March 12, 2018

The Acclivity Team

Our Innovative Leadership Team

When we set out to create the leadership team for Acclivity Health Solutions, we envisioned collaborative, deep thinkers, who are also innovative, outside the box solution-finders…people who aren’t afraid to “roll up their sleeves” in order to finally help providers solve the tough problems often associated with the provision of palliative care in today’s healthcare climate…

And here they are:

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Jeremy Powell

Founder &
Chief Executive Officer

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Not all leaders are executives and not all executives are leaders.  Acclivity’s Founder and CEO Jeremy Powell, however, is both, and he has a successful 20-year track record to prove it. In the past two decades, Jeremy has launched, grown and exited companies solving significant healthcare challenges.  He has led clinically and technically innovative teams to create some of healthcare’s most successful ventures.  As Chief Commercial Officer, he led all of Citra Health Solutions’ sales, marketing and service efforts. Prior to that he led Harris Corporation’s healthcare software business as Chief Clinical Strategist. As important to Jeremy, however, is where his career started: at the bedside in physical therapy. It was there, while working directly with patients and families, that Jeremy grew to understand the deep need for healthcare to be provided with more of a hospitality-based mentality.
Patients, families and care providers deserve to be cherished participants in the care-delivery model, he felt, and that mindset led Jeremy toward the creation of an impressive string of innovative tech and business solutions that have enhanced performance, work flow and outcomes for commercial and government payers, interdisciplinary providers, and patients and families throughout North America and Europe.
The culmination of these efforts have now led Jeremy to found Acclivity, whose technology focuses on data-driven, shared decision-making, which is available to all six healthcare segments (patients, families, providers, care providers, payers and employers).  “We have imagined, designed, and delivered a world where clients, patients and partners are empowered by providing and receiving truly connected care — which is the nexus of the palliative care model. Isn’t that what the collective has been saying all along . . . That patients and families should have a voice in their own outcomes.”
Acclivity is uniquely delivering the solution — the ability to achieve truly Connected Care that provides opportunity for clinical improvement and efficiency but also enhances the opportunity for patient engagement and satisfaction.
At home, Jeremy has his own team he’s empowered by: The loves of his life, Adrienne (his wife), his sons, Isaac and Seth, and daughter, Hannah.

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Kenneth Weng

Founder &
Chief Technology Officer

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Kenneth Weng, CTO and Founder, has over 18 years in experience with enterprise-scale environments, with an emphasis in healthcare. Kenneth’s extensive experience with software production and product development and management allow him to build platform solutions to allow for more concise and accurate tracking and care for patients.

Kenneth, working across teams situated in North America, Europe and Asia, has developed and scaled solutions used by people around the globe. At Acclivity, Kenneth has oversight responsibility for all development, software engineering and technology operations. In these roles, Kenneth builds solutions that significantly advance clinical and financial outcomes by coalescing service providers, patients and insurers onto a common, smart platform.  His platforms leverage machine learning and years of pre-existing data so that intelligent decisions can be made about advanced illness and care options and service-delivery.

Prior to joining Acclivity, Kenneth led software teams on three continents for MedeAnalytics as a VP of Platform development. Prior to MedeAnalytics, Kenneth led all software development for Epocrates.  Prior to Epocrates, Kenneth led software development for Carefx and established offshore development centers in Shanghai, China and Changsha, China.

Kenneth graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Database Technology from Strayer University. Kenneth loves spending time with his wife of 20 years and his dog, Noodle.

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Dianne Gray

Chief Innovation &
Patient Advocacy Officer

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Dianne Gray is the Chief Innovation and Patient Advocacy Officer at Acclivity. She serves in this capacity to support the voice of the patient while creating cutting-edge innovative programming for Acclivity’s software and service offerings.

She is also the CEO of Hospice and Healthcare Communications and is an award-winning writer/journalist for over 70 books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and educational projects. She’s also a film consultant and producer, tech consultant, international keynote speaker and program builder who has dedicated the past 25 years to helping the world understand the needs of and improve care for, the seriously ill, the dying and the grieving.

