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About Innovation Horizons

Innovation Horizons is a health consulting organization focused on supporting the integration of highly innovative health technology and services into viable, sustainable business practices that support value-based health and health care practices.

Services available include:

  • Technical assistance with product and service development;
  • Health care marketplace development;
  • Advising on regulatory and reimbursement issues; and
  • Helping catalyze valued entrepreneurial partnerships and collaborations.


Deliverables may include technical writing, e.g. reports, journals, oral presentations, and assisting with business plan development. Additionally, Innovation Horizons can also provide assistance with designing effective communication materials for a variety of purposes including business presentations, public media, and proposals.


Prospective clients can expect expertise that blends clinical and policy experience to provide the best solutions to some of your most complex problems. At Innovation Horizons, we work to establish value-creation and trust with clients in providing smart options and insights in emerging business environments to minimize the impact of uncertainty and optimize the harnessing of opportunity.


Innovation Horizons is an LLC licensed in the District of Columbia and is covered with general liability and professional insurance.


The vision of Innovation Horizons is to be a catalyst for change in the development of a consumer and patient-centered health care system.


We work together with stakeholders to realize this vision by applying our deep understanding and hands-on experiences with innovation practices in medical science, technology, and care delivery sectors of health care. With extensive leadership experiences in health and government innovation, we provide our clients with proven strategies and marketplace analysis to enable successful translation and adoption of promising technologies and care delivery processes into the complex and evolving healthcare system.

Statement of Values

Innovation Horizons has as a core value and has incorporated into our mission the creation of a work environment that openly embraces diversity and equity as a team and its representation to our clients. We strive to affect social, economic, and human interest goals that recognize our place in a broader community affecting change by example.

Strategic Partnerships

Floreo is leveraging the power of Virtual Reality to develop a supplementary method of teaching social and communication skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Personalized Medicine Coalition, representing innovators, scientists, patients, providers and payers, promotes the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts, services and products to benefit patients and the health system.

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a professional medical society of more than 2,700 preventive medicine and public health physicians who manage, research, and influence population health.

Cureatr turns disconnected healthcare data into insightful action, helping clinicians see the full picture of a patient and communicate that information compliantly, in real time, across networks.

Marlabs is a Digital Technology Solutions company that helps companies adopt digital transformation using a comprehensive Digital360 framework comprising of Digital Product Engineering, Digital Automation, AI and Cognitive Platforms, Enterprise Analytics, Cloud, Digital Security and Digital User Experience; delivering a next-generation Digital Customer Experience.

PatientsVoices is helping  hospitals, clinics and surgery centers transform their raw data, such as patient comments, complaints and social media posts into reportable, trackable, and improvable data analytics aimed at improving the patient experience.

Quantified Habits designs engaging products and experiences that enable users to take control of their health by cultivating repeatable healthy behaviors. Quantified Habits believe that the atomic unit of focus for all health and wellness efforts should be actual behavior, and not just biometric data.

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides comprehensive employment services to ensure a competitive workforce, full employment, life-long learning, economic stability and the highest quality of life for all District residents.

About Greg

Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D. is the Founder of Innovation Horizons, LLC, a consulting practice with an emphasis on innovation and technology adaptation in health care.


Previously, he was the Founding Executive Director for Innovation in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this position, his primary responsibilities were focused on the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship as valued attributes of workforce engagement across HHS.


Prior to his arrival at HHS in 2006, Dr. Downing served at the National Institutes of Health since 1993 in research, policy, and program management roles. Dr. Downing earned his medical degree from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Kansas.


He has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles in science, technology and health policy.  He is widely known for his entrepreneurial applications of data to provide innovative solutions to complex health care management issues. Dr. Downing has an active medical practice in pediatrics and maternal-newborn critical care.

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Jamie Elliott, Chief Science Officer

Jamie Elliott is the Chief Science Officer of Innovation Horizons, LLC. His focus lies in innovative and analytic ways of solving today’s healthcare problems.


Before joining Innovation Horizons, Jamie was a leader in analytics, software development, and project management at the Health Resources and Services Administration. Jamie led major projects in business process improvement, and served as an innovation coach and mentor for others trying to improve government operations.


Jamie’s creative approaches brought him to lead data science projects dedicated to improving the health workforce in underserved and rural areas through longitudinal analysis, geospatial evaluation and data system integration.

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Katie Lewis Apton, Associate Policy and Strategy Analyst

Katie Lewis Apton is a health care and policy consultant, with a focus on health care delivery and payment reform, patient-centered care, and quality measurement. Katie’s background is in public health, and she therefore has expertise and interest in understanding social and environmental drivers of health.


In addition to collaborating with Innovation Horizons, Katie works with public and private health care organizations, including hospitals, insurers, and universities, to support programmatic, policy, and strategic initiatives. Previously, Katie was a Program Officer at the National Academy of Medicine, where she was responsible for stewarding the work of the Value Incentives and Systems Innovation Collaborative. Prior to her time at the National Academy of Medicine, Katie worked at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Fund for Public Health in New York.

