Dr. Somesh Nigam
Job Title: Vice President Information & Data Governance and Health Informatics
Somesh Nigam, PhD is the Vice President of Information & Data Governance and Health Informatics in IBM’s Global Chief Data Office.
He plays a key role in driving IBM’s overarching mission to establish Data as the foundation of Cognitive Business. Somesh is responsible for creating an enterprise wide governance management framework with each IBM business unit and function represented. He is establishing priorities and policies for management, licensing and governance of data at the enterprise level including defining and negotiating terms by which IBM’s internal data is disseminated and external data acquired. In addition to Data Governance experts reporting to him, he also manages a network of Data Stewards lodged in all of IBM business units to assure consistent access, definition and quality of IBM’s data assets. Somesh leverages his expertise as a thought leader in Healthcare Informatics to closely partner with Watson Health unit participating in development of strategy and use cases aimed at improving healthcare outcomes and quality.
Somesh has over 25 years of experience in leading healthcare data and analytics related activities at major Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Health Insurance companies. Prior to joining IBM, Somesh was the senior vice president and chief informatics officer at Independence Blue Cross. In this role, he led the Informatics division, which provided data, reporting platforms and actionable analytics to serve self-insured employer groups, provider/ACO organizations and internal stakeholders including care management, actuarial and sales & marketing. He championed cutting-edge data science initiatives with institutions such as Penn Medicine and NYU Langone. He also led the application of predictive analytics in conjunction with remote patient monitoring to help reduce readmissions in chronic diseases such as Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure.
Somesh is a co-author of a number of peer reviewed journal articles including a recent series that looked at the effectiveness of patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) in helping improve clinical outcomes while reducing medical costs and utilization. He is a sought-after speaker at national conferences and forums on the subject of health care analytics and approaches for effective population health management. He holds a Ph.D. and a master of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.
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