Partnering for Success in the Cloud: Ventech Solutions, CMS and AWS Public Sector Achieve Outstanding Results

November 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) partnered with Ventech Solutions and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector to successfully transform a traditional on-premise, waterfall-based computing infrastructure into a secure, DevSecOps cloud-based environment.

Kevin Froelke, AWS Principal Account Manager, talks with Steve Veneruso, Ventech Solutions, and Ken Howard, CMS, CCSQ, about their successful partnership.

CCSQ’s mission is to improve health care outcomes, beneficiary experience of care and population health while reducing health care costs. The center serves as the focal point for all quality, clinical and medical science issues, as well as surveys, certification and policies for the CMS programs. Over the past few years, CCSQ noticed that their on-premise computing infrastructure was becoming unsustainable to maintain—hardware maintenance and impractical patching waits were holding up the organization’s ability to progress.

Ventech Solutions, an AWS Advanced Tier Service Partner and long-time partner to CMS, came in to assist the center with a practical, long-term solution—transforming from their traditional infrastructure into a secure, DevSecOps cloud-based environment.

Ventech Solutions, AWS and CCSQ came together to develop a cloud architecture and cloud-centric governance model, establish goals, work through hurdles and establish new processes from the ground up.

“We were able to reach [out] to AWS to see what other developers are doing to validate our architecture and engineering, as well as our processes,” said Steve Veneruso, Ventech Solutions’ chief technology officer. “It was an excellent opportunity to get a roadmap of future technologies AWS is planning to add … so those developers could start layering in what their future releases would look like.”

CCSQ supports over 800,000 health care providers, making this transformation vital and providing a sense of urgency to the project. The transformation was completed on time and under budget—all while achieving dramatic improvements in user experience, operational efficiencies, development velocity and security posture.

“[Ventech Solutions] took the benefits of what the cloud offered us, the speed at which the cloud allowed us to adapt and took the opportunity to adjust and pilot and test and circle to improve our actual development processes, procedures, standards… and rewrote everything,” said Ken Howard, CMS, CCSQ director.

In the federal space, it is extremely rare for the government to publicly champion success stories with public/private partnerships. The Ventech Solutions team and our AWS partner have been honored by CCSQ leadership’s decision to publicly share their cloud migration success. Watch the video of this partnership success story.

Ventech Solutions Granted Patents for Valholla Methods

COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 9, 2022 – Ventech Solutions has been granted two patents for the method and systems offered in its Valholla solution.

Valholla, a Ventech Solutions product, is a development, security and operations (DevSecOps) and governance tool for enterprise visibility, control and intelligence. The solution leverages APIs to integrate with existing continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines, so there’s no need to replace existing tools. With Valholla, Ventech Solutions clients can centrally control and manage information technology (IT) deployment automation, security and functional testing, as well as cloud cost optimization from a single interface.

“As a team, we are thrilled to announce the patents awarded to the methods that make up the Valholla solution,” said Steve Veneruso, chief technology officer at Ventech Solutions. “Valholla is a state-of-the-art tool that allows our clients to save time and resources, reduce costs, enhance security and eliminate manual steps and processes across the enterprise.”

Valholla ensures adherence to standards, streamlines deployment processes, consolidates data from numerous tools and intuitively presents the data in a user-friendly interface. This results in greater overall efficiencies and significantly reduces manually induced errors.

U.S. Patent Nos. 11438339 and 11436335 were granted on September 6, 2022, by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Method and system for neural network based data analytics in software security vulnerability testing Patent 11438339

A method and system for implementing AI based neural networks for data analytics in dynamic testing of security vulnerability of cloud-based enterprise software applications. The method comprises directing, to a software program under execution, a series of attack vectors; diagnosing an at least a first set of results associated with the software program under execution as comprising one of a security vulnerability and not a security vulnerability, the at least a first set of results produced based at least in part on the attack vectors; and training a machine learning neural network classifier in accordance with a supervised classification that identifies false positive vulnerability defects of the at least a first set of results to produce a trained classifier, the neural network classifier including an input and an output layers connected via at least one intermediate layer that is configured in accordance with an initial matrix of weights.

