by Jasmine Batchelor
August 21, 2019
Health Business Group
David E. Williams is President of the Health Business Group, a consulting firm that helps technology-enabled healthcare, medical device and pharmaceutical companies develop and execute innovative business strategies. He leads consulting teams, advises CEOs, is a member of corporate and non-profit boards, and chairs review panels for the federal government. He co-founded the company in 2003 after more than a decade as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and The LEK Partnership.
David has a rare ability to explain complex healthcare concepts simply and clearly, making him a sought after expert for media such as NPR, Business Week, US News and The Boston Globe. David produces the popular Health Business Blog, where he has written more than 4000 posts since 2005 and conducted more than 100 podcast interviews with entrepreneurs, executives, scientists and political leaders. During the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, he interviewed all nine candidates about health policy.
As a member of company boards, David has a track record of helping management build value and has taken an active role in securing lucrative exits. As a board member of iCardiac Technologies, he initiated the process that led to Norwest Venture Partners taking a majority stake in 2014. He remained on the board and in 2017 was instrumental in the sale of the company to ERT.
He is a board member of Clerio Vision (medical lasers), Vericred (health plan data utility) and Home Care Delivered (a medical supply company), and chairs the advisory board for Medullan (digital healthcare laboratory). He served as chairman of online medical risk management and continuing medical education provider Advanced Practice Strategies (sold to Relias) and Candescent Healing (sold to Restorix). He was board chairman of the Hearts & Noses Hospital Clown Troupe, and an advisory board member at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health and for Boston Young Healthcare Professionals.
David has chaired and been a member of a variety of review panels for the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Regional Extension Center (REC) program, which reviewed applications under the ARRA/HITECH Act. He also served on ONC review panels for the Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program and State Health Information Exchange Challenge Program and later chaired a panel to conduct a biennial review of the RECs. He also chaired a review panel for the Exchange Navigators under the Affordable Care Act.
David holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, with First Year Honors.