Dr. Mark Long, PhD ‘87

Chief Technology Officer, Vytalize Health


As Chief Technology Officer of Vytalize Health, Mark is responsible for technical strategy and products, engineering, analytics, IT, and AI for value-based care for independent physicians across 30 states. His career has focused on outcomes-focused product and technology innovation and building high performing teams.  He has been on both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions.

The son of James Long, Lehigh ’60, Mark graduated from Lehigh’s College of Engineering and Applied Science in ’87, and then earned an M.S. at Stanford. For 11 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory he specialized in robotics, algorithms, and software systems and published and patented his work in journals, conference proceedings, and NASA Tech Briefs. While at JPL, Mark earned a Ph.D. at Caltech. 

Moving into technology leadership, he led engineering at two early-stage start-ups, the first in financial services and the second in low-code/no-code expert systems which built several products for the healthcare sector. After the sale of that company, Mark was appointed CTO of Zynx Health which pioneered clinical decision support integrating evidence-based medicine at the point of care. Mark and his team launched the first AI product to help keep clinical evidence current. He was named 2012 CTO/CIO of the Year (Los Angeles Business Journal).

While working on international last-mile logistics at Amazon, he was recruited to create an internal start-up focused on innovation and the “digital front door” at Providence Health System, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health systems. Serving as SVP Digital Innovation he had general management responsibility for product, technology, operations, and sales for consumer and acute-care telehealth (tele-Stroke, tele-Hospitalist, and tele-psychiatry). 

Before joining Vytalize Health, Mark led digital engineering and AI for Cambia Health, which serves three million patients through its regional health plans.