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Shahid Shah

Washington D.C. Metro Area

I'm an award-winning IT professional with decades of technology strategy, software/hardware engineering, and company building skills. My strong body of knowledge in digital health, med devices, pharma informatics, bioinformatics, and digital chemistry tied with my significant understanding of how to develop engaging products has led to stints as board member or CTO to numerous startups and large enterprise alike. I'm a no-nonsense senior tech leader that can solve almost any problem.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Technology Strategy

    I join start-up boards to help them align their customer goals with their technology strategy to make sure the right tech is chosen, built, and integrated.

    • Business
    • Management
    • Board of directors
    • Enabling Technologies
    • Biotechnology
    • healthtech
    • healthIT
    • patient engagement
    • Information Technology


  • TU
    I had the pleasure of attending Shahid's social media webinar and found it to be very informative, full of great tips for next month's HIMMS. His direct style really makes you take a good look at where you stand to improve your messaging and how best to prioritize solving the customer's problems and see things from their perspective.
    Tolga U. Ural, MBA
  • BB
    Shahid has a unique combination of business knowledge, technical prowess and problem solving skills that I have rarely seen in other individuals during my 38 years in Information Technologies. Shahid is a superb manager of people. I am hard pressed to believe that he is not ideal for most any project. Either as a team member or the leader. I would not hesitate to engage him for any project.
    Bob Burns
  • JL
    Shahid is a man you can count on! When times get tough and you look around to see who will fight the fight with you, Shahid will be by your side. He is self motivated, extremely smart and capable of getting it done. He is a superb manager and also willing to roll up his sleeves to do it himself when that is the best solution. We can all learn a few things from Shahid!
    Jeff Lamkin
  • MV
    Shahid's blogs is a must read for any Healthcare, IT and Healthcare IT person. I am already asking my collegues and interns to follow this on a daily basis. This is the best you can get Regards, Manoj Vadavat COO Collinear Technology Solutions
    Manoj V
  • AD
    Shahid’s dynamic and energetic leadership was key to the success of the FDA regulated program. His continued interest in process improvement led to many changes that enhanced techniques on this large program. Shahid’s innovative management styles were incorporated at all levels of the program and later used on several other programs.
    Ayesha DeLorenzo
  • EG
    I met Shahid at the Dell Think Tank on Healthcare earlier this year. He was very knowledgeable about the economics behind HITECH and the widespread adoption of EMR technology, and how these fit within the regulatory framework. He obviously has a great deal of experience in the industry, and provides thought leadership. I look forward to working with Shahid in future projects and/or initiatives.
    Eduardo Garcia
  • FQ
    Mr. Shahid Shah has the inate ability to analyze, organize, lead and execute enterprise IT projects inline with corporate objectives. Mr. Shah endorsed the use of best practices in software development in order to optimize efficiency throughout Physia's IT department. His knowledge, leadership and commitment to development is an asset to any enterprise looking to exceed business milestones.
    Faisal Qureshi
  • PS
    Shahid has been an excellent resource in deciphering many of the regulations regarding Meaningful Use, Hitech, and HIPAA. If Shahid was unable to provide an answer, he would suggest other resources. Shahid has gone beyond his duties in assisting our transition into the EMR landscape.
    Patrick Smith
  • AG
    Shahid was hired by our company as a consultant to establish fundamental changes in how we develop. His insight into Design Patterns, Testing, Refactoring, Project Management and his grasp of advanced programming came together on a large project. If not for his guidance, this project of ours would not have been able to meet the deadlines set for us.
    Adam Gentry
  • LB
    Shahid is a creative and extremely competent technical architect. Several people, myself included, were inspired to join the company by the vision expressed in his design.
    Lloyd Brodsky
  • AR
    Shahid provided me with valuable advice in establishing a global database for supporting clinical trials. His deep understanding of the subject area and high integrity left a deep mark on the project.
    Alexander Rosenthal
  • BW
    Shahid is supremely talented in all aspects of business, marketing, start ups, health IT, platforms, frameworks, architecture, and so much more he constantly astounds me. But what makes him really stand out is his ability to sift through your needs and simplify everything. Ultra pragmatic and never burdened with a hidden agenda He is very unique and highly recommended.