Method and system for synchronously generated security waiver interface
Patent 11436335

A method and system of rendering security events in execution of a software application in a communication network. The method comprises receiving, at a memory of the server computing device, a waiver parameter specification identifying at least one waiver parameter in association with at least one recipient client device of the plurality of client computing devices, the at least one waiver parameter based at least in part on an expected security event in the software application execution; during concurrent execution, in a processor of the server computing device, of object code of the software application, generating at least one waiver task automaton that monitors for the at least one waiver parameter; and generating, based on the monitoring, at a client interface of the at least one recipient communication device, a waiver notification interface in accordance with concurrent execution.

About Ventech Solutions

Ventech Solutions is a technology and health care solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services, including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.ventechsolutions.com.

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Q&A With Kathy Dass, Chief Delivery Officer

On November 1, 2022, Chief Delivery Officer (CDO) Kathrine Dass will be recognized during the 5th Annual Leading for Impact Women in Leadership Conference.

Dass has been nominated and selected by a panel of current and former leaders from across the federal IT sector as a 2022 Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Award winner.

This award recognizes women creating impact, leading organizations and directing mission-focused strategic programs across the federal civilian, federal health, military health, technology and consulting community.

At Ventech Solutions, Dass is a key member of the leadership team, providing vision, strategy and passion to more than 400 staff.

What does it mean to you to receive the Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Award?

It is an honor to be recognized with so many outstanding female leaders in a career that I am immensely proud of.

If you had a megaphone that spoke to all the women in the world who are interested in federal IT, what would you say?

I would say jump in and don’t look back! In supporting federal IT, we can make a positive impact on our communities.

My advice is to be genuine, ask questions and build your experience and network. I started my career as an engineer in the defense industry and now I’m supporting our health care industry. The possibilities are endless when you approach your career with curiosity and determination.

What led you to work in federal health IT?

I wanted to make a difference. I come to work every day and I know that I am working toward positive change for all our communities. I feel like I am making a difference, providing access to health care, supporting our providers and beneficiary communities and making health care services available more quickly and effectively.

What do you see as the future in federal health IT?

Innovation and technology that continues to support the evolution of our needs, with an emphasis in machine learning, artificial intelligence and cyber security. The pandemic showed us very quickly that we need to be able to pivot in how we think, how we deliver and how we engage people in a virtual environment.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is recognizing people’s strengths and putting them in positions where they will excel. My job as a leader is to trust and respect, be supportive and make sure teams have what they need to be successful. I am not successful on my own; we are successful as a team. As a leader, I need to continue to grow and educate myself—be a coach and a mentor and recognize my own strengths and weaknesses.

What is it like working at Ventech Solutions?

Working at Ventech Solutions is exciting! Without a doubt, I love the people who I work with every day. I know many people can’t say that with a straight face and I can. Working at a company that is continuing to grow and evolve is not without its challenges. However, I am surrounded by smart and empowering leadership; it makes taking on new opportunities and navigating those challenges easier and truly energizes me to come to work every day. I must say, our employees are the best in the industry, and they exemplify our company culture and values.

If you had to describe Ventech Solutions in one word, what would it be?

Empowering

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

I hope to continue making a positive impact in other people’s lives and watching my daughters grow up to be strong women.

Ventech Solutions CDO Kathy Dass Receives Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Award

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 18, 2022­—Ventech Solutions is proud to announce that Chief Delivery Officer (CDO) Kathrine Dass is a 2022 Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Award winner. Dass was selected by a panel of current and former government and industry leaders from across the federal IT sector.

The 5th Annual Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Awards recognizes women creating impact, leading organizations and directing mission-focused strategic programs across the federal civilian, federal health, military health, technology and consulting community.

At Ventech Solutions, Dass is a key member of the leadership team, providing vision, strategy and passion to more than 400 staff. She helps drive transformational change focused on velocity, quality and cost-effectiveness. Since joining Ventech Solutions in 2017, Dass has spearheaded initiatives that have resulted in millions of dollars of revenue in new awards, the growth of several long-standing projects and AWS Government Competency for the organization.

“I am honored to be recognized—along with so many other women leaders in this field—as a recipient of 2022 Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership award,” said Dass. “As women, we have a commitment to each other, and I believe together, our leadership will make an impact in the health IT field.”

Dass’ leadership and deep understanding of health care technology integration are integral to Ventech Solutions and help to support the national health care system. Ventech Solutions is proud to celebrate Dass’ achievements and recognition.

