Management Team and Founders
Zato’s management team and Founders have been national leaders in creating and implementing leading edge technology for automated text processing, cooperative federated analysis, natural language processing, knowledge discovery, and net-centric information fusion in parallel across massive datasets in multiple organizations and decentralized data centers for healthcare and for national security.
Mr. McOwen served as Administrative Director of a National Science Foundation research center – the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR); Deputy Chairman of the Computer Science Dept. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst – the largest research university in the Northeast; and Founder and CEO of high growth software companies. Paul initiated business engagements, managed software licensing and contracts for U.S. defense and intelligence agencies for national security, the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the US Library of Congress, Pfizer, Raytheon, and companies in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. The management team earned extraordinary praise for improved outcomes and dramatic productivity gains from these applications in Congressional testimony, national conference case studies, and in stories reported by CNN, CBS Evening News, and the Washington Post from interviews with agency Directors and spokespersons.
Dr. John Holbrook, MD, FACEP
Founder, Senior Medical Advisor
Dr. Holbrook pioneered the U.S. hospitalist movement, creating the first 24/7 hospitalist program in the nation. The result has been one of the most significant changes to date in the way that hospital care is delivered, with hospitalists replacing primary physicians as the dominant mode of care delivery across nearly all U.S. hospitals. John has served as Director, Chief Medical Officer, VP, and principal consultant for hospitals, hospital associations, state programs, leading edge technology companies; and major healthcare related insurance companies.
Dr. Daniel Heinze, PhD
Founder, Chief Scientist
Dr. Heinze is an industry leader in the field of automated understanding and analysis of free-text clinical documents, after serving as a software developer for cutting edge government research in DARPA. Dr. Heinze founded the first commercially successful medical Natural Language Processing (NLP) based Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) company, A-Life Medical, which was acquired several years ago by UnitedHealth. He is the author of numerous publications and is sole or first named inventor on a number of NLP and CAC patents. Today, Dr. Heinze’s technology is the most widely used CAC system serving tens of thousands of users and processing tens of millions of records annually. More recently, he has developed the next generation in medical NLP and ontology systems. His prior experience includes Co-Founder and Director of the Raytheon/ Pennsylvania State University joint Center for Intelligent Information Processing (CIIP) and advanced development in the areas of Communications Intelligence, Electronic Intelligence, and Signals Intelligence. He also has extensive formal training and work experience include theoretical and applied linguistics, computational linguistics and related areas in computer science.
Dr. Winthrop Whitcomb, MD, MHM
Founder, Senior Medical Advisor
Dr. Whitcomb has been innovating in healthcare for twenty years at the forefront of advances in the quality of healthcare delivery. In 1994, he assumed leadership of the nation’s first 24/7 hospitalist program, and disseminated the model widely, such that it became the prototype for hospitalist programs throughout the U.S. He was Co-Founder of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) in 1996 and has been a seminal figure in legitimizing hospital medicine as a bona fide medical specialty. SHM now has over 10,000 members from the healthcare community. Win has been instrumental in the implementation of healthcare reform, most notably with bundled payment programs with Medicare and commercial payers at Baystate Health, an integrated delivery system in Massachusetts. He has been a mentor for the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Project BOOST, a care transitions intervention now implemented in over 200 hospitals. Win has previously designed software applications for care coordination and clinical decision support for post-acute care. He writes frequently and lectures widely on healthcare reform, patient safety, care transitions, information technology, and hospital medicine.