About

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We are DHIT.

A social purpose venture dedicated to driving healthcare transformation through our digital health impact platform. We connect people and emerging technologies, matching ecosystem needs with validated solutions through demand-driven collaboration and innovation to transform the way we treat, cure, care, live. Our platform is driven by Impact Committees that identify the highest unmet health needs in a community and generate demand blueprints. These blueprints are exposed to digital health innovators to guide and validate their solutions in real-world settings which we call Impact Centers. Our Impact Fund is used to accelerate and amplify results for opportunities that present the highest potential.

DHIT – Driving digital health innovation to impact.

OUR MISSION

We make a positive impact by creating the environment for Open Innovation to flourish and driving the development of transformative digital health solutions.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP + MANAGEMENT TEAM

Don Turner

Don Turner

Chairman + CEO

As the previous Global Head of Commercialization at IBM Watson Health, Don has 25 years of experience commercializing transformative and award-winning innovations on a global basis. His experience ranges from serving in leadership roles at fortune 50 multi-national technology companies, to serving as Chairman, CEO, and various C-level roles for early and growth-stage ventures. Don has played key roles in rapidly building several billion-dollar businesses, driving business expansion across 140+ countries, forming a broad range of strategic alliances and partnerships, and successfully managing numerous M&A transactions. He has led the development of go-to-market strategies to penetrate emerging markets and managed global sales and marketing organizations that produced geometric growth across established markets. Don is a frequent keynote speaker on healthcare transformation, precision medicine, and digital health, lectures at top universities on healthcare ​commercialization and entrepreneurship, and serves on numerous healthcare industry expert panels, boards, and steering committees.

Michael Levy

Michael Levy

Chief Development Officer

Michael is a passionate healthcare executive turned digital health evangelist and entrepreneur. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor, Michael has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Center for Health Innovation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has designed and developed their Digital Health Program in support of UNC’s Digital Transformation strategy. Prior to Bluedoor and UNC, Michael was Co-founder and COO of Digital Therapy, a cognitive computing platform powered by IBM Watson in the behavioral health space. His previous leadership roles include Vice Chair of Administration for the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Health System, engineering a $15 million turnaround within his first year; and Director of Clinical Operations for UNC Health Care’s specialty ambulatory clinics where continued growth and expansion were achieved. Michael also held several leadership roles at UCLA Health within various clinical departments. He has a BSc in Neuroscience from Tulane University in New Orleans and an MBA from Elon University in North Carolina.

Lee Phillips

Lee Phillips

Chief Program Officer

Lee is a seasoned innovator and strategist with more than 25 years’ experience in Europe, the US and Asian markets. He has previously worked in senior management roles for global brands including Vodafone and Harrods, and has led creative agencies in Tokyo and London. For the last 12 years he has specialized in the health sector, leading branding and consumer product innovation projects for organizations including US healthcare giant Humana, global telehealth-care company Tunstall, and major US health systems. Lee is an expert in consumer engagement and behavior change marketing, and pioneered population health management strategies in the UK’s NHS. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor, he is a Co-founder and Fellow of The Institute of Healthcare Design Thinking. Lee holds a BA and MA in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University, UK.

Tony Plesner

Tony Plesner

Chief Financial Officer

Tony is an experienced senior finance executive who has led management teams in large and small companies, public and private organizations, and has dealt successfully with both growth and turnaround/restructuring situations. He has held C-suite positions in multiple locations around the world, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, New York and Zurich. Prior to joining Bluedoor, Tony was CFO at AGT International, a pioneer in IOT and social data management, Big Data integration and advanced analytics. During his tenure, he was also CEO of 3iMind, a web intelligence company selling mission critical technology and methodology for exploring and understanding activity in the dark web. Prior to that, he served as CFO of IntraLinks Holdings, a NYSE publicly-traded company that provides online workspaces for secure document exchange, where he jointly led IntraLinks’ successful public offering in 2010. Tony had also led the restructuring and re-organization of 24/7 RealMedia, and oversaw substantial overnight growth as CFO at Reuters Japan as a result of market deregulation. Tony trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in London.

