Former CIO, CommonSpirit
Former CIO, CommonSpirit
Principal Product Manager, Amazon Care
Hardeep Singh, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) based at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He leads a portfolio of multidisciplinary patient safety research in improving the use of health information technology and reducing diagnostic errors. His research has informed several national and international patient safety initiatives and policy reports, including those by the National Academies, CDC, NQF, AMA, ACP, AHRQ, OECD and the WHO. He has worked with the WHO on their recent Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 and serves as a nominated member of National Academies’ Board of Health Care Services. He has received several prestigious awards for pioneering work in the field, including the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award in 2012, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama in 2014 and the VA Health System Impact Award in 2016.
Bio posted October 2021
SVP Marketing and Communications, Tia
IT Operations Executive, Cramer Consulting Services
CIO, Denver Health
Julie Yoo is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she leads investments in healthcare technology, with a focus on companies that are modernizing how we access, pay for, and experience the healthcare system.
Prior to joining a16z, Julie was the co-founder, Chief Product Officer, and Board Director at Kyruus, a venture-backed healthtech company recognized as a market leader in patient access. Julie led product management, engineering, and sales and marketing for the company, and helped scale the business to reach 20M patients and over 225,000 healthcare providers across the U.S.
Julie was previously VP of Product at Generation Health, and was with the company from its inception through acquisition by CVS Health. Julie was also a Product Manager at Knome, the world’s first whole genome sequencing service for private individuals. Julie’s tech career began as an early member of the software engineering team at Endeca Technologies, which was acquired by Oracle.
Julie studied computer science and pre-medicine as an undergrad at MIT and obtained an MS in genomics from Harvard-MIT HST and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Julie is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and has been recognized through numerous awards and honors from Becker’s Hospital Review, Health Data Management, MedTech Boston, and Rock Health.
Julie serves on a number of portfolio company boards, including Akasa, Firefly Health, Ribbon Health and Tomorrow Health.
Bio posted July 2021
Former CEO of Mayo Clinic | Foundation Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) | Director of ASU Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program | President of non-profit Healthcare Transformation Institute
Dr. Cortese’s current positions include Foundation Professor at Arizona State University (ASU), Director of ASU’s Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, and President of the non-profit Healthcare Transformation Institute based in Phoenix, AZ. He is an Emeritus President and CEO of the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Cortese also currently serves on the board of trustees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the boards of directors for Cerner Corporation, Essence Global Holding Corporation, and Pinnacle West. Memberships in national and international organizations include: the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where he served as the original chair of the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care; a National Associate of the National Research Council; an honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Academia Nacional de Medicina (Mexico). He formerly served in the following positions: member of the health advisory board of RAND; member, and served as the chair of the board, of the Health Care Leadership Council in Washington, DC.; member of the Harvard/Kennedy Health Policy Group; member of the Division on Engineering and Physical Science (DEPS) of the National Academy of Engineering. Education includes a BS from Franklin and Marshall, an MD from Temple University, and residency training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at the Mayo Clinic. Awards include an Ellis Island Award in 2007, the National Healthcare Leadership Award in 2009.
Posted April 2018
Joseph R. Swedish is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Anthem, Inc., a Fortune 29 company and the nation’s leading health benefits provider. Anthem serves nearly 42 million members—or one in eight Americans—through its affiliated health plans, and over 73 million individuals across 27 states through its broad portfolio of health insurance and services subsidiaries.
He served as the Chairman, President and CEO from 2013 to 2018. Subsequently he served as a Strategic Advisor from 2018 to 2020. Under Mr. Swedish’s leadership, the company experienced remarkable financial performance. During his tenure Anthem’s membership grew by four million, or 11 percent, the average share price nearly quadrupled, and operating revenue increased 39 percent to over $89 billion. Core strategic imperatives included improving medical costs, working with physicians to improve health care quality and access, and improving the consumer experience.
He continues to apply his expertise leveraging his extensive health care experience as co-founder of Concord Health Partners, a private equity firm investing in digital innovations and health care services focused on data analytics, provider enablement tools and consumer engagement that transform health care by improving access, quality and cost.
Prior to joining Anthem, Mr. Swedish served as CEO for several major integrated health care delivery systems, including president and CEO of Trinity Health, an 18-state integrated health care delivery system. He also held CEO and senior leadership positions with the Hospital Corporation of America, Colorado’s Centura Health, and integrated health systems in Florida, Virginia, and the Carolinas.
He has built a reputation for leveraging value-creating assets through high-performing governance, creative strategies, consumer marketing, clinical innovations, and mergers/acquisitions. He has been at the forefront of the industry’s efforts to utilize advances in information technology such as Trinity’s development of the nation’s first large scale electronic medical records system and Anthem’s massive health plan data repository to advance predictive analytics in support of population health management. Mr. Swedish works closely with political leaders and policymakers to find innovative, cost effective solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges.
For 12 years in a row, Modern Healthcare has named Mr. Swedish one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, ranking in the top 20 of the health sector’s most senior-level executives, high-level government administrators, elected officials, academics, and thought-leaders for five consecutive years. In 2016, Mr. Swedish was one of five health care leaders named to Crain Communications’ Top 100 Innovators list. He is also a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year—Rocky Mountain Region award, regarded as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. Under his leadership Anthem was recognized by Ethisphere on the 2018 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.
Throughout his career, Mr. Swedish has shown a commitment and deep passion for diversity and inclusion such as self-appointing himself as Chief Diversity Officer while serving as CEO at Trinity Health. He has served as Chairman of the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity for Healthcare Management and led industry efforts to focus on disparities of care impacting minorities. His effort garnered the CEO Leadership Diversity Award given by Diversity Best Practices recognizing his leadership and service as a role model for the industry, his community and the nation.
Mr. Swedish serves on the board of directors for IBM, CDW, Proteus Digital Health, Mesoblast – as Chairman, and Centrexion Therapeutics. He is also a member and past chairman of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors. Previously, Mr. Swedish served as chairman of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and Chairman of the Catholic Health Association. He has also held board and advisory positions with American Hospital Association, Coventry Health Care, Inc., RehabCare Group, Inc., BankFIRST, Cross Country, Inc., National Quality Forum, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the Winter Park Health Foundation, and Loyola University Chicago.
Mr. Swedish received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.
Updated June 2020
Bruce D. Smith is the former Senior Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer for Advocate Health Care based in Oak Brook, Illinois. Advocate was formed in 1995, through the combination of EHS Health Care and Lutheran General HealthSystem (LGHS). Both organizations were founded by churches – LGHS in 1897 by a predecessor church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and EHS in 1906 by a forerunner of the United Church of Christ.
With a staff of 300 and an operating budget of $50 million, the Division is responsible for providing a corporate network of information technology to Advocate. The Division supports a metropolitan-area computer/terminal/printer network of financial and clinical applications that have been integrated to share information throughout the organization. The Department has a centralized/decentralized structure which provides economies of scale and standardization, while staying close to the customers that we serve.
Prior to becoming Senior Vice President Information Systems and Chief Information Officer for Advocate, Mr. Smith was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lutheran General HealthSystem. Mr. Smith is a member of Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the HIMSS Chicago CIO Roundtable; and the Scottsdale Institute. Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Business degree from Western Illinois University and his MBA degree from Loyola of Chicago.