Andrew Hurwitz

Andrew Hurwitz

Senior Director, Commercial Healthcare and Life Sciences (HCLS)
Pronouns: he/his/him
Expertise
  • Commercial healthcare and life sciences
  • Business development and strategy
  • Data science and statistics
  • Research design
  • Mixed-methods program evaluation
Focus Areas
  • Health Information Technology and Analytics
  • COVID-19
  • Population Health
  • Health
About Andrew

Andrew Hurwitz has extensive expertise in commercial healthcare and life sciences, business development and strategy, data science and statistics, research design, and mixed-methods program evaluation. He currently directs the HCLS practice at Mathematica, where he oversees strategic business development and project delivery. The practice offers research, advisory, data, and digital services engagements to help Mathematica’s clients create evidence and use that evidence to achieve their goals. Main client areas include providers and health systems, payors and private sector health plans, life sciences and biopharmaceuticals, medical device companies and registries, and employer and health technology groups.

Before directing Mathematica’s HCLS practice, Hurwitz spent his career in project delivery, serving both commercial and federal health clients. His projects include overseeing development of a visual analytics tool to help industries make data-driven decisions about the readiness of employees preparing to return to work post-pandemic. Originally designed for a hospital system, the tool visualizes key data on COVID-19 symptomology, access to personal protective equipment, and access to ventilators and their components.

Hurwitz also directed a project that developed a visual analytics production system that used advanced geospatial technology to visualize data on commercial claims in the state of New York. The system enabled analyses by school district, county, and athletic section. Other projects include his service as deputy project director for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–funded study that used a randomized trial design to evaluate the effectiveness of an alternative tackling style in youth football. The study used innovative mouthguard sensor technology as its primary outcome measure, detecting the cumulative number of head impacts and their associated linear and rotational acceleration forces. The study involved 36 youth football teams with athletes ages 6 to 14. A second component of the study used the same mouthguard sensor technology to quantify impacts received by youth flag football players.

Before joining Mathematica in 2011, Hurwitz held a research position with Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Hurwitz holds a Ph.D. in evaluation, measurement, and statistics from the University of Delaware. His dissertation used experimental design techniques to investigate whether congressional staffers’ endorsements of public programs and policies differ when results from an impact evaluation are presented under frequentist versus Bayesian paradigms.

Key Projects
  • Two football helmets on field
    Examining the Use of Head Impact Sensors in School Sports

    To help researchers and policymakers identify the best approaches to addressing the concussion epidemic in youth athletics, Mathematica conducted a pilot project to explore the experiences of stakeholders at two high schools that outfitted athletes with head impact sensors.

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