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Dean Hovey, Senior Design Consultant

Known for his creativity, leadership, and curiosity, Dean has started 11 companies, served as a senior executive in two public corporations and on several corporate boards.

His experience spans retailing, product design, invention, entrepreneurship, business development, general management and venture capital.

Over the past four years, Mr. Hovey consulted with major health care systems, Fortune 500 companies and early stage start-ups promoting proactive health and consumer-centered solutions for improving health and well being. These learnings and solutions will merge with Digifit – embedded into its apps and technologies – to create fun, effective mobile health and fitness solutions.

Dean co-founded the Product Design consulting firm now known as IDEO in the late seventies and was instrumental in the design and commercialization of the computer mouse for Apple Computer.

Dean received his M.S. General Engineering, Product Design from Stanford University.


Eileen Stephens, Senior Business Analyst

Eileen Stephens has a successful 20-year track record of solving broad, complex problems in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She is experienced in all aspects of management and consulting, including program, project, human capital, change, and portfolio management; performance measurement and reporting; data and financial analysis; business case development; strategic planning; re-organizations and process re-engineering; formation and application of policy; and communications.  She has led various initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (for which she received the U.S. Presidential Quality Award for Innovative and Exemplary Management Practices), U.S. General Services Administration, and U.S. Office of Management and Budget.


She has also consulted to a variety of small and large businesses and nonprofit organizations.  She began her career in the medical device industry, serving in various product development and marketing roles with Johnson and Johnson, Boston Scientific/Abbott Medical and Medtronic in the cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, neurovascular, abdominal/thoracic and peripheral vascular focus areas.  In these various roles, she has assisted organizations in building relationships with and enhancing services for customers; drafted, delivered and facilitated customer and employee training in a variety of formats; and produced written documentation in support of large scale projects in multiple settings.


Eileen served as a White House Fellow under George W. Bush and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Lily Robin Stevens, Program Manager and Research Analyst

Lily Robin Stevens, MPH, is passionate about health education and advocacy. She has a strong background analyzing social determinants of health and is a member of the Delta Omega Theta Honorary Public Health Society.


Prior to her work with Innovation Horizons, Lily worked as a consultant for a nonprofit where she provided technical assistance to community partners, provided social media communications support, and developed educational workshops for health practitioners. Lily has a diverse professional history including roles as a research assistant, graduate biostatistics teaching assistant, an elementary school health teacher, a birth doula, and a team facilitation specialist. She brings her varied experiences together to provide research analysis and program management skills to the Innovation Horizons team.


Joelle Schantz, Research Analyst

Joelle Schantz, MPH, is a public health professional dedicated to improving health equity and advocating for social justice.


Prior to joining Innovation Horizons, Joelle worked as a Psychology Research Assistant at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and as an independent research consultant. Joelle’s data analysis has influenced public health programs and curriculum development. She has community engagement experience and created a detailed strategic plan and implementation materials for a community-based public health intervention in a rural area. She also worked as a health educator where she developed curricula and presented the material to elementary through high school-aged students. Joelle is passionate about reproductive and maternal health; she volunteered as a birth doula in her community and published a paper on the importance of quality menstrual cycle data in epidemiological research.


Joelle received her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University. She brings her background in research, community program planning, and health education to the team at Innovation Horizons


Steven Randazzo, Communications & Growth Specialist

Steven is a seasoned growth, research and communications expert with a focus on health care and innovation.


In addition to his work with Innovation Horizons, Steven is currently the Assistant Director of Research Management at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University. Previously, he was the Director of Growth and Research at Viva + Impulse Creative Co., a digital advertising agency, where he was responsible for the growth and direction of Viva + Impulse Creative Co.


Prior to his work with Innovation Horizons, Steven served as the Communications Director and Cofounder of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services IDEA Lab where he worked with startups and internal government teams to change the way government and health care solved some of the nation’s biggest problems.


Prior to the IDEA Lab, Steven worked at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator after serving in Governor Bill Richardson’s Administration as the Legislative Liaison for the New Mexico Human Services Department.


Lucas M Tramontozzi, Health Insights Manager

Lucas Tramontozzi is the health insights manager with over 20 years’ experience in strategic planning and execution across the public and private sectors with an emphasis on health policy, technology, and government relations.


Prior to consulting with Innovation Horizons, Lucas was the senior director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Initiative on Health and the Economy advocating for improved health care policies, effective health interventions, and private sector engagement. He previously served as an economic and commercial specialist with the U.S. Department of State, overseeing the policy analysis on environment, science, technology, and health issues in Uganda. Lucas has served as vice president of data strategy at SCI Solutions.  Before that, he served as the chief data officer for the Louisiana Department of Health, applying innovations to develop data-driven policies and program accountability.


Lucas holds an MPH from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.