Michele Kang is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of Cognosante. She is a visionary in the field of health information technology, focusing Cognosante on doing things fundamentally differently, leveraging emerging electronic infrastructure, modular service-oriented architecture, and innovative business models. Under her leadership, Cognosante is building unparalleled, specialized capabilities and solutions connecting the dots among federal, state and local, and commercial health organizations and across siloed programs like Medicaid, HIE, HIX, and Integrated Eligibility.
Prior to founding Cognosante in 2008, Ms. Kang served as Vice President and General Manager of Northrop Grumman's Health Solutions, where she oversaw Northrop Grumman's Health IT business. Under her direction, Northrop Grumman Health Solutions became a recognized leader in health IT. Taking over the operating unit in 2003, she built a health business that now spans the major components of the health industry - clinical systems, life sciences, public health, and healthcare financing and benefits management. With extensive domain expertise in each of these areas, her unit provided mission-critical, enterprise-wide health applications, interoperable architecture, and large-scale systems integration and engineering to leading health organizations. Under Ms. Kang, Northrop Grumman supported the largest deployed electronic health record system worldwide, and was the largest contractor to CDC. In November 2005, her team was selected by HHS to develop a prototype for the Nationwide Health Information Network architecture, a critical component for advancing the national healthcare agenda set out by President Bush.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ms. Kang worked with CEOs, CFOs, and senior management teams of Fortune 500 and global 100 companies as a management consultant to turn around under-performing businesses, improve operational efficiencies, execute profitable growth strategies, and implement global marketing and branding strategies.
She is one of the Inaugural Members of 100 Women Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), elected in 2012 along with U.S. senators, high ranking government officials, and top executives of Fortune 500 companies. 100 Women Leaders in STEM showcases the careers and initiatives of those who are active role models for the underrepresented segment of women in America's growing shortage of science, technology, engineering and math professionals. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Moscial Woman Trailblazer Award by Diversity Woman in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and leadership in business.
She received a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and a MBA from the Yale School of Management. In addition, she completed executive management programs at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Brookings Institute.