About illuma™ Care Connections
Illuma Care Connections was founded in 2016 from an idea originally conceived within the eye care profession. Illuma’s mission is to ensure that diabetes patients get the eye care services they need to improve their quality of life, while removing risk of permanent vision loss.
We conduct outreach to ensure patient compliance with diabetic eye exams, which enables payers to improve their HEDIS scores, and recruit eye care providers to be part of our network.
Stephen Kendig — CEO
Stephen Kendig is the President, Chief Executive Officer and board member of illuma Care Connections. As head of the management team, Stephen leads the creation of the company’s culture, corporate strategy, investor relationships and drives strategic partnerships. Stephen acquired the technology and IP from a public company, and ensured proper capitalization the new venture in early 2016. Prior to forming illuma Care Connections, Stephen was the COO and CCO of SoloHealth, a national healthcare kiosk company. Stephen was part of the founding team where his NIH grant helped catalyze the business. Stephen helped form SoloHealth after a successful career at Novartis (now Alcon) leading global new product development and launching many medical devices in the eye care space. He has an undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and MBA from Georgia State University.
Eric Hoell — CIO
Eric Hoell is the Chief Information Officer of illuma Care Connections. Eric is responsible for Contact Center Operations, Client Services, and Product Development. Prior to forming illuma Care Connections, Eric spent 6 years leading Product Development, Compliance, and Operations at SoloHealth. Eric joined SoloHealth after a successful 17 year career at NCR delivering retail and self service solutions to grocery and quick service (QSR) environments.
Eric Donnenfeld — Chief Medical Officer
Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, is an internationally recognized Ophthalmologist and pioneer in refractive, cornea and cataract surgery and one of the leading refractive and cataract surgeons in the United States. He is the former
2013-2014 President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). Dr. Donnenfeld is the Chief Medical Editor of EyeWorld, the official publication of the ASCRS. Dr. Donnenfeld has designed and patented six instruments for refractive surgery use. He has authored more than 190 papers on cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery, 500 scientific articles, and 40 books and book chapters on a range of subjects pertaining to corneal transplants, cataract care and laser vision correction. Dr. Donnenfeld is on the editorial board of nine journals and has participated in over 40 FDA studies. He is one of the first 5 people in the world to perform both laser vision correction and laser cataract surgery. Dr. Donnenfeld is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has received its Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Life Achievement Honor Award and Secretariat Award. The Journal Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today has named Dr. Donnenfeld as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Ophthalmologists in the United States.
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