Who We Are
About Elimu Informatics
We are a team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and engineers that bring boots-on-the-ground experience in healthcare workflows and technology. Our customers, large and small, have always had strict budgets which is why our products and services are geared toward rapid delivery while removing development costs, SME time, and endless project meetings.
From our SMART on FHIR app assembler that doesn’t require developers to our plug-and-play CDS-Hooks alerts platform, Elimu’s mission is to deliver custom, knowledge-driven workflows into your EHR and other HIT systems through standard, cost-effective means.
Elimu (pronounced eh-lee-moo) was founded through the merger of PSMI Consulting, and Meliorix Inc. We deliver products and services in the areas of clinical decision support, semantic normalization, and workflow integration for some of the most recognized names in the healthcare industry. Notable projects include:
- Developed industry accepted methodology for CDS rule writing
- Pioneering Pharmacogenomics CDS via FHIR and CDS-Hooks
- Contributed to the creation of HL7 Meaningful Use standards
- Contributed to the creation of RxNorm standards
- Developed early FirstDataBank standards
- Led ONC workgroup - Empowering Patients Access to their Interoperable Health Record
- Developed content frameworks for some of the largest names in healthcare
- Authored and contributed to Health eDecisions (CQL) and FHIR Clinical Decision Support standards
- Lead SNOMED's substance hierarchy re-engineering project
- Member of Meaningful Use Value Set Workgroup
James Shalaby, PharmD - Co-founder & CEO
Jim leads Elimu's Clinical Informatics vision and strategy. Prior to Elimu, Jim founded PSMI Consulting in 2005, a well established clinical informatics firm recognized for their expertise in clinical terminologies and clinical content. Jim is a leader in clinical terminology, knowledge management and clinical information models with over 23 years of experience. He has served as the director for Kaiser Permanente's Convergent Medical Terminology (CMT) group, a team of informaticians focused on development, integration and operationalization of Epic Healthconnect. Jim is also a nationally recognized expert in medication terminology standards and has served most recently as the senior subject matter expert for the ONC medication interoperability efforts. Over the past 12 years Jim has served as a leader in informatics innovations for notable customers such as Partners Health, GE Medical, Baystate Health, Boston Medical Center, UCSF, First DataBank, and McKesson.
Aziz Boxwala, MD, PhD, FACMI - Co-Founder & President
Aziz leads Elimu's product development and cloud strategy. He has worked in Health IT, from large enterprises and small startups to academic medical centers at Harvard Medical School and the University of California San Diego. As the Director of Medical Informatics at Eclipsys Corporation (now part of Allscripts), he led the technology team that incorporated knowledge-based products. At UCSD, his team developed a clinical data warehouse to support research and development that integrated data from clinical systems including the Epic electronic health record system. Aziz has authored over 80 papers and abstracts and is an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He is also regarded as one of the leading experts in HL7 FHIR. In 2012, Aziz founded Meliorix to bring greater system consumable knowledge to healthcare. After much success with many notable clients, Aziz merged his company in 2017 with longtime collaboration partner, PSMI Consulting to create Elimu Informatics.
Lana Tsurikova, MS, MA - VP, Operations
Lana leads company operations and customer relationships. She has held positions as Director of Program Management and Partner Relationships at Optum Labs and Senior Program Manager at Partners HealthCare Systems, where she led a Clinical Decision Support Consortium, pioneering development and integration of CDS as a service in five unique EHRs and in four different healthcare systems across the U.S., and developing the first in the U.S. legal framework for such CDS services. Lana served as Program Manager for the PHS-Siemens Research Council and HIT consultant for Russian and Ukrainian hospitals identifying and integrating new EHR systems. She holds an MS in Computer Science from Kharkov Technical State University, an MA in Psychology from Kharkov State University, Ukraine, and an MA in Community Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
David Lobach, MD, PhD, MS, FACMI, FACP - VP Health Informatics Research
David provides expertise and guidance for project strategy, design, and evaluation. In this role, he promotes clinical decision support and population health management in a value-based care environment, researches strategies to facilitate evolving technology-enhanced new models of care delivery, and designs and implements approaches for evaluating the impact and effectiveness of Elimu products. In addition to his work in clinical informatics, Dr. David Lobach is a board-certified endocrinologist with 30 years of clinical practice experience. In terms of training, David received his undergraduate degree in biology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He also earned a PhD in immunology from the Duke University Graduate School and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering/medical informatics from the Duke University School of Engineering.
Henry Wallace, Chief Technology Officer
Hank is Chief Technology Officer at Elimu Informatics, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience at all levels of Software Engineering in a variety of software architectures and business domains. Prior to Elimu, Hank has held engineering leadership and architect positions in a number of SaaS and Health IT companies including Drift and OM1. As an Engineering Leader at Drift, he led Product Development, DevOps, and Information Security teams at one of the fastest growing SaaS startups of all time. His teams developed enterprise readiness capabilities, scaled an AWS microservice-based infrastructure to millions of active users, and delivered SOC 2 Type II compliance. At OM1, he led data partner onboarding, the development of a de-identification tool for physician notes, and his teams developed a big data pipeline that processes healthcare data on over 100 million patients for outcomes measurement.