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Rakesh brings to HSX a unique mix of public- and private-sector management consulting; operations, project, and program management; and implementation experience in healthcare — especially in health-information adoption and Meaningful Use.  Prior to joining HSX, Rakesh worked as a Senior Project Manager (Consultant) for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on their Payment Innovation Program that focused on making their local ACO/PCMH/EOC/P4P programs available for all BCBS members across the country. This was an enterprise-wide program to exchange data with other Blues and BCBSA using Direct. Prior to that, he had worked for the New Jersey Regional Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) and was instrumental in making the program the foremost REC program in the country. Rakesh has been involved in multiple start-up initiatives and has vast experience in managing complex projects with limited resources.

His nearly ten years of experience include successful roles in business process improvement, health information technology consulting, business development, and risk management. In addition to his work in healthcare, he has experience in managing projects in the telecommunications and commodities domains.

Rakesh brings proactive, creative problem solving to operational challenges. He is a customer-focused leader who effectively analyzes complex business needs and delivers cost-effective solutions. He is an internationally focused bilingual professional with a comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. and the Indian business cultures. An effective consensus builder, Rakesh works effectively in politically complex environments.

Rakesh has an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University, India; an MBA degree in Management of Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an MS degree in Environmental Engineering from NJIT.