Richard A. Norling
Rick Norling is a broadly experienced healthcare executive who led large integrated systems of hospitals in Los Angeles and Minnesota, and served on many Boards over his career. He was instrumental in bringing three leading regional companies together to form Premier, Inc., the nation’s leading GPO, and later served as its CEO. Under his leadership, Premier was the recipient of the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He later turned his attention to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He has served on many corporate boards such as PacifiCare Health System, Blue Cross of California, Express Scripts, Inc. and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. Rick earned masters degrees in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at IHI and on the boards of several other companies. He is a key contributor to Tagnos, Inc. with his expertise in quality, systems and strategic business decisions to better serve the healthcare providers on this evolving technology.
David Belson, Ph.D.
David Belson, Ph.D. has helped dozen’s of hospitals and clinics improve their productivity. He applies his background of over 30 years as a professor in Industrial Engineering. He has developed and teaches classes on improving health care operations at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and written articles regarding Lean and other operations improvement methods for radiology, surgery, emergency departments and other hospital functions. He has initiated research projects funded by the California HealthCare Foundation as well as the VA and the California Hospital Association. He has held management positions with Ernst & Young, IBM and Universal Studios. He has taught at several European universities and was a Fulbright distinguished scholar. Recent work includes Lean training for the California Critical Access hospitals as well as research at San Francisco General Hospital. He has a BS Degree in Engineering from the University of Washington, an MS from UCLA and a PhD from USC.
Jean Balgrosky, MPH, RHIA
Until recently, Jean was Senior Vice President and CIO at Scripps Health in San Diego, California. At Scripps, she created and implemented an innovative IT Plan, focusing on integrating, enhancing, standardizing and consolidating the information technology and systems. She came to Scripps from Holy Cross Health System. Jean has authored many articles and speaks frequently at national healthcare professional society meetings. She earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude (1974) and master’s degree (1981) both from UCLA School of Public Health and plans to complete her studies and research for a Ph.D. in Public Health – Health Services, with a specialization in management information systems, also from UCLA. She has been accredited by AHIMA as a registered health information administrator since 1975.
Gerry is the former CEO of Pyxis Corporation, EDiX and IntelliDOT, where he was also co-founder. He has more than 25 years of healthcare executive management experience and has focused on early-stage companies for the past 20 years. He is a director of IntelliDOT and Osayso, an Internet start-up company.
Ruth advises Tagnos regarding informational requirements for on-duty hospital staff. She is Director of Patient Care Services Informatics at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), a position she has held for the last ten years. During this time, CHOC has successfully implemented electronic clinical documentation for all the disciplines in patient care services and has gone live with computerized physician order entry. CHOC has over 97% of orders entered by providers, an integrated pharmacy system, and an electronic medication administration record with Positive Patient ID. The hospital’s perioperative documentation including anesthesia, emergency department documentation, and ambulatory clinic documentation. Ruth’s background includes over 30 years in nursing in positions ranging from staff nurse to chief nursing officer. She is a Registered Nurse and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Jai P. Bhagat
Jai is a long time pioneer in wireless communications. He currently serves as Director or Advisor with several companies in the wireless and wireless healthcare sectors including eMedOnline, Tagnos, Haystack Technologies, and Owaves. For over ten years Mr. Bhagat was a Director and Vice Chairman of Axesstel, Inc. (AMEX: AFT), a developer of fixed-wireless voice and data products for the worldwide telecommunications market. Previously, he was a co-founder of SkyTel Communications, Inc., where he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer prior to SkyTel’s merger with MCI. He was inducted into the RCR Wireless Hall of Fame in 2002 for his significant contributions to the wireless industry. Past industry awards include the PCIA Chairman’s Award, the Radio Club Sarnoff Citation, PCIA’s Technology and Innovation of the Year, and RCR’s Personality of the Year. Jai received an M.S.in Electrical.Engineering from Howard University, a B.S. in electrical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, and completed the Executive Management program at Stanford University.
Board of Directors
Frederick C. Meyer, MBA, FACHE – Chairman
Fred Meyer has had a successful career of operating hospitals and two health systems over the past 35 years, including being co-founder and CEO of Southern California Health System with 5 hospitals and (California) Pacific Medical Center with 3 hospitals in the Bay Area. Over time he served as CEO of Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco; CEO of Methodist Hospital, Arcadia and as CEO of Health Pacific Group where he developed an integrated PPO and Occupational Health Program. As owner of Meyer Health Consulting since 2001, Fred has concentrated on strategies for hospitals and systems, performance improvement and quality measures, integrating medical groups, and HIPAA privacy and security reviews. He served on several Boards including the California Hospital Association, HASC (Chair), Blue Cross of California, MetLife HMO, and Encryption Solutions, Inc. He is a member of HIMSS; Fellow of ACHE. Fred attended Pomona College and earned BS and MBA degrees from San Jose State University before serving in the US Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant.
Neeraj Bhavani – CEO and Director
Neeraj founded Tagnos and oversees the strategic vision for the company. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare informatics and location technology. He is a recognized expert in wireless healthcare and workflow automation and holds patents for several inventions. Neeraj has served as Sponsorship Chair on the board of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Southern California Chapter and is the current Co-Chair for CommNexus (formerly San Diego Telecom Council) Location-Based Services and Machine2Machine (M2M) group. Prior to founding Tagnos, he served in management consulting and IT leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, IBM, Amgen, Blue Shield and THQ Wireless. Neeraj earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from BITS Pilani (India) and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management with an emphasis in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Satveer Thakral – Director
Satveer Thakral represents the Singapore Angel Network(SGAN) on the board of Tagnos. SGAN is part of the Thakral Group of Companies, which is headquartered in Singapore, operates in 36 countries and hires more than 20,000 employees. Satveer has experience working across a multiple of these industries such as yarn manufacturing and real estate development in various countries. Satveer has graduated from the University of Virginia (UVa) with distinctions, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Uva’s McIntire School of Commerce (Finance & Management), along with a major in Psychology and a minor in Leadership.