“Kathy has served as a role model and is a true example of what we value at Ventech Solutions. She leads and inspires teams that drive change—positively impacting our clients and the communities they serve,” said Tonia Bleecher, Chief Executive Officer for Ventech Solutions. “We are thrilled to celebrate Kathy’s achievements and the achievement of women leaders across the health IT community. Diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas are essential to the success of the clients we support and those impacted by their services.”

Awardees will be honored during the 5th Annual Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Conference, to be held in person at The National Press Club from 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

About Ventech Solutions

Ventech Solutions is a technology and healthcare solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.ventechsolutions.com.

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Ventech Solutions Welcomes Two New Growth & Business Development SVPs

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 11, 2022 – Ventech Solutions, Inc. has hired Fred Altimont and Tony Meyer, two new growth and development senior vice presidents. Each reporting to Chief Executive Officer Tonia Bleecher, Altimont and Meyer will be responsible for growing Ventech Solutions’ business across the public sector.

“We’re thrilled to have Fred and Tony join our leadership team and at the helm of our business development efforts” said, Tonia Bleecher, Chief Executive Officer at Ventech Solutions. “With their track record of success and our range of technology products and offerings, we’re looking forward to extending our ability to serve more of our federal customers with the solutions and services that enable their mission.”

Altimont comes to Ventech Solutions with 30+ years of leadership focused on strategic business growth, revenue generation and business operations for commercial and public sector organizations—primarily within the health care sector. Prior to joining Ventech Solutions, Fred was vice president, business development at Optum Health and has held a number of leadership positions within the health care and IT space over his career. Altimont is a board member for Battle Against Neurological Disease (B.A.N.D.) and the Alex Popek Never Back Down Foundation.

Meyer brings his deep background in the federal health IT space to Ventech Solutions. He has focused his career on health care and health IT sharing initiatives, health care-related information management and IT projects and policy issues concerning information technology and information systems. Prior to joining Ventech Solutions, Tony held a number of leadership positions, including vice president of veterans affairs & defense health at Halfaker and Associates, director of business development at CSRA and chief business development officer at MicroHealth. Meyer has also served on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Capital Area Chapter Board including past roles as a board member, president and vice president.

With the addition of Altimont and Meyer, Ventech Solutions is poised and ready to expand their core capabilities across multiple IT sectors within the government market.

About Ventech Solutions

Ventech Solutions is a technology and health care solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services, including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.ventechsolutions.com.

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For more information, contact Media Relations at media@ventechsolutions.com.

Ventech Solutions Valholla Now Available in AWS Marketplace

COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 14, 2022 – Valholla, a Ventech Solutions product offering, is now available in AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors that make it easy to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

A development, security, and operations (DevSecOps) and governance tool for enterprise visibility, control and intelligence, Valholla leverages APIs to integrate with existing continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines, so there’s no need to replace existing tools. With Valholla, clients can centrally control and manage information technology (IT) deployment automation, security and functional testing, as well as cloud cost optimization from a single interface. Valholla ensures adherence to standards, streamlines deployment processes, consolidates data from numerous tools and intuitively presents the data in a user-friendly interface. This results in greater overall efficiencies and significantly reduces manually induced errors.

“Today, business success depends on having visibility, control and intelligence throughout the entire IT enterprise,” said Audie Murphy, vice president, solutions engineering at Ventech Solutions. “Valholla features give our clients the power they need to see across the enterprise like never before—saving costs, reducing valuable cycle time, mitigating risk and accelerating incident response time.”

AWS Marketplace enables qualified partners to market and sell their software to AWS customers. Adding Valholla to AWS Marketplace makes it easier for customers to find, buy and start using this orchestration platform to unify DevSecOps tools and processes to control risk, quality, budget and velocity.

About Ventech Solutions

Ventech Solutions is a technology and health care solutions provider that leverages emerging technology to deliver a wide range of enterprise services, including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.ventechsolutions.com.

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For more information, contact Media Relations at media@ventechsolutions.com.

