The Future of Digital Health

The Future of Digital Health

David Brailer, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Cigna and Eric Schneider, MD, MSc, Executive Vice President, NCQA discuss the landscape of digital health and forecast how organizations need to position for success in the future.

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David Brailer 
Dr. David Brailer, MD, PhD

David Brailer is an American physician recognized for his pioneering leadership in health care, particularly in the use of health information technology. Over the past three decades, Dr. Brailer has built a variety of private and public sector organizations that improve access to and quality of health care.

In September 2022, Dr. Brailer was named the Chief Health Officer of Cigna. As Cigna’s first Chief Health Officer, Dr. Brailer brings together the company’s products, technologies, and services to create breakout health improvements for the 190 million people the company serves.

In 2007, Dr. Brailer founded Health Evolution Partners, a private equity firm that invested in companies seeking to transform health care. In 2011, he founded Health Evolution, an organization that convenes health care leaders as they navigate rapidly changing forces in the industry. Dr. Brailer serves as Chairman of Health Evolution.

In 2002, Dr. Brailer was appointed by President George W. Bush as a health policy advisor and later became the nation’s first National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In this role, Dr. Brailer oversaw development of the nation's strategy for electronic records, information sharing and consumer empowerment. His efforts set the foundation for the rapid adoption of digital health technologies that is underway today.

In 1996, Dr. Brailer founded and was CEO of CareScience, a health care information management company. Under his leadership, CareScience developed one of the nation’s earliest health care cloud solutions, serving more than 25 million patients in 500 major health care systems, health plans and physician groups across the United States. Dr. Brailer led CareScience through a successful IPO and subsequent sale of the company.

Dr. Brailer holds doctoral degrees in medicine and economics. He earned his M.D. from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. in economics from The Wharton School. He became board certified in internal medicine after his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he practiced infectious diseases and HIV medicine. Dr. Brailer was appointed a Charles A. Dana Fellow and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brailer taught for a decade at The Wharton School, where he founded the Wharton School health information technology program.

Dr. Brailer is Vice Chairman of the Duke Margolis Health Policy Center.

Eric Schneider 
Eric Schneider, MD, M.Sc

Eric Schneider, MD, M.Sc. leads NCQA’s measurement, research and contracting agenda as Executive Vice President of the Quality Measurement and Research Group. In this role, he helps drive NCQA’s efforts to create a more equitable health care system and to advance the move to digital quality measurement.

Dr. Schneider came to NCQA from The Commonwealth Fund, where he was Senior Vice President for Policy and Research and a member of its executive management team. He has a long history with NCQA, most recently as Co-Chair of its Committee on Performance Measurement. He served on that committee for more than 10 years, including nine as Co-Chair.

Prior to his tenure at The Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Schneider was principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. As the first director of Rand’s Boston office, Schneider built its highly regarded multidisciplinary team of health services researchers. As a professor at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School Eric taught health policy and practiced primary care internal medicine for 25 years.

Widely regarded as one of the nation’s preeminent health services researchers, Dr. Schneider has authored more than 125 published peer-reviewed research investigations and dozens of other scientific or medical research publications, reviews, chapters, editorials, and more. His work has focused on four aspects of health care quality — performance measurement methods; evaluation of quality and safety measurement in public reporting and financial incentive programs; use of health care quality measures to assess racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care quality; and evaluation of innovative approaches in health insurance, organization and financing of health care, and the organization of health care delivery.

Dr. Schneider trained in health services research, public health and primary care general internal medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in biology from Columbia University and a Master of Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He is a member of the AcademyHealth Board of Directors and a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

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