About Us

Visionaries, questioners, collaborators, solvers and doers. We’ve got the team it takes to help you achieve better clinical and financial outcomes, and start you on the path to value-based care.

We’re data geeks.

Our business is technology, analytics and making sense of data from every source. So yes, we’re left-brained at heart, but we never lose sight that what we do helps make people well and keep them that way.

Answers = Outcomes.

What’s working? Which patients are at-risk? Who haven’t we seen in a while? Answering physicians’ previously unanswerable questions not only helps them improve patient health, it keeps their organizations financially strong

Let’s fast forward.

How do we deliver population health management benefits in less than three months?
  • By using available data in its native format.
  • By employing measures needed to move the needle.
  • By focusing first on areas to impact the most patients.
  • By presenting information that doctors trust

There’s a lot going on in Madison.

Our city’s known for music, college sports, cheese, and health care IT. Forward Health Group is headquartered on Madison’s famed Capitol Square, right downtown in a landmark building, an icon of 20th century architecture.

Transforming Data Into Outcomes Since 2009

  • 2009
    We are born. Formation of Forward Health Group, Inc.
  • 2010
    FHG rolls out PopulationManager® at IHI Orlando – Famous Orange Logo intro’d to great acclaim – but nobody understands population health management.
  • 2011
    FHG graduates to actual office space – no more coffee shop HQ, we are ecstatic
  • 2012
    FHG selected for White House Innovation Program (HIMSS 2012); FHG signs agreement with AHA to lead The Guideline Advantage™. Some folks begin to understand population health management. We are installing new clients.
  • 2013
    FHG signs agreement with AMA to lead Improving Health Outcomes. We are installing new clients.
  • 2014
    KLAS names FHG a High Performing Vendor. We raise some money, we are still in control. Suddenly, every health IT vendor has some population health management thing. We are installing new clients.
  • 2015
    Staff triples in size – we move to swank 1 South Pinckney St in Madison. We shoot client videos. Nobody but us understands population health management. We are installing new clients.
  • Our Team:

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    • Michael Barbouche

      Founder / CEO

      Michael Barbouche is the Founder and CEO of Forward Health Group, a population health company based in Madison, Wisconsin. A mathematician formally trained in health services research, he has over twenty years of health care experience, with an acute focus on data. Applying the principles of set theory, he has invented new data models for the health care industry that maximize the harvest and yield of clinical results, regardless of health IT infrastructure. A frequent advisor on health care data strategy, Michael has demonstrated that any quest for lower costs / higher quality must begin with a denominator. Michael owes most of what he knows about health care to his wife, Ellen, a general internist in practice at the University of Wisconsin. They live in Madison with their three great kids.
      • Interests:
      • Icon_PunctuationI have an unhealthy relationship with punctuation and capitalization. There should be two spaces after a period. Please disregard the erroneous information provided by the Chicago Manual of Style
      • Icon_DogWe have a 135 lb Newfoundland “puppy” named Rosie. Rosie is winning; we are losing. Lots and lots and lots of drool
      • Because of the place of my birth, I am burdened for life as a follower of the Minnesota Vikings
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    • Subbu Ravi

      Chief Operating Officer

      Subbu’s twenty-year career in health IT began with a long-ago reading of “Healthcare For Dummies” at a now defunct Borders in New Jersey. Since then, unlike actual bookstores, Subbu has flourished. A compulsive, multi-faceted, systems-oriented thinker, Subbu believes that the road to value-based care is paved with a focus on business fundamentals, and accurate, timely information. Subbu has assisted in transitioning several health care ideas into profitable companies followed by successful acquisitions. Most recently, he was COO of Amphion Medical Solutions and COO at Symphony Care (A comprehensive suite of products for value based healthcare, acquired by Influence Health). Subbu also led a SWAT team that developed the playbook for CMS in the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10. His current personal goal is to successfully compete with his six-year-old daughter on Star Wars trivia.
      • Interests:
      • The only art that teaches how to see
      • Physical books (no ebooks please)
      • Nothing like a 30 mile bike ride on a crisp September Wisconsin morning
      • Why is moving from a 20 handicap to 15 so difficult?
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    • Stuart Hammond