Tony Solari

Tony Solari

VP, Government Relations

Tony is a legislative affairs and public policy expert with over 20 years of experience representing state agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations at the NC General Assembly and previously at the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies. Tony served for eight years as Director of Government Relations and Senior Policy Adviser to State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and nine years as Director of Government Relations and Senior Policy Adviser to North Carolina’s Smart Start program. In 2012, Tony was listed as being one of the most influential lobbyists by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Tony’s areas of expertise include digital and public health policy, public pension funds, public sector investing, public debt issuance and management, and economic development. Tony has extensive grassroots lobbying experience and has worked in over a dozen states managing grassroots advocacy campaigns and fostering collaboration on a variety of policy issues. Tony is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds both a Masters degree and PhD in political science from Duke University. Tony teaches courses in public policy, American political thought, American government, and legislative policy and process at NC State University. Tony was a Robert R. Wilson Fellow at Duke University and the winner of the 2012 “Spirit of Inquiry” award from the Art Pope Center.

Keith Duprey

Keith Duprey

VP, Client and Partner Management

Keith is passionate about marketing strategy. He sees opportunities where most see problems and is constantly advocating for customer experience while collecting valuable data along the way. His love of customers, brands, data and marketing began in college – receiving his degree in Marketing from SMU in Dallas, TX; Keith went on to work with higher education brands the University of South Carolina and Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business; cutting his teeth on database and loyalty marketing at Delta Air Lines; working to manage new product development, relationship marketing and innovation at Turner; growing share of Interface’s modular carpet business in key priority segments of corporate, education, healthcare, and multifamily; and now shifting his career to digital health products and services that will lead to empowering patients and providers with better data leading to better health outcomes.

Rod Greco

Rod Greco

VP, Business Development

Rod is a strategic thinker dedicated to developing effective strategies to drive growth. He is passionate about transforming disorganized organizations into organized and scalable growth engines. With over 12 years of experience working in large organizations and startups in Brazil and the US, Rod has held multiple roles ranging from engineering, marketing and sales to strategy. He discovered his passion at the intersection of startups, technology, and healthcare. In 2016, he left his job in a multi-billion dollar corporation to join a small app development agency, with the goal of increasing sales revenue (+86% revenue was achieved within 12 months). Rod is an entrepreneur and mentor, with expertise in growing businesses. Prior to joining Bluedoor, he co-founded Aquila Medical Innovation in 2017, a platform that uses machine learning algorithms to help radiologists be more productive and have a higher confidence in diagnosing. He is a big believer that through passion, persistency, and transparency one can overcome any barrier and achieve their goals. Rod holds a BS in Mechatronics Engineering and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler in Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Alexandra Fleming

Alexandra Fleming

Director, Events Management

A creative thinker with a solid business and finance background, strong analytical skills and a proven track record in strategic business development.

Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper

Director, Grant Development
With a career spanning from academic medical centers to oversight of government programs, Brian Cooper is a seasoned leader of statewide initiatives with a particular emphasis on telehealth programs. Brian is an advocate for rural and underserved communities and he is passionate about the use of digital health to impact access to care, clinical pathways, wellness, and the human condition. His previous roles have involved program management, strategic planning, partnership development, grant funding, and execution of complex workplans. His work with the North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program and the North Carolina Flex Program has achieved national attention from the White House Rural Council, the National Governors Association (NGA), the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Brian’s previous roles at UNC Health Care, Duke Health, Ciox Health, and the North Carolina Office of Rural Health have established him as a telehealth subject matter expert and thought leader. He regularly serves in an advisory role to organizations wishing to redesign healthcare delivery, including the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center, the North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance (NCHICA), and the North Carolina Rural Health Leadership Alliance.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE – DHIT BOARD

