KPMG Appoints Richard Bakalar to Global Healthcare Center of Excellence

Steven Bobson, Europe & Americas Editor
February 24, 2012 /

KPMG in the US has appointed Dr. Richard Bakalar as the newest member of its Global Healthcare Center of Excellence (CoE).

At KPMG, Dr. Bakalar will provide senior executive leadership in clinical intelligence, focusing on the next-generation evolution of healthcare data analytics and the use of e-health and other technologies that will enable new clinical delivery models.

“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Richard Bakalar has joined our Global Healthcare CoE,” said Dr. Mark Britnell, Chairman and Partner, KPMG’s Global Health Practice.

“Richard has extensive experience as a clinical practitioner and healthcare information technology specialist, and a deep understanding of the challenges healthcare organizations face in providing affordable healthcare of the highest quality. This experience will greatly benefit KPMG and the healthcare organizations we serve.”

Dr. Bakalar joins an internationally renowned team of colleagues in the Global Heathcare Center of Excellence including: Janet Davidson, Canada; Marc Berg, Amsterdam, Hilary Thomas, UK; Soren Eichhorst, Germany; Dr, Wai Chiong Loke, Singapore; Sue Williams, Australia; and Nigel Edwards, UK.

Before joining KPMG, Bakalar was a physician executive with Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group, where he helped create and deliver innovative software solutions. Prior to that, Bakalar served as IBM’s Chief Medical Officer and Medical Imaging Specialist.

Ed Giniat, partner and national sector leader for KPMG in the US’s Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, said, “Fully realizing the value of the data being generated by clinical information systems to improve the quality of patient care and operating efficiency is a top priority for healthcare organizations today. Richard’s extensive, real-world experience, gives our practice and our clients an exceptional lens to navigate the transformational changes impacting the industry.”

Dr. Bakalar is board certified in internal and nuclear medicine and has over 20 years of clinical experience, including service as a naval flight surgeon and as medical staff in the US Navy, where he also supervised and trained medical, radiology and surgical residents. His extensive healthcare information technology experience includes: the development and delivery of scalable innovative technology solutions, including a global digital telemedicine and tele-radiology network for Navy ships, clinics and hospitals; an enterprise medical imaging distribution and regional storage system; remote wireless health monitoring; and personal health records clinical models for a variety of healthcare organizations.

“KPMG’s Global Healthcare is at the forefront of helping healthcare organizations around the world define and assess new business and clinical best practices that are needed to improve quality and lower operational and administrative costs,” said Dr. Bakalar.

“I look forward to bringing my clinical and technical experience to bear to help expand KPMG’s services and relationships with healthcare leaders.”

During his 25 year US Navy military service, Dr. Bakalar had various overlapping roles of increasing responsibility in creating the Navy-wide telemedicine program, thought leadership in health informatics, delivery of nuclear medicine clinical services and primary care responsibilities.

He served as the US Navy Surgeon General’s executive assistant for shipboard telemedicine initiatives worldwide, providing clinical oversight for telemedicine diagnosis and treatment services, fielding “proof of concept” prototype demonstrations on ships at sea, medical workflow re-design, scalable program development, and lifecycle logistics support.

In his initial Navy flight surgeon assignment at Quantico, Virginia, Dr. Bakalar had primary clinical oversight responsibilities for the health and “fitness for duty” of the US Marine Corps flight crew of the Marine One VIP helicopter squadron which supported President Reagan’s White House from 1984-86.

Dr. Bakalar has also served as president of the American Telemedicine Association. He is based in Denver, Colorado.


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