. She began as a business analyst and has continued to add tremendous value to her projects. In 2017, she became the procurement manager, where she brings strong analysis, evaluation, and project management skills to our efforts to understand and reply to work solicitations. She has since earned a master’s degree in health informatics and certification as a Project Management Professional.
Elizabeth enjoys being mentored by thought leaders in the health IT field and feeling encouraged that she brings value to projects. “I’m treated as an equal and feel like my input on projects really matters. Everyone is so encouraging and approachable. I think this is because our company was established on enduring core values, which attracts this kind of generous, dependable team.”
Janet Lile, MBA, ITIL
Janet has more than 40 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology, including all phases of enterprise IT procurement, governance, implementation, management, and assessment. Following her retirement as director of multi-state network operations and technical support for a national telecom provider, Janet held executive director roles in the Commonwealth Office of Technology, Kentucky’s central IT organization. She also served as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet and undertook special initiatives for the governor in Kentucky.
She brings a careful eye to our internal procurement response work and IT procurement consulting for our clients, ensuring that we can deliver high-quality, strategic solutions on time and within budget. Janet strives to “relate to the client’s perspective and communicate about complex technology in business language that our customers understand.” Janet has a Master of Business Administration degree and holds a Foundation Certificate for IT Service Management in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
Mike Smith, PMP
Mike brings over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, states, and federal clients. His projects focus on improving population health, policy and systems training, creation of federally-required documentation, and setup and operation of multiple help desk operations for state clients. Mike’s previous experience with software development provides him with the understanding of consumer usability needs as well as all phases of the project development life cycle. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.
While outside of the office, Mike is a certified private pilot and loves to fly his family and friends to enjoy the beautiful scenery from 3,000 feet above the ground.
Frank Lassiter, MBA
Frank Lassiter co-founded HealthTech Solutions in 2011, following 30 years of experience in public and private sector leadership roles. He is the former Executive Director of Kentucky’s Office of Administrative Technology Services (OATS) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
In his role with OATS, Frank had management and leadership responsibilities for more than 200 state employees, as well as the technology leaders. Operationally, Frank oversaw the development, procurement, and execution of contracts for all CHFS technology projects. Additionally, he was responsible for the financial management and performance of contracted terms. This included over 60 mission-critical systems and more than 200 applications to support human services programs such as Medicaid and CHIP, public health, services to special needs populations, the Affordable Care Act Marketplace (formerly known as Kynect), SNAP, TANF, child support, EHRs, and the HIE. He also oversaw Kentucky’s child support modernization effort, helping Kentucky become a national leader for states wishing to transition to an updated child support system.
Throughout his career, Frank has served in a number of other executive-level roles in state agencies and private sector enterprise. His experience as an innovative collaborator, supported by his government operations experience, has decisively positioned HealthTech Solutions for continued growth through strong execution of business fundamentals, clear planning, and values focused on continued partnership with our clients. This experience has attracted a team of experts in government services and technology.
Sandeep Kapoor co-founded HealthTech Solutions in 2011, following a 25-year career working with state and federal agencies – first as a software developer, then assuming leadership roles. While serving as the chief technology officer (CTO) for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Sandeep was responsible for technology issues for several human services programs such as Medicaid and CHIP, public health, services to special needs populations, the Affordable Care Act Marketplace (formerly known as Kynect), SNAP, TANF, child support, EHRs, and HIEs.
Sandeep was an early state leader in the national effort to implement program requirements for the EHR Incentive Program. He developed Kentucky’s State Level Registry (SLR) and HIE architecture. He has served as a technical expert for a number of national organizations such as the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
Sandeep continues to work with states across the country and is recognized as a thoughtful, innovative partner for state and federal government technology implementation and maintenance. With his background as a technologist and also as a state leader, he brings a unique perspective to the interdependencies of technology, operations, and policymaking.