Health technology leader and seasoned clinician brings deep experience in value-based payments and health innovation
BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edifecs, Inc., a global health information technology solutions company, announced today that Dr. Summerpal Kahlon, M.D., joins the leadership team as chief medical officer (CMO). As a key contributor to Edifecs’ product innovation and development, Dr. Kahlon will work with leaders and teams across all products and functions to inform and shape clinical strategies and policies.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kahlon here at Edifecs and benefit from his deep expertise in value-based care and risk adjustment,” said Venkat Kavarthapu, CEO of Edifecs. “Like Edifecs, Summerpal is deeply committed to ensuring we capture meaningful value for our customers by improving both outcomes and costs for members and patients.”
Dr. Kahlon is an active internal medicine and infectious diseases physician with a deep background in healthcare strategy and leadership. He has held product strategy and operational leadership roles at McKesson, Oracle, Steward Health Care, and Change Healthcare. During the ongoing industry-wide transformation from fee-for-service to value-based care, Dr. Kahlon spent time on the development and implementation of electronic health records, data interoperability, large-scale population analytics, and applied artificial intelligence to advance value delivery at the point of care.
“With valuable real-time and real-world insights, Summerpal will enrich our business to ensure Edifecs continues providing solutions with clear ROI for our customers,” continued Kavarthapu. “As an active and engaged industry leader, he brings hands-on experience and insight to help our customers make the most comprehensive, informed, and clinically relevant decisions for their populations.”
Dr. Kahlon earned his Doctor of Medicine from the UAB School of Medicine, a Master of Science in healthcare informatics from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor of Economics from Case Western Reserve University.
For more information about Edifecs, visit: https://www.edifecs.com/.
Edifecs provides market leading technology to its payer and health system customers, which serve nearly 300 million people in the U.S. healthcare market. For over 25 years, Edifecs has enabled customers to unlock greater value by aggregating, normalizing, and unifying data with its Best in KLAS interoperability platform. The Edifecs platform serves as the foundation for the solutions that eliminate stakeholder friction to overcome healthcare’s biggest challenges, including accelerating value-based payment adoption and obtaining more complete and accurate care funding for alternative payment models. Edifecs’ solutions incorporate natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to provide deeper insights into patients, populations, and business processes. As new standards and regulations continually emerge from government agencies, Edifecs is a proven partner to ensure its customers maintain “evergreen” compliance. Edifecs customers include 24 of the 25 top commercial health plans in the country, 27 out of 34 of the Blue Cross Blue Shield payers, 35 of the 50 Medicaid programs, and 5 out of 10 of the largest health systems.