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Karen Handmaker

Karen is an engaging population health management expert with a passion for new models and technologies to improve health and healthcare with the “consumer at the center.”

She is widely recognized for cultivating and maintaining strong, long term multi-level client relationships, strategic planning, thought leadership and industry knowledge. Karen is a passionate speaker, writer and trainer on population health management and primary care transformation. She earned admission into the IBM Industry Academy, is a NCQA PCMH Certified Content Expert, and a longtime member of the Population Health Management Journal Editorial Board.

Over the course of her career, Karen has worked at major healthcare and benefits consulting firms as well as technology and service companies delivering disease management, wellness and population health programs to employers, health plans and health systems.  Since 2010, she has specialized in provider-sponsored population health management and edited the second edition of Provider-Led Population Health Management, 2nd edition (2016).

Karen’s current areas of interest include integrating health and social care, enhancing personalized health and wellness through analytics and machine learning applications, championing and enabling market-driven products and services that produce measurable value across stakeholders.

Karen lived in Hong Kong for six years where she co-founded Fiscal Health, a first-of-a-kind local healthcare consulting firm offering a range of services in managed care and health economics.   Karen received a BA in American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, CT (Phi Beta Kappa) and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.