HHS Wants Patients to Have Seamless, Free Access to their Health Data – GovernmentCIO Media

The Health and Human Services Department proposed new rules to increase interoperability of electronic health information by providing patients with secure access to all their medical data, allowing them to move freely from provider to provider and to benefit from innovative health mobile apps.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued the rules the Feb. 11.

The rules broadly require that patients’ electronic access to their health information be made available at no cost. But ONC and CMS aligned additional provisions and proposals to make this data even more usable and to ensure healthcare providers have the standardized requirements and technology to drive the change.

CMS and Data

Specifically, CMS is proposing that Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare Advantage plans and qualified health plans in the federally facilitated exchanges be required to provide enrollees with “immediate electronic access to medical claims and other health information electronically by 2020,” according to the statement.

As part of a “patient-centered healthcare” model, CMS wants to require that these healthcare providers adopt open data-sharing technologies so that patients can move between plans and providers with their data at ease. This would make transition of care seamless, allow information to follow the patient and reduce redundancies in procedures and testing.

CMS also proposed to publicly report providers or hospitals that are “information blocking,” or limiting the availability, disclosure and use of electronic health information. Currently, providers must attest to whether they are information blocking by answering a series of questions. If the answer to any of those questions indicates information blocking, HHS wants to make that public, hoping this deters providers and clinicals from doing so.

Plus, CMS’ proposes to the healthcare delivery system fall in line with the MyHealthEData initiative by enforcing a seamless flow of health information, making it easier for patients and providers to access health information and releasing this data to researchers.

“By requiring health insurers to share their information in an accessible, format by 2020, 125 million patients will have access to their health claims information electronically,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a statement.

On a Feb. 11 press call about the proposed rules, Verma encouraged every healthcare provider to continue finding new ways to empower patients by making it easy for them to understand their own healthcare information and increasing price equality transparency.

ONC, Interoperability APIs and Price Transparency

ONC is proposing that the healthcare industry adopt standardized application programming interfaces to keep health information access secure and to provide patients with new tools that allow them to access structured and unstructured electronic health information formats on mobile devices.

“We are requiring standards-based application program interfaces (APIs); that is the underlying foundation of getting patients their medical record so that they control it, and control it in a modern, app, smartphone kind of way. And we put in a lot of provisions to ensure security and privacy for patients,” said Don Rucker, the national coordinator for health IT, on the press call.

The ONC rule also asks for comments on pricing information that could be included as part of a patient’s electronic health information so the public can see what they are paying for healthcare. All of these tools, according to Rucker, could also allow patients to “shop for and coordinate their own healthcare,” he said in the written statement.

“We have heard a lot of concerns that the interoperability is technically there, but because of pricing strategies and shutting down market competition, those APIs are not effectively available,” Rucker said. So the ONC’s proposed rule would establish a reasonable set of pricing structures to improve transparency.

Rucker refers to two kinds of transparency here. The first is transparency of the product in this case, the care a patient is receiving. Rucker compares this to reviews when online shopping. The second is pricing information, so part of ONC’s interoperability proposed rule is a request for information.

“It turns out that getting pricing information transparent is very complicated and has a huge structure to it from decades of regulation, and we are exploring how to unlock that information and empower the American public on that,” Rucker said. HHS is dedicated to getting patients to the point where they are in control of their medical records and are shopping for care.

Working Together

ONC’s and CMS’ rules align CMS proposes that healthcare entities must use the same advanced API standards as those proposed by ONC, as well as a set of content and vocabulary standards of clinical data classes.

But this interoperability doesn’t stop at patients being able to access all their health data from one provider to the next. With all this data, patients can benefit from the 1,500 app developers that are building new tools for patients to be able to put their data in one place, understand the data and increase engagement around their own health, according to Verma. Tools like prescription reminders, preventative care tips and apps that help organize medication are a few of the possibilities. And, of course, patients will be able to provide all this data to new providers, improving patient care.

If patients chose to donate their data and complete medical records to researchers, it can “spur a new wave of innovation in healthcare treatment,” Verma said.

HHS hopes these changes and combined proposed rules strengthen interoperability in the healthcare industry and health IT infrastructure across systems, patients and providers, and enable seamless and secure access to patient electronic healthcare information.

ENR MidAtlantic’s 2019 Top Young Professionals | 2019-02-11 – Engineering News-Record

Giving props to industry employees who are making strong impressions in the opening chapters of their careers is the hallmark of ENR MidAtlantic’s Top Young Professionals competition.

After considering more than 40 entries from across the region, a panel of industry judges selected 20 winners in the contest previously known as Top 20 Under 40. Working in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, the winners were all younger than 40 as of Jan. 1. The nominees themselves or one of their advocates submitted online forms about their experience, education, career and industry leadership. The submissions also outline each candidate’s community service.

This year’s judges were: Cheryl Browne, creative and brand manager at W.M. Jordan Co.; Julie Evans, transportation systems engineer at ITS Roads; Shane Lippert, project executive at Clark Civil, a division of Clark Construction Group LLC; Brian Martin, senior associate at CallisonRTKL Inc.; and Geoffrey Pelletier, associate vice president, MidAtlantic construction services at HNTB Corp.

This year’s winners worked on high-profile projects such as the $15.5-million U.S. Capitol Exterior Stone and Metal Preservation in Washington, D.C.; the $80-million Liberty Bridge renovation in Pittsburgh; and the ongoing $1.2-billion Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which runs from Arlington, Va. to Loudoun County, Va.

Giving back to their communities through pro bono building and design programs as well as volunteering for nonprofits that help people from all walks of life are priorities for this year’s honorees. They also volunteer to serve on industry boards and committees.

The winners of ENR’s regional competitions will be candidates for ENR’s national contest, which will determine the 2019 Top 20 Under 40 class later this year.


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Nicholas Burdette

Childhood dream comes true for bridge specialist


Senior Bridge Engineer

HDR

Pittsburgh

The 37-year-old has been fascinated by bridges for as long as he can remember, and they have become the focus of his career. Burdette has had important technical and management roles on a variety of challenging projects in the U.S. and overseas.

As assistant project manager for the $80-million Liberty Bridge renovation in Pittsburgh, Burdette helped lead HDR’s emergency response to an inadvertent construction fire that severely damaged 30 ft of chord truss subject to substantial loads. Thanks to the project team’s concerted efforts, the project’s completion was delayed by only four weeks. HDR says Burdette’s ability to take on critical new responsibilities at a moment’s notice complements his willingness to explore new approaches to bridge construction.

Burdette’s recent work also includes the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge—the replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge—in New York state and the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge replacement on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. On both projects, accelerated bridge construction techniques were used to help speed delivery of safe, reliable structures.


J. Patrick CastelvecchiJ. Patrick Castelvecchi

Engineer fosters relationships to ensure clients’ operational readiness


Design Corps Manager

Burns & McDonnell

Roanoke, Va.

As mechanical engineer and design corps manager for Burns & McDonnell, the 37-year-old leads a 60-person multidisciplinary team that focuses on critical projects.

One of his most recent efforts can be found at Naval Station Norfolk, where communications operations that had been dispersed among eight outmoded buildings have been consolidated into a modern 163,525-sq-ft facility. Castelvecchi ensured that building systems were designed for efficiency, reliability and resilience under all conditions, Burns & McDonnell says.

Recognizing the mission-critical requirements of government and military projects, Castelvecchi works to make sure in-house knowledge and skills related to those projects are retained and shared as new work gets underway. He has established specific communications channels to capture lessons learned and make them available for future application.

Castelvecchi also continually looks for ways to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math professionals. For example, he organized and hosted a Big Brothers Big Sisters’ event at Burns & McDonnell that provided children with STEM-related activities, tours and presentations that aim to capture their interest.


Christopher CrillyChristopher Crilly

Engineer brings innovation across borders and his own backyard


Senior Associate

Thornton Tomasetti

Washington, D.C.

Crilly has literally taken engineering excellence to new heights in Mexico with Torre Koi, a 67-story, 915-ft-tall, mixed-use tower that his firm says is now the country’s tallest building.

As project manager, Crilly, 38, led structural engineering for developing and implementing a virtual outrigger system and innovative design and analysis processes.

Crilly has also led structural design for two 2014 ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects winners in Washington, D.C.—the Marriott Marquis hotel and CityCenterDC, a $700-million, 2.5-million-sq-ft mixed-use redevelopment on a 10-acre former convention center site.

Crilly has long been active in the Structural Engineering Association of Metropolitan Washington, holding several leadership positions. In 2019, he will chair the organization.

Crilly created the organization’s young members group to provide community service and professional development opportunities for young engineers. He is a regular participant in the organization’s Rebuilding Together team, which assists elderly and disabled local residents with minor repairs to their homes.


Brenden D. FrederickBrenden D. Frederick

Company leader aims to energize firm’s growth


Associate Principal

Becker Morgan Group Inc.

Salisbury, Md.

Since joining design firm Becker Morgan Group in 2014, Frederick’s enthusiasm for engineering has had a positive influence at all levels of the company, according to the firm.

Combining project management with mentoring, he assists co-workers in building their knowledge and skills while also providing the highest level of quality for clients, the firm says. Frederick also plays an integral role in shaping Becker Morgan’s future, leading its intern development program while contributing to the firm’s long-term strategic planning.

The 37-year-old also has worked to advance the architectural profession through his involvement in local and national activities of the American Institute of Architects.

He currently is president of AIA’s Maryland chapter, and he has represented the industry during state legislature hearings on proposed construction legislation. Along with leading many of Becker Morgan’s community service events, Frederick is president of the Rotary Club of Wicomico County.

He is also a longtime member of the Salisbury Historic District Commission.


Darius HeltonDarius Helton

Renovation specialist preserves national landmarks


Project Executive

Grunley Construction Co.

Rockville, Md.

Helton’s renovation project portfolio could easily be mistaken for a list of landmarks in the nation’s capital—the White House, Pentagon, Treasury Dept., Eisenhower Executive Office Building and, most recently, the U.S. Capitol. Grunley says Helton’s involvement in these and other high-profile projects demonstrate his valuable combination of business acumen and project management skills.

Helton, 39, also has built extensive experience in the intricacies of executing complicated, multiphased projects in occupied facilities without compromising operational efficiency, according to the firm.

A member of the Construction Management Association of America’s National Capital chapter, Helton has been a judge for the organization’s awards program and volunteers as a construction manager-in-training mentor. He regularly visits local public schools to advise and encourage aspiring engineers. Helton also is a construction team leader for Youth with a Mission, a Prince George’s County, Md.-based program that facilitates home renovation projects through domestic and international missionary outreach. Helton also brings his leadership and team-building background to youth sports as a volunteer coach for boys and girls basketball teams.


Uday KhambhammettuUday Khambhammettu

Published researcher advances engineering practices


Senior Project Manager

Kimley-Horn

Virginia Beach, Va.

Kimley-Horn says Khambhammettu is a prolific researcher who has contributed significantly to civil and environmental engineering. Kimley-Horn says his master’s degree thesis on up-flow filtration for stormwater treatment at critical source areas fundamentally changed the way catch basin inserts operate—at a fraction of the cost of large-scale treatments. Launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s small business innovative research initiative, the 39-year-old’s ongoing work in this field has been published widely in peer-review journals. Complementing his investigations is a nationwide portfolio of successful water and wastewater projects and the distinction of being a recognized authority in water distribution modeling and master planning.

Facilitating knowledge sharing is another of Khambhammettu’s passions, the firm says. He regularly helps organize Virginia’s annual water and wastewater conference called WaterJAM and is vice chairman of the community advisory board for Hampton Roads’ public radio and television stations. Familiar with the challenges of maintaining a work-life balance, Khambhammettu teaches mindfulness and meditation practices through structured programs and free community workshops.


Kyle KramerKyle Kramer

Architect develops sustainable structures and communities


Project Manager

STV

Baltimore

As MidAtlantic region manager for STV’s buildings and facilities architecture practice, Kramer is skilled at seamlessly adapting his technical and leadership skills across a diverse range of project types, STV says. The 35-year-old recently led the design of 14 stations for Richmond’s new 7.6-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) system and then pivoted to manage renovation and expansion of two historic Baltimore public schools. Kramer is now at work on another BRT project in Northern Virginia while also overseeing STV’s facilities services for the Maryland Port Administration.

Kramer has a master’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech and also earned an MBA from Frostburg State University while working full time. Kramer is a member of Smart Growth Network, which includes government, business and civic organizations. He also regularly volunteers at Habitat for Humanity’s Baltimore ReStore, which sells new and used furniture, appliances, home accessories and building materials.


Dalia LevenDalia Leven

Transportation specialist focuses on community mobility


Consulting Manager

AECOM

Arlington, Va.

Leven’s focus on the future of mobility began as a civil engineering undergraduate at the University of Maryland and continued at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned master’s degrees in city planning and transportation systems. As a transportation consultant, Leven, 37, has addressed issues that range from emergency evacuation of pedestrians, travel demand forecasting and multimodal planning in projects across the U.S.

In 2016, Leven was selected as one of the 33rd class of Robert Bosch Fellows, a professional development program focusing on fostering transatlantic relations through technical expertise. During an eight-month program in Berlin, she worked with German professionals on community transportation issues and conducted research on the long-term effects of connected and automated vehicles. Leven has applied that experience to develop scenario-planning to help communities prepare for that potentially transformative technology. An active member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar in Washington, D.C., Leven regularly shares her skills and experiences with high school girls as they continue their own educational and career paths.


Ashley LickliterAshley Lickliter

Self-described ‘momma bird’ promotes staff development


Vice President

Kimley-Horn

Richmond

In 17 years with Kimley-Horn, Lickliter has become an integral part of its transportation consulting services, according to the firm. Kimley-Horn says that besides managing contracts for multidisciplinary on-call/annual services, the Virginia Tech graduate has participated in $200 million worth of traffic operations and multimodal transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems and transit design projects across the U.S.

The 39-year-old’s experience makes her a valuable resource throughout the organization on project and contract management, a role she eagerly embraces, the firm notes. The energetic Lickliter refers to herself as a “proud momma bird,” watching her team members grow and establish their own careers.

She is also a driving force behind Kimley-Horn’s women’s initiative, called LIFT (Lasting Impact for Tomorrow). Lickliter regularly hosts presentations and webinars for women employees on a variety of management and career topics. This year, Lickliterco-chairs an annual joint meeting of regional International Transportation Engineers chapters, an event expected to attract more than 700 attendees from 15 states and the District of Columbia.


Gerard (Jerry) MrykaloGerard (Jerry) Mrykalo

Engineering leadership influences internal and external policy


Senior Associate and Transportation Engineer

Dewberry

Fairfax, Va.

Mrykalo, 35, invests in the growth of Dewberry’s MidAtlantic traffic engineering group through programs that improve both employees and managers, the firm says.

Drawing on 13 years of industry experience, he supervises seven transportation engineers and has been engineer of record on about 35 projects that together are worth more than $1 billion. Myrkalo’s work on design-build projects such as the ongoing $1.2-billion Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project (Phase 2) and involvement on the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance Design-Build Committee has allowed him to help guide Virginia Dept. of Transportation policy for design-build procurement and advance design-build delivery, according to Dewberry.

He developed a work zone safety training program and best practices by working with leaders in other Dewberry departments, and has participated in connected and automated vehicle-related events with industry colleagues in Fairfax County.

Mrykalo’s volunteer work includes involving students in model bridge projects and organizing an annual food drive for a regional food pantry.


Brian PourciauBrian Pourciau

Strong leadership skills give lift to young engineer


Senior Engineer

Parsons

Washington, D.C.

Pourciau’s strong leadership and ability to complete tasks has allowed him to rise quickly to senior engineer after just five years in the industry, according to Parsons.

The 26-year-old leads a team of engineering and other technical professionals as well as subcontractors. Currently, his projects range from the more than 2,000-ft-long Southeast/Southwest Freeway in Washington, D.C., to numerous Virginia bridge projects, such as the $409.6-million design-build job for the Interstate-64 Southside Widening and High-Rise Bridge.

Pourciau has become adept, the firm says, in using tools that speed production and that improve project delivery, including employing new methods to improve CAD plan production at the Virginia Dept. of Transportation that have led to time and cost savings. He also mentors younger structural engineers in the Parsons D.C. office.

As a board member for the Northern Virginia-East Odyssey of the Mind competition, he helps organize the contest for elementary through high school students that centers on creative problem-solving. He is an active member of the ASCE Capitol Chapter and also volunteers at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in D.C.


J. Michael RiemannJ. Michael Riemann

Leadership and technical competency spur advancement


Principal

Becker Morgan Group Inc.

Dover, Del.

Becker Morgan says Riemann’s leadership and technical competency has helped expand the firm’s presence in Delaware, including helping it open one of its newest offices, in Newark, Del.

In his 17 years in the industry, the 39-year-old has developed strong project management skills that assist with helping clients quickly navigate the complicated permitting and approval process.

Beginning as an intern at Becker Morgan, Riemann quickly advanced. He became a full-time civil designer in 2001 and by 2016 was an associate principal. Two years later, he was promoted to principal. The firm says he is responsible for growth and development of the Newark office and the land development market sector besides managing all of its civil engineering operations in Delaware.

As a member of ACEC Delaware, Riemann has assisted with reviews related to land-use regulations and zoning ordinances. He also spent four years with the Rotary Interact Mentor Program for high school students and was named the Downtown Dover Rotary’s 2014 Rotarian of the Year.


Helen RobinsonHelen Robinson

Deep foundation engineer positions staff for success


Branch Leader/Senior Project Manager

GEI Consultants

Exton, Pa.

Robinson’s focus on mentoring, identifying young colleagues’ strengths and positioning them for success has benefited GEI Consultants, the firm says. Currently, Robinson, 39, is leading her branch to meet or exceed profit goals while improving staff development and client service, GEI notes.

With more than 16 years of design and construction experience, Robinson provides engineering services and project management for geostructural designs, including micropiles, soil nails, drilled shafts and cofferdams and shallow foundations. She is co-author of a February 2015 Federal Highway Administration Soil Nail Reference Manual.

Robinson supports the mission of the DFI Educational Trust as a trustee, helping the organization provide scholarships and opportunities to work with industry leaders in deep foundations.

She also helped create a Facebook page called Underground Gals where women in geotechnical engineering and geology share advice on careers, motherhood and work-life balance. As a five-year leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, Robinson has emphasized new STEM badges, including “Think Like an Engineer,” which involved building and launching model rockets. Robinson also volunteers with her son’s Cub Scout troop.


Barton RossBarton Ross

Designer teaches best practices for building preservation


President

Barton Ross & Partners LLC

Chestertown, Md.

In his 14 years practicing architecture, Ross has worked on designs for some 1,000 projects, including award-winning master plans for the Virginia State Capitol, the U.S. Capitol and Princeton University.

Ross, 39, enjoys teaching best practices for preserving significant buildings, including writing lime-based mortar specifications for masonry repointing, providing correct details for wood window muntins or demonstrating how to properly install a wood shake roof over spaced purlins.

While working on the $60-million restoration of the Corbin Building in New York City, built in the late 1880s, Ross served as the masonry contractor’s restoration architect, assisting with replicating exterior terra cotta panels. The project received 16 design awards after its 2014 completion. Ross is currently working on the restoration of the Shady Rest Golf & Country Club, a 1740 building in Scotch Plains, N.J. According to advocacy group Preservation New Jersey, it was the first African-American owned and operated country club in the U.S.

Ross also volunteers, especially in small towns with limited resources and project opportunities.


Curtis SannoCurtis Sanno

Bridge designer brings knowledge management into digital age


Senior Associate and Business Unit Manager

Dewberry

Mechanicsburg, Pa.

A Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation inspector put Sanno to work on a bridge project during his summer internship there. The mechanical engineering major at Penn State has been designing bridges ever since.

With 16 years of industry experience, the 39-year-old Sanno was recently promoted and now is responsible for leading 45 employees.

In an award-winning project, Sanno helped design the Little Muncy Creek Pratt Truss, a 1904 truss bridge replication in northeastern Pennsylvania. The bridge is one of 30 state-owned Pratt trusses that still carries traffic. Using modern materials to withstand current traffic loads, his team maintained the I-bar (steel girder) and pin connection functionality. In emergency on-call contract work for PennDOT, Sanno is overseeing one bridge washout and four slide repair projects that occurred in September 2018.

Dewberry says that Sanno is helping to bring the firm’s knowledge management into the digital age by developing a bridge community of practice to capture critical company information. He also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and offered pro bono design and construction services of a pavilion for a local church.


Nichole SterlingNichole Sterling

Interior designer becomes youngest design manager


Design Manager

Hensel Phelps

Tysons Corner, Va.

Sterling, 35, joined Hensel Phelps in 2006 as a tenant fit-out coordinator on the $1.7-billion Pentagon Wedges 2-5 Renovation project before being promoted to tenant fit-out manager.

Two years later, she became the firm’s youngest design manager at 24 and its first African-American woman in a management position. She was one of only four employees to work on all four “wedges” of the 4.5-million-sq-ft, design-build Pentagon project, which the firm says is the largest low-rise renovation project in history. Along with her design team, she received a certificate of appreciation from the Pentagon.

Currently, Sterling oversees coordination and communication between both inhouse and external team members for design-related activities. During a project’s design phase, she is the primary representative for Hensel Phelps with the owner.

Since taking over Hensel Phelps’ community giving program for her district, Sterling helped coordinate more than 6,200 volunteer hours and almost $500,000 of in-kind donations. She also helped expand relationships with numerous MidAtlantic charities and provided outreach to local public schools.


Lindsay SwainLindsay Swain

Proactive manager leads water/wastewater team


Southeast Water/Wastewater Section Manager/Senior Engineer

CHA Consulting Inc.

Blacksburg, Va.

Cross-training and knowledge-sharing are high priorities for Swain, 33, who leads a team of 15 engineers, designers, inspectors and interns on complex water/wastewater projects. In her position, Swain ensures that training and professional development occur regularly for all employees, while also emphasizing work-life balance.

In her seven years in the industry, Swain has gained experience in areas such as hydraulic analyses and modeling, water/wastewater infrastructure and process design and utility design and relocation management during transportation projects. In a peer-reviewed international journal, Water Research, she is listed as the primary author of an article on biological manganese removal.

Swain is active in community service and professional industry organizations. In collaboration with Radford University, she participated in the Summer Bridge Program, which provides outreach to female high school students interested in STEM. She has also organized and participated in Habitat for Humanity volunteer days.


Erin ThreetErin Threet

Drive for quality and innovation propels career


Senior Project Manager/Office Manager

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc.

Lewisburg, Pa.

While studying at Bucknell University, the 34-year-old Threet pursued innovative research on anaerobic digestion, earning her a McKenna Foundation environmental research grant.

After graduation, Threet joined Herbert, Rowland & Grubic to design water and wastewater systems. Within two years, Threet was promoted to project manager and six years after that, at 28, she was selected to be manager of the firm’s Lewisburg office. With 12 years of industry experience, Threet now manages nine people as well as the Lewisburg office.

The Lewisburg office contributed nearly $1.5 million in revenue to the firm last year. Threet worked on such high-profile projects as system upgrades for the Milton Regional Sewer Authority and wastewater treatment plant upgrades for the Kelly Township Municipal Authority

As a member of the Pennsylvania American Water Works Association and the national Water Environment Federation, she helps advance industry knowledge while participating in community service, such as a recent tree planting hosted by the Water Environment Federation. She is also a member of her church counsel and missions committee.


Pasco UmbriacPasco Umbriac

Mechanical engineer paves way for complex building projects


Construction Executive

Clark Construction Group

Bethesda, Md.

Umbriac, 38, is passionate about working in the field and has paved the way for some of Washington, D.C.’s most complex high-rise buildings, Clark Construction says.

In his 17 years in the industry, Umbriac has worked on many important projects, always striving to improve project-related company operations, the firm says. Managing $30 million in work on the Nationals baseball park garage led to awards from the U.S. Green Building Council and other organizations.

He is currently leading construction for The Wilson and The Elm, a $270-million, mixed-use project over an active Metrorail and light rail station in Washington, D.C.

After graduating from college, Umbriac became a field engineer for Clark on the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Measurement Laboratory and was promoted to project engineer on the job. He developed the project’s quality and commissioning plan and helped lead the field development group for the past decade.

Active in community outreach, Umbriac collaborated in building a tree house for a 10-year-old brain cancer patient for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, including a 14-ft spiral slide, firefighter’s pole and stargazing platform.


David Yergin-DonigerDavid Yergin-Doniger

Former first responder leads by example


President

WG Construction Inc.

Manassas, Va.

Caring for the community has been an integral part of Yergin-Doniger’s life for more than two decades.

A former emergency medical technician and crew leader for a local volunteer fire and rescue squad, the 39-year-old has applied his organizational skills to a variety of professional and nonprofit efforts.

In January, Yergin-Doniger began a term as president of the Heavy Construction Contractors Association (HCCA). Drawing on experiences in several professional and leadership development programs, he created in 2013 HCCA’s leadership development institute, called HLI. The eight-month program trains emerging and established industry leaders to manage and execute high-profile community service projects. Since its founding, HLI has donated more than $700,000 of work.

Yergin-Doniger, who was named president of his firm less than 10 years after he joined the company in 2007, also aims to use his position as head of WG Construction to advance the industry in Virginia.

In addition to collaborating with legislators to secure sustainable transportation funding, the company says he provided valuable input to the state’s newly updated road and bridge standards.

He has also delivered guest lectures to classes at George Mason University’s civil environmental and infrastructure engineering program.

100 hospital and health system CIOs to know | 2019 – Becker’s Hospital Review

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Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated providers. Leaders cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Leaders are presented in alphabetical order.

