eCaring was started by family members responsible for coordinating and planning 24 hour home care for their elderly parents.
Responding to the difficulties and challenges of providing such care, they reached out to find the best professional and practical expertise of health care-industry professionals.
In doing so, they created eCaring:
a complete, Web-based system
for recording, monitoring, and managing
health at home
Our Team includes:
Robert M. Herzog, CEO and Founder
Robert has an extensive background in digital media and creative enterprises as an entrepreneur and executive. For several years he was deeply involved in the home and extended care of his mother Grace, which gave him an understanding of the problems eCaring is designed to solve. He has been a pioneer in applying new technologies to business ventures, working as a senior executive with startup companies such as Motionbox, Diva, ON2 Corp, Softcom, Granite Films and City Winery, major corporations including JPMorgan Chase, Cahners Communications and the Sarnoff Research Center, and not-for-profits including New Jersey Appleseed and Ecotrust. In public service, he was the creator and Director of New York City’s Energy Office, and also taught public school. Robert is also an author and filmmaker. He graduated from Williams College and has a Master’s from the New School.
George Kalkines, Strategic and Business Development
George has devoted his distinguished career to making health care systems work better. As one of New York’s leading health care attorneys, with his own firm and then with Manatt Phelps Phillips, George worked on legislation and programs to systemically address the needs and problems of health care institutions and service providers, including academic medical centers, acute and specialty care hospitals, nursing homes, faculty practice plans and ambulatory care organizations. George was on the Mayor’s Task Force that helped create New York’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, where he served as the Corporation’s first general counsel. George is an avid photographer and intrepid traveler.
James Flynn, Board of Directors, Principal Investor
Jim is General Partner of Deerfield Management, one of the largest dedicated healthcare investment organizations, with over $3 billion in assets invested in over 150 companies whose activities span the spectrum of healthcare-related activities. Jim worked in biotechnology and pharmaceutical equity research at Kidder, Peabody & Co., and was Vice President of Corporate Development at Alpharma (a mid-sized pharmaceutical company with substantial U.S. and International operations), where he completed licensing transactions and managed the company’s strategic review and planning process involving manufacturing, product development, and sales and marketing. He was a Managing Director at Furman Selz covering pharmaceutical and medical device industries, had a proprietary trading account and was the firm’s top ranked analyst. Since assuming full investment management responsibility at Deerfield in 2005, the firm has grown from 16 to over 45 employees and expanded its capabilities to invest across the capital structure. In 2007 Jim launched Deerfield’s Private Design Fund to provide alternative financing options to healthcare companies. Deerfield has provided over $500 million in capital commitments through uniquely developed structures. Jim has degrees in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Economics from the University of Michigan.
Josh Grotstein, Board of Directors
Josh has substantial expertise as a senior digital media and marketing executive and as an investor in early-stage technology and media companies. He was CEO of Motionbox, an online personal video company, which was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Josh was co-founder and managing partner of SAS Investors, a $40M seed stage venture capital fund which invested in core technology companies emerging from top labs and academic research centers. He excelled in senior executive roles at Citigroup (Division Executive in charge of global Internet Banking and eCommerce programs), NBC Digital (Founder and General Manager), Prodigy (SVP Content and Commerce), and CNBC (led business development and affiliate marketing). Josh gained significant marketing and business development experience at CNBC and J. Walter Thompson (worked on Warner-Lambert and Kodak Healthcare businesses) and at McKinsey. He served on the Board of Directors of American Medical Television, a joint venture of the AMA and NBC. Josh’s strong interest in science found an outlet working with the World Science Festival to establish its media partnerships (including Discovery Networks, Scientific American, Scholastic, WNYC, WABC, and ABC News). Josh serves on the Boards of two early-stage venture funds (NYC Seed, and the NYU Innovation Fund), and is an advisor to several early-stage media and technology companies. He is a graduate of Brown University (magna cum laude and phi beta kappa) and the Harvard Business School.
