Karthik Ganesh is the CEO at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Karthik is a senior healthcare executive with a solid track record of comprehensively scaling, transforming and maximizing value at healthcare service companies while driving dramatic before-and-after results across all facets of the organization – growth and retention, financials, business operations, technology, and culture.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Karthik was the founding operations leader of CareAllies, a Cigna subsidiary focused on value-based care enablement. Prior to CareAllies, Karthik was the COO/CIO of QualCare (acquired by Cigna), a large provider-sponsored Third-Party Administrator that specialized in powering and operating health plans, ACOs, and joint payer-provider strategies. Karthik’s background includes leadership roles at Aetna and Express Scripts, and senior management consulting roles at Deloitte and Ernst & Young. He is recognized as a healthcare thought leader and has been published and featured in leading industry journals. He has a Masters from Kansas State University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Polina Kogan, PharmD
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Polina Kogan is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at EmpiRx Health, responsible for clinical strategy, program development and all clinical services. In her role, Polina is also responsible for the design and development of clinical models to support a differentiated PBM model focused on evidence-based clinical care.
Polina is an accomplished clinical executive, with a broad background that includes health plans, hospitals and retail pharmacy. Prior to EmpiRx Health, Polina lead the Pharmacy unit at VNSNY CHOICE Health Plan, where she played a major role in improving their CMS STAR ratings from 2.5 to 4 STARs. She also led the build-out of a highly-successful PBM delegated oversight unit which led to the Health Plan passing a series of rigorous CMS Part D audits. Polina has also held leadership roles at major New York teaching hospitals. She has an outstanding track record of building and transforming clinical operations, designing and executing clinical programs ground-up, as well as designing clinical strategies that complement an organization’s overall strategic direction.
Polina holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida and a BS in Pharmacy from Long Island University. She is an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and serves as a member of their Professional Practices Committee.
Chief Customer Officer
Cathy Ioannidis is the Chief Customer Officer at EmpiRx Health with responsibility for orchestrating a highly differentiated, white-glove service experience across a broad customer base that includes members, plan sponsors and benefit advisors. Cathy is a senior healthcare executive with 20+ years of experience across PBM ecosystems (integrated and carved-out) with a proven track record of building, transforming and delivering differentiated client engagement strategies. She has led teams that have serviced both integrated (carved-in) and standalone (carved-out) plan sponsors giving her a unique perspective in an industry that continues to be conflicted by the virtues of one versus the other.
At EmpiRx Health, Cathy has comprehensively enhanced every facet of what it means to deliver a data-enabled, high-touch concierge service experience, across the constructs of people, process and technology. On her watch, EmpiRx Health has recorded stellar results across retention, customer satisfaction and client installation quality, while also building a culture of service innovation and high-performance.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Cathy held client-facing leadership roles at Cigna and Express Scripts (formerly Medco Health Solutions), including the buildout of Medco’s digital suite of products. She has a Bachelors in Psychology from Muhlenberg College.
Chief Technology Officer
Nilanjan Chakravorty is the Chief Technology Officer at EmpiRx Health, responsible for leading the company’s digital transformation and technology evolution. With over 15 years of experience in healthcare and finance, Nilanjan brings a broad yet deep understanding of leveraging technology as an enabler of business transformations.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Nilanjan was an IT leader at QualCare (a Cigna Company) driving end-to-end technology solutions for a regional health services organization. At QualCare, Nilanjan helped drive the buildout of a service technology ecosystem that was showcased by both Microsoft and Healthcare Informatics. Nilanjan also played a pivotal role at Pacific Global Advisors (a subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Co.) in building an alternative beta product for algorithmic trading platforms. Nilanjan brings a security-first mindset and an excellent track record of delivering solutions across a wide spectrum of technologies, including systems integration, process automation, information management and cloud-based digital transformations.
Nilanjan has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Calcutta University (India).
Chief People Officer
Brylee Tashman is Chief People Officer at EmpiRx Health, where she leads the company’s efforts to attract, develop and retain the best talent, in addition to being responsible for employee engagement, compensation and benefits, and facilities.
Brylee is an accomplished HR leader, with a proven track record of recruiting top talent, streamlining HR processes and driving the creation of an engaged workforce, with the analytics discipline to ensure any people-oriented transformation can be measured. While Brylee’s experience in HR stems from having worked with successful startups and mid-sized organizations across multiple industries, she has a broad background that includes marketing, advertising and communications. Originally a New Zealand native, Brylee brings the unique blend of a broad background and cultural diversity to her HR role, with the singular goal of creating an environment and culture that promotes inclusion, innovation and support.
Brylee holds a Bachelor of Communications and is PHR certified.