    Blaine Warkentine md mph
  • AJ
    I worked with Shahid for almost one and half year, and found him truly inspirational when it comes to guiding and mentoring a raw team.It was amazing to found him so profound in all technical areas, he guided us in almost all areas with his rich technical and business thoughts, I must say one of his key managerial strength is his ability to easily zooms in and out on any small to big issues in no time. I admire his technique where he leveraged his technical strengths to get maximum issues resolved on no time on our daily calls and motivated us to get the best out of us.I definitely look forward to have an association with him again.
    Ayush Joshi
  • BC
    He demonstrated competence and brilliance in the development of a unique software. He conceived an innovative solution to a fundamental industry problem, and worked collaboratively with healthcare experts in the development of applications. As a thinker, engineer, leader, manager, and committed employee I recommend Mr. Shah without reservation. His ethical standards are of the highest order.
    Breaux Castleman
  • RP
    Shahid is a rare leader in Technology . I and my friends consult him on important issues related to technology, and he has instant answers ! His blog is highly recommended for people into HIT. His knowledge about the IT domain is vast and is quite helpful to people who will get confused with the vendors driven IT industry . Above all, Shahid is not driven for money and he is always willing to offer his expertise when needed . A great human being !!
    Rajendra Pratap Gupta
  • AM
    I had the honor of working for the International Association of Software Architects, of which Shahid Shah is a member of the Board. Shah is one of those people who know how to make things happen.
    Alice Marshall
  • SY
    I had started working with Shahid on this Health Care project since June 1999. It was really a pleasure working with Physia's team, specially with Shahid. I had gained a tremenduous knowledge about developing an Internet ASP application from him. He has a complete command and knowledge of what he develops. He is a mentor and a great person. I would highly recommend working with him.
    Sayed Yousuf
  • SA
    When I talk about Shahid several things come to immediate thought. He consistently overdelivers, is a plethora of useful expertise and information, has shown himself to be an advocate and champion of both technology and innovation and he is open and honest. There is nothing more refreshing that working with someone who is not afraid to voice an opinion that is best for the company, not just what the executive wants to hear. If 4 stars were the best rating...I'd have to give him 5.
    Stephen Ambrose
  • UT
    Shahid is an exceptional leader, a very positive person, detail oriented manager and a programmer at heart. He is great at communication and persuation. Above everything he is a very kind hearted and admirable person. A big part of what I am today is due to inspiration and constant mentoring from Shahid. My 14 months of association with him has been a period of great learning and development. I just wish I get to work with him again in future. This recommendation is a small token of gratitude towards him.
    Ujjwal Trivedi
  • PB
    Shahid has a truly unique mix of technology expertise and business acumen. He is gifted at taking complex processes and distilling them down to their essence for the purpose of re-engineering and automation. He excels at every level of information engineering from the most conceptual and theoretical all the way down to bits and bytes. He has a tireless energy and focus, and never rests until the customer is "thrilled" with the outcome. His project management skills are state-of-the-art in terms of using agile methods and the most recent technologies, and yet he always matches the perfect mix of tools to the job at hand. He is a true master-craftsman when it comes to coding, consistently staying current on emerging frameworks, languages, and technologies. But, most importantly, he is extremely collegial and a joy to work with. In fact, he is the rare type of guy who can exhaust my ability to come up with new superlatives, and that is no small feat. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
    Paul Baker
  • PG
    I've worked with Shahid on several different engagements and found him to be a highly motivated and insightful consultant. His knowledge of the technical trends in the medical industry is unsurpassed. Combine this with his technical design and team leadership qualities and Shahid was a key figure in leading our multi-functional team to success.
    Pete Gambino
  • SJ
    I worked with Shahid on multiple projects in the healthcare industry as well as on the SparX J2EE framework. He is, by far, the most creative, energetic, and technically savvy person I have ever worked with.
    Shahbaz Javeed
  • TF
