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Somesh Nigam, PhD

by Jasmine Batchelor

April 10, 2019

Senior Vice President and Chief Analytics and Data Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Somesh Nigam is chief informatics officer at Independence Blue Cross (Independence), overseeing the Informatics division, which provides data, analytics and business reporting tools that serve Independence customers and stakeholders. Somesh is driving Independence’s move to unleash the power of big data and predictive analytics to help solve many of today’s most challenging health care problems.

Somesh leads Independence’s partnership with top institutions like Penn Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center to research innovative ways to keep people well, lower health care costs, and provide superior care.

Somesh’s team also championed published research about medical costs and hospital utilization for patients seen in patient centered medical homes.

In 2013, the Philadelphia Business Journal honored Somesh as the Emerging Executive of the Year for achievements in health care data analytics.

He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in biochemical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.