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Healthcare Services Panel

“Aligning Stakeholder Interests and Investing in Health Technologies to Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs”


  • US health reform legislation – how has it already impacted providers and payors and what should we anticipate will be its future significance and role in driving change?
  • Is the trend of integration and acquisition of physician practices by hospitals and other corporate entities leading to higher or lower costs or improvement in clinical care?
  • Are ACOs developing successful clinically integrated organizations and what challenges do they face and is the model scalable?
  • What creative and sustainable approaches are being pursued by both urban and rural hospital systems to reduce costs while improving availability and quality of patient care?   
  • How are payors incorporating value-based insurance design, pay for performance, risk transfer, disease management and other approaches to meet cost and quality objectives, as well as what other new models of reimbursement are payors currently pursuing?
  • How is the acquisition and merger of insurance, hospital, and physician organizations impacting the healthcare market, outcomes and financing of care?
  • How does the use of IT and emedical records create more efficient and effective healthcare delivery and promote data integration?

Gil Irwin                                                                                              
Senior Vice President, Global Health Practice                                   
Booz & Company

Gil Irwin is a Senior Partner and one of the leaders of Booz & Company’s Global Health Care practice. He specializes in strategy development and operational transformation of health plans, PBMs, insurance companies and other specialty health-related suppliers.   

Over the last several years he has worked with several health plans in helping prepare for Health Care Reform and its implications across all they do.  This has included Exchange readiness, payer/provider relationship changes and building Consumerism capabilities.

Throughout his more than 25 years with Booz & Company, Mr. Irwin has led strategy, operations, and technology improvement initiatives across many of the country’s leading health insurers as well as several global banks

Mr. Irwin received his BA degree in economics from Rutgers College and his MBA in Management Science and Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business

Tracy Bahl '04                                                                                  
Special Advisor                                                                                         
General Atlantic

Tracy L. Bahl is a Special Advisor at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, where he focuses on activities in the Healthcare sector. Mr. Bahl brings significant expertise to the GA team, having previously advanced numerous growth initiatives for global leaders in the healthcare industry.

In addition to his role as Special Advisor, Mr. Bahl most recently served as Executive Chairman of Emdeon, a former GA portfolio company and an industry leading healthcare information and transaction services company based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Before joining GA in 2007, Mr. Bahl was Chief Executive Officer for Uniprise, a UnitedHealth Group Company, and previously served in various executive positions at CIGNA HealthCare.

Mr. Bahl holds MBAs from Columbia University and the London Business School, and received undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, Health and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Emme Deland '80                                                                           
Senior Vice President for Strategy                                                          
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Emme Deland is Senior Vice President for Strategy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  In this role, she is responsible for developing the strategic plans for the hospital. Such plans include major policy, innovation such as MINT- the Minimally Invasive New Technology initiative and Personalized Medicine, clinical service line and corporate plans. 

Ms. Deland has spent 30 years in academic centers including NYPH, Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to healthcare Ms. Deland  was briefly an international banker at Chemical Bank.

Ms. Deland is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Director of the Kornfeld  and Zeitz Foundations, a board member of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Public Health Solutions, American Memorial Hospital in Rheims and the Brooklyn Hospital and on the Advisory Board of the Mark Morris Dance of PD.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in East Asian Studies and obtained her MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Patrick Pilch '89
Managing Director, Healthcare Industry
Advisory PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Patrick Pilch is a Managing Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Healthcare Advisory Group, leading turnaround, business transformation and performance improvement engagements. He brings more than 25 years of financial and operational management and restructuring experience. His primary areas of expertise include the creation of value through financial and operational improvement, and merger and acquisition advisory services. He has served as a strategic advisor to hospitals, boards, foundations and healthcare systems in merger, divestiture and acquisition transactions and restructuring engagements. Mr. Pilch has developed and implemented new delivery model strategies, designed around delivery of care in appropriate settings to improve quality and outcomes.

Previously he worked with Alvarez & Marsal holding financial and operational leadership positions with a focus on restructurings including serving as interim CFO of a hospital, leading its emergence from bankruptcy, its retention of State licensure and the securing of deemed CMS status and Joint Commission accreditation. Prior to his joining Alvarez & Marsal, he was Vice President of Managed Care and New Business Development with North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Mr. Pilch obtained his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Fairfield University and his MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants.

Emad Rizk, MD
McKesson Health Solutions

Dr. Rizk is president of McKesson Health Solutions, a division of McKesson Corporation that delivers healthcare solutions that enable payers, providers, and patients to come together to transform the business and process of healthcare.

A world-renowned healthcare industry expert, Dr. Rizk brings over 25 years of experience working with payers, physicians, hospital systems and pharmaceutical organizations. He provides the healthcare industry, both the commercial and government sectors, with transformational strategies and operational execution expertise through healthcare information technology.

In his previous position as the global director of Deloitte, Dr. Rizk led medical cost and quality management practice across all industries. He also spearheaded the largest redesign of care management and delivery models among health plans and providers nationwide.

Dr. Rizk has served on many healthcare boards, including the National Clinical Advisory Board and National Quality Review, and currently serves on the boards of DMAA: Care Continuum Alliance, National Association for Hispanic Health, University of Miami, University of North Texas, and Managed Care Magazine.

Dr. Rizk is a senior scholar professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and has an extensive portfolio of published journal articles and books. His book The New Era of Healthcare: Practical Strategies for Providers and Payers centers on methods to forge a partnership between providers and payers focused on clinical, administrative, and economic alignment to bring about more efficient, cost effective care. Dr. Rizkhas been named among the nation’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazines. Dr. Rizk has also been named among the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” for several years.

Steven J. Van Kuiken
McKinsey & Company

Steven J. Van Kuiken is a Director with McKinsey & Company’s Mid-Atlantic Office.  Steve focuses on the Healthcare Industry and is the global leader of McKinsey’s Healthcare Information Technology Practice working with pharmaceutical and medical product companies, payors and providers, and IT providers to the industry. 

Steve has over 20 years of experience in Healthcare consulting and management.  His representative experience includes leading transformation of corporate functions for major pharmaceutical companies and medical product manufacturers, market and product strategies for IT providers to the Healthcare Industry, IT strategy and performance improvement for Providers and Payors and assessing IT-based business opportunities for existing players and new entrants to the industry. 

Prior to McKinsey, Steve was the Vice President of Information Technology at Baxter/Allegiance Healthcare.  In this role, Steve had responsibility for IT within the Healthcare Service Division’s business units.  Steve began his career as a consultant at Andersen Consulting.