Michael Archuleta. CIO of Mt. San Rafael Hospital (Trinidad, Colo.). As CIO of Mt. San Rafael Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, Mr. Archuleta leads all IT services efforts, including cybersecurity and EMR systems. Mr. Archuleta, who was promoted to CIO after serving as director of IT, helped Mt. San Rafael Hospital achieve stage 6 on the eight-stage HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model in 2017, a feat only reached by 34 percent of U.S. hospitals.CHIME named Mt. San Rafael Hospital to its HealthCare’s Most Wired list for four consecutive years, most recently in 2018.

Tom Andriola. Vice President and CIO of University of California Health (Oakland). Mr. Andriola joined UC Health in 2013 as vice president and systems CIO. He has more than 25 years of experience as a global business and technology executive. In addition to his positions at UC Health, Mr. Andriola is the managing chair for the California Telehealth Network and the chair of the advisory board for the Pacific Research Platform, a consortium of 20 research universities.

Pamela Arora. Senior Vice President of Information Services and CIO of Children’s Health (Dallas). Ms. Arora joined Children’s Health in 2007, and she has more than 30 years of experience in IT. Prior to Children’s Health, Ms. Arora was the senior vice president and CIO at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Mass., and CIO of Perot Systems in Dallas. She was named the 2016 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year by CHIME and HIMSS.

Sameer Badlani, MD. Vice President and Chief Health Information Officer of Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.). Dr. Badlani, a board-certified internist with expertise in inpatient transplant and consultative medicine, oversees several areas at Sutter Health, including enterprise analytics, data management and clinical informatics. At Sutter, which CHIME named to its HealthCare’s Most Wired list in 2018, Dr. Badlani’s areas of focus include using technology for clinician engagement and generating actionable analytics in clinical and business processes. Before joining Sutter Health, Dr. Badlani served as CHIO at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and as CMIO at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences.

Daniel Barchi. Senior Vice President and CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian (New York City). Since joining NewYork-Presbyterian in 2015, Mr. Barchi has helped the health system execute its strategic plan for IT. He oversees NewYork-Presbyterian’s clinical and business information systems and played an integral part in rolling out the system’s telehealth program. Before joining NewYork-Presbyterian, Mr. Barchi was senior vice president and CIO of Yale New Haven Health System and Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.

Thomas Barnett. CIO of University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. As CIO of University of Rochester Medical Center, Mr. Barnett oversees numerous areas, including the hospital’s infrastructure technology services and clinical and revenue cycle applications. Mr. Barnett joined University of Rochester Medical Center in October 2016, but he has more than two decades of IT experience. He previously served as vice president of health IT at Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem, where he helped deploy several initiatives, including EHR and revenue cycle systems. Mr. Barnett was named a Premier 100 Technology Leader by Computerworld in 2016.

Julie Berry. CIO of Steward Health Care System (Dallas). Ms. Berry has more than 20 years of experience in health IT. She served as Steward’s chief technology officer before being named CIO in 2013. Before joining Steward, Ms. Berry was on the IT executive teams of Boston-based Partners HealthCare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She is a member of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium Technical Advisory Board.

Nancy Birschbach. Vice President and CIO of Agnesian HealthCare (Fond du Lac, Wis.). Ms. Birschbach’s IT career has spanned more than two decades. She joined Agnesian HealthCare in 1998 and served in several IT roles, including director of IT and assistant vice president of IT, before being named vice president and CIO in 2012. Ms. Birschbach is a certified information security systemsprofessional, an independent certification granted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.

John Bosco. Senior Vice President and CIO of Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, N.Y.). Mr. Bosco joined Northwell Health in 2004 and served as vice president and chief technology officer before being named senior vice president and CIO. In his current role, Mr. Bosco’s many responsibilities include overseeing technology purchases, leading the IT team, aligning technology deployment and business strategies, and establishing IT policies, standards and procedures. Before joining Northwell, Mr. Bosco was a senior IT executive with Capgemini Ernst & Young.

James Brady, PhD. Area CIO of Kaiser Permanente Orange County (Calif.). As Area CIO of Kaiser Permanente Orange County, Dr. Brady oversees IT for Anaheim (Calif.) Medical Center, Irvine (Calif.) Medical Center and more than 20 medical offices. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Brady served as chief information security officer and director of technical services at Hawaii Health Systems Corp. in Honolulu. Dr. Brady is a past president of the HIMSS Southern California chapter and a former member of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee.

Geoffrey Brown. Vice President and CIO of Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta). Mr. Brown has more than 35 years of experience in IT, management, consulting and strategic planning. In 2014, he took the helm as CIO and vice president of Piedmont Healthcare, an eight-hospital system with 16,500 employees. Before that, he served for 10 years as senior vice president and CIO at Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va. CHIME awarded Mr. Brown the state public policy award for CIO leadership in 2013, and he has fulfilled several gubernatorial appointments, including the technology chair for the Virginia Health Reform Initiative.

Jonathan Brown. Vice President and CIO of Mission Health System (Asheville, N.C.). As CIO for Mission Health, Mr. Brown leads the health system’s IT division, where he manages more than $400 million in assets. Under his leadership, Mission Health was named among HealthCare’s Most Wired hospitals in 2015 and 2016. Mr. Brown has also served as president of the North Carolina Health Information and Communications Alliance and vice president of the state’s HIMSS chapter.

Paul Browne. Senior Vice President and CIO of Henry Ford Health System (Detroit). Before joining Henry Ford Health System as senior vice president and CIO in February 2018, Mr. Browne was the CIO and senior vice president of applied informatics at Tenet Healthcare in Dallas. Before that, he served as CIO and senior vice president for strategic program development at Trinity Health in Livonia, Mich. Throughout his 30-year career in health IT, Mr. Browne has been named to Computerworld’s Top 100 CIOs and as anInformationWeek Top 5 Innovator in Healthcare and Top 50 Innovator across all industries.

Jon Burns. Senior Vice President and CIO of University of Maryland Medical System (Baltimore). Mr. Burns joined the University of Maryland Medical System in 2006 and serves as senior vice president and CIO. He is responsible for all IT services and strategies at the system’s 12 hospitals, as well as its supply chain strategies, integration and operations. Prior to that, he served as senior executive of IT for Cleveland Clinic and held several senior-level administrative, financial and operational positions at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Geisinger in Danville, Pa.

Bobbie Byrne, MD. Senior Vice President of Information Systems and CIO of Advocate Aurora Health (Downers Grove, Ill.). Dr. Byrne is the senior vice president and CIO at Advocate Aurora Health, which operates 27 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin, and is responsible for all IT applications, security and infrastructure. Prior to Advocate, Dr. Byrne served as CMO of Oak Park, Ill.-based Edward Elmhurst Health. She is board-certified in both pediatrics and clinical informatics, and is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she serves on the organization’s Physician Advisory Council for Informatics.

Kumar Chatani. Executive Vice President and CIO of Mount Sinai Health System (New York City). As the executive vice president and CIO of Mount Sinai Health System, Mr. Chatani manages a $300 million budget and oversees 1,000 employees. Under his leadership, Mount Sinai earned the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum 2017 HealthCare’s Most Wired distinction, and in 2012, Mr. Chatani helped the health system earn the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for excellence in health IT. Before Mount Sinai, Mr. Chatani served as CIO for the Northwest region of Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore.

Matthew Chambers. CIO of Baylor Scott & White Health (Dallas). Mr. Chambers was appointed CIO of Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in Texas, in 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served as CIO for Scott & White Healthcare, now part of the larger Baylor Scott & White Health system. His early career also includes IT leadership roles at KPMG, BearingPoint and James Martin & Co.

Zafar Chaudry, MD. Senior Vice President and CIO of Seattle Children’s. Dr. Chaudry serves as senior vice president and CIO at Seattle Children’s, where he develops technology initiatives and enterprisewide information systems and services. Over his more than 20 years of experience in healthcare informatics, Dr. Chaundry has held senior IT roles at startups and was on the faculty at the City Colleges of Chicago. He was the CIO of Liverpool Women’s Hospitaland of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, both in Liverpool, England. Most recently, he served as CIO of Cambridge University Hospitals in the United Kingdom.

Carl Christensen. Senior Vice President and CIO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago) and CIO of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago). As CIO of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Mr. Christensen is responsible for consulting with senior hospital leaders to develop IT resources. He recommends, implements and enforces policies and procedures related to IT and data throughout the medical school, and he serves as the go-to person for all IT issues. Before joining the system as vice president of information systems and CIO of the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation in 2010, he was CIO at Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic.

George Conklin. Senior Vice President and CIO of Christus Health (Irving, Texas). Mr. Conklin is the senior vice president and CIO at Christus Health, one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the U.S., where he manages all information and communication systems and services. He has served on the organization’s Futures Task Force, an effort that has set long-term system directions based on future social, technical, environmental, economic and political factors. In addition to his roles at Christus, Mr. Conklin lectures in healthcare informatics, systems implementation, clinical quality and more.

William Conaway. CIO and Vice President of Technology for Prime Healthcare (Ontario, Calif.). Mr. Conaway joined Prime Healthcare as CIO and vice president of technology in early 2018. His new appointment follows various IT leadership stints at Providence Health & Services in Renton, Wash., and at Dignity Health in San Francisco, where he oversaw the health system’s enterprise IT healthcare services and served as EHR program director. Mr. Conaway also teaches master’s students as an adjunct professor at Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University.

Andy Crowder. Corporate Senior Vice President and CIO of Scripps Health (San Diego). Mr. Crowder has served as corporate senior vice president and CIO of Scripps since 2016, when he beganleading the health system’s Epic EHR implementation. He boasts more than 25 years of IT experience, including IT and engineering roles at Maine Health in Portland; Florida Hospital in Orlando; and IBM. During his tenure at Maine Health, Mr. Crowder led the organization’s Epic EHR implementation and a systemwide information services transformation initiative.

Richard Daniels. Executive Vice President and CIO of Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Mr. Daniels, who has more than 30 years of IT leadership experience, joined Kaiser Permanente in 2008 after serving as senior vice president of IT and divisional CIO for Capital One. He joined Kaiser Permanente as senior vice president of IT and business information officer of health plan and hospital operations. He subsequently took on the role of senior vice president of enterprise shared services before being promoted to executive vice president and CIO, leading the organization’s IT vision and strategy.

Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD. Senior Vice President of IT and Chief Medical Information Officer of Mount Sinai Health System (New York City). Mount Sinai Medical Center appointed Dr. Darrow as its CMIO in 2013, a role he had held in an interim capacity since early 2012. As CMIO, Dr. Darrow oversees the implementation and use of IT to improve care quality and patient safety. Dr. Darrow, who has served as Mount Sinai’s inpatient physician champion for its EHR system since 2010, is also an associate professor of cardiology and population health science and policy at the health system.

Randy Davis. CIO and Vice President of Support Services at CGH Medical Center (Sterling, Ill.). Mr. Davis joinedCGH Medical Center, a 110-year-old acute care hospital employing 1,500-plus staff, in 1996 after spending more than 30 years as administrator for various multispecialty physician groups, including Sterling Rock Falls Clinic. As CGH Medical Center’s CIO and vice president of support services, he oversees various IT projects, including an initiative to add IT infrastructure to keep the facility’s critical systems running 24/7.

Myra Davis.Senior Vice President and CIO of Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston). Ms. Davis joined Texas Children’s Hospital more than 10 years ago as a director of the hospital’s information services department. Ms. Davis has won awards for leadership in her current role as senior vice president and CIO of the hospital, including the Transformational Leadership Award in 2013 from CHIME and the American Hospital Association. Under her guidance, Texas Children’s Hospital was named one of CHIME’s HealthCare’s Most Wired hospitals in 2018.

Jake Dorst. Chief Innovation Officer and CIO of Tahoe Forest Health System (Truckee, Calif.). Tahoe Forest Health System appointed Mr. Dorst its CIO in 2014. Mr. Dorst, who joined the rural health system after serving as vice president and CIO of Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health, took on chief innovation officer responsibilities at Tahoe Forest Health System in 2015, a year he also held the title of interim CEO. While serving as CIO, Mr. Dorst has led Tahoe Forest Health System through an EHR go-live that transitioned the health system’s seven different EHRs to a single system.

Marcy Dunn. Senior Vice President and CIO of Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth (Portland). Ms. Dunn has 30-plus years of healthcare IT and systems management experience, including holding CIO roles with Episcopal Health Services in Uniondale, N.Y., and Catholic Health Services of Long Island in Melville, N.Y. She took on the title of CIO at Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth in 2016, overseeing IT projects such as the health system’s shared EHR program. Under her leadership, the 637-bed Maine Medical Center was named one of HealthCare’s Most Wired hospitals in 2018.

Darren Dworkin. Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Services and CIO of Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles). Mr. Dworkin oversees day-to-day strategy and technology operations for Cedars-Sinai’s information and clinical technology teams. He joined Cedars-Sinai in 2006 and has since helped it launch the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator program and led the implementation of a comprehensive EMR. He is the co-founder of clinical decision support and analytics company Stanson Health and has previous experience as chief technology officer of Boston Medical Center.

Ferdinand Feola. IT Administrator at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono (East Stroudsburg, Pa.). Mr. Feolajoined Pocono Medical Center — later renamed Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono after Pocono Health System became part of Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network in 2017 — in 2008. Before becoming part of the hospital’s leadership team, he served as senior vice president of IT and information security officer at KNBT Bank in Bethlehem, Pa., and as CIO of Keystone Savings Bank. The 249-bed Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono was named one of CHIME’s HealthCare’s Most Wired hospitals in 2018.

Dave Fiser. Vice President and CIO of TheMetroHealth System (Cleveland). Mr. Fiser assumed the roles of vice president and CIO at The MetroHealth System after almost a decade holding the same titles at Akron General Health System, which was acquired by Cleveland Clinic and renamed Cleveland Clinic Akron General in 2015. Mr. Fiser helped guide Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s IT efforts in the wake of the acquisition, including replacing its EHR system. In 2018, soon after Mr. Fiser joined MetroHealth, the 407-bed facility was named one of CHIME’s HealthCare’s Most Wired hospitals.

Rick Frederick. CIO of Cottage Hospital (Woodsville, N.H.). Previously serving as Cottage Hospital’s director of IT, Mr. Frederick became the hospital’s CIO in 2014. Under his leadership that year, Cottage Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to achieve meaningful use stage 2. Before joining Cottage Hospital, Mr. Frederick served as the director of technology services at Lowell, Mass.-based Saints Medical Center and as an engineer at Burlington, Mass.-based Avid Technology.

Renee Fosberg. Senior Director and CIO of Emerson Hospital (Concord, Mass.). Ms. Fosberg has over 20 years of experience in healthcare information systems. In her current role as senior director and CIO, Ms. Fosberg implements Emerson Hospital’s IT and telecommunication systems strategy and has guided the health system through adopting an EMR platform. Under her leadership, Emerson Hospital was named a HIMSS Analytics stage 6 hospital, the second-to-last stage in HIMSS’ measurement of EHR adoption and usage.

Shirley Gabriel. Vice President of Information Systems and CIO of University Health Care System (Augusta, Ga.). Ms. Gabriel has served as the vice president of information systems and CIO of the 10-hospital University Health Care System since January 2015. Before joining University Health Care System, she was the vice president and CIO of the Tucson-based University of Arizona Health Network.

Roland Garcia. Senior Vice President and CIO of Baptist Health (Jacksonville, Fla.). Mr. Garcia joined Baptist Health in 2001. In his current role as senior vice president and CIO, he oversaw the implementation of an EMR first at Baptist Medical Center South, and then across the whole five-hospital system. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Garcia was Baptist Health Care Pensacola’s vice president and CIO.

Indranil (Neal) Ganguly.Vice President and CIO of JFK Health System (Edison, N.J.). Mr. Ganguly has over 20 years of experience in healthcare technology. He joined JFK Health System in 2013 and is responsible for telecommunications, health information management and IT. Before he joined JFK, Mr. Ganguly wasvice president and CIO of Freehold, N.J.-based CentraState Healthcare System.

Bill Gillis. CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (Westwood, Mass.). Mr. Gillis has over 15 years of experience in healthcare IT. His specialties include EHR and EMR strategies, technologies and deployments. In addition to his role at Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization and its affiliated organizations, Mr. Gillis provides insights on health IT strategies to physician practices.

Joy Grosser. CIO of UW Medicine (Seattle). Ms. Grosser has more than 20 years of experience in senior IT leadership. In her current role, Ms. Grosser oversees UW Medicine’s IT infrastructure across eight entities in the Puget Sound region, including four hospitals, 14 UW Neighborhood Clinics, the UW School of Medicine and the UW Physicians practice group encompassing 2,000 physicians. Before joining UW Medicine in 2017, Ms. Grosser was the CIO of Cleveland-based University Hospitals.

John Halamka, MD. CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston) and CIO and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School (Boston). As CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Halamka is responsible for clinical, financial and academic IT that serves 3,000 physicians, 12,000 employees and 1 million patients. In his role as a professor and dean for technology at Boston-based Harvard Medical School, he was involved in the development of the healthcare IT strategy for the administrations of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He has authored five technology-focused books and writes posts for the Geekdoctor blog.

Arthur Harvey III. Vice President and CIO of Boston Medical Center. Mr. Harvey has 30 years of experience in healthcare informatics, and building health IT teams at provider organizations has been the focus of his career. In addition to his role at Boston Medical Center, Mr. Harvey was formerly the program chair for Waltham, Mass.-based Brandeis University’s health and medical informatics graduate program.

Steve Hess. CIO of UCHealth (Aurora, Colo.). Mr. Hess has over 15 years of experience in health IT. In his role at UCHealth, Mr. Hess is responsible for managing information systems, including the health system’s EMR, website and online patient portal My Health Connection. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Hess was the CIO for the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, a partner of UCHealth. His experience also includes time as CIO of Christiana Care Health System, a two-hospital health system based in Wilmington, Del.

Christopher Houser. CIO of Signature Healthcare (Louisville, Ky.). As CIO of Signature Healthcare, Mr. Houser oversees all aspects of IT and information security for the organization with 116 locations across 10 states. Before joining the health system, Mr. Houser spent nearly two decades in senior leadership positions across various industries developing innovative solutions that improve business process performance and reduce costs.

Ross Hurd. CIO of Lake Chelan (Wash.) Community Hospital. Under Mr. Hurd’s leadership, Lake Chelan Community Hospital earned designation as one of Health Care’s Most Wired from 2010-17. Mr. Hurd came to the 25-bed critical access hospital in 2006. Before joining Lake Chelan, Mr. Hurd helped Community Choice of Wenatchee (Wash.) build a secure teleradiology network, which connected hospitals innorthcentral Washington to larger hospitals in the state.

Jason Joseph. Senior Vice President and CIO of Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Mr. Joseph joined Spectrum Health’s information services leadership team in 2006, officially taking the reins as CIO of the health system in September 2018. In the position, he oversees strategic and operational information systems, technology, cybersecurity and emergency preparedness throughout the organization. Mr. Joseph earned anMBA from the University of Notre Dame (Ind.).

Scott Joslyn, PharmD. Senior Vice President and CIO of MemorialCare (Fountain Valley, Calif.). Dr. Joslyn is responsible for innovation at MemorialCare, overseeing a staff of nearly 200 IT workers. Under his direction, the organization successfully conducted a $100 million EMR rollout across the health system with nearly universal adoption among the organization’s independently practicing physicians. Dr. Joslyn earned his doctorate degree in pharmacy from Stockton, Calif.-based University of the Pacific and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles.

Beverly Jordan, MSN, RN. Vice President and Chief Information and Transformation Officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care (Memphis, Tenn.). Ms. Jordan has served Baptist in clinical, educational and leadership roles for nearly 40 years. In 2015, she was made responsible for the largest project in the 100-plus-year history of the organization — the systemwide implementation of an EHR and patient financial system. Her previous roles at Baptist include chief clinical transformation officer and chief nursing officer. She serves on the board of the Tennessee Action Coalition, a group whose mission is to ensure all Tennesseans have access to high-quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Mark Kilborn. CIO of Springhill Medical Center (Mobile, Ala.). Mr. Kilborn stepped into the CIO role at Springhill Medical Center in 2000. Under his leadership, the 250-plus-bed hospital has replaced its core networks and enhanced mobility and engagement efforts. In 2015, Springhill Medical Center achieved an entirely paperless operation and became the first hospital in Alabama to garner a HIMSS Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

Ed Kopetsky. CIO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health (Palo Alto, Calif.). Over the course of his 30-plus-year career, Mr. Kopetsky has led, implemented and deployed various IT programs across healthcare organizations around the nation. Mr. Kopetsky arrived at Lucile Packard Children’s in 2009, and in 2014, he completed the three-year implementation of an enterprise system designed to support integrated patient care. From 2015-18, Lucile Packard Children’s earned designation among HealthCare’s Most Wired hospitals.

Mark Lantzy. Senior Vice President and CIO of Indiana University Health and President of IU Health Plans (Indianapolis). Mr. Lantzy’s career in healthcare IT spans more than two decades. In his current positions at IU Health, Mr. Lantzy oversees strategic planning, operations and project delivery for IU Health’s hospitals, health plans and physician network. He previously served as COO and CIO for Gateway Health, a managed care organization for Medicare and Medicaid. He also served in leadership positions at WellCare Health Plans and Aetna.

Ken Lawonn. Senior Vice President and CIO of Sharp HealthCare (San Diego). Mr. Lawonn joined Sharp HealthCare in 2014 and currently leads IT functions across all the health system’s entities. Mr. Lawonn’s career in healthcare IT spans more than 30 years. Before joining Sharp, he served as senior vice president for strategy and technology at Omaha, Neb.-based Alegent Creighton Health. He currently sits on the board of San Diego Health Connect, a health information utility created to unify the San Diego healthcare ecosystem.

Patty Lavely. Senior Vice President and CIO of Gwinnett Medical Center (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Ms. Lavely joined Gwinnett Medical Center, a 553-bed nonprofit healthcare network serving the Atlanta metropolitan area, in 2013. At Gwinnett, Ms. Lavely developed and implemented a strategy to improve overall accessibility and technology usage while enabling the health system to meet business goals. She serves on the Georgia CIO Leadership Association advisory board.

Gerry Lewis. Senior Vice President and CIO of Ascension; President and CEO of Ascension Information Services (St. Louis). Mr. Lewis manages IT and overall technology operations, strategy, project execution and service delivery for Ascension’s 2,600 sites of care, including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living centers in 21 states and Washington, D.C. He is a certified professional in healthcare IT systems and a member of the CHIME, HIMSS and American College of Healthcare Executives. Before joining Ascension, Mr. Lewis held various leadership roles at Dell and Compaq Computer Co. and served as a CIA analyst.

Philip Loftus, PhD. CIO of SSM Health (St. Louis). Dr. Loftus sets the IT and clinical engineering services strategy for SSM Health, a 24-hospital nonprofit health system. He recently led SSM Health’s consolidation of three EHR platforms into one. Prior to joining SSM Health, Dr. Loftus was CIO of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care, where he led the implementation of an EHR system.

Raymond Lowe. Senior Vice President and CIO of AltaMed Health Services (Los Angeles). Mr. Lowe joined AltaMed Health Services in January 2018, which serves about 300,000 people in the Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif., areas. As senior vice president and CIO, Mr. Lowe is developing a managed care software application. Within the realm of data analytics, he is leading AltaMed’s transformation into an enterprise with real-time data reporting to support business drivers.

NovletMattis. CIO of Orlando (Fla.) Health. Ms. Mattis provides executive leadership for IT and systems that advance clinical and business strategies and optimize operational processes. Before joining Orlando Health in 2018, she served as vice president of IT at Ascension Information Services in St. Louis, where she supported more than 125 hospitals across the U.S. as well as international joint ventures. She previously served as vice president of IT and CIO at Raleigh, N.C.-based Rex Healthcare and has held leadership positions at Dell Global Services, Lucent Technologies and AT&T.

Edward Marx. CIO of Cleveland Clinic. Mr. Marx serves as CIO at Cleveland Clinic, which features a main campus, 10 regional hospitals, 18 family health centers, and facilities in Florida, Nevada, Canada, Qatar and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Marx served as senior vice president and CIO of Arlington-based Texas Health. Mr. Marx is a fellow of the CHIME and HIMSS, and serves on the CHIME faculty for the CIO boot camp, which trains aspiring healthcare technology professionals.

Ed McCallister. Senior Vice President and CIO of UPMC (Pittsburgh). Mr. McCallister leads a team of more than 1,500 people in UPMC’s information services division. He has more than 20 years of experience in IT and previously served as vice president and CIO of UPMC’s insurance services division, where he led the team that developed the original population health platform used by Evolent Health. Mr. McCallister serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

Aaron Miri. CIO of Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin (Texas). Mr. Miri serves as CIO of the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin. In 2018, Mr. Miri was appointed to the HHS Health IT Advisory Committee. Mr. Miri is the prior chair of the HIMSS National Public Policy Committee and serves as an expert adviser to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on health IT policy.

Thomas McGill, MD. Vice President of Quality and Safety and CIO of Butler (Pa.) Health System. Dr. McGill is an internal medicine and infectious disease physician by training who joined Butler Health System’s medical staff in 1993. He led the health system’s efforts to implement data analytics to improve care delivery and patient outcomes As CIO of the health system, Dr. McGill oversees the technology team for Butler’s 296-bed Butler Memorial Hospital, several outpatient locations and more than 50 physician offices.

