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Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH

Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Mehrotra’s research focuses on interventions to decrease costs and improve quality of care. Much of his work has focused on innovations in delivery such as retail clinics and e-visits and their impact on quality, costs, and access to health care. He is also interested in the role of consumerism and whether price transparency and public reporting of quality can impact patient decision making. Related work has focused on quality measurement, including how natural language processing can be used to analyze the data in electronic health records to measure the quality of care.

Dr. Mehrotra received his Master’s in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco.

Barbara Anthony

Barbara Anthony, lawyer, economist, and public policy expert, is currently, a Senior Fellow in Healthcare at the Pioneer Institute where she specializes in healthcare transparency issues. Recently, she was a Senior Fellow and Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government where she researched and wrote about Massachusetts’ healthcare cost containment efforts. Previously, she served as Massachusetts Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation from 2009 to 2015 where she oversaw five state agencies: Banking, Insurance, Professional Licensure, Telecommunications and Cable, and the Division of Standards. Anthony, with a background in law and economics, is a well-known consumer advocate and a highly respected public interest lawyer and policy maker.

She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, where she is as an Adjunct Professor of Law. She regularly appears as a media commentator on consumer protection and business regulation issues.

Denny Brennan, MBA

Denny Brennan, MBA, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, has substantial experience as a consultant and entrepreneur working with the country’s leading academic medical centers and medical schools, integrated delivery networks, hospitals, life sciences companies, industry services providers, and industry associations on strategy, organizational effectiveness, and information management and technology challenges. He brings specialized expertise in assisting organizations in aligning health care information and business strategies for success under increased market competition and health reform.

Mr. Brennan earned his Master’s in Education from Harvard University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Yale University.

Dessislava Pachamanova, Ph.D

Dessislava Pachamanova, Ph.D., is an expert in the design and application of advanced analytical tools to numerous areas, including risk management, healthcare policy and operations, business strategy, and engineering. She is Professor and Zwerling Family Endowed Chair at Babson College and Research Affiliate at MIT. Dr. Pachamanova’s research and consulting employ tools in advanced data visualization, financial modeling, robust optimization, simulation, predictive analytics, and text analytics. She teaches courses in analytics and computational finance at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education levels, and co-designed Babson’s undergraduate Business Analytics Concentration, MBA Business Analytics Concentration, and Masters in Business Analytics curricula. She serves on the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Pro Bono Analytics Committee, the INFORMS Professional Development Committee, and the INFORMS Student Analytics Award Committee.

Dr. Pachamanova holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Emma Rourke

Ms. Rourke provides administrative and project support to the Freedman HealthCare team and manages the social media platforms, including its Twitter page, Facebook page, and website. Ms. Rourke applies her excellent writing and communication skills, as well as her prior experience working with Massachusetts-based health care providers, to assist the FHC staff in its ongoing operations and to ensure that client projects run smoothly. Additionally, she is instrumental in shaping and implementing FHC’s social media strategy and draws from her experience serving on the communications team for several successful political campaigns, and leading the creation of effective Twitter hashtags and constituent communication. Ms. Rourke is a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Politics.

John Freedman

John Freedman MD MBA has 30 years’ experience in care delivery, performance measurement & improvement, health IT, and health care reform. Before founding Freedman Healthcare, he held leadership roles at multiple innovative health care firms. Dr. Freedman served as Medical Director for Quality at Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado region, and as medical director for specialty services and coordinated care at New England’s largest community health center, overseeing 50 staff in 16 specialties. At Tufts Health Plan, he helped them climb to a #2 national NCQA quality ranking. He has served on the boards of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Network Health (a 300,000 member Medicaid health plan), and the Fishing Partnership (which improves health in fishing communities). Dr. Freedman graduated Harvard College, U. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the U. of Louisville School of Business. Freedman Healthcare is a leading consulting firm in health care reform, health policy analysis and development, and it has been engaged in many states to create all-payer claims databases, implement health insurance exchanges, and support health care transformation.

John Halamka, MD, MS

John Halamka, MD, MS, is an industry leader in healthcare innovation, identifying technologies that make care more efficient, integrated, and accessible. Dr. Halamka currently serves as Executive Director of the Health Technology Exploration Center of Beth Israel Lahey Health and as Chief Information Officer for the Beth Israel Deaconess system. Dr. Halamka is also an International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, Chair of the National Health Information Technology Standards Panel for the Bush administration, and Co-chair of the National Health Information Technology Standards Committee for the Obama administration.

Dr. Halamka received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his Master of Science from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Doctor of Medicine from University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Halamka appeared on the HIMSS list of “50 Most Influential Technologists of the Past 50 Years” and CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame.

Martha Bebinger, MA

Martha Bebinger, MA, covers health care and other topics at WBUR, the NPR affiliate in Boston. She has won dozens of regional and national awards in 19 years as a reporter, including the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard University. Bebinger has a BA in Art and Semiotics from Brown University and an MA in English from Boston University. She is the mother of three adventurous young men.