    Shahid possesses a unique blend of technical and leadership skills. He has strong communication skills and was always very diligent at following up. Any company that is lucky enough to retain his services won't be disappointed.
    Tom Figueroa
  • AG
    Shahid is a top notch technical guru and an adept entrepreneur guru who can effectively fuse technology with business concerns. There are few people who can communicate complex business and technical aspects as well as Shahid, and his professionalism is unmatched. I have an immense amount of trust and respect for Shahid and I would gladly offer him a referral.
    Andrew Glover
  • DM
    The extent of Shahid’s technical knowledge is overwhelming. His communication and presentation style, from rank and file developers to executives, is effective, informed and professional. He quickly assimilated our team into J2EE best practices and design patterns. If your business requirements include enterprise class software design and development make Shahid part of your solution.
    Don Muldoon
  • SR
    Shahid is a thought leader in creating J2EE frameworks for development projects has the knowledge in J2EE platform combined with strong organizational skills making him a strong asset.I enjoy working with Shahid for the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the team. It will be a pleasure to work with him in future as there are few people who has his drive, energy and passion about what he does.
    Sada Rajagopalan
  • JS
    I had the opportunity to review some of Shahids work with Netspective and I was VERY impressed. I always enjoy meeting people who have the ability to see the big picture and the talent to use that knowledge to deliver useful solutions.
    Jon Strande
  • KP
    If you are looking for a deep technology expert with a clear understanding of customer business needs, look no further than Shahid. Shahid bring a phenomenal understanding of software architecture and design to the table, not merely from a theoretical point of view but from a practical hands-on perspective as well, having implemented many software projects from the ground-up.
    Kamesh Pemmaraju
  • DF
    Savvy, results oriented, keen to understand your strategic needs and capable of understanding a bigger picture -- what else do you want in someone designing and building software? Every time we have used Shahid and Sparx/Netspective in client engagements the result has always been predictable -- outstanding, which means a satisfied client. Highest recommendation!
    David Frankil
  • LS
    I worked closely with Shahid during our initial evaluation of the Sparx Application Platform™, and more recently during our first implementation using Sparx. I am confident that using Sparx on our program will help us to deliver better products faster, not only because of the quality of the framework itself, but also due to the responsiveness and involvement of Shahid as his team.
    Lisa Spory
  • TR
    Shahid is one of the brightest individuals that I have ever meet. He not only understands information technology but he genuinely wants to help his customers. Shahid is a tireless worker and an honest and ethical person.
    Tom Russotto
  • CR
    Shahid has proven himself to be a true technology innovator. He is a true professional who is always willing to take the time to help educate others. I would stringly recommend Shahid for any technology leadership role.
    Clark Richey
  • LP
    Shahid has been training us on advanced software engineering (OOP) and test-driven development techniques on a new Loan Processing System my firm is building. It has been a great working with him while he has been mentoring our team. He knows his way around tools and technologies and is able to teach programmers how to use them.
    Lalit Parashar
  • ZR
    I have worked with Shahid on very time sensitve project for Verizon Wireless and Shahid's work was extremely professional and tech support was excellent.
    Zia Rahman
  • AT
    I've worked with Shahid on different projects and he's always impressed me with his knowledge of all the latest technologies. His knowledge and experience with software architecture and design have helped tremendously in building quality products. Also the leadership and synergy that he brings to a team is very outstanding. He would be a great asset to any project or team.
    Aye Thu
  • DK
    I have been extremely impressed with Shahid as an entreprenuer and a technologist. His breath of knowledge on every aspect of IT as well as vertical expertise is certainly one of his most impressive attributes. He also possesses the business acument to bridge the gap between technology and business to ensure that the correct IT solution is applied to address key business drivers.
    Denys Kim
  • JO
    Shahid is a very impressive individual. He is constantly update-to-date with the latest technologies. This coupled with the ability to articulate his ideas clearly makes him a rare individual. I would highly recommend working with Shahid.
    James Ogura

