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Julie Kling

Louisville, Kentucky Area

Performance-driven, dynamic health care executive with a proven track record in delivering results in innovation, strategic consulting, operations and product management and marketing. Excels at defining, building and managing corporate product portfolios; implementing processes that increase productivity and profitability; and mentoring and motivating team members in direct reporting and cross-functional environments. Proven ability to drive change and lead strategic corporate initiatives in fast-changing and highly regulated settings, including integrate...

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Areas of Expertise

  • Disease management

    Over 20 years of experience in care and disease management

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Care Coordination
  • Telemedicine

    Fda clearance, telehealth

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Telehealth
    • telemedicine
    • Remote health management


  • PP
    Julie led the creation of Humana's mobile program from scratch 2 years ago. Today, Humana's mobile capabilities are considered best in class - with stacks of positive reviews and awards to prove it. You can find Julie leading at the vanguard, always looking for ways to improve Humana's mobile capabilities. She balances a solid understanding of business needs with a fierce dedication to customers. I recommend Julie for any work that requires vision, boldness, and perseverance.
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  • J(
    Julie Kling's role as Director, Clinical Program Design and Development is one of those thankless positions that we all know exist, and hopefully avoid. Julie has been successful in navigating the waters of competing agendas and priorities by maintaining a central focus on our customers' needs. As her direct report, I have benefitted from her willingness to support our programmatic goals and prioritized initiatives. I recommend Julie for any position where mediation skills are highly valued.
    Judith (Jude) Gallagher
  • LF
    Julie seeks to combine innovation with practicality to deliver for her organization. She understands the challenges to the healthcare marketplace because of her background as nurse and her experience in business. She will use her skills and experience in service of her passion for leveraging technology to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes.
    Lolita Forbes
  • CI
    Julie is a big-picture vision and strategy person with a passion for the intersection of mHealth and care management. Her commitment and expertise run deep. Julie's strong determination to produce results is embedded in her leadership of cross- functional teams. Her goals always include product excellence.
    Christine Izui

My Interests

Health Sectors
Medical Devices, Digital Health, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery, Payers


  • Director, Digital Mobile Marketing

    WellPoint | November 2014 - Current

    Own entire product lifecycle from strategic planning to tactical implementation, builds and communicating product planning strategies, including key product concepts, product roadmaps, and potential new technology. Works closely with key functional leaders across business segments along with technology engineers/developers, user experience designers, operations, and marketing leaders to bring products to market and develop and grow business opportunities for WellPoint. Oversee the definition and management of high quality, product roadmap based on enterprise needs, team strategy and vision while collaborating with internal stakeholders, cross-functional teams and external partners. Enterprise product owner: set priorities, establish accountabilities and anticipate resource needs. Data-driven decision making, providing in-depth insights along with the ability to foresee rising trends and competitive intelligence while establishing innovative leadership. Ensure the overall user experience is optimized & appropriate by using agile methodology to deliver digital assets. Proactively identify and resolve strategic issues as they arise. Hire and manage a team of world-class product managers, providing guidance and direction to achieve the product vision and strategy.

  • Director of Product Management, Mobile Health Solutions

    Verizon Wireless | October 2012 - November 2014

    Spearheading mHealth product development, piloting, and launch of mHealth services Over the last 18 months has advanced a corporate, mHealth strategy that has included the launch of a remote monitoring product and a telemedicine product. The first two mHealth products in the portfolio including a launch of Verizon’s first FDA cleared mobile medical device Responsible for the business case and the P&L of the mHealth solutions, driving products to market to bring in revenue Oversee the development and management of the mHealth product strategy, roadmap and launch plans, including new products, new solutions, new features, as well as product retirement and technology evolution Oversee the successful development of new healthcare products and solutions Ensure the development of grounded business cases for new product and solution development Lead, at the Director level, business and technology stakeholder teams through the full SDLC. Launched one of the first Agile technical teams at the company in the first three months on the job. Ensure the tracking of mHealth revenue, margin, and technical performance of the product portfolio, and instigate remedial action where necessary Collaborate with peers in development of an overall mHealth ROI tool that spans all mHealth solutions Setting direction and championing the company’s healthcare solution to create integrated Healthcare solutions as appropriate Conduct regular, recurring assessment of customer needs, market sensing, business drivers, and emerging technology trends to guide ongoing solution evolution and execution using Lean six sigma tools and process Lead coordination of 3rd-party business relationships with solution partners Lead the establishment of key vendor relationships Ensure regulatory requirements for solutions developed maintains necessary compliance (i.e. HIPAA, FDA)

  • Mobile Executive Business Lead

    Humana | November 2009 - October 2012

    Provide business leadership in the development and implementation of Humana’s newest communication channel, Mobile Health. Oversee the development the vision and scope for Humana’s Mobile Channel to position Humana as the predominant player in the health industry. Drive the business rules development process to assure that the translation of vision and scope is achieved. Accountable for setting the product roadmap for the mobile channel and gathering requirements for the mobile space. Lead cross-functional teams to monitor strategy, implementation and operational management. Drive the post implementation analysis, validation and lessons learned for continued process improvement. The impact of the work: in the first year, Humana has been identified, by far, as the most innovative health plan in the mobile space by Celent, an industry consultant. Humana won the first-ever Appy Award for best medical app in 2011. Winning other awards including the 2011Stevie People's Choice award for the "Best Smartphone or Tablet App" and the 2011 Steve Award for the "Best New Product or Service". In 2012, Forrester identified Humana mobile efforts as a Best Practice.

