VitalEngine Was Founded Out of Necessity.
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.
We’re an Ambitious Team on a Mission
to Change How Healthcare Communicates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Sales
As the company’s busiest brand ambassador, Randall canvases the country bringing physicians, clinics, and healthcare systems aboard the VitalEngine network. Over his 20-year career, he has been a top sales performer for digital communication companies such as AVA Technologies, Slingshot, and Verizon. Randall earned a B.S. in Political Science and Government from Troy University.
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 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.
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.
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 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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