With an educational background in both Computer Science (B.S.) and Business Management (M.S), my specialty is bridging the sometimes large gap between technical resources, business managers, and CXO's. I have over 10 years of Executive Management expertise (as a CEO, CTO) with strong leadership, entrepreneurial and managerial skills including proven success in identifying and securing new business opportunities and converting potential customers into long-term business clients.
I have attracted, motivated, and retained teams of first-class technical and executive staff in large scale and regulated (FDA, DOD) environments as well as several startups. This included managing outsourcing contractors and overseas/remote development teams.
Although I'm well versed in many domains, my most significant domain-specific experience is in healthcare and medical informatics where I have spent almost 10 years in the architecture, design, and development of complex healthcare systems.
My technology skills include proficiency in C/C++, Java, .NET, C#, J2EE. I have also filed a patent for one of my software inventions. A copy of my complete resume may be viewed at http://shahid.shah.org/resume.
In May 2006 I was awarded a patent for reusable software (U.S. Patent 7039898 -- " Computer system for performing reusable software application development from a set of declarative executable specifications"). It describes a method I invented for performing architecture, design, and implementation of sophisticated business software using a specifications language.
I have served as Chairman, IEEE Computer Sociey, Northern Virginia Chapter and as co-Founder and leader of the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the International Association of Software Architects. I also serve in an advisory capacity to The Larta Institute for business development in early stage ventures and as a featured lecturer at the U.S. Patent Academy.
Chairman (2013 - Present)
IMN HealthIMPACT Conferences
I chair the IMN HealthIMPACT forums which bring together health system CIOs, CMIOs, physician IT leadership, group practice managers, and innovators to evaluate and implement technologies that have measurable IMPACT on care delivery and organizational performance to help you move beyond meaningful use to meaningful outcomes. I help make the HealthIMPACT conferences must-attend events for today's healthcare IT professionals.
Chairman of the Board of Advisors (2012 - Present)
Advising new DoD and VA founded organization on formation of open innovations and open source software for healthcare industry.
Blogger (2008 - Present)
As an expert in federal computer solutions, architecture, and technology strategy, I blog in general about news & opinion but more specifically the daily concerns of federal IT architects.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) (2007 - Present)
Privately Held, 11-50 employees, Computer Software
Co-founded and serve as CTO of this dynamic healthcare startup that creates deceptively simple software for small to medium sized medical offices. The software is designed to do practical, inexpensive, and easy to use patient-centric document management.
Chief Architect (2005 - Present)
Budget Formulation & Execution Line of Business (BFELoB)
Government Agency, 51-200 employees, Government Administration
Serve as the Chief Architect of the eGov Federal Budget Formulation & Execution Line of Business (BFELoB).
Technology Strategy Consultant (2005 - Present)
Office of Management and Budget
Government Agency, Government Administration
Assist with technology strategy around data collection, collaboration, information assurance, architecture, and engineering in the Budget Systems Branch (BSB) of the Office of Management & Budget.
Managing Editor (2005 - Present)
Health, Wellness and Fitness
I founded and run the web's best healthcare IT blog aggregator where the daily conversations of dozens of premium health technology bloggers is put into one place.
Chief Blogger (2005 - Present)
I've been blogging about healthcare technology, solutions, and policy issues for many years.
President & CEO (2001 - Present)
Netspective Communications LLC
Privately Held, Computer Software
Founder of enterprise architecture, information technology professional services, and custom software development firm. Recent assignments included:
- Enterprise Architecture Consultants to Office of Management & Budget (OMB). Helped define and design technology strategy and build custom applications such as Homeland Security Data Collection (HSDB) and PARTweb.
- Enterprise Architecture Consultants to Executive Office of the President (EOP, White House).
- Systems Architecture Consultants to CardinalHealth. Designed and built SupplyCentral, a medical supply master B2B hub that linked suppliers to providers.
- Chief Systems Architect at American Red Cross. Served as Systems Architect for National Biomedical Computer System (NBCS) medical device platform.
Responsible for all aspects of business development, sales, marketing, product development, and customer service.
Health IT Expert Consultant to Financial Institutions (2008 - 2011)
DeMatteo Monness LLC
Partnership, 51-200 employees, Financial Services
Provide technology and healthcare IT expertise to DeMatteo Monness financial services clients in the area of market analysis, industry analysis, portfolio company coverage, and other aspects of healthcare IT investing.
