OUR TEAM

Teamwork means noticing what needs to be done and pitching in to do it, realizing that it makes a difference to the overall outcome. Meet the TAGNOS leadership team working together with a passion to help healthcare teams orchestrate excellence in care delivery.
Meet the TAGNOS Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Neeraj Bhavani
Neeraj Bhavani
Chief Executive Officer

Neeraj founded TAGNOS and oversees the strategic vision for the company. An energetic entrepreneur, he has many years of experience in healthcare informatics, wireless healthcare and workflow automation. He holds multiple patents and has served in management consulting and IT leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, IBM, Amgen, Blue Shield and THQ Wireless.

Jag Padala
Jag Padala
Chief Technology Officer

Jag runs product development at TAGNOS responsible for architecting and developing innovative solutions focused on efficiency, productivity and cost reduction. Prior to TAGNOS,  he was a Director at Oracle working on the next generation HCM Learn Cloud platform, with a focus on deep machine learning. Jag’s experience spans mobile technology and API expertise and is key to TAGNOS' ability to rapidly conceive and develop transformational products and technologically advanced solutions while maintaining simplicity for the end user.

Valerie Fritz
Valerie Fritz
Chief Marketing Officer

Valerie oversees corporate and product marketing activities for TAGNOS. Her career has been focused on healthcare solutions in emerging growth companies. She brings experience, knowledge and market insight to TAGNOS from her past roles as a senior marketing leader with real-time locating systems (RTLS), RFID, patient flow/capacity management, asset management and pharmaceutical inventory management solutions for hospitals and health systems.

Kris Uy
Kris Uy
Product Implementation & Field Services

Kris has many years of experience in healthcare technology implementations, including network infrastructure and electronic medical record implementation. Kris manages the daily operational activities with our implementation specialist team to facilitate installation, process improvement and client success.

Allison Griffith
Allison Griffith
Business Development

Allison is a proven business development and sales leader with a background in health system strategy and innovation.  As Head of Hospital Solutions, Allison has deep hospital continuum of care experience and a passion for building relationships that deliver sustainable success tools to our forward-thinking healthcare partners.

Emily Pathmajeyan
Emily Pathmajeyan
Product Management & Marketing

Emily brings  a solid history of building customer-centric product roadmaps and marketing initiatives to TAGNOS. Her experience includes senior product and marketing roles for medical device, aerospace, defense, government, engineering and manufacturing industries, most recently at Carefusion where she was responsible for the perioperative product suite. Emily is motivated to create positive customer experiences, and is key to TAGNOS ability to deliver on customer requirements.

Board of Directors

Neeraj Bhavani - CEO and Director

Neerajis a recognized expert in wireless healthcare and workflow automation and holds several patents in the space. Neeraj has served as Sponsorship Chair on the board of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)Southern California Chapter and served as co-Chair for EvoNexus loT group. Neeraj is also past President of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) SoCal chapter where he founded a virtual incubator called TiE SoCaL Labs. 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.

Yash Hemaraj – Director

Yash Hemaraj is a venture capital investor at Benhamou Global Ventures. Prior toBGV, Yash was one of the first engineers at SpiderCloud Wireless, a venture backed bay area startup building indoor wireless systems. He architected key components of the product, innovated on 4 patents on indoor wireless systems and managed the 3G line of products as the product manager. At BGV, his focus areas are cloud technologies; virtual and software defined networking;productivity-based applications; cyber security, mobility and the Internet of Things - primarily those that drive the digital transformation of enterprises.He regularly advises entrepreneurs in multiple aspects of startups, including fundraising, go-to-market strategy and product development and is a mentor at various accelerators such as the 1871 in Chicago. He is also a fellow of the Startup Leadership Program,Silicon Valley and has been board member at various non-profit organizations. He graduated with a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, MS in Electrical Engineering from the A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland and BE in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, SuratkaL.

Howard Ko – Director

Howard is an investment team member at Morpheus Ventures. He is primarily focused on sourcing new investments and working with portfolio companies. He currently serves on the Board of Champion Technology Company. Howard was previously with Mission Ventures, a Leading Southern California venture capital firm focused on software and semiconductor investments. Prior to Mission, he was with Salomon Smith Barney in their Technology Investment Banking Group where he was involved with public and private financings and M&A. Howard has also served as co-chair of the San Diego Telecom Council Wireless Infrastructure Group. He was a member of the Board of Reviewers for the San Diego based Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology, an organization funded by the Department of Defense. Howard holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School. of Management.

Eve Kurtin - Director

Eve Kurtin, Pharm.D. has over 30 years' experience as an operating executive and investor in healthcare. Dr. Kurtin is Founding Managing Director at Pacific Venture Group (PVG), a healthcare venture capital company that invests in all sectors of healthcare, including Healthcare Information Technology, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and Healthcare Services. Dr. Kurtin is a Senior Advisor to HealthBox, a healthcare accelerator and investment fund and an independent board member of the boards of Executive ER, LLC and Bruin Biometrics, LLC. She was the founder and CEO of Physician Venture Management, a joint venture of UniHealth and CoLumbia/HCA, which developed and operated physician networks nationwide. She is on board of The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the ABMS Research and Educational Foundation. In addition, she is a Regent for the University of Pacific and involved in non-profit and community-based organizations, serving on the Board of Partners in Care Foundation as immediate past Chair; is the chair of the Koreh LA project for Los Angeles Jewish Federation, and a past President of Stephen S Wise Temple. Dr. Kurtin is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (MBA) and the University of Pacific (Pharm.D).

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 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.

 


 

Advisory Board

Jai P. Bhagat

Jai is a long-time pioneer in wireless communications and currently serves as Director or Advisor with several companies in the wireless and wireless healthcare sections 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. Past inductry 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 Engineer from Howard University, a B.S. in electrical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology &Science, India, and completed the Executive Management program at Stanford University.

Jean Balgrosky, MPH, RHIA

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 has been accredited by AHIMA as a registered health information administrator since 1975. She earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude and master's degree 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.

Ruben Jauregui

Ruben provides business advisory services to TAGNOS and is a healthcare industry veteran with experience in hospital governance and boards. He currently sits on the governance forum of the California Hospital Association. Prior, Ruben co-founded a medical management services firm; was Chairman, Governing Board of Directors for a large hospital system and managed a national non-profit organization focused on workforce development. He also currently supports education and community organizations through participation on their boards of directors.

Gerald Forth

Gerry is the former CEO of Pyxis Corporation, EDiX and IntelliDOT (now PatientSafe Solutions), where he was also co-founder. He has more than 25 years of healthcare executive management experience primarily focused on early-stage companies. In addition to advising TAGNOS, he is a director of intelliDOT and Osayso, an internet start-up company. Gerry is also the co-owner of Forth Vineyards in Sonoma County, California, and an author. He is a graduate of Baylor University with a graduate degree in management from Northwestern.

Richard A. Norling

Rick is a key contributor to TAGNOS with expertise in quality, systems and strategic business decisions to continually evolve our solutions to serve the biggest challenges in hospital and healthcare logistics. He 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. He later turned his attention to the institute for Healthcare improvement (IHI) and currently serves as a Senior Fellow at IHI and on the boards of several other companies. He has served on corporate boards for companies such as PacifiCare Health System, Blue Cross of California, Express Scripts, Inc. and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Rick earned a masters degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and in Systems Engineer from the University of Arizona.

Ruth Slater

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 with over 97% of orders entered by providers. Under her leadership, CHOC has launched an integrated pharmacy system, electronic medication administration record with Positive Patient ID as well as anesthesia, emergency department 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.