Michael Levy

Michael Levy

Board Treasurer

Michael is a passionate healthcare executive turned digital health evangelist and entrepreneur. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor, Michael has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Center for Health Innovation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has designed and developed their Digital Health Program in support of UNC’s Digital Transformation strategy. Prior to Bluedoor and UNC, Michael was Co-founder and COO of Digital Therapy, a cognitive computing platform powered by IBM Watson in the behavioral health space. His previous leadership roles include Vice Chair of Administration for the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Health System, engineering a $15 million turnaround within his first year; and Director of Clinical Operations for UNC Health Care’s specialty ambulatory clinics where continued growth and expansion were achieved. Michael also held several leadership roles at UCLA Health within various clinical departments. He has a BSc in Neuroscience from Tulane University in New Orleans and an MBA from Elon University in North Carolina.

Lee Phillips

Lee Phillips

Board Director

Lee is a seasoned innovator and strategist with more than 25 years’ experience in Europe, the US and Asian markets. He has previously worked in senior management roles for global brands including Vodafone and Harrods, and has led creative agencies in Tokyo and London. For the last 12 years he has specialized in the health sector, leading branding and consumer product innovation projects for organizations including US healthcare giant Humana, global telehealth-care company Tunstall, and major US health systems. Lee is an expert in consumer engagement and behavior change marketing, and pioneered population health management strategies in the UK’s NHS. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor, he is a Co-founder and Fellow of The Institute of Healthcare Design Thinking. Lee holds a BA and MA in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University, UK.

Don Turner

Don Turner

Board Chairman

As the previous Global Head of Commercialization at IBM Watson Health, Don has 25 years of experience commercializing transformative and award winning innovations on a global basis. His experience ranges from serving in leadership roles at fortune 50 multi-national technology companies, to serving as Chairman, CEO, and various C-level roles for early and growth-stage ventures. Don has played key roles in rapidly building several billion dollar businesses, driving business expansion across 140+ countries, forming a broad range of strategic alliances and partnerships, and successfully managing numerous M&A transactions. He has led the development of go-to-market strategies to penetrate emerging markets and managed global sales and marketing organizations that produced geometric growth across established markets. Don is a frequent keynote speaker on healthcare transformation, precision medicine, and digital health, lectures at top universities on healthcare ​commercialization and entrepreneurship, and serves on numerous healthcare industry expert panels, boards, and steering committees.

Jack Lord, MD

Jack Lord, MD

Board Director

Dr. Jonathan Lord, also known as Jack, serves as the Chairman of the Board at BIOLASE, Inc. since September 2017. Dr. Lord joined Humana Inc. in 2000 and served as Chief Innovation Officer until April 2009 and also served as Senior Vice President. With more than 20 years in medical administration, he joined Humana from Health Dialog, where he served as president and became a leader in e-enabled healthcare. Prior to joining Health Dialog, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the American Hospital Association in Washington, D.C., Executive Vice President of Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD, and Executive Vice President of Sun Health in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Lord serves on the Advisory Board to the Director of the CDC, and the World Economic Forums Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease and Malnutrition. He served as a Director for Stericycle (SRCL). From 2008 to 2017, Dr. Lord served on the board of directors of DexCom, Inc. and from 2010 to 2017, he served as its Chairman. Dr. Lord is a board-certified forensic pathologist and Fellow of the College of American Pathologists.

Cindy Hallberlin

Cindy Hallberlin

Board Secretary

Cindy is a Senior Executive and Attorney with over 25 years of experience developing and delivering innovative solutions to organizational challenges in complex multi-billion dollar private and public organizations. She is recognized for managing high performing teams that consistently create groundbreaking results. Cindy served as COO of the American Diabetes Association and was the Chief Ethics, Diversity and Accountability Officer with U.S. Foodservice. In 2008, she developed the first nationwide corporate philanthropy program at U.S. Foodservice aimed at eradicating hunger in the United States. This program, Full Plates Full Lives, raised more than $4 million in cash and product donations for Feeding America. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a law degree from Antioch University.