  • Director, Clinical Program Design and Development

    Humana | February 2007 - November 2009

    Lead the strategic vision and design of the care management programs for Humana’s 3.4 million Commercial lives. Achieved a ten-fold increase in medical utilization savings opportunities in 2007 resulting in a $7.4 million savings portfolio. In 2008, identified over $200 million in medical utilization savings opportunities resulting in a second ten-fold increase of $71 million realized savings in 2008. Based on this demonstrated success in Commercial, the business plan development process and team was utilized for Medicare strategy analysis and implementation. Manage a team of health care and business professionals. Accountable for executing an organization-wide strategy of managing thirteen condition centers (such as cardiovascular disease, women’s health, infectious disease, cancer). These clinical centers establish interventions that assure all consumers who are at-risk, chronically ill, or in an acute care setting are guided to the programs, services, and tools needed to make the appropriate health and health care financial decisions. Accountable for providing strategic guidance and leadership for projects such as wellness initiatives, incentives, e-messaging, disease management, personalized member interventions, ER strategies, inpatient utilization, and end of life efforts. Evaluate current and potential Humana business partners.

  • Vice President, Product Management, Health Management Solutions

    SHPS | January 2005 - November 2006

    Once promoted to VP, PM, SHPS produced over $20 million in new health management commercial revenue in 2006, exceeding the company growth goal. Key responsibilities included focused oversight of the development of enhanced proposal content and multi-media C level executive finalist presentations. Significantly increased percentage of proposal to finalist ratio to 60%. Developed product marketing strategic direction in a matrix management environment that fostered positive business relationships and generated enthusiasm to meet business objectives. Market-focused responsibilities included building consultant relationships and business development. Enhanced and expanded products and customer-specific services resulting in improved client satisfaction. Designed forward-thinking strategic and tactical product enhancements including infusing behavior modification, consumerism, and enhanced outcomes measurement into integrated services. Maintained company knowledge and insight of market trends, technologies, competitors, customer base and market size, channels of distribution and market share of product lines. As Product Director, led cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams to create integrated product strategy; coordinated product marketing activities, including new product launches. Served as product leader on key company initiative, the CareWise Navigator project - which integrated the company’s care management product portfolio. Assessed compliance with product functionality to government regulations, vendor and customer needs/expectations. Led successful Six Sigma initiative on enhancing pricing process.

  • Manager, Population Based Programs

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association | December 2002 - Current 2005

    Provided clinical and strategic direction for the department related to medical and care management initiatives. Assured that medical management operational issues were effectively addressed at Plans. Oversaw of the development of products and services for Blue Plan including the National Medical Management Forum with over 1,500 Blue Plan medical management participants. Facilitated successful implementation and development of communication vehicles, programs, and resources for Plans to support the needs of multi-state national and local purchasers, for commercial and government related businesses. Promoted the development, dissemination and replication of best practices in medical management that improved the operational aspects of the delivery of healthcare through the facilitation of partnerships with key stakeholders. Developed strategies, implementation, and assessment of key care coordination initiatives for the Federal Employees Program covering over 4.3 million lives nationally such as disease management, demand management and health promotion activities. Provided clinical and medical management direction and expertise to professional organizations, medical management industry experts and Blue Plan senior management staff. Managed four staff and was responsible for an annual budget of over $35 million dollars.

  • Manager, Health Management Program Development

    Caremark | December 2000 - Current 2002

    Directed the fast-paced design, development, and implementation of eleven health management programs including nine disease management programs (CHF, COPD, CAD, diabetes, asthma, pediatric asthma, peptic ulcer disease, arthritis, and hemophilia), two preventive care programs (weight management and smoking cessation) and various pharmacy clinical initiatives. Was responsible for the implementation of more than 3 million lives in the MCO and employer markets, fostering 50% growth in 2001. Developed best-practice health management programs including participant identification, risk stratification, data collection tools, patient/physician communication materials, and outcome measures. Developed data collection and health education in three primary areas: telephonic, written and web-based approach. Oversaw outcomes-driven and behavior change oriented strategy for clinical programs. Supervised a staff of six development clinicians. Worked extensively with cross-functional/cross departmental teams and third party vendors to implement health management programs. Developed sales/marketing communication materials including RPF responses, white papers, PowerPoint presentations, web-based virtual tours, and presented in finalist presentations to prospective clients.

  • Director, Product Development

    CorSolutions | December 1998 - Current 2000

    Developed disease management programs utilizing telephonic nursing management, case management and interactive telephonic response based on clinical standards of care. Advanced chronic illness disease management model development including moderate risk HF, COPD, and diabetes. Authored medical management decision support manual for nurses and patient education material. Created computerized questionnaires, which supported nurse evaluation of member status and symptoms of chronic illness. Determined benchmarks for outcome analysis. Oversaw analysis of clinical, quality of life and ROI impact of disease management program. Promoted and marketed product lines with customers through presentations and outcome study results.

  • Diabetes Nurse Educator

    Joslin Center for Diabetes, MacNeal Hospital | December 1993 - Current 1998

    Educated patients with diabetes self-management skills in an outpatient setting. Developed and implemented diabetes disease state management program in home health setting. Implemented comprehensive inpatient program for diabetes education by staff nurses. Marketed and trained primary care physicians on diabetes standards of care. Evaluated physician groups' adherence to these standards.

  • Patient/Family Education Coordinator

    Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center | December 1990 - Current 1993

    Coordinated and lead education program for families of children with diabetes and asthma in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

  • Diabetes Educator/Researcher

    Grady Memorial Hospital | December 1988 - Current 1990

    Educated adults with diabetes self-management skills in an outpatient setting. Performed Phase 3 medical research on metformin.


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Bachelor of Science | Nursing | 1984 - 1988