Symphony’s Management Team
Ravi Kalla is a noted entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Symphony Corporation. Ravi believes in employing a rigorous process to every aspect of the company’s operations and projects to bring predictability, transparency and cost saving to his clients.
Ravi has founded several other successful healthcare technology companies including Symphony Data (acquired by Apollo Health Street), HighFiveRx, and SymphonyCare (acquired by MedSeek), EmOpti, and Intellivisit. He is the Managing Director at SymphonyAlpha Ventures and a Partner at Blue Cloud Ventures (BCV). SymphonyAlpha Ventures provides investment for early stage healthcare focused companies. BCV provides growth equity for late-stage Software-as-a-Service and enterprise software companies.
As an active investor and advisor, Ravi has also helped propel several cutting-edge health care technology and service companies. His portfolio of companies includes Strategic Health (acquired by American Health Holdings), Liazon Corporation (acquired by Towers Watson), Health Unity, Qik (acquired by Skype), Review Trackers, 411.ca (acquired by Yellow Pages), Iowa Waste Systems, and Synqq.
Previously he served in various executive and managerial roles at BFI and Superior Services, which is now known as Veolia. He also served on the Wisconsin Governor’s e-Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Board. Ravi received an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Healthcare Informatics
- Accountable IT Management
- Organizational Strategy
Jonathan Fritz brings over 15 years of entrepreneurial and technology experience to his role as the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of New Ventures of Symphony Corporation. Jonathan has a cross-disciplinary background in business, bioinformatics, law, and software.
Jonathan began his information technology career working in-house for Unisys Corporation as a member of the technology law group, where he experienced large deal flow between the world’s mainframe computing leaders. While a practicing patent attorney, Jonathan worked on ground breaking BioMedical IT technologies including clinical decision support systems, radiation treatment planning systems, and medical data management software. Jonathan was a partner in a large Midwestern law firm, where he was a member of the Venture Capital, Biotechnology, and Health Law practice groups. In his capacity as outside counsel to technology start-up companies he assisted in, among other things, their strategic growth and complex deal negotiations. This led to Jonathan being the co-founder and COO of a health and fitness software start-up.
Jonathan is passionate about technology and serves on the Wisconsin Technology Council Board of Directors. The Council advises the Governor and Legislature on business and technology, and includes many of Wisconsin’s influential business leaders. Jonathan also serves as a TEDMED Research Scholar. In this role he helps assess the credibility of the science and technology related to TEDMED’s editorial initiatives. Jonathan received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Marquette University, his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Hamline University School of Law, and Master’s degree in Bioinformatics jointly from Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Jonathan also serves on the Board of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, is a retired waterski show skier, and an avid golfer.
- Data Management
- Applied Analytics
- Clinical Decision Support
- Clinical Workflow
Jeffrey Barrett is an accomplished HIT leader with nearly 20 years experience in various clinical and technical roles, and with experience leveraging organizational data assets to improve quality, safety, and efficiency of health care delivery.
Jeff has a unique background both as a highly trained and experienced RN having served in fast paced Emergency Room settings, as well as a hands-on technology and management background that includes having served as a Surgery Service Line Manager, Enterprise Clinical Applications Coordinator at Dubois Regional Medical Center, and ultimately Chief Information Officer of Philipsburg Hospital prior to his recruitment to the Geisinger Health System.
Before joining Symphony, Jeffrey served as Director of Clinical Decision Support Technologies in the Clinical Innovations Department at Geisinger Health System, a nationally recognized leader in Healthcare IT utilization. During his tenure he grew the CDS team from three to nearly 30 clinicians, analysts, developers, and evaluators, and led the development of numerous HIT projects with significant impact in both clinical and organizational operations.
Jeff’s focus area at Symphony is the implementation of large scale, enterprise wide data management and decision support projects for healthcare organizations and health plans. In his leadership role as Chief Data Officer, Jeff works directly with clients’ leadership and management as well as frontline clinicians delivering end-to-end Applied Analytics services, helping them realize their data integration aspirations and maximizing their clinical and financial outcomes.
Raghu Gandra is a technology professional with over 15 years of experience as a mobile developer and technical architect. Before coming to Symphony, Raghu worked long tenures at Nokia and other Fortune 500 companies, managing large-scale development projects. Now, as Chief Technology Officer, Raghu leverages his vast experience across healthcare technology fields to drive Symphony initiatives in big data, mobile health, telemedicine, pharmacy management, and more. He leads Symphony’s development teams toward a strong, unified architectural construct, while fostering and communicating the technology vision and roadmap to clients and partners.
- ERP Visioning
- Human Capital Management
- Business Intelligence
Gary Smith has spent the last 15 years of his 30-year IT career at Symphony. He started at Symphony as an ERP Implementer, and then grew into the role of Director for the entire ERP Practice. Gary works closely with the CEO and the Chief Revenue Officer to identify opportunities and assist the sales team throughout the sales cycle to help close new business and expand on existing client accounts. He manages the Symphony delivery team to ensure successful projects and client satisfaction. He coordinates with the Director of Finance and Human Resources to manage the team, ensuring proper use and utilization levels of the delivery team.
Gary’s IT career started as a developer working with financial systems, and continued with extensive work with HR/Payroll systems in 1985. Since joining Symphony he has been leading and managing ERP implementations for customers ranging from 300 employees to 500,000. Gary is originally from Edmonton, Alberta and earned his degree from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.