"I'm inspired because we're providing an information driven, value conscious healthcare process that is making the lives of everyone involved much better—and this is just the beginning..."
Dr. Patel oversees all operations since founding VHL in 2016. He is a working physician, trained at the University of Kansas Hospital, and holds an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. He has served as Vice President of Ambulatory and Population Health for a large health system in Minneapolis, as well as system Chief Medical Officer.
Director of Product Development & Process Improvement
"I’m inspired by the rapid growth and innovation that is currently overtaking the healthcare landscape—these are programs and resources that will change the meaning of comprehensive and coordinated care for a significant population."
Ju develops new products & processes to optimize quality, efficiency, and patient outcomes for our partners. She holds a Master of Biological Sciences, Immunology from Mayo Graduate School, where she studied B cell development in celiac disease, and a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College.
“I'm inspired because I help guide how we use of innovative technology to provide efficient, secure solutions for chronic care management.”
Prabhakar directs complex software design and peripheral device integration. He brings expertice in electronic medical record systems, accounting management software, smart mail software, complex data analysis and security management systems. Prabhakar was been awarded a Master’s Degree in Computer Applications and is a certified programmer of .Net Technologies.
"I'm inspired because I get to see patient improvement first-hand, focus on patients, one-on-one, build relationships and focusing on their overall wellbeing."
Sakowicz guides VHL Care Coordinators to ensure successful patient interactions. In her role as a Care Coordinator, she directly facilitates patient wellness. She has been a Registered Medical Assistant for 19 years with experience in family practice medicine, internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, and chiropractic care.
Dr. Patel trained at the University of Kansas Hospital in a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency and Pulmonary/Critical Fellowship. He received a MBA from the Kelley School of business. He has served as Vice President of Ambulatory and Population Health for a large health system in Minneapolis, which eventually culminated into a system Chief Medical Officer role. “We are a healthcare company that will help medical practices achieve financial and technological means to deliver high quality care and improve patient satisfaction through better engagement of patients in their health. Being a physician I understand the challenges faced by my colleagues. Today’s healthcare environment is changing and this has created new obstacles for clinicians. I believe we have to create an environment that will allow us to practice medicine while maintaining the passion that led us into healthcare"
Pamela Zimmerman, LSW, MA
Vice President of Care Coordination & Client Relations
Pam Zimmerman, an expert in social work and aging services, is the Director of Care Coordination and Client Relations for Vital Health Links. Prior to joining Vital Health Links, Pam worked for the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging as the Director of Information and Assistance where she managed the Minnesota Senior LinkAge Line, an integrated service system designed to connect older adults and family caregivers to resource and benefit options. Pam holds a B.A. in Social Work and an M.A. in Gerontology. She is a Licensed Social Worker and is certified as a Care Transitions coach and a professional gerontologist. Pam also serves as a board member of the Minnesota Gerontological Society. “In my 30-year social work practice, I have seen the effects of our fragmented health and social systems on those seeking services. Vital Health Links is reimagining health care to truly integrate these systems and promote quality of care, quality of life, and vital aging for older Americans. I am honored to be a member of the Vital Health Links team, working alongside patients, family members, health care and community-based providers to promote person-centered coordinated care, patient engagement, and healthy aging.”
Ajeet Kumar Prabhakar
Chief Technical Officer
Ajeet has worked in the software development business for the past 9 years. His expertise lies with complex software design and integration of peripheral device integration. Currently, Ajeet manages a large team of highly skilled Engineers in his role as Vice President of Hard Shell Technologies. He is also responsible for customer acquisition and project management. Ajeet has obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Applications, and is a certified programmer of .Net Technologies. Through the course of his career, Ajeet has developed numerous electronic medical record systems, accounting management software, smart mail software, complex data analysis and security management systems.
Ajeet is passionate about improving the health of communities using latest technologies. He has especially excelled in providing user friendly and easily accessible solutions which support Vital Health Links’ mission.
“Vital health links is committed to providing efficient, innovative and secure solution for chronic care management and I am pleased to be part of the team to ensure use of innovative use of technology”.
Manager of Marketing and Product Development
JoJo is the Manager for Marketing and Product Development and holds a Master of Biological Sciences, Immunology from Mayo Graduate School, where she studied B cell development in celiac disease, and a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College. During her time in graduate school, she completed a communications externship with the Mayo Clinic Department for Scientific Communications, and before joining Vital Health Links served as Internship Liaison for Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Minneapolis, coordinating communication and internship opportunities with community partners. JoJo believes that empowering individuals, families, and communities begins with access. “There is a wealth of health data and tools available to both providers and the public—Vital Health Links is making these tools accessible and adoptable to improve quality of care, patient satisfaction, and health care expenditure.”