Mark McMath. Senior Vice President and CIO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Memphis, Tenn.). Mr. McMath is responsible for providing corporate IT services to the 12,000 employees and 2,000 physicians that provide healthcare services to communities in Western Tennessee, Northern Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas. He previously served as CIO and vice president of IT, clinical and support services at Indiana University Health Bloomington. He is a member of the CHIME, HIMSS and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Pamela McNutt. Senior Vice President and CIO of Methodist Health System (Dallas). Ms. McNutt has nearly 30 years of health IT experience. She serves on the CHIME board of trustees and is a former director of the HIMSS national board. In addition to her responsibilities as senior vice president and CIO of the four-hospital Methodist Health System, Ms. McNutt serves as a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Data Initiative Executive Committee and the State of Texas’ Health Care Information Council Hospital Data Collection Workgroup.

Michael Mistretta. Vice President and CIO of Virginia Hospital Center (Arlington). Joining Virginia Hospital Center in 2015, Mr. Mistretta brought nearly 30 years of healthcare experience. As vice president and CIO, Mr. Mistretta oversees the hospital’s information technology leadership and strategy. He is a CHIME-certified healthcare CIO and a HIMSS-certified professional in health information management.

Dana Moore. Senior Vice President and CIO of Children’s Hospital Colorado (Aurora). Mr. Moore joined Children’s Hospital Colorado as senior vice president and CIO after a tenure at Centennial, Colo.-based Centura Health in the same position. The 30-year healthcare veteran was brought on board to help the hospital realize its Reimagine 2020 strategic plan, which includes technology as a central component. Mr. Moore’s efforts led to HIMSS naming Children’s Hospital Colorado a 2018 Davies Enterprise Award recipient.

Janice Newell. Executive Vice President and CIO of Providence St. Joseph Health (Renton, Wash.). With more than 20 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Newell oversees the information systems strategy, implementations and operations at Providence St. Joseph Health’s 51 hospitals. Before joining Providence in 2012, she was CIO at Seattle-based Swedish Hospital. Ms. Newell also served as a U.S. Air Force officer.

Daniel Nigrin, MD. Senior Vice President for Information Services and CIO of Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Nigrin is a widely recognized CIO. Earning honors from HIMSS Analytics and the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, his work at Boston Children’s has been well-documented. Notably, Dr. Nigrin led the hospital to achieve stage 7 EMR adoption in 2010, one of 11 worldwide organizations at the time to earn this recognition. In addition to his administrative duties, he is a Boston-based Harvard Medical School assistant professor of pediatrics.

Jim Noga. Vice President and CIO of Partners HealthCare (Boston). After a 13-year tenure at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital, Mr. Noga joined Partners HealthCare in 2011. As vice president and CIO, Mr. Noga oversees the integrated health system’s health IT initiatives, spanning its two academic medical centers as well as community and specialty hospitals and locations. In 2017, the Boston Business Journal awarded Mr. Noga its Leadership CIO of the Year Orbie. Since joining Partners, Mr. Noga has overseen the implementation of a $1.2 billion EHR system. He attributes his success to listening to and learning from his co-workers.

Marty Paslick.Senior Vice President and CIO of HCA Healthcare (Nashville, Tenn.). Serving HCA Healthcare for the last 30 years, Ms. Paslick is at the helm of a technology department providing strategy and support to more than 250 hospitals and freestanding surgery centers nationwide. In 2010, Mr. Paslick became COO of HCA’s IT&S department, which touts more than 4,500 employees across the U.S., responsible for five data centers and 15 division support centers that deliver IT services to HCA and 100-plus non-HCA facilities. Ms. Paslick was named HCA Healthcare’s CIO in June 2012, where he led the acquisition of PatientKeeper, a healthcare technology company.

Ben Patel. CIO of Cone Health (Greensboro, N.C.). Prior to joining Cone Health in 2018, Mr. Patel spent a portion of his career at Sinai Health System in Chicago. While there, he applied technology to value-based care and population health as an area of focus. With an eye for telemedicine and mobile technology, Mr. Patel now oversees a team of 320 information professionals as CIO of Cone Health.

Fred Peet. CIO of Yuma (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center. Joining Yuma Regional Medical Center as director of IT, Mr. Peet was promoted to permanent CIO in 2016. Under his leadership in 2017, the hospital earned Yuma Regional recognition for its placement on CHIME’s HealthCare’s Most Wired list. In his current role, Mr. Peet oversees health IT initiatives for the 406-bed hospital.

Keith Perry. Senior Vice President and CIO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.). Mr. Perry came to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in August 2015, after a tenure at Houston-based University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Mr. Perry helped oversee the construction and implementation of St. Jude’s data center, which increased the health system’s computational power and storage capacity. He also led a team of computational biologists to create a cloud-based server system for St. Jude. Under his leadership, St. Jude’s information services department received several honors, including an Excellence in Innovation Omnicon Award and a third-place honor in Healthcare Informatics’ Innovator Awards.

Charles Podesta. CIO of UC Irvine Medical Center. With 30 years in the health IT, Mr. Podesta has served as a CIO for the last 18 years. With tenures at academic medical centers, health systems and community hospitals, he’s established himself as an adaptable presence in health IT. Before joining UC Irvine, Mr. Podesta served at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, based in Burlington, Vt. He’s also a prominent presence in Epic’s Community Connect Program.

Audrius Polikaitis, PhD. CIO of University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (Chicago). As CIO, Mr. Polikaitis oversees all information systems and EMR processes at the university’s Hospital & Health Sciences System, which includes a 465-bed tertiary care hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, and 11 community health centers. Under his oversight, UI Health was named among HealthCare’s Most Wired organizations for 2018 by CHIME for the eighth consecutive year.

Marc Probst. Vice President and CIO of Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City). Mr. Probst has been a leader in health IT for more than three decades, previously serving as a partner at Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young. He was also a member of the Federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee, which helped create health IT policies to advance EMR adoption nationwide. At Intermountain, Mr. Probst focuses on IT systems design and implementation, strategic planning, system consolidation and project management.

Shafiq Rab, MD. Senior Vice President and CIO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Before joining Rush in 2017, Dr. Rab spent five years as the CIO and senior vice president of information technology at Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network. At Hackensack, he oversaw the implementation of numerous technological innovations such as the Apple HealthKit, which helped the organization transform from a 775-bed hospital to the largest health system in New Jersey with more than 3,500 beds. Along with his CIO role at Rush, Dr. Rab also serves as chair of CHIME, a position he stepped into Jan. 1.

Jayashree Raman. Senior Vice President and CIO of Cooper University Health Care (Camden, N.J.). Ms. Raman oversees the strategic direction of Cooper University Health Care’s IT infrastructure and has extensive experience in process re-engineering and IT system implementations. She previously served as the senior vice president and CIO at the Reading (Pa.) Hospital and Medical Center, where she created the organization’s core IT infrastructure and reached Level 6 status on the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model. In 2017, the New Jersey Technology Council recognized Ms. Raman as CIO of the Year for nonprofits.

David Rapp. Vice President of Supply Chain and CIO of Wheeling (W. Va.) Hospital. Since joining Wheeling Hospital in 2006, Mr. Rapp has overseen many major IT initiatives, including implementation of the hospital’s EMR, computerization of the cardiology department and replacement of the surgical information system. Mr. Rapp also oversees the hospital’s supply chain operations and all corresponding technology systems. He serves on numerous committees and boards, including the West Virginia Health Information Network board of directors and the HIMSS Innovation Committee.

Michael Reagin. Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Innovation Officer of Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.). Mr. Reagin has two decades of experience in IT management, previously serving as CIO of Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi and chief technology and strategy officer at Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services. Under Mr. Reagin’s leadership, Sentara’s IT team has received numerous national awards, including the HIMSS Davies Organizational Award in 2010 and CHIME’s Healthcare’s Most Wired recognition in 2018.

Stephanie Reel. Vice President for Information Services and CIO of Johns Hopkins University and Health System (Baltimore). Ms. Reel holds more than 25 years of information systems experience, stepping into her role at Johns Hopkins University and Health System in 1999. She also has served as vice president for information services at Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1994. Under Ms. Reel’s oversight, Johns Hopkins has advanced use of its EHR, embraced a regional health record and implemented self-service solutions for faculty, staff and students, among other initiatives.

Andrew Rosenberg, MD. CIO of Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor). Dr. Rosenberg joined Michigan Medicine in 2002 and became the system’s first CMIO in 2010. He served as interim CIO for a year before permanently stepping into the role in 2017. As CIO, Dr. Rosenberg’s main responsibility is planning and executing Michigan Medicine’s transition from two IT groups into a single IT and services organization responsible for addressing all IT and data needs for the organization’s academic and clinical missions.

Cris Ross. CIO of Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Mr. Ross joined Mayo Clinic as CIO in 2012, where he oversees all IT functions for the health system, which employs more than 63,000 staff members. Mr. Ross also sits on the HHS Services Health IT Standards Committee and the Markle Foundation Connecting for Health steering committee. He has three decades of experience in health IT, previously serving as CIO of the CVS MinuteClinics and executive vice president and general manager of clinical operability at Surescripts.

Robin Sarkar, PhD. Assistant Vice President, Information Systems and CIO of Lakeland Health (St. Joseph, Mich.). Dr. Sarkar served as director of information technology and assistant CIO at Lakeland Health before becoming CIO of the three-hospital system in 2015. As CIO, one of his main goals is making EHR data more visible, measurable and closer to the point of care. Under Dr. Sarkar’s leadership, Lakeland Health was named one of CHIME’s HealthCare’s Most Wired in 2015 and gained HIMSS Stage 7 recertification in 2016.

Manish Shah. Senior Vice President and CIO of Community Health Systems (Franklin, Tenn.). Mr. Shah, who joined CHS in 2013, is responsible for information systems and advanced technology to support the 127-hospital health system’s financial, clinical and administrative operations. From 2011 to 2013, he was senior vice president at Aurora Health Care, a 15-hospital system based in Milwaukee, where he was responsible for technology design, implementation and operations. Mr. Shah also served in IT leadership positions at prescription benefit management subsidiary Caremark Rx, now CVS Caremark.

William Showalter. Senior Vice President, CIO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Mr. Showalter, who joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in August 2017, has more than two decades of experience in healthcare IT leadership in academic and nonacademic health systems. He previously served as CIO of UC Davis Health in Sacramento and senior vice president and CIO for Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In nonacademic healthcare, Mr. Showalter served as vice president and CIO for Mercy Health in St. Louis. He is a member of CHIME and served as one of two healthcare industry representatives on the IBM Tivoli Software Board of Advisers for five years.

Laura Smith. Vice President and CIO of UnityPoint Health (West Des Moines, Iowa). Ms. Smith is responsible for the IT division of UnityPoint Health, which includes a team of 600 IT professionals in several locations, the oversight of a $179 million IT operating budget and delivery of an IT portfolio of projects each year. Her team spent 2018 launching a multifactor authentication system to all team members, providers and independent providers to ensure hospitals are safe from cyberattacks. Ms. Smith is a member of HIMSS and CHIME.

Steven Smith. CIO of NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Ill.). Mr. Smith joined the four-hospital NorthShore University HealthSystem nearly two decades ago. Before serving as CIO, Mr. Smith was NorthShore’s chief technology officer for over 10 years. Under his leadership, NorthShore became one of the first healthcare systems in the nation to achieve the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 designation and was selected as an honoree for InformationWeek’s Elite 100.

Brent Snyder. Executive Vice President and CIO of AdventHealth (Altamonte Springs, Fla.). As executive vice president and CIO of AdventHealth, Mr. Snyder is responsible for the system’s data security direction, analytics and IT systems. He also oversees the system’s revenue cycle and cost accounting functions. Before joining AdventHealth, Mr. Snyder was regional CFO of hospitals in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina. He is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Tressa Springmann. Senior Vice President and CIO of LifeBridge Health (Baltimore). Ms. Springmann directs information services and telecommunications management for the four-hospital LifeBridge Health and its subsidiaries. She also oversees health information management and participates in strategic planning. Ms. Springmann previously served as president of Maryland HIMSS, is a certified professional in Health Information Systems Management and attained certification as a healthcare CIO. She serves on the healthcare management program advisory board for Towson (Md.) University.

Subra Sripada. Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer and System CIO of Beaumont Health (Royal Oak, Mich.). Mr. Sripada joined Beaumont Health in 2008 as associate CIO, later advancing to senior vice president and CIO. Before joining Beaumont, Mr. Sripada served in a leadership role at PwC, a global management consulting firm, where he consulted on health IT and business strategy in the U.S. and internationally. He also has held leadership positions at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and professional services firm Ernst & Young. Mr. Sripada is a member of CHIME and serves on the healthcare advisory boards of Microsoft and AT&T.

Tom Stafford. Vice President and CIO of Halifax Health (Daytona Beach, Fla.). Mr. Stafford joined Halifax Health in 2007 as leader of its project management office. Since 2011, he has served as the director of information services while leading the health system’s IT functions. In January 2014, Mr. Stafford was named CIO and has redesigned communication workflow and improved real-time collaboration between physicians and other staff members. He drove the initiative to adopt secure, HIPAA-compliant texting and is leading a project to measure the effect of interoperability between the hospital’s EHR, predictive alerting and real-time communication system.

Brian Sterud. CIO of Faith Regional Health Services (Norfolk, Neb.). Prior to joining Faith Regional in 2012, Mr. Sterud served as director of information management at Brookings (S.D.) Health System. Mr. Sterud was also a network analyst, remote systems engineer and data systems engineer, bringing knowledge of technology initiatives to Faith Regional. He graduated from CHIME’s CIO boot camp in 2011.

Joey Sudomir. Senior Vice President of Innovative Technology Solutions and CIO of Texas Health Resources (Arlington). In his dual roles, Mr. Sudomir for oversees information technology activities within the system’s 29 hospitals and 19 acute-care locations. He joined Texas Health Partners in 2008 as vice president of IT. During his tenure, Mr. Sudomir has helped all of Texas Health Resource’s joint venture hospitals achieve meaningful use. Before coming to Texas Health Resources, Mr. Sudomir served as an IT executive for a national hospital operator with more than 60 U.S. facilities.

Phyllis Teater. Associate Vice President and CIO of The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). Ms. Teater began her career at the OSU Wexner Medical Center more than 25 years ago and has been instrumental in the adoption and rollout of the seven-hospital system’s ambulatory and inpatient EMR systems. She also provides technological support for the hospital’s research IT services and education initiatives. Before becoming CIO, Ms. Teater worked as deputy CIO at the hospital and oversaw all of its EMR, financial and human resource systems.

Brian Tew. Vice President of Professional Services and CIO of Greater Hudson Valley Health System (Middletown, N.Y.). Prior to joining the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Mr. Tew worked as vice president of operations and CIO at Manchester, N.H.-based Catholic Medical Center. He was in charge of the 330-bed hospital’s information systems, medical records and several other departments. At Greater Hudson Valley, Mr. Tews is responsible for IT, communications and professional services at they system’s three hospital campuses. Under his leadership, the system’s Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown became the first hospital in the state to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 status.

Tim Thompson. Senior Vice President and CIO of BayCare Health System (Clearwater, Fla.). Before joining BayCare Health System in 2010, Mr. Thompson served as senior vice president and CIO of Houston-based Methodist Health System. In his current role, he is responsible for implementing technology initiatives to support the system’s patient engagement strategy. In 2017, Mr. Thompson helped BayCare launch a free mobile wayfinding app called BayCare Compass to help patients and visitors find specific areas within the system’s 15 hospitals.

Jim Veline. Senior Vice President and CIO of Avera Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.). In his dual roles as senior vice president and CIO, Mr. Veline is responsible for IT services across the system’s 33 hospitals, 40 senior living facilities and more than 200 clinics. Before joining Avera Health, Mr. Veline served in leadership roles at Nebraska Methodist Health System and Nebraska Health System, both in Omaha. During his tenure, Avera Health has been named among HealthCare’s Most Wired hospitals 16 times and implemented a telemedicine program.

Joel Vengco. Senior Vice President, Informatics & Technology and CIO of Baystate Health (Springfield, Mass.). Along with his roles as senior vice president of informatics and technology and CIO of Baystate Health, Mr. Vengco serves as CIO for the Pioneer Valley Accountable Care Organization in western Massachusetts. He is also the co-founder of the region’s information exchange program. Since joining Baystate Health in 2012, Mr. Vengco has been responsible for the system’s technology vision, strategy and operations. He previously served as a vice president and general manager at GE Healthcare IT.

John Ward. Senior Vice President and CIO of TriHealth (Cincinnati). Mr. Ward has led several initiatives since arriving at TriHealthin 2014, including developing a systemwide IT strategy, services and support. Under his tenure, the health system achieved HIMSS Stage 7 and has received eight consecutive HealthCare’s Most Wired designations. Mr. Ward previously was TriHealth’s director of health systems integration and director of ambulatory systems.

Eric Yablonka. CIO of Stanford (Calif.) Health Care. Mr. Yablonka joined Stanford from the University of Chicago Medicine, where he spent 16 years as CIO. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of technology strategies to streamline operations. Prior to his role at University of Chicago Medicine, Mr. Yablonka held executive roles at the Joint Commission, Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

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Update: Are you a venture capitalist or an angel investor looking to invest in a company? Are you an entrepreneur looking for capital or other opportunities? Are you an aspiring startup owner looking for assistance? Well, you have come to the right place. Ventureburn presents the 2018 updated guide* to South Africa’s startup scene.

This article is the most comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to get involved with, or have a better understanding of, the country’s fast-growing startup space. It is a part of a series of articles we will pilot, which will also include the West African and East African startup space.

We have scoured South Africa’s entrepreneurial landscape and hand-picked some of the top players to get you started, looking at all sectors from education, investment (angel, venture capital, private equity), government, accelerators and incubators to media players (print and online).

Bookmark this one. The intention is for this article to be a living thing, which will grow into the ultimate resource for South African tech startups and entrepreneurs. Also, with your comments and suggestions we hope to create a clear overview of the people and organisations that influence and shape South Africa’s tech venture space.

Venture capital

Venture capital is all about early-stage, high-potential, high-risk, growth startups. The local sector, though small, still invests millions of rands in deals. See some of the top deals of 2018 here.

For a comprehensive list of venture capital and private equity firms check out the South African Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (Savca). Our picks are known tech startup investors.

Top South African companies in 2016 launched the R1.4-billion SA SME Fund, a VC fund to co-invest alongside various investors (not solely VC investors). In November SA SME Fund CEO Ketso Gordhan said the fund will invest just over R1-billion or 75% of its R1.4-billion in funds in black-owned small and medium-sized enterprises, including tech startups.

A VC deal concluded by Cape Town based KNF Ventures in November in SA healthtech firm 5nines Technologies was the first that the SA SME Fund effectively become involved in. The SA SME Fund also announced a deal with hard tech incubator Savant, in February 2019.

Meanwhile the 12J VC tax incentive, administered by the SA Revenue Service (Sars) has taken off in recent years after authorities amended onerous rules ( the Section 12J Association of South Africa, an advocacy body was set up in early 2019 — see here). See a list of some 12J funds here. Among the best funds to try if you’re a tech startup are: Kalon Venture Partners, KNF Ventures, Kingson Capital and Grovest. In February it was revealed that Vinny Lingham is involved in one 12J fund, the Lion Pride Agility VCC Fund, through his investment company Newton Partners.

AngelHub Ventures started out as South Africa’s “first group of angel investors” that provides pool funding, expertise and networks to foster startup growth. Angel investors Michael Jordaan (the ex-FNB head) and Kevin Harris joined from 2014 and the firm upgraded to a VC. Under the leadership of Brett Commaille, the firm has been supporting startups like GoMetro, Snapplify and AmaLocker.

Singularity is a private investment company that looks to invest in, and support, dynamic entrepreneurs and teams that lead disruptive technology, media and telecommunications companies which are building the future.

4Di Capital prefers early-stage tech investments. Its Early-Stage Technology Fund 1 is aimed at startup investment opportunities with big growth potential at the seed and early stages in the mobile, enterprise software and web sectors. Some of its investments include Sensor Networks and Aerobotics.

Action Hero Ventures a private investment holding company that makes early stage investments into scalable businesses in various industries that require relatively small amounts of capital to grow.

Knife Capital is a growth equity fund manager with a specific focus on sustainable technology-enabled ventures. The company was named South Africa’s best VC in 2012. Some more recent achievements include the exit of radar startup iKubu to Garmin in 2015. In 2017 the company invested in its first international deal, while in 2018 some of its investments included healthtech 5nines Technologies.

Knife Capital also runs the Grindstone Accelerator, a structured entrepreneurship development programme that assists high-growth innovation-driven companies to become sustainable and fundable.

Business Partners launched a R400-million VC fund in 2012. By June 2017 the financier had invested in 19 deals. It funds startups in the clean energy, agri-processing, biotech and ICT sectors up to R25-million.

Grovest Venture Capital Company (VCC) claims to be South Africa’s first VC company incorporated under Section 12J of the Income Tax Act — a new asset class in the country that has proven to be successful in the UK and sees VC companies traded as venture capital trusts. The VC structure offers investors exposure to the VC sector, while at the same time providing up to 40% tax relief on their investments.

Kalon Venture Partners is a Section 12 J venture capital fund that invests in digital disruptive technology. The fund has invested in companies such as SnapnSave, i-Pay and The Sun Exchange. See this article for more information.

Edge Growth manages over R900-million of early stage venture capital and has invested in more than 45 deals since launching its first fund in 2010. Edge targets opportunities across any sector that has the potential to create positive impact. Portfolio companies include Sweepsouth, Mobenzi, Pioneer Academies and Everlytic.

Invenfin is an early-stage venture capital fund that looks at ventures across all industries. Some notable portfolio members include ArcAqua, Ad Dynamo and Bos Brands.

The Omidyar Network is active across the African continent, as it is around the world. Founded by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, the initiative has been funding a range of ventures from Lagos to Cape Town and Nairobi. Some notable South African investments include online distribution network Bozza, education programme IkamvaYouth as well as fact-checking media outlet Africa Check.

Silvertree Capital (also known as Silvertree Internet Holdings) supports and invests in startups targeting the South African and sub-Saharan African markets. Within the first half of 2015, the firm invested R20-million and enjoyed month-on-month revenue growth of over 10% across its portfolio. Not everyone is happy with Silvertree’s insistence on taking majority stakes in those it invests in (see this story).

eVentures Africa Fund was launched in 2010 by Vincent Kouwenhoven and Brian Hirman. The fund leverages capital and experience from Europe to invest in internet-related companies in Africa. Some of the firm’s notable investments include South Africa’s Nomanini and Nigeria-based MoboFree.

Seedstars World, as the name suggests, is a global venture capital firm based in Switzerland. Startups from a growing number of emerging markets — including South Africa — are invited to pitch and take part in the international competition where they’ll stand a chance to win up to US$1-million in equity investment.

HAVAÍCis a Cape Town based VC company which sources funding from family offices and investors. The company has invested in several startups, including Drive Revenue, Digital Cabinet and Instant Property.

Crowdfunding

With the popularity of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter in the US and Europe, new initiatives tailored specifically for businesses have emerged in South Africa as well.

Today, the local scene is dominated by Thundafund which focuses on all kinds of initiatives, whether that be helping hobbyists bring their ideas to reality or a startup seeking funding.

South Africa’s first equity crowdfunding platform Uprise.Africa was launched in October 2017, despite the Financial Services Board (FSB) yet to rule on the legality of equity crowdfunding. To date one of the platform’s biggest campaigns has been that of Cape Town based brewer Drifter Brewing Company which raised R3-million. In January 2019 the Uprise.Africa’s head revealed that the platform was mulling 159 deals valued at nearly R1-billion collectively.

Rainfin is one of South Africa’s only online marketplace lending platforms (offering loans in a similar way as P2P platforms do). The platform offers loans to small businesses. Changes to National Credit Act regulations, which came into effect in 2016, have however slowed lending to startups with an annual revenue of less than R1-million.

In June, ten months after launching, Johannesburg-based crowdfunding platform The People’s Fund has made its first payout of R43 800 to 42 investors who earlier this year invested a total of R219 000 in a Bloemfontein based internet company, MySurfer.

In October, a new Cape Town based investment company Sonic Ventures launched a R1.5-billion fund that will invest in high-growth tech Ventures in South Africa, the US and the UK.

Angel investors

Whether or not angel investing is on the rise in Africa as it is in the US, South Africa has its fair share of wealthy individuals with investment sense (read Ventureburn’s 2017 guide on how to go about angel investing here).

The South African Business Angel Network (SABAN), launched in 2016, is the go-to place for angel investors. The organisation organises regular events and networking sessions — including covering issues such as the lack of women angel investors.

Former CEO of FNB Michael Jordaan and Mike Ratcliffe, managing director at Warwick Wine Estate, each made an angel investment in 140 character social wine review service, Real Time Wine. Though the startup ended up tanking, Jordaan is still not shying away from placing his bets, mostly investing through MonteGray and AngelHub Ventures.

Jozi Angels is an angel investment network in Johannesburg.

A dragon from the live investment show, Dragons’ Den, Vinny Lingham is an early backer of many South African startups. Lingham, together with business partner Llew Claasen, is behind angel investment firm Newtown Partners, which has a stake in SAFlorist, SweepSouth, WumDrop and many more. In February 2019 it was revealed that the firm is a partner in a R500-million Section 12J fund.

Co-founders of Groupon SA Wayne Gosling and Daniel Guascooften work side by side. Regular features at events such as Net Prophet’s Sparkup Live, some of these investments include 8Bit, WumDrop, Receiptful and Ekaya.

With a strong background working for the likes of Vodacom and Mediclinic, Ernst Hertzog from Action Heroes Ventures is also an early backer of Ekaya and WumDrop.

The Africa Angels Network invests in and partners with tech startups in sub-Saharan Africa. Its portfolio ranges from SureGifts in Nigeria, to South Africa-based Bozza and SweepSouth.