      Vice President of Sales

      As they say, nothing happens until somebody sells something — and Stuart is the man who makes it happen at FHG. A health IT veteran, Stuart Hammond has over twenty-five years of sales leadership experience in the health information technology industry. He has held sales leadership and executive positions at Management System Associates/A4, Cerner, Healthvision and SCI Solutions. Stuart’s passion for accelerating the adoption of advanced, meaningful technology to improve clinical and financial outcomes helped drive the growth of these companies. He lives in Atlanta with his family. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
      • Interests:
      • Icon_RunningRunning, competing in weekend road and trail races.
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    • James Mattes

      Chief Revenue Officer

      We’re not naive enough to think that we can fix health care on our own. It takes strong collaborators and good relationships. And James is the guy to foster those relationships with health care leaders such as the American Heart Association, The American Medical Association and other key channel partners. Drawing from more than fifteen years of successful operations and continuous improvement experience, James’s expertise helps FHG deliver solutions that keep customers and channel partners coming back. He has traveled the world working to develop and deliver better solutions to keep organizations running smoothly and FHG, our clients and partners all benefit.
      • Interests:
      • Icon_SwimmingOutside interests are easy for me as a triathlete: Swim, Bike, Run, Repeat
      • Icon_BikingOutside interests are easy for me as a triathlete: Bike, Swim, Run, Repeat
      • Icon_RunningOutside interests are easy for me as a triathlete: Run, Bike, Swim, Repeat
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    • Dody Fisher, MD, MGH

      Chief Clinical Officer

      Dorothy (Dody) Fisher, MD, believes that we need happy docs. She believes that physicians need help maintaining their deep sense of mission, they need help delivering one-on-one care in this new era of population health management. That is her mission at Forward Health Group. Most recently, she was Medical Director for the Sentara Quality Care Network (VA). After completing her medical school and training as an internal medicine physician in Vermont, she went on to complete a Masters of Geriatric Health Management. Her various professional roles included office-based general medicine, hospitalist care, home care and then work with the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, called PACE, an approved Medicare and Medicaid supported program designed to address the complex medical problems of older people. After training and working in Vermont, Fisher worked for Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania in both the clinical enterprise and the health plan. She most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer for a Medicare Advantage only health plan. Dody lives in Pennsylvania with her husband. Very outdoorsy, she enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking and cooking.
      • Interests:
      • Icon_HikingHiking
      • Icon_SkiingSkiing
      • Icon_KayakingKayaking
      • Icon_CookingCooking
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    • John Studebaker, MD, MS

      Chief Medical Officer

      As a practicing pediatrician with post-graduate training in medical informatics, Dr. Studebaker knows better than most how critical it is to get the data right. And he knows just how broken health data currently is. He has experience in analyzing, evaluating and implementing health information systems in clinical settings. John has domain expertise in clinical information systems and strategy and has created novel approaches for integrating medical informatics and health information technology with clinical training. While serving as the medical director for Oklahoma’s largest Medicaid clinic for five years, he was responsible for the implementation of an electronic medical record.
      • Interests:
      • Still the best way to stay in shape
      • I can’t get enough time on the slopes with family and friends
      • Proud to be an ND football fan-Go Irish!
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    • Jeff Thomas, MS, CISA, CISSP

      Chief Technology Officer

      For nearly 20 years, Jeff has been focused on keeping data safe. He has created, implemented and managed computer systems all designed with data safety at the forefront. Whether it’s HIPAA compliance, state Medicaid systems or financial transaction data, Jeff’s skills and experience have resulted in best practices-based systems that keep your data secure and accurate. But don’t take our word for it. Jeff led Forward Health Group’s effort on a successful SOC 2 audit conducted by some very well known auditors. And those guys know good compliance when they see it.
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    • Nancy Sielaff, JD

      General Counsel

      It’s not just our docs and math folks who live and breathe health care data. Even our General Counsel has more than twenty-five years of health care experience. Prior to coming to FHG in 2009, Nancy served as General Counsel and Associate General Counsel for health insurance firms such as Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation and United Wisconsin Services/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin. While we’re busy translating data into understandable intelligence, Nancy does the same for legalese and the regulatory and compliance matters important to our clients.
      • Interests:
      • Icon_HorsesTrail riding with my Missouri Fox Trotter
      • Icon_ReadingReading fiction