David Pachter, Board of Advisors
David knows how to create and grow companies that meet people’s needs, on the Internet as well as brick and mortar. David is the founder and CEO of NearSay, whose LocalVox merchant platform is one of the leading ways for merchants to connect with customers. LocalVox and its network of consumer sites has over 200,000 unique visitors a month in the New York Market alone in under a year. Previously, as the President and COO of Heavy.com, he guided the expansion of the company, developed its management team and brought it to profitability. David was Senior VP of Business Development and Operations at Softcom/IVT, a leading provider of streaming video applications, where he managed the expansion of marketing, sales and operations from 15 people to over 200, and developed major alliances with business, strategic, and financial partners. David graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in International Relations.
Mark Mannino, Board of Advisors
Mark is an experienced digital marketing veteran with knowledge on all sides of the process, as a marketer, seller and buyer. Mark currently leads sales in the East and MidWest for MediaMath, the leading digital media buying platform for advertisers and agencies. He led business development for MediaMath building partnerships with suppliers of media and targeting data. Prior to MediaMath, Mark was VP of Operations at Motionbox where he built a sophisticated marketing analytics infrastructure based on Omniture and led customer acquisition. He was an executive with WhenU, an ad network, and a consultant with Bain & Company. Mark is a graduate of Villanova University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey with his wife, daughter and son. Mark thinks tomatoes with salt is sublime.
Stuart Hunt, Chief Technology Officer
Stuart has been on the cutting edge of digital development, from creating award winning DVDs to some of the best web sites on the Internet. He has worked on interactive media development, network management, database design and administration for companies including Reuters Health; the NBA; ABC News; The Smithsonian (award winning CD-ROM); Sotheby’s Auction House; IBM; AT&T; OnHealth.com; Pfizer; NYU’s Stern School of Business, the Internet Shopping Network; Scholastic; and numerous others. Stuart graduated from Williams College, and has a Masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Melody Wilding, Strategic Outreach & Communications
Melody Wilding, LMSW, is a specialist in aging policy and a licensed social worker. She has substantial expertise as a communications consultant performing outreach and strategic communications for healthcare organizations such as the New York Academy of Medicine — building relationships, developing content, and creating comprehensive social media plans. As a Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education Scholar, Melody coordinated a network of 33 graduate schools and over 2700 students nationwide to create a comprehensive virtual networking portal for gerontology students. She has developed aging-competency training materials for social workers, worked on advocacy campaigns to support Medicaid home care services, and is an active member of the Committee on Leadership In Aging. Melody has also worked with older adults clinically in assisted living and psychiatric settings. She received her Masters from Columbia University and graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology.
Xavier is experienced in the software development industry. As a consultant for Pyxis Technologies (http://pyxis-tech.com/en/home), a firm that specializes in Agile development practices, he has worked with Ericsson, the Swedish telecom giant, and the National Film Board of Canada (http://nfb.ca). Xavier also worked alongside eCaring COO Andrew Holz at Jesta Digital on the video streaming application, Bitbop. Xavier is a certified Scrum Master and co-organizing Code Retreats. He is thrilled to join the eCaring team to work on a game-changing system that will save lives.
Daniel is a skilled software developer and specialist in database creation with over 10 years experience in Ruby on Rails. As lead developer at Jetsa Digital, Daniel developed an international video on demand streaming service, Bitbop. In the past, Daniel has engineered databases for clients across multiple industries and internationally, including serving five years in Japan. He has B.A. in engineering from ETS.
Prior to joining eCaring, Paul was Senior Ruby Developer with Jesta Digital on the Bitbop product, a consumer TV-on-demand service available for mobile and web. Paul is passionate about software quality, and is a strong believer in agile development. Before eCaring, Paul was Senior Developer for a Montréal startup, and CTO with Direct Interactive, leading development of Chili Sales, a web based CRM. Paul graduated from the Université de Montréal with BSc in Physics. He lives in Montréal, Canada and enjoys long bicycle rides and is an avid floorball player, and loves playing Go.
Jane Fields, VP of Care Management
Jane, a registered nurse, is a nationally recognized expert in home and community based healthcare service delivery with over 20 years of leadership experience changing the way home health services are delivered. As a Managing Partner for S&R Consulting Healthcare Solutions, she has had a national impact developing and implementing innovative models for effective home and community based care. She has been President/CEO at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, Senior Vice President for Community Services at Jewish Home Lifecare System, Vice President for Community Health Services at Nyack Hospital, and Director of Community Outreach for Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. She is a BSN graduate of the University of Rochester, has a MSN in Community Health Nursing from Boston University, and an MS in Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.