ViTel Net Appoints Physician Executive Dr. Richard Bakalar as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

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ViTel Net, the leading U.S. Telehealth and Medical Imaging cloud-based software innovator, today announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Bakalar as the newest member of its senior leadership team.

ViTel Net, the leading U.S. Telehealth and Medical Imaging cloud-based software innovator, today announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Bakalar as the newest member of its senior leadership team.

At ViTel Net, Dr. Bakalar will provide senior leadership in Telehealth and clinical intelligence, focusing on strategic partnerships, business development and investments of next-generation healthcare data analytics and the use of telehealth technologies that will enable new care delivery models.

"We are extremely pleased that Dr. Richard Bakalar has joined our leadership team," said Allen Izadpanah, CEO of ViTel Net. "Richard has extensive commercial and government experience as a practitioner and healthcare information technology specialist, and a deep understanding of the challenges healthcare organizations face in providing affordable healthcare of the highest quality. This expertise will greatly benefit ViTel Net and the healthcare organizations we serve."

Dr. Bakalar joins a national renowned team of colleagues at ViTel Net including, Dr. Reed Tuckson, Chairman of the Board at ViTel Net and Past President of ATA, Dr. Rob Kolodner, Chief Medical Officer at ViTel Net and former Director of the Office of the National Coordinator and Stuart Frank, Chief Information Officer and President ViTel Net Services with 25 years of experience with the VA VistA hospital information system.

Before joining ViTel Net, Bakalar was a Managing Director in KPMG’s Global Healthcare Center of Excellence, physician executive with Microsoft's Health Solutions Group, where he helped create and deliver innovative software solutions. Prior to that, Bakalar served as IBM's Chief Medical Officer and Medical Imaging and Telemedicine Specialist.

Dr. Bakalar was board certified in internal and nuclear medicine and has over 25 years of clinical experience, including service as a naval flight surgeon and as medical staff in the U.S. Navy. Richard trained and supervised medical, radiology and surgical residents during his naval career.

"ViTel Net is at the forefront of helping healthcare organizations define and assess new leading practices that are needed to improve quality and lower operational and administrative costs," said Dr. Bakalar. "I look forward to bringing my clinical and technical experience to bear to help expand ViTel Net's telehealth technology solutions and relationships with healthcare leaders."

During his Navy military service, Captain Bakalar had various overlapping roles of increasing clinical responsibilities in primary care, medical/surgical intensive care, and in nuclear medicine. Additionally, he led the development of the Navy's first telemedicine and tele-radiology programs while he served as the Navy Surgeon General's executive assistant for ship-to-shore telemedicine initiatives worldwide. During his initial flight surgeon assignment at Quantico, Virginia, Dr. Bakalar had primary medical oversight responsibilities for the health and fitness of the U.S. Marine Corps flight crew of the Marine One (HMX-1) helicopter squadron which supported President Reagan's White House.

Dr. Bakalar has also served as president of the American Telemedicine Association, is a member of the ATA’s College of Fellows and member of its Telemedicine and eHealth Journal editorial board. Richard is a member of the CHQI (ATA’s Telemedicine accreditation service) Board of Directors and is based in Denver, Colorado.

About ViTel Net

Since the early 1990's, ViTel Net has pioneered the development of a broad range of standard and configurable telehealth solutions and technologies that allow clinicians to remotely diagnose, treat, and manage patient health – regardless of geographic and time barriers.

For over 20 years, our team has also developed and delivered large scale, enterprise medical image management solutions both nationally and internationally, integrated with Electronic Health Records, that enable clinicians to access a broad range of clinical images collected at hundreds of sites.

ViTel Net is driven to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities by delivering configurable, multi-specialty, multi-platform, enterprise-wide telehealth technology solutions. Our mature off-the-shelf telehealth solutions adapt to support both current and future clinical workflow and business requirements.

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