An advisor to Swyft and Gyft, Michael Leeman, is behind four startup exits, including Gyft and Clicks2Customers. Other investments include Chesscube and, more recently, Adii Pienaar’s Receiptful. Leeman is the founder of Miombo Capital.

Justin Stanford of 4Di Capital has been in the investment game for over a decade. He is an early backer of Ekaya, WumDrop, HealthQ and Motribe, which was successfully acquired by Mxit in 2012.

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation invests in the education and development of individuals with entrepreneurial potential within Southern Africa

Private equity

Private equity firms differ from their venture capital counterparts in a fundamental way. Private equity is about taking a company at later stage in its development and restructuring it to optimise its financial performance.

The private equity firms listed here have made notable investments in tech startups.

Ethos Private Equity has been around for 25 years and has raised four funds, the latest of which tops US$800-million. Ethos seems to invest in a range of markets including tech — it has an investment in Clickatell, the bulk-SMS service provider.

Acorn Equity has a few funds that invest in a range of sectors. Its tech fund invests in tech startups with an enterprise value of up to R200-million and pre-tax profit of up to R50-million at the time of investment. The targeted investment size per transaction is R30-million to R80-million. Its portfolio doesn’t yet include a tech investment for its Acorn Venture Technology Fund One.

Horizon Equity‘s portfolio includes quite a few tech investments. It invests amounts from R10-million to R100-million into privately held South African companies from early stage through to pre-listing, including management buy-outs.

Sasfin Private Equity will only look at startups valued at R50-million upwards with an annual turnover of more than R30-million. Sasfin requires an equity share of 20% to 49% and “committed and competent management with a proven track record.”

Kagiso Tiso Holdings has a private equity arm with a focus on black economic empowerment (BEE). The firm typically invests between R20-million and R70-million in its portfolio companies, in exchange for a minority equity stake of between 20% and 50%.

Impact Amplifieraims to address socio-economic and environmental challenges, innovative entrepreneurs and business models must emerge in South Africa and the greater continent. This is done by providing investment readiness and advisory services to businesses.

Capital Eye Investments Limited describes its portfolio as a blend of startups and mature cash-generating businesses. Some of its investments include WiGroup, Alacrity, Cquential and Emerge Mobile.

Futuregrowth Asset Management is a fixed interest investment company that creates opportunities for investors to choose returns that matter.

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fundis a development institution which supports businesses to innovate, create jobs, leverage investments and markets in an effort to create resilience and sustainable incomes in rural and marginalized communities in Africa.

Capitalworks is an independent alternative asset management firm based in South Africa providing investment access and specialist solutions to its clients across a wide range of industries and investment themes in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Godisa Supplier Development Fund is a partnership between the state Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) and Transnet. Through the fund, small black-owned businesses will get financial and non-financial support that will enable them to provide services and manufactured goods to Transnet.

Merchant Capital offers funding to small and medium size retail business owners.

Government support and funding

Though somewhat less known than private funds, the South African government is behind a range of support programmes for entrepreneurs and innovation in the country.

The Department of Trade and Industryhas various programmes aimed at boosting the country’s economy. Its Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) provides grant funding to help entrepreneurs to commercialise innovative projects, while the Technology and Human Resources Programme (Thrip)has grants for entrepreneurs that work with universities or colleges to carry out research in order to commercialise an innovative solution.

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) provides finance for industrial development projects. The IDC invested in the animation industry when it awarded R17-million to Cape Town-based Triggerfish animation studios in 2009. The IDC launched the Startup Nations South Africa initiative in 2014 to unleash high-impact entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Innovation Hub launched in 2001 by the Gauteng Provincial Government with the aim of fostering socio-economic development and competitiveness in the region. The Innovation Hub is behind a range of projects such as mLab, eKasi Labs and the Climate Innovation Centre South Africa.

FutureMakers is Telkom’s enterprise and supplier development programme. Launched in May 2015, it has made significant progress in supporting strategic start-ups and existing small businesses as well as other entrepreneurial ventures aligned to the technology sector and the Telkom value chain.

The Department of Small Business Development’s Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) provides business support to small and micro enterprises. The Seda Technology Programme helps fund a network of business incubators and provides grants to small businesses that help cover the cost of acquiring new technology.

Supported by Department of Science and Technology, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) develops and nurtures technological innovation in order to improve economic growth in South Africa. TIA administer’s a seed fund, which the agency launched in 2013 and provides entrepreneurs and innovators with grant funding of up to R500 000 to R650 000 per project. The fund channels seed funding through technology transfer centres at universities and science centres to innovative projects as well as through small business support organisations in provinces to entrepreneurs. In 2016/17 the fund lent out R74-million to 133 projects.

Wesgro, the official destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape does its part to promote entrepreneurship. It recently published a report that showcases local startup success stories and support structures and it also runs the Western African Trade Corridor Programme — its latest programme focuses on exploring trade and partnership opportunities in Nigeria’s service sector.

The Black Business Supplier Development Programme (BBSDP) is a cost-sharing grant offered to black-owned small enterprises to assist them to improve their competitiveness and sustainability to become part of the mainstream economy and create employment.

The Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) is a provincial government agency which provides non-financial and financial support to small businesses in Gauteng.

Isivande Women’s Fund (IWF) is an exclusive fund that aims to accelerate women’s economic empowerment by providing more affordable, usable and responsive finance than is currently available. The IWF assists with support services to enhance the success of businesses. It pursues deals involving start-up funding, business expansion, business rehabilitation, franchising and bridging finance.

The Small Enterprise Finance Agency provides assistance to build sustainable businesses, through repayable loans in the form of direct and wholesale lending from R500 up to R5-million.

The Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) is designed to promote technology development in South Africa’s industry, through the provision of financial assistance for the development of innovative products and or processes. SPII is focussed specifically on the development phase, which begins at the conclusion of basic research and ends at the point when a pre-production prototype has been produced.

The Jobs Fund creates jobs by supporting initiatives that generate employment in innovative ways. The fund awards grants to organisations through a competitive project application process where only the best ideas are funded.

Technology transfer offices

Startups looking to acquire intellectual property from universities can work with technology transfer offices at universities and research centres. Some of the best ones are: Stellenbosch University’s Innovus, UCT’s technology transfer office, Nelson Mandela University’s centre, Wits Enterprise, the CSIR.

Incubators

An incubator brings in an outside team to manage an idea that was developed internally and takes a larger chunk of equity in the resulting company.

The Awethu Project is pioneering a new approach to identifying talented entrepreneurs in under-resourced South African communities. Its applicants don’t need any minimum level of education, business experience, capital or even an investable idea. The only requirement is that an applicant comes from an under-resourced background and can prove that they have world-class entrepreneurial potential through Awethu’s Talent Identification Process.

Sabtia is a non-profit private association formed to promote and coordinate business incubation in Southern Africa.

Johannesburg-based Riversands Incubation Hub is a large-scale business incubator established in 2015 through a partnership between Century Property Developments and The Jobs Fund.

Forming part of CiTi (see networking organisations below), Bandwidth Barn has been in operation since 2000 and is today regarded as one of the leading ICT business incubators in the world. The initiative has also been behind the setting up of a Bitcoin hub as well as Virtual Reality community — both a first in South Africa. In 2015, the Bandwidth Barn also unveiled Barn Khayelitsha — a co-working support hub for entrepreneurs in the area.

Impact Amplifier focuses on supporting entrepreneurs who tackle Africa’s socio-economic and environmental challenges. It acts as both an incubator for high-growth, high-impact businesses and as a consultant for big business.

The Innovation Hub is backed by the Tshwane metro (Pretoria) and includes an incubator and a network of township hubs, part of its eKasiLabs programme.

The MEST Incubator in Cape Town is a shared workspace where leading startups, entrepreneurs and members of the pan-African tech community can come together to meet, work and build.

JoziHub wants to transform the technology industry by connecting potential entrepreneurs and developers with the critical resources they need. It has backing from heavyweights such as Omidyar and Google.

Based in Stellenbosch, LaunchLab offers a range of services to entrepreneurs from the local university and outside. LaunchLab takes entrepreneurs through the process of building a proven business, from validating concepts to proving business models in industry or market. The initiative also connects entrepreneurs to key people within its corporate partner network to get real feedback from potential customers.

Founded in 2000, Raizcorp is one of the few unfunded for-profit business incubator in Africa. It has several physical incubators in South Africa.

JoziHubis a co-creation space in Johannesburg dedicated to creating sustainable change in Africa

Cape Town based RLabs provides entrepreneurs — particularly those working on solutions with a social impact — with a shared space to develop their ideas with help from an experienced developer and entrepreneurship network.

MyGrowthFund aims to find and nurture high-growth black entrepreneurs through its funding, incubation and enterprise development platforms.

SAB Entrepreneurship Programme has been contributing and growing enterprise development in South Africa for the past 15 years.

Johannesburg-based Seed Engine offers developmental workshops, accredited core skills training, support and funding for the three key stages of a business, namely: ideation, build and growth, as well as growth and scale.

Propellais a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the Industrial Development Corporation and the private sector. Its main areas of focus are on renewable energy generation, energy efficiency and related technologies, advanced manufacturing and supply chain optimisation.

The Shuttleworth Foundation looks for “amazing people”, gives them a fellowship grant, and multiplies the money they put into their projects by a factor of 10 or more. Startups that receive fellowship grants get office space for a year during which their ideas are developed.

The government’s Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) funds a number of business incubators. Those aimed at tech startups are: Savant, Invotech, the Seda Nelson Mandela ICT Incubator, Smartexchange, Softstart BTI and the SA French Tech Labs.

Standard Bank launched its Standard Bank Incubator Programme in 2015 to educate, create, empower and develop entrepreneurs in South Africa. The programme is accompanied by the incubator co-working space in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein offers startup incubation, digital skills training as well as research and training in general. The new precinct opened in 2016, is spearheaded by the University of Witwatersrand and Johannesburg’s Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), and also backed by the national government, private sector and civil society.

Tshimologong also has a Digital Content Hub which is funded by a French Development Agency (AFD) three-year €950 000 (R14.5-million) grant. The centre is managed in collaboration with creative companies like Trace TV, Lagardère Group, Gobelins Animation School, Dailymotion, and TV5Monde.

Founded in 2014 at the UCT Graduate School Of Business with initial funding support by UCT Vice Chancellor Strategic Award and the MTN Group, the MTN Solution Space provides an ecosystem for early-stage startups and a research and development platform for corporates to experiment with emerging business models. The Solution Space’s Venture Incubation Program (VIP) enables startups to test and build commercially viable and scalable business. The Solution Space also has a second hub at the heart of the Cape Flats in Philippi, which exists to nurture and equip local entrepreneurs.

Cape Town based edtech incubator Injini selects a cohort of startups from across Africa every six months, invest in them and gives them an edtech dedicated support programme to help them scale up across the continent.

Accelerators

An accelerator does exactly what its name suggests — helps businesses accelerate growth. For the most part, an accelerator differs from an incubator in that programmes usually run for shorter periods, often ranging between three and six months. The programme usually rounds off with a demo day where startups pitch their ideas to investors.

Global aerospace accelerator Airbus BizLab runs an acceleration programme through its #Africa4future initiative. In 2017 it took on two aerospace startups — one from Southern Africa and another from East Africa.

Johannesburg business support organisation Aurikruns a business acceleration programme. The accelerator claims to excel in working with businesses facing scaling and growth issues as well as those looking at medium term exit strategies.

Corporate-backed tech startup accelerator and incubator Founders Factory announced in October that it will, through its Founders Factory Africa initiative, build and scale 100 tech startups across Africa in the next five years from Johannesburg. It’s both a venture builder and accelerator.

Microsoft’s Head Start programme, which was launched in November, provides startups with access to wide ranging skills development, development resources, access to coaches and mentors as well as its customer network. In addition, the programme also provides participants with access to Microsoft’s customer network and its Azure cloud computing platform.

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) through its Gazelles programme aims to help 40 high-growth companies a year to increase their company value by 20% in three years. A second round was announced in 2017, following the first round which kicked off in 2016. The programme however is not without it’s problems (see here).

Launched in 2014, Entrepreneur Traction is a venture builder and startup studio, dedicated to supporting high growth entrepreneurship in South Africa and Africa.

The I’M IN accelerator is aimed at building high growth black-owned tech startups. The first cohort with 10 startups kicked off in the middle of 2017.

mLab Southern Africa is a vertical accelerator that focuses on mobile innovation and startups. It offers a number of support services including mentoring, development, infrastructure, funding and access to industry players and government locally and internationally. mLab is backed by the World Bank, infoDev, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland & the Department of Science and Technology.

The New Economy Accelerator, an initiative of the African Centre for a Green Economy (AfriGCE) has been on a mission to build an inclusive economy and promote environmental sustainability in rural economies. See here for some of its success stories.

Cape Town based 88 Business Collective aims to accelerate female-founded businesses.

Launched in 2015, New Ventures Studio is a young entrepreneur accelerator in Cape Town. The Studio partners with 16 to 35-year olds to accelerate an idea or startup into a repeatable and scalable business model. Entrepreneurs are vetted through an experiential eight-week entrepreneurial course at the end of which they pitch to enter an incubator offering physical space, mentorship, specialised startup or acceleration services and capital raising.

Barclays Africa runs the Barclays Rise programme aimed at assisting fintech startups. In 2017 the bank revealed the names of the 10 startups from across Africa that would be supported in the second Barclays Accelerator programme, powered by Techstars.

Startupbootcamp AfriTechruns a three-month accelerator programme. Selected teams are each receive a €15 000 equity investment, free working space, access to investors as well as opportunities to attend industry events. Here are the legal obligations to consider before joining.

With over 200 tech business accelerated and more than 100 tech founder CEO mentors, Sandton-based Sw7claims to be the largest tech accelerator in Africa.

Funders Vumela and Edge Growth in 2016 launched the 10X-e accelerator, aimed at growing established, high potential entrepreneurs. The accelerator’s mission is to help talented scale-up stage entrepreneurial teams scale themselves, scale their teams, and scale their businesses. See more here.

Conferences and events

Similar to networking bodies, conferences are seen as key players in celebrating the startup space. These initiatives are often accompanied by pitching competitions, keynotes and networking.

Startup Grind is an international organisation that hosts monthly fireside chats with local industry entrepreneurs and startups. The initiative has growing chapters in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Founded in 2010, its vision is to connect startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.

A flagship of LIONS@FRICA, DEMO Africa is an annual pan-African pitch competition and conference dressed as a launchpad for emerging technology and trends. LIONS@FRICA was launched by the US Department of State, in collaboration with Microsoft, DEMO, USAID and Startup Weekend.

Heavy Chef holds regular entrepreneurship-themed events in Cape Town and Johannesburg which include masterclasses and fireside chats.

Launched in 2017, tech startup conference AfricArena connects corporates, startups and showcases innovations by some of the continent’s leading startups.

The SA Innovation Summit is where the best of South African, African and global innovators get to showcase their exceptional talents, innovations and ideas.

Media

Without media, there’s no story. Along with the “African rising” narrative and more international interest in the continent as a region for investment opportunity, an increasingly large number of publications from abroad are interested in telling the country’s stories, amplifying their reach.

Burn Media‘s Ventureburn features written and multimedia content on technology startups in Africa, as well news, analysis and opinions on entrepreneurship from an emerging market perspective.

Entrepreneur Magazine is touted as South Africa’s best-selling entrepreneurship magazine. It’s also a great online resource for general topics and tips on entrepreneurship.

TechCentral has a very strong South African flavour. Its focus is more on general technology news, but it also publishes entrepreneurial stories.

Although they do not have a strong startup focus, the list wouldn’t be complete without Moneyweb, MyBroadband and Fin24, three great resources for business news in South Africa.

US publication Quartz launched its African chapter in 2015 with a focus on unique, insightful articles that are often technology-focused and startup related.

Popular US magazine Fast Company launched its first English edition outside of its home country in South Africa. The publication offers a range of different content, with a main focus on feature-length profiles of industry leaders or startup founders.

Disrupt Africa aims to be the go-to source for all things startups, investments and innovation in North, East, West and Southern Africa. Alongside news articles, the site also focuses on interviews and stories on important stakeholders of the industry.

Hypertext Media Communications (or simply known as htxt) covers South African news on startups, women in tech, games and makers. The site aims to become the number one community for interesting stuff coming from South Africa and the rest of the continent.

Education

As research in Omidyar’s Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa report suggests, management and other entrepreneurial skills should be fostered in schools.

The online education venture, GetSmarter, presents a collection of 10 courses covering different aspects of entrepreneurship. These topics range from how to Start and Manage a Small Business to the Basics of Financial Management. Time it takes to complete these courses range from six to 12 weeks. The organisation has also partnered with CiTi and Barn Khayelitsha‘s business development programme to support entrepreneurs.

Regenesys Business School provides free, fully accredited, internationally recognised online business education for South Africans.

In 2012, the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) teamed up with growth equity fund manager Knife Capital to launch the Find Make Grow Realise education programme to promote the development of early-stage, high growth entrepreneurial activity in the City of Cape Town. Today, other short courses on offer by the GSB include the Business Acumen for Artists and Masterclass: Business Model Innovation.

Omidyar Network’s African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a South African-based educational institution that identifies the most promising 16- to 19-year-olds from all 54 African nations for an innovative, two-year program focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, and African studies.

IBM’s Digital Nation Africa initiative enables interested innovators to explore emerging technologies, build innovative solutions and learn new skills.

The University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town runs the MIH Media Lab which emphasises applied research — by students with engineering or computer science degrees — with projects that have a good chance of producing prototypes or proofs-of-concept that could eventually be commercialised.

Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development is a post-matric level academy based in Cape Town that offers an inspiring and innovative six month, full-time programme in entrepreneurial development.

TSiBA Education is a private, not for profit business school that helps people who cannot access opportunities to study, with full-tuition scholarships. The courses are focused on developing entrepreneurship and leadership.

Networking organisations

Whether you’re looking for talent, inspiration or partners, networking organisations are the facilitators between startups, investors and other stakeholders of the industry.

The Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) is a global business network of 8000-plus business owners in 122 chapters and 35 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success. Read more about the South African chapter of EO.

Endeavour seeks to identify and assist high-growth entrepreneurs in emerging markets around the world. The entrepreneurs cultivated by Endeavour in turn help create jobs, propel economies, and cultivate leaders and role models.

Silicon Cape is a non-profit, community owned and driven initiative that aims to improve the environment in the Western Cape to create more and better startups as well as increase access to capital.

Situated in Stellenbosch, the Nedbank-backed LaunchLab forms part of the local university’s Innovus initiative which is responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation at the university. The LaunchLab is behind a range of services for both established and budding entrepreneurs, offering incubation space, pitching competitions, workshops and more.

La French Tech is a French-South African Tech community based in Cape Town gathering entrepreneurs, top executives, investors, engineers and public leaders.

She Leads Africa is a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams with engaging online content and pan-African events.

The Sable Accelerator is an international partnership group dedicated to helping South African entrepreneurs, new venture startups, academic institutions and companies commercialise technology innovations, promote and protect intellectual property, fund new business concepts, finance growth, as well as expand into global markets. Sable is powered by MentorCloud, the cloud-based mentorship platform, which also works with the University of the Witwatersrand Alumni Association, powering their mentoring programme between alumni and students.

Simodisa aims to empower startups in South Africa. Apart from various startup-focused events during the year, it seeks to act as facilitator between government and private bodies. The initiative represents a collaborative research, stakeholder engagement and policy design effort by key stakeholders from both the public and private sector in South Africa.

The Cape IT Initiative (CiTi) is a non-profit organisation focused on supercharging the Western Cape’s technology sector as well as tech-enabled industries like financial services, retail and government. It considers itself a “mothership” for a number of initiatives in support of startups, skills development, cluster development, research and market growth programmes. Under the new leadership of Ian Merrington, CiTi has secured a multi-million rand backing from Telkom.

The Hookup Dinner is a Sub-Saharan African network of emerging entrepreneurs brought together by three core values; to connect, engage and contribute to each other’s success.

The Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship based in Johannesburg provides free training, mentoring and other networking and marketing platforms for entrepreneurs who demonstrate the potential to move their small business to the next level of growth.

Future Females aims to increase the number of and support the success of female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Launched in 2015, AlphaCode wants to be the club for next-generation entrepreneurs in South Africa’s financial services industry. With its co-working space based in Sandton, Johannesburg, the initiative has a range of membership options available with benefits that range from facilitated networking, access to the working space, mentorship and more.

Backed by US$100-million, the Nigerian billionaire, Tony Elumelu, launched the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme in 2015 to support a total of 10 000 entrepreneurs across the continent.

The V&A Waterfront’s Workshop17 officially opened its doors in 2015 with the aim of fostering collaboration and innovation in the country and the greater region. Besides a co-working space, the hub is responsible for talks, lectures, workshops and educational programmes.

In Johannesburg the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) offers firms (not just tech companies) a 12-month residency at 22 ON SLOANE, a physical startup campus which launched in 2017. It also offers grants (see this story).

*This piece was updated by Ventureburn editor Stephen Timm on 11 February 2019. If you’d like to add your organisation to this framework or suggest an additional category, please comment below or contact us.

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Arrow Electronics (ARW) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript – The Motley Fool

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Arrow Electronics(NYSE:ARW)

Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call

Feb. 7, 2019 1:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, everyone, and welcome to the Arrow Electronics fourth-quarter and year-end 2018 earnings conference call hosted by Steve O’Brien. My name is Leslie, and I’m your event manager. [Operator instructions] I’d like to advise all parties that the conferences is being recorded for replay purposes. And now I would like to hand you over to Steve.

Please go ahead.

Steve O’BrienEvent Manager

Thanks, Leslie, and thank you, all for joining us today. With us on the call today are Mike Long, chairman, president and chief executive officer; Chris Stansbury, senior vice president and chief financial officer; Andy King, president, Global Components; and Sean Kerins, president, Global Enterprise Computing Solutions. As a reminder, some of the figures discussed on today’s call are non-GAAP. You can access our earnings release at investor.arrow.com, along with the CFO commentary, the non-GAAP earnings reconciliation and a webcast of this call.

Please note, certain prior-period figures have been adjusted for the adoption of new accounting standards. We will begin with a few minutes of prepared remarks, which will then be followed by a question-and-answer period. I’ll now hand the call to our Chairman, President, and CEO Mike Long.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Steve, and thanks to all of you for taking the time to join us today. The fourth quarter was another strong quarter, and it was capped off another great year for Arrow. We’re helping customers create, make and manage their products at an unprecedented scale. We grew sales by more than $3 billion for the second consecutive year.

Clearly, gaining share over the last two years, that market share is not our goal, making customers and suppliers successful is our goal. Market share is just an outcome. Our strategy to be the foremost technology life cycle solutions provider is working well. We achieved record fourth quarter and full-year sales, gross profit, operating income and earnings per share.

We delivered strong leverage in 2018. Full-year earnings per share grew 50% faster than sales. We’re executing well, and as I often do in our year-end calls, I’d like to discuss our longer-term strategy. You have seen IoT allow Arrow to bring cross-enterprise solutions together to serve our customers.

Now the rise of edge computing is just as important. Companies are changing how they do business and how they run operations. Bridging the gap between IT systems and operational technology systems is totally the key. Arrow is helping customers tackle this complex challenge.

Manufacturing plants and industrial machines have been digitized to increase efficiency. These systems use sensors, logic controllers, communication gateways and human machine interfaces. Collectively, these are operations technology or OT. Unlike when IT systems go down, OT failures can be catastrophic.

We see this difference as the biggest gap in IT and OT. OT systems, they are islands of control and often do not interact with other parts of the organization. Edge computing allows organizations to benefit immensely by integrating the two worlds, companies need to address security, business analytics, services and artificial intelligence, holistically, and not as silos of IT and OT. This will bring greater flexibility and efficiency.

More importantly, IT and OT convergence enables real-time decision-making. This will dramatically change the way enterprises operate and the use of data for business management. Bridging IT and OT is transformative for any business. Arrow has been helping customers by leading the transformation programs that use technologies and solutions across both IT and OT.

In fact, we’re one of the few companies with expertise in both areas. In the next few years, we’ll see more devices deployed at the edge, more connected IT and OT systems coming together to benefit business, governments and consumers, and we’re excited to help drive that transformation. Turning back to the present. Arrow engineers from around the globe pick some of the best solution that they have developed in 2018.

Some of the products we recently displayed at the CES included our connected water quality monitoring and predictive maintenance solution, utilizing smart, connected water dispensers. As part of the solution, we also designed a web-based software dashboard that both the company and its customers will you use to monitor quality in real time. We worked with one of the biggest commercial water distribution companies on this solution. This company has millions of dispensers deployed around the world.

The potential returns from offering better customer service, while doing it more efficiently, are huge. Speaking of bringing the IT-OT gap, we help design a wireless connected warehouse and distribution center inventory solution. This solution also consists of both hardware and software. Workers wear truly hands-free devices, utilizing voice control enabled by speech recognition software.

With no handheld scanner or tablet, this solution can significantly reduce accidents, improve safety, all while delivering the benefits of better inventory data. Another solution we displayed was an AI-based virtual analytics tool with custom application in food service, retail and healthcare. The interface is intuitive enough that a beverage company, with minimal technology infrastructure, could use the tool to track inventory levels and consumption patterns and reduce its carbon footprint by optimizing inventory movement. We’re helping customers make great products.

Yes, in our countless conversation with entrepreneurs, their No. 1 problem is not coding or prototyping, it’s production. Not to mention, obsolescence planning, various environmental and conflict mineral compliance and secure assets disposal, and the good news is that our supply chain services expert have developed a plug-and-play model that connects their businesses into today’s complex global manufacturing stack. And it manages it, so they can focus on their technology breakthroughs.

