About Us

Innovation in Action


Healthcare Innovation Institute (Hii) helps transform innovative ideas into reality  for practitioners and business people.  

Innovation Everywhere


Hii recognizes the many practitioners and smaller healthcare entities where innovations inventions occur in devices, process, technology, and business models. Together, we collaborate to get great ideas to the market from all healthcare practitioners and entrepreneurs in Allied Health, Health Plans, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Clinics, Community Health, Private Practice, Staffing Agencies, Businesses, Hospitals, Academia, and more.  



Hii consists of a unique mix of expertise in healthcare that delivers both a depth of perspective and focused insight to provide innovators with comprehensive consideration, individualized advice, personal guidance, and a wide breadth of resources tailored to specific client needs.    

Executive Team



Marcus K. Knudson, PhDc, MSN, RN 

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Areas of Expertise:  

  • Healthcare Administration Operational Planning
  • Healthcare Administration Operations
  • Healthcare Financing and Budgeting
  • Physician Group and Network Development
  • Physician Group and Network Operations
  • Nursing Planning and Operations


  • Graduate Degrees in Nursing, Healthcare, Leadership, and Management
  • Ph.D. Candidate Healthcare Administration
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Iowa

Fellowships, Certifications, and Licenses: · Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Iowa  

Chief Operating Officer

Barbara Duffy, DHSC, MPH, RN, CPHQ, LHRM, HACP 

Title: Chief Operating Office 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Aligning and integrating evidence-based practices into routine process 
  • Risk Management in Healthcare 
  • Implementing system solutions to positively influence patient safety and quality outcome
  • Healthcare Quality, Performance Improvement, Accreditation 
  • Administrative and Leadership Processes 
  • Online University Instruction, developer, Master, Bachelor, International  


  • Doctor of Health Science, Nova Southeastern University
  • Masters of Public Health
  • BS Healthcare Education

Fellowships, Certifications, and Licenses:  

  • Certified Healthcare Quality Professional
  • Certified Healthcare Accreditation Professional
  • Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, Florida
  • Licensed Registered Nurse in Florida and New Hampshire

Vice President Marketing & Business Development

Alan I. Golombek, B.A. 

Title: Vice President Marketing & Business Development 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Medical Technology, telemedicine, critical and cardiac care, renal dialysis, orthopedics, ophthalmology, process and improvement software, and network systems
  • Market awareness & identification of driving forces in healthcare, including new-technology introduction and development of sales and marketing strategies for the healthcare
  • Works with the largest integrated health care networks and group purchasing organizations in the United States and Canada
  • Knowledgeable of regulations from organizations such as Leapfrog, IHI, The Joint Commission, and CMS 
  • Experienced with the “Canadian Technology Accelerator” governed by the Canadian Consulate group as a mentor for new companies  

Education: B.A. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA