Informatics Research Seminar: Payers, Providers, and Pharma

February 16 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Vipul Kashyap, PhD
Presented from Duke University



Current work in Clinical Trials and Healthcare IT is being performed in a very siliozed manner without understanding the broader context and value proposition that can be enabled. The healthcare ecosystem consisting of providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and patients will be presented and discussed. Early examples of collaborations across the ecossytem betweem Payers, Providers and Pharmaceutical companies will be discussed along with their potential impact on the healthcare ecosystem in terms of reducing cost and improving outcomes. The role of electronic data around health information and new requirements related to interoperability and decision support will also be discussed.


Vipul Kashyap, PhD, is the Director of Informatics and IT Architecture at CIGNA, where he is leading a team of rule engineers, information modelers and workflow designers to develop and deploy predictive models and care plans for health advocacy applications. Prior to CIGNA, Vipul was a Senior Medical Informatician in the Clinical Informatics Research & Development group at Partners HealthCare System. He played the role of a systems and information architect in the context of a platform for Clinical Knowledge Management Platform and creation of clinical information models in the context of the Enterprise Clinical Services architecture at Partners Healthcare System. Vipul also heads the Task Force on Clinical Observations Interoperability, as a part of the W3C Interest Group on the Healthcare and Life Sciences, The Task Force is chartered with identifying use cases and developing prototypes to demonstrate the value proposition of leveraging clinical data stored in Electronic Medical Records for clinical research and trials. He was also a fellow at the National Library of Medicine, where he performed research on techniques for semi-automatic generation of healthcare vocabularies (e.g., MeSH) from abstracts of medical research articles. He was also a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he worked on a NIST Report on Healthcare Informatics, which was presented to the Director. Vipul has received his PhD from the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick that investigated the use of metadata and ontologies for information and knowledge management. He was a co-project manager of a Knowledge Management effort at Telcordia Technologies (formerly known as Bellcore) focused on knowledge sharing and reuse across Telcordia’s Professional Services Units. He has held positions at Micro-electronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC). Vipul has published 3 books on the topic of Semantics in Information Brokering and Integration, 50 articles in prestigious conferences and journals. He has presented keynotes at prestigious conferences and workshops, serves on the editorial boards of 3 journals and sits on the technical advisory board of an early stage companies developing semantics-based products.