Looking at near-term market conditions. Leading indicators remain unchanged. Design activity grew year over year. The strongest region for design activity growth was in Asia.

This is notable given reports of a slowdown in the region. We would normally see a decline in design activity heading into a prolonged downturn. Backlog remains up year over year. Lead times were stable across the portfolio and mostly unchanged from last quarter.

Cancellation rates remained within typical ranges. Book to bill was 0.95 for the fourth quarter. Book to bill was at parity in the Americans and Europe and below parity in Asia ending 2018. However, Asia activity and orders improved in the recent weeks.

In fact, book to bill for the month of January, stubbed up like it normally does. January book to bill looks like prior year, and this includes Asia. We are, again, guiding for year-over-year growth in the first quarter. We have over 200,000 customers.

No one customer is accounting for more than 2% of our sales. While we’re not immune to economic conditions, we believe our geographically diverse customer base, with no significant industry concentration, helps inflate our performance. In closing, at Arrow, we’re committed to doing things the right way for customers and our suppliers. We’re honored to be named top of category in this year’s Fortune Most Admired Companies for the sixth consecutive year.

Our employees constantly tell us how proud they are to see the solutions they worked on and customers they’ve helped make a real difference in people’s lives. That’s because we believe the power of innovation is to make life better, which happens to be great for business, and you can see that in our results. I look forward to updating you on our performance and our progress in the coming quarters. I’ll now hand the call over to Chris to provide more details on our fourth-quarter results and our expectations for the first quarter.

Chris StansburySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Mike. Fourth-quarter sales of $7.92 billion were above the midpoint of our prior-guidance range. Sales increased 5% year over year and 7% adjusted for changes in foreign currencies. Approximately $43 million or one percentage point of the unfavorable change in foreign currency was not factored into our prior guidance.

The actual exchange rate for the quarter was $1.14 to EUR 1 below the $1.16 rate we previously used for our forecast. Fourth-quarter global components sales of $5.26 billion increased 6% year over year and increased 7% year over year, adjusted for acquisitions and changes in foreign currencies. Sales were at the midpoint of our prior expectation. We had record fourth-quarter sales in all three regions.

In Europe, sales increased 13% year over year adjusted for changes in foreign currencies and increased 9% as reported. Europe sales have increased year over year for 23 straight quarters, adjusted for acquisitions and changes in foreign currency. We continued to gain share in the marketplace. In the Americas, sales increased 5% year over year and increased 4% adjusted for acquisitions.

Growth was driven by strong demand from industrial and aerospace and defense customers. Asia once again produced good growth this quarter. Asia sales increased 7% year over year. And clearly, there has been a deceleration in the region, but we continue to experience growing demand for manufacturing customers.

Global components operating income increased 17% year over year and increased more than two and a half times faster than sales growth. Operating margin increased 50 basis points year over year to 5%, an increase in all three regions. It’s worth noting that full-year 2018 global components operating margin was exactly 5%. Enterprise computing solutions sales of $2.66 billion increased 6% year over year adjusted for changes in foreign currencies, a divestiture of the unified communications business in the Americas and both a small acquisition and a small divesture in Europe.

Sales increased 2% year over year as reported, and we’re above the midpoint of our prior expectation. Billings increased at a low-double digit rate year over year adjusted for changes in foreign currencies and grew in both regions. Growth was driven by infrastructure, software, security, storage and industry standard servers. Enterprise computing solutions, Americas sales growth remain strong.

Sales in the Americas increased 9% year over year as adjusted and 4% as reported. Europe sales were flat as adjusted and decreased 1% year over year as reported. Our product mix in Europe is more skewed toward software, so net sales growth tends to be dampened by agency accounting. Enterprise computing solutions operating income decreased 7% year over year, operating income decreased 3% year over year adjusted for divestures and acquisition and changes in foreign currencies.

We made significant progress toward our profitability improvement objectives during the fourth quarter. We expect this to continue in the first quarter and the rest of 2019. Returning to consolidated results for the quarter. Total company operating expenses increased 5% year over year.

Consolidated operating income increased 5% year over year and operating margin was unchanged year over year. Interest expense was $55 million, slightly below our prior expectation. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 24%, within our 23.5% to 25.5% target range. As I mentioned on recent earnings calls, we’re seeing more variance quarter-to-quarter than we have in the past due to timing of discrete items.

However, we believe this range is accurate when looking at full-year periods. For the full-year 2018, the effective tax rate was 24.2%. Net income was $225 million, up $3 million year over year. Earnings per share were $2.57 on a diluted basis, toward the higher end of our prior-guidance range of $2.46 to $2.62.

Earnings per share increased 3% year over year. We estimate that the strengthening of the dollar negatively impacted earnings per share by approximately $0.06 and negatively impacted earnings-per-share growth by approximately 3 percentage points compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Operating cash flow was $263 million as the slower growth environment is allowing cash flow to normalize. During the fourth quarter, the Board of Directors authorized an additional $600 million worth of share repurchases.

We repurchased approximately 2 million shares of our stock during the quarter for $150 million. We repurchased approximately $230 million over the last 12 months and approximately $1.2 billion over the last five years. Entering the first quarter, authorization remaining under our share repurchase program is approximately $729 million. This is a high-level summary of our financial results.

For more detail regarding the business segment results, please refer to the CFO commentary published this morning. Turning to guidance. We believe that total first quarter sales will be between $6.775 billion and $7.175 billion, with global components sales between $4.975 billion and $5.175 billion, and global enterprise computing solutions sales between $1.8 billion and $2 billion. We expect interest expense to be approximately $58 million.

We expect interest expense to be slightly higher in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter due to higher interest rates on floating rate debt. Also, the first quarter tends to be the least favorable for cash flow from operations and that results in higher inter-quarter borrowings. Our guidance assumes an average non-GAAP tax rate at the high end of our target range of 23.5% to 25.5%. We expect average diluted shares outstanding of $87 million.

As a result, we expect earnings per share on a diluted basis, excluding any charges, to be in the range of $1.84 to $1.96. The average U.S. dollar to euro exchange rate we’re using for forecasting purposes is $1.14 to EUR 1. This was the average for the month of January.

We estimate changes in foreign currencies will have negative impacts on growth of approximately $160 million or 2% on sales and $0.08 or 4% on EPS compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Chris. Leslie, would you please open up the call to questions at this time?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Yes, of course. [Operator instructions] We have a question, and it comes from Mark Delaney. You’re live in the call, Mark. Please go ahead.

Mark DelaneyGoldman Sachs — Analyst

Yes. Good afternoon. Congratulations on the good results and thanks for taking the question. First question, I was hoping to focus in on the margin performance, especially with components coming in at 5% for the full year; I realize it’s something that Arrow has been focused on.

It seems that margin guidance that’s implied in your first quarter outlook implies some further or continued year-over-year growth in margins. And just hoping you can help us better understand maybe any specific areas where you’re seeing that year-over-year growth in margins as your thinking about the first quarter?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Mark, a couple of things that did drive that. Number one is, we’re not seeing sort of a downturn the way that, I think, is being discussed in the marketplace. If you take a look at our book to bill at 0.95, that’s still $100 million over last year in the bookings department. So the 0.95 ratio doesn’t totally tell the story about what we see.

And our backlog is still up over $500 million over last year and our cancellation rates are normal. We’re still seeing strength in aerospace, data processing, industrial and medical devices. And as we said, we’re seeing bookings come back in Asia starting this month. So taking all of that together, we feel like we’ve got pretty solid guidance.

We’ve also believe we’re operating at scale. I’ll let Andy talk a little bit about Asia, so he can maybe give you a little deeper dive into what’s — what we see going on there.

Andy KingPresident, Global Components

Yes, thanks, Mike. Hi, Mark, certainly, as we look at our Asia business, we’ve continued to add customers at an unprecedented rates in Asia. Our overall customer — active customer basis is now up north of 200,000 and all of that’s coming from Asia. We’re not overexposed to some of the markets that are really driving some of the short-term headwinds as much as others, and therefore, we are still pretty positive about the outlook.

Obviously, we’ve seen growth rate slow, but we’re not talking about negative territory here. So I think, as we look forward within this guidance, we still see some pretty positive outcomes.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark, just one more add there. The consumer market is driving a portion of this market decline right now. And as we’ve said in the past, that’s not a huge percentage of our business. And I think that’s just something else to sort of keep in mind here.

We know we can’t outrun a full-on economic downturn. All we can do is run the business the best we can at that time. But right now, all the indicators that I just gave you and what Andy just told, it gives us some pretty good confidence that we can keep this thing going for a while.

Mark DelaneyGoldman Sachs — Analyst

That’s all very helpful. I guess, just to follow up along those same lines and even past cycles, sometimes semiconductor suppliers have seen some of these cyclical inflections a bit earlier than distributors. And I’d certainly appreciate all the comments you said on your book to bill and what you’re seeing in your backlog, I mean, as we’re thinking as analyst about building our models and as you use your experience to think about past correlations within your business and what sometimes the supplier see, should we be thinking about any below seasonal quarters, maybe beyond March, as we’re trying to build our models or the investments that Arrow is making in some of these new offerings in your bookings that you talked about improving this month? Do you think you can sustain more seasonal types of trends beyond the March quarter and components?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, let me — I want to validate for you the fact that you’re exactly right when you stated semiconductor cycle. And we usually see it three to six months later, which is usually an early indicator for an economic downturn, too. We, right now, in our bookings and our backlog and that’s why I wanted to make those two numbers come to light for you guys. While we totally agree we saw a little bit of a pause in bookings in Asia, the interesting fact that Asia is picking up again right now, and granted we’re a little over a month into the first quarter, we’re seeing things as stable.

Typically, going into a downturn for us, we would start to see a big increase in cancellation rates, and we’re not seeing that. And so that coupled with a positive book to bill, we’d say, “Yes, we’re looking pretty good going out there.” But as you know, we forecast out 1 quarter at a time. And if we started seeing some changes, we’ll certainly address them when we have to as the business. But I also think some of the semiconductor suppliers have been stating that they believe the worst has come and gone.

And while I don’t particularly know that to be true, I know the sentiment is changing about the year.

Mark DelaneyGoldman Sachs — Analyst

Thank you.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question comes from Adam Tindle. You’re live in the call, Adam. Please go ahead.

Adam TindleAMP Capital — Analyst

OK. Thanks and good afternoon. I just want to start with the question, maybe for Andy and if Mike wants to add. Obviously, nice job on components margins, and I want to touch on the operating structure there in a sec, but try to decompose what happens going forward to components margins.

Just starting on the gross margin side. Can you just maybe talk about what has typically happened to your gross margin during periods of moderating growth? Have you seen suppliers generally get tighter on the channel as they battle their own utilization and margin issues? Do they get more generous because growth is more scarce? Just talk about what you’ve seen historically? And what might be similar or different now?

Andy KingPresident, Global Components

Sure. As we look at our gross margin profile, we’re really seeing good positive momentum around our design activity, that has been a big driver of some of the improvements that you’ve seen as we went through 2018. Typically, as we bring new customers to the table, that is something that suppliers are extremely positive about and want to support us in those endeavors. And of course, as we have driven significant growth through significant customer acquisition, that gives us the opportunity to diversify the amount of products that we sell into those new customers.

So all of those three things have really driven the kind of margin profile improvements that actually we talked about a year or so ago, and now it actually started to come to fruition as we went through 2018. There’s no change to those dynamics as we go forward. We’re going to continue to invest in those areas, continue to expand our capabilities and pull that through to the margin lines.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

The thing that I would add to this, too, is don’t underestimate what we’ve done over the last, my God, since I’ve been CEO. I’m happy to say that I think our IT journey is largely behind us in the components area, that started off. We saw probably three years, three and a half years ago, Europe took a dip and then came back after the new IT system was in and got a lot more efficient. We saw Asia do the same thing, but their dip was a little quicker.

And then North America started came online hitting the ground running. So that investment that we made, that we discussed with you guys over the years in IT, has helped us set a new bar internally to be more efficient. So that’s yet to be tested on the downside. But our forecast would suggest that the downside negative sort of drain on our business could be less because our operational efficiencies are much higher this time.

Adam TindleAMP Capital — Analyst

OK. Maybe just continuing on that components operating structure. I think if we looked at OPEX as a percent of revenue below 8%, I think it might be multiyear low. Maybe just — I think you touched on some of the things that enable it, but talk about what a sustainable level looks like? Because I’m sure you want to invest in the business and drive the differentiated growth.

And as you think about gross margin and operating structure, combining them up, do you think this is a year where we can grow profit dollars in components and expand margin? Thanks.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Right now, all indicators are — we believe we’re going to have growth this year. So I’ll start off with that, that I believe we’re not headed into sort of a disaster. Albeit, I’m saying it with caution. You guys know what’s going on in the economy better than I do.

What I will say is the levels that we’re at today are levels that do allow us to invest in the business and we are and have been. And as you know, we’ve invested an awful lot in engineers, and that investment in engineers has helped us with our gross margin. It has helped us grow faster with our suppliers. So that’s where we’ve really put our efforts.

And we don’t expect to back off of investing to expand our customer base. Having 200,000 customers, we know, we see. We’re enjoying some of the benefits of having that many customers. Now we need to sell more to those customers and continue to grow them at the same time.

So I would say, we started seeing some religion around our sales force and what we expect them to do. And if we can continue to do that, if there are economic declines, we may have some new customers which could help us minimize those.

Adam TindleAMP Capital — Analyst

OK. Thanks and congrats on a strong 2018.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. And your next question comes from the line of Shawn Harrison. You’re live in the call, Shawn. Please go ahead.

Shawn HarrisonLongbow Research — Analyst

Hi, everybody, and congrats on the solid results. Mike, I wanted to dig into your comments on improvement in the journey in ECS. We did see less of a decline in profitability year over year in that business. Where are you at in terms of getting those VARs that you’ve added over the past 18 months to selling more software and services? And when do you think you may get EBIT dollars flat for that business on a year-over-year basis in 2019?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. What I’ll do is, I’ll start — I’ll give it to Sean and I’ll come back. But in general, we believe our journey is exactly as I told you last time. We actually believe we might be a little ahead of that, but I don’t want to get over my skis.

So we’re feeling positive. And as far as the VARs go, I’ll let Sean talk about that.

Sean KerinsPresident, Global Enterprise Computing Solutions

Yes, Shawn, it’s funny we’ve been busy on-boarding new customers throughout all of 2018. In fact, we probably activated over 4,000 net new relationships in our major markets. And when we do that, the key is really to expand the scope of those relationships over time and help those selling partners benefit from some of the emerging demand trends that implicitly drive software. And I think what we’re just seeing in our Q4 results was better growth in software relative to Q3 and Q2 of last year, and that’s the proof in the proof pudding.

So we’re going to stay the course when it comes to our ability to bring on new customers. There’s lots of good things that are driving that. We’re going to stay the course relative to our investments in the mid-market, where we tend to work with the customer set that takes more complete advantage of our full value. And so we think the improvement in Q4 will lead to better things this year.

We’re looking for improvement again and certainly in Q1 in the first half.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

So just to kind of come back and add to Sean, we have seen largely Europe grab a hold of this strategy maybe a little ahead of North America. And so our European business is relatively healthy, in general, and has produced growth in bottom line and is doing a very good job. So it’s not like this model is being tested for the first time, we already have about half of our business that’s there. And we really need North America to execute a little stronger on the software side.

But they are — they’re gaining ground on it. They are working hard on it. We believe we are still at the same place we were when we to talk to you about it in December. And I think at that point, we’re going to be relatively happy but never satisfied.

Maybe that’s the answer I’ll put back to you.

Shawn HarrisonLongbow Research — Analyst

Perfect. As a brief follow-up, Chris, it was good to see another good quarter of free cash flow. But working cash cycle days you’re still up a little bit year over year. Would you expect to be able to bring that down in the first half, given little bit slower growth of the components market?

Chris StansburySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

In a word, yes. We — the focus is obviously on continuing to grow faster than market, and we’re going to make sure we’re smart about that. But there’s no question that with slightly slower growth than what we’ve been seeing, there is the opportunity to do that, and we’re very focused on that in the first half. So yes, that’s the goal.

Shawn HarrisonLongbow Research — Analyst

Thanks a lot.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question comes from Param Singh. You’re live in the call. Please go ahead.

Param SinghMerrill Lynch — Analyst

Hi. Thank you for taking my question. Really appreciated the color and the details around the margin improvement initiatives here. But if I just look at your guide, ECS implied op margins probably like the lowest in five years.

And then you are also talking about improving the mix over the last couple of quarters. So can you maybe give some clarity on why this is still down a lot? And then do you think you can grow this margin profile into ’19 amid, let’s say, a flattened revenue environment?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

First, I’ll start. I think maybe we should look at your model or something, but I don’t know it’d be with your premise at all. In fact, I don’t see what you just said as what we’re seeing more viable, for that matter, that business is improving. We are seeing an increase in software sales.

So I think there is something that maybe is a mess there that we can help you with. Sean, maybe you can quote some of the percentage growth or things like that that we’re seeing in software. Let’s go between North America and Europe because we just said that Europe is doing much better, and we will expect North America to do the same. But maybe Sean can give you a vast information, which maybe will help you.

Sean KerinsPresident, Global Enterprise Computing Solutions

Yes, Param, so in Q4, what I would say about our top-line growth, was balance. We saw a good growth across most of our technology categories, as Mike points out, software included. In fact that grew by low double digits on a billings basis globally. We also saw strength in security, and there is a big chunk of software associated with it, but we also grew in the hardware space as well, both industry standard server and storage.

So I was pretty pleased with balance across our line card. We also got good contributions across the globe, both in North America, in Europe, and with our U.S. federal businesses all contributing to a strong close in Q4. And we’re seeing similarly pretty good start to the year so far on a year-over-year basis.

And we’re actually looking for up margins that are going to start to look better on a year-over-year basis or at least less worse certainly than we had to kind of wrestle through last year. So as Mike said, we’re probably looking at different sets of data, but we’re feeling a bit better about the progress we’ve made over the last four to six months.

Param SinghMerrill Lynch — Analyst

Got it. No. Thank you for the color. I was just looking at your comments that you made on the component side and doing the math based on the overall guide, but that’s OK.

As a follow-up, obviously, this is a countercyclical business. So given that the overall market is kind of slowed down, would you expect to generate a lot of work in capital cash going into ’19 or even in the first quarter? And then outside of buybacks, are there any capital deployments planned in case cash flow increases into the year?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

I think there are two things. I will give you a little bit of the color what we typically see. The — based upon what we see, the inventory levels should start coming down some. When you have the growth that we’ve had, you get to a peak and the interesting thing about our inventory in Q4, as we told you, the demand strength is still relatively high because there was — it was $100 million bigger in bookings and so $500 million bigger in backlog.

So that would give you a bit of a pause to not do anything crazy yet with the inventory, meaning, start divesting the inventory. We’re not in a panic situation. We are in a situation where that inventory can start coming down and doing well based on what we’d seen. And remember, in the past, a declining inventory — and yes, this was going to generate tons of cash, but you also generate less gross margin because you’re sort of in a panic situation to get our inventories in control.

We’re not in that right now. So I’m going to hand it off to Chris there about the cash flow, and we do believe we’re going to get more cash flow, but I want to sort of preface it with that of why we see this a little different.

Chris StansburySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Just to follow on. As we look at the year — and we talked about this, I know, at various investor events and whatnot. As the components business grows less than 10%, we tend to see operating cash flow look a lot like our GAAP net income. And we would expect that for the year slightly below that for the year in 2019.

Obviously, we have a seasonality. Q1 is a tough quarter for cash flow. But over the course of the year, we expect strong cash flow. And the focus in the near term will be on buybacks and a little bit of debt reduction to moderate where we are on interest, but those are the priorities.

Param SinghMerrill Lynch — Analyst

Thank you so much for the color, guys. Really appreciate it.

Operator

Thank you. And your next question comes from the line of Tim Yang. You’re live in the call, Tim. Please go ahead.

Unknown Speaker

Hey, thank you for taking the question. This is Tiffany on behalf of Tim. From your components business, can you comment on the size of your industrial and automotive exposure? And are you seeing softness in these two markets?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

We’ll help you with that. We don’t put out our total numbers for each of those segments. We saw in the Asia market, which is interesting. Despite what’s going on there, our automotive business grew 14%.

North America, the business was flat to up. And in Europe, it was flat to up also I believe. So we are seeing that. Our industrial business in the Americas was up significantly quarter on quarter 6%, and I think about 46% for the year.

And then, of course, aerospace and defense were up for us. We’re seeing the same things that many others are in those markets, but as you know, those have been two focused markets for us, one being automotive that we started several years ago, with the building of the same car, which gave us a lot of credibility, many additions to that, doing some stuff within the car, continuing to start to do some things, some direct engineering for some of the automotive manufacturers. So our growth rates were higher. We have seen some of the automotive growth rates slow, but come back into parity of where the market is itself versus being sort of explosive for us.

Andy, do you have anything you’d like to add to that?

Andy KingPresident, Global Components

No, I think that’s right. I think we’ve seen pretty broad industrial strength particularly in Europe and particularly in North America. Transportation, if you want to be a little bit more broad, is actually continued to be a growth factor for us. And we expect that to continue as we take out more of those technologies to a wider and more diverse customer set.

So we’ll continue to maintain the focus on those segments, Tiffany.

Unknown Speaker

OK. Thanks. And I have a follow-up. For your ECS business, specifically the U.S.

ECS business, are you gaining share? Or are you seeing broad-based end market strength? Thanks.

Sean KerinsPresident, Global Enterprise Computing Solutions

Yes. So Tiffany, as you know, we grew nicely in Q4 in North America and in a number of segments that was faster than market. So in general, we’re holding share across the various categories that we play in, and in some cases, we are gaining. We obviously don’t talk about specific suppliers, but I feel like we’re doing a bit better than holding our own.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. And let me remind you the issue with the business here. This was largely just a data center business, just an enterprise business and just a proprietary server business. And we have been working to change that over the last couple of years with the onset of solid-state storage and conversion that.

So it’s really — for us, it’s been a mix issue. Frankly, we are very happy with our hardware sales. We’d like to get our software sales to catch up to the levels that will make a big difference in where the — frankly, the future of the business is going where we need to be, and that’s the change that we’re making in it. So hopefully all of that helps you.

Unknown Speaker

Great. Thanks a lot.

Operator

Thank you. And your next question comes from the line of William Stein. You’re live in the call, William. Please go ahead.

William SteinSunTrust Robinson Humphrey — Analyst

Great. Thanks for taking my question, guys. I’m hoping maybe we can just attack this difference between what you’re seeing and what your supplier are seeing in a little bit different way. Aside from your strong execution, I know there have been some supplier gains, maybe those are a little bit more in the past than more recent, but is one of the differences maybe end-market exposure? Or perhaps it’s a matter of whether you are serving more of the International OEMs in China versus sort of local manufacturers? Is that part of what’s driving the difference?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I’m not going to get into where all of our suppliers have their business. I mean, you guys know where you focus when you are on calls with different suppliers. I think I said before that, we think a benefit for us — unfortunately, the benefit is a negative. We’re not that big in cellphone devices.

It’s not a big consumer item for us. Our consumer business is sort of ho-hum in the schemes of things. And while I would love to go in there and run and take everybody’s market share, that’s just not something that we have done, but also we’re a little more insulated as a result of not having that business when that’s the business that is taking the biggest hit. I would say to you on the industrial front, for us, we have gained a lot of new customers over the last couple of years.

And we’re selling them more products, which is actually helped us with industrial because of the customer base increase. So we have seen the same, but our medical customer for us looks a lot like an industrial customer too. So we’ve seen the same type of growth there. But I would largely say it has been the expansion of customer base.

It has been expansions of products into that. It has been increased design activity that has turned to production that has helped us grow. And — while you could say it’s great right now because you’re talking to me about the consumer piece, we are relatively low in general on the consumer side, given how big of a market that is in Asia PAC for a lot of our suppliers. Hopefully, that helps you.

William SteinSunTrust Robinson Humphrey — Analyst

It does. And maybe just connected to that, as sort of part of the same questions, on the supplier side, I referred to it a minute ago. I think you had taken some suppliers to concentrate the majority of their business, if not all of it, with Arrow. I think some of those were maybe more on the order of a year ago.

What are you seeing with regard to your suppliers, in terms of share today? Are you still gaining in that way? Or is any of it reverting? And any trend there that we could highlight? Thank you.

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, really, with the couple of years ago, I think the market shook out. There was still some that came in I think in the first couple of quarters this year. And then the rest of it was just sort of gutting it out from there, back into typical market activity. The big thing that has been working, which we told you it would tick up and it has, is don’t underestimate the amount of money and the amount of effort we put into designs and engineering for the customer base.

It’s one of the reasons that we’re seeing more customers as we’re doing more designs, deeper designs and those designs have been going into production, and that all helps with the growth. And a lot of it’s, frankly, new customers. I think when we started, we were around 125,000 or 130,000 customers, and we are now hitting that 200,000-customer mark. So that to me is a big indicator that — well, not only big indicator but also an insulator for us as the market slows.

If we can continue selling more products to our current customer base, that will help us too.

William SteinSunTrust Robinson Humphrey — Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

OK. Thank you. And your next question comes from the line of Matt Sheerin. You’re live in the call, Matt.

Please go ahead.

Matt SheerinStifel Financial Corp — Analyst

Yes, thank you. A question on the enterprise computing business relative to your exposure to the federal markets and just commentary around the federal shutdown and the impact on the business, whether you’re seeing deals get pushed out at all?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sean, go ahead.

