Category Archives: Updates

General updates about what I’m working on, where I’ve been, or changes I’m making to this website.

2014 Northeastern University Compass Awards CEO Greg Skloot presenting me with the Northeastern Compass Award CEO Greg Skloot (left) presenting the Northeastern Compass Award

On March 25, 2014 I was honored to receive the Northeastern Compass Award, presented by the Office of Alumni Relations. This award is given to one senior from each of Northeastern’s eight colleges that has demonstrated leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and a commitment to Northeastern.

Joining Galen Healthcare Solutions


Following graduation from Northeastern University this May, I will be joining Galen Healthcare Solutions as an Associate Technical Consultant. Galen is a healthcare IT company dedicated to finding and building technology solutions for physician groups nationwide. Their services include implementing electronic health records (EHR) and patient monitoring. The team at Galen has been involved in hundreds of successful EHR implementations and is the only Allscripts Platinum Plus partner for Enterprise EHR.

At Galen, I will be pursuing my passion for healthcare technology. I will be working with different healthcare providers across the country, developing custom software applications or implementing effective existing options. By utilizing new and innovative technologies through my work at Galen I hope to improve the state of healthcare in the United States. This is a goal that is at the heart of what motivates Galen Healthcare Solutions.

Galen Healthcare Solutions was named as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in 2013.

If you work in a healthcare setting and are interested in exploring what services we can offer you, please send me an email at natebessa[@]gmail[.]com.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Hackathon

I was lucky to join a distinguished team of physicians, nurses, engineers, behavioral scientists, and businesswomen

I was lucky to join a distinguished team of physicians, nurses, engineers, behavioral scientists, and businesswomen

Last weekend I participated in the first ever Brigham and Women’s Hospital/MIT H@cking Medicine Hackathon. Alongside an incredible team, most of whom I had just met, I helped design a mobile application that one day could allow hospital patients to submit safety concerns to hopsital staff in real-time. Supported by powerful back-end analytics and a well-thought-out deployment plan, this tool could improve in-patient safety and help hospitals prevent future problems from reoccurring. The hospital system has always been lacking a tool that gives patients a voice and we believe that our solution could fill that gap. We presented our ideas to an esteemed panel of venture capitalists, physicians, business CEOs, and hospital administrators and our team was given the Best Teamwork award. I look forward to participating in future hackathons like these where so many people put all their energy into designing solutions to critical problems.

Northeastern Intramural Soccer Champions


On Wednesday night our co-ed intramural soccer team won the finals of the competitive league at Northeastern. This team has been playing together since freshmen year 2009 and we’ve become an incredible group of friends. This was our second playoff championship in three seasons.

Joining IDEA: Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator

This summer I’ve joined IDEA, Northeastern’s venture accelerator. Serving as a coach, I will look after a portfolio of five early-stage start-ups and help develop their business model and share with them my technical expertise. Why did I choose to join IDEA? For a variety of reasons.

IDEA is a truly exciting organization at Northeastern. Founded and managed by students at the university, IDEA has helped over a hundred different ventures develop their business model and increase their likelihood of market success. These ventures, founded by students, alumni and faculty of Northeastern, also have the opportunity of receiving gap funding from IDEA. Last year alone, IDEA gave away $250,000 in gap funding to these young start-ups.

Several of IDEA’s ventures have made their way to the market and are enjoying great success. Northeastern University embodies the entrepreneurial spirit, and IDEA proves that fact. In fact, it is the nation’s only student run venture accelerator. It has even picked up the attention of Forbes Magazine, which featured it in a story here.

In the words of its CEO Max Kaye, IDEA helps “entrepreneurs in three ways—by coaching, connecting, and funding. Every venture receives a coach, who works with the entrepreneurs on the business plan, financials, and go-to-market strategy.”

For more, check out IDEA’s Facebook, their Twitter, and their website.

Joining the Broad Institute

The Broad Institute office

Where I’ll be working for the next six months

It’s been a relaxing and warm two weeks off from school that I’ve spent with my great friends from home. Tomorrow I start my final co-op at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, working alongside some of the world’s prominent genomic and metabolomic scientists. There I’ve been given the incredible opportunity to create software that can power their discoveries. Our ultimate goal is to reach the point in a few years where we can scan a person to see if they are in the very early stages of diseases like diabetes, as well as to pinpoint possible cures or remedies via cell metabolites.

I’ve always dreamed of working some place where my efforts can have an impact on another’s life. Here’s my chance. The terminology is all new to me, the technology is daunting, but motivated and inspired, the only feeling I have is excitement.

Honored as one of the Huntington 100


This week I was honored to be chosen as one of the Huntington 100 Distinguished Juniors and Seniors. Each year, Northeastern University selects 100 graduating seniors to be given this award “acknowl­edging stu­dents who have excelled in various areas across the university—from research to ath­letics to expe­ri­en­tial learning”. As a recent Northeastern News article explained, “to be con­sid­ered for the Hunt­ington 100, stu­dents had to be nom­i­nated by fac­ulty, staff, coaches, employers, or their peers.” Typically reserved for seniors, this year seven juniors were included in the award, including myself.

I had the pleasure of celebrating this achievement with my colleagues at President Joseph E. Aoun’s house on Beacon Street.

Read more here.

Co-op Experience Published in Northeastern News


On April 3, 2013, an article was published in the Northeastern News about my recent co-op experience at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The article covers the RVU Tracker application I developed there which measures doctor productivity and incentivizes efficient billing practices and helps tracks the types of shifts doctors work.

The experience I gained working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, working alongside the Hospitalist Service administrator, Kimberely Reynolds and Dr. Anuj Dalal, MD, has been tremendously valuable. It was the first time I had designed, written, and released my own software application. The tool is in use today to measure the performance and patient interactions of over 100 doctors and is having a significant impact on the fiscal budget of the Hospitalist group. All this responsibility granted to an intern goes a long way to vouch for Northeastern’s unique and world-renowned co-op program. If it were not for the great team at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital that I worked with, this also would not have been possible.

For more on the RVU Tracker, check out my projects page and to read the article by Northeastern News, check out their post.

Circa 2007

According to online records, I’ve owned the domain since 2007. But for the past five years, this site has almost never been online to the public. Redesign after redesign, I was never satisfied with the look of what I had designed here and so I kept the website mainly to myself. It hits me now, however, that a website is only really useful to the world if the content on it is worthwhile for others to enjoy. And so, with the focus now on content rather than design, I am beginning my blogging experience here.

Originally launched when I was probably 16, this website was always intended to serve as my way of communicating with an increasingly globalized world and establishing my identity on the internet. In an age where anything you have ever written, uploaded, or liked online is likely indexed on a search engine or social network, it is a good idea to give yourself a head start and take your online reputation into your own hands. One great way to do that is to register your own URL and share some things about yourself as I intend to do here. Other ways to accomplish this same goal could be to maintain a Twitter or LinkedIn account and leave them open to the general public to see.

I intend to use this project to share my thoughts, engage discussion on current-events, reference progress on different projects I am am working on, and publish papers and research I have written for academia.