Haven taps Partners HealthCare's Sandhya Rao

Sandhya Rao's previous experience working in value-based payment systems as part of Accountable Care Networks could play a key role in Haven's efforts. (Haven)

Sandhya Rao

Current position: Vice president of clinical strategy at Haven, the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan healthcare venture

Former position: Senior medical director for population health management at Partners HealthCare

Hire date: April 2019

Why she's a leader to watch: One of Haven's latest hires, Sandhya Rao previously led Partners HealthCare's efforts to spread clinical programs aimed at improving outcomes, reducing utilization, and improving patient experience, driven by its participation in a number of alternative payment models. 

The goal behind Haven is to create a venture that could leverage the combined resources of the three member companies—Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan—to create health solutions to benefit their U.S. workforces. Company officials said when the venture first launched in January 2018 that the initial focus will be on technology solutions that provide “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost.”

So far, Haven's first salvo in its attempt to disrupt the healthcare system has been to team up with health insurers Cigna and CVS Health's Aetna to offer health plans to JPMorgan workers. But Rao's previous experience working in value-based payment systems as part of Accountable Care Networks could play a key role in Haven's efforts.

Haven taps Partners HealthCare's Sandhya Rao

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