Sean KerinsPresident, Global Enterprise Computing Solutions

Yes. Hey, Matt, good morning. So basically we’ve seen little to no impact from the partial shut down, assuming it doesn’t recur. I’m really not concerned about risk this quarter.

The other thing I’d point out, remember that Q1 is clearly the smallest seasonally quarter across our whole U.S. federal business year.

Matt SheerinStifel Financial Corp — Analyst

OK. And just looking at that business and the strength that you are seeing in hardware, I know there has been some drivers particularly the server upgrade cycle in front of Microsoft expiration dates in terms of support. And then of course, there’s been, as you talked about earlier, Mike, about the transition to solid-state storage. And just relative to that, A, your comments just on the server upgrade cycle; and B, with the potentially negative impact of memory component pricing coming down, any pass-through there that could create some top-line headwind? Or do you not see that happening?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

So Matt, I think, you got a couple of questions there. One is probably just broadly around hardware. Yes, we continued to see pretty good hardware growth, both industry-standard server and storage. So far, in the early part of this year, we haven’t seen that change a whole lot.

Relative to Microsoft or any specific server upgrade cycle, the good news is we’re fairly broadly exposed in — there isn’t any one workflow that tends to tip our business now that it’s a size that it is one way or the other. Regarding Flash and some of the new architectures that comprise the storage category, in general, we’ve gone well past across several point, where the newer architectures and technologies are clearly the majority of our storage business. So we think we’ve already kind of digested what that means. You’re right, the form factors and the performance and the capacities are such that ASPs are smaller, but our unit counts remain healthy, and we think we’ve seen ourselves lap that transition.

Chris StansburySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And Matt, as part of the memory, we see memory kind of as — we see it as a commodity. I guess, it is the best way that I can put it. There are certain products that just require memory under all cycle conditions. And yes, that changes by — some of the memory guys have announced they’re going to increase their demand.

So to think that those prices are going to stay up there, while guys are increasing their demand, I would say, no. I would say, they are in their last hope right now coming into a couple of quarters from now watching that memory prices drop again.

Matt SheerinStifel Financial Corp — Analyst

So that’s just a pass-through for you, but no change to margin obviously?

Chris StansburySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Absolutely. It’s a total pass-through. Whatever they do, we’re going to do. We’re not going to — we’ve never wanted to corner the memory market here.

Matt SheerinStifel Financial Corp — Analyst

Well, that’s a smart move. OK. Thanks so much.

Sean KerinsPresident, Global Enterprise Computing Solutions

Remember, Matt, we’re not in the commodity game. We’re in the solutions game. So — when we enter a relationship, be it around hardware, software, we’re looking to help our partners benefit from the whole stack. So that ends up being a really small piece of the equation.

Matt SheerinStifel Financial Corp — Analyst

OK. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. And your final question comes from the line of Joe Quatrochi. Please go ahead, Joe. You’re live in the call.

Joe QuatrochiWells Fargo — Analyst

Yes. Thanks for squeezing me in. Couple of if I could. I was curious, in the past, you’ve kind of given an annual update on, like the size of your IoT business.

I was kind of curious what that was exiting 2018? And then I kind of wanted to double click on, you’ve seemed what looks like an acceleration in the customer adds in 2018. So I was wondering — I know that you had the new supplier awards, but kind of — can you help us understand what’s driving those new customer add?

Mike LongChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, I’ll start with that, and I’ll leave the IoT piece for Andy. Remember our digital business is growing significantly over the course of the last couple of years. And we also integrated in sort of design-make build-type activities for those customers. We are seeing an interesting influx of customers going from digital into our direct business.

They are meeting the sales force. They are meeting some design engineers. So that has produced a lot of leads for us, significantly increased our reach and allowed us to profile customers in a way that we don’t waste a lot of time when we do send a salesperson out to them, where they are not just on a fishing expedition anymore. They’ve got good legitimized items to follow up on.

All of that obviously makes us better. So the more we can integrate our businesses from digital to the components business and to the edge computing business that we have into sort of Sean’s business on the ECS side and then on the cloud, all of those things are going to generate more business. What’s interesting is, we see new customers, new entrepreneurs, pushing our businesses together more. So utilizing the sensors, utilizing our engineers and then getting help with manufacturing and then jumping over to ECS on the cloud, we’re seeing that more with start-ups and businesses that have never built anything before.

So we know that’s going to matter into the future. And if you look at further, the old-line businesses, they move a little slower that way, but nonetheless, if they’re going to be an IoT, they’re going to need to be on the cloud somewhere. So hopefully, that answers your question?

Chris StansburySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And then if I take up the question around IoT, specifically, and actually, the two questions are linked. Because one of the reasons why we’re growing customers base so aggressively is the amount of new customers that are actually coming to us to help themselves their IoT solutions. These are outside of the traditional domain of where we may have deployed capabilities. And that’s one of the big reasons why we’re adding customers at unprecedented rates.

But on the IoT side, we are continuing to grow our IoT business at meaningfully accretive rates versus the total business. We’re seeing that very heavily led by the hardware deployment around sensors, and around wireless and connectivity. But increasingly we’re seeing that pull-through our services stream, and indeed, our enterprise computing solutions stream. So we see this driving growth across the entire enterprise out of the accretive rate, Joe.

Joe QuatrochiWells Fargo — Analyst

That’s perfect. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you, everyone, and that concludes your Q&A session.

Steve O’BrienEvent Manager

Thank you, Leslie. Let me say a couple of quick words in closing. I’ll review Arrow’s safe harbor statement. Some of the comments made on today’s call may include forward-looking statements, including statements addressing future financial results.

These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements for a variety of reasons, and the company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any of the forward-looking statements. A detailed informations about these risks is included in Arrow’s SEC filings. If you have any questions about the information presented today, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your interest in Arrow Electronics, and have a nice day.

Operator

[Operator signoff]

Duration: 61 minutes

Call Participants:

Steve O’Brien — Event Manager

Mike Long — Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris Stansbury — Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark Delaney — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

Andy King — President, Global Components

Adam Tindle — AMP Capital — Analyst

Shawn Harrison — Longbow Research — Analyst

Sean Kerins — President, Global Enterprise Computing Solutions

Param Singh — Merrill Lynch — Analyst

William Stein — SunTrust Robinson Humphrey — Analyst

Matt Sheerin — Stifel Financial Corp — Analyst

Joe Quatrochi — Wells Fargo — Analyst

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With Formstack, healthcare organizations can eliminate tedious, paper-based processes and create positive patient experiences. Formstack’s HIPAA compliant online forms can securely collect and route health information and payments across any device, as well as provide rich data insights. Reduce risk and enhance your healthcare data collection processes with Formstack. Company: HealthEC Booth: 888-79 Web: http://www.healthec.com/ HealthEC is a 2019 Best in KLAS population health technology company on a mission to help customers succeed with value-based care. Our single-platform solution enables personalized healthcare by leveraging the power of connectivity: connecting claims and clinical systems, enabling data-driven collaboration between payers and providers, and streamlining care coordination across the healthcare landscape. Company: Impinj Booth: 3931, MP176 Ticker Symbol & Exchange: PI Web: www.impinj.com Impinj helps healthcare organizations streamline processes, reduce waste, and improve patient and staff satisfaction. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver real-time information about items including medications, supplies, and healthcare equipment to inventory management and patient care applications, allowing clinicians to spend more time caring for patients. The Impinj platform identifies where medical supplies, equipment and staff are located at all times, keeping the focus on patient care and not on operational tasks. View the Impinj Healthcare Brochure (https://www.impinj.com/media/1860/impinj_healthcare_brochure.pdf) to learn more about our solutions. Company: Infinx Healthcare Booth: 9000-24 Web: www.infinx.com Infinx Healthcare provides innovative and scalable patient access and RCM solutions for healthcare providers, hospitals, imaging centers and laboratories. Combining intelligent, cloud-based software driven by artificial intelligence and automation, with exception handling by certified prior authorization and billing specialists, Infinx helps clients preserve and capture more revenue, enabling them to shift focus from burdensome administrative details to billable patient care. Company: j2 Cloud Services™ Booth: 7245 Web: https://enterprise.efax.com/ j2 Cloud Services™, the world’s leading provider of digital cloud fax solutions, will showcase its portfolio of secure cloud fax solutions, including eFax Corporate®, Sfax® and MyFax®, at the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition (Booth 7245). The j2 Cloud Services portfolio of all-digital cloud fax solutions, including eFax Corporate, Sfax and MyFax, replaces the need for antiquated analog fax machines and paper-based faxing with an on-line document transfer service that is both secure and HIPAA compliant.

Given the government mandates to eliminate paper-based faxing by 2020, cloud fax enables healthcare providers and payers to meet those requirements today by replacing analog fax with a digital service that sends and receives documents by secure email or web portal and integrates seamlessly with Direct Messaging solutions.

Company: Kyruus Booth: 521 Web: www.kyruus.com Kyruus delivers industry-defining provider search and scheduling solutions that help health systems match patients with the right providers across their enterprise-wide access points. Serving more than 225,000 providers across leading health systems nationwide, the ProviderMatch suite of solutions—for consumers, access centers, and referral networks—enables a modern and consistent patient experience, while optimizing provider utilization. The company’s award-winning provider data management platform powers each of the ProviderMatch solutions and transforms how health systems understand and manage their provider networks. Company: LeanTaaS Booth: 8051 Web: https://leantaas.com/ Dramatically improving operational efficiency, LeanTaaS provides software solutions that combine lean principles, predictive analytics, and machine learning. More than 50 nationally-acclaimed providers, including NewYork–Presbyterian, Stanford Health Care, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UCHealth, rely on the company’s iQueue cloud-based platform to increase patient access, decrease wait times, reduce healthcare delivery costs, and improve revenue. LeanTaaS is based in Santa Clara, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit https://leantaas.com/, and connect on Twitter/LeanTaaS, Facebook/LeanTaaS and LinkedIn/LeanTaaS. Company: Life Image Booth: 1615 Web: http://lifeimage.com Life Image is the world’s largest healthcare network for exchanging clinical and operational information, including medical images. Founded in 2008, Life Image has spent the past 10 years innovating an interoperable network ecosystem that connects hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical device and telemedicine companies, individual physicians, and patients with medical imaging machines, storage databases and electronic health records (EHRs). Today, the Life Image network connects more than 1,500 facilities in the United States and more than 50,000 clinics globally, including eight of the top 10 U.S. hospitals. Company: Macadamian Technologies Booth: 8559-35 IHP Web: https://www.macadamian.com/ We design and develop digital and connected experiences to improve healthcare. Macadamian is a full-service custom software design and development consulting firm that provides a complete range of product strategy, user experience design and research, and software engineering services. Ranging from big consumer brands to complex enterprise environments, our goal is to create solutions that are simple and meaningful, prioritizing the experience of the patient, the clinician, and the business needs of our clients. macadamian.com Company: Marquette University Booth: UR-13 Web: https://www.marquette.edu/data/data-programs.php Marquette’s Health Care Data Analytics (HCDA) graduate program was developed based on the demand within the healthcare and auxiliary industries for professionals with advanced training in data analytics. Opportunities for health data analysts go beyond hospital systems. Our students are prepared to grow their careers with health care technology companies and consulting firms, health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations and public health departments, among others. This 30-credit, 100% online Master of Science degree program has a unique focus on ethically driven data analytics and interprofessional collaboration among clinical and non-clinical team members. Company: MedeAnalytics Booth: 6748 Web: https://medeanalytics.com/ A leader in healthcare analytics, MedeAnalytics helps organizations make even smarter decisions. With the most advanced data orchestration in healthcare, our intelligent cloud-based analytics platform combines data to deliver state-of-the-art analytics, all in a business context. MedeAnalytics’ scalable solutions for financial management, operations, value-based care, and strategic planning—and the ability to tailor-build—deliver the action-ready insights organizations need to achieve success. Helping clients realize financial and operational value almost immediately is just one of the many reasons why MedeAnalytics is the leading healthcare-only analytics provider. Learn more at www.medeanalytics.com. Company: Medfusion Booth: MP124 Web: http://medfusion.com Medfusion is redefining healthcare IT by centering on the information needs of the patient. We break down communication barriers between patients and providers while driving revenue and efficiencies for providers. Our Comprehensive Patient Experience solutions include our industry-leading EMR-agnostic portal that drives patient engagement & MACRA/MIPS compliance; a flexible patient self-scheduling solution where providers can retain control of their schedule while empowering patients with this administrative task; Medfusion Plus, a one-of-a-kind mobile app that aggregates and shares patient health records across providers and organizations; and a robust portfolio of healthcare APIs, with full documentation and access to unique data sets. Company: Midmark Corporation Booth: 2909 Web: www.midmark.com Midmark helps physicians and care teams deliver exceptional patient care with better equipment, smarter workflows and integrated technology. We offer full lines of exam and procedure chairs, workstations, cabinetry, instrument processing, diagnostic instruments, digital diagnostic solutions and more—all designed to work together seamlessly. Dedicated to making healthcare safer and more efficient through location and rules-based automation, Midmark RTLS (real-time locating system, formerly Versus Technology) provides patient and staff workflow, asset management and safety solutions. Company: Netlims Booth: 3527 Web: www.netlims.com Netlims is a leading provider of Laboratory Information Systems (LIS), serving hundreds of hospitals and laboratories worldwide. LabOS, our flagship product, has an unparalleled ability to optimize lab efficiency and ultimately to drive revenue. Our success is based on thirty years of experience and dedicated 24×7 support – we oversee every aspect of LabOS implementation, from gap analysis and planning, to installation and maintenance. LabOS is fully customizable via add-on modules, including point-of-care and telehealth data integration. With over 60% of our 140-person global workforce dedicated to R&D, our innovative LIS meets the needs of the most specialized labs Company: Orion Health Booth: 4758 Ticker Symbol & Exchange: OHE (NZE) Web: http://www.orionhealth.com Orion Health is a global company that develops software to drive efficiency in healthcare and improve healthcare outcomes. Orion Health delivers technology solutions for interoperability, population health management and precision medicine. Built on an open data platform, the company’s integrated solution helps users seamlessly manage all types of health-related data; identify and prioritize patients’ needs at a population and individual level; effectively coordinate and manage patient care, and proactively drive wellness across the community. Company: Pegasystems Booth: 3626 Ticker Symbol & Exchange: PEGA Web: www.pega.com

Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega Platform™ – empowers healthcare organizations to rapidly deploy and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and digital process automation (DPA) powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading healthcare and life sciences organizations achieve breakthrough business results.

Company: PerfectServe Booth: 1113 Web: www.perfectserve.com Press Kit: http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/himss19/perfectserve/ PerfectServe is building healthcare’s most advanced communication and collaboration solution to unify the entire care team across the continuum – from inpatient, to outpatient, to patients at home. The secure platform uses advancements in mobility, AI and analytics to optimize scheduling, automate clinicians’ communication-driven workflows, eliminate non-clinical tasks and decrease clinician burnout, resulting in quicker time to treatment and superior patient outcomes. PerfectServe’s scalable cloud-based architecture is not affected by on-site outages, allowing the 500,000-plus clinicians who rely on the platform for clinical communication to focus on delivering the best patient experience possible. Company: QliqSOFT, Inc. Booth: 873 Web: www.qliqsoft.com Enhancing communication between patients and providers improves clinical outcomes. That is why QliqSOFT solutions enable new ways to engage patients with chronic conditions. By connecting our mobile app with remote monitoring devices and combining automated chatbots and secure texting apps, QliqSOFT allows clinicians to proactively engage patients in an effective and scalable way to improve patient outcomes and reduce readmissions. Since 2011, QliqSOFT has been a trusted provider of clinical communication solutions by over 1,000 healthcare organizations. Visit us to see how we can help you solve your challenges with communication among clinicians as well as with patients. Company: Recondo Technology Booth: HIMSS Living Room #3 Web: https://www.recondotech.com Recondo Technology’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform helps healthcare providers achieve sustainable financial performance while delivering a better patient experience. Leveraging artificial intelligence in the forms of robotic process automation, machine learning, and natural language processing, Recondo delivers industry-leading automated, accurate, and actionable financial clarity to the healthcare revenue cycle. Recondo is the only revenue cycle vendor to have achieved coveted HFMA peer-reviewed status for both patient access and business office solutions. Recondo empowers more than 900 hospitals with solutions that connect providers, payers, and patients to ensure revenue cycle efficiency across the care continuum. Company: Rhapsody Health Booth: 2733 Web: https://rhapsody.health/ Rhapsody is a global leader in healthcare interoperability and data connectivity solutions, focused on customer success. Rhapsody’s interoperability platform is purpose-built for healthcare and brings systems together through seamless data integration. Rhapsody is an innovative, comprehensive, and high-performing integration platform for robust and reliable acquisition and exchange of health data. Company: RxRevu Booth: MP167 Web: http://www.rxrevu.com At RxRevu, we believe in improving the value of healthcare through informed and consistent prescribing decisions. Our EHR-embedded solutions allow prescribers to choose the most effective medication at the lowest cost, removing friction for patients and prescribers. SwiftRx™ combines evidence-based guidelines, therapeutic alternatives, and real-time, patient-specific, cost information in a first-of-its-kind application. In addition to bringing cost and evidence-based guidelines into the prescribing workflow, our platform provides behavioral analytics to help organizations drive consistent behavior to better manage pharmacy risk. RxRevu is THE Prescription Decision Support Platform. Company: Spok Booth: 3371 Ticker Symbol & Exchange: NASDAQ: SPOK Web: www.spok.com Spok, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPOK), headquartered in Springfield, Va., is proud to be a global leader in healthcare communications. We deliver clinical information to care teams when and where it matters most to improve patient outcomes. Top hospitals rely on the Spok Care Connect® platform to enhance workflows for clinicians, support administrative compliance, and provide a better experience for patients. Our customers send over 100 million messages each month through their Spok® solutions. Making care collaboration easier. Company: TouchPoint Medical Booth: 935 Web: www.touchpointmed.com

TouchPoint Medical focuses on delivering healthcare solutions to enable a consistently safe, secure, and efficient environment for patients and caregivers. TouchPoint Medical global provider of innovative and intelligent solutions spanning Point-of-Care Mobile Workstations & Mounts, Medication Delivery & Management, and OEM Medical Equipment Mobility to thousands of hospitals and health care facilities in over 60 countries. We have a vast array of mobile cart and wall mounting systems for both medical and information technology. Our AccessPoint mobile cart line provides mobile computing workstations for nurses and clinicians, which also includes telehealth applications and medication management.

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs Booth: 17 Web: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/ The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was the pioneer of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) with the development of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA). However, after almost 40 years of use, VistA lacks the interoperability necessary to better serve our Veterans and is simply too costly to maintain. Adopting the same EHR system as the Department of Defense (DoD) is a Veteran-centric approach that will support service members as they transition from military service, drive better clinical outcomes by giving health care providers a full picture of patient medical history, and enhance collaboration with community care partners. Company: Vocera Communications, Inc. Booth: 1747 Ticker Symbol & Exchange: VCRA Web: www.vocera.com The mission of Vocera is to improve the lives of healthcare professionals, patients and families, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. More than 1,700 facilities worldwide, including nearly 1,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities, have selected Vocera solutions for team members to text securely using smartphones or make calls with the hands-free, wearable Vocera Badge. Interoperability between the Vocera Platform and more than 140 clinical and operational systems helps reduce alarm fatigue, foster care team well-being, and improve patient care, safety and experience. Learn more and meet the new Vocera Smartbadge at HIMSS19 or at www.vocera.com. Company: Wolters Kluwer Booth: 1759 Ticker Symbol & Exchange: AEX: WKL Web: http://healthclarity.wolterskluwer.com Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of trusted clinical technology and evidence-based solutions that engage clinicians, patients, researchers, students and the next generation of healthcare providers with clinical effectiveness, learning and research, and clinical intelligence. Our proven solutions drive effective decision-making and consistent outcomes across the continuum of care. For more information about our solutions, visit http://healthclarity.wolterskluwer.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @WKHealth

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HIMSS19 Exhibitor Profiles – Business Wire

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HIMSS19 takes place February 11 – 15, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Please note the following important information.

Business Wire is the official news wire partner for HIMSS19. Listed below are exhibitor profiles.

Company: AxiaMed
Booth: 3871
Web: https://www.axiamed.com/
AxiaMed helps independent software vendors (ISVs) build integrated payment technology into their applications, improving the financial performance of healthcare providers by expanding the payment options available to patients. Payment Fusion, AxiaMed’s SaaS-based payments platform, is a flexible, processor agnostic solution that enables patient payments at point-of-care, online, and on mobile devices. Payment Fusion meets the highest standards of payment data security by supporting EMV, validated point-to-point encryption, and tokenization. By partnering with AxiaMed, ISVs can increase the value of their software applications and build new revenue streams by delivering increased functionality to their healthcare clients.
Company: ClearDATA
Booth: 649
Web: www.cleardata.com
Healthcare professionals across the globe trust the ClearDATA HITRUST-certified cloud to safeguard their sensitive data and power their critical applications available across the major public cloud platforms. For healthcare organizations, customers receive one of the most comprehensive Business Associate Agreements (BAA) in the industry, combined with market-leading healthcare-exclusive security and compliance solutions, and multi-cloud expertise. ClearDATA’s innovative solutions protect customers from data privacy risks, improve their data management, and scale their healthcare IT infrastructure, enabling the industry to focus on making healthcare better by improving healthcare delivery, every single day. To learn more about how ClearDATA is making healthcare better every single day, visit https://www.cleardata.com.
Company: CTG Health Solutions
Booth: 4491
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: CTG
Web: www.ctg.com
CTG Health Solutions has helped healthcare organizations achieve their clinical and financial goals through effective technology and business solutions for over 30 years.
Our portfolio of services—focused on Population Heath, Enterprise Information Management, Application Management, IT Planning, and EHR Services—address challenges related to the growing needs for improved data and analytics, deployed and optimized EHRs, and cost-effective IT support operations.
To learn more visit us online at www.ctg.com.
Company: CynergisTek
Booth: 4009
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: NYSE AMERICAN: CTEK
Web: https://cynergistek.com/
CynergisTek is a top-ranked cybersecurity firm dedicated to serving the information assurance needs of the healthcare industry. CynergisTek offers specialized services and solutions to help organizations achieve privacy, security, compliance, and document output goals. Since 2004, the company has served as a partner to hundreds of healthcare organizations and is dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant industry associations. The company has been recognized by KLAS in the 2016 and 2018 Cybersecurity reports as a top performing firm in healthcare cybersecurity as well as the 2017 Best in KLAS winner for Cybersecurity Advisory Services.
Company: Datica
Booth: 621
Web: https://datica.com
Datica de-risks the cloud for digital health with software that manages all ongoing compliance and security burdens not covered by cloud service providers. Through its suite of software products, customers deploy cloud-native applications and securely exchange clinical data between their mission-critical digital health applications and EHR systems. Datica is HITRUST CSF Certified, and services all who handle PHI in the cloud, from startups to the Fortune 100. For more information, go to datica.com.
Company: Diameter Health
Booth: 8441
Web: www.diameterhealth.com
Diameter Health enables clinical insight through the normalization, cleansing, deduplication and enrichment of clinical data from across the care continuum. This creates a single, unified source of longitudinal structured patient information for improved care and actionable analytics for clinical integration, population health, and quality reporting initiatives. The Diameter Health platform empowers organizations that depend on multi-source data streams, such as Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), health systems and health plans, to realize greater value from their data.
Company: Formstack
Booth: 7342
Web: https://www.formstack.com/
Formstack is a SaaS company with a mission to transform the way people collect data and put it to work. The company’s versatile data management solution helps teams of all types and sizes simplify, digitize, and automate repetitive workflows. With Formstack, healthcare organizations can eliminate tedious, paper-based processes and create positive patient experiences. Formstack’s HIPAA compliant online forms can securely collect and route health information and payments across any device, as well as provide rich data insights. Reduce risk and enhance your healthcare data collection processes with Formstack.
Company: HealthEC
Booth: 888-79
Web: http://www.healthec.com/
HealthEC is a 2019 Best in KLAS population health technology company on a mission to help customers succeed with value-based care. Our single-platform solution enables personalized healthcare by leveraging the power of connectivity: connecting claims and clinical systems, enabling data-driven collaboration between payers and providers, and streamlining care coordination across the healthcare landscape.
Company: Impinj
Booth: 3931, MP176
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: PI
Web: www.impinj.com
Impinj helps healthcare organizations streamline processes, reduce waste, and improve patient and staff satisfaction. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver real-time information about items including medications, supplies, and healthcare equipment to inventory management and patient care applications, allowing clinicians to spend more time caring for patients.
The Impinj platform identifies where medical supplies, equipment and staff are located at all times, keeping the focus on patient care and not on operational tasks. View the Impinj Healthcare Brochure (https://www.impinj.com/media/1860/impinj_healthcare_brochure.pdf) to learn more about our solutions.
Company: Infinx Healthcare
Booth: 9000-24
Web: www.infinx.com
Infinx Healthcare provides innovative and scalable patient access and RCM solutions for healthcare providers, hospitals, imaging centers and laboratories. Combining intelligent, cloud-based software driven by artificial intelligence and automation, with exception handling by certified prior authorization and billing specialists, Infinx helps clients preserve and capture more revenue, enabling them to shift focus from burdensome administrative details to billable patient care.
Company: j2 Cloud Services™
Booth: 7245
Web: https://enterprise.efax.com/
j2 Cloud Services™, the world’s leading provider of digital cloud fax solutions, will showcase its portfolio of secure cloud fax solutions, including eFax Corporate®, Sfax® and MyFax®, at the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition (Booth 7245).
The j2 Cloud Services portfolio of all-digital cloud fax solutions, including eFax Corporate, Sfax and MyFax, replaces the need for antiquated analog fax machines and paper-based faxing with an on-line document transfer service that is both secure and HIPAA compliant.

