Katherine Kuzmeskas, MPH

Katherine Kuzmeskas, MPH

CEO and Cofounder, Simply Vital Health

Katherine Kuzmeskas co-founded and is CEO of Simply Vital Health, where blockchain technology solves problems in medical recordkeeping and healthcare payment systems. Solutions include support for data security; care-coordination; post-hospital data; communications; and analytics for decision making and risk management.  Kat left Yale New Haven Health in December 2016 to launch SV because she sought to solve an actual problem she had as a hospital administrator – she needed the platform she now sells. As the program manager of the Yale New Haven Hospital Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC), she managed the Lower Joint Replacement Bundled Program (a type of Value Based Care program) which included everything from general operations to supporting the clinical and financial analytics of the program.  Prior to her role at the CMC, she served as a Strategic Planner for the Medicine and Surgery service lines for the entire Health System, which included providing guidance on the opportunities within and the future of Value Based Care. The majority of her analyses provided business opportunity and market expansion intelligence to Yale New Haven Hospital, the nation’s 6th largest hospital, and her analyses gained national recognition. Before her career at Yale New Haven Health, Kat designed and led the development of a care management platform for Connecticut’s largest community health network that gained national recognition with requests for purchase. At the same community health network, Kat improved their quality metrics by 39% in 3 months by designing and leading a quality improvement initiative with all state-wide clinicians and the Business Intelligence team. She received a full ride and attained a 4.0 in her Master of Public Health program with a certificate in leadership. Kat is a 2007 Rio Grande Valley Teach For America Alumna, a program that is more selective than Harvard Law.