Jodi Hubler

Jodi Hubler

Board Director

Jodi Hubler delivers a unique combination of executive leadership and venture capital investing expertise with direct experience in operations, governance, human capital, culture change, negotiations, and strategic planning and execution. She is recognized for her keen insight, direct approach, and skillful stewardship of organizations from incubated start-ups to multi-billion-dollar corporations. As Managing Director of Lemhi Ventures, a health care services venture capital fund with $385M under management, she leads an experienced team in all aspects of the investment life cycle. Over her 24-year career, she has held executive positions in a variety of public and private companies, including a lead role in global human resource re-engineering efforts for Cargill; driving systems to support lean manufacturing and process change for a $2B division of Alcoa; and start-up experience with venture-backed Definity Health, where she served as chief people officer. Jodi is a frequent panelist at conferences and is a member of the Healthcare Executives Leadership Network and Women Business Leaders in Healthcare (WBL).

Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD

Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD

Board Director

Dr. Ginsburg has pioneered translational genomics, initiating programs in genome enabled biomarker discovery, longitudinal registries with linked molecular and clinical data, biomarker-informed clinical trials, and the development of novel practice models and implementation research for the integration of genomic tools in health care systems. He has led the development of predictive models for common complex diseases using high dimensional genomic data and collaborates with engineering groups to develop novel point of care sensors. He is an internationally recognized expert in genomics and personalized medicine with over 200 published papers, and funding from NIH, DOD, DARPA, the Gates Foundation, and industry.

IMPACT COMMITTEES

We are in the process of forming IMPACT Committees across the following key domains. These Committees will be responsible for translating digital health ecosystem potential into measurable outcomes via action oriented collaboration.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Following on from our inaugural white paper on The State of Digital Health in the Triangle, DHIT is embarking on a research study to benchmark consumer digital health adoption across North Carolina. This study will highlight key challenges, gaps and opportunities from a healthcare consumer and provider perspective and map out what is required to elevate the region into a leadership position for digital health.

DHIT HAPPY HOURS

This popular series of events takes place on the third Wednesday of every month and brings together entrepreneurs and ecosystem partners to connect and debate the future of digital health and provide guidance, mentorship and practical support to the digital health start-up community. REGISTER

DIGITAL HEALTH IMPACT SPRINTS

Impact Sprints offer an ideal framework for connecting diverse stakeholders from the healthcare, technology, investor, research, business and entrepreneurial communities to tackle real-world problems in healthcare and create a pipeline of innovation. UNC Center for Health Innovation has already hosted two successful Sprints backed by industry partners including AARP, Becton Dickinson, Lowe’s, and Carol Woods.

DHIT INSTITUTE

The DHIT Institute is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) educational foundation aimed at nurturing digital health talent, building competencies, and transforming organizational culture. DHIT Institute is dedicated to evolving traditional clinical pathways into digitally-enabled pathways that are anchored to the patient and the community.

DIGITAL HEALTH SUMMIT

DHIT will be hosting a Digital Health Summit in November 2018, which will involve key stakeholders from across the Digital Health ecosystem with the goal of reimagining healthcare delivery through the lens of digital health.

INNOVATION WORKSHOPS

One of the first DHIT collaborations saw the NSF ASSIST Center at NC State University bring together digital health experts from across the Triangle to support the US Department of Defense in a Warfighter Wellbeing Workshop tasked with optimizing the performance and wellbeing of our troops, using physical, behavioral, and environmental digital health technologies.

IMPACT FUND

DHIT will be collaborating with the private equity, venture capitalist, and angel investment community in the Triangle and beyond as well as public entities and foundations to establish a Digital Health Impact Fund that will fuel the rapid prototyping, piloting and validation of new digital health solutions using emerging technologies.

DHIT INTERN & FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Facilitating and streamlining relationships between the Triangle’s robust student talent pool and our industry members is critical to DHIT’s mission. Student Interns and experienced Fellows with a diverse array of skills and subject matter expertise will be matched with member organizations based on their various needs.

Interested? Let’s talk!