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Our Vision
for Greater Interoperability

In a world where the speed, accuracy, and accessibility of information can mean the difference between success and failure, the valuable data within our healthcare communities have remained trapped and siloed.

At Avaneer Health, we provide the connectivity to guide the healthcare industry into a new era of healthcare experiences: where data is shared, care can be accelerated, and solutions are developed together.

Innovation through Collaboration

Avaneer Health was founded by a consortium of top industry leaders on a mission to unlock the full potential of healthcare by improving transparency and enhancing interoperability.

The consortium included Aetna, a CVS Health company; Anthem; Cleveland Clinic; Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (HCSC); The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.; and Sentara Healthcare. Incorporated in 2020 as the Health Utility Network, we are now known as Avaneer Health. With continuing support from our partners and the biggest players across the healthcare space, we aim to play a key role in transforming how the healthcare industry operates to address consumers' needs more efficiently and effectively.

Meet Our Dedicated
Leadership Team

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Stuart Hanson

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Hanson is Chief Executive Officer of Avaneer Health. He is passionate about creating a better consumer healthcare experience and is focused on creating an inclusive network that ensures all stakeholders have access to comprehensive clinical and administrative data when it’s needed most. Stuart previously served in leadership roles for healthcare solutions at JPMorgan Chase, Change Healthcare, Citi, and Fifth Third Bank. He has served as chair of the HIMSS Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force. Stuart has a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Ray Jebsen

Chief Commercial Officer

Ray Jebsen is Chief Commercial Officer for Avaneer Health, leading the launch of the network, platform, and solutions. Throughout his career, Ray has focused on improving the administrative and payment efficiencies to create better outcomes and a positive customer experience. He has also led business lines, strategy, and solution development for several organizations including Zelis Healthcare, JPMorgan Chase, CarePayment, Change Healthcare, and Fifth Third Bank. Ray holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research from the United States Coast Guard Academy.
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Gabriela Pelin

Chief Innovation Officer

Gabriela Pelin is Chief Innovation Officer at Avaneer Healthcare, leading corporate strategy, early product innovation, and research and development for the company’s network and solutions. She is a creative, strategic leader that has focused on building early-stage companies and mobilizing innovation in large, mature organizations. In Gabriela’s previous role as the healthcare blockchain business leader at IBM Watson Health, she brought together some of the most notable industry experts to launch Avaneer Health. Gabriela has worked globally with Air Canada, Union Fenosa, Credit Commercial/HSBC, and PwC. Gabriela earned a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher school, Tufts University and a MBA at McGill University.
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Gerald Bortis, PhD

Senior Vice President of Software Engineering

Gerald Bortis is Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Avaneer Health, where he is responsible for platform and solutions development. He has extensive experience in the use of emerging technologies to address the challenges of healthcare interoperability, data fluidity, and population health. Prior to Avaneer Health, Gerald held senior leadership roles in software development at NextGen Healthcare and Mirth Corporation. Gerald has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Information and Computer Science and a doctorate in Software Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
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Steven Nellemann

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Steven Nellemann is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Avaneer Health, leading the legal and compliance functions to support the company’s business operations and growth initiatives. He has extensive experience working with innovative healthcare start-ups and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced analytics, and blockchain. Prior to Avaneer Health, he served as Senior Associate General Counsel at Anthem supporting its digital health initiatives, and Senior Counsel with the American Medical Association supporting HIT matters and government affairs. Steven received his Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University, a Master of Science in Informatics from Northwestern University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Dan Sanders

Senior Vice President, Technology Operations, Security and Service Delivery

Dan Sanders is Senior Vice President, Technology Operations, Security and Service Delivery at Avaneer Health. He is responsible for all corporate technology compliance, line-of-business technology operations, and service and support. Dan has more than 25 years of experience in IT architecture and healthcare IT management. Prior to joining Avaneer Health, Dan served as staff vice president of technology for exponential technologies at Anthem and various technology leadership roles at McKesson and ADP. Dan studied computer science and international affairs in the Georgia State University system and has numerous industry licenses, certifications, and IT publications.

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