Mana Health is dedicated to streamlining data access, interoperability, and innovation in healthcare. Mana is a Hawaiian word that means “flowing energy.” We chose that word to represent what we do, because our mission is to help healthcare data flow more easily across the healthcare system (and our Co-Founder grew up in Hawaii). We began our journey in 2013, when we designed our award-winning patient portal around the idea that patients would bring their own data to create a unified health record. As value-based care accelerated, so did the need for greater innovation and interoperable solutions. We released our ManaCloud platform to support those broader needs to help power the future of healthcare the way we hope to see it evolve.
Mana Health is headquartered in New York City, with additional offices in Atlanta. Our team is made up of leading technologists and business operators who have many decades of experience across healthcare, secure data solutions, enterprise software, and operations. We are passionate about impacting the cost and quality of healthcare, and working with clients and partners who share that passion.
Nupura Kolwalkar, CEO of Mana Health, is focused on enabling data interoperability for and beyond care in the Healthcare sector using an incentive based exchange technology. While Nupura believes Mana Health has cutting edge technology to build an exchange platform, Nupura is more inclined to offer the right business proposition with the technology to make HIEs self-sustainable – a value proposition very few can boast of.
Prior to Mana Health, Nupura was the SVP of Integration Strategy at Sharecare, focused on integrating the company’s capabilities into a unified value proposition for consumers and clients. Nupura has also served as CTO and VP of Research and Development at CIOX, where she had sown the seeds of digitization of health data exchange. She is veteran product person with focus on EHRs, Interoperability, Revenue Cycle & Clinical Data Management experience.
Nupura is passionate about bringing products & services that will enable an incentive based collaborative ecosystem between those who provide care, those who receive care, and all other players within the healthcare industry. She has expertise in driving down administrative costs, implementing transparent accountable delivery practices and creating efficient technology frameworks that automate human processes at scale.
Nupura received a Masters in Industrial Statistics and Economics from the University of Pune in India, a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Auburn University, and her Bachelors in Economics from Fergusson University. She also holds content optimization and organization patents from her time at McKesson.
Co-Founder and President
Chris is a recognized thought leader and innovator in the world of healthcare data and interoperability. A son of two physicians, having grown up both in Italy and Hawaii, Chris learned from his parents that medical records provided immense amounts of information but not the insights they had expected. His early realization was that by combining medicine and computer science, raw data could be transformed into a highly effective and efficient tool to positively impact the health of patients on a massive scale. This realization was the foundation of Mana Health using the word “mana” in native Hawaiian which means “flowing energy.”
Chris has contributed to interoperability conversations at a national scale at the White House, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and in other important venues. He been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the NYU Presidential Service Award and the Harold Hertzberg Commencement Award. Chris was also honored to be a speaker at TEDxNYU 2012. He holds a B.A. in Neuroscience and Cell Biology, with a Minor in Cognitive Science from Rutgers University, and completed his M.S. in Computer Science from Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Chris is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Co-Founder and Corporate Development Advisor
Raj Amin has been a founder and executive who has built disruptive technology companies in healthcare and media for over 20 years. He has managed relationships with many of the largest Fortune 500 clients across healthcare, cable and media. Previously Raj was Founding CEO at HealthiNation, where he led its launch as the first cable-on-demand and online healthcare video network, reaching over 100MM monthly unique viewers, and achieving status as the premier video property in healthcare media. Prior to this he led new product entry as VP of Business Development at N2 Broadband, a leader in cable video-on-demand software that was acquired by Ericsson.
Raj is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with degrees from the Wharton School of Business and the Moore School of Engineering and Applied Science. He serves on the Board of Directors of Musicians on Call, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing music to the bedsides of patients.
Head of Engineering
Alex Apollonsky has over 20 years of technology leadership, software development, and project management expertise, reliably delivering mission-critical applications. Throughout his career Alex led many technology initiatives as Architect, CTO, and VP Engineering. Prior to joining Mana Health Alex led R&D at Bookish.com. Before that as CTO at Data Vision Group Alex led multiple high-visibility small government initiatives for City of New York and Philadelphia. We like to say Alex has worked on the kinds of data systems that he just can’t talk about or people with badges might show up here. Alex holds several US patents in the area of Business Intelligence/Knowledge Management. Alex is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Scrum Master. Alex holds Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from St. Petersburg Electrical Engineering University, Russia. He’s known also for his very healthy head of hair, managed for him by his very lovely wife.
Director of Quality and API Services
Howard manages our quality team and is product lead on our ManaCloud API. As a lead developer for over 20 years leading technical projects across web, mobile, AR and VR, he has a passion for creating scalable experiences on any platform. Howard has worked as a consultant and developer in companies such as Merril Lynch, Salomon Brothers, LookSmart, TheKnot.com, CondeNast, and many others. He has been involved in starting new ventures and being a “fixer” to help get innovative products back on track. He has a passion for new interfaces, and in addition to his more formal responsibilities, he acts as our internal “VR hacker” applying new visualization methods to see data in new ways.