Given the government mandates to eliminate paper-based faxing by 2020, cloud fax enables healthcare providers and payers to meet those requirements today by replacing analog fax with a digital service that sends and receives documents by secure email or web portal and integrates seamlessly with Direct Messaging solutions.

Company: Kyruus
Booth: 521
Web: www.kyruus.com
Kyruus delivers industry-defining provider search and scheduling solutions that help health systems match patients with the right providers across their enterprise-wide access points. Serving more than 225,000 providers across leading health systems nationwide, the ProviderMatch suite of solutions—for consumers, access centers, and referral networks—enables a modern and consistent patient experience, while optimizing provider utilization. The company’s award-winning provider data management platform powers each of the ProviderMatch solutions and transforms how health systems understand and manage their provider networks.
Company: LeanTaaS
Booth: 8051
Web: https://leantaas.com/
Dramatically improving operational efficiency, LeanTaaS provides software solutions that combine lean principles, predictive analytics, and machine learning. More than 50 nationally-acclaimed providers, including NewYork–Presbyterian, Stanford Health Care, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UCHealth, rely on the company’s iQueue cloud-based platform to increase patient access, decrease wait times, reduce healthcare delivery costs, and improve revenue. LeanTaaS is based in Santa Clara, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit https://leantaas.com/, and connect on Twitter/LeanTaaS, Facebook/LeanTaaS and LinkedIn/LeanTaaS.
Company: Life Image
Booth: 1615
Web: http://lifeimage.com
Life Image is the world’s largest healthcare network for exchanging clinical and operational information, including medical images. Founded in 2008, Life Image has spent the past 10 years innovating an interoperable network ecosystem that connects hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical device and telemedicine companies, individual physicians, and patients with medical imaging machines, storage databases and electronic health records (EHRs). Today, the Life Image network connects more than 1,500 facilities in the United States and more than 50,000 clinics globally, including eight of the top 10 U.S. hospitals.
Company: Macadamian Technologies
Booth: 8559-35 IHP
Web: https://www.macadamian.com/
We design and develop digital and connected experiences to improve healthcare. Macadamian is a full-service custom software design and development consulting firm that provides a complete range of product strategy, user experience design and research, and software engineering services. Ranging from big consumer brands to complex enterprise environments, our goal is to create solutions that are simple and meaningful, prioritizing the experience of the patient, the clinician, and the business needs of our clients. macadamian.com
Company: Marquette University
Booth: UR-13
Web: https://www.marquette.edu/data/data-programs.php
Marquette’s Health Care Data Analytics (HCDA) graduate program was developed based on the demand within the healthcare and auxiliary industries for professionals with advanced training in data analytics.
Opportunities for health data analysts go beyond hospital systems. Our students are prepared to grow their careers with health care technology companies and consulting firms, health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations and public health departments, among others.
This 30-credit, 100% online Master of Science degree program has a unique focus on ethically driven data analytics and interprofessional collaboration among clinical and non-clinical team members.
Company: MedeAnalytics
Booth: 6748
Web: https://medeanalytics.com/
A leader in healthcare analytics, MedeAnalytics helps organizations make even smarter decisions. With the most advanced data orchestration in healthcare, our intelligent cloud-based analytics platform combines data to deliver state-of-the-art analytics, all in a business context. MedeAnalytics’ scalable solutions for financial management, operations, value-based care, and strategic planning—and the ability to tailor-build—deliver the action-ready insights organizations need to achieve success. Helping clients realize financial and operational value almost immediately is just one of the many reasons why MedeAnalytics is the leading healthcare-only analytics provider. Learn more at www.medeanalytics.com.
Company: Medfusion
Booth: MP124
Web: http://medfusion.com
Medfusion is redefining healthcare IT by centering on the information needs of the patient. We break down communication barriers between patients and providers while driving revenue and efficiencies for providers. Our Comprehensive Patient Experience solutions include our industry-leading EMR-agnostic portal that drives patient engagement & MACRA/MIPS compliance; a flexible patient self-scheduling solution where providers can retain control of their schedule while empowering patients with this administrative task; Medfusion Plus, a one-of-a-kind mobile app that aggregates and shares patient health records across providers and organizations; and a robust portfolio of healthcare APIs, with full documentation and access to unique data sets.
Company: Midmark Corporation
Booth: 2909
Web: www.midmark.com
Midmark helps physicians and care teams deliver exceptional patient care with better equipment, smarter workflows and integrated technology. We offer full lines of exam and procedure chairs, workstations, cabinetry, instrument processing, diagnostic instruments, digital diagnostic solutions and more—all designed to work together seamlessly. Dedicated to making healthcare safer and more efficient through location and rules-based automation, Midmark RTLS (real-time locating system, formerly Versus Technology) provides patient and staff workflow, asset management and safety solutions.
Company: Netlims
Booth: 3527
Web: www.netlims.com
Netlims is a leading provider of Laboratory Information Systems (LIS), serving hundreds of hospitals and laboratories worldwide. LabOS, our flagship product, has an unparalleled ability to optimize lab efficiency and ultimately to drive revenue. Our success is based on thirty years of experience and dedicated 24×7 support – we oversee every aspect of LabOS implementation, from gap analysis and planning, to installation and maintenance. LabOS is fully customizable via add-on modules, including point-of-care and telehealth data integration. With over 60% of our 140-person global workforce dedicated to R&D, our innovative LIS meets the needs of the most specialized labs
Company: Orion Health
Booth: 4758
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: OHE (NZE)
Web: http://www.orionhealth.com
Orion Health is a global company that develops software to drive efficiency in healthcare and improve healthcare outcomes. Orion Health delivers technology solutions for interoperability, population health management and precision medicine. Built on an open data platform, the company’s integrated solution helps users seamlessly manage all types of health-related data; identify and prioritize patients’ needs at a population and individual level; effectively coordinate and manage patient care, and proactively drive wellness across the community.
Company: Pegasystems
Booth: 3626
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: PEGA
Web: www.pega.com

Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega Platform™ – empowers healthcare organizations to rapidly deploy and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and digital process automation (DPA) powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading healthcare and life sciences organizations achieve breakthrough business results.

Company: PerfectServe
Booth: 1113
Web: www.perfectserve.com
Press Kit: http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/himss19/perfectserve/
PerfectServe is building healthcare’s most advanced communication and collaboration solution to unify the entire care team across the continuum – from inpatient, to outpatient, to patients at home. The secure platform uses advancements in mobility, AI and analytics to optimize scheduling, automate clinicians’ communication-driven workflows, eliminate non-clinical tasks and decrease clinician burnout, resulting in quicker time to treatment and superior patient outcomes. PerfectServe’s scalable cloud-based architecture is not affected by on-site outages, allowing the 500,000-plus clinicians who rely on the platform for clinical communication to focus on delivering the best patient experience possible.
Company: QliqSOFT, Inc.
Booth: 873
Web: www.qliqsoft.com
Enhancing communication between patients and providers improves clinical outcomes. That is why QliqSOFT solutions enable new ways to engage patients with chronic conditions. By connecting our mobile app with remote monitoring devices and combining automated chatbots and secure texting apps, QliqSOFT allows clinicians to proactively engage patients in an effective and scalable way to improve patient outcomes and reduce readmissions.
Since 2011, QliqSOFT has been a trusted provider of clinical communication solutions by over 1,000 healthcare organizations. Visit us to see how we can help you solve your challenges with communication among clinicians as well as with patients.
Company: Recondo Technology
Booth: HIMSS Living Room #3
Web: https://www.recondotech.com
Recondo Technology’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform helps healthcare providers achieve sustainable financial performance while delivering a better patient experience. Leveraging artificial intelligence in the forms of robotic process automation, machine learning, and natural language processing, Recondo delivers industry-leading automated, accurate, and actionable financial clarity to the healthcare revenue cycle. Recondo is the only revenue cycle vendor to have achieved coveted HFMA peer-reviewed status for both patient access and business office solutions. Recondo empowers more than 900 hospitals with solutions that connect providers, payers, and patients to ensure revenue cycle efficiency across the care continuum.
Company: Rhapsody Health
Booth: 2733
Web: https://rhapsody.health/
Rhapsody is a global leader in healthcare interoperability and data connectivity solutions, focused on customer success. Rhapsody’s interoperability platform is purpose-built for healthcare and brings systems together through seamless data integration. Rhapsody is an innovative, comprehensive, and high-performing integration platform for robust and reliable acquisition and exchange of health data.
Company: RxRevu
Booth: MP167
Web: http://www.rxrevu.com
At RxRevu, we believe in improving the value of healthcare through informed and consistent prescribing decisions. Our EHR-embedded solutions allow prescribers to choose the most effective medication at the lowest cost, removing friction for patients and prescribers. SwiftRx™ combines evidence-based guidelines, therapeutic alternatives, and real-time, patient-specific, cost information in a first-of-its-kind application. In addition to bringing cost and evidence-based guidelines into the prescribing workflow, our platform provides behavioral analytics to help organizations drive consistent behavior to better manage pharmacy risk.
RxRevu is THE Prescription Decision Support Platform.
Company: Spok
Booth: 3371
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: NASDAQ: SPOK
Web: www.spok.com
Spok, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPOK), headquartered in Springfield, Va., is proud to be a global leader in healthcare communications. We deliver clinical information to care teams when and where it matters most to improve patient outcomes. Top hospitals rely on the Spok Care Connect® platform to enhance workflows for clinicians, support administrative compliance, and provide a better experience for patients. Our customers send over 100 million messages each month through their Spok® solutions. Making care collaboration easier.
Company: TouchPoint Medical
Booth: 935
Web: www.touchpointmed.com

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Karnataka Budget 2019-20 highlights – Bhatkallys

Bengaluru: CM HD Kumaraswamy presented the state budget even as BJP members staged a walk out while claiming that the Kumaraswamy was presenting the budget despite not having a majority.

Below are highlights of state Budget 2019-20

Budget estimate (Consolidated Fund) – Rs.2,34,153 crore.

Total receipts – Rs.2,30,738 crore.

Revenue receipts – Rs.1,81,863 crore. Public debt – Rs.48,601 crore and Capital receipts Rs.48,876 crore

Total expenditure –Rs.2,34,153 crore.

Revenue expenditure – Rs.1,81,605 crore. Capital expenditure -Rs.42,584 crore and loan repayment – Rs.9,964 crore.

Agriculture

Actions taken to increase production in Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, Animal Husbandry and Fishery sectors:

Grant of Rs.250 crore to Krushi Bhagya scheme.

Grant of Rs. 40 crore to Zero budget farming scheme.

Grant of Rs. 35 crore to Organic farming scheme.

Grading of Organic and Zero budget farm produce, encouragement to grading and packaging and branding units; 50% subsidy to eligible entrepreneurs and Start-up entrepreneurs with a grant of Rs.2 crore.

Grant of Rs. 145 crore to Israel model farming scheme.

Encouragement to growers of minor millets with cash incentive of Rs.10,000 per hectare under “Raitha Siri” scheme with a grant of Rs.10 crore.

Grant of Rs. 5 crore to give assistance of Rs.7,500 per hectare under “Karavali package” to motivate farmers of Coastal and Malnad District to cultivate paddy.

Grant of Rs.368 crore for “Mukhyamanthrigala Sukshma Neeravari Yojane”, during the year 2019-20.

Grant of Rs.100 crore to take up drought proofing watershed activities till 2024 in 100 drought prone taluks and where groundwater levels have come down.

Grant of Rs.5 crore each has been earmarked for up-gradation of Karnataka State Seeds Certification Agency and for the developmental activities of Karnataka State Seeds Corporation.

To examine the pros and cons for implementation of separate Crop Insurance Scheme in the State.

Establishment of Farm Demonstration Centres at V.C.Farm in Mandya District and Sindhnur taluk in Raichuru District with a grant of Rs.10 crore.

Special package of Rs.150 crore to improve the economic condition of Pomegranate and Grape growers.

Grant of Rs.20 crore to establish international standard Mango produce processing units in Ramanagara and Dharwad Districts, and Tomato produce processing units in Kolar District with private partnership.

Grant of Rs. 2 crore for post harvest management of horticultural produce and market encouragement related activities under private partnership.

Grant of Rs. 5 crore to encourage Bee farming.

Special package of Rs.6 crore for the benefit of Gherkin growers and to increase export turnover.

Sericulture: Schemes formulated for the reformation of Sericulture sector:

i. Grant of Rs. 2 crore for sericulture extension programmes through progressive farmers.

ii. Grant of Rs.10 crore to strengthen Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation.

iii. Grant of Rs.2 crore for modernization of Santhemarahalli Silk Factory and for imparting training to youth.

iv. Grant of Rs. 5 crore for the rejuvenation of Chamarajanagar silk factory.

v. Grant of Rs.10 crore for modernization and strengthening of Silk Markets in Ramanagara and Haveri.

vi. Grant of Rs.10 crore to showcase the achievements in the sericulture sector in the emporium of Filature factory of Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation at Channapatna and to encourage marketing of silk products.

Animal Husbandry

Grant of Rs.2 crore to provide Well Equipped Veterinary Mobile Vehicles.

Grant of Rs.5 crore to encourage “Country chicken Poultry Farming” (Nati Koli Sakanike) for 10,000 unemployed poor youth.

Grant of Rs.2 crore for the establishment of Laboratory for Genetic Improvement (Twinning) of Indigenous Ram sheep.

Grant of Rs.5 crore to extend support for manufacture of Kyasanur forest disease vaccination (KFD vaccination)

Incentive to milk producers increase from Rs.5 per litre to Rs. 6 per litre at a cost of Rs.1,459 crore. Expenditure of Rs.638 crore under Ksheera Bhagya scheme for school going children and Rs. 405 crore for Anganavadi children. Total expenditure of Rs.2,502 crore for the welfare of milk producers.

Fisheries

Assistance of 50% of subsidy for installation of ISRO authorized DAT equipment to Fishing Boats with a grant of Rs. 3 crore.

Encouragement to Prawn and Fish farming in inland and backwater resources. Subsidy of Rs. 2 crore to 400 units.

Examining pros and cons for reserving fishing contracts in inland tanks to local fishermen.

Continuation of “Mathshashraya scheme”; action to complete ongoing construction of 2500 houses.

Rs.15 crore grant for construction of fishing jetty for development of fishing activities in Malpe fishing harbour of Udupi District, waste management unit and other sanitation facilities.

Rs.148.5 crore grant to provide subsidy on Diesel and kerosene to all boats in the State holding Diesel and kerosene pass book.

Co-operation Programmes envisaged ensure fair price to farm produce.

“Raitha Kanaja” scheme with a Revolving fund to provide minimum support price to 12 notified farm produce; opening a permanent collection centre throughout the year in all Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees; provision of Rs.510 crore grant.

Rs.50 crore grant for implementation of “Price Deficiency Payment Scheme” for onion, potato and tomato produce.

Encouragement for production of minor millets in the State. Grant of Rs.10 crore for providing profitable price to 6 minor millets and formulation of marketing facility in HOPCOMS, Nandini and other outlets.

Grant of Rs.160 crore for establishment of Quality Analysis and Processing Units at Gadag, Haveri, Kundgol, Hubballi and Annigeri.

Grant of Rs.5 crore for establishment of 500 Land operations co-operative societies in co-operative sector.

Gruhalaxmi crop loan scheme to provide loan facility at 3% interest on mortgage of ornaments by small and tiny farmers.

Grant of Rs. 5 crore to purchase 500 Automated Milk Storage Machines for Milk Producers Co-operative Societies.

Smart Weighing Machine Systems to all 162 Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees; 18,000 market functionaries to be changed to new system.

Establishment of “Integrated Scientific Vegetable Waste Management Units” in 5 vegetable markets of the State at a cost of Rs.10 crore.

Reservation of 10% and rebate of 50% in the allotment of site, godown, shops, shop-cum-godowns in the APMCs to Farmer-Producer Organizations.

Establishment of a “Debt Relief Commission” in Karnataka on the Kerala model.

Grant of Rs.200 crore for providing free scientific storage facility for maximum of 8 months in Karnataka State Warehousing Corporation, interest subvention on mortgage loan and minimum freight expenses.

Grant of Rs.1 crore per shandy for providing infrastructure facilities in a phased manner in the next 5 years to nearby 600 rural shandies to develop them into rural mini markets to enable farmers to get profitable prices by directly selling their produce with reduced transportation cost.

Water Resource Major and Medium Irrigation

Total grant of Rs.17,212 crore to Water Resource Department during 2019-20.

Grant of Rs.1,563 crore for Lift Irrigation Projects, Rs.1,680 crore for Tank filling projects, Rs.445 crore for Comprehensive Tank Development Works, Rs.477 for Micro irrigation projects, Rs.860 crore Canal modernization-development works, Rs.160 crore for construction of Bridge and Barrages, Rs.506 crore for Infrastructure development works and Rs.125 crore for Manchanabele reservoir downstream garden development, and for development tourism activities, Rs.75 crore for rejuvenation works of Harangi reservoir achcut and river basin works.

Minor Irrigation

Grant of Rs.40 crore for the work of laying of pipeline for utilizing 40 M.L.D water being carried to Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board under K.C. Valley project.

Grant of Rs.100 crore for Water filling works for the tanks in the limits of Balaghatta Gram Panchayathi in Pandavapura taluk.

Tank improvement works of all tanks in Bidar district in phased manner in the next 3 years at a cost of Rs.300 crore.

A grant of Rs.13 crore for tank filling works of 8 tanks of through lift irrigation from Tunga river flowing near Hole Hasanavadi village in Shivamogga District.

Kallamardi Lift irrigation scheme for 2500 acres of land of Koujalagi, Gosabala and neighboring villages of Gokak taluk in Belagavi District.

Grant of Rs. 10 crore to improve the underground water level in taluks where ground water has severely dipped by constructing Check dams, Barrages, Bandars and Recharge shafts.

Grant of Rs. 100 crore to control human-elephant conflict by constructing rail track barriers under the project – ‘Prevention of Human-Elephant Conflict by Used Rail Barriers’.

Grant of Rs.5 crore to remove Lantana and Eupatorium weeds to make way for the growth of grass which is congenial to forests.

Grant of Rs.15 crore for developing Vrukshodyanas in urban areas.

Grant of Rs.9 crore for establishment of Continuous Ambient Noise Quality Monitoring Stations in 10 corporation areas in the State, 4 each per district.

Grant of Rs.9 crore for establishment of 17 Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Stations at polluted water-banks identified by the Central Pollution Control Board, Bellandur tank, Agara tank and Varthur tank.

Grant of Rs.60 crore to Karnataka State Pollution Control Board for development of 21 Districts laboratories, 16 Sub- laboratories and for purchase of 10 Automated Flow Analyser.

Grant of Rs. 2 crore to Climatic Change Strategic Knowledge Centre under Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI) to take up research and study relating to climate change.

Primary and Secondary Education

Action points to improve the learning capabilities in Primary and Secondary Education Sector.

i. Modernization of infrastructure in schools; Construction of 1500 new class rooms, up-gradation of 5000 class rooms, Distribution of learning equipments to 1000 schools and appointment of one Estate Manager for the maintenance of school buildings.

ii. 10 days training to 1 lakh teachers under ‘Guruchethana’ programme.

iii. Additional responsibility to management committees constituted under Right to Education Act (RTE) to bring in transparency in school administration; preparation of Block level ‘Report card’; Teacher-Parents meetings to improve the performance of schools.

iv. Action to improve learning outcomes; Teacher-Mentor programme to help teachers to learn more; Individual attention on children to reduce dropouts.

Establishment of 1000 Karnataka Public Schools in the next 4 years in Hobli Headquarters to provide education under one roof from pre-primary level to 12th class. Separate organizations and guidelines on Kendriya Vidyalaya Model.

Establishment Well Equipped Language Skill Training Centres in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Belagavi and Kalaburgi Divisions in the name of Alur Venkatarao at a cost of Rs. 2 crore to improve language teaching methodology.

“Spardha Kali” scheme to bring out hidden talent in Government High School students and to enhance their talent and competency and to prepare them for healthy competition and giving a special training and guidance. A grant of Rs.1.5 crore for awarding ‘Prathibha Puraskara’ to 20 top students scoring highest marks in National Talent Search Examination from every education district in the State.

Grant of Rs.1 crore for digitization of S.S.L.C evaluation centres.

Grant of Rs.2 crore to impart vocational training in chosen subjects to PUC students.

Higher Education

Adoption of new learning methods in higher education through Next Generation Learning Initiative in Bengaluru Central University.

Action to make CET examination conducted by Karnataka Examination Development Authority online.

Grant of Rs.2 crore for implementation of a system to distribute Aadhaar based digital marks card and degree certificates online to students and validation of the same.

Action to establish a new Technological University at Hassan by bifurcating Vishveshwaraiah Technological University in Belagavi.

Opening Training Centres in all First Grade Colleges and Universities to impart job-oriented education.

Training in teaching subjects to all teaching faculty to improve quality of Higher Education in the next 3 years.

Revision of pay and allowances to teaching and concurrent cadres working in Government/Aided First Grade Colleges and Universities as per recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Grant of Rs.10 crore for providing Laboratories/Workshop facilities in Government Engineering and Polytechnics.

Healthcare

A grant of Rs.950 crore for “Ayushman Bharath – Arogyakara Karnataka” by the State and only Rs.409 crore by the Central Government for the year 2019-20.

Establishment of Cancer hospital in the premises of Tumakuru district at cost of Rs.60 crore.

Upgradation of Chikkamagaluru District Hospital as Super Specialty Hospital with grant of Rs.50 crore.

Rs.10 crore is provided for establishing four Divisional Model Blood Bank Centres for blood collection, storage and distribution.

Doddaballapura Taluk hospital will be upgraded as a 250-bed Bengaluru Rural District Hospital, for which a grant of Rs.10 crore is provided.

Conversion of Karnataka State Drugs Logistics and Warehousing Society into a Corporation.

Establishment of D.N.B. Centres at 11 selected district and taluk hospitals at a cost of Rs.2 crore with a view to ameliorate the shortage of Specialists.

Establishment of Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopedics at a cost of Rs.40 crore at Vijayapura district with 100 bed facility.

A grant of Rs.10 crore for Sports Injury and Robotic Surgery facility at Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopedics, Bengaluru.

Establishment of Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres at 49 taluk hospitals to treat children suffering from severe malnourishment, for which a grant of Rs.1 crore provided.

Establishment of Kyasanuru Forest Disease Research and Treatment Unit at Shivamogga District Hospital at a cost of Rs.5 crore.

Establishment of Directorate of X-ray Safety to ensure safety at Private and Government X-ray Centres as per the Atomic Energy Research Board guidelines.

Enhancement of honorarium to ASHA workers by Rs.500, which will come into effect from 1st November, 2019, for which a grant of Rs.25 crore is provided.

It is proposed to start Mammogram and Papsmear Scanning facilities in 10 districts at Mangaluru,Tumakuru,Vijayapura, Chitradurga,Davanagere,Bagalakote, Chikkamagaluru, Haveri, Kolar and Chikkaballapur at a cost of Rs.10 crore.

Construction of 450-bed hospital and hostel buildings at Karwar Institute of Medical Sciences premises with a grant of Rs.150 crore.

Construction of 450-bed hospital at Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences premises with a grant of Rs.100 crore.

Opening of a 450-bed hospital in the premises of Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health at Bengaluru at a cost of Rs.100 crore.

Construction of a 450-bed hospital in the Kidwai Institute of Cancer premises at Bengaluru with private partnership at a cost of Rs.100 crore.

A grant of Rs. 4.5 crore for establishment of a tertiary level Cancer Institute at Hubballi.

Construction of a separate 300 bed hospital of Sri Jayadeva Cardiology Institute at Kalaburagi under Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board at a cost of Rs.150 crore.

Construction of National Institute of Virology and Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear Natural Disaster Center in the premises of S.D.S.T.B. Institute at a cost of Rs.40 crore.

Women and Child Welfare

Enhancement of the monthly grant from Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,000 under “Chief Minister Mathrushree Scheme” from 1st of November, 2019; a grant of Rs.470 crore.

Enhancement of honorarium being paid to Anganawadi workers by Rs.500 and by Rs.250 to the helpers with effect from 1st of November, 2019; a grant of Rs.60 crore provided.

Establishment of State Level Training Centre for all workers of Department of Women and Child Welfare at Ballari and Divisional Level Training Centres at Mysuru, Belagavi and Kalaburagi and Chitradurga in Bengaluru Division; allocation of Rs.5 crore.

Opening of 100 new Anganawadi Centres in urban areas.

Rs.10 crore for the repairs of 1,000 Anganawadi buildings.

Starting of a new Balamandira for Girls at Chikkamagaluru district.

Rs.3 crore for conversion of the Juvenile Special Courts of 10 districts into Child Friendly Courts.

Starting of Prosthetics and Orthotics Certification courses at the training centres being run by the Department for Empowerment of Differently- Abled and Senior Citizens.

Training programme for the teachers of hearing impaired and mentally challenged children at the training centres of the Department.

Opening of a Rehabilitation Centre for the patients having spine injury and suffering from hemiplegia disease, multiple scleroses and amyotrophic lateral scleroses diseases; grant of Rs.2 crore.

Distribution of mechanized two-wheeler vehicles (retrofitted) free of cost to 2,000 physically challenged beneficiaries; grant of Rs.15 crore.

Establishment of manufacturing units by providing entrepreneurship and skill development training to 1,000 oppressed women with a grant of Rs.11.5 crore.

Steps will be taken to provide reservation to oppressed women in the housing schemes of the State Government.

