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RANGE OF EXPERIENCE
Thirty years of cutting-edge experience in health care management systems and information technology in a variety of corporate, research, governmental, and educational settings, with specific expertise in:
PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS HISTORY
President and principal consultant, Schwimmer Associates,
Schwimmer Associates is a healthcare management and economic consulting firm specializing in strategic and business planning, operations improvement, disease management, outcomes analysis and evidence-based medicine, health informatics and telemedicine. (See also Projects and Clients.)
Manager and research Associate Professor, Social Services Training Program, Department of Social Welfare, State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY,
New York State-funded management training program for seven upstate New York counties' Social Services departments.
Principal Management Analyst, Health Services Administration, City of New York,
Health Services Administration was the billion-dollar superagency responsible for direct health service provision and service contracting for the 22-hospital municipal system, and the New York City health, mental health, and addiction departments and programs.
Technical Writer, IBM Corporation,
Assistant Project Leader, SDC Corporation,
SDC was the corporate entity that developed the first automated US Air Force Strategic Air Command defense system. A spin-off business of the RAND Corporation, SDC pioneered computer support of the national defense system and development of large-scale user-friendly data base systems.
Research Associate, the RAND Corporation,
RAND was the premier think tank for strategic defense studies and analyses during the Cold War
Associate Professor of Management Systems, School of Architecture and Environmental Design, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY,
Responsible for Management Systems curriculum at the upper division and graduate level. Courses and modules included: operations research management information systems, PPBS, cost-benefit/cost-effectiveness analysis, economic analysis, financial control systems, simulations and model-building, project management, cost controls, project scheduling techniques, program evaluation techniques, public administration, survey research methods
Adjunct Associate Professor, Courant School of Mathematics , New York University, New York, NY,
Taught Computer Literacy and Computer Programming to Business School upper division students.
Produced award-winning Internet web site providing outreach and education for a substance abuse agency of Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, New York, NY
Developed successful grant proposal for federally funded Community Mental Health Center in Erie County, NY.
NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS, HONORS, AND AWARDS
SELECTED PROJECTS AND ENGAGEMENTS
For laboratory division of New York City Health department, re-engineered New York City public syphilis serology testing program to maximize window of opportunity for venereal disease treatment and epidemiological case finding. Payoff: reduction of diagnosis turn-around time from two weeks to three days for 0.5 million per year syphilis tests, 100% increase in case-finding window.
For New York City health administrator, operational analysis and re-engineering of nursing home placements from the municipal hospital tertiary care system. Payoff: increase in appropriate levels of care at reduced tax levy cost.
For commercial food inspection program of New York City health department, and with a major think tank, developed new operational procedures and information systems to optimize inspection personnel productivity and integrity, and monitor unusual or deficient situations. Payoff: tripling of inspections and major reduction of inappropriate relationships between inspector and inspected.
For New York City disease register of substance abuse, re-engineered agency operations and database to improve data quality and completeness of this legally mandated data collection system. Payoff: Substantially improved data reliability for funding, evaluation, and epidemiological efforts.
For New York City blood banking system, designed an inter-hospital blood tracking system to reduce outdating and wastage of donated blood and reduce reliance on purchased, possibly tainted blood supply.
For New York City health administrator, designed new home care delivery program designed to reduce inappropriate use of the nursing home system to maintain the frail elderly. Emphasis was on more custodial and social services and less medical services. Payoff: more appropriate cheaper provision of services at home in place of expensive institutionalization.
For New York City mental health department, developed demand and supply model of public mental health service utilization in New York City for use by the Department of Mental Health for operating and capital budget planning and analysis.
For New York City mayor, analyzed federal national health insurance legislation for impact on municipal tax levy and city residents' out-of-pocket costs. Developed mayoral lobbying position.
For New York City health administrator, evaluated results of large scale five-year population health survey for appropriate use in current strategic health planning.
For multi-facility chemical dependency program, strategic planning on development of Article 28 health clinic implementation.
For major brokerage firm, strategic planning analysis of revenue streams and product-service mix profitability. Computer model of product profitability/cost centers and analysis of entire retail customer purchase history of 33 million customers.
For largest upstate New York county Mental Health department, designed therapeutic community model substance abuse program and developed funding proposal.
For a municipal hospital, feasibility study of transitioning hospital in a middle class neighborhood from municipal system model to voluntary system model, with respect to physician privileges and staffing and patient amenities.
For upstate New York college, administered $1.0 million state-funded Social Services training program that provided modern management systems training to Social Services departments in seven counties.
For federal transportation agency, and regional transit authority, performed epidemiological survey, model, and user-needs/demand analysis for regional barrier-free transportation. Developed cost/benefit analysis of various proposed systems of regional barrier-free transportation for the elderly and handicapped.
For a chemical dependency program of a major urban multi-program mental health provider, developed an Internet strategy and presence that extended reach from a regional program to a worldwide program. Payoff in one year: doubled outreach contacts, doubled nation-wide regional groups, international recognition.
For New York City, designed first ever methadone to abstinence substance abuse treatment cycle.
For voluntary psychiatric facility, designed therapeutic community model substance abuse program and funding proposal.
For New York City disease register of substance abuse, re-engineered agency operations and database to improve data quality and completeness of this legally mandated data collection system. Payoff: Substantially improved data reliability for strategic planning, funding, epidemiological research and treatment program evaluation.
STRATEGIC PLANNING, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
For brokerage division of major East Coast bank, new operating system environment, hardware changeover, and staff training for fixed income securities back office. .
For brokerage division of major West Coast bank, mission-critical fixed income securities back office system employing fault-tolerant mini-computers for fail-safe real-time operation.
For major mainframe manufacturer, authored reference/tutorial computer language manual.
Graduate studies in Mathematics and Social Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, and State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
BS in English Literature, City College of New York, New York, NY
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND SYSTEMS
INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY - TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES
Senior project management and hands-on development of major business process systems and computer models and simulations for research studies. scientific applications
LANGUAGES / SOFTWARE
Phone: 718 875 1711
Fax: 718 875 1788