Director of Integration and Client Success
Drew brings over 15 years of integration and project management expertise to Mana Health. Most recently he was Director of Integration at TigerText, a leading business in the secure messaging space supporting provider and patient based communication. Prior to that he managed large scale integration projects at Orion Health, handling every flavor of clinical data under the sun. He’s been working with HL7 before it was cool, and is known to be quite handy around the house (so we hear).
Selected Investors and Advisors
Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as senior vice president of product development at Oracle. In his current role, he leads a team responsible for developing Oracle’s integrated suite of social cloud applications, social marketing, content creation, analytics, listening, and community management.
Prior to joining Oracle, Bradford was the founder and CEO of Vitrue, the global leader in cloud-based social marketing platforms. Vitrue was acquired by Oracle in 2012. Prior to Vitrue, Bradford held executive management positions at Tandberg Television, N2 Broadband, and WebMD.
Over the course of his career Bradford has received a number of industry accolades recognizing his success as an entrepreneur and internet visionary, including Business Insider’s 2014 Most Influential People in Cloud Computing, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in 2013, and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012.
In addition to Mana Health, Reggie serves on the board of directors of Integrate, a cloud-based marketing and media services provider, and Persado, a cloud-based platform bringing persuasion automation to marketers and copywriters.
Bradford received a BBA in finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Emory University.
Jay Yadav MD is an internationally recognized Interventional cardiologist and serial entrepreneur. He is currently Founder and CEO at Mirus. Prior, he was Founder, Chairman and CEO of CardioMEMS Inc. in Atlanta which was acquired by St Jude Medical. He has been Chairman of the Board for ICON Interventional, Chairman of Angioguard, Inc. which was acquired by Johnson and Johnson, and a Director of SMART Therapeutics, Inc. which was acquired by Boston Scientific. Dr. Yadav has authored over 200 publications and 3 books and his clinical affiliation is with the Piedmont Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Yadav’s post-graduate medical training was performed at Duke University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Bert Ellis founded iXL in 1996 and served as its Chairman until the merger with Scient. IXL and Scient were IT consulting firms focused on internet integrations for Fortune 500 companies. From a standing start in 1996, iXL and Scient grew to a global company with a combined market cap of almost $6B with a $1B per year revenue run rate, 58 offices and over 6000 employees.
Prior to founding iXL, Ellis founded and served from 1993 to 1996 as President and CEO of Ellis Communications, an Atlanta-based company that owned and operated thirteen television stations, two radio stations and Raycom, a sports production and marketing firm. Ellis Communications was purchased in September 1996 for $840M and now operates as Raycom Media.
Kevin Gruneich’s experience prior to retirement in 2004 included the position of senior managing director, senior publishing/information analyst, and co-head of the Global Media Research Group at The Bear Stearns Companies in New York. Prior to that, he was managing director and senior publishing/information services analyst at CS First Boston in New York. He also served as chairman of the media and entertainment analysts of the New York Society of Security Analysts and holds a chartered financial analyst designation.
Kevin serves on several philanthropic boards including The University of Iowa Foundation (as well as its investment committee) and Spy Hop Productions, one of the country’s leading youth arts education programs. He is also a member of Impact Partners, focused on social-impact documentary filmmaking, as well as Gamechanger Films, a funding group supporting women directors.
Mr. Gregory M. Swayne is a leader in the field of healthcare and media technology. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of MDLIVE Inc. Mr. Swayne has been Chairman of AirSage Inc. since 2009 and served as its President since May 2012. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Remark Media Inc, Chief Operating Officer and President of HSW International Inc, and President and Chief Operating Officer of HowStuffWorks Inc., following its purchase by The Convex Group in 2002. He is a seasoned Chief Operating Officer and Entrepreneur, and was the founder of ADAM, the first medical education company that pioneered the use of medical illustration to inform patients about their healthcare.
Tom Greene is an expert in benefits consulting and employer-based health programs, as well as a colorful and energetic evangelist for all things related to digital health. He is currently EVP at Allianz Healthcare Benefits and works with Fortune 500 companies on their health and productivity management strategies. He is a contributor at Venturebeat, and is an active Board Member for companies including Amendia and Vivex Biologics.
Dr. Sunil Malhotra is the Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Childrens Hospital in New Jersey. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the New York University Medical School. He is an outspoken supporter of the value in bringing patient generated data into the process for care delivery, specifically focused on pediatric cases. His clinical training includes:
- Fellowship, Stanford University Hospital, Pediatric Cardiac, 2008
- Residency, University of Colorado, Cardiothoracic Surg., 2007
- Residency, NYU Medical Center, Surgery, 2004
- Fellowship, University of California – San Francisco, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2001
- Residency, NYU Medical Center, Surgery (Gen), 1999
- MD from New York University, 1997