About GlobalMed

Quality, timely care for all

Leadership Team

Joel E Barthelemy

Joel E. Barthelemy

Founder, Chief Executive and Operating Officer

Joel E. Barthelemy, Founder and CEO/COO of Scottsdale-based GlobalMed, has a vision of quality, timely care for all through connected health. Barthelemy has spent the last 16 of his 30+ years in the technology industry focused on the development of connected health systems. Under Barthelemy's leadership, GlobalMed uniquely stands as the only telemedicine provider to complete all parts of the process in-house, from inception to distribution. He actively inspires the design and implementation of these effective and high-functioning telemedicine engines (both software and hardware), consistently simplifying the care delivery process within government, clinical, and commercial settings. Barthelemy has been recognized as an outstanding innovator, community advocate, and a high-growth technology company leader. Active in his community and industry, he currently sits on the board of Sun Health Services, the Arizona Bio Industry, and the ASU Health Futures Council, is an Ambassador to the Veterans’ Medical Leadership Council, and is a board advisor for SEE4Vets. In the past, Barthelemy has served as a board member at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), where he chaired the ATA’s Industry Council, and was a board member of the Visual Communications Industry Group. Barthelemy and GlobalMed annually give back to the community through generous commitments to programs such as Toys for Tots, the Jennifer Lopez Family Foundation, Blanket the City, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Diaper Bank of Central Arizona, the American Heart Association, the United Blood Services Blood Drive, Phoenix Theatre, Celebrity Fight Night/Mohamed Ali Parkinson’s Foundation, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, and Teen Lifeline. He attended both St. Cloud State University and the Thunderbird School of International Management and received an honorable discharge as a non-commissioned officer from the United States Marine Corp Reserves.

E. Patrick LaVoie

Chief Growth Officer

As Chief Growth Officer, E. Patrick LaVoie plays a key role in the growth and support of GlobalMed's mission to transform healthcare globally with next generation, SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), connected healthcare technologies. LaVoie's priority as GlobalMed's CGO, first and foremost, is to better serve the growing needs of the company's diverse customer base. Prior to joining the GlobalMed team, LaVoie was President and CEO of Contractor Management Services (CMS). He transformed the organization from an insurance provider/settlement processor for local independent contractors to the leading SaaS-based (1099 compliant) automation and software company, greatly expanding revenue streams and driving profits. With a broad range of large-scale experiences including national responsibilities with Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young Consulting, and Equity Capital Group, LaVoie provides technology-focused, operational, and financial direction to both public and private organizations across multiple industries. He also has extensive experience in the healthcare technology industry, having worked with Catholic Healthcare West Hospital System (now Dignity Health), The Arizona Governor's Office, Valley of the Sun United Way, The Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, and St. Joseph's Hospital. LaVoie graduated with honors from Arizona State University, with undergraduate degrees in both Finance and Computer Information Systems. Subsequently, he obtained an MBA from the Thunderbird International School of Management, with a continued emphasis on Finance and Operations Management.

Mike Harris

Michael D. Harris, CHA, PMP

Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

As Chief Innovation Officer, Michael D. Harris is GlobalMed's principal design lead and product theorist. With over 25 years of patented product design and development and several thriving companies under his belt, Harris is dedicated to the craft of innovative product design and philosophies such as the User Interface Theory. As the internet was cutting its teeth in the early 90s, Mr. Harris was designing websites and developing h.324/323 video conferencing and desktop sharing GUI. At GlobalMed, Mr. Harris is responsible for software application GUI and medical device design. Harris was also a founder and president of several technology companies that include: iREZ Research Corp., which was the first company to introduce a mobile video camera to the Macintosh Laptop; Harris Laboratories, Inc., a fabricator of solid-state memory devices and processor accelerators, and VideoLabs, Inc.,(NASDAQ: VLAB) as the Director of Digital Technologies and Director of Marketing. VideoLabs developed one of the first generations of professional desktop video collaboration and video conferencing applications. Michael completed the Electronic Engineering program at North Central Technical Institute and went on to study Music and Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin and Computer Sciences at the University of Minnesota. He completed post-graduate work while attending Katholieke Hogeschool Brugge-Oostende in Belgium, in Industrial Engineering Sciences.

Shannon Murphy

Chief Technology Officer

Murphy most recently served as Microsoft Corp.’s Director of Federal Health Solutions. During her 20+ years with Microsoft, she held multiple technology and clinical informatics leadership roles, including serving as the company’s Federal Health Architect as well as Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft’s Federal Health and Benefits Team. In addition to serving as the voice of health IT for Microsoft at the federal government level, Murphy was responsible for the technical leadership, solution architecture, and development of sustainable and repeatable business success across many different Federal customers. Prior to her most recent positions, Murphy held multiple engineering and management roles during her 20+ years with Microsoft, is the recipient of over 25 different formal Microsoft awards and is a Navy Veteran.

Dean Smith, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Government Relations

Dr. Smith brings to GlobalMed nearly two decades of telehealth, medical informatics, and clinical and operational leadership experience from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Medical Services. Dr. Smith, a licensed, board-certified physician, has held positions in the U.S. State Department since 2000. From 2008-2018, he served as the department’s Senior Advisor for Medical Informatics. In that role, he provided oversight and clinical informatics expertise to the teams responsible for creating a healthcare delivery model for State Department employees based on a secure, global telehealth solution. Together, Dr. Smith and his team successfully implemented an electronic prescribing solution; enhanced cyber security and HIPAA compliance of health information systems at the State Department; and upgraded all health information systems to the latest coding standards, including ICD-10. Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Smith delivered ambulatory, acute and intensive care in Bend, Oregon, and Missoula, Montana. He was also an emergency department physician at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, and served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. While with the State Department, Dr. Smith led a team that implemented synchronous telemedicine at U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide. They also developed a Medical Capability Information database of global medical resources with algorithms for the management of over 40 common diseases. Dr. Smith has also served as Principal Deputy Medical Director and Regional Medical Manager for Asia of the State Department. Previous to this, he was the Chief of Examinations Clinic where he managed an outpatient clinic that provided over 4,000 executive examinations per year. In the same period, he served as physician to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she traveled abroad. At various times in his career, Dr. Smith oversaw clinic operations at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Russia, Peru and Iraq. Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington. He holds a Master’s degree in biomedical informatics from Oregon Health & Science University.

Gigi Sorenson, RN, MSN

Chief Clinical Officer

Gigi Sorenson, RN, MSN, is GlobalMed's Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining GlobalMed in September 2017, Sorenson was the System Director of Telehealth & Community Connected Care for Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH), where she was responsible for the inception of the program, strategic planning, and global operations oversight. With Sorenson's help, the remote patient monitoring program of NAH, Care Beyond Walls & Wires™, is a program nationally recognized for its immense impact and outcomes in healthcare. Sorenson has further developed programs in remote patient monitoring, pre-hospitalization, direct-to-consumer, outpatient care delivery, transitional planning through connected care, and inpatient acute care while working within the telehealth space. She has proven to be a great asset to GlobalMed, assuring effective clinical integration and leading the consulting service to assist customers in the strategic planning and operational implementation of its telehealth programs and services. Sorenson is a thought leader, national speaker, and industry expert in telehealth program development, mHealth, and rural health. In recent years, she has been the principal investigator on numerous funding projects to develop and expand telemedicine programs across the rural Southwest. She is actively involved in the American Telemedicine Association as an Executive Committee member and past chair of the Business & Finance Special Interest Group and is a member of the Arizona Telemedicine Council. Sorenson is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Master of Science in Nursing and holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.