James J. Talano, MHA, FACHE established SWICFT in 2005 alongside his father, and in 2007 assumed the role of Administrative Director and began building the Group. Jim is also the co-founder and Managing Director of Southwest Florida Research, a research center of excellence for the administration of Phase II-IV clinical trials in pharmaceutical and medical devices. Jim received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University, a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Jim has had a diverse career that has spanned many facets of the health care field. He has held the positions of Director of Managed Care and IT Integration for Northeast Health Systems, an integrated delivery system located outside of Boston, MA. He was a manager with the Chicago office of First Consulting Group specializing in healthcare information technology and strategy consulting. He held the title of Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development for Medical Systems Management (MSM), a Boston-area-based medical software company, and then went on the become a Vice President with and later serve on the Board of Directors of Picis after helping orchestrate the merger of Picis and MSM. Jim has since been involved in several healthcare-related entrepreneurial ventures and sold a home health and geriatric care management company in 2010 that he developed and grew through the acquisition and merger of two Naples-based companies.
Jim recently served as President of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He was also a founding Board Member and is currently a Mentor for FusionPointe, a venture development organization driving economic impact in the region by helping to increase the number of investment-ready companies.
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