We’re just like you: We’re driven. We’re passionate. And we’re impatient when it comes to delivering valuable innovations to healthcare.

ConnectSx: The Future of the Surgical Value Chain

ConnectSx is an innovative Software-as-a-Service provider committed to reducing waste and inefficiencies across the entire surgical value chain. Through an integrated platform of web-based tools and mobile applications, ConnectSx simplifies:

  • Medical device inventory,
  • Surgical case management,
  • UDI compliance,
  • Medical Device-specific education,
  • And other complex Workflows.

More than just a surgical app or a healthcare inventory management software, ConnectSx connects critical information across the surgical value chain for all users. Our goal is to improve efficiency for:

  1. Medical device manufacturers,
  2. Device distributors,
  3. Individual sales reps,
  4. And the surgical teams they serve.

By creating visibility throughout the medical device, supply, and materials value chain, ConnectSx makes it easier to deliver asset-specific knowledge when and where it matters most – inside the clinical setting, the operating room, and beyond. This knowledge empowers users to track and control medical device inventory, ultimately improving patient care and driving value for healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers, and their distribution partners.

Our Mission

To deliver innovative platforms that improve the medical device value chain from manufacturer to patient, and beyond.

Our Vision

To become the most trusted healthcare data company in the industry

Our Story

As a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon since 1994, Patrick Sweeney, MD, saw a massive problem plaguing the healthcare industry. Critical information about medical devices frequently fell through the cracks as data disappeared into siloed inventory systems.

With no effective way to manage valuable knowledge throughout the surgical supply chain, teams struggled to track and control medical device inventory – causing unnecessary delays and waste exceeding $750 billion annually.

Driven to reduce inefficiencies and improve patient care, Sweeney set out to streamline knowledge delivery throughout the surgical value chain. He partnered with Chris Riedel – a Chicago entrepreneur with 20+ years’ experience leading technology strategy and innovation projects. In 2015, they founded ConnectSx to connect traditionally siloed surgical information, adding value through improved device visibility.

ConnectSx is fueled by a diverse team of problem-solvers with expertise that spans emerging technologies, surgical care, supply chain management and software engineering. By leveraging these diverse perspectives, we tackle the massive problem of medical device waste from every angle – unfettered by the traditional status quos of healthcare.

Our Promise

Be a partner. Listen with intent. Pay attention to details. Move fast; really fast. Relentlessly add value. Repeat.


Our Leadership

Chris Riedel

Chris Riedel

CEO, Chief Architect

A seasoned tech strategist, Chris brings over 20 years’ experience building, implementing, and managing innovative technologies. With expertise spanning both the private and the public sector, Chris spent the last decade leading innovation and technology strategy for a major research university. His career in academia gives him a unique perspective on how to leverage emerging technologies to solve incredibly complex problems.

Chris received both his BA and MBA from the University of Iowa, and an MA from Chicago Theological. 


Patrick Sweeney, MD

Patrick Sweeney, MD


A board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon since 1994, Pat is uniquely positioned to understand the full set of challenges around implant device management, inventory tracking, and in-OR knowledge delivery. As an inventor/entrepreneur, Pat holds more than 30 patents in the U.S., England, France, and Germany and is the founder of Flow-FX, a revolutionary surgical implant device company. In addition to being a practicing surgeon and device manufacturer, he is also the founder of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, an ambulatory surgery center in Mokena, Illinois.

Pat earned his BA from Northern Illinois University and his MD from Northwestern University. 


“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan

Our Team

Bryan Lewis

Bryan Lewis

Product Owner

Bryan is responsible for driving product strategy and development across the  ConnectSx suite of tools. Bryan brings 25 years experience in application and product development. Prior to joining ConnectSx, Bryan was co-founder of Fusionary Media, a Grand Rapids-based digital creative firm working with companies ranging from Founders Brewing to Meijer to Steelcase.

Ryan Wright

Ryan Wright

Business Development

With over 20 years’ experience in operations and supply chain management, Ryan is a proven business leader focused on positioning consumer-facing companies for growth. Ryan’s inspiration comes from engaging with people who are driven to make a difference, and then helping them maximize that potential. 

Brendan Sweeney

Brendan Sweeney

Customer Success

Brendan supports the ConnectSx team with his experience as a product manager and forecasting analyst for a large retail licensing, manufacturing, and distribution company. Brendan’s is focused on building and managing meaningful collaborations between ConnectSx and our community of users, partners, and stakeholders.

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Our Advisers

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor


  • Former GM of Provider market for IBM Watson Health
  • Former Partner and Managing Director, Accenture
  • Former Executive Director, UPMC
  • Previous operating executive at VC- and PE-back companies
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Mokena, Illinois 60448
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