Bharat Rao

Bharat Rao
Head, Center of Innovations, Siemens Health Services

Bharat Rao, PhD is Senior Director and Head of the newly-formed Center for Innovations in the Health Services (HS) business unit in Siemens Healthcare, headquartered in Malvern PA. The Siemens HS unit develops and markets enterprise information technology and business intelligence solutions for hospitals and other healthcare providers. The Center for Innovations was established in May 2012 with the vision to foster thought-leadership for Siemens in the dynamic field of healthcare IT. The Center’s goals are to create a continuous-innovation pipeline of new products, services and capabilities; to develop and rollout processes to translate innovation into commercial success; establish collaborations with luminary customers, academic & industry partners; and to drive an innovation agenda that impacts the entire HS portfolio and workforce.

Previously, Dr. Rao led the Knowledge Solutions group, Healthcare Analytics and Business Intelligence which develops and deploys data analytics solutions that analyze millions of patient records, impacting three major areas in healthcare. These include, automated quality measurement and decision-support from hospitals EMR’s, computer-aided diagnosis systems to identify suspicious lesions on medical images, and predictive models for personalized medicine. The group launched the first-to-market startup offering in healthcare quality, Soarian Quality Measures (and its cloud counterpart, the Quality Reporting Service) which is now an essential part of Siemens solution to satisfy the meaningful use requirements for US health reform.

Dr. Rao has received multiple international awards, including the ACM SIGKDD (Data Mining society) Service Award in 2011 for “service to society for pioneering data mining applications in healthcare products that reduce healthcare costs and improve patient care.” He was also named the Siemens Inventor of the Year in 2005, awarded yearly to one employee in Siemens Healthcare (45,000 employees worldwide) for the REMIND data mining platform. He is the only two-time winner of the International Data Mining Case Studies & Practice Prize, for the best deployed industrial and government data mining application, awarded by IEEE & ACM respectively.

Dr. Rao is recognized as a leading international expert in machine learning, healthcare analytics and mining ‘big data.’ He has been granted 45 patents (50 more pending), received multiple best paper awards and has published over 100 scholarly publications and one book. He is currently leading an international consortium to develop a Euro-US cancer research health IT network to develop personalized therapies for lung cancer.

Dr. Rao received a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an M.S. and Ph.D. focusing on machine learning from the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1993. After his PhD, he joined Siemens Corporate Research, and formed the Data Mining group. In 2002, he moved to Siemens Healthcare to help found the “Computer-Aided Diagnosis & Therapy” group.


Healthcare Systems of the Future
Location: Plaza Room B Level: Intermediate
Bharat Rao (Siemens Health Services)
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Mining patient records collected in routine care has tremendous potential to individualize care to the specific patient. We present a US/Euro Health IT network where data from 10 cancer centers in 5 nations are securely mined to learn personalized models for many diseases. We overcome many technical challenges to mine big patient data, and present personalized therapy models for several diseases Read more.


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