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  • Ray Blight
    Ray BlightDirector, Chief Executive Officer

    B Tech, B Ec, MBM, FIE (Aust)FAICD

Ray is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Alcidion Corporation. He brings a wealth of public and private sector healthcare experience and knowledge to Alcidion including the role of the Chief Executive and Chairman of the South Australian Health Commission from 1994 – 1998 and Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. Ray’s budget responsibility during his tenure as CEO Health Commission was US$1 billion per annum.

Ray has taken a key leadership role in Commonwealth and State Government initiatives including hospital service rationalisations, major funding reforms for healthcare services, origination of co-ordinated care in Australia and integrated service delivery in the Australian context.

Ray’s innovations in the South Australian public health system include the following:

  • Design, development and implementation of a case-mix funding system for the state of South Australia.
  • Design and trialing of integrated chronic care delivery systems spanning hospital and community-based services.
  • Design, development and implementation of public private partnerships in hospital services, specialty medical services and hotel services.
  • Design and trial of an integrated clinical data repository for all patients of metropolitan hospitals in South Australia.

Ray brings a rare combination of creative and innovative thinking to Alcidion along with pragmatism and problem solving health management skills and expertise.  Ray is passionate about the opportunities for health informatics technology to transform safety, quality and timeliness of health care service delivery and is committed to Alcidion delivering intelligent software system innovations that work effectively and efficiently and benefit all levels of health care service from patients through to providers and budget holders.

Ray’s qualifications include the awards of Bachelor of Technology (Electronics), Bachelor of Economics and Masters of Business Management from the University of Adelaide. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ray’s private health experience includes working as a consultant to the World Bank and as Executive Vice President (Health) for Bankers Trust, the latter providing advisory services in public asset privatisation, private sector provision of public health services, mergers and acquisitions, financing of health technology initiatives and strategic advice about structuring of health services.

Ray currently chairs the University of SA Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences Advisory Board.

  • Dr. Malcolm Pradhan
    Dr. Malcolm PradhanDirector, Chief Medical Officer, Product Manager

    MBBS, PhD, FACHI

With over 20 years of experience in Medical Informatics, Malcolm Pradhan is one of the world’s leading minds in Clinical Decision Support. Prior to co-founding Alcidion in 2000, Malcolm was the Associate Dean of IT and Director of Medical Informatics, University of Adelaide. During his time at the University of Adelaide, Malcolm provided thought leadership and conducted research into applications of clinical decision support, and into optimum uses of a variety of statistical and probabilistic methods for applying clinical decision support. He also was active in the Australian health informatics community, as a founding fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI).

In his time at Alcidion, Malcolm has overseen and driven the development and design of Alcidion’s products and has been responsible for transforming Alcidion’s technology platform, which was initially used only for Emergency Medicine, into a powerful health informatics platform which can be applied to a broad set of clinical scenarios.

During this time, Malcolm also has undertaken responsibilities as a Clinical Lead within the Australian Government’s National e-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA), and has provided important guidance in the Australian Government’s design and development of the Personally Controlled eHealth Record System project, as well a number of definitional documents that underpin NeHTA’s healthcare interoperability standards.

Throughout his career, Malcolm has contributed to the Health Informatics community, and has specialised in research into patient safety, evidence based medicine, operational analysis and optimisation, data analysis and probabilistic simulation modelling, and Bayesian analysis and modelling.

In 2009 Malcolm was awarded the title of Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia, and performs a leadership role within UniSA‘s academic organisation – as an educator and a researcher.

Malcolm’s broad knowledge and vision of the path to a high performance healthcare system are complimented by formal qualifications of an MBBS from University of Adelaide, and a PhD in Medical Informatics from Stanford University.

  • Nathan Buzza
    Nathan BuzzaDirector, EVP Sales & Marketing

    MAICD

With 25 years’ experience in software, electronics and medical technology, Nathan is recognised as a technology pioneer in the evolution and implementation of specialised medical technology. Having founded Clinical Middleware provider CommtechWireless in 1992, Nathan grew this business into a successful multinational with offices in Perth, Sydney, Jacksonville, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Vejle and London deploying the technology across 8000 locations worldwide.

In 2008 Nathan negotiated the trade sale of CommtechWireless to Amcom Software and continued as General Manager for eighteen months post acquisition. Prior to the acquisition, Buzza was the principal shareholder, CEO and Chief Technologist of the company and was responsible for strategic planning, technology development and administration of the company’s affairs. In 2010, Amcom Software was acquired by USA Mobility (now Spok) for $163.8m.

The business was listed by Business Review Weekly as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in Australia for three consecutive years and the recipient of numerous accolades including: The Telstra Small Business of the Year Award, The Department of Industry & Resources “CY O’Conner Award for Excellence in Engineering” as well as the Australian Telecommunications Users Group “Best Communication Solution”.

In 2006, Nathan’s accomplishments were recognised by Ernst & Young, where Nathan was awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year” as well as the Western Australian IT & Telecommunications Life Time achievement Award for contribution to the IT community.

Nathan judged the Innovator of the Year Awards and the Curtin and Cambridge Universities Ignite Programmes in 2010.

Prior to Alcidion, Nathan’s Private Equity firms were the second largest shareholder of Azure Healthcare (ASX:AZV) and during Nathan’s tenure, the company share price increased 1200%.

Nathan is a member of the NiQ Healthcare Advisory Board and a General Partner in Private Equity Firm, Future Health.

Nathan studied a Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin University, majoring in Information Systems.

  • Nick Dignam
    Nick DignamDirector

    B.Com, LLB, MAppFin

    Nick Dignam is an Investment Director at Blue Sky Private Equity and is responsible for originating new investment opportunities, working with portfolio companies to deliver growth and managing exit processes. Nick has more than ten years’ experience working in private equity and corporate finance roles. In addition to serving as a Director of Alcidion, Nick is also currently a Non-Executive Director representing Blue Sky on the Boards of HPS, the largest outsourced hospital pharmacy services business in Australia; Wild Breads, a leading producer of artisan breads; and GM Hotels, a portfolio of ten hotels in South Australia.

    Prior to joining Blue Sky, Nick spent six years with Catalyst Investment Managers, a Sydney based mid-market private equity firm. During this period Nick worked across a broad range of sectors including consumer goods, retail, e-commerce, mining services and trade distribution. During his time at Catalyst, Nick was a Non-Executive Director of EziBuy, the largest online apparel retailer in Australia and New Zealand; and Morris Corporation, a provider of industrial catering services to the resources sector.

    Before Catalyst, Nick spent three years with Ernst & Young in the mergers and acquisitions group.

    Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, and a Masters of Applied Finance from Queensland University of Technology.

    • Brian Leedman
      Brian LeedmanNon-executive Director

      B.Ec, MBA (UWA)

    Brian Leedman is a marketing and investor relations professional with over 14 years’ experience in the biotechnology industry. Mr Leedman is the co-founder and Executive Director of ASX Listed ResApp Health Limited. Prior to ResApp, Mr Leedman co-founded ASX listed companies Oncosil Medical Limited and Imugene Limited. Mr Leedman previously served for 10 years as Vice President, Investor Relations for pSivida Corp. which is listed on the ASX and NASDAQ.

    He is currently the WA Chairman of AusBiotech, the association of biotechnology companies in Australia. Mr Leedman holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

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