NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Safety Net Connect (SNC), a leading provider of innovative healthcare technology for organizations assisting underserved populations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sajid Ahmed to the SNC Advisory Board. In this advisory role, Ahmed’s expertise in the practical application of health information technology (Health IT) will ensure the continued alignment of SNC’s health care product and service solutions with real-world needs and promote further expansion across the United States and globally.
Ahmed is Chief Information and Innovation Officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles, a new startup hospital that has championed the use of Health Innovations and Information technology combining clinical best practices to provide cost-effective, high quality, collaborative care. Ahmed’s diligent work over the past four years brought the project to a successful launch in 2015, and the state-of-the-art facility now serves 1.35 million residents. Recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as Chief Technology Officer of the Year, Ahmed is a highly respected thought leader, speaker, consultant, and advocate for healthcare innovation. Ahmed holds credentials as a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the leading professional organization for Chief Information Officers and other senior HIT leaders.
“In the growing field of healthcare technology, Sajid Ahmed is the one you want on your team,” says Chris Cruttenden, CEO of SNC. “This is the man who led a multi-million Health IT initiative and planning for a community-based innovation hub on the MLK Medical Center Campus. His leadership makes a difference in the lives of millions. We are honored by the presence of this innovative pioneer on the SNC team.”
Ahmed has had a longstanding interest in telehealth and care coordination going back to his prior position as Senior Director of Health IT and Innovation at L.A. Care Health Plan (L.A. Care), the nation’s largest public plan serving more than one million Los Angeles County residents through free or low-cost health insurance programs. At L.A. Care, Mr. Ahmed worked with Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS), Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles, Healthcare LA IPA, and technology partner SNC to launch “eConsult,” an innovative store-and-forward telehealth and care coordination system that facilitates virtual consultations and collaboration between primary care physicians and specialists. To date the LADHS eConsult system has completed over 600,000 eConsults – facilitating accessing to specialty care for low-income, underinsured LA residents, reducing waiting times and no show rates.
“Joining the SNC advisory board furthers my personal cause of improving health access across our nation,” says Mr. Ahmed. “They are an organization to be respected – with their vast knowledge of HIT, the proven solutions they have developed, and their goal of making quality healthcare a reality for all individuals – SNC is clearly positioned for success. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the growth of this mission-driven healthcare technology company.”
About Safety Net Connect
Since 2009, Safety Net Connect (SNC) has been a leading creator of healthcare technology that makes it easier for providers and institutions to increase access to care, streamline care coordination, promote evidence-based practices, and improve quality. With a mission to improve health equity, SNC has helped public and private healthcare organizations across the nation successfully reach over 5 million low-income, underserved individuals with affordable, effective patient-centered care. For more information, please visit www.safetynetconnect.com.