MCLEAN, VA. – November 16, 2015 – Michele Kang, Founder and CEO of Cognosante, has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2015 National Services Award winner by Ernst & Young (EY). Michele, who in June was named Entrepreneur of the Year Greater Washington for IT Services, was among 11 category winners recognized for entrepreneurial excellence at the EY National Awards Gala, held November 14, 2015 in Palm Springs, CA.
EY Entrepreneur Of the Year® is recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. With programs in 145 cities in 60 countries, it honors and recognizes the men and women who create the products, services and jobs that help the economy and communities grow. Winners are selected by a panel of previous award winners, leading CEOs, private capital investors, and other regional business leaders. 265 regional winners competed for this year’s national awards.
“To be an entrepreneur is to be a game changer,” said Mike Kacsmar, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Americas Program Director, in a release announcing the winners. “Our category winners and finalists have all pushed boundaries, demonstrated new ways of thinking and most importantly created extraordinary models to follow.”
Michele founded Cognosante in 2008 to address a critical gap in the health IT market; the need for a smart, nimble company that was unencumbered by legacy systems. Under her leadership, Cognosante has emerged as one of the most trusted partners to key federal and state health agencies, growing significantly year over year and providing a unique set of business and technology expertise and innovative solutions central to carrying out national healthcare transformation.
In her acceptance speech, Michele credited the efforts and accomplishments of the entire Cognosante team for the recognition. “I have an incredible leadership team,” she said. “I created the environment in which they could thrive, but they did the work. The executive team and my employees are the real reason I am standing here tonight.”
Cognosante is a leading provider of consulting, technology, and BPO services to healthcare organizations, specializing in Health Reform initiatives. The company has more than 25 years of experience working with 48 states and the Federal government to assist its clients in developing, managing, and executing complex healthcare information programs and infrastructures. Its expertise includes health insurance marketplaces, enrollment reconciliation, healthcare standards, modular system integration, health informatics, Medicaid, health information exchange, and fraud, waste, and abuse. Visit cognosante.com for more information.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.