Alcidion began with a simple question: how can we make healthcare better by applying a clinical risk management approach? The quest to continuously improve healthcare by helping clinicians identify and act upon risks is the beating heart of Alcidion, and our answers to this question are visible in everything we do.
Listening to customers and developing a deep empathy for clinicians is at the core of our approach. We then apply what we have learned to develop world-class health informatics systems that make healthcare professionals’ lives less stressful and patient’s encounters with the healthcare system safer. We believe that healthcare professionals shouldn’t need to invest hours of time learning how to use complex clinical software, or to spend their precious minutes on repetitive administrative tasks so we design our software for maximum productivity. This allows doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to spend more time with their patients and less time on data entry.
It may sound easy, but developing products that answer this question is difficult. Hospitals are built on a varied mix of information systems, clinical workflows are deceptively complex and vary greatly based on each patient’s individual problems – and that’s before you consider changes to medical evidence and regulations. Despite these challenges, we’ve been improving the lives of clinicians and their patients since 2000 and have learned what works and what doesn’t. We’re ready to tackle the challenges ahead – because a high performing healthcare system will benefit everyone.
Ray Blight, Chief Executive Officer
Ray is the CEO and co-founder of Alcidion Corporation. He brings a wealth of public and private sector healthcare experience and knowledge to Alcidion through his distinguished career which included the role of CEO and Chairman of the SA Health Commission from 1994–1998 and the Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. Ray’s budget responsibility during his tenure as CEO of the SA Health Commission was $1.3 billion per annum.
Ray has taken a key leadership role in both State and Commonwealth 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 trialling 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 formal 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.
Malcolm Pradhan, Chief Medical Officer
Malcolm is the CMO and co-founder of Alcidion Corporation. With over 20 years of experience in Medical Informatics, Malcolm is recognized as one of the world’s leading minds in CDSS. 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 CDSS, and into optimum uses of a variety of statistical and probabilistic methods for applying CDSS. 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 in 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, Executive Vice Presidents Sales & Marketing
Nathan is the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Alcidion Corporation and an investor in Alcidion. 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 $USD163.8m.
The business was listed by BRW 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.
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