TMO Consulting was founded in 2008 by Ed Melendez, a healthcare executive and thoughtful technologist. Most recently, he headed up the healthcare practice for Sense Corp, a management consulting firm. His expertise is in policy, operational and technological initiatives to impact public health and the delivery and financing of healthcare. His professional focus is on helping clients improve outcomes and reduce costs by transitioning from fee for service to value based contracts and ACOs. He has worked for payers and providers, multinational enterprise clients, government healthcare programs, and fee for service care and integrated delivery networks (IDNs).
Prior to Sense Corp, Ed worked for Lumeris where he directed the implementation of a number of population health and accountable care initiatives with payers and health systems. He also worked for Louisiana Public Health Institute before and after Hurricane Katrina as the Associate Director of the Partnership for Access to Healthcare. During this time, he was engaged on various health information exchange projects including Clinical Inquiry or CLIQ and the Public Health Information Network as well as public policy around expanding health insurance coverage to service industry employees.
He has consulted to numerous clients. After Hurricane Katrina, he lead the roll out of practice management and EMR systems in partner clinics in the New Orleans area. In 2011, he returned to Louisiana Public Health Institute as a consultant for the launch of the Beacon program, which established a related health information exchange in metro New Orleans and initiatives to link regional clinics into a “virtual ACO” to improve outcomes in patients with diabetes and CVD as well as manage transitions of care. He has also worked as a consultant to Seton Hospital Hays, Communicare (a San Antonio based Federally Qualified Health Center) and Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.
Ed attended business school in Austin, earning an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Acton program. Following his graduation, he was named Director of Finance and Reporting for the Integrated Care Collaboration, a Health Information Exchange in Austin that counts Seton, St. Davids and Central Health among its leadership. At the Integrated Care Collaboration he was responsible for evaluation, clinical research and data mining initiatives and program management for the development of a community owned health insurance program. He also developed and presented a community and organizational return on investment methodology for the governing board.
Ed lives in Austin, TX with his wife Cassie, son Santiago, and dog Yadi.