Using Data to Disrupt the Spread of COVID-19 and Prevent Future Pandemics

Ravi Chawla, MBA, M.S., is vice president of informatics at Independence Blue Cross. His area develops valuable business reporting insights and models to better serve Independence customers and members. Mr. Chawla leads Independence’s cutting-edge initiatives, advanced and predictive analytics, and partnerships to help improve the quality of patient care and lower costs. Mr. Chawla’s experience in the health care industry includes 19 years at Independence, where his primary focus has been on medical cost, big data, predictive models, risk stratification, and program evaluations. Mr. Chawla has developed an organization that is future-looking, adaptive, and innovative. His team consists of analytic solution architects who develop custom analytics for clients in the clinical, marketing, product, contracting, and consumer spaces. He has fostered a focused and pragmatic approach to the use of advanced analytics and new technologies to drive productivity, sales, and a superior customer experience. Prior to joining Independence, Mr. Chawla worked at Health Alliance Plan in Detroit, Michigan for three years where his area of responsibility included provider performance reporting and physician incentive programs. Mr. Chawla has spoken widely on health care analytics and predictive modeling in various conference and panels. He and his team have published academic journal articles in The American Journal of Managed Care, Health Services Research, The Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, and Health Economics. He also is an adjunct teacher at the Indian School of Business, India where he teaches a course in Healthcare Analytics. He holds an M.B.A. from Wayne State University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Vermont-Burlington, and an undergraduate degree from India.

Contact: Ravi.Chawla@ibx.com

Kenneth Mandl, M.D., MPH, directs the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and is the Donald A.B. Lindberg Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. He is trained as a pediatrician and pediatric emergency physician. His work at the intersection of population and individual health has had a unique, sustained influence on the developing field of biomedical informatics. Mandl’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers was for pioneering real time biosurveillance, tracking infections and detecting outbreaks with diverse data. He has long advocated for patient participation in producing and accessing data and was a pioneer of the first personal health systems, using crowdsourced knowledge from online patient networks, and advancing participatory medicine and engagement in clinical trials. Cognizant of the limitations of extant electronic health record systems, Mandl developed a widely-adopted, highly influential approach (SMART)–substitutable apps that run universally on health IT systems. SMART lets innovators reach market scale and patients and doctors access an “app store for health.” Through the 21st Century Cures Act, SMART is now regulated as the standard interface by which patients, providers, and apps access data from electronic health records. He applies open source inventions to lead EHR research networks. He is a leader of the Genomics Research and Innovation Network across three leading children’s hospitals. He directs the Boston Children’s Hospital PrecisionLink Biobank for Health Discovery. Dr. Mandl teaches and mentors extensively at the postgraduate level. He leads an NIH training program in biomedical informatics and genomics. He received the Clifford A. Barger Award for top mentors at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mandl was advisor to two Directors of the CDC and chaired the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIH’s National Library of Medicine. He has been elected to multiple honor societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Society for Pediatric Research, American College of Medical Informatics and American Pediatric Society. Mandl is a recipient of the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics.

Contact: Kenneth.Mandl@childrens.harvard.edu

Deven McGraw, J.D., MPH, LLM, is chief regulatory officer for Ciitizen, a consumer health technology start-up. Previously she directed U.S. health privacy and security as Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights and Chief Privacy Officer (Acting) of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Widely recognized for her expertise in health privacy, she directed the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology for six years and led the privacy and security policy work for the HITECH Health IT Policy Committee. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Partnership for Women and Families. She advised health industry clients on HIPAA compliance and data governance while a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Deven graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Contact: deven@ciitizen.com

Robert Saunders, Ph.D., is research director, payment and delivery reform at Duke-Margolis. In this role, he directs a portfolio of payment and delivery reform initiatives, which focus on ACOs, alternative payment models for specialty care, new payment and delivery approaches for serious illness care, and translating evidence to policy-relevant options. Prior to joining Duke-Margolis, Dr. Saunders was a Senior Director and then Senior Advisor to the President of the National Quality Forum, where he managed a large federally-funded project that provided recommendations on quality measures for 20 different federal programs and directed special projects on topics including data, payment reform, systems engineering, and the future of healthcare quality measurement. He was previously Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine and managed health care legislative affairs for Representative Rush D. Holt.

Contact: robert.saunders@duke.edu

KP Yelpaala, MPH, is the CEO and founder of access.mobile International. He is an entrepreneur and public health practitioner with a deep understanding of health systems and over 15 years of experience working across the public and private sectors in the United States, East and West Africa, and the Caribbean. He is an expert in national scale health program implementation, technology innovation and the intersection of health and technology policy. Prior to founding access.mobile in 2011, KP worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors and served as one of the early employees of the Clinton Health Access Initiative. He serves on the Yale School of Public Health Leadership Council, COVID Check Colorado Advisory Board, American Hospital Association Rural Health Insights Leadership Forum, and the Expert Council of Axios International. He has taught at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and was appointed to and served on the Governor of Colorado’s Small Business Council. KP is recognized internationally for developing mobile health engagement solutions and for translating digital health innovations and learnings across markets. He is a regular speaker in international forums and has been featured in media outlets including CNN, CNBC, and NPR. KP holds an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health and a BA with Honors from Brown University.

Contact: kp@accessmobileinc.com