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Blue Health Intelligence® Names Dr. Michael Sokol Chief Medical Officer

July 26, 2012

CHICAGO – Blue Health Intelligence (BHI), a leading healthcare data and analytics company, has announced that Dr. Michael Sokol, M.D., M.S., has joined BHI as Chief Medical Officer.

As a member of the senior leadership team, Dr. Sokol will help to determine the strategic direction for the company.   He will provide clinical guidance to the development and execution of BHI’s products and services, as well as consultation to BHI’s customers.  In addition, Dr. Sokol will support the company’s new business development activities and collaborative research projects with leading academic institutions. 

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Sokol join our team,” said Swati Abbott, CEO of BHI.  “His extensive professional experience and in-depth work in health services research will complement BHI’s mission to use advanced data analytics to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs.”

Prior to joining BHI, Dr. Sokol was Global Corporate Medical Director for Merck & Co., Inc., where he led the Integrated Health Management department that is responsible for operating the company’s employee health clinics, fitness centers, disability management programs and occupational health and wellness activities.  

In his prior roles at GlaxoSmithKline and Medco Health Solutions, Dr. Sokol focused on population health improvement, value-based benefit design, and health services research.  He developed patient and physician education programs and contributed to both companies’ health policy and public affairs initiatives.

“I am looking forward to bringing my experience and clinical guidance to my new role and working with the BHI team to further enhance safety, quality and affordability of healthcare delivery in communities across the nation,” said Dr. Sokol.

Dr. Sokol is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and he holds two academic appointments: Senior Fellow in the Jefferson School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Population Health Management and has published several articles.

About Blue Health Intelligence
Blue Health Intelligence (BHI®) is the nation’s premiere health intelligence resource, delivering data-driven insights about healthcare trends and best practices, resulting in healthier lives and more affordable access to safe and effective care. BHI accesses healthcare claims data from more than 110 million individuals nationwide, collected over seven years, in a safe, HIPAA compliant and secure database. The resulting conformed, reliable data set has the broadest, deepest pool of integrated medical and pharmacy claims, reflecting medical utilization in every ZIP code. Blue Health Intelligence (BHI) is a trade name of Health Intelligence Company, LLC. BHI is an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit http://www.bluehealthintelligence.com/.

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