Who We Are
Founded by industry veterans, HealthFortis Associates’ mission is to partner with payers and providers on improving utilization management efficiency and providing patients with instant pre-certification decisions. We do this by leveraging AI and productivity solutions that reduce the time, cost and delays of traditional utilization management.
What We Do
HealthFortis Associates offers software and professional services– everything you need to operate a complete utilization management service – whether you are a health plan or at-risk provider network. Our cloud-based service matches physicians with preferred, in-network specialists; facilitates communication among individual caregivers and with the UM team; makes instant pre-certification decisions and streamlines UM workflow with groundbreaking appeals, letter and reporting capabilities. Backed by a dedicated customer team, HealthFortis Associates provides a complete end-to-end utilization management system for today’s payer-provider collaborations.
HealthFortis Associates is committed to delivering an outstanding user experience. We strive to consistently exceed the needs and expectations of our customers. We reduce the administrative burdens and system redundancies by integrating with third-party systems. We partner with customers on growing the menu of machine learning algorithms and making our system smarter and smarter. We are committed to building a community of utilization management professionals dedicated to adopting best practices and striving to improve health outcomes.
As founder of HealthFortis Associates, Kang brings deep experience, vision, and successful execution to the development of healthcare IT solutions. Prior to founding HealthFortis Associates, Kang was the Senior VP, R&D / CTO of AMICAS, a NASDAQ Medical Imaging and technology company providing leading edge radiology imaging solutions. Under his leadership, AMICAS streamlined software engineering processes and developed industry-acclaimed RIS, PACS, financial, and data mining products. Kang was a founding member of W3Health Corp, a web-based healthcare software system vendor, where he led the development team and developed the system’s architecture. Prior to W3Health, Kang was an instructor at Harvard Medical School, where his team designed the first web-based, real-time intensive care patient monitoring system and developed a secure system for sharing electronic medical records across multiple healthcare facilities.
Vice-President, Engineering and Client Services
Lans leads the HealthFortis Engineering and Quality Assurance teams to deliver the highest quality software products and services available on the market to our clients. Lans brings over 20 years experience designing and developing enterprise level software applications in both retail and healthcare environments. In his previous position, Lans was the Director of Engineering at Merge Healthcare, where he led the engineering teams for the Radiology Information System, Financial Billings, and Dashboard Data Mining products. In this role, he added Meaningful Use to the RIS for Stage 1 certification, ensuring seamless integration across product lines. In Lans’ role at HealthfFortis Associates, he is also responsible for all SmartUM’s integrations across client platforms including payer membership, benefits and provider systems, claim systems, provider EHR systems, ensuring bi-directional product communication for comprehensive information exchange between all disparate systems.
Sales and Marketing Consultant
Doug is a sales and relationship builder who works with payers and providers on solving some of healthcare’s toughest challenges, using a mix of technology and business process redesign. Doug believes in making customer relationships more valuable, starting with understanding customer needs, and then working internally on driving a customer success mentality throughout the organization. This approach helped fuel higher levels of customer acquisition, retention, and profitability at Doug’s previous three companies Advanced Practice Strategies [ACQ Relias Learning]; American Well, and D2Hawkeye [ACQ Verisk Health}, where Doug held senior sales and account management roles. He also spent seven years with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care after launching his career in physician practice management. Doug holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from Boston University Questrom School of Business and a BA from Denison University.
Stephen N. Kahane, MD, MS
Prior to joining athenahealth, Dr. Kahane was Chairman and CEO of publicly-traded AMICAS (NASDAQ: AMCS), an image and information management solutions company. Dr. Kahane’s experience also includes roles as CEO &amp; Vice Chairman of publicly traded VitalWorks (sold to Cerner in 2005), CEO of Datamedic, and Medical Director and System Development Director of IT at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.
Dr. Kahane holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins and an M.D. from Emory University. Dr. Kahane also served as an operating partner at both SV Life Sciences and Bessemer Venture Partners, venture and private equity firms focused on healthcare and technology. He has served on several boards including Homecare Homebase, a leading provider of information management solutions for home health services delivery and RedBrick Health, a leading provider of cloud-based tech-enabled services for employee health engagement.
William Winkenwerder Jr., MD
Dr. Winkenwerder is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a board certified physician who has practiced primary care medicine. A graduate of Davidson College and The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Winkenwerder received his Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School, of The University of Pennsylvania.
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— MD Reviewer
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