Our Team

Vikas Khosla is CEO of Care Navigator Inc. and its parent company, BluePrint Healthcare IT. Vikas leads Care Navigator forward with a vision of creating truly connected communities capable of transforming the care experience through innovative uses of healthcare technology. In 2016 Vikas charged Care Navigator’s dedicated team of software and care coordination experts with making Care Navigator™ the leading and most innovative care management platform in healthcare.

 

With passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, Vikas initiated the parent company’s path to develop valuable solutions that would accelerate the meaningful use and exchange of healthcare information. Building on the company’s use of disciplined business processes and the real-world implementation experience of its subject matter experts, Vikas led the development of the BluePrint Framework for Transforming Health IT in 2012 which serves as the foundation for every customer engagement.

 

Working in healthcare IT since 1999, Vikas developed one of the first hospital roadmaps for compliance with HIPAA Security and Privacy regulations in 2004. In 2010, Vikas led BluePrint into Meaningful Use, Health Information Exchange and care coordination Implementation with frameworks that combined services and software to prepare healthcare systems, IDNs and provider organizations for secure, robust data exchange and care coordination. In 2011, BluePrint's Innovation Exchange program was launched to coalesce the health IT innovation community and accelerate adoption of break-through solutions by providers and payers throughout the industry.

 

Starting in 2012, Vikas engaged clinical, care coordination and technology thought leaders across the industry to envision a disruptive innovation that would profoundly transform the care management experience for patients, providers and caregivers. The direct result of this vision and a two-year development effort resulted in the 2014 release of what is now the core software and flagship product, Care Navigator™.

 

Care Navigator™, continues to gain momentum with customers that have adopted pay-for-performance, medical home, patient and provider engagement initiatives such as health plans, ACOs and others committed to transforming the care delivery experience for their customers. Care Navigator™ represents the culmination of the team’s collective efforts and demonstrates its ability to provide a solution capable of delivering significant, long-lasting value for its customers as the healthcare industry continues to evolve.

 

Vikas has been a board member of New Jersey HIMSS and founding co-chair of the NJ-HIMSS Communications and Security, Privacy and Compliance Taskforce. He has served as a subject matter expert on New Jersey's Health IT Privacy and Security Committee, and frequently speaks on health IT issues. As a member of HIMSS, Vikas has focused on advocacy events nationally and regionally to increase legislative awareness and funding for health IT. Vikas is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Mohit leads the team of analysts and software engineers in envisioning, developing and implementing Care Navigator™, the company’s core care coordination and care management software platform. Mohit’s strong leadership and analytical skills enable him to uncover the true business process needs, recognize clinical workflow gaps and inefficiencies and hone solutions to meet both the needs and bridge the gaps in creating connected communities of care. Mohit has also developed software solutions for care transitions, appointment scheduling, HIE implementation, security risk analysis, downtime and legacy archival and access management.

 

Mohit holds an MBA in Information Systems Analysis and Design from University of Wisconsin-Madison and uses this expertise to conduct workflow analysis, develop robust information technology solutions that smooth hospital and HIE processes, improving quality and productivity, and increasing business visibility. His prior experience in business analysis and software development contributes to the ease of use of our software products requiring minimum training leading to quick adoption. Mohit loves cars, biking, reading, music and movies.

Niraj leads the company’s growth strategy through partnerships with forward-thinking strategic and financial organizations. Niraj brings over 15 years of finance and technology experience to Care Navigator Inc., having invested in and advised numerous software and services companies in the United States, Europe and India. Previously, Niraj was Director of Investments for special situations with Harbert Management Corporation (HMC), a $3 billion alternative asset manager, where he also led his team’s technology investing portfolio. Prior to joining HMC, he was a Vice President in M&A investment banking boutiques in New York and London at Wasserstein Perella, Broadview International (Jefferies) and Innovation Advisors. During his investment banking career, Niraj worked primarily with high-growth technology organizations on their M&A and capital raising efforts. Niraj was a founding member of Broadview’s next-generation European telecom services team and was instrumental in securing term sheets for the then-largest proposed startup fundraising consisting of €750 million in equity and senior debt. Niraj’s background in healthcare IT extends 15 years, having represented SunGard Data Systems in the divestiture of its healthcare business to Eclipsys (now part of Allscripts) and Datamedic’s sale to Infocure (now part of Cerner) in 1999.

