About Us

About Us

RELI Group provides an advanced perspective in delivering innovative technological solutions within our core specializations – Healthcare IT and Population Health – serving Federal, commercial, and nonprofit organizations. RELI creates innovative, cost effective, practical solutions to our clients’ toughest problems—always on time and on budget. RELI provides end to end software development solutions with system analysis, custom application development, and database design and development, testing and quality assurance. RELI also delivers web enabled solutions, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product implementation, and mobile platform support solutions. Driven by our core values – trust, integrity, and focus – our top priority is to help maximize the value of our clients’ IT investments and build less complex, more agile technology solutions.  

Trusted Partner for CMS

RELI is an innovative, CMS born HUBZone & 8(a) Small Business (SB) located in the Baltimore metropolitan area. RELI’s capability to support the health-related mission and perform reliably is driven by our specific and extensive experience compiled at CMS and reinforced by service to multiple CMS Centers (CCSQ, CPI, CMCS), two CMS Offices (OFM & OEDA), and two HHS OPDIVs. We leverage strong domain knowledge of Medicaid and Medicare programs and we understand the mission and goals of CMS. We bridge the gap between the business owners and systems owners at CMS, and our strength is within the relationships we have built within the agency.

Driving Solutions through Innovation & Experience. RELI leverages deep industry knowledge and proven experience of a veteran manager and technology leader who founded and now leads our company. Our leadership team brings a legacy of more than 15 years of public sector expertise, and therefore knows how to deliver real, breakthrough results that come only with true innovation. Throughout our tenure, RELI Group has successfully partnered with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and other Federal Clients to solve each new challenge that technology advancements and changes in organizational practices have presented. Today, our leadership team shares a vision of elite, quality driven management, technological innovation, and result-driven strategy.

Mr. Mohammad “Sam” Elias, PMP, RELI President & CEO. Before founding RELI Group, Mr. Elias held various Sr. Program Manager roles in the private sector, supporting CMS for a decade and managing teams of up to 50 subject matter experts on CMS IT Health initiatives. Mr. Elias holds strong business domain knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid, Healthcare IT, Property and Casualty Insurance, Life Insurance, and Health Insurance. Mr. Elias is an active leader in the professional association community and continues to actively serve the missions of our local charitable and industry organizations. Mr. Elias received his MBA in Management Information System from Drake University, Des Moines, IA and B.S. in Computer Information Systems from St. Cloud State University.

The RELI Group SME Panel acts as our Healthcare Services Component, working in tandem with our IT services organization. RELI leverages a formidable partnership with our SME Panel that provides a broad spectrum of support for the vital healthcare mission of the agencies we support. Our specialized SME Panel provides strategic guidance and direction for our research and scientific programs. This group of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) play a key role in guiding and prioritizing RELI’s research investments and support our executive team. The following scientists are well known for their expertise in their respective fields of expertise, and for their work on multiple projects funded by federal and private foundations:
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • The Gates Foundation

Dr. Abdullah Baqui, MBBS, DrPH

Professor; Director, International Center for Maternal and Newborn Health, Johns Hopkins University Profile : http://www.jhsph.edu/faculty/directory/profile/1288/Baqui/Abdullah  
SME – Global Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Program Design and Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Received the United Nations University (UNU) fellowship to pursue graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Received the International Nutrition Foundation (INF) fellowship to continue graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Saifuddin Ahmed, MBBS, PhD

Assistant Professor, John Hopkins University University Profile: http://www.hopkinsglobalhealth.org/researchers/profile/1273/Ahmed/Saifuddin  
SME – Reproductive Health
  • Survey and Sampling Methods
  • Program Design and Evaluation
  • Epidemiological and Statistical Analysis
  • World Health Organization(WHO) Research Fellow, September 1991 – August 1993
  • AMTRA award 2004: Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award for outstanding mentoring and teaching service at Bloomberg School of Public Health, JHU
  • AMTRA award 2009: Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award for outstanding mentoring and teaching service at Bloomberg School of Public Health, JHU
  • Member, Technical Advisor Group (TAG), Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group [MMEIG], Consortium by WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA and the World Bank for Global Maternal Mortality Estimation.

Dr. Wenke Hwang, PhD

Associate Professor; Division of Health Services Research – Penn State University University Profile : https://profiles.psu.edu/profiles/display/112267  
SME – Public Health and Medicare
Dr. Hwang specializes in risk adjustment methodology and measurement of individual’s comorbidity and disease burden in the context of evaluating treatment effects, quality of care, and health care cost and reimbursement. His research also focuses on the health system issues such as care coordination and the functional division between different medical specialties across different practice settings in care for persons with multiple conditions. Dr. Hwang has over 20 years of experience working with Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans.
  • Research design and analysis in outcome research and evaluation of population health
  • Integrated health system and provider network
  • Cost and utilization / Quality of care measures
  • Practice variation and geographic area analysis
  • Medicare payment policy
  • Electronic health record, registry, and insurance claims data analysis
  • Risk adjustment methodology