Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan venture hires BCBS IT exec Dana Safran for data-driven position

Safran is responsible for leading efforts to use data, measurement, incentives and reporting to improve the quality, outcomes and affordability of care.
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Dana Gelb Safran

The healthcare venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase has hired insurance executive Dana Gelb Safran as head of measurement, a data-driven technology position, according to CNBC.

Safran is the chief performance measurement and improvement officer and senior vice president of Enterprise Analytics, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

She joins the Boston-based group headed by Dr. Atul Gawande.

WHY IT MATTERS
In her role at BCBS Massachusetts, Safran was responsible for leading efforts to use data, measurement, incentives, and reporting to improve the quality, outcomes, and affordability of care, according to biography information from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Safran’s experience improving quality and outcomes while lowering the cost of care through IT is exactly how the industry views Amazon’s new venture and its potential to tackle healthcare’s greatest challenges.

Data and analytics will loom large, as will offering the 1-plus million employees of the three companies a personalized approach to healthcare benefits.

THE TREND
Not much has been released about the new venture, which the big three formed earlier this year. It still has no official name. Gawande was named CEO in June.

Safran’s background in health insurance, however, aligns with the innovations expected of Gawande, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon, author and New Yorker staff writer who, in the November 12 issue, sympathized with physicians struggling to balance EHR technology with work schedules and patient care.

DANA SAFRAN: THERE'S MORE TO KNOW
Safran was appointed to serve on MedPAC in 2017 in a term through April 2020.

She is also an associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. She serves on a number of state and national advisory bodies related to healthcare quality and affordability, including the National Quality Forum Consensus Standards Approval Committee and the CMS Technical Expert Panel on the Quality Rating System.

Twitter: @SusanJMorse
Email the writer: susan.morse@himssmedia.com

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