My Interests

Health Sectors
Medical Devices, Digital Health, Biotech, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery, Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics, Payers


  • Chairman, Strategic Board of Advisors

    OSEHRA | May 2012 - Current

    Advising new DoD and VA founded organization on formation of open innovations and open source software for healthcare industry.

  • Managing Editor

    HITSphere | December 2005 - Current

    I founded and run one the web's oldest healthcare IT aggregators where the daily conversations of dozens of premium health technology bloggers is curated by me into one place.

  • co-Founder and CEO

    Netspective Communications LLC | February 2001 - Current

    Netspective is a provider of technology strategy, sales and marcomm expertise, as well as architecture and engineering solutions to government agencies/contractors, systems integrators, health IT vendors, med device manufacturers, and life sciences customers. From ideation to execution, we extend your enterprise in these ways: * Leadership Augmentation via Fractional CTO Services, Roadmapping & Planning, plus Mentoring & Coaching * Extend R&D teams through Tech Strategy Development, Outsourced Coding & Engineering, Outsourced QA & Validation, and Regulatory Strategy development * Extend Product Marketing teams with Ideation, Requirements & Prototyping, Product Management, and Market Validation * Extend Sales groups via Market Education, Sales Strategy Development, Social Sales & Collaboration, and Lead Gen Assistance All of our capabilities are centered around deep technical talent and senior executive experience that can applied to help create high margin, high revenue, and high value solutions.

  • Chairman

    IMN HealthIMPACT Conferences | December 2013 - Current

    I chair the IMN HealthIMPACT forums which bring together health system CIOs, CMIOs, physician IT leadership, group practice managers, and innovators to evaluate and implement technologies that have measurable IMPACT on care delivery and organizational performance.

  • Member Board of Directors

    Hybrent | September 2014 - Current

  • co-Founder and CTO

    simplifyMD | May 2007 - December 2013

    Co-founded and served as fractional CTO of this digital healthcare startup that created a Meaningful Use Certified Electronic Health Records (EHR) solution for small to medium sized medical offices. simplifyMD merged with Azalea Health in 2014.

  • SVP Healthcare Technology Strategy

    Comsys | September 2002 - May 2004

    Helped develop technology strategy for a new healthcare products and services division of COMSYS after the purchase of Physia intellectual property assets.

  • co-Founder and CTO

    Physia Corporation | March 1999 - January 2001

    Co-founded this healthcare-focused Internet ASP startup and reported to Chief Executive Officer; created, grew, and led the team that built and deployed a high-volume healthcare transaction processing site. Developed and managed large-scale complex software applications with integrated hand-held (mobile, Palm, PocketPC) and e-mail functionality. Managed the Intellectual Property associated with all software applications. Developed a unique, highly-personalized, dbms-agnostic integrated OLTP and data warehouse for the healthcare community that could manage millions of patient records for any healthcare participant (clinics, hospitals, insurance companies). Translated business needs into technical specifications and technical needs into business specifications, managed project plans, and created realistic project schedules on "Internet-time".

  • Senior System Architect and Lead Software Engineer

    Northrop Grumman (formerly TRW) | March 1995 - February 1999

    As a contractor for Northrop Grumman, led the technical team responsible for the development of the American Red Cross National Biomedical Computer Systems (NBCS) Releases 1.0 and 1.1. The Red Cross NBCS system is the largest automated blood collection and distribution system in the world, responsible for delivery of over 50% of the blood supply in the United States. NBCS is deployed over a heterogeneous, distributed client/server environment with IBM AIX and Microsoft NT servers, and host-based and Microsoft Windows clients. Responsible for team leadership, software specifications, software development (ANSI C/C++ and UNIX Shell scripts), design reviews, code reviews, code management, scheduling, interviewing, and hiring. Led the technical team responsible for the development and deployment of several client/server components of NBCS Release 1.1. These include medium-size applications that perform centralized reporting services (using Web/CGI applications, Crystal Reports and Delphi) and telerecruiting (using the web).

  • Computer Scientist (Software Engineer)

    Naval Surface Warfare Center (U.S. Navy) | July 1990 - December 1994

    Developed C++ software on a team project. C++ application was for ground-based UNIX workstations to perform simulation and testing of ship-based computer software and hardware. Developed MS-Windows and OSF Motif software tools in C++ and Borland Pascal to perform reverse engineering and analysis of over fifty megabytes of code and data used on AEGIS-class cruisers and destroyers. Required complete database analysis and design specifications, communication with end-users, downsizing to client/server paradigm, programming the software, and documentation. Enhanced programs in FORTRAN and C to support underwater (submarine) vessel simulation projects. Worked on MARS project for support of low-level networking to enhance war games and hi-res 3D graphics for fleet combat simulation programs. Wrote and had published technical reports and highlights. Served as chairman of the OOP subcommittee of the Navy Next Generation Computer Resources group.


  • University of Maryland University College

    Master of Science (M.Sc.) | Technology Management | 1996 - 1998

  • Capital College, Pennsylvania State University

    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) | Computer Science | 1987 - 1990