Health IT Industry Advisory Panel Member (2009 - 2011)
American Society of Health Information Managers
Health, Wellness and Fitness
As a member of the ASHIM Health IT Industry Advisory Panel (HIT-IAP) I provide guidance and input that is used by ASHIM to assist working IT professionals in best serving the healthcare community. The purpose of the HIT-IAP is to help ASHIM accurately steer the direction of IT professionals in the healthcare industry.
Technology Lecturer and Trainer (2002 - 2010)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Government Agency, International Trade and Development
Lecture and train new Patent Academy members on various technical topics such as software development, network management, and network technologies.
Enterprise Architecture Consultant (2004 - 2008)
Executive Office of the President
Served as a consultant to the Chief Architect in the Office of the CIO at the Executive Office of the President. Advised on matters such as enterprise messaging, virtualization, general technology strategy, and various other projects across engineering, architecture, and security groups.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) (2006 - 2007)
Cardinal Health (CareFusion)
Public Company, Hospital & Health Care
Performed duties as the Chief Technology Officer (consultant), reporting directly to the President of the multi-billion dollar Clinical Technologies & Services (CTS) division of Cardinal Health.
SVP Healthcare Technology Strategy (2002 - 2004)
Public Company, 1001-5000 employees, Information Technology and Services
Helped develop technology strategy for a new healthcare products and services division of COMSYS after the purchase of Physia intellectual property assets.
Chief Architect (1995 - 2003)
American Red Cross
Nonprofit, 10,001+ employees, Computer Software
Led technology strategy and software engineering team on the National Biomedical Computer System (NBCS) and MACS.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) (1999 - 2001)
Privately Held, 11-50 employees, Computer Software
Co-founded this healthcare-focused Internet ASP startup and reported to Chief Executive Officer; created, grew, and led the team that built and deployed a high-volume healthcare transaction processing site.
Developed and managed large-scale complex software applications with integrated hand-held (mobile, Palm, PocketPC) and e-mail functionality. Managed the Intellectual Property associated with all software applications.
Developed a unique, highly-personalized, dbms-agnostic integrated OLTP and data warehouse for the healthcare community that could manage millions of patient records for any healthcare participant (clinics, hospitals, insurance companies).
Translated business needs into technical specifications and technical needs into business specifications, managed project plans, and created realistic project schedules on "Internet-time".
Lead Software Architect (Contractor) (1995 - 1999)
Northrop Grumman (formerly TRW)
Public Company, 5001-10,000 employees, Information Technology and Services
Led the technical team responsible for the development of the American Red Cross National Biomedical Computer Systems (NBCS) Releases 1.0 and 1.1. The Red Cross NBCS system is the largest automated blood collection and distribution system in the world, responsible for delivery of over 50% of the blood supply in the United States. NBCS is deployed over a heterogeneous, distributed client/server environment with IBM AIX and Microsoft NT servers, and host-based and Microsoft Windows clients. Responsible for team leadership, software specifications, software development (ANSI C/C++ and UNIX Shell scripts), design reviews, code reviews, code management, scheduling, interviewing, and hiring.
Led the technical team responsible for the development and deployment of several client/server components of NBCS Release 1.1. These include medium-size applications that perform centralized reporting services (using Web/CGI applications, Crystal Reports and Delphi) and telerecruiting (using the web).
Computer Scientist (Software Engineer) (1990 - 1994)
Naval Surface Warfare Center (U.S. Navy)
Government Agency, 10,001+ employees, Defense & Space
Developed C++ software on a team project. C++ application was for ground-based UNIX workstations to perform simulation and testing of ship-based computer software and hardware.
Developed MS-Windows and OSF Motif software tools in C++ and Borland Pascal to perform reverse engineering and analysis of over fifty megabytes of code and data used on AEGIS-class cruisers and destroyers. Required complete database analysis and design specifications, communication with end-users, downsizing to client/server paradigm, programming the software, and documentation.
Enhanced programs in FORTRAN and C to support underwater (submarine) vessel simulation projects.
Worked on MARS project for support of low-level networking to enhance war games and hi-res 3D graphics for fleet combat simulation programs.
Wrote and had published technical reports and highlights. Served as chairman of the OOP subcommittee of the Navy Next Generation Computer Resources group.
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