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Transforming Healthcare: Revolutionizing Medicine with Automated Assessments

At Automated Assessments, we lead the charge in revolutionizing healthcare with tailored solutions for repetitive transactions. In a digital age where pen-and-paper practices persist in medicine, our mission is to bridge this gap using cutting-edge technology. Our goal is clear: bring automation to the forefront of medicine, streamlining processes for enhanced efficiency and paving the way for improved patient care and operational excellence.

Our Team

Jason Johanning

Founder & Managing Member

Improving surgical outcomes in geriatric patients is the overarching goal of Jason's research and quality improvement work. The impetus for this has been synthesized from his experiences at Geisinger Medical Center where he witnessed the impact of systems based care on outcomes. It was further refined based upon the work performed through the Dennis W. Jahnigen Career development award where the collaborative team conclusively demonstrated through advanced biomechanical analysis that elderly patients with peripheral arterial disease have a marked decrease in propulsive force at plantar flexion.  His team's frailty assessment in conjunction with palliative care consultation led to marked improvements in patient outcomes and has led to a national focus on frailty assessment for surgical patients. To that end Jason has completed a Health and Aging Policy Fellowship in Washington DC working with CMS given their focus on elderly surgical care. His effort has thus been focused on promoting and assisting implementation of frailty screening on a national level in conjunction with his colleagues at multiple major academic medical centers.  Most recently he has continued to advance risk assessment as Acting Chief Medical Officer of VISN 23 where they developed a tool to risk assess all medical inpatients with improvement in systems level outcomes. 

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Matt Forrest

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Forrest is the Vice President of Business Development for Renovo Solutions. Matt brings a wealth of experience to the table, having been with the company since its inception in 2009. His background with industry leaders like Cassling Diagnostic Imaging, Layered Health, and Ensocare indicates a strong track record in introducing cutting-edge technologies to healthcare. Growing up in Omaha and attending Creighton Preparatory high school suggests a local connection, while his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska underscores his educational foundation. 


With almost three decades of experience in collaborating with health systems nationwide, Matt has honed his expertise in introducing innovative technologies aimed at enhancing patient care and cost reduction. His combination of education, experience, and a proven track record positions him as a valuable asset in driving the company's mission forward. 

Outside of his professional endeavors, Matt's involvement in various community organizations showcases his commitment to giving back. His roles as a mentor, board member, and committee member for organizations like TeamMates Mentoring Organization, CHI Health Community Foundation, American Heart Association, Project Harmony, and the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation highlight his dedication to making a positive impact in the community. 

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Stephanie Patsalis

Chief Development Officer

Stephanie Patsalis is an accomplished business executive with 20 years of business development leadership with innovative business experience focused on growth and profitability. As Chief Development Officer, she understands organizational initiatives based on needs exploration and in building long-term client relationships. She has expertise in technology start-ups and as a partner with Rayna SolutionsTechnology. As an entrepreneur she has helped companies such as ezNetPay, Ucorsa,TerraWatts and BasicBlock.

 Dynamic business development leader with strong track record of enterprise growth through analysis and understanding of performance gaps and establishing clear returns on investment. Stephanie has strong Enterprise technology project sales spanning multiple industries working  with fortune 500 companies. Designed custom solutions based on thorough needs analysis and understanding of current company and market challenges.  Fostered relationships and strategic alliances with channel partners. Consulted Governor Pete Ricketts on leadership recommendations and technology initiatives for State of Nebraska CIO and Department of Health and Human Services CIO.

In her spare time, she enjoys philanthropic events, traveling with her two girls and is the author of two Greek cookbooks.

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Mani Ponniah

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Automated Assessment, Mani is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in driving operational excellence and strategic growth. With over fifteen years of experience in the industry, Mani began his career in the Information technology field and quickly rose through the ranks due to his exceptional performance and dedication. He has held key leadership positions in various companies, where he successfully spearheaded initiatives to streamline operations, optimize processes, and enhance productivity. Mani has been involved in startups such as MyVitalz, Rayna Solutions and MyCircles and assumed leadership roles in driving strategy, excellence and profitability. In his role as COO at Automated Assessments, Mani oversees all aspects of operations, ensuring seamless execution of business strategies and delivering exceptional results. He is responsible for operations management and strategic direction, driving operational efficiencies, and fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. Mani holds a BS/BA in MIS and Acct from Midland University Mani also holds vertical certs in Information Technology, Information Security, Project Management and Operational Excellence.

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Jim Granger

Chief Financial Officer

Financial Officer with solid domestic and global financial management experience across multiple business environments. Combines strategic and tactical financial expertise with strong qualifications in opportunity identification, business development, general operations and P&L management. Proven track record of capturing cost reduction and revenue enhancing opportunities through process redesign and establishment of key reporting metrics.

Primary strengths include:
• Strategic & Tactical Business Planning
• Business Process & Strategy Development
• Cash Management & Treasury
• Financial Analysis, Modeling & Budgeting
• Foreign Currency Reporting & Risk Management
• Cost Containment & Margin Management
• GAAP Reporting and Research

Recognized by the Association for Financial Professionals two years in a row as one of the “AFP 300”- representing the top 300 highest-ranking professionals in the fields of treasury and corporate finance

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Balu Ramakrishnan

Chief Information Officer

Balu Ramakrishnan is widely recognized for his strategic vision and technical expertise. With a strong foundation in machine learning, statistical analysis, and algorithm development, Balu brings a unique blend of technical expertise and leadership acumen to the executive suite. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in leveraging advanced technologies to drive digital transformation and achieve business objectives. Notably, Balu led initiatives to integrate state-of-the-art machine learning models into critical business processes, resulting in substantial efficiency improvements and elevated customer satisfaction. His strategic foresight and ability to navigate complex technological landscapes have positioned him as a trusted advisor, driving innovation and propelling organizations towards sustainable growth. With a proven track record of delivering impactful results, Balu is poised to drive organizational excellence and shape the future of technology in the digital era

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