Protenus, Inc.
Nick Culbertson is the CEO of Protenus, the leading healthcare compliance analytics platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle some of healthcare’s critical challenges, such as better protecting patient data and detecting when hospital workforce misuses or steals controlled substances like opioids. Under Culbertson’s leadership, Protenus research has been featured on CBS This Morning, Engadget, CBS Evening News, and Fox News. He is an eight-year U.S. Army veteran and completed his service as a highly decorated U.S. Special Forces Operator (Green Beret). Culbertson was awarded two Bronze Star medals during his service—one for extraordinary valor. While serving in the U.S. Army, he specialized in human intelligence network gathering and analysis. He used this expertise in building behavioral profiles to co-found Protenus, which uses AI to provide health systems full insight into how health data is being used, and alerting compliance teams to inappropriate activity, identifying potential malicious behavior. Protenus was recently named the 2020 KLAS Category Leader in patient privacy monitoring and a Gartner 2019 “Cool Vendor” in healthcare AI. Culbertson was named one of “Healthcare’s Entrepreneurs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review and received SmartCEO’s Executive Management Award. He was also named one of Baltimore’s Top 40 Under 40. In 2019, he was named a finalist in EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the mid-Atlantic region. Prior to medical school and Protenus, Culbertson spent four years as a biomedical researcher at Johns Hopkins University, where he holds a bachelor's degree in cellular biology and helps run The 6th Branch, a veteran-led community service organization in East Baltimore.

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