Mathematica announced today that health data expert Ngan MacDonald has joined the company as the director of its latest high-quality health data offering. This solution is nested within the company’s emerging health data division, which maximizes the breadth of decades of our health expertise, data analytics experience, and access to multiple sources of health care data to improve well-being.
MacDonald will lead a team of data scientists that help public and private health organizations leverage their data to deliver meaningful and effective insights that foster innovation in health care data analytics. Her team will leverage collaborative expertise and a new operational hub to support the development and maintenance of shared data resources and infrastructure.
“Real-world health data are more abundant and available than ever before, but the challenge remains how to harness these vast resources to create useful, innovative insights,” said MacDonald. “This solution is our ‘high-tech accelerator’ where clients can bring us their enterprise problems and ideas, and we can leverage our tools, infrastructure, and data sets to reduce their risk and find solutions.”
MacDonald brings more than two decades of health data analytics and operational experience to Mathematica. For the past three years, she has been the chief of data operations for the Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine at Northwestern University. Her prior roles with health insurers and consultancies span analytics, information management, data strategy, and regulatory compliance with interoperability.
In her new role, MacDonald will leverage her partnerships with academic researchers to build a bridge between their ideas and the broader health industry.
“Ngan will help us reduce risk in our clients’ data journeys" said Noland Joiner, vice president and chief technology officer of health care at Mathematica and director of the health data division. “She will help them simplify solutions as they pilot and scale improvements and innovations throughout the health care ecosystem.”
“I envision a collaborative ecosystem that liberates data for use in improving our health care system,” said MacDonald. “Mathematica, a trusted partner for public and private data sources, sits at the center of the health care data pipeline. When we combine that data access and expertise, Mathematica can be at the forefront of solving today’s health care challenges.”