As healthcare leaders, we are at a disadvantage. We sit on the cusp of a great turning point in our industry. We have gained our industry expertise living in a world where healthcare data sits in silos and does not move. We are at a disadvantage because our world is about to change.

We will soon live in a world where healthcare data flows, brought about by interoperability and other impacts of the 21st Century Cures Act, along with a population of patients/members and physicians who will rely on data, analytics, and insights in ways that would seem revolutionary to us today.

I spent the last two years of my career helping to educate our industry and prepare payers to meet the requirements of the interoperability rule (and beyond). As part of a fantastic team, we developed a great deal of capability to help move payer data to the edge of their enterprise and the make the data available to the mandated APIs.

The Promise of Interoperability to Improve Care Quality

Looking forward over the next two years in healthcare, we will see highs and lows in the painful and exciting transition to that world where data flows. I want to be at the center of applying, protecting, and improving this data so our industry can deliver on the promise of better care and lower costs.

I want to be a leader of this industry effort, to not only see the siloed data start to flow, but to put it to work. The promise of interoperability has the capability to reduce medical spend, improve care quality and user experiences, and develop stronger public health service. It means informed and empowered patients/members. 

How We Progress

I believe that new technologies and tools will use these new data streams to do all of this and more. I believe that healthcare will largely reinvent its workflows to optimize the use of this newly available data. 

Finally, I believe this change in data strategy will not only incorporate the new data streams, but will also do a better job of using the existing data available today that is just not well applied across healthcare. 

In August of 2020, I joined the healthcare business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions as VP of Healthcare Strategy. You can now guess why I came here. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is the industry leader in both the scale of data sources it offers to healthcare stakeholders and in its sophistication in turning that data into actionable insights within the confines of the complex privacy and data use requirements that accompany those sources. 

My goal as I join this great organization and begin this new role is to help LexisNexis Risk Solutions lead the industry into this new world where data flows, privacy is protected and where the promise of true interoperability is realized. I look forward to working with all of our partners as we build this new world together.