About Us

About Us

RELI Group delivers an advanced perspective in how it delivers innovative technological solutions within our core specializations – Healthcare IT and Population Health – servicing Federal, Commercial, and Non-Profit organizations. RELI creates innovative, cost effective, yet 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. Additionally, RELI delivers web enabled solutions, COTS product implementation, and solutions to support mobile platforms. 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 over the last 10 years through our President & CEO, 2 years as a firm, and reinforced by service to four CMS Centers (CCSQ, CPI, CMMI, CCIIO), 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 the deep industry knowledge and proven experience of a veteran management 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, knows what it takes to deliver real, breakthrough results that come only with true innovation. Throughout our tenure, RELI’s leaders have successfully partnered with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other Federal Clients to solve each new challenge that technology advancements and changes in organizational practices have presented. Today, they share a vision of an elite, quality driven management, technology and strategy committed to providing results.  
Mr. Mohammad “Sam” Elias, PMP, RELI President & CEO. Sam is the President and CEO of RELI Group. Before founding RELI Group, Sam held various Sr. Program Manager roles in the private sector supporting CMS for a decade of which he has managed 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. He has worked with various Business Units at CMS to develop customer-centered, value-creating systems. Not only does Mr. Elias understand the business requirements he is also experienced in working with multi-tier application development in a SOA environment using Internet Information Services (IIS) for ASP.NET, WebSphere WAS for Java/J2EE and CICS – COBOL Mainframe development environment. Sam is an active leader in the professional association community and continues to actively serve the missions of our local charitable and industry organizations. Sam 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.
RELI Advisory Board acts as our Healthcare Services Component that works in tandem with our IT services organization. RELI leverages a formidable partnership with our Advisory Board that provides a broad spectrum of support for the vital healthcare mission of the agencies in which we support. Our specialized Advisory Board provides strategic guidance and direction for our research and scientific programs. This group of SMEs play a key role in guiding and prioritizing RELI’s research investments and serves as a support arm to our Executive Team. The following scientists are well know in their respective fields of expertise and working 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. Aneel Advani, Chief Medical Officer

Chairman & CEO, Global Virtual Group; President, Addwin Counsulting; Associate Professor (Adjunct), Johns Hopkins University Dr. Aneel Advani is a board-certified physician informaticist and a leader in applying health information technology to improve the health of communities and populations and advance public health and population medicine. Dr. Advani has served in various leadership capacities in federal service, including as the Associate Director for Informatics/CMIO at the Indian Health Service, the Associate Director for Technology/CTO at the National Center for Public Health Informatics at the CDC, and in leadership roles on several federal-wide steering and advisory committees, including the senior steering group on Health IT R&D under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Advani was for many years on the informatics faculty of Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical Institutions, and received his medical and specialty training Johns Hopkins, Yale, and Stanford.  

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 – Gobal Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Infectious Desease
  • 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 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, Sept., 1991- August, 1993
  • AMTRA award 2004: Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award for outstanding mentoring and teaching service at BSPH, JHU
  • AMTRA award 2009: Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award for outstanding mentoring and teaching service at BSPH, 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

Dr. Charles Smith, PhD, LCSW-C

Assistant Professor; School of Social Work, University of Southern Maine University Profile : http://usm.maine.edu/swo/charles-smith  
SME – Health Policy and Research
  • Program and Research Evaluation
  • Economic Analysis (e.g., CEA, CUA, CBA)
  • Quantitative Methods: Study Design, Instrumentation, Statistical Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods: Study Design, Thematic Content Analysis
  • Received the John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Doctoral Fellowship in 2004
  • Has published more than two dozen reports and presentations on health topics
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