Stephen Ondra, MD, World-Renowned Neurosurgeon and Payer & Provider Executive, Joins RowdMap Leadership

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Louisville, KY. — Stephen Ondra, MD, a nationally acclaimed neurosurgeon and former CMO of Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC), has joined the leadership team at RowdMap, Inc. as Head of Clinical Risk Innovation Strategy. Stephen Ondra, MD will provide both clinical expertise and the payer perspective to RowdMap, Inc.’s work in helping both payers and providers transition to, and succeed in, healthcare value improvement by combining newly-released government benchmark data with other information sources, to design and curate approaches to improving the value of healthcare, including efficiencies to reduce low value care and Pay-for-Value Ready Networks.

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Stephen Ondra, MD, comes to RowdMap through North Star Healthcare Consulting, after a career that has let him see virtually the full spectrum of the healthcare space firsthand.  After a distinguished career in the United States Army, he went on to a storied career as a professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University. A Presidential appointee, he then served in various aspects of government, including in the Executive Office of the President as the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) co-Chair for Health Information Technology.  Prior to that, he had served as a Senior Healthcare Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  After leaving government, Dr. Ondra returned to Northwestern Memorial Hospital as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.  He then moved to Healthcare Service Corporation, the parent company of five Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, as their Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

“Dr. Ondra is not only a world renowned neurosurgeon, he also has unique experience serving in the highest strategic echelons in virtually every aspect of healthcare, as well as executing operational tactics in his roles, at a private health plan, provider system, government payer, and as a practicing physician. No one is more uniquely qualified to help both payers and providers capture the value they create by delivering high value care regardless of what payment model they are in today. We are honored to have him at RowdMap and excited to have him contributing to high-value care across 49 states, covering over 100 million lives,” said Melanie Rosenthal, Chief Executive Officer, RowdMap, Inc.

About RowdMap:

An Ernst and Young EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® winner, RowdMap’s Risk-Readiness® benchmarks help health plans, physician groups, and hospital systems identify, quantify, and reduce no-value care that physicians deliver- a central tenet of successful pay-for-value programs.

Through practice patterns and referral analysis, RowdMap’s benchmarks identify the health care entities that manage unwarranted and unexpected variation in care. This variation leads to more than $850 Billion in no-value care annually. Payers and physicians use RowdMap’s physician and population health benchmarks to create strategies that put these highest performing physicians at the center of networks and then design products, organize clinical programs, and coordinate sales and marketing around them.

RowdMap’s platform comes preloaded with benchmarks for every physician, hospital, and zip code in the United States- no IT integration required. RowdMap’s Risk-Readiness® Platform works across all market segments and has significantly larger returns than traditional medical economics approaches.