About Us


Want experts in healthcare and communication? Choose Covalent.

Clients choose Covalent because of our skills and experience. They return because… well, we’re pretty great to work with! Strategy implementation in the world of healthcare information technology can feel overwhelming, but we’ll make the process rock solid AND enjoyable. We promise.

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Jim Balabuszko-Reay

Principal Consultant

Jim B-Reay is at our helm. With over 20 years of experience as an accomplished program manager and advisor to healthcare and IT executives, we’re in good hands. You will be, too.

Jim’s deep understanding of healthcare operations, breadth of technical experience, and strong interpersonal skills enable him to demonstrate equal comfort assessing technical details, managing a diverse project team or facilitating decisions among a group of executive and clinical sponsors. With a background in application design and data warehousing, Jim has also assisted healthcare clients in reaping the benefits from operational systems by creating innovative solutions to convert transaction-based clinical and financial data into strategic information to support management decision-making.

Kathy Krypel


Kathy’s unique understanding of healthcare operations, clinician’s needs and electronic medical records complement strong interpersonal and communication skills. Kathy is at ease managing a diverse project team, facilitating an RFP process or coaxing decisions from a group of clinicians or C-suite leaders.

With more than 20 years of experience as both a healthcare clinician and project manager, Kathy has been a trusted strategic advisor to health systems large and small. She has assisted clients in developing digital strategies, designing clinical workflows for behavioral health, implementing EMRs and creating innovative answers to difficult health care IT problems.

Want some reassurance? Read on…

Jim is just finishing an engagement at HealthEast where he has helped us complete a Strategic plan for Enterprise Imaging that will help us jump-start our Imaging Services by at least a year.

Bringing Jim to HealthEast was one of the best things I’ve done to move our organization forward.  Jim is smart, talented, and everyone loves working with him. I know it will be well worth your time to get to know him and what he has to offer. He is really a quality person I recommend him highly.

      – Patricia Berger, HealthEast Care System

Want to learn more? Get in touch.

Whether you’re interested in collaborating on a project or finding out more about working with us, we would love to hear from you. Just send us an email at [email protected].