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HIT Consultant contributors publish articles regularly and focus on writing insightful pieces on some of the latest healthcare technology issues and trends. You can find articles by our contributors on our homepage.

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Margarit Arie

Margarit is the founder of BizMed, a company devoted to supporting practicing physicians through software and services that simplify the business of medicine. Margarit has served in executive and consulting roles at various Health IT companies and her mission is to support and strengthen independent private practice, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

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Stephen Beck, MD

Stephen Beck, MD, FACP, FHIMSS, currently serves as Chief Medical Information Officer at Catholic Health Partners. He has more than 15 years of experience in planning, implementation, training and follow-up of EHR installations in civilian and military populations and was one of the first physician users of a fully integrated EHR in Southern Ohio. Dr. Beck was among the first physicians to attain CPHIMS certification, has been a content reviewer for the HIMSS National Conference, and chaired the HIMSS National Professional Practice Task Force. He is a Fellow of both HIMSS and the American College of Physicians and serves on the HIMSS Clinical Decision Support Workgroup

Dr. Edmund Billings

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Dr. Billings is the Chief Medical Officer at Medsphere. As a seasoned healthcare information technology (IT) entrepreneur, Dr. Billings helped pioneer the development of electronic medical records (EMR). In 2007, he co-founded Open Health Data, an open source company that leverages the transition of healthcare data from creation to sharing to use and re-use.

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Nirav Desai

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He is the founder & CEO of Hands On Telehealth. Prior to founding Hands OnTelehealth, Nirav was Senior Vice President of Physician Services and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at REACH Health, a leading telehealth company with over 100 hospital customers throughout the US. Nirav has had multiple speaking engagements at telehealth conferences and webinars and has authored or co-authored telehealth articles, papers and poster presentations. Nirav has an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a M.S. and B.S. in Systems Engineering.

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Komal Garewal

 Komal Garewal is the former Head of Operations & Client Services at MedStartr, the first healthcare crowdfunding platform where she advised startup founders on project optimization, business and product development, marketing strategies, and scaling up methods. She has  worked on over 75 crowdfunding projects, which have appeared on platforms ranging from Indiegogo to RocketHub totaling over $400k in funding to date.

Zachary Landman, M.D.

Zachary Landman, M.D.Zachary Landman, MD, is the chief medical officer for Doctorbase, a developer of scalable mobile health solutions, patient portals and patient engagement software. He earned his medical degree from UCSF School of Medicine and as a resident surgeon at Harvard Orthopaedics, he covered Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Francis X. Speidel, MD, MBA, FACEP

Francis X. Speidel, MD, MBA, FACEP

Frank X. Speidel, MD, MBA, FACEP is Chief Medical Officer for Healthcare IT Leaders, a national HIT recruiting firm matching qualified consultants to client hospitals in support of EMR, Analytic, ICD-10 and Mobility initiatives.

Dr. Speidel is former CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital at the Vintage, Houston, TX. and a past Chief Medical Officer and SVP of Medical Affairs for hospitals in Texas and Pennsylvania.

Evan D. Steele

Evan D. Steele is the Chief Executive Officer of SRSsoft, the healthcare industry leader in productivity-enhancing EHR Solutions for specialists and other high-performance physicians. Since 1997, Evan’s financial, creative, and technical abilities have made SRS the healthcare industry leader in productivity-enhancing EHR solutions.

As a result of SRS’ continued success, the New Jersey Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, named Evan winner of the 2013 Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award ($10M+) for exemplifying drive, perseverance, business creativity and business success.

Dr.Nick van Terheyden

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden is the CMIO at Nuance Communications where his insider perspective allows him to put his medical and technology expertise to work for clients who are striving to raise the bar for healthcare delivery paying attention not just to processes and systems, but to people. His ability to speak in terms people can actually understand makes him a sought out speaker on the practical and futuristic use of technology as a necessary adjunct in quality patient care. Follow him on Twitter.