HCA welcomes new Chief Data Officer (CDO) - Vishal Chaudhry

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) welcomes Vishal Chaudhry as HCA’s new Chief Data Officer (CDO). This effort has been cross-divisional work over almost a year exploring how to mature our data strategy and governance capabilities. Our goal was to create an organizational model that allows HCA to implement and enforce a comprehensive data strategy and governance to help us achieve our vision of A Healthier Washington. We had strong applicants and are pleased to have Vishal on board.

Vishal works within the Clinical Quality and Care Transformation (CQCT) Division, reporting to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Judy Zerzan. He will oversee how HCA prioritizes, maintains, and applies data and information in order to support our agency goals and processes. The centralized data team will report to him which include Health Information Technology; Analytics, Research and Measurement; portions of CQCT, and the Data Governance team. Additional data analysts will be centralized over time, based on conversations with agency leaders. In addition, the Legislature passed a bill to transition the all-payer claims database (APCD) from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to HCA. The APCD will also reside in CQCT.

Vishal will start on October 1, 2019 and comes to us with more than 20 years implementing and improving business processes across the health care, electronics, and automotive industries. He has held health care leadership roles in performance improvement, analytics and innovation, and organizational strategy. He holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.

Why he works at HCA:

HCA is uniquely positioned in the state of Washington to impact the health and wellness of millions of residents. He is excited to work alongside dedicated colleagues and contribute to solving some of the most vexing systemic problems faced in health care today using data and analytics to inform organizational strategy.