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Healthcare Technology

Russ Walker
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Russ Walker has over twenty years of experience as a systems developer, R&D executive and technology advocate, including over fifteen years in the medical device and healthcare information industries. Since 1993, as the principal of Walker Associates, he has provided product development consulting services to clients ranging from small entrepreneurial firms to Fortune 500 companies Merck and Pacificare. He is also an Associate Professor at DeVry University in Long Beach, teaching courses in computer information systems, telecommunications and digital electronics.  Previously, from 1985 to 1993, Russ was employed by CompuMed Inc., a medical systems company, in various software development and management capacities including Vice President of Operations and R&D. He also served on CompuMed’s Board of Directors. Earlier, Russ began his work with critical software systems in the aerospace industry, as an analyst and manager for Hughes Aircraft and Logicon. He holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics from Caltech, a Marketing MBA from California State University-Long Beach, and Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Murray State University, where he earned national championships in intercollegiate speech and debate.

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Summary Technology consultant specializing in computerized medical devices and healthcare information systems. Twenty-plus years experience ranging from the R&D lab to the boardroom. Extensive technical background in software development and applied physics, plus strong management, marketing and communications skills. Available to assist with new product/system development; technology licensing/acquisition; strategic planning; and technical communication and advocacy with investors, payors, regulators and customers.

Capabilities Software Development Design, code, test, implement and document medical applications software.
Experience includes desktop, embedded and real-time systems; biosignal data acquisition, filtering, compression and communication; image processing and analysis; expert systems; relational databases.
Platforms include Windows 9x, NT, 2000, XP; DEC VAX; HP1000,3000; Intel, Zilog
m processors.
include Java; C,C++,Visual C++; Visual Basic; FORTRAN; COBOL; Assembler.
include Oracle; Access; RDB.
Selected accomplishments:
  • Created a Data Warehouse and Decision Support System for a major HMO.
  • Designed and implemented algorithms for analysis of digital x-ray images.
  • Developed cardiology data management and communications software.
  • Enhanced EKG interpretation system, improving accuracy and customer acceptance.
  • Wrote firmware for digital electrocardiographs and pulmonary function testers.
  R&D Project Management and Support Direct activities of multi-disciplinary teams to achieve on-time, in-budget results. Provide supporting services including independent validation per FDA QSR.
Selected accomplishments:
  • Managed re-engineering of a diagnostic lab’s IT systems to support 400% growth.
  • Led a successful program to modernize and scale-up a bone density analysis system.
  • Designed and executed experimental protocols to validate software and hardware changes in medical devices.
  • Managed development of a pioneering dual-function diagnostic instrument.
  • Headed Independent Verification and Validation of critical military software.
  Technology Assessment Evaluate alternative technologies and make recommendations per project requirements. Perform technical due-diligence for mergers & acquisitions, strategic alliances and licensing. Identify technological threats and opportunities to support strategic planning.
Selected accomplishments:
  • Evaluated acquisition candidates for a medical systems firm seeking diversification.
  • Researched licensing prospects for a firm seeking to divest a technology business.
  • Selected core technologies for successful medical-device development projects.
  Science Communication and Advocacy Develop and implement communication plans to address key strategic and tactical issues. Write, edit documents and presentations to effectively communicate about technology to investors, regulators, payors and customers. Work closely with legal and regulatory-affairs staff. Act as an expert advocate on scientific/technical matters.
Selected accomplishments:
  • Spearheaded the "rehabilitation" of a previously discredited diagnostic method, achieving support from thought leaders and favorable peer-reviewed publications.
  • Gained acceptance of a special x-ray procedure by state radiation-control officials.
  • Helped secure a 150% increase in Medicare reimbursement for a physiological lab.
  • Helped persuade FDA to withdraw a Warning Letter issued to a device maker.
  • Assisted with $2.5 million capital raise for a small medical systems company.
  • Drafted FDA 510(k) (Pre-Market Notification) submissions for diagnostic devices.
  • Authored technical proposals leading to Federal and state contract awards.

Career Walker Associates, Long Beach CA
1993-present Clients have included Pacificare Health Systems and Merck & Co., Inc.
  CompuMed Inc., Manhattan Beach CA
(medical devices and services)
1985-97 Director and Consulting Senior Scientist
Vice President - Operations and R&D
Director - Engineering and Manufacturing
Manager - Engineering
Senior Software Engineer
  Logicon Inc., San Pedro CA
1984-85 Section Manager - Executive Systems
  Hughes Aircraft, Denver CO
1983-84 Member of the Technical Staff - Physics
  HITCO Inc., Gardena CA
1981-82 Systems Analyst

Education MBA - Marketing 1994 California State University, Long Beach CA
  MS - Applied Physics 1981 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA
  BS - Physics and Computer Science 1980 Murray State University, Murray KY

Publications Mussolino ME, Looker AC, Jadans JH, Edelstein D, Walker RE, Lydick E, Epstein RS, Yates AJ. Phalangeal bone density and hip fracture risk. Archives of Internal Medicine 1997; 157:433-438.
  Walker RE, Huff KE, Haus AG. Validation of an improved film for radiographic absorptiometry. Medical Physics 1996; 23:1087.
  Walker RE. PC programming for minicomputer specialists. Interact December 1990; 121-130.
  Walker RE. PC-based monitoring, control and data archival for multiple HP1000 systems. TC Interface January 1990; 12-21.

Recognition Received 100% of annual performance bonuses for achievement of objectives from a Fortune 100 client during 1996 and 1997.
  Earned two "Best Paper in Category" awards at a major international computer conference (INTEREX).
  Won state, regional and national championships in intercollegiate speech and debate.

Professional Activities Taught courses in physics and computer science at several Southern California campuses, including Cal Poly-Pomona and Orange Coast College.
  Member of Editorial Review Board for Journal of Computers in Biology and Medicine since 1987.
  Served on committee to draft a standard protocol for EKG data communications for the Veterans Administration (later used as the basis for an international standard).
  Volunteer judge at California State Science Fair since 1990.
  Organization memberships include Los Angeles Area Consultants’ Network (LAACN), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) (Senior Member); Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The Planetary Society.

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