Ventech Solutions QurCLOUD Now Available in AWS Marketplace

COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 8, 2022 – QurCLOUD, a Ventech Solutions HITRUST service offering for protecting sensitive data and applications, is now available in AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors that make it easy to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

QurCLOUD exceeds or meets all regulatory requirements and best practices including the Healthcare Information Portability and Accessibility Act (HIPAA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), HITRUST, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Running on AWS, QurCLOUD provides customers highly secure cloud space for developing and hosting sensitive applications and data. QurCLOUD can also integrate with existing cloud environments to act as a security wrapper. The technical solution and integrated professional services significantly reduce the cost associated with organizations meeting HIPAA and FISMA controls, while removing the complexity and burden associated with designing and maintaining these controls.

“QurCLOUD is Ventech Solutions’ holistic approach to enterprise-wide cloud computing,” said Audie Murphy, vice president, solutions engineering at Ventech Solutions. “The strength of QurCLOUD is not only the speed at which clients can achieve compliance with today’s privacy and information security standards, but also the support that Ventech Solutions subject matter experts provide to each initiative to drive success.”

The availability of QurCLOUD in AWS Marketplace means it is now easier for customers to find, buy and start using this “ready-to-go” highly secure platform to run their enterprise applications.

About Ventech Solutions

Ventech Solutions is a technology and health care solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services, including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.ventechsolutions.com.

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For more information, contact Media Relations at media@ventechsolutions.com.

Ventech Solutions Achieves AWS Government Competency Status

COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 1, 2022 – Ventech Solutions, Inc. achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. The designation recognizes Ventech Solutions provides solutions to—and/or has deep experience working with—government customers to deliver mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS.

“The AWS Government Competency is a valuable achievement that demonstrates Ventech Solutions’ experience in providing innovative and quality solutions to federal agencies,” said Audie Murphy, vice president, solutions engineering at Ventech Solutions. “This designation is a differentiator that assures agencies that Ventech Solutions is capable of helping them meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies and increase innovation across civilian agencies, national defense and intelligence communities and state and local governments.”

As one of about 100 companies in the United States that have obtained the AWS Government Competency, Ventech Solutions is positioned as a trusted solutions provider of cloud IT services for government and public sector agencies. To receive the designation, AWS Partner Network (APN) members must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.

AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.

Achieving the AWS Government Competency differentiates Ventech Solutions as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that has developed innovative technology and solutions that leverage AWS services as well as possessing deep domain expertise in one or more of the following core categories – Government Transportation, Facilities, Infrastructure Management, Justice and Public Safety, Public Healthcare, Financial and Fiscal Affairs, Citizen Services, National Security and Defense, Security and Compliance, and Open Data.

About Ventech Solutions

Ventech Solutions is a technology and health care solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services, including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.ventechsolutions.com.

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For more information, contact Media Relations at media@ventechsolutions.com.

Ventech Solutions Promotes Kathrine Dass to Chief Delivery Officer

COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 9, 2022 – Ventech Solutions, Inc. has promoted Kathrine Dass as chief delivery officer effective August 1, 2022. Dass, who has been with the company for five years, will report to Chief Executive Officer Tonia Bleecher. Dass will lead a team of multi-disciplinary professionals to grow Ventech Solutions’ footprint in the federal and commercial health care IT space. With her ability to be an insightful thought leader in this industry, Dass will use her new role to identify emerging trends and seek disruptive solutions to make a big impact.

“Kathy is a visionary leader in the health care IT field, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our executive team,” Bleecher said. “As we continue the growth of our federal health care practice, Kathy’s leadership and deep understanding of health care technology integration will be integral to the work we’re doing to support our nation’s health care system.”

Dass first joined Ventech Solutions in 2017 to lead efforts focused on client relationships and delivery, manage work portfolios, support business and product development. In her tenure with Ventech Solutions, Dass has spearheaded initiatives that have resulted in millions of dollars of revenue in new awards, the growth of several long-standing projects and AWS Government Competency for the organization.

Prior to joining Ventech Solutions, Dass delivered large-scale technical implementations for state and federal businesses. She helped to bridge the gap between business and technology with expertise in managing complex FISMA programs with PII/PHI data and multiple external user types.

Some of her career highlights include leading technical integration and development efforts for the Maryland Health Information Exchange, major health care and cost improvement initiatives for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and supporting the design and build of a U.S. Air Force aircraft program.

Dass holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Penn State University as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

About Ventech Solutions

Ventech Solutions is a technology and health care solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services, including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.ventechsolutions.com.

Media Contact

For more information, contact Media Relations at media@ventechsolutions.com.