Heidi Margulis Named to the SmartSteward™ Board of Advisors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – SmartSteward™ Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Heidi Margulis, former Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Strategic Advisor at Humana, Inc., to its Board of Advisors. She will join a diverse group of industry professionals to provide thought-provoking, innovative perspectives and insights to assist SmartSteward™ to better serve the skilled nursing facilities market.

SmartSteward™ is the first and only intelligent software specifically designed to detect deadly viruses and multidrug resistant organisms (MDRO) in skilled nursing facilities as well as serve as a decision support platform, delivering data to doctors and nurses at the moment they need it.

Its products, SmartSteward™ EYE, SmartSteward™ ID and SmartSteward™ SYNC, work in harmony to detect deadly viruses and serve as a smart early warning system in skilled nursing facilities. With this suite of products in hand, these facilities can effectively reduce infections and readmissions through early detection of infectious diseases, optimize antibiotic prescriptions and reduce facility antibiotic resistance.

“We are thrilled that Heidi is joining SmartSteward™’s Board of Advisors at such an important time,” said Guy LaTorre, CEO of SmartSteward™. “Her experience coupled with that of her fellow Board members will provide us with invaluable insight into our operations, and help drive us towards our goal of optimizing the state of infection control within skilled nursing facilities.”

Members of SmartSteward’s Board of Advisors are as follows:

Heidi Margulis is an expert corporate public affairs strategist, specializing in government programs and both legislative and regulatory processes at all levels. She recently retired from Humana Inc. after nearly 35 years, having served as the company’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and completing her tenure as a Strategic Advisor to the company. Throughout her career, her leadership roles included advocacy, regulatory compliance, public policy, public sector program development and coalition building. Two U.S. Secretaries of Health & Human Services recognized Heidi’s federal government health program expertise with appointments to Secretary Tommy Thompson’s Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform and Secretary Donna Shalala’s Advisory Panel on Medicare Education. 

Dr. Kartik Cherabuddi, Infectious Disease Specialist, is the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at UF Health and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist. Dr. Cherabuddi also serves on international infectious diseases committees to develop enhanced training in Antibiotic Stewardship.

Ylan Kazi, Data Scientist, is the Vice President of Data Science and Machine Learning for UnitedHealthcare. He is an expert in applying machine learning to improve patient health in harmony with increasing financial performance.

Dr. Joseph Layng is an expert in combining behavioral science and technology to produce large-scale behavior change. Dr. Layng holds four patents that reflect his work related to educational applications of behavior analysis, instructional design, educational technology, large-scale performance improvement and clinical behavior analysis. He has extensive experience enabling transformational change through online systems.

Dr. Anne Snowdon is the Academic Chair of the World Health Innovation Network (WIN) and the Scientific Director and CEO of SCAN Health. Her work focuses on advancing the health of populations and accelerating health system innovation, economic value and productivity by providing support for innovators to successfully bring their discoveries to the Canadian, U.S. and world markets. Dr. Snowdon is currently leading over 15 innovation research initiatives that collaborate with government, health professionals, private industry, foundations and families.

Dr. Axel Martinez is a geriatrician, hospice and palliative medicine specialist affiliated with Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, FL. He is certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Martinez is uncompromising in his dedication to the well-being of his patients, and committed to giving the best care and establishing long-lasting relationships with them.

About SmartSteward™

SmartSteward™ is the first and only intelligent software specifically designed to detect deadly viruses and multidrug resistant organisms (MDRO) in skilled nursing facilities as well as serve as a decision support platform, delivering data to the doctors and nurses at the moment they need it.

SmartSteward™Inc., located at the University of Florida’s UF Innovate | The Hub, has developed a software platform called SmartSteward™ that automates infection control and antibiotic stewardship in skilled nursing facilities. SmartSteward™ software helps facilities reduce infections and readmissions by optimizing the use of antibiotics, automating infection detection and reducing facility antibiotic resistance patterns. Learn more at https://smartsteward.co.