 

Niraj earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he researched biodegradable polymers in the lab of Institute Professor Dr. Robert Langer. He received his Master's in Business Administration (honors) from Columbia Business School where he was a teaching assistant for multiple strategy and investing classes for, noted value investing professor, Dr. Bruce Greenwald.

Trish Ambrosio

As a Senior Nursing and Care Management Consultant for Care Navigator, Trish leads the development of clinical care plans, assessments and educational material for the flagship care coordination platform, Care Navigator™. Trish plays an integral role in defining the product roadmap for Care Navigator™ and assists in the implementation and training process for new customers. Bringing a clinical care coordination perspective to the team, she also focuses on care coordination program design, reporting and analytics.

 

Trish brings over 20 years of experience in a wide array of specialty areas across the entire care continuum. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, where she ran a global clinical team that helped a variety of healthcare sector customers with the implementation of remote patient monitoring systems into their care management programs. Trish also provided oversight of all accreditation and CQI clinical initiatives (NCQA, HEDIS) and worked with customers to integrate telehealth systems into their existing EHR systems (Horizon, VISTA, Epic). Before moving into the healthcare technology space ten years ago, Trish spent her time in case management and disease management. She is also a published author and speaker with a patent in remote patient monitoring technology.

 

Trish has a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and Bachelor's degree in Human Health and Development from the University of California, Davis. In addition to being a Certified Case Manager and a Certified Health Coach, Trish is a current member of the National Society of Health Coaches and Case Management Society of America.

Mike leads innovation and marketing initiatives for Care Navigator Inc., along with guiding Care Navigator’s public policy approach to healthcare transformation. Mike’s most recent public policy initiative is  developing the Webinar on Toolkits and Tools for Care Coordination, inspired by the care coordination toolkit developed and published by Care Navigator client, OneCare Vermont, the statewide ACO.  This initiative for sharing best practices in healthcare innovation is in the same spirit as Mike’s leadership of the parent company’s BluePrint Innovation Exchange. (BIX).

 

BIX brought together over 70 provider-based innovation centers in a series of five Innovation Centers Summit Workshops focused on speed dating and best practices and held at Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (Rochester, MN); The Innovation Lab, hosted by the Innovation Institute (Newport Beach, CA); Johns Hopkins Hospital, hosted by Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (Baltimore, MD); Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, (Washington, DC); and Kaiser Permanente Garfield Innovation Center (San Mateo, CA) 2015-2012.

 

The program began with matching health IT innovators and hospitals through a “speed dating” format. This program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the White House as a Startup America initiative.

 

Mike has participated in national and regional meetings sponsored by the ONC, as well as state programs focusing on outreach, communications advocacy, and quality care. In addition to co-writing two articles on health IT published in the medical journal, MD Advisor, he jointly developed the patient-centered e-Health graduate course at Stevens Institute of Technology. Mike has created multi-media strategies and conferences reaching physicians, healthcare professionals, hospital CIOs, pharmaceutical marketers, and policy makers.

 

Starting in the e-healthcare sector with Medscape, the physician and consumer portal sold to WebMD, Mike led Elsevier/F-D-C Reports, publisher of The Pink Sheet, and initiated e-Media and news syndication for Elsevier's medical newspapers. He was first exposed to health IT when Medscape merged with MedicaLogic, a pioneer in electronic medical records. He started his sales and marketing career in the newspaper industry after graduating from University of Pennsylvania.

