October 29, 2015

lifeIMAGE Taps Matthew A. Michela as President and CEO

NEWTON, MA – Oct. 29, 2015 – lifeIMAGE, the medical image exchange platform that enables imaging data interoperability across healthcare networks, providers, patients and technology systems, today announced that Matthew A. Michela will join as President and CEO effective November 2, 2015.

Michela’s extensive experience includes senior positions at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care—consistently rated among the top health plans in the country—where he worked in a number of leadership roles in operations, business development, product development, technology, and provider network strategy. Most recently, Michela served as COO at Healthways, a publicly traded provider of well-being solutions for health systems, employers and health plans. Prior to that, he was co-founder, President and COO at Care Management International, which offers solutions in the delivery of clinical services for healthcare clients in utilization management, radiology management, and case and condition management. Michela also founded and co-founded start-up companies in provider practice management and biotechnology oncology research, respectively.

lifeIMAGE co-founder and board member Hamid Tabatabaie, who led the search for a new CEO, will remain a member of the executive team as Executive Vice President, enhancing his focus on strategy, expansion of new services, and collaboration with customers and partners.

“Matt has a demonstrated ability to build high-powered teams, transform operations, and successfully scale organizations,” said Tabatabaie. “I’m looking forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with him and the rest of the team to further the company’s dedication to building a smart, national network for interoperable medical image exchange and to fully realize the lifeIMAGE vision.”

“Some of the impressive qualities drawing me to lifeIMAGE include the quality of its team, its blue-chip client roster and its position as the country’s largest, most utilized network for sharing medical imaging information,” said Matthew A. Michela, President and CEO, lifeIMAGE. “The company delivers exactly what the ailing healthcare system desperately needs: secure, interoperable image exchange that improves the quality of patient care while wringing unnecessary costs out of the system.”

“Matt’s hands-on business and operations experience together with his proven track record in the provider, payer, employer, and care management sectors is a great fit for lifeIMAGE,” said Will Cowen, Chairman of the lifeIMAGE Board of Directors. “We’re certain the dynamic partnership between Matt and Hamid will accelerate lifeIMAGE’s ability to provide even more effective, scalable, quality-driven and innovative solutions to the market of the future.”

About lifeIMAGE
lifeIMAGE is an interoperable medical image sharing network that helps healthcare providers access their patients’ imaging records, regardless of where exams are performed or stored. It has been adopted by more than 120 multi-site health systems across the country to improve care coordination for patient consultations, referrals and transfers. This enables providers to improve the quality and timeliness of care, expand referral business, and eliminate wasteful spending.


Don Fluckinger or Erin Anthoine