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Karen Walsh

Ms. Karen Walsh is an experienced statistician and methodologist with over 18 years of industry experience and able to successfully implement and manage strategic healthcare initiatives, proof of concepts, and consulting engagements. Prior to joining the faculty of the Jefferson College of Population Health, Ms. Walsh was a leader in the Informatics Department at Independence Blue Cross (IBC) where she successfully implemented Pay for Performance Programs and fraud detection through provider assessment strategy for hospitals, specialists, and primary care providers. She was also the business lead for implementing Phase I of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Blue Health Intelligence National project for IBC, a Blues only data warehouse for benchmarking, modeling, and national account reporting.

At Optum Ms. Walsh served as Director of Research and Methods within the Informatics and Data Science area. She executed on various predictive models for product research and analytical projects that are complex in nature and cross a wide range of issues that deal with measuring health care services including cost, utilization, quality and risk. Ms. Walsh received her MS from Northwestern University in Predictive Analytics and has an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. She has also taught courses in Decision and System Sciences Department at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Harm Scherpbier

Harm is a strategic advisor at, the consulting practice through which he partners with health IT firms on clinical system development, population health solutions, analytics, and health IT implementation and strategy. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Jefferson College of Population Health, teaching health informatics and population health analytics, both online and in person. In addition, he is a member of the leadership team at the Philadelphia Health IT Circle.

Harm was previously the chief medical information officer at Main Line Health, a five-hospital integrated health network near Philadelphia, where he was responsible for the implementation of healthcare information systems and electronic patient records for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians throughout the health system. Earlier, he held positions in software engineering and product management at Siemens Health Services, CareScience, Aetna US Healthcare, and SMS.

Harm was born and raised in the Netherlands. He completed his medical training at the University of Groningen and his master’s degree in medical informatics at Erasmus University of Rotterdam.


Today, health systems receive a significant portion of their revenue through value-based contracts that focus on lowering costs while improving health outcomes. True population health improvement is driven by insights derived and distilled from interpreting vast amounts of heterogeneous and distinct data. Professionals with expertise in health data analytics are in high demand. Population Health Intelligence® is a new discipline that equips practitioners with the skills to curate, organize, harmonize, and analyze disparate data sets. The insights gained enable population health professionals to turn data into action.

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  • Population Health
  • Population Health Intelligence
  • The MS-PHI Program

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