Leaders & Experts
President & CEO, Optum Analytics
Michael is Co-Founder and CEO of Humedica, acquired by UnitedHealth Group (UHG) in 2013. Michael has broadened his role to lead Optum Analytics within UHG’s healthcare technology – information – services business, Optum. Prior to launching Humedica, Michael served as Senior Managing Director at Leerink Partners, a leading health care investment bank. Previously, he was President and CEO of PHARMetrics, a health care informatics company, which was successfully sold to IMS Health in 2005. He serves as Founding Chairman of the Board of Phreesia, a software company that develops automated patient check-in tools. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of JDRF New England Chapter. Most recently, Michael joined the Board of The College Diabetes Network (CDN), whose mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. Michael received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brandeis University.
Chief Commercial Officer, Optum Analytics
Allen is one of Humedica’s co-founders and presently serves as Chief Commercial Officer, Optum Analytics. Previously he was Humedica’s Vice President Corporate Development & Marketing, responsible for the company’s partnerships, marketing, and new business opportunities. Prior to Humedica, he was a Director at Leerink Swann, a leading health care investment bank, where he helped develop the business plan and raise capital to launch Humedica. With nearly 20 years of health care experience, Allen held management positions at Biogen and Biogen Idec, including Director of Decision Support. In that role, he managed a team responsible for the company’s forecasting, market research, managed care analyses, sales force design and compensation plans for the Neurology and Dermatology business units. Prior to joining Biogen, Allen co-founded MORPACE Pharma Group, a forecasting and consulting firm for the pharmaceutical industry. There he led the company’s integration of secondary data sources, demand forecasting, and the development of a global physician panel. Allen began his career as a reporter for The Pink Sheet, covering pharmaceutical industry issues at the FDA and Capitol Hill, and also previously worked at Decision Resources managing multiple publications. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.
A.G. Breitenstein, JD, MPH
Chief Product Officer, Optum Analytics
A.G. is a co-founder of Humedica and serves as Chief Product Officer, Optum Analytics. Prior to Humedica, she was a Director at Leerink Swann, a leading health care investment bank. Previously, A.G. co-founded the Institute for Health Metrics (IHM). In 2000, she co-founded PrivaSource, which focused on the de-identification of health data. A.G. also served as Chair of the Massachusetts Work Group on the Privacy of Medical Records and was the primary drafter of the Massachusetts “Act to Protect the Privacy of Medical Records.” A.G. teaches ethics with Professor Marc Roberts at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her MPH from Harvard University, her JD from the University of Connecticut, and her bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
Vice President, Client Services, Provider Markets
Mary serves as Vice President of Client Services for the Provider Markets at Humedica and is responsible for the overall Humedica client experience, ensuring that all clients realize and receive expected value from the company’s solutions. In this role, Mary directs client account planning and account management processes while establishing and building key references. Prior to Humedica, Mary held senior Client Services roles at various informatics and analytics solution companies where she drove and executed strategies for rapid deployment of enterprise-wide health solutions for providers. With nearly 20 years of health care experience, Mary also worked in management consulting with a focus on strategic planning and health care technology for providers. She received her master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
Senior Vice President, Optum Analytics
Rick has overall responsibility for sales and account management in the provider market as Humedica’s Vice President of Provider Solutions. Rick joined Humedica as Vice President of Provider Solutions and previously was Microsoft’s Director of North American Sales for Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group. Prior to Microsoft, Rick was Vice President, North American Sales for Sentillion where he was responsible for the company’s sales and revenue attainment and was part of the senior management team. Rick led Sentillion to record sales and revenue, including 12 consecutive quarters of growth, which resulted in Microsoft acquiring the company in early 2010. Previously, he held senior level sales positions of increasing responsibility, including positions at Citrix Systems, HiddenMind Technology, and Healtheon/WebMD. Rick received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of North Carolina.
Vice President of Operations
Jeff serves as Vice President of Operations, with responsibility for strategic planning and initiatives that support operational execution. Prior to Humedica, he was Director of Corporate Development at Optum. Previously, he was Vice President of Health Care Investment Banking at Piper Jaffray, where he completed M&A advisory assignments with combined deal value of over $7.5 billion and financings of over $2 billion. Jeff began his career in business development in the Blue Cross Blue Shield system. He received his MBA from the University of Michigan and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Vice President of Engineering
Stan serves as Humedica’s Vice President of Engineering. Prior to Humedica, he was a member of the founding management team at NaviNet, a health care information technology company. At NaviNet, Stan served as Vice President of Engineering and was responsible for building the engineering team and leading the development and delivery of the company’s flagship SaaS product. Stan has more than 25 years of experience in commercial software development, including positions at Lotus Development Corporation and Oracle Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Stan is Humedica’s Chief Technology Officer. Stan has been designing and implementing large-scale health care technology solutions for the past 25 years. Most recently, Stan was the founding CTO of PHARMetrics, where he built a longitudinal database of 60 million Americans’ health care experiences. Following PHARMetrics’ acquisition by IMS Health in 2005, Stan’s role expanded to include the management of Electronic Health Record (EHR) efforts in Europe and Asia. Prior to PHARMetrics, Stan founded North Sea Consulting, which developed software for clients in the pharmaceutical and clinical analytic domains. He began his health care informatics career at the Baxter/Health Data Institute. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts.
Diane M. Throop
Chief Analytics Officer, Optum Analytics
Diane is Chief Analytics Officer of Optum Analytics. Diane has worked in health care analytics for more than 20 years, most recently as Vice President of R&D at PHARMetrics where she directed the research and development of analytic algorithms, methods, and models specifically designed for the pharmaceutical and managed care industries. Following PHARMetrics’ acquisition by IMS in 2005, she oversaw statistical services for Anonymized Patient Longitudinal Data, directing a team of over 50 statisticians and programmers. Prior to Pharmetrics, Diane was a consultant at Bain & Company. She began her career at MediQual Systems, which developed clinical quality improvement and severity of illness applications for hospitals. She received her MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, her master’s degree in Statistics from Colorado State, and her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from MIT.
Vice President, Product Management
Patrick is Humedica’s Vice President of Product Management. He has more than 25 years of experience launching enterprise-class commercial software applications within emerging markets. He has an extensive background in bringing to market and plotting the direction of high-growth relational database, data warehousing, security and data, application integration products. Patrick’s prior experience includes executive and senior-level leadership positions within industry leading technology companies such as Oracle, Sybase and RSA Security (acquired by EMC). In addition, he has held a number of senior executive and operating level positions within high growth, venture-backed companies such as Dataupia, MetaMatrix (acquired by Red Hat) Blue Agave Software (acquired by i2), OnExchange (acquired by The Chicago Board of Trade), and OnDisplay (acquired by Vignette/OpenText).
Vice President, Marketing
Karen and her team are focused on driving thought leadership and brand awareness to emerging clinical analytics market. Karen brings over 15 years of global experience in the software industry, distinguished by a breadth of leadership positions in sales, marketing, and training. Karen’s passion for leadership and unique ideas on corporate culture have awarded her a number of television appearances on Oprah, 60 Minutes and Canada Public Television. Prior to her position at Optum, Karen spent 5 years at Allscripts developing and executing their Hospital Connected Community Strategy program. She also led teams for 14 years at SAS, the world’s largest private held software company, where her leadership was recognized by her appointment to represent the software industry at a Harvard Business School Executive Forum. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College, graduating Magna Cum Laude.