Chris Brandt is the Chief Executive Officer of Audacious Inquiry (Ai)—he oversees client services, portfolio planning, product development, and operations. In 2004 he founded the company with a mission to use information technology as a change-agent for positive impact. Mr. Brandt led the effort to become one of the first recognized B Corporations in Maryland; integrating our company’s values with the work we take on has resulted in a greater footprint and alignment with our clients’ goals. Through his role in driving the company’s growth over the years, Ai has been consistently recognized in Inc. 5000’s list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, and in 2014, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young for the Maryland Region. Mr. Brandt serves as a staff adviser to CRISP, Maryland's health information exchange. He served on the boards of the Duke University Alumni Association and the Maryland Small Business Financing Authority. Prior to founding Ai, Mr. Brandt held information technology positions with Prudential. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Computer Science from Duke. Chris is a Fellow of the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Scott Afzal is the President of Audacious Inquiry and a Strategic Advisor for CRISP, a health information exchange serving Maryland, DC, and West Virginia. Across both roles, Scott establishes organizational growth strategies, delivery system reform initiatives, and technology solutions to support value-based payment models and connected communities. Through Ai, Mr. Afzal advises other states, health systems, and health information organizations on health information exchange (HIE) implementation approaches and sustainability strategy. Previously at CRISP, Mr. Afzal served as the Program Director for the organization’s first 10 years; he managed the roll-out of CRISP’s HIE network while leading the development of new service offerings. Scott is a noted speaker on HIE, having presented at regional and national health IT conferences. Prior to joining Audacious Inquiry, he served as a consultant with Accenture, Inc. out of their New York City office. Mr. Afzal holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Bucknell University.
Danny Krifcher is Ai’s Chief Financial Officer and is leading our growth efforts. He is an experienced builder and leader of growth companies including Aledade, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer, leading efforts to expand commercial payer partnerships and other value-based care arrangements; and, Avalere Health, where he was EVP overseeing the company’s Data Analytics Practice, Sales Organization, and Business Intelligence Unit, as well as all corporate functions including Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Technology and Legal. For more than a decade, Danny was an executive at America Online, where he founded and led the first internet incubator, AOL Greenhouse, and also served as EVP/COO of the AOL Dial-Up business. A Pittsburgh native, Danny graduated from the Wharton School and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sarah Miller is Ai’s Vice President of State Government Services and HIE Account Management. In this capacity, she leads the Medicaid Strategic Advisory Services Practice and works closely with our state Medicaid agency and HIE clients to build roadmaps for financial sustainability of previous Health IT investments. Prior to coming to Ai, Ms. Miller has more than twelve years of experience in implementing large-scale technology projects in Oregon’s state government, with more than five years of third-party quality assurance work on similar projects prior to her state government service. She is a subject matter expert in project management, information technology, change management for system implementations, and vendor and contract management for large-scale ($150+M) Medicaid technology projects. Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and lives in Silverton, Oregon.
Bill Howard is a Principal at Ai and is a champion for leading team collaboration, healthcare innovation, organizational growth, and technology-driven solutions. More specifically, Mr. Howard drives product development of ADT Alerts, Smart Routing, and Data Quality, among several other custom software development initiatives. His background spans 20+ years of experience with Healthcare IT product and process development focused on creating new solutions to support streamlined healthcare delivery and healthcare reform initiatives. By delivering results for a wide variety of startups, acquisitions, and global Fortune 100 companies, he has encountered multi-system, multi-vendor, complex IT system integrations, which serves as a strong foundation for challenges that lie ahead. Prior to Ai, Mr. Howard provided his expertise to 3M, Roche, IDX, GE, and was most recently the VP of Product Management and Solution Architecture at Caradigm. His BS in Engineering was obtained from the University of Vermont.
Greg Farnum is a Principal at Audacious Inquiry with subject matter expertise in health IT and policy. He possesses program management capabilities and he can reliably execute federal and state contracts of all sizes, given his 20+ years in leadership roles. As a relationship manager for the ONC portfolio of contracts, Mr. Farnum oversees Ai’s activities to ensure quality control and stakeholder satisfaction. Currently he supports ONC contracts for: the JIRA issue tracking system; enhancements to the Standards Implementation Testing (SITE) platform; Health IT Certification Program Support Services and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Certified Health IT Product List (”open data” CHPL). In addition to his work for the ONC, Mr. Farnum has operated and worked with multiple health information exchange organizations (HIOs) to deploy population health tools, which support health reform objectives. Before joining Ai, Mr. Farnum was the founder and CEO of the Vermont health information exchange, called Vermont information technology leaders (VITL). He was the former Vice President/CIO for the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, and he co-founded the New Hampshire/Vermont Strategic HIPAA Implementation Project (NHVSHIP). His Bachelors Degree was obtained through the University of Vermont.
Rob Horst is a Principal and Privacy and Security Officer for Audacious Inquiry. He has over 15 years of leadership experience in the healthcare information technology domain. Rob creates meaningful and lasting partnerships with Ai customers in Maryland (CRISP), Delaware (DHIN), Utah (UHIN) and the Philadelphia Metro area (HealthShare Exchange), and oversees the deployment and optimization Ai’s leading Encounter Notification Service (ENS®). He also applies his domain expertise as a consultant to regional hospitals and health systems as they look to optimize the use and value of health information exchange tools. He previously taught Medical Informatics for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and served for over seven years as Director of IT Services at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. His BA in Biology was obtained from Elon University and he holds a MBA in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University. Rob recently served as professional faculty for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he taught Medical Informatics for four years. Prior to joining Audacious Inquiry, Mr. Horst served for over seven years as Director of IT Services at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Horst also holds a BA in Biology from Elon University and a MBA in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Samit Desai is Ai's Chief Medical Officer, offering his clinical perspective to support value-added product development, and he serves as a senior adviser to CRISP, a regional health information organization serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to Ai, Dr. Desai was the CMIO at St. Agnes Ascension Health. He is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He attended Drexel University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Later, he completed an ONC-sponsored Applied Clinical Informatics program at the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.