ADVISORY BOARD

JimDr. Jim Walton, DO, MBA, FACP, serves as Senior Medical Advisor for Care Navigator. Jim is President & CEO of Genesis Physicians Group, Dallas, and Former Chief Health Equity Office & VP Quality Performance, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas.  Genesis Physicians Group is the largest independent physician practice association (IPA) in North Texas, comprising more than 1,400 physician members representing more than 70 specialties. Joining Genesis in 2013, he led the organization to create one of the region’s only physician-led, clinically integrated accountable care organizations (ACO), providing direction and support to Genesis physicians relative to clinical care redesign and physician collaboration across specialties. He now serves as the President of TXCIN, an ACO collaboration of four North Texas IPAs and various specialty groups. Prior to his current role, Dr. Walton held a number of executive leadership roles within Baylor Health Care System from 1996–2013, including his last role as Vice President of Network Performance for Baylor’s ACO.



In 2015, Dr. Walton was elected to serve as President of the 7,000+ physician member Dallas County Medical Society, and in 2016, he was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians. From 2002–2012, Walton provided strategic leadership and medical direction for the Dallas County Medical Society’s Project Access Dallas, a volunteer network of more than 2,000 physicians and 15 hospitals providing comprehensive health care access to uninsured people throughout Dallas County. Dr. Walton is a 1982 graduate of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas and is Board Certified by the American College of Internal Medicine. Dr. Walton earned a Master in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 2009.

 

Dr. Walton is married to Dr. Rhonda Walton, and has five adult children and one grandson. In his leisure time, he enjoys backpacking and biking. He is also an active volunteer using his clinical skills serving at a local charity clinic, while also using his business skills working with incarcerated felons in a Texas-based prison entrepreneurship program.

TalliaDr. Alfred Tallia, MD, MPH, serves as Senior Medical Advisor for Care Navigator Inc. Dr. Tallia is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick. He received his B.S. in biological sciences from Fordham University, his M.D. from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and his M.P.H. in healthcare organization and administration from Rutgers. He completed family medicine residency and fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.  A university Master Educator, he serves in many university leadership roles, and is a Fellow in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Development and Leadership.

 

Earlier in his career, in addition to managing a university affiliated primary care corporation, he served as vice chair and associate director of research, during which time he fostered the growth of the Family Medicine department’s health system change and quality of care oriented research, which ranks among the top schools in external funding. The author of a popular medical review textbook in its 8th edition, and more than 100 published abstracts, book chapters, and scientific publications, he has been principal or co- principal investigator of multiple broadly funded grants focused on health system quality of care, organization, and function. While leading the medical school's flagship New Brunswick based residency, recognized for providing innovative community based training for family physicians, he won the STFM national Research Award for the landmark study (Academic Medicine 1994) that demonstrated family medicine residencies reduce patient care costs for hospitals and the healthcare system.

 

In 2010 he conceptualized and initiated development of Robert Wood Johnson Partners which serves to bring the research, educational, and clinical resources of Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System to solve contemporary problems in health care delivery for patients across the socioeconomic spectrum. During his time as the founding executive director, this clinically integrated system grew to serve more than 35,000 Medicare and commercially insured lives in seven counties of central New Jersey, included a network of more than 200 primary care and 700 specialty care physicians, five hospitals, and multiple post-acute facilities, and met quality and financial targets to achieve shared savings.  RWJ Partners was recognized in October 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of ‘100 ACOs to Know.’

 

Nationally, he is a respected member of the executive board (board of directors) of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the organization responsible for development and oversight of competency assessments for physicians in the United States. In addition, he chairs the Composite Committee governing the United States Medical Licensing Examination program, the common licensure assessment pathway for all foreign and domestic medical school graduates. He also has served on the executive committee of the Washington-based Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, the coalition of Fortune 500 payers, providers, and consumers advancing healthcare reform, and on the boards of Horizon (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey) Health Innovations, and the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System. He continues to serve on boards of numerous other public and private health-related organizations.