MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Michael Blum is the Chief Medical Information Officer and a Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Blum is responsible for the strategic design, implementation, and optimization of enterprise clinical applications for the Medical Center. He is also an active clinician, specializing in preventative cardiology as well as the care of patients with congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr. Blum is passionate about wellness and the prevention of heart disease through a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise and stress reduction, as well as early detection of heart disease and aggressive medical intervention to reduce its impact and the need for invasive procedures.
Prior to his medical career, Dr. Blum was trained as an engineer and applies his expertise in technology to heath care as UCSF's Chief Medical Information Officer. He is currently overseeing a $165M enterprise deployment of Epic's electronic health record and the development of a large scale research data repository. He has special research interests in clinical decision support technology, mobile clinical devices, and social media in healthcare.
Following his engineering training at Tufts University, Dr. Blum earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He was a faculty member at Yale for 6 years before moving to San Francisco. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of numerous professional organizations and advisory boards, including the American College of Cardiology, Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, and the AMDIS-HIMSS advisory boards. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, such as the AMDIS Award for Excellence and Achievement in Advancement of Clinical Information Systems and is listed in the Best Doctors in America database.
Dr. Blum has been involved with numerous start-ups and early stage companies. He was the clinical lead on the joint Motion Computing-Intel development and international launch of the first successful healthcare-specific tablet computer, the Motion C5. As a leader in his field, Dr. Blum's input is frequently sought by individuals and companies evaluating or developing information technology products in the EHR, cardiology, and monitoring spaces. When not working to improve the intersection of technology and healthcare, he can be found on the baseball diamond coaching his sons' Little League teams, playing golf or tennis, out on his bike, or working in his wood shop building furniture.
Dr. Neal White MD FACC is a practicing interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group (CCMG), located in the East Bay region of San Francisco, California. He is also the heart failure medical director for John Muir health system with hospitals located in Walnut Creek and Concord, California. At John Muir he is responsible for directing a variety of programs surrounding heart failure, but principally coordinates strategies to reduce heart failure re-admissions. Dr. White serves on the executive committee of the American College of Cardiology's initiative H2H (Hospital to Home), a national quality improvement program working to reduce cardiovascular related hospital re-admissions and improve the transition of patients after hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. White received a BS in biology from the University of Santa Clara and his medical degree from the University of Arizona. He was an intern, resident and chief resident in internal medicine at the University of Arizona and a cardiology fellow at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) medical center. He was also a research fellow at UCSF’s prestigious Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) in San Francisco. He finished his training in interventional cardiology at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. Dr. White is board-certified in both cardiology and interventional cardiology and continues to maintain an active practice.
Dr. White has been involved in a variety of research over his career receiving grants and support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as well as the American Heart Association (AHA) and a national research service award from the National Institute of Health (NIH). He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) as well as a member of numerous professional organizations and advisory boards. As a leader in his field, Dr. White is frequently called upon to advise corporations and startups and has lectured extensively around the world on many aspects of cardiovascular disease. He has been involved with startups and early-stage companies developing cardiovascular catheter-based imaging, diagnostics and therapeutic devices.
Dr. White is passionate about heart failure and the programs implemented at John Muir to reduce cardiovascular related re-admissions, where they received a national better-than-expected rating from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He is especially enthusiastic to help Vital Connect develop wirelessly connected sensor technology that can be a bridge between patients, families and health care providers to monitor, detect, diagnosis and ultimately aid in directing treatment of cardiovascular disease.
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