David Lindeman, PhD, Director

Dr. Lindeman has worked in the field of aging and long-term care for 30 years as a health services researcher and administrator. In addition to directing the Center for Technology and Aging, he serves as Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health, which advances the use of technology to support population health. Prior to joining the Center for Technology and Aging, he was the founder and director of the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging in Evanston, IL, where he was responsible for developing and implementing evidence-based applied research programs, demonstration projects, education programs and dissemination initiatives. Previously, he held positions as Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center and Co-Director of the University of California, Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Lindeman has been a principal or co-principal investigator on numerous federal, state, and foundation-supported studies. He also has been director or co-director of coordinating centers, including those for the National Institute on Aging, California Department of Health Services, and the Brookdale Foundation, and has served on numerous advisory boards and task forces. Dr. Lindeman received his PhD and MSW in social welfare, health services research, and gerontology from the University of California, Berkeley and his BA from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Valerie Steinmetz, Program Director

Ms. Steinmetz joins the Center for Technology and Aging from The Health Technology Center, where she was the Manager of Research and Product Development, and coordinated research in ten key areas including, Medical Imaging, Critical Care, Geriatrics, Cardiovascular Services, Orthopedics, Neurology, Surgical and Interventional Services, Oncology, Healthcare Facilities, and Information Technology. She was responsible for conducting technology scans, developing and the implementation and upkeep of the website. Ms. Steinmetz received BA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Public Health, Psychology, and Molecular and Cell Biology. She received her Pre Medical Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program from the University of California, Berkeley and is completing her MPH degree in Applied Epidemiology at Emory University.

Suneel Ratan, MBA, Senior Advisor

Suneel Ratan has spent nearly a decade in the field of technology and aging. Most recently, he has been CEO of Care Architecture, developing community-based care coordination and social networking platforms and programs for older adults. He started Care Architecture after seven years in home telehealth. While working at industry pioneer Health Hero Network, later acquired by Robert Bosch, Ratan led a Medicare demonstration project of telehealth-based care coordination that showed substantial reductions in costs and mortality among high-risk, high-cost beneficiaries with complex chronic conditions. His other experiences include serving as a TIME and Fortune Washington correspondent, founding a teen-oriented online service, and being part of the founding team of a large online gaming site for Electronic Arts. He has a bachelor degree from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Alan Little, MBA, Senior Advisor

Alan Little is an industry consultant and Senior Advisor for the Center for Technology and Aging. He has acted in a variety of health care leadership positions for the last 18 years, including Vice President with a regional Medicare Advantage HMO. In this position, he led the investigation and implementation of new technologies designed to enable greater independence for frail seniors. This work included the successful implementation of a remote patient monitoring program that demonstrated positive results from both seniors and clinicians when introducing RPM technologies into existing health care work processes. Little also held senior positions within First Consulting Group (FCG) and other health care focused consulting firms, providing business/market development, strategy, operations and technology related services to both domestic and international clients. Little is a Fellow of America's Health Insurance Plans and Certified Healthcare Insurance Executive. He received his MBA from University of California, Irvine and BS from Pepperdine University.

Steven DeMello, Senior Advisor

Mr. DeMello brings to the Center over 30 years of experience in hospital operations, strategic planning, systems management and consulting. He is Director of Health at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society at University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he served as Executive Director and Senior Advisor at HealthTech; Senior Vice President of the California Healthcare System; President and COO of Alliance Home Care Management, Inc.; and Principal at the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. He also served as chief operating officer of a consumer Internet company. Mr. DeMello received his MBA from the University of Chicago and his BA from Claremont McKenna College.

The Center is supported by numerous consultants with expertise in technology, strategic planning, product development, health care research and evaluation, organizational management, communications and marketing, and clinical management.

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