A grant of Rs.30,445 crore under Special Component Sub-Plan and Scheduled Tribe Sub-Plan.

Starting of a “Samyuktha Student Hostel” for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Backward Class/Minority and General Category students in each of the 30 districts; grant of Rs.100 crore provided.

Upgradation of 100 Residential Schools of Karnataka Residential Educational Institutions Society with PUC (Science and Commerce) courses.

Establishment of a large ‘Constitution Museum’ in Bengaluru city to introduce the genesis and importance of our Constitution to the future generations; Rs. 20 crore is provided.

Establishment of IIT/NEET coaching centres in 4 Morarji PU Residential colleges for backward classes at the Divisional Level; grant of Rs.4 crore is provided.

Construction of own buildings for 100 student-hostels of Backward Classes Welfare Department, which are running in rented buildings; grant of Rs.40 crore is provided.

A grant of Rs.25 crore is provided to the Nomadic Development Corporation.

Construction of Nomadic Community Halls to enable them to organize their community programmes and to undertake a study of their tradition, culture and practices; Rs.11 crore is provided.

For the comprehensive development of the Vishwakarma Community, Rs.25 crore is provided to Vishwakarma Development Corporation.

Starting of a Amarashilpi Jakanachari Sculpture Centre with a grant of Rs.10 crore at Shivarapattana in Malur taluk of Kolar district.

A grant of Rs.25 crore provided to Madiwala Machideva Corporation.

Establishment of Savitha Samaja Development Corporation.

A grant of Rs.134 crore for the development of micro communities among the backward class communities in the State. Setting up of an Enforcement Squad consisting of one Nodal Officer and 4 non-official members to ensure that the grant reserved for these communities will directly reach them.

Minorities Welfare and Haj

One time allocation of Rs.25 crore grant to establish Moulana Azad Trust to encourage modern education and scientific temperament among the Muslim community.

Opening of 5 Morarji Desai Residential Schools for Girls at Davanagere, Tumakuru, Gadag, Dharwad and Kalaburgi district; grant of Rs.20 crore is provided.

Rs.10 crore is provided for providing basic amenities at Muslim graveyards (Khabrasthans) in the State.

Rs.400 crore for completion of developmental works undertaken for providing basic infrastructure facilities in the areas predominantly inhabited by minorities.

Enhancement of the admission strength by 25 each at 25 post metric hostels and by 60 at 20 Morarji Desai Residential Schools in the State.

Rs.10 crore for the historical Gurunanak Jeera Gurudwara, Bidar on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Gurunanak Dev and a grant of Rs.25 crore to Halasuru Gurudwara at Bengaluru.

Establishment of the Christian Development Corporation for the comprehensive development of the Christian Community at a cost of Rs.200 crore.

During 2019-20, Housing Department is having a big target of completing 4 lakh houses which are in progress under different housing schemes.

Development works in notified slum areas in Bengaluru which are predominantly inhabited by SC/ST communities at a cost of Rs.300 crore under the SCSP/TSP grant of BBMP.

Housing on rental basis “Saarathiya Sooru” scheme for auto drivers and taxi drivers in Bengaluru at a cost of Rs.50 crore.

Rs.50 crore for housing on rental basis for garment workers.

Labour

A unique package called “Chief Minister Construction Workers Development Package” for Building construction workers and their dependents. Under this package, one can avail advance money upto Rs.5 lakh under Karmika Gruha Bhagya Scheme of the Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board; reimbursement of Rs.20,000 towards construction of toilets at the own houses of the workers; reimbursement of treatment expenses upto Rs.1.5 lakh under Karmika Arogya Scheme; compensation of Rs.2 lakh to a worker who dies in an accident at the work place; enhancement of monthly pension of registered workers to Rs.2,000; workers disability facility of Rs.24,000 per annum to mentally and physically challenged children upto the age of 21 years; grant of Rs.2,000 and Rs.2,500 for kinder garten/Pre-School Nursery Education; interest free subsidy upto Rs.50,000 to encourage self employment among workers children and Capacity Building Training Programme.

Announcement of special package of Rs.10 crore for providing facilities to women workers at garment factories.

Upgradation of skills of 25,000 women workers and trainers belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe at garment factories at a cost of Rs.37.5 crore.

A grant of Rs.30 crore for group insurance facility for auto and tax drivers; subsidy for conversion of petro autos into electric autos. Scheme to be implemented by Transport Department.

Celebration of ‘Drivers Day’ to recognize the services of the drivers in districts. A reward of Rs.25,000 each to 10 drivers in each district for honest and accident free driving.

Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Training of 70,000 new candidates on skills at a cost of Rs.90 crore under the “Chief Minister Koushalya Karnataka Yojane”.

Opening of “Koushalya Parampare School” to encourage traditional art skills, in collaboration with Master Trainers and Modern Designers.

Kannada and Culture

A special grant of Rs.25 crore to establish a world class Cultural and Heritage Centre at Veerapura village, the birth place of Sri Sri Sri Shivakumar Swamiji.

A special grant of Rs.25 crore for developing Bananduru village, the birth place of Sri Sri Sri Balagangadhara Swamiji, in Bidadi taluk of Ramanagara district, into model village and for establishing a Cultural and Heritage Centre to propagate his lifelong achievements and thoughts.

Rs.5 crore grant to Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Development Authority.

For the overall development of Kodava community, a grant of Rs.10 crore is provided.

Re-launching of “Janapada Jathre” programme to encourage folk artists and folk arts. Rs.2 crore grant will be provided to organize Janapada Jathre in all districts including Bengaluru.

A grant of Rs.5 crore for providing systematic facilities and upgradation of Urban Haat for the artisans in Mysuru through Jagadguru Shree Suttur Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji Mutt.

A grant of Rs.5 crore for the development of the Cultural and Library Centre of Sri Kengal Hanumanthaiah Hostel Trust, Bengaluru.

Rs.2 crore to 139 Associations/Organisations organizing Karaga Festival and Rs.2 crore each for the development of Adishakthi Matheyara Vruddhashrama, Mayasandra (T.B.Extension) in Turuvekere Taluk of Tumakuru district and for the development of Karnataka State Kunchatigara-Vokkaligas’ Association.

Rs.1 crore each for the development works of Karnataka Sangha, Mandya and for the activities of Karnataka Janapada Parishath and to Veerabhadreshwara Charitable Trust, Malebennur, Harihara Taluk of Davanagere district.

Construction of a Commemorative Conventional Hall in the name of Haasya Chakravarthi late Narasimharaju in Tiptur at a cost of Rs.2 crore.

Establishment of new sports hostels at Yadagiri, Ballari, Chikkaballapura, Bidar and Madikeri at a cost of Rs.12.5 crore.

Establishment of separate sports hostels for girls at Raichur, Haveri, Mangaluru, Chikkamagaluru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Kalaburagi, Kolar, Hassan and Dharwad districts Rs.15 crore is provided.

Upgradation of the facilities at district stadia at Mandya, Bidar, Tumakuru and Hassan at a cost of Rs.4 crore.

Enhancement of the daily food allowance to the sports persons at sports hostels to the level of what is in practice at Sports Authority of India; a grant of Rs.6 crore is provided.

Organizing of Adventure Sports Festivals at 10 places in the State through General Thimmaiah Adventure Academy at a cost of Rs.2 crore.

Organising of ‘Mini Olympic Games – 2019’ to identify and encourage sports persons at the early age group of 13 to 15 years.

Development of the Kodava Community Hockey stadium at Balugoda in Virajpet at a cost of Rs.5 crore.

A grant of Rs.3,700 crore to distribute food grains to more than 4.07 crore beneficiaries under ‘Annabhagya’ scheme.

Establishment of Vigilance Cell’ to monitor the proper distribution of food grains and to prevent the leakage in the Public Distribution System.

Declaring 2019 as “Jalavarsha”. 20,000 water preservation works will be taken up under the Jalamrutha Scheme of Natural Resources Management Works at a cost of Rs.500 crore.

Commencement of works under the first phase of Jaladhare Scheme in Raichur, Vijayapura, Mandya and Kolar districts at a cost of Rs.4,000 crore.

Creation of 12 crore man days under NREGA scheme.

Construction of compound walls at 6,825 rural schools under NREGA scheme at a cost of Rs.90 crore under ‘Subhadra Shale Yojane’.

“Swachchameva Jayathe” movement at 1,000 chosen Grama Panchayats for recycling of dry waste by separating dry and wet waste and conversion of wet waste into manure.

Digitisation of all the assets under the purview of Grama Panchayats and bringing the assets which have remained outside the tax net to tax.

Enhancement of the Open Development Grant per Zilla Panchayat to a maximum of Rs.8 crore; grant of Rs.172 crore is provided.

Enhancement of the Open Development Grant per Taluk Panchayat to a maximum of Rs.2 crore; grant of Rs.372 crore is provided.

In commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, publication of a hand book on Grama Panchayat Budget reflecting on transparency in the administration of Grama Panchayat for public information.

Planning and Area Development

A grant of Rs.1,500 crore to the Hyderabad-Karnataka Development Board and action plan will be undertaken at a cost of Rs.70 crore for Malnad Area Development Board, Rs. 95 crore for Bayaluseeme Development Board and Rs.30 crore for Karavali Development Authority.

Rs.600 crore for the Legislators Local Area Development Scheme.

As per the recommendations of the Nanjundappa Committee report Rs.3,010 crore grants for the development of identified most backward and more backward taluks under the Special Development Programme.

Urban Development

Directorate of Municipal Administration

Total expenditure of Rs.1,325 crore under the “Mahathma Gandhi City Development Programme”, a grant of Rs.150 crore each for Kalaburagi, Mysuru and Hubballi-Dharwad and Rs.125 crore each for Belagavi, Ballari, Tumakuru, Shivamogga, Mangaluru, Davanagere, Vijayapura.

Action to establish a Water Rate Prescribing Cell in the Directorate of Municipal Administration to reduce the unaccounted leakage of water and to plug the revenue leakage in water supply schemes.

Action to establish Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) units on a pilot basis.

Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation Ltd.

Re-construction of large comprehensive Rain Water Canals within three years in all the Corporations including Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.

Establishing power generating plants out of water processing units and solid waste processing units.

Action to prepare feasibility report for developing a knowledge-Health Corridor at Mangaluru from Manipal to Konaje.

Bengaluru Mobility Scheme (Mobility)

Grant of Rs.50 crore for implementation of a comprehensive mobility scheme; priority for public transport and stabilization; all aspects of all types of movement facilities in the; grant to increase the number of buses in BMTC; development of at least 50 km pedestrian road.

Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

Implementation of Nava Bengaluru Kriya Yojane at an estimated cost of Rs.8,015 crore. A grant of Rs.2,300 crore in the year 2019-20.

Grant of Rs.1,000 crore to construct elevated corridors in the year 2019-20.

Converting 5 lakh road lights in Bengaluru into LED.

Action to convert Commercial Street and Brigade Road into pedestrian roads.

Establishing a 400 metric tonne capacity solid waste processing unit through KPCAL under PPP.

Enacting “Parking Rules and Implementation Policy” in Bengaluru. Action to park 10,000 vehicles on 87 selected smart parking systems.

A new underpass at Goragunttepalya at a cost of Rs.195 crore. Additional loop construction on the existing Hebbal and K.R.Puram Flyover.

Directorate of Urban Land Transport

Bengaluru Sub-Urban Rail System

Sub-urban rail services in Bengaluru at a total estimated cost of Rs.23,093 crore; a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Bengaluru Rail Infrastructure Development Entity (B-RIDE) under State and Central Government partnership.

Study of feasibility of design for Multi Modal Transport Hub at Hebbal, Byappannahalli, K.R.Puram, Kadugodi, Challaghatta and Peenya area.

Development of necessary infrastructure for Inter-Modal Integration design in Bengaluru Metro, Rail and TTMC strategically located at Yeshwantapur, Banashankari, Vijaynagar, Peenya etc.

Action to study Parking Rules and Implementation Programme in Tier-2 cities, action to study the reformed traffic information and maintenance system.

Examining the viability and pros and cons of establishing Metro Rail Project in Mysuru, Mangaluru and Hubballi-Dharawad.

Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited

i. Commuter’s card for Metro and BMTC services.

ii. Converting the 3 coach into 6 coaches of 50 Rail sets.

iii. Charging facility to two wheeler electric vehicles in selected 10 Metro stations.

iv. Small capacity buses from BMTC in 10 selected Metro stations to provide last mile connectivity.

v. Construction of pedestrian flyover in Yeshwanthapur and Metro Rail Stations.

Metro line from Central Silk Board (CSB) junction to the Outer Ring Road-Airport via K.R. Puram, Hebbal at a cost of Rs.16,579 crore.

Extension of the western end of Kengeri Metro Network and construction of an additional station at Challaghatta.

Bengaluru Development Authority

Construction of Peripheral Ring Road with an estimated cost of Rs.17,200 crore and Rs.1,000 crore in the year 2019-20.

Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board

Scheme for flow water into Arkavati and Dakshina Pinakini rivers using the water resources available in Bengaluru; in BMRD area programme to harvest rain water; protection and rejuvenation of all ponds and water bodies coming under the catchment areas; re-use of waste water after purifying; maintaining cleanliness in public places which are adjacent to Arkavati and Dakshina Pinakini rivers. Availability of 1400 MLD of additional water by this scheme; A committee headed by the Chief Minister to implement this scheme. A grant of Rs.50 crore for this scheme.

Grant of Rs.500 crore in 2019-20 for the work of V Stage Cauvery Water Supply Scheme estimated at cost of Rs.5,550 crore with the help of JICA.

Work to prevent 914 entry points wherein sewerage is mixing with storm water drain in Bengaluru at a cost of Rs.76.55 crore.

Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board

Bringing of comprehensive management of bulk water supply under a single roof of the Board in all local bodies of the city, Expenditure under SFC grants.

The cost of management of solid waste units, wet well and composite works under the drainage scheme borne by the grants under SFC.

Action to set up sewage maintenance unit in STP on a pilot basis.

Revenue

Creation of a Commissionerate in the Revenue Department.

Creation of new taluks in Harohalli of Ramanagar District, Chelur in Chikkaballapur District, Terdal in Bagalakot District and Kalasa in Chikkamagalur District.

Re-survey work with the help of Drones in the Districts of Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru, Gadag, Davanagere and Kodagu.

A grant of Rs. 20 crore to develop Hindu Rudra Bhoomi.

A grant of Rs.2 crore for constitution of Kodagu Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Development Authority.

Survey work of lands belonging to Endowment Department.

Increased subsidy for pilgrimage to Manasa Sarovara to Rs.30,000/-.

A grant of Rs.5 crore for the comprehensive development of historical Melukote by constituting the Melukote Development Authority.

Rs.60 crore grant in the year 2019-20 for various Mutts and religious institutes.

Energy

Increase in the existing subsidy amount towards free schemes like Irrigation Pumpset, Bhagya Jyothi, Kuteera Jyothi to Rs.11,250 crore.

Thrust for production of roof-top solar energy.

Power supply for the pump sets during day time to the extent possible.

40,000 new transformers to provide quality electricity to the farmers.

Public Works, Ports and Inland Water Transport

Development of 7,940 km length of roads at a cost of Rs.10,000 crore under SHDP.

The work of improvement and up-gradation of roads and bridges at a total cost of Rs.5,690 crore.

Completion of 1,317 small bridges under “Shala Samparka Sethu” scheme in Malnad and coastal Districts.

A grant of Rs.100 crore to construct security barriers across the tanks, canals and other water bodies existing beside the roads of the State to prevent accidents.

Infrastructure Development

Following schemes for the development of infrastructure of airports in the state.

Action of operationalisation of Bidar Civil Airport. Rs.32 crore grant for construction of new terminal building in the year 2019-20.

Operationalisation of the Kalaburagi Airport.

Development of Chikkamagalur and Shivamogga airstrips under PPP model.

A grant of Rs.70 crore for land acquisition and construction of road flyovers/under bridges in the year 2019-20.

Commerce and Industries

A “Tumakuru Industrial Node” in 9,629 acres at Vasanthnarasapur in Tumakuru District under the Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor Project; An estimated Rs.50,000 crore capital investment and 2 lakh employment generation; Action for development of a rail based multi modal transport system between Vasanthnarasapur, Tumakuru, Ramanagar and Bengaluru on a separate track.

A new Industrial Policy for attracting investment; new technologies and generation of additional employment in the priority sectors of the backward areas of Tier-2 and Tier-3 centers.

A grant of Rs.110 crore in year 2019-20 to continue the scheme of “Compete with China”.

Organization of “Global Capital Investment Conference” in January 2020.

Development of industrial area at Arasikere in Hassan district, Nagamangala in Mandya district, Chittapur in Kalaburagi district, Mulavad in Vijayapura district, Kanagala in Belagavi district and Madhugiri in Tumakuru district through Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board.

A grant of Rs.5 crore for the new scheme “MSME – Sarthak” to ease out the problems being faced while bringing their products into the market by Micro, Small and Medium industries.

A grant of Rs.80 crore to provide common facilities to the small and micro coir industries under coir policy, “Kalpavruksha Kayaka Niti” .

A grant of Rs.2 crore for establishment of design clinics in collaboration with national level design institutes.

A grant of Rs.5 crore towards a subsidy of 75% to electric loom units to implement acoustic equipment.

A grant of Rs.2 crore towards subsidy of 50% to procure industrial sewing machine to the women who have obtained sewing machine training.

A grant of Rs.100 crore to Mysore Sugar Factory, Mandya to reconstruct the factory and the installation of distillery unit, sugar unit, repairing of boiling house, ethanol equipment and molasses tank.

A grant of Rs.50 crore to provide incentive to private investors for the development of industrial sheds.

A grant of Rs.50 crore for the comprehensive development of industries located in Mandya District and to generate employment around Mandya District.

A grant of Rs.10 crore for constructing Kalagrama near Doddabidarakallu of Bengaluru on a land owned by Cauvery Emporium to promote handicraft artisans and to develop tourism centre.

Mines and Geology

First time in India, survey of leasing of mines using a new Drone technology and GPS technology at a cost of Rs.82 crore.

Information Technology, Bio-Technology and Science and Technology

Revision of Information Technology (IT) Policy. Opportunity to invest in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.

Helping of Startups in Bengaluru City area by strengthening the “Incubation Centre”.

A fully equipped K-Tech innovation hub is up at Tumakuru at a cost of Rs.7 crore to encourage budding entrepreneurs.

e-Governance

Action for payment of cash to the beneficiaries of all the departments under “Direct Cash Transfer”, a Aadhaar based innovative system.

Providing selected services at the doorstep of the citizens on a pilot basis through the system called the “Government Services at Citizens’ Doorstep”.

Action by our Government to provide required infrastructure using latest chat bot and big data technologies.

Action to make the use of “e-Office” mandatory in all the offices of the Secretariat in order to enhance the efficiency in administration; development of websites of State Government in a unicode template; action to develop websites, as physically challenged persons friendly.

Action to establish an e-Governance Cell in Administrative Training Institute, Mysuru and in all the District Training Institutes.

Action to set up “Infonomics” in the Department of Public Administration and Reforms (e-Governance) for providing required information to the Startups and agencies at an appropriate cost.

Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms

Enacting law to bring in reforms in administration and transparency in the transfer of Government employees and to effect the transfer of the “C” and “D” group employees through “counseling”.

Tourism

A grant of Rs.25 crore for developing Badami as a world famous tourist place and handicraft market.

A grant of Rs.5 crore to launch 6 Double Decker open buses from KSTDC in line with London Big Bus for sightseeing of world famous tourist places in Mysuru.

A grant of Rs.2 crore to organize “Karnataka International Tourism Exhibition” to attract tourists.

Action to establish “Hampi Discourse Centre” in Hampi and “Vijayapura Tourism Discourse Centre” in Vijayapura with a grant of Rs.1 crore each.

A grant of Rs.7 crore for the development of Coastal Tourism at Sihihittalu of Panambur.

Action to take up survey of 600 monuments out 834 to protect such monuments.

A special grant of Rs.5 crore for the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Action to launch a Social Media Unit to publicize Government programs in a more efficient manner.

A grant of Rs.1 crore for a special program to promote feature films in Tulu, Kodava and Konkani.

An additional grant of Rs.2 crore each to Working Journalist Welfare Fund Trust and Senior Journalist Welfare Trust.

Home Affairs

A grant of Rs.4 crore for establishing 8 new Cyber Economic and Narcotics (CEN) wings.

A grant of Rs.20 crore to provide basic infrastructure to police colonies.

Implementation of a Drone Surveillance System to monitor and maintain the law and order and to prevent crimes.

A grant of Rs.30 crore for construction of separate special central prisons with a 1,000 prisoners capacity of each in Vijayapura and Bidar and a sub-jail of 200 prisoners capacity at Arasikere at a total cost of Rs.100 crore each.

Implementation of Emergency Response Support System at a cost of Rs.5 crore.

Action to procure Arial Ladder Platform Vehicle which can reach up to a height of 90 meter to prevent fire accidents in skyscrapers.

Grant of Rs.103 crore to increase the risk allowance paid to the police constables of Home department to Rs.2,000.

Transport

Action to establish automated vehicle testing and certification centers at Davanagere, Hoskote and Maddur cities.

Action to include 3,544 transport buses of various models and to construct 44 bus stands and 10 bus units in the year 2019-20.

Action to establish child care rooms for the nourishment of children in all districts and major taluk bus stands.

A grant of Rs.6,500 crore for the waiver of crop loan of farmers to Commercial Banks and Rs.6,150 crore is to Co-operative Sector; completion of waiver of loan of co-operative sector before May 2019; completion of waiver of loan in respect of commercial banks also in the year 2019-20.

Total grant of Rs.46,853 crore to the agriculture and related departments in the budget 2019-20.

Demand to the Centre for adequate compensation up to the year 2024-25 under the Compensation to the States Act, if the revenue gap is not bridged under Goods and Services Tax.

Rs.76,406 crore target of collection of revenue in the 2019-20.

Comprehensive Karasamadhana Scheme for the reduction of arrears under the Acts administered prior to the introduction of GST.

Rs.11,828 crore target of collection of revenue in the 2019-20.

Excise

Additional excise duty on Bear, Drat Bear and Bear and low alcohol beverages manufactured in micro breweries.

Rs.20,950 crore target of collection of revenue in the 2019-20.

Rs.7,100 crore target of collection of revenue in the 2019-20.

Source: Udayavani

Morgan highlights K-State Cattlemen’s Day on March 1 – Salina Post

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Brad Morgan, the senior director of protein for the Performance Food Group, highlights the program for Kansas State University’s 106th annual Cattlemen’s Day, scheduled for March 1.

Early registration for this year’s event is $20 if paid by Feb. 25, or $30 afterward. There is no charge for students. Online registration is available at www.KSUBeef.org, or interested persons may register by contacting Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.

Morgan kicks off this year’s Cattlemen’s Day with a talk about the potential for plant-sourced and laboratory-sourced ‘meat’ to take market share from the meat industry.

K-State professor and beef cattle extension specialist Dale Blasi said the annual Cattlemen’s Day is a celebration of beef and the cattle industry.

“Our annual program strives to address key issues and to provide current information that keeps our industry efficient and relevant,” he said.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with refreshments, educational exhibits, and a commercial trade show. Blasi said organizers expect more than 72 participants in the trade show, which provides “a forum for the attendees to observe what’s new in the beef industry and network with key industry leaders.”

Following Morgan’s presentation at 10 a.m., K-State agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor will discuss the importance of international trade as the U.S. beef herd expands.

Participant’s registration includes lunch featuring smoked brisket, sponsored by U.S. Premium Beef and commercial exhibitors.

The afternoon sessions will feature K-State faculty and industry presentations in Weber Hall and at the Beef Stocker Unit discussing an array of topics, including:

  • Beef Quality Grading: Recent Revisions and Relevance to Valuation of Beef — Terry Houser, K-State meat scientist, will discuss the economic significance of quality grades, the major variables in deriving a quality grade, and recent changes to the USDA Quality Grading Standards.
  • Antibiotic Stewardship in Animal Agriculture — Nora Schrag, College of Veterinary Medicine/Clinical Sciences, will discuss the recent history of antibiotic use in agriculture along with future trends.
  • Alternative Methods for Pregnancy Diagnosis Sandy Johnson, extension livestock production specialist, will discuss the latest in technologies designed to assist producers with early detection of pregnancy.
  • CattleTrace: An Industry Initiative for Disease Traceability — Brandon Depenbusch, Innovative Livestock Services, will discuss and explain the objectives of the CattleTrace project.
  • Factors Influencing Value of Calves Sold Through Superior Livestock Video Auction — Esther McCabe, K-State doctoral student in animal sciences, will share results from the analysis of 24 years of data representing more than 90,000 lots of calves marketed through the Superior Livestock video auction.
  • Genetic Control of Cattle Feet and Leg Structure — Jenny Bormann, K-State beef breeding/genetics specialist, will talk abound unsoundness as a potential welfare issue and a major reason for culling of both bulls and cows.
  • Beef Stocker Unit Open House — See the latest additions to the Beef Stocker Unit, a facility devoted to management research with receiving, backgrounding and grazing cattle.
  • Necropsy Demonstration — A.J. Tarpoff, extension beef veterinarian, will provide a real-time demonstration of major organ systems.

The 42ndannual Legacy Bull and Female Sale will begin at 4 p.m. at the Stanley Stout Center (2200 Denison Avenue). Visit www.asi.ksu.edu/legacysale to learn more about this year’s offerings and to request a sale catalog.

Also, on February 28, Jerry Bohn will be honored as the Stockman of the Year at the 49th annual Stockmen’s Dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Registration and more information on that event is online at www.ksufoundation.org/rsvp/asi or by calling 785-775-2040.