She’s worked with people from all walks of life including professional athletes, film stars and musicians (most recently Olivia Newton-John) in a quest to build bridges of communication between patients, families and clinicians.

Dianne is also President of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, on the board of the International Children's Palliative Care Network and is co-founder of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's Parent Advisory Group. As well, she’s also has founded four long-lasting non-profit organizations, each focused on improving life for seriously ill children and their families.

Dianne still sits bedside with as many patients as possible and often acts as a resource for hundreds of patients and families a year (most of whom she never meets) as they face end of life and deep grief.

Throughout, Dianne sees her family's ten-year pediatric hospice/palliative care experience with healthy daughter, Christina and her son, Austin (who died in 2005 as a result of a neurodegenerative disorder) as the gift of a lifetime.

As an aside, she has traveled to 17 countries and over 300+ cities in the past 13 years and loves to see who she crosses paths with each and every day!

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Duane Feger

Health Economist

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Duane Feger is a Health Economist who partners with public and private organizations to manage health care costs.  After spending nearly two decades in the healthcare field, Duane has an in-depth understanding of healthcare from the perspective of stakeholders that range from private employers to commercial insurers to independent provider groups.  Dozens of organizations have trusted Duane to lead them in building highly effective processes that leverage existing resources to target specific needs and deliver cost-effective care, healthier populations, and financial success.

Duane has received widespread recognition for his work in the field of health economics.  In addition to publishing several white papers in health economics and health analytics fields, Duane has also been invited by Johns Hopkins to present at national conferences.

Duane holds a BS in Economics from Colorado State University and a Masters Certification in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business.

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Craig Long

Chief Growth Officer

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As Chief Growth Officer, Craig Long is responsible for driving  business development and solutions-oriented selling to accelerate Acclivity Health Solutions’ growth. With over 35 years of sales experience, Craig has positioned and influenced companies dealing in healthcare technology. As Chief Operating Officer at Brightgray Solutions, he developed the initial strategy for US adoption of the At-Risk Registry. Previous to that he spearheaded Deyta’s 813% top-line revenue growth from 1.5 million to 12.2 million.

 

Through Craig’s experience with Hospice and Home Health, he has developed and shared essential decision-making technology. He brings that experience to Acclivity’s mission to improve financial and clinical outcomes for all constituents in complex care.

 

Craig is an Eagle Scout and an adult leader to local troop and district for the Boy Scouts of America. He has actively been playing the bagpipes for 45 years and considers himself an amateur professional chef. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Tennessee Knoxville and Master of Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh.

 

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Cassie Wallace

Business Development

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At Acclivity, Cassie identifies and targets strategic areas of growth and partnership.  She leverages her background as a strategic investor to connect the company throughout the healthcare ecosystem - to providers, complementary solutions, payers and equity partners - aligning all parties to the goals of improving care delivery and reducing healthcare costs, particularly related to palliative care.

Cassie is the founder of Fieldstone Perspectives, a healthcare strategy consulting company. Prior to forming Fieldstone Perspectives, she served as Principal at Echo Health Ventures, a joint venture of the investment arms of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and Cambia Health of Portland, OR.  She was responsible for managing a portfolio of investments, serving on multiple boards and leading business development efforts between BCBSNC and the portfolio companies.

Prior to the formation of Echo Health, Cassie served as Principal at Mosaic Health Solutions where she led the investment process from sourcing to diligence to closure and continued business development.

Cassie is a transformational leader in the healthcare industry, having spent the past 11 years with BCBSNC, a regional health plan with nearly 4 million members.  While at BCBSNC, she was recognized for her change management leadership and strategic approach to support the formation and operationalization of new business units.  She has varied operational and development experience throughout the healthcare organization and spent most of her tenure focused on healthcare investing through BCBSNC’s company, Mosaic Health Solutions.  While at Mosaic, Cassie led investment teams in the areas of pharmacy and specialty care, Health IT and insurance-focused compliments, leading the team in the largest and most accretive investment in the company’s portfolio.  She was also the lead business development Principal working with BCBSNC to implement transformational portfolio solutions.  Throughout her time at BCBSNC and Mosaic Health Solutions, Cassie was recognized with multiple promotions and awards, including the CEO Award.  Prior to moving to the role at Mosaic Health Solutions, Cassie led teams in business development focused on primary care integration, through the creation of Carolina Advanced Health, an integrated primary care practice and EMR adoption through the NC PATH program, both receiving national recognition.

 

Cassie received her BBA in Finance and Economics from Valdosta State University and her MBA from Campbell University.  She currently serves on the Campbell University Lundy-Fetterman School of Business Advisory Board and was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 2017.  She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.

 

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Tracy Alailima

Product Leader

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Tracy Alailima is a Healthcare Professional with more than 25 years in clinical, administrative, and healthcare IT experience. She possess a deep understanding of clinical workflows, revenue cycle workflows and the impact of analytics in the healthcare space as a tool to streamline processes and offer care with more efficiency. Tracy has worked in key positions for organizations that have driven quality improvement, revenue growth, and business transformation for providers, health systems, employers, and payers.

In 2017 Tracy lost her father from complications of CHF and Alzheimer’s. For two years she assisted in his care while working for a Healthcare Analytics company, and personally experienced the complexity of managing care for a seriously ill patient. The gaps in communication, disconnect in the care continuum and the confusion created through multiple in-patient and skilled nursing admissions, created an unnecessary burden for the family and the providers managing her father’s care. As a healthcare veteran, she was overwhelmed by what should have been a dignified end of life experience. This personal experience along with her professional experience working in analytics, population health management, direct patient care and healthcare administration roles has enhanced her understanding of the opportunities that exist within the healthcare space to improve the patient experience.

Most recently Tracy worked for a major health insurance payer implementing IT solutions within the government sector of the organization. Her recent work experience has also included Enterprise Project Management, Agile Scrum Master, and Platform Product Owner for existing and new development. Tracy attended Chestnut Hill College with major in Biology.

She is a beekeeper who loves gardening and spending time with family.

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Sangeet Saurabh

Machine Learning / Data Science

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Sangeet is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) enthusiast with a strong background in data driven cloud technologies and businesses. He is also a veteran product leader, who has built several cloud-based software products that are market leaders in their space and are used by millions of users. In addition - using his AI skills and experience, Sangeet is truly passionate about solving problems and creating experiences that have impact on quality of life for people much beyond high tech users.

 

At Acclivity Health Solutions, Sangeet is driving Product strategy and is building Machine/Deep learning AI models to assist patients who need Palliative Care. Prior to working with Acclivity Health, Sangeet played Product and Technology leadership roles with several Silicon valley companies (including Replicon, WebEx, Cisco and KPMG Consulting). During his past journey with software products, Sangeet had several experiences of driving product adoption across large number of users and growing product from 0 - single digit revenue (in millions) to mid to high 2 digits revenue (in millions).

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Kelly Brady

Client Success

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As the Solutions Architect and Client Delivery Specialist at Acclivity, Kelly “connects the dots” between people, process, and technology. Kelly is a technology and business visionary with a proven track record that includes two decades of leading the design, development, and implementation of high-performance technology solutions in the healthcare space.

Kelly has served in the capacity of Program Manager in support many large CI/ACO initiative across the country responsible for the implementation of HIE’s, Population Health Management, Care Management and the analytical and financial systems to support Medicare shared savings program as well as other value-based program models.

Along with significant experience in the areas of disease registries, business intelligence, analytics, and reporting, he has also served as a DBA, application developer, VP of sales, VP of Technology and a Director of Information Technology for various healthcare organizations.

In his spare time Mr. Brady is an active member in the National Experimental Aircraft Association along with a Board member for an EAA Chapter located in North Carolina. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working on home improvements, cooking and flying general aviation. Aircraft.