For Immediate Release - September 22, 2015

Governor Baker Announces Appointments to the Health Information and Analysis Oversight Council

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced three appointments to the Health Information and Analysis Oversight Council charged with developing the Center for Health Information and Analysis’ (CHIA) research agenda and analytic priorities.

“I’m pleased to appoint three of the brightest minds in healthcare, big data and financing to positions on the Oversight Council,” said Governor Baker. “I look forward to their ideas for improving the cost effectiveness and ensuring the long-term sustainability of our healthcare system.”

The three appointees – Fay Donohue, Bill Geary and Colin Hill – bring a wealth of experience in health care delivery and management, data, and analytics and financing and budgeting, as required by statute establishing the 11-member council in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore will both serve as council members.

In addition to developing CHIA’s research agenda, the Oversight Council meets for the first time today and quarterly thereafter to establish guidelines for the collection, storage and maintenance of the agency’s health care data and manage its budget.

About CHIA and the Council Members:

About Fay Donohue:

Until her recent retirement, Fay Donohue served as C.E.O. of oral health enterprise DSM/Dentaquest, where she developed cost- and quality-focused systems that have won approval for oral health plan businesses across the county. Ms. Donohue anticipated and filled needs created through state exchanges as part of the U.S. Affordable Care Act, pioneering a cost-effective expansion of oral health services to under-served populations and contributing to a quadrupling of plan size in seven years. She serves as a strategic and operations leadership advisor on boards of diverse non- and for-profit organizations, including the National Institute of Children’s Health Care Quality, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Commonwealth Institute. Ms. Donohue has received the National Association of Dental Plans Gabriel Award, the Boston YW Academy of Women Achievers, and has been listed as a Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. She holds an MBA from Boston College, a master’s degree from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College.

About Bill Geary:

Bill Geary is a partner and co-founder at Flare Capital Partners, a team of healthcare technology venture capital investors delivering strategic industry resources and insight to partnering entrepreneurs. Previously, Mr. Geary was with North Bridge Venture Partners since its inception in 1994. During Mr. Geary’s twenty-year tenure investing in emerging healthcare technology companies, he has served on the boards of numerous industry-leading companies and played a critical role, actively helping and working closely with management teams. Mr. Geary has held previous positions with Hambro International Equity Partners, MathSoft, Congoleum Corporation, and Arthur Andersen & Company. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Boston College where he was former Chair, and on the Board of Trustees of MGH Institute of Health Professions. Mr. Geary holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

About Colin Hill:

Since 2000, Colin C. Hill has served as Chairman, C.E.O. and co-founder of GNS Healthcare Inc. in Cambridge, MA, a nationally recognized innovator in the use of Big Data to study population health and precision medicine. Since 2012, Mr. Hill has also served as Chairman and co-founder of Via Science, applying machine learning applications to the Internet of Things, precision agriculture, and consumer behavior. Previously, Mr. Hill applied this machine learning platform to quantitative finance and e-commerce as Chairman and co-founder of Fina Technologies. Additionally, Mr. Hill was a founding member of the Board of Directors of AesRx, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of new treatment for sickle cell disease. Mr. Hill holds a Master’s Degree in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University, a Master’s of Science in physics from McGill University, and a bachelor’s of science earned cum laude with honors from Virginia Tech. Mr. Hill was named to Powerful Media and J.P. Morgan’s “25 Most Influential African Americans” list in 2009 and MIT Technology Review Magazine’s “Top 100 Innovators Under 35 Years Old” in 2004.

 

About The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA):

The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is an independent agency established pursuant to M.G.L. c. 12C and serves as the primary hub for health care data and a primary source of health care analytics that support policy development. CHIA was created by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012 which was enacted to improve health care quality and contain health care costs through transparency, efficiency and innovation.

 

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