Our Story

As a cardiologist at a busy urban hospital, founder Dr. Philip Johnson grew accustomed to receiving a critically ill patient on a stretcher with a CD of critical information taped to his chest. Patient records were often faxed, while medical images arrived by mail, even from facilities just down the street.

Like his colleagues, Dr. Johnson was frustrated at the difficulties in accessing patient data. Yet his perspective was different. Prior to medical school, he had completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. For him, every delay served as a lesson on how to improve efficiency.

The first iteration of the platform enabled the secure transmission of DICOM images. Uploads from a referral could be accessed instantly by receiving physicians. Waiting time to initiate patient care shrunk from weeks to minutes.

As more physicians began using the platform, other useful features were added, including communication channels, procedural work-flow management systems, post-procedure surveillance, and a unique telemedicine hallway with a family communicator. As the platform advances, new features are being suggested and added, ensuring a never-ending improvement process.

Our Team

We’re an Ambitious Team on a Mission
to Change How Healthcare Communicates.

Our Leadership:

Philip Johnson, M.D., Ph.D

Philip is the visionary behind VitalEngine. As a practicing physician, he saw the numerous communication issues that disrupted patient care and sought a viable solution. The team’s hands-on leader, he is actively involved in every aspect of the platform’s development. Philip is a graduate of UAB Medical School and board certified in Cardiovascular Disease. He also earned a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UAB and a double major in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University.

Alston Noah
Chief Executive Officer

Alston is a steward of I.T. innovation. Over the last three decades, his knowledgeable leadership as CEO has guided multiple software firms to achieve their most ambitious goals. This list includes Vincari, ClinicAnywhere, Circle Source, EVault, and Pinnacle Group. His understanding of healthcare technology and start-up strategies, coupled with his astute business sense, informs the company’s strategic direction and growth. A University of Alabama graduate, Alston earned a B.S. in Computer Science.

Luke Leonard
Chief Operating Office/Chief Revenue Officer

Luke is a tested and proven leader. For the 25 years prior to VitalEngine, he successfully led teams and managed organizational processes that were essential to the market adoption of several well known disruptive medical technologies. The companies he has served include Johnson and Johnson, AstraZeneca, Medtronic, and Intuitive Surgical. Luke’s focus on high-performance culture and operational excellence are foundational to the commercial success of VitalEngine. A graduate of Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business, Luke earned his BS in Business Administration with a major in Management.

Maqbool Patel, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer

Maqbool brings a world of experience in medical management software to his role as CTO. Among his career highlights is being part of the G.E. team that developed the PACS system more than 20 years ago. His connections with the VitalEngine team run deep: Maqbool served as CTO at Vincari with our CEO Alston Noah. And he wrote the original code for the software that would become VitalEngine for our founder, Dr. Philip Johnson. Maqbool earned a Ph.D. in imaging from Drexel University.

Beth Bailey
Director of Marketing

An insightful brand strategist, Beth is the energetic force behind the company’s marketing and communications plans. With a 20-year career in advertising focusing on healthcare, VitalEngine was the perfect fit for her expertise. Before joining the team, she managed consumer campaigns for academic medical centers across the country at Lewis Communications. Beth obtained a B.S. in Zoology from Miami University.

Nick Hicks
Director of Sales

As the company’s busiest brand ambassador, Nick canvases the country bringing physicians, clinics, and healthcare systems aboard the VitalEngine network. Nick has quickly climbed the ranks at VitalEngine and is now our top sales performer. Nick graduated from UAB with a degree in Civil Engineering and is based in Nashville, TN

Randall Lowe
Director of Customer Success

Randall joined the VitalEngine team in 2019 and has had a number of important roles since then. His current role as Director of Customer Success allows him to put his vast knowledge of the VitalEngine Platform into use to ensure smooth implementations and continued success for our customers. Randall earned a B.S. in Political Science and Government from Troy University

Abel Enterprises

Advancing Healthcare Through Enhanced Communication.

VitalEngine is owned by Abel Healthcare Enterprises, a technology-based healthcare innovator. The company’s mission is to advance quality medical care for practitioners and patients by providing the most relevant and valuable information.

The company also owns myheart.net, a site offering insights into cardiac care from a team of cardiologists. The blog serves both medical professionals and patients who seek an informed perspective on heart conditions.

Partnerships and Integrations

Partnerships Help Us Deliver a More Useful Platform.

Whether we’re partnering or integrating with other innovative companies, VitalEngine is actively expanding the capabilities of our platform and desires to have an ever-growing list of features and functionalities.

Existing Partnerships Medtronic www.medtronic.com

Among the largest medical device companies in the world, Medtronic was one of the first to champion the power of medical technology to improve lives.

Integrations in Process Block It www.blockitnow.com

Block It is a software solution delivering real-time calendar availability and scheduling collaboration for patients. It is accessible in the VitalEngine platform without a separate sign-in.

Eko www.ekohealth.com

EKO is a manufacturer of smart stethoscopes with enhanced acoustics and Bluetooth capabilities. Using VitalEngine, a rural clinic with an EKO can consult with a specialist in